7:39 AM EDT, Tue April 21, 2015
Bullets Forever 8 hours ago

Wizards vs. Raptors preview: Washington looks to steal another one on the road in Game 2

After a dramatic overtime win on Toronto's home floor, the Wizards try to land another decisive blow against the Raptors. Game Info Where and when: The Washington Wizards take on the Toronto Raptors Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. TV: The game will be broadcast nationally on NBA TV. CSN Washington will provide local coverage for the Wizards and TSN will provide local coverage for the Raptors. Radio: 99.1 WNEW. Injury report: Garrett Temple is out with an injured hamstring for the Wizards. The Raptors are healthy. Three storylines for Game 2 1. Who will hit...
Net Income / NetsDaily 10 hours ago

Lionel Hollins: "We're going to try to get Brook more shots"

After the Nets lost in Game 1, and both pundits and fans wondered why Brook Lopez took only, seven shots (making six), there was a lot of talk about feeding the beast in Game 2. "We're going to try to get Brook more shots, but that's the game of cat-and-mouse," Lionel Hollins said after a three-hour long practice and video session. But he said little else and was, as Stefan Bondy put it, "understandably coy" about details. Both Deron Williams and Joe Johnson admitted they need to do better. Following the Nets 99-91 loss, there was a lot of second guessing, led by Isiah Thomas and Rick...
Justin Rowan / Fear The Sword 13 hours ago

NBA Playoffs: Cavs vs. Celtics game two preview

The Cavaliers look to maintain homecourt advantage against the Boston Celtics The Cleveland Cavaliers managed to overcome some early jitters in game one and cruised to a commanding victory against the Boston Celtics. They will try to build upon that performance Tuesday night as they once again host the Celtics. Who: Boston Celtics at Cleveland Cavaliers When: 7:00 Eastern Time Where: Quicken Loans Arena, The Land, Ohio Where on my eyeballs: NBA TV, Fox Sports Ohio Enemy blog: www.celticsblog.com The Cavaliers didn't show the same hiccups in game one of the postseason that we saw against...
CelticsBlog 14 hours ago

Lou Williams named NBA Sixth Man of the Year over Celtics' Isaiah Thomas

Thomas comes up short in voting for league's best reserve Toronto Raptors guard Lou Williams was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year on Monday, beating Celtics spark plug Isaiah Thomas by a comfortable margin. Williams received 78 of a possible 130 first-place votes, while Thomas finished as the runner-up with 33 first-place votes. Last year's winner, Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, was third with 8 first-place votes. "[The voting is] not in my control," Thomas told ESPN. "Congrats to Lou Will. I can't say too much about it. All I'm going to say is numbers don't lie. But congrats to him....
Raptors HQ 14 hours ago

Updated BPI Odds Have Raptors' Odds of Winning Round One At 38 Percent

Numbers! Via ESPN's Ben Alamar: Updated BPI odds for each series after one game: pic.twitter.com/Fj8N317pPa — Ben Alamar (@BenAlamar) April 20, 2015 And how about Randy Wittman as the only head coach to win on the road in the playoffs so far.
Raptors HQ 16 hours ago

Dwane Casey: The High School Stud Behind the Rotation Decisions

You may not like his decision to bench James Johnson, but Dwane Casey will win you back with pictures of his high school days. Have you soured on Dwane Casey? This first round matchup between the Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards was billed as a series featuring two struggling teams. Underneath that, though, is something more resigned - a segment of each team's fanbase that hopes their team loses so their maligned head coach can get fired. This is not going to be a defense of Casey. I've been too much of a flip-flopper on the whole "Fire Casey" movement to compose a valid argument for...
CelticsBlog 16 hours ago

Boston Celtics Daily Links 4/20/15

All the Celtics news you need in one convenient place. Herald  Celtics Beat: LeBron James & Cavs imposing their will on Celtics Celtics soundly beaten by Cavs in Game 1 Kelly Olynyk's cool-down hurt Celtics Cavs weren't surprised by Celtics' hot startCavs’ David Blatt relaxed, unflappable in playoff debutCeltics Notebook: Avery Bradley needs to solve chilly start Kyrie Irving, LeBron James deal Celtics Game 1 loss Celtics notebook: Kyrie Irving must be major focus Globe  Evan Turner: Celtics 'Playing With House Money' Against Cavs -11 Reasons For Celtics Fans To Love This Unlikely...

