Brian Abate – TalkBasket.net https://www.talkbasket.net NBA, EuroLeague, FIBA basketball news Tue, 12 Jan 2021 03:03:11 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.6 Knicks’ Julius Randle thriving with Tom Thibodeau https://www.talkbasket.net/118405-knicks-randle-thriving-with-thibodeau https://www.talkbasket.net/118405-knicks-randle-thriving-with-thibodeau#respond Tue, 12 Jan 2021 01:11:28 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=118405 Julius Randle had a disappointing first season with the New York Knicks as the young team struggled to find leadership. Tom Thibodeau is the Knicks third coach since the Knicks signed Randle and his hard-nosed, defensive-minded style has brought out the best in the young power forward. Through ten games this season Randle has averaged […]

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Knicks’ Julius Randle thriving with Tom Thibodeau

Julius Randle had a disappointing first season with the New York Knicks as the young team struggled to find leadership.

Tom Thibodeau is the Knicks third coach since the Knicks signed Randle and his hard-nosed, defensive-minded style has brought out the best in the young power forward.

Through ten games this season Randle has averaged 23.2 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 7.1 assists per game. On offense he has been looking for open teammates, taking smarter shots, and proving he is capable of hitting 3’s. He has shot 36.8 percent on 3-pointers this season. Defensively, he has been more active and stronger on the glass.

While the 5-5 Knicks are far from perfect, this is their best start since the 2017-18 season and they appear to have found an identity as a gritty team that rebounds and defends well. Randle has been their most consistent player so far and his play has been crucial for New York, as the team has struggled to find consistent scorers.

The Knicks are still a work in progress but Thibodeau has them moving in the right direction and Randle is leading the way.

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Knicks’ offseason shows team has finally committed to rebuild https://www.talkbasket.net/116528-knicks-offseason-shows-team-has-finally-committed-to-rebuild https://www.talkbasket.net/116528-knicks-offseason-shows-team-has-finally-committed-to-rebuild#respond Tue, 29 Dec 2020 21:29:48 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116528 For the first time in a long time, the New York Knicks appear to be committed to a rebuild. They didn’t fall into the trap of trading or signing a faded star to grab the headlines and instead drafted two players with plenty of potential with their first-round picks. In the past the Knicks have […]

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Knicks’ offseason shows team has finally committed to rebuild

For the first time in a long time, the New York Knicks appear to be committed to a rebuild. They didn’t fall into the trap of trading or signing a faded star to grab the headlines and instead drafted two players with plenty of potential with their first-round picks.

In the past the Knicks have acquired players like Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, Baron Davis and countless others rather than holding onto their draft picks and developing their young players.

This offseason the Knicks did the opposite of what they usually do. They acquired draft picks, made low-risk signings and finally appear to have a head coach who can lead this young team.

While the team has only played three games under Tom Thibodeau, their effort and willingness to compete and defense are refreshing after years of lackluster performances.

In their last game, the Knicks crushed the Bucks. No, that isn’t a typo, it was the youthful Knicks who put on a clinic against the team that finished with the best record in the NBA last season.

Julius Randle was distributing the basketball, Frank Ntilikina was daring 3’s Mitchell Robinson dominated the paint.

It’s been a long time coming but it appears the Knicks are finally heading in the right direction. That may not mean a postseason appearance this season or even next season but that’s all right.

After years of being the laughingstocks of the NBA the New York Knicks finally appear to have a future that their fans can look forward to.

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Woj: Rockets trading Russell Westbrook for John Wall https://www.talkbasket.net/113030-woj-rockets-trading-westbrook-for-wall https://www.talkbasket.net/113030-woj-rockets-trading-westbrook-for-wall#respond Thu, 03 Dec 2020 01:04:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113030 According to NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards have agreed to a blockbuster trade. Both players were reported unhappy and asked for a trade. John Wall has missed almost all of the past two seasons with injuries including a torn Achilles. Russell Westbrook averaged 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, and seven assists […]

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Woj: Rockets trading Russell Westbrook for John Wall

According to NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Houston Rockets and Washington Wizards have agreed to a blockbuster trade.

Both players were reported unhappy and asked for a trade. John Wall has missed almost all of the past two seasons with injuries including a torn Achilles.

Russell Westbrook averaged 27.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, and seven assists per game in his first season with the Rockets last season.

Both players may benefit from a chance of scenery and a new opportunity.

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Obi Toppin’s mom shares childhood photo of him in Knicks jersey https://www.talkbasket.net/111400-obi-toppins-mom-shares-childhood-photo-of-him-in-knicks-jersey https://www.talkbasket.net/111400-obi-toppins-mom-shares-childhood-photo-of-him-in-knicks-jersey#respond Fri, 20 Nov 2020 04:11:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111400 Obi Toppin got choked up when he talked about playing for the Knicks because they’re his hometown team. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and played high school basketball in Ossining, about an hour away from New York City. Toppin will get to live out his childhood dream after rising from a unrecruited prospect […]

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Obi Toppin’s mom shares childhood photo of him in Knicks jersey

Obi Toppin got choked up when he talked about playing for the Knicks because they’re his hometown team. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and played high school basketball in Ossining, about an hour away from New York City.

Toppin will get to live out his childhood dream after rising from a unrecruited prospect out of high school to an electrifying prospect and lottery pick.

Toppin was one of the most entertaining college basketball players of the 2019-20 season and should bring excitement to Madison Square Garden. He and fellow first round pick Immanuel Quickley will both help the Knicks as they look to rebuild with young players after years of disappointment.

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Brandon Jennings dropped 55 on Steph Curry and the Warriors on this date in 2009 https://www.talkbasket.net/110547-brandon-jennings-dropped-55-on-steph-curry-and-the-warriors-on-this-date-in-2009 https://www.talkbasket.net/110547-brandon-jennings-dropped-55-on-steph-curry-and-the-warriors-on-this-date-in-2009#respond Sat, 14 Nov 2020 05:54:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=110547 Brandon Jennings had a game for the ages on this date in 2009. He dropped 55 points as a rookie and led his Milwaukee Bucks to a 129-125 victory over the Golden State Warriors. Jennings shot 21-34 from the field, including 7-8 on 3-pointers. In the third quarter he outscored the Warriors 29-26. No rookie […]

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Brandon Jennings dropped 55 on Steph Curry and the Warriors on this date in 2009

Brandon Jennings had a game for the ages on this date in 2009. He dropped 55 points as a rookie and led his Milwaukee Bucks to a 129-125 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

Jennings shot 21-34 from the field, including 7-8 on 3-pointers. In the third quarter he outscored the Warriors 29-26.

No rookie had scored that many points in a game since Earl “The Pearl” Monroe scored 56 points in 1968. No rookie has scored 55 points in a game since Jennings.

Jennings himself, has never scored 40 points in a game since his remarkable performance against the Warriors, which came in the seventh game of his career. He last played in the NBA during the 2017-18 season.

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Klay Thompson hit 14 3-pointers in a game on this date in 2018 https://www.talkbasket.net/109195-klay-thompson-hit-14-3-pointers-in-a-game-on-this-date-in-2018 https://www.talkbasket.net/109195-klay-thompson-hit-14-3-pointers-in-a-game-on-this-date-in-2018#respond Thu, 29 Oct 2020 04:42:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109195 Klay Thompson set an NBA record as he knocked down 14 3-pointers for the Warriors in a 149-124 victory against the Bulls. Thompson scored 52 points despite only playing in the first three quarters of the game. He shot 14-24 from beyond the arc. He broke a record previously held by fellow “splash brother” Steph […]

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Klay Thompson hit 14 3-pointers in a game on this date in 2018

Klay Thompson set an NBA record as he knocked down 14 3-pointers for the Warriors in a 149-124 victory against the Bulls.

Thompson scored 52 points despite only playing in the first three quarters of the game. He shot 14-24 from beyond the arc.

He broke a record previously held by fellow “splash brother” Steph Curry, who hit 13 3-pointers for the Warriors in a victory against the Pelicans in 2016.

Thompson’s record still stands today and he will have the opportunity to attempt to break his own record next season, after missing the 2019-20 season while recovering from a torn ACL.

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Nate Thurmond recorded the NBA’s first quadruple double on this date in 1974 https://www.talkbasket.net/108395-nate-thurmond-recorded-the-nbas-first-quadruple-double-on-this-date-in-1974 https://www.talkbasket.net/108395-nate-thurmond-recorded-the-nbas-first-quadruple-double-on-this-date-in-1974#respond Sun, 18 Oct 2020 20:33:17 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=108395 Nate Thurmond made history in his first game with the Chicago Bulls. He recorded the first quadruple double in NBA history and led his Bulls to a 120-115 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. Thurmond finished the game with 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocks. He ended up averaging 7.9 points 11.3 rebounds, […]

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Nate Thurmond recorded the NBA’s first quadruple double on this date in 1974

Nate Thurmond made history in his first game with the Chicago Bulls. He recorded the first quadruple double in NBA history and led his Bulls to a 120-115 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.

Thurmond finished the game with 22 points, 14 rebounds, 13 assists and 12 blocks. He ended up averaging 7.9 points 11.3 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 2.4 blocks per game that season.

While Thurmond only played 93 games with the Bulls, he will always be remembered for his spectacular game. He was 33 when he recorded the quadruple double.

To this day, Thurmond, Alvin Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson are the only NBA players record a quadruple-double in an NBA game.

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Rumors tie Knicks to multiple star point guards https://www.talkbasket.net/108290-rumors-tie-knicks-to-multiple-star-point-guards https://www.talkbasket.net/108290-rumors-tie-knicks-to-multiple-star-point-guards#respond Fri, 16 Oct 2020 21:16:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=108290 Rumors are once again swirling around the New York Knicks, as the team looks to finally land a franchise point guard. They could try to acquire Russell Westbrook or Chris Paul via trade this offseason. Both are expected to be on the trade market and the Knicks are desperate to have a star player. However, […]

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Rumors tie Knicks to multiple star point guards

Rumors are once again swirling around the New York Knicks, as the team looks to finally land a franchise point guard.

They could try to acquire Russell Westbrook or Chris Paul via trade this offseason. Both are expected to be on the trade market and the Knicks are desperate to have a star player. However, both stars are in their 30s and are signed to massive contracts.

New York has also been linked to free agent Fred VanVleet, who is coming off an excellent season with the Raptors. It would take big contract to sign VanVleet but he is just 26 years old and likely has more upside than Westbrook and Paul.

The Knicks always seem to find themselves involved in rumors tying them to star players but rarely are able to land them. Perhaps Leon Rose can do what their previous general managers failed to do, and bring a star to New York this offseason.

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Rick Barry made his NBA debut on this date in 1965 https://www.talkbasket.net/108243-rick-barry-made-his-nba-debut-on-this-date-in-1965 https://www.talkbasket.net/108243-rick-barry-made-his-nba-debut-on-this-date-in-1965#respond Fri, 16 Oct 2020 03:44:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=108243 Rick Barry began his Hall of Fame career on this date in 1965. His San Francisco Warriors lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 122-115 at home. Barry had a solid game, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond finished the game with 20 point and 27 rebounds. For the […]

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Rick Barry made his NBA debut on this date in 1965

Rick Barry began his Hall of Fame career on this date in 1965. His San Francisco Warriors lost to the Los Angeles Lakers 122-115 at home.

Barry had a solid game, finishing with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond finished the game with 20 point and 27 rebounds.

For the Lakers, Jerry West led the way, finishing with 36 points, eight rebounds and six assists.

Barry, meanwhile, went on to have an excellent season and won Rookie of the Year. He averaged 25.7 points and 10.6 rebounds per game in 1965-66. The following season he led the NBA in scoring, averaging 35.6 points per game.

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Anthony Davis helps deliver championship in first season with Lakers https://www.talkbasket.net/107747-anthony-davis-helps-deliver-championship-in-first-season-with-lakers https://www.talkbasket.net/107747-anthony-davis-helps-deliver-championship-in-first-season-with-lakers#respond Mon, 12 Oct 2020 02:43:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=107747 The Los Angeles Lakers traded for Anthony Davis with tremendous expectations and he delivered in his first year with them. Davis formed chemistry with LeBron James and was fantastic throughout the postseason. He led the Lakers in scoring and blocks, averaging 27.7 points per game and 1.4 blocks per game. He also hit a clutch […]

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Anthony Davis helps deliver championship in first season with Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers traded for Anthony Davis with tremendous expectations and he delivered in his first year with them.

Davis formed chemistry with LeBron James and was fantastic throughout the postseason. He led the Lakers in scoring and blocks, averaging 27.7 points per game and 1.4 blocks per game. He also hit a clutch buzzer-beating three-pointer in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.

Thanks to the dominant play of Davis and James, along with solid play from role players, the Lakers never played a game facing elimination.

Now, the Lakers will look to re-sign Davis this offseason as they look to defend their championship.

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Lakers look to go four for four in closeout games https://www.talkbasket.net/107485-lakers-look-to-go-four-for-four-in-closeout-games https://www.talkbasket.net/107485-lakers-look-to-go-four-for-four-in-closeout-games#respond Fri, 09 Oct 2020 17:46:56 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=107485 The Los Angeles Lakers are in the same position they have been in during each of their postseason series this year. They have a 3-1 lead with a chance to put the Miami Heat away, just as they’ve done against the Trail Blazers, Rockets and Nuggets. After each postseason loss, there were whispers that the […]

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Lakers look to go four for four in closeout games

The Los Angeles Lakers are in the same position they have been in during each of their postseason series this year. They have a 3-1 lead with a chance to put the Miami Heat away, just as they’ve done against the Trail Blazers, Rockets and Nuggets.

After each postseason loss, there were whispers that the Lakers were in trouble but they quickly shut down that talk in each of their first three series.

In the first round, they defeated the Trail Blazers 131-122 in Game 5. In the second round, they defeated the Rockets 119-96 in Game 5. In the Western Conference Finals, they defeated the Nuggets 117-107 in Game 5. Not only have they won, but they’ve yet to have a closeout game go down to the wire.

LeBron James has dominated in all three of those games, averaging 34.3 points, 12.3 rebounds and nine assists per game.

If he and the Lakers can put together one more excellent performance tonight, they will become champions without ever being forced to play in a Game 6.

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LeBron James and Anthony Davis dominate Game 2 https://www.talkbasket.net/106091-lebron-james-and-anthony-davis-dominate-game-2 https://www.talkbasket.net/106091-lebron-james-and-anthony-davis-dominate-game-2#respond Sat, 03 Oct 2020 03:41:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=106091 LeBron James and Anthony Davis controlled Game 2. They led the Lakers to a 124-114 victory over the Heat, giving Los Angeles a 2-0 series lead. Miami had to go without star center Bam Adebayo and point guard Goran Dragic due to injuries. The Heat lacked depth and the Lakers controlled the glass, finishing with […]

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LeBron James and Anthony Davis dominate Game 2

LeBron James and Anthony Davis controlled Game 2. They led the Lakers to a 124-114 victory over the Heat, giving Los Angeles a 2-0 series lead.

Miami had to go without star center Bam Adebayo and point guard Goran Dragic due to injuries. The Heat lacked depth and the Lakers controlled the glass, finishing with 44 rebounds to Miami’s 37.

James finished with 33 points nine assists and nine rebounds. Davis finished with 32 points and 14 rebounds. Miami has not been able to slow down either of the Lakers’ superstars in the first two games of the series.

Game 3 of the series will be Sunday night. It is unknown whether or not Adebayo or Dragic will be available to play.

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Goran Dragic would be a huge loss for the Heat https://www.talkbasket.net/105844-goran-dragic-would-be-a-huge-loss-for-the-heat https://www.talkbasket.net/105844-goran-dragic-would-be-a-huge-loss-for-the-heat#respond Thu, 01 Oct 2020 18:24:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=105844 Goran Dragic has had an excellent postseason, but he may have to miss the remainder of the NBA Finals after reportedly suffering a plantar tear in his left foot. He earned back his job as starting point guard this postseason and has averaged 19.9 points per game. He has also averaged 4.6 assists per game, […]

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Goran Dragic would be a huge loss for the Heat

Goran Dragic has had an excellent postseason, but he may have to miss the remainder of the NBA Finals after reportedly suffering a plantar tear in his left foot.

He earned back his job as starting point guard this postseason and has averaged 19.9 points per game. He has also averaged 4.6 assists per game, which is tied for the most on the team.

While a return hasn’t been ruled out, Dragic certainly wouldn’t be 100 percent if he plays. Miami will likely have to pay without a true point guard if he is unable to return.

Game 1 was disastrous for the Heat as Jimmy Butler rolled his ankle and Bam Adebayo reaggravated a nagging shoulder injury. Butler is expected to play in Game 2, but it’s unlikely that Dragic or Adebayo will be able to.

The Heat will have to play much better to avoid going down 0-2 in the series. Game 2 is tomorrow night so there isn’t much time for their stars to rest and recover.

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Celtics’ role players step up to extend season https://www.talkbasket.net/105105-celtics-role-players-step-up-to-extend-season https://www.talkbasket.net/105105-celtics-role-players-step-up-to-extend-season#respond Sat, 26 Sep 2020 03:55:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=105105 The Celtics’ role players stepped up in their 121-108 victory over the Heat. After Tyler Herro came off the bench and dominated Game 4 for Miami, it was Boston’s role players who got the job done in Game 5. Despite being an undersized center, Daniel Theis was dominant in the paint. He finished with a […]

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Celtics’ role players step up to extend season

The Celtics’ role players stepped up in their 121-108 victory over the Heat. After Tyler Herro came off the bench and dominated Game 4 for Miami, it was Boston’s role players who got the job done in Game 5.

Despite being an undersized center, Daniel Theis was dominant in the paint. He finished with a game-high 13 rebounds and three blocks. He also had 15 points.

Marcus Smart also played well and did a bit of everything for the Celtics. He finished with 12 points, eight assists, eight rebounds and four steals.

Gordon Hayward added 10 points off the bench as he looks to get into rhythm after returning from an ankle injury, and Enes Kanter had eight points off the bench as he got some rare playing time.

Boston will need their role players to step up once again in Game 6, which will be Sunday night. The Celtics are looking to accomplish what the Nuggets have already done twice this postseason, and advance after trailing 3-1 in a series.

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Tyler Herro’s great postseason continues https://www.talkbasket.net/104825-tyler-herros-great-postseason-continues https://www.talkbasket.net/104825-tyler-herros-great-postseason-continues#respond Thu, 24 Sep 2020 03:31:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=104825 Tyler Herro’s excellent postseason continued tonight as he scored 37 points in Miami’s 112-109 victory over Boston in Game 4. Herro has scored in double figures in each of the Heat’s 13 postseason games but this was his best performance. He hit clutch buckets and knocked down his free throws down the stretch. Thanks in […]

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Tyler Herro’s great postseason continues

Tyler Herro’s excellent postseason continued tonight as he scored 37 points in Miami’s 112-109 victory over Boston in Game 4.

Herro has scored in double figures in each of the Heat’s 13 postseason games but this was his best performance. He hit clutch buckets and knocked down his free throws down the stretch.

Thanks in large part to his play, the Heat are one game away from advancing to the NBA Finals after missing the playoffs last season.

Game 5 of the series will be Friday night.

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Anthony Davis and Nikola Jokic put on a show https://www.talkbasket.net/104398-anthony-davis-and-nikola-jokic-put-on-a-show https://www.talkbasket.net/104398-anthony-davis-and-nikola-jokic-put-on-a-show#respond Mon, 21 Sep 2020 02:48:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=104398 Anthony Davis and Nikola Jokic were both excellent is Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. Davis’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer lifted the Lakers to a 105-103 victory over the Nuggets and a 2-0 series lead. Davis scored Los Angeles’ final 10 points in the game. Jokic scored the final 12 points in the game for Denver. […]

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Anthony Davis and Nikola Jokic put on a show

Anthony Davis and Nikola Jokic were both excellent is Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. Davis’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer lifted the Lakers to a 105-103 victory over the Nuggets and a 2-0 series lead.

Davis scored Los Angeles’ final 10 points in the game. Jokic scored the final 12 points in the game for Denver.

Jokic did a bit of everything, scoring 30 points with nine assists, six rebounds and four steals. Davis had 31 points, nine rebounds and two blocks.

While both big men were excellent, a key difference tonight was the Lakers’ dominance on the glass. They out-rebounded Denver 44-31.

The Nuggets will once again have to try to come from behind in this series. Game 3 will be Tuesday night.

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Goran Dragic comes up clutch against the Celtics https://www.talkbasket.net/103965-goran-dragic-comes-up-clutch-against-the-celtics https://www.talkbasket.net/103965-goran-dragic-comes-up-clutch-against-the-celtics#respond Fri, 18 Sep 2020 01:56:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=103965 Goran Dragic delivered with the game on the line and he led the Miami Heat past the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat now lead the series 2-0. Dragic finished the game with 25 points and five assists. With the game tied at 95 late in the fourth quarter, […]

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Goran Dragic comes up clutch against the Celtics

Goran Dragic delivered with the game on the line and he led the Miami Heat past the Boston Celtics in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The Heat now lead the series 2-0.

Dragic finished the game with 25 points and five assists. With the game tied at 95 late in the fourth quarter, he drew a foul on Kemba Walker and knocked down both free throws to put Miami up by two. After the Celtics failed to score on their possession Dragic delivered a dagger as he hit a difficult 3-pointer over the arm of Daniel Theis.

Dragic spent this season coming off the bench but his excellent play of late has earned him a spot in Miami’s starting lineup and it has paid off for them. He is averaging 22.2 points per game in 11 games this postseason. He had 29 points in Game 1 of the series.

Miami has now won 10 of their 11 postseason games this season. They will look to take commanding 3-0 in the series on Saturday in Game 3.

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Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic put on a show in Game 7 https://www.talkbasket.net/103685-jamal-murray-and-nikola-jokic-put-on-a-show-in-game-7 https://www.talkbasket.net/103685-jamal-murray-and-nikola-jokic-put-on-a-show-in-game-7#respond Wed, 16 Sep 2020 03:41:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=103685 Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic dominated Game 7 as the Nuggets came from down 3-1 to win a series for the second time this postseason. Denver beat the Los Angeles Clippers 104-89 to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Murray had struggled in his prior two Game 7’s but got in rhythm early and finished […]

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Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic put on a show in Game 7

Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic dominated Game 7 as the Nuggets came from down 3-1 to win a series for the second time this postseason. Denver beat the Los Angeles Clippers 104-89 to advance to the Western Conference Finals.

Murray had struggled in his prior two Game 7’s but got in rhythm early and finished with 40 points.

Jokic was also brilliant, owning the glass and showcasing his incredible playmaking ability. He finished with 16 points, 22 rebounds, 13 assists, three blocks and two steals.

Denver became the first team to come from behind 3-1 in a series to win twice in the same postseason. They will take on the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.

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LeBron James does it all as the Lakers advance to the Western Conference Finals https://www.talkbasket.net/103357-lebron-james-does-it-all-as-lakers-advance-to-western-conference-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/103357-lebron-james-does-it-all-as-lakers-advance-to-western-conference-finals#respond Sun, 13 Sep 2020 02:44:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=103357 LeBron James stuffed the stat sheet as the Los Angeles Lakers cruised to a 119-96 Game 5 victory over the Houston Rockets. The Lakers have won four consecutive games after losing in Game 1. James finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block. He got off to a hot start […]

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LeBron James does it all as the Lakers advance to the Western Conference Finals

LeBron James stuffed the stat sheet as the Los Angeles Lakers cruised to a 119-96 Game 5 victory over the Houston Rockets. The Lakers have won four consecutive games after losing in Game 1.

James finished with 29 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block. He got off to a hot start and had an answer every time the Rockets tried to make a push.

No one else scored 20 points for Los Angeles, but they had contributions throughout their lineup. The Lakers played well defensively and didn’t give Houston many easy buckets.

The Lakers also imposed their will on the glass and out-rebounded the Rockets 50-31. In Game 4 they out-rebounded Houston 52-26.

The Lakers will take on either the Clippers or Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals. The Clippers currently lead that series 3-2.

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Lakers dominate the glass in win against Rockets https://www.talkbasket.net/103064-lakers-dominate-the-glass-in-win-against-rockets https://www.talkbasket.net/103064-lakers-dominate-the-glass-in-win-against-rockets#respond Fri, 11 Sep 2020 02:17:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=103064 The Los Angeles Lakers dominated the glass in their 110-100 win over the Houston Rockets in Game 4. They now lead the series 3-1. The Lakers finished with twice as many rebounds as the Rockets. They had 52 and held Houston to just 26. The Rockets’ small-ball lineup burned them today. Their starters combined for […]

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Lakers dominate the glass in win against Rockets

The Los Angeles Lakers dominated the glass in their 110-100 win over the Houston Rockets in Game 4. They now lead the series 3-1.

The Lakers finished with twice as many rebounds as the Rockets. They had 52 and held Houston to just 26.

The Rockets’ small-ball lineup burned them today. Their starters combined for just 14 rebounds and Jeff Green led them with seven rebounds off the bench. LeBron James out-rebounded Houston’s entire starting lineup, finishing with 15.

James also had 16 points and nine assists in the game. Anthony Davis finished with 29 points and 12 rebounds. The Lakers also got contributions off their bench as Rajon Rondo finished with 11 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. Alex Caruso finished with 16 points, including a clutch 3-pointer to put the game away.

The Rockets will have to be much better on the glass to have a chance of winning Game 5 and extending the series. The game will be Saturday night at 8 p.m., Eastern time.

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Fred VanVleet’s big postseason should earn him a big contract https://www.talkbasket.net/102566-fred-vanvleets-big-postseason-should-earn-him-a-big-contract https://www.talkbasket.net/102566-fred-vanvleets-big-postseason-should-earn-him-a-big-contract#respond Mon, 07 Sep 2020 20:03:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102566 Fred VanVleet was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Toronto Raptors in 2016 and has since developed into a star player for them. He will be a free agent this offseason and his excellent play should earn him a big contract. VanVleet averaged just 2.9 points per game his rookie season but has […]

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Fred VanVleet’s big postseason should earn him a big contract

Fred VanVleet was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Toronto Raptors in 2016 and has since developed into a star player for them. He will be a free agent this offseason and his excellent play should earn him a big contract.

VanVleet averaged just 2.9 points per game his rookie season but has improved each year. He developed into a key player off the bench last season and averaged eight points per game in the postseason, as he helped the Raptors win their first championship.

This season, he earned a spot in Toronto’s starting lineup and averaged a career-high 17.6 points, 6.6 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

He has been even better in the postseason, averaging 19.6 points, 7.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He has stepped up and helped the Raptors tie their second round series with the Celtics at two games apiece after dropping the first two games of the series.

VanVleet previously stated that it would be ideal for him to re-sign with the Raptors but he will generate plenty of interest from other teams if the two sides can’t agree on a deal. Rumors have linked the New York Knicks, who desperately need a point guard, as one of the teams with a lot of interest in signing VanVleet.

For now, VanVleet is focused on helping the Raptors try to defend their title, but he will be a sought after free agent when this season ends.

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OG Anunoby’s buzzer-beater gives Raptors a chance to come back from a 2-0 deficit once again https://www.talkbasket.net/102118-og-anunobys-buzzer-beater-gives-raptors-a-chance-to-come-back-from-a-2-0-deficit-once-again https://www.talkbasket.net/102118-og-anunobys-buzzer-beater-gives-raptors-a-chance-to-come-back-from-a-2-0-deficit-once-again#respond Fri, 04 Sep 2020 02:40:48 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=102118 OG Anunoby’s clutch buzzer-beater lift the Toronto Raptors to a crucial victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of their second round series. Toronto trailed late but found a way to win and now has momentum heading into Game 4. The Raptors trailed 2-0 against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals last […]

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OG Anunoby’s buzzer-beater gives Raptors a chance to come back from a 2-0 deficit once again

OG Anunoby’s clutch buzzer-beater lift the Toronto Raptors to a crucial victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of their second round series.

Toronto trailed late but found a way to win and now has momentum heading into Game 4.

The Raptors trailed 2-0 against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals last season but came back win the series. They won four consecutive games, including a 118-112 double overtime victory in game 3.

Kawhi Leonard battled through a knee and helped turn Toronto’s season around with that victory. It proved to be a turning point, as they won eight of 10 games and capped that off run with their first championship.

This game can be a turning point if the Raptors are able to make another incredible run this postseason.

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Nikola Jokic comes up clutch in Game 7 victory https://www.talkbasket.net/101836-nikola-jokic-comes-up-clutch-in-game-7-victory https://www.talkbasket.net/101836-nikola-jokic-comes-up-clutch-in-game-7-victory#respond Wed, 02 Sep 2020 03:20:18 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=101836 Nikola Jokic stepped up when the Nuggets needed him most. He carried Denver to an 80-78 victory over the Utah Jazz. The big man was the Nuggets only consistent player on offense tonight, as both teams played their best defensive game of the series. He put the Nuggets up for good by showing off tremendous […]

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Nikola Jokic comes up clutch in Game 7 victory

Nikola Jokic stepped up when the Nuggets needed him most. He carried Denver to an 80-78 victory over the Utah Jazz.

The big man was the Nuggets only consistent player on offense tonight, as both teams played their best defensive game of the series.

He put the Nuggets up for good by showing off tremendous footwork to get a bucket over Rudy Gobert with 27.8 seconds remaining. Mike Conley missed a running 3-pointer at the buzzer on Utah’s last chance.

Jokic finished the game with 30 points, 14 rebounds and four assists. Jamal Murray struggled after played brilliantly in the previous six games of the series. He was 7-21 on field goal attempts and finished with 17 points.

Gobert was excellent for the Jazz, who trailed by 19 points in the third quarter. He finished with 19 points, 18 rebounds and two blocks. Donovan Mitchell finally cooled off, finishing with 22 points and nine rebounds but nine turnovers.

Denver’s comeback from down 3-1 in the series should give them some momentum heading into their second round series against the favored Los Angeles Clippers.

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Chris Paul, Danilo Gallinari combine for 53 points in Game 6 win vs the Rockets https://www.talkbasket.net/101665-chris-paul-leads-thunder-to-game-6-victory https://www.talkbasket.net/101665-chris-paul-leads-thunder-to-game-6-victory#respond Tue, 01 Sep 2020 04:06:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=101665 Chris Paul and Danilo Gallinari led the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 104-100 victory over the Houston Rockets. The series is tied at three. The Thunder trailed late, but Paul led a comeback. He hit consecutive three-pointers to tie the game at 98. Moments later, he hit two free throws to give Oklahoma City a […]

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Chris Paul, Danilo Gallinari combine for 53 points in Game 6 win vs the Rockets

Chris Paul and Danilo Gallinari led the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 104-100 victory over the Houston Rockets. The series is tied at three.

The Thunder trailed late, but Paul led a comeback. He hit consecutive three-pointers to tie the game at 98. Moments later, he hit two free throws to give Oklahoma City a 102-100 lead.

Russell Westbrook turned the ball over on Houston’s ensuing possession and Danilo Gallinari hit two free throws to ice the game.

Paul finished with 28 points and Gallinari had 25.

James Harden scored 32 points for the Rockets but Westbrook struggled all game. He finished with 17 points, three assists and seven turnovers.

Game 7 will be Wednesday at 9 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Jamal Murray outduels Donovan Mitchell to force Game 7 https://www.talkbasket.net/101549-jamal-murray-outduels-donovan-mitchell-to-force-game-7 https://www.talkbasket.net/101549-jamal-murray-outduels-donovan-mitchell-to-force-game-7#respond Mon, 31 Aug 2020 03:20:28 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=101549 Jamal Murray led the Denver Nuggets to a 119-107 victory over Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz in Game 6. The Nuggets trailed 3-1 in the series but have won consecutive games to even the series. Once again, both Murray and Mitchell were spectacular in the game. In Game 4, they became the first opponents […]

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Jamal Murray outduels Donovan Mitchell to force Game 7

Jamal Murray led the Denver Nuggets to a 119-107 victory over Donovan Mitchell and the Utah Jazz in Game 6.

The Nuggets trailed 3-1 in the series but have won consecutive games to even the series.

Once again, both Murray and Mitchell were spectacular in the game. In Game 4, they became the first opponents in NBA history to both score 50 points in a playoff game. Today, Murray finished with 50 points, while Mitchell had 44. Murray was 9-12 on 3-pointers, while Mitchell was 9-13.

Both teams were spectacular from beyond and they both shot 18-36 on 3-pointers. The Nuggets were the stronger team on the glass though, finishing with 43 rebounds, while the Jazz only had 30.

Game 7 of the series will be on Tuesday, but the time of the game has not yet been announced.

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Bucks win Game 5 to eliminate Magic https://www.talkbasket.net/101354-bucks-win-game-5-to-eliminate-magic https://www.talkbasket.net/101354-bucks-win-game-5-to-eliminate-magic#respond Sat, 29 Aug 2020 22:16:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=101354 The Milwaukee Bucks won 118-104 to eliminate the Orlando Magic. Milwaukee lost Game 1 of the series, but bounced back by winning four games in a row. Giannis Antetonkounmpo was dominant despite getting into foul trouble. He finished with 28 points and 17 rebounds in just 28 minutes and was 11-17 on field goal attempts. […]

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Bucks win Game 5 to eliminate Magic

The Milwaukee Bucks won 118-104 to eliminate the Orlando Magic.

Milwaukee lost Game 1 of the series, but bounced back by winning four games in a row.

Giannis Antetonkounmpo was dominant despite getting into foul trouble. He finished with 28 points and 17 rebounds in just 28 minutes and was 11-17 on field goal attempts. He got help from Khris Middleton, who finished with 21 points 10 rebounds and seven assists.

