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- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie26 mins ago
The NBA announced Thursday afternoon that John Wall has been fined $15,000 for "directing inappropriate comments towards the officials" after the Washington Wizards' 98-85 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats.
The "inappropriate comments" came after the game, when the All-Star point guard was asked about a foul called against him with 4:34 remaining in the fourth quarter that sent Charlotte point guard Kemba Walker to the foul line for three free throws:
Neither Wall nor Wizards head coach Randy Wittman agreed with the call. Wittman's complaints earned him a technical foul, giving the Bobcats another try from the stripe, helping Walker extend Charlotte's lead from three points to a much more commanding seven. From Joseph White of The Associated Press:Fri, Mar 144:00 PM PDTMinnesota at CharlottePreview Game
- Ball Don't Lie26 mins ago
It’s quite possible that the Los Angeles Clippers don’t need J.J. Redick to help push the team over the top to contend for a championship. The team’s offense has been absolutely brilliant throughout the 2013-14 season under the leadership of first year head coach Doc Rivers and emergence of Blake Griffin. The squad was able to weather the absence of Chris Paul earlier in the season, and with a currently-injured Jamal Crawford eventually coming back into the fold, things seem to be looking up on that particular end of Los Angeles’ court.
Of course, Redick’s numbers were through the roof in the 30 games he has played with the Clippers so far, which is why the team wouldn’t mind bringing the sharpshooter back into the fold. A bulging disc, diagnosed in early February, may get in the way of that. From the Orange County Register:
The Clippers are nearing a decision on J.J. Redick’s future this season.Fri, Mar 146:00 PM PDTLA Clippers at UtahPreview Game
- Ball Don't Lie2 hrs ago
A day after the Los Angeles Lakers announced that Kobe Bryant would miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season with his left leg fracture, sparking off a mass airing of front office grievances from the Laker legend, the team’s beleaguered coach has announced that Steve Nash will also miss the rest of this woeful campaign. Laker head man Mike D’Antoni told the media on Thursday that Nash, who won two NBA Most Valuable Player awards under D’Antoni’s watch in Phoenix, will sit out the remainder of the season while dealing with leg, back, and nerve woes.Thu, Mar 136:30 PM PDTLA Lakers at Oklahoma CityPreview Game
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
If you want to pile on the Portland Trail Blazers, to call them out as a defense-less band of prissy jump shooters, now is the time. The team has lost four straight games for the first time all season, with the latest coming in a borderline-embarrassing nationally televised turn against the West-leading San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night. It’s safe to assume that the team will not have home court advantage in the first round of next month’s opening round of the playoffs, as the fifth-seeded squad is currently two and a half games behind the ascending Houston Rockets for the fourth spot, and injuries to both LaMarcus Aldridge (back) and Mo Williams (hip) could linger well into spring.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
There's been bad blood brewing between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors all season long, beginning with a shoving match between centers Andrew Bogut and DeAndre Jordan and a weird sideline incident between Blake Griffin and Warriors coach Mark Jackson on opening night, the curious choice not to share pregame chapel services and some Christmas squabbling that resulted in a Griffin ejection that the NBA later deemed unjust. It seemed a good bet, then, that sparks might fly when the two physical Western Conference contenders renewed their unpleasantries on Wednesday, and while nothing particularly explosive popped off, there were a couple of moments when something might have; in what will probably come as unsurprising news, both involved Griffin.Fri, Mar 147:30 PM PDTCleveland at Golden StatePreview Game
- Ball Don't Lie16 hrs ago
After a dismal start to the season, the Brooklyn Nets have been the hottest team in the Eastern Conference since the calendar flipped to 2014, climbing up the standings thanks to a long-limbed, opportunistic defense that's been creating turnovers at an absurd rate. And with the game on the line in the closing seconds against the two-time-defending NBA champion Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena on Wednesday, Jason Kidd's team once again disrupted their opponents' flow, thanks in large part to the active hands of resurgent guard Shaun Livingston.
- Ball Don't Lie17 hrs ago
The Memphis Grizzlies have a longstanding and deserved reputation as one of the toughest teams in the NBA. They're currently proving it once again as they attempt to work their way into the Western Conference playoffs. Entering Wednesday night's game at the New Orleans Pelicans, the Grizzlies had won 10 of their last 13 to push their record to 37-26, or one game ahead of the Phoenix Suns for the West's final postseason spot.
In the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies showed why the West's top seeds won't want to draw them in the first round. Down 74-67 after three quarters, Memphis limited New Orleans to just 14 points to find themselves tied at 88-88 and holding the ball with 14.3 seconds on the clock. That's when point guard Mike Conley, the team's late-game playmaker, took control to give his team the 90-88 win.Fri, Mar 144:00 PM PDTMemphis at TorontoPreview Game
- Ball Don't Lie18 hrs ago
When the Washington Wizards signed John Wall to a max-level extension this past summer, the popular opinion said that he had been overpaid. With a year left on Wall's rookie contract, the Wizards had decided to reward the first-overall pick in the 2010 draft for what he might become, not what he had done up until that point. Instead of waiting to gauge his value as a restricted free agent, the Wizards gambled that paying Wall early would compel him to play like a star. That reasoning runs counter to common beliefs of how to pay players (or any employee, really), but it made decent sense for a franchise in need of some stability.Fri, Mar 144:00 PM PDTWashington at OrlandoPreview Game
Anonymous sources are predicting doom for embattled Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni, as Kobe Bryant vents about managementBall Don't Lie21 hrs ago
After weeks of hedging, the Los Angeles Lakers made things official on Wednesday afternoon: Kobe Bryant will miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season due to the lingering effects from his left tibial fracture. This leaves the injury-ravaged Lakers to finish off the course that has been well in hand since both Bryant and guard Steve Nash went down earlier this season – spiraling toward the bottom of the Western Conference for just the second time since the franchise moved to Los Angeles.
- Ball Don't Lie22 hrs ago
Phil Jackson, dating back years, has never had a problem lording over someone’s current coaching job. He wasn’t exactly thought to be a surefire replacement for Doug Collins in Chicago during the late 1980s, but towards the end of Collins’ tenure with the Bulls the ex-Chicago coach was notoriously distrustful of the lead assistant in Jackson that he didn’t even hire. Jackson then dealt with former Bulls general manager infamously courting then-Iowa State coach Tim Floyd while Jackson was still on the Bulls bench, which was followed up by Krause and the Bulls embarrassingly hiring Floyd to a nonsense front office position in the summer of 1998, while publicly begging Phil Jackson to come back as coach in a transparent and pathetic public relations move.