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Incredible how Smart, a PG, defended one of the NBA's strongest shooting guards in Harden. Defensively, Smart no ordinary PG or rookie.
Rose averaging 40 mins last 3: " I’m happy with my performance. Mad we lost, of course; trying to take something positive out of every game.
Rose: "Three games we played, tough games. I had to play a lot of minutes. It was a load. But I’m happy with how my body feels afterward."
Rose con't: "The second, a back-to-back, and I attacked the basket. That’s something at the beginning of the season I wouldn’t have done."
Rose: "It’s coming, a lot of runners, layups and shots that I normally make. But as long as I’m attacking, it’s all positive."
Rose w/23 pts; 8-23 and 7-9 FTs: "If we want to get to where we want to go, we have to find ways to win these types of games."
Pau: "Fatigue was a factor, no question; we knew that, but it wasn’t going to be an excuse. We fought through and gave ourselves a chance."
Pau with 10 and 19: "I think we know this team has spirit and potential. We just don’t do it consistently and we don’t do it every night."
Thibs on bench: "They’ve got to play better; there are things they can do a lot better that they are not doing now that we have to correct."
Thibs on 0-7 FT 1st qtr; 17-27 for game: "We’ve been a good free throw shooting team. The 1st quarter we missed seven in a row, very unusual
Thibs on 99-93 loss: "We just talked about all 3 games were winnable, 1 or 2 possession games; you’ve got to find a way to get that done."
Sullinger shot 43.1 percent in the month of January, including 22.4 percent from deep. Gotta boost those numbers.
Lakers have brought back Ryan Kelly from his brief stay with D-Fenders - scored 30, about to head out to NY to face Knicks
No excuses BUT...fatigue was a factor----period.
Bulls board with Gasol and Noah rock solid....
Rose: "It’s a back-to-back, and I attacked the basket. That’s something at the beginning of the season I wouldn’t have done."
Add me on @CyberDust, same as my Twitter handle.
Just a little Nicki Minaj at the House of Whatever
Pau Gasol: "We know that this team has spirit and potential, we just don't do it consistently and we don't do it every night."
Until January, Thibs had been consistent and rigid to a fault in his rotations. Now it seems like he's just throwing stuff at the wall.
Gasol is an 82 percent FT shooter and went 0-for-5. Ever happened before? "Never in my life. Never in my entire career. It was weird."
Pau says this is the first time in his career he went 0-for-5 from the foul line to start a game.
Dennis stayed in with Teague until 2:57 to play, almost the entire fourth.
Hawks' newly-minted All-Star Jeff Teague didn't enter until less than 6 mins to play in fourth. Bud has EXTREME confidence in Dennis.
Don't know if ya'll noticed but Dennis ran point for most of the fourth quarter of one of Hawks' best games of the year.
Noah was great tonight.
Robin Lopez IS a mascot.
The whole key to staying awake on a late-night drive is rap music. Loud rap music.
Bulls fans thanks for staying up with listening to Bulls ball out west..4 days to get ready for Houston Wednesday Love you! Good night
Those 10 missed FTs obviously hurt the Bulls.
Sounds like Ty Lawson needs a Players Tribune connect.
Suns win....Bulls drop 2nd straight....99-93
The Bulls left 10 points at the foul line tonight. They also couldn't make enough plays when they had to have them.
97-93 Suns 10.2 sec left on a step back right block jumper by Bledsoe..Bulls ball
The Suns have had plenty of chances to end this game -- but they keep leaving door open for Bulls.
Phoenix should really just let the Bulls shoot uncontested layups.
The Heat is 18.5 games behind the top team in the East before the All-Star break ... and SEVENTH IN THE STANDINGS. What?
Brooks with a 3 ball left wing..95-91 with 1:19 left 4th Suns with the lead and ball
At least the Bulls didn't roll over at the end of this one tonight. Fighting until the end.
Thanks for the birthday wishes..humbled and blessed Love you all. Swirsk
Bulls down 95-86 Bulls ball with 145 left 4th
Bulls not making the little plays, not giving the extra effort. Those kinds of things are usually the difference in close games.
Doc to Anthony Davis as he saw him walking past him post-game: "Let's start a chant, 'Trade A.D.!"
Why does the 30-team NBA have 15-player per rosters, for years and years, yet it continues to limit all star teams to 12?
Rose drains 17 footer circle right....Suns 87-81 454 left 4th
Pau Gasol's 9th straight double-double pushes his league-leading total to 30.
How can dallas, 13 over 500, not have single rep (Monta Ellis)? How can Lillard's & Conley's all-around excellence 4 big winners b ignored?
The Bulls had things on track -- but Gibson's poor pass to Rose in the post with just over 9 min left triggered important run for the Suns.
Brutal stretch by Bulls. Turnovers, fouls, lack of rebounding.
Thibs begging for a review on that 3-shot foul. Not going to happen.
One game after not playing the entire 2nd half and both OTs, Mirotic is coming in for 4th-quarter minutes.
