The Denver Nuggets were in Dallas to face the Mavericks in what was the first game of the season that had no bearing on them making the playoffs. That meant heavy minutes for Jamal Murray, Juancho Hernangomez and Malik Beasley and they did not disappoint. Beasley had what was by far his best performance of the season and the Nuggets delivered an even team effort overall to put away the Mavericks early and never look back. Despite enlisting the services of Tony Romo, the Mavs were no match and would lose this one 109-91.
At his introductory news conference with the Celtics, center Al Horford was understandably excited about the new opportunity and NBA world ahead of him in Boston. That said, though, Horford was leaving the only NBA team he’d known — the Atlanta Hawks. Why did Horford decide to stay in the Eastern Conference? What led him to make his decision? What were his thoughts on Atlanta? In an interview with Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Horford answered those questions and more:
Jimmy “G” Buckets (the “G” stands for gets) is next in line to have his virtual picture taken for NBA 2K17.
THE finals set-to for the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Commissioner’s Cup is now set after the San Miguel Beermen and TNT KaTropa booked their respective seats for the “Big Dance” at the weekend.
Two teams that did not have it easy in the lead-up to the championship series but managed to emerge on top on the strength of what they said was their firm commitment to seeing their causes through and doing what was needed to be done.
FOLLOWING a successful leg in Mindanao on Wednesday, the week-long Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) All-Star Game festivities swing back to Luzon for the second stop today in Lucena, Quezon.
Taking place at the Quezon Convention Center, it is now time for the Luzon All-Stars to test the Gilas Pilipinas pool, which is preparing for the Southeast Asian Basketball Championship next month, in the main event.
The epic rivalry of ADMU (@ateneodemanilau) and DLSU (@DLSUManila) reached fever pitch during the end of #UAAPSeason80 Round 1 games last weekend, as fans from each university went on a Tweeting frenzy to celebrate their teams’ performance. The atmosphere stayed positive on Twitter, despite the heated on-court battle between the top two teams of the season so far.
As a LIVE platform, Twitter shows what’s happening in the world of #UAAPSeason80. Fans have been using the platform to root for their favorite teams or universities and find relatable information about the upcoming games. Below are interesting data related to the conversation about #UAAPSeason80 on Twitter (9 September - 9 October 2017).
A 29-12 third quarter gave the Kings a lead they’d never relinquish against the injury-riddled Mavericks.
In a game that seemed prime for a KANGZ moment, Sacramento saw the talent disparity between themselves and the Mavericks, developed a comfortable second half lead, and… never KANGZed it up.
Starting against the likes of Salah Mejri and Dorian Finney-Smith, DeMarcus Cousins and Sacramento (8-13) took advantage of Dallas’ lack of size (and talent) in the post; Cousins finished with a team high 24 points to go with 14 rebounds and seven assists, and the Kings scored 68 points in the paint (41 in the first half).
The second edition of the NBPA Players' Awards is in the books (or Twitter as times require), and the big winner was Stephen Curry.
The NBA has the full slate for Opening Day set. Action will kick off on Oct. 25, featuring some of the best teams the league has to offer on a three-game slate that will have something for everyone. Not only contenders will be on display but also young teams looking to join that status.
Another Golden Year in the books for our Golden Boy
The transformation of the Golden State Warriors really started with Steph Curry. He was the initial force that propelled the franchise into greatness. And the arch keeps getting higher every year. Three-time all-NBA team, a pair of consecutive NBA MVP awards, and two championship rings in the last three years – and he’s likely to crest even higher still. There’s just no knowing how long the flight can be sustained, but he just turned in another season that proved once again that he’s still getting better.
New Orleans next step necessitates shedding salary from the roster.
The New Orleans Pelicans are in a tight spot, as Oleh discussed days ago. How tight? If recent reports are accurate, Dell Demps has this team nearly on top of the NBA salary hard cap. What is it, and what does it mean?
Great effort is not rewarded as Memphis loses their legs and falls to 0-2 in the series.
The Memphis Grizzlies showed the grit that led their city to fall in love with them as they clawed their way back from a 26-point deficit in the second quarter. They got the Spurs advantage down to four points with 10 minutes left in the final frame, but San Antonio finished the game strong while the exhausted Grizzlies failed to complete the potentially miraculous comeback. Memphis lost 96-82 and they now trail the Spurs 0-2 in their best-of-seven game first round series in the 2017 NBA Playoffs.
Fultz is the consensus top choice for most experts, but not for me. Here's why.
Just about the only consensus opinion entering the 2017 NBA draft is that Markelle Fultz should and will be the first pick. The Boston Celtics have already gotten familiar with Fultz on a personal level, and his main competitor for the No. 1 slot, Lonzo Ball, might not even be the Los Angeles Lakers' choice at No. 2. Fultz's well-rounded profile has won out over Ball's more polarizing strengths and weaknesses.
This one definitely felt different.
The Dallas Mavericks have won three games in a row, and 5 of their last 6. They will continue to face a fairly soft schedule for the remainder of the home stand. Tuesday, the Mavs rudely hosted the Lakers, resulting in a shellacking similar to the one doled out January 22nd(also in Texas).
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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