3:46 PM EST, Thu November 20, 2014
NetsDaily 23 mins ago

Let's not put all the blame on Deron Williams

The Nets lost Wednesday night. It was brutal, and it was just another reminder that this team does not look like a championship team now or unfortunately, this season. So much happened in the final four periods of play that it makes my head hurt and it's been nearly a full day. I'm going to try and conjure up some thoughts from an agonizing contest. By now, everyone knows that this game was a roller coaster with too many sharp turns and flips. Brandon Knight missed a point blank layup after Joe Johnson turned the ball over, but then hit the game-tying three off a great play drawn up by...
Detroit Bad Boys 53 mins ago

KCP responds to Markieff Morris, SVG wonders why Morris is 'mouthing off'

Suns and Pistons play again Dec. 12. The war of words between Markieff Morris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope continued Thursday, with KCP answering Morris' post-game barb and Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy even getting his own jabs in. After the Suns escaped the Palace with an 88-86 victory Wednesday, with KCP's possible go-ahead 3-pointer rimming out, Morris went after the Pistons second-year guard to the media. "Caldwell-Pope got it and you know he doesn't have any heart, so we knew he was going to miss," Morris said. Morris, of course, neglected to mention the 3-pointer KCP hit to spark the...
The Dream Shake 58 mins ago

Vipers Dispatch: His Name is Earl

Like the Rockets, the Vipers have gotten off to a hot start behind a trio of close wins. Through the first four games of the season the Vipers have got off to a 3-0 start and very narrowly lost against the Los Angeles D-Fenders last night, 128-127.The Vipers won its season opener on a circus last minute three by Geron Johnson, then rifled through a thrilling triple-overtime win over the Bakersfield Jam on Tuesday. Needless to say, the early returns have been as interesting as they have been exciting. First, the development of Clint Capela will be a very slow process. The thing about...
Clips Nation 1 hour ago

TWiCH: The Definition of Mozgoved

This Week in Clippers History: Is this baseball or basketball, adios Danny Ferry, mirages, a Clipper killer, and Mozgoved! It is Thursday, and that means time to look back at the history of our favorite team, the Clippers. This week was interesting, and there are many great stories that took place, but as always, we will focus on just 5. So here you go, TWiCH: This Week in Clippers History! As always, we will start with the TWiCH record, which is the combination of wins and losses that occured this week, during the history of the team. And, unfortunately, this weeks TWiCH record is not...
Blazersedge 1 hour ago

Damian Lillard Highlight Reel: Preparation for the Hall of Fame?

Some candy-coated Damian Lillard highlights for your Thursday afternoon. For those of you who just can't get enough Damian Lillard on a Thursday afternoon, NBAFM's YouTube account hosts this mixtape of Lillard highlights, well-produced and to appropriate music. It includes "The Shot", of course, but it's a good reminder that there's more in Damian's portfolio than a single stock. If Dame's career keeps going like this, it's a sure bet you'll be seen a near-exact copy of this 20 years from now. Enjoy!
Bullets Forever 1 hour ago

Glen Rice Jr. heading back to the D-League after early season struggles

The second year guard is headed to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants after struggling to find playing time with the Wizards. After Bradley Beal's strong debut against the Dallas Mavericks last night, we weren't shocked to see this press release from the Wizards: WIZARDS ASSIGN RICE TO FORT WAYNE MAD ANTS Washington, D.C. - The Washington Wizards announced today that guard Glen Rice has been assigned to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League. Rice has appeared in five games this season for Washington while averaging 2.2 points in 8.5 minutes per game. As you can tell from those raw...
Indy Cornrows 1 hour ago

Indiana Pacers: Can they make the playoffs?

