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The Spurs are celebrating their mascot's 31st year. The Magic, on the other hand, are celebrating their 25th season.
Jazz and Sixers finally find a little rhythm and competitiveness. Second quarter has actually been a bit entertaining.
Tiago Splitter is the Spurs' usual starting center. Diaw will get a spot start when the other team starts LeBron at PF.
Seems to be blog issues. Working on it. Thanks.
Cody Zeller guarding Zach Randolph is one tough assignment.
Moravian Lady Greyhounds bow out in 1st D-3 bracket. But: First Big Dance in 5 yrs! and we're supposed to beat powerhouse Cabrini? Pleez!
Halftime assembly beginning: Daniel Gibson, Delonte West, Ira Newble. Anthony Parker, coaches Melvin Hunt, Hank Egan moving into position
Remember Steve Clifford's non-negotiable: Always get back in transition. The Grizzlies, not so much. You can run on them.
Just saw Boobie Gibson, Delonte West, Ira Newble and Anthony Parker
Tony Wroten is ballin. He has 13 points on 6-6 shooting.
Hey NBA, just do like the NFL and don't let players into the NBA until they've been out of high school for 3 years. These kids aren't ready.
Utah shooting 6-11 in the 2Q and lead 40-36 with 5:25 left in half
Utah shototing 6-11 in the 2Q and lead 40-36 with 5:25 left in half
Bobcats have made 6 of first 8 shots.
Tiago Splitter will start tonight in place of Boris Diaw, who will return to the bench.
Bobcats pull ahead 15-8 early mostly on transition hustle from MKG and CDR.
Spotted: Maverick Carter, sitting courtside
And after a shocking fast start the Grizzlies fall behind early
CDR in a visiting uniform just doesn't look right.
I presume that line might draw an A's/Wolff statement tsk-tsking me or more, which I would not mind at all.
Spotted @kingjames in the building for Big Z retirement ceremony
Randolph and Gasol getting to the rim with ease so far.
What a game in Ann Arbor.
Spotted: Anthony Parker, former assistant coaches Hank Egan and Melvin Hunt
MKG has been far more aggressive offensively early in last two games.
Congrats to Garfield, the WA state 4A bball champs. Tramaine Isabell (31 pts) was good, but I'll credit the W to my cousin the cheerleader.
After missing 8 of their first 11 shots, the Jazz had made 8 of their last 12. Utah leads, 29-24.
And, of course, the great Roger Staubach also at Modano's ceremony.
Spotted: Boobie Gibson and Delonte West
The Jazz are finally making shots and lead 29-24
At a basketball competition between the Grizzlies of Memphis and the Bobcats of Charlotte. This one is for all the marbles
Steepest seating plan I've ever seen is the Buffalo Aud -- you felt like if you leaned forward you'd fall all the way to the floor.
Is that Charles Woodson with the gray hair in his beard?
Fed Ex Forum's layout a little different than most: 3 levels of seating and a very steep slope to the ceiling.
... "It would be the fastest firing in history."
Pop: "Just watch one of my end-of-quarter interviews and that will answer your question concisely and accurately ...'
At the end of the first quarter: Jazz lead Sixers, 24-22.
The Jazz are shot 38 percent but lead 24-22 after the first quarter because Sixers.
Diante Garrett hits a runner at the buzzer to put the Jazz up 24-22 on the Sixers. He's Utah's leading scorer with 5 points.
Jazz lead 24-22 after 1Q following buzzer-beating shot by Garrett.
Brett Brown walks to an official as the first quarter ends on a Utah fastbreak bucket. Brown thought Eric Maynor was mugged at other end.
MT @jmcdonald_saen: When Shaq O'Neal had his high school jersey retired yesterday in San Antonio, Gregg Popovich was attended the ceremony
Arnett Moultrie out of the dog house and into the game.
Alec Burks is making some amazing outlet passes to the Sixers.
I know it's not going to happen but would to see another showdown b/w Hardaway Jr. & Waiters.
