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- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie6 hrs ago
Denver Nuggets forward Jordan Hamilton was ejected early in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder after receiving a flagrant foul-2 for swinging his arm and hitting OKC center Steven Adams.
The play took place less than a minute into the final frame, with the Thunder leading by 10 points and having the ball after Oklahoma City reserve Jeremy Lamb rebounded a miss by Nuggets guard Evan Fournier:
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie7 hrs ago
Kyrie Irving nearly brought the Cleveland Cavaliers back against the West-best Portland Trail Blazers by himself. Unfortunately for him, Damian Lillard answered by adding to his rapidly growing late-game resume.
With 7.1 seconds on the clock and the Cavs and Blazers tied at 116-116, Lillard took the inbounds pass from Nicolas Batum, faced off against the defending Alonzo Gee, and pulled up from 30 feet. He buried it, notching his second game-winner in as many games after Sunday's overtime winner against the Detroit Pistons.Wed, Dec 185:00 PM PSTPortland at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Ball Don't Lie9 hrs ago
When news broke back in September that the NBA was considering putting nicknames on the backs of players' jerseys for select games this season, there were plenty of people — including some players — who didn't seem particularly excited about the idea. One fairly friendly take, though, came from Miami Heat sharpshooter Ray Allen, who seemed amenable to the idea in speaking with Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press:Wed, Dec 184:00 PM PSTIndiana at MiamiPreview Game
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie11 hrs ago
Over three decades as an NBA head coach, Hall of Famer Don Nelson developed a reputation as something of a mad scientist. Whether it involved turning a forward into a point guard or playing five perimeter players at the same time, Nellie was always willing to try something new in the hopes of finding a favorable matchup or unforeseen advantage. Unfortunately, that penchant for experimentation often came across as somewhat impractical or megalomaniacal, with Nelson creating enemies for his methods and judgments. It was somewhat fitting that, when he broke Lenny Wilkens's record for all-time coaching wins record, the moment carried all the grandeur of an Employee of the Month ceremony. It was impossible to deny Nelson's abilities, but there was always something a little frustrating about him.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie12 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: Cowbell Kingdom. James Ham on Isaiah Thomas' triumphant post-trade return to the Sacramento Kings' starting lineup, which has seen him shoot the lights out and average 23 points and 7.3 assists in four games, with Mike Malone's team going 2-2: “I’ve been ready for this moment since I came into this league. That’s what I work so hard for in the summers. I want to be (one of those) guards that I see on each and every team playing 40 minutes a night.”Wed, Dec 184:30 PM PSTSacramento at AtlantaPreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie15 hrs ago
Yes, it comes in the service of promoting a sock drive asking Charlotte Bobcats fans to donate six-packs of new socks for the needy at 'Cats home games through Dec. 27, with fans donating socks (or at least $10, if they'd rather give cash over cotton) getting a voucher for a free ticket to Charlotte's Jan. 20 home game against the Toronto Raptors. That does not change the fact that this video does indeed feature Cody Zeller and Josh McRoberts playing with sock puppets:Wed, Dec 184:00 PM PSTCharlotte at TorontoPreview Game
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie15 hrs ago
You’ll recall that right before the 2013 playoffs started, the San Antonio Spurs surprisingly released swingman Stephen Jackson. The journeyman small forward was a pivotal member of the team’s 2003 championship turn, and had played well during San Antonio’s three-round run during the 2012 playoffs. Because the 2012-13 version of Stephen Jackson was shooting 37 percent from the field, while attempting a whopping 5.7 three-pointers per 36 minutes despite shooting just 27 percent from long range, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was forced to limit his minutes.
And you probably remember how Jackson, now with the Los Angeles Clippers, reacted to that. From Adrian Wojnarowski:Wed, Dec 186:00 PM PSTSan Antonio at PhoenixPreview Game
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie16 hrs ago
It’s that time of the season, the time in which you’re given a $25 or so limit to try and come up with an anonymous gift for a co-worker that you may or may not admire enough to bequeath with any gift, however modest. Typically, “Secret Santa” gift hauls can usually be sourced out by a quick trip to the local drug store, picking up an iTunes gift card, a seasonal novelty tchotchke, or perhaps a small bottle of coffee-flavored spirits for Linda, who has had a really tough year.
If you’re the Miami Heat, though, you don’t stop with a desk-sized bottle of Bailey’s. When Heat players looked under the tree for their “Secret Santa” showdown the other day, they found some pretty impressive booty had shook out from Santa’s sleigh. Like telescopes.
Seriously, telescopes. Shane Battier bought Chris Bosh a telescope. From Jason Lieser at the Palm Beach Post:
Shane Battier picked up a telescope for Chris Bosh and received at least two exceptional bottles of wine from Mario Chalmers.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie17 hrs ago
That the New York Knicks lost on Monday isn't surprising. The Knicks have lost 17 times in 24 games, sit five games below .500 both at home and on the road, have the league's fourth-worst defense in terms of points allowed per possession, and are only marginally better at scoring the ball (19th among 30 NBA teams, according to NBA.com's stat tool). The Knicks are bad; that they lost on Monday isn't newsworthy.
The way they lost, though? Allowing a nearly uncontested game-winning layup by Wizards guard Bradley Beal despite having a foul to give, then coming completely unglued in the final seven seconds and settling for an off-balance 25-foot runner by Carmelo Anthony (despite having three timeouts) that didn't come close? That's some headline-grabbing business.
If you'd like to refresh your memory:Wed, Dec 185:00 PM PSTNew York at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie18 hrs ago
Speaking on the record with San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich can be a harrowing experience. He can be hyper-literal, pouncing on the choice of one particular word in a drawn-out question, and his in-game Turner Sports interviews have become somewhat legendary as the years pile on.
Coach Pop’s irascible persona might be enough to scare aspiring journalists away from their stated goals – even a few tuition-heavy years into their academic pursuits. Pop recognized as much as he hustled into the Staples Center on Monday night, prior to his team’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. From Ben Bolch at the Los Angeles Times: