12:13 PM EST, Tue January 24, 2017
Liberty Ballers 13 mins ago
Sixers-Clippers Preview: No Embiid While Blake Griffin Returns to Action

Sixers-Clippers Preview: No Embiid While Blake Griffin Returns to Action

The Clippers roll into town on a two-game losing streak tonight as the Sixers look to continue their recent good form. Blake Griffin will return to the starting lineup after missing the last month following arthroscopic knee surgery. Los Angeles went 9-8 without Griffin in the lineup. While Griffin’s return is a cause for excitement (good players are fun!), it’s news that is overshadowed by the absence of two others stars: Joel Embiid will miss his second straight game following a scary hyperextended knee (which the team is pretending is only a contusion) against Portland, and Chris...
Net Income / NetsDaily 2 hours ago
Have faith, Nets fans: Pop says it will be fine

Have faith, Nets fans: Pop says it will be fine

Back when the Nets were considering Sean Marks for the GM job, the organization liked what they heard from Marks in his job interview. But they needed to do their due diligence, go to the source, ask the questions. So, of course, one of the first people they called was Gregg Popovich, who had been Marks coach, had hired him as an assistant coach, worked with him as an assistant GM. No surprise that Popovich praised his protege. If the Nets didn’t hire him, the New Zealander with two rings could easily be either Pop’s or GM R.C. Buford’s successor. Brooklyn hired Marks, of course,...
Raptors HQ 2 hours ago
Raptors Look to End Skid against the Spurs: Preview, Start Time, and More

Raptors Look to End Skid against the Spurs: Preview, Start Time, and More

Losers of three in a row, the Toronto Raptors look to get back in the win column tonight versus the San Antonio Spurs. The Toronto Raptors have lost three straight games to teams they shouldn’t have, and now get to host the red-hot San Antonio Spurs, who have won 11 of their last 14. A win for the Raptors against such a strong Spurs team would be just what the doctor ordered to get them back on track, but that won’t be easy. This will be the first of two games that All-Star DeMar DeRozan is expected to miss with a sprained ankle, and the team has already been without their glue guy,...
Posting and Toasting 2 hours ago
Knicks 109, Pacers 103 - ‘Close game randomness regressing back’

Knicks 109, Pacers 103 - ‘Close game randomness regressing back’

So many weird things happened tonight, yet it somehow almost ended just how we all kinda thought it would....but it didn’t! “May you live in interesting times.” Ah yes, we all know that Chinese saying that isn’t actually a Chinese saying. Well folks, there is no question that these are interesting times. But I’ll #StickToSports. This game started pretty ho-hum. Pacers were having their way on offence, and the Knicks were doing all they could to make it it look like Indiana was actually doing something defensively by coughing it up on what felt like every possession. It was bad,...
CelticsBlog 3 hours ago
The Celtics should call the Nuggets about Nurkic

The Celtics should call the Nuggets about Nurkic

Could Boston find gold in Denver? The Celtics need a big man. One player isn’t going to vault them into title contention unless that person is a superstar, but barring a blockbuster deal, the Celtics should certainly be on the lookout for players that meet needs on the team. A big center that can rebound and play some defense would be great. A common name that comes up often is Andrew Bogut because the Mavericks won’t have much motivation to keep him around and he’s probably available for cheap. He’s also a fairly well known commodity and an expiring contract. But he has also...
Raptors HQ 3 hours ago
Listen to The HeadQuarters: Episode 55, brought to you by Pops Mensah-Bonsu

Listen to The HeadQuarters: Episode 55, brought to you by Pops Mensah-Bonsu

Seriously, relax. Welcome to The HeadQuarters! This week, Sean Woodley is joined by Dan Grant of Raptors HQ & numberFire to chat about the widespread panic surrounding the Raptors after a three-game losing streak, ponder what can be done about the team's porous defense, assess Jared Sullinger's first week of action and answer listener questions. This episode is brought to you by Pops Mensah-Bonsu. Listen at the BlogTalk Radio link below and be sure to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! Music Courtesy The Passion HiFi
Pounding The Rock 9 hours ago
Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Toronto Raptors