Sadly, Pop didn't send someone up to Hack-A-Shaq in the middle of the ceremony. Seems an opportunity missed.
Another huge day for Canadians in the NCAA. Wichita State sure looking like a No.1, as is Andrew Wiggins. Stauskas/Mich holding off Hoosiers
Pop on Shaq: "I've always respected him as a player and really enjoyed him as a human being."
When Shaquille O'Neal had his high school jersey retired yesterday in San Antonio, Gregg Popovich was on hand for the ceremony.
Melo's shot is off early. He's missed his first six.
3:34: Byron Mullens enters game. 3:23: Byron Mullens takes first shot attempt.
Varejao enters to roaring ovation. Combine all the ingredients going into tonight and there is a buzz at the Q tonight
In last 3 games Chris Douglas-Roberts is 6-of-8 from 3-point range. Gets another start tonight with Gerald Henderson out.
LeBron is here because the Cavs to take part in Zydrunas Ilgauskas' number retirement ceremony.
There's the man of the hour. Well, the one here to watch Z's number be retired. LeBron in suite behind Knicks bench. http://t.co/qmMLgL8wRQ
Section 207, all nine of you up there, just won something from Party Poker. Congrats. (At a first-quarter timeout, Sixers lead Jazz, 13-12.)
The opening 9:00 of this game is a welcome invitation to snarkiness. Is that a word? It is now
The Jazz are a dismal 3-of-14 from the floor. Against the Sixers, that means they're down 13-12 with three minutes left in the first.
Spencer Hawes has attempted 3 3-pointers in 7 minutes.
I will continue to watch Jazz-Sixers, although I fear I might be blinded by this ... this .. whatever it is.
This Saint Peter's team will return four starters next season, including its top three scorers. That, and John Dunne can coach 'em up.
These two teams are putting on a clinic, a veritable 'how-to' for aspiring players.
Grizzlies trail the Mavericks by a game, the Suns by 1 1/2.
The Q is filled to the rafters for the Z love affair. The pregame introductions were impressive
For any concern about LeBron being in Cleveland, it's not as if he was going to have cocoa and have head on pillow at 10 p.m. in Chicago.
Well as Memphis has played last 2 months, Grizzlies still outside top 8 in West. So after winning at Chicago last night, big game here.
Like a rec-league team, everyone on the court for the Jazz is shouting, 'OFF!' Utah is 2-for-11 to open the game.
Now, Utah is 2-11
The Jazz can't shoot. It is 2-9 on a lot of open looks
I just saw Jarrett Jack dunk. There's a first for everything
How come Fordham can't get athletic matchup problems like Marvin Dominique?
SXSW people: What day is Neil Young going to be unveiling PONO?
76ers handed out pingpong balls to fans entering Wells Fargo Center for this game against the Jazz. OK, not really. But they should have.
Sixers looking at a win tonight? Utah, which has lost all 5 on its trip, is 5-12 in last game of back-to-backs. (Got drilled Fri at NYK)
It's been the norm for years now, but in-game sideline interviews with coaches and players is still awkward.
If Wiggins had gone off for 40 a couple more times, would people still be downplaying the whole draft class? He's the bellwether, right?
LeBron James is at the Q
My seat for tonight's marquee matchup. http://t.co/DuBIABcGja
I refuse to be sick. Refuse
Grizzlies snuffed out Big Al in first game, but defended the pick-and-roll poorly. So I wouldn't expect precisely same game plan.
Bobcats have won two of the last three times they played second night of back-to-backs (Detroit, Memphis). Loss was at Miami.
Over the next 13 days the Lakers play just 4 games: 2 at home against OKC & SAS and 2 on the road against OKC & SAS.
So I guess Bobcats TV ratings tonight will be dramatically better first half than second half.
Start early tonight- Sixers are 2-37 at the half and the Jazz are 4-28. Knicks are the worst at 1-30.
Jazz are just 5-26 when they trail after 1st and 2-21 on the road. Haven't learned how to play from behind
Harvey Pollack was the Sixers' PR man who made the famous "100" sign for Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game.
