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- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie37 mins ago
On Monday evening, the Los Angeles Lakers downed the Philadelphia 76ers on a last-second shot from rookie Jordan Clarkson. Hands were rung and eyes rolled, as a significant portion of NBA fandom could hardly recall what number Clarkson wore prior to this professional event, and yet they could recite the two teams’ 2015 NBA draft odds by rote: Los Angeles keeps its pick unless it either continues to win, or in case bad lottery luck pushes the team out of the top five. If it falls out of the top five, the lowly Sixers takes in its own high end lottery pick, and the Lakers’ selection.Wed, Apr 17:00 PM EDTPhiladelphia at WashingtonPreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
It's been a pretty exciting regular season, and it looks like it ought to be a similarly thrilling postseason push to June's NBA Finals. But amid all the bright, shining Stephen Curry bombs, James Harden stepbacks and Anthony Davis detonations, it's become difficult to ignore the stormclouds gathering on the labor relations front.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie3 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.
C: Sports Illustrated. Rob Mahoney talks with Zach Randolph about the finer points of low-post positioning, and how a player who has spent most of the last decade and a half viewed largely as a bruiser has built an All-Star career out of precise footwork, sharp angles and all the little things that can make a successful big man.
- Ball Don't Lie Staff at Ball Don't Lie5 hrs ago
The following is an excerpt from "DRAZEN: The Remarkable Life & Legacy of the Mozart of Basketball," by Australian author Todd Spehr, a new book about the late, great former Portland Trail Blazers and New Jersey Nets guard Drazen Petrovic that hit bookshelves Monday, March 30. It's available for order here and here. On Monday, we shared a passage about a memorable matchup between petrovic and Indiana Pacers star Reggie Miller.Tue, Mar 317:30 PM EDTIndiana at BrooklynPreview Game
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie15 hrs ago
With just a few weeks remaining until the NBA postseason, every night can impact the standings. NBA Playoff Picture keeps you up to date on all the most important news for all 16 berths and seeds.
A Raptors Resurgence?: While the Toronto Raptors have already clinched the Atlantic Division and are still very much in play for the No. 3 seed in the East, the team has been in a slump for more than a month. Since beating the Atlanta Hawks on February 20, Toronto had lost 10 straight to opponents over .500 during a 6-13 stretch overall. Despite their still-impressive record, they've looked like a squad that could be upset in the first round.
It's just one game, but the Raptors' 99-96 home win over the Houston Rockets on Monday may represent a change in fortune. DeMar DeRozan was the biggest reason for the victory, in part because of this tough jumper to put Toronto up three points with 18 seconds remaining in regulation:
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie17 hrs ago
With six minutes remaining in the third quarter of Monday's game, the Atlanta Hawks led the Milwaukee Bucks by five points, and Kyle Korver was scoreless. With 4:40 remaining in the third, the lead was 16, and Korver had 11. Things escalate quickly in the Highlight Factory these days.
Korver missed his first four shots, all from 3-point range, but finally got unstuck midway through the third. With the shot clock winding down, he took a pitch-back from center Al Horford and stepped into a 30-footer that soared past the outstretched hand of Bucks center and ex-Hawk Zaza Pachulia before finding sweet nylon, getting himself on the board with 5:49 left in the third.
After a missed layup by Milwaukee point guard Michael Carter-Williams, Atlanta pushed the ball up the court, with DeMarre Carroll finding Korver flowing to the left corner. A quick pump-fake allowed a backtracking Buck to breeze past into the crowd, giving Korver a wide-open look at a just-inside-the-line jumper to make it two in a row.Wed, Apr 18:00 PM EDTChicago at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie19 hrs ago
The NBA's year-end awards identify some of key players in any given season, from the most valuable to the most improved to the most productive rookie. Yet these accolades don't always communicate what certain players mean to the league on a nightly basis. For instance, take two of this season's frontrunners — likely Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins and highly regarded Most Improved Player candidate Rudy Gobert. Both young men have made statements as top players for lottery-bound teams, but they have arguably received more attention for standing out as must-watch, highly ready performers. They are budding stars who already lead the league in internet attention.
It's fitting, then, that Wiggins and Gobert were involved in one of the season's top dunks during the second quarter of Monday night's game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz at the Target Center.
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- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie20 hrs ago
It's been a frustrating few weeks for Marc Gasol. He's seen his Memphis Grizzlies, one of the league's most brutalizing and dominant squads through the first 3 1/2 months of the season, stumbling around .500 since the All-Star break, with in-fighting and locker-room malaise providing the backdrop for a vast array of losses that have dropped Memphis beneath the charging Houston Rockets into third place in the Western Conference playoff chase.Mon, Mar 30Sacramento83 - 97MemphisGame Recap
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie22 hrs ago
Joe Dumars is the guy that put together a championship team. He sustained a winner in Detroit that made it to six consecutive Eastern Conference finals. He worked as an executive for 14 years, and as the head honcho for 14.
He’s also the man that drafted Darko Milicic. He extended Rip Hamilton, twice, crippling the Pistons’ salary cap potential. He spent gobs of money on Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, and Josh Smith – all major free agents signings, and three guys the Pistons had to pay to get rid of.
Joe Dumars contains multitudes. Could the better half of Dumars’ executive career earn him another job running a team?
Detroit coach and president Stan Van Gundy, the man who essentially replaced Dumars with the Pistons, thinks so:Tue, Mar 317:30 PM EDTAtlanta at DetroitPreview Game
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
Byron Scott has had to talk himself into quite a bit this season, working with a Los Angeles Lakers team that was built to lose, but his particular brand of delusion may have hit its peak over the weekend.
The Laker coach, working with a 19-53 record in the months following a misspent 2014 offseason, claimed on Sunday that player have openly approached Scott during games to express their interest in moving to Los Angeles in order to take advantage of the Lakers’ significant 2015 salary cap space. He’s seriously pushing that as something that has actually happened.