Magic-Hawks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 07 Feb 2016 21:19:11 PST)
The Atlanta Hawks already have lost more games than they did last season en route to the top playoff seed in the East and their first appearance in the conference finals. The latest defeat came in heartbreaking fashion at the hands of the Orlando Magic, who haven't experienced victory much lately. Atlanta looks to bounce back Monday night by winning for the sixth time in seven games at Philips Arena in the completion of a home-and-home set against an Orlando team seeking back-to-back wins for the first time in 2016.
NBA-Highlights of Sunday's NBA games
(Sun, 07 Feb 2016 21:10:33 PST)
Feb 8 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Sunday's National Basketball Association games: - - - Clippers 100, Heat 93 The Los Angeles Clippers, the second-best road team in the NBA this season, survived poor shooting early to defeat the Miami Heat 100-93 on Sunday afternoon at AmericanAirlines Arena. Chris Paul, who missed his first nine shots, rallied to score a game-high 22 points. Jamal Crawford had 20 points, and DeAndre Jordan added nine points, 11 rebounds and three blocks. He made just 3 of 14 from the foul line. ...
Magic beat Hawks on Vucevic's shot (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 07 Feb 2016 14:38:23 PST)
Another big lead got away from the Orlando Magic in the fourth quarter Sunday, but one big shot got it back just in time. Nik Vucevic hit an 18-footer at the buzzer and the Magic beat the Atlanta Hawks 96-94, winning for only the third time in 18 games in 2016. ''It's been a rough month for us, a lot of losses, so it's good to get a win against a good team,'' said Vucevic, who finished with 22 points and nine rebounds, but had three fourth-quarter turnovers to aid Atlanta's comeback.
Paul powers NBA Clippers to victory at Miami
(Sun, 07 Feb 2016 14:01:27 PST)
Chris Paul scored 22 points and passed out seven assists to spark the Los Angeles Clippers to their sixth victory in seven games, a 100-93 triumph Sunday at Miami. Jamal Crawford added 20 points while J.J. Redick netted 14 points and DeAndre Jordan and Cole Aldrich each grabbed 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who won for the 11th time in their past 13 road games. The Heat (29-23) were denied a seventh win in eight games despite 17 points each from Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Slovenia's Goran Dragic plus 15 from Britain's Luol Deng.
Clippers-Heat Preview (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 06 Feb 2016 21:20:14 PST)
The Miami Heat's recent surge is about to get a pair of major tests prior to the All-Star break. The Heat go for a seventh win in eight tries Sunday when they attempt to salvage a split of the season series with the Los Angeles Clippers. Miami (29-22) is one-half game behind Atlanta for the Southeast Division lead with two left before the break - one fewer than the Hawks.
Hawks-Magic Preview (The Associated Press)
(Sat, 06 Feb 2016 19:29:40 PST)
After last month was rough on the Atlanta Hawks, February has started in promising fashion, and a home-and-home with the spiraling Orlando Magic could keep it that way. The Hawks go for a fourth straight win as they look to extend their dominance of the Magic on Sunday. Atlanta (30-22) closed a 6-9 January with five losses in six games but has bounced back with three straight wins by an average of 19.7 points.
Dose: Keys To The Kingdom (Rotoworld)
(Fri, 05 Feb 2016 22:33:00 PST)
Hassan Whiteside gets his 2K rating up, Jimmy Butler goes down, John Wall goes off & the Kings are falling apart. Ethan Norof has it all in The Dose.
NBA-Highlights of Friday's NBA games
(Fri, 05 Feb 2016 21:28:29 PST)
Feb 5 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Friday's National Basketball Association games. - - Clippers 107, Magic 93 Chris Paul scored 21 points while Jamal Crawford and J.J. Redick each had 20, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 107-93 victory over the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center. The Clippers (33-17) led from start to finish to win for the fifth time in the last six games. The Magic (21-28) continued their downward slide, losing 15 of their last 17 games. ...
