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Raptors starters have 2 assists after 12 minutes tonight after recording 1 in 48 last night, so there's that.
Normal introductions, no big video tributes tonight for starting lineup, including a guy named Garnett at PF
OK, tip in about 50 minutes. We now return to our regularly scheduled programming...
Hawks (w/o Teague/Horford/Carroll) held Miami to 12 in first quarter.
Heat tie their season-low for points in the first quarter with 12 (vs Pistons, 2/3/15)
Hawks (SS) 17, Heat 12 after 1Q. Hassan Whiteside with two fewer rebounds than Heat points.
Good news: 15 pts & 32% shooting is a definite improvement on last night's disastrous 1st Q. Bad news: Raps trail by 7 to worst team in NBA
Wizards up 60-44 at half. 6/13 from 3. Shooting 55.8%. 17 assists, 5 turnovers. Wall and Gortat = 12p each.
Tim Hardaway Jr. glares into the crowd after hitting last second layup in 1st quarter - the celebration you'd expect in 1st Q for 11-46 team
Hawks 17, Heat 12 (yes, 12) at end of first quarter. Heat 5 of 20 from the field with no free throws, seven turnovers. Whiteside 10 rebounds
Here at MSG, there have been Let's Go Raptors chants and boos of Bargnani. Also the Knicks are up seven after the first quarter.
Half: Wizards 60-44. Gortat already with 12 and 10. Most 1H points for Wizards since scoring 60 on Jan. 9.
Whiteside with 10 rebounds in first quarter. A lot to get: Heat 5 of 18.
Heat now 5 of 17 from field, yet to get to the foul line.
A lot of you wanted me to drink those six beers this morning. You guys are alright.
Tyson Chandler (hip) will sit out again tonight.
Nine Whiteside rebounds, seven Heat turnovers, Heat 5 of 15 from field, down 17-12.
Beal leaving with 1:25 left in the half. Played 17 minutes. Maybe the minutes limit is 32-35.
Trading for the sake of trading is not a good look.
Marco Belinelli goes full Diggler on GQ cover, Buford honored with lifetime achievement award at Sloan. Pretty wide-ranging Spurs day...
Duke signee Chase Jeter and recruit Jayson Tatum sitting right next to the bench. Tatum may be the No. 1 player in the Class of 2016.
Games missed due to injury by the Thunder the past five seasons: http://t.co/H7Dv3VQOOt
Back-up PG minutes for Lou Williams with Lowry resting.
Wade struggling again.
DeRozan finally gets on the board w/ step-back 13-footer, his 4th shot, only to attempt a 360 in transition and miss the dunk moments later
Luol Deng gets the Heat's first non-Whiteside rebound with 4:08 left in the opening period.
DeRozen booed by both Knicks and Raptors fans after missing breakaway 360 dunk attempt.
DeRozan’s blown dunk prompts a “screw you Canada, you suck,” from one fan sitting nearby.
DeRozan missed a breakaway 360 dunk, and people laughed.
Wow! DeRozan just showboated his way to a missed layup. Tried a wide-open 360 on the break and botched it.
Beasley still knows these rims.
Yikes, DeMar DeRozan can’t even make a breakaway dunk. Tries to show off, doesn’t go down.
DeMar DeRozan tried a 360 dunk. He missed. The crowd is still buzzing.
By the way, that celebrated black and blue dress that's gone viral, Chandler Parsons said he doesn't see any black in it.
The Wizards are better defensive backs than the Redskins defensive backs.
DeMarcus Cousins (hip/ankle) is doubtful for tomorrow vs Portland
"I want to play tonight, but you just can’t. My goal is Monday and if I don’t play Monday, my goal will be Thursday.'' -- CParsons
Very nice video tribute to Anthony Mason on the board at MSG during first timeout.
DeRozan misses his first 3 attempts, a couple haven't even been close. Early PT for Pat with JV picking up 2 quick fouls. Raps down 11-10
Eight rebounds for Whiteside in first 6:15.
Now a video tribute for Mason
Garden giving a video tribute to Anthony Mason
Walker starts, Beasley the sixth man with both players on 10-day contracts.
Six Heat turnovers in first 5:47.
