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- Aldridge, Lillard connect in Blazers' 93-75 win (The Associated Press) October 22, 2014BOULDER, Colo. (AP) -- LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points and had 11 rebounds in Portland's 93-75 win over Denver in an exhibition game Tuesday.
- Nuggets turn the page on injury-filled season (The Associated Press) October 21, 2014DENVER (AP) -- The influence of Peyton Manning even extends to the basketball court these days.
- BDL's 2014-15 NBA Season Previews: Golden State Warriors (Ball Don't Lie) October 21, 2014The Golden State Warriors cannot be criticized for lacking ambition. Mark Jackson led the franchise to the playoffs in two consecutive seasons (out of his three total), a feat that made him their most successful head coach since the first Don Nelson era. His reward was a speedy dismissal. For whatever tensions existed between Jackson and his bosses — and there were many , to the point where a disaster may have loomed — it is fairly apparent that the people in charge of the Warriors expect to challenge for titles, not to lose out on homecourt advantage in the first round and take one playoff series every couple years. Owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber want one of the league's preeminent franchises. The question isn't only if they have the roster to get them there, but whether they have hired the right man for the job. Former Phoenix Suns general manager, TNT commentator, and golfing buddy Steve Kerr has no coaching experience of any kind, just like Jackson when he was hired in 2011. Yet there's no guarantee that the Warriors will get lucky twice, even if Kerr has a sterling reputation and has said all the right things so far. The Warriors have taken a gamble, again, and Kerr may not connect with his players as well as Jackson did in his three seasons with the club. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] However, Kerr and his staff (which includes Alvin Gentry, his coach in Phoenix) can improve the team in other ways. It will take some work to match last season's third-ranked defense (by points allowed per possession), but there is a clear opportunity to best a No. 12 offense that belied Golden State's reputation as an especially potent group. While Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson strengthened their status as the best outside-shooting duo in the NBA, the offense as a whole often became stagnant and went away from its strengths, especially when eschewing the pick-and-roll. With versatile players like Andre Iguodala, David Lee, Draymond Green, and Andrew Bogut in the lineup, there's no glaring reason why Golden State can't become a better offensive team. Failure to do so would be the clearest sign that Kerr did not have a particularly impressive first season in Oakland. Then again, it's not entirely clear how Kerr and the franchise will define success. Is it enough for him to set the team on a course toward achieving the results that Jackson didn't, or will he need to exceed them now? It's not necessarily prudent to set such rigid standards before the team even plays a regular-season game. Nevertheless, controversial coaching changes require fairly exacting analysis. The outcome of such gambles reflect upon the franchise well beyond win-loss record. 2013-14 season in 140 characters or less: A coach pit himself and his team against the world, winning a few battles and losing the war. Did the summer help at all? The answer to this question depends largely on your belief in Kerr and his abilities relative to those of Jackson. As previously noted, those opinions will vary and can't be discussed with any certainty for at least a few months. If we stick to the roster, then the Warriors should be a little better. For one thing, they lost only Jermaine O'Neal, a quality reserve big man who missed several months and may be of limited use at 36 years old. They added Shaun Livingston as a much-needed backup point guard who can defend bigger guards when teamed with Curry; Brandon Rush, who performed well with Golden State as a reserve wing in 2011-12; and Leandro Barbosa, unlikely to match his years in Phoenix but still a speedy guard with explosive tendencies. Plus, reserve center Festus Ezeli returns after missing all of last season with a knee injury. Go-to offseason acquisition: Livingston is still iffy for opening night , but when he's in the lineup he will give the Warriors options that they lacked last season. Though not the world's most adept floor leader, Livingston can contribute in many areas (8.3 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.2 steals in 26 minutes per game for the Brooklyn Nets in 2013-14) while freeing up other members of the team to excel. The Warriors lacked playmakers other than Curry and Iguodala, and they figure to be heavily dependent on those two for the same qualities this year. But Livingston provides some cover for a team that can use the help.
- With Rose back, Bulls set sights on Eastern title (The Associated Press) October 21, 2014CHICAGO (AP) -- Derrick Rose is back, and the Chicago Bulls are relevant again.
- BDL's 2014-15 NBA Season Previews: Utah Jazz (Ball Don't Lie) October 20, 2014
- Nuggets Releasing Quincy Miller October 22, 2014The Denver Nuggets have informed Quincy Miller of the organization’s plan to waive the forward, a source with knowledge told RealGM on Tuesday night.Miller, once a promising young prospect in the Denver franchise, had a partially guaranteed contract for the upcoming season. Miller’s release signals another step toward the Nuggets keeping Alonzo Gee for the regular season roster.Gee posted seven points on three-of-four shooting, four rebounds and four steals while defending Portland star Damian Lillard well in 27 total minutes in the Nuggets’ loss to the Trail Blazers on Tuesday. In 52 games last season, Miller, 21, averaged 4.9 points and 2.8 rebounds. He was the 38th overall pick by the Nuggets in the 2012 NBA Draft and has a skill set at 6-foot-10 that will warrant another opportunity.
