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Wolves drop game to Boston Celtics late run. posted by Timberwolves Fan

Nothing seems to be going right for the Timberwolves as they lose to the Celtics Friday night. They tried for younger blood by taking out veteran Corey Brewer and bringing in youngster Shabazz Muhammad and still the Timberwolves lose 114-98.

Friday’s trade that sent Brewer to Houston clears playing time and for at least now a starting spot for the hard-working Muhammad, who turned opportunity into a 26-point, five-rebound, five-assist game on a night his team was outdone by Boston’s game-deciding, 8-0 fourth quarter run.

On Friday, Muhammad made shots — 11 of 15 from the field — while teammate Andrew Wiggins went 2-for-10 and Thaddeus Young went 6-for-19, against a Celtics team that had just traded star Rajon Rondo to Dallas on Thursday night.

“I really thought we were going to pull that one out, I was really disappointed,” Muhammad said. “I wanted to come in and win the game, most importantly. But I was very comfortable out there. I’m starting to get really comfortable, and that’s one thing that’s really good for me.”

Toughing it out

Veteran guard Mo Williams traveled to Dallas on Thursday to get a second opinion on his back and celebrate early his 32nd birthday with his wife and children. He said he is relieved to learn his back spasms are only muscular and not something that requires surgery. He played 25 minutes Friday even though Saunders only intended to play him 15 minutes at most. Williams said he’ll play through the pain.

“However many minutes, it doesn’t bother me at all, I’ll fight through it,” Williams said. “To be honest with you, I want to stop talking about it and just play. I didn’t get treatment today because I just want mentally to learn how to tolerate the pain.”

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Turnovers catch up to Mavs in loss at Phoenix posted by Mavericks Fan

Carelessness with the ball and poor defense Tuesday night cost the Dallas Mavericks any chance they had at dethroning the Phoenix Suns.

Phoenix turned 20 Dallas turnovers into 28 points en route to subduing the Mavs 124-115 before a sellout crowd of 18,055 at US Airways Center.

This is just the second time all season the Mavs have lost more than one game in a row as their record fell to 20-10. Back on Nov. 22 and Nov. 24, the Mavs were upended in consecutive games by Houston (95-92) and Indiana (111-100).

Prior to hopping on a plane for Tuesday’s game, the Mavs lost at home Monday night to the Atlanta Hawks (105-102). And they didn’t fare much better against the streaky Suns, who converted 13 of 33 shots from behind the 3-point arc and always seemed to pull a 3-pointer out of the bag whenever the Mavs thought about inching closer.

 “Just too many [turnovers] early in the game,” coach Rick Carlisle said. ‘We got off to a pretty good start in a quarter-and-a-half, and the turnovers caught up with us.

“And we’re just struggling to defend. We’ve just got to do a better job of it.”

The Mavs battled to within nine with approximately two minutes left. But by then the Suns had put so much separation between themselves and Dallas that this one wasn’t going to end well.

In falling to 5-2 on the second night of a back-to-back, the Mavs are now 0-2 in the Rajon Rondo Era.

All things considered, Dallas actually was negotiating this second leg of a back-to-back pretty smoothly at the beginning. Behind Tyson Chandler and Rondo, the Mavs raced out to a 39-30 lead with 6:05 remaining in the first half.

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Nelson embracing new role with rebuilding Celtics posted by Celtics Fan

When Jameer Nelson was traded from a title contender in Dallas to a rebuilding situation in Boston last week, his friends apparently took the news harder than he did.

"People calling me, asking me if I'm OK,'" Nelson said after Monday's practice - his first with the Celtics. "I'm like, 'I'm OK.' I'm playing basketball for a living, something I love to do."

Nelson, who along with Brandan Wright and Jae Crowder, came to Boston from Dallas in exchange for Rajon Rondo and Dwight Powell.

Not only is Nelson playing for a weaker team, but his role on the court is more undefined as well.

When he signed with Dallas, Nelson knew he was coming in to be the starting point guard.

Here in Boston, Nelson will fight for minutes with Marcus Smart, Evan Turner and Phil Pressey.

Celtics head coach Brad Stevens named Smart the starter on Sunday with Turner and Nelson serving as Smart's backup.

Of course Nelson would love to be playing a prominent role on a title contender right about now. But that's not the hand he was dealt which is why being part of Boston's rebuilding efforts isn't something he's looking to run away from at the first chance he gets.

"My job is to play no matter where it is," Nelson said. "I give everything I have for the team that I'm on. Everything I have for the guys in the locker room."