Milwaukee’s 13-0 run late in the fourth quarter put the game away.

Nikola Vucevic finished with 22 points, 15 rebounds and five assists for Orlando in the loss.

The Bucks will take on the Miami Heat in the second round of the postseason.

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Lakers score 80 points in first half https://www.talkbasket.net/100679-lakers-score-80-points-in-first-half https://www.talkbasket.net/100679-lakers-score-80-points-in-first-half#respond Tue, 25 Aug 2020 02:59:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=100679 The Los Angeles Lakers scored 80 points in the first half of Game 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers. It is the most points they’ve scored in a playoff half since the 82 they had against Denver in 1987. LeBron James led the way with 22 points and the Lakers hold a commanding 80-51 lead […]

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Lakers score 80 points in first half

The Los Angeles Lakers scored 80 points in the first half of Game 4 against the Portland Trail Blazers.

It is the most points they’ve scored in a playoff half since the 82 they had against Denver in 1987.

LeBron James led the way with 22 points and the Lakers hold a commanding 80-51 lead at the half. The Blazers have plenty of fire power with Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum but it would take a miraculous comeback for Portland to win this one. If they can’t comeback, the Lakers will take a 3-1 lead in the series.

Game 5 will be Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).

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Celtics complete sweep of 76ers https://www.talkbasket.net/100373-celtics-complete-sweep-of-76ers https://www.talkbasket.net/100373-celtics-complete-sweep-of-76ers#respond Sun, 23 Aug 2020 19:59:56 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=100373 The Boston Celtics completed a sweep of the Philadelphia 76ers with a 110-106 victory. Kemba Walker led the way with 32 points for Boston. Jayson Tatum also played well, finishing with 28 points and 15 rebounds. Joel Embiid finished with 30 points and 10 rebounds for Philadelphia in the loss. Despite playing well, it was […]

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Celtics complete sweep of 76ers

The Boston Celtics completed a sweep of the Philadelphia 76ers with a 110-106 victory.

Kemba Walker led the way with 32 points for Boston. Jayson Tatum also played well, finishing with 28 points and 15 rebounds.

Joel Embiid finished with 30 points and 10 rebounds for Philadelphia in the loss. Despite playing well, it was another postseason that ended in disappointment for the big man.

The Celtics beat the 76ers in five games in the second round of the postseason in 2018. The Sixers also lost in heartbreaking fashion last season, after Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer beater in Game 7 eliminated them in the second round.

The Celtics will take on the winner of the series between the Nets and the Raptors. The Raptors currently are up 3-0 in the series and will go for the sweep tonight.

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Heat take commanding 3-0 lead over Pacers https://www.talkbasket.net/100253-heat-take-commanding-3-0-lead-over-pacers https://www.talkbasket.net/100253-heat-take-commanding-3-0-lead-over-pacers#respond Sat, 22 Aug 2020 23:03:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=100253 The Miami Heat took a 3-0 series lead over the Indiana Pacers with a 124-115 victory. Miami jumped out to a big lead early and held off a late push by Indiana. The Heat out-rebounded the Pacers 46-37. Bam Adebayo finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Jimmy Butler finished with 27 points […]

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Heat take commanding 3-0 lead over Pacers

The Miami Heat took a 3-0 series lead over the Indiana Pacers with a 124-115 victory.

Miami jumped out to a big lead early and held off a late push by Indiana. The Heat out-rebounded the Pacers 46-37.

Bam Adebayo finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. Jimmy Butler finished with 27 points and Goran Dragic had 24. Rookie Tyler Herro added 20 points off the bench.

Malcolm Brogdon was excellent for the Pacers, finishing with 34 points, 14 assists and seven rebounds. Unfortunately for him, the rest of the team struggled late and failed to execute when Indiana had a chance to tie the game.

The Heat will look to sweep the Pacers in Game 4. Indiana was swept by Boston in the postseason last year.

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Jazz crush Nuggets to take 2-1 series lead https://www.talkbasket.net/100118-jazz-crush-nuggets-to-take-2-1-series-lead https://www.talkbasket.net/100118-jazz-crush-nuggets-to-take-2-1-series-lead#respond Fri, 21 Aug 2020 22:38:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=100118 The Utah Jazz crushed the Nuggets in Game 3 of their first round matchup, winning 124-87. Mike Conley played for the first time in the series and showed no signs of rust, scoring 27 points. Rudy Gobert outplayed Nikola Jokic and finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Donovan Mitchell scored 20 points. All three […]

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Jazz crush Nuggets to take 2-1 series lead

The Utah Jazz crushed the Nuggets in Game 3 of their first round matchup, winning 124-87.

Mike Conley played for the first time in the series and showed no signs of rust, scoring 27 points. Rudy Gobert outplayed Nikola Jokic and finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Donovan Mitchell scored 20 points. All three of Utah’s stars were rested in the fourth quarter.

Jokic led the nuggets in scoring with 15 points. Only three Denver players finished the game in double figures.

The Jazz jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter and never looked back. The Nuggets never cut the lead to less than 10 points after the first quarter.

One key to Utah’s victory was their excellent shooting, as they shot 18-37 on 3-pointers. The Jazz also out-rebounded the Nuggets 50-44 despite Denver’s big lineup.

Game 4 will be Sunday at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern Time.)

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Minnesota Timberwolves win draft lottery https://www.talkbasket.net/99993-minnesota-wins-draft-lottery https://www.talkbasket.net/99993-minnesota-wins-draft-lottery#respond Fri, 21 Aug 2020 01:03:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=99993 Minnesota has won the draft lottery and the Timberwolves will select first in the 2020 NBA Draft. They elected Karl-Anthony Towns with the first pick of the 2015 NBA Draft. The Golden State Warriors will raft second and the Charlotte Hornets will pick third. Here is the entire order of the lottery picks: 1. Timberwolves […]

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Minnesota Timberwolves win draft lottery

Minnesota has won the draft lottery and the Timberwolves will select first in the 2020 NBA Draft. They elected Karl-Anthony Towns with the first pick of the 2015 NBA Draft.

The Golden State Warriors will raft second and the Charlotte Hornets will pick third.

Here is the entire order of the lottery picks:

1. Timberwolves

2. Warriors

3. Hornets

4. Bulls

5. Cavaliers

6. Hawks

7. Pistons

8. Knicks

9. Wizards

10. Suns

11. Spurs

12. Kings

13. Pelicans

14. Celtics

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Norman Powell leads the Raptors past the Nets https://www.talkbasket.net/99801-norman-powell-leads-raptors-past-nets https://www.talkbasket.net/99801-norman-powell-leads-raptors-past-nets#respond Wed, 19 Aug 2020 20:25:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=99801 Norman Powell led the Toronto Raptors past the Brooklyn Nets, 104-99. The victory gives Toronto a 2-0 lead in the series. Brooklyn led for most of the game, but Toronto outscored them 30-19 in the fourth quarter. Norman Powell finished with 24 points off the bench including an emphatic dunk to put the game away. […]

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Norman Powell leads the Raptors past the Nets

Norman Powell led the Toronto Raptors past the Brooklyn Nets, 104-99. The victory gives Toronto a 2-0 lead in the series.

Brooklyn led for most of the game, but Toronto outscored them 30-19 in the fourth quarter.

Norman Powell finished with 24 points off the bench including an emphatic dunk to put the game away. He was efficient, going 11-17 on field goal attempts.

The Raptors got fantastic play from their guards, as Fred VanVleet finished with 24 points and 10 assists. Kyle Lowry finished with 21 points and nine rebounds.

Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen both finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Nets in the loss. Caris LeVert finished with 16 points and 11 assists but went 5-22 on field goal attempts.

The defending champs have looked sharp in their first two games of the postseason. Game 3 will be Friday at 1:30 p.m. (Eastern time).

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Damian Lillard hits more 3’s than Lakers in Blazers’ victory https://www.talkbasket.net/99695-damian-lillard-hits-more-3s-than-lakers-in-blazers-victory https://www.talkbasket.net/99695-damian-lillard-hits-more-3s-than-lakers-in-blazers-victory#respond Wed, 19 Aug 2020 04:06:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=99695 Damian Lillard led the Portland Trail Blazers to a 100-93 victory in Game 1 against the Los Angeles Lakers. Lillard hit six 3-pointers (6-13) while the Lakers as a team finished with five (5-32.) Lillard had 34 points, including clutch shots late in the fourth quarter. Carmelo Anthony finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds […]

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Damian Lillard hits more 3’s than Lakers in Blazers’ victory

Damian Lillard led the Portland Trail Blazers to a 100-93 victory in Game 1 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Lillard hit six 3-pointers (6-13) while the Lakers as a team finished with five (5-32.) Lillard had 34 points, including clutch shots late in the fourth quarter.

Carmelo Anthony finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds including a clutch 3-pointer to help Portland hold off Los Angeles. Jusuf Nurkic finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds. He also played excellent defense against Anthony Davis.

Davis had a horrible shooting night, finishing 8-24 on field goal attempts and 0-5 on 3-pointers. He still finished with 28 points and 11 rebounds, going 12-17 on free throw attempts.

LeBron James had a triple double, finishing with 23 points, 17 rebounds and 16 assists but he didn’t get much help from the Lakers’ role players in the game.

Game 2 will be Thursday at 9:00 p.m. (Eastern time.)

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Fred VanVleet leads the Raptors to Game 1 victory https://www.talkbasket.net/99436-fred-vanvleet-leads-raptors-to-game-1-victory https://www.talkbasket.net/99436-fred-vanvleet-leads-raptors-to-game-1-victory#respond Mon, 17 Aug 2020 22:51:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=99436 Fred VanVleet led the Toronto Raptors to a 134-110 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. He finished the game with 30 points and 11 assists. VanVleet shot 11-15 from the field, including 8-10 on 3-pointers. VanVleeet averaged eight points and 2.6 assists per game in the postseason last year in 24 playoff games. He didn’t start […]

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Fred VanVleet leads the Raptors to Game 1 victory

Fred VanVleet led the Toronto Raptors to a 134-110 victory over the Brooklyn Nets. He finished the game with 30 points and 11 assists.

VanVleet shot 11-15 from the field, including 8-10 on 3-pointers.

VanVleeet averaged eight points and 2.6 assists per game in the postseason last year in 24 playoff games. He didn’t start in any of those games, but stepped up in the NBA Finals.

Today VanVleet got help from Pascal Siakam, who finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Serge Ibaka added 22 points off the bench.

The Raptors won 11 of their final 12 regular season games and looked sharp today in Game 1. They had good ball movement and shot well, going 22-44 on 3-pointers. They also made 32 of 33 free throw attempts.

Game 2 will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

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Donovan Mitchell puts on a show against Nuggets https://www.talkbasket.net/99394-donovan-mitchell-puts-on-a-show-against-nuggets https://www.talkbasket.net/99394-donovan-mitchell-puts-on-a-show-against-nuggets#respond Mon, 17 Aug 2020 20:25:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=99394 Donovan Mitchell put on a show against the Denver Nuggets but it wasn’t enough as his Utah Jazz lost 135-125 in overtime in Game 1. Mitchell finished with 57 points to set a new playoff scoring record for Utah. The previous high was 50 by Karl Malone in 2000. In addition to his 57 points, […]

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Donovan Mitchell puts on a show against Nuggets

Donovan Mitchell put on a show against the Denver Nuggets but it wasn’t enough as his Utah Jazz lost 135-125 in overtime in Game 1.

Mitchell finished with 57 points to set a new playoff scoring record for Utah. The previous high was 50 by Karl Malone in 2000.

In addition to his 57 points, Mitchell also had nine rebounds and seven assists. He shot 19-33 from the field, including 6-15 on 3-pointers. He also hit all 13 of his free throw attempts.

Mitchell only had 2 points in the first quarter, but it was brilliant afterwards, including scoring 22 points in the fourth quarter to force an overtime. However, in overtime he and the Jazz struggled with turnovers, which allowed the Nuggets to go on an 11-2 run.

For Utah to comeback in the series, they will need Mitchell to stay hot and he’ll need more help from his teammates. No one else on Utah scored 20 points in Game 1.

Game 2 of the series will be Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.

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Udonis Haslem gets a rare start for the Heat https://www.talkbasket.net/99053-udonis-haslem-gets-a-rare-start-for-the-heat https://www.talkbasket.net/99053-udonis-haslem-gets-a-rare-start-for-the-heat#respond Sat, 15 Aug 2020 00:37:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=99053 Udonis Haslem started for the Heat today against the Indiana Pacers. The big man is in his 17th season with Miami and has played in 44 games over the last four seasons. It was Haslem’s fourth appearance in game this season and his first start. Haslem made the most of his playing time and did […]

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Udonis Haslem gets a rare start for the Heat

Udonis Haslem started for the Heat today against the Indiana Pacers. The big man is in his 17th season with Miami and has played in 44 games over the last four seasons.

It was Haslem’s fourth appearance in game this season and his first start.

Haslem made the most of his playing time and did a nice job for the Heat. He finished with seven points and eight rebounds in 24 minutes. He even hit the fifth 3-pointer of his career, but it was not enough, as Miami lost 109-92.

While Haslem no longer gets much playing time, he has been a mentor to many of Miami’s talented young players, including rookies Tyler Herro and Kendrick Nunn.

Haslem is a three-time NBA champion and that experience should help this young Heat team as they prepare to play the Pacers in the first round of the postseason.

If this was Haslem’s last game of his NBA career, he went out playing well.

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Suns stay perfect in the bubble https://www.talkbasket.net/98884-suns-stay-perfect-in-the-bubble https://www.talkbasket.net/98884-suns-stay-perfect-in-the-bubble#respond Thu, 13 Aug 2020 23:05:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=98884 The Suns stayed perfect in the bubble, as they beat the Mavericks 128-102. Phoenix got contributions up and down their lineup, with Devin Booker leading the way with 27 points. The Suns are 8-0 since the NBA season restarted. Kristaps Porzingis didn’t play for Dallas and Luka Doncic only played in the first half. The […]

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Suns stay perfect in the bubble

The Suns stayed perfect in the bubble, as they beat the Mavericks 128-102.

Phoenix got contributions up and down their lineup, with Devin Booker leading the way with 27 points. The Suns are 8-0 since the NBA season restarted.

Kristaps Porzingis didn’t play for Dallas and Luka Doncic only played in the first half. The Mavericks are gearing up for a first round postseason series against the Clippers. Boban Marjonavic got extended playing time and took advantage of it, finishing with 18 points and 20 rebounds.

Phoenix had 34 assists, while Dallas finished with 17. The Suns led by 19 at the half and never looked back.

The win keeps Phoenix’s playoff hopes alive as they fight for the eight seed in the Western Conference. If they get it, they will play LeBron James and the Lakers in the first round of the postseason.

The Suns are attempting to end a playoff drought, which dates back to 2010.

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Jeremiah Martin shows off potential with Nets https://www.talkbasket.net/98753-jeremiah-martin-shows-off-potential-with-nets https://www.talkbasket.net/98753-jeremiah-martin-shows-off-potential-with-nets#respond Wed, 12 Aug 2020 22:54:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=98753 Jeremiah Martin has shown potential with the Brooklyn Nets since the NBA season restarted. The rookie point guard had an excellent collegiate career at Memphis and averaged 19.7 points per game his senior year. Despite his impressive season, Martin went undrafted in 2019. He played 37 games with the Long Island Nets of the G-League […]

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Jeremiah Martin shows off potential with Nets

Jeremiah Martin has shown potential with the Brooklyn Nets since the NBA season restarted.

The rookie point guard had an excellent collegiate career at Memphis and averaged 19.7 points per game his senior year. Despite his impressive season, Martin went undrafted in 2019.

He played 37 games with the Long Island Nets of the G-League this season, averaging 17.7 point per game. His solid play in the G-League combined with multiple injured and sick Nets players earned Martin a chance with Brooklyn. So far he has made the most of it.

Martin scored 24 points in Brooklyn’s victory over the Magic yesterday.

He has averaged 7.8 points per game in eight games with the Brooklyn Nets this season and is proving he can play in the NBA.

Martin’s impressive showing in the NBA’s restart could earn him an NBA contract next season.

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Nets win again with starters out https://www.talkbasket.net/98583-nets-win-again-with-starters-out https://www.talkbasket.net/98583-nets-win-again-with-starters-out#respond Tue, 11 Aug 2020 22:14:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=98583 The Nets won again with their starters out of the lineup. They beat the Orlando Magic 108-96, in the Orlando bubble. Brooklyn is 5-2 since the NBA reason restarted. The Nets entered the bubble shorthanded to begin with, then beat the Milwaukee Bucks with Caris LeVert, Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen all out last week. […]

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Nets win again with starters out

The Nets won again with their starters out of the lineup. They beat the Orlando Magic 108-96, in the Orlando bubble.

Brooklyn is 5-2 since the NBA reason restarted. The Nets entered the bubble shorthanded to begin with, then beat the Milwaukee Bucks with Caris LeVert, Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen all out last week. Today, they did the same against the Magic.

Jeremiah Martin and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot each scored 24 points in the game. The Nets as a team finished with 26 assists, while Orlando only had 13.

Nikola Vucevic had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic in the loss.

The Nets will be the seventh seed and take on the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the postseason. They have one more regular season game and will play the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday.

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Brooklyn Nets have impressed in the bubble https://www.talkbasket.net/98451-brooklyn-nets-have-impressed-in-the-bubble https://www.talkbasket.net/98451-brooklyn-nets-have-impressed-in-the-bubble#respond Mon, 10 Aug 2020 23:32:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=98451 The Brooklyn Nets have continued to impress since the season resumed in the Orlando bubble. They stunned the Milwaukee Bucks in one of the biggest regular season upsets in NBA history, and pulled off another shocker against the Los Angeles Clippers yesterday. Caris LeVert, Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen all played well with the majority […]

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Brooklyn Nets have impressed in the bubble

The Brooklyn Nets have continued to impress since the season resumed in the Orlando bubble.

They stunned the Milwaukee Bucks in one of the biggest regular season upsets in NBA history, and pulled off another shocker against the Los Angeles Clippers yesterday.

Caris LeVert, Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen all played well with the majority of Brooklyn’s rotation out for the season.

The Nets have gotten contributions throughout their lineup though. Tyler Johnson has played well off the bench as has Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot. Brooklyn’s ball movement and grit have allowed them to get wins with their star players out of the lineup.

Brooklyn has played inspired basketball since Jacque Vaughn took over as interim head coach and the Nets have to heavily consider keeping him as head coach next season.

The Nets will take on the defending champions Toronto Raptors in the first round of the postseason. No matter what happens in that series, this has been a surprising and impressive run for Brooklyn in the bubble.

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JJ Redick’s postseason streak comes to an end https://www.talkbasket.net/98285-jj-redicks-postseason-streak-comes-to-an-end https://www.talkbasket.net/98285-jj-redicks-postseason-streak-comes-to-an-end#respond Sun, 09 Aug 2020 22:40:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=98285 JJ Redick’s impressive postseason streak has come to an end. He made the playoffs in 13 consecutive seasons before the New Orleans Pelicans were eliminated today. Redick did everything he could to keep the Pelicans alive, but they fell 122-113 to the San Antonio Spurs. He finished with 31 points off the bench in the […]

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JJ Redick’s postseason streak comes to an end

JJ Redick’s impressive postseason streak has come to an end. He made the playoffs in 13 consecutive seasons before the New Orleans Pelicans were eliminated today.

Redick did everything he could to keep the Pelicans alive, but they fell 122-113 to the San Antonio Spurs. He finished with 31 points off the bench in the loss. He shot 8-12 on 3-pointers.

Redick’s streak include making the postseason with the Magic six times, Bucks once, Clippers four times, and 76ers twice.

The sharpshooter is signed through next season with the Pelicans, as they look to bounce back and return to the postseason.

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Luka Doncic dominates the Bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/98230-luka-doncic-dominates-bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/98230-luka-doncic-dominates-bucks#respond Sun, 09 Aug 2020 03:56:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=98230 Luka Doncic put on a show as he led the Dallas Mavericks to a 136-132 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks. Doncic finished with 36 points 19 assists and 14 rebounds. One of those assists was a spectacular between the legs bounce pass leading to a Maxi Kleber dunk. His 19 assists are tied with LeBron […]

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Luka Doncic dominates the Bucks

Luka Doncic put on a show as he led the Dallas Mavericks to a 136-132 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Doncic finished with 36 points 19 assists and 14 rebounds. One of those assists was a spectacular between the legs bounce pass leading to a Maxi Kleber dunk.

His 19 assists are tied with LeBron James for the most in a game this season.

Doncic and the Mavs will take on the Utah Jazz Monday night.

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Michael Porter Jr. continues to impress https://www.talkbasket.net/98200-michael-porter-jr-continues-to-impress-2 https://www.talkbasket.net/98200-michael-porter-jr-continues-to-impress-2#respond Sun, 09 Aug 2020 00:18:17 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=98200 Michael Porter Jr. stayed hot, as he helped the Denver Nuggets to a 134-132 victory over the Utah Jazz in double-overtime. Porter finished the game with 23 points and 11 rebounds. He also showed his durability by playing 45 minutes. Denver was plus-13 with Porter on the court, which was the best of any player […]

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Michael Porter Jr. continues to impress

Michael Porter Jr. stayed hot, as he helped the Denver Nuggets to a 134-132 victory over the Utah Jazz in double-overtime.

Porter finished the game with 23 points and 11 rebounds. He also showed his durability by playing 45 minutes. Denver was plus-13 with Porter on the court, which was the best of any player on the team.

It was Porter’s fourth consecutive game with a double-double and he has scored at least 20 points in each of those games.

The Nuggets have a lot of talented big men, including Nikola Jokic and Paul Millsap, but Porter is earning a bigger role on the team.

He can be a difference-maker in the postseason and is developing into a player the Nuggets can build around.

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Nets clinch playoff spot with win against the Kings https://www.talkbasket.net/98082-nets-clinch-playoff-spot-with-with-win-against-kings https://www.talkbasket.net/98082-nets-clinch-playoff-spot-with-with-win-against-kings#respond Fri, 07 Aug 2020 23:37:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=98082 The Brooklyn Nets clinched a playoff spot with a 119-106 victory against the Sacramento Kings. The Nets are without Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, Taurean Prince, Wilson Chandler and Nicolas Claxton. In their absence, Caris LeVert, Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen have stepped up. Today, LeVert finished with 22 points, Harris had […]

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Nets clinch playoff spot with win against the Kings

The Brooklyn Nets clinched a playoff spot with a 119-106 victory against the Sacramento Kings.

The Nets are without Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, Taurean Prince, Wilson Chandler and Nicolas Claxton.

In their absence, Caris LeVert, Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen have stepped up. Today, LeVert finished with 22 points, Harris had 21 points and Allen finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Brooklyn has won three of five games since the season restarted in Orlando. They have three games remaining before the playoffs begin. They could rest some of their key players in those three games.

The Nets will finish seventh or eighth in the Eastern Conference. They will have a difficult matchup against either the Toronto Raptors or Milwaukee Bucks in the first round of the postseason.

Still, making the playoffs is a big accomplishment for the shorthanded Nets no matter what happens in the postseason.

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Michael Porter Jr. continues to impress https://www.talkbasket.net/97870-michael-porter-jr-continues-to-impress https://www.talkbasket.net/97870-michael-porter-jr-continues-to-impress#respond Thu, 06 Aug 2020 01:07:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=97870 Michael Porter Jr. has had consecutive excellent games in Orlando. He led the Denver Nuggets to victories in both games. On Monday, he finished with 37 points and 12 rebounds against the Thunder. Today he finished with 30 points and 15 rebounds against the Spurs. Porter slipped in the 2018 NBA Draft due to a […]

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Michael Porter Jr. continues to impress

Michael Porter Jr. has had consecutive excellent games in Orlando. He led the Denver Nuggets to victories in both games.

On Monday, he finished with 37 points and 12 rebounds against the Thunder. Today he finished with 30 points and 15 rebounds against the Spurs.

Porter slipped in the 2018 NBA Draft due to a back injury and the Nuggets selected him 14th overall. He missed all of last season because of that injury but is healthy now and showing why he was such a coveted prospect.

Porter came into today’s game averaging 8.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game despite only averaging 14.8 minutes per game. He has shot 42.2 percent on 3-pointers this season and 81.1 percent from the free throw line. He is 6’10 and can do a little bit of everything.

He can be a key contributor for Denver in the postseason and has the potential to become a star. His play since the season resumed is making lots of teams regret passing on him.

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Shorthanded Nets stun Bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/97693-shorthanded-nets-stun-bucks https://www.talkbasket.net/97693-shorthanded-nets-stun-bucks#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 20:24:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=97693 The shorthanded Nets stunned the Bucks in Orlando. Brooklyn won 119-116 despite missing Caris LeVert, Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot led the way with 26 points. Chris Chiozza had 10 points and 10 assists off the bench. Garrett Temple finished with 19 points including a clutch shot late in the game. Jeremiah Martin […]

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Shorthanded Nets stun Bucks

The shorthanded Nets stunned the Bucks in Orlando. Brooklyn won 119-116 despite missing Caris LeVert, Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen.

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot led the way with 26 points. Chris Chiozza had 10 points and 10 assists off the bench. Garrett Temple finished with 19 points including a clutch shot late in the game.

Jeremiah Martin got a crucial defense stop when he knocked the bat away from Donte DiVincenzo during the game’s final possession.

Brooklyn is now eight games ahead of the Washington Wizards for the final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference.

The Bucks rested Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton in the second half, but that shouldn’t take away from Brooklyn’s impressive performance.

The Nets are back in action tomorrow against the Boston Celtics.

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T.J. Warren stays hot against Wizards https://www.talkbasket.net/97586-t-j-warren-stays-hot-against-wizards https://www.talkbasket.net/97586-t-j-warren-stays-hot-against-wizards#respond Mon, 03 Aug 2020 22:58:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=97586 T.J. Warren followed up his 53-point performance on Saturday with another excellent performance. He led the Indiana Pacers to a 111-100 victory over the Washington Wizards. Warren stuffed the stat sheet. He finished with 34 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and three steals. He didn’t have any turnovers. Domantas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo […]

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T.J. Warren stays hot against Wizards

T.J. Warren followed up his 53-point performance on Saturday with another excellent performance. He led the Indiana Pacers to a 111-100 victory over the Washington Wizards.

Warren stuffed the stat sheet. He finished with 34 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, four blocks and three steals. He didn’t have any turnovers.

Domantas Sabonis and Victor Oladipo both missed the game but Warren picked up the slack. Malcolm Brogdon returned from a neck strain. He finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists.

Thomas Bryant finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks for Washington in the loss. The Wizards are now 7.5 games behind the Brooklyn Nets for the final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference. Their next game is against the 76ers on Wednesday.

Indiana’s next game is against the Magic tomorrow.

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Caris LeVert leads the Nets to pivotal victory https://www.talkbasket.net/97449-caris-levert-leads-nets-to-pivotal-victory https://www.talkbasket.net/97449-caris-levert-leads-nets-to-pivotal-victory#respond Sun, 02 Aug 2020 20:48:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=97449 Caris LeVert scored 34 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 118-110 victory over the Washington Wizards. The win puts the Nets seven games ahead of the Wizards for the final playoff spot in the East. Washington will have to close that gap to four games to force a play-in series against Brooklyn. The […]

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Caris LeVert leads the Nets to pivotal victory

Caris LeVert scored 34 points to lead the Brooklyn Nets to a 118-110 victory over the Washington Wizards.

The win puts the Nets seven games ahead of the Wizards for the final playoff spot in the East. Washington will have to close that gap to four games to force a play-in series against Brooklyn.

The Nets are depleted but still have three of their core players in LeVert, Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen. All three were excellent today. LeVert had seven rebounds to go with his 34 points. Joe Harris had 27 points and seven rebounds. Jarrett Allen finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds. He made all 10 of his free throw attempts.

Thomas Bryant finished with 30 points and 13 rebounds for the Wizards, but it wasn’t enough.

The game was tied at 100 with 5:26 remaining in the fourth quarter, but the Nets ended the game on an 18-10 run.

The Nets next game is against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday. It could be a playoff preview, as the teams would meet in the first round if the season ended today.

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Bam Adebayo strong in return to action https://www.talkbasket.net/97335-bam-adebayo-strong-in-return-to-action https://www.talkbasket.net/97335-bam-adebayo-strong-in-return-to-action#respond Sat, 01 Aug 2020 21:37:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=97335 Bam Adebayo played well after returning from the coronavirus. He finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists for Miami in the Heat’s 125-105 win over the Denver Nuggets. Miami was plus-19 with Adebayo on the court. The big man will be crucial for Miami, as they attempt to make a postseason run. In […]

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Bam Adebayo strong in return to action

Bam Adebayo played well after returning from the coronavirus.

He finished with 22 points, nine rebounds and six assists for Miami in the Heat’s 125-105 win over the Denver Nuggets. Miami was plus-19 with Adebayo on the court.

The big man will be crucial for Miami, as they attempt to make a postseason run. In addition to his impressive defensive play, Adebayo has developed into an offensive weapon and has great vision for a center.

He came into the game averaging 16.2 points, 10.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.2 steals per game. He was an All-Star for the first time this season.

Adebayo did not show signs of rust in his return, which is an excellent sign for Miami.

The Heat will look to continue their momentum when take on the defending champions Toronto Raptors on Monday.

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Shorthanded Nets crushed in return to action https://www.talkbasket.net/97192-shorthanded-nets-crushed-in-return-to-action https://www.talkbasket.net/97192-shorthanded-nets-crushed-in-return-to-action#respond Fri, 31 Jul 2020 21:14:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=97192 The shorthanded Nets were crushed by the Magic in Orlando. The final score was 128-118, but Brooklyn trailed by 29 points after three quarters. The Nets struggled defensively, allowing 111 points in the first three quarters. They repeatedly gave up open shots and allowed Orlando to get 10 offensive rebounds. Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot was a bright […]

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Shorthanded Nets crushed in return to action

The shorthanded Nets were crushed by the Magic in Orlando. The final score was 128-118, but Brooklyn trailed by 29 points after three quarters.

The Nets struggled defensively, allowing 111 points in the first three quarters. They repeatedly gave up open shots and allowed Orlando to get 10 offensive rebounds.

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot was a bright spot for Brooklyn. He had 24 points off the bench, and shot 5-8 on 3-pointers. Tyler Johnson scored 11 points off the bench is his debut with the Nets.

For Orlando, Evan Fournier had 24 points and Nikola Vucevic had 22 points. Jonathan Isaac finished with 16 points and six rebounds off the bench in his return from a knee injury.

The win puts the Magic half a game ahead of the Nets. Orlando is now seventh in the Eastern Conference, while Brooklyn dropped to eighth.

The Nets have an important game against the ninth-place Washington Wizards on Sunday.

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Jazz come back against Pelicans with Zion on the bench https://www.talkbasket.net/97078-jazz-come-back-against-pelicans-with-zion-on-the-bench https://www.talkbasket.net/97078-jazz-come-back-against-pelicans-with-zion-on-the-bench#respond Fri, 31 Jul 2020 01:25:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=97078 The Utah Jazz defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 106-104 with Zion Williamson on the bench. The Pelicans limited his minutes and it burned them down the stretch. Williamson checked out of the game early in the fourth quarter and did not return. Utah outscored New Orleans 27-17 in the fourth quarter. The Pelicans’ offense looked […]

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Jazz come back against Pelicans with Zion on the bench

The Utah Jazz defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 106-104 with Zion Williamson on the bench.

The Pelicans limited his minutes and it burned them down the stretch. Williamson checked out of the game early in the fourth quarter and did not return.

Utah outscored New Orleans 27-17 in the fourth quarter. The Pelicans’ offense looked out of rhythm in the fourth quarter.

Williamson finished with 13 points in 15 minutes. He shot 6-8 on field goal attempts. Brandon Ingram finished with 23 points, but he missed a shot as time expired.

Rudy Gobert finished with 14 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks for the Jazz. He hit two clutch free throws with 6.9 second remaining to lift Utah to victory.

For the Pelicans, it will be a difficult road to the postseason, as they drop to 28-37 on the season. It will be even more difficult to make the playoffs if Williamson’s minutes remain limited.

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Clippers will have two key players out against Lakers https://www.talkbasket.net/96924-clippers-will-have-two-key-players-out-against-lakers https://www.talkbasket.net/96924-clippers-will-have-two-key-players-out-against-lakers#respond Wed, 29 Jul 2020 22:08:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96924 The Clippers will have two key players out when they take on the Lakers in Orlando tomorrow. Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell will both miss the game. Both played very well before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Williams has averaged 18.7 points and 5.7 assists per game this season. Harrell has […]

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Clippers will have two key players out against Lakers

The Clippers will have two key players out when they take on the Lakers in Orlando tomorrow.

Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell will both miss the game. Both played very well before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Williams has averaged 18.7 points and 5.7 assists per game this season. Harrell has averaged 18.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game this season.

The Clippers will have to rely more heavily on Landry Shamet and Ivica Zubac in tomorrow’s game. Patrick Beverley is also listed as questionable.

Anthony Davis is listed as questionable for the Lakers, but he said he plans to play in an interview after the Lakers’ practice today.

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Bam Adebayo returns to action https://www.talkbasket.net/96815-bam-adebayo-returns-to-action https://www.talkbasket.net/96815-bam-adebayo-returns-to-action#respond Tue, 28 Jul 2020 23:09:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96815 Bam Adebayo played in Miami’s scrimmage after recovering from coronavirus. “It felt good to be back with my teammates,” Adebayo said in a postgame interview. “All in all I feel like I’m back. I feel like I’m going to get back in the flow.” Adebayo finished with 16 points, four rebound and three assists in […]

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Bam Adebayo returns to action

Bam Adebayo played in Miami’s scrimmage after recovering from coronavirus.

