The Cleveland Cavaliers found themselves in a tight game with the Indiana Pacers at Quicken Loans Arena Friday night, and with the lead changing possession on every made basket, the team got offensive production from an unlikely source: reserve point guard Matthew Dellavedova.
Known as a defensive-minded player that makes life difficult for opposing point guards, Dellavedova knocked down three-pointers on back-to-back possessions at the start of the fourth quarter, which allowed the Cavaliers (46-26) to keep pace before taking command late and earning a 95-92 win over the Pacers (30-38). Read the rest of this entry »
There’s nothing wrong with being an NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion.
That distinction seemed to suit Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins just fine. Kobe Bryant and Vince Carter wore it well in the late 1990s. Since the turn of the century, Dwight Howard, Blake Griffin and John Wall haven’t had much trouble with it since using that stage to launch their already promising careers into the stratosphere. Read the rest of this entry »
I heard someone once say there comes a day when they tell us all that we can’t play anymore. We’re not good enough. Surplus to requirements. Too slow, maybe. When you’re a teenager with outsized dreams and a growing obsession, and someone tells you this ain’t gonna last forever, it’s scary. I never forgot it. Read the rest of this entry »
Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has received the February NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente in recognition of his outstanding efforts to empower youth and take a stand against violence, the NBA announced today. The award recognizes an NBA player each month who best reflects the passion that the league and its players share for giving back to their communities. Read the rest of this entry »
Entering last month’s trade deadline, the Miami Heat needed to pick up the slack a bit—in terms of winning and pace, as they ranked last in the NBA in possessions per game.
They found both of those answers in arguably the best player moved on Feb. 19: point guard Goran Dragic, formerly of the Phoenix Suns. Since then, Dragic, who’s averaging 15.9 points, 4.9 assists and 1.6 steals and maintaining the best shooting percentage in the restricted area for any point guard (.692), has helped the Heat to a 4-3 record while playing through back spasms and right shoulder pain. Read the rest of this entry »
With all the attention that has been placed on Nikola Vucevic this season — even to the point of being labeled an All-Star snub — he is now begun to attract a high number of double and triple teams every time he touches the ball.
The level of comfort with which he has handled the pressure has been graceful, and there is every reason to think he is on his way towards being a perennial All-Star. Read the rest of this entry »
In NBA history, there have been just eight centers who have averaged 5.4 assists per game or more in a single season. Wilt Chamberlain. Bill Russell. Sam Lacey. Alvan Adams. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Vlade Divac. Jeff Ruland.
And Joakim Noah.
If you expand the list to include centers who have averaged 5.0 assists per game or more in a single season, you also get Wes Unseld, Dave Cowens, and Bill Walton. That’s 11 centers total. That’s it. That’s the list. Read the rest of this entry »
When Tayshaun Prince was traded from Boston to Detroit, people were not exactly effusive in praise for the return that Danny Ainge received. As Stan Van Gundy expressed so elegantly, “The reason Boston made the trade is to save money.” Jonas Jerebko and Luigi Datome were looked at more as expiring contracts than players. Heck, Jonas Jerebko can’t even get his name pronounced right. But, the depleted frontline of the Celtics has given Jerebko an opportunity to play extended minutes. Since getting over his sickness during his first weekend with the Celtics, he’s averaging just under 20 minutes per game. During this stretch Jerebko is shooting over 55% from the field and 57% from three point range. He posted his first 20 point game of the season, and even recorded a double-double. Jerebko hasn’t done the latter since late 2011. He’s playing some of the best basketball of his career, and it’s having a positive effect on the team too. Read the rest of this entry »
The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins today was named the Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in February.
Wiggins won the West award for the fourth consecutive month and helped the Timberwolves to a 5-6 record, their best mark in a full calendar month this season. The 6-8, 199-pound forward led all rookies in scoring (16.8 ppg) and minutes (38.7 mpg), and he shot 45.7 percent from the field and averaged 4.8 rebounds. On Feb. 23, Wiggins scored 30 points in a 113-102 loss to the Houston Rockets, his third 30-point game of the season, matching the Minnesota rookie record set by Isaiah Rider in 1993-94. Read the rest of this entry »