That was certainly true during his 10 seasons with the Orlando Magic where he was not only a starter, but played an instrumental role in helping mentor the team's younger players through multiple rebuilding processes.

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Dallas Mavericks Preseason Report 2014 posted by Mavericks Fan

Dallas Mavericks came so close and even gave the eventual champions, San Antonio Spurs, a scare. Many experts believed that the Mavericks would be building on their success of last season while not changing much of that roster. However, they lost in the playoffs first round, to the Spurs.

The contracts of many veterans on the team were expiring, and the Dallas Mavericks were eager to make improvements. The team required good defense, and they especially lacked protection at the rim. The existing defense consisted of DeJuan Blair, Brandan Wright, and Samuel Dalembert, and the defense at the perimeter was greatly compromised with Monta Ellis and Jose Calderon on the benches.

Due to the Odom Lamar trade, the first round pick was not available to the Mavericks. In the second round picks, they did the Tyson Chandler trade, and left picking of younger players to free agency. Jose Calderon was traded for getting back Chandler, and Raymond Felton. This strategy seemed different from last year, and it showed, the team wanted a strong support around Nowitzki, with Ellis on the side. Dallas missed Anthony in free agency; however, they knew it was not going to happen. As expected, Nowitzki was re-signed, and it was not a huge amount, which left room for pursuing others.

In the offseason, Dallas Mavericks had remade their roster, after carefully considering how to reconfigure their team. It was not simply signing of Parsons or building an impressive defense. The team was right in considering the cumulative perspective and planning a fit for Rick Carlisle. Even though Tyson Chandler and Dirk Nowitzki may not perform as they used to, the outlook for the team is quite positive. Dallas Mavericks team is now balanced, versatile, deep, and much better at defense than the previous year.

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Richard Kagan

Linsanity is for Real posted by Richard Kagan

Knicks' Rookie sensation Jeremy Lin has captured Madison Square Garden and the hearts of New York Knicks fans everywhere.  Today, the saga continued.  Lin scored 28 points, made some clutch treys, had 14 assists in spearheading the Knicks past the Dallas Mavericks, 104-97.  The Knicks had a torrid 4th quarter where three point specialist Steve Novak scored 14 points on four long distance shots in a span of 4:30.  The crowd at the Garden had plenty to cheer about.  The Knicks season is turning around.  And, Jeremy Lin, despite 6 TO's, was the catalyst again in Sunday's win at MSG.  He is a talented, smart point guard, seems tailor made for Mike D'Antoni's offense.  He's making the plays, and hitting key shots, and the Garden is cheering on each made shot.

This is not only a great story for the New York Knicks.  It is a great story for sports teams everywhere.  It seems the dream of Hoosiers does live on.  A player who looked ordinary on two other NBA teams, which eventually let him go, lands on the biggest stage of the league and is shining.  It is a great fit.  The Knicks suddenly look dangerous.  And Carmelo Anthony, one of the biggest scorers in the league hasn't returned to the starting lineup.  It's going to get interesting for the Knicks.

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Charles Bisbee

NBA Anarchy posted by Charles Bisbee

The NBA is completely bonkers right now. With less than two weeks until season’s tip-off, players are being flipped faster than flapjacks at IHOP. Chris Paul has been perfecting his start-and-stop from the comfort of his living room. Dwight Howard can't seem to decipher his own feelings about the Magic. Lamar Odom, as collateral from the Paul fall-out, whined his way to the Mavs, who were spurned earlier in the week by Tyson Chandler (Knicks). Chauncey Billups took his frequent flier miles to the Clips (though he could be dealt again by the time I finish this sentence) and Big Baby was swapped for Brandon Bass.

Wait, there's more! The Celtics thought they had Baby's replacement in David West (Paul’s former right-hand man) but the Pacers swooped in and snagged him for a cool $20 mil. Consequently, the Hornets are trying to fill out a roster with Quincy Pondexter and a collection of ball boys. Vinsanity joined Odom in Dallas, which lost Caron Butler to the Clippers, which matched Golden State’s absurd, $43 million qualifying offer to DeAndre Jordan (he with the career 5.9 ppg). T-Mac, Rip Hamilton, Chris Wilcox, Mike Bibby and Dunleavy are on the move as well, though these names seem like afterthoughts compared to the seismic activity higher up. 

And all this happened in slightly over a week. It’s certainly enough to make the casual fan's head spin. The ramifications of this unforseen, pre-season turbulence on the regular season, though, is what really boggles the mind. With little time to mesh, little time to prepare, and a season packed tighter than Delta coach, teams should be in for a wild ride. We're staring down the barrel of the most slapdash, unforseen and chemistry-bungled season since, dare I say, 1998! Should be a wild ride. 

