1:07 PM EDT, Wed April 23, 2014
The Dream Shake 1 hour ago

Houston Rockets vs. Portland Trail Blazers game two playoff coverage

The Rockets take on the Blazers looking to avenge a game one defeat. Get all your coverage here! The Rockets and Blazers head back to the Toyota Center on Wednesday night for game two, three days after the Blazers took down the Rockets in overtime of game one. To get ready for game two, Dave Deckard of Blazer's Edge and I had an email exchange, discussing what had happened in game one and what each team can do in game to. I hope you enjoy it! Dave: Ok, as a fairly-experienced, fairly-savvy, mostly-astute basketball guy my most reasoned reaction to last night's game was, "What the hell just...
The Dream Shake 1 hour ago

Rockets playoff notes: Jeremy Lin misses practice, will play in game two

After missing practice yesterday with flu-like symptoms, Jeremy Lin will play in game two. Yesterday morning, Jeremy Lin was forced to miss the Rockets practice after experiencing flu-like symptoms. He was listed as day-to-day, and today he returned to the team as expected. He will play tonight barring any other changes to his status. Ordinarily, little tidbits like this don't mean much, but with the importance of game two, his sickness takes on a little more importance. Patrick Beverley will play tonight after spraining his knee in game one, but he may be hobbled and Lin may be called...

The Orlando Magic's best individual performances of the 2013/14 season

Magic players turned in several outstanding performances in the 2013/14 season despite the team's 23-59 record. We count down the five best here. The Orlando Magic's season didn't go as well as many of their fans may have hoped, but they at least gave their supporters several memorable individual performances. Based on GameScore, a John Hollinger-devised metric about which you can read more at basketball-reference.com, here's a countdown of the five best performances by Magic players in a single 2013/14 game. No. 5: Victor Oladipo against Cleveland Cavaliers, 13 December 2013; GameScore:...
Indy Cornrows 1 hour ago
Pacers third quarter sparked by one play

Pacers third quarter sparked by one play

The Pacers crushed the Hawks in the third quarter 31-13. Indiana scored 1.48 points per possession in the third, and they got rolling from one play with multiple options. First, watch the following video that was complied by How U on YouTube. It’ll show the Pacers’ Hawk 2 Strong play and the multitude of options from it. Get all that? So the first option on this play is for George Hill to attack the basket after turning the corner on the Paul George screen, which he did in the third quarter. The next option is a pass to David West, who can shoot if he’s open. His next read is to...
Pounding The Rock 2 hours ago
Gregg Popovich, Kliff Kingsbury & The System

Gregg Popovich, Kliff Kingsbury & The System

Texas Tech University's football coach, Kingsbury, shares his thoughts on Gregg Popovich, Bill Belichick, the "family approach" to coaching and not giving all of the credit to the system. Kliff Kingsbury is in a hurry. Must Reads Yes, Gregg Popovich is the NBA Coach of the Year Travis Hale The case for Gregg Popovich as NBA Coach of the Year using Occam's Razor, Don Draper and other cold, hard facts. An Interview with Kliff Kingsbury Travis Hale Texas Tech Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury took some time out of his busy schedule to sit down with us and answer a few questions....
Rufus on Fire 2 hours ago

Rufus Links: April 22

The playoffs may be the focus of our attention, but we still have the internet and we still have links! With so many meaningful basketball games going on, we don’t have an abundance of non-game related links this week. Let’s check ‘em out! Steve Clifford's bid for Coach of the Year came up short; three spots short to be exact. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich won this year's award and rightly so. No Spurs player averaged more than 30 minutes per game and San Antonio dominated the West, they have home court advantage throughout the playoffs and oh yeah, he's the best coach in the game. ...
Daily Thunder 2 hours ago

Wednesday Bolts – 4.23.14

Rob Mahoney of SI.com: “The offensive lulls — late-game or otherwise — are real, and could prove fatal against top-tier competition. For minutes at a time the Thunder soar out into transition and keep
Blog a Bull 2 hours ago

