• Mavs’ Rick Carlisle: Dirk Nowitzki Out Indefinitely

    Rick Carlisle wanted to make it clear that the Mavericks are not playing it coy with Dirk Nowitzki's strained right Achilles.

    Carlisle said "indefinitely" is the best term to describe how long Nowitzki will be out. He's already missed 12 games with the injury, including tonight's visit by Chicago to American Airlines Center

    Source: Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News
  • Green Takes Issue With League Dictating Body Movement

    After shootaroud Saturday, (Draymond) Green took issue with the league dictating how his body should react in on-court situations.

    “I just laugh at it because it’s funny how you can tell me how I get hit and how my body is supposed to react,” Green said. “I didn't know the people in the league office were that smart when it came to your body movement. I’m not sure if they took kinesiology and all this stuff for their positions to kind of tell you how your body is going to react when you get hit at certain positions."

    Source: Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle
  • Budenholzer Says Dwight Howard Capable of More Scoring

    You can use Dwight Howard as an example of one player not getting the ball in his sweet spot of late. The center has a total of 12 points in the past two games. Howard was dominant inside early in the season. That’s simply not the case, at least offensively, right now.

    “We would welcome it,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said on whether they are missing points from Howard. “I think he’s capable of more. I think we are capable of getting him the ball in better spots, different moments."

    Source: Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal Constitution
  • Utah’s Snyder: Exum Has No Reason to be Discouraged

    (Jazz coach Quin) Snyder was asked after Saturday’s shootaround — hours before (Dante) Exum started for the second time for (George) Hill (big toe injury) — if his Aussie guard has been discouraged.

    “I don’t know why he would be,” the Jazz coach said.

    “If you don’t have adversity, it’s hard to have the impetus to improve,” Snyder said.

    Source: Jody Genessy of the Deseret News
  • Carlisle Has Recommended Rajon Rondo to Teams

    Days after Rajon Rondo praised Rick Carlisle as "a champion" he respected, the Mavericks' coach returned the sentiment.

    "I've recommended Rondo to a couple of teams that have called me about him the last couple of years," Carlisle said. "As a competitor, you're not going to find a guy better or more resourceful. He really has adjusted his game constantly over the years. It didn't work out here for various reasons. It was just not a good fit. I wished him well when he left."

    Source: K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune
  • Whiteside: Portland Was Second Option in Free Agency

    All of that made (Hassan) Whiteside’s response to a question about whether he was interested in joining Miami’s opponent late Saturday night — the Portland Trail Blazers — in free agency, intriguing.

    “Portland was my second option,” Whiteside said at the team’s Saturday shootaround in Portland. “I would have came here.”

    The answer from Whiteside was interesting, considering that Portland hasn’t figured prominently in the previous telling of his free agency courtship.

    Source: Erik Garcia Gundersen of the Miami Herald
  • Dirk Nowitzki: ‘I’m all-in. I want to play’

    Dirk Nowitzki eliminated any doubt about his commitment to salvage the struggling Mavericks' season Saturday night, when he addressed the media for the first time since being shut down a week ago due to lingering soreness in his right Achilles tendon.

    "I'm all-in. I want to play," Nowitzki said in front of his locker after his teammates pulled off the Mavs' most lopsided win of the season, a 107-82 victory over the Chicago Bulls that improved Dallas' record to a Western Conference-worst 4-15. "This is obviously not a career-ending injury that I've got. It's something that just keeps lingering unfortunately. I can hopefully get over it."

    Source: Tim MacMahon of ESPN
  • Stevens on Thomas: Buy League Pass to Watch Him

    For the second time in two nights, (Isaiah) Thomas was inserted early in the fourth quarter Saturday against the Philadelphia 76ers. He celebrated by scoring 13 of his game-high 37 points in the final frame to help the Celtics escape the Wells Fargo Center with a 107-106 triumph.

    "He's really good. He's really, really good," Stevens told reporters in Philadelphia. "My advice to anybody is to talk whoever you work for into buying League Pass and watch him as much as you can. Because he's a fun guy to watch."

    Source: Chris Forsberg of ESPN
  • Bogut: Mavs Have One Month to Salvage Season

    "We probably honestly genuinely got about a month left to try and salvage this season." -- @Mavs C Andrew Bogut.

  • Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. Not Considering Dunk Contest

    He (Larry Nance Jr) said he hasn't studied past dunk contests, hasn't really considered what he'd even do if he were in one. "Honestly, if they threw me in one right now, I'd get last place, because I have no idea what I would do," Nance said. "It would just take a lot of planning, which I haven't [done]. Instead of worrying about dunks, I'm trying to figure out my jump shot and stuff like that."

    Source: Baxter Holmes of ESPN
  • New CBA Provides for NBA Season to Begin Earlier?

    League sources say there's a strong likelihood that the start of the 2017-18 season will be moved up a week to 10 days, which is yet another measure aimed at reducing the number of back-to-backs teams face over the course of 82 games.

    Source: Marc Stein of ESPN
  • LeBron: Cavs Must ‘get out of the honeymoon stage’

    If there ever was a time to be sure that the Cleveland Cavaliers' epic three-game win streak to finish the NBA Finals and beat the Golden STate Warriors for the championship was a thing of a past, this week's three-game losing streak -- capped by a 111-105 defeat at the hands of the Chicago Bulls on Friday -- hammered that point home.

    "We've got to get out of the honeymoon stage," a visibly frustrated LeBron James said after he had a personal 30-game winning streak broken for his teams when he totaled 20-plus points and 10-plus assists. "That's y'all's headline for tomorrow. I know y'all going to use it."

    Source: Dave McMenamin of ESPN
  • Cousins: Slow Starts May Lead to Another Losing Season

    (DeMarcus) Cousins says if Kings don't figure out the slow starts and become agressive it'll be another losing season.

  • SVG: Johnson Needs to Improve Practice, Workouts

    The second-year forward (Stanley Johnson) has not played in three games over the last two weeks and watched as his spot in the Detroit Pistons' rotation fall to other players.

    "Stan has to become a much better worker and learner," Pistons president-coach Stan Van Gundy said Friday before Detroit's game against the Atlanta Hawks (8 p.m., FSD).

    "He's got to be a better practice guy," Van Gundy said. "He's got to be a better workout guy."

    Source: Aaron McMann of Michigan Live
  • Manu Ginobili on Spurs: ‘We’re not playing well’

    “It’s taking us a while to get into the rhythm, the aggressiveness we need to get leads,” (Manu) Ginobili said. “So yeah, we’re not playing well. But the good thing is that meanwhile, we are getting wins, and we are maintaining a good record. We have an 80 percent winning percentage, and we don’t feel like we are playing that well.”

    Source: Michael C. Wright of ESPN
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