12:25 AM EDT, Mon October 23, 2017
NetsDaily 2 hours ago
Allen Crabbe, still under minutes restrictions, offered to come off bench

Allen Crabbe, still under minutes restrictions, offered to come off bench

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Allen Crabbe appears to have found his home in Brooklyn. The former Trail Blazer had his first big night in a Nets uniform, sinking the two go-ahead three-pointers to notch Brooklyn its second win of the season. He had 20 points and nailed 4-of-7 from deep. And he’s doing it all on a minutes restriction ... or something along those lines. “There’s leeway,” Kenny Atkinson said after the game. “I’ve already crossed it. It’s really just a collaborative – with the performance team, the coaches – just being intelligent. You saw it with Caris [LeVert]....
CelticsBlog 3 hours ago
What if the Celtics just drafted Markelle Fultz and kept Isaiah Thomas?

What if the Celtics just drafted Markelle Fultz and kept Isaiah Thomas?

Would the easier path been the better one? The Celtics entered the offseason with a lot of different options but few could have foreseen the choices that they ended up making. Boston was coming off an appearance in the Eastern Conference Finals and equipped with the top overall pick. It was obvious that they were still a level below the Cavs and Warriors so they were determined to raise the talent level on the team. Usually the most straightforward path makes the most sense. Danny Ainge could have simply added Gordon Hayward, picked Markelle Fultz, and worked around the edges to fill out...
NetsDaily 5 hours ago
LISTEN UP! Nets talk sharp-shooting Crabbe, chemistry in backcourt and more

LISTEN UP! Nets talk sharp-shooting Crabbe, chemistry in backcourt and more

D’Angelo Russell Allen Crabbe Caris LeVert Kenny Atkinson
NetsDaily 6 hours ago
Russell, Crabbe lead Nets to second consecutive victory, 116-104

Russell, Crabbe lead Nets to second consecutive victory, 116-104

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — It may be super early in the season, but the Brooklyn Nets are above .500 for the first time since November of 2014. We’ll take it. Coming off a 126-121 win over the Orlando Magic, the Brooklyn Nets won their second consecutive game with a 116-104 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, Sunday afternoon at Barclays Center. It was a sloppy first half for Brooklyn, but they finished the second quarter with momentum and carried it over into the second half. Atlanta face-guarded D’Angelo Russell all night, which forced him to give up the ball quicker than he’s accustomed...
Raptors HQ 6 hours ago
Injury Update: Jonas Valanciunas to sit with sprained left ankle

Injury Update: Jonas Valanciunas to sit with sprained left ankle

Not the best update to get on a Sunday afternoon, but here we are. As we saw in Saturday night’s game against the Sixers, the Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas sprained his left ankle after falling on Dario Saric and had to leave the game. After further tests, it’s been confirmed that JV will sit out for, at the very least, Monday’s game against the Spurs. On the bright side: it sounds like the injury isn’t super serious, as Valanciunas did make the trip out west with the Raptors. For now, I’d say we should at least to be considered a day-to-day concern. Here’s the official wording...
Raptors HQ 10 hours ago
K.J. McDaniels waived by Raptors, roster at 16

K.J. McDaniels waived by Raptors, roster at 16

The Raptors let go of McDaniels, who was on a partially-guaranteed contract. Ahead of their west coast trip, the Raptors announced Sunday they have waived small forward K.J. McDaniels. McDaniels had yet to play for the Raptors in the regular season, and was on a partially-guaranteed contract from training camp. .@Raptors announced Sunday they have waived forward K.J. McDaniels. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/hZof9HQGWS— RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) October 22, 2017 The team had until October 28 to waive McDaniels without any financial obligation. This move also reads as a backing of Alfonzo...
NetsDaily 11 hours ago
MOMENT: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s expanding game

MOMENT: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s expanding game

Nicholas LeTourneau builds a Twitter Moment from what he’s seen in Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s solid two-way game Rondae Hollis-Jefferson Strong Two-Way Play Was Key To Beating Orlando
Net Income / NetsDaily 13 hours ago
Five years on, Yormark reflects on Nets move to Brooklyn

