Paul Millsap, the no-sizzle All-Star, wants to get weird for one day (Ball Don't Lie)
(Sun, 19 Feb 2017 12:40:25 PST)
Paul Millsap knows how to make an entrance. NEW ORLEANS — When the Eastern Conference All-Stars took the floor for Saturday’s practice session at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the first player introduced was Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks. Music blaring, public address announcer yawping, dancers gyrating … and Paul Millsap, stone-faced, walks through it at an unhurried pace as fans offer a polite, respectful, muted pop.
McGrady, Moncrief, Webber among 14 NBA Hall of Fame finalists
(Sat, 18 Feb 2017 12:33:51 PST)
New York (AFP) - Two-time NBA scoring champion Tracy McGrady, two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Sidney Moncrief and five-time All-Star Chris Webber were among 14 Basketball Hall of Fame finalists named Saturday.
Clippers beat Hawks 99-84, win 4th in a row (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:48:48 PST)
The Clippers' reserves jumped on the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter and made them go away. Los Angeles built a 22-point lead by the third quarter on its way to a 99-84 victory on Wednesday night that sent the Clippers into the All-Star break on a four-game winning streak. Blake Griffin scored 17 points and the reserves combined for 42 points.
NBA-Highlights of Wednesday's NBA games
(Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:26:02 PST)
Feb 15 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of National Association Basketball games on Wednesday: Raptors 90, Hornets 85 Kyle Lowry scored 21 points and broke a tie late in the fourth quarter as the Toronto Raptors overcame a 17-point deficit to defeat the Charlotte Hornets 90-85. Norman Powell added 17 points for the Raptors. Frank Kaminsky led Charlotte with 27 points and Kemba Walker added 24. Cavaliers 113, Pacers 104 Kyle Korver scored 22 points off the bench for Cleveland and became the seventh player in NBA history to make 2,000 three-pointers. ...
The Cavs knew Kevin Love was 'heading for surgery,' but he kept playing (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 15 Feb 2017 22:00:22 PST)
Kevin Love’s first All-Star season in Cleveland just hit a major speed bump. Cleveland Cavaliers fans might have felt blindsided on Tuesday morning when news broke that All-Star power forward Kevin Love needed arthroscopic surgery to remove “loose bodies” from his left knee, and would be sidelined for six weeks after the procedure. The Cavs themselves, however, appear to have had a bit more time than their fans to get acclimated to the idea.
Carmelo Anthony replaces injured Kevin Love on 2017 East All-Star team (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 15 Feb 2017 19:45:10 PST)
After coming up short in the running for a starting spot and finding himself outside the coaches’ picks for the reserve corps, Carmelo Anthony had to come to terms with the fact that, for the first time in seven years, he wasn’t an All-Star. “I got plans,” Anthony said after the Knicks’ Tuesday practice, according to Fred Kerber of the New York Post. The Knicks' Carmelo Anthony will replace injured Kevin Love as an Eastern Conference All-Star, according to league sources.
Forbes: NBA team valuations skyrocketing, 18 teams worth over $1 billion, Knicks worth $3.3 billion (Ball Don't Lie)
(Wed, 15 Feb 2017 09:37:46 PST)
The measurements have been drawn and, shock horror, NBA teams are worth quite an awful lot. Much, and in some cases far more than they were worth last year, even. The trend is continuing for Forbes Magazine’s annual valuations of the league’s 30 teams.
Clippers focus on defense as Hawks visit (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 14 Feb 2017 22:25:33 PST)
When they defend, the Los Angeles Clippers can compete with any club in the NBA, center DeAndre Jordan believes. "We can score against anybody," Jordan told the Los Angeles Times. Defending has sparked the Clippers to three consecutive wins.
Jazz try to snap slide versus Trail Blazers (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 14 Feb 2017 21:17:08 PST)
Back-to-back one-sided home losses left Utah searching for answers heading into Wednesday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers -- the team's final game before the NBA All-Star break. In their latest loss, an 88-72 setback to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday night, the Jazz scored a season-low in points and shot a season-low 32.2 percent from the field. It came on the heels of a 112-104 loss to Boston where the Celtics shot a season-high 59.2 percent from the field.
Kevin Love, Serge Ibaka and the day the East got a lot more interesting (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 14 Feb 2017 17:52:07 PST)
Kevin Love and Serge Ibaka stole headlines on Tuesday, and both stories might benefit the Raptors. LeBron James has rendered the Eastern Conference playoffs meaningless for the past six seasons. Despite challenges from the Boston Celtics and Indiana Pacers in 2012 and 2013, there was little doubt the James-led Miami Heat would reach the NBA Finals every season he spent in South Beach.