“It felt good to be back with my teammates,” Adebayo said in a postgame interview. “All in all I feel like I’m back. I feel like I’m going to get back in the flow.”

Adebayo finished with 16 points, four rebound and three assists in 25 minutes.

He has been excellent this season for the Heat. He has averaged 16.2 points, 10.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game. He was voted an All-Star for the first time this season. In order for Miami to make a run in the postseason they will need their big man healthy and he looked good in his return to action.

“He was pretty sharp,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game. “The most important thing was getting those game minutes and working to get that second wind.”

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Mark Jackson says he wants to coach again https://www.talkbasket.net/96689-mark-jackson-says-he-wants-to-coach-again https://www.talkbasket.net/96689-mark-jackson-says-he-wants-to-coach-again#respond Mon, 27 Jul 2020 22:11:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96689 Mark Jackson did not end up getting hired to become the New York Knicks head coach, but he said he still wants to coach again. “I appreciated the love from the Knicks fans,” Jackson said, during an ESPN conference call. “I truly look forward to having the opportunity to coach again. I had a blast […]

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Mark Jackson says he wants to coach again

Mark Jackson did not end up getting hired to become the New York Knicks head coach, but he said he still wants to coach again.

“I appreciated the love from the Knicks fans,” Jackson said, during an ESPN conference call. “I truly look forward to having the opportunity to coach again. I had a blast at Golden State, built incredible relationships that will last a lifetime and I look forward to the challenge of coaching again.”

Jackson spent seven seasons as the Knicks point guard and was rumored to be one of the frontrunners to be named their head coach.

He may end up getting an opportunity to coach the Brooklyn Nets instead. They fired Kenny Atkinson earlier this season and are currently led by interim coach Jacque Vaughn. Brooklyn is rumored to be interested in hiring Jackson.

Jackson has shown he knows how to develop young players including Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. He coached the Warriors for three seasons, but has not been hired since. Steve Kerr took over as Golden State’s head coach and the Warriors won the NBA title in his first season as their head coach.

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Nets look sharper in scrimmage victory against Spurs https://www.talkbasket.net/96610-nets-look-sharper-in-scrimmage-victory-against-spurs https://www.talkbasket.net/96610-nets-look-sharper-in-scrimmage-victory-against-spurs#respond Sun, 26 Jul 2020 20:10:18 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96610 The Nets beat the Spurs 124-119 in their scrimmage in Orlando. Brooklyn bounced back after getting crushed by 31 points against the Pelicans in their previous scrimmage game. Caris LeVert had 27 points in 22 minutes. Tyler Johnson had 17 points as he gets adjusted to his new team. Rodions Kurucs also had 17 points. […]

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Nets look sharper in scrimmage victory against Spurs

The Nets beat the Spurs 124-119 in their scrimmage in Orlando.

Brooklyn bounced back after getting crushed by 31 points against the Pelicans in their previous scrimmage game.

Caris LeVert had 27 points in 22 minutes. Tyler Johnson had 17 points as he gets adjusted to his new team. Rodions Kurucs also had 17 points. He will likely get more playing time as numerous Nets are out because of injuries and coronavirus.

Joe Harris scored 12 points and is healthy after he suffered an ankle injury before the season was suspended.

Jarrett Allen had 10 points and 11 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double.

Chris Chiozza also played well, finishing with four points, seven assists and seven rebounds. He could be Brooklyn’s starting point guard with Kyrie Irving and Spencer Dinwiddie out.

The Nets will need to form chemistry quickly in order to make the postseason and this scrimmage was an encouraging sign.

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Report: Knicks to name Tom Thibodeau head coach https://www.talkbasket.net/96451-report-knicks-to-name-tom-thibodeau-head-coach https://www.talkbasket.net/96451-report-knicks-to-name-tom-thibodeau-head-coach#respond Sat, 25 Jul 2020 17:31:17 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96451 Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Knicks are finalizing a deal with Tom Thibodeau to become the team’s head coach. Thibodeau was an assistant coach with the Knicks from 1996-2003. He has a 352-246 record in eight seasons as a head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Report: Knicks to name Tom Thibodeau head coach

Adrian Wojnarowski reports the Knicks are finalizing a deal with Tom Thibodeau to become the team’s head coach.

Thibodeau was an assistant coach with the Knicks from 1996-2003. He has a 352-246 record in eight seasons as a head coach of the Chicago Bulls and Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Utah Jazz legend Karl Malone turned 57 today https://www.talkbasket.net/96410-utah-jazz-legend-karl-malone-turned-57-today https://www.talkbasket.net/96410-utah-jazz-legend-karl-malone-turned-57-today#respond Sat, 25 Jul 2020 03:38:20 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96410 Today is Karl Malone’s birthday. The “Mailman” was a dominant force during his 19-year NBA career. He was unstoppable with the Utah Jazz, scoring over and over in the pick and roll with John Stockton. The big man won MVP twice and made the All-Star Game 14 times. While he never won a championship, he […]

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Utah Jazz legend Karl Malone turned 57 today

Today is Karl Malone’s birthday.

The “Mailman” was a dominant force during his 19-year NBA career.

He was unstoppable with the Utah Jazz, scoring over and over in the pick and roll with John Stockton. The big man won MVP twice and made the All-Star Game 14 times.

While he never won a championship, he accomplished just about everything else possible. He ended his career averaging 25 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. He also averaged 24.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game in 193 postseason games. He is second in career regular season points and seventh in career postseason points.

Malone was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Pelicans crush depleted Nets in scrimmage https://www.talkbasket.net/96248-pelicans-crush-depleted-nets-in-scrimmage https://www.talkbasket.net/96248-pelicans-crush-depleted-nets-in-scrimmage#respond Thu, 23 Jul 2020 22:13:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96248 The New Orleans crushed the Brooklyn Nets in their scrimmage. The final score was 99-68. The Pelicans looked impressive even though Zion Williamson didn’t play. The Nets were in a disarray in an ugly performance. Jarrett Allen was a bright spot for Brooklyn in a rough game. He finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds. […]

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Pelicans crush depleted Nets in scrimmage

The New Orleans crushed the Brooklyn Nets in their scrimmage. The final score was 99-68.

The Pelicans looked impressive even though Zion Williamson didn’t play. The Nets were in a disarray in an ugly performance.

Jarrett Allen was a bright spot for Brooklyn in a rough game. He finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Allen will look to show the team he deserves to start over fellow center DeAndre Jordan next season.

Caris LeVert struggled and shot 5-18.

While this was just a scrimmage, it shows the Nets have will have an uphill battle to the postseason. They are without Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Deandre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie, Wison Chandler, Taurean Prince and Nicolas Claxton.

Brooklyn signed a number of replacement players and they will have to form chemistry quickly in order to make the postseason. The Nets are currently seventh in the East. They are 1/2 game ahead of the Orlando Magic and six games ahead of the Washington Wizards.

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Russell Westbrook returns to practice ahead of NBA restart https://www.talkbasket.net/96114-russell-westbrook-returns-to-practice-ahead-of-nba-restart https://www.talkbasket.net/96114-russell-westbrook-returns-to-practice-ahead-of-nba-restart#respond Wed, 22 Jul 2020 18:30:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96114 Russell Westbrook has recovered from coronavirus and practiced today. His return is a big boost for the Houston Rockets ahead of the NBA’s restart. “I’m just thankful and blessed to be able to go out and compete again,” Westbrook said, according to the Houston Chronicle. The Rockets posted a video of Westbrook dunking at practice. […]

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Russell Westbrook returns to practice ahead of NBA restart

Russell Westbrook has recovered from coronavirus and practiced today. His return is a big boost for the Houston Rockets ahead of the NBA’s restart.

“I’m just thankful and blessed to be able to go out and compete again,” Westbrook said, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The Rockets posted a video of Westbrook dunking at practice.

Westbrook has averaged 27.5 points, eight rebounds and seven assists per game in 53 games with Houston this season. He was voted an All Star for the ninth time in his career.

The small-ball Rockets were struggling and had lost four of their five games before the NBA suspended the season due to the coronavirus pandemic. They’ll look to get back on track as they battle for seeding ahead of the postseason.

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Atlanta Hawks reveal new uniforms https://www.talkbasket.net/96031-atlanta-hawks-reveal-new-uniforms https://www.talkbasket.net/96031-atlanta-hawks-reveal-new-uniforms#respond Tue, 21 Jul 2020 22:01:48 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96031 The Atlanta Hawks revealed new uniforms today. The new uniforms will be a throwback to the team’s past. Atlanta’s current uniforms have been heavily criticized by fans. The Hawks haven’t had much success in recent years, but they are starting to rebuild and the new uniforms may bring them better luck next season. The Hawks […]

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Atlanta Hawks reveal new uniforms

The Atlanta Hawks revealed new uniforms today.

The new uniforms will be a throwback to the team’s past. Atlanta’s current uniforms have been heavily criticized by fans.

The Hawks haven’t had much success in recent years, but they are starting to rebuild and the new uniforms may bring them better luck next season.

The Hawks showed pictures of John Collins, Trae Young and Kevin Huerter rocking the new uniforms. All three are talented young players that Atlanta can build around.

While the Hawks have not made the playoffs in three consecutive seasons, their talented young players should give Hawks fans hope heading into next season.

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Yao Ming retired on this date in 2011 https://www.talkbasket.net/95902-yao-ming-retired-on-this-date-in-2011 https://www.talkbasket.net/95902-yao-ming-retired-on-this-date-in-2011#respond Tue, 21 Jul 2020 00:13:37 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95902 Yao Ming announced his retirement from the NBA on this date nine years ago. The big man from China lived up to the incredible hype that surrounded him but retired at just 30-years-old because of foot injuries. The Houston Rockets selected Yao with the first pick of the 2002 NBA Draft. He put on a […]

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Yao Ming retired on this date in 2011

Yao Ming announced his retirement from the NBA on this date nine years ago.

The big man from China lived up to the incredible hype that surrounded him but retired at just 30-years-old because of foot injuries.

The Houston Rockets selected Yao with the first pick of the 2002 NBA Draft. He put on a show in a game against Shaquille O’Neal and the Los Angeles Lakers in his rookie season. He finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks, including multiple blocks against O’Neal.

Yao became a dominant force on both ends of the court. He was very skilled and athletic despite being 7’6 and 310 pounds.

Yao was an All-Star in all eight of the seasons he played in the NBA. He retired averaging 19 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. He also played well in the postseason, averaging 19.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.5 bocks per game, in 28 playoff games.

Yao was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016. A few months later the Rockets retired his No. 11 jersey.

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Washington Wizards sign Jarrod Uthoff https://www.talkbasket.net/95797-washington-wizards-sign-jarrod-uthoff https://www.talkbasket.net/95797-washington-wizards-sign-jarrod-uthoff#respond Sun, 19 Jul 2020 20:17:45 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95797 The Washington Wizards have signed Jarrod Uthoff ahead of the NBA’s restart. The 6’9 forward had an excellent collegiate career at Iowa. In his junior year (2015-16), he averaged 18.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He shot 38.2 percent on 3-pointers. He went undrafted and has spent most of his professional career in G-League […]

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Washington Wizards sign Jarrod Uthoff

The Washington Wizards have signed Jarrod Uthoff ahead of the NBA’s restart.

The 6’9 forward had an excellent collegiate career at Iowa. In his junior year (2015-16), he averaged 18.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He shot 38.2 percent on 3-pointers.

He went undrafted and has spent most of his professional career in G-League and Europe. He played nine games with the Dallas Mavericks in the 2016-17 season and four games with the Memphis Grizzlies earlier this season.

Uthoff is known for his shooting and could be a valuable asset for the Wizards. Davis Bertans, another big man known for his shooting, had a big season, but opted out of returning.

Washington’s leading sorcerer, Bradley Beal, is out for the season with a shoulder injury.

This is Uthoff’s opportunity to prove he belongs in the NBA and earn another contract in the offseason.

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Tyler Johnson is finally a Net https://www.talkbasket.net/95712-tyler-johnson-is-finally-a-net https://www.talkbasket.net/95712-tyler-johnson-is-finally-a-net#respond Sat, 18 Jul 2020 18:03:37 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95712 Tyler Johnson is finally a member of the Brooklyn Nets. The injury-plagued Nets signed him as a replacement ahead of the season’s restart. Four years ago, Johnson nearly became a Net. He signed a four-year, $50 million offer sheet with them, but the Heat matched that offer and he remained in Miami. After having some […]

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Tyler Johnson is finally a Net

Tyler Johnson is finally a member of the Brooklyn Nets. The injury-plagued Nets signed him as a replacement ahead of the season’s restart.

Four years ago, Johnson nearly became a Net. He signed a four-year, $50 million offer sheet with them, but the Heat matched that offer and he remained in Miami.

After having some success with Miami, Johnson was traded to the Phoenix Suns during the 2018-19 season. He struggled with Phoenix, shooting just 30.2 percent from three and 37.5 percent overall. He shot 36.7 percent from three and 43.7 percent overall with Miami.

The Suns released Johnson earlier this season.

Due to the Nets lack of depth, he should play an important role with the team as they try to make the playoffs. Johnson will try to get his career back on track with the team he almost joined four years ago.

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Wizards’ Bryant nearing return https://www.talkbasket.net/95606-wizards-bryant-nearing-return https://www.talkbasket.net/95606-wizards-bryant-nearing-return#respond Fri, 17 Jul 2020 03:05:48 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95606 Wizards’ center Thomas Bryant is close to practicing, according to Washington’s head coach Scott Brooks. Bryant has joined the Wizards in the Orlando bubble after not being able to initially, due to a positive coronavirus test. He will play a big role for Washington once the season returns. Bryant averaged 12.1 points and 6.8 rebounds […]

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Wizards’ Bryant nearing return

Wizards’ center Thomas Bryant is close to practicing, according to Washington’s head coach Scott Brooks.

Bryant has joined the Wizards in the Orlando bubble after not being able to initially, due to a positive coronavirus test.

He will play a big role for Washington once the season returns. Bryant averaged 12.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game before the season was suspended. The Wizards will be without their top two scorers in Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans when the season resumes. This could mean more opportunities on offense for Bryant.

The big man is comfortable handling the ball and is a strong finisher.

The Wizards will need Bryant to play well, as they try to chase down the Brooklyn Nets and Orlando Magic to sneak into the postseason.

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Shaq believes in Brooklyn https://www.talkbasket.net/95493-shaq-believes-in-brooklyn https://www.talkbasket.net/95493-shaq-believes-in-brooklyn#respond Wed, 15 Jul 2020 21:06:59 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95493 Shaquille O’Neal believes the Brooklyn Nets will advance to the second round of the playoffs. The Nets are currently in seventh in the Eastern Conference and are yet to clinch a playoff spot. They will likely play the Bucks or Raptors in the first round if they do make the playoffs but Shaq believes in […]

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Shaq believes in Brooklyn

Shaquille O’Neal believes the Brooklyn Nets will advance to the second round of the playoffs.

The Nets are currently in seventh in the Eastern Conference and are yet to clinch a playoff spot. They will likely play the Bucks or Raptors in the first round if they do make the playoffs but Shaq believes in them.

Being a lower seed won’t act as a disadvantage with no fans allowed at games but the Nets will be without many key players. Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Nicolas Claxton are out with injuries. Spencer Dinwiddie, Deandre Jordan and Taurean Prince are out because of coronavirus. In addition, Wilson Chandler opted out of returning this season.

Brooklyn will be massive underdogs but that will only make O’Neal’s prediction more impressive if the Nets make it to the second round.

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Nets announce Lance Thomas signing https://www.talkbasket.net/95429-nets-announce-lance-thomas-signing https://www.talkbasket.net/95429-nets-announce-lance-thomas-signing#respond Wed, 15 Jul 2020 01:02:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95429 The Brooklyn Nets announced the signing of Lance Thomas today. Earlier in the week, it was reported that the veteran forward was close to signing with Brooklyn. The Nets will be without Kevin Durant, Taurean Prince and Wilson Chandler when the season resumes. They signed Michael Beasley as a replacement but he tested positive for […]

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Nets announce Lance Thomas signing

The Brooklyn Nets announced the signing of Lance Thomas today. Earlier in the week, it was reported that the veteran forward was close to signing with Brooklyn.

The Nets will be without Kevin Durant, Taurean Prince and Wilson Chandler when the season resumes.

They signed Michael Beasley as a replacement but he tested positive for the coronavirus. Beasley also has to serve a five-game suspension for violating the NBA’s drug policy.

Those injuries and illnesses mean Thomas will likely play significant minutes for Brooklyn when the season resumes. He spent the season unsigned until now.

Thomas was undrafted but has played eight seasons in the NBA, spending his last five with the New York Knicks. He averaged a career-high 8.2 points per game with the Knicks in 2015-16.

The veteran forward will now look to help the depleted Nets make the playoffs

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The Lakers traded Shaq to the Heat on this date in 2004 https://www.talkbasket.net/95331-the-lakers-traded-shaq-to-the-heat-on-this-date-in-2004 https://www.talkbasket.net/95331-the-lakers-traded-shaq-to-the-heat-on-this-date-in-2004#respond Tue, 14 Jul 2020 04:00:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95331 The Lakers traded Shaquille O’Neal to the Heat in a blockbuster trade. In exchange for O’Neal, Los Angles received Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, Brian Cook and a first-round pick. The trade signaled the end of O’Neal’s run with Kobe Bryant in Los Angles. No one will ever know how many titles the two could have […]

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The Lakers traded Shaq to the Heat on this date in 2004

The Lakers traded Shaquille O’Neal to the Heat in a blockbuster trade. In exchange for O’Neal, Los Angles received Caron Butler, Lamar Odom, Brian Cook and a first-round pick.

The trade signaled the end of O’Neal’s run with Kobe Bryant in Los Angles. No one will ever know how many titles the two could have won together if O’Neal hadn’t been traded.

Bryant led the Lakers to two more championships, in 2009 and 2010. Odom developed into a key player for Los Angeles and averaged a double-double during both postseasons.

O’Neal spent four seasons in Miami. He was an All-Star three times, led the NBA in field goal percentage twice and helped lead the Heat to a championship in 2006. He averaged 18.4 points, 9.8 rebound and 1.5 blocks per game during in the playoffs that year.

O’Neal didn’t spend many seasons with the Heat but they would not have won the NBA Finals in 2006 without his clutch play.

Miami retired O’Neal’s number 32 jersey in 2016.

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Lance Thomas could start for the Nets https://www.talkbasket.net/95182-lance-thomas-could-start-for-the-nets https://www.talkbasket.net/95182-lance-thomas-could-start-for-the-nets#respond Mon, 13 Jul 2020 00:59:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95182 Lance Thomas could end up starting with the Brooklyn Nets, even though he has spent the season as an unsigned free agent. Earlier today, it was reported that the Nets were close to reaching a deal with Thomas. Kevin Durant is out for the season while recovering from a torn achilles. Wilson Chandler, who opted […]

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Lance Thomas could start for  the Nets

Lance Thomas could end up starting with the Brooklyn Nets, even though he has spent the season as an unsigned free agent.

Earlier today, it was reported that the Nets were close to reaching a deal with Thomas.

Kevin Durant is out for the season while recovering from a torn achilles. Wilson Chandler, who opted against returning, and Taurean Prince won’t return this season (Prince was diagnosed with coronavirus.)

The Nets recently signed Michael Beasley, but he will have to serve a five-game suspension for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy.

The Nets have no depth in small forward and power forward. Thomas is a veteran known for his his impressive defense and leadership. Those qualities should make Thomas’ transition to the Nets a smooth one.

Thomas is 32 years old and this will serve as opportunity for him to show he is still an effective NBA player.

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Andre Roberson practices with the Thunder for first time in two years https://www.talkbasket.net/95038-andre-roberson-practices-with-the-thunder-for-first-time-in-two-years https://www.talkbasket.net/95038-andre-roberson-practices-with-the-thunder-for-first-time-in-two-years#respond Sat, 11 Jul 2020 20:08:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95038 Andre Roberson has not played for the Oklahoma City Thunder since the 2017-18 season. He suffered a gruesome injury, rupturing the patellar tendon in his knee in a game against the Detroit Pistons. Roberson has suffered multiple setbacks since his initial injury, but appears to be on track to return when the season resumes. He […]

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Andre Roberson practices with the Thunder for first time in two years

Andre Roberson has not played for the Oklahoma City Thunder since the 2017-18 season. He suffered a gruesome injury, rupturing the patellar tendon in his knee in a game against the Detroit Pistons.

Roberson has suffered multiple setbacks since his initial injury, but appears to be on track to return when the season resumes. He was a full participant in Oklahoma City’s practice today.

Roberson had developed into one of the NBA’s best defenders when he was injured. He was also coming off of a strong postseason performance in 2017. He averaged 2.4 steals and 3.4 blocks per game.

His return should give the Thunder some momentum heading into the postseason. Roberson could end up guarding some of the league’s top players, including James Harden, LeBron James, or Kawhi Leonard, depending on who Oklahoma City plays in the postseason.

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LaMelo Ball prefers the Knicks just as Steph Curry did 11 years ago https://www.talkbasket.net/94983-lamelo-ball-prefers-the-knicks-just-as-steph-curry-did-11-years-ago https://www.talkbasket.net/94983-lamelo-ball-prefers-the-knicks-just-as-steph-curry-did-11-years-ago#respond Fri, 10 Jul 2020 23:03:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94983 LaMelo Ball reportedly wants to be drafted by the New York Knicks, but the young point guard is one of the top prospects in the draft. Another team could draft him before the Knicks have an opportunity to. The Knicks have the sixth-worst record in the NBA and most mock drafts have Ball going in […]

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LaMelo Ball prefers the Knicks just as Steph Curry did 11 years ago

LaMelo Ball reportedly wants to be drafted by the New York Knicks, but the young point guard is one of the top prospects in the draft. Another team could draft him before the Knicks have an opportunity to.

The Knicks have the sixth-worst record in the NBA and most mock drafts have Ball going in the top three. New York will need some luck in the lottery to move up.

The Knicks were also in a similar position with Steph Curry in the 2009 NBA Draft. Curry and his father made sure the Golden State Warriors knew that he wanted to go to the Knicks. The Warriors ended up picking Curry anyway with the seventh pick of the 2009 NBA Draft. New York selected Jordan Hill eighth.

Curry has led the Warriors to three championships and has no intentions of leaving them. Hill played just 24 games with the Knicks and is now out of the NBA.

There were plenty of rumors that the Knicks would draft Curry in 2009, just as there are now plenty of rumors that the Knicks will Draft Ball in a few months. As the Knicks learned then, there are no guarantees when it comes to the lottery and the NBA Draft.

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The Lakers acquired Wilt Chamberlain on this date in 1968 https://www.talkbasket.net/94850-the-lakers-acquired-wilt-chamberlain-on-this-date-in-1968 https://www.talkbasket.net/94850-the-lakers-acquired-wilt-chamberlain-on-this-date-in-1968#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 22:05:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94850 The Lakers acquired Wilt Chamberlain from 76ers in exchange for Darrell Imhoff, Archie Clark, Jerry Chambers and and cash. Chamberlain spent five dominant seasons with Los Angeles. He led the NBA in rebounds in four of those seasons and field goal percentage in three of those seasons. Chamberlain averaged 14.7 points and 21 rebounds per […]

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The Lakers acquired Wilt Chamberlain on this date in 1968

The Lakers acquired Wilt Chamberlain from 76ers in exchange for Darrell Imhoff, Archie Clark, Jerry Chambers and and cash.

Chamberlain spent five dominant seasons with Los Angeles. He led the NBA in rebounds in four of those seasons and field goal percentage in three of those seasons.

Chamberlain averaged 14.7 points and 21 rebounds per game in the 1972 postseason, helping the Lakers defeat the Knicks in the NBA Finals. He was named Finals MVP.

A few years after Chamberlain’s retirement in 1973, the Lakers traded for another legendary center, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Abdul-Jabbar went on to win five titles with Los Angeles.

It’s safe to say both trades worked out very well for the Lakers. Both players now have their jersey numbers retired by Los Angeles.

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Jamal Crawford just signed with the Nets: Here are some of his best crossovers https://www.talkbasket.net/94771-jamal-crawford-just-signed-with-the-nets-here-are-some-of-his-best-crossovers https://www.talkbasket.net/94771-jamal-crawford-just-signed-with-the-nets-here-are-some-of-his-best-crossovers#respond Thu, 09 Jul 2020 03:59:45 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94771 Jamal Crawford just signed with the Brooklyn Nets, as the NBA restart approaches. He is 40-years-old but showed he still had something left in the tank when he dropped 51 points in a game with the Phoenix Suns last season. He was nicknamed J-Crossover early in his career and he has lived up to the […]

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Jamal Crawford just signed with the Nets: Here are some of his best crossovers

Jamal Crawford just signed with the Brooklyn Nets, as the NBA restart approaches.

He is 40-years-old but showed he still had something left in the tank when he dropped 51 points in a game with the Phoenix Suns last season.

He was nicknamed J-Crossover early in his career and he has lived up to the name.

Crawford will now look to add some more crossovers to his highlight reel with the Nets.

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LeBron James made “The Decision” 10 years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/94719-lebron-james-made-the-decision-10-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/94719-lebron-james-made-the-decision-10-years-ago-today#respond Wed, 08 Jul 2020 17:54:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94719 LeBron James made “The Decision” on ESPN exactly 10 years ago. He announced he would be leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with the Miami Heat. Angry Cavs fans burned his jerseys, while fans in Miami rejoiced. The Cavs became the worst team in the NBA and Miami became title […]

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LeBron James made “The Decision” 10 years ago today

LeBron James made “The Decision” on ESPN exactly 10 years ago. He announced he would be leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with the Miami Heat.

Angry Cavs fans burned his jerseys, while fans in Miami rejoiced. The Cavs became the worst team in the NBA and Miami became title favorites. Cleveland’s woeful season without James allowed them to select Kyrie Irving with the first pick of the 2011 NBA Draft.

It was a landmark moment, that shook the NBA. James led the Heat to four consecutive NBA Finals appearances, winning two of them. After losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the 2014 NBA Finals, he decided to return to Cleveland and teamed up with Irving to lead the Cavs to a championship.

With his dream completed, James saw an opportunity to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, and this year has a shot of leading them to an NBA championship. With the NBA restart looming, you are able to shake the game up and make it more interesting by taking advantage of the Paddy Power promotion codes that are on offer right now.

There were talks briefly about retirement, something that James has hinted about. He says that his kids play a huge factor in his final decision.

“I think later on in my 30s. It’s kind of up to my kids, really,” he said, per ESPN.com’s Dave McMenamin. “I’ve missed so much of my kids’ tournaments and things of that nature when I’m playing. So, it’s kind of up to them. They’ll let me know when they’re tired of seeing me go away.”

Until then, James has been playing slightly limited minutes but still maintaining his high level of play. He has credited trainers and advances in medical research for helping keep athletes in peak form longer. 

“I think with the science and the research and the ability to have multiple trainers and things of that nature and also guys taking the individual account of their own bodies, guys are able to play into their late 30s and some into their 40s, as you’re seeing today,” he said, per McMenamin.

James is one of the most physically talented athletes in any sport. He’s never missed more than 13 games in a season and figures to keep playing at an elite level for a long time.

And if James stays healthy, the NBA will await yet another big decision from him in free agency. Retirement? A third spell with Cleveland? Who knows..

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The Nets will have more players out than healthy when the NBA season resumes https://www.talkbasket.net/94664-the-nets-will-have-more-players-out-than-healthy-when-the-nba-season-resumes https://www.talkbasket.net/94664-the-nets-will-have-more-players-out-than-healthy-when-the-nba-season-resumes#respond Wed, 08 Jul 2020 01:58:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94664 The Brooklyn Nets are running out of options. Taurean Prince became the team’s latest player to test positive for coronavirus and he will not make the trip to Orlando. In addition to Prince, Spencer Dinwiddie and Deandre Jordan are out after testing positive for coronavirus. Wilson Chandler opted out of returning. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving […]

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The Nets will have more players out than healthy when the NBA season resumes

The Brooklyn Nets are running out of options. Taurean Prince became the team’s latest player to test positive for coronavirus and he will not make the trip to Orlando.

In addition to Prince, Spencer Dinwiddie and Deandre Jordan are out after testing positive for coronavirus. Wilson Chandler opted out of returning. Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Nicolas Claxton are all out with injuries.

Brooklyn will need excellent play from Caris LeVert, Joe Harris and Jarrett Allen. They will also need everyone who’s healthy to step up.

The Nets will have to sign some new players and there are rumors that Amir Johnson and Jamal Crawford could be options.

As depleted as the Nets are, they will have an opportunity to make the postseason, as the ninth-place Washington Wizards will be without Bradley Beal and Davis Bertans.

Still, Brooklyn’s road to the playoffs will be a difficult one.

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Dwight Howard will play in NBA restart according to reports https://www.talkbasket.net/94539-dwight-howard-will-play-in-nba-restart-according-to-reports https://www.talkbasket.net/94539-dwight-howard-will-play-in-nba-restart-according-to-reports#respond Tue, 07 Jul 2020 03:26:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94539 Dwight Howard will play for the Los Angeles Lakers when the NBA season restarts according to Shams Charania. Howard had been unsure whether or not he would play. His decision to donate his salary for the rest of the season to the non-profit Breathe Again played a role in his decision to return. Howard has […]

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Dwight Howard will play in NBA restart according to reports

Dwight Howard will play for the Los Angeles Lakers when the NBA season restarts according to Shams Charania.

Howard had been unsure whether or not he would play. His decision to donate his salary for the rest of the season to the non-profit Breathe Again played a role in his decision to return.

Howard has been a key contributor for the Lakers off the bench this season. He is averaging 7.5 points and 7.4 rebounds in just 19.2 minutes per game. Howard also has shot a career-best 73.2 percent on field-goal attempts this season.

The Lakers will look for him to continue his impressive play in the postseason.

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The Knicks will celebrate Patrick Ewing week beginning today https://www.talkbasket.net/94415-the-knicks-will-celebrate-patrick-ewing-week-beginning-today https://www.talkbasket.net/94415-the-knicks-will-celebrate-patrick-ewing-week-beginning-today#respond Mon, 06 Jul 2020 03:57:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94415 The New York Knicks will celebrate the career of Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing this week. The Knicks selected him with the first pick of the 1985 NBA Draft and he spent the first 15 years of his career with New York. The Knicks will show replays of some of Ewing’s greatest games with the […]

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The Knicks will celebrate Patrick Ewing week beginning today

The New York Knicks will celebrate the career of Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing this week.

The Knicks selected him with the first pick of the 1985 NBA Draft and he spent the first 15 years of his career with New York.

The Knicks will show replays of some of Ewing’s greatest games with the team. He helped them reach the NBA Finals twice, in 1994 and 1999. He had plenty of clutch plays on both ends of the court in the postseason.

He averaged 22.8 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in 1,039 regular season games with New York. He averaged 20.6 points, 10.5 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in 135 postseason games with the Knicks.

Ewing is the franchise’s all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocks and games played in both the regular season and postseason. He is also the franchise’s leader in regular season steals.

His number, 33, was retired by the Knicks on February 28, 2003. He is New York’s last player to have his number retired by the team.

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Kevin Durant shocked the NBA when he joined the Warriors four years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/94321-kevin-durant-shocked-the-nba-when-he-joined-the-warriors-four-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/94321-kevin-durant-shocked-the-nba-when-he-joined-the-warriors-four-years-ago-today#respond Sat, 04 Jul 2020 18:57:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94321 Kevin Durant announced that he would be leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the Golden State Warriors exactly four years ago. The move was widely criticized as Durant had previously said he wanted to stay with the Thunder. The Warriors were coming off of a 73-9 season and had eliminated Durant’s Thunder in […]

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Kevin Durant shocked the NBA when he joined the Warriors four years ago today

Kevin Durant announced that he would be leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the Golden State Warriors exactly four years ago.

The move was widely criticized as Durant had previously said he wanted to stay with the Thunder. The Warriors were coming off of a 73-9 season and had eliminated Durant’s Thunder in seven games in the Western Conference Finals.

As expected, the Warriors won back-to-back championships in Durant’s first two seasons with his new team, after he had repeatedly fallen just short with Oklahoma City. Last season Golden State missed out on a third consecutive title after he tore his Achilles and Klay Thompson tore his ACL.

Durant averaged 25.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game in his three seasons with the Warriors. he averaged 29.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 4.5 per game in the postseason while playing for Golden State. He was named Finals MVP in 2017 and 2018.

Durant once again joined a new team in free agency this offseason, signing with the Brooklyn Nets. He has yet to make his debut with the team due to his Achilles injury but is expected to be ready to play by the start of next season.

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The New York Knicks and the “Curse of Kareem” https://www.talkbasket.net/94110-the-new-york-knicks-and-the-curse-of-kareem https://www.talkbasket.net/94110-the-new-york-knicks-and-the-curse-of-kareem#respond Thu, 02 Jul 2020 20:21:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94110 The New York Knicks were one of the best teams in the NBA in the early 1970s. They won two championships (in 1970 and 1973) and had the opportunity to build a dynasty. Center Willis Reed and power forward Dave DeBusschere retired after the 1973-74 season. Luckily for the Knicks, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wanted out of […]

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The New York Knicks and the “Curse of Kareem”

The New York Knicks were one of the best teams in the NBA in the early 1970s. They won two championships (in 1970 and 1973) and had the opportunity to build a dynasty.

