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Timberwolves Fan

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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Mavericks Fan

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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Celtics Fan

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

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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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Hassan Whiteside makes his decision: He's staying in Miami (Yahoo Sports)

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Here they go again: Mavs set to chase free agents again (Yahoo Sports)

The Dallas Mavericks again will seek major upgrades in free agency, a year after DeAndre Jordan's jolting change of heart ruined their plans. Miami's Hassan Whiteside is expected to be among the top targets for Dallas, along with Memphis point guard Mike Conley. Parsons opted out of the final year of his contract, along with star forward Dirk Nowitzki and point guard Deron Williams, who played one season with his hometown team after taking a buyout from Brooklyn. [read full article]

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Whiteside on free agency: 'Really don't think it's about loyalty' (Ball Don't Lie)

Eighteen months ago, Hassan Whiteside was a second-round draft pick who'd run aground in Sacramento and spent two years plying his trade in the D-League, China and Lebanon hoping to break back into the NBA, only to see his chance with the Memphis Grizzlies end in an early-season waiver. Now, after finding an opportunity to shine in South Beach with the Miami Heat, the 7-footer is in line to become an incredibly wealthy man, hitting unrestricted free agency after averaging a double-double for the second straight season, leading the NBA in blocks, finishing third in the league in rebounds while making the NBA's All-Defensive Second Team and placing third in Defensive Player of the Year voting ... and while earning just under $1 million to do it. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] Whiteside will have multiple suitors when free agency opens on July 1, including the team that gave him the second chance to make a name for himself on the NBA stage: Riley on Whiteside, "He's our number-one priority, period. Our number-one priority is Hassan Whiteside." —Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) May 18, 2016 But while it's been reported that Whiteside "wants to re-sign" with the Heat "if all things are equal financially," it doesn't sound like he's especially interested in taking a hometown discount in the event that they aren't: Hassan Whiteside, on his Snapchat, when asked if he was a basketball player said he responded, "'I'm a businessman that plays basketball." —Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) June 24, 2016 Whiteside seemed to double down on that sentiment during a Sunday chat with reporters, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel : "I really don't think it's about loyalty," the shot-blocking center said while making an appearance at "Dew NBA 3X," a nationwide three-on-three basketball competition that made a weekend stop at the National Young Arts Foundation. "I think it's just about the best situation for myself and that's what I think it is." Whiteside said he is hopeful of having a decision by the end of Friday's opening day of free agency and acknowledged that the Heat have taken advantage of this period for exclusive contact before he can be contacted by outside teams. "I talked to Pat Riley probably two weeks ago," he said of the Heat president, who said at the conclusion of the season that Whiteside would be the Heat's priority in free agency. "We had a meeting and we talked and it went good. And we'll see what happens." [...] "I didn't say it wouldn't be the best situation, but we're going to see what happens," he said. "So it's not that I'm really counting the Heat off or I'm counting on another team. It's just open." How exactly Whiteside intends to showcase his business acumen promises to be very interesting. As Bobby Marks of The Vertical noted back in April , the mechanism Riley used to sign Whiteside back in 2014 —a two-year minimum salary exception, which brought his total NBA service time to four years, meaning he couldn't be a restricted free agent at the end of his deal and would enter the market unfettered —limited Miami's options and leverage in a second negotiation in the event that the center broke out: The early Bird rights will restrict Miami to paying Whiteside the average player salary, which is projected to be north of $7 million. If the Heat want to use cap space, they can exceed the average player salary, but they will need to be creative while also having their own free agents make a sacrifice. Joe Johnson and Luol Deng are also free agents, which makes everything more complicated. Whiteside has another option, however. He can sign a one-year contract with cap space at a below-market salary, which would establish his Bird rights. He then could sign a long-term contract in 2017 when the cap is expected to rise to a record $109 million. As enticing as those post-cap-explosion paydays seem from the outside, though, we saw many examples last summer —Anthony Davis , Damian Lillard , LaMarcus Aldridge , Kawhi Leonard , Jimmy Butler , Khris Middleton , Kevin Love and Goran Dragic , among others —suggesting that lots of players still crave the security of here-and-now long-term contracts that are very rich, even if they don't pay out the absolute top dollar players could receive by opting for the kind of one-and-one deal that LeBron James has chosen in Cleveland. If other clubs are indeed serious about presenting Whiteside with full max offers that would pay him just under $95 million over the next four years —ESPN's Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne reported Monday morning that the Los Angeles Lakers will "aggressively pursue" him, with the Dallas Mavericks and Portland Trail Blazers also expected to be in the mix —would Whiteside still entertain a below-max or delayed-payday offer from the Heat that would afford Riley the flexibility to retain fellow free agents like Johnson, Deng and franchise cornerstone Dwyane Wade? Or will a 27-year-old with very fresh memories of what life outside the NBA is like prefer to strike while the iron is hot and stack as much paper as possible today, evenif that means changing his address? It's one of the biggest questions of this free agency period, and it's one to which —right now, anyway —Whiteside himself might not know the answer. From Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press : Asked Sunday what was the most important factor —money, location, surrounding talent or something else —Whiteside said he couldn't pinpoint which would be the top thing. "It's a toss-up," Whiteside said. "It's a lot of things that come into it. It's not one specific thing. It's like you having a wife. You can't say one specific thing you like about her. You've just got to like her as a whole. I've got to choose it all together. All the dots have to connect." Heat forward Udonis Haslem, who also becomes a free agent Friday, said he hopes Whiteside stays. "The team that gave you a chance when nobody else did, for me, it would be a no-brainer," Haslem told AP [...] "I'd just tell Hassan to be good and be loyal to the people who were good to you. No one else believed in you when you were in China or at the YMCA or whatever. The Heat gave him an opportunity and he maximized that opportunity, so I hope he's loyal to that." Hope's a heck of a thing, but Haslem and others who'd like to see Whiteside back in a Heat uniform might not want to start holding their breath just yet. In the defining negotiation of his career, the "businessman who plays basketball" doesn't sound like he's going to let emotion carry the day. More NBA coverage: - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at 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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NBA-List of NBA champions (Reuters)

June 19 - List of National Basketball Association champions: 2016 - Cleveland Cavaliers def. Golden State Warriors 4-3 2015 - Golden State Warriors def. Cleveland Cavaliers 4-2 2014 - San Antonio Spurs def. Miami Heat 4-1 2013 - Miami Heat def. San Antonio Spurs 4-3 2012 - Miami Heat def. Oklahoma City Thunder 4-1 2011 - Dallas Mavericks def. Miami Heat 4-2 2010 - Los Angeles Lakers def. Boston Celtic 4-3 2009 - Los Angeles Lakers def. Orlando Magic 4-1 2008 - Boston Celtics def. Los Angeles Lakers 4-2 2007 - San Antonio Spurs def. Cleveland Cavaliers 4-0 2006 - Miami Heat def. ... [read full article]

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NBA-List of NBA Finals MVP winners (Reuters)

June 19 - List of NBA Finals Most Valuable Player winners: 2016 - LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers 2015 - Andre Iguodala, Golden State Warriors 2014 - Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs 2013 - LeBron James, Miami Heat 2012 - LeBron James, Miami Heat 2011 - Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks 2010 - Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers 2009 - Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers 2008 - Paul Pierce, Boston Celtics 2007 - Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs 2006 - Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat 2005 - Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs 2004 - Chauncey Billups, Detroit Pistons 2003 - Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs 2002 - ... [read full article]

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