Basketball

  • 3 things as the Mavs streak past Miami, 96-89

    A fun night in Dallas ends with a statement victory for the young core now in place.

    The Dallas Mavericks hosted the Miami Heat Monday night, and after stumbling out of the gate, the home team rebounded to take control of things for most of the second and third quarters. When the Heat surged in front late, the youthful Mavs had the answer once more, storming ahead in the final two minutes to claim the “W”.

  • 3 things from the Mavs’ excruciating win over the Trail Blazers

    Dallas squeaks by Portland after nearly blowing a 25-point lead.

    For two quarters of basketball, the Mavericks looked like a playoff team with beautiful ball movement and stifling defense. For another two quarters, Dallas looked like they were trying to catch water with their hands. Such is life for a 8-21 ball club, but the Mavericks got it done in crunch time against the Blazers.

    Dallas blitzed the Blazers in the first half by building a 25-point lead. J.J. Barea got into the game and caused the havoc that we’re accustomed to seeing. Unfortunately, he had to leave the game with Achilles soreness, which seems to be a virus for this team.

  • 3 things we learned from the Mavs 103-94 win against the Grizzlies

    The Mavericks take down the previously undefeated Grizzlies, and it was so much fun.

    Fresh off a 30-point thrashing at the hands of the Golden State Warriors, the (previously) winless Dallas Mavericks had their sights set on a home matchup with the (previously) undefeated Memphis Grizzlies. Obviously, the constant use of the word “previously” means that the Mavs won a game by the final score of 103-94 — and it was AWESOME.

  • 3 things we learned from the Mavs 108-94 win in Atlanta

    With the vets sitting out again, the young Mavs got their first look at a Hawks team they’ll play on opening night.

    Facing their 2nd back-to-back of this preseason, the Dallas Mavericks chose to let their vets take the night off against the Atlanta Hawks in preparation of the final dress rehearsal against the Hornets tomorrow night. It didn’t matter, as the Mavs cruised to a 108-94 win on the road, hitting 19(!) three-pointers. If it makes you sad that you didn’t get to see real thing tonight, don’t worry, because there’s less than a week remaining before the Mavs and Hawks play again on opening night.

  • 3-on-3 olympic hoops thrills US leaders

    CLEVELAND—Excitement abounds in basketball’s birthplace about the fast-paced 3-on-3 version of the game being added to the Olympic lineup Friday by the International Olympic Committee.

    With roots in Harlem’s legendary Rucker Park playground games and the Gus Macker series that has toured US cities for 30 years, 3-on-3 has reached a renaissance that includes an eight-team US pro league tipping off in two weeks and Olympic status starting at Tokyo in 2020.

  • 30 Teams in 30 Days: Rockets make contending top focus

    Since the Cavaliers won their first NBA title back on June 19, NBA teams have undergone a number of changes over the long summer offseason.

  • 35-year-old shooter joins team with the highest of expectations

    Steve Kerr has continued to reshape the Warriors coaching staff after losing two top assistants the past two years to head coaching jobs, Luke Walton to the Lakers and Alvin Gentry to the Pelicans.

  • 4 PBA teams fight for playoff berths

    Two pivotal games that are bound to shape the landscape of the quarterfinals take place as four teams fight for berths in the homestretch of the 2018 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup elimination round.

  • 4 things we learned as the Mavericks handle the Thunder, 104-89

    Dallas surprises Oklahoma City on national television, behind the heroics of Seth Curry and everyone’s favorite German.

    I’m not gonna lie, I thought this game would be a blowout. You know. National TV, facing Russell Westbrook, etc. etc. Well.....I wasn’t wrong?

    Despite a rough start to the first quarter, the Mavericks slowly built a lead that got to a comfortable 20+ points, allowing them to coast through much of the second half. Seth Curry had 22 points on 10/16 (62.5 percent!) shooting, and Dirk was Dirking all over the place with 18 points on 8/17 shooting (47.1 percent!) and 12 rebounds.

  • 5 eye-popping facts from the Warriors’ beatdown of the Lakers

    The Warriors hung 149 points on the Lakers, and that wasn’t even the best part.