Bulls vs. Wizards playoffs: The Bulls Show talks being down 0-2

From Mitch and Nillz: Is this the beginning of the end? Mitch takes the goggles off and tries to talk Nillz off the ledge as the Bulls head to Washington down 0-2 to the Wizards. You can listen directly at their site or using the embedded player below: Subscribe to The Mitch & Nillz Bulls Show on iTunes, and follow on Twitter (@TheBullsShow). For any questions or comments, you can contact Mitch & Nillz via email at thebullsshowATgmail.com. LIKE BaB on FACEBOOK!, the Bulls Show has been contributing good stuff to the BaB Facebook page, so be sure to give it a 'Like' at...
TornBySports 2 hours ago

The Utah Jazz Road Map

As I sat on my flight from Chicago, Illinois to Jacksonville, Florida; something dawned on me. My son sat next to me, looking at the map printed neatly on the back of a napkin. It was a map of the United States. My son asked 101 Questions about maps but the one that stood out ... The post The Utah Jazz Road Map appeared first on TornBySports.com.
Bullets Forever 2 hours ago
Breakfast Bullet-in: Wait, the Wizards are up 2-0 on Chicago?

Breakfast Bullet-in: Wait, the Wizards are up 2-0 on Chicago?

This morning's Breakfast Bullet-in comes with a nice side of WINNING PLAYOFF GAMES ON THE ROAD. The Wizards are up 2-0 on the Bulls with the series heading back to D.C. later this week, as you've probably heard by now. Basketball in the nation's capital is finally starting to get some respect, and it's for good reason, too. Folks realize this team isn't messing around anymore. Seriously, we're on the cover of ESPN! When's the last time you saw that happen? Probably when the team drafted Wall, frankly. But they're finally arriving on the big stage this month, and they're doing it in style....
Rufus on Fire 3 hours ago
Game Preview: Bobcats vs Heat Playoffs Game 2

Game Preview: Bobcats vs Heat Playoffs Game 2

After a loss to the Heat in game one, the Bobcats are looking to even the series in game two. As of Tuesday night, head coach Steve Clifford is uncertain of Al Jefferson's availability after sustaining an injury early in game one. The issue isn't Jefferson's willingness to play, but his capability to play effective minutes. The Bobcats are back in Miami for game two against the Heat at 7 p.m. Wednesday. In a disheartening 99-88 loss Sunday afternoon, the Heat capitalized on Al Jefferson's limited effectiveness and the match-up advantages LeBron James had with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist sitting...
Blog a Bull 3 hours ago
Bulls vs. Wizards game 2 recap: Huge start, composed finished for Wizards

Bulls vs. Wizards game 2 recap: Huge start, composed finished for Wizards

What the Bulls will likely regret most about Tuesday night's game was the way they finished, but the start was arguably even more damaging. The Bulls were expectedly hyped-up with a chance to even up the series, but the Wizards came out and immediately hit them hard. John Wall and Bradley Beal each made their first shots of the game, which was foreboding enough, and then Nene looked to be continuing his hot play with 2 midrange jumpers. The Wiz overall hit 4 of their first 6 from three. The Bulls started their distance-shooting at 0/4, and besides a couple driving layups from Noah they...
Hot Hot Hoops 3 hours ago

Video: LeBron James and Kemba Walker Mic'd up for Game 1

Here's a look at a video the NBA put out when LeBron James and Kemba Walker were mic'd up for Game 1

Sixers vs. Everyone Else in the NBA

How do the Sixers stack up against every other team in the NBA according to this idiot? Having spent almost an entire decade mired in Mediocracy (TM), the new Sixers regime is as determined as I am to avoid the quicksandian middle going forward. The Andrew Bynum trade, then the Jrue Holiday trade, then letting semi-able veterans walk or leave via trade indicates as much. A 19-63 record with two lottery picks sets the Sixers up nicely, even if it'll take 2-3-4 years before the team makes serious noise. So as I'm about to compare the Sixers to every other team in the NBA, keep in mind that...
Net Income / NetsDaily 3 hours ago
Brook Lopez, with boot finally off, looking forward to return ... with Brooklyn Nets

