1:27 PM EST, Mon January 26, 2015
Raptors HQ 27 mins ago

Raptors Mailbag: Amir Johnson's future, DeMar DeRozan's present struggles, and more

Answers to your questions. We asked you for questions, and you responded. Here's our first mailbag! What do you think the Raptors should do with Amir Johnson? He's the heart of the team, but his health problems combined with poor rebounding and defense against stretch fours are concerns moving forward. He deserves a decent payday based on the player he is, but the Raptors could use an upgrade at that position and a loyalty extension could end up looking like Anderson Varejao's in Cleveland in a hurry. Do you think Masai Ujiri should test his trade value and look to move him? - Justin...
Sactown Royalty 1 hour ago

Report: Kings-Knicks game postponed due to Blizzard

Coming into New York City with a six-game losing streak, the Kings were looking for some relief against the 8-36 New York Knicks.   However, it looks like even the weather is conspiring against them. From Grant Napear: Kings - Knicks game has been postponed due to pending blizzard. No make-up date as of now. — Grant Napear (@GrantNapearshow) January 26, 2015 Ian Begly of ESPN NY also confirms: Hearing players have been informed that #Knicks-Kings game will not be played tonight due to inclement weather. No announcement from NBA yet — Ian Begley (@IanBegley) January 26,...
Posting and Toasting 2 hours ago

Yeah, there's a good chance the Knicks will trade Pablo Prigioni

We've heard for months now that Phil Jackson's Knicks would like to trade Pablo Prigioni. It makes sense-- Pablo has a very moveable contract, and Dad's made it clear he'll trade anything that isn't nailed down. Sunday night, Marc Stein suggested a potential new trade partner: Hearing Pistons among teams to show exploratory interest in Knicks' Pablo Prigioni and could revisit that in wake of losing Brandon Jennings — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) January 25, 2015 That makes sense, too. The Pistons would like to make a playoff push even after Jennings' season-ending injury, so they need...
NetsDaily 2 hours ago

Monday night's Nets-Blazers game postponed; no new date scheduled yet

With serious weather expected to hit the New York area over the next two days, the NBA has opted to postpone the Nets game against the Portland Trail Blazers for Monday night. It was expected after it was reported that the Knicks and Kings game Monday night was set to be cancelled, but Adrian Wojnarowoski of Yahoo! Sports broke the news. With impending blizzard, NBA has postponed the Portland-Brooklyn game tonight, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. New date not yet scheduled. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) January 26, 2015 As Wojnarowski reports, there is no new date scheduled for...
Posting and Toasting 2 hours ago

Report: Monday night's Knicks-Kings game is postponed

This was bound to happen. Safety first. Tanks can traverse land, air, and sea, but not snow and ice: Kings - Knicks game has been postponed due to pending blizzard. No make-up date as of now. — Grant Napear (@GrantNapearshow) January 26, 2015 I'll update this post once I see confirmation from local reporters or the league itself, but Napear is the Kings' TV guy, so he oughta know. I figure the Knicks' game at home Wednesday night (8 PM) against the Thunder is in jeopardy as well as Winter Storm Literal Buttload Of Snow Like Seriously A Giant Heavenly Ass Is Going To Poop A Blizzard...
TornBySports 2 hours ago

The Morning Shootaround – Utah Jazz: Week 14

This week’s games: Monday, January 26 – Boston Celtics. Energy Solutions Arena. 7:00 PM MT. Wednesday, January 28 – Los Angeles Clippers. Energy Solutions Arena. 7:00 PM MT. Friday, January 30 – Golden State Warriors. Energy Solutions Arena. 7:00 PM MT. Game of the Week: Utah Jazz vs Boston Celtics I know what you’re thinking – ... The post The Morning Shootaround – Utah Jazz: Week 14 appeared first on TornBySports.com.
NetsDaily 3 hours ago

Sinking Nets come home to play Trail Blazers

Indifference is the absolute worst feeling that can surround a team. No emotion, no energy, and worse, no interest. That is where we currently find the Brooklyn Nets. After almost blowing a big lead in Sacramento, the Nets got lit up on national TV against the Clippers. You'd think the next game following a 39 point BEATEMDOWN would be more competitive right? Nah. They lost by 35 points to the Utah Jazz on Saturday night. And thanks to the Charlotte Hornets beating the New York Knicks, Brooklyn finds themselves on the outside looking in of the Eastern Conference playoff standings. Making...
Liberty Ballers 5 hours ago