Center Willis Reed and power forward Dave DeBusschere retired after the 1973-74 season. Luckily for the Knicks, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wanted out of Milwaukee after the 1974-75 season and New York was his hometown. He was 28-years-old and had already been named MVP three times and led the Bucks to an NBA title.

While the Knicks were his first choice, Abdul-Jabbar ended up going to the Los Angeles Lakers in a blockbuster trade. Los Angeles acquired Abdul-Jabbar and Walt Wesley in exchange for Elmore Smith, Brian Winters, Dave Meyers and Junior Bridgeman. The trade is one of the most lopsided in NBA history and the Bucks have not won a title since trading their star center.

The trade made sense for the Bucks at the time because Abdul-Jabbar wanted to leave, but it was surprising that he ended up going to the Lakers instead of the Knicks.

“I wanted to go to New York and play there,” said Abdul-Jabbar after being traded to the Lakers. “It’s been a dream of mine since I first started playing basketball: to play for the Knickerbockers. But the way things worked out the Lakers were very interested in having me come here and they made sincere determined efforts to get me here. They tried to make me feel at home and New York, this just wasn’t the case for them. So I don’t think its smart to go around people that don’t really want you. So here I am.”

According to Abdul-Jabbar, the Knicks were not interested in acquiring him. That decision has come back to haunt them.

Abdul-Jabbar is now the NBA’s all-time leader in points. In his 14 seasons with the Lakers, he helped lead them to five championships. He was named MVP three more times and was named Finals MVP in 1985.

Abdul-Jabbar helped the Lakers create a dynasty and a winning culture. The Knicks went in the opposite direction. They have not won a championship since 1973 and have repeatedly missed out on landing the league’s top players in free agency. They were rumored to be the frontrunners to sign LeBron James in 2010 but he signed with the Miami Heat. Last offseason they were rumored to be the preferred landing spot for Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving but they chose to sign with the Brooklyn Nets.

The Knicks have become known for their dysfunction and have now gone 47 consecutive seasons without winning a championship.

Perhaps all of this could have been avoided. Perhaps the Knicks could’ve landed Abdul-Jabbar. Perhaps the Knicks, not the Lakers would have formed a dynasty in the 1970s and 1980s. It is now clear that the Knicks passed on one of the greatest players in NBA history and perhaps their struggles since then are the universe’s way of punishing them for that horrible decision.

It is also clear that Abdul-Jabbar has gotten the last laugh when it comes to the Knicks, who have now missed the postseason for the seventh consecutive season.

To this day, the “Curse of Kareem” is alive and well, and like the “Curse of the Bambino,” it is only getting stronger with each season that passes by.

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Knicks tweet Mitchell Robinson’s best blocks of the season https://www.talkbasket.net/94010-knicks-tweet-mitchell-robinsons-best-blocks-of-the-season https://www.talkbasket.net/94010-knicks-tweet-mitchell-robinsons-best-blocks-of-the-season#respond Thu, 02 Jul 2020 01:54:48 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94010 Mitchell Robinson has had an impressive season with the New York Knicks. In just two seasons, he has already developed into one of the league’s best shot blockers. He averaged 2.4 blocks per game as a rookie and two blocks per game this season. Today, the Knicks showed their appreciation for the man nicknamed the […]

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Knicks tweet Mitchell Robinson’s best blocks of the season

Mitchell Robinson has had an impressive season with the New York Knicks. In just two seasons, he has already developed into one of the league’s best shot blockers.

He averaged 2.4 blocks per game as a rookie and two blocks per game this season. Today, the Knicks showed their appreciation for the man nicknamed the “Block Ness Monster”.

Robinson has quickly developed into a player the Knicks believe they can build around. Despite his name coming up in trade rumors during the offseason, New York held on to their center. They believe he has the potential to develop into a star player.

In addition to his blocked shots, Robinson led the league in field goal percentage at 74.2 percent this season.

Robinson is one of New York’s talent young players (along with R.J. Barrett, Frank Ntilikina, and Kevin Knox) that the team believes can turn the franchise around. While that hasn’t happened yet, Robinson’s highlights certainly show off his impressive potential.

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Nets are running out of healthy players https://www.talkbasket.net/93818-nets-are-running-out-of-healthy-players https://www.talkbasket.net/93818-nets-are-running-out-of-healthy-players#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2020 22:46:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=93818 The already-depleted Brooklyn Nets continue to lose players ahead of the NBA’s restart in July. Spencer Dinwiddie and Deandre Jordan both tested positive for coronavirus. Jordan has opted to not return this season. Brooklyn was already without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. It was then announced that rookie center, Nicolas Claxton, underwent surgery to repair […]

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Nets are running out of healthy players

The already-depleted Brooklyn Nets continue to lose players ahead of the NBA’s restart in July. Spencer Dinwiddie and Deandre Jordan both tested positive for coronavirus. Jordan has opted to not return this season.

Brooklyn was already without Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. It was then announced that rookie center, Nicolas Claxton, underwent surgery to repair a return labrum in his shoulder and will miss the remainder of the season.

Wilson Chandler announced that he would not return this season and Brooklyn also cut Theo Pinson.

This will make the Nets road to the postseason much more challenging but this is also an opportunity for under-the-radar players to step up.

Point guard Chris Chiozza had played very well for the Nets and had worked his way into the rotation before the season was postponed because fo the coronavirus pandemic. He could see increased playing time when the season resumes.

In addition to that, the Nets recently signed Tyler Johnson and Justin Anderson. Both should get some playing time now.

The rest of this season should give the Nets and idea of which players to keep next season, when Durant and Irving are expected to return.

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Nets need Prince to step up with Chandler not returning https://www.talkbasket.net/93724-nets-need-prince-to-step-up-with-chandler-not-returning https://www.talkbasket.net/93724-nets-need-prince-to-step-up-with-chandler-not-returning#respond Tue, 30 Jun 2020 01:03:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=93724 The Brooklyn Nets will be forced to rely on Taurean Prince after Wilson Chandler announced he would not be returning to the team this season. Both small forwards have gotten extended playing time this season as Kevin Durant recovers from his achilles injury. Chandler replaced Prince as the team’s starting small forwards shortly before the […]

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Nets need Prince to step up with Chandler not returning

The Brooklyn Nets will be forced to rely on Taurean Prince after Wilson Chandler announced he would not be returning to the team this season.

Both small forwards have gotten extended playing time this season as Kevin Durant recovers from his achilles injury. Chandler replaced Prince as the team’s starting small forwards shortly before the season was suspended.

Brooklyn acquired Prince this offseason in exchange for two first-round picks and Allen Crabbe. He was played well defensively but struggled offensively in his first season with the Nets.

Prince has averaged more turnovers than assists per game and has struggled with efficiency. He has shot 33.9 percent on 3-pointers and 37.6 percent overall.

The rest of this season is an opportunity for Prince to show he can rise to the occasion late in the season and solidify his spot on the team. The Nets signed him to a two-year extension but could look to trade him if he continues to struggle.

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The Knicks have the fewest postseason wins of any NBA team over the last 20 seasons https://www.talkbasket.net/93520-the-knicks-have-the-fewest-postseason-wins-of-any-nba-team-over-the-last-20-seasons https://www.talkbasket.net/93520-the-knicks-have-the-fewest-postseason-wins-of-any-nba-team-over-the-last-20-seasons#respond Sat, 27 Jun 2020 19:22:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=93520 The New York Knicks have once again finished the season outside of the playoff picture. This is their seventh consecutive season missing out on the postseason. In the last 20 seasons, the Knicks have won just nine playoff games. Even the lowly Charlotte Hornets have more wins (13) in that span. To put that into […]

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The Knicks have the fewest postseason wins of any NBA team over the last 20 seasons

The New York Knicks have once again finished the season outside of the playoff picture. This is their seventh consecutive season missing out on the postseason.

In the last 20 seasons, the Knicks have won just nine playoff games. Even the lowly Charlotte Hornets have more wins (13) in that span. To put that into perspective, the San Antonio Spurs have won 150 postseason games in the last 20 seasons.

This is just one of many statistics that shows the Knicks’ incompetence in the James Dolan era. After making runs to the NBA Finals in 1994 and 1999, the Knicks fell apart. In 2012, New York won their first postseason game since 2001. They won their only postseason series in the last 20 seasons in 2013, but have not made it back to the playoffs since then.

They have never been able to commit to rebuilding around young players that they develop but are attempting to do so now. R.J. Barrett, Mitchell Robinson, Frank Ntilikina and Kevin Knox are all under the age of 23. The Knicks also have seven first-round picks in the next four years, so despite the miserable stretch there may be light at the end of the tunnel. Now, it’s up to the front office to prove they can draft well and develop the team’s young players in order to finally turn the franchise around.

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Nets resume play with back-to-back important games https://www.talkbasket.net/93467-nets-resume-play-with-back-to-back-important-games https://www.talkbasket.net/93467-nets-resume-play-with-back-to-back-important-games#respond Sat, 27 Jun 2020 02:13:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=93467 The Brooklyn Nets schedule for the restart of the NBA season has been announced. They will take on the Orlando Magic (with no fans in attendance) on July 31. Their second game will be important as well, as they take on the Washington Wizards. The Nets are 0.5 games ahead of the Magic and 6 […]

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Nets resume play with back-to-back important games

The Brooklyn Nets schedule for the restart of the NBA season has been announced. They will take on the Orlando Magic (with no fans in attendance) on July 31.

Their second game will be important as well, as they take on the Washington Wizards. The Nets are 0.5 games ahead of the Magic and 6 games ahead of the Wizards. They play the Magic one more time in their second to last game of the restart.

It is crucial for the Nets to stay ahead of both teams in order to finish as the number seven seed and avoid playing the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round.

If the Nets finish as the seventh seed or finish as the eighth seed but four games ahead of the Wizards, they will clinch a playoff berth. If they finish as the eighth seed but the Wizards are within four games of them, the two teams will take part in a play-in tournament. The ninth seed would have to beat the eighth seed twice in a row to clinch a playoff spot.

While expectations are low for Brooklyn with Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving out injured, making the postseason would serve as an opportunity for the team’s young players to get important playoff experience.

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The San Antonio Spurs selected Tim Duncan with the first pick of the NBA Draft on this date in 1997 https://www.talkbasket.net/93279-the-san-antonio-spurs-selected-tim-duncan-with-the-first-pick-of-the-nba-draft-on-this-date-in-1997 https://www.talkbasket.net/93279-the-san-antonio-spurs-selected-tim-duncan-with-the-first-pick-of-the-nba-draft-on-this-date-in-1997#respond Thu, 25 Jun 2020 04:00:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=93279 The San Antonio Spurs hit the jackpot when they won the lottery for the 1997 NBA Draft. They finished with a 20-62 record the previous season as David Robinson missed the majority of it due to a back injury. Even though three teams had worse records the Spurs won the lottery and used their pick […]

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The San Antonio Spurs selected Tim Duncan with the first pick of the NBA Draft on this date in 1997

The San Antonio Spurs hit the jackpot when they won the lottery for the 1997 NBA Draft.

They finished with a 20-62 record the previous season as David Robinson missed the majority of it due to a back injury. Even though three teams had worse records the Spurs won the lottery and used their pick on Tim Duncan, out of Wake Forrest.

The big man played four seasons at Wake Forrest and which led to a smooth transition from college to the NBA. He won rookie of year in 1998 and formed instant chemistry with Robinson.

The two led the Spurs to their first championship on June 25, 1999, exactly two years after Duncan was drafted.

It was the first of five championships for Duncan, who was named Finals MVP in three of them. He also was named regular season MVP twice and was an All-Star 15 times.

The Spurs dreams of a dynasty became a reality when they won the lottery and selected Duncan, who quickly became one of the most dominant players in the NBA.

He is San Antonio’s all-time leader in points, rebounds, blocked shots and games played in the both the regular season and postseason. He retired after 19 excellent seasons with the Spurs.

Duncan became a first-ballot Hall of Famer earlier this year.

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The Spurs won Game 7 of the NBA Finals on this date in 2003 https://www.talkbasket.net/93172-the-spurs-won-game-7-of-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-2003 https://www.talkbasket.net/93172-the-spurs-won-game-7-of-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-2003#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2020 23:56:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=93172 The San Antonio Spurs beat the Detroit Pistons 81-74 at home to win the NBA Finals. The Spurs trailed by nine in the second half but Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan sparked a comeback. Ginobili scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half. He went 8-13 shooting and 5-5 on free throws. He […]

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The Spurs won Game 7 of the NBA Finals on this date in 2003

The San Antonio Spurs beat the Detroit Pistons 81-74 at home to win the NBA Finals.

The Spurs trailed by nine in the second half but Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan sparked a comeback.

Ginobili scored 16 of his 23 points in the second half. He went 8-13 shooting and 5-5 on free throws. He had the best field goal percentage of any of the starters for either team in the game.

Duncan had 25 points and 11 rebounds but struggled with efficiency. He went 10-27 shooting and 5-6 on free throws. He scored 14 of his points in the second half and was a force defensively.

Both teams played well defensively. The Pistons leading scorer was Richard Hamilton, who had 15 points. No one other than Ginobili and Duncan scored more than eight points for the Spurs.

Duncan was named Finals MVP.

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Wizards will miss Bertans as they attempt to make the postseason https://www.talkbasket.net/93106-wizards-will-miss-bertans-as-they-attempt-to-make-the-postseason https://www.talkbasket.net/93106-wizards-will-miss-bertans-as-they-attempt-to-make-the-postseason#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2020 03:41:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=93106 The Washington Wizards record in 24-40 but they are ninth in the East, just 5.5 games out of a playoff spot. Their playoff chances just took a hit though, as David Bertans announced he will not be rejoining the team when the NBA season restarts. Bertans has a had a breakout season, and is Washington’s […]

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Wizards will miss Bertans as they attempt to make the postseason

The Washington Wizards record in 24-40 but they are ninth in the East, just 5.5 games out of a playoff spot.

Their playoff chances just took a hit though, as David Bertans announced he will not be rejoining the team when the NBA season restarts.

Bertans has a had a breakout season, and is Washington’s second leading scorer, averaging 15.4 points per game. He is an excellent shooter and at 6’10 can shoot over the top of defenders. He has hit 42.4 percent of his attempted 3-pointers. He already made 200 3-pointers in 54 games before the season was suspended.

The 27-year-old is set to become a free agent after this season and his big season should earn him a big contract. He has already suffered two ACL injuries so his decision to sit out is not all that surprising.

The Wizards have publicly supported Bertans and are certainly one of the teams that will be interested in signing him as a free agent. As for this season, the Wizards difficult road to the postseason, just got even tougher.

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Hakeem Olajuwon led the Rockets to their first championship on this date in 1994 https://www.talkbasket.net/93033-hakeem-olajuwon-led-the-rockets-to-their-first-championship-on-this-date-in-1994 https://www.talkbasket.net/93033-hakeem-olajuwon-led-the-rockets-to-their-first-championship-on-this-date-in-1994#respond Mon, 22 Jun 2020 04:00:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=93033 Hakeem Olajuwon led the Rockets to a 90-84 home victory in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. The New York Knicks led the series 3-2 but the Rockets won back to back games at home. Olajuwon finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in Game 7. He played 46 minutes. Vernon Maxwell also […]

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Hakeem Olajuwon led the Rockets to their first championship on this date in 1994

Hakeem Olajuwon led the Rockets to a 90-84 home victory in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. The New York Knicks led the series 3-2 but the Rockets won back to back games at home.

Olajuwon finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in Game 7. He played 46 minutes. Vernon Maxwell also had a big game, and finished with 21 points.

Patrick Ewing had 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Knicks. Derek Harper finished with 23.

New York was doomed by horrible shooting, especially from beyond the arc. As a team they went 4-20 on 3-pointers and John Starks missed all 11 of his attempts. He finished with eight points on 2-18 shooting. Olajuwon blocked his potential title-winning three at the buzzer in Game 6 and he never bounced back.

Olajuwon was named Finals MVP. He led the NBA in points per game in the postseason. He averaged 28.9 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks per game in 23 postseason games.

The following season he led Houston to their consecutive title and was once again named Finals MVP and he once again led the NBA in points per game in the postseason. He averaged 33 points per game in 22 playoff games in 1995.

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LeBron James won his first title after a dominant performance against the Thunder on this date in 2012 https://www.talkbasket.net/92982-lebron-james-won-his-first-title-after-a-dominant-performance-against-the-thunder-on-this-date-in-2012 https://www.talkbasket.net/92982-lebron-james-won-his-first-title-after-a-dominant-performance-against-the-thunder-on-this-date-in-2012#respond Sun, 21 Jun 2020 04:01:24 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92982 LeBron James secured a triple double and his first NBA title. He led the Miami Heat to a 121-106 home victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Miami’s “Big 3” got the best of Oklahoma City’s “Big 3.” After the Thunder won Game 1, the Heat won four consecutive games. James finished with 26 points, 13 […]

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LeBron James won his first title after a dominant performance against the Thunder on this date in 2012

LeBron James secured a triple double and his first NBA title. He led the Miami Heat to a 121-106 home victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Miami’s “Big 3” got the best of Oklahoma City’s “Big 3.” After the Thunder won Game 1, the Heat won four consecutive games.

James finished with 26 points, 13 assists and 11 rebounds. Chris Bosh had 24 points and Dwyane Wade had 20. Miami also got a boost from Mike Miller, who scored 23 points off the bench.

Kevin Durant had a big game for the Thunder, finishing with 32 points and 11 rebounds. Russell Westbrook and James Harden both scored 19 points.

The Heat were much more efficient than the Thunder. Miami went 40-77 shooting while Oklahoma City went 36-87.

The Heat led 95-71 after three quarters and coasted to the victory.

Despite Oklahoma City’s success, they decided to trade Harden to the Houston Rockets after the season. They have not made it back to the NBA Finals since 2012 and no longer have any members of their “Big 3” still on the team.

For Miami, James was named Finals MVP. He led them to another championship the following season and was named Finals MVP for the second time in a row.

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John Paxson’s clutch 3-pointer lifted the Bulls to their third consecutive title on this date in 1993 https://www.talkbasket.net/92936-john-paxsons-clutch-3-pointer-lifted-the-bulls-to-their-third-consecutive-title-on-this-date-in-1993 https://www.talkbasket.net/92936-john-paxsons-clutch-3-pointer-lifted-the-bulls-to-their-third-consecutive-title-on-this-date-in-1993#respond Sat, 20 Jun 2020 04:01:15 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92936 John Paxson’s clutch 3-pointer gave the Chicago Bulls a 99-98 road victory against the Phoenix Suns in Game 6. The victory clinched the NBA Finals, 4-2 for Chicago. Michael Jordan finished with 33 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. He was excellent in the fourth quarter. He scored the Chicago’s only nine points in the […]

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John Paxson’s clutch 3-pointer lifted the Bulls to their third consecutive title on this date in 1993

John Paxson’s clutch 3-pointer gave the Chicago Bulls a 99-98 road victory against the Phoenix Suns in Game 6. The victory clinched the NBA Finals, 4-2 for Chicago.

Michael Jordan finished with 33 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. He was excellent in the fourth quarter. He scored the Chicago’s only nine points in the quarter with the exception of Paxson’s 3-pointer.

The Bulls got possession of the ball down 98-96 and the Suns defense collapsed on Jordan. That left Paxson wide open for three. He knocked down the go-ahead shot with 3.9 seconds remaining.

Phoenix had one last chance but Horace Grant swatted away Kevin Johnson’s jumper at the buzzer.

Grant had just one point but made the game’s most important defensive play. Scottie Pippen also played well for the Bulls, finishing with 23 points and 12 rebounds.

Charles Barkley finished with 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Suns. Johnson finished with 19 points and 10 assists.

The Bulls went 10-14 on 3-pointers, while the Suns went 4-11.

Michael Jordan was named Finals MVP for the third consecutive season. He then left the NBA to play baseball after the season but returned to the Bulls in 1995.

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Hakeem Olajuwon’s blocked shot denied the Knicks a championship on this date in 1994 https://www.talkbasket.net/92852-hakeem-olajuwons-blocked-shot-denied-the-knicks-a-championship-on-this-date-in-1994 https://www.talkbasket.net/92852-hakeem-olajuwons-blocked-shot-denied-the-knicks-a-championship-on-this-date-in-1994#respond Fri, 19 Jun 2020 04:13:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92852 Hakeem Olajuwon tipped John Starks’ 3-point attempt at the buzzer. His block preserved an 86-84 home victory for the Houston Rockets over the New York Knicks In Game 6. Houston’s victory forced a Game 7. Olajuwon finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. The Knicks trailed 46-36 at the half but Starks […]

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Hakeem Olajuwon’s blocked shot denied the Knicks a championship on this date in 1994

Hakeem Olajuwon tipped John Starks’ 3-point attempt at the buzzer. His block preserved an 86-84 home victory for the Houston Rockets over the New York Knicks In Game 6. Houston’s victory forced a Game 7.

Olajuwon finished with 30 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots.

The Knicks trailed 46-36 at the half but Starks got hot in the second half and led a comeback. He had 27 points and eights assists in the game. He also went 5-9 on 3-pointers. He appeared to have a good look at the buzzer but Olajuwon used his long reach to crush New York’s dreams of a title.

Patrick Ewing finished with 17 points, 15 rebounds and four blocked but struggled with efficiency. He went 6-20 on fields goal attempts.

Olajuwon and Ewing battled each other all series but Olajuwon got the best of Ewing in Game 6.

The Rockets went on to win Game 7, 90-84. Olajuwon was named Finals MVP.

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Kareem’s clutch free throws saved the Lakers season on this date in 1988 https://www.talkbasket.net/92848-kareems-clutch-free-throws-saved-the-lakers-season-on-this-date-in-1988 https://www.talkbasket.net/92848-kareems-clutch-free-throws-saved-the-lakers-season-on-this-date-in-1988#respond Fri, 19 Jun 2020 04:04:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92848 The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Detroit Pistons 103-102 at home to tie the NBA Finals at three games apiece. The Pistons led 102-101 late but a controversial call was made against Bill Laimbeer when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar attempted his signature hook shot. There did not appear to be much contact but Abdul-Jabbar got the call […]

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Kareem’s clutch free throws saved the Lakers season on this date in 1988

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Detroit Pistons 103-102 at home to tie the NBA Finals at three games apiece.

The Pistons led 102-101 late but a controversial call was made against Bill Laimbeer when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar attempted his signature hook shot. There did not appear to be much contact but Abdul-Jabbar got the call and calmly knocked down both free throws.

He went 3-14 from the field but 8-8 on free throws in the game.

Detroit failed to score and after two missed free throws by Los Angeles, the Pistons had one last chance but failed to get a shot off before time expired.

Isiah Thomas was brilliant for the Pistons despite a sprained ankle he suffered early in the game. He finished with 43 points, eight assists and six steals. He had 25 of his points in the third quarter.

Magic Johnson had 22 points and 19 assists for the Lakers. James Worthy had 28 points and nine rebound.

The Lakers won Game 7 at home 108-105. Worthy was dominant in the game, finishing with 36 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. Johnson had 19 points and 14 assists.

Worthy was named Finals MVP.

The Pistons bounced back from the heartbreaking loss the following season. They swept the Lakers to win the 1989 NBA Finals.

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Ray Allen’s clutch three helped the Heat extend their season with a comeback victory on this date in 2013 https://www.talkbasket.net/92747-ray-allens-clutch-three-helped-the-heat-extend-their-season-with-a-comeback-victory-on-this-date-in-2013 https://www.talkbasket.net/92747-ray-allens-clutch-three-helped-the-heat-extend-their-season-with-a-comeback-victory-on-this-date-in-2013#respond Thu, 18 Jun 2020 04:00:15 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92747 Ray Allen’s clutch 3-pointer with time running out in regulation sent the game into overtime. The Miami Heat went on to beat the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6, 103-100 at home. The victory forced a Game 7. The Spurs led by 10 going into the fourth quarter and led 94-89 with 28.2 seconds remaining […]

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Ray Allen’s clutch three helped the Heat extend their season with a comeback victory on this date in 2013

Ray Allen’s clutch 3-pointer with time running out in regulation sent the game into overtime. The Miami Heat went on to beat the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6, 103-100 at home. The victory forced a Game 7.

The Spurs led by 10 going into the fourth quarter and led 94-89 with 28.2 seconds remaining in the game. Heat fans were leaving the arena.

LeBron James hit a 3-pointer with 20.1 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 94-92. The Spurs then made one of two free throw attempts.

James missed a 3-pointer but Chris Bosh got the rebound and found Allen who hit a clutch three from the corner to tie the game.

The Spurs had one more opportunity to win in regulation but Tony Parker missed an off-balance shot at the buzzer.

The Heat trailed once again in overtime but a clutch bucket from James put them up 101-100. They extended the lead to 103-100 and Bosh slivered with a clutch blocked shot at the buzzer to give Miami the victory.

James finished with 32 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds.

Tim Duncan finished with 30 points and 17 rebounds for San Antonio.

Miami went on to win Game 7 to clinch their second consecutive championship. James was named Finals MVP.

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Patrick Ewing tied a Finals record with eight blocked shots on this date in 1994 https://www.talkbasket.net/92627-patrick-ewing-tied-a-finals-record-with-eight-blocked-shots-on-this-date-in-1994 https://www.talkbasket.net/92627-patrick-ewing-tied-a-finals-record-with-eight-blocked-shots-on-this-date-in-1994#respond Wed, 17 Jun 2020 04:00:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92627 Patrick Ewing dominated the Houston Rockets on both ends of the court. He led the New York Knicks to a 91-84 victory at Madison Square Garden. The victory gave New York a 3-2 series lead. Ewing was able to outplay Hakeem Olajuwon in the game. Ewing finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks. […]

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Patrick Ewing tied a Finals record with eight blocked shots on this date in 1994

Patrick Ewing dominated the Houston Rockets on both ends of the court. He led the New York Knicks to a 91-84 victory at Madison Square Garden. The victory gave New York a 3-2 series lead.

Ewing was able to outplay Hakeem Olajuwon in the game. Ewing finished with 25 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocks. Olajuwon had 27 points, eight rebounds and two blocks.

The Knicks also got key contributions from John Starks and Anthony Mason. Starks scored 19 points and Mason finished with 17 points and nine rebounds off the bench.

The game was tied after three quarters but the Knicks outscored Houston 30-23 in the fourth quarter.

Ewing’s record stood for 15 years, until Dwight Howard blocked nine shots in Game 4 of the 2009 NBA Finals for the Orlando Magic.

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The Warriors clinched the NBA Finals five years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/92482-the-warriors-clinched-the-nba-finals-five-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/92482-the-warriors-clinched-the-nba-finals-five-years-ago-today#respond Tue, 16 Jun 2020 04:33:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92482 The Golden State Warriors clinched the 2015 NBA Finals with a 105-97 road victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6. The Warriors were excellent in the first quarter, outscoring the Cavaliers 28-15. They led by eight points after three quarter and held off the Cavaliers after LeBron James and J.R. Smith helped Cleveland cut […]

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The Warriors clinched the NBA Finals five years ago today

The Golden State Warriors clinched the 2015 NBA Finals with a 105-97 road victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6.

The Warriors were excellent in the first quarter, outscoring the Cavaliers 28-15. They led by eight points after three quarter and held off the Cavaliers after LeBron James and J.R. Smith helped Cleveland cut into the lead in the fourth quarter.

For Golden State, Stephen Curry and Andre Iguodala both finished with 25 points. Draymond Green had 16 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists and three steals.

James finished with 32 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists for the Cavs.

Iguodala was named Finals MVP as he stepped up offensively and his defense helped contain James.

This meeting was the first of four consecutive finals between the two teams. The Warriors won three of those four matchups.

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The Spurs got revenge on the Heat and clinched their fifth title on this date in 2014 https://www.talkbasket.net/92434-the-spurs-got-revenge-on-the-heat-and-clinched-their-fifth-title-on-this-date-in-2014 https://www.talkbasket.net/92434-the-spurs-got-revenge-on-the-heat-and-clinched-their-fifth-title-on-this-date-in-2014#respond Mon, 15 Jun 2020 19:15:31 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92434 The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 104-87 at home in Game 5 to win their fifth championship. One year earlier, the Spurs lost a heartbreaking Finals series in seven games to the Heat. San Antonio dominated Miami in the 2014 NBA Finals. They lost Game 2, 98-96, but all four of their victories […]

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The Spurs got revenge on the Heat and clinched their fifth title on this date in 2014

The San Antonio Spurs defeated the Miami Heat 104-87 at home in Game 5 to win their fifth championship.

One year earlier, the Spurs lost a heartbreaking Finals series in seven games to the Heat.

San Antonio dominated Miami in the 2014 NBA Finals. They lost Game 2, 98-96, but all four of their victories were by 15 points or more. San Antonio’s “Big 3” proved they had one more incredible run left in them and Kawhi Leonard showed he was developing into a star.

In Game 5, Leonard had 22 points, Manu Ginobili had 19 points, Tony Parker and 16 points and Tim Duncan had 14 points. The Spurs also had much more depth than the Heat and that made a huge difference in 2014.

San Antonio only faced elimination once during their title run and that was in Game 7 of their first round series against the Dallas Mavericks. They won 119-96 at home. Parker had 32 points and Ginobili added 20 off the bench. The Spurs led 68-46 at the half and never looked back.

San Antonio then defeated the Portland Trail Blazers in five games, earning a trip to the Western Conference Finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. They won the series in six games.

Head coach Gregg Popovich’s deep bench and unselfish style of play helped prevent the veteran stars on the Spurs from getting warn down.

Leonard was named Finals MVP.

It was the fourth and final championship for Ginobili and Parker. It was the fifth and final one for Duncan.

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The Rockets became the first six seed to win the NBA Finals on this date 25 years ago https://www.talkbasket.net/92267-the-rockets-became-the-first-six-seed-to-win-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-25-years-ago https://www.talkbasket.net/92267-the-rockets-became-the-first-six-seed-to-win-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-25-years-ago#respond Sun, 14 Jun 2020 04:40:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92267 The Houston Rockets completed a sweep of the Orlando Magic with a 113-101 at home in Game 4 on this date in 1995. Hakeem Olajuwon had 35 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. Houston began their improbably win against the Utah Jazz in the first round of the postseason. They trailed 2-1 in the […]

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The Rockets became the first six seed to win the NBA Finals on this date 25 years ago

The Houston Rockets completed a sweep of the Orlando Magic with a 113-101 at home in Game 4 on this date in 1995.

Hakeem Olajuwon had 35 points and 15 rebounds in the victory.

Houston began their improbably win against the Utah Jazz in the first round of the postseason. They trailed 2-1 in the best of five series. A blowout victory at home forced a win-or-go-home game in Utah. They trailed by seven points going into the fourth quarter but outscored the Jazz 31-20 in the fourth quarter. Olajuwon finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds. Clyde Drexler finished with 31 points and 10 rebounds.

Houston took on the Phoenix Suns in the second round of the postseason. They trailed 3-1 in the series but stayed alive with an overtime victory in Game 5. Olajuwon had 31 points Kenny Smith had 21. They then won Game 6 at home. In Game 7, with the game tied, Mario Elie hit the game-winning “Kiss of Death” three-pointer with 7.1 seconds left. The Rockets won the game 115-114. Olajuwon and Drexler both finished the game with 29 points.

The Rockets took on their in-state rivals, the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. Houston won game 1, 94-93, after Robert Horry knocked down a clutch game-winning jumper with 6.5 seconds remaining. They went on to win the series in six games. In Game 6 Olajuwon was dominant, finishing with 39 points, 17 rebounds and five blocked shots. His incredible performance sent them to the NBA Finals.

Houston traveled to Orlando for Game 1 of the Finals. Orlando’s Nick Anderson missed four consecutive free throws, which could have put the game away for the Magic. Instead, Smith hit a game-tying 3-pointer for the Rockets with 1.6 seconds remaining. With the game tied at 118 and time running out in overtime, Olajuwon tipped in the game-winning shot with 0.3 seconds remaining.

The Magic were never able to recover from their collapse in Game 1, and the Rockets won the next three games of the series to complete the sweep. It was their second consecutive championship.

Olajuwon was named Finals MVP for the second consecutive season.

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The Suns defeated the Bulls in triple overtime in Game 3 of the Finals on this date in 1993 https://www.talkbasket.net/92233-the-suns-defeated-the-bulls-in-triple-overtime-in-game-3-of-the-finals-on-this-date-in-1993 https://www.talkbasket.net/92233-the-suns-defeated-the-bulls-in-triple-overtime-in-game-3-of-the-finals-on-this-date-in-1993#respond Sat, 13 Jun 2020 19:53:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92233 The Phoenix Suns won a crucial road game in Chicago 129-121 in triple overtime. The victory cut the Bulls lead in the series to 2-1. The game was close throughout as the star players on both teams were fantastic. Both teams failed to hit a shot at the end of regulation. At the end of […]

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The Suns defeated the Bulls in triple overtime in Game 3 of the Finals on this date in 1993

The Phoenix Suns won a crucial road game in Chicago 129-121 in triple overtime. The victory cut the Bulls lead in the series to 2-1.

The game was close throughout as the star players on both teams were fantastic.

Both teams failed to hit a shot at the end of regulation. At the end of the first overtime, Phoenix missed three shots that could have won the game for them. In the second overtime Dan Majerle hit a game-trying shot for the Suns just before time expired. He finished with 28 points. In the third overtime the Suns finally pulled away from the Bulls to earn the road victory.