Jax defending Thibs. He must not like living in Chicago.
Thibs has NO confidence in Mirotic at all right now.
James Michael McAdoo had 39 points and 11 rebounds in his first game back in Santa Cruz.
Festus Ezeli came off the bench to play 18 minutes for Santa Cruz, collecting eight points, six rebounds and three blocked shots.
Been covering Kirk Hinrich a long time. Don't think ever seen the running lefty hook attempt.
Morris open 3---Suns 75-69 10min left 4th
Coaches need to make up their minds before preaching their sermon. what do they really care about most, statistics or winning??
Kerr: "We didn't have enough life to win a game on the road against a hungry, young team that's playing a lot better & they took it to us."
Bogut: "No energy, no bounce coming out of the gate. Can't afford to do that against any team in this league, so we deserved to lose."
Leandro Barbosa: "Things were very ugly on our side, and there was nothing we could do. … It was a tough game for us."
Andre Iguodala: "We have to respect the game and respect the way you’re supposed to play the game defensively."
Hassan Whiteside is only owned in 65% of Yahoo fantasy leagues. The other 35% need to wake up.
Andrew Bogut: "“This was the worst game I’ve played all year. I didn’t have energy, didn’t feel good rhythm and just couldn’t get it going."
Steve Kerr: "The only way you can win is if you bring the necessary energy and focus, and we didn’t have enough life to win a game."
Klay Thompson scored 3 more points in the 3rd quarter last Friday (37) than Oregon State had in a loss to Arizona tonight (34).
I have no idea how this is a one-point game but here we are.
Bulls down 68-67 we go to the 4th....Bulls 2-14 3s. Suns scored only 8pts in the last 10 min.
The Bulls have clawed all the way back from a 16 point deficit. Do they have enough gas left to close out the game in the 4th?
"That's the first time I've ever seen something like that.' -- Villanueva on the 10 rebounds Whiteside had less than 4 minutes into the game
I keep forgetting Brendan Wright is on Phoenix.
As bad as the Bulls have been tonight, they'd lead if they made even half their free throws.
Warriors still with a league-best +11 point differential and 12.3 net rating (offensive rating - defensive rating)
Celtics have been held to 38% shooting twice this year in 45 games. Both times by the Rockets. Who did it in both games last year as well.
That shaun livingston dunk though yikes! Is there a gif for that?
Gasol is running on fumes ...doing his best
Bulls within 3 with Brooks at the line. Rose-Butler have combined for 35pts Gasol 14 reb. 66-63 Suns 2:14 3rd
Snyder on Exum returning after being hit in throat/puking: "19 and skinny doesn’t mean he’s not tough." Dante on coach's quote: "Skinny?"
Rose clearly made it a point to get to the rim in this one. He's now 7-for-9 from the line. Bulls always so much better when he drives.
How come coaches w winningest records by certain date get all star working papers, yet coaches pick players on losing teams v winning ones?
Looks like they don't want to be on the court at times and it shows in their play.
One concern about the Kings over the last month plus: Most nights they don't even look like they're having fun anymore. No enthusisasm
I joked w/ Exum it was good to see his Adam's apple was in the front of his throat after getting hit. Dante: "I thought I threw it up too."
Mark Jackson thinks DeAndre Jordan is more deserving of an All-Star nod than Tim Duncan.
Once again a local bar taken over by traveling Raptors fans
CORRECTION: The Warriors have been outscored for 6 of last 7 quarters (not including OT)
Bulls chipping away at the Suns lead 62-55 6:17 left 3rd
I'm always pleasantly surprised when Joakim Noah drains a jumper. Love it, though. Goofiest sidespin in the league.
Marcus Thornton summed up a year and a half of Celtic inconsistency when he said, "It's easier to play when you're down by 20."
Signs of life from the Bulls. Playing with some energy. It has reappeared again for the time being.
Rose's 7 free-throw attempts are his most in a game since Nov. 24 at Utah.
Hey, single digits.
Of Utah's 17 wins this season, almost half of them (8) are over teams currently on the right side of the playoff hunt. A 9th is over OKC
You guys have been through a lot of stuff. Bosh: "I'd use a different word." A lot of things. "Nope. My word still starts with S."
Warriors had won 22 straight games with Andrew Bogut on the court before tonight.
Tomorrow would be good night for DNP-OLD for Dirk with Mavs playing 4th game in 5 nights. Chandler Parsons' status could impact decision.
Bosh: "All we can do is move on to Boston and watch the Super Bowl.”
Taking a screen shot of this Enes Kanter tweet: http://t.co/usexJoVhBf
The Warriors have been outscored for 7 consecutive quarters (not including OT)
If this reaches 20, Thibs should probably pull the plug (lol).
Rudy Gobert was very excited and surprised to see Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (aka Jaime Lannister) in the locker room after the Jazz win tonight.
Over 76 minutes together, the Celtics starting lineup is at 45.2% true shooting. That's > three percentage ticks worse than Zach LaVine.
