• Whiteside Leaves Game With Sprained Ankle

    Hassan Whiteside played with one injury Thursday night but left with another.

    The Heat center had 16 points and 14 rebounds in a 101-84 loss to the Toronto Raptors in Miami, two nights after needing 13 stitches to seal a cut to his right hand. The NBA's leading rebounder needed padding and bandages to protect the injury. He seemed a bit limited -- his first two shots were rather gentle dunks, not his usual make-the-backboard-shake variety. Then his injury situation got worse: Whiteside sprained his left ankle late in the game.

    Source: ESPN
  • Derrick Rose on Impending Free Agency: ‘I Want to Win’

    Derrick Rose says he'll prioritize winning over money in free agency this summer.

    "Not even thinking money. I've got more than enough money saved. If I stopped playing basketball now, I'll be all right," Rose told reporters in Utah on Wednesday night. "I want to win. I want to be happy and feel at peace with myself wherever I'm at. But being at the negotiating table, you never know. I'm not going to negotiate with people where money is the No. 1 thing I'm asking for. I want to win."

    Source: ESPN
  • Suns Starting Lineup Youngest Ever for NBA Team

    If there was a bright side to the Suns' 126-98 loss to the NBA-worst Brooklyn Nets, it's that there will be plenty of days ahead for Phoenix to improve.

    The Suns' starting lineup Thursday night was the youngest ever for an NBA team, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Phoenix started Tyler Ulis (21), Devin Booker (20), Derrick Jones Jr. (20), Marquese Chriss (19) and Alex Len (23) -- who combined have an average age of 21 years, 14 days.

    Source: ESPN
  • Matt Barnes on Facing Former Team Kings: ‘Trying to Kill Them’

    Golden State Warriors forward Matt Barnes has a candid message for his former team, the Sacramento Kings. "I'm trying to kill them," Barnes told reporters Thursday. "Plain and simple. Things didn't go well there."

    Barnes' new team will play host to his former squad Friday. The Sacramento-area native was released by the Kings last month during the blockbuster trade that sent DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans. "It was frustrating because being back home and really taking pride in trying to put that team back on the map, and then just in a day's time you're no longer a part of the organization," Barnes told the Sacramento Bee. "It was kind of a rude awakening."

    Source: ESPN
  • J.J. Barea Ejected After Pushing Blake Griffin

    The Dallas Mavericks were dumbfounded by guard J.J. Barea being called for a flagrant 2 foul and ejected after pushing Blake Griffin during Thursday's 97-95 win over the LA Clippers. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle implied that Griffin, a 6-foot-10, 251-pound power forward, flopped after exchanging shoves with the diminutive Barea, who was trying to fight through a Griffin screen with 5:29 remaining in the third quarter.

    "Watching Griffin's cat-ate-the-canary smile tells you the story of that play," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said. "That's all you have to look at." Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki called Barea's ejection "just weak" and complained about the confusion regarding what constitutes a flagrant foul.

    Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN

  • Source: Millsap to Void Contract; Become Free Agent

    Hawks F Paul Millsap expected to void contract after season, become free agent, per sources. Loves ATL, would like to stay, but will look.


  • Pistons’ Van Gundy: ‘We’re just bad all the way around’

    "Right now, we don't have a lot of life in us, and we got to find some by Friday," (Pistons' coach Stan) Van Gundy added. "It's just not one position, either. We're just not playing. We're not. We're just bad all the way around."

    Van Gundy, who also serves as the Pistons' president of basketball operations, called this "as frustrating a stretch as we've had in the three years I've been here."

    Source: Nick Freidell of ESPN
  • LeBron James Calls Out Cavs’ Lack of ‘Toughness’

    Following a 126-113 drubbing at the hands of the Nuggets on Wednesday, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James called out his team's toughness with just a dozen regular-season games remaining before the Cavs begin their title defense.

    "It ain't about a group. It's about individuals," James said after Cleveland allowed Denver to put up 73 points in the first half, score a whopping 70 points in the paint in the game and shoot 53.1 percent from the field and 42.3 percent from 3. "We've got to be more, just do more. It ain't about no group. You can't preach toughness. You've got to have it."

    Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN
  • Westbrook in Books With Triple-Double, Efficient Shooting

    In a season full of history, Russell Westbrook made a little more Wednesday night against the Philadelphia 76ers, becoming the first player to record a triple-double while going perfect from the floor and the free throw line.

