6:08 AM EDT, Fri March 24, 2017
Silver Screen and Roll 45 mins ago
Rob Pelinka thinks the Lakers can still be a top free agency destination

Rob Pelinka thinks the Lakers can still be a top free agency destination

Los Angeles' new general manager sees plenty of reasons for top talent to join the purple and gold. The Los Angeles Lakers' issues getting top free agents to sign on the dotted line over the past several years have been well documented on every corner of the internet. Those struggles were a big part of the reason Lakers president Jeanie Buss ultimately felt compelled to move on from Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak. Those optimistic that their replacements, Rob Pelinka and Magic Johnson, can do better aren't alone. The former went on “The Vertical Podcast with Woj” Thursday and explained why...
Posting and Toasting 1 hour ago
Trail Blazers 110, Knicks 95: ‘That sucked, but luckily I have the Knicks to cheer me up’

Trail Blazers 110, Knicks 95: ‘That sucked, but luckily I have the Knicks to cheer me up’

As Bo Schembechler once said: ‘The Tank, The Tank, The Tank.’ Full disclosure, I, along with P&Ter The Ghost of Kristaps Past are Michigan fans so I’m sure we were both hoping for a little Knicks tankin’ to help us get over the Wolverines' 69 (not nice this time!) - 68 loss to Oregon in the Sweet Sixteen. If Knicks fans have learned anything it’s that the Knicks can always be counted on to cheer you up...provided you want them to lose, of course. Before the game even started, it already looked like they’d deliver the tanky goodness: Tonight's injury report: Anthony (sore l....
Denver Stiffs 2 hours ago
Video breakdown of Nikola Jokic, the superstar conductor

Video breakdown of Nikola Jokic, the superstar conductor

Mike Prada of SB Nation created a video to show how the Joker has traveled from a second round pick to a franchise cornerstone in just two seasons. Here in Nuggets Nation, we’re pretty comfortable with facts: puppies are cute, Colorado weather is unpredictable, snow is cold, Nikola Jokic is a top-20 player, things of that nature. But the rest of the world is still discovering what Jokic does for the Nuggets. People are surprised that a former harness racer from Serbia is able to put up triple-doubles against some of the best teams in the league. Mike Prada, a journalist for SB Nation...
Denver Stiffs 3 hours ago
Roundtable: Playoff hopes, defensive woes & Macho Juancho

Roundtable: Playoff hopes, defensive woes & Macho Juancho

This week’s edition of the meeting of the Stiffs. Fill in the blank. The Nuggets will make the playoffs if ______. And if so, how many games will they win against Golden State? Daniel Lewis (@minutemandan): they beat Portland. They have to win that game (and a few more) if they want their season to keep going. I think they could win two games against Golden State. Durant will still be getting back in a rhythm, and you never know who Draymond will kick. Gordon Gross (@GMoneyNuggs): they can stop New Orleans. The Pelicans have won 5 of their last 6, including throttling the Portland...
Denver Stiffs 3 hours ago
Preview: Friday Night Hoops, Denver Nuggets vs Indiana Pacers

Preview: Friday Night Hoops, Denver Nuggets vs Indiana Pacers

Fresh off a huge win against the Cavaliers, the Nuggets head to Indiana to hopefully show Paul George that he was wrong about Denver. After a couple of tough games against the Houston Rockets, the Nuggets beat the Cavaliers in epic fashion on Wednesday giving everyone hope (once again) that they just might hang in there for a post-season appearance. Time and again the Nuggets prove that the effort they put forth on defense pays dividends and sets them up for a shot at a win. Tonight they travel to Indiana to face Paul George and the Pacers for the first time since the London game in...
Golden State Of Mind 3 hours ago
Warriors vs. Kings: Final Norcal battle

Warriors vs. Kings: Final Norcal battle

Golden State and Sacramento, two divergent Northern California teams, face off for the final time this season. Game Information Golden State Warriors (57-14) vs. Sacramento Kings (27-44) How to watch Date: Friday March 24, 2017 Time: 7:30pm PST Location: Oracle Arena — Oakland, CA TV: CSN Bay Area Radio: 95.7 THE GAME Team comparison Injury report Last updated 3/23/17 Warriors: Kevin Durant; Andre Iguodala Kings: Malachi Richardson With a couple days of rest under their belt, the Golden State Warriors welcome their neighbors to the north, the Sacramento Kings. Lottery bound Kings The...
Pounding The Rock 3 hours ago
Spurs hold off Grizzlies, win third-straight game

