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- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie24 mins ago
The movement initially took hold in November, when even passing NBA fans noticed the massive disparity in win/loss records between the Western and Eastern Conference. It received a kick in the tail late last month, when Grantland’s Zach Lowe penned a typically thoughtful column calling for the abolishment of divisions. And now NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver, set to take over for the retiring David Stern in February, is on record saying he’ll at least consider doing away with the damned things.
LeBron, Durant lead 1st round of 2014 All-Star Game vote; Kobe leads West guards despite 2 games playedDan Devine at Ball Don't Lie28 mins ago
The NBA released the first returns in fan voting for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game on Thursday, with LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder leading the pack as the top vote-getters to represent their respective conferences in New Orleans.
James, the four-time NBA Most Valuable Player and two-time NBA Finals MVP, has received 609,336 votes. Durant, the three-time NBA scoring champion (and if you go by overall points scored rather than points per game, he's been the game's top scorer four years straight) and its current leading scorer, is second with 607,407 votes.
Tony Snell dives for the loose ball, P. Diddy’s attorney saves his daughter from a collision (Video)Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie2 hrs ago
Chicago Bulls rookie swingman Tony Snell is starting for the beleaguered squad because of injuries to Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler, and Luol Deng; but he was in the rotation prior to those injuries because he consistently comes through with the kind of defense, three-point shooting potential, and all out hustle that coach Tom Thibodeau prefers. Snell hasn’t been able to make up for the recent absence of all three pivotal Chicago perimeter players so far, few in this league could, but he is trying, and he is learning.
Stuck in a rough 1-7 shooting night in Chicago’s brutal (for both teams) loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, the rookie decided to make up for his bricklaying on the offensive end by diving into the stands for a loose ball with the team down 20 points to the New York Knicks. That’s to be commended, though it tends to put fans on edge when a 6-7, 200-pound athlete comes flying into their cushy courtside seats.
Especially if you’re attending the game with a little kid right next to you. Take a look at what happened on Wednesday:
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie3 hrs ago
We told you back in September that the Nikes worn by Michael Jordan during his legendary "Flu Game" — Game 5 of the 1997 NBA finals, in which an applesauce-fueled Jordan fought off a 103-degree fever en route to 38 points, seven rebounds, five assists and a game-clinching 3-pointer to push his Chicago Bulls past the Utah Jazz — were about to hit the auction block. Well, the bidding concluded early Thursday morning, and former Jazz ball boy Preston Truman — the applesauce-provider and post-game recipient of the autographed kicks, which he kept under lock and key all these years — finds himself quite a bit better-heeled this Thursday afternoon as a result.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
Maybe you don't think the Utah Jazz welcoming Marvin Williams back to the lineup after he'd missed four games with right foot inflammation is quite as big a story as the Los Angeles Lakers activating Kobe Bryant after nearly eight months on the shelf due to a ruptured left Achilles tendon. Allow the crew at Jazz Game Night to change your mind with a brief video presentation:
Zach Randolph gives lucky young fan the shirt off his back during Grizzlies’ loss to Thunder (Video)Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie5 hrs ago
There wasn't much for Memphis Grizzlies fans to cheer for on Wednesday night. They watched the hometown team get smoked like brisket by the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder, 116-100, behind a huge night from Russell Westbrook (27 points on 12 shots, nine assists, six rebounds, two steals in 27 1/2 minutes). They knew the boys in white and blue were just about powerless to stop it, thanks to injuries keeping the likes of Marc Gasol, Tony Allen, Quincy Pondexter and Ed Davis out of the lineup. All that OKC talent and all those missing Memphis pieces combined for what Marv Albert might call "extensive gar- bajj time" and the Grizzlies dipping back below .500.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie5 hrs ago
Here's the thing about Stephen Curry: Even when you've spent three quarters shadowing him with a variety of on-ball defenders and showing him multiple schematic looks, enticing him to set up comparatively low-risk post-ups to David Lee or feed misfiring teammates like Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes (a combined 7 for 26 through 36 minutes), and flustering him into eight turnovers in the process, you've still got to put him far enough in your rear-view mirror that one shot, taken at the game's most pivotal moment, won't matter. Because Stephen Curry will hit that shot, if you give him the opportunity to do so.
The Dallas Mavericks, for all the fine work they did on Wednesday, gave him that opportunity, and it burned them.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie18 hrs ago
It has not been an especially normal week of basketball for Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. On Monday night, Jordan experienced the misfortune of having the "Los Angeles" name on the front of his jersey ripped off by Philadelphia 76ers guard Tony Wroten, which was not his fault but still something of an embarrassment for anyone who values high-quality sewing. Yet that event was mere prelude to the truly goofy moment of Jordan's week of basketball goofery.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie19 hrs ago
With a 19-3 start, the Indiana Pacers have continued to establish themselves as one of the few legitimate title contenders in the NBA, building on the success of their run to the final game of the Eastern Conference Finals last spring. The team's players are earning more notice from diehard and casual fans alike, and Paul George and Roy Hibbert could be on the brink of becoming household names. It's a good time to be part of the Pacers.
Apparently, this new level of popularity has its perks. After Indiana's very impressive 90-84 win over the Miami Heat at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Tuesday night, Paul George got the opportunity to play HORSE against a very famous fan and admirer: Justin Timberlake. Check out the Instagram video below from Rich Nye of Indiana's WTHR (via All Ball via EOB):
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie21 hrs ago
A look around the league and the web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.