    Westbrook shot 6-of-6 from the floor and 6-of-6 from the free throw line, finishing with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 14 assists in 28 minutes.

    Source: Royce Young of ESPN
  • Hornacek: Do Knicks Have ‘the right fit of guys’ for Triangle?

    Coach Jeff Hornacek said he expects the Knicks to be running the triangle offense exclusively from the beginning of training camp next season and explained that he's unsure if the club's core of Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose and Kristaps Porzingis can make New York a playoff team unless it fully embraces the system.

    "Obviously, if we go into it like we did this year -- no," Hornacek told reporters in Utah when asked if the Rose-Anthony-Porzingis trio can be playoff caliber.

    "Do we have the right fit of guys running the system?" Hornacek said. "If we think that we can somehow -- with a fresh start of training camp and go to it right off the bat, if that helps us and Phil [Jackson] and Steve [Mills] -- we think maybe the same guys on this team could have a different outlook on it, then we'll stay the same. If not, they'll look at other guys."

    Source: ESPN
  • Paul George Reflects on ‘one of the toughest seasons’

    The trade deadline has passed, but the Indiana Pacers still have a Paul George issue. Simply put, the star forward does not love his current basketball situation. Another mediocre season has left George frustrated, unfulfilled and reminiscent of what he calls "the glory days" -- the stretch just a few years ago when he and the Pacers qualified as title contenders.

    George has sounded dissatisfied throughout the season. Asked about the campaign Wednesday, he called it "probably one of the toughest seasons for me" before admitting he thinks back to the years when the Pacers threatened to win the Eastern Conference.

    Source: Jay King of Mass.live
  • Magic’s Vogel Shocked By No Coach Firings So Far

    According to a report by Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, the NBA could be on the verge of going a full season without a head coach firing or resignation for the first time in 53 years. Also, it would be just the third time in league history – the 1960-61 season (eight teams) and the 1963-64 season (nine teams) are the others – when no coach was fired or resigned over the entire regular-season schedule.

    Of course, anything can still happen over the final three weeks of the season, but (Magic coach Frank) Vogel is holding out hope that all 30 coaches that started the season with their teams will finish it.'

    'I noticed it a couple of weeks ago and I just kind of thought to myself, 'Has anybody been let go?’ The fact that no one has, it’s a shock,’’ Vogel admitted.

    Source: John Denton of NBA.com
  • Fred Hoiberg Says Bulls Have Robin Lopez’s Back

    Robin Lopez knew punishment was coming and he was right.

    The center was nailed with a one-game suspension without pay for his altercation with Raptors forward Serge Ibaka on Tuesday night in Toronto. He served the suspension Wednesday against the visiting Pistons.

    (Said Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg:) “He’s got a fire to him that you just don’t ever want to take away. This game gets very competitive obviously, it gets heated at times. That happened [Tuesday] night. It’s unfortunate what went down, but we’ve all got Robin’s back.’’

    Source: Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times
  • Mavs’ Carlisle Wants a Stronger Noel: ‘Lot of Upside’

    What does make sense to (Mavs coach Rick) Carlisle is making sure (Nerlens) Noel expands his game the way the Mavs believe he can. They think the 220-pounder will add weight to his 6-foot-11 frame, and that could take his game into another stratosphere.

    “There’s a lot of upside,” Carlisle said. “I think when you think from the standpoint of his physical makeup, he can get stronger certainly.

    “He is stronger than you would think looking at him. He has wiry strength, on weight-lifting tests and things like that, his legs are strong even though he’s a slender guy. I think he can put on a little more weight as time goes on.”

    Source: Dwain Price of The Star-Telegram
  • NBA Suspends Robin Lopez, Serge Ibaka One Game Apiece

    Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez and Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka have each been suspended one game without pay for throwing punches at one another during an altercation, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

    Raptors assistant coach Jamaal Magloire has been fined $15,000 for pushing Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic and acting as other than a peacemaker as part of the same altercation.

    The incident, for which Ibaka and Lopez were assessed technical fouls and ejected from the game, occurred with 3:58 remaining in the third quarter of the Raptors’ 122-120 overtime win over the Bulls at Air Canada Centre on March 21.

    Source: NBA