Five years on, Yormark reflects on Nets move to Brooklyn

The fifth anniversary of the Nets first game in Brooklyn is fast approaching. After Superstorm Sandy delayed opening night —and flooded the Nets training center in East Rutherford— the Brooklyn Nets first took to the floor at Barclays Center on November 3, 2012 vs. the Raptors. It was nine years after the move had first been proposed. Brett Yormark, in an extensive interview with Pollstar Pro, an entertainment venue magazine, reflected on the big move, offering up both an assessment of how the long delay hurt the Nets in their final years in New Jersey and the sense of accomplishment...
NetsDaily 15 hours ago
Nets and Hawks play a Sunday matinee

Nets and Hawks play a Sunday matinee

Well alright now! The Brooklyn Nets came home on Friday to begin the home portion of their schedule and put on a good show with a five point victory over the Orlando Magic. They hit the road after this to start a back-to-back that will take them to Orlando and back home for Cleveland. The opponent this afternoon will be the Atlanta Hawks. Atlanta has made the playoffs every season since 2008, but that streak appears to be in serious jeopardy following the departures of Paul Millsap and Tim Hardaway Jr. They lost in Charlotte to the Hornets on Friday night. They've got two more games to go...
CelticsBlog 16 hours ago
Rational discussion on what the Hayward injury means to the 2017-18 Celtics - podcast

Rational discussion on what the Hayward injury means to the 2017-18 Celtics - podcast

Nearly a week has past and Celtics’ fans are still trying to figure out how the Celts will fare without Gordon Hayward BOSTON - As noted in Saturday’s practice “walk-through,” the Boston Celtics seem to be recovering from the gut-wrenching injury that ended Gordon Hayward’s season, and the Celts’ dreams of a NBA Finals birth in 2018. Impressively, after the initial shock of the grotesque ankle fracture suffered by Hayward, Celtics’ fans have remained fairly composed and optimistic about this season. There’s been a lot of mention of the youth movement and how the increased...
Posting and Toasting Oct 22, 2017
Pistons 111, Knicks: “Probably KP is good.”

Pistons 111, Knicks: “Probably KP is good.”

What’s the opposite of a fake comeback? Saturday night’s loss to the Detroit Pistons somehow managed to creep up on me. Despite the New York Knicks employing an unlikely medley of Gen Z players, the ease by which they crumbled in the second half still came by surprise. I can’t quite tell if I’m overly optimistic or just plain stupid. Then again, I haven’t missed a game since I was a wee lad of 8 years. Do with that what you will. Early in the game, Kristaps Porzingis posted and toasted against any smaller guy Detroit pitted against him. I loved the team throwing the ball to KP...
Raptors HQ Oct 21, 2017
Raptors make a bunch of highlights, beat Sixers 128-94

Raptors make a bunch of highlights, beat Sixers 128-94

For the second straight game, the Raptors took it to a team they are much better than. The Raptors will have to wait until they go out west before they face a challenging opponent this season. Up against a Joel Embiid-less Sixers team on Saturday, Toronto found little resistance in their quest to make as many cool highlights as possible en route to a 128-94 blowout win. Win number two brought together the potency the bench showed against Chicago, with a more fine-tuned starting five than the one that was clearly searching for chemistry on opening night. After a couple minutes of...
Pistons 111, Knicks 107: Scenes from the Knicks stomping on my already breaking heart

Pistons 111, Knicks 107: Scenes from the Knicks stomping on my already breaking heart

Not a fun day in New York sports. I’m absolutely devastated right now as the Yankees are on the verge of being eliminated in Game 7 of the ALCS (Go ahead and laugh, Mets fans). Of course, you can always count on the Knicks to blow a 21-point lead and twist that knife sticking out of a New York sports fan’s heart. The Knicks soared over the Pistons in the first 18 minutes of this game, until Stan Van Gundy realized they could just run 1-5 pick-and-rolls all over Enes Kanter’s head. A 13-point halftime lead evaporated quickly in the third quarter. Tim Hardaway Jr.—who had been...
Liberty Ballers Oct 21, 2017
Sixers rolled by Raptors 128-94, still searching for first victory

Sixers rolled by Raptors 128-94, still searching for first victory

The Philadelphia 76ers fell to 0-3 after a 128-94 loss against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday night. There are plenty of excuses one can use to explain away this Philadelphia 76ers' "performance" tonight. No Joel Embiid. Road game on the wrong end of a back-to-back. The Raptors are a quality basketball team. Third game in fourth nights. All of those things listed above are true. But they really don't explain how badly the Sixers got run out of the Air Canada Centre. The scoreboard said 128-94 at the end of the game, but the 48 minutes of basketball that occurred was a lot uglier than the...
Game Thread: Knicks vs. Pistons- 10/21/17