Charles Barkley finished with 24 points and 19 rebounds. Kevin Johnson bounced back from a dreadful Game 2 and finished with 25 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. He played 62 minutes in the game.

Michael Jordan finished with 44 points, nine rebounds and six assists for the Bulls. Scottie Pippen had 26 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

Phoenix’s victory got them back in the series but the Bulls went on to win Game 4 and won the series in six games.

Jordan was named Finals MVP. He then left the NBA to play baseball in 1994.

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The Celtics defeated the Lakers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on this date in 1984 https://www.talkbasket.net/92174-the-celtics-defeated-the-lakers-in-game-7-of-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1984 https://www.talkbasket.net/92174-the-celtics-defeated-the-lakers-in-game-7-of-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1984#respond Fri, 12 Jun 2020 22:54:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92174 The Boston Celtics defeated their rivals the Los Angeles Lakers 111-102. They clinched the title at home in front of a raucous crowd at the Boston Garden. Boston was inefficient shooting but dominated the glass throughout the game. Boston out rebounded Los Angeles 52-33. That led to a dramatic increase in opportunities from the free […]

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The Celtics defeated the Lakers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals on this date in 1984

The Boston Celtics defeated their rivals the Los Angeles Lakers 111-102. They clinched the title at home in front of a raucous crowd at the Boston Garden.

Boston was inefficient shooting but dominated the glass throughout the game. Boston out rebounded Los Angeles 52-33. That led to a dramatic increase in opportunities from the free throw line for the Celtics. They shot 43-51 on free throws, while the Lakers shot 18-28 on free throws.

Cedric Maxwell led the way for the Celtics. He finished with 24 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Larry Bird had 20 points and 12 rebounds.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar finished with 29 points for the Lakers but was limited to six rebounds. Magic Johnson had 16 points and 15 assists.

Larry Bird was named Finals MVP.

The Lakers got their revenge on the Celtics the following season, beating them in six games in the 1985 NBA Finals.

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Derek Fisher’s clutch shooting burned the Magic in the NBA Finals on this date in 2009 https://www.talkbasket.net/92062-derek-fishers-clutch-shooting-burned-the-magic-in-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-2009 https://www.talkbasket.net/92062-derek-fishers-clutch-shooting-burned-the-magic-in-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-2009#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2020 20:16:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92062 Derek Fisher’s clutch 3-pointers lifted the Los Angeles Lakers to a 99-91 road victory in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. The win gave them a commanding 3-1 lead over the Orlando Magic. The Magic led late in the fourth quarter but Kobe Bryant’s excellent performance kept the Lakers within striking distance. With the Magic […]

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Derek Fisher’s clutch shooting burned the Magic in the NBA Finals on this date in 2009

Derek Fisher’s clutch 3-pointers lifted the Los Angeles Lakers to a 99-91 road victory in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. The win gave them a commanding 3-1 lead over the Orlando Magic.

The Magic led late in the fourth quarter but Kobe Bryant’s excellent performance kept the Lakers within striking distance. With the Magic up 87-84 Dwight Howard went to the free throw line. He had an opportunity to close out the game, but instead missed both free throws. Los Angeles got the rebound and called timeout.

On the ensuing Lakers possession, Fisher drilled a 3-pointer over Jameer Nelson to tie the game with 4.6 seconds remaining. The Magic missed a contested off-balance shot at the buzzer, and the game went to overtime.

Neither team could get much going offensively and the game was tied at 91 late in overtime. With time running down, Bryant found Fisher, who once again hit a clutch 3-pointer, this time with 31.3 seconds remaining. The Magic missed their next shot leading to a Pau Gasol dunk which put the game away.

Fisher went 2-7 on 3-pointers but those two were crucial. Gasol finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Bryant finished with 32 points, eight assists and seven rebounds.

Howard was great inside for the Magic, finishing with 16 points, 21 rebounds and nine blocked shots. However he shot 6-14 on free throw attempts, including the two misses at the end of regulation. Hedo Türkoğlu had 25 points in the loss.

The win was crucial for the Lakers as they closed out the series at home in Game 5.

Bryant was named Finals MVP.

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The Knicks became the first eight seed to make it to the NBA Finals on this date in 1999 https://www.talkbasket.net/91990-the-knicks-became-the-first-eight-seed-to-make-it-to-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1999 https://www.talkbasket.net/91990-the-knicks-became-the-first-eight-seed-to-make-it-to-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1999#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2020 04:01:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91990 The New York Knicks won 90-82 at home in Game 6 to advance to the NBA Finals. In doing so, they eliminated their rivals, the Indiana Pacers. Allan Houston scored 32 points to lead the way for New York. He played 47:01 in the game. Latrell Sprewell added 20 points. The Knicks outscored the Pacers […]

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The Knicks became the first eight seed to make it to the NBA Finals on this date in 1999

The New York Knicks won 90-82 at home in Game 6 to advance to the NBA Finals. In doing so, they eliminated their rivals, the Indiana Pacers.

Allan Houston scored 32 points to lead the way for New York. He played 47:01 in the game. Latrell Sprewell added 20 points.

The Knicks outscored the Pacers 31-23 in the fourth quarter and held Reggie Miller to eight points on 3-18 shooting in the game.

The Knicks incredible run began when they snuck into the playoffs as the number eight seed after a disappointing regular season.

They upset the number one seeded Miami Heat in the first round. The Knicks battled to force a win-or-go-home Game 5 in Miami. With New York trailing by one point, Houston hit a game-winning shot with less than one second remaining.

The Knicks then used that momentum to sweep the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the postseason.

In the Eastern Conference Finals they took on Miller and the Pacers.

Patrick Ewing’s double double led New York to a road victory in Game 1. However, after Game 2, it was revealed he had suffered an achilles injury. Ewing would miss the rest of the postseason.

With the series tied at one game a piece, the Knicks returned home to Madison Square Garden. They trailed 91-88 with time running out in the game but with just over five seconds remaining Larry Johnson hit a 3-pointer and got fouled on the play. He hit the free throw giving New York a 92-91 lead. The Pacers failed to score and the Knicks won Game 3.

Indiana won Game 4 but the Knicks bounced back with a crucial 101-94 victory on the road in Game 5. They outscored the Pacers 36-25 in the fourth quarter. Sprewell had 29 points and Marcus Camby finished with 21 points 13 rebounds and six blocks off the bench.

The Knicks then closed out the series at home sending them to the NBA Finals to play the San Antonio Spurs.

The Spurs had been dominant throughout the postseason thanks to Tim Duncan and David Robinson. The Finals were no exception and the Knicks sorely missed Ewing. Their magical run ended with a loss to San Antonio in five games.

Still, the disappointing ending should not take away from New York’s impressive run.

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Michael Jordan outdueled Charles Barkley in a Finals thriller on this date in 1993 https://www.talkbasket.net/91987-michael-jordan-outdueled-charles-barkley-in-a-finals-thriller-on-this-date-in-1993 https://www.talkbasket.net/91987-michael-jordan-outdueled-charles-barkley-in-a-finals-thriller-on-this-date-in-1993#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2020 04:00:39 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91987 Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley both put on a show in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. It was the Chicago Bulls who came away with a 111-108 road victory over the Phoenix Suns, which gave them a 2-0 series lead. The Bulls could not stop Barkley but the Suns could not stop Jordan. Barkley […]

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Michael Jordan outdueled Charles Barkley in a Finals thriller on this date in 1993

Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley both put on a show in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. It was the Chicago Bulls who came away with a 111-108 road victory over the Phoenix Suns, which gave them a 2-0 series lead.

The Bulls could not stop Barkley but the Suns could not stop Jordan. Barkley finished with 42 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. Jordan finished with 42 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.

Chicago led for most of the game but Phoenix cut into the lead in their quarter and it remained close in the fourth quarter.

A key factor in the game was the strong play of Scottie Pippen. He had a triple-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. He also had a crucial block and rebound late in the fourth quarter to preserve Chicago’s lead.

For the Suns, star point guard Kevin Johnson struggled. He finished with just four points on 2-8 shooting and fouled out of the game.

The loss was devastating for Phoenix, as they dropped the first two games of the series at home. They battled back to win Game 3 in Chicago but the bulls prevailed in six games. It was their third consecutive championship.

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Magic Johnson’s clutch hook shot lifted the Lakers past the Celtics in game 4 of the Finals on this date in 1987 https://www.talkbasket.net/91895-magic-johnsons-clutch-hook-shot-lifted-the-lakers-past-the-celtics-in-game-4-of-the-finals-on-this-date-in-1987 https://www.talkbasket.net/91895-magic-johnsons-clutch-hook-shot-lifted-the-lakers-past-the-celtics-in-game-4-of-the-finals-on-this-date-in-1987#respond Wed, 10 Jun 2020 00:28:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91895 Magic Johnson’s go-ahead hook shot with two seconds remaining lifted the Los Angeles Lakers to a 107-106 road win against the Boston Celtics. The victory gave the Lakers a commanding 3-1 series lead. The Celtics were ahead for the majority of the game but Johnson helped the Lakers comeback in the fourth quarter. They trailed […]

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Magic Johnson’s clutch hook shot lifted the Lakers past the Celtics in game 4 of the Finals on this date in 1987

Magic Johnson’s go-ahead hook shot with two seconds remaining lifted the Los Angeles Lakers to a 107-106 road win against the Boston Celtics. The victory gave the Lakers a commanding 3-1 series lead.

The Celtics were ahead for the majority of the game but Johnson helped the Lakers comeback in the fourth quarter. They trailed 106-105 when he hit the go-ahead shot over Kevin McHale. Boston had one last chance but Larry Bird missed a contested shot at the buzzer.

Johnson finished with 29 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead Los Angeles. James Worthy had 21 points.

McHale led the way for Boston, finishing with 25 points and 13 rebounds. Larry Bird finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. He played 47 minutes.

The Celtics went on to win Game 5 and extend the series. The Lakers then clinched the title at home in Game 6. Johnson was named Finals MVP.

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Magic Johnson secured a triple double to help the Lakers clinch the NBA Finals on this date in 1982 https://www.talkbasket.net/91792-magic-johnson-secured-a-triple-double-to-help-the-lakers-clinch-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1982 https://www.talkbasket.net/91792-magic-johnson-secured-a-triple-double-to-help-the-lakers-clinch-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1982#respond Mon, 08 Jun 2020 21:05:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91792 Magic Johnson’s excellent all-around performance led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 114-104 home victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. The game gave the Lakers a 4-2 series victory to clinch the title. Johnson finished with 13 points, 13 rebounds 13 assists, four steals and two blocks. He took just three shots and made two of […]

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Magic Johnson secured a triple double to help the Lakers clinch the NBA Finals on this date in 1982

Magic Johnson’s excellent all-around performance led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 114-104 home victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. The game gave the Lakers a 4-2 series victory to clinch the title.

Johnson finished with 13 points, 13 rebounds 13 assists, four steals and two blocks. He took just three shots and made two of them. He made all nine of his free throws in the game.

Jamaal Wilkes scored 27 points for the Lakers. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Julius Erving kept the game close. He finished with 30 points, eight rebounds and five steals but it wasn’t enough.

Johnson was named Finals MVP for the second time in three years. He finished his career with five championships and three Finals MVP awards.

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Larry Bird led the Celtics past the Lakers in a burning hot Boston Garden on this date in 1984 https://www.talkbasket.net/91788-larry-bird-led-the-celtics-past-the-lakers-in-a-burning-hot-boston-garden-on-this-date-in-1984 https://www.talkbasket.net/91788-larry-bird-led-the-celtics-past-the-lakers-in-a-burning-hot-boston-garden-on-this-date-in-1984#respond Mon, 08 Jun 2020 20:46:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91788 Larry Bird helped the Boston Celtics to a 121-103 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The victory gave Boston a 3-2 series lead. Home court advantage played a big role in the game as it was 97 degrees inside the Boston Garden. The Celtics were used to playing […]

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Larry Bird led the Celtics past the Lakers in a burning hot Boston Garden on this date in 1984

Larry Bird helped the Boston Celtics to a 121-103 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. The victory gave Boston a 3-2 series lead.

Home court advantage played a big role in the game as it was 97 degrees inside the Boston Garden. The Celtics were used to playing in the heat, while the Lakers were not.

Bird finished with 34 points and 17 rebounds. Dennis Johnson scored scored 22 points and Kevin McHale finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

“I love to play in the heat,” said Bird.

Magic Johnson finished with 10 points and 13 assists for the Lakers. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar finished with 19 points but labored in the heat and struggled from the field. He went 7-25 on field goal attempts.

The Celtics went on to win the NBA Finals in seven games.

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Larry Bird’s triple double clinched the NBA Finals for the Celtics on this date in 1986 https://www.talkbasket.net/91783-larry-birds-triple-double-clinched-the-nba-finals-for-the-celtics-on-this-date-in-1986 https://www.talkbasket.net/91783-larry-birds-triple-double-clinched-the-nba-finals-for-the-celtics-on-this-date-in-1986#respond Mon, 08 Jun 2020 20:34:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91783 Larry Bird’s great performance led the Boston Celtics to a 114-97 home victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The victory clinched the series. Bird and McHale were both excellent early and helped Boston jump out to a 55-38 lead at the half. The Rockets were never able to make […]

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Larry Bird’s triple double clinched the NBA Finals for the Celtics on this date in 1986

Larry Bird’s great performance led the Boston Celtics to a 114-97 home victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The victory clinched the series.

Bird and McHale were both excellent early and helped Boston jump out to a 55-38 lead at the half. The Rockets were never able to make it close and the Celtics cruised to the victory.

Bird finished with 29 points, 12 assists, 11 rebounds and three steals. He played 46 minutes in the game. No one on Houston was able to contain him. McHale finished with 29 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.

Hakeem Olajuwon played well and finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds and four steals but he didn’t get much help. Ralph Sampson struggled, finishing with eight points on 4-12 shooting.

Bird was named Finals MVP.

It would be the final title of his career and the last one for Boston until 2008.

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The Bulls held the Jazz to 54 points in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on this date in 1998 https://www.talkbasket.net/91660-the-bulls-held-the-jazz-to-54-points-in-game-3-of-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1998 https://www.talkbasket.net/91660-the-bulls-held-the-jazz-to-54-points-in-game-3-of-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1998#respond Sun, 07 Jun 2020 05:19:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91660 The Bulls shutdown the Utah Jazz at home in Chicago. They won 96-54 to take a 2-1 series lead. This was one of the most lopsided games in postseason history. Karl Malone was the only Jazz player to score in double figures. He finished with 22 points and went 8-11 on field goal attempts but […]

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The Bulls held the Jazz to 54 points in  Game 3 of the NBA Finals on this date in 1998

The Bulls shutdown the Utah Jazz at home in Chicago. They won 96-54 to take a 2-1 series lead.

This was one of the most lopsided games in postseason history. Karl Malone was the only Jazz player to score in double figures. He finished with 22 points and went 8-11 on field goal attempts but also had seven turnovers. The rest of the team went 13-59 on field goal attempts.

Utah set the record record for fewest points in a playoff game since the NBA began to use the 24-second shot clock.

Michael Jordan finished with 24 points to lead the Bulls. The blowout allowed the Bulls to give a little extra rest to their veteran stars, including Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman.

The Jazz had just nine points in the fourth quarter and 23 in the second half.

Ironically, in 1986, Jordan scored 63 points in a postseason game against the Boston Celtics.

The Jazz battled back in the series but Jordan and the Bulls prevailed in six games to win their third consecutive championship.

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Allen Iverson stunned the Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on this date in 2001 https://www.talkbasket.net/91622-allen-iverson-stunned-the-lakers-in-game-1-of-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-2001 https://www.talkbasket.net/91622-allen-iverson-stunned-the-lakers-in-game-1-of-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-2001#respond Sat, 06 Jun 2020 20:23:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91622 Allen Iverson led the Philadelphia 76ers to a shocking 107-101 overtime victory at the Los Angeles Lakers. He finished with 48 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals. He famously crossed over Lakers guard Tyronn Lue, knocked down a shot and stepped over Lue. That shot gave the Sixers a 103-99 lead with less […]

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Allen Iverson stunned the Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on this date in 2001

Allen Iverson led the Philadelphia 76ers to a shocking 107-101 overtime victory at the Los Angeles Lakers.

He finished with 48 points, six assists, five rebounds and five steals. He famously crossed over Lakers guard Tyronn Lue, knocked down a shot and stepped over Lue. That shot gave the Sixers a 103-99 lead with less than one minute remaining in overtime. Iverson played 52:57 in the game.

Dikembe Mutombo also played well for Philadelphia. He finished with 13 points, 16 rebounds and five blocked shots. The Sixers outscored the Lakers by 14 points when he was in the game.

Shaquille O’Neal did everything he could for the Lakers but it wasn’t enough to get the victory. he finished with 44 points, 20 rebounds and five assists. Rick Fox had 19 points and Kobe Bryant had 15 points.

Despite Iverson’s heroics, Los Angeles won the series in five games. Game 1 of the NBA Finals was their only postseason loss in 2001.

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Michael Jordan did “The Move” against the Lakers in the NBA Finals on this date in 1991 https://www.talkbasket.net/91567-michael-jordan-did-the-move-against-the-lakers-in-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1991 https://www.talkbasket.net/91567-michael-jordan-did-the-move-against-the-lakers-in-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1991#respond Sat, 06 Jun 2020 01:06:44 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91567 Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to a 107-86 victory at home over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. The victory tied the series at one game apiece. Jordan did “The Move,” when he elevated to dunk the ball with his right hand but adjusted in midair to lay the […]

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Michael Jordan did “The Move” against the Lakers in the NBA Finals on this date in 1991

Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls to a 107-86 victory at home over the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. The victory tied the series at one game apiece.

Jordan did “The Move,” when he elevated to dunk the ball with his right hand but adjusted in midair to lay the ball in with his left hand.

He was unstoppable in the game. Jordan finished with 33 points, 13 assists, seven rebounds, two steals and a block. He went 15-18 on field goal attempts.

Scottie Pippen added 20 points and 10 assists for Chicago.

Magic Johnson finished with 14 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds for Los Angeles. James Worthy had 24 points.

This game was the first of four consecutive victories for the Bulls, as Jordan led them to their first title.

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The Celtics beat the Suns in triple overtime in the NBA Finals on this date in 1976 https://www.talkbasket.net/91422-the-celtics-beat-the-suns-in-triple-overtime-in-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1976 https://www.talkbasket.net/91422-the-celtics-beat-the-suns-in-triple-overtime-in-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1976#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2020 20:47:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91422 The Celtics, led by Jo Jo White, prevailed at home in Boston over the Phoenix Suns. Boston held on for a 128-126 win in triple overtime to take a 3-2 series lead. White finished with 33 points, nine assists and six rebounds. The Celtics trailed by 110-109 with time running out in double overtime, when […]

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The Celtics beat the Suns in triple overtime in the NBA Finals on this date in 1976

The Celtics, led by Jo Jo White, prevailed at home in Boston over the Phoenix Suns. Boston held on for a 128-126 win in triple overtime to take a 3-2 series lead.

White finished with 33 points, nine assists and six rebounds.

The Celtics trailed by 110-109 with time running out in double overtime, when John Havlicek banked in a go-ahead shot. Time appeared to expire and fans stormed the court. However, one second was put back on the clock.

The Suns gave up a technical free throw to advance the ball and trailed by two. As time expired, Gar Heard hit a contested jump shot to tie the game and force a third overtime. He ended up playing 61 minutes in the game.

In the third overtime, Boston took a 128-122 lead. Phoenix cut the lead to 128-126 but never got the ball back before time expired.

Boston won Game 6 87-80 on the the road to clinch the NBA Finals.

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Michael Jordan shrugs after dominating the Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on this date in 1992 https://www.talkbasket.net/91313-michael-jordan-shrugs-after-dominating-the-trail-blazers-in-game-1-of-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1992 https://www.talkbasket.net/91313-michael-jordan-shrugs-after-dominating-the-trail-blazers-in-game-1-of-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1992#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 19:18:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91313 Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls past the Portland Trail Blazers, 122-89 to take Game 1 of the Finals. He finished with 35 points in the first half and 39 in the game. He also had 11 assists. He famously shrugged his shoulders after hitting his sixth 3-pointer of the first half. The Bulls went […]

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Michael Jordan shrugs after dominating the Trail Blazers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on this date in 1992

Michael Jordan led the Chicago Bulls past the Portland Trail Blazers, 122-89 to take Game 1 of the Finals.

He finished with 35 points in the first half and 39 in the game. He also had 11 assists. He famously shrugged his shoulders after hitting his sixth 3-pointer of the first half.

The Bulls went on to win the NBA Finals in six games.

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Magic Johnson dished out an NBA Finals-record 21 assists against the Celtics on this date in 1984 https://www.talkbasket.net/91307-magic-johnson-dished-out-an-nba-finals-record-21-assists-against-the-celtics-on-this-date-in-1984 https://www.talkbasket.net/91307-magic-johnson-dished-out-an-nba-finals-record-21-assists-against-the-celtics-on-this-date-in-1984#respond Wed, 03 Jun 2020 19:00:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91307 Magic Johnson put on a clinic, as he led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 137-104 home victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. The victory gave the lakers a 2-1 series lead. Johnson finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds to go with his 21 assists. Boston could not […]

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Magic Johnson dished out an NBA Finals-record 21 assists against the Celtics on this date in 1984

Magic Johnson put on a clinic, as he led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 137-104 home victory over the Boston Celtics in Game 3 of the NBA Finals. The victory gave the lakers a 2-1 series lead.

Johnson finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds to go with his 21 assists. Boston could not contain him and the “Showtime” Lakers ran wild.

The Lakers jumped out an early lead and never looked back, outscoring the Celtics 80-58 in the second half.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar finished with 24 points for the Lakers and Bob McAdoo had 21 off the bench.

Larry Bird had 30 points for the Celtics in the loss.

Johnson’s 21 assists remains the most in an NBA Finals game.

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Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton led the SuperSonics to the NBA Finals on this date in 1996 https://www.talkbasket.net/91208-shawn-kemp-and-gary-payton-led-the-supersonics-to-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1996 https://www.talkbasket.net/91208-shawn-kemp-and-gary-payton-led-the-supersonics-to-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1996#respond Tue, 02 Jun 2020 18:43:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91208 Shawn Kemp came up clutch in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. He led the Seattle SuperSonics to a 90-86 home victory over the Utah Jazz. Seattle led throughout the fourth quarter, with Utah trying to come from behind. Every time the Jazz cut into the lead the SuperSonics would answer. Kemp finished with […]

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Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton led the SuperSonics to the NBA Finals on this date in 1996

Shawn Kemp came up clutch in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. He led the Seattle SuperSonics to a 90-86 home victory over the Utah Jazz.

Seattle led throughout the fourth quarter, with Utah trying to come from behind. Every time the Jazz cut into the lead the SuperSonics would answer.

Kemp finished with 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead Seattle. He also hit two clutch free throws to give them an 89-86 lead.

With 8.2 seconds remaining Karl Malone was fouled but he missed both free throws and the SuperSonics secured the rebound and put the game away. Malone finished with 22 points but struggled with efficiency. He shot 8-22 from the field and 6-12 on free throws.

In addition to Kemp, Gary Payton played well for Seattle. He finished with 21 points, six rebounds and five assists.

John Stockton finished with 22 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals for Utah, but it wasn’t enough.

This was Seattle’s last Finals appearance before the franchise moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder.

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Reggie Miller taunted Spike Lee and took over Madison Square Garden on this date in 1994 https://www.talkbasket.net/90999-reggie-miller-taunted-spike-lee-and-took-over-madison-square-garden-on-this-date-in-1994 https://www.talkbasket.net/90999-reggie-miller-taunted-spike-lee-and-took-over-madison-square-garden-on-this-date-in-1994#respond Mon, 01 Jun 2020 04:16:18 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90999 Reggie Miller scored 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 93-86 victory over the New York Knicks. The victory gave the Pacers a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. Miller outscored the Knicks 25-16 in the fourth quarter, as Indiana erased a 12-point deficit. He set a […]

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Reggie Miller taunted Spike Lee and took over Madison Square Garden on this date in 1994

Reggie Miller scored 25 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 93-86 victory over the New York Knicks. The victory gave the Pacers a 3-2 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.

Miller outscored the Knicks 25-16 in the fourth quarter, as Indiana erased a 12-point deficit. He set a playoff record with five three-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 39 points.

Miller and Spike Lee had been trash talking all game and Miller taunted Lee throughout the fourth quarter. In fact, many Knicks fans blamed Lee for firing up Miller.

Despite Miller’s spectacular performance, New York won two consecutive games to win the series in seven games. The following season, Miller got his revenge, as he led the Pacers to a Game 7 victory in Madison Square Garden in the second round of the postseason.

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Gerald Henderson helped the Celtics steal Game 2 of the NBA Finals from the Lakers on this date in 1984 https://www.talkbasket.net/90961-gerald-henderson-helped-the-celtics-steal-game-2-of-the-nba-finals-from-the-lakers-on-this-date-in-1984 https://www.talkbasket.net/90961-gerald-henderson-helped-the-celtics-steal-game-2-of-the-nba-finals-from-the-lakers-on-this-date-in-1984#respond Sun, 31 May 2020 19:07:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90961 Gerald Henderson stole James Worthy’s pass at scored with 13 seconds left to tie the game at 113, sending the Boston garden crowd into a frenzy. The Celtics went on to win 124-121 in overtime to tie the series at one. Larry Bird had 27 points and 13 rebounds for Boston. Magic Johnson had 27 […]

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Gerald Henderson helped the Celtics steal Game 2 of the NBA Finals from the Lakers on this date in 1984

Gerald Henderson stole James Worthy’s pass at scored with 13 seconds left to tie the game at 113, sending the Boston garden crowd into a frenzy. The Celtics went on to win 124-121 in overtime to tie the series at one.

Larry Bird had 27 points and 13 rebounds for Boston.

Magic Johnson had 27 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists for Los Angeles. However, he failed to realize how much time was remaining in regulation and dribbled out the clock without getting a shot off, sending the game to overtime.

The Lakers had another chance to win the game overtime. They trailed 122-121 with eight seconds remaining and had the ball but they once again failed to get a shot off, as Bob McAdoo had the ball stolen from him. Bird made two free throws and the Lakers turned over the ensuing inbounds pass.

The game turned out to be a pivotal one as the Celtics went on to defeat the Lakers in seven games to win the 1984 NBA Finals.

Bird was named Finals MVP.

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The Celtics defeated the Pistons in Game 7 of the ECF in a game featuring 9 future Hall of Famers on this date in 1987 https://www.talkbasket.net/90868-the-celtics-defeated-the-pistons-in-game-7-of-the-eastern-conference-finals-in-a-game-featuring-nine-future-hall-of-famers-on-this-date-in-1987 https://www.talkbasket.net/90868-the-celtics-defeated-the-pistons-in-game-7-of-the-eastern-conference-finals-in-a-game-featuring-nine-future-hall-of-famers-on-this-date-in-1987#respond Sat, 30 May 2020 20:58:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90868 The Boston Celtics won Game 7 117-114 at home against the Detroit Pistons, thanks to an excellent performance by Larry Bird. The game featured nine future Hall of Famers. For the Celtics, Bird, Dennis Johnson, Robert Parish, Kevin McHale and Bill Walton. For the Pistons, Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Adrian Dantley and Dennis Rodman. It […]

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The Celtics defeated the Pistons in Game 7 of the ECF in a game featuring 9 future Hall of Famers on this date in 1987

The Boston Celtics won Game 7 117-114 at home against the Detroit Pistons, thanks to an excellent performance by Larry Bird.

The game featured nine future Hall of Famers. For the Celtics, Bird, Dennis Johnson, Robert Parish, Kevin McHale and Bill Walton. For the Pistons, Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Adrian Dantley and Dennis Rodman.

It was a back and forth game. The Celtics had the lead late in the fourth quarter and every time the Pistons made a push the Celtics responded and were able to hold them off.

Bird finished with 37 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in Game 7. He played all 48 minutes. Johnson, Parish and McHale all recorded double doubles.

Dumars finished with 35 for the Pistons in the loss and Thomas had 25.

In Game 4, a fight broke out between Bird and and Laimbeer after a hard foul by Laimbeer, late in the game. Laimbeer grabbed Bird by the neck and flung him to the ground. Bird punched Laimbeer and then threw the basketball at the Pistons. This led to another scuffle between Bird and Rodman.

Bird got his revenge on Laimbeer and the Pistons with his dominant Game 7 performance.

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Rik Smits beat the Magic at the buzzer in a wild playoff game on this date in 1995 https://www.talkbasket.net/90758-rik-smits-beat-the-magic-at-the-buzzer-in-a-wild-playoff-game-on-this-date-in-1995 https://www.talkbasket.net/90758-rik-smits-beat-the-magic-at-the-buzzer-in-a-wild-playoff-game-on-this-date-in-1995#respond Fri, 29 May 2020 18:58:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90758 Rik Smits knocked down a shot as a time expired to lift the Indiana Pacers to a 94-93 victory at home over the Orlando Magic. The victory tied the Eastern Conference Finals at two games apiece. With 13.3 second remaining Reggie Miller hit a 3-pointer to give the Pacers a two-point lead. Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway […]

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Rik Smits beat the Magic at the buzzer in a wild playoff game on this date in 1995

Rik Smits knocked down a shot as a time expired to lift the Indiana Pacers to a 94-93 victory at home over the Orlando Magic. The victory tied the Eastern Conference Finals at two games apiece.

With 13.3 second remaining Reggie Miller hit a 3-pointer to give the Pacers a two-point lead.

Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway responded by hitting an off-balance 3-pointer to give the Magic a one-point lead but there was still time remaining on the clock.

Indiana inbounded the ball to Smits, who pump faked and then calmly knocked down a jumper at the buzzer.

Smits finished with 21 points for the Pacers, while Miller had 23. Hardaway finished with 26 for the Magic.

Despite the incredible victory in game 4, Orlando prevailed, winning the series in seven games to advance to the NBA Finals.

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John Stockton’s clutch shot sent the Jazz to the NBA Finals on this date in 1997 https://www.talkbasket.net/90755-john-stocktons-clutch-shot-sent-the-jazz-to-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1997 https://www.talkbasket.net/90755-john-stocktons-clutch-shot-sent-the-jazz-to-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1997#respond Fri, 29 May 2020 18:41:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90755 John Stockton hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift his Utah Jazz past the Houston Rockets 103-100 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. The road victory clinched the series and sent Utah to the NBA Finals for the first time. The series was close throughout and so was Game 6. With the […]

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John Stockton’s clutch shot sent the Jazz to the NBA Finals on this date in 1997

John Stockton hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift his Utah Jazz past the Houston Rockets 103-100 in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. The road victory clinched the series and sent Utah to the NBA Finals for the first time.

The series was close throughout and so was Game 6.

With the Jazz trailing by two points and time running down, Stockton hit a floater to tie the game with with 22.4 seconds remaining.

Houston failed to score and with 2.8 seconds remaining, the game was tied at 100 apiece and the Jazz were inbounding the ball. Stockton got open and stepped into a 3-pointer at the buzzer, silencing the crowd in Houston.

Stockton was unstoppable in Game 6. He finished with 25 points, 13 assists and two steals.

Karl Malone was also excellent for Utah in Game 6. He finished with 24 points 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks.

After years of postseason disappoint, the Jazz finally advanced to the NBA Finals.

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Steph Curry and Klay Thompson willed the Warriors to a victory in Kevin Durant’s final home game with the Thunder https://www.talkbasket.net/90613-steph-curry-and-klay-thompson-willed-the-warriors-to-a-victory-in-kevin-durants-final-home-game-with-the-thunder https://www.talkbasket.net/90613-steph-curry-and-klay-thompson-willed-the-warriors-to-a-victory-in-kevin-durants-final-home-game-with-the-thunder#respond Thu, 28 May 2020 19:16:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90613 Steph Curry and Klay Thompson carried the Golden State Warriors to a 108-101 road victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on this date in 2016. The victory forced a Game 7. It also turned out to be Kevin Durant’s final home game in Oklahoma City. The Thunder […]

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Steph Curry and Klay Thompson willed the Warriors to a victory in Kevin Durant’s final home game with the Thunder

Steph Curry and Klay Thompson carried the Golden State Warriors to a 108-101 road victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on this date in 2016. The victory forced a Game 7. It also turned out to be Kevin Durant’s final home game in Oklahoma City.

The Thunder led for most of the game but Curry and Thompson kept the Warriors within striking distance. In the fourth quarter Thompson caught fire from behind the arc and down the stretch so did Curry.

The Warriors outscored the Thunder 33-18 in the fourth quarter.

Thompson shot 11-18 from behind the arc (a postseason record for made 3-pointers), while Curry shot 6-14 on three-point field goals. As a team, Oklahoma City shot 3-23 on 3-pointers.

Thompson finished with 41 points. Curry did a bit of everything for the Warriors, finishing with 31 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

The Warriors went on win 96-88 at home in Game 7. Curry and Thompson combined to shoot 13-23 on 3-pointers. The Thunder went 7-27 from behind the arc.

The game would be Kevin Durant’s final one with the Thunder, as he joined the Warriors in free agency during the offseason.