- Nuggets Injury Update: Danilo Gallinari likely to miss Tuesday's game with a 'cold' October 21, 2014The Denver Nuggets head into tonight's game against the Portland Trail Blazers with a 2-4 record in the preseason. The Nuggets are looking to improve their defense which allowed 106.5 points per game last season and have given up just 100.5 points per game in the preseason. They will likely be without Danilo Gallinari tonight, who missed practice yesterday with a cold. Howcheng via Wikimedia CommonsRotoworld.com reported that Gallinari's status for the season opener is not likely to be affected by his cold, even though he did not practice yesterday and is questionable for tonight's game against the Trail Blazers.The Nuggets have to be pleased with the play of Gallinari this preseason, coming off a partially torn ACL and reconstructive surgery in January. He's averaging 11.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in nearly 15 minutes per game.Gallinari was drafted by the New York Knicks in the first round in 2008. In 2012-2103, he set a career high in scoring, at 16.2 points pe...
- Lawson (ankle) out against Trail Blazers October 21, 2014The Denver Nuggets got all too familiar with injuries last season, and while the news has mostly been positive so far in spring training there is one sore spot in particular – Ty Lawson’s ankle. The point guard was removed from the team’s win against the Los Angeles Clippers Saturday, and his ankle has now been bothering him for most of the preseason. Now, Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post is reporting that Lawson won’t be available for the Nuggets Tuesday night game against the Portland Trail Blazers Coors Event Center in Boulder. Keeping Lawson out seems like a precautionary measure for now, but it’s a trend that bears watching as the Nuggets inch closer to opening night. It goes without saying that Denver needs Lawson at full strength for 70-plus games this season. Neither Randy Foye or Nate Robinson is a true point guard and head coach Brian Shaw and the rest of the team are taking the right approach by playing it safe with Lawson. Other than worrying over Lawson however, news on...
- Jusuf Nurkic, Gary Harris have looked like keepers October 19, 2014Just two games into the preseason, the largely unknown commodity was quickly becoming known. His name: Jusuf Nurkic. Opposing coaching staffs told Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw how impressed they were. "Just about him and how physical he is and the way he goes after rebounds," Shaw said. Nurkic, 20, has been a rebounding machine through five preseason games. Even though he has only five years of organized basketball experience, the 7-foot center went into Saturday night's exhibition game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Las Vegas ranked sixth in the NBA in rebounds, averaging 9.4 per game. Nurkic is one part of a rookie duo — 20-year-old Gary Harris, the other — that is showing flashes of becoming the players the Nuggets hope they can be. "They are pretty mature," said Denver forward Danilo Gallinari. "They know how to play basketball already; the IQ is at a good level." Harris, a 6-foot-4 guard from Michigan State, has had an up-and-do...
- Faried helps Nuggets beat Clippers 104-93 October 19, 2014LAS VEGAS (AP) Kenneth Faried had 19 and seven rebounds to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 104-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers in a preseason game Saturday night. Arron Afflalo scored 16 points, Randy Foye had 14 points and five assists, and Danilo Gallinari added 12 points for Denver (2-4). Blake Griffin scored 27 points and Jamal Crawford had 23 to lead the Clippers (1-4). Chris Paul added 13 points and nine assists. Griffin, who had five rebounds, committed his fifth foul with 7:39 left in the third quarter after scoring 18 points in 20 minutes. He returned and played the first 10:36 of the fourth quarter, finishing 9 for 13 from the free-throw line as the Clippers went 33 of 45. The Nuggets pulled away from a 51-all tie at halftime, scoring the first five points of the third quarter and didn't trail again. After leading 64-61, Denver used a 12-2 run to build a 13-point lead twice in the third. Los Angeles came no closer than 87-80 in the fourth. Denver earned its larg...
- Nuggets’ J.J. Hickson Is Suspended September 18, 2014J. J. Hickson, a center and forward for the Denver Nuggets, was suspended for five games without pay by the N.B.A. for violating the terms of its antidrug program.
- Suns Mount Comeback to Overcome Love’s 36 March 24, 2014Phoenix trailed by 22 in the first half but shot a season-high 57 percent from the floor to overcome Kevin Love’s 36 points and 14 rebounds.
- Late Charge By Wizards’ Gooden Dooms Nets March 16, 2014Washington erased a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to move ahead of the Nets for fifth place in the Eastern Conference.
- Knicks Can’t Win, Even if They Play to Lose March 5, 2014Because they owe their first-round draft pick to the Denver Nuggets, the Knicks cannot even benefit from additional losses that would set them up for a favorable draft position.
- George Karl Sees a Talent Adrift as Carmelo Anthony’s Knicks Fade March 2, 2014Karl, Anthony’s former coach in Denver, believes the Knicks’ star is missing “mental toughness” around him.