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- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie2 hrs ago
Thursday's matchup between the league-best Golden State Warriors and red-hot Cleveland Cavaliers was billed as a potential NBA Finals preview. As with so many high-profile games before it, the night was dominated by LeBron James.
The Cavs superstar scored a season-high 42 points on 15-of-25 shooting as Cleveland beat Golden State 110-99. The Warriors got out to a hot start in a high-scoring first quarter but were handled by the Cavaliers over the final three quarters in a game whose result rarely seemed in doubt.
In addition to his impressive scoring total, James added 11 boards, five assists, and three steals over 36 minutes. Take a look at some of his highlights below:
Cleveland's win ran their current home winning streak to 11 games, their best mark since LeBron's final pre-Miami season in 2009-10. In all, the Cavs have won 18 of their last 20 games, good enough to make them the hottest team in the league and the ostensible favorite in the East despite holding third place in the conference at nine games behind the first-place Atlanta Hawks.Fri, Feb 277:30 PM ESTGolden State at TorontoPreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie2 hrs ago
Basketball pioneer Earl Lloyd, the first African-American ever to play in an NBA game, died Thursday. He was 86 years old.
Lloyd was one of three African-American pioneers to break into the NBA in 1950. Chuck Cooper became the first black player drafted by an NBA team, selected in the second round of the 1950 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics, seven rounds before the Washington Capitols picked Lloyd. Nat "Sweetwater" Clifton, a former Harlem Globetrotter, became the first African-American player to sign a full NBA contract, joining the New York Knicks on May 24.
But on Oct. 31, 1950, Lloyd became the first first African-American ever to play in an NBA game, suiting up for Washington against the Rochester Royals, scoring six points and grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds in a 78-70 loss. Both Cooper and Clifton would see their first NBA game action less than a week later.
"It's amazing how a scheduling quirk can change your whole life," Lloyd once said.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
When Paul George suffered a gruesome leg injury in a Team USA exhibition this summer, the assumption was that he would miss the entire 2014-15 season with the Indiana Pacers while rehabbing. Yet that expectation changed several weeks ago — George told Yahoo's own Marc Spears that he had plans to practice by March 1 and return to real-live NBA games some time in the middle of the month. The plan seemed optimistic, but also made the return of one of the NBA's most exciting players much more real.
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George appears to be sticking to his timeline. The two-time All-Star was a full participant in Pacers practice for the first time since his injury Thursday, or three days before his self-imposed date. Michael Marot of the Associated Press has more:
You can also check out video of Marc's conversation with George at All-Star Weekend:Fri, Feb 277:00 PM ESTCleveland at IndianaPreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
Derrick Rose will have surgery on Friday morning to repair the torn medial meniscus in his right knee, the Chicago Bulls announced Thursday. While the club won't lay out a timetable for the injured point guard's recovery until after team physician Dr. Brian Cole actually performs the procedure, Bulls brass sure sounded optimistic Thursday about the possibility that we haven't seen the last of the former MVP this season.
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- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie8 hrs ago
At some point, we might have to start wondering if the Los Angeles Lakers are playing the NBA’s sneakiest game of possum.
The MIT Sports Sloan Analytics Conference strikes up again this weekend, a gathering that the Lakers infamously skipped in 2013. Between a few published reports decrying the team’s prevailing sense of apathy toward advanced statistics, coach Byron Scott’s proud parroting of acting “old school” as opposed to acting a “capable coach,” Kobe Bryant’s understandable interest in promoting anything but the team that is paying him $23.5 million this year, and a possible disconnect between Bryant and general manager Mitch Kupchak, we seem to have quite a bit of turmoil surrounding a team with the fourth-worst record in the NBA.
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- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie10 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: Complex. Thomas Golianopoulos delivers an oral history of MTV's "Rock N Jock" franchise, replete with fond memories of the 25- and 50-point baskets and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar telling Michael Rapaport to quit yapping. Very fun times.
Michael Carter-Williams doesn't think he 'would have been moved' if Brett Brown were running the SixersKelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie11 hrs ago
On Wednesday, Michael Carter-Williams managed a tidy seven points and eight assists in only 17 minutes in his debut with the Milwaukee Bucks. The reigning Rookie of the Year started in his first game with his new team, which co-incidentally was pitched against the franchise that dealt him at the trade deadline – the perpetually rebuilding Philadelphia 76ers.
There is precedent for Rookies of the Year to be dealt in their second seasons, as recently as 2002 Mike Miller was sent to Memphis after taking in the trophy just nine months before, but the 76ers’ version of this rare type of move befuddled many. Miller was dealt for what appeared to be a sturdy big forward with promise in Drew Gooden and a starting-level shooting guard replacement in Gordan Giricek.
MCW? He was essentially dealt for a first-round pick that the Sixers probably won’t be able to use until 2016. And that prospect may not pay immediate dividends, as Carter-Williams did in his first award-winning season with Philadelphia. This is why Sixers coach Brett Brown probably wasn’t a huge fan of the deal, in the interim at least.Fri, Feb 277:00 PM ESTWashington at PhiladelphiaPreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie11 hrs ago
After what's felt like an unending string of underwhelming matchups on the nationally televised TNT Thursday night slate, we've finally got one worth sinking our teeth into tonight: the Golden State Warriors, leaders of the Western Conference and owners of the league's best record, traveling to Quicken Loans Arena to take on the Cleveland Cavaliers, the NBA's hottest team after winning 17 of their last 19 games.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
Last year, in the midst of another season toiling in the D-League, looking for a way back into the NBA, former New York Knicks and Boston Celtics forward Bill Walker decided to make a change. So long, Bill; hello, Henry.
"It's just my middle name," Walker recently told Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "I'm just trying to mature and just trying to grow up, trying to change the perception about me."
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So far, so good, Henry.Fri, Feb 278:00 PM ESTMiami at New OrleansPreview Game
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
Denver Nuggets rookie big man Jusuf Nurkic has developed a reputation as a classic NBA tough guy in just a few short months. The 20-year-old Bosnian has impressed as an interior presence at both ends, but he also plays with a no-nonsense style more often found in crusty veterans. I suppose we should expect nothing less from a player who may have only been scouted in the first place because someone wanted to know if his father, a policeman who earned headlines for defeating 14 people in a fight, had any sons.
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