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- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 hr 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: Squeeze the Orange. Kevin Love's outlet passing has received its fair share of praise lately, but as Adrien Kaeslin sees it — and demonstrates — it's a notable advancement as a passer out of both the high and low post that has made the Minnesota Timberwolves power forward one of the game's most versatile and dangerous offensive players through the first quarter of the season.Wed, Dec 185:00 PM PSTPortland at MinnesotaPreview Game
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie2 hrs ago
It’s been said that America and Great Britain are separated by a common language, and if you want proof of this, do take the time to mention wearing a fanny pack the next time you’re around someone from England. Actually, don’t; but do understand that the English have hundreds of charming idioms and phrases that typically leave most Americans cross-eyed while trying to determine the meaning.
The Atlanta Hawks and Brooklyn Nets will suit up at London’s O2 Arena this January for a regular season game, and in advance of that showdown (and in attempt to publicize the pairing) the Hawks have decided to give some of their players a little tutorial on some less-common English words that just aren’t heard here.
Via Trey Kerby at NBA.com’s Starters blog, here’s the first one:
They didn’t stop there:LiveSacramento12 - 26AtlantaFollow Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie3 hrs ago
Despite pretty strong play over the past month since returning from an early-November illness — around 16 points, three rebounds and three assists per game on 45.5 percent shooting, a 39.5 percent mark from 3-point range and 4.4 free-throw attempts in 28.5 minutes of nightly burn — sophomore Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters continues to hear his name floated in trade talks. The most recent round of chatter, shared by Bleacher Report's Jared Zwerling, connected the No. 4 overall pick in the 2012 draft with the Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers, with Zwerling's anonymous sources suggesting the latter would be the Syracuse product's preferred choice because A) he's from Philly and B) "he thinks he'd be the best player on the team."
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie4 hrs ago
Currently, Paul George is not your NBA MVP. LeBron James is playing one less minute per game than Paul, but he still has him licked in points (25.3 to 23.8), rebounds (6.8 to 5.8), assists (6.5 to 3.5) while shooting – holy cow – 59.8 percent from the floor. If LeBron James does not win every MVP from now until 2016 or so, then something will have gone very, very wrong for him.
The fact that we’re considering Paul George as a sound runner-up to the greatest player of his generation, though, speaks volumes. George won the NBA’s Most Improved Player award last year while actually not improving all that much – his per-minute stats went up a bit, but basically he just played far more minutes in Danny Granger’s absence while watching his efficiency numbers suffer along the way. George may not have deserved that award, but the turn he’s taken in 2013-14 more than makes up for it.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie5 hrs ago
Apparently, even the Golden State Warriors' fans can light it up from downtown.
Check out this top-of-the-key connection from halftime of the Warriors' big Tuesday night win over the New Orleans Pelicans at Oracle Arena:
Step in, snap the wrist, bottoms, pop the jersey shirsey T-shirt. All in a day's work by the Bay, man.
A Warriors spokesperson told BDL Wednesday that our spotlighted shooter — season-ticket holder Chris Powell of Vallejo, Calif. — was "randomly selected at the game by the Warriors game operations staff," and walked away from the intermission triple with not only the adoration of the Oracle faithful, but also something a bit more tangible value: "Groceries for a Year, courtesy of Lucky Supermarkets."
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie5 hrs ago
One nice side benefit to NBA suspensions and/or fines is the fact that all the money collected from a player as a result of either a fine or being docked a game’s pay goes to league-chosen charities. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, notorious for over a decade’s worth of fines for various referee-related reasons, even matches his personal NBA levy each time out with his own charitable contribution. It’s a good give back than everyone can get behind, even if we’re a little uneasy with the way we got to this benevolent turn.
Memphis Grizzlies defensive stopper Tony Allen, in his typically inimitable way, has created a unique turn on this sort of back and forth.
You’ll recall that in mid-November Allen inadvertently kicked Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul during a game. It was an accident, to be sure, but Allen left himself prone to criticism for being out of control on the court on his way to bonking the NBA’s top point guard, one that has battled the Grizzlies in both the 2012 and 2013 playoffs. Watch:
Allen apologized via Twitter soon after:Wed, Dec 185:30 PM PSTMemphis at DallasPreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie6 hrs ago
New York Knicks fans who've spent most of this season being buffeted from bummer to bummer got some good news at the Knicks' Wednesday shootaround:
Woodson: Chandler is going to play.
— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) December 18, 2013
Woodson says Bargnani will come off the bench while Chandler starts. Melo at the 4
— Chris Herring (@HerringWSJ) December 18, 2013
That'd be starting center Tyson Chandler, who's missed the last 20 games after suffering a fractured right fibula in the first quarter of the Knicks' fourth game of the season, a Nov. 5 home game against the Charlotte Bobcats:Wed, Dec 185:00 PM PSTNew York at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie9 hrs ago
Coming off a disappointing defeat at the hands of the Phoenix Suns, the Golden State Warriors got some good news before tipoff of their Tuesday night matchup with the New Orleans Pelicans: Starting small forward Andre Iguodala, who'd missed 12 games with a strained left hamstring, was ready to go and would return to Mark Jackson's starting lineup. And while he didn't set the box score ablaze, the versatile 30-year-old swingman did show that he had his bounce back, getting up high to corral a Stephen Curry lob late in the second quarter:
But it was a play that came up short midway through the third quarter — thanks, it must be noted, to a fantastic contest by Pelicans center Jason Smith — that provided the most compelling evidence that the freewheeling, playmaking and confident Iguodala who helped spark the Warriors' strong start to the season is all the way back:
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie10 hrs ago
Good morning. Have you already caught up on Damian Lillard's second straight game-winner, Ray Allen's Jesus Shuttlesworth jersey, Jordan Hamilton's "punch" ejection and the latest in Omer Asik trade rumors? OK, great. Here's about 90 seconds of Chris Webber doing "karate" in a wig in a hair salon, then:
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie20 hrs ago
UPDATE: 12/18/13, 7:40 p.m. ET: Well, looks like I was wrong about this getting a pass from the league office — the NBA brought the hammer down on Wednesday:
— Dan Devine (@YourManDevine) December 18, 2013
Hamilton will miss the Nuggets' Friday night matchup with the Phoenix Suns. We can only hope Adams will be able to manage the pain in his shoulder and suit up for the Thunder's Thursday night contest against the Chicago Bulls.
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.