AAU Coach Sheds Light on Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel Relationship

Liberty Ballers discussed Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel's friendship with their former AAU coach, Leo Papile, who coached the pair for three seasons at the Boston Amateur Basketball Club. "Sam's just a genius," Nerlens Noel said at his introductory press conference back in the summer of 2013, referring to Sixers General Manager Sam Hinkie, who acquired Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams on draft night. "How could you think of something like that? To have two players that played AAU together [and] already have a great relationship," Noel continued. The story became a popular...
Celtics Today 10 hours ago
Rondo finds his game in Mavs to New Orleans

Rondo finds his game in Mavs to New Orleans

It was a hard loss for Dallas Sunday against the up and coming Pelicans. Anthony Davis scored 28 points, and he grabbed 10-rebounds, with a go-ahead free throws in the final seconds and a pivotal steal. The Pelicans escaped with a 109-106 win over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night. The Mavericks fell down big a couple of times but they took the lead as well in that stretch. As for Rondo he looked like Rondo once again. He posted a Rondo like stat line with 17 points, 9 assists, and 8 rebounds. He was also pretty huge in the other areas on the floor that don't have stats. The Mavs seem...
Golden State Of Mind 11 hours ago

Never in doubt, the Warriors squeak past Celtics 114-111

It was a slopfest of a game from the Golden State Warriors' perspective but they battled past a talent-deficient Boston Celtics squad to win. I always try to gauge around halftime whether to start writing a recap from a myopic or grand scheme point of view. Since the game was a bit of a wreck and I actually fell asleep in the second quarter on the rewatch and had to triple re-watch the game, I'm going to bombard you all with more words than necessary about a boring Sunday afternoon game against the cellar dweller Boston Celtics. In the vacuum of a single game, the Celtics gave the...
CelticsBlog 14 hours ago

Celtics come back, but still lose to Warriors 114-111

Bsoton made it close, but couldn't come up with another late game win. This was a tall order tonight for the Celtics. Golden State came in undefeated against the East, and 20-1 at home. Boston needed a huge effort and a letdown performance by the Warriors. This was yet another game where Boston suffered through poor shooting in the first quarter. Avery Bradley had an especially rough start, missing 5 of his first 6 shots. Golden State had a varied offensive attack, as eight different players scored for them in the first 12 minutes. They shot 55%, and the Celtics were just barely hanging...
Raptors HQ 15 hours ago

Stay Positive: Raptors Fend Off Pistons to Win 114-110

Despite some close calls against the Pistons, there were a lot of positive signs in the Raptors' 114-110 win over Detroit. We were all ready to call this the D.J. Augustin Revenge Game. That's where the collective spirit of Raptors fans is at these days. After Detroit won the last meeting in Toronto, we knew the Raptors could not just ease into this one. But Brandon Jennings, the TO Annihilator, was out. Surely we don't have to be pessimistic all the time, do we? Of course not (and don't call me Shirley). The Raptors won 114-110 tonight and you know what, let's run through some...
NetsDaily 16 hours ago

NBA Trade: Yahoo! reports Nets and Hornets talking trade which includes Joe Johnson and Lance Stephenson

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Brooklyn Nets and Charlotte Hornets are talking trade, with the main piece in this deal being Joe Johnson and not Brook Lopez. NetsDaily can confirm the report. According to Wojnarowski, the main players in the deal include Johnson, Lance Stephenson, Gerald Henderson and Marvin Williams, the latter three being members of the Hornets. He did not say if a third team was involved. The Nets have dropped eight of 10 games, and fallen a half-game behind the Hornets for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Charlotte owner...
Detroit Bad Boys 19 hours ago

