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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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