2:20 PM EST, Fri December 09, 2016
Net Income / NetsDaily 1 hour 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 1 hour 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...
Raptors HQ 3 hours ago
Updating the Raptors Win Total Projections for 2016-17

Updating the Raptors Win Total Projections for 2016-17

How great are the Raptors really playing? And if they keep it up, how many wins are they likely to end up with? Much is often made of strength of schedule — if a team faces a lot of tough opponents, or plays a lot of road games or back-to-backs, then their performance is viewed with a kinder gaze. Wins in those scenarios are harder to come by, and losses on long home stands against inferior competition are seen as missed opportunities. That context can make judging a team’s performance difficult to do, both over larger samples and over short stretches. We’ll try to correct that...
Net Income / NetsDaily 4 hours ago
Pincus: Nets offer to Motiejunas “puzzling”

Pincus: Nets offer to Motiejunas “puzzling”

In a column Friday, Basketball Insiders’ cap guru Eric Pincus delves into the agreement between the Nets and Donatas Motiejunas, which the Rockets matched, and finds it “puzzling.” At the core of his analysis, helped by conversations with NBA GM’s, is this question: “Why did he sign such a Houston-friendly offer sheet with the Brooklyn Nets? What is he trying to achieve by refusing to report for a physical?” Pincus describes the Nets offer —$37 million over four years— as not as “ugly” as those tendered this summer to Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson. Bottom line for...
Raptors HQ 5 hours ago
Raptors Travel to Boston for Divisional Matchup With Celtics: Preview, Start Time and More

Raptors Travel to Boston for Divisional Matchup With Celtics: Preview, Start Time and More

The Raps are in hostile territory tonight as they invade TD Garden for the first time this season Fresh off Thursday’s contest with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Toronto Raptors won’t have any time to catch their collective breath as a road date with the division rival Boston Celtics is on tap for Friday. Entering the campaign, expectations were high for the Celtics. Boston already possessed one of the best coaches in the league in Brad Stevens, an enviable amount of depth and a roster that seemed like it was on the verge of making a deep playoff run. They landed coveted big man Al...
NetsDaily 5 hours ago
Caris LeVert: You just gotta keep pushing forward

Caris LeVert: You just gotta keep pushing forward

Those who know Caris LeVert understand the 22-year-old is ready for the big leagues, despite a few bumps in the road during his journey to the NBA. Before Wednesday, he hasn’t played since December 30 then underwent foot reconstruction surgery in March. Dr. Martin O’Malley, the Nets foot-and-ankle specialist, took a piece of his hip bone and grafted it on to his left foot. It was his third foot surgery in 22 months, but O’Malley assured LeVert this one would work. NetsDaily spoke with him after Wednesday’s game "I feel like I've put in a lot of work so I'm more than confident in...
CelticsBlog 5 hours ago
What if the Celtics stand pat at the deadline?

What if the Celtics stand pat at the deadline?

Boston might need to wait a little longer for a star. I’ve been writing the same article for over 2.5 years now. In fact, by now any of you could probably write it for me in a sort of Mad Libs format. In fact, here’s your first paragraph: “The worst kept secret in the NBA is that the Celtics are looking to trade for a star. They have a treasure trove of assets and will be looking to move some of them [on draft night/at the trade deadline/next summer]. Of course, trades are hard to make in the NBA, and trading for stars is even harder. Despite all his efforts, Danny Ainge hasn’t been...
Raptors HQ 14 hours ago
Bad defense equals great fun, Raps beat Wolves 124-110

Bad defense equals great fun, Raps beat Wolves 124-110

Sometimes defense is just an inhibitor to fun. All these Raptors want to do is entertain you. As they exhibited once again their their 124-110 win over the Wolves on Thursday night, the Raptors are still looking for cohesion on defense. Against the league’s top squads, Toronto’s inability to lock in has resulted in some narrow, high-scoring defeats. But against an energetic, freaky-athletic and utterly inexperienced team like Minnesota, sloppy play and shaky defense tends to breed ultimately harmless entertainment. Because the Raptors have a still-historically efficient offense capable...
Liberty Ballers 15 hours ago
Philadelphia 76ers vs. New Orleans Pelicans final score: Sixers grab first road win