Game Preview: San Antonio Spurs at Toronto Raptors

The Spurs travel to Toronto for their fourth game in six nights. Tucked away in Canada is the league’s best offense that doesn’t have Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green on the roster. Toronto is scoring 112.3 points per 100 possessions, improving upon last season’s fifth-ranked finish by an additional five points. If you don’t speak basketball nerd, that is very, very good. The Raptors don’t have the benefit of two former MVPs, nor do they have the ability to lean on a pick-and-roll maestro like James Harden to generate their entire offense. Instead, the...
Indy Cornrows 13 hours ago
Pacers final score: Knicks edge Pacers 109-103

Pacers final score: Knicks edge Pacers 109-103

Paul George (31 points) and Myles Turner (22) led Indiana in a furious fourth quarter comeback, but fell short against Carmelo Anthony and New York. The Indiana Pacers fell short in their furious comeback against the New York Knicks, returning to .500 in an otherwise bad loss. The Pacers appeared in control early, leading 34-22 after one, but the second units for both teams switched the flow of the game, allowing the Knicks to crush the Pacers 64-31 across the middle two quarters. Indiana trailed 98-82 with 7:43 remaining in the fourth and responded by going on a tear; a 17-2 run over the...
Knicks 109, Pacers 103: Scenes from Carmelo Anthony’s clutch redemption

Knicks 109, Pacers 103: Scenes from Carmelo Anthony’s clutch redemption

Two days after his potential game-winner rimmed out, Melo got his revenge late against the hated Pacers. The New York Knicks tried their best to fart away a nice win at Indiana, but Carmelo Anthony hit enough clutch buckets to keep the Pacers at bay. It was a nice rebound from his almost-game-winner Saturday against Phoenix. The first quarter was perhaps the most lackluster brand of ball produced by the ‘Bockers this season, which is really saying something. This had all the hallmarks of yet another national TV embarrassment, complete with Reggie Miller giving the play-by-play. Then...
NetsDaily 14 hours ago
Case of the Mondays: Spurs rest stars and still destroy Nets, 112-86

Case of the Mondays: Spurs rest stars and still destroy Nets, 112-86

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — The Brooklyn Nets are trying to take a page out of the San Antonio Spurs book. Their first lesson: rest players accordingly. They got a firsthand example as the Spurs rested Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard on Monday night against the Nets. The Nets and its fans, meanwhile, grew frustrated as it was announced that Jeremy Lin would sit out another 3-5 weeks with the lingering hamstring injury. One of the main reasons to watch the struggling Nets is Caris LeVert, whom the Nets rested as ‘part of the plan.’ Again, it was a pretty frustrating day for Nets...
NetsDaily 16 hours ago
LISTEN UP! Sean Marks, Kenny Atkinson and Gregg Popovich

LISTEN UP! Sean Marks, Kenny Atkinson and Gregg Popovich

Sean Marks on Jeremy Lin Kenny Atkinson pre-game on Lin and LeVert Gregg Popovich touched on the Nets taking a page out of the Spurs book
Game Thread: Knicks at Pacers- 01/23/17

Game Thread: Knicks at Pacers- 01/23/17

The game will probably last 48 minutes. The New York Knicks look to play a basketball game Monday night in Indiana against the hated Pacers. Judging by their recent play, they’ll probably lose. Marc Berman is reporting that the starting lineup will probably stay the same, because ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Lance Thomas won’t play, but does have a new mask. Exclusive photo of Lance Thomas and new protective mask. pic.twitter.com/80oXpewcoD— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) January 23, 2017 Game is at 8:00 PM (?) on TNT (???). This is Indy Cornrows. Please do no post any large photos, GIFs, or...
Raptors HQ 20 hours ago
Raptors Power Rankings Week 13: Hello Darkness, my old friend

Raptors Power Rankings Week 13: Hello Darkness, my old friend

This week was supposed to be easy. After cruising through the tri-state area and crushing New York and Brooklyn (twice), the Raptors were going to march into the end of January with their heads held high. First, they’d see the 76ers, playing well but not quite a real NBA team, then the Hornets, their nemesis but also their lesser, and then the Suns, against whom there would be no question. The Raptors lost all of these games. As you would expect, the power rankings discussion this week has reflected this abject sadness and disappointment. There is the faintest whiff of 2014-15 hanging...
Raptors HQ 22 hours ago
DeRozan expected to miss the next two games