Hehe Whiteside seven rebounds in the first quarter matched up with Elton Brand.
Reunited again, best buds checking into the game together. http://t.co/q1iRd4dkJw
Whiteside outrebounding the Hawks team 7-3
Little less buzz for KG's 2nd home game. But probably a good thing for Wolves players. They were too tuned up on Wednesday night
Wizards shooting 61.8 percent. If that continues, I predict they win.
Seven rebounds from Whiteside in first 5:40.
Two quick fastbreak opportunities for the Heat to make it 6-10.
Grabbing a little food then starting my (long) drive home.
Drew Gooden takes a couple steps back and hits a 3. He’s 4-for-4. 3 midrange Js and the 3. He’s got 9 pts.
Heat now 1 of 6, 4 TOs, down 10-2.
Really was a nice tribute to Mason, but sad that it was before anthems - huge swathes of empty seats at the Garden for it.
1) Sloan was awesome, as always. 2) Boston in February was brutal, as always. 3) Portable chargers are a lifesaver.
Whiteside with five rebounds in first 2:40. But Heat 1 of 6 with 2 TOs.
Whiteside gets 3 offensive rebounds before making a shot against Brand. Just picked up another one. Has five total rebounds in 3 minutes.
Hassan Whiteside credited with three rebounds in about two seconds. Now has five in game's first three minutes.
Now lots of laughter from the crowd as Bargnani has shot blocked - again, can't figure out if it's Raptors or Knicks fans.
I feel Anthony Tolliver should have been on the Wizards at some point. (Insert your "Cause he's a 3-point shooter" joke here)
Lots of Raptors fans at MSG tonight - but can't tell whether it's pro-Raps or anti-Bargs as fans boo him at FT line.
All hands on deck tonight for Spurs, per Pop. Same starters as last night, including Splitter.
Henry Walker, on a 10-day contract, starting for the Miami Heat.
Bargnani vs Valanciunas: battle of the pump fakes you shouldn't fall for.
Kidd also said no plans to sign anyone right now for open roster spot.
Mayo has been out last two games due to right hamstring injury.
Kidd said X-rays negative on tests of Dudley's left knee. Dudley out tonight and will rest. O.J. Mayo returns to action off bench vs. Jazz.
In attendance at MSG: Raptor fans booing Bargnani. They travel in packs, after all
Pop: "We won what?!?" (Wry chuckle) ... "The world is amazing."
Beal’s 1st bucket is a 3 in transition. That’s 5 threes for the Wizards. The most they’ve had since they last played Detroit last Sunday.
A fairly loud "Let's go Raptors chant" around the stands as the game tips off at MSG.
Raptors fans are booing Bargnani here at MSG … at least I think they are Raptors fans.
Apologize for the loading up of the time-line but I find Quin's comments about where this team is very insightful
I could see Bargnani dropping 30 tonight... or exiting early with an injury. Scenario B is probably more likely
Let’s go Raptors starts on first possession. Knicks fans boo.
They love their EDM here at Cameron.
In fact, Pop seemed unaware of the very existence of the Sloan Conference, at which his GM was just given a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Injury update: Flip said AB still two weeks away probably, said Hummel's hand healed but lacks range of motion, might get 2nd opinion on it
What a lineup for Knicks. We almost saw Cleanthony Early get run over by a car in Vegas, there’s Iron Horse Bargnani, THJ Galloway, Amundsen
Pop, as you might expect, had no idea the Spurs were named "Analytics Organization of the Year" at the Sloan Conference.
Moment of silence before Knicks' game vs. Raptors. Many former Knicks posted about him on Twitter today, extremely popular within franchise.
This is the first time Bradley Beal and Ramon Sessions have played together.
The Heat held a moment of silence for Anthony Mason. He made his only All-Star team with Miami.
Chandler Parsons just said he hopes to play Monday against the Pelicans.
Wizards have made 4 three-pointers, which is as many as they made against the T’Wolves and 76ers.
Quin Snyder: I think the road has stretched our team beyond basketball. Our team has grown together
Wizards = 12 assists, 1 turnover. Shooting 66.7%. Pistons still scored 27 pts and shot 57.9% themselves.