Game Thread: Knicks vs. Pistons- 10/21/17

Home opener! The Knicks are home on Saturday night as they attempt to climb all the way back to .500 with a win against the Detroit Pistons. This is the home opener for the ‘Bockers, who are sure to be super-psyched. Unfortunately, Frank Ntilikina will not play. Frank Ntilikina (sprained ankle) will not play tonight.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 21, 2017 Michael Beasley (ankle) will be available. Jarrett Jack will be active with Frank Ntilikina out.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) October 21, 2017 So we won’t see Frank. That’s bad. But we will see the Walking Bucket....
Liberty Ballers Oct 21, 2017
Sixers vs. Raptors Game Thread

Sixers vs. Raptors Game Thread

It’s the first back-to-back for the Philadelphia 76ers this year, and Amir Johnson will get the start at the 5 spot. Game Info Start time: 7:30 PM ET TV Coverage: NBC Sports Philadelphia (Marc, Alaa, Molly) The Bad Guys: Raptors HQ Projected Starters: Toronto: Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, Norman Powell, Serge Ibaka, Jonas Valanciunas 76ers: Jerryd Bayless, J.J. Redick, Robert Covington, Ben Simmons, Amir Johnson Game Preview: We've got your game preview right here. Refs: Aubrey Graham, Daniel Daley, Paul Jefferies
Raptors HQ Oct 21, 2017
Raptors vs. Sixers Game Thread: Keep the good start going in Toronto

Raptors vs. Sixers Game Thread: Keep the good start going in Toronto

The Raptors are looking to play against some marginally better competition. And you know what? The Sixers fit the bill. It will never not be weird that the Sixers drafted three centres of varying levels of utility in this pace-and-space era of the modern NBA. Obviously, barring injury, Joel Embiid fits — he’s got the footwork, and the agility, and the range(!), to be a do-it-all big man today. But Nerlens Noel was traded out of town for a song, and poor Jahlil Okafor, a king in college, is, well... where is he? The official report suggests he is ill, but we don’t know that for a fact....
CelticsBlog Oct 21, 2017
Celtics’ Practice ‘Walk-Through’ (10/21/17): where Kyrie has zero regrets - videos

Celtics’ Practice ‘Walk-Through’ (10/21/17): where Kyrie has zero regrets - videos

The Boston Celtics held practice in Waltham on Saturday where Brad Stevens, Kyrie Irving, Aron Baynes, Jaylen Brown and Jabari Bird were talkative WALTHAM - The Boston Celtics gathered today for their first practice availability, in Waltham, since opening night. The Celtics’ 102-92 squeaker in Philadelphia felt much more like a crucial win, midway through the season. There’s no question that, following the C’s win, the players and especially Coach Stevens looked to have a heavy weight lifted from their backs. Everyone seemed a bit more loose. The light mood continued on Saturday...
Posting and Toasting Oct 21, 2017
Pre-Game Reconnaissance: Knicks-Pistons—10/21/17

Pre-Game Reconnaissance: Knicks-Pistons—10/21/17

Prepare yourself for for Knicks-Pistons! It’s the home opener! After their season opening road loss to OKC, the Knicks are back in the friendly confines of The Garden to face the Detroit Pistons. The Pistons come into this game 1-1, winning on opening night against Charlotte and dropping last night’s game against Washington, despite a big night from Reggie Jackson. New York City is ready for basketball to be back! The Empire State Building celebrates #Knicks home opener as famous tower lights in orange and blue tonight— Marc Berman (@NYPost_Berman) October 21, 2017 The Foe: To...
Raptors HQ Oct 21, 2017
Raptors 905 select Kethan Savage and 3 others in 2017 G-League Draft

Raptors 905 select Kethan Savage and 3 others in 2017 G-League Draft

The 905 welcomed some more players to the team today via the G-League Draft. Here are all the details from the day. The 2017 G-League Draft took place on Saturday, and the Raptors 905 were of course involved. The organization had five picks, but only three were mandatory selections. The 905 ended up selecting four players in the draft, which was apparently not a good one. As one G-League executive was quoted as saying: “It is terrible.” Here is a summary of the 905’s draftees. Round 1 - Pick 26: Kethan Savage, G, Butler The 905 started the draft off with the last pick in the first...

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