"People have focused my whole career on what I couldn't do rather than what I could," Love said, sounding resigned rather than defiant. "I know my teammates and coaching staff have my back. The organization has my back. I'm sending love right back to them. I think tonight was one of those times my numbers was called to step up and hit a big shot."
via Tom Westerholm of MassLive.com
Parker entered the club's Game 2 victory over the Clippers already nursing a twisted left ankle and a bruised left quadriceps, but left Wednesday's game with a little more than five minutes left to play after suffering the Achilles injury.
via Michael C. Wright of ESPN
On what he would have done differently with (Rajon) Rondo situation:
Carlisle: “Nothing. I think we all did what we could do. And I think he did what he could do, so now it’s over and we got to move our attention to Game 3. It’s just the way that it went.
via The Dallas Morning News
“The market continues to be excited,” said O'Neil in a Thursday telephone conversation. “Is some of that the high lottery picks we could get? I hope so. Is some of it Joel (Embiid)? Of course. Is some of it Nerlens' (Noel) progress? Probably. Maybe some of it is Dario (Saric).”
via Tom Moore of The Intelligencer
"He's played an unbelievable series," James said of Love, who is averaging 18.3 points and 9.0 rebounds through the Cavs' 3-0 start to the playoffs.
"He's been highly criticized this year, and I don't know why," he continued before correcting himself. "I know why. I know why. I know."
So what has been the cause of all the scrutiny Love has faced?"For a team that finally gets together, when you have a Big Three, they got to find something," James said.
via Dave McMenamin of ESPN
Hezonja is ranked No. 8 on ESPN's latest Big Board. The Croatian averaged 7.7 points and shot 38 percent from 3 in 17 minutes per game in Euroleague play this season.
via Chad Ford of ESPN
The flags of Cuba and the United States flew at the Havana university where the four-day camp began Thursday. Steve Nash, a former MVP, and Mutumbo, a Hall of Fame inductee, were joined by former WNBA player Ticha Penicheiro and NBA coaches in teaching the more than 100 athletes in attendance.
via The Associated Press
As a rapidly rising fringe prospect, Jackson is expected to entice NBA teams in the second round of the draft with his youth and raw abilities at 6-foot-10. In 30 games this past season, Jackson ranked eighth in the NCAA in double-doubles with 18 -- tied with UNLV's Christian Wood and ahead of UCLA big man Kevon Looney.
via Shams Charania of Real GM
Leonard garnered 37 first-place votes and 333 total points from a panel of 129 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. He edged the Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, who tallied 45 first-place votes and 317 points. The Los Angeles Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan finished third with 261 points (32 first-place votes). Players were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote received.
The 6-7 Leonard averaged career highs of 2.31 steals and 5.9 defensive rebounds to help anchor a Spurs defense that held opponents under 100 points per game (97.0) for the 20th consecutive season. According to NBA.com/Stats, San Antonio ranked third in the NBA in defensive rating, allowing 99.6 points per 100 possessions. The Spurs gave up only 97.1 points per 100 possessions when Leonard was on the court, a defensive rating that would have led the league over the entire season. When Leonard was off the court, though, San Antonio permitted 102.2 points per 100 possessions, a league-average defensive rating.
via NBA press release
via Kevin Durant on Instagram
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