Marvin Williams will start at PF for the Jazz not Melvin Williams.
Legendary Harvey Pollack gets birthday love in Philly's pressroom. Sixers' stat guru has missed 4 games since 1946! http://t.co/qNAntHVjeG
For those who don't know him, Harvey Pollack has been working in the NBA since its inaugural season...in 1946-47. That's solid job security.
KD can’t come back from this Lil B diss. His career is over.
"I really respected the competition. Him being a (SA) native was always fun to be able to say that about him. We just enjoyed each other."
Pop on Shaq, who was back in town recently for HS jersey retirement: "He was a great player, and a great entertainer. That's tough to do."
Bulldogs finish with 12 SEC wins for the first time since 1985.
"Just watched one of my end-of-quarter interviews, and I think that will answer your question concisely and accurately."
Georgia defeats LSU 69-61 and captures the No. 3 seed in next week’s SEC Tournament
Always though Popovich would be incredible in studio role, if only as a periodic guest. He was loose tonight, so I asked. Alas...
Asked Tyrone Corbin if he will make concerted effort to put 5 young on floor together "Absolutely ... we may even start them together."
I have a short Big East Tournament story ready to post assuming Creighton beats Providence tonight. I have no intention of changing one word
Ian Clark is active tonight. Malcolm Thomas is inactive. My best guess is this they will alternate to some level rest of the way
Brett Brown on Dennis Lindsey: "(He) has a fantastic balance of three things: analytics, assessment of talent and a feel for the game."
It would tie for the 7th-best conference season in the legendary late Marv Harshman's 14-year career at UW.
Hoping the Knicks call Phil Jackson around midnight to inform him that they've decided to hire Mike D'Antoni instead... =(
Rookie guard Ian Clark is going to dress tonight. Andris Biedrins and Malcolm Thomas are inactive.
Huskies finish 9-9 in Pac-12 play. That would tie for the 4th-best finish of Bob Bender's 9 years at UW.
15 yrs ago I'd write at bar of Tri-State Pub. 'Til the shooting. Now write at newest bar, up street. Someone just Instagrammed their paella.
Georgia stretches their lead to 11, 57-46 with 7 minutes remaining
Gator committing Gringo crimes with ketchup on her refried beans http://t.co/5Lsf0pEwYM
It's a final: Dallas Kimball 52, Amarillo 37. Kimball wins the Class 4A state title.
Assuming that, with 6 games in one day, the Pac-12 has gone deep into the officiating pool today.
That looks like a pretty terrible call on Djurisic
Huskies breaking the press but not beating it for layups. Must make USC pay.
Taking a front office job with a bad team won't taint Jackson's legacy as a coach. Anyone think less of MJ as a player because of Charlotte?
Kind of a homecoming for Chris Douglas-Roberts. He played college ball at Memphis.
Djurisic with the tight spin and lay in for the Bulldogs. Leads up to 10
Mills on report Jax leaning toward taking basketball operations job says "Can't talk about it."
Georgia is 8-10 from three-point range
How would Jeanie and Phil do running the Lakers? I don't know but I'd like to find out. I doubt we ever will though.
Allen Iverson, "special advisor"....that's priceless....what's he advising on? Better yet, when will they take his advice?
Kenny Gaines 6-6 from three-point range and Georgia opens up 43-35 lead
Sixers owners getting booed. I guess the fans in that arena aren't the ones who tweet me how awesome the Sixers are for tanking
Adam Silver with the hug!
But can Phil create a loophole in the CBA that gets the Knicks all their draft picks back, or...
Mike Brown said if any of the players want to watch Z halftime ceremony, he won't keep them in locker room. "I won't hold them back."
If the Knicks get Phil Jackson, expect a drastic response by Prokhorov. Might buy the Statue of Liberty or just declare war on Manhattan.