Derrick Favors held up a shirt for Dante Exum to see while being interviewed. Exum said he'd teased Favors for not being fashionable.
Warriors never had more than a 6-0 run.
The Celtics starting lineup, which entered tonight scoring at a sub-76ers rate, again scored at a sub-76ers rate.
“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.” ~ Aldous Huxley
Though Spoelstra said he should have put Whiteside back in the game sooner in the fourth quarter, he said Whiteside has no minutes limit.
Additionally, God bless the guy's girlfriend, who took the three-hour ride, but did not strike me as much of a basketball fan..
Need to shout out the kid who was sitting behind the media area with a Brice Kofane sign, complete with pictures and all (cont.)
Blake Griffin: "We need a big bounce-back. If we come out and play like that against San Antonio we’re going to get run out of the gym."
For his next trick, Gordon Hayward (26 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists) will score 37 points in a quarter.
The good news for the Bulls is they have four days off between now and their next game.
Blake Griffin: "They just pushed us around. They played how they wanted to play and we kind of came out and we didn’t play with any energy."
Bulls down 55-42 at half....41%fg 1-7- 3s... 5-13 fts
Denver, I'm told, has been pushing an offer of J.J. Hickson/JaVale McGee for B-Lopez. Nets have so far been firm in their refusal to take it
Exiting the Jazz locker room as press enters: Jaime Lannister.
Pick and Roll Rose to Noah with a nasty dunk and the foul
Photo of the night: Teague fakes out the Blazers http://t.co/smov9Dor1h
Tonight's Brook Lopez performance helps explain why Nets, even though they've seriously discussed trading him, feel they can't give him away
The Bulls are getting worked up and down the floor right now. Looking a step slow.
Suns rank 2nd in league behind Warriors in fast-break points per game with 19.2. Already have 14 vs. Bulls with 2 minutes left in 1st half.
FYI, Chicago loss was on Curry. But that was obvious
Last two Suns bucks fast break transition buckets Phx up 51-37 206 left 1st half
If my team is playing ATL in the playoffs, I’m looking at tape from tonight’s game. POR did some interesting things that can be replicated.
Warriors have lost 8 games. I say 1 is on Kerr and yall go crazy.
There are TONS of Seahawks fans in Arizona. Not many Patriots fans. The Seattle fans are a bit obnoxious too.
#Cavs 101, Kings 90: Cavs win 9th in row, as LeBron James has 19 points, 7 assists in surprise appearance. clevelandcavaliersblog.blogspot.com/2015/01/game-4…
If the season ended today, Nets would trade a lottery pick for the 30th pick in the draft.
Doc Rivers on discrepancy in Pelicans getting more 50-50 balls: "It had to be 1,000 to zero. I mean, they got every loose ball."
Does that count as a DRose dunk?
Coach Bud doin' work... http://t.co/eInfMd23WM
Loved Jalen Rose so much when he was a Nugget that many high school teammates and friends referred to me as Jalen. Miss those days.
Blazers-Hawks was fantastic. Portland lost, but I loved their gameplan. Lost because they shot 39% on uncontested shots.
Been on-air for 4 hours, just saw Tiger 'highlights' on ESPN, OMG!
Perfect way to end the week: Bowery Meat Company.
Since Draymond Green's 7-for-13 anomaly from 3-point range vs. Bulls in early December, he's 27-for-94 since -- 28.7 percent.
first wire-to-wire win of the season for the Utah Jazz
Bulls 17 min without scoring outside the paint
Rose going upstairs -Butler with a dunk...42-32 454 left 2nd
Doc Rivers: "We didn’t play hard enough honestly... sometimes the basketball gods say you shouldn’t win the game. Tonight was one of those"
The Warriors have lost only 8 games, but now have their third 2-game losing streak.
Signs of life!
Brook Lopez on the loss: “It was rough. I thought that the last shot felt good. I’m confident knocking it down nine times out of 10."
Bulls 3-11 from the line.
Hayward was an absolute monster tonight. Wonder if this is one of those games where he sees how good he can be
Jazz got up 20-10 early and never relented. Impressive 48 minute effort.
And the team with the best record in the NBA is... http://t.co/8N6w3QqJYg
So the whole team doesn't show up, save for Curry. The Warriors never led against scrub Utah. But no blame for Kerr? Ok
602 left 1st half/. Bulls down 40-27 Butler makes first ft on the night 1-8 fta
Gay "We want to be a good team at some point and good teams figure out a way 2 get out of it and we need to do that in the very near future"
Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt in the Atlanta Hawks' 18-game win streak: http://t.co/RlFVBWz1Tq
The Bulls are playing like a team on the second night of a back to back -- the third game in four nights.
Gay on Kings on lif Kings can turn things around: "We have to. We have to if we want salvage anything about this season, we have to."
I meant Golden State.....ooops
The Jazz wins over this season include: Warriors, Memphis, San Antonio, Cleveland, Chicago
This was the second of a 10-game stretch when I thought the Jazz would win once. Playing with house money now ...