6:12 PM EST, Fri December 09, 2016
Pounding The Rock 28 mins ago
GIF Breakdown: The best plays of Spurs vs. Bulls

GIF Breakdown: The best plays of Spurs vs. Bulls

It’s the return of the feature that Chis Itz made famous. (Or was it the feature that made Chris famous?) Pau started the game heading towards the home court locker room of the Bulls. After discovering his error, turns and smiles with embarrassment. After a slow team start, Kawhi Leonard drives the baseline where he makes a perfect corner pass to Patty Mills who rattles in a tough three. Sometimes Patty’s release startles me by how quick it is. Jonathon Simmons’ decision making is improving. As his man closes out, he immediately exploits the crease in the...
Indy Cornrows 42 mins ago
Pacers vs. Mavericks: Game thread, lineups, odds, TV info and more

Pacers vs. Mavericks: Game thread, lineups, odds, TV info and more

The Pacers look to move above .500 and close their west coast trip with a winning record. Before heading home to try to avenge their lopsided loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, the Pacers (11-11) will wrap up their five-game west coast road trip tonight against the Dallas Mavericks. The last time these two teams met, Myles Turner became the first Pacer since Jermaine O’Neal (back in 2001 against the Cleveland Cavaliers) to score at least 30 points in a game while grabbing 16 rebounds to go along with four blocked shots. “In his second year, he’s already a terrific...
Silver Screen and Roll 2 hours ago
Lakers vs. Suns Game Preview: Cloudy skies in LA as Suns visit

Lakers vs. Suns Game Preview: Cloudy skies in LA as Suns visit

The cloudy skies have killed the Lakers’ positive vibes. The Los Angeles Lakers are in the midst of their longest losing streak, which just so happens to coincide with their worst stretch of injuries of the season. The Phoenix Suns are hurting even worse in the win-loss column, which might have something to do with T.J. Warren missing extended time. Nick Young and D’Angelo Russell have begun practicing with the Lakers but are not returning Friday night. Tarik Black and Jose Calderon will also miss the game, leaving the Lakers very shorthanded once again. Things didn’t go well in...
Rufus on Fire 2 hours ago
Hornets hope to sneak past Magic unscathed

Hornets hope to sneak past Magic unscathed

The Charlotte Hornets (13-9) are at home tonight taking on the Orlando Magic (10-13) for their first of four games against each other this season. The Hornets stumbled their way into two wins against middling talent earlier this week, so a win tonight would make it three straight for the boys in teal. Unfortunately, the Hornets have to hop on an Ohio-bound plane for tomorrow’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers shortly after this one wraps up. There’s a chance Hornets head coach Steve Clifford throws in the towel if the Magic are ahead by 10 to 15 points at any point during the second...
Derrick Rose will miss Friday’s game, highlighting the Knicks’ need for a third point guard

Derrick Rose will miss Friday’s game, highlighting the Knicks’ need for a third point guard

Even if Rose were healthy, the Knicks have been playing with fire by only keeping two PG’s on the roster. Lost amid the avalanche of insane bullshit that followed in the wake of the Knicks’ blowout loss to Cleveland on Wednesday was the fact that, hey, with Derrick Rose on the shelf with a back injury, the team only had one true point guard. Did that lose them the game? Absolutely not. They could have suited up prime Clyde Frazier and still lost to the Cavs. But it highlights a critical flaw that has been apparent since before the start of the season. Yo, if Derrick Rose or Brandon...
Daily Thunder 3 hours ago

Down to Dunk Ep. 299: Grading the Thunder Players

On today’s podcast we discuss the following topics: Grading each Thunder player Top 5 Thunder players that are not Russ Is there a player that Presti would trade Russ for straight up? Can OKC
Golden State Of Mind 3 hours ago
Around the NBA: Who is gaining ground on the Warriors in the West?

Around the NBA: Who is gaining ground on the Warriors in the West?

This week, we look at the Western standings after 20+ games. Which teams are rising as challengers to the Warriors? The NBA season is reaching its quarter mark — roughly 20 games for most teams. (Did you know the Cavs have played fewer games than any other team at this point?) We have said every week that the longer the season goes, the clearer it becomes which teams are pretenders and which teams are for real, and with our new sample size, we can start to see how the playoff races are starting to shake out. Which teams have taken their stand? There seems to be a clearer divide in the...
Raptors HQ 3 hours ago
Power Forward Friday: Would Amir Johnson still help?

Power Forward Friday: Would Amir Johnson still help?