Looks like Oregon has played its way in the NCAA Tournament
Gerald Henderson (calf strain) at least well enough to put up some shots pre-game. He'll miss game in Memphis. http://t.co/pvRbau2Mtj
They booed Adam Silver??? That's gotta be a first
Jazz coach Ty Corbin said he'd love if Trey Burke emulated the toughness and explosiveness of Allen Iverson. "But he'd have to practice."
Just getting around to watching the Iverson jersey retirement. Why did Marc Zumoff get booed?
So Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin was asked whether he'd like Trey Burke to emulate Allen Iverson: "Yes ... But he's got to practice."
Sounds like Jazz rookie Trey Burke grew up idolizing Allen Iverson.
Brown smiled when asked who'd win the fun basketball philosophy arguments he'd get into with Lindsey. "I'm saying it was 50-50."
Anderson Varejao will play for Cavs, but he won't start
Serious question, If Phil Jackson does go to the Knicks, that would be the biggest challenge of his career right?
When James Young is making shots, like in the 1st half, you can sort of see the appeal,but he's been so streaky (and 1-dimensional) all year
Just finishing up the Kentucky-Florida game. Julius Randle had some really nice moments. James Young continues to be a total liability on D.
Georgia is going to be guaranteed a double-bye in the SEC tournament after Arkansas goes down to Alabama
76ers coach Brett Brown said he loved engaging in basketball conversations with Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey when they were at San Antonio.
CJ Watson (sprained right elbow) has already been ruled out for tomorrow’s game in Dallas.
If given a similar role as Pat Riley in Miami, Phil Jackson would be the reason big free agents would chose to sign with the team he's with.
having to fork over revenue-sharing big bucks to low spending teams. Worthy point. (2/2)
There's always been hope that Jeanie and Phil would come in and clean this mess. If Phil goes to New York, that's not happening for awhile.
Gaines is 4-4 from three-point range
Georgia shoots 52 percent in the 1st half but were saddled with 13 turnovers
Wasn't Phil Jackson, as a special consultant, in on the Maurice Cheeks hire in Detroit?
Phil Jackson is essentially an unused consultant with the Lakers. If he goes to the Knicks it would be the Lakers' worst loss of the season.
Obviously some of those assists come from playing with Al Jefferson, but he's also more conscious of Tolliver and CDR in pick-and-rolls.
Philly coach Brett Brown on whether MCW gets up for a matchup with Trey: "How can you not? ... I would be disappointed if he didn't."
Since returning from that ankle sprain Kemba Walker is averaging 7.8 assists. In 42 games before injury: 5.0. Kemba is evolving as a point.
Kenny Gaines with 12 points to lead Georgia
Brace yourself. Jeff Ayres has been cleared to play tonight against Orlando.
USC's second half: 2 timeouts, 1 technical, 0 points. Huskies on a 14-0 run.
Had a good chat w/ new coach Oscar Pareja this wk. He has great passion & vision for the club. Looking forward to 1st step of the journey
Georgia closes well and leads LSU 30-28 at the half
Even the pregame media meal is festive tonight in honor of Z. (That's a cookie.) http://t.co/Vltx3pHzJ1
BBL. Leicester Riders 83-84 Newcastle Eagles. Leicester surely won’t be retaining title
Asked about the Lakers practicing defense 75% of the time, Lt. Frank Drebin said there was only a 10% chance of that.
At 32, Andy Toole has 89 wins, two NEC reg season titles, two postseason appearances in 3-plus seasons. NCAAs has eluded Bobby Mo, tho
With the team practicing defense 75% of the time and their schemes like 90% of the NBA, it's about being gritty and getting into people.
After practice today, Mike D'Antoni spoke about the team's defensive struggles. LA has given up an average of 136 points the last three.
Jeff Taylor can now do some light shooting on his recovery from a ruptured Achilles' tendon. http://t.co/pu6UlxHCor
Georgia trailing 26-24 with 3:18 to go in the 1st half
Bulldogs with 10 turnovers already and trailing by two
Georgia looks completely unprepared for this trap from LSU