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Lee White

What can we expect from the Dallas Cowboys led by head coach Jason Garrett? posted by Lee White

I think I can honestly say that everyone is quite relieved that we will have football to watch this year. I don't know what I would do after coming home from a blessed Sunday morning worship and have no football to watch. So it's a good thing we don't have to worry about that. Well let's talk some football, last year was very disappointing to say the least. But I saw some positive glimpses of hope. There is life in my Cowboys and woe to all of you Cowboy haters out there who are counting us out. True Champions never give up hope. I believe that Jason Garrettt has what it takes to rejuvenate that winning spirit back into the Cowboy locker room. There have been some serious cuts in the organization that were long overdue and I think they were positive cuts. I can't wait until the season starts and all of the football debates begin. I'd be interested to know who do you think will be the team to watch leading up to the start of the football season. I'm going with my Cowboys of course. Everyone always counts us out which is a terrible mistake. Just ask the NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks they were counted out too. You know I had to plug the Dallas Mavericks. I love my city and I support all the home teams.

I hated to see Marion Barber go because I still believe he has great skill, but he just had a bad year last season. So I pray that he will have great success with his new team just not against the Cowboys. On the other hand I won't shed to many tears for Roy Williams the WR that is. His bags should have been packed a long time ago. It's just so exciting to me when football season is back. I can't wait to get rid of this scorching Texas heat wave that we've endured this summer. Football season means Fall is on the way Hallelujah! So ladies and gentlemen let's get ready for some football. I welcome any feedback or comments all I ask is that you remain respectable. I won't disrespect anyone we can respectfully agree to disagree without losing our minds. Other than that I look forward to a great season of football. Bring it on Haters....lol.

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Omari Prince

2010-2011 Basketball Season Recap posted by Omari Prince

Congratulations to the Dallas Mavericks, Connecticut Huskies, for becoming newly minted champions. Enjoy the summer and good luck defending your titles next season. Now that college and pro basketball has concluded, AAU and shoe camps are heating up but let's review ten things what basketball has taught me these past few months.

  1. Blake Griffin - Karl Malone is training has the makings of becoming the next great power forward of all time. Once The Blake Show realizes the game of basketball is more than just dunking over people and develops a mid-range shot and becomes a decent free-throw shooter, he'll surpass Tim Duncan as the greatest power forward of all time. His ball-handling ability is already above average. 
  2. Derrick Rose - Youngest MVP in NBA History. Straight from Chicago I've always said this hometown point guard will not only be the best lead guard for years to come but he'll also become the face of the league with the likes of LeBron, DWade, Kobe, Durant. So far he's right on track. 
  3. Chicago Bulls - Speaking of Derrick Rose and his team, not one critic, scout, fan (including me) thought the Bulls will finish with the best record in basketball this season. Next season teams will pay more attention to this defensive minded team lead by the reigning MVP Derrick Rose. 
  4. Miami Heat - Cavs owner Dal Gilbert tweeted after the Mavs victory there are no shortcuts. Not shocked they did not defeat the Mavs as my notion about them being only a 3 player team got exposed. Pat Riley's crew need a completely roster to compliment Wade, Bosh, and James. 
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Richard Kagan

Dallas Does It in Miami posted by Richard Kagan

The Dallas Mavericks were marvelous.  They withstood a slow start by start Dirk Nowitski and made a team effort to beat back the Miami Heat to win game 6 and the NBA title.  Lebron James, DWade and Chris Bosh seemed to wilt under the pressure of winning that dream title.  Dallas won the game, and players like Jason Kidd and Dirk Nowitski received some vindication as great players who were able to win the title.  Jason Terry came up strong scoring 27 points while Dirk scored 21, ten in the 4th quarter. 

The Heat were outplayed by a fierce Dallas team that refused to wilt under the pressure.  They got the loose balls, made the free-throws, hit the open treys, and fed the man for the score.  They did the things winning team do, and walked away with a NBA trophy.  Nowitzki was named MVP of the Finals for his outstanding play. 

In this game, the other guys stepped up.  Look at Shawn Marion, Jason Kidd, Terry, and J.J. Berea.  They all made plays.  Mahimi hit a shot before the end of the third quarter that showed it could be Dallas' night.  They held off the big 3 and held onto their dreams.

