1:01 AM EST, Fri February 27, 2015
Raptors HQ 1 hour ago

So, About That White and Gold Dress, Or Is It Black and Blue? Chuck Hayes Weighs In.

The world is probably falling apart. If you were on the Internet at all today, you must have heard about the llama drama in the afternoon, and then in the evening, about the dress that captivated everyone online (sidenote: I took my dog for a walk just now and heard two separate conversations about the dress. So yes, the world is collapsing). To summarize, some saw it as white and gold, other saw it as blue and black, and others saw it as one, then another, then the original color again. No, I'm serious: Swear to God that dress looked blue and black to me, and then white and gold,...
Liberty Ballers 10 hours ago

Sixers Overseas: McRae Wraps Up Season, Saric Wins Title

We check in on Dario Saric and Jordan McRae, and wrap up the season in their respective countries. "Sixers Overseas" is your weekly update on 76ers prospects who are spanning the globe, from Turkey to Australia and everywhere in between. Now with 2015 draft prospects, too! Dario Saric: After spending most of the season coming off of the bench, Saric was in the starting lineup for Anadolu Efes matchup against Karsiyaka on February 15th. The Sixers first-round pick was pretty dominant, scoring 15 points on 5-8 shooting, and pulling down 8 rebounds in the team's loss. Efes also took part in...
CelticsBlog 10 hours ago

Boston Celtics Daily Links 2/26/15

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  Isaiah Thomas is ready for his Garden closeup New Celtics find an ‘Answer’ in Isaiah Thomas & Co. Weighty subject: Jared Sullinger needs to improve conditioning Celtics Notebook: Evan Turner finally hits triple-doubleEvan Turner records triple-double as Celtics top lowly Knicks 115-94 Globe  Danny Ainge Criticizes Jared Sullinger's Conditioning IssuesThere Have Been 40 Players on the Celtics This SeasonKevin Garnett Receives Hero's Welcome in First Game Back With TimberwolvesNBA Reporter Craig Sager Returning to TV After...
Net Income / NetsDaily 11 hours ago

Are they selling? Maybe yes, maybe maybe

The conventional wisdom is that the Nets ownership --both Mikhail Prokhorov and Bruce Ratner-- are selling the Nets and Barclays Center.  But over the last two days, on the pages of the Financial Times and in the Cleveland boardroom of Forest City Enterprises, Ratner's parent company, things are unclear. One thing remains certain. As Ellen Pinchuk, Prokhorov's American press spokesperson told the FT, no sale is "imminent," a word the Russian oligarch has used since word broke last year that Guggenheim Partners, owner of the Dodgers, could be interested in a combination of assets. The...
Raptors HQ 12 hours ago

Let's Measure Raptor Performance by Synergy Play Type Statistics

NBA.com recently added play type statistics to their extensive statistical database. Ever wonder how the various Toronto Raptors players perform on different actions like post-ups, isolations, or pick-and-rolls? Wonder no more! Synergy's Play Type statistics measure how NBA players perform on both offence and defence in various in-game situations. By perusing these statistics, we can see how frequently different players or teams perform certain actions and how successful they are when they do. For the sake of clarity, here's NBA.com's explanation: "Play Type Statistics go beyond the...
NetsDaily 12 hours ago

Film Study: Markel Brown is earning minutes, but not in the obvious way

It's an incredibly small sample size, but it shows a nice development. No, not that Markel Brown can fly through the air with the greatest of ease, but that he can play! Brown is still a rookie who makes rookie mistakes. His shooting mechanics aren't stellar and he gets lost on defense sometimes, but he has been playing hard, and helping the Nets in a particular area: rebounding. Brown has started two consecutive games—again, I know this is incredibly small sample size, but in analyzing his development, a number of things are evident. Let's note upfront that in those two games Lionel...
Liberty Ballers 13 hours ago

Sixers, Aaron Barzilai Part Ways

The Philadelphia 76ers and Aaron Barzilai have parted ways, a source with knowledge of the situation has told LibertyBallers. Barzilai joined the Sxers front office in November 2012 as the Director of Analytics. p { margin-bottom: 0.1in; direction: ltr; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); line-height: 120%; }p.western { font-family: "Liberation Serif","Times New Roman",serif; font-size: 12pt; }p.cjk { font-family: "Droid Sans Fallback"; font-size: 12pt; }p.ctl { font-family: "FreeSans"; font-size: 12pt; } The Philadelphia 76ers and Aaron Barzilai have parted ways, a source with knowledge of the...
CelticsBlog 14 hours ago