Whiteside gets triple-double as Heat hold off Hornets (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:16:55 PST)
Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside did his part to prevent the Charlotte Hornets from scoring inside. Mix in a couple of key steals in the final seconds, and the Heat had a nice win on the road. Whiteside had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots, and Miami beat Charlotte 98-95 on Friday night.
Millsap, Horford pace Hawks past Pacers 102-96 (The Associated Press)
(Fri, 05 Feb 2016 20:01:24 PST)
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer wasn't terribly concerned that his team gave up 19 offensive rebounds. Not when Atlanta held on for a third straight win. Paul Millsap scored 24 points, Al Horford added 21 points and the Hawks beat the Indiana Pacers 102-96 on Friday night.
NBA-National Basketball Association roundup
(Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:56:54 PST)
The Philadelphia 76ers will honor the late NBA player Darryl Dawkins with a special tribute night on Saturday when the Sixers host the Brooklyn Nets. The 6-foot-11 Dawkins, known as "Chocolate Thunder" because of his powerful dunks, died of a heart attack on Aug. 27 at age 58. "Darryl Dawkins Tribute Night" will be highlighted by a special halftime ceremony featuring live interviews with former Sixers teammates Bobby Jones and World B. Free.
The Rap Up: Recent trade chatter reveals multiple targets for the Raptors (Eh Game)
(Fri, 05 Feb 2016 14:20:00 PST)
We're in February, the most interesting month of the NBA regular season. The All-Star weekend is rolling in with the trade deadline coming shortly after. The Raptors are coming off the best win streak in franchise history, and completed January with a 12-1 record. With 50 games under their belt, the trade chatter around the association is beginning to heat up. We're beginning to figure out the potential selling teams, whereas the Raptors will be in the buyer's market. The challenge for General Manager Masai Ujiri will be to engineer a trade with 15 guaranteed contracts on the roster. The Raptors use a 9-man rotation night-in and night-out, but with recent injuries to DeMarre Carroll and James Johnson, we've seen rookie second-round pick Norman Powell step up in their absence. Other young players had to step up at some point this season. Bebe Nogueira got some important minutes when Jonas Valanciunas was ailing in November and December. Whenever a team on the roll contemplates making a trade, there are a few things to take into consideration. A trade could very well put an end to the win streak and positive play of late. On the other hand, making a move could be a preemptive strike in preparation for potential or current injuries, which is the situation where the Raptors find themselves in. Before analyzing trades through trial and error, teams must pinpoint the assets they are unwilling to trade and the pieces they could concievably part ways with. The 'untouchables': Kyle Lowry - All-Star starter, broke out in Toronto. He's the most talented point guard in franchise history and the heart and soul of the team.
Pacers-Hawks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:22:29 PST)
Paul George might be in a shooting slump, but even his recent form has been better than his games this season against the Atlanta Hawks. The Indiana wins this season have come despite its top scorer being limited to 20 points on 20.0 percent shooting, including a 111-92 victory Jan. 28 in which George was 2 of 11 and 1 of 7 from 3-point range. It was the first game on the Pacers' current run of winning three of four, which coincides with George's latest round of offensive struggles.
Should the Knicks attempt to move Carmelo Anthony? (Ball Don't Lie)
(Thu, 04 Feb 2016 14:33:24 PST)
76ers-Wizards Preview (The Associated Press)
(Thu, 04 Feb 2016 10:57:20 PST)
With their margin for error lessening with each mounting loss, the Washington Wizards need to take advantage of every remaining opportunity to extend their postseason streak. Losses in seven of nine has Washington (21-26) near the bottom of a logjam of teams with a reasonable chance of earning the Eastern Conference's five playoff spots for non-division winners. The Wizards fell five games below .500 for the first time this season following Wednesday's matchup with league-leading Golden State, which received 51 points from Stephen Curry and went 20 of 42 from beyond the arc against the NBA's worst 3-point defense en route to a 134-121 win.
Sources: 76ers promote exec to new position (Yahoo Sports)
(Thu, 04 Feb 2016 07:36:44 PST)
Brandon Williams is now the chief of staff, reporting to GM Sam Hinkie.
