10:18 AM EST, Tue January 24, 2017
The Dream Shake 18 mins ago
The Rockets' drafting ability is paying huge dividends

The Rockets' drafting ability is paying huge dividends

In today's Rocket Fuel: The Rockets' drafting ability is paying huge dividends this season, while Mike D'Antoni has the Rockets at "seven seconds or less" on steroids. Ugh. That's all I have to say about last night's loss to the Bucks. Can we just move on and pretend that game never happened? Great. Make sure to start your day off right by catching up on the latest Rockets news with today's Rocket Fuel! How Rockets' Sneaky Good Drafting Ability Is Paying Off | Fanrag Sports One of the most encouraging signs out of the Rockets' front office in the past few seasons is its ability to find...
Peachtree Hoops 18 mins ago
Atlanta Hawks pre-trade deadline cap update

Atlanta Hawks pre-trade deadline cap update

Everything you need to know about the Hawks’ salary cap situation as the trade deadline approaches. Last time I had anything substantial to write up for Peachtree Hoops was a recap of the 2016 off-season. Since then: Dennis Schröder reached an agreement for an extension; Tim Hardaway Jr did not; Edy Tavares was waived; Ryan Kelly was signed; the NBA and Player’s Association reached a verbal agreement on a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA); Ryan Kelly was waived before his contract’s guarantee date; Kyle Korver was traded for Mike Dunleavy Jr, Mo Williams, a 2019 1st round...
Denver Stiffs 23 mins ago
Stat of the Week: Checking in on Jamal Murray

Stat of the Week: Checking in on Jamal Murray

This week’s SOTW focuses on how Jamal Murray has performed to this point and some ideas for the future. On Sunday night, Jamal Murray showed another layer of his scoring potential that the Denver Nuggets have been looking for. Playing minutes as the backup point guard with Emmanuel Mudiay sidelined Murray flourished, generating easy shots for himself and others. It was a side of Murray fans had not seen for awhile, and it was certainly encouraging. Right now the Nuggets are trying to avoid as many mistakes as possible during a stretch run, and Michael Malone trusts Jameer Nelson more in...
The Dream Shake 23 mins ago
Greek Freak dominates again, Rockets fall to Bucks 127-114

Greek Freak dominates again, Rockets fall to Bucks 127-114

Is this a slump? It kinda feels like a slump. The Rockets lost again Monday night, this time by 13 to a Bucks team on a five-game losing skid. They’re now 3-5 since their nine-game winning streak, the worst eight-game stretch of the season so far. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 31 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. He was the best player on the floor, particularly on the defensive end and in transition, where the Rockets had no answer for his length. James Harden had another mind-blowing stat line — 26 points, 12 assists, 9 rebounds, 4 steals and a block — but only shot...
Purple and Blue 47 mins ago

Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets: Keys to the Game

As the Utah Jazz prepare to play their fourth game in five days, they could be in for a rough go in a road game against the Denver Nuggets. After winning six straight games, and charging up the standings to a tie for fourth place in the West, the Utah Jazz appeared to be on a […] Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets: Keys to the Game - Purple and Blues - Purple and Blues - A Utah Jazz Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Posting and Toasting 48 mins ago
Knicks 109, Pacers 103 - ‘Close game randomness regressing back’

Knicks 109, Pacers 103 - ‘Close game randomness regressing back’

So many weird things happened tonight, yet it somehow almost ended just how we all kinda thought it would....but it didn’t! “May you live in interesting times.” Ah yes, we all know that Chinese saying that isn’t actually a Chinese saying. Well folks, there is no question that these are interesting times. But I’ll #StickToSports. This game started pretty ho-hum. Pacers were having their way on offence, and the Knicks were doing all they could to make it it look like Indiana was actually doing something defensively by coughing it up on what felt like every possession. It was bad,...
CelticsBlog 1 hour ago
The Celtics should call the Nuggets about Nurkic

