Ball Don't Lie
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie1 hr 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 Lie2 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 Lie2 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 Lie3 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 Lie6 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 Lie7 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 Lie17 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 Lie19 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 Lie21 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 Lie22 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.