Basketball

December 09, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Week 8: 50 Points No Threes Edition: There are seven nationally televised NBA games this week, beginning Tuesday night when the Nuggets face the 76ers on TNT. In the Pace Mannion, Ufez stays in first Ufez Jones with 226 but Howard_T wins the week with 49 and narrows the lead from 25 to 11. Make your picks.

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December 03, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Week 7: Hello Melo Edition: There are six games to pick this week, beginning a day early tonight with Mavs/Pelicans and Blazers/Clippers on TNT. In our contest, Ufez Jones stays in first 25 ahead of NoMich and Scooby wins a second week in a row with 60. Make your picks.

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November 26, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: Turkey Week Edition: Thanksgiving is a slim week for national NBA TV games. There are two ESPN games Wednesday night and four NBA TV games to predict from Friday to Monday. In the Pace Mannion, Ufez Jones keeps first with NoMich 25 back and Scooby10672 wins the week with an impressive 61. Make your picks.

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November 20, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Week 5: LeBron Triple-Doubles the World Edition: There are six NBA games to pick in this delayed week starting Thursday night with Blazers/Bucks on TNT. In the Pace Mannion, Ufez Jones keeps first at 130, NoMich climbs two spots at 91 and Howard_T drops to third at 82. Make your picks and take a gander at how I managed to score a perfect 0 on four games.

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November 12, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Week 4: Cellar Dweller Warrior Edition: There are six national NBA games beginning Wednesday night on ESPN when the Clippers visit the Rockets. There's a major shakeup in the Pace Mannion SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em, as Ufez Jones scores 57 to win the week and take the lead. Howard_T climbs into second 31 back and I fall to third.

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November 05, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: Kendrick Nunn Edition: There are five national NBA games beginning Wednesday night on ESPN when the 12th-place Warriors visit the 8th-place Rockets. In the Pace Mannion SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em (accept no substitutes), Goyoucolts keeps the lead at 62 despite scoring no points, Florida Man stays in second back 8 with a 5-point week and Ufez Jones keeps third at 43. NoMich is the week's only bright spot with a high score of 21. Make your picks.

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October 30, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Week 2: Woeful Warriors Edition: There are six national TV games this week on ESPN and TNT, beginning tonight with Bucks at Celtics. In SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em, Goyoucolts opens in the lead with a 62-point week, followed by Florida Man at 49 and Ufez Jones at 38. Make your picks.

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October 24, 2019

Tim Donaghy Claims Mavericks, Kings Was Robbed: "There’s no doubt in my mind that the Mavericks should have a ring from 2006. And the Sacramento Kings should have a ring from 2002. And if it wasn’t because of the officiating and the officials on the floor for certain games and the supervisor of officials back in 2006, I think they would have a ring and they should have a ring." -- former NBA referee and convicted gambling conspirator Tim Donaghy

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October 20, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em Contest: The NBA season tips off Tuesday night, which means the return of the SportsFilter Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em for a fifth year. The rules remain the same: Choose the winners of each game and the margin of victory. Make any game a slam dunk to double your points in victory or lose points in defeat. The champion wins an official NBA game ball (details inside).

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NBA GMs Expect a Clippers/Bucks NBA Finals: The yearly survey of NBA GMs predicts that the L.A. Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks will meet in the NBA Finals this season, with the Philadelphia 76ers and the L.A. Lakers as the second most likely teams in their conferences. Only 7% rank the Golden State Warriors as the best of the west. Asked who they would sign to start a franchise, 86% of GMs said Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks. There are far more nuggets in the 50-question survey, including 38% who voted that the NBA's best home-court advantage is in Denver.

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July 12, 2019

Grayson Allen Doesn't Play Well With Others: In a game where his team trailed by 23, Grayson Allen of the Memphis Grizzlies committed two flagrant fouls in eight seconds to get ejected. Both were pretty flagrant attempts to retaliate outside the normal hard-nosed play of the NBA. Allen followed his ejection by making a face like Scut Farkus. The video is worth watching to hear broadcaster Dan Dakich tear into Allen at length.

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July 06, 2019

L.A. Clippers Land Kawhi Leonard, Paul George: The NBA offseason continues to be monumental. Kawhi Leonard is signing with the Los Angeles Clippers and is bringing Paul George with him. The Oklahoma City Thunder have traded George to the Clippers, receiving their unprotected 2022, 2024 and 2026 picks, their unprotected 2021 and protected 2023 first-round picks (from Miami), the rights to exchange picks in 2023 and 2025, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari. This is a good year to be the second-most famous NBA team in your metropolitan area.