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Amari Harris

Spring Fever: The Heat of an indefinite Lockout brings random NFL thoughts... posted by Amari Harris

First I would like to recognize the accomplishments of the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks.  It was been quite a show watching these teams make it to the NBA Finals and I believe it will be a fantastic match-up.  

With that said I must admit a dark secret to the blog world right here live on a Dallas Cowboys news posting site!  I am not a Mavericks fan.  In fact, I often root against the Mavericks, but I must admit that I have garnered a whole new respect for that basketball team.  They have a ton of hungry veterans led by the best (offensive) player in basketball- Dirk.  And you have to respect their explosiveness late in games.  Those comebacks against OKC almost looked orchestrated they were so on point.  

But the Miami Heat will win this NBA championship.  Why?  Because they do it the old fashioned way. They do it the gritty, nasty way.  They play lockdown defense.  Every one his hustling, including the superstars.  And they have the best all around player in LeBron James, another top 5 player in D-Wade, and Chris Bosh who has been playing lights out as of late. They have great offensive players and championship defense. Miami made a comeback of their own but I don't think there was ever a doubt after they cut it to 9 with under three minutes left remaining in the game.  The only thing I could think was, "This is happenning..."  And it did happen. D-Wade and Lebron (top 5 each) took over in the 4th and that was it. But even more importantly than that, this team is a unit.  It is truly them against the world thanks to all the Lebron/Heat Haters. 

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Wesley Matthews 'was pissed off' that Portland didn't even offer him a contract, or phone ca

Less than a month into the NBA’s 2015 NBA offseason, the Portland Trail Blazers have firmly established their presence at the top of everyone’s “worst summer in the NBA”lists. The team lost four starters from last year’s club (and even a late-season replacement for one of those starters) to either free agency or trade. Coming off of a 51-win season and division title, the franchise’s front office has decided that it needs to rebuild. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] One of those former starters, shooting guard Wesley Matthews, was defined characteristically as the team’s figurative heart and soul several times last year, prior to tearing his Achilles past the mid-point of the season . The Blazers decided against offering their heart and soul a contract as he entered free agency this summer, and Matthews is less than pleased at the team’s refusal to even reach out, much less offer him a contract. From the Oregonian’s Jason Quick , via Pro Basketball Talk : But in the end, after five seasons, the feeling was not mutual. He was greeted with silence. No phone call. No text messages. The Blazers never made an offer. "I was pissed off," Matthews said. "I felt disrespected." […] "I was angry," Matthews said, "but I also realize that this is a business." It is, indeed. And just because this business is the same one that will pay Matthews $70 million over four years to play for the Dallas Mavericks, it doesn’t mean Matthews can feel a little pang of frustration when discussing his former team. If Wesley is telling the truth, and we have no reason to believe that he isn’t, then Portland’s insistence on staying silent smacks of behavior unbecoming to any franchise. This, coming on the heels of firing highly respected assistant coach Kim Hughes for being caught on tape talking about what everyone already knew regarding the imminent departure of LaMarcus Aldridge, does not look good. Wesley Matthews knows that this is a business. He grew up, with his father Wes working on the Showtime-era Los Angeles Lakers, in this business. Even had he not torn his Achilles in March, it would be understandable for the Blazers not to re-sign the shooting guard as they enter in their rebuilding phase. Still, you at least text the guy. Within a span of a few months the Blazers went from fringe championship hopefuls, coming off of a second round playoff appearance and looking to take that Northwest Division title, to an also-ran. After the All-Star break Matthews tore his Achilles, his replacement in swingman Arron Afflalo didn’t exactly pan out, the team had its tails handed to them by the Memphis Grizzlies in a first round playoff ouster, and it was evident almost immediately after the season that LaMarcus Aldridge wanted out. The plan, as undertaken by PDX general manager Neil Olshey, was an understandable one. If the 30-year old Aldridge wanted to leave Portland in pursuit of greener pastures, then it was time to rebuild around guard Damian Lillard. In a risky move that could pay off brilliantly (though we wish Hughes were still around to help things at shootaround), the team dealt Nicolas Batum for teenaged former lottery pick Noah Vonleh. Robin Lopez, at age 27, was allowed to sign in New York (along with Afflalo, nearly at age 30). Aldridge eventually headed to San Antonio, and the 29-year old Matthews decided to sign a four-year, $54 million deal with Dallas . That deal, after DeAndre Jordan reneged on his promise to sign with the Mavs and more cap space opened up, turned into a four-year $70 million deal. That’s a lot of money to pay a man who will turn 29 during training camp, playing at the NBA’s least-essential position. That’s certainly a lot of projecting on the Mavericks’part as well; they’ve always managed money wisely despite the lure of owner Mark Cuban’s largesse, but it’s almost as if they’re hoping that Matthews turns into a championship-level tertiary option just by paying him like one. That’s also quite a bit of money for someone coming off of an Achilles tear. Achilles tears are the NBA’s worst-case scenario injury. Derrick Rose fears aside, players have come back routinely from ACL tears to act as they always have (reminder: we’re 14 years removed from Jamal Crawford tearing his ACL while with the Bulls. Bring that up at a dinner party prior to never being invited out again) and even frightening stress fractures can be overcome. Achilles tears, however, have routinely hamstrung the careers of player after NBA player. They can still play following the rehabilitation, but usually not at the same level. If anyone can return to that same level, it’s Wesley Matthews. He was seen working his typical exploits from behind the arc early in his rehab, and he’s a cerebral player who figured to age well no matter the obstacle. Furthermore, even if the Mavericks stay stuck in the realm of the mediocre, Matthews working at an average of less than one-fifth of the NBA’s salary cap in two years shouldn’t be the biggest millstone. One hopes, at least. Even if Matthews wasn’t coming off of an Achilles tear, though, you can understand why the Blazers would pass on locking him up for four or five more years. This is a rebuilding team, now, paying more attention to 19-year-olds like Vonleh than 29-year-old free agents like Aldridge was (prior to his mid-July birthday) and Matthews will be come October. Olshey handled the Blazer breakup with alacrity and smarts, even in dealing Batum after his worst season (and even after the needless firing of Hughes), and for that he should be credited. And Matthews, to his credit, even outpaced what we once thought was a laughable contract estimate . Still. You call the dude. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops [read full article]