Our weekly search for the ideal power forward arrives at Amir Johnson, the legend. The difference between being a basketball fan at 16 and a basketball fan at 26 is, dare I say it, staggering. When you’re 16, you don’t care about deep things like defensive box plus-minus or D-League affiliates. You care about what’s cool — dunks, high-scoring games, crazy bounce passes. You also care more about your favourite players. I remember being such a humongous Kobe stan in my teens that it makes me cringe thinking back on it now. I’d watch most Lakers games, record them onto VHS tapes, and...
CelticsBlog 3 hours ago
Boston Celtics Daily Links 12/9/16

Boston Celtics Daily Links 12/9/16

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  Celtics’ Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown brimming with confidence Globe  Isaiah Thomas doesn’t expect to be out for longCeltics still haven’t found what Sullinger gave themCelticsBlog  What if the Celtics stand pat at the deadline? Lex Nihil Novi  Pierce Shines on Bobblehead NightESPN  Boston Celtics guard receives platelet-rich plasma injection for groin injuryAl Horford is flourishing in his new role as the Celtics' quarterbackThe Sports Daily   Your Morning Dump… Where the offense is flowing through Al HorfordCLNS...
Straight Outta Vancouver 4 hours ago
Report Card: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Report Card: Portland Trail Blazers vs. Memphis Grizzlies

Big Spain And Friends Best Dame’s Squad Late In the absence of Mike Conley, Marc Gasol just keeps doing work. With their 88-86 victory over Dame D.O.L.L.A. and C.J. McCollum last night, coach David Fizdale’s Grit ’N’ Grind Redux climbed to a 16-8 record, good for 5th in the competitive Western Conference. They are 5-1 since Conley went down, and those five victories were consecutive — and nail-biters. Memphis has won these five games by a grand total of... 13 points (and no single game among them by more than 5). These Grizzlies have leveraged their youth movement’s athleticism...
Peachtree Hoops 4 hours ago
Hawks Look for Second Straight Win Against Milwaukee

Hawks Look for Second Straight Win Against Milwaukee

Sitting at 11-12 after a disastrous 11-game stretch, Atlanta looks to build some momentum tonight against the Bucks On Wednesday, the Hawks defeated the Miami Heat to snap a seven-game losing streak and move to 10-11 on the season. While the Heat are far from an elite team right now, any win is a good win for the struggling Hawks. Tonight, Atlanta heads to Milwaukee for a matchup with the Bucks. Milwaukee is trending in the right direction right now — they have won five of their last six — and look like a much tougher team than they did at the beginning of the season. Just as they...
Pounding The Rock 4 hours ago
Kawhi Leonard could use some help

Kawhi Leonard could use some help

The face of the San Antonio franchise has been solid as a rock, and twice as consistent. The rest of the team? Not so much. With Chicago up five points and a little over two minutes left in the game, Jimmy Butler went to work above the 3-point line against Danny Green. Butler, averaging 26.0 points per game this season, had spent the majority of the game on Kawhi Island. He took five shots in the first half without scoring a point. The two-time All-Star didn’t make his first basket until about seven minutes left in the third period, but with the game in the balance, Kawhi Leonard was...
Denver Stiffs 4 hours ago
Stiff List: Draymond and Boogie are not so Smart

Stiff List: Draymond and Boogie are not so Smart

This week’s Stiff List includes kicking legs, flops and a cameo by the New York night life Denver Turnovers Forget the Denver Omelette, the newest thing in town is the Denver Turnover. The Nuggets have been one of the worst teams in the NBA in turnovers, averaging 16.3 per game. And for most of the season, Emmanuel Mudiay has taken the brunt of the criticism for this problem. There’s definitely some merit there: Mudiay has the eighth most turnovers in the league. But what happened when Mudiay missed his first game of the season last night in Washington? Denver turned the ball over an...
The Kyrie 2 and LeBron Soldier 10 get throwback PEs

The Kyrie 2 and LeBron Soldier 10 get throwback PEs

Kyrie and LeBron two will wear shoes inspired by the Cavs’ 80s color scheme. For the Cavs’ Hardwood Classic nights, Kyrie Irving and LeBron James’ signature shoes are getting PEs inspired by Cleveland’s color scheme from the 1980s. This Kyrie 2 PE features the orange, blue and white that the Cavs wore from the 1983-84 until the beginning of the 1994-95 season. The shoe is mostly orange with an orange swoosh, but features blue accent on the the sides and the strap. The strap also looks to be suede instead of the the normal material. The LeBron Zoom Soldier 10 PE is mostly blue with...
Net Income / NetsDaily 5 hours ago
Jeremy Lin returns to practice but won't play Saturday