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Nets replay Deron Williams’ 57 point game in 2012 on YES Network https://www.talkbasket.net/90520-nets-replay-deron-williams-57-point-game-in-2012-on-yes-network https://www.talkbasket.net/90520-nets-replay-deron-williams-57-point-game-in-2012-on-yes-network#respond Thu, 28 May 2020 01:04:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90520 The Brooklyn Nets are replaying Deron Williams spectacular 57 point performance. He carried the team to a 104-101 road victory against the Charlotte Bobcats. The Nets trailed by 16 points but Williams led them back. He scored 18 of his 57 points in the fourth quarter. He also finished with seven assists and six rebounds. […]

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Nets replay Deron Williams’ 57 point game in 2012 on YES Network

The Brooklyn Nets are replaying Deron Williams spectacular 57 point performance. He carried the team to a 104-101 road victory against the Charlotte Bobcats.

The Nets trailed by 16 points but Williams led them back. He scored 18 of his 57 points in the fourth quarter. He also finished with seven assists and six rebounds. He went 16-29 on field-goal attempts and made all 21 of his free throw attempts.

His 57 points remain the most in a single game by a Nets player. He averaged 21 points per game that season, a career-high.

Williams spent five seasons with Nets and last played for the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2016-17 season.

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Kawhi Leonard led the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA Finals appearance on this date one year ago https://www.talkbasket.net/90273-kawhi-leonard-led-the-toronto-raptors-to-their-first-nba-finals-appearance-on-this-date-one-year-ago https://www.talkbasket.net/90273-kawhi-leonard-led-the-toronto-raptors-to-their-first-nba-finals-appearance-on-this-date-one-year-ago#respond Mon, 25 May 2020 23:50:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90273 Kawhi Leonard’s strong performance at home helped the Toronto Raptors eliminate the Milwaukee Bucks with a 100-94 victory in Game 6. The Raptors trailed 2-0 in the series but then won four consecutive games. Leonard finished Game 6 with 27 points and 17 rebounds and helped Toronto overcome a 15-point deficit. He was able to […]

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Kawhi Leonard led the Toronto Raptors to their first NBA Finals appearance on this date one year ago

Kawhi Leonard’s strong performance at home helped the Toronto Raptors eliminate the Milwaukee Bucks with a 100-94 victory in Game 6. The Raptors trailed 2-0 in the series but then won four consecutive games.

Leonard finished Game 6 with 27 points and 17 rebounds and helped Toronto overcome a 15-point deficit.

He was able to outplay Giannis Antetokounmpo, who finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Bucks.

Leonard’s dunk over Antetokounmpo in the fourth quarter gave the Raptors an 87-79 lead. It capped a 26-3 run for Toronto. Leonard then got a friendly bounce to knock down a clutch 3-pointer. That shot gave the Raptors a 95-90 lead with three minutes remaining.

The victory sent Toronto to the NBA Finals for the first time. They went on to defeat the Golden State Warriors in six games to win their first NBA Title. Leonard was named Finals MVP.

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Celtics fans chanted “Beat LA” as the 76ers defeated the Celtics in Boston to advance to the NBA Finals on this date in 1982 https://www.talkbasket.net/90060-celtics-fans-chanted-beat-la-as-the-76ers-defeated-the-celtics-in-boston-to-advance-to-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1982 https://www.talkbasket.net/90060-celtics-fans-chanted-beat-la-as-the-76ers-defeated-the-celtics-in-boston-to-advance-to-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1982#respond Sun, 24 May 2020 03:05:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90060 The Philadelphia 76ers prevailed 120-106 on the road in Game 7 after the Boston Celtics had won consecutive games while facing elimination. Julius Erving finished with 29 points, three steals and three blocks for Philadelphia. Andrew Toney had 34 points and Maurice Cheeks finished with 19 points and 11 assists. Larry Bird had 20 points, […]

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Celtics fans chanted “Beat LA” as the 76ers defeated the Celtics in Boston to advance to the NBA Finals on this date in 1982

The Philadelphia 76ers prevailed 120-106 on the road in Game 7 after the Boston Celtics had won consecutive games while facing elimination.

Julius Erving finished with 29 points, three steals and three blocks for Philadelphia. Andrew Toney had 34 points and Maurice Cheeks finished with 19 points and 11 assists.

Larry Bird had 20 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, two steals and two blocks but his excellent performance wasn’t enough.

The Sixers only led by three at the half but extended their lead to double figures in the third quarter and never looked back.

With the game out of reach, fans at the Boston Garden started chanting “Beat LA.”

The fans did not get their wish as the Los Angeles Lakers beat the 76ers in six games to win the 1982 NBA Finals.

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Charles Oakley tweets his support for Patrick Ewing https://www.talkbasket.net/89936-charles-oakley-tweets-his-support-for-patrick-ewing https://www.talkbasket.net/89936-charles-oakley-tweets-his-support-for-patrick-ewing#respond Sat, 23 May 2020 03:57:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=89936 Charles Oakley recently criticized Patrick Ewing, his former teammate with the New York Knicks. However after Ewing’s coronavirus diagnosis, Oakley showed support for Ewing. “I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19,” said Ewing in a statement on Twitter. “This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly. I want to […]

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Charles Oakley tweets his support for Patrick Ewing

Charles Oakley recently criticized Patrick Ewing, his former teammate with the New York Knicks. However after Ewing’s coronavirus diagnosis, Oakley showed support for Ewing.

“I want to share that I have tested positive for COVID-19,” said Ewing in a statement on Twitter. “This virus is serious and should not be taken lightly. I want to encourage everyone to stay safe and take care of yourselves and your loved ones.”

Oakley responded shortly after.

It seems they’ve put any issues they had behind them.

Ewing, now the head coach of Georgetown’s basketball team, is currently in isolation at a hospital.

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Larry Bird dueled Dominique Wilkins in Game 7 of their postseason series on this date in 1988 https://www.talkbasket.net/89786-larry-bird-dueled-dominique-wilkins-in-game-7-of-their-postseason-series-on-this-date-in-1988 https://www.talkbasket.net/89786-larry-bird-dueled-dominique-wilkins-in-game-7-of-their-postseason-series-on-this-date-in-1988#respond Fri, 22 May 2020 04:07:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=89786 Larry Bird’s dominant fourth quarter electrified the Boston Garden and led the Boston Celtics past Dominique Wilkins’ Atlanta Hawks 118-116 in their second round series. Wilkins had 47 but Bird scored 20 of his 34 in the fourth quarter. The two went shot for shot down the stretch with both players scoring at will late […]

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Larry Bird dueled Dominique Wilkins in Game 7 of their postseason series on this date in 1988

Larry Bird’s dominant fourth quarter electrified the Boston Garden and led the Boston Celtics past Dominique Wilkins’ Atlanta Hawks 118-116 in their second round series.

Wilkins had 47 but Bird scored 20 of his 34 in the fourth quarter. The two went shot for shot down the stretch with both players scoring at will late in the game.

A layup by Bird appeared to put the game out of reach for the Hawks but they had one final opportunity. Wilkins was fouled intensionally with Atlanta trailing by three points and one second remaining. He hit first free throw then missed the second on purpose but Boston secured the rebound and time expired.

In addition to Bird, Kevin McHale was also excellent for the Celtics. He finished with 33 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots.

The Celtics had trailed 3-2 in the series but stayed alive with a 102-100 road victory.

“They might as well forget it,” Bird said after Game 6. “They’ve got no chance.”

In the fourth quarter, he turned his quote into reality.

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Ralph Sampson’s buzzer beater sent the Rockets to the NBA Finals on this date in 1986 https://www.talkbasket.net/89650-ralph-sampsons-buzzer-beater-sent-the-rockets-to-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1986 https://www.talkbasket.net/89650-ralph-sampsons-buzzer-beater-sent-the-rockets-to-the-nba-finals-on-this-date-in-1986#respond Thu, 21 May 2020 04:09:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=89650 Ralph Sampson caught the ball off an inbounds pass with one second left and somehow made an off-balance shot at the buzzer. The shot gave the Houston Rockets a 114-112 road win over the Los Angeles Lakers and a 4-1 series victory in the Western Conference Finals. The shot stunned the defending champion Lakers, who […]

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Ralph Sampson’s buzzer beater sent the Rockets to the NBA Finals on this date in 1986

Ralph Sampson caught the ball off an inbounds pass with one second left and somehow made an off-balance shot at the buzzer. The shot gave the Houston Rockets a 114-112 road win over the Los Angeles Lakers and a 4-1 series victory in the Western Conference Finals.

The shot stunned the defending champion Lakers, who were the top seed in the Western Conference. Game 1 went as planned for Los Angeles but Houston won the next four games.

Hakeem Olajuwon was brilliant for the Rockets all postseason, averaging 26.9 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game in 20 playoff games. Houston relied on him throughout the series against the Lakers but couldn’t down the stretch in Game 5 after he was ejected for fighting Mitch Kupchak. He finished with 30 points in the game.

With Olajuwon ejected, the Rockets relied on Sampson, who also had an excellent postseason. He averaged 20 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game in 20 postseason games. He finished with 29 points in Game 5.

The victory set up a matchup against the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. Boston won the series in six games and Larry Bird was named Finals MVP.

The Rockets went on to trade Sampson in 1987 but his miraculous shot for Houston will never be forgotten.

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Mario Elie’s clutch three sent the Rockets to the Western Conference Finals on this date 25 years ago https://www.talkbasket.net/89573-mario-elies-clutch-three-sent-the-rockets-to-the-western-conference-finals-on-this-date-25-years-ago https://www.talkbasket.net/89573-mario-elies-clutch-three-sent-the-rockets-to-the-western-conference-finals-on-this-date-25-years-ago#respond Wed, 20 May 2020 19:07:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=89573 Mario Elie’s “kiss of death” three-point field goal lifted the Houston Rockets to a 115-114 road victory over the Phoenix Suns in Game 7 of their second-round matchup. The Rockets had trailed the series 3-1 but won 103-97 in overtime on the road in Game 5. Hakeem Olajuwon had 31 points and 16 rebounds. Houston […]

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Mario Elie’s clutch three sent the Rockets to the Western Conference Finals on this date 25 years ago

Mario Elie’s “kiss of death” three-point field goal lifted the Houston Rockets to a 115-114 road victory over the Phoenix Suns in Game 7 of their second-round matchup.

The Rockets had trailed the series 3-1 but won 103-97 in overtime on the road in Game 5. Hakeem Olajuwon had 31 points and 16 rebounds. Houston then won at home 118-103 in Game 6. Olajuwon scored 30 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. Charles Barkley had 34 points and 14 rebounds for the Suns in the loss. The game set up a win or go home showdown in Phoenix.

Both teams got stellar performances from their star players in Game 7. Olajuwon posted 29 points and 11 rebounds, while Clyde Drexler finished with 29 points and eight rebounds.

For Phoenix, Kevin Johnson was unstoppable, finishing with 46 points and 10 assists. Charles Barkley had 18 points and 23 rebounds.

Despite the great play of the stars, a role player would hit the biggest shot of the game. With the game tied at 112, Ellie hit a three from the corner with 7.1 seconds remaining.

The Rockets then fouled Danny Ainge, who hit the first free throw, then tried to miss the second but accidentally made it.

The Rockets advanced the ball but turned over the ensuing inbound pass. Ainge heaved a desperation shot but missed, sending the Rockets to the Western Conference Finals.

The Rockets then defeated the San Antonio Spurs in six games and swept the Orlando Magic to win their second consecutive championship.

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The Los Angeles Clippers won the NBA Draft lottery on this date in 2009 and used the pick to select Blake Griffin https://www.talkbasket.net/89441-the-los-angeles-clippers-won-the-nba-draft-lottery-on-this-date-in-2009-and-used-the-pick-to-select-blake-griffin https://www.talkbasket.net/89441-the-los-angeles-clippers-won-the-nba-draft-lottery-on-this-date-in-2009-and-used-the-pick-to-select-blake-griffin#respond Tue, 19 May 2020 22:20:17 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=89441 The Los Angeles Clippers won the NBA Draft lottery 11 years ago today and hoped for better luck with their pick than they had after winning the 1998 NBA Draft lottery. In 1998, they used the first overall on Michael Olowokandi, a center out of the University of Pacific. The team had high hopes for […]

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The Los Angeles Clippers won the NBA Draft lottery on this date in 2009 and used the pick to select Blake Griffin

The Los Angeles Clippers won the NBA Draft lottery 11 years ago today and hoped for better luck with their pick than they had after winning the 1998 NBA Draft lottery.

In 1998, they used the first overall on Michael Olowokandi, a center out of the University of Pacific. The team had high hopes for him, but he struggled with efficiency and free throw percentage in the NBA and was never dominant in any aspect of the game. He spent five seasons with the Clippers and nine in the NBA but never lived up to the hype of a top draft pick.

In 2009 the Clippers selected Blake Griffin, a power forward out of Oklahoma. After sitting out a season because of a knee injury, Griffin won Rookie of the Year and developed into a star player.

He was known for his electrifying dunks and helped turn the Clippers into a playoff contender. Unfortunately for them, they never had much success in the playoffs despite having Griffin, Chris Paul and Deandre Jordan. After eight seasons and no NBA Finals appearances Griffin was traded to the Detroit Pistons.

Ironically, the Clippers may have their best shot at a title this season even though they didn’t draft either of their best players, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

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Knicks tweet Patrick Ewing’s posterizing dunk on Alonzo Mourning https://www.talkbasket.net/89252-knicks-tweet-patrick-ewings-posterizing-dunk-on-alonzo-mourning https://www.talkbasket.net/89252-knicks-tweet-patrick-ewings-posterizing-dunk-on-alonzo-mourning#respond Mon, 18 May 2020 19:21:20 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=89252 The New York Knicks tweeted Patrick Ewing’s dunk on Alonzo Mourning in Game 1 of the second round of the postseason in 1997. Ewing’s dunk put Game 1 away as he led the Knicks to an 88-79 victory in Miami against the Heat. He finished the game with 24 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks. […]

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Knicks tweet Patrick Ewing’s posterizing dunk on Alonzo Mourning

The New York Knicks tweeted Patrick Ewing’s dunk on Alonzo Mourning in Game 1 of the second round of the postseason in 1997.

Ewing’s dunk put Game 1 away as he led the Knicks to an 88-79 victory in Miami against the Heat. He finished the game with 24 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks.

He averaged 22.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game in nine postseason games in 1997.

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John Stockton tied an NBA postseason record with 24 assists on this date in 1988 https://www.talkbasket.net/89075-john-stockton-tied-an-nba-postseason-record-with-24-assists-on-this-date-in-1988 https://www.talkbasket.net/89075-john-stockton-tied-an-nba-postseason-record-with-24-assists-on-this-date-in-1988#respond Sun, 17 May 2020 19:49:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=89075 John Stockton tied Magic Johnson for an NBA postseason record with 24 assists in a game against Johnson’s Los Angeles Lakers. Stockton’s great performance wasn’t enough for his Utah Jazz, as the Lakers won 111-109 at home and took a 3-2 series lead in their second-round matchup. Stockton finished with 23 points and five steals […]

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John Stockton tied an NBA postseason record with 24 assists on this date in 1988

John Stockton tied Magic Johnson for an NBA postseason record with 24 assists in a game against Johnson’s Los Angeles Lakers. Stockton’s great performance wasn’t enough for his Utah Jazz, as the Lakers won 111-109 at home and took a 3-2 series lead in their second-round matchup.

Stockton finished with 23 points and five steals to go with his 24 assists. Karl Malone had 27 points and 16 rebounds for Utah.

Johnson had 20 points and 13 points for the Lakers. James Worthy scored 27 points and Byron Scott posted 24 points.

The Jazz won Game 6 108-80 at home to force Game 7 but the Lakers won Game 7 109-98 in Los Angeles.

Stockton was spectacular in Game 7, finishing with 29 points, 20 assists and five steals but it wasn’t enough. Karl Malone had 31 points and 15 rebounds. They both played the entire game.

Johnson contributed 23 points, 16 assists and nine rebounds to lead the Lakers to the victory.

The Lakers went on to defeat the Dallas Mavericks and the Detroit Pistons in seven games each to win the title.

For the Jazz, Stockton averaged 19.5 points, 14.8 assists and 3.4 steals per game. No one else has ever reached the mark set by him and Johnson of 24 assists in a postseason game.

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Magic Johnson scored 42 in the NBA Finals as a rookie on this date in 1980 https://www.talkbasket.net/86680-magic-johnson-scored-42-in-the-nba-finals-as-a-rookie-on-this-date-in-1980 https://www.talkbasket.net/86680-magic-johnson-scored-42-in-the-nba-finals-as-a-rookie-on-this-date-in-1980#respond Sun, 17 May 2020 03:05:07 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=86680 Magic Johnson led the Los Angeles Lakers to an NBA Finals victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. They won the game 123-107 on the road to win the series 4-2. Johnson had one of the most dominant performances ever by a rookie. He finished with 42 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and one blocked […]

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Magic Johnson scored 42 in the NBA Finals as a rookie on this date in 1980

Magic Johnson led the Los Angeles Lakers to an NBA Finals victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. They won the game 123-107 on the road to win the series 4-2.

Johnson had one of the most dominant performances ever by a rookie. He finished with 42 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, three steals and one blocked shot. He went 14-23 shooting and made all 14 of the free throws he took.

Jamaal Wilkes was also excellent for the Lakers. He posted 37 points and 10 rebounds.

Julius Erving finished with 27 points and seven rebounds for the Sixers but it wasn’t enough.

Johnson averaged 18.3 points, 10.5 rebounds, 9.4 assists and 3.1 steals per game in 16 playoff games in 1980. He led the NBA in assists and steals in the postseason and was named Finals MVP. He is the only rookie to ever win the award.

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Allen Iverson scored 52 against the Raptors in a playoff game on this date in 2001 https://www.talkbasket.net/86625-allen-iverson-scored-52-against-the-raptors-in-a-playoff-game-on-this-date-in-2001 https://www.talkbasket.net/86625-allen-iverson-scored-52-against-the-raptors-in-a-playoff-game-on-this-date-in-2001#respond Sat, 16 May 2020 19:54:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=86625 Allen Iverson led the Philadelphia 76ers to a 121-88 home victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 5. The victory gave them a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. He finished with 52 points, seven assists and four steals. Iverson was very efficient, going 21-32 on field-goal attempts, including 8-14 on 3-pointers. He helped […]

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Allen Iverson scored 52 against the Raptors in a playoff game on this date in 2001

Allen Iverson led the Philadelphia 76ers to a 121-88 home victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 5. The victory gave them a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.

He finished with 52 points, seven assists and four steals. Iverson was very efficient, going 21-32 on field-goal attempts, including 8-14 on 3-pointers. He helped them take a 33-12 lead after the first quarter and the Sixers never looked back.

Vince Carter responded by scoring 39 points in Game 6 and the Raptors forced a Game 7. In Game 7, the Sixers bounced back, winning 88-87.

In the NBA Finals, Iverson was once again outstanding but Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal led the Los Angeles Lakers to their second consecutive title.

Iverson averaged 32.9 points, 6.1 assists and 2.4 steals per game in 22 postseason games in 2001.

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Magic Johnson had 24 assists in a postseason game on this date in 1984 https://www.talkbasket.net/86491-magic-johnson-had-24-assist-in-a-postseason-game-on-this-date-in-1984 https://www.talkbasket.net/86491-magic-johnson-had-24-assist-in-a-postseason-game-on-this-date-in-1984#respond Fri, 15 May 2020 22:06:19 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=86491 Magic Johnson led the Los Angeles Lakers past the Phoenix Suns in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. The 118-102 home victory gave the Lakers a 2-0 lead in the series. Johnson set a playoff record with 24 assists that still stands today. He also scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds in the […]

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Magic Johnson had 24 assists in a postseason game on this date in 1984

Magic Johnson led the Los Angeles Lakers past the Phoenix Suns in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. The 118-102 home victory gave the Lakers a 2-0 lead in the series.

Johnson set a playoff record with 24 assists that still stands today. He also scored six points and grabbed seven rebounds in the game.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Lakers. James Worthy posted 19 points and seven rebounds off the bench.

Larry Nance played well for the Suns, finishing with 29 points and nine rebounds but it wasn’t enough.

The Lakers went on to eliminate the Suns in six games thanks to Johnson’s excellent play, but they fell to the Boston Celtics in seven games in the NBA Finals.

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Allen Iverson had 10 steals in a playoff game on this date in 1999 https://www.talkbasket.net/86125-allen-iverson-had-10-steals-in-a-playoff-game-on-this-date-in-1999 https://www.talkbasket.net/86125-allen-iverson-had-10-steals-in-a-playoff-game-on-this-date-in-1999#respond Wed, 13 May 2020 19:52:11 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=86125 Allen Iverson led the Philadelphia 76ers to a 97-85 home victory thanks to his stellar defensive performance. The victory gave them a 2-1 lead in their first-round series against the Orlando Magic. Iverson was spectacular on both ends of the courts, finishing with 33 points, five assists, five rebounds and two blocks to go along […]

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Allen Iverson had 10 steals in a playoff game on this date in 1999

Allen Iverson led the Philadelphia 76ers to a 97-85 home victory thanks to his stellar defensive performance. The victory gave them a 2-1 lead in their first-round series against the Orlando Magic.

Iverson was spectacular on both ends of the courts, finishing with 33 points, five assists, five rebounds and two blocks to go along with his 10 steals.

The 10 steals remain a record for a postseason game.

Iverson scored 37 points in Game 4 and led the Sixers to a series-clinching victory. They were then swept by the Indiana Pacers in the second round despite Iverson’s excellent play.

In eight postseason games that year, he averaged 28.5 points and 2.5 steals per game. He led the league in both points and steals per contest.

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The Knicks won the NBA’s first draft lottery on this date in 1985 https://www.talkbasket.net/85994-the-knicks-won-the-nbas-first-draft-lottery-on-this-date-in-1985 https://www.talkbasket.net/85994-the-knicks-won-the-nbas-first-draft-lottery-on-this-date-in-1985#respond Wed, 13 May 2020 01:34:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=85994 The Knicks hit the jackpot when they won the 1985 NBA draft lottery. That allowed them to select Patrick Ewing out of Georgetown with the first pick of the draft. Ewing went on to become a franchise player and got the Knicks within a game of winning the 1994 NBA Finals. He is the franchise […]

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The Knicks won the NBA’s first draft lottery on this date in 1985

The Knicks hit the jackpot when they won the 1985 NBA draft lottery. That allowed them to select Patrick Ewing out of Georgetown with the first pick of the draft.

Ewing went on to become a franchise player and got the Knicks within a game of winning the 1994 NBA Finals. He is the franchise leader in points, rebounds, blocks, steals and games played. He is now a Hall of Famer.

Unfortunately for New York, they haven’t had much luck in the lottery since then and Ewing remains the only number one overall pick they’ve had in the lottery era.

The Knicks finished with the worst record in the league last season and had a shot at winning the lottery and a chance to pick Zion Williamson. Instead, they got the third overall pick and used it to select Williamson’s teammate at Duke, RJ Barrett.

This season is on hold but the Knicks are once again near the bottom of the league in the standings. They’ll have another shot at winning the lottery this season.

Take a look at a video how the Knicks picked Georgetown Hoyas big man Patrick Ewing:

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Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer-beater eliminated the 76ers one year ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/85824-kawhi-leonards-buzzer-beater-eliminated-the-76ers-one-year-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/85824-kawhi-leonards-buzzer-beater-eliminated-the-76ers-one-year-ago-today#respond Tue, 12 May 2020 04:49:07 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=85824 Kawhi Leonard carried the Raptors to a Game 7 victory at home against the Philadelphia 76ers in their second-round series. He was dominant and scored 41 points despite a sore knee. The series had been tight throughout with no team ever leading by more than a game. Like the series, Game 7 was close throughout […]

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Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer-beater eliminated the 76ers one year ago today

Kawhi Leonard carried the Raptors to a Game 7 victory at home against the Philadelphia 76ers in their second-round series. He was dominant and scored 41 points despite a sore knee.

The series had been tight throughout with no team ever leading by more than a game.

Like the series, Game 7 was close throughout as well. Leonard was extremely aggressive early on. The game was still close in the fourth quarter but the Raptors led by a point with 10.8 seconds and the Sixers fouled Leonard. He made the first free throw but missed the second and Jimmy Butler tied the game with a layup.

With the score tied and 4.2 seconds remaining, Marc Gasol inbounded the ball to Leonard. He was guarded by Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid came over to help as well. Just before time expired Leonard got a shot off from the corner over Embiid’s outstretched arm. It bounced on the rim a few times before finally going in and sending the Raptors to the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Raptors went on to beat the Milwaukee Bucks and Golden State Warriors in six games each to win their first championship. Leonard was named Finals MVP.

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Bernard King scored 44 points for the Knicks in a playoff game against the Celtics on this date in 1984 https://www.talkbasket.net/85775-bernard-king-scored-44-points-for-the-knicks-in-a-playoff-game-against-the-celtics-on-this-date-in-1984 https://www.talkbasket.net/85775-bernard-king-scored-44-points-for-the-knicks-in-a-playoff-game-against-the-celtics-on-this-date-in-1984#respond Mon, 11 May 2020 22:49:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=85775 Bernard King carried the New York Knicks to 106-104 home victory against the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of their second-round series. He went 16-25 on field goals and 12-15 on free throws to score his 44 points. He got help from Bill Cartwright, who finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds. The Celtics were […]

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Bernard King scored 44 points for the Knicks in a playoff game against the Celtics on this date in 1984

Bernard King carried the New York Knicks to 106-104 home victory against the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of their second-round series.

He went 16-25 on field goals and 12-15 on free throws to score his 44 points. He got help from Bill Cartwright, who finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds.

The Celtics were led by Larry Bird, who finished with 35 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and three steals. Kevin McHale had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Despite King’s heroics in Game 6, the Celtics beat the Knicks 121-104 in Game 7. Boston went on to beat the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games in the 1984 NBA Finals.

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Nate Robinson swatted LeBron James’ layup attempt seven years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/85586-nate-robinson-swatted-lebron-james-layup-attempt-seven-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/85586-nate-robinson-swatted-lebron-james-layup-attempt-seven-years-ago-today#respond Sun, 10 May 2020 20:01:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=85586 Nate Robinson showed off his athleticism as he blocked LeBron James’ layup attempt in a playoff game in Chicago. The play earned him a standing ovation from Bulls fans in Game 3 of their second-round series against the Miami Heat. At the time, the Bulls were clinging to a 68-66 lead late in the third […]

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Nate Robinson swatted LeBron James’ layup attempt seven years ago today

Nate Robinson showed off his athleticism as he blocked LeBron James’ layup attempt in a playoff game in Chicago. The play earned him a standing ovation from Bulls fans in Game 3 of their second-round series against the Miami Heat.

At the time, the Bulls were clinging to a 68-66 lead late in the third quarter. Despite the great play by Robinson, the Heat came back to win Game 3 104-94. They went on to eliminate the Bulls in five games.

Miami went on to defeat the Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs in seven games to win their second consecutive championship.

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Frank Ntilikina shares what Michael Jordan told him https://www.talkbasket.net/85466-frank-ntilikina-shares-what-michael-jordan-told-him https://www.talkbasket.net/85466-frank-ntilikina-shares-what-michael-jordan-told-him#respond Sat, 09 May 2020 22:28:39 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=85466 Frank Ntilikina of the New York Knicks shared what Michael Jordan told him when he was 16. Ntilikina, known for his excellent defensive play, is in the midst of his best season with the Knicks. He has shown improvement offensively this season. Ntilikina is averaging a career-high 6.3 points per game. He is shooting 32.1 […]

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Frank Ntilikina shares what Michael Jordan told him

Frank Ntilikina of the New York Knicks shared what Michael Jordan told him when he was 16.

Ntilikina, known for his excellent defensive play, is in the midst of his best season with the Knicks. He has shown improvement offensively this season.

Ntilikina is averaging a career-high 6.3 points per game. He is shooting 32.1 percent on 3-pointers, 44.4 percent on 2-point field goals and 86.4 percent from the free-throw line. All are career-bests for the 21-year-old point guard in his third season with the Knicks.

Meanwhile, Jordan has been in the spotlight, as The Last Dance, a documentary detailing his final season with the Chicago Bulls, continues to air.

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Walt “Clyde” Frazier and Willis Reed led the Knicks to their first NBA title 50 years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/85326-walt-clyde-frazier-and-willis-reed-led-the-knicks-to-their-first-nba-title-50-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/85326-walt-clyde-frazier-and-willis-reed-led-the-knicks-to-their-first-nba-title-50-years-ago-today#respond Fri, 08 May 2020 22:32:43 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=85326 The New York Knicks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 113-99 in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals at Madison Square Garden. Willis Reed shocked how crowd when he took the court despite a torn thigh muscle, which kept him out of Game 6. He made New York’s first two field goals. They were the […]

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Walt “Clyde” Frazier and Willis Reed led the Knicks to their first NBA title 50 years ago today

The New York Knicks defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 113-99 in Game 7 of the 1970 NBA Finals at Madison Square Garden.

Willis Reed shocked how crowd when he took the court despite a torn thigh muscle, which kept him out of Game 6. He made New York’s first two field goals. They were the only shots he would make all game but he inspired his teammates.

Walt Frazier dominated the Lakers, and finished with 36 points, 19 assists and seven rebounds. He was also efficient, going 12-17 on field goals and 12-12 on free throws. He helped the Knicks to a 69-42 lead at halftime and they never looked back.

Dave DeBusschere finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds. Dick Barnett posted 21 points and Bill Bradley added 17 points.

For the Lakers, Jerry West had 28 points and Elgin Baylor scored 19 points. Wilt Chamberlain finished with 21 points and 24 rebounds but went 1-11 on free throws.

The Knicks had planned a reunion for the anniversary of their victory but it was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Reggie Miller scored eight points in nine seconds against the Knicks 25 years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/85198-reggie-miller-scored-eight-points-in-nine-seconds-against-the-knicks-25-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/85198-reggie-miller-scored-eight-points-in-nine-seconds-against-the-knicks-25-years-ago-today#respond Fri, 08 May 2020 00:31:05 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=85198 Reggie Miller stunned Madison Square Garden and lifted the Indiana Pacers to a 107-105 victory over the New York Knicks in Game 1 of their second-round series. He hit a 3-pointer with 16.4 seconds left, which made the score 105-102 New York. He then stole Anthony Mason’s inbound pass when Knicks’ point guard Greg Anthony […]

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Reggie Miller scored eight points in nine seconds against the Knicks 25 years ago today

Reggie Miller stunned Madison Square Garden and lifted the Indiana Pacers to a 107-105 victory over the New York Knicks in Game 1 of their second-round series.

He hit a 3-pointer with 16.4 seconds left, which made the score 105-102 New York. He then stole Anthony Mason’s inbound pass when Knicks’ point guard Greg Anthony slipped. Miller got away with a bit of a push on Anthony. He took the ball, stepped behind the line and drilled another 3-pointer to tie the game.

Sam Mitchell of the Pacers then inexplicably fouled John Starks, giving the Knicks a chance to take the lead, but Starks missed both free throws. Patrick Ewing got an offensive rebound but he also missed. Miller grabbed the rebound and the Knicks then inexplicably fouled him.

Miller made both free throws with 7.5 seconds remaining for the Knicks but once again, Anthony slipped and fell down. Time expired before the Knicks could get a shot off.

Rik Smits had 34 points for Indiana. Miller had 31.

The loss came back to haunt the Knicks, as the Pacers won the series in seven games.

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Reggie Miller and Jalen Rose both scored 40 points in a playoff game 20 years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/84977-reggie-miller-and-jalen-rose-both-scored-40-points-in-a-playoff-game-20-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/84977-reggie-miller-and-jalen-rose-both-scored-40-points-in-a-playoff-game-20-years-ago-today#respond Wed, 06 May 2020 22:50:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=84977 Reggie Miller and Jalen Rose both lit up Philadelphia 76ers for 40 points apiece. They led the Indiana Pacers to a 108-91 home victory in Game 1 of the 2000 Eastern Conference Semifinals. They combined to go 10-15 on 3-pointers and 16-17 on free throws. Allen Iverson had 28 points for the Sixers in the […]

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Reggie Miller and Jalen Rose both scored 40 points in a playoff game 20 years ago today

Reggie Miller and Jalen Rose both lit up Philadelphia 76ers for 40 points apiece. They led the Indiana Pacers to a 108-91 home victory in Game 1 of the 2000 Eastern Conference Semifinals.

They combined to go 10-15 on 3-pointers and 16-17 on free throws.

Allen Iverson had 28 points for the Sixers in the loss.

The Pacers were on the verge of being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, but Miller scored 41 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter, and Travis Best hit a series-winning 3-pointer in a win or go home Game 5.

Miller and Rose led the Pacers past the Sixers in six games and then past the New York Knicks in six games in the Eastern Conference Finals, but fell to the Los Angeles Lakers in six games in the NBA Finals.

Rose averaged 20.8 points per game in 23 playoff games in 2000. Miller averaged 24 points per game in 22 playoff games in 2000. He was 34 at the time.

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Jeff Van Gundy praises Patrick Ewing amid criticism https://www.talkbasket.net/84779-jeff-van-gundy-praises-patrick-ewing-amid-criticism https://www.talkbasket.net/84779-jeff-van-gundy-praises-patrick-ewing-amid-criticism#respond Tue, 05 May 2020 22:09:37 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=84779 Jeff Van Gundy, a former coach and assistant coach of the New York Knicks, said Patrick Ewing carried the team on a nightly basis. “We have amnesia sometimes as Knick people [about] just how good Ewing was,” said Van Gundy. Charles Oakley, Ewing’s teammate with the Knicks, said he forced bad shots instead of passing […]

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Jeff Van Gundy praises Patrick Ewing amid criticism

Jeff Van Gundy, a former coach and assistant coach of the New York Knicks, said Patrick Ewing carried the team on a nightly basis.