Spurs hold off Grizzlies, win third-straight game

San Antonio picked up their first win against the Grizz of the season after losing the previous two games in what could very well be a first-round preview. After losing to the Grizzlies last Saturday night the Spurs have racked up a trio of wins over the Kings, Timberwolves and Grizzlies this week. A win over the Knicks on Saturday night would make it a perfect week for SA and a solid bounce-back after a rare two-game skid. Thursday night’s game was a pretty competitive contest, with the increased intensity reflecting where we are in the season. The Spurs led for the overwhelming...
The Dream Shake 5 hours ago
Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans game preview

Houston Rockets vs. New Orleans Pelicans game preview

The Rockets finish their Southwest Division slate tonight. So far, they are 9-6 against the toughest division in sports. The Pelicans did open a can on the Rockets just a few days ago. It was a familiar story for the Rockets: James Harden was his incredible self, a couple of other Rockets were productive, but the majority of the Rockets left their games in the locker room. That trend has popped up throughout the season, but it has recently returned. Part of the beauty of having so many shooters in the ability to play the players with the hot hand. Lou Williams having a bad night? Eric...
Purple and Blue 5 hours ago

Happy 27th Birthday to Gordon Hayward!

Today is Gordon Hayward’s 27th birthday, a great time to look back on his accomplishments as a Jazzman both on and off the court. Seven years ago I was a ten year old boy with a deep love for the game of basketball, naturally glued to the T.V to watch March Madness. I didn’t know […] Happy 27th Birthday to Gordon Hayward! - Purple and Blues - Purple and Blues - A Utah Jazz Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Trail Blazers 110, Knicks 95: Scenes from a youthful loss

Trail Blazers 110, Knicks 95: Scenes from a youthful loss

Lots of rookies, lots of missed jumpers. The New York Knicks’ young bench has often kept games close after the starting lineup has crapped all over the court at the outset. What Thursday’s matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers presupposed is...what if the youngsters were starting? With Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Lance Thomas all on the shelf with various injuries, Jeff Hornacek with three rookies in the starting lineup: Ron Baker, Mindaugas Kuzminskas and Will Hernangomez. As if to show their veteran mentors all the valuable lessons they’ve learned this past season, the young...
The Bird Writes 5 hours ago
NBA Preview: Anthony Davis hopes to lead Pelicans to another surprise win over Rockets

NBA Preview: Anthony Davis hopes to lead Pelicans to another surprise win over Rockets

With their backs against the wall, can New Orleans come up with another surprising win? The New Orleans Pelicans will face James Harden and his merry men of three-point archers, including Ryan Anderson and Eric Gordon, one final time this regular season on Friday. In the teams’ last meeting, Solomon Hill was the undisputed star, posting the best all-around game numbers of his career: 30 points, six rebounds and seven assists. His performance, along with timely support from Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday, helped propel the Pelicans to a rout of the Rockets despite the absence of DeMarcus...
Bright Side Of The Sun 6 hours ago
Phoenix Suns field youngest starting lineup in NBA history

Phoenix Suns field youngest starting lineup in NBA history

With three players too young to buy adult beverages and another barely old enough to smile when he’s carded, the Suns lost to the Nets by 28. Not only did the Phoenix Suns field the youngest lineup in 49 years of franchise history tonight, they also fielded the youngest starting lineup in NBA league history. Via @EliasSports, tonight's @Suns starting lineup (average age of 21 years, 14 days) is the youngest starting five in NBA history #WeArePHX pic.twitter.com/YKH1KsUt8g— Phoenix Suns Stats (@SunsBballComm) March 24, 2017 Also funny: 15 of the 16 teams playing in the NCAA Sweet...
Pounding The Rock 6 hours ago
San Antonio vs. Memphis, Final Score: Spurs outgrind the Grizzlies, 97-90

San Antonio vs. Memphis, Final Score: Spurs outgrind the Grizzlies, 97-90

After a strong first half, the Spurs got a playoff-like victory against Memphis. After losing their two games in Memphis this season, including just last Saturday, the Grizzlies entered the AT&T Center as the only West team the Spurs hadn’t beaten this season. The game went more like you would expect it to, with the Spurs holding the Grizzlies in check on defense while grinding their way to victory behind another excellent night from a revamped LaMarcus Aldridge. Game Flow Dewayne Dedmon got an open dunk on the first play af the game, but after a wide open Vince Carter three, Pop called...
Hot Hot Hoops 6 hours ago
Heat end homestand with disappointing 101-84 loss to Raptors

