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- Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown willing to accept ‘blemish’ of terrible record on his résumé (NBC Sports) March 7, 2014No matter how his NBA head-coaching career unfolds, Brett Brown will always have a first-season losing record on his résumé. His 76ers will finish somewhere between 15-67 and 36-46 – likely much closer to the former. The 76ers struggling was no surprise. In fact, they’ve probably exceeded expectations. So why did Brown put himself in…
- Magic sign Dedmon, Thomas to 10-day contracts (The SportsXchange) March 7, 2014The Orlando Magic signed center Dewayne Dedmon and guard/forward Adonis Thomas each to a second 10-day contract on Friday.
- Extra Pass: Golden State Warriors defending at historically high level (NBC Sports) March 7, 2014BOSTON – Game-planning for the Golden State last season, the Phoenix Suns wrote “Finesse” on their whiteboard. “Be physical with them, and they tend to back away,” said Jermaine O’Neal, who played for Phoenix last year. Now a Warrior, O’Neal didn’t hesitate to share the observation of their defense with his new teammates. “I told…
- The Clippers hand the Lakers the worst loss in franchise history: A profile in struggle (Ball Don't Lie) March 7, 2014Your browser does not support iframes. The Los Angeles Lakers held a seven-point advantage over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, leading 20-13 after a Jodie Meeks jumpshot with 5:30 remaining in the first quarter. From there, though, Doc Rivers' club went on a little run. Well, I guess you could call it kind of a big run. OK, they outscored the Lakers 129-74 for the rest of the game. And it kind of didn't feel that close. The Clippers destroyed the Lakers on Thursday by a score of 142-94 . This wasn't just worse than the 39-point spanking the Clips laid on the Lakers back in January, and it wasn't just worse than the beating the Clips handed the Philadelphia 76ers last month . This was a 48-point annihilation that stands alone as the largest margin of victory in the history of the Clippers franchise , going all the way back to the Buffalo Braves days. Moreover, though, this was the largest margin of defeat in the history of the Lakers franchise, even worse than the 46-point hammering that the 1994-95 Lakers suffered at the hands of the Portland Trail Blazers. And it came from Former Little Brother, on the Staples Center court, on national television. This is about as bad as it has ever gotten for the purple and gold. Here is an representative survey of the sadness. LAL trail 73-40 at the half after a disaster of a 2nd Q for the Lakers, in which they were outscored 44-13 and hit only 5 of 20 shots. — Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) March 7, 2014 And immediately after halftime ... Mitch Kupchak. Is Not Happy. pic.twitter.com/kifTQnO5xu — jose3030 (@jose3030) March 7, 2014 The Mike D'Antoni Struggle (3rd Quarter Edition) pic.twitter.com/7n4ayCkLrV — jose3030 (@jose3030) March 7, 2014 The Mike D'Antoni Struggle v.2 pic.twitter.com/DvTm28hMfW — jose3030 (@jose3030) March 7, 2014 The LA Lakers Struggle v.1 pic.twitter.com/xedcR7uNPa — jose3030 (@jose3030) March 7, 2014 The caption: "The game is such a blowout [that] a Clipper fan took Jack Nicholson's seat." I had to do it… #Clippers #Lakers pic.twitter.com/IvkMvWumgf — Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) March 7, 2014 Imagine how bad the score would be if the Clippers didn't have 10 turnovers in the 1st quarter — J.A. Adande (@jadande) March 7, 2014 The lead just got to 50 for the first time, and the Clippers starters are off the bench cheering. 31 seconds left. — Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) March 7, 2014 And the dagger: I have been a #Lakers fan for over 35 years and had season tickets for almost a decade. For now, this franchise is lost without Dr Buss. — Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) March 7, 2014 Losing Rob Lowe is unequivocally rock bottom. — Matt Bilinsky (@mattbilinsky) March 7, 2014 Darren Collison led eight Clippers in double figures with 24 points on 9 for 16 shooting). Four Clippers posted double-doubles — Blake Griffin (20 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists in 26 minutes), Chris Paul (13 points, 11 assists, four rebounds, four steals in 26 minutes), DeAndre Jordan (14 points, 12 rebounds, three assists in 22 minutes) and Matt Barnes (17 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals in 30 minutes). All 11 Clippers who played scored, as the team shot 55.3 percent from the floor, 12 for 26 from 3-point land, and outrebounded the Lakers 64-33 en route to their sixth straight win, which improved them to 43-20 on the season. Pau Gasol had 21 points and seven rebounds for the Lakers. The Non-Pau Lakers shot a combined 36.6 percent from the floor. Mike D'Antoni's squad coughed the ball up 22 times, leading to 26 Clipper points, got outscored 80-33 in the second and third quarters combined, and trailed by at least 40 points for the final 19 minutes and 53 seconds of this game. D'Antoni: "They smelled blood in the water and they killed us." — Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) March 7, 2014 After the game, injured Lakers star Kobe Bryant tried to put a positive spin on things via Twitter: Misery = Motivation #thanku #urwelcome — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) March 7, 2014 That's a hell of a lot of motivation, then. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more.
- Wake-up call: Webster likely to return in Milwaukee (Comcast SportsNet Mid Atlantic) March 7, 2014The Wizards likely will be getting back Martell Webster after a two-game absence but backup center Kevin Seraphin will miss his sixth game in a row when they play at the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday (CSN+, 9 p.m. ET). Webster, who has had two back surgeries, was injured last weekend when he crashed to the floor and had someone fall on him late in the win at the Philadelphia 76ers. He initially was on the active roster for the Wizards' win vs. the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, but he was a last-minute scratch. Webster did leave the locker room to join his teammates on the bench in the second half of that 104-91 victory.
- By One Measure, 76ers May End Up History’s Worst March 2, 2014The 76ers were an awful team even before the roster was gutted at the trade deadline in the hope of building for the future.
- As Kidd Hits Stride, Nets Keep Improving by Nipping Sixers February 4, 2014What a difference a couple of months made: Jason Kidd was named the Eastern Conference coach of the month in January and the Nets’ record in their past nine games was 6-3.
- Anthony Says Winning Title Is Sole Focus January 28, 2014The Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony refused to elaborate on free agency, but he did make clear that he wants to be in a situation where he feels he can vie for a title.
- Knicks’ Defensive Disarray in Loss to 76ers Puts Woodson on the Spot January 23, 2014Coach Mike Woodson has dismissed concerns about his defensive schemes, but the problems were glaring in the loss to Philadelphia.
- This Time, Smith Avoids Sideshow and Just Puts On a Show January 12, 2014After drawing attention for antics and a benching, J. R. Smith sat out the first quarter before leading the Knicks on a 32-12 second-quarter run and finishing with 14 points in a win at Philadelphia.