“We have amnesia sometimes as Knick people [about] just how good Ewing was,” said Van Gundy.

Charles Oakley, Ewing’s teammate with the Knicks, said he forced bad shots instead of passing when he was double-teamed.

“The Bulls had Michael and we had Patrick,” Oakley said. “It’s like seeing Beyoncé and going to see someone trying to be Beyoncé. If Beyoncé is in town, everyone’s going to see Beyoncé. If Michael and Patrick are in town, everyone is going to see Michael.”

“A lot of guys who talk now didn’t say that stuff when they played basketball,” Ewing responded.

Ewing led the Knicks past the Chicago Bulls with Michael Jordan retired in 1994, but the Knicks fell to the Houston Rockets in seven games in the NBA Finals. In 1999, Ewing suffered an Achilles injury in the postseason and was out for the NBA Finals. The Knicks lost to the San Antonio Spurs in five games.

He never won a championship but Ewing is a Hall of Famer and the Knicks all-time leader in points and rebounds.

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Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon both scored 40 points for the Rockets in a postseason game 25 years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/84640-clyde-drexler-and-hakeem-olajuwon-both-scored-40-points-for-the-rockets-in-a-postseason-game-25-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/84640-clyde-drexler-and-hakeem-olajuwon-both-scored-40-points-for-the-rockets-in-a-postseason-game-25-years-ago-today#respond Tue, 05 May 2020 04:00:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=84640 Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon were unstoppable with the Rockets facing elimination at home against the Utah Jazz. They won the game 123-106 to tie their first-round series at two apiece. Drexler had 41 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Olajuwon had 40 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. They combined to go 26-40 on […]

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Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon both scored 40 points for the Rockets in a postseason game 25 years ago today

Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon were unstoppable with the Rockets facing elimination at home against the Utah Jazz. They won the game 123-106 to tie their first-round series at two apiece.

Drexler had 41 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Olajuwon had 40 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. They combined to go 26-40 on field goals and 25-29 on free throws.

For the Jazz, Karl Malone had 31 points, six rebounds, and five assists. John Stockton had 26 points and 11 assists.

Houston’s victory set up a winner-take-all Game 5 in Utah. Once again, the Jazz could not stop Drexler and Olajuwon. Olajuwon finished with 33 points and 10 rebounds, while Drexler finished with 31 points and 10 rebounds. Their clutch performances helped Houston come from behind in the fourth quarter to win 95-91.

The Rockets then eliminated the Phoenix Suns and San Antonio Spurs, before deafening the Orlando Magic in the 1995 NBA Finals. It was Houston’s second consecutive championship.

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Charles Barkley scored 56 points in a playoff game on this date in 1994 https://www.talkbasket.net/84370-charles-barkley-scored-56-points-in-a-playoff-game-on-this-date-in-1994 https://www.talkbasket.net/84370-charles-barkley-scored-56-points-in-a-playoff-game-on-this-date-in-1994#respond Mon, 04 May 2020 04:10:24 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=84370 Charles Barkley led the Phoenix Suns to a 140-133 victory at the Golden State Warriors to clinch a sweep of their first-round series. Barkley was unstoppable. He had 38 points in the first half and finished with 56. He also grabbed 14 rebounds. He was very efficient, finishing 23-31 on field goal attempts including 3-4 […]

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Charles Barkley scored 56 points in a playoff game on this date in 1994

Charles Barkley led the Phoenix Suns to a 140-133 victory at the Golden State Warriors to clinch a sweep of their first-round series.

Barkley was unstoppable. He had 38 points in the first half and finished with 56. He also grabbed 14 rebounds. He was very efficient, finishing 23-31 on field goal attempts including 3-4 on 3-pointers.

Future Hall of Fame inductee Chris Mullin finished with 30 points for the Warriors but it was not enough to avoid getting swept.

Barkley averaged 27.6 points, 13 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.5 steals per game in 10 playoff games in 1994.

In the second round of the playoffs, Barkley led the Suns to a 2-0 lead over the Houston Rockets. Both wins came on the road. Despite the strong start, Hakeem Olajuwon helped the Rockets come back in the series and led them to 104-94 victory in Game 7.

The Rockets went on to beat the New York Knicks in seven games in the 1994 NBA Finals.

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Knicks tweet impressive Jeremy Lin stat https://www.talkbasket.net/84244-knicks-tweet-impressive-jeremy-lin-stat https://www.talkbasket.net/84244-knicks-tweet-impressive-jeremy-lin-stat#respond Sun, 03 May 2020 04:01:05 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=84244 The New York Knicks tweeted out a surprising stat about Jeremy Lin, as they may continue to pay tribute to him this week. He scored more points in his first four starts than Hall of Famers Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Jordan. In fairness, Lin was older than the other three were when he […]

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Knicks tweet impressive Jeremy Lin stat

The New York Knicks tweeted out a surprising stat about Jeremy Lin, as they may continue to pay tribute to him this week.

He scored more points in his first four starts than Hall of Famers Allen Iverson, Shaquille O’Neal and Michael Jordan.

In fairness, Lin was older than the other three were when he made his first four NBA starts, but, on the other hand, he had a much tougher road to becoming a starter.

Lin played four seasons at Harvard but despite having an outstanding collegiate career went undrafted in 2010. In his rookie season, he bounced back and forth between the D-League and the Warriors but rarely played for Golden State. In the offseason, he was picked up by the Rockets but waived before the season started.

The Knicks picked up Lin in December of the 2011-12 season. He played just 55 minutes over his first 23 games with New York but with the team struggling Mike D’Antoni, then the team’s head coach, gave Lin a shot. He had 25 points, seven assists and five rebounds in 36 minutes off the bench, leading the Knicks to a win against the Nets.

It was the birth of Linsanity.

The next game he took over as New York’s starting point guard and never looked back.

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Isaiah Thomas scored 53 points against the Wizards in a postseason game three years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/84101-isaiah-thomas-scored-53-points-against-the-wizards-in-a-postseason-game-three-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/84101-isaiah-thomas-scored-53-points-against-the-wizards-in-a-postseason-game-three-years-ago-today#respond Sat, 02 May 2020 04:46:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=84101 Isaiah Thomas led the Boston Celtics to a home victory over the Washington Wizards in Game 2 of their second-round series. The Celtics won 129-119 in overtime and took a 2-0 lead in the series. Thomas willed the Celtics to the victory on what would have been his sister’s 23rd birthday. She was killed in […]

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Isaiah Thomas scored 53 points against the Wizards in a postseason game three years ago today

Isaiah Thomas led the Boston Celtics to a home victory over the Washington Wizards in Game 2 of their second-round series. The Celtics won 129-119 in overtime and took a 2-0 lead in the series.

Thomas willed the Celtics to the victory on what would have been his sister’s 23rd birthday. She was killed in a car accident a few weeks earlier.

“The least I can do is go out there and play for her,” Thomas said after the game.

He went 18-33 on field-goal attempts, including 5-12 on 3-pointers. He also went 12-13 on free throws, including calmly making both of his attempts to tie the game with 14 seconds remaining. Washington’s Bradley Beal and John Wall both missed shots at the end of regulation.

In overtime Thomas outscored the Wizards 9-5 by himself.

Wall was excellent for Washington in the loss, finishing with 40 points and 13 assists.

The Celtics went on to eliminate the Wizards in seven games but lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games in the Eastern Conference Finals.

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Knicks give a shout-out to Landry Fields during Linsanity week https://www.talkbasket.net/84073-knicks-give-shout-out-to-landry-fields-during-linsanity-week https://www.talkbasket.net/84073-knicks-give-shout-out-to-landry-fields-during-linsanity-week#respond Sat, 02 May 2020 00:36:19 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=84073 The New York Knicks are celebrating Jeremy Lin’s run with the team during the 2011-12 season but also gave a shout-out to his then-teammate Landry Fields. Fields was picked in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft but played well during his rookie season, averaging 9.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. He averaged […]

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Knicks give a shout-out to Landry Fields during Linsanity week

The New York Knicks are celebrating Jeremy Lin’s run with the team during the 2011-12 season but also gave a shout-out to his then-teammate Landry Fields.

Fields was picked in the second round of the 2010 NBA Draft but played well during his rookie season, averaging 9.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

He averaged 8.8 points per contest during the 2011-12 season and played especially well during Linsanity. He quickly formed chemistry with Lin. They both saw increased playing time with Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire, who injured late in the season.

Fields only played two seasons with the Knicks but is remembered fondly in New York, especially for his impressive play with Lin and Steve Novak. He played three seasons with the Toronto Raptors before retiring. Ex-NBA swingman is now the general manager of the Austin Spurs of the NBA G League.

Lin, Fields, Stoudemire, and Novak talk what it was like being on the New York Knicks together, their close bond as former teammates, and how they feel about the team and organization now, per MSG Networks:

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Knicks have a knack for getting star players past their prime https://www.talkbasket.net/83887-knicks-have-a-knack-for-getting-star-players-past-their-prime https://www.talkbasket.net/83887-knicks-have-a-knack-for-getting-star-players-past-their-prime#respond Fri, 01 May 2020 01:07:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=83887 The New York Knicks continue to be linked to Chris Paul, with reports that the team wants to acquire the soon to be 35-year-old point guard. Many in the Knicks organization believe he will bring a winning culture to the team. The problem is the Knicks have done this over and over with faded former […]

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Knicks have a knack for getting star players past their prime

The New York Knicks continue to be linked to Chris Paul, with reports that the team wants to acquire the soon to be 35-year-old point guard. Many in the Knicks organization believe he will bring a winning culture to the team.

The problem is the Knicks have done this over and over with faded former stars and have not had success. The Knicks have not had a long-term point guard over the last 20 years and multiple times they tried to bring in aging stars as the solution.

Jason Kidd, Baron Davis and Mike Bibby all spent the final season of their career with New York. None had much success. Chauncey Billups also briefly played with the Knicks near the end of his career after he was acquired along with Carmelo Anthony. He was 34 had the time and got injured in the postseason.

Tracy McGrady spent 24 games with the Knicks in the 2009-10 season, averaging 9.4 points per game, and failing to make a difference on the court for New York.

Center Rasheed Wallace came out of retirement to play for the Knicks in 2012-13 but only played 21 games that season due to injuries. Marcus Camby also returned to the Knicks in 2012-13 for the final season of his career.

The Knicks also signed Joakim Noah to a disastrous four-year, $72 million contract ahead of the 2016-17 season. At the time he was 31. He would play just 53 games with New York, averaging 4.6 points per game before getting waived.

The Knicks have said they are finally planning to rebuild after winning just one playoff series in the last 20 seasons. They have also failed to make the playoffs since 2012-13.

Still, if the rumors are true, Chris Paul could be the next veteran who spends the end of his career playing with the Knicks. Time will tell if New York will finally stay patient and rebuild around young players like RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson, or if they will once again make a move for an aging star.

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Ray Allen scored 51 in a heartbreaking postseason loss to the Bulls on this date in 2009 https://www.talkbasket.net/83706-ray-allen-scored-51-in-a-heartbreaking-postseason-loss-to-the-bulls-on-this-date-in-2009 https://www.talkbasket.net/83706-ray-allen-scored-51-in-a-heartbreaking-postseason-loss-to-the-bulls-on-this-date-in-2009#respond Thu, 30 Apr 2020 04:13:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=83706 Ray Allen’s 51 points were not enough for the Boston Celtics, as the Chicago Bulls held on to win 128-127 at home after three overtimes, tying their first-round series at three games apiece. Allen was efficient, going 18-32 on field goals, including 9-18 on 3-pointers. He hit a game-tying 3-pointer with time expiring in the […]

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Ray Allen scored 51 in a heartbreaking postseason loss to the Bulls on this date in 2009

Ray Allen’s 51 points were not enough for the Boston Celtics, as the Chicago Bulls held on to win 128-127 at home after three overtimes, tying their first-round series at three games apiece.

Allen was efficient, going 18-32 on field goals, including 9-18 on 3-pointers. He hit a game-tying 3-pointer with time expiring in the double overtime.

Despite Allen’s heroics, the Bulls found a way to survive and extend the series. The Bulls trailed by eight with three minutes remaining in regulation but came back to tie the game.

Derrick Rose, at the time a rookie, was excellent, finishing with 28 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. He also blocked Rajon Rondo with time running out in triple overtime to save the game for the Bulls.

The Bulls also got major contributions from some unlikely heroes in the game. John Salmons had 35 points, and Brad Miller finished with 23 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

Despite the Bulls thrilling victory, the Celtics won Game 7, 109-99, and advanced to the second round of the postseason. Allen led the way with 23 points.

The Celtics lost to the Orlando Magic in seven games the second round. The Los Angeles Lakers went on to beat the Magic in five games in the 2009 NBA Finals.

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Knicks tweet replay of Jeremy Lin crossover https://www.talkbasket.net/83471-knicks-tweet-replay-of-jermey-lin-crossover https://www.talkbasket.net/83471-knicks-tweet-replay-of-jermey-lin-crossover#respond Tue, 28 Apr 2020 21:10:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=83471 The New York Knicks tweeted a replay of Jeremy Lin’s crossover on Luke Ridnour from 2012. The Knicks have named this Linsanity week and they are replaying Lin’s best games and highlights all week. They also gave a shoutout to Steve Novak, who played well during Lin’s run in New York. Novak is now retired […]

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Knicks tweet replay of Jeremy Lin crossover

The New York Knicks tweeted a replay of Jeremy Lin’s crossover on Luke Ridnour from 2012.

The Knicks have named this Linsanity week and they are replaying Lin’s best games and highlights all week.

They also gave a shoutout to Steve Novak, who played well during Lin’s run in New York.

Novak is now retired and Lin is playing in China.

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Jeremy Lin says New York will always have a special place in his heart https://www.talkbasket.net/83340-jeremy-lin-says-new-york-will-always-have-a-special-place-in-his-heart https://www.talkbasket.net/83340-jeremy-lin-says-new-york-will-always-have-a-special-place-in-his-heart#respond Tue, 28 Apr 2020 00:36:44 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=83340 Eight years ago Linsanity took over New York, as Jeremy Lin started dominating games. He turned the Knicks’ season around and helped them make the playoffs. Lin injured his knee and then signed with the Houston Rockets in the offseason but his run with the Knicks has not been forgotten. MSG is now replaying the […]

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Jeremy Lin says New York will always have a special place in his heart

Eight years ago Linsanity took over New York, as Jeremy Lin started dominating games. He turned the Knicks’ season around and helped them make the playoffs.

Lin injured his knee and then signed with the Houston Rockets in the offseason but his run with the Knicks has not been forgotten.

MSG is now replaying the best games from Lin’s remarkable run with the Knicks this week. Lin sent out a message that he is praying for New York during the coronavirus pandemic. He said New York will always have a special place in his heart and that he will be making donations to Direct Relief to combat coronavirus.

Lin won the NBA Title with the Toronto Raptors last season and is now playing in China.

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Mark Eaton set a postseason record with 10 blocked shots in a game 35 years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/83144-mark-eaton-set-a-postseason-record-with-10-blocked-shots-in-a-game-35-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/83144-mark-eaton-set-a-postseason-record-with-10-blocked-shots-in-a-game-35-years-ago-today#respond Mon, 27 Apr 2020 00:31:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=83144 Mark Eaton blocked 10 shots but his Utah Jazz fell at home to the Houston Rockets 96-94. The loss tied their first-round series at two games apiece. Eaton did an excellent job defending the future Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon. He held Olajuwon to 7-18 on field goals in the game. The following game Olajuwon […]

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Mark Eaton set a postseason record with 10 blocked shots in a game 35 years ago today

Mark Eaton blocked 10 shots but his Utah Jazz fell at home to the Houston Rockets 96-94. The loss tied their first-round series at two games apiece.

Eaton did an excellent job defending the future Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon. He held Olajuwon to 7-18 on field goals in the game.

The following game Olajuwon dominated Eaton, finishing 12-19 on field goals, with 32 points and 14 rebounds. Eaton didn’t score but did have four blocks and 10 rebounds and his Jazz won 104-97 to advance to the second round.

Eaton’s Jazz fell to the Denver Nuggets in five games in the second round of the playoffs.

Despite the loss, Eaton is still tied for the most blocks in a playoff game in NBA history. Olajuwon and Andrew Bynum are the only other two players to accomplish the feat.

Expectations were low when Eaton was drafted 72nd in the 1982 NBA Draft but he went on to have a very good NBA career. He played 11 seasons, all with the Jazz. He was an all-star during the 1988-89 season and led the league in blocks four times.

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Former NBA player Kermit Washington fears he will die of coronavirus in prison if not released https://www.talkbasket.net/82976-former-nba-player-kermit-washington-fears-he-will-die-of-coronavirus-in-prison-if-not-released https://www.talkbasket.net/82976-former-nba-player-kermit-washington-fears-he-will-die-of-coronavirus-in-prison-if-not-released#respond Sat, 25 Apr 2020 20:12:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=82976 Kermit Washington has reportedly asked to be transferred from prison to house arrest since he is at high risk for coronavirus. He is 68-years-old and is afraid due to his age and the rapid spread of the virus in prison. He is currently serving a sentence for embezzling money that was supposed to go to […]

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Former NBA player Kermit Washington fears he will die of coronavirus in prison if not released

Kermit Washington has reportedly asked to be transferred from prison to house arrest since he is at high risk for coronavirus.

He is 68-years-old and is afraid due to his age and the rapid spread of the virus in prison. He is currently serving a sentence for embezzling money that was supposed to go to a charity helping children in Africa.

Washington played 10 seasons in the NBA, spending the majority of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers and Portland Trail Blazers. He was an all-star in 1979-80 with Portland.

He became famous for severely injuring Rudy Tomjanovich in a fight. In the midst of a skirmish Tomjanovich said he ran in to try to break up the fight. Washington said he didn’t realize this and punched him. Tomjanovich suffered a serious skull injury but went on to make a full recovery. He is now a Hall of Famer.

Tomjanovich said he wishes the best for Washington. It is not yet known if Washington will be granted house arrest.

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David Robinson scored 71 points on this day in 1994 https://www.talkbasket.net/82736-david-robinson-scored-71-points-on-this-day-in-1994 https://www.talkbasket.net/82736-david-robinson-scored-71-points-on-this-day-in-1994#respond Fri, 24 Apr 2020 04:00:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=82736 David Robinson put on a show in Los Angeles, scoring 71 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. He led the Spurs to a 112-97 victory over the Clippers. Robinson went 26-41 on field-goal attempts and 18-25 on free throw attempts. He also had five assists and two blocks. His monster performance late in the season helped […]

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David Robinson scored 71 points on this day in 1994

David Robinson put on a show in Los Angeles, scoring 71 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. He led the Spurs to a 112-97 victory over the Clippers.

Robinson went 26-41 on field-goal attempts and 18-25 on free throw attempts. He also had five assists and two blocks.

His monster performance late in the season helped Robinson secure the 1993-94 scoring title. He averaged 29.8 points per game.

Robinson is one of just six players to score 70 points in a game. He became the first to do so since David Thompson scored 73 points in 1978.

In addition to being one of the few players in NBA history to score 70 points in a game, Robinson is one of just four NBA players to have a quadruple-double. He has also been a block champion and rebounding champion, in addition to winning a scoring title.

Robinson was elected into the Hall of Fame after spending 14 seasons with the Spurs and winning two titles. Former MVP didn’t make his NBA debut until he was 24 because he served in the Naval Reserve but once he did, Robinson quickly developed in a dominant player.

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Damian Lillard eliminated Oklahoma City with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer one year ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/82567-damian-lillard-eliminated-oklahoma-city-with-a-buzzer-beating-3-pointer-one-year-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/82567-damian-lillard-eliminated-oklahoma-city-with-a-buzzer-beating-3-pointer-one-year-ago-today#respond Thu, 23 Apr 2020 04:42:28 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=82567 Damian Lillard scored 50 points, including a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer, which lifted the Portland Trail Blazers to a 118-115 home victory in the game and 4-1 victory in the series. Lillard took over late in Game 5 and helped Portland erase a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter. He scored with 32.8 seconds […]

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Damian Lillard eliminated Oklahoma City with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer one year ago today

Damian Lillard scored 50 points, including a deep 3-pointer at the buzzer, which lifted the Portland Trail Blazers to a 118-115 home victory in the game and 4-1 victory in the series.

Lillard took over late in Game 5 and helped Portland erase a 15-point deficit in the fourth quarter. He scored with 32.8 seconds remaining to tie the game at 115.

After Russell Westbrook missed a shot for the Thunder, the Trail Blazers got the rebound and could hold the ball for the last shot of regulation.

With time running out, Lillard stepped to his right and buried the game-winning shot over Paul George from 37-feet out. The shot sent his teammates and the fans in Portland into a frenzy.

Lillard led the Trail Blazers to an upset victory over the Denver Nuggets in the next round before losing to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

Lillard averaged 26.9 points and 6.6 assists per game in 16 postseason games.

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Knicks’ owner James Dolan to donate blood plasma after recovering from coronavirus https://www.talkbasket.net/82562-knicks-owner-dolan-to-donate-blood-plasma-after-recovering-from-coronavirus https://www.talkbasket.net/82562-knicks-owner-dolan-to-donate-blood-plasma-after-recovering-from-coronavirus#respond Thu, 23 Apr 2020 02:19:39 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=82562 James Dolan, the often-criticized owner of the New York Knicks, has once again stepped up during the coronavirus pandemic. Dolan tested positive for the virus late in March but has now tested negative. He has registered to donate blood plasma to help others with the virus. The plasma of people who have recovered from the […]

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Knicks’ owner James Dolan to donate blood plasma after recovering from coronavirus

James Dolan, the often-criticized owner of the New York Knicks, has once again stepped up during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dolan tested positive for the virus late in March but has now tested negative. He has registered to donate blood plasma to help others with the virus. The plasma of people who have recovered from the virus may help those who currently have the virus.

In addition to this donation, Dolan set up a fund to help workers at Madison Square Garden after the NBA and NHL (Dolan also owns the New York Rangers) suspended play this season. Workers at the Garden will continue to receive payments through the end of May.

While the Knicks’ owner takes a lot of heat for the way he runs the team, he has certainly made a positive difference during the pandemic.

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Karl Malone scored 50 points in a postseason game against Seattle 20 years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/82517-karl-malone-scored-50-points-in-a-postseason-game-against-seattle-20-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/82517-karl-malone-scored-50-points-in-a-postseason-game-against-seattle-20-years-ago-today#respond Wed, 22 Apr 2020 22:20:19 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=82517 Karl Malone led the Utah Jazz to a home victory over the Seattle SuperSonics in Game 1 of their first-round series. He was unstoppable, scoring 50 points and adding 12 rebounds. Malone became the oldest player to ever score 50 points in a playoff game – he was 36. He went 18-32 on field-goal attempts […]

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Karl Malone scored 50 points in a postseason game against Seattle 20 years ago today

Karl Malone led the Utah Jazz to a home victory over the Seattle SuperSonics in Game 1 of their first-round series. He was unstoppable, scoring 50 points and adding 12 rebounds.

Malone became the oldest player to ever score 50 points in a playoff game he was 36. He went 18-32 on field-goal attempts and made the only 3-point field goal. Jazz legend also went 13-14 on free throws. He only had one turnover.

Malone led the Jazz past the gritty SuperSonics in five games but Utah fell to the Portland Trail Blazers in the second round.

“The Mailman” averaged 27.2 points and 8.9 rebounds per game in 10 postseason games.

Malone is currently seventh in career postseason points and second in career regular-season points in NBA history.

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Dennis Scott set a then single-season record for made 3-pointers 24 years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/82335-dennis-scott-set-a-then-single-season-record-for-made-3-pointers-24-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/82335-dennis-scott-set-a-then-single-season-record-for-made-3-pointers-24-years-ago-today#respond Tue, 21 Apr 2020 20:41:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=82335 Dennis Scott was ahead of his time when he made 267 3-point field goals in the 1995-96 season, which was then an NBA record. He beat out George McCloud, who made 257 that season and Mookie Blaylock, who made 231 that season. Scott’s record did not last, as his 1995-96 mark is no longer in […]

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Dennis Scott set a then single-season record for made 3-pointers 24 years ago today

Dennis Scott was ahead of his time when he made 267 3-point field goals in the 1995-96 season, which was then an NBA record. He beat out George McCloud, who made 257 that season and Mookie Blaylock, who made 231 that season.

Scott’s record did not last, as his 1995-96 mark is no longer in the top-ten for 3-pointers made in a season.

The record is currently held by Steph Curry, who made 402 during the 2015-16 season. There has been a huge increase in 3-pointers attempted and made throughout the NBA in recent seasons.

Still, before “3 and D” players became common in the NBA, there was Dennis Scott, who was actually nicknamed “3-D.”

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Michael Jordan scored 63 in the postseason against the Celtics on this date in 1986 https://www.talkbasket.net/82056-michael-jordan-scored-63-in-the-postseason-against-the-celtics-on-this-date-in-1986 https://www.talkbasket.net/82056-michael-jordan-scored-63-in-the-postseason-against-the-celtics-on-this-date-in-1986#respond Mon, 20 Apr 2020 04:00:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=82056 Michael Jordan scored 63 points but his Chicago Bulls fell to Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics 135-131 in double-overtime in Game 2 of their first-round series in Boston. Jordan stuffed the stat sheet with six assists, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks, to go along with his 63 points. He went 22-41 shooting […]

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Michael Jordan scored 63 in the postseason against the Celtics on this date in 1986

Michael Jordan scored 63 points but his Chicago Bulls fell to Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics 135-131 in double-overtime in Game 2 of their first-round series in Boston.

Jordan stuffed the stat sheet with six assists, five rebounds, three steals and two blocks, to go along with his 63 points. He went 22-41 shooting and 19-21 on free throws.

For the Celtics, Larry Bird had 36 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. Kevin McHale had 27 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks.

Jordan’s 63 points remains the record for the most points scored in a single playoff game. Elgin Baylor is the only other player to top 60 points in a postseason game. He had 61 in 1962.

After the game, Bird said “That was God disguised as Michael Jordan.”

Despite Jordan’s heroic effort, the Celtics swept the Bulls and went on to win the 1986 NBA Finals. Bird was the Finals MVP.

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Knicks tweet highlights from run to 1999 NBA Finals https://www.talkbasket.net/81880-knicks-tweet-highlights-from-run-to-1999-nba-finals https://www.talkbasket.net/81880-knicks-tweet-highlights-from-run-to-1999-nba-finals#respond Sun, 19 Apr 2020 00:19:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=81880 The New York Knicks have been tweeting their best plays from their stunning run to the NBA Finals in 1999. They had a disappointing regular season but snuck into the postseason with a 27-23 record. They then upset the top seeded Miami Heat after Allan Houston hit the game-winning shot to give them a 78-77 […]

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Knicks tweet highlights from run to 1999 NBA Finals

The New York Knicks have been tweeting their best plays from their stunning run to the NBA Finals in 1999.

They had a disappointing regular season but snuck into the postseason with a 27-23 record. They then upset the top seeded Miami Heat after Allan Houston hit the game-winning shot to give them a 78-77 victory in Game 5 of the series.

New York swept the Atlanta Hawks in the next round setting up a showdown with the rival Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Knicks lost Patrick Ewing after Game 2 due to an achilles injury. In Game 3 Larry Johnson’s four-point play in the finals seconds lifted New York to a 92-91 victory.

New York beat Indiana in six games but ultimately ran out of magic and fell to the San Antonio Spurs in five games in the NBA Finals. Still, it was an incredible run for the underdog Knicks.

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John Stockton picked up his 13,000th career assist 21 years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/81599-john-stockton-picked-up-his-13000th-career-assist-21-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/81599-john-stockton-picked-up-his-13000th-career-assist-21-years-ago-today#respond Fri, 17 Apr 2020 04:25:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=81599 Point guard John Stockton recorded the 13,000th assist of his career as his Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Lakers 109-93. Fittingly, the assist came when Stockton found Karl Malone, who knocked down a jumper. Both are now in the Hall of Fame. They spent 18 season together as teammates with the Jazz. To this […]

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John Stockton picked up his 13,000th career assist 21 years ago today

Point guard John Stockton recorded the 13,000th assist of his career as his Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Lakers 109-93.

Fittingly, the assist came when Stockton found Karl Malone, who knocked down a jumper. Both are now in the Hall of Fame. They spent 18 season together as teammates with the Jazz.

To this day, Stockton remains the only player to ever notch 13,000 assists. He finished his career with 15,806 assists. Jason Kidd has the second most assists with 12,091.

Stockton also has the most career steals all-time with 3,265 and once again, Jason Kidd is second with 2,684.

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Elfrid Payton donates 10,000 masks to workers in New Orleans https://www.talkbasket.net/81576-elfrid-payton-donates-10000-masks-to-workers-in-new-orleans https://www.talkbasket.net/81576-elfrid-payton-donates-10000-masks-to-workers-in-new-orleans#respond Fri, 17 Apr 2020 00:10:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=81576 New York Knicks point guard Elfrid Payton has donated 10,000 masks to medical workers in New Orleans, his hometown. He attended high school in Louisiana and then played for the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns in college. Payton also thanked workers on Twitter, tweeting “Thank you for your sacrifice, we will get through this together!” Many players, […]

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Elfrid Payton donates 10,000 masks to workers in New Orleans

New York Knicks point guard Elfrid Payton has donated 10,000 masks to medical workers in New Orleans, his hometown.

He attended high school in Louisiana and then played for the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns in college.

Payton also thanked workers on Twitter, tweeting “Thank you for your sacrifice, we will get through this together!”

Many players, including stars like Luka Doncic have made donations to help healthcare workers, who have continued to risk their own health to help others. Today it was Payton doing his part to help healthcare workers.

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Ayo Dosunmu declares for NBA Draft https://www.talkbasket.net/81387-ayo-dosunmu-declares-for-nba-draft https://www.talkbasket.net/81387-ayo-dosunmu-declares-for-nba-draft#respond Thu, 16 Apr 2020 00:40:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=81387 Point guard Ayo Dosunmu has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft. He hasn’t hired an agent yet but appears committed to going pro. He played two seasons with Illinois, averaging 13.8 points per game as a freshman and 16.6 points per game as a sophomore. Many draft analysts have projected him as a second-round pick. […]

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Ayo Dosunmu declares for NBA Draft

Point guard Ayo Dosunmu has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft. He hasn’t hired an agent yet but appears committed to going pro.

He played two seasons with Illinois, averaging 13.8 points per game as a freshman and 16.6 points per game as a sophomore.

Many draft analysts have projected him as a second-round pick. Others have projected him as a late first-rounder.

Dosunmu Illionis 2019-20 Season Highlights:

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Tim Duncan was ejected for laughing 13 years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/81237-tim-duncan-was-ejected-for-laughing-13-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/81237-tim-duncan-was-ejected-for-laughing-13-years-ago-today#respond Wed, 15 Apr 2020 04:01:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=81237 Referee Joey Crawford ejected Tim Duncan because Duncan was laughing on the San Antonio Spurs bench in a game against the Dallas Mavericks. Duncan rarely loses his composure over calls. He was originally given a technical foul after he was called for an offensive foul. Duncan appeared to be shocked by the call. A few […]

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Tim Duncan was ejected for laughing 13 years ago today

Referee Joey Crawford ejected Tim Duncan because Duncan was laughing on the San Antonio Spurs bench in a game against the Dallas Mavericks.

Duncan rarely loses his composure over calls. He was originally given a technical foul after he was called for an offensive foul. Duncan appeared to be shocked by the call.

A few minutes later he was laughing on the bench when Joey Crawford shockingly dished out a second technical foul and ejected him from the game. The Spurs were leading at the time of the ejection but went on to lose the game.

When asked if he said anything to Crawford, Duncan replied “no.”

After the game, the NBA suspended Crawford for improper conduct.

Duncan got the last laugh though, as he led the Spurs to a sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals two months later.

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Knicks tweet J.R. Smith alley-oop https://www.talkbasket.net/81183-knicks-tweet-j-r-smith-alley-oop https://www.talkbasket.net/81183-knicks-tweet-j-r-smith-alley-oop#respond Tue, 14 Apr 2020 20:23:40 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=81183 The New York Knicks haven’t had many things to cheer about lately but they tweeted a memory from better days. J.R. Smith lobbed a pass to Iman Shumpert, who caught it in midair and lobbed it back to Smith, who slammed it home. Both players went on to win the NBA Title with the Cleveland […]

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Knicks tweet J.R. Smith alley-oop

The New York Knicks haven’t had many things to cheer about lately but they tweeted a memory from better days.

J.R. Smith lobbed a pass to Iman Shumpert, who caught it in midair and lobbed it back to Smith, who slammed it home.

Both players went on to win the NBA Title with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.

Right now, both players remain un-signed free agents.

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Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in his final game four years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/80944-kobe-bryant-scored-60-points-in-his-final-game-four-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/80944-kobe-bryant-scored-60-points-in-his-final-game-four-years-ago-today#respond Mon, 13 Apr 2020 04:01:19 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=80944 Kobe Bryant carried the Los Angeles Lakers to a 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz in the final game of his incredible career. He scored 60 points, going 22-50 on field goal attempts and 10-12 on free throw attempts. The Lakers trailed by 14 early in the fourth quarter but Bryant would not let them […]

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Kobe Bryant scored 60 points in his final game four years ago today

Kobe Bryant carried the Los Angeles Lakers to a 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz in the final game of his incredible career.