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July 01, 2019

Another Total Knick Move: After news broke that Kevin Durant was signing with the Brooklyn Nets, the New York Knicks weren't content to quietly die on the inside. Instead word got out that the team "wasn't prepared" to offer Durant a max contract because of injury concerns. Now we learn Durant never met with the team. "The Knicks never even got the chance to show him how uninterested they were," lols Barry Petchesky.

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June 14, 2019

Toronto Raptors Win NBA Championship: The Toronto Raptors are NBA champions for the first time, defeating the Golden State Warriors 114-110 in Game 6 to win the series and deny the Warriors a third straight championship. This game was the 2,070th and last at Oracle for the Warriors, who move from Oakland to San Francisco next season.

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June 06, 2019

Fan Who Shoved Raptors Player is a Warriors Owner: During last night's NBA Finals game, Toronto Raptors player Kyle Lowry fell into the courtside seats chasing a ball. A fan in the front row shoved him and according to Lowry also said some vulgarities towards him. That fan is Golden State Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens, who was escorted out and has been banned from the rest of the series. There's more on Deadspin. Lowry said the fan should be banned for life.

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May 30, 2019

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Championship Round: The Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors meet tonight at 9 p.m. in game 1 of the NBA Finals. Pick the winner, the number of games and 7 props. The contest winner receives a New Era 59Fifty cap of their favorite team.

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May 14, 2019

Enter Round 3 of the NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: The third round of the NBA playoffs begins tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern. Pick the two teams that will reach the NBA Finals, the games required, the top scorer and rebounder and two team prop bets.

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April 27, 2019

Enter Round 2 of the NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Even though there's one more round one series to decide (Spurs/Nuggets game 7 tonight), the second round of the NBA playoffs begins tonight at 7:30 p.m. when the 76ers play the Raptors. Pick the teams that will advance out of the second round, the games required, the top scorer and rebounder and two team prop bets.

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April 26, 2019

Celtics Great John Havlicek Dies: John Havlicek, an NBA champion eight times with the Boston Celtics, has died in Jupiter, Florida. He was 79. After 16 seasons with the Celtics, Havlicek retired as the team's all-time points leader with 26,395 points and is still 16th overall in the league. He was the 1975 MVP of the NBA Finals.

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April 12, 2019

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: The NBA playoffs begin Saturday. Our annual NBA Playoff Pick 'Em has returned. Pick the eight teams that will advance out of the first round and the number of games each series will require along with four prop bets. The winner over the entire playoffs receives a New Era 59Fifty cap of their favorite NBA team.

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April 11, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Champion Crowned: rcade: NoMich picked up 17 points in the final week of the season, but it wasn't enough to stop Florida Man from winning the 2018-19 Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em. Congratulations to myself, without whom this achievement would not be possible.

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April 09, 2019

Budweiser's Emotional Ad Shows How Dwyane Wade Has Touched People's Lives: In honor of Dwyane Wade's final season playing for the Miami Heat, Budweiser just released a powerful ad showing how the basketball star has helped so many people.

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April 04, 2019

Gregg Popovich Ejected 1 Minute Into Game: San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was ejected 63 seconds into Wednesday's game against the Denver Nuggets. This may be an all-time record for a coach, beating a Don Nelson ejection after 93 seconds leading the Dallas Mavericks in 2004. Pop missed a game in which the Spurs never led and scored a season-low 85 points. After the game, Popovich crashed Denver coach Michael Malone's presser.

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April 02, 2019

NBA Pick 'Em Final Week: All the Marbles Edition: This is the final week of the regular season Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, starting with tonight's TNT doubleheader and ending on April 10 with an ESPN doubleheader. Pick the 11 games and try to defeat Florida Man, who leads by 34 with NoMich and Howard_T in second and third.

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March 30, 2019

Steph Curry Taunts Refs, Then Dodgy Call Gives Warriors a Loss: Steph Curry sank an epic three with a half-second remaining to tie the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves in overtime at 130. But it didn't go to double overtime. Curry taunted referee Mark Kogut repeatedly after making the shot, even needing to be separated by a teammate. On Minnesota's desperate in-bound pass, another referee made a questionable foul call, giving the T-Wolves free throws that won the game 131-130.

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March 28, 2019

There's Still One Perfect NCAA Bracket: There's a single perfect bracket left in March Madness among the millions played on Yahoo, ESPN, CBS, Fox, Sports Illustrated and NCAA.com.Gregg Nigl, a 40-year-old neuropsychologist from Columbus, Ohio, has picked 48 out of 48 on the NCAA's site. This is the best streak ever, beating 39 games in 2017. He has Gonzaga beating Kentucky for the national title with Duke and Virginia also in the Final Four. Nigl said, "It’s kind of a big deal."