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Andrew Wiggins knifes past J.J. Barea for big dunk, Canada wins FIBA Americas tune-up (Ball Don%

Someone must've told Andrew Wiggins that he was the subject of Wednesday's entry in our Dunk History series , because the former No. 1 overall draft pick and reigning Rookie of the Year certainly seemed to have attacking the rim on his mind on Wednesday night: Well, hello , Mr. Wiggins. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] Let's take another couple of looks at that: Better-quality gif of the Wiggins dunk from 3 angles. pic.twitter.com/xaDghu4nTA —Tim Faklis (@timfaklis) August 27, 2015 Hey, Puerto Rico defender Richard Chaney? J.J. Barea does not have your back as a rim protector in that situation. Just a little FYI to help you CYA in the future. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Wiggins, the 20-year-old rising star for the Minnesota Timberwolves, finished with 20 points on 8-for-18 shooting, five rebounds, three assists and a steal in 31 minutes of playing time to lead Canada to a 78-72 win over Puerto Rico that clinched the country's victory in the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup, a tune-up tournament leading into next week's FIBA Americas Championship . The win capped a perfect 4-0 run through the tournament, with the highly anticipated next generation of Canadian hoops —2014 No. 1 pick Wiggins, 2013 No. 1 pick and fellow Wolf Anthony Bennett, former first-round picks Cory Joseph of the Toronto Raptors, Nik Stauskas of the Philadelphia 76ers, Andrew Nicholson of the Orlando Magic and Kelly Olynyk of the Boston Celtics, alongside NBA players Robert Sacre of the Los Angeles Lakers, Dwight Powell of the Dallas Mavericks and Melvin Ejim of the Magic, 2015 second-round pick Olivier Hanlan and sharpshooting Brady Heslip, among others —showing the depth and breadth of talent that has led many to expect the young Canucks to force their way onto the international stage sooner rather than later. Their next opportunity to do so will come in Mexico at the FIBA Americas tourney. The top two finishers in that competition will qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, joining the United States; who qualified automatically by winning the 2014 FIBA World Cup ; Brazil, guaranteed a spot as the tournament's host nation; and Australia, who punched their tickets by beating New Zealand to win the FIBA Oceania Championship . The remaining seven teams to take part in the 2016 games will come from four other international tournaments: Afrobasket, Eurobasket, the FIBA Asia Championship this summer, and the last-chance-saloon Olympic qualifying tournament next summer. NBA.com's John Schuhmann has a good, quick breakdown of how it all works. The Canadians will face stiff competition as they vie for one of those top two spots. They open preliminary round play on Sept. 1 against Argentina, led by legends Luis Scola and Andres Nocioni and talented young point guard Facundo Campazzo, who spent last season with European champions Real Madrid before recently joining Murcia on loan, and whom American hoops fans might remember from his 7ow b7ow on Carmelo Anthony during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London , and could face stern tests from the likes of Brazil and Mexico. This much seems certain, though: if Wiggins stays committed to using that lightning quick first step, his nose for the basket and his remarkable agility in the air, there won't be very many defenders in that tournament who can stop him from getting to the front of the rim, and there might not be any stopping Canada from earning a spot in Rio's main event, returning to Olympic hoops for the first time since 2000. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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Wesley Matthews 'was pissed off' that Portland didn't even offer him a contract, or phone ca