Jeremy Lin returns to practice but won't play Saturday

Five weeks after he went down with a strained hamstriNY, Jeremy Lin finally returned to practice Friday. Kenny Atkinson did not provide a timetable but said he would not play Saturday night in San Antonio vs. the Spurs. Atkinson said of Lin, "He looked good out there. He moved well." Lin went down December 2, when the Nets were 2-3. They played well initially but then collapsed as both his back-ups —Greivis Vasquez and Isaiah Whitehead joined him on the trainers table, Vasquez with recurring ankle problems and Whitehead with a concussion. Vasquez was later bought out when it was...
Raptors HQ 5 hours ago
Dinos & Digits: The Best Bench in Basketball

Dinos & Digits: The Best Bench in Basketball

This week we look at the league-leading bench, DeRozan’s growing franchise record résumé, drives, and shooting efficiency. Welcome back to Dinos & Digits, a column where we dive into the box scores and find five interesting or strange Raptors statistics and put them on front street for discussion. We like to explore a mix of both individual player and team statistics, ranging from raw box score numbers to some interesting and funky advanced metrics. The goal is to present the numbers without too much opinion attached, leaving those debates for the comment section. OK, let's get down to...
Canis Hoopus 5 hours ago
Wolves vs. Pistons Game Preview: Good Defense Coming to Target Center

Wolves vs. Pistons Game Preview: Good Defense Coming to Target Center

The Wolves host the Pistons on the second night of a back to back. Wolves (6-16) vs. Pistons (12-12)7:00 pm CST, Target CenterFS North So far, the Wolves have been quite successful on the second nights of back-to-backs; indeed four of their six wins this season have been such games. They have another test tonight, welcoming the Detroit Pistons to town after last night’s loss in Toronto. The Pistons come in with the league’s top rated defense, highlighted by allowing the lowest opponent eFG percentage in the NBA. Much like Tom Thibodeau’s vaunted Bulls defenses, they don’t force a...
Sactown Royalty 5 hours ago
Kings vs Knicks Preview: Knicks Come into Sacramento for a Rematch

Kings vs Knicks Preview: Knicks Come into Sacramento for a Rematch

The Kings are looking to avenge their loss in New York five days ago as they take on the Knicks in Sacramento tonight. After drubbing the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night to the tune of a 31 point margin of victory, the Kings have come home for a quick stop to take on the New York Knicks before heading back out on the road to play the Mavs yet again. With a game against the Knicks only five days ago, in which the Kings were down by 20 points before a massive scoring streak brought the Kings to within two points with less than three and a half minutes to play, Sacramento players should...
Kevin Love, J.R. Smith questionable vs. Heat

Kevin Love, J.R. Smith questionable vs. Heat

Additionally, Channing Frye will miss the next two games due to personal reasons. When the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Miami Heat tonight, they might not be at full strength. At Friday’s shootaround, the team announced that Kevin Love is questionable with lower back spasms and J.R. Smith is questionable with a hyperextended left knee. Both Love and Smith did take part in today’s shootaround. Additionally, Channing Frye has been excused from the team for the Heat game and Saturday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets due for personal reasons. Kevin Love (lower back spasms) and...
Ten Things About the NBA: The Week Seven Edition

Ten Things About the NBA: The Week Seven Edition

Phil finds ten things that happened in week seven of the NBA season and he wants you to know about it 1). Monday night Golden State Warriors SG Klay Thompson lit up the Indiana Pacers for 60 points in just 29 minutes. Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr discusses why he didn’t allow Thompson to play more minutes. 2). LeBron James and a few of his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates have decided not to stay at the Trump SoHo Hotel so they were allowed to stay at a location nearby. James cites that it is nothing more than a “personal preference” and that it’s the first time that he’s ever...

NBA Player News

  • 3 Shelvin Mack

    Shelvin Mack

    Ingles, Mack give depleted Jazz lift in loss to Warriors

  • 3 LeBron James

    LeBron James

    Video: LeBron James tries the water bottle flip challenge

  • 3 Kevin Love

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love, J.R. Smith questionable vs. Heat

  • 3 J.R. Smith

    J.R. Smith

    NBA | J.R. Smith, Kevin Love unlikely to play because of injuries

  • 3 D'Angelo Russell

    D'Angelo Russell

    Lakers' D'Angelo Russell, Nick Young make progress with rehab

NBA Photos