Anthony Davis gets way up for alley-oop slam over Timberwolves (VIDEO)

This is a nice play from Anthony Davis that occurred during his team’s 48-point win (!) over the Timberwolves on Friday, but it’s really just an excuse to let you know just how dominant he has been.

Davis is averaging 24.5 points and 11.8 rebounds per game, and is leading the league in blocked shots with an average of a ridiculous 4.1 per contest.

By contrast, Davis led the league in blocked shots last season by averaging only 2.1 per game over 67 regular season appearances.

It’s only been eight regular season games, but Davis has been simply otherworldly to begin this season. If his points and rebound averages per game were to hold (which is quite possible), Basketball Reference tells us that he’d be in the statistical company of several Hall of Fame players. When adding in his blocked shots average (which isn’t likely to continue all season long, but hey, who knows), he’d be only the third player ever to put up those kinds of numbers, with only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Hakeem Olajuwon being able to replicate the statistical feat previously.

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11 2014

Raptors honoring Vince Carter tonight, which will rankle many Toronto fans

 Raptors honoring Vince Carter tonight, which will rankle many Toronto fans Getty Images

Raptors fan still boo Vince Carter, whose only possible rival for greatest player in franchise history is Chris Bosh.

At his peak, Carter wowed fans nationally with incredible dunks. In Toronto, he brought unprecedented playoff success, leading the Raptors to their only postseason-series victory and within a game of the conference finals.

But his tenure in Toronto ended ugly. He demanded a trade, quit dunking and let his effort slip.

Many Raptors fans, understandably, have yet to forgive him.

So, the team is taking an interesting approach when Carter’s Grizzlies visit Toronto tonight.

Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun:

Like it or not Raptors fans (and many of you won’t), the Raptors will play a video on Wednesday night looking back at Vince Carter’s time in Toronto.

Carter will be in town with the Memphis Grizzlies, making his only appearance in Canada this season.

Throughout the year, the Raptors will be running videos on the scoreboard to commemorate the 20-year history of the franchise.

In time, Raptors fans will forgive Carter. They’ll cherish his highlights and look past his transgressions.

I have no doubt about this.

Many fans were forced to reconsider their hate of Carter when they couldn’t help but become excited by the prospect of him re-joining the team. How much can you truly distain a player you also want on your favorite team?

But forgiveness hasn’t happened fully yet and probably won’t until Carter retires.

Unfortunately, the Raptors are commemorating their 20th anniversary this year, not after Carter finishes playing. So, they’re left with this awkward dilemma – and they made the right choice by including him in the celebration.

Carter has played a huge role in the franchise’s history, and the Raptors shouldn’t ignore it. To do so would be a massive slight, one bigger than Carter deserves at this point.

If fans want to boo while the video plays, fine. Really, Raptors fans booing Carter is an even bigger part of the team’s identity than Carter playing for it.

But if fans want to use this as an opportunity to move on, that’d be great, too. I don’t expect it to happen tonight, but it will soon enough.

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11 2014

PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts

 PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts Dwight Howard, Jason Terry, James Harden

This early in the season there is still a lot of shifting around in the rankings as we are just starting to get a real sense of the pecking order, while teams that got off to a slow start find a groove (such as San Antonio). About the only thing we can count on right now is the Sixers and Lakers to be bad.

 
wpid rockets mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts1. Rockets (9-1, Last Week No. 2). Nobody is shooting threes like the Rockets, who have averaged 32.7 attempts per game (hitting 36.1 percent, which is okay but not great). Even with that, they just had two rough offensive outings and got wins because they played the Sixers and Thunder. Big showdown Monday with Memphis but the schedule is still pretty kind to Houston.

 
wpid grizzlies mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts 2. Grizzlies (9-1, LW 3) They have racked up the wins but against one of the softest schedules in the NBA so far — Phoenix, New Orleans and Charlotte are the only potential playoff teams they have seen, and they needed a 26 point comeback on Kings and struggled with the Lakers. This week the schedule stiffens with the Rockets, Raptors and Clippers.

 
wpid warriors mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts3. Warriors (8-2, LW 1). What I like most from Steve Kerr’s offense is that he’s got them playing a little bit faster, and that pace seems to be picking up. Also, they are getting used to the offense and the turnovers seem to be going down. Still, that was not a good loss to a Spurs team (on the second night of a back-to-back).

 
wpid mavericks mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts4. Mavericks (7-3, LW 12). They are benefitting from a soft spot in the schedule (save for upstart Sacramento, but Dallas came from 24 down to win) and that continues this week. Well, up until a weekend showdown with Houston. If you have Chandler Parsons on your fantasy team, play him that night.