DeMarcus Cousins on his 17 technical fouls: 'It’s obvious I can’t be myself' (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 14 Feb 2017 15:40:42 PST)
The season is nearing its All-Star break, and DeMarcus Cousins has games to play that actually count. This is a first for him as a pro, as the Sacramento Kings center has yet to work this deep into an NBA February while still in a playoff race. It took an overtime victory against the tanking Philadelphia 76ers just for the team to line up at 10 games under .500 at the All-Star break last season, but this time around the Kings have a chance to be tied for the No. 8 seed in the West when the break hits after Thursday night.
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer insists Paul Millsap is 'not going anywhere' (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:54:44 PST)
The Hawks are committed to keeping Paul Millsap, for better or worse. Hawks coach and president of basketball operations Mike Budenholzer insisted Atlanta wasn’t trading Paul Millsap, and then the impending free agent proved exactly why the team is intent on keeping him. “He’s not going anywhere,” Budenholzer told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution before Monday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
Kevin Love's out for 6 weeks, and LeBron and the Cavs need to be careful (Ball Don't Lie)
(Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:25:14 PST)
Kevin Love’s first All-Star season in Cleveland just hit a major speed bump. After two years spent getting acclimated to sharing the floor with dominant ball-handlers LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, Love has flourished in his third season in Cleveland. The 28-year-old big man is averaging 20 points and 11.1 rebounds per game — his first double-double average since coming over in trade from the Minnesota Timberwolves in the summer of 2014 — while shooting a sterling 38.4 percent from 3-point range.
Hawks prevail 109-104 over Trail Blazers in overtime (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:07:10 PST)
Paul Millsap thought he'd have a different shot than the floater he made to force overtime. Once there, the Atlanta Hawks scored the final 12 points to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 109-104 on Monday night. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 25 points while Dennis Schroder added 22 for the Hawks.
NBA-Highlights of Monday's NBA games
(Mon, 13 Feb 2017 23:13:22 PST)
Feb 13 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of National Basketball Association games on Monday: Nuggets 132, Warriors 110 Juancho Hernangomez hit six of Denver's franchise-record 24 and finished with a career-high 27 points as the Nuggets routed the Golden State Warriors 132-110 on Monday night. Nikola Jokic had 17 points, 21 rebounds and 12 assists for his second triple-double. Jameer Nelson (23 points) had five three-pointers and Will Barton (24 points) sank four from long range. Kevin Durant scored 25 points for Golden State (46-9). ...
Nurkic arrives in Portland following trade (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 13 Feb 2017 19:57:41 PST)
Jusuf Nurkic is in Portland and ready to get to work. The Trail Blazers acquired the big man known as the ''Bosnian Beast'' on Sunday in exchange for center Mason Plumlee. Portland also received a first-round draft pick in the deal.
Kings visit Lakers in pursuit of fourth straight win (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 13 Feb 2017 18:59:51 PST)
The Sacramento Kings will attempt to match a season-high four-game winning streak when they play the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night at Staples Center. The Kings (22-32) capped a six-game homestand on Sunday with their third straight decision in a 105-99 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. It also marked the first time that Sacramento won three consecutive games since they posted four in a row from Dec. 20 to Dec. 26.
His Raptors are fading, but a frustrated Kyle Lowry vows to keep his 'mouth shut, keep it professional' (Ball Don't Lie)
(Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:51:21 PST)
It turns out that the Toronto Raptors aren’t as reliable as we thought, even in relative anonymity. Toronto blew a 16-point lead in what seemed like a capable, cruise control-win in waiting over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, the group’s fourth loss in six games, and tenth loss in 14 contests.
Hawks, Blazers searching for momentum (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 12 Feb 2017 14:39:04 PST)
Two teams searching for a turn in momentum meet Monday night at Moda Center when the Atlanta Hawks (31-23) square off against the Portland Trail Blazers (23-31). Atlanta has lost two of its last three games, including an excruciating 108-107 setback at Sacramento on Friday night in which Tim Hardaway felt he was fouled on an attempted game-winning shot just before the final horn. Portland has dropped four of its last six outings, including a 120-111 defeat against Boston at home Thursday night.
The Kings and Hawks really embraced the NBA's friendly social media memo (Ball Don't Lie)
(Sat, 11 Feb 2017 21:59:42 PST)
The NBA recently attempted to rein in team social media managers and players with a memo that asked them to stop mocking and taunting each other on Twitter and other online platforms. A number of incidents, including the Houston Rockets’ infamous “horse murder” tweet in the 2015 playoffs and many more since, apparently convinced the league that it was time to act. The internet is a place for promoting brands, not propagating bad vibes.