Currently the Pacers find themselves as the 8 seed in the Eastern Conference. Once they get completely healthy, can they make a playoff run? Twelve games have passed and a funny thing has happened this NBA season. The injury riddled Indiana Pacers, that were supposed to tank, aren't half bad! Their record sits at 5 and 7 after back to back wins over Chicago and Lance Stephenson's Charlotte Hornets. They also went down to Miami and defeated the Heat, now led by Wade and Bosh. LeBron may be back in Ohio, but it was still very satisfying to see all those sad tan people exit the stadium with...
Bright Side Of The Sun 1 hour ago

2013 NBA Draft Matchup on Friday night: Nerlens Noel vs. Alex Len

The Phoenix Suns and Alex Len take on the Philadelphia Sixers and Nerlens Noel on Friday night in a highly anticipated matchup of two forever-linked big men from the 2013 NBA Draft. The Phoenix Suns stunned many analysts when, with the 5th pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, they took injured center Alex Len over injured center/forward Nerlens Noel and outside shooter Ben McLemore. Noel had been the consensus #1 or #2 overall mock-picked until the final weeks before the draft when Noel, and Ben McLemore as well, began dropping down teams' big boards due to concerns over health and dedication,...
Golden State Of Mind 1 hour ago

POLLING GSOM: Steve Kerr or Mark Jackson for Golden State Warriors coach?

In this Polling GSOM segment we ask the community at large: "Who would you rather have as the head coach of the Golden State Warriors right now?" Through the first 10 games of the 2014-2015 season the Golden State Warriors hold a dominant 8-2 record. The Warriors are off to their best start since 1975 and are on pace for 66 wins. Not bad at all for team that not too long along could barely amass that win total across 3 seasons. Looking over my season preview, the Warriors did make a a few nice offseason acquisitions (on paper at least) in Shaun Livingston, Leandro Barbosa, and Brandon Rush,...
Bullets Forever 1 hour ago

Bradley Beal's absence made the Wizards better

The absence of Beal allowed others to step into his role. Now, they'll add to the team's depth. WASHINGTON -- Stop me if you've heard this before: Someone critical to a team's success gets sidelined early and the season suddenly looks to be in jeopardy. Sound familiar? It should for us Washington Wizards fans because it's happened. But let's keep going on a journey to the Verizon Center, where the season didn't sink without Bradley Beal for the first three weeks. Turns out, the Wizards came out of this chapter swimmingly. After being sidelined for the first nine games, Beal checked in to...
Brew Hoop 1 hour ago

Production starting to match potential for Giannis Antetokounmpo

Even improved box score numbers don't say enough about Giannis' improvement. It didn't take long for Giannis Antetokounmpo to capture the attention of NBA fans inside Milwaukee or across the country, but until fairly recent that attention was frequently accompanied by a rather harsh narrative: Giannis was a sight to behold on the basketball court, but he really wasn't that good. "Not that good" is a phrase that gets tossed around a lot for marginal NBA players, but it's obviously a relative term--simply by virtue of being on an NBA roster, ever player in the league can be assumed to be, at...
Posting and Toasting 1 hour ago

Hey, let's check in on the W-Knicks and the college kids

It helps me, during a period of Knicksian torpor, to zoom out and regard "the Knicks" as more than just the 15 men on the roster. This is usually the opposite of what makes me feel good, but it's nice right now. "The Knicks" includes a new D-League affiliate, who played their home opener Wednesday night. Lots of familiar faces attended. The W-Knicks, but they lost Triangularly. Beefy Human Being Who For Some Reason Hasn't Made It In The NBA Darnell Jackson stayed putting up numbers, our old friend Langston Galloway played well, and Thanasis Antetokounmpo did Thanasty things, such as: He...
NetsDaily 2 hours ago

Watch: Jason Collins announced his retirement on the night Jason Kidd returned to Brooklyn

Former Brooklyn Nets big man Jason Collins announced his retirement on Wednesday night, before the Brooklyn Nets suited up to play Jason Kidd and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Barclays Center. Collins, who spent six full seasons and part of two seasons, including last year, with the Brooklyn Nets, decided this summer that he was going to move on from life in the NBA and to focus on a life after basketball. Collins made his official announcement on Wednesday morning by posting a story on Derek Jeter's website The Players' Tribune. "Twin," as he is known -- his twin brother Jarron Collins, who...
Sactown Royalty 2 hours ago