The mase, Ewing, Oakley, Harper Starks crew for the Knicks was of the toughest I've seen and/or will ever see.
The 37 pts is the Wizards’ most in a qtr this season. Apparently having guys like Pierce and Beal on the floor help.
And now a moment of silence for Anthony Mason.
Quin Snyder: the position that tips the ability to switch is when you can switch at the 4
Parsons: "Look, I want to play tonight but I can't. My goal is Monday, and if I can't Monday then my goal is Thursday."
Pregame moment of silence now for Earl Lloyd.
Wizards just scored their most points in any 1Q this season. Leading 37-27. Wall 8 pts.
The Wizards, after scoring 39 points in the 2nd half against the 76ers last night, just scored 37 points in the 1st qtr against the Pistons.
I hope all these dudes the Hawks rested at least got a day off in Miami.
Quin Snyder: Elijah Millsap made two great passes in transition last night.
Jeff Teague will rest tonight. Dennis Schröder starts at point guard for the Hawks.
Chandler Parsons says today he is going to shoot, have a pool workout and then see how his left ankle responds tomorrow before returning.
In his 1st game since the Incident, Vandy's Wade Baldwin went for 15 pts, 5 rebs, 3 assists in a 73-66 win over Alabama
Quin Snyder: finding out how you fit offensively in a group is a challenge for a player in itself
Expect Lowry to sit out Mon. vs PHI as well. Has been battling multitude of ailments. Priority is getting him right for stretch run/playoffs
Quin Snyder: coaching a team is like living art
One way Krzyzewski and Boeheim are quite similar: Neither believes in deep rotations. They tend to live and die by best 7 players.
Quin Snyder: I would like to think about Derrick Favors as a play making big. Making shots and passes
Dinwiddie thinks too much on the shot.
The Kings say center DeMarcus Cousins is doubtful for Sunday’s game versus the Blazers due to a left ankle sprain.
Casey wasn’t being coy about the starting bigs, as he seemed to imply, Amir Johnson back in for Patterson.
Quin Snyder: I have a group of guys that are very coachable and that is all you can ask for
Quin Snyder: Gobert and Favors together have to be unbelievable precise with their spacing offensively
Drew Gooden set to enter as the first big off the bench. Seems reasonable, but will he help stretch the floor? No attempted 3's at Philly.
Come on, folks, I'm giving you gold here.
Point well made by the incredible intelligent readers to this space: Haslem also is the only reserve center available for the Heat.
Otto in for Pierce and immedialtey fires up a jumper. Swish. Needs that aggression to stay on the court
Tayshaun Prince already has six more points than last night.
Moment of silence coming up here at MSG for Anthony Mason.
After losing at Kansas, Texas' margin for error is gone. Need to win twice next week, then probably at least once in KC to get NCAA bid.
Beal coming out after six minutes.
Beal 1st taken out after 6 minutes. He’s on a minutes limit of some sort.
Please send all of you candy nickname ideas to Matt "The Sour Patch Kid" Harpring.
With Bosh out, the Heat have been looking to get more 3-point shooting in the starting lineup. Walker provides that.
Bulls TV behind the scenes. They keep Steve, Bill and me loose prior to on air presentation. http://t.co/9h5xdGY0D6
Hollins cited both having no timeouts, taking a few seconds to foul Jason Terry on the prior possession as reasons why he chose that way.
Lowry is shooting under 30 percent in five games since the All-Star break. Went without an assist Friday for first time ever as a starter.
If Rudy is "Gobstopper," all Jazz players should get candy nicknames. Malone=Jolly Rancher. Stockton=Mr. Goodbar. Ostertag=Whatchamacallit.
And now it's official: DeMarcus Cousins (Left Ankle Sprain)-DOUBTFUL Darren Collison (Core Muscle Injury)-OUT
Told Wolves are expecting 2nd consecutive sellout, the Memphis coach (and Staples' own) said, "Not because Dave Joerger is coming back?"
An astonishing climb by Walker, and perhaps it says something about where Heat stand, with Walker in the starting lineup while on a 10-day.
Oubre essentially clinches it for Kansas. Texas' fading postseason hopes could've really used a win today.