Cousins tries to figure it out as Kings host Pelicans (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 11 Feb 2017 21:24:38 PST)
DeMarcus Cousins noticed it, so it probably goes without saying the Sacramento Kings did, too. The Kings (22-32) bring their first two-game winning home win streak since December into Sunday's night's contest against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Golden 1 Center. Nobody on the Kings is suggesting they are better off without the big man, but they need a better version of the one they saw in Friday's 108-107 victory over Atlanta.
Kings rally from 22 down to beat Hawks 108-107 (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:22:38 PST)
Another late Sacramento comeback in the second half - a large chunk of which came with DeMarcus Cousins on the bench - left the three-time All-Star feeling pretty good about things. Cousins just wishes the Kings would avoid falling into those early holes. Darren Collison drove past Dennis Schroder and made a layup with 3.5 seconds remaining to cap a big second-half rally in the Kings' 108-107 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.
NBA-Highlights of Friday's NBA games
(Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:22:30 PST)
Heat 108, Nets 99 Reserve James Johnson scored a season-high 26 points and the Miami Heat extended their winning streak to 13 games with a 108-99 comeback victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Friday night. Goran Dragic had 21 points for Miami (24-30), which outscored Brooklyn 50-30 in the final 19:24. Warriors 122, Grizzlies 107 Klay Thompson scored 36 points and Golden State rolled past Memphis at FedExForum Thompson tied his season high for made 3-pointers as he went 8 of 15.
Cousins returns as Kings host Hawks (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 09 Feb 2017 18:23:50 PST)
Without DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings played one of their best games this season, a 108-92 victory on Wednesdayover the Boston Celtics. Afterward, his teammates pointed to the effort and intensity that Sacramento showed for 48 minutes in defeating one of the Eastern Conference's best team. Whether they can sustain that level when he returns Friday against the Atlanta Hawks at the Golden 1 Center is another issue entirely.
Kings try to maintain consistency with Cousins back from suspension (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 09 Feb 2017 18:13:17 PST)
Without DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings played one of their best games this season, a 108-92 victory on Wednesday over the Boston Celtics. Afterward, his teammates pointed to the effort and intensity that Sacramento showed for 48 minutes in defeating one of the Eastern Conference's best team. Whether they can sustain that level when he returns Friday against the Atlanta Hawks at the Golden 1 Center is another issue entirely.
Kent Bazemore, unlike Stephen Curry, thinks Donald Trump is 'hip' to this world (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:39:02 PST)
Kent Bazemore is hip to this Donald Trump guy. At the very least, give Atlanta Hawks wing Kent Bazemore credit for not being afraid to break rank. NBA players LeBron James, Kyle Lowry and J.J. Redick, among others, have all criticized Donald Trump in the first month of his presidency.
Circus-act Knicks host Nuggets after Oakley incident (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:38:08 PST)
Madison Square Garden is recognized as "the world's most famous arena," but when the New York Knicks play there it's turned into a circus-like atmosphere. The Knicks (22-32) hope to restore order on Friday when they host the Denver Nuggets (23-29) two nights after former Knicks' star Charles Oakley was removed and arrested at the Garden for allegedly screaming at Knicks owner James Dolan during the first quarter of the contest with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Knicks went on to lose 119-115 for the 13th time in the last 18 games.
Cauley-Stein offers a Dunk of the Year contender, Kings excel without Cousins (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:01:57 PST)
Sacramento Kings All-Star DeMarcus Cousins earned a great deal of criticism on Monday night when he earned his 16th technical foul and an automatic one-game suspension in the final second of a loss to the Chicago Bulls. The incident showed Cousins at his worst — he could not reign in his emotions when he only had to wait one second to vent without punishment and cost the Kings a game without their best player because of it. Cousins was always going to hit 16 technicals at some point this season, but these circumstances were particularly egregious.
NBA-Highlights from Wednesday's NBA games
(Wed, 08 Feb 2017 22:26:33 PST)
Highlights from National Basketball Association games on Wednesday: Cavaliers 132, Pacers 117 Kyrie Irving and Kyle Korver each scored 29 points to help the Cavaliers end the Pacers' seven-game winning streak. LeBron James added 25 points for the Cavaliers, who won their fourth game in a row. Korver hit 10 of 12 shots, including 8 of 9 three-point shots.
Korver finds his rhythm, Cavs dominate Pacers
(Wed, 08 Feb 2017 20:48:07 PST)
Kyle Korver is finding his feet with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The reigning NBA champion Cavs beat the Indiana Pacers 132-117 in Indianapolis on Wednesday with a key contribution from Korver, who arrived in Cleveland last month from the Atlanta Hawks, where he had played since 2012. Korver scored 29 points -- his most in a game since February 21, 2007 -- connecting on eight of his nine three-pont attempts and pulling down five rebounds.