November 6, 2012 |
The NBA has fined Lakers guard Steve Blake for "directing inappropriate language toward a fan. " According to Stu Jackson, executive vice president of basketball operations, Blake was fined $25,000 in connection with a fourth-quarter incident during Friday's game against the Clippers. Blake made his first start of the season against the Clippers, replacing Steve Nash who sat out with a non-displaced leg fracture. Blake played just under 39 minutes, scoring eight points before fouling out with 29.2 seconds left.
April 23, 2014 |
Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic was named the NBA's most improved player, the league announced Wednesday. Dragic received 408 of a possible 1,134 points, including 65 first-place votes. The runner-up was Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, who had 13 first-place votes and 158 total points. New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis finished third with 16 first-place votes and 155 points. Dragic, who entered the season with a career scoring average of 9.5 points a game, improved to a career-best 20.3 a game.
December 8, 2012
NEW YORK AT BROOKLYN: Tuesday, 4 p.m. PST. TV: ESPN. These teams have moved beyond the battle for city bragging rights. Way beyond. The Knicks have already handed the Miami Heat a pair of 20-point losses, and the long-lost Nets have found their way, even with Joe Johnson having misplaced his shooting touch. Oh, and Brooklyn also beat the Knicks last month after point guard Deron Williams collected 16 points and 14 assists. The "Broook-lynnn" chants inside the Barclays Center that night finally made the Nets feel welcome in a rivalry game in their own home, after years of being drowned out by Knicks fans in New Jersey.
November 11, 2012 |
What about grandma? Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo on his dislike for other teams: "We are competing - there's no friends on the court. Even if you were playing against a family member like your mother, you still go out there and try to beat her. " Read the clips, please Brooklyn Coach Avery Johnson on his team's credentials, only a few weeks after star guard Joe Johnson said the Nets could beat the Miami Heat to win a title: "Nobody said we're on Miami's level.
January 14, 2012
Boston Celtics Coach Doc Rivers isn't happy about his players' conditioning, so he put them through a two-hour practice. "You can have all the intensity you want," Rivers said. "But after three minutes and your lungs hurt, you're no longer thinking about intensity, you're thinking about survival. How can I get through this next five minutes? And then you're not playing the same. So, we have to be in better shape. " Charlotte Bobcats center Byron Mullens , in his third NBA season, tweets about being a one-and-done player at Ohio State: "Funny how ppl hate on me about leaving school early.
April 16, 2012 |
They touch down at another NBA city and check their smartphones to help them adjust to a new time zone while their own bodies struggle. They arrive with bags under their eyes and often depart that city a day later sleepless, jet-lagged, stowing sore joints and heavy legs. During this lockout-shortened NBA season, it's been a grueling routine: 66 games played in 124 days, a pace of one per 1.88 days, or 8.5% faster than a usual season. Every team has played back-to-back-to-back sets and stretches such as nine games in 12 days; the Clippers played 20 games in 31 days in March, a marathon that has not been on the NBA schedule in 45 years.
April 10, 2014 |
Clippers forward Blake Griffin has gotten to the edge of the NBA's technical foul limit, putting him in jeopardy of a suspension. Griffin was issued his 15 th technical foul of the season Wednesday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder, tying him for the league lead with Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins. If Griffin gets one more technical, he'll be suspended for one game under the NBA rules and fined $5,000. The Clippers have three regular-seasons games left - Saturday at home against Sacramento, Tuesday at home against Denver and Wednesday night in the season-finale at Portland.