Monroe walked, KCP double-dribbled, then KCP hits a 3. Only in America.
One flight cancelation and a 240 mile drive up I-45 from Houston ... and we in here: http://t.co/zvGy1I4bY2
Haslem out and Henry Walker now starting for Heat. Lineup No. 23 of the season.
Asked Hollins about having Joe miss the free throw last night. Said he figured going for an offensive rebound was best chance there.
The Wizards are en fuego. 5 for 5 to start. Pierce with two 3-pointers. Lead 12-4. 45-plus minutes left.
Another Pierce 3 makes it 12-4, Wizards. They’re getting to the rim and hitting 3s, which is exactly what they haven’t been doing.
The Lakers on analytics is like Frank Drebin's old musician lover after he bought her a harp for Christmas. She asked him what it was ...
Wizards’ 1st possession: Wall hits a trailing Pierce for a 3.
My fave Mase memory: He'd grab me after game ask, "Whaddya think?" Good one Mase. "Damn rite" If I sed not so good, "What the hell u know?"
Chuck Hayes on Anthony Mason: "Fair to say that early in my career I studied his game to make a niche for myself to stay in the league."
Big FT miss on the front end of a 1-and-1 for Isaiah Taylor. Coulda potentially tied the game with 2 makes. Horns down 2 in final minute.
Raptors say Greivis Vasquez will start tonight against Knicks in place of Lowry (rest).
Bogdanovic will play.
Update: Anderson Varejao is tall so he is in the last row. Very courteous of him.
Same starting five tonight.
Demarcus Holland has hit some big shots today. 2:18 left. Longhorns down 62-61 to Kansas. Huge game.
Carlisle said of the death of Anthony Mason: "I did know him. Very sad to hear the news."
DeMarcus Cousins missed last night's game against San Antonio. Listed as doubtful for Sunday vs. Portland with ankle sprain.
Rick Carlisle on the passing of Anthony Mason: "He was a competitor. ... Anthony ended up being a very good player in this league."
LeBron (back) did travel to Houston and is not on the Cavs' injury list.
At the theater to see Focus. Really excited. Margot Robbie and Will Smith never disappoint. Anderson Varejao here too. Walking OK.
No Birdman tonight for the Heat and no Horford or Antic for the Hawks. This could be a big night for Hassan Whiteside.
I'm hearing that DeMarcus Cousins is doubtful for tomorrow's game against the Trail blazers.
Many tributes coming from around league for Anthony Mason, who died Saturday at age 48. Was with Bucks two seasons.
Last time Bucks won in SLC was 10-30-01 in 119-112 OT decision. Mke starters: Mason, Przybilla, Allen, Cassell and Robinson.
Tyson Chandler is a game-time decision.
NYCFC also needs a nickname cause it's cumbersome to keep up the otherwise
Three biggest celebs at Sloan conf, based on groupie followings: Shane Battier, Mike D'Antoni, Sam Hinkie. They were mobbed at all times.
Interesting stat: The average distance of DeAndre Jordan's baskets this season? Eight inches!
Even after missing 8 games, Blake Griffin has thrown as many alley-oop passes (40) this season as Chris Paul.
Minnesotan Dave Joerger on family and friend ticket requests: "They all want tickets, and it's not me." He said in a nod to Kevin Garnett.
Chris Anderson out tonight. Birdman in the building, but with the flu.
Keep hitting me up w nicknames. Some are very good. Never know if they will make the broadcast tonight!
In Blake Griffin’s absence over the last eight games,DeAndre Jordan has averaged 17.1 points and 18.5 rebounds per game.
James Johnson told me Lowry has been playing through all kinds of ailments "only the locker room knows about."
Bountiful coach Mike Maxwell is a classy dude. I enjoyed covering him and his teams back in my high school writing days. Congrats, Braves.
I have done nothing but eat and work today. And I look like Campbell Scott from the scene where he's holed up in Singles. Not a good look.
DeMarcus Cousins did not partake in practice today, but he was able to shoot around aftwards. No word yet on availability for tomorrow.
Put your tongue in your mouth, hot shot.
I asked Prince about the Otto comparisons last year.