Sullinger's Commits to Better Conditioning

Jared Sullinger provided 7 minutes worth of newsworthy information last night, and was totally transparent with regard to his need to get in much better shape. Then Danny Ainge followed up this AM with a radio interview stating that Jared was the only player on the Celtics that did not meet the strength and conditioning goals that were set for each player. The conditioning gauntlet has been thrown down and Sully says he's going to take it up to another level. Jared Sullinger provided an extensive interview last night and fielded all questions regarding his conditioning, or lack thereof. ...
Net Income / NetsDaily 16 hours ago

Markel Brown's other move in NOLA was just as sweet

Lenn Robbins writes Thursday about Markel Brown's night in New Orleans, a three-hour drive from Alexandria, LA, where he played high school ball and was both Mr. Basketball and the star of a 41-0 championship year. Brown himself bought 30 tickets but with him playing --and starting-- demand rose and by tipoff, there were an estimated 70 Alexandrians in the crowd, many who arrived Tuesday night when the Nets did.  He rewarded them with a 360-degree breakaway dunk that was just as impressive for its casualness as it was for its athleticism.  No big deal, he seemed to say. But Robbins writes...
CelticsBlog 17 hours ago

Isaiah Thomas and Jonas Jerebko lead new look Boston Celtics to win over New York Knicks - Garden Report

New Celtics Isaiah Thomas and Jonas Jerebko were the stars of a thorough drubbing of the New York Knicks in their first game in Boston. The Garden Report crew broke down their performances and handed out their Boxing Out and Baller of the Night awards! The Garden Report's theme song is "This Him" by John Gannon [produced by Teddy Roxpin]. Buy it on iTunes! Be sure to like The Garden Report on Facebook and like and comment on each episode to get in the conversation! The Garden Report is Hosted and Executive Produced by Jared Weiss for CLNS Radio & Produced by Kyle George for CLNS...
Posting and Toasting Feb 25, 2015

Celtics 115, Knicks 94: "Have the Knicks scored in 10 minutes?"

The Celtics split this thing wide open late in the third. That happened awfully quickly! The Knicks were honestly giving the Celtics a reasonably tough match through most of three quarters. Boston just decided to turn on the jets, and very suddenly laughed New York off the floor. A blizzard of three-pointers, including a Jonas Jerebko buzzer-beater, snapped the Knicks' ducky-ducky neck. New York drops to 10-48 on the season, losers of eight consecutive. Not to take too much away from the Celtics, who absolutely busted the Knicks up, but they definitely weren't doing much to brag about, and...
Liberty Ballers Feb 25, 2015

Bucks 104, Sixers 88: Comprehensive, Egalitarian Ineptitude

Turnovers put the Sixers in a first-half hole from which they couldn't recover. That just kind of sucked. Because of the juxtaposition of the Sixers and Bucks in last year's lottery, and now because of the Michael Carter-Williams trade, these two teams will always have their rebuilding projects compared, and while I steadfastly believe the Sixers to be taking the higher-upside path, it'd be nice to see them go to Milwaukee once and not get an enthusiastic boot in the danglers. However, as is the Sixers' custom against the Bucks, they played a sloppy, ugly game and lost by double digits....
Celtics Today Feb 25, 2015

Garnett's first game back in Minnesota

This was a solid reception and a good turnout in Minnesota. The fans have had zero to cheer for since his departure, and this was the best I've seen from T'Wolves since his era over 8 years ago. KG HAD five points on 2-for-7 shooting with eight rebounds and two blocks in 19 minutes in his first game for the Timberwolves since 2007. He's not back to deliver a title, but it's full circle for KG.
Celtics Today Feb 25, 2015
Celtics win second game in a row, after returning home