Less than a month into the NBA’s 2015 NBA offseason, the Portland Trail Blazers have firmly established their presence at the top of everyone’s “worst summer in the NBA”lists. The team lost four starters from last year’s club (and even a late-season replacement for one of those starters) to either free agency or trade. Coming off of a 51-win season and division title, the franchise’s front office has decided that it needs to rebuild. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] One of those former starters, shooting guard Wesley Matthews, was defined characteristically as the team’s figurative heart and soul several times last year, prior to tearing his Achilles past the mid-point of the season . The Blazers decided against offering their heart and soul a contract as he entered free agency this summer, and Matthews is less than pleased at the team’s refusal to even reach out, much less offer him a contract. From the Oregonian’s Jason Quick , via Pro Basketball Talk : But in the end, after five seasons, the feeling was not mutual. He was greeted with silence. No phone call. No text messages. The Blazers never made an offer. "I was pissed off," Matthews said. "I felt disrespected." […] "I was angry," Matthews said, "but I also realize that this is a business." It is, indeed. And just because this business is the same one that will pay Matthews $70 million over four years to play for the Dallas Mavericks, it doesn’t mean Matthews can feel a little pang of frustration when discussing his former team. If Wesley is telling the truth, and we have no reason to believe that he isn’t, then Portland’s insistence on staying silent smacks of behavior unbecoming to any franchise. This, coming on the heels of firing highly respected assistant coach Kim Hughes for being caught on tape talking about what everyone already knew regarding the imminent departure of LaMarcus Aldridge, does not look good. Wesley Matthews knows that this is a business. He grew up, with his father Wes working on the Showtime-era Los Angeles Lakers, in this business. Even had he not torn his Achilles in March, it would be understandable for the Blazers not to re-sign the shooting guard as they enter in their rebuilding phase. Still, you at least text the guy. Within a span of a few months the Blazers went from fringe championship hopefuls, coming off of a second round playoff appearance and looking to take that Northwest Division title, to an also-ran. After the All-Star break Matthews tore his Achilles, his replacement in swingman Arron Afflalo didn’t exactly pan out, the team had its tails handed to them by the Memphis Grizzlies in a first round playoff ouster, and it wasevident almost immediately after the season that LaMarcus Aldridge wanted out. The plan, as undertaken by PDX general manager Neil Olshey, was an understandable one. If the 30-year old Aldridge wanted to leave Portland in pursuit of greener pastures, then it was time to rebuild around guard Damian Lillard. In a risky move that could pay off brilliantly (though we wish Hughes were still around to help things at shootaround), the team dealt Nicolas Batum for teenaged former lottery pick Noah Vonleh. Robin Lopez, at age 27, was allowed to sign in New York (along with Afflalo, nearly at age 30). Aldridge eventually headed to San Antonio, and the 29-year old Matthews decided to sign a four-year, $54 million deal with Dallas . That deal, after DeAndre Jordan reneged on his promise to sign with the Mavs and more cap space opened up, turned into a four-year $70 million deal. That’s a lot of money to pay a man who will turn 29 during training camp, playing at the NBA’s least-essential position. That’s certainly a lot of projecting on the Mavericks’part as well; they’ve always managed money wisely despite the lure of owner Mark Cuban’s largesse, but it’s almost as if they’re hoping that Matthews turns into a championship-level tertiary option just by paying him like one. That’s also quite a bit of money for someone coming off of an Achilles tear. Achilles tears are the NBA’s worst-case scenario injury. Derrick Rose fears aside, players have come back routinely from ACL tears to act as they always have (reminder: we’re 14 years removed from Jamal Crawford tearing his ACL while with the Bulls. Bring that up at a dinner party prior to never being invited out again) and even frightening stress fractures can be overcome. Achilles tears, however, have routinely hamstrung the careers of player after NBA player. They can still play following the rehabilitation, but usually not at the same level. If anyone can return to that same level, it’s Wesley Matthews. He was seen working his typical exploits from behind the arc early in his rehab, and he’s a cerebral player who figured to age well no matter the obstacle. Furthermore, even if the Mavericks stay stuck in the realm of the mediocre, Matthews working at an average of less than one-fifth of the NBA’s salary cap in two years shouldn’t be the biggest millstone. One hopes, at least. Even if Matthews wasn’t coming off of an Achilles tear, though, you can understand why the Blazers would pass on locking him up for four or five more years. This is a rebuilding team, now, paying more attention to 19-year-olds like Vonleh than 29-year-old free agents like Aldridge was (prior to his mid-July birthday) and Matthews will be come October. Olshey handled the Blazer breakup with alacrity and smarts, even in dealing Batum after his worst season (and even after the needless firing of Hughes), and for that he should be credited. And Matthews, to his credit, even outpaced what we once thought was a laughable contract estimate . Still. You call the dude. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops [read full article]