 
wpid blazers mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts5. Trail Blazers (7-3. LW 10). They keep picking up wins (against soft teams last week) behind the hot shooting Damian Lillard — the NBA’s Western Conference Player of the Week is averaging 7.1 attempts from three a game and is hitting 46.5 percent of them. The days of going under the pick with him are long gone.

 
wpid spurs logo mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts6. Spurs (5-4, LW 15). Back-to-back road wins over the Clippers and Warriors announced San Antonio’s slow start was over and they are back to being the Spurs. That their defense is still top five without Tiago Splitter is impressive because when you watch them play you see how much they miss his rim protection.

 
wpid bulls mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts7. Bulls (7-3, LW 5). Lost in all the “Derrick Rose injury watch” overhype, the Bulls have a Top 10 offense. They are scoring 106 points per 100 possessions. As their defense starts to round into Tom Thibodeau form, this team looks more and more dangerous.

 
wpid raptors mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts 8. Raptors (8-2, LW 4).
Loss to the Bulls just showing the Raptors where the bar will be set in the Easter playoffs. Their seven-game home stand ends this week and starting Saturday 5-of-7 are on the road, including at Cleveland Saturday. Some real tests ahead for Toronto.

 
wpid cavaliers mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts8. Cavaliers (5-3 LW 16). The offense has found its groove, as expected, with great ball movement and guys who can knock down the open look. Plus they have that LeBron James guy (playing 39 minutes a night). But the questions remain on defense, where this is still a bottom five team in the league.

 
wpid wizards mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts9. Wizards (7-2, LW 9). I don’t know that you can be an unimpressive 7-2, but the Wizards have picked up their wins against a soft schedule so far. However, they likely get Bradley Beal back this Friday and he instantly makes them more dangerous.

 
wpid clippers mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts11. Clippers (5-3, LW 8). The Lakers hole at the three spot is creating some serious defensive issues for the team. These are not the kinds of flaws that show up too often in the regular season, but they get exploited mercilessly come the playoffs. Tough week, facing the Bulls then at Memphis and Miami.

 
wpid 373308 186563232926 499315333 q PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts12. Pelicans (5-3, LW 14). They are outscoring teams by 6.4 points per 100 possessions, sixth best margin in the NBA and ahead of teams like Memphis and Cleveland. We said the key to them this season (aside health) was getting the defense up to at least average. It’s still early, but the Pelicans are currently 14th in the NBA in defensive efficiency, which is pretty much average.

 
wpid kings mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts13. Kings (6-4, LW 6). The beat the Spurs, but it is a little disturbing that they blew better than 20 point leads against both Dallas and Memphis. Keeping Rudy Gay for a couple more years was a win-win for both sides, he’s found a home in the California capital.

 
wpid suns mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts 14. Suns (5-5, LW 13). Isaiah Thomas has looked great coming off the bench. Like “can we still keep bringing him off the bench?” good. Interesting week for the Suns as they head out for an Easter road trip but all four games (Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia, Indiana) are winnable.

 
wpid heat mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts15. Heat (5-5, LW 7). Dwyane Wade went down with a hamstring injury (he’s missed two games so far), then not so coincidentally Chris Bosh and Luol Deng have off shooting nights. When defenses can focus on fewer threats it makes it can take away the space and pace the Heat rely on.

 
wpid hawks mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts16. Hawks (5-4, LW 21). This is a team getting nice play out of Jeff Teague and Al Horford on offense, plus they are moving the ball and as a team assisting on 2/3 of their buckets. However, their bottom 10 defense so far has them hanging around .500.

 
wpid milwaukee mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts17. Bucks (5-5, LW 20). We knew the Greek Freak would be fun to watch, as would Jabari Parker. What nobody saw coming was Brandon Knight playing beautifully and the Bucks having a top three defense. You’ve got to give Jason Kidd a round of applause for his work so far.

 
wpid nets mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts18. Nets (4-5, LW 11). A tough West Coach road swing exposed some issues for the Nets. Now Joe Johnson is calling the team “selfish” and Brook Lopez isn’t his old self late in games, all of which means the struggles from the West could well follow Brooklyn home.

 
wpid celtics mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts19. Celtics (3-5, LW 17). The collapse and loss to Cleveland was a tough to swallow, even if it took LeBron going LeBron to make it happen. The Celtics have the sixth most efficient offense in the NBA but when your defense is 27th you still lose more than you win.

 
wpid jazz mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts 20. Jazz (4-7, LW 18). Utah’s offense is 13.3 points better per 100 possessions when Gordon Hayward is on the floor. With Derrick Favors the offense is +10.6 better. And you wonder why the Jazz decided to pay those two guys big money.