NBA Trade Rumors: Knicks' Pablo Prigioni could be trade target for Pistons

Could the Pistons look at bringing in the experienced playmaker? With the loss of Brandon Jennings to an ACL tear, the Detroit Pistons might be interested in New York Knicks backup point guard Pablo Prigioni, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Stein points out that Detroit had previously shown "exploratory interest" in Prigioni, and that Jennings' injury could lead the Pistons to reconsider trading for the veteran playmaker. The third-year point from Argentina has been a serviceable player for the Knicks, sporting career averages of 3.9 points and 3.1 assists across 1.0 turnover whilst...
Kevin O'connor / CelticsBlog 19 hours ago

Avery Bradley has been one of the NBA's best three-point shooters since mid-December

After Avery Bradley got off to an excruciatingly slow start this season, Boston Celtics fans began to question whether or not the front office should've signed him to a four-year, $32 million extension last summer. Now the 24-year-old shooting guard is putting the sleeper hold on those doubters with his recent play. In Bradley's last 16 games, he's hitting a ridiculous 48.3 percent of his threes, which is third in the league since December 23. After starting off the year at an underwhelming 29 percent from downtown, I wrote that it was important for fans to relax: Avery Bradley is off to...
CelticsBlog 22 hours ago

Hey lurkers, don't forget that you can write comments and FanPosts!

Don't be a lurker, be a blogger! It has been too long since I last called out the lurkers.  You know who you are.  You casual readers that stop by and read the fine articles and laugh at the comments and generally partake in the fine buffet of Celtics goodness on this site.  Yet, you humbly refrain from engaging in the frivolity yourselves. You are like the guy that stops by the basketball court, watches a few games, and then goes on home thinking that you couldn't play with those guys.  Well, I'm the captain of the team, and I'm tossing you a ball.  We've got a spot open my friend....
NetsDaily 22 hours ago

Boone: Joe Johnson Has Been Playing With Tendinitis in Right Knee and Left Ankle

Joe Johnson hasn't been the same player that we've been accustomed to watching during his tenure in Brooklyn. Now we know a large reason why. Following the Nets' 108-73 blowout loss to Utah, it was revealed that Brooklyn's leading scorer is really hurting. Here's what he told Newsday following the loss: "I’ve just got tendinitis real bad in my right knee and in my left ankle," Johnson said. "I’ve been playing with both of them, and been pretty banged up for probably about the past month and a half or so. We don’t have time to have guys sit and rest, like some other teams do. We just...
Golden State Of Mind 23 hours ago

Preview: Warriors vs. Celtics; 19 straight home wins?

Golden State is looking for its 19th victory in a row at home, against the rebuilding Celtics. Golden State Warriors (35-6) vs. Boston Celtics (15-26) 5:00 PM Oracle Arena - Oakland, California Blog Buddy: Celtics Blog The extreme juxtaposition between the Warriors and the Celtics is striking. Golden State has far and away the league's best record, emerging continuity and true team chemistry, and a contingent of players who play well with each other. The Celtics, on the other hand, are rebuilding, with General Manager Danny Ainge giving players away with seemingly nary a care for anything...
Posting and Toasting Jan 25, 2015

You might like to watch some college basketball today

Good Sunday! There are plenty of good NBA games on today, but if you'd rather watch some potential future Knick draft picks, here are the games to watch: 1:30 PM (CBS): Indiana at Ohio State (D'Angelo Russell) 2 PM (FOX): Duke (Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow) at St. John's (at MSG!) 4 PM (CBS) Louisville (Montrezl Harrell) at Pittsburgh There are lots of games, but I'm pretty sure those are the only ones featuring players whom I've seen projected in the lottery. Virginia's Justin Anderson is on something "FULLCT" as I write this, too. Have a great day! Comment about whatever basketball...
NetsDaily Jan 25, 2015

Film Study: Bojan Bogdanovic is moving well off the ball, which is needed in Brooklyn

Bojan Bogdanovic was in limbo a month ago. Unable to hit a shot (he still is struggling), and targeted on defense, Bogdanovic couldn’t stay on the floor. Several DNP-CD’s later, Bogdanovic surprisingly was re-inserted back into the starting lineup, and now, he is back to showing positive signs of development. While his shot still isn’t falling, He is down to 29% from beyond the arc now, Bogdanovic has gotten his production elsewhere, namely leak outs and cuts. 12.5% of Bogdanovic’s plays on the court this season have been off of cuts, the third most to any sort of action, according...

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