The Celtics should call the Nuggets about Nurkic

Could Boston find gold in Denver? The Celtics need a big man. One player isn’t going to vault them into title contention unless that person is a superstar, but barring a blockbuster deal, the Celtics should certainly be on the lookout for players that meet needs on the team. A big center that can rebound and play some defense would be great. A common name that comes up often is Andrew Bogut because the Mavericks won’t have much motivation to keep him around and he’s probably available for cheap. He’s also a fairly well known commodity and an expiring contract. But he has also...
Raptors HQ 1 hour ago
Listen to The HeadQuarters: Episode 55, brought to you by Pops Mensah-Bonsu

Listen to The HeadQuarters: Episode 55, brought to you by Pops Mensah-Bonsu

Seriously, relax. Welcome to The HeadQuarters! This week, Sean Woodley is joined by Dan Grant of Raptors HQ & numberFire to chat about the widespread panic surrounding the Raptors after a three-game losing streak, ponder what can be done about the team's porous defense, assess Jared Sullinger's first week of action and answer listener questions. This episode is brought to you by Pops Mensah-Bonsu. Listen at the BlogTalk Radio link below and be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! Music Courtesy The Passion HiFi
Kris Willis / Peachtree Hoops 2 hours ago
Slow start dooms Hawks in loss to Clippers

Slow start dooms Hawks in loss to Clippers

Atlanta made a big comeback but Jamal Crawford slammed the door in the fourth. A slow start doomed the Atlanta Hawks Monday night in a 115-105 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Atlanta scored just 40 points in the first half and trailed by as many as 24 points before mounting a comeback to make the final margin respectable. “I thought the Clippers played really well, shot it really well,” Mike Budenholzer told reporters after the game. Fifty-eight percent from the three-point line. A lot of credit to them. I thought we weren’t very good in the first half. I’m actually proud of the...
Peachtree Hoops 4 hours ago
Locked on Hawks podcast: Clippers recap and more

Locked on Hawks podcast: Clippers recap and more

Episode 124 features a breakdown of a vexing loss. Greetings! The Atlanta Hawks were riding high coming into Monday’s game. When they left, that was no longer the case. Topics for Episode 124 of the Locked on Hawks podcast include the following: The first half against the Clippers was disastrous Atlanta battled throughout but it wasn’t enough Mike Budenholzer’s thoughts on perimeter defense and counteracting Jamal Crawford and Austin Rivers A weird night for Kent Bazemore The bench struggled mightily on Monday Al Horford said a weird thing about the Falcons and Patriots when it...
Fear the Newsletter: The Cavs really lost to the Anthony Davis-less Pelicans

Fear the Newsletter: The Cavs really lost to the Anthony Davis-less Pelicans

So, about last night. Here's today's Fear the Newsletter, where we will always try to set you up like Kyrie passing to LeBron off the glass. And now, with no more random breaks! TALK TO ME: So, that was rough. The Cavs really lost to the Anthony Davis-less Pelicans despite 49 points from Kyrie Irving, a LeBron James triple-double and a Kevin Love double-double. Not great! The Cavs now have lost five of their last seven. LEGEND HAS IT: The Cavs have the day off today before playing the Kings Wednesday at home. Considering how many minutes LeBron and company played. Tuesday is probably best...
Denver Stiffs 7 hours ago
Preview: Utah Jazz come to Denver to face Nuggets

Preview: Utah Jazz come to Denver to face Nuggets

There’s a second-round playoff preview tomorrow night at the Pepsi Center - but let’s not get ahead of ourselves The Denver Nuggets play host to the Utah Jazz, one night after Utah gave up 30 in the final frame to drop a 2-point heartbreaker to Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder. Both teams are looking to get back on track after tough losses to evenly-matched foes, but Denver will have to step up its game to take this one. The Jazz had been streaking, having won six in a row before last night’s loss, and roll into Denver feeling good about the state of their season and...
Pounding The Rock 7 hours ago
Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Toronto Raptors

Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Toronto Raptors

The Spurs travel to Toronto for their fourth game in six nights. Tucked away in Canada is the league’s best offense that doesn’t have Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green on the roster. Toronto is scoring 112.3 points per 100 possessions, improving upon last season’s fifth-ranked finish by an additional five points. If you don’t speak basketball nerd, that is very, very good. The Raptors don’t have the benefit of two former MVPs, nor do they have the ability to lean on a pick-and-roll maestro like James Harden to generate their entire offense. Instead, the...
Silver Screen and Roll 7 hours ago
Lakers Podcast: It’s time to talk about tanking

