Derrick Williams posterizes Bismack Biyombo


If you’re going to be immortalized forever on some kid’s poster, at least try to be the one doing the dunking.

In Friday’s Hornets-Kings game, Bismack Biyombo wasn’t thinking about that at all. He stepped in the way of Derrick Williams and will never be able to forget it. Williams receives a pass as he cuts to the basket, and the rest will live on in Biyombo’s nightmares for weeks to come.

Commend guys who do this, because these days everyone is worried about image and don’t want to be the next Brandon Knight.

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At least he didn’t give him the DeAndre Jordan face afterward.

(Source: Giphy)



LeBron's spill sends Twitter into frenzy over NBA camera policy


Opinions gushed forth Thursday night on the NBA’s policy for cameras under the basket after LeBron James suffered a nasty gash on his head when he crashed into a videographer early in Game 4 of the NBA Finals.

As you might expect, many of the takes were, if not hot, then warm.

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A number of players weighed in suggesting a change is necessary, including Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard and Raptors guard Lou Williams.

Steph Curry once got so hot in middle school his dad felt sorry for the other kids


We see it just about every other night in the playoffs. 

NBA MVP Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry gets into the zone. He can’t miss, regardless of how far he’s away from the basket and there’s absolutely nothing the opposing team can do to stop the 6-3 basketball-shooting savant. At the professional level, watching Curry, when he’s hot, is one of the most entertaining spectacles in all of sports. But there was a time when it was plain out abusive, at least to his father, former pro sharpshooter Dell Curry. The elder Curry recently recalled a game during which he couldn’t even finish witnessing his son destroy some fellow eighth-graders to the tune of 63 points in an interview with Sports Illustrated.  

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“All these people were coming in to see what was going on, and there was so much commotion, it seemed like he was never going to stop,” former NBA marksman Dell Curry recalls. “I had to get out of there. I felt bad for the other team. I couldn’t’t watch what he was doing to those kids.”

It was only a sign of things to come. 

After not being heavily-recruited by most major Division I college basketball programs, including his father’s alma mater Virginia Tec[……]


Paul Pierce 'I Called Game' T-Shirts are already being sold


It’s good to be Paul Pierce.

After the Wizards forward knocked down a miraculous jump shot to beat the Hawks in Game 3, ESPN’s Chris Broussard asked him a simple question: “Did you call bank?” That’s when Pierce responded like a boss, confidently saying, “I called game!”

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In a matter of hours, BreakingT — a Washington based company that produces funky apparel — was looking to profit off of Pierce’s hilarious response by creating “I Called Game” t-shirts. They’re now being sold on their site for a fair price of $22.

I hope you’re all over this, Wizards fans.

Source: SB Nation



Timberwolves win 2015 NBA Draft Lottery, Lakers second


The Timberwolves won Tuesday’s NBA Draft lottery, but the biggest news may have the Lakers moving up from fourth to second in June’s draft.

Although Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns is expected to be the No. 1 pick, Duke center Jahlil Okafor is a strong No. 2. The Timberwolves will now have to decide which 6-11 freshman they want.

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Towns averaged 10 points and seven rebounds per game for a Kentucky team loaded with talent. Okafor was the ACC Player of the Year after leading Duke with 17.7 points and 9 rebounds per game and a .669 field goal percentage. He was the first freshman to lead Duke in all three categories. 

Minnesota could be poised for a strong bounce-back year following a season in which they were decimated by injuries. Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin and Nikola Pekovic combined to miss 154 games due to injury. The Timberwolves didn’t draft first last season, but traded Kevin Love to the Cavaliers to acquire top pick Andrew Wiggins, who went on the win the NBA Rookie of the Year award. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor told ESPN holding onto the top pick is “very important” to supplement the team’s young talent. 

“One more outstanding young man will really help us,” he said. “We want a young man who has a great heart and great mind.”

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76ers release new set of team uniforms


The 76ers have new logos , which means they also have new uniforms. The team unveiled them inside Wells Fargo Arena on Thursday with some of the best players in the franchises’ history getting a front view. 