 
 PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts21. Hornets (4-6, LW 19). They went 1-2 on a West Coast road swing but they Hornets showed some real signs of life. Lance Stephenson seems to be getting more and more comfortable with his teammates. It was always going to be a process in Charlotte, with that team looking a lot better in the second half of the year compared to the first.

 
wpid pacers logo mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts22. Pacers (4-7, LW 29). Roy Hibbert remains on of the best rim protecting big men in the game and the heart of the Pacers defense, but when he sits down the Pacers offense gets 13.2 points better per 100 possessions. Still, credit the Pacers for finding themselves lately and picking up a few wins.

 
wpid magic mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts23. Magic (4-7, LW 27). Losing rookie Aaron Gordon to injury is a punch to the gut, but on the bright side Victor Oladipo is back and finding his way. You have to like the way they competed against Toronto and Washington this past week.

 
wpid knicks mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts24. Knicks (3-8, LW 24). The Knicks will take the win over struggling Denver as it ends their seven game losing streak, and they have three more winnable ones coming up (Milwaukee, Minnesota and Philly). So, anyone still think Steve Kerr has second thoughts about not taking this job last summer?

 
wpid thunder mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts25. Thunder (3-8, LW 25). The return of Reggie Jackson has been a boost to a previously terrible offense, but it doesn’t exactly make it good. We’ll see how much the Thunder are improving in winnable games against Utah, Denver and Brooklyn this week — these are the kind of wins they need to keep their heads above water before the dynamic duo returns next month.

 
wpid pistons mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts26. Pistons (3-7, LW 23). Brandon Jennings is putting up impressive numbers and the defense isn’t terrible, but until the Pistons can get the front line to work together — and until Andre Drummond really blossoms under Stan Van Gundy — this team is going to struggle. The question is how long.

wpid timberwolves mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts27. Timberwolves (2-7, LW 22). They had two of the ugliest losses of the season, giving up better than 130 points on back-to-back nights. Ricky Rubio is a better defender than he gets credit for and they clearly miss him. They are reportedly shopping veteran Corey Brewer and don’t be shocked if other veterans on that team find themselves in a lot of trade rumors.

 
wpid nuggets mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts28. Nuggets (2-7, LW 26). This team is a mess and you’ve got a feeling Brian Shaw’s seat has to be getting pretty warm right now. When your home fans are booing the team’s effort, it’s not a good sign.

 
wpid lakers mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts29. Lakers (1-9, LW 28). On the season now the Lakers have a defensive rating of 114.7, which is 3.8 points per 100 possessions worse than anyone else in the NBA, and if they keep this up it would be the worst NBA defense since at least 2000. But hey, Kobe Bryant is scoring.

 
wpid sixers mini PBT’s NBA Power Rankings: Rockets, Grizzlies move to the top of the charts30. 76ers (0-9, LW 30). We try to focus on the good of seeing Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel together, but when you trail 78-29 at the half in a game as the Sixers did last week there really are no positives. Teams trying to avoid giving the Sixers their first win of the season this week: San Antonio, Boston, Phoenix and New York.

Tags: Aaron Gordon, Al Horford, Andre Drummond, Atlanta Hawks, BKN, Bradley Beal, Brandon Jennings, Brandon Knight, Brook Lopez, Chandler Parsons, Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls, Chris Bosh, Cleveland Cavaliers, Corey Brewer, Dallas Mavericks, Damian Lillard, Derrick Favors, Derrick Rose, Detroit Pistons, Dwyane Wade, Gordon Hayward, Indiana Pacers, Isaiah Thomas, Jabari Parker, Jeff Teague, Joe Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Lance Stephenson, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Luol Deng, Miami Heat, Michael Carter-Williams, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, Nerlens Noel, Oklahoma City Thunder, Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Portland Trail Blazers, Reggie Jackson, Ricky Rubio, Roy Hibbert, Rudy Gay, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Tiago Splitter, Utah Jazz, Victor Oladipo, Washington Wizards

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LeBron swats shot deep into the stands during Cavaliers’ blowout win over Hawks (VIDEO)

The Cavaliers wasted no time in beginning their destruction of the Hawks on Saturday, setting an NBA record by going 9-of-9 from three-point distance in a 41-point first quarter performance.

Cleveland led by as many as 43 points before settling for a 127-94 victory over a Hawks team that had just dropped the Heat convincingly, and was riding a four-game winning streak.

There were plenty of offensive highlights on the Cavaliers side, but this defensive gem from LeBron James — where he rejected a shot from Kent Bazemore so deep into the stands that he felt the need to keep watching it fly — seemed to be the most appropriate to share.