Lakers Podcast: It’s time to talk about tanking

Welp. It’s turning into a tradition, it seems. Man. I go on one little vacation and come back to arguably the worst loss in a few seasons of some pretty bad losses. It was the kind of game that forces fans to question all kinds of things, but for the purpose of talking points on the show, the Los Angeles Lakers drubbing at the hands of the Dallas Mavericks means it time to start talking about tanking. *takes an otherworldly sigh* Anthony and Harrison start by wondering why this tank job feels more painful than the others. This might shock you completely, but Harrison didn’t quite get...
Sactown Royalty 8 hours ago
Kings 109, Pistons 104: Kings finally break through

Kings 109, Pistons 104: Kings finally break through

The Kings snap their losing streak by finally closing out a game Better late than never? The Sacramento Kings spent the last five games losing in every way imaginable, from blowouts to blown leads to blown calls. They finally broke through tonight against the Detroit Pistons, who themselves are riding a bit of a roller coaster season and searching for consistency. The Kings were led by DeMarcus Cousins’ 22 points, 14 rebounds, and 6 assists, but he had a down game tonight going 8/21 FG, 45.1 TS%, and notching 6 turnovers. The Kings’ best player tonight was Ty Lawson, scoring 19 points...
Purple and Blue 9 hours ago

Utah Jazz: Russell Westbrook, OKC Stop Win Streak at Six

Thanks to another triple-double effort from Russell Westbrook, the Utah Jazz lost a heart-breaker to the Oklahoma City Thunder to end their streak. For the most part, Monday was a great day to be a Utah Jazz fan. Following an announcement that the organization’s ownership had been transferred to a legacy trust, the team’s future […] Utah Jazz: Russell Westbrook, OKC Stop Win Streak at Six - Purple and Blues - Purple and Blues - A Utah Jazz Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Welcome to Loud City 9 hours ago
Thunder vs Jazz, final score: Westbrook triple-double, Adams’ return fuel OKC to comeback win, 97-95

Thunder vs Jazz, final score: Westbrook triple-double, Adams’ return fuel OKC to comeback win, 97-95

The Thunder got a big road win against a team they will be tussling with for playoff seeding. box score | SLC Dunk The Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Utah Jazz on the road, 97-95. In one of the most significant wins of the Thunder’s season, they overcame a 9 point deficit in the 4th quarter to score 30 in the final period against the league’s staunchest defense. On top of that, the Thunder did not succumb late in the game, but continued to deliver key plays that enabled OKC to hang on in the end. Russell Westbrook finished with 38-10-10 and 4 steals with 6 turnovers, and Steven...
SLC Dunk 10 hours ago
Oklahoma City Thunder 97 - Utah Jazz 95: Game Recap

Oklahoma City Thunder 97 - Utah Jazz 95: Game Recap

Russell Westbrook gets his first career triple-double against the Jazz, and game winner with 1.4 seconds to play Yeah, well, okay. The Utah Jazz (29-17) just had their six game win-streak snapped by the Oklahoma City Thunder (26-19), 97-95. Russell Westbrook hit a game winner with 1.4 seconds to play capping a tremendous 30-23 quarter for his club in the come from behind victory - ON THE ROAD. Westbrook got his first career triple double against the Jazz, and had a very healthy 38 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, 4 steals, and 1 block night. He didn’t shoot well, except from the line. And...
Brew Hoop 11 hours ago
Bucks vs. Rockets Final Score: Milwaukee Shimmies to Offensive Outburst in win, 127-114

Bucks vs. Rockets Final Score: Milwaukee Shimmies to Offensive Outburst in win, 127-114

Giannis and Jabari combine for 59 as Milwaukee shoots 59% for the game A perplexing Bucks season only added to its confusing legacy tonight, snapping a five-game losing streak with an offensive explosion in a 127-114 against Houston. Milwaukee shook up its starting lineup, inserting Miles Plumlee for John Henson, giving Plumlee his first start since November 25th against the Raptors. The change paid dividends, with Plumlee slamming home a number of lobs and finishes in close, but this game really came down to Giannis and Jabari matching Houston at every turn while the role players played...

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