    The Golden State Warriors beat the L.A. Lakers 149-106 on Wednesday. That score is an eyebrow-raiser because 149 is nowhere near 106 on the number line, which means that there was no overtime and there was probably gobs of garbage time. Both of these facts are true. The Warriors scored 149 points in 48 minutes, with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green all sitting out the fourth.

  • 5 things from the Mavericks 103-95 win against the Knicks

    Dallas stays hot after dispatching New York in a back-and-forth thriller

    The Mavs are bad but they are making a habit of beating bad teams lately. Dallas did it again Wednesday night, taking down an also-bad New York team 103-95 on Tuesday night.

    It was pretty obvious Carmelo Anthony was ticked off about the news that came out earlier in the day about the Knicks talking to the Cavaliers about swapping Melo for Kevin Love. Melo played mad all night and single-handedly kept New York in it.

  • 5 young NBA free agents who are shockingly still available

    These free agents show how tough the NBA free agency market has been in 2017.

    NBA free agency typically burns hot and fast. Normally, most key free agents ink deals between the stroke of midnight on July 1 and the end of that month. Some players in trickier contract situations wait it out until early August. An occasional free agent — often one under restricted status — will wait until September.

  • 7 definitive ways to decide LeBron James vs. Michael Jordan for good

    Why won’t anyone consider these very important, totally serious stats when arguing LeBron vs. Jordan?!

    Has LeBron James surpassed Michael Jordan? It’s a debate that has been raging over the past week now that James is headed to his seventh straight NBA Finals, a series that could potentially give him the fourth championship of his career. While he would still be two shy of Jordan, James and his overall body of work is growing more and more convincing.

  • 7 LeBron James trade ideas for the most untradeable player of all time

    These are very serious suggestions. We promise. (Fingers crossed.)

    During a quiet moment on a nondescript offseason night, NBA finals MVP Kevin Durant and advertising-copywriter-turned-moderately-successful-rapper Lil’ Dicky engaged in a casual conversation about the Cavaliers possibly trading LeBron James. It was civil, sincere, and engaging; a total rarity for Twitter.

  • 76ers win a game before December for the first time since 2013

    They last won a game in November or December 1,085 days ago!

    The Philadelphia 76ers have been a terrible team by design for several years. As such, they were the owners of one of the saddest streaks in NBA history: They hadn’t won an NBA game in October or November since 2013.

  • A Filipino player gets to go to Stephen Curry's basketball camp after blocking his 3-pointer

    Whenever Stephen Curry shoots a three, it usually goes in. That’s the law of the universe that wrought his ridiculous season last year. Not so much during a scrimmage on Tuesday in Taiwan. Gian Mamuyac, who plays for the Philippines’ U-17 national team, managed to block Curry’s potential buzzer-beating three.

  • A ridiculous number of NBA records were broken in the 2016-17 season

    Triple-doubles, three-pointers, and a 70-point game. NBA offenses shattered records all over the place this year.

    For a year once thought to be a foregone conclusion—that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors would barrel through the other 28 teams on the way to the finals — this season has brought about some of the most inconceivable moments the NBA has ever seen.

  • ABA and Basketball Australia reject allegations of racist taunts before brawl

    THE Australian Basketballers’ Association (ABA) and Basketball Australia have rejected claims of racism made by a Filipino photographer.
    The allegation was made by photojournalist, Winston Baltasar, who told the ABC that he heard the word ‘monkey’ used by Australian players before the all-in brawl that saw 13 players ejected.

  • Aces improve to 2-0 with rout of KaTropa

    By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

    THE Alaska Aces raced to a 2-0 record in the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup after routing the TNT KaTropa, 125-96, in Sunday action at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Got off to a fiery start to open the contest, the Aces proved too hard to break for the KaTropa as they chalked up the win for early leadership in the standings of the season-ending PBA tournament.

  • Aces not losing hope despite uphill climb

    By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

    THE Alaska Aces face a very steep climb in their best-of-five Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) semifinal series with the defending champions San Miguel Beermen after going down, 2-0, but the team is choosing not to dwell too much on the hole it is in but more on how it can get out of it and turn things around.