All three of the new jerseys the team released look similar to the ones they rocked during the era of Julius Erving. White, blue and red make up the different colors for each uniform, which also includes the words “Phila Tough” stitched near the bottom. 

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Take a look:

Hopefully the new uniforms can bring a positive light to Philly’s win total next season, too.



Charles Barkley offers to pay for funeral of kids killed by carjackers in Philadelphia


Charles Barkley hasn’t worn a 76ers uniform in more than 20 years, but he still can endear himself to Philadelphians.

The Basketball Hall of Famer and TNT analyst has offered to pay for the funerals of three children killed by car-jackers last week. 

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Joseph Thomas Reed, 10; Keiearra Williams, 15; and Terrence Moore, 7, were struck and killed while volunteering on a street corner. They were selling fruit to raise money for a park. Two suspects, Cornelius Crawford and Jonathan Rosa, have been charged with second-degree murder, robbery, sexual assault and other crimes related to the children’s deaths and the carjacking. 

Barkley confirmed he offered to pay for the funerals, but declined to comment futher as not to take away from the victims, per He also recently donated $1 million to Auburn University, Morehouse College and the Wounded Warrior Project, according to

Barkley began his pro career in Philadelphia. He played for the Sixers from being drafted in 1984 to 1992, when he was traded to the Suns. 



DeMarre Carroll decided to sit out on Paul Pierce's game-winning shot


When Paul Pierce hit a buzzer-beater to lift the Wizards over the Hawks in Game 3 of their series, he banked in a jumper over two of Atlanta’s bench players, Dennis Schröder and Kent Bazemore.

It was not that unusual considering the Hawks bench cut down a 20-point deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 101 before Pierce’s game-winning shot. What is unusual is that starting forward DeMarre Carroll was supposed to be on the floor.

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Carroll said after the game “Coach (Mike Budenholzer) did put me in, but I didn’t feel comfortable at the time. I should have been in the game.”

(Source: Zach Klein, WSB-TV Atlanta)

It is a bit troubling for Hawks fans to hear Carroll did not feel good enough physically to be on the floor for the most important play of the game. He is Atlanta’s best wing defender and may not have allowed “The Truth” to set the Wizards free.

The Hawks are already down 2-1 in the series, so having their most consistent playoff performer go down with some sort of injury would be a huge blow.

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Bulls players reportedly ripped Tom Thibodeau in exit interview


The Bulls fired coach Tom Thibodeau Thursday, and did so in a harsh manner.

The statement released by the team was not your cookie-cutter explanation. Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in the statement, “there must be free and open interdepartmental discussion and consideration of everyone’s ideas and opinions.” This paints Thibodeau as someone who didn’t want to listen to anyone else.

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In addition, a report from CBS makes it clear the players felt the same way.

It’s starting to become clear why the Bulls fired Thibodeau. He didn’t mesh well with management or the players. Even former Bulls Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen took to Twitter after the coach’s firing to support the decision.

“We all knew a change could be coming and I think the decision that was made was best for the Bulls,” Pippen said. “To me it was a move made to try and ensure the team can move forward and ultimately get to the next level. Thibs had the Bulls moving in the right d[……]


Stephen Curry's historic night highlights Warriors blowout win over Rockets


Will Stephen Curry ever wake up from his dream season?

Not only did the MVP set a new league record by sinking his 59th 3-pointer  in a single postseason, but his team dominated the Rockets 115-80  to take a commanding 3-0 series lead Saturday night in Houston. 

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The Rockets (56-27) led 7-4 with 9:18 remaining in the first quarter, but never led again as the Warriors (68-15) used suffocating defense and red hot shooting to move within one game of completing the sweep.

“We are as desperate as they are to increase our lead,” Curry told ESPN after the game. “What you saw in the first half, especially the energy, effort and focus we came out with we were able to sustain it for 48 minutes. It was a great way to start our road trip.”

Golden State held Rockets All-Star James Harden to a playoff-low 17 points on just 3-of-16 shooting — his lowest point output of the playoffs. Not only was Harden bad on offense, but he finished the game with a -31 point differential while on the court.