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Andrew Wiggins knifes past J.J. Barea for big dunk, Canada wins FIBA Americas tune-up (Ball Don%

Someone must've told Andrew Wiggins that he was the subject of Wednesday's entry in our Dunk History series , because the former No. 1 overall draft pick and reigning Rookie of the Year certainly seemed to have attacking the rim on his mind on Wednesday night: Well, hello , Mr. Wiggins. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] Let's take another couple of looks at that: Better-quality gif of the Wiggins dunk from 3 angles. pic.twitter.com/xaDghu4nTA —Tim Faklis (@timfaklis) August 27, 2015 Hey, Puerto Rico defender Richard Chaney? J.J. Barea does not have your back as a rim protector in that situation. Just a little FYI to help you CYA in the future. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today! ] Wiggins, the 20-year-old rising star for the Minnesota Timberwolves, finished with 20 points on 8-for-18 shooting, five rebounds, three assists and a steal in 31 minutes of playing time to lead Canada to a 78-72 win over Puerto Rico that clinched the country's victory in the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup, a tune-up tournament leading into next week's FIBA Americas Championship . The win capped a perfect 4-0 run through the tournament, with the highly anticipated next generation of Canadian hoops —2014 No. 1 pick Wiggins, 2013 No. 1 pick and fellow Wolf Anthony Bennett, former first-round picks Cory Joseph of the Toronto Raptors, Nik Stauskas of the Philadelphia 76ers, Andrew Nicholson of the Orlando Magic and Kelly Olynyk of the Boston Celtics, alongside NBA players Robert Sacre of the Los Angeles Lakers, Dwight Powell of the Dallas Mavericks and Melvin Ejim of the Magic, 2015 second-round pick Olivier Hanlan and sharpshooting Brady Heslip, among others —showing the depth and breadth of talent that has led many to expect the young Canucks to force their way onto the international stage sooner rather than later. Their next opportunity to do so will come in Mexico at the FIBA Americas tourney. The top two finishers in that competition will qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, joining the United States; who qualified automatically by winning the 2014 FIBA World Cup ; Brazil, guaranteed a spot as the tournament's host nation; and Australia, who punched their tickets by beating New Zealand to win the FIBA Oceania Championship . The remaining seven teams to take part in the 2016 games will come from four other international tournaments: Afrobasket, Eurobasket, the FIBA Asia Championship this summer, and the last-chance-saloon Olympic qualifying tournament next summer. NBA.com's John Schuhmann has a good, quick breakdown of how it all works. The Canadians will face stiff competition as they vie for one of those top two spots. They open preliminary round play on Sept. 1 against Argentina, led by legends Luis Scola and Andres Nocioni and talented young point guard Facundo Campazzo, who spent last season with European champions Real Madrid before recently joining Murcia on loan, and whom American hoops fans might remember from his 7ow b7ow on Carmelo Anthony during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London , and could face stern tests from the likes of Brazil and Mexico. This much seems certain, though: if Wiggins stays committed to using that lightning quick first step, his nose for the basket and his remarkable agility in the air, there won't be very many defenders in that tournament who can stop him from getting to the front of the rim, and there might not be any stopping Canada from earning a spot in Rio's main event, returning to Olympic hoops for the first time since 2000. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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Wesley Matthews 'was pissed off' that Portland didn't even offer him a contract, or phone ca