Brook Lopez, with boot finally off, looking forward to return ... with Brooklyn Nets

Brook Lopez has been in Toronto with his teammates and it would be hard to tell he's injured. He lost his walking boot on Monday and his spirits are good.  He even joked with Fred Kerber about the Nets success without him "I say, ‘Small lineup. Uh oh, I’m pretty big…’ " said Lopez, who left little doubt he wants to return to Brooklyn. "This is where I want to be. I want to be back. I wish I could be out there, absolutely. I’m just finally happy to be able to travel again and support the team, be on the bench." The Nets could have used Lopez's size Tuesday night in Toronto. ...
NetsDaily 3 hours ago

Kevin Garnett: 'I don't know if you can say 'F*** Brooklyn' and then come into Brooklyn'

The Toronto Raptors rebounded against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night -- quite literally, to the tune of 52-30 off the glass -- beating the Nets in Game 2, 100-95, and evening the series at 1-1. Now, the series heads to Brooklyn on Friday night, where the Nets look to protect home court. After Tuesday's loss, the human soundbite, Kevin Garnett, gave us another gem. First, speaking about the 36 points the Nets allowed in the fourth quarter, Garnett said, "Thirty-six points, that's too many points, for anybody -- preschool, little league, YMCA, Raptors -- too many points." He then followed...
Bullets Forever 4 hours ago
Wizards vs. Bulls, NBA Playoffs 2014 Game 2: Trevor Ariza locks up D.J. Augustin

Wizards vs. Bulls, NBA Playoffs 2014 Game 2: Trevor Ariza locks up D.J. Augustin

One huge key to victory: the Wizards' small forward locked up the one Chicago player that was lighting the Wizards up. There were many heroes in the Wizards 101-99 overtime win over the Bulls on Tuesday, but we have to reserve a special place at the table for Trevor Ariza. That's because Ariza shut down the one Bull that the Wizards could not account for in Game 2: D.J. Augustin. When the under-six timeout of the fourth quarter arrived, Augustin had 25 points. The Wizards tried John Wall, Bradley Beal and Andre Miller on him, hoping to collectively push him to undesirable spots on the...
Bright Side Of The Sun 5 hours ago

The Legend of Ish Smith's Three Point Shooting

I guess it's technically a report card if you only got graded in your worst class. As frequent readers of Bright Side of the Sun have come to know, the three point shooting adventures of Ish Smith were a bit of an obsession of mine in the late stages of the Suns season. Those of you who have been around this site long enough may also be aware that both Suns history and awful shooting performances from members of the Phoenix Suns are two of my more significant basketball interests. Those two were first married together back in December of 2010 following the incredible 12 game reign of Sir...
Orlando Pinstriped Post 5 hours ago

NBA mock Draft 2014: Magic projected to pick Joel Embiid and Dario Šarić, analyst says

Orlando shores up its frontcourt in a new Sporting News mock. In a new 2014 NBA mock Draft, Sporting News analyst Sean Deveney selects Kansas freshman Joel Embiid and 20-year-old Croatian Dario Šarić on the Orlando Magic's behalf. Entering the Draft Lottery, Orlando owns the league's third-best odds of winning the top pick, as well as the Denver Nuggets' selection, currently projected as 12th overall. Embiid, a seven-foot center, averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks on 62.6 percent shooting in 28 appearances as a freshman. A back injury held him out of the Big 12...
CelticsBlog 6 hours ago

CelticsBlog High Five with Jay King of MassLive

"When did you get so professional?" - Russell Hammond I've really enjoyed this High Five series and I hope you have too. Today's installment is with Jay King of MassLive. I've known Jay for several years and I've admired his work ethic and skill as a writer. This year he made the leap from blogging to covering the Celtics full time so I thought he'd have some interesting insights (and he didn't disappoint). Here's the Q&A: 1. The Celtics didn't just introduce a rookie coach and a few rookie players this year. They also welcomed a new full time writer and editor to the beat. Like Drake...

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