Curry finished with 40 points, five rebounds and seven assists, while teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond Green each chipped in with 17 points. 

“I just sta[……]


NBA playoffs roundup: Bulls and Clippers take 2-1 series leads


How happy is Chicago to have its star point guard back?

Derrick Rose put the Bulls on his back in a gutty 99-96 win over LeBron James and the Cavaliers, capped by his dramatic buzzer-beating banked 3-pointer to win the game. 

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James Harden’s playoff woes continued in the Rockets’ embarrassing 124-99 loss to the Clippers. He scored 25 points and dished out 11 assists but failed to make an impact on the defensive end of the court and was forced to watch his team fall behind in the series.

Bulls 99, Cavaliers 96 (Chicago leads series 2-1)

Takeaway:  Rose is back.

Marred by injuries for the better part of three seasons, Rose has become something of a ghost in a Bulls jersey. Hard to find sometimes but a rare talent once on the court.

The Bulls put together a spirited effort in front of their home fans against the Kevin Love-less Cavaliers. The game was back-and-forth from start to finish, highlighted by nine lead changes in the third quarter alone.

Rose and Jimmy Butler took over when the game was in need, scoring all but two of the Bulls’ points in the fourth quarter. Nikola Mirotic scored 12 points, which was more than the first two games comb[……]


NBA conference finals predictions: Hawks vs. Cavaliers, Warriors vs. Rockets


The chalk is in. The NBA’s final four teams also are the two No. 1 seeds and two No. 2 seeds. That might be a surprise in the Western Conference, where the Warriors are joined by the Rockets, who had to overcome a 3-1 deficit to the Clippers to stay alive. But in the Eastern Conference, Hawks vs. Cavaliers has seemed preordained for months.

These are compelling series with story lines and great basketball galore. These teams all embody the modern NBA in various ways, and they produced some divide between Sporting News’ NBA experts. Here are Sean Deveney and Adi Joseph‘s picks to make the NBA Finals:

East: No. 1 Hawks vs. No. 2 Cavaliers


It says something about the nature of the Hawks this season that the most crucial matchup in this series will be LeBron James vs. … DeMarre Carroll. Before you scoff too roundly, consider that Carroll has led the Hawks with 17.1 points in the postseason and has made 43.9 percent of his 3s in 12 postseason games. James, meanwhile, has averaged 26.2 points, but his shooting has been way off — 42.4 percent from the field and 14.6 percent from the 3-point line. Consider, too, that in their last four head-to-head meetings, Carroll is 4-0 against James. James averaged 24.0 points in those games, but Carroll averaged 15.0 points.

If Carroll can continue to hold his own against Ja[……]


Hawks' 'Kiss Cam' features staged, yet hilarious, beer spill


The “Kiss Cam” has become a staple of professional sporting events. Oftentimes, it features someone getting hit in the face with cake or dumping beer on someone else in a staged manner. 

That seems to be the case with the “Kiss Cam” at Game 5 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinal series between the Hawks and Wizards.

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Just look at how the woman cranes her arm in order to pour the beer. Also notice how the beer lands directly in the middle of the couple below. 

That being said, it was still hilarious.



Warriors fans leave Pelicans coach special present to help with noise


Ask and you shall receive.

Pelicans coach Monty Williams complained about the noise level in Oracle Arena during Game 1 against the Warriors. Well, Golden State fans hear your gripe, Williams, and they have something that might help.

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Before Game 2, a few packs of earplugs were left on the scorer’s table near the Pelicans bench. Just in case things got a bit too loud.

Such a kind gesture.

Unfortunately, it made no difference, as the Warriors still pulled off a 97-87 win on Monday.



NBA execs say Kristaps Porzingis could go as high as No. 2 in draft


Kristaps Porzingis, a 7-foot power forward from Latvia, could shake up the top of next month’s NBA Draft. reported Porzingis might even be selected as high as No. 2 overall.

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“He’s that good. Nobody says anything bad about him,” an unnamed GM told

Another NBA exec was quoted as saying he would select Porzingis ahead of Duke forward Jahlil Okafor.

