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- BDL's 2014-15 NBA Season Previews: Utah Jazz (Ball Don't Lie) October 20, 2014
- Pacers rally in 4th quarter, beat Mavericks 98-93 (The Associated Press) October 19, 2014INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indiana Pacers appeared to be headed for a loss, down by 14 points in the fourth quarter Saturday night against the Dallas Mavericks.
- Surgery will cost Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders remainder of preseason (Ball Don't Lie) October 17, 2014For Milwaukee's sake, let's hope the latest Bucks news isn't a sign their mercurial center's fall from NBA grace hasn't reached its nadir: Larry Sanders is out for the remainder of the preseason. After what the team described as " a minor outpatient surgical procedure ," Sanders will not participate in the final three games of exhibtion over the next six days, starting Friday night in Minnesota. The 6-foot-11 center sat out Tuesday's loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers with what the team termed an illness. Sanders' 2013-14 season got off to an inauspicious start, beginning with an alleged bar fight , followed by thumb and orbital socket injuries that cost him long stretches of Milwaukee's league-worst 15-67 campaign, including the final 32 games of the year — the last of which were a sneakily served marijuana suspension . With No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker joining NBA sophomore sensation Giannis Antetokounmpo, there is plenty of optimism in Milwaukee this fall, and Sanders' healthy return offered even more hope. The 25-year-old rim-protecting stud returned from his eight-month absence with 10 points and 15 rebounds in 25 minutes of an 86-83 upset of the Memphis Grizzlies in the Bucks' preseason opener. Sanders maintained that double-double average over the team's first three exhibition games. The treatment Sanders received at Milwaukee's Froedtert Hospital on Friday isn't expected to interrupt his availability at the start of the regular season. For now, at least, the Larry Sanders show remains on schedule.
- Brook Lopez out 10 to 14 days with foot sprain, but Nets optimistic it's not déjà vu all over again (Ball Don't Lie) October 17, 2014
- BDL's 2014-15 NBA Season Previews: Portland Trail Blazers (Ball Don't Lie) October 17, 2014Last season went about as well as the Portland Trail Blazers organization and fans could have hoped. The team immediately outperformed preseason expectations with a 17-3 (and then 31-9) start to put itself in excellent position to grab a postseason berth. A rough March kept them from nabbing homecourt advantage in the first round, but a thrilling six-game victory over the Houston Rockets — capped by Damian Lillard's series-ending buzzer-beater — ensured that the Blazers could look at 2013-14 as a massive success. Over the course of a few months, a team thought to be in rebuilding mode became able to entertain challenging for a conference title. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Basketball: Sign up and join a league today! ] This is absolutely a good position for the franchise, but it also presents new challenges as head coach Terry Stotts and his players attempt to build on the gains of last season. The Blazers added several players who should improve a previously thin bench, but they remain heavily dependent on their starting five. Plenty of teams find themselves in the same situation, but few contenders take it to the same extreme as the Blazers. They will go as far as Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Nicolas Batum, LaMarcus Aldridge, and Robin Lopez take them. Those players are very good, to be fair. Lillard is coming into his own as a star, Matthews is one of the best two-way shooting guards in the league, Batum is effectively the same thing as a small forward, Aldridge was the best player on either team in the Rockets series, and Lopez defends well enough to allow his frontcourt mate to focus on his scoring. In fact, they were one of the best five-man lineups in the league (especially when adjusted for total minutes played). Even if the Blazers are especially dependent on this group, they at least know where to turn when needed. Stotts doesn't have to think especially hard in crunch time. It remains to be seen if that reliance on a handful of players gets Portland in trouble due to injury or any other prolonged absence. Though I'm sure they'll take their chances after finding such fine form a year ago. 2013-14 season in 140 characters or less: Ahead of schedule, then a reality check, then ahead of schedule again. Did the summer help at all? Yes, because the Blazers added several veterans who should bring some stability to what was one of the league's worst benches. Steve Blake should serve as a capable backup for Lillard and even team with him in some cases, while center Chris Kaman can provide an offensive threat that Lopez mostly lacks. Portland could have used a pick in June's draft to add some wild cards into the mix, but the summer could lead to gains for shooting guard Will Barton (one of the team's few bright spots in the Spurs series) and C.J. McCollum, whose rookie season was derailed by injury. Go-to offseason acquisition: Kaman did not prove to be an especially good replacement for Dwight Howard with the Los Angeles Lakers last season, playing in just 39 games with an average of just 18.9 minutes per contest. He was quite effective when he did play, though averaging 10.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Those are numbers that the Blazers would welcome, particularly given their reliance on Aldridge for post scoring. If Kaman can stay healthy — a tall order, given that he hasn't played 70 games since 2009-10 — he could reshape Portland's scoring options. Glaring weakness: If for some reason you just jumped to this section, here's some news for you — Portland had a really bad bench in 2013-14. It should be a little better this season due to the additions of Blake and Kaman and the presumed improvement of Barton and others, but the Blazers are at considerable risk of an injury to one of their starters turning the season into a trying one.
- Woman to Lead N.B.A. Players’ Union July 30, 2014The National Basketball Players Association has elected Michele Roberts, a Washington trial lawyer, as executive director, making her the first woman to lead a North American pro sports union.
- Grizzlies Sign Vince Carter July 13, 2014The Memphis Grizzlies signed the eight-time All-Star Vince Carter to a multiyear deal, the club said.
- Grizzlies Retain Joerger May 28, 2014Grizzlies Coach Dave Joerger has signed a contract extension to remain in Memphis after speaking to the Minnesota Timberwolves about their vacancy.
- Joerger Staying Put as Grizzlies’ Coach May 26, 2014Dave Joerger decided to remain as the coach of the Memphis Grizzlies a day after meeting with the Minnesota Timberwolves about their head coaching vacancy, his agent, Warren LeGarie, said.
- Grizzlies Short-Handed for Game 7 May 2, 2014The Memphis Grizzlies might have all summer to think about their dismal effort Thursday night.