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Kent Bazemore, LeBron James

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11 2014

PBT’s Wednesday Night NBA Winners/Losers: Davis, Morrow, just good night for anyone named Anthony

 PBT’s Wednesday Night NBA Winners/Losers: Davis, Morrow, just good night for anyone named Anthony Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Pelicans

Every night the NBA can be a cold hard reality — there are winners, there are losers. It’s the nature of the game. We know you are busy and can’t keep up with every game, so we’re here to bring you the best and worst of the NBA each week night. Here’s what you missed while spending $24 million on a watch….

default PBT’s Wednesday Night NBA Winners/Losers: Davis, Morrow, just good night for anyone named AnthonyAnthony Davis. He’s been the best player in the league so far this young season. Better than LeBron James, better than Chris Bosh, better than Stephen Curry. Davis has a PER of 35.7 so far. At age 21. In his third NBA season. He had 25 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks against the Lakers Wednesday night — and that’s pretty much been a standard night for him. He’s a defensive force, he runs the floor, he’s got a midrange game, there’s not much he can’t do. Oh, and he can dunk, too.

default PBT’s Wednesday Night NBA Winners/Losers: Davis, Morrow, just good night for anyone named AnthonyAnthony Morrow. The Thunder need scoring without Durant and Westbrook, and in his second game back Morrow provided it. He had 19 points in the fourth quarter, 28 for the game on 11-of-15 shooting, plus he was 4-of-5 from three. Oh, and the Thunder won, they are now 3-6 on the young season and just trying to keep their heads above water until the cavalry coms charging over the hill next month.

default 2 PBT’s Wednesday Night NBA Winners/Losers: Davis, Morrow, just good night for anyone named AnthonyNew York Knicks. We all knew there was going to be adjustments to be made: The triangle offense takes time to learn, Derek Fisher is learning on the job as coach, the roster just does not have that much talent on it… but wow they have looked bad during this six-game losing streak. And never worse than in this loss to the Magic on Wednesday night at home. I’ll grant you that J.R. Smith’s last shot was not a wise choice (and not what Fisher drew up, you could see that on Carmelo Anthony’s face) but this loss was more than that. It was some odd player rotations and lineups from Fisher (no Tim Hardaway Jr. in the first half?). It was poor defense again — the Magic scored a high 106.5 points per 100 possessions in this game, but that is still berter than the Knicks season average of 108.4 (25th in the league). I wish I had a bright spot for Knicks fans, but this is going to be a long season.

default PBT’s Wednesday Night NBA Winners/Losers: Davis, Morrow, just good night for anyone named AnthonyPaul Millsap. Normally he’d slide into the loser category because the Hawks misspelled his name on the back of jersey, but the man and too big a night to ignore — 30 points on 12-of-23 shooting, plus 17 rebounds and a couple of blocks. He carried the offense for stretches and the Hawks needed every bit of that to hold off the Jazz 100-97 (Utah’s shot to tie it late was not exactly pretty).

default 2 PBT’s Wednesday Night NBA Winners/Losers: Davis, Morrow, just good night for anyone named AnthonyDenver Nuggets. There was a time when the second night of a back-to-back up in the altitude of Denver was seen as a schedule maker’s loss — no team expected to win that game. Not any more, and not with these Blazers scoring at will in the first half — Portland led Denver 84-50 at halftime. Brian Shaw looked for what would work, throwing 13 different players on the court, and every single one of them has a negative +/- at the half. Kenneth Faried told ProBasketballTalk that the early-season problems are tied to the team just not meshing yet because of guys missing time due to injuries. That’s part of it, but there is a lot more going on here. And the Nuggets are digging the kind of early-season hole that will be hard for them to climb out of in the West.

default PBT’s Wednesday Night NBA Winners/Losers: Davis, Morrow, just good night for anyone named AnthonyBrandon Jennings. Any night he is efficient it is actually news, and he was on Wednesday with 32 points on 11-for-19 shooting, plus 10 assists to just two turnovers. But it wasn’t enough to get the Pistons a win over the Wizards because Detroit just can’t get stops. However, Jennings is mostly here in the winner category because he did this:

Tags: Anthony Davis, Anthony Morrow, Atlanta Hawks, Brandon Jennings, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Cleveland Cavaliers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors, J.R. Smith, Kenneth Faried, LeBron James, Miami Heat, New Orleans Pelicans, New York Knicks, Oklahoma City Thunder, Paul Millsap, Stephen Curry, Tim Hardaway Jr.