He scored 60 points, going 22-50 on field goal attempts and 10-12 on free throw attempts. The Lakers trailed by 14 early in the fourth quarter but Bryant would not let them lose. He scored 23 points in the fourth quarter, knocking down a jump shot to put them ahead 97-96 with 31.6 seconds remaining. Soon after, he made a pair of free throws to ice the game.

He spent 20 memorable years with the Lakers, winning five titles and providing countless memories.

After the game Bryant gave his famous ‘Mamba out’ speech on the court. He addressed fans teammates and his family, thanking all of them.

Bryant was recently elected to the Hall of Fame, following his tragic death in a helicopter crash in January.

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Reports: Knicks would have to trade Barrett or Robinson and picks to land Donovan Mitchell https://www.talkbasket.net/80815-reports-knicks-would-have-to-trade-barrett-or-robinson-and-picks-to-land-donovan-mitchell https://www.talkbasket.net/80815-reports-knicks-would-have-to-trade-barrett-or-robinson-and-picks-to-land-donovan-mitchell#respond Sun, 12 Apr 2020 00:24:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=80815 A report from Sam Amick and Tony Jones of The Athletic said that Donovan Mitchell’s relationship with Rudy Gobert may be beyond repair. This could lead the Utah Jazz to trade one of their all-stars. Mitchell has been linked to the New York Knicks for years and this could be their opportunity to finally get […]

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Reports: Knicks would have to trade Barrett or Robinson and picks to land Donovan Mitchell

A report from Sam Amick and Tony Jones of The Athletic said that Donovan Mitchell’s relationship with Rudy Gobert may be beyond repair.

This could lead the Utah Jazz to trade one of their all-stars. Mitchell has been linked to the New York Knicks for years and this could be their opportunity to finally get him.

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He would not be cheap though. According to SNY’s Ian Begley an NBA executive said that he believes the Knicks will have to trade RJ Barrett or Mitchell Robinson along with at least two first round picks to get him.

However, if Mitchell refuses to play with Gobert, that would give the Knicks more leverage in trade talks.

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Corey Brewer scored 51 points six years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/80692-corey-brewer-scored-51-points-six-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/80692-corey-brewer-scored-51-points-six-years-ago-today#respond Sat, 11 Apr 2020 04:04:45 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=80692 Corey Brewer scored 51 points and lifted the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 112-110 win over the Houston Rockets. He has never scored 30 points or more in a game except for this sensational performance against the Rockets. Brewer has played for eight teams in 12 seasons but is currently an un-signed free agent. He won […]

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Corey Brewer scored 51 points six years ago today

Corey Brewer scored 51 points and lifted the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 112-110 win over the Houston Rockets.

He has never scored 30 points or more in a game except for this sensational performance against the Rockets.

Brewer has played for eight teams in 12 seasons but is currently an un-signed free agent. He won the NBA Title with the Dallas Mavericks in 2011.

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Jamal Crawford scored 51 points one year ago https://www.talkbasket.net/80433-jamal-crawford-scored-51-points-one-year-ago https://www.talkbasket.net/80433-jamal-crawford-scored-51-points-one-year-ago#respond Thu, 09 Apr 2020 20:11:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=80433 Jamal Crawford scored a career-high 51 points at 39-years-old, one year ago today. Despite his great performance, Crawford’s Phoenix Suns lost to the Dallas Mavericks 120-109. Dirk Nowitzki scored 30 points at 40-years-old for the Mavericks. Nowitzki retired after the 2018-19 season and Crawford went un-signed in free agency.

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Jamal Crawford scored 51 points one year ago

Jamal Crawford scored a career-high 51 points at 39-years-old, one year ago today.

Despite his great performance, Crawford’s Phoenix Suns lost to the Dallas Mavericks 120-109. Dirk Nowitzki scored 30 points at 40-years-old for the Mavericks.

Nowitzki retired after the 2018-19 season and Crawford went un-signed in free agency.

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Damian Lillard scored 59 points against Utah three years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/80190-damian-lillard-scored-59-points-against-utah-three-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/80190-damian-lillard-scored-59-points-against-utah-three-years-ago-today#respond Wed, 08 Apr 2020 04:25:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=80190 Damian Lillard scored 59 points and led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 101-86 victory over the Utah Jazz three years ago. At the time, it was a career high in points for Lillard. He had no turnovers and went 9-14 on 3-pointers. Lillard set a new career high in points with 61 points against […]

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Damian Lillard scored 59 points against Utah three years ago today

Damian Lillard scored 59 points and led the Portland Trail Blazers to the 101-86 victory over the Utah Jazz three years ago.

At the time, it was a career high in points for Lillard. He had no turnovers and went 9-14 on 3-pointers.

Lillard set a new career high in points with 61 points against the Golden State Warriors this season.

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Jordan Nwora declares for NBA Draft https://www.talkbasket.net/79926-jordan-nwora-declares-for-nba-draft https://www.talkbasket.net/79926-jordan-nwora-declares-for-nba-draft#respond Mon, 06 Apr 2020 18:27:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=79926 Jordan Nwora has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft after an outstanding season at Louisville. He spent three seasons at Louisville, averaging 18 points and 7.7 rebounds per game last season. He also made just over 40 percent of his three-pointers last season. He was named First-Team All-ACC last season. Two seasons ago, he was […]

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Jordan Nwora has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft after an outstanding season at Louisville.

He spent three seasons at Louisville, averaging 18 points and 7.7 rebounds per game last season. He also made just over 40 percent of his three-pointers last season.

He was named First-Team All-ACC last season. Two seasons ago, he was Third-Team All-ACC and ACC Most Improved Player.

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Tim Duncan reacts to Hall of Fame Election https://www.talkbasket.net/79769-tim-duncan-reacts-to-hall-of-fame-election https://www.talkbasket.net/79769-tim-duncan-reacts-to-hall-of-fame-election#respond Sun, 05 Apr 2020 17:58:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=79769 Tim Duncan thanked teammates and said he felt honored after being elected to the Hall of Fame. Duncan was elected along with Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and other basketball greats. Duncan won the NBA Finals five times in 19 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. He was named Finals MVP in three of them. He […]

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Tim Duncan reacts to Hall of Fame Election

Tim Duncan thanked teammates and said he felt honored after being elected to the Hall of Fame.

Duncan was elected along with Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett and other basketball greats.

Duncan won the NBA Finals five times in 19 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. He was named Finals MVP in three of them. He also won’t he regular season MVP twice and was named 1997-98 Rookie of the Year.

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Tim Duncan says he never felt under appreciated after being elected to Hall of Fame https://www.talkbasket.net/79591-tim-duncan-says-he-never-felt-under-appreciated-after-being-elected-to-hall-of-fame https://www.talkbasket.net/79591-tim-duncan-says-he-never-felt-under-appreciated-after-being-elected-to-hall-of-fame#respond Sat, 04 Apr 2020 18:00:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=79591 Tim Duncan was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today. He was known for his fundamentals rather than flashy plays, earning the nickname “The Big Fundamental.” After finding out he would be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, Duncan thanked his teammates and said he never felt as though he wasn’t appreciated. […]

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Tim Duncan says he never felt under appreciated after being elected to Hall of Fame

Tim Duncan was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame today.

He was known for his fundamentals rather than flashy plays, earning the nickname “The Big Fundamental.”

After finding out he would be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, Duncan thanked his teammates and said he never felt as though he wasn’t appreciated.

Duncan played 19 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. He won five titles and was named Finals MVP three times. He was also the regular season MVP twice.

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Carmelo Anthony dropped 50 in Miami seven years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/79126-carmelo-anthony-dropped-50-in-miami-seven-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/79126-carmelo-anthony-dropped-50-in-miami-seven-years-ago-today#respond Thu, 02 Apr 2020 04:41:18 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=79126 Seven years ago Carmelo Anthony put on a show, and led the New York Knicks to a rare victory in Miami. The Heat came into the game with a 32-3 record at home but were without LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, and Anthony carried the Knicks to a 102-90 victory. Not only did Anthony score […]

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Carmelo Anthony dropped 50 in Miami  seven years ago today

Seven years ago Carmelo Anthony put on a show, and led the New York Knicks to a rare victory in Miami.

The Heat came into the game with a 32-3 record at home but were without LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, and Anthony carried the Knicks to a 102-90 victory.

Not only did Anthony score 50 points, but he did so on just 26 shots. He went 18-26, including 7-10 on 3-pointers and 7-8 on free throws.

Anthony went on to lead the league in scoring, averaging 28.7 points per game. The Knicks went on to make the playoffs and won a playoff series. It remains the last season they made the playoffs.

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Kevin Love gives his opinion on the way the rest of the NBA season will go https://www.talkbasket.net/79036-kevin-love-gives-his-opinion-on-the-way-the-rest-of-the-nba-season-will-go https://www.talkbasket.net/79036-kevin-love-gives-his-opinion-on-the-way-the-rest-of-the-nba-season-will-go#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2020 18:19:20 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=79036 Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers said he hopes that teams will finish their full 82-game schedule upon returning. “Because guys might come in a little out of shape and they don’t know how to get through this time because it is new, they will then have a two-week training camp, play 10 games and […]

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Kevin Love gives his opinion on the way the rest of the NBA season will go

Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers said he hopes that teams will finish their full 82-game schedule upon returning.

“Because guys might come in a little out of shape and they don’t know how to get through this time because it is new, they will then have a two-week training camp, play 10 games and it will go into some sort of a playoff scenario,” Love said.

Love also thought playing five-game playoff series instead of seven-game playoff series was a possibility.

Love took time to speak about the importance of helping those in need during the coronavirus pandemic. He was one of the first players to offer to pay the salaries of stadium workers.

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Mike Francesa rips Knicks fans who celebrated James Dolan’s positive coronavirus test https://www.talkbasket.net/78776-mike-francesa-rips-knicks-fans-who-celebrated-james-dolans-positive-coronavirus-test https://www.talkbasket.net/78776-mike-francesa-rips-knicks-fans-who-celebrated-james-dolans-positive-coronavirus-test#respond Tue, 31 Mar 2020 05:14:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=78776 Sports talk show host Mike Francesa ripped New York Knicks fans who celebrated Dolan’s illness. Dolan owns the Knicks. His diagnosis became pubic three days ago in a tweet by the team. “You’re better than that,” Francesa said on WFAN. “That’s messed up. On any level, that’s messed up. And he should be lauded here […]

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Mike Francesa rips Knicks fans who celebrated James Dolan’s positive coronavirus test

Sports talk show host Mike Francesa ripped New York Knicks fans who celebrated Dolan’s illness.

Dolan owns the Knicks. His diagnosis became pubic three days ago in a tweet by the team.

“You’re better than that,” Francesa said on WFAN. “That’s messed up. On any level, that’s messed up. And he should be lauded here for how he’s handled his employees. Because he’s making sure they get paid through May 3.”

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The NCAA won’t grant college basketball players an extra year of eligibility https://www.talkbasket.net/78758-the-ncaa-wont-grant-college-basketball-players-an-extra-year-of-eligibility https://www.talkbasket.net/78758-the-ncaa-wont-grant-college-basketball-players-an-extra-year-of-eligibility#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2020 23:59:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=78758 The NCAA will not grant basketball players another year of eligibility even though the NCAA Tournament was canceled according to Shams Charania. While most of the season was played, no team was given the opportunity to become a champion. Unlike the NBA, the rest of the NCAA season was canceled rather than postponed.

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The NCAA won’t grant college basketball players an extra year of eligibility

The NCAA will not grant basketball players another year of eligibility even though the NCAA Tournament was canceled according to Shams Charania.

While most of the season was played, no team was given the opportunity to become a champion. Unlike the NBA, the rest of the NCAA season was canceled rather than postponed.

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Garrett Temple thanks his mom and everyone who continues to work during the coronavirus outbreak https://www.talkbasket.net/78615-garrett-temple-thanks-his-mom-and-everyone-who-continues-to-work-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak https://www.talkbasket.net/78615-garrett-temple-thanks-his-mom-and-everyone-who-continues-to-work-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2020 02:29:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=78615 Garrett Temple sent out a video of him thanking those in the service industry, including his own mom. “To all of the workers that are going, all of the nurses that are going in… some without masks, some without protective gear…to all those in the service industry who have to continue to provide services to […]

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Garrett Temple thanks his mom and everyone who continues to work during the coronavirus outbreak

Garrett Temple sent out a video of him thanking those in the service industry, including his own mom.

“To all of the workers that are going, all of the nurses that are going in… some without masks, some without protective gear…to all those in the service industry who have to continue to provide services to those that need help, we thank you, we thank, we thank you,” said Temple, a guard for the Brooklyn Nets.

On March 11, the NBA suspended this season indefinitely after Rudy Gobert contracted coronavirus.

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Knicks owner James Dolan tests positive for coronavirus https://www.talkbasket.net/78480-knicks-owner-james-dolan-tests-positive-for-coronavirus https://www.talkbasket.net/78480-knicks-owner-james-dolan-tests-positive-for-coronavirus#respond Sun, 29 Mar 2020 02:19:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=78480 New York Knicks owner James Dolan has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus. The often-criticized owner stepped up with NBA and NHL (Dolan also owns the New York Rangers) both suspending the 2019-20 season due to coronavirus. He agreed to pay event staff at Madison Square Garden through at least May 3. He also set up […]

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Knicks owner James Dolan tests positive for coronavirus

New York Knicks owner James Dolan has reportedly tested positive for coronavirus.

The often-criticized owner stepped up with NBA and NHL (Dolan also owns the New York Rangers) both suspending the 2019-20 season due to coronavirus. He agreed to pay event staff at Madison Square Garden through at least May 3. He also set up the MSG Relief Fund to give financial assistance to employees in need.

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Lee Green, former St. John’s point guard, dies after contracting coronavirus https://www.talkbasket.net/78331-lee-green-former-st-johns-point-guard-dies-after-contracting-coronavirus https://www.talkbasket.net/78331-lee-green-former-st-johns-point-guard-dies-after-contracting-coronavirus#respond Sat, 28 Mar 2020 02:52:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=78331 Lee Green died of coronavirus on Monday. He was just 49-years old. The Bronx native played three seasons with St. Johns from 1991-1994, averaging 2.3 points per game and was known as a defensive specialist. He was remembered fondly by former teammates. “Cool guy” said Lamont Middleton according to the New York Post. “Everywhere he […]

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Lee Green, former St. John’s point guard, dies after contracting coronavirus

Lee Green died of coronavirus on Monday. He was just 49-years old.

The Bronx native played three seasons with St. Johns from 1991-1994, averaging 2.3 points per game and was known as a defensive specialist. He was remembered fondly by former teammates.

“Cool guy” said Lamont Middleton according to the New York Post. “Everywhere he went Lee had a smile. He had a big personality.”

The two were teammates from 1991-1992. Rowan Barrett, the father of New York Knicks’ rookie RJ Barrett played with Green from 1992-1994.

“He always had a smile for you and was a pleasure to be around,” said Barrett according to the New York Post. “I’ve been praying for his family.”

Green did not have any known pre-existing conditions.

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Mark Cuban clarifies prediction that NBA will return by mid-May https://www.talkbasket.net/78020-mark-cuban-clarifies-prediction-that-nba-will-return-by-mid-may https://www.talkbasket.net/78020-mark-cuban-clarifies-prediction-that-nba-will-return-by-mid-may#respond Thu, 26 Mar 2020 17:12:24 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=78020 Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, took to Twitter to clarify his bold prediction. Cuban originally said he predicted that the NBA would get “back to normal” by the middle of May. The NBA suspended the season on March 11 after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus. Since then, players […]

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Mark Cuban clarifies prediction that NBA will return by mid-May

Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, took to Twitter to clarify his bold prediction.

Cuban originally said he predicted that the NBA would get “back to normal” by the middle of May. The NBA suspended the season on March 11 after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus.

Since then, players from five different teams have tested positive for coronavirus.

The NBA has yet to announce a target date for play to resume.

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Obi Toppin announces he will enter NBA Draft https://www.talkbasket.net/77853-obi-toppin-announces-he-will-enter-nba-draft https://www.talkbasket.net/77853-obi-toppin-announces-he-will-enter-nba-draft#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2020 18:49:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=77853 After two memorable years with Dayton, Obi Toppin will head to the NBA. He will likely be a lottery pick. Toppin had a good freshman season, averaging 14.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game but decided to stay in college another year. This season he averaged 20 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He is […]

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Obi Toppin announces he will enter NBA Draft

After two memorable years with Dayton, Obi Toppin will head to the NBA. He will likely be a lottery pick.

Toppin had a good freshman season, averaging 14.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game but decided to stay in college another year. This season he averaged 20 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He is also known for his highlight-reel dunks.

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Ramona Shelburne reports that owners and players want to finish the NBA season “no matter what” https://www.talkbasket.net/77549-ramona-shelburne-reports-that-owners-and-players-want-to-finish-the-nba-season-no-matter-what https://www.talkbasket.net/77549-ramona-shelburne-reports-that-owners-and-players-want-to-finish-the-nba-season-no-matter-what#respond Tue, 24 Mar 2020 01:31:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=77549 The NBA season has gotten pushed back further and further, with players from five teams already diagnosed with coronavirus. There is no set return date right now but ESPN writer Ramona Shelburne said that owners and players want the NBA season to resume no matter how long it takes for that to happen. She said […]

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Ramona Shelburne reports that owners and players want to finish the NBA season “no matter what”

The NBA season has gotten pushed back further and further, with players from five teams already diagnosed with coronavirus.

There is no set return date right now but ESPN writer Ramona Shelburne said that owners and players want the NBA season to resume no matter how long it takes for that to happen. She said players are willing to play into September if they need to.

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Florida Gulf Coast dunked all over Georgetown 7 years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/77340-florida-gulf-coast-dunked-all-over-georgetown-7-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/77340-florida-gulf-coast-dunked-all-over-georgetown-7-years-ago-today#respond Mon, 23 Mar 2020 02:36:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=77340 Seven years ago Florida Gulf Coast (FGCU), a 15 seed upset Georgetown, a 2 seed, 78-68. Not only did FGCU win but they did so in style, throwing down multiple dunks including a lob from Brett Comer to Chase Fieler to put Georgetown away. FGCU went on to beat San Diego State in their next […]

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Florida Gulf Coast dunked all over Georgetown 7 years ago today

Seven years ago Florida Gulf Coast (FGCU), a 15 seed upset Georgetown, a 2 seed, 78-68.

Not only did FGCU win but they did so in style, throwing down multiple dunks including a lob from Brett Comer to Chase Fieler to put Georgetown away.

FGCU went on to beat San Diego State in their next game. They remain the only 15 seed to make it to the Sweet 16.

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Steph Curry scored 40 points in the NCAA Tournament 12 years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/77204-steph-curry-scored-40-points-in-the-ncaa-tournament-12-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/77204-steph-curry-scored-40-points-in-the-ncaa-tournament-12-years-ago-today#respond Sun, 22 Mar 2020 02:45:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=77204 Steph Curry led Davidson to an 82-76 upset victory over Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2008. He knocked down eight three-pointers on 10 attempts. His most important one put Davidson ahead 77-74 with 1:04 remaining. Curry went on to lead Davidson on a Cinderella run to the Elite Eight. He […]

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Steph Curry scored 40 points in the NCAA Tournament 12 years ago today

Steph Curry led Davidson to an 82-76 upset victory over Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2008.

He knocked down eight three-pointers on 10 attempts. His most important one put Davidson ahead 77-74 with 1:04 remaining.

Curry went on to lead Davidson on a Cinderella run to the Elite Eight. He averaged 25.9 points per game that season and shot 43.9 percent on three-pointers.

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Jeremy Lin returns to China with CBA set to resume play https://www.talkbasket.net/77010-jeremy-lin-returns-to-china-with-cba-set-to-resume-play https://www.talkbasket.net/77010-jeremy-lin-returns-to-china-with-cba-set-to-resume-play#respond Fri, 20 Mar 2020 22:39:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=77010 Former NBA player Jeremy Lin announced via Instagram that he has returned to China as the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) is set to resume play. Lin has averaged 24.2 points per game in 24 games with the Beijing Ducks this season. The CBA suspended play in January due to the coronavirus outbreak. The CBA sent […]

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Jeremy Lin returns to China with CBA set to resume play

Former NBA player Jeremy Lin announced via Instagram that he has returned to China as the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) is set to resume play.

Lin has averaged 24.2 points per game in 24 games with the Beijing Ducks this season.

The CBA suspended play in January due to the coronavirus outbreak. The CBA sent out a memo last week saying American players, including Lin and fellow former NBA player Lance Stephenson should return to China, as league play could resume as soon as April 2.

Stephenson has averaged 26.7 points per game in 29 games with the Liaoning Flying Leopards.

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Jazz coach Quin Snyder thanks Utah https://www.talkbasket.net/76816-jazz-coach-quin-snyder-thanks-utah https://www.talkbasket.net/76816-jazz-coach-quin-snyder-thanks-utah#respond Fri, 20 Mar 2020 00:45:17 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=76816 The first NBA players to test positive for the coronavirus were Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz. Those positive tests led opponents, staff members and family members of the players to get tested. It also led to the suspension of the NBA season. Today the team’s head coach Quin Snyder thanked the […]

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Jazz coach Quin Snyder thanks Utah

The first NBA players to test positive for the coronavirus were Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz.

Those positive tests led opponents, staff members and family members of the players to get tested. It also led to the suspension of the NBA season.

Today the team’s head coach Quin Snyder thanked the Utah community for the way they’ve responded and tried to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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NBA to give fans free preview of NBA League Pass https://www.talkbasket.net/76594-nba-to-give-fans-free-preview-of-nba-league-pass https://www.talkbasket.net/76594-nba-to-give-fans-free-preview-of-nba-league-pass#respond Wed, 18 Mar 2020 21:55:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=76594 The NBA will allow fans free access to NBA League Pass until April 22 with the season suspended to slow the spread of coronavirus. Fans will be able to watch classic games as well as replays of all games from this season.

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NBA to give fans free preview of NBA League Pass

The NBA will allow fans free access to NBA League Pass until April 22 with the season suspended to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Fans will be able to watch classic games as well as replays of all games from this season.

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Kevin Durant says he feels fine after testing positive for coronavirus https://www.talkbasket.net/76481-kevin-durant-says-he-feels-fine-after-testing-positive-for-coronavirus https://www.talkbasket.net/76481-kevin-durant-says-he-feels-fine-after-testing-positive-for-coronavirus#respond Tue, 17 Mar 2020 21:46:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=76481 Kevin Durant is one of the four Brooklyn Nets players to test positive for the coronavirus. Three of those four players have no symptoms right now.

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Kevin Durant says he feels fine after testing positive for coronavirus

Kevin Durant is one of the four Brooklyn Nets players to test positive for the coronavirus. Three of those four players have no symptoms right now.

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Spencer Dinwiddie tweets his best lineup of all time https://www.talkbasket.net/76340-spencer-dinwiddie-tweets-his-best-lineup-of-all-time https://www.talkbasket.net/76340-spencer-dinwiddie-tweets-his-best-lineup-of-all-time#respond Tue, 17 Mar 2020 03:29:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=76340 Since the NBA season was suspended in attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus, Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie has been one of the most active players on social media. Today he tweeted what he thinks would be the greatest lineup ever.

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Spencer Dinwiddie tweets his best lineup of all time

Since the NBA season was suspended in attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus, Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie has been one of the most active players on social media. Today he tweeted what he thinks would be the greatest lineup ever.

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Criticized Pelicans owner donates $1 million to create assistance fund https://www.talkbasket.net/76328-criticized-pelicans-owner-donates-1-million-to-create-assistance-fund https://www.talkbasket.net/76328-criticized-pelicans-owner-donates-1-million-to-create-assistance-fund#respond Tue, 17 Mar 2020 00:48:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=76328 Gayle Benson, the owner of the New Orleans Pelicans, was heavily criticized by fans after Zion Williamson offered to give a portion of his salary to help stadium workers, who are currently out of work because of coronavirus. The team released a statement thanking Williamson. Benson has now donated $1 million in order to create […]

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Criticized Pelicans owner donates $1 million to create assistance fund

Gayle Benson, the owner of the New Orleans Pelicans, was heavily criticized by fans after Zion Williamson offered to give a portion of his salary to help stadium workers, who are currently out of work because of coronavirus. The team released a statement thanking Williamson.

Benson has now donated $1 million in order to create the Gayle Benson Community Assistance Fund. A portion of that money will go towards making sure Pelicans’ employees receive their wages for the remainder of the season even though the season is suspended.

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CDC recommendation of no events with 50 or more people puts NBA season in jeopardy https://www.talkbasket.net/76195-cdc-recommendation-of-no-events-with-50-or-more-people-puts-nba-season-in-jeopardy https://www.talkbasket.net/76195-cdc-recommendation-of-no-events-with-50-or-more-people-puts-nba-season-in-jeopardy#respond Mon, 16 Mar 2020 01:53:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=76195 Multiple NBA owners and executives had originally hoped to resume play in one month but according to Adrian Wojnarowski the earliest play would resume now is in the middle of June. The season is suspended indefinitely in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus.

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Multiple NBA owners and executives had originally hoped to resume play in one month but according to Adrian Wojnarowski the earliest play would resume now is in the middle of June.

The season is suspended indefinitely in an attempt to slow the spread of coronavirus.

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Christian Wood was in midst of breakout season before coronavirus diagnosis https://www.talkbasket.net/76072-christian-wood-was-in-midst-of-breakout-season-before-coronavirus-diagnosis https://www.talkbasket.net/76072-christian-wood-was-in-midst-of-breakout-season-before-coronavirus-diagnosis#respond Sun, 15 Mar 2020 05:12:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=76072 Detroit Pistons power forward Christian Wood was playing the best basketball of his career before the NBA season was suspended to try to slow the spread of coronavirus. The Pistons traded starting center Andre Drummond to the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this season and power forward Blake Griffin is out for the season because of knee […]

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Christian Wood was in midst of breakout season before coronavirus diagnosis

Detroit Pistons power forward Christian Wood was playing the best basketball of his career before the NBA season was suspended to try to slow the spread of coronavirus.

The Pistons traded starting center Andre Drummond to the Cleveland Cavaliers earlier this season and power forward Blake Griffin is out for the season because of knee surgery. Wood, who is with his fifth team in four NBA seasons, was given more playing time and took advantage of it. He played in just 51 games combined in his first three seasons but played in 62 this season.

Wood averaged 19.3 points and nine rebounds per game in 11 games in February. He averaged 26.6 points and 9.4 rebounds per game in five games in March.

Despite the diagnosis, Wood is doing well and showing no symptoms right now according to Shams Charania.

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Brooklyn Nets to give Barclays Center employees their salaries despite suspension in season https://www.talkbasket.net/76062-brooklyn-nets-to-give-barclays-center-employees-their-salaries-despite-suspension-in-season https://www.talkbasket.net/76062-brooklyn-nets-to-give-barclays-center-employees-their-salaries-despite-suspension-in-season#respond Sun, 15 Mar 2020 00:52:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=76062 The Brooklyn Nets will continue to pay Barclays Center employees, with a current plan that will cover them from now until the end of May. Many players, including Kevin Love and Zion Williamson, have given portions of their own salaries to help employees from their home arenas who have been left without work. The Nets […]

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Brooklyn Nets to give Barclays Center employees their salaries despite suspension in season

The Brooklyn Nets will continue to pay Barclays Center employees, with a current plan that will cover them from now until the end of May.

Many players, including Kevin Love and Zion Williamson, have given portions of their own salaries to help employees from their home arenas who have been left without work. The Nets were also able to come up with a resolution that will give their workers some security.

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Spencer Dinwiddie tweets out idea for a new playoff format https://www.talkbasket.net/75909-spencer-dinwiddie-tweets-out-idea-for-a-new-playoff-format https://www.talkbasket.net/75909-spencer-dinwiddie-tweets-out-idea-for-a-new-playoff-format#respond Sat, 14 Mar 2020 02:51:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=75909 Brooklyn Nets’ point guard Spencer Dinwiddie thinks the NBA should play a postseason with all 30 teams this season. The NBA is currently suspended but owners are hopeful that play will be able to resume after one month.

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Spencer Dinwiddie tweets out idea for a new playoff format

Brooklyn Nets’ point guard Spencer Dinwiddie thinks the NBA should play a postseason with all 30 teams this season.

The NBA is currently suspended but owners are hopeful that play will be able to resume after one month.

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Nine years ago Isaiah Thomas hit an epic buzzer beater for the University of Washington https://www.talkbasket.net/75734-nine-years-ago-isaiah-thomas-hit-an-epic-buzzer-beater-for-the-university-of-washington https://www.talkbasket.net/75734-nine-years-ago-isaiah-thomas-hit-an-epic-buzzer-beater-for-the-university-of-washington#respond Fri, 13 Mar 2020 00:52:07 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=75734 Nine years ago Isaiah Thomas hit a buzzer beater to give Washington a 77-75 overtime victory against Arizona in the Pac-12 title game. He averaged 16.8 points per game that season for Washington and was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 2011 NBA Draft.

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Nine years ago Isaiah Thomas hit an epic buzzer beater for the University of Washington

Nine years ago Isaiah Thomas hit a buzzer beater to give Washington a 77-75 overtime victory against Arizona in the Pac-12 title game.

He averaged 16.8 points per game that season for Washington and was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 2011 NBA Draft.

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Report surfaces that Rudy Gobert has tested positive for coronavirus https://www.talkbasket.net/75546-report-surfaces-that-rudy-gobert-has-tested-positive-for-coronavirus https://www.talkbasket.net/75546-report-surfaces-that-rudy-gobert-has-tested-positive-for-coronavirus#respond Thu, 12 Mar 2020 01:52:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=75546 Rudy Gobert came into tonight questionable to play but his preliminary test for coronavirus has come back positive. The game between the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder tonight was called off. The NBA has suspended the season following tonight’s games.

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Report surfaces that Rudy Gobert has tested positive for coronavirus

Rudy Gobert came into tonight questionable to play but his preliminary test for coronavirus has come back positive. The game between the Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder tonight was called off.

The NBA has suspended the season following tonight’s games.

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NBA suspends season https://www.talkbasket.net/75543-nba-suspends-season https://www.talkbasket.net/75543-nba-suspends-season#respond Thu, 12 Mar 2020 01:42:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=75543 After Rudy Gobert and Emmanuel Mudiay came down with an illness the scheduled game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz was postponed. After tonight, the rest of the NBA will be suspended as well.

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NBA suspends season

After Rudy Gobert and Emmanuel Mudiay came down with an illness the scheduled game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz was postponed. After tonight, the rest of the NBA will be suspended as well.

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Rudy Gobert comes down with illness after joking about coronavirus https://www.talkbasket.net/75538-rudy-gobert-comes-down-with-illness-after-joking-about-coronavirus https://www.talkbasket.net/75538-rudy-gobert-comes-down-with-illness-after-joking-about-coronavirus#respond Thu, 12 Mar 2020 01:31:18 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=75538 The scheduled game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz was cancelled after Rudy Gobert and Emmanuel Mudiay got sick. Both players are now being tested for the coronavirus.

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Rudy Gobert comes down with illness after joking about coronavirus

The scheduled game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Utah Jazz was cancelled after Rudy Gobert and Emmanuel Mudiay got sick.

Both players are now being tested for the coronavirus.

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Nets stun the Lakers at Staples Center https://www.talkbasket.net/75327-nets-stun-lakers-at-staples-center https://www.talkbasket.net/75327-nets-stun-lakers-at-staples-center#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 05:14:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=75327 Anthony Davis missed a wide open three-pointer at the buzzer and the Brooklyn Nets held off the Los Angeles Lakers for a 104-102 victory. With the score tied at 102, Spencer Dinwiddie hit a jumper over Avery Bradley with 28.4 seconds remaining. Dinwiddie finished the game with 23 points and seven assists. Caris LeVert had […]

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Nets stun the Lakers at Staples Center

Anthony Davis missed a wide open three-pointer at the buzzer and the Brooklyn Nets held off the Los Angeles Lakers for a 104-102 victory.

With the score tied at 102, Spencer Dinwiddie hit a jumper over Avery Bradley with 28.4 seconds remaining.

Dinwiddie finished the game with 23 points and seven assists. Caris LeVert had 22 points and seven rebounds for Brooklyn.

LeBron James finished with 29 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists but missed a layup that would have tied the game with 11 seconds remaining.

The Nets’ victory keeps them six games ahead of the Washington Wizards with 18 games remaining for both teams as they battle for a playoff spot.

The Nets’ next game is Thursday at the Golden State Warriors.

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Knicks collapse against the Wizards https://www.talkbasket.net/75320-knicks-collapse-against-wizards https://www.talkbasket.net/75320-knicks-collapse-against-wizards#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 02:02:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=75320 The first half in Washington was one of the Knicks’ best of the season. After a sluggish first few minutes, Bobby Portis and Frank Ntilikina took over, and the bench gave New York a big lead. They were up 70-54 at halftime but fell apart in the second half, and lost 122-115 to the Wizards. […]

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Knicks collapse against the Wizards

The first half in Washington was one of the Knicks’ best of the season. After a sluggish first few minutes, Bobby Portis and Frank Ntilikina took over, and the bench gave New York a big lead. They were up 70-54 at halftime but fell apart in the second half, and lost 122-115 to the Wizards.

The starters struggled in the second half and this time New York’s bench players couldn’t rescue them. The Wizards outscored them 59-29 to begin the second half.

Starting point guard Elfrid Payton struggled, finishing with just three points on 1-6 shooting. He was 1-4 on free throw attempts. Frank Ntilikina was a bright spot, finishing with 20 points and 10 assists. He was 6-9 on field goal attempts and 5-6 on free throw attempts.

The Knicks next game is at the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

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