Dellavedova is in town with wife Ann (a former volleyball player whom he met in religion class at St Mary's in Moraga, California) to promote Peak which has signed up 7 NBA players (including Tony Parker and Dwight Howard) and 15 national basketball teams (including Australia, Serbia, Latvia and New Zealand)
The Blazers wrap up the regular season with a 103-100 loss to the Pelicans, finishing with a record of 41-41.
It was close down the stretch, but the Pelicans get the best of the Blazers to wrap up the 2016-’17 regular season. The Blazers will now prepare for the playoffs and the Golden State Warriors this coming Sunday.
Antony Davis with DeMarcus Cousins? How about always having one of them on the floor instead?
DeMarcus Cousins has officially been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. It still feels like a fever dream, but I woke up this morning and it was still true. Much of the ink spent analyzing this trade has focused on how Boogie fits with Anthony Davis.
It wasn’t pretty without Anthony Davis, but a win is a win in the race for the eighth seed.
Three minutes of good basketball was all it took for the New Orleans Pelicans to put away the Brooklyn Nets 104-95 tonight. After 45 minutes of uneven play (that’s being rather generous), the Pels were trailing the plucky Nets. There had been opportunities, especially in the third quarter, to make a statement and instead New Orleans quite literally threw them away. Yet, when it mattered most they buckled down and pulled out a victory without Anthony Davis.
New Orleans continues it’s recent dominance over Minnesota
With the NCAA tournament reaching new levels of unpredictability sometimes it’s nice to have a constant in life. In this case it’s New Orleans Pelicans, once again, getting the best of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Less than two minutes into the first game of the Lakers’ latest trip, they lost energetic shooting guard Nick Young to a strained right Achilles’ tendon.
On whether that explained their lackluster first half or not, there was some dissent, but it undoubtedly complicated matters.
The Lakers gave up 65 points in the first half, and lost to the New Orleans Pelicans, 105-88, at Smoothie King Center on Tuesday night. The loss, during which New Orleans led from start to finish, dropped the Lakers to 9-10 while the Pelicans improved to 7-12, having won five of their last seven games.
The Magic have made a series of moves in the last year that reveal their lack of a long-term plan. As it turns out, many Magic fans are confused, too.
These two teams are making a habit of playing memorable games. After late three point shots from C.J. McCollum forced both overtime and then a second overtime, it was a three point shot from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope that had the final word.
Detroit Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson could miss 6-8 weeks due to knee tendonitis that has bothered him for years, coach Stan Van Gundy told assembled media.
The Pistons are exploring their options to find short-term help at the position while Jackson heals, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. Offseason signee Ish Smith will step in as the starting point guard, but Detroit could now use a backup.
The Portland Trail Blazers held Russell Westbrook to his least productive performance in weeks en route to a 114-95 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder
The Portland Trail Blazers woke up from a nearly season-long malaise tonight and stomped Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Moda Center, 114-95. The Blazers desperately needed this win after losing four consecutive games, including a 121-120 heartbreaker to the Los Angeles Clippers last night.
The Blazers jumped out to a 16-point lead, squandered the lead in the third quarter, but managed to pull away down the stretch.
The Portland Trail Blazers have not been good enough to “flip a switch” and pull away from lesser opponents this season, in general, but they managed the feat tonight against the lowly Phoenix Suns. The Blazers held the Suns to only 8 points over the final 6:37 and sprinted away with a 110-101 win.
The new season of the National Basketball Association is still two weeks away but for fans like me who engage in fantasy leagues, the “work” has started.
If experience is to be used as an indicator, I am pretty sure that the pre-draft rankings section of fantasy league pages is very busy now.
FOLLOWING several games held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates the past several seasons, the Philippine Basketball Association is now looking at another possible destination for out of country games.
The PBA is thoroughly studying the possibility of holding games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the near future.
Rondo finally finds a home in New Orleans.
Rajon Rondo has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to the Vertical’s Shams Charania. The financial terms of the deal have not yet been reported.
Rondo had taken a backseat as point guard free agency mostly sorted itself out, and the Pelicans and Lakers were the only teams who reportedly had serious conversations with the veteran.
Free agency is all but over, so we are looking ahead to the 2016-17 season.
Let's start with the mandatory disclaimer at this time of year: it's just pre-season. It's just pre-season. It's just pre-season. Okay, we're good? Moving on.
The Raptors had a rusty start to the pre-season, with many players struggling offensively and defensively, but overall they looked okay in a 97-93 win over Golden State. The standout main rotation players in this one were probably Jared Sullinger and DeMarre Carroll.
The Raptors started Monday’s game in Portland a little slow, sputtered a bit in the fourth quarter, but managed to come out of it with a 95-91 win over a short-handed Blazers team without starting point guard Damian Lillard to improve to 22-8 on the season and 11-3 on the road.
The Raptors have now one five games in a row and continue to look sharp.
Coming off of a big win against Miami, the Raptors took on the Mavericks in Dallas looking to extend their four-game winning streak. Playing without DeMarre Carroll, new fan favourite P.J. Tucker got his second start for the Raptors this season. Behind a well rounded 18 points, 6 assists, and 3 rebounds from DeMar DeRozan, and 18 points and 8 rebounds by Serge Ibaka, Toronto lead the entire way and beat the Mavericks 94-86, securing their fifth win in a row.
The start wasn’t pretty, but it became apparent which team has an offense.
So far this season, the Raptors’ offense has overwhelmed the need for defense on most nights. Friday’s loss to Atlanta, though, was a bellwether moment — the team was slipping from a mediocre defense to a dirt poor one, relying on their offense to scrape by. It didn’t work against the Hawks, and that effort carried over into Sunday’s game.
Early on against the Orlando Magic, the Raptors were allowing a 27th ranked offense to dictate. Orlando had 30 points in the first frame, with old pal Bismack Biyombo scoring the first four and Evan Fournier dropping in nine to lead the team.
Ray Allen is still interested in playing in the NBA next season, and the 41-year-old says the perception that he would only want to join the Golden State Warriors or Cleveland Cavaliers is wrong.
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