Philadelphia 76ers vs. New Orleans Pelicans final score: Sixers grab first road win

Joel Embiid and Dario Saric powered the Sixers to their first road win of the year. Though their time guarding one another was brief, Joel Embiid vs. Anthony Davis was as good as advertised. Both big men showed off an impressive repertoire of moves, and it was The Process who won the war, with the Sixers earning a 99-88 victory. Embiid’s presence was felt most on the defensive end. One minute it was a highlight-reel block on a three-point closeout, the next he was picking Davis’ pocket in the paint. The touch wasn’t there — 5-15 from the field is pretty rough — but four blocks,...
Liberty Ballers 18 hours ago
Philadelphia 76ers vs. New Orleans Pelicans Game Thread

Philadelphia 76ers vs. New Orleans Pelicans Game Thread

It’s a showdown in New Orleans. Game Info Date: December 8, 2016 Time: 8:00 Eastern Place: Smoothie King Center Channel: TCN The other guys: The Bird Writes Tonight’s Starters + Availability Notes Sixers: Sergio Rodriguez, Gerald Henderson, Robert Covington (!!), Ersan Ilyasova, Joel Embiid Pelicans: Tim Frazier, Buddy Hield, Solomon Hill, Anthony Davis, Alexis Ajinca Pre-game update:•Embiid 28-minute limit•Covington available, to be monitored throughout game— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) December 8, 2016 Gentry says @Jrue_Holiday11 will "probably not" play tonight...
Canis Hoopus 19 hours ago
Game Thread #22: Wolves @ Raptors

Game Thread #22: Wolves @ Raptors

The Wolves search for a road victory against the Raptors on national television. Who: Minnesota Timberwolves (6-15) @ Toronto Raptors (14-7) Where: Air Canada Centre When: 6:00pm CST (TV coverage on TNT) Opening up a game thread for an early Thursday evening matchup that sends the Wolves to Toronto to face the Raptors. In the game preview, we discussed how the Raptors have a sneaky good offense this season and the Wolves have a tall task on the road. A few notes from good Wolves-Twitter follows: “Andrew Wiggins is putting up 23/3.8/2 against his hometown Raptors for his career.”...
Net Income / NetsDaily 21 hours ago
Nets sign Dinwiddie after waiving Ferrell

Nets sign Dinwiddie after waiving Ferrell

The Nets waived Yogi Ferrell, their undrafted rookie point guard, Thursday, then quickly signed Spencer Dinwiddie, a 6’6” point guard off the the Windy City Bulls, giving him a three-year, non-guaranteed deal. Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news... Nets signed D-League guard Spencer Dinwiddie to a partially guaranteed three-year deal, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) December 8, 2016 Dinwiddie, who is a month younger than Ferrell, was drafted by the Pistons in 2014 and has played 46 games in the NBA, starting one. He was traded by the...
Net Income / NetsDaily 22 hours ago
With Ferrell gone, what (and who) are the Nets planning?

With Ferrell gone, what (and who) are the Nets planning?

The Nets unceremoniously waived Yogi Ferrell, their undrafted rookie point guard, Thursday, but have little indication what they’re planning going forward. Ferrell, a 6-foot point guard out of Indiana, was signed to a training camp contract and given a $100,000 guarantee. As training camp ended, Ferrell was the last player cut. Then, in early November, after being signed by Long Island, Ferrell was brought up, filling in after Jeremy Lin, Isaiah Whitehead and Greivis Vasquez were all hurt ... and Vasquez was waived. Ferrell appeared in 10 games for the Nets posting averages of 5.4 points...
Posting and Toasting 23 hours ago
Are Derrick Rose’s drives to the basket helping the Knicks’ offense?

Are Derrick Rose’s drives to the basket helping the Knicks’ offense?

Spoiler alert: yeah, probably. It’s an understatement to say Derrick Rose has been a divisive player among Knicks fans this season. Opinions on his play seem to be either very positive or very negative, with almost nothing in between. This divide is especially present in reactions to Rose’s affinity for driving to the basket. Fans of Rose’s play appreciate his ability to finish at the rim, while detractors malign his frequent refusal to pass. Therefore, given that we’re about one-quarter of the way through the season, it makes sense to take a look at the pros and cons of his...
Canis Hoopus 23 hours ago
Wolves at Raptors Game Preview

Wolves at Raptors Game Preview

The Wolves (6-15) head to Toronto to face the Raptors (14-7) and one of the best offenses in the NBA. Who: Minnesota Timberwolves (6-15) @ Toronto Raptors (14-7) Where: Air Canada Centre When: 6:00pm CST (TV coverage on FSN) Beginning with a home loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday the Wolves (6-15) entered an eight-day, five-game death trap. The work week comes to a close with a back-to-back tonight in Toronto against the Raptors, followed by a Friday night home matchup against the Detroit Pistons. Only to be followed up with games against the Golden State Warriors and the Chicago...
NetsDaily Dec 8, 2016
Brook Lopez really liked his Chewbacca bobblehead on Star Wars Night

Brook Lopez really liked his Chewbacca bobblehead on Star Wars Night

In case you didn’t know by now, Brook Lopez is a huge Star Wars fan and for the second straight year, the Brooklyn Nets handed out Brook Lopez Star Wars bobbleheads for Star Wars Night. Last year he was a Jedi. This year he was Chewbacca or "Chew-Brook-A". After a 116-111 win over the Denver Nuggets, Brook took some time to appreciate his Chewbacca bobblehead. "It's a good look. I've always felt I'm part Wookie, but the thing I noticed most was that he takes really good care of his hair," Lopez said as he analyzed his Chew-Brook-A bobblehead. "There's a lot of product in there. I think he...
Raptors HQ Dec 8, 2016
Dial 905: CJ Leslie impresses in Raptors 905 win streak, and more

Dial 905: CJ Leslie impresses in Raptors 905 win streak, and more

The Raptors 905 hit the road this week and start a nice winning streak. The Raptors 905 had a busy week with four games, including a three-game road trip. As has been the case for most of the season so far, the team from Mississauga has played well more often than not. As a result, the 905 are currently riding a four-game win streak. Here’s a summary of the games this week and the ups and downs of some of the 905’s players. Thursday Dec. 1st — vs. Fort Wayne Mad Ants Final Score: 109-107 for the 905 as they improve to 4-2 Starter Will Sheehey Goes Off Will Sheehey have given the...
CelticsBlog Dec 8, 2016
Boston Celtics Daily Links 12/8/16

Boston Celtics Daily Links 12/8/16

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  No Isaiah Thomas, no problem as Celtics beat MagicCeltics team up for 30-point rout of Magic Celtics Notebook: Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown take advantage of more minutes Globe  Avery Bradley, Celtics roll to 117-87 victory over MagicWatch Jaylen Brown dunk all over Nikola VucevicBoston Celtics get full team effort in victory over Orlando MagicWatch Jaylen Brown dunk all over Nikola VucevicCelticsBlog   Celtics blow out Magic 117-87 The Read & React: best Celtics game ever Celtics Green  Comments from the Other Side - Magic...
Posting and Toasting Dec 8, 2016
In praise of Sasha Vujacic. Seriously.

In praise of Sasha Vujacic. Seriously.

When he’s hitting shots, the Machine brings a caginess that the Knicks sorely lack. The current iteration of Sasha Vujacic is actually a very interesting player. There's nothing particularly remarkable about him. He's athletically outclassed in almost every possible matchup, even against backups. He doesn't have any standout offensive skills outside of his shooting ability. He's not particularly strong, he doesn't have a great handle, and his good defensive fundamentals are outweighed by his aforementioned athletic...vulnerabilities. But as we've seen this year, he can still be a net...
Raptors HQ Dec 8, 2016
Raptors Host Wiggins and the Timberwolves: Preview, Start Time and More

Raptors Host Wiggins and the Timberwolves: Preview, Start Time and More

The Raptors look to get back into the win column against the Timberwolves, who come north for Andrew Wiggins’ annual pilgrimage back home. If you’re part of the contingent of Toronto Raptors fans that is completely discouraged by the team’s 116-112 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night and the idea that the Raps might never beat the Cavs in a playoff series, let’s focus on a few positives: The Raptors are still 14-7 and the current 2-seed in the Eastern Conference with a two game lead on the Boston Celtics. They have the third-best average margin of victory in the NBA at...

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