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- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
On Tuesday night, away from the prying eyes of most of the NBA world — which is to say, during the broadcast of the matchup between the lottery-bound Sacramento Kings and Philadelphia 76ers — something beautiful happened. Luckily for us, Sixers fan/SPIN contributor Andrew Unterberger was there to witness it and relay it to the rest of us:
My closed captioning just referred to Nik Stauskas as "Sauce Castillo" and I will never be able to not call him this again
Deadspin went back and pulled the closed-captioned footage from Tuesday night, and sure enough, the Kings were on that Sauce:
Being a right-minded individual, I instantly loved the idea of calling Nik Stauskas "Sauce Castillo."
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie2 hrs ago
To be honest, I don't even know why a Cleveland-area business would try to get LeBron James, Kyrie Irving or Kevin Love to appear in its commercials. I mean, Timofey Mozgov is sitting right there , and he is so good at it , especially when "it" includes swatting a plate of food to the ground:
The full run of the Cleveland Cavaliers' hulking Russian center's dialogue in this ad for The Brew Garden:
Now, granted, there are a couple of less-than-smooth elements of this production — Mozzy's eyes darting off-camera, presumably to revisit the cue cards, and, of course, the fact that he has to wear his jersey backward so that people know A) he is a basketball player on the local basketball team and B) which player he is — but generally speaking, I think we can agree that this [swats plate of food to the ground] is a slam dunk of a local commercial.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie3 hrs ago
Tim Duncan's been an awful lot of things in his illustrious 18-year career — an NBA champion (five times), an All-Star (15 times), the league's Most Valuable Player (two times), the NBA Finals' Most Valuable Player (three times), an All-NBA selection (14 times, including 10 first-team nods), an All-Defensive Team pick (14 times, eight first-team choices) and so much more. One thing he's never been, though, is a floor spacer. Heading into Wednesday's action, the "Big Fundamental" had attempted just 199 3-pointers in 1,553 combined regular-season and postseason games, making 34 of them.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie15 hrs ago
The Houston Rockets made it very clear that Dwight Howard's return to the court in Wednesday's visit to the New Orleans Pelicans would not find the eight-time All-Star pushing the limits of the sore right knee that had kept him out since January 23. Based on that expectation, Howard's first game back was a success, even if it provided few opportunities to judge his current level of play.
Howard started and played his as-expected 16 minutes in the Rockets' 95-93 victory over the Pelicans, logging four points (2-of-3 FG), seven rebounds (all defensive), two assists, a block, and four fouls in a clearly secondary role. The mere fact that he played in a real NBA game is good news for the Rockets as they jockey for seeding and prepare for the playoffs, but this game also served as a reminder that Howard is not at his typical star level and may not be at any point again this season.
- Ball Don't Lie Staff at Ball Don't Lie15 hrs ago
With just a few weeks remaining until the NBA postseason, every night can impact the standings. The NBA Playoff Picture Update keeps you up to date on all the most important news for all 16 berths and seeds.
Pamplona status: The Toronto Raptors held an 11-point lead midway through the third quarter but spit the bit down the stretch, getting absolutely overwhelmed in the fourth by a Chicago Bulls club led by a somewhat unlikely lineup.
As of Tuesday, the five-man unit of Pau Gasol, Nikola Mirotic, Jimmy Butler, Tony Snell and Aaron Brooks had shared the court for all of nine minutes this season, outscoring opponents by a total of two points. That group closed out the Raptors on Wednesday, topping Toronto by a whopping 13 points over the final five minutes and change, finishing off a fourth quarter in which the Bulls got whatever they wanted against the Raptors' hapless defense.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie16 hrs ago
The fight for the final two playoff spots in the Eastern Conference has been one of the tightest races in the NBA this season, with positions changing seemingly every day as several teams attempt to become humongous underdogs to the Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers in the opening round of the postseason. A strong second half has allowed the Indiana Pacers to become one of those squads, although a three-game losing streak had sent them from a potential upset pick to a team just trying to claw its way back into the top eight in the standings. The Pacers entered Wednesday night's road game against the Washington Wizards — themselves in the midst of a four-game losing streak — needing a win to keep up with the competition.Thu, Mar 268:00 PM EDTIndiana at MilwaukeePreview Game
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie18 hrs ago
DeAndre Jordan is one of the NBA's most ferocious dunkers. Jason Smith is not one of the NBA's most fearsome rim protectors.
This will end in tears:
My word , DeAndre.
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie21 hrs ago
As Troy Murphy explains it in a wonderful profile on the erstwhile NBA player by New York Times scribe Andrew Keh, there isn't much he misses about a game he once played at the highest level for 12 seasons.
“I miss the socks. The socks were unbelievable. There’s something about NBA socks.”
- Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie23 hrs ago
Joi Pescatelli & Duane Stewart get engaged at Tony Allen Karaoke Night pic.twitter.com/X4pJjBgvP9
It is, I assume, every Memphis couple's dream to be serenaded by The Grindfather at their engagement.
For Duane Stewart and Joi Pescatelli, that fantasy became reality on Tuesday night, when the former proposed to the latter at Grizzlies defender extraordinaire Tony Allen's charity karaoke event to benefit JIFF, Inc. — a local non-profit organization that provides intervention services for troubled youths.
While one karaoke competitor submitted the worst rendition of Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World" you'll ever hear, Allen made up for it with the only song everybody can universally agree captures what it feels like to be a young couple in love — Tag Team's 1993 classic "Whoomp! (There It Is)."
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie1 day ago
The Houston Rockets, as it is with just about every single NBA team of record, are full of comings and goings. Thanks a lot, injuries.
The team confirmed on Wednesday morning that star center Dwight Howard would indeed be returning on Wednesday night, as the Rockets gear up for their playoff push:
McHale confirms: Dwight Howard will return tonight in New Orleans. He will start and be on a minutes restriction. pic.twitter.com/ccwTpDtpNV
The minutes restriction has not been set, but Dwight has a solid guess:
McHale said he would keep Dwight Howard on a minutes restriction tonight. Howard thought he might play around 16 minutes in his return.
If anyone has a solid guess as to what happens to the Houston Rockets from here on out, with 12 games to go in the regular season, go right ahead and shout it out.