Basketball

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • A J.R. Smith-Aron Baynes PRESEASON fight ended in a MARCUS SMART ejection. Because of course!

    It’s the preseason, and we’ve already got fresh J.R. Smith and Marcus Smart beef. PRESEASON!

    Smith and Aron Baynes got into a scrap in the first quarter of the Celtics and Cavaliers preseason game on Saturday night. The two were battling in the low post and got tangled up and had to be separated after Smith shoved Baynes across the chest.

  • 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.

  • Aces rout Elite, 109 to 95, seize share of early lead

    THE rampage continued for Alaska as it cruised its way to its second straight win, routing Blackwater, 109-95, to gain a share of the early lead in the 2017 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

    Once again strutting his wares, Cory Jefferson paced the Aces with another solid double-double production of 28 points and 15 rebounds, totally outplaying his counterpart Greg Smith.

  • Aces try to strengthen top four hold vs Dyip

    By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

    HAD their two-game ascent in the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup halted last time around, the Alaska Aces look to regroup and bounce back when they take on the Columbian Dyip in opening league action today at the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.

  • Adam Hanga will reportedly be joining the Spurs

    Looks like the team’s 2011 draft pick will finally be joining the club.

    Six years after being drafted by the San Antonio Spurs, EuroHoops has reported that Hungarian forward Adam Hanga will be coming to the NBA, .

    The 28-year-old was the 59th pick of the 2011 Draft, but decided to stay in Europe and had a very successful four-year career with Saski Baskonia in Spain, and is the reigning EuroLeague Defensive Player of the Year.

  • Adam Silver wants to fight tanking with his proposed NBA draft lottery reform

    Silver’s plan, if passed as legislation, would lessen bad teams’ odds at top picks.

    In an effort to de-incentivize tanking, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is aggressively pursuing draft lottery reform that could be instituted before the beginning of the 2017-18 season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Silver, according to Woj, is a proponent of lowering the odds of the NBA’s worst teams to land the top picks in the draft.

  • Adam Silver: Seattle on the ‘short list’ of NBA expansion cities

    The commissioner didn’t give a timetable for when an NBA expansion is likely, but whenever it happens, Seattle will be near the top of the list.

    NBA commissioner Adam Silver said in an interview with C.J. McCollum — yes, that C.J. McCollum — that he’s considering the idea of an expansion at some point in the near future. And on the list of cities being highlighted as potential homes to NBA franchises, Seattle is near the top.

  • Adamson and FEU open new UAAP season with big wins

    By Michael Angelo S. Murillo

    TOURNAMENT favorites Adamson Soaring Falcons and Far Eastern University Tamaraws got their University Athletic Association of the Philippines Season 81 campaigns to a good start after booking big victories in their debut outings on Sunday at the Mall of Asia Arena.

    Adamson got the better of the defending champions Ateneo Blue Eagles, 74-70, while FEU survived the De La Salle Green Archers, 68-61, in the double-header in Day Two of the new season yesterday.

  • After going down 25 in Game 1 of 2017 WCF, the Warriors ended the series on a 477-388 run

    From down 25 to up 89 for the series is a 114 point swing! Whoa.

    With 7:05 left in the second quarter of Game 1 in the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors were in trouble. The Spurs, off to a blazing hot start, had come roaring out of the gates and slapped the Warriors in the face. A hard, meaningful slap. Right in the kisser. So, with 7:05 left in the second quarter, Kawhi Leonard was fouled by David West. He approached the foul line, sank the first shot. Sank the second. The Warriors were down by 25 points. At home. In Game 1.