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11 2014

Derrick Rose calls hamstring injury “minor,” a “cramp”

Derrick Rose left another game with an injury, this time a left hamstring issue that came up in the fourth quarter of the Bulls win over the Raptors. After the game, while Rose wasn’t quite as colorful with his language as Joakim Noah, he did say this was no big deal, as you can see from the video above (courtesy CSNChicago.com).

“I had cramps in my hamstrings but I think it’s minor. They decided to pull me out, so they left it like that.”

“It feels like just cramps. I sat out, we got a good team, we had the game we were up 10 by then so I was fortunate.”

Rose said it’s too early to know if he will be able to play Saturday when the Bulls host the Pacers.

The Bulls as an organization are treating Rose with an abundance of caution. To put it kindly. I think they covered every sharp corner in his house with bubble wrap. It is very possible he sits out a game or four if he is anything short of 100 percent. That’s what they’ve done in regards to his ankles. Rose has talked about wanting to be healthy for life after basketball (and there’s not anything wrong with that) but Tom Thibodeau and the organization know when they really need him right is the playoffs, because with him they’re contenders (they did just knock off the team with the best record in the East Thursday).

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11 2014

Anthony Davis gets way up for alley-oop slam over Timberwolves (VIDEO)

This is a nice play from Anthony Davis that occurred during his team’s 48-point win (!) over the Timberwolves on Friday, but it’s really just an excuse to let you know just how dominant he has been.

Davis is averaging 24.5 points and 11.8 rebounds per game, and is leading the league in blocked shots with an average of a ridiculous 4.1 per contest.

By contrast, Davis led the league in blocked shots last season by averaging only 2.1 per game over 67 regular season appearances.

It’s only been eight regular season games, but Davis has been simply otherworldly to begin this season. If his points and rebound averages per game were to hold (which is quite possible), Basketball Reference tells us that he’d be in the statistical company of several Hall of Fame players. When adding in his blocked shots average (which isn’t likely to continue all season long, but hey, who knows), he’d be only the third player ever to put up those kinds of numbers, with only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Hakeem Olajuwon being able to replicate the statistical feat previously.

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11 2014

LeBron swats shot deep into the stands during Cavaliers’ blowout win over Hawks (VIDEO)

The Cavaliers wasted no time in beginning their destruction of the Hawks on Saturday, setting an NBA record by going 9-of-9 from three-point distance in a 41-point first quarter performance.

Cleveland led by as many as 43 points before settling for a 127-94 victory over a Hawks team that had just dropped the Heat convincingly, and was riding a four-game winning streak.

There were plenty of offensive highlights on the Cavaliers side, but this defensive gem from LeBron James — where he rejected a shot from Kent Bazemore so deep into the stands that he felt the need to keep watching it fly — seemed to be the most appropriate to share.

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11 2014

LeBron swats shot deep into the stands during Cavaliers’ blowout win over Hawks (VIDEO)

The Cavaliers wasted no time in beginning their destruction of the Hawks on Saturday, setting an NBA record by going 9-of-9 from three-point distance in a 41-point first quarter performance.

Cleveland led by as many as 43 points before settling for a 127-94 victory over a Hawks team that had just dropped the Heat convincingly, and was riding a four-game winning streak.

There were plenty of offensive highlights on the Cavaliers side, but this defensive gem from LeBron James — where he rejected a shot from Kent Bazemore so deep into the stands that he felt the need to keep watching it fly — seemed to be the most appropriate to share.

Tags: Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Kent Bazemore, LeBron James

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11 2014

Mitch Kupchak says Lakers ‘disappointed’ in league’s decision to suspend Ronnie Price

 Mitch Kupchak says Lakers ‘disappointed’ in league’s decision to suspend Ronnie Price AP

Ronnie Price is out for the Lakers on Friday, thanks to receiving a one-game suspension for the flagrant foul he was whistled for in Wednesday night’s loss in New Orleans.

Price went for a block on a shot from Austin Rivers, but got no ball and all head, which resulted in an ejection.

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, as you might imagine, was less than thrilled with the league’s decision.

From Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

“We feel that the contact came from an attempt to block the shot and that there was no intent to hit Austin Rivers in the head, and therefore we are disappointed in the league’s decision,” Kupchak said in a statement Friday.

Intent, of course, is impossible to determine, and it was a dangerous play that didn’t require Price to swing so wildly in an attempt to block the shot.

In a preseason contest against the Warriors, Price threw his shoe at Andre Iguodala in what he later said was an attempt to slow a Golden State fast break. It’s unclear whether or not that stunt played any role in the league’s decision, but either way, a one-game suspension for a potentially-violent flagrant two foul is fairly standard procedure.

Tags: Andre Iguodala, Austin Rivers, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, Ronnie Price

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