The 19-year-old Porzingis has range and compares to Dirk Nowitzki. Porzingis played in Spain last season.



LeBron James, Cavaliers take 2-0 series lead over Hawks


No Kevin Love, no Kyrie Irving, no problem for the Cavaliers.

Despite missing their starting point guard, the Cavaliers trounced the Hawks 94-82 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals at Atlanta. The loss puts the Hawks in front of a large mountain to climb, as only four teams in NBA playoff history have come back to win a series after losing the first two games at home.

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LeBron James put the team on his back Friday in one of his most efficient games of the postseason. He finished one rebound shy of a triple-double with 30 points (on 22 shots), 11 assists and nine rebounds. It was his 74th career 30-point playoff game, tying with Jerry West for fourth-most all time. James showed off his versatility by scoring in a multitude of different ways.

“It was a collective team effort,” James said on TNT. “We’re the No. 1 defensive team in the postseason, and that’s how we have to win — stellar defense.

“My guys came to play for me (Friday). Communication is huge. For the team, and for me as a leader, and we communicated well.”

Tristan Thompson was a monster on the boards once again for the Cavs. He had 16 rebounds, including five on the offensive[……]


Celtics' Jared Sullinger cleared to play Friday


After being ruled out for the season in late February, it appears Jared Sullinger will be making a return to the floor much sooner than expected. 

The Celtics announced Friday that the stress fracture in the forward’s left foot has healed completely, and that he will be available when the team takes on the Bucks on Friday. 

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While Sullinger is available immediately, it will be on a limited basis for now. 

“We are excited that Jared’s recovery progressed quicker than initially expected,” said Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge through the release. “Jared was extremely diligent in his rehab, repeatedly expressing his eagerness to help our team reach the postseason. He will be available in a limited role this weekend as he works his way back to 100 percent game shape.”

In 51 games this season, Sullinger has averaged 14.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. The Celtics, who went 14-10 in Sullinger’s absence, have won their last two games to draw even with the Heat for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. 



Stephen Curry shows MVP class in speech, with thanks from wife to equipment manager


Stephen Curry pointed to the back. He caught Eric Housen off guard. Apparently the Warriors’ equipment and travel manager didn’t expect to be called out by name in an MVP acceptance speech.

“Eric Housen, who’s in the back, we’ve got the best equipment manager in the league,” Curry said Monday at Oracle Arena in Oakland. “I think these guys would agree. You probably have a more official title than that, but the work you do day in and day out, taking care of us players.”

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Here was Curry, who earned 100 of 130 first-place votes in the 2014-15 NBA MVP Award voting, taking up the trophy and standing at the podium and thanking seemingly everyone he’s ever met. He demanded (OK, very politely requested) a round of applause for his wife. He shouted out the Warriors’ security director. Even the team’s former general manager got a minute.

After the Warriors’ brass, from GM Bob Myers to coach Steve Kerr to a Kia representative to event MC and play-by-play man Bob Fitzgerald, took the stage to sing Curry’s praises, it only made sense. They called him humble, so he showed his humility.

There was no “you the real MVP” moment, no. Instead, we saw the story of a basketball prodigy with deep roots in religion and the game unfold, all through a series of salutations.[……]


Video details work ethic that propelled Stephen Curry to MVP status


It’s no surprise Stephen Curry won the 2015 NBA MVP — and in dominating fashion.

The Warriors star worked incredibly hard to get to this point in his career and it shows in a video from 2014 detailing the Curry’s drive. From his days at Kobe Bryant’s camp to his pregame routine, noted basketball trainer Alan Stein narrates the awesome short film about the MVP’s work ethic.

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I’m about to go put up 500 shots. Who’s with me?



LeBron James hits insane full-court shot


It’s just not fair how good LeBron James is. 

The Cavaliers star decided to have a little fun gettin loose during shoot around. In what looks effortless, James simply winds up and throws a football-style pass into the hoop. There is no earthly reason for one person to be this good.

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How is this even possible?