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March 27, 2019

Dirk vs. Dwyane: Though Bleacher Report is generally mediocre, this feature on the Dwyane Wade-Dirk Nowitzki rivalry at the twilight of their careers is a nice read. Longtime NBA print beat writer Howard Beck recalls a relationship that included two NBA Finals and once had its share of mutual animosity. They place each other for the last time when their teams meet tomorrow in Miami.

posted by rcade to basketball at 03:08 PM - 1 comment

NBA Pick 'Em Second-to-Last Week: LeBron's New Normal Edition : There are two weeks left in the NBA regular season. The Pace Mannion Pick 'Em has six games to pick this week and 11 next week. Florida Man leads NoMich by 29 after hitting a Boston-over-L.A. lock exactly. Howard_T is in third. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:18 PM - 11 comments

March 18, 2019

7ft 6in Tacko Fall has scorched college basketball – but is he too tall for NBA?: At 538, they say he is breaking basketball. But there is much more to this Computer Science major, who aspires to become an Engineer and help make lives better in his native Senegal.

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March 15, 2019

Jazz Owner Asks Fans to Stop Being Jerks: Responding to a racially abusive heckler targeting Russell Westbrook (and implicitly the reputation of Utah fans for boorish behavior), Utah Jazz owner Gail Miller stood at center court and told fans to be respectful and report malefactors.

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March 13, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 22: Placeholder Edition: This is not a pick 'em post. This is just a tribute.

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March 05, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 21: Knicks Win Knicks Win Edition: There are eight nationally televised NBA games on the slate this week, beginning Wednesday night on ESPN with a 76ers/Bulls and Nuggets/Lakers doubleheader. In week 19 of the Pace Mannion, Bender and Ufez Jones won the week with 15. Florida Man leads NoMich by 9 after both of us blew up our week by locking Spurs over Knicks. On a night Spike Lee won an Oscar there was magic in New York. Make your picks.

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February 26, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: Skipped Week Edition: This week is here as a placeholder.

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February 22, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: He Blew Through His Shoe Edition: There are five NBA games to pick this week, beginning tonight with Spurs/Raptors on ESPN and ending Sunday with Spurs/Knicks on NBA TV. In the Pace Mannion, Bender wins the week with 20 points after locking New Orleans over Oklahoma City while the rest of us blew that one up. NoMich still leads by one over Florida Man and Howard_T keeps his iron grip on third. Make your picks.

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February 20, 2019

How former ref Tim Donaghy conspired to fix NBA games: ESPN's Scott Eden takes a deep dive into the Donaghy saga. Well worth the long read.

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February 12, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Prohibited Expression of Interest Edition: This week's national slate of NBA games is shortened by All-Star Weekend. It begins tonight when the Celtics visit the Sixers on TNT. In the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, I won the week with 49, pulling to within a point of NoMich. Howard_T hangs on to third. Make your picks.

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February 07, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Thank You For Trading Dennis Edition: There are five NBA games to pick this week, starting Friday night when Denver visits Philadelphia and ending Monday when Houston drives to Dallas. In the Pace Mannion, the awkwardness of leading a contest I'm running is over. NoMich has passed me to go up by 10 with a week-best score of 49. Howard_T is in third 60 points off the lead. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:33 AM - 8 comments

January 29, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 16: Don't Trade Dennis Edition: There are eight national NBA games to pick this week, stretching from Wednesday to Sunday. The first game is Pacers/Wizards on ESPN tomorrow. In the Pace Mannion, I remain in the lead by 7 over NoMich after tying Bender and Ufez for the top weekly score of 13. Tron7 holds on to third. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:40 AM - 10 comments

January 24, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 15: Harden in the Garden Edition: There are five NBA games to predict this week, beginning Friday night with Raptors/Rockets on ESPN. In the Pace Mannion my lead has suffered grievous harm. NoMich won the week with 56 and cut my lead from 45 to 4. Tron7 is in third. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:35 AM - 9 comments

January 16, 2019

SportsFilter NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: I Have a Hoop Dream Edition: There are nine national TV games to pick this week in the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, starting Thursday night with Sixers/Pacers and Lakers/Thunder on ESPN and ending Monday with a three-game MLK Day slate on TNT. In the contest my lead narrows as NoMich outscores me by 3 and Tron7 climbs into third by winning the week with 32.

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