Heat end homestand with disappointing 101-84 loss to Raptors

Heat once again allow a huge offensive game from a visiting star player while Whiteside sprains ankle late. The Miami Heat ended their five-game homestand with a 101-84 loss against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night in another setback to their playoff chances. Hassan Whiteside made a surprise start after getting 13 stitches after injuring his shooting hand in their last game and gave a big early boost with his hustle. Combined with strong play from Goran Dragic and the Heat converting on six of their first eight overall field goal attempts, the home team quickly raced out with the lead...
Straight Outta Vancouver 7 hours ago
Memphis Grizzlies Stall in San Antonio, 97-90

Memphis Grizzlies Stall in San Antonio, 97-90

Three in a row against the Spurs was too much to hope for. The Spurs jumped out to a quick start and built a 15-point lead in the second quarter, which they held until deep in the fourth. It was Brandan Wright and the Grizzlies’ bench who spurred (sorry not sorry) the comeback, despite Wright not seeing any action until the start of the fourth quarter. .@bwright34 ties it up! #GrindCity pic.twitter.com/x8aYZu70B1— FOX Sports Grizzlies (@GrizzliesOnFSSE) March 24, 2017 BRANDAN WRIGHT SAYS NO! pic.twitter.com/uNkZS2dh1r— FOX Sports Grizzlies (@GrizzliesOnFSSE) March 24,...
Purple and Blue 7 hours ago

Utah Jazz: Shooting Guard Becoming Major Area of Concern

Plenty of factors have caused the Utah Jazz to experience some inconsistency this season, but significant woes at the shooting guard position is near the top of the list. All season long, the Utah Jazz have appeared to be on the cusp of greatness. They finally have a solid point guard in George Hill, Gordon Hayward […] Utah Jazz: Shooting Guard Becoming Major Area of Concern - Purple and Blues - Purple and Blues - A Utah Jazz Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Raptors HQ 7 hours ago
Raptors claw back again, beat Heat 101-84

Raptors claw back again, beat Heat 101-84

DeRozan dropped 40 again, as Toronto swung the game by 32 points in Miami. This time of year, you can understand how it’s hard for Raptors players to get up for every game. Their schedule is packed with lesser opponents, the stakes of their seeding are relatively low, and they’ve been able to win with mere bursts of energy on the defensive end. Still, there are certain players that have more motivation than others. Young players like Delon Wright and Jakob Poetl have the constant burden of proving themselves. New acquisitions like P.J. Tucker are trying to build a brand, working...
Bright Side Of The Sun 7 hours ago
Brooklyn Nets blitz the Suns, hand Phoenix 6th straight loss

Brooklyn Nets blitz the Suns, hand Phoenix 6th straight loss

Phoenix Suns used youngest starting lineup in NBA history The Phoenix Suns are a young basketball team, confirmed by them running out the youngest starting lineup in NBA history today, but they looked more like the Keystone Kops in the 2nd half as their comedy of errors helped propel the Brooklyn Nets to a 126-98 win. For Brooklyn, it marks their longest winning streak of the season — two games. For the Suns, it marks their longest losing streak of the season — six games. Phoenix jumped out to a 20-5 lead to start the game and led 32-22 at the conclusion of the 1st quarter. But Brooklyn...
NetsDaily 8 hours ago
Nets roll through Phoenix and finally win two straight, 126-98

Nets roll through Phoenix and finally win two straight, 126-98

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Nets fans… we’ve been spoiled. First a buzzer beater and now a two-game win streak! Behind a gritty effort – both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, the Nets (15-56) notched its FIRST win streak of the season with a 126-98 rout over the Phoenix Suns (22-50), Thursday night in Brooklyn. The Nets haven’t won two straight games since March 24 of last season! With the win, the Nets improve to 6-7 in March after going 4-37 from December to February. Call it the Lin effect. We call it development, from both sides: the players AND coaches. The Nets...
Game Thread: Knicks at Trail Blazers- 03/23/17

Game Thread: Knicks at Trail Blazers- 03/23/17

Everyone’s sitting out...how exciting! Are you in the Portland area? Then maybe you can play for the New York Knicks! Tonight's injury report: Anthony (sore l. knee), Noah (l. knee surgery), Rose (sore r. foot) & Thomas (sore r. hip) are unavailable.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) March 24, 2017 If Chasson Randle doesn’t get a chance to play Thursday night against the Blazers, then I just give up. Game is at 10:00 PM on on MSG. This is Blazer’s Edge. Please don’t post large photos, GIFs, or links to illegal streams in this thread. Be nice to one another. Go the Knicks!

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