Basketball

November 15

NBA Pick 'Em Week 5: LeBron Still Hates Phil Edition: The national NBA schedule begins tonight on ESPN when the underperforming Cavaliers visit the Charlotte Bobcats, er, Hornets. In SportsFilter's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, I win the week and take the lead at 125, followed by Ufez Jones 1 point back and Howard_T just 5. Our new player Scooby10672 opens strong with 25. Make your selections and enjoy the last shot LeBron James took at Phil Jackson.

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November 07

NBA Pick 'Em Week 4: It's Spelled 'Antetokounmpo' Edition: There are five TV games this week, beginning with the Lakers going to Boston Wednesday night on ESPN. In the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Ufez Jones keeps the lead at 99 and I make my first appearance in second place at 95. Howard_T and I tie for the best week. Make your picks and start saving for your Nike Air Antetokounmpo sneakers.

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November 04

October 31

NBA Pick 'Em Week 3: No D in Cleveland Edition: Six NBA games air nationally this week, starting with the Houston Rockets visiting the New York Knicks Wednesday night on ESPN. There was absolute carnage in SportsFilter's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, where Ufez Jones holds onto first despite scoring 3 points. Bender climbs from last to second with a week-best 29. Make your picks.

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October 24

NBA Pick 'Em Week 2: Woe is Mavericks Edition: There are four nationally televised NBA games this week, beginning Wednesday night on ESPN when San Antonio visits Miami. None of them feature my 0-4 Dallas Mavericks. In SportsFilter's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, returning champion Ufez Jones grabs the lead with 60 points. Make your picks.

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October 13

Enter SportsFilter's NBA Pick 'Em: The NBA season begins Tuesday when Boston visits Cleveland on TNT. SportsFilter is bringing back the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em. Choose the winner and margin for the nationally televised games each week on TNT, ESPN and ABC (around 4-8 games). There is a prize.

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September 27

NCAA Coaches, Adidas Executive Face Charges: Across three complaints, two broad schemes were alleged. One involved bribing four assistant coaches -- at Arizona, Auburn, Oklahoma State and Southern California, all programs in the so-called Power 5 conferences of college sports -- to persuade players to send business to certain financial advisers once they turned professional. The other involved efforts to secretly funnel money from Adidas to three players and their families in exchange for the players' commitments to play at two Adidas-