Celtics win second game in a row, after returning home

It was a close game for three quarters, but Boston's bench put Boston ahead for good. A 20-0 run turned this game into a blowout. It all began with four consecutive free throws from new Celtic Isaiah Thomas. New York went nearly six minutes without scoring a point from the end of the third quarter through the start of the fourth quarter. The Celtics easily beat the New York Knicks, 115-94 after the big 4th quarter run. Boston (22-33) has won two in a row and six of their last nine games following Wednesday’s win over New York. Best performances of the night came from Turner who finished...
NetsDaily Feb 25, 2015

Brooklyn's fun comes to an end with disappointing 102-96 loss to New Orleans

All the fun the Brooklyn Nets have been displaying came to an end Wednesday night with a disappointing loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, 102-96. The Pelicans ended the Nets win-streak without their superstar, Anthony Davis. The Nets started the fourth quarter 2-for-10 from the field and the Pelicans took advantage. They immediately jumped on the Nets with a 10-0 run, increasing their one-point lead up to 11 with five minutes remaining. Brooklyn showed signs of hope, cutting the deficit down to five with over 1:48 remaining, but failed to take advantage of their late opportunities. They...
CelticsBlog Feb 25, 2015

Celtics destroy Knicks 115-94

For the second time in the month of February, the Boston Celtics demolished New York by double-digits, winning their fourth consecutive game at the TD Garden. The Celtics came into tonight's contest winning three straight games at the TD Garden, and they would be tested by New York in an Atlantic Division battle this evening. The Knicks, on the other hand, entered Beantown on a seven-game losing streak with something to prove. Derek Fisher's squad was even more depleted than they were the last time we saw them, as left knee surgery will keep Carmelo Anthony out of action for the remainder...
Posting and Toasting Feb 25, 2015

Final Score: Celtics 115, Knicks 94

The Knicks really competed for a while there. Andrea Bargnani got to the line a bunch, Jason Smith vaguely resembled a post presence, guys defended for whole minutes at a time ... but then the Knicks lost because they are not a basketball team. Even less of a basketball team than the Celtics, who are also not a basketball team, are. At least this one had a somewhat nicer rotation. Cleanthony Early got decent minutes off the bench despite a sore ankle and got some shots to drop, even if they weren't the prettiest. Alexey Shved got to spin and ... well, he got to spin. Langston Galloway hit...
NetsDaily Feb 25, 2015

2nd Half Game Thread: Nets at Pelicans

The score at the half: Pelicans 53, Nets 50. Brook Lopez leads all scorers with 15 points and five rebounds. For more on the Pelicans, check them out at The Dream Shake. Game Thread: Brooklyn Nets at New Orleans Pelicans, 8:00 PM EST - NetsDaily Brooklyn Nets vs. New Orleans Pelicans - Box Score - ESPN
Liberty Ballers Feb 25, 2015

Sixers at Bucks Game Thread

MCW in green, plus T-Rob. 2014-2015 NBA REGULAR SEASON @ February 25, 2014 BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 8:00 PM CSN. 3M's - Marc Zumoff, Malik Rose, and Molly Sullivan PROBABLE STARTERS Isaiah Canaan PG Michael Carter-Williams JaKarr Sampson SG Khris Middleton Robert Covington SF Giannis Antetokounmpo Luc Richard Mbah a Moute PF Ersan Ilyasova Nerlens Noel C Zaza Pachulia by the numbers 1: The BMO Harris Bradley Center's rank on my list of weirdest-looking NBA arenas. 223: The approximate number of beers I drank the first...
CelticsBlog Feb 25, 2015

Celtics host the Knicks in Isaiah Thomas' home debut

Celtics begin a 3 game home stand as they host the 10-win Knicks. at  New York Knicks (10-45) at Boston Celtics (21-33) Wednesday, February 25, 2015 7:30 PM ET Regular Season Game #55, Home Game #28 TV: CSN-NE, MSG, NBA-LP 755(DTV), 753(xfinity) Radio:  98.5 Sports Hub, ESPN NY 98.7 TD Garden Referees:  Zach Zarba,  Sean Corbin,  JT Orr The Celtics return home from from their road trip with 1 win, 2 losses, and 3 new players.  They begin a 3 game home stand by hosting the New York Knicks.  This is the 3rd of 4 games between these two division rivals this season.   They...

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