Was Alexey Shved a Houston Rockets double agent all along?

The evidence is clear. The 2015 Western Conference playoffs always figured to be a brutal affair, with quality clubs looming in every possible matchup. There are, however, certain teams to be avoided at all costs, and other teams which provide somewhat more amenable challenges. Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey knows this all too well. It's his job not only to get his team to the playoffs, but to secure the best possible first-round matchup. Ever the tactician, Morey did what any chess grandmaster would do -- he sacrificed his most important piece in order to check mate his...
Raptors HQ 18 hours ago

Why Patrick Patterson is the key to unraveling the Wizards

The Wizards boast one of the best defenses in the NBA. Patrick Patterson may be Toronto's secret to opening it up. The Washington Wizards are a rare team in today's NBA. Coach Randy Wittman deploys an old-school pair of lane-clogging big men in his starting line-up, foregoing the type of shooting big that has become so valuable in the league in recent years. Additionally, Washington's oft-criticized bench boss encourages his players to shoot the dreaded mid-range jumper instead of launching shots from beyond the three-point line. But what's surprising about this strategy from the 90s is...
Jake Fischer / Liberty Ballers 18 hours ago

Ghosts of Sixers Past: 2015 Playoffs Another Indicator of Positive Organizational Direction

Despite the Sixers' season ending earlier in the week, watching the playoffs this weekend was another reminder of the organization's positive direction from the treadmill of mediocrity to the soon-to-be trendy upstarts of the NBA. On Saturday night, Derrick Rose appeared in his first playoff game since April 28, 2012 — the fateful afternoon in which the youngest MVP in NBA history shred his ACL in the waning minutes of Game 1 against the Philadelphia 76ers. Among other NBA players this weekend also making returns to the postseason for the first time since 2012: former Sixers Jrue...
NetsDaily 18 hours ago

Al Horford is not ready to commit to playing in Wednesday's Game 2 vs. the Nets

Late in Sunday's Game 1 matchup against the Brooklyn Nets, center Al Horford dislocated his pinky, causing him to exit the game and head to the locker room. His stint with the trainer was brief, but the injury seems to be more serious than initially thought. Regarding whether he'll play in Game 2 on Wednesday, Al Horford says "there's still some question about it." — Kevin Arnovitz (@kevinarnovitz) April 20, 2015 Al Horford says there's "still some question" about his availability for G2 Wednesday against the Nets. Treated all night, not much sleep. — David Aldridge...
Raptors HQ 18 hours ago

Lou Williams Wins the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award

It's confirmed: Lou Williams is going from 6 Man to Sixth Man. It was confirmed today that Lou Williams of the Toronto Raptors has won the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year award given to the league's best reserve. On the season, Williams (or Sweet Lou, or 6 Man, or, well, you get the idea), averaged a career-high 15.5 points, while shooting 40.4 percent from the field, to go along with averages of 1.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1 steals. He came off the bench in 80 games for the Raps this season and averaged 25.2 minutes per game. He was also just two points behind Kyle Lowry for the title of...
Liberty Ballers 20 hours ago

A Personal Journey To Sixers Fandom

In his debut post, Marc Whittington reflects on his relationship with the Sixers and what it means to become a fan of something, especially this Sixers franchise. I am not a 76ers fan. Or at least, I had never actually described myself as one. I've followed the team very closely, committing hours to speculation over draft picks and potential trades, and writing multiple (very long) posts about team-building strategies. I know the quirks of the current iteration well, and understand all of the inside jokes based around the 2014-15 season. I have favorite players and least favorite players....
CelticsBlog 21 hours ago

The Boston Celtics need to take care of the ball

The Celtics suffered a disappointing loss to the Cavaliers in Game 1. What could they have done to change the outcome of the game? Game one of the Celtics-Cavaliers matchup was nothing short of disappointing.  Kyrie's memorable day helped Cleveland best the Celtics by 13 points.  However, had the Celtics limited turnover errors and had rebounded more, who knows how this game would've ended? It was a sloppy game on both ends of the floor for the Celtics.  Only two players (Isaiah Thomas and Jonas Jerebko) posted a positive +/-.  Avery Bradley, one of the only playoff experienced Celtic,...
Raptors HQ 21 hours ago

Off Day Question: When Will Paul Pierce Learn Masai Ujiri's Name?