Kings vs. Bulls Preview: The East finally comes to town

Your Sacramento Kings are on national tv tonight to take on a very tough Chicago Bulls team.  Sacramento is looking to go 2-1 on this short homestand before heading back out on the road and also trying to avoid dropping down to .500 for the first time since they were 1-1. This is also Sacramento's first game against an Eastern Conference opponent. Tonight's action tips off at 7:30 pm tonight on TNT and on KHTK 1140. 3 THINGS TO LOOK FOR 1. Both teams are dealing with injuries although it's more severe for Chicago.  Derrick Rose and Pau Gasol are both definitively out for tonight's game....
Orlando Pinstriped Post 2 hours ago

Notebook: Following injury, Victor Oladipo seeks to find his "rhythm"

After a long absence due to injury, the Magic guard is still shaking off the rust. The Orlando Magic convened Thursday morning at Amway Center to prepare for their forthcoming back-to-back set, which features a visit to the Charlotte Hornets and a home date against the Miami Heat. Here are the stories that emerged in advance of those two Southeast Division showdowns. Oladipo working to find his rhythm Magic guard Victor Oladipo missed all of training camp with a sprained MCL in his left knee, which injury would have been enough of a setback. But as he rehabilitated, he caught an elbow in...
Hot Hot Hoops 2 hours ago

HHH Gametime Preview: Clippers @ Heat

The L.A Clippers return with superstars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul to take on the short handed Miami Heat. Here's your HHH Preview. On paper, tonight's TNT game is set to be killer viewing, but which team is prepared to come out on top? At the time of publishing, Dwyane Wade is listed as day to day, Josh McRoberts, a game time decision and Luol Deng set to return. Another consecutive game missing Wade is hardly the optimistic news we were hoping for. While Wade has been sidelined the past three games with a hamstring injury, Chris Bosh has struggled offensively. Probable Starters...
Golden State Of Mind 2 hours ago

Klay Thompson and Gordon Hayward: An Exercise in Fit and Potential

Both signed new deals before the season began. Both have lived up to it, and more, in the early going. Which one is the better player? You guys already hate me for the title. As the resident of the "Hate Klay Thompson Club" I'm not going to fare well by the time I get to file through these comments at night. So let's get it over quickly. I think Gordon Hayward is a better basketball player than Klay Thompson. I think Klay Thompson is a better fit on this team - barely. He's a better fit on some other teams, think Cleveland Cavaliers or San Antonio Spurs. But on most up-and-coming...
Pounding The Rock 2 hours ago

How are the Spurs playing elite defense without Tiago Splitter?

The Spurs are clearly missing Tiago Splitter's rim protection but their excellence in other areas has allowed them to remain among the elite defensive teams The Spurs currently rank third in the league in defensive efficiency, allowing only 95.7 points per 100 possessions. Considering the best defense last season allowed 96.7 points per 100 possessions, the mark seems unsustainable. But it's undeniable that the Spurs have been fantastic on that side of the ball. Their success in that area is even more impressive considering they have not been able to count on defensive linchpin Tiago...
Denver Stiffs 2 hours ago

The sky is falling for the Denver Nuggets

Sorting the acorns from the nuts in this past week's Nuggets reports MY BROTHER POKED HIS EYE OUT!!!! Early on in my two stepsons lives, the youngest was hanging out with his mom and playing on the monkey bars, as they waited on the elder brother to get out of kindergarten. The younger boy took a nose dive off the bars just as school let out, and suffered a small cut above his eye, which started to bleed. Anyone who has had such a cut knows how dramatic they often look in comparison to what's actually happened. Which made him start to cry. His mom picked him up to carry him, but laying...
Sactown Royalty 3 hours ago

Kings vs. Bulls Fan Predicitons

Link to the Leaderboard Below are a series of prediction questions for today's game. The first four questions will be asked every game, while the 5th will change each game. Point value for predictions are listed next to the questions. If you believe that more than one player will lead a category, you can vote for multiple players, and this is worth double points if you are correct, but zero if you are wrong. Alternately, if you only guess one player when multiple players are tied, you get zero points. All submissions must be input before tip-off. Any submissions after tip-off will not...

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