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- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie11 hrs ago
It would have been very easy for the Golden State Warriors to drop their first game of the season in Monday's visit to the Utah Jazz. The slow-paced Jazz controlled tempo and generally played the style they prefer, trailing by double digits for all of 14 seconds on the night. No team has played the Warriors so consistently well over their record-breaking start to the season, and the Jazz had a chance to win late.
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It says something about Golden State that the defending champions were able to withstand that fine effort to improve their record to 19-0. The Warriors topped the Jazz 106-103 at Vivint Smart Home Arena behind a resilient showing that featured key bench contributions and a few new wrinkles with wing Harrison Barnes sidelined due to an ankle injury. The Jazz provided a sort of blueprint for beating them, but it still wasn't enough to get the job done.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie11 hrs ago
We've known for a while that Kobe Bryant holds a special place in Kevin Durant's heart. After forging a relationship on the Olympic-gold-medal-winning 2012 edition of Team USA, Durant and Bryant became basketball buddies who would exchange wee-hours text messages about how to not just reach the rarefied air that few have ever breathed, but keep climbing even higher.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie20 hrs ago
Rasheed Wallace has been a great many things in his basketball life — a high school player of the year, a second-team All-American, an NBA All-Star, an NBA champion, a key figure in the evolution of the way big men played at the highest level, a principled disputer of most (if not all) officiating decisions, a first-rate dancer and, of course, an endlessly quotable inspiration.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie21 hrs ago
The Golden State Warriors continued to run roughshod over the NBA during the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, blowing the doors off the Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings to extend their NBA-record season-opening winning streak to 18 games. With reigning-and-potential-future MVP Stephen Curry at the controls of the NBA's No. 1 offense, the Warriors remain fascinating, must-watch TV on a nightly basis, the best possible reason for us East Coasters waking up looking like death warmed over after yet another Pacific time-zone tip.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie22 hrs ago
Rajon Rondo doesn’t have to visit Dallas on Monday night. He doesn’t have to hear the boos and he doesn’t have to face the scorn of endless Mavericks fans who are wondering, why, exactly, their team likely gave up a first-round draft pick for 46 games and a misspent postseason for the current Sacramento Kings guard. Rondo, working in the safe confines of the former Arco Arena on Monday night versus the 10-7 Mavs, has it easy.
That doesn’t mean we all can’t ask ourselves, and the Mavericks, why any of this had to happen.
Tim McMahon discussed as much with Dallas coach Rick Carlisle prior to the Kings/Mavs showdown:
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie23 hrs ago
New York Knicks power forward/center Kristaps Porzingis took many NBA observers by surprise early in his rookie season by showing both a nose for the ball when crashing the offensive glass and a bit of a flair for the dramatic, throwing down putback dunks on the heads and shoulders of several well-established veteran big men who seemed not to believe that the lanky Latvian would sneak up from behind and come hunting for highlights. The plays made for some killer Vines, gave opponents something to think about and inspired new hope in Knicks fans who have suffered through a rough couple of seasons.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
Robin Lopez will make $12.6 million this year. Brook Lopez will make nearly $19.7 million in 2015-16. These guys don’t really need roommates to help split up the rent.
Still, as twin brothers with similar interests (if dissimilar games) that both work out of the city of New York, it doesn’t seem that farfetched that the Knicks starting center (Robin) and the Brooklyn Nets’ pivotman (Brook) would want to find a place of their own to bunk up. All they’d have to do is leave a sock on the bedroom door, a note on the fridge, and a texted warning for whenever Kristaps Porzingis wants to come over to play video games and get away from his parents at home.Tue, Dec 14:30 PM PSTPhoenix at BrooklynPreview Game
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
Let's face it — the best and most powerful teams in the NBA don't really change from week to week. A handful of results in the middle of winter can only mean so much to a franchise's championship hopes. What does shift regularly, though, is how much interest a squad can hold over the course of a season. Every Monday, BDL's Most Interesting Power Rankings track the teams most worthy of your attention.
THE TOP 15Tue, Dec 14:00 PM PSTLA Lakers at PhiladelphiaPreview Game
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
Kobe Bryant's announcement that he will retire at the end of this NBA season captured the basketball world's attention, if not its surprise, on Sunday afternoon. His post-game press conference after the night's 107-103 loss to the Indiana Pacers served as a reminder that the Los Angeles Lakers icon's eccentricities and focus will be impossible to replace.
Speaking to media for the first time since his post for The Players' Tribune, Kobe explained the rationale behind his decision and held forth on a number of related topics. It was a fascinating exchange, arguably more watchable than any of the day's basketball games. Take a look:
- Jeff Eisenberg at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Hours after Kobe Bryant formally announced this would be his final NBA season on Sunday, the greatest Lakers legend of them all digested the news with a smile.
Magic Johnson said he's thrilled that Bryant is retiring on his own terms and that the Lakers franchise can finally begin to rebuild in earnest without him.
"I was going to support whatever he chose to do, but I think it's good for him and it's good for the Lakers organization to know they're going to move on without him," Johnson told Yahoo Sports at halftime of the Michigan State-Providence game. "It's good for everybody, even the fans. They know now too. Now everybody can get ready for the new Lakers after he's gone."
Bryant announced his impending retirement in the form of a first-person story published Sunday on The Players' Tribune website. After a 20-year career spent entirely in Los Angeles, he wrote that "this season is all I have left to give."