An important subplot. 2014: Masai Ujiri says "F--- Brooklyn." Paul Pierce responded: "Really? I'm shocked that Bryan Colangelo would say that." 2015: Masai Ujiri says "I don't give a sh-t about 'it'." Pierce responds: "Typical Uri." So, in a world where Pierce plays forever and faces the Raptors in the playoffs every year, it might continue like this: 2016: Pierce, "It's old hat at this point. I would expect nothing less from Mark." 2017: Pierce, "They've still never beat me in the playoffs. So Jiri can keep talking all he wants." 2018: Pierce, "I have no response to what Eugene said. It is...
NetsDaily 21 hours ago

The morning after: What went wrong

Deron Williams trotted his way up the court down five with 36 seconds remaining. Finally the spring sun peaked through those closed up blinds as hope had arrived for the Brooklyn Nets. At least a chance was present even when they were counted out before the series had even started. Most importantly, hope had arrived after the Nets trailed throughout the entire game while their deficit increased to as much as 16 on a few occasions. On the same possession with 36 seconds remaining, the Nets forced up a contested three-pointer that clanked off the backboard and landed in the hands of DeMarre...
Net Income / NetsDaily 22 hours ago

Isiah Thomas, Rick Fox rip Nets point guards

Post-game, isiah Thomas and Rick Fox ripped the Nets point guards and by extension, their game plan, with Thomas, the Hall of Fame point guard saying that if he was Brook Lopez, he would have started a locker room fight with his point guards, "throw them up on the floor.""Their reluctance to throw the ball inside baffles me," said an agitated Thomas. "As a big man playing for the Brooklyn Nets, I would be sooo upset with the guards. The big man should go into the locker room and there should be a fight with the little guard. He should grab that little guard and throw him up on the floor and...
Bullets Forever 23 hours ago

Wizards vs. Raptors Game 1: The BF Community Roll Call

There were a lot of comments, so let's see how many folks took part in our discussion on Saturday. On Saturday, we had not one, not two, but three GameThreads for everyone to discuss the Wizards' Game 1 victory over the Toronto Raptors. You can't add any more comments to the GameThreads, but to re-live the action, check out this snippet below this paragraph to relive the glory. We have a tool that we haven't used regularly since last season to show how many commenters commented. It also helps us see which comment ends up getting the most recs. If there's a time for us to use it again, that...
Raptors HQ 23 hours ago

NBA Fines Masai Ujiri and the Raptors For His Comments Regarding Paul Pierce

A price to pay for the sequel. Prior to Sunday's Game 1, Masai Ujiri addressed the fans outside Air Canada Centre and had some colorful language prepared for the second straight year, this time directed at Paul Pierce. There was a price to pay for delivering a sequel. Per an official NBA.com release: Toronto Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri has been fined $35,000 for using obscene language in a public setting on Saturday, April 18 prior to the Raptors' playoff game against the Washington Wizards, it was announced Sunday by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. In addition, the Toronto Raptors...
Net Income / NetsDaily Apr 20, 2015

Billy King praises Lionel Hollins for pushing individuals to play as a team

In an interview to mark the end of the regular season, Billy King praised Lionel Hollins' coaching to Sarah Kustok, saying the veteran coach had pushed players out of their "comfort zone" and got them to respond, particularly citing his work with Brook Lopez. In the interview, King repeatedly brought up how the team had to be molded from players who often were more  about individual performance. He didn't cite specifics and he implied there were difficulties and a need for give and take between his coach and his players. Here are some excerpts... On why it took so long for the team to come...

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