Hardaway, Scott lead Atlanta Hawks in rout of 76ers, 124-86 (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 03 Feb 2016 19:22:24 PST)
As a result of that focus, Atlanta routed the 76ers once again. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Mike Scott led a balanced attack with 13 points apiece and the Hawks coasted to a 124-86 victory on Wednesday night. All 13 players scored and eight finished in double figures for Atlanta, which swept the three-game season series with an average winning margin of 29 points.
Mavs' Williams out against Heat after injuring hip at Hawks (The Associated Press)
(Wed, 03 Feb 2016 16:37:47 PST)
DALLAS (AP) -- Mavericks point guard Deron Williams will be out against Miami on Wednesday night after injuring his right hip in the previous game at Atlanta.
Hawks-76ers Preview (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 02 Feb 2016 21:05:49 PST)
It's not unfair to say the Philadelphia 76ers are living up to expectations with the worst record in the league. Jerry Colangelo, however, sees progress and credits the acquisition of Ish Smith. After putting a scare into the reigning NBA champions, Smith and the 76ers seek a rare win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night.
Heat-Rockets Preview (The Associated Press)
(Tue, 02 Feb 2016 11:34:36 PST)
A couple of old stars have turned back the clock to help the Miami Heat rise to the top of the Southeast Division. It doesn't appear Hassan Whiteside is quite ready to join them, some good news for a suddenly struggling Houston Rockets team which will be missing Dwight Howard. Dwyane Wade and Amar'e Stoudemire could take advantage of Howard's absence Tuesday night when the Heat open a three-game road swing looking to extend their longest winning streak since LeBron James departed for Cleveland.
Guide to the trade deadline: Hawks (Yahoo Sports)
(Tue, 02 Feb 2016 08:18:14 PST)
Atlanta has a key decision to make at point guard.
NBA-Highlights of Monday's NBA games
(Mon, 01 Feb 2016 21:44:32 PST)
(adds later games) Feb 1 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Monday's National Basketball Association games. Hawks 112, Mavericks 97 Led by point guard Jeff Teague's season-high 32 points, the Atlanta Hawks ended a three-game losing streak with a 112-97 win over the Dallas Mavericks. Teague shot 12-for-15 from the field, posting a season-best total for field goals made, and made a career-high five three-pointers. Teague added eight assists and five rebounds and came up two points short of his career best. ...
Teague scores season-high 32, Hawks breeze past Mavs (The Associated Press)
(Mon, 01 Feb 2016 20:50:45 PST)
The Atlanta Hawks say they're a better team when Jeff Teague is on his game offensively. Teague scored a season-high 32 points, Kyle Korver added 16 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-97 on Monday night to snap a three-game skid. Atlanta entered having lost five of six to drop to fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
Hawks’ Al Horford expanding his game as free agency looms (Yahoo Sports)
(Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:28:21 PST)
The center is taking and making more 3-pointers to keep pace with the changing NBA.
Dose: Aaron Gordon's Big Night (Rotoworld)
(Sun, 31 Jan 2016 23:05:00 PST)
Jonas Nader discusses Aaron Gordon's breakout performance and recaps a busy seven-game Sunday night.