DeRozan expected to miss the next two games

After spraining his ankle, DeMar DeRozan will need to take a seat for a little bit. The old “when it rains it pours” adage applies here: DeMar DeRozan, recently named all-star starter and the Raptors’ leading scorer, has a sprained right ankle. It happened in the fourth quarter of the very bad, no good game against the Suns, which Toronto lost. That it also happened because DeRozan landed on teammate Jonas Valanciunas’ foot is just another drop in the bucket of misery we’re collecting at the moment. DeRozan will now miss tomorrow’s game against the Spurs (no big deal, right?)...
Liberty Ballers 22 hours ago
Power Rankings: Sixers jump into NBA’s top 15

Power Rankings: Sixers jump into NBA’s top 15

The Sixers are on a roll, and the media is taking notic January has been one of the best months in recent memory for the surging Philadelphia 76ers. With the help of one Joel Hans Embiid, the Sixers are 7-3 in the new year, hold the league’s best defensive rating of 98.2, and are just 5.5 games back of the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The national media is starting to take notice of the team’s exciting run, and (for the most part), have rewarded the Sixers with a substantial jump in their weekly power rankings. Both CBSSports’ Matt Moore and ESPN’s Marc Stein have...
Liberty Ballers 22 hours ago
Joel Embiid Doubtful For Tuesday With Left Knee Contusion

Joel Embiid Doubtful For Tuesday With Left Knee Contusion

According to the Sixers, Joel Embiid is doubtful for tomorrow night’s contest with the Clippers: Practice update:Okafor (r.knee soreness) limited at practice; probable vs. LACEmbiid (l.knee contusion) did not practice; doubtful vs. LAC— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) January 23, 2017 Embiid suffered a left knee contusion during Friday night’s game against Portland, after landing uncomfortably after a driving dunk. After leaving the game early in the second half, he returned for the fourth quarter and appeared to re-aggravate it after landing awkwardly on his left leg yet again....
Raptors HQ 23 hours ago
The Weekly Rap, Jan. 23rd-29th: This is the Very Best Take

The Weekly Rap, Jan. 23rd-29th: This is the Very Best Take

The Raptors have lost three in a row for the first time in 14 months! Sad! The Raptors were cheated on by everything associated with the basketball world in last night’s loss, and it won’t be accepted! PERIOD. Here are some other ALTERNATIVE FACTS about the Raptors play this week: Kyle Lowry was incredible. We love Kyle! Kyle played the best week of his career. He wore his heart on his sleeve and getting ejected for hitting Brandon Knight was the right decision! DeMar’s ankle is totally fine. It’s like, totally fine. He only had those terrible misses after the injury to teach the...
Net Income / NetsDaily Jan 23, 2017
Jeremy Lin out another 3-to-5 weeks after re-aggravating hamstring

Jeremy Lin out another 3-to-5 weeks after re-aggravating hamstring

More bad news. The Nets announced Monday that Jeremy Lin re-aggravated his hamstring injury during rehab and will miss another 3-to-5 weeks. The Nets broke the news in a press release from Sean Marks... “During the course of his rehab, Jeremy re-aggravated his strained left hamstring and will be out approximately three to five weeks as he continues to work towards a full recovery. We understand and appreciate Jeremy’s competitive desire to get back on the court with his teammates, however, we are going to be cautious with his rehab in order to ensure that he is at full strength once he...
Raptors HQ Jan 23, 2017
The Raptors 905 Mid-Season Report Card

The Raptors 905 Mid-Season Report Card

After the 905 went 2-0 at the D-League Showcase, we’ve arrived at the mid-season. Time to take stock of the team. The 905 have had a good start to the 2016-17 season. At the mid-point, the team is 18-7 and first in the Eastern Conference. The 905 had sky high expectations at the beginning of the year as many thought this was the best D-League team in the league, with the deepest roster and, in Jerry Stackhouse, one of the best coaches. So far, they look to have fulfilled expectations all-around. So, here’s where things stand with the 905 as we grade the team at mid-season. Bruno...
NetsDaily Jan 23, 2017
Nets host Spurs: 9-34 vs. 34-9

Nets host Spurs: 9-34 vs. 34-9

Not quite. In search of their second straight win and on the second night of a back-to-back, the Brooklyn Nets went into Charlotte to face the Hornets. They put up a good fight, but ultimately fell short 112-105 on Saturday night. The team has one more home game on Wednesday before they head out of town for a quick three game road trip. Coming into town tonight will be the San Antonio Spurs. Last year, while the Warriors were setting records atop the Western Conference, the Spurs were very close to them in the standings. This year, while the Warriors are setting records atop the Westeen...

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