Less than a month into the NBA’s 2015 NBA offseason, the Portland Trail Blazers have firmly established their presence at the top of everyone’s “worst summer in the NBA”lists. The team lost four starters from last year’s club (and even a late-season replacement for one of those starters) to either free agency or trade. Coming off of a 51-win season and division title, the franchise’s front office has decided that it needs to rebuild. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] One of those former starters, shooting guard Wesley Matthews, was defined characteristically as the team’s figurative heart and soul several times last year, prior to tearing his Achilles past the mid-point of the season . The Blazers decided against offering their heart and soul a contract as he entered free agency this summer, and Matthews is less than pleased at the team’s refusal to even reach out, much less offer him a contract. From the Oregonian’s Jason Quick , via Pro Basketball Talk : But in the end, after five seasons, the feeling was not mutual. He was greeted with silence. No phone call. No text messages. The Blazers never made an offer. "I was pissed off," Matthews said. "I felt disrespected." […] "I was angry," Matthews said, "but I also realize that this is a business." It is, indeed. And just because this business is the same one that will pay Matthews $70 million over four years to play for the Dallas Mavericks, it doesn’t mean Matthews can feel a little pang of frustration when discussing his former team. If Wesley is telling the truth, and we have no reason to believe that he isn’t, then Portland’s insistence on staying silent smacks of behavior unbecoming to any franchise. This, coming on the heels of firing highly respected assistant coach Kim Hughes for being caught on tape talking about what everyone already knew regarding the imminent departure of LaMarcus Aldridge, does not look good. Wesley Matthews knows that this is a business. He grew up, with his father Wes working on the Showtime-era Los Angeles Lakers, in this business. Even had he not torn his Achilles in March, it would be understandable for the Blazers not to re-sign the shooting guard as they enter in their rebuilding phase. Still, you at least text the guy. Within a span of a few months the Blazers went from fringe championship hopefuls, coming off of a second round playoff appearance and looking to take that Northwest Division title, to an also-ran. After the All-Star break Matthews tore his Achilles, his replacement in swingman Arron Afflalo didn’t exactly pan out, the team had its tails handed to them by the Memphis Grizzlies in a first round playoff ouster, and it was evident almost immediately after the season that LaMarcus Aldridge wanted out. The plan, as undertaken by PDX general manager Neil Olshey, was an understandable one. If the 30-year old Aldridge wanted to leave Portland in pursuit of greener pastures, then it was time to rebuild around guard Damian Lillard. In a risky move that could pay off brilliantly (though we wish Hughes were still around to help things at shootaround), the team dealt Nicolas Batum for teenaged former lottery pick Noah Vonleh. Robin Lopez, at age 27, was allowed to sign in New York (along with Afflalo, nearly at age 30). Aldridge eventually headed to San Antonio, and the 29-year old Matthews decided to sign a four-year, $54 million deal with Dallas . That deal, after DeAndre Jordan reneged on his promise to sign with the Mavs and more cap space opened up, turned into a four-year $70 million deal. That’s a lot of money to pay a man who will turn 29 during training camp, playing at the NBA’s least-essential position. That’s certainly a lot of projecting on the Mavericks’part as well; they’ve always managed money wisely despite the lure of owner Mark Cuban’s largesse, but it’s almost as if they’re hoping that Matthews turns into a championship-level tertiary option just by paying him like one. That’s also quite a bit of money for someone coming off of an Achilles tear. Achilles tears are the NBA’s worst-case scenario injury. Derrick Rose fears aside, players have come back routinely from ACL tears to act as they always have (reminder: we’re 14 years removed from Jamal Crawford tearing his ACL while with the Bulls. Bring that up at a dinner party prior to never being invited out again) and even frightening stress fractures can be overcome. Achilles tears, however, have routinely hamstrung the careers of player after NBA player. They can still play following the rehabilitation, but usually not at the same level. If anyone can return to that same level, it’s Wesley Matthews. He was seen working his typical exploits from behind the arc early in his rehab, and he’s a cerebral player who figured to age well no matter the obstacle. Furthermore, even if the Mavericks stay stuck in the realm of the mediocre, Matthews working at an average of less than one-fifth of the NBA’s salary cap in two years shouldn’t be the biggest millstone. One hopes, at least. Even if Matthews wasn’t coming off of an Achilles tear, though, you can understand why the Blazers would pass on locking him up for four or five more years. This is a rebuilding team, now, paying more attention to 19-year-olds like Vonleh than 29-year-old free agents like Aldridge was (prior to his mid-July birthday) and Matthews will be come October. Olshey handled the Blazer breakup with alacrity and smarts, even in dealing Batum after his worst season (and even after the needless firing of Hughes), and for that he should be credited. And Matthews, to his credit, even outpaced what we once thought was a laughable contract estimate . Still. You call the dude. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops [read full article]

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