BDL's Most Interesting Power Rankings: Golden State is self-aware (Ball Don't Lie)
(Sun, 31 Jan 2016 22:12:36 PST)
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 15 1. Golden State Warriors (44-4; last week : 2) [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] The Golden State Warriors nearly lost to the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night, on the first night of a back to back and after two travel-heavy nights off. All-Star forward Draymond Green, following a 10-point, 13-rebound, nine-assist and seven-turnover night, was typically candid following the conquest : "We definitely should have lost, and it was all my fault," Green said. "I was selfishly unselfish, if you know what [that] means. And so we started turning the ball over, due to my self[ish] unselfishness, and it was all downhill from there. In other words, I was chasing a triple-double. Coach came to me at halftime like, 'You better get it in this third quarter, 'cause you ain't playing in the fourth,' and it was all downhill from there. So definitely my fault, what went on tonight. Good thing we were able to get the win. Only right I was able to make a play after causing us to be in that position." This is why this team remains so endlessly compelling. “Ha-ha, Philly is awful”-jokes aside, the Warriors are going to be doing more of this as the final two and a half months of the season moves along – a season that then rolls into what most expect to be a two-month postseason for the defending champs. It’s not just going to happen on an anonymous Saturday in January against a tanking team, with the rest of the NBA watching the Cavaliers and Spurs. There will be issues in most outposts, as this team tries to motivate itself while staving off nature red in tooth and claw. And that’s just fine. As things stand now, the Warriors would have to finish the season on a 29-5 tear in order to break the record for most wins in a season. We call that a “tear” because winning eighty-five percent of a team’s professional basketball games is a freaking “tear.” That sort of run equates to a 70-win season. It’s a testament to how great that 1995-96 Chicago Bulls team was, and how great this Warrior team is – most expect Golden State, barring injury, to pull it off. They’ll have to keep ennui at arm’s length, though, and they’ll need to consider the value of resting key players. Festus Ezili is already a question mark, sadly. Two consecutive years of all-out, 100-plus game basketball is no joke. Nobody understands this better than coach Steve Kerr, who signed on with a Chicago Bulls team that had just lost a weary Michael Jordan to retirement, then watched as further retirement rumors continued unabated upon MJ’s return. February doesn’t have to act as the dog days. There’s still room for fascination. In the meantime, this somehow managed to happen even before February hit: Draymond Green (20 pts, 10 rebs, 10 asts) has his 9th triple-double of the season, matching Tom Gola for most in single season by a Warrior — GSWStats (@gswstats) February 1, 2016 2. Toronto Raptors (32-15; last week : 5) This is a team with a coach that sends shout-outs to Eric Koreen . This isn’t a hit-piece, we swear. (Maybe it is.) The Raps responded to a loss to the Cavaliers on Jan. 4 with an ongoing 11-game winning streak. Seven of those wins came at home, and with the exception of a quality win over a Blake Griffin-less Clipper-squad, each of the victories came against middling-to-awful Eastern squads. Still, with Chicago and Atlanta both losing on Sunday, the Raptors are six and a half games up (respectively) on the other Eastern hopefuls. The team is making its hay when it’s supposed to, ensuring that any future swoon wouldn’t put them in a position to have to face Cleveland in the second round of the playoffs. Presuming the Raptors get there. And presuming any upcoming swoon doesn’t hit hard.
Warriors down Knicks for seventh straight NBA win
(Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:27:59 PST)
The NBA champion Golden State Warriors dominated the New York Knicks 116-95 at Madison Square Garden with the help of forward Draymond Green's ninth triple-double of the season. Green scored 20 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and handed out 10 assists Sunday as the Warriors notched their seventh straight victory to improve their league-leading record to 44-4.
Mavericks-Hawks Preview (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 31 Jan 2016 21:12:32 PST)
The Dallas Mavericks managed to win without Dirk Nowitzki in the lineup. The Mavericks will seek to add to those woes Monday night by sending the Hawks to a season-worst losing streak. Nowitzki was rested for the first of back-to-back games Sunday and the first of five contests in seven days for Dallas (28-22).
Heat win season-best 4th straight, top Hawks 105-87 (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 31 Jan 2016 18:51:37 PST)
Ending a brutal January schedule the right way, the Miami Heat got 18 points from Chris Bosh and beat the Atlanta Hawks 105-87 on Sunday night. The Heat finished January with a 9-8 mark - playing 11 of their previous 12 games before Sunday on the road - and now have a four-game winning streak in the regular season for the first time since March 28 to April 2, 2014. ''Now that we've passed that, hopefully we can extend it,'' Bosh said.
Cavaliers-Pacers Preview (The Associated Press)
(Sun, 31 Jan 2016 15:46:31 PST)
Suddenly, the Cleveland Cavaliers are off and running. After an ugly start to the Tyronn Lue era, the Cavaliers have turned up the tempo and can win their fifth straight game Monday night when they visit the Indiana Pacers. Lue was promoted to head coach after David Blatt was fired Jan. 22, and he immediately voiced his opinion that the Cavs (34-12) needed to play at a faster pace.