Ball Don't Lie
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
A funny thing happened on the way to the all-but-inevitable squash job the Golden State Warriors were sure to lay on the outgunned, outclassed, overmatched and underwhelming Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night: Dwane Casey's team came out on fire, hitting 16 of their first 24 shots and punching the Dubs in the mouth to take a 17-point lead at the end of the first quarter. And after a back-and-forth second quarter in which Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (14 points on 5 for 5 shooting) and Raptors big man Amir Johnson (12 points, seven rebounds) took turns being unstoppable, the Raptors exploded out of their locker rooms to score the first 10 points of the second half and build a stunning 75-48 lead.
Through 26-plus minutes, the scuffling 6-10 Raps, losers of three straight, were absolutely taking Mark Jackson's squad to school. But a funny thing happened on the way to homeroom ...
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie1 hr ago
The San Antonio Spurs probably don’t like having to travel out of the NBA loop for a regular season game down in Mexico City. The Minnesota Timberwolves, one can be assured, definitely don’t like having to travel thousands of miles between countries to play a “home” game, which they will against the Spurs on Wednesday. The contest is still a cool exercise, though, with the NBA deciding to play an actual game that counts in basketball-mad Mexico City, as opposed to an exhibition game featuring heavy minutes for players that may not even make the final roster cuts.
Ever-mindful of scouting for youngsters looking to make the leap to the NBA, the Spurs decided to meet with a local youth team following their practice on Tuesday. And, following a photoshoot and team huddle, the defending Western Conference champs kicked off their shoes and set up for a scrimmage with the youngsters.
It didn’t go well for San Antonio. Watch:
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie11 hrs ago
Rookie guards Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo made a bit of NBA history on Tuesday night, and all it took them was a combined 98-plus minutes of work. (They can handle it. They're young.)
In the final 61 seconds of a double-overtime contest between the Orlando Magic, who selected Oladipo out of Indiana with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft, and the Philadelphia 76ers, who took Carter-Williams out of Syracuse with the 11th pick, both rookies put the finishing touches on the first triple-doubles of their NBA careers — MCW with an assist on a Thaddeus Young runner that put Philly up five with 1:01 remaining, and Oladipo with a rebound of a missed James Anderson free throw that kept the door just slightly ajar with the Magic trailing 125-122 and less than nine seconds remaining.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie12 hrs ago
The NBA is currently in the midst of an unfortunate, bizarre period of high-profile broken hand injuries. As our Dan Devine noted on Monday, the New Orleans Hornets' Anthony Davis, the Los Angeles Clippers' J.J. Redick, and the Brooklyn Nets' Paul Pierce have all suffered broken hands that will keep them out for at least a few weeks each. All three teams will feel those players' absences, but it's also a shame for basketball fans everywhere.
On Tuesday night, another notable player joined that group. In the third quarter of the Charlotte Bobcats 89-82 road loss to the Dallas Mavericks, second-year wing Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, the No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft, suffered a broken left hand. The official announcement:
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie13 hrs ago
For all his athletic and defensive talents, Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley has never been an especially reliable shooter. and I think we've found the problem. Entering Tuesday night's home game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Bradley had shot just 43.3 percent from the field and 27.9 percent from three-point range on the season, providing only minor assistance in solving the Celtics' offensive issues as Rajon Rondo continues his knee rehabilitation.
Luckily, I think we've now found Bradley's problem -- he just needed to find his sweet spot. Nearly halfway through the first quarter of Tuesday night's contest, Celtics forward Jared Sullinger hoisted a pull-up jumper with the shot clock running down. It missed everything and bounced towards the baseline, looking like a certain violation or out-of-bounds call in favor of the Bucks. That's when Bradley came out of nowhere, grabbed the ball while falling out of bounds, and threw up a shot over the side of the backboard to hit nothing but net.
- Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie17 hrs ago
While arguments about the various merits of all-time NBA greats can sometimes appear impossible to resolve, it's important to remember that comparing players across sports is several degrees more difficult. Whenever people decide to discuss the greatest athlete of all-time, Michael Jordan and Muhammad Ali are two of the first names mentioned. Invariably, no one can come to a coherent conclusion on the question, because it proves far too challenging to weigh various factors such as the different between competing in individual and team sports, contributions to the social fabric of American life, longevity, etc. It almost makes more sense to speak of Jordan and Ali separately.
However, we have now settled on the best possible method of determining a winner: fictitious rap battle. In the latest video from "Epic Rap Battles of History," Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of Comedy Central's sketch series "Key and Peele" take on the parts of Jordan and Ali, respectively, to see which athlete comes out on top.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie18 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: The Classical. Sam Riches on "the dunk of death," Wordsworth, rising and falling actions, and the place Vince Carter occupied (and maybe still occupies) in NBA fans' minds, especially those of fans who grew up north of the border.
PF: The Hook. Ziller on "the stretch four spectrum," and how Ryan Anderson, Kevin Love, LaMarcus Aldridge and many of the other best power forwards in the league are all, to some degree, variations of Dirk Nowitzki. Delightful.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie21 hrs ago
The Milwaukee Bucks haven't been especially fun to watch this season, scuffling to the league's worst offense, seventh-worst defense and a tie for the league's worst record with the similarly awful New York Knicks at 3-13. There are reasons for that — most notably, a rash of injuries that have forced starting center Larry Sanders, starting power forward Ersan Ilyasova, starting point guard Brandon Knight, backup point guard Luke Ridnour, expected small forward contributor Carlos Delfino and actual small forward contributor Caron Butler all to miss time. That's left the fate of the Bucks largely in the hands of second-round rookie point man Nate Wolters and eager-to-fire shooting guards O.J. Mayo and Gary Neal; admirable ownership intentions aside, that's not exactly a recipe for a postseason run.
- Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie22 hrs ago
Before being released, Royce White played in two exhibition games with the Philadelphia 76ers in October. His stats weren’t good – Royce missed eight of 12 shots, he racked up eight fouls in nearly 33 minutes of action, alongside five turnovers and nine rebounds. He was also, clearly, out of shape, and even thrown out of one of those games.
- Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie22 hrs ago
Miami Heat guard Roger Mason Jr. and his family members were victims of an armed robbery at a Miami restaurant on Sunday night, with the thieves making off with his Rolex watch and his sister's purse. Gunshots were reportedly fired in the incident, but nobody was hit.
The robbery took place at Ni.Do. Caffe, an Italian restaurant on Biscayne Boulevard, after the Heat's 99-98 win over the Charlotte Bobcats, according to Dawn Brooks of Miami ABC affiliate WLPG Local 10:
According to police, four suspects barged into the restaurant and robbed all patrons of their valuables.
On Monday, police recognized a black Cadillac Escalade as the vehicle that was used in the getaway after the robbery. When they attempted to pull the vehicle over, the driver refused and a chase began.
The driver and one passenger were finally apprehended at NW 148th Street and 18th Avenue after ramming a police cruiser, which caused the offending vehicle to stop.