Goran Dragic Returns, Prepares To Bring Consistency To Team
Goran Dragic once again proved to fans why he is one of the most important Miami Heat players, aside from Jimmy Butler. Dragic has been an important playmaker on the team and has forced opposing defenses to bend when he’s the ball handler in the pick-and-roll, coming off handoffs or dictating the offense. On Friday night against the Utah Jazz, he showed why. Facing the Jazz, it was the second game for the guard after he missed nine games due to a sprained left ankle. In that game, he scored 26 points alongside Butler’s 33 points to put the Jazz away for a Heat victory. Miami superstar Butler p...
Vanessa Bryant Sounds Off On Evan Rachel Wood After Tweet About Kobe
On Saturday, Vanessa Bryant blasted Evan Rachel Wood after discovering a year-old tweet from her calling her late husband Kobe Bryant a rapist. On January 26, 2019, Wood wrote a tweet that said, “What has happened is tragic. I am heartbroken for Kobe’s family,” before adding the following controversial statement, “He was a sports hero, he was also a rapist, and all of these truths can exist simultaneously.” The tweet was posted on the same day that Bryant died in a helicopter crash. Wood has since deactivated her Twitter account five months after the tweet was published. Vanessa was not aware ...
Mark Bradley: It had to happen: The Hawks fire Lloyd Pierce
This had to happen. The Hawks have made seven Round 1 picks over the past four NBA drafts. They spent big over the summer to buy themselves veterans who could shoot and/or defend and/or both. They awoke Monday in 11th place in the NBA East, which wouldn’t qualify them for this season’s 10-teams-per-conference playoff. They’ll awaken Tuesday without the head coach hired to oversee this rebuild. The Hawks fired Lloyd Pierce on Monday. The first casualty of rebuilding is patience – the higher-ups always believe progress shouldn’t be so slow in coming – but it was clear progress had ceased under P...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
A recurring theme — giving up a slew of 3-pointers — costs Hornets against Blazers
There was nothing new about how the Charlotte Hornets lost Monday — 3-point defense. For the sixth time this season, the Hornets gave up 20 or more 3s. This time it was 24 by the Portland Trail Blazers in a 123-111 road loss. The Hornets are 2-3 on this West Coast road trip. Hornets rookie LaMelo Ball had 30 points and eight rebounds, making 5 3s. But the Blazers took a 19-point lead in the second half with Carmelo Anthony scoring 29 off the bench. Observations off the game: HAYWARD, ZELLER, GRAHAM OUT AGAIN The Hornets were again without three of their top seven players: Gordon Hayward (hand ...
The Charlotte Observer
Nets collapse late in 4th vs. Spurs, need OT to snap 18-year drought in San Antonio
The Nets hadn’t won a game in San Antonio against the Spurs since Game 2 of the 2003 NBA Finals. They snapped that drought in a 124-113 OT win over Gregg Popovich’s crew on Monday, but it didn’t come easy. The Nets held a 108-98 lead over the Spurs with 2:12 to go in the fourth quarter, then turned the ball over, missed shots and surrendered that lead as the game went into overtime. It all happened so fast: In one moment, the game was in the bag. In the next moment, not only was the lead gone, but the momentum had shifted all the way into the Spurs’ favor. The Nets went on to seize that moment...
New York Daily News
Chicago Bulls rally vs. Denver Nuggets but can’t overcome Nikola Jokic’s huge night in a 118-112 loss
During a film session after the Chicago Bulls’ game Sunday against the Toronto Raptors got postponed because of the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols, Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas had already turned his sights to the team’s next opponent — and his former team — the Denver Nuggets. According to center Wendell Carter Jr., the Bulls’ top basketball executive told the team: “Now you get some more time to rest. I need y’all to win this next game for me.” The Bulls nearly pulled off the upset Monday night at the United Center, rallying from a 15-point deficit to ...
Sixers’ chemistry on full display in 130-114 rout of Pacers
No one can argue that the 76ers don’t have great team chemistry. Their togetherness is on display each game during the opposing team’s pregame introductions. That’s when Dwight Howard leads several of the Sixers in a dribble skit straight out of the AND1 Live Tour. Guys are also always encouraging teammates and greeting with high fives when heading toward the bench. Monday’s 130-114 victory over the Indiana Pacers at the Wells Fargo Center was no different. Yet, the thought is the Sixers will need to make at least one move before the March 25 trade deadline in order to contend for the NBA titl...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Magic surge late but fall short against Mavericks
As the Orlando Magic found out, it’s hard to outscore the Dallas Mavericks. Luka Doncic finished with 33 points and nine assists as the Mavericks held off the Magic for a 130-124 victory Monday night before 3,766 fans at Amway Center. Magic coach Steve Clifford gave credit to the Mavericks but said he expected his team to play better defensively. “Too many mistakes on the defensive end of the floor,” he said. “Offensively we were fine, good enough to win but particularly in the first half, our side pick-and-roll defense, which is normally a big strength, blown coverages, spread out all over th...
Four-time WNBA champion Sue Bird re-signs with Seattle Storm
What appears to be the final — and arguably most important — offseason domino fell for the Storm when the team announced the signing of four-time WNBA champion Sue Bird on Monday. “Seattle and the Storm franchise have been home for my entire career,” Bird said in a statement released by the team. “This is a special team and I’m looking forward to getting back on the court with them as well as representing this great city and our amazing fans.” It had been a foregone conclusion that Bird, an unrestricted free agent and the league’s oldest player at 40, would return for her 18th season and 20th ...
The Seattle Times
LeBron Leads Los Angeles Lakers To Win Over Rival Golden State Warriors
On Sunday night, it was two old rivals clashing once again – the LeBron James-led Los Angeles Lakers and Stephen Curry-led Golden State Warriors. The two have played each other in the past, but it was mostly in the NBA Finals. This time it was not close but lopsided in the Lakers’ favor. Both teams were without one of their All-Stars. The Lakers lost Anthony Davis to a calf injury and will be unavailable until after the All-Star break. The Warriors are missing Klay Thompson, who suffered a season-ending injury before the season started. Due to the injuries of one of their individual star playe...