8:09 PM EDT, Wed April 01, 2015
Posting and Toasting 1 hour ago

Game Thread: Knicks vs. Nets- 4/1/15

Hi guys! The Knicks are playing the Nets tonight. The Knicks would like to win, because it's satisfying to play spoiler at the end of a miserable season. They will likely fail to beat the Nets, who are better than they are, but it doesn't hurt the tank to try...as long as they don't plan on winning much more after this. Good luck, Knicks! I hope you achieve your dreams (and I'm gonna be in the building and wouldn't mind a competitive game). Tip-off at the Garden is at 7:30. This is your game thread. This is Nets Daily. Please don't post large photos, GIFs, or links to illegal streams in...
Liberty Ballers 1 hour ago

Sixers-Wizards Game Thread

A showdown in the nation's capital. 2014-2015 NBA Regular Season @ April 1st Verizon Center 7:00 p.m. CSN Philly/3M's/Marc Zumoff, Malik Rose, and Molly Sullivan Probable Starters Ish Smith PG John Wall JaKarr Sampson SG Bradley Beal Jerami Grant SF Paul Pierce Nerlens Noel PF Nene Hilario Furkan Aldemir C Marcin Gortat 2014/15 Advanced Stats 98.3 (6th) Pace 96.0 (T-16th) 92.6 (30th) OFF EFF 101.8 (18th) 101.4 (10th) DEF EFF 100.2 (T-4th) Game Officials James Capers Brent Barnaky JT Orr
CelticsBlog 1 hour ago

Kelly Olynyk out for Boston Celtics vs. Indiana Pacers after taking elbow to his left eye

Kelly Olynyk was elbowed in the eye by teammate Shavlik Randolph while playing one-on-one during pregame warmups. He is unlikely to play Wednesday night according to his coach. BOSTON – Kelly Olynyk took an elbow to his left eye during his pregame workout and will be out against the Indiana Pacers. Olynyk, who visited on Ophthalmologist after the injury, will make way for more minutes for Jonas Jerebko, who has been in and out of the rotation since his hot start after the trade deadline. "Kelly was playing his typical one-on-one pregame with Shavlik [Randolph] and got elbowed in the...
Net Income / NetsDaily 4 hours ago

Woj believes Nets "committed to try to keep Lopez"

In his latest chat with Joe and Evan on WFAN, Adrian Wojnarowski says he believes the Nets are "committed to try to keep Brook Lopez" and cites the Nets lack of moves at the deadline, that they could have "turned, walked away from a couple of different deals at the deadline." "I think the fact that they didn't trade him tells you they would be aggressive," said Woj when asked if the Nets would pursue the 7-footer who turned 27 Wednesday. "I think if they felt they weren't going to commit to him financially long term, I think they would have moved him. And because they know they are at the...
Canis Hoopus 4 hours ago

Shootaround Stuff: Wolves-Raptors

Scribblings from shootaround. Hello, everyone. The Minnesota Timberwolves are a lackluster 12-25 all-time against the Toronto Raptors. The Wolves are losers in 19 of the previous 20 matchups between these teams dating back to 2004. Andrew Wiggins has played more than 35 minutes in nearly every appearance since the All-Star Break. As fate would have it, of course, one of these instances took place in Toronto, where his (essential) homecoming was spoiled due to early foul trouble. Wiggins would finish with 15 points on an efficient 6-of-9 shooting but the Raptors ultimately defeated the...
Raptors HQ 7 hours ago

Raptors Player Power Rankings: Mar. 25th - Apr. 1st

The Raptors went 2-1 this week - and they beat a really good team in the process(!!!). Gear up for what will surely be happiest edition of the Raptors Players Power Rankings to date. For the first time in a long time, it's hard to quibble with anything the Raptors did in the last seven days. Sure, the team played brilliantly against the obviously superior Bulls for 36 minutes, only to squander away a win by giving up 39 fourth quarter points. And yes - they played poorly for the first half against the lowly Lakers. But let's put those hiccups in perspective. At this time last week, Toronto...
CelticsBlog 8 hours ago

Boston Celtics Daily Links 4/1/15

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place Herald  Celtics’ Marcus Smart digs in on ‘D’ Curry and Thompson help Warriors beat Clippers 110-106 Thunder star Kevin Durant has bone graft surgery Rose takes contact in practice Spurs stay hot, pull away from Heat for 95-81 win Nets back into 8th, beat Pacers for fourth straight winGlobe  Roundup: Nets reclaim No. 8 spot in East Brad Stevens’ hunch on Gerald Wallace paid offCelticsBlog  Is the Celtics' recent success sabotaging the rebuild? CBS Sports  Gorman On Toucher & Rich: Praise Around The League For Celtics’ Brad...
Liberty Ballers 8 hours ago

Sixers-Wizards Preview: Good Time For A Win

A win for the Sixers tonight wouldn't be the worst thing in the world. After Monday's overtime loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Sixers were able to extend their lead over their west coast foe to three games for the third best lottery odds. With just nine games left in the regular season, that's a rather comfortable lead to have. Looking at the Sixers other possible first round picks, specifically the Oklahoma City Thunder's top-18 protected pick, their lead is not nearly as safe. Oklahoma City and the Washington Wizards have been on the see-saw for the 19th overall pick, with the Thunder...
CelticsBlog 8 hours ago

The argument against starting Isaiah Thomas

The starting lineup has struggled on the offensive end. Isaiah Thomas is arguably our best offensive player. He should start, right? Wrong. The numbers aren't great for the Celtics starters. As Kevin points out, they have "the worst offensive rating and the third-worst Net Rating of all 36 NBA lineups to play at least 200 minutes together."  But really, it's an issue of player combinations and not necessarily who's in the game at the tip.  For better or for worse (and the numbers suggest for worse), the starting lineup resembles close combat, trench warfare.  Outside of Avery...
Bullets Forever 8 hours ago

Wizards vs. 76ers preview: Washington starts final stretch of the season against lowly 76ers

After a tough loss against one of the East's finest, the Wizards look to get back on track against one of the East's worst. Good news: The worst of the Wizards' regular season schedule is over. Five of the Wizards' last eight games come against teams under .500, and two of their games against teams with winning records take place at the very end of the season (at Atlanta on 4/12 and at Cleveland on 4/15) where the teams will likely be restricting their stars' minutes, if not benching them completely. The Wizards soft landing starts tonight at home Wednesday evening against the 76ers. When...

Will Phil Jackson purge his front office?

Is Phil Jackson strengthening his MSG power base? The 2014-15 season hasn't quite drawn to a close yet, but the organization has already dropped Allan Houston man Kevin Whitted as coach of the Westchester Knicks and installed a former Phil assistant, Craig Hodges, as the head man in White Plains. And more layoffs could be in the works, per Ian Begley: However, privately, members of the Knicks' front office have been expecting team president Phil Jackson to make changes for a while now. League sources with knowledge of the situation said earlier this week that some members are just...
NetsDaily 11 hours ago

Nets stare down the Knicks tank

Longest winning streak of the season. Granted, it's only four games but it's coming at the right time for the Nets. Brooklyn got their fourth straight win last night, a 111-106 final over the Indiana Pacers at the Barclays Center. Brooklyn is back in the eighth seed, but there's still a long way to go between now and the end of the regular season. Waiting for the Nets will be the New York Knicks. Depending on your perspective, the Knicks have been doing great lately. They lost their seventh straight game on Saturday night, a 111-80 decision to the Chicago Bulls. They have the worst...
Net Income / NetsDaily 18 hours ago

Oh please! Knicks want to ruin Nets season

They took the bait. The Knicks players, having already carved their names into the Knicks (overrated) history, told writers assembled at their Westchester training facility that they'd like nothing more than drive a stake though the heart of the Nets playoff chances. Oh come on. You're 14-60, the very measure of incompetence and financial irresponsibility. Try to be humble, Jason Smith, Cleanthony Early and whichever else NBA nobody talked big. Here's a sample... Cleanthony Early on #Knicks spoiling Nets' playoff chances: "Things are already messed up, let’s mess some other things...
NetsDaily 21 hours ago

LISTEN UP! Nets goin' up [in the standings]... on a Tuesday

Listen to what the Brooklyn Nets had to say after their fourth straight win. Brook Lopez: 24 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and one steal. Jarrett Jack: 13 points and four assists on 4-of-11 shooting. Alan Anderson: 20 points in 24 minutes on 7-of-11 shooting. Lionel Hollins postgame: Lionel Hollins pregame:
NetsDaily 21 hours ago

Brooklyn wants playoffs! Nets win fourth straight, increase playoff chances over Indiana

Player of the Week. Player of the Month. Whatever he may be. He's certainly the MVP of the Brooklyn Nets when they've needed him most. In yet another crucial game for playoff implications, Lopez went off for 24 points, 11 rebounds, two blocks and one steal of 11-of-17 shooting, leading the Nets to a 111-106 victory over the Indiana Pacers. It's his 14th double-double of the season and his seventh straight game with 20 or more points. It brings up the debate as to whether or not Brook Lopez is the leader of this team. By definition of a leader, he certainly has been. The Nets are now 8-2 in...
NetsDaily 23 hours ago

2nd Half Game Thread: Pacers at Nets

The score at the half: Nets 57, Pacers 54. Brook Lopez leads all scorers with 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting. For more on the Indiana Pacers, check them out at Indy Cornrows. Game Thread: Brooklyn Nets vs. Indiana Pacers, 7:30 PM - NetsDaily Indiana Pacers vs. Brooklyn Nets - Box Score - March 31, 2015 - ESPN
CelticsBlog Mar 31, 2015

Is the Celtics' recent success sabotaging the rebuild?

Maybe, but I'll take winning any day. Stop me when you've heard this narrative before.  The Celtics are winning too much because it hurts their draft position (you've already yelled "stop!" haven't you?).  This, however, is not a "tanking" debate article.  That ship sailed and took all the eye rolling debates with it out into the deep Atlantic ocean (where the Sixers are drifting listlessly). The Celtics incredibly got better when they traded away their two highest skilled players.  Yes, they got the dynamic Isaiah Thomas at the deadline, but they also maintained their success with him...
Raptors HQ Mar 31, 2015

The Raptors and the First Round of the Playoffs: Evaluating the Opposition (Again)

The Toronto Raptors have clinched a playoff spot and won the Atlantic Division. The last goal is to win a playoff series. So, what do we know about their likely opponents? When I first looked at the Eastern Conference playoff picture during the All-Star break, there was a sense of confidence that the Toronto Raptors, if they were able to hold on to the third seed, would be in good shape to win a playoff series, regardless of their opponent. Now? That’s far from a sure thing. Thanks to a frantic trade deadline and the ensuing free fall of several Eastern Conference teams not in Chicago,...
Posting and Toasting Mar 31, 2015

The sage Cleanthony Early hath spoken the motto for the end of this Knicks season

Joe's already gone long about the Knicks' opportunity to play spoiler at least once to end the year without denting the tank. I also really love the way Cleanthony Early put it after practice today: #Knicks want meaningful game want 2 hurt #Nets playoff run. Cleanthony Early: "Things R already messed up Let’s mess some other things up" — Fred Kerber (@FredKerber) March 31, 2015 We might get a fun game or two to close out this season. The Knicks are tired and bummed like we are at this point, and I'm sure they'd love to piss on someone else's hopes and dreams just to feel some...

Sixers To Win Last Seven Games, Finish With 25 Wins

great job! It's hard to believe the 2014-15 season is coming to an end. Feels like just yesterday the Sixers were losing seventeen consecutive games to start the season, determined to pan-fry the hearts and minds of every Hot Take Artist this side of the Mississip'. But they have gone 18-40 since those dark autumn nights, and currently own the 28th best record in the league. Seven games remain. They will need to go 7-0 to meet my preseason prediction of 25 wins. Never been more confident in anything in my life than my 25-win Sixers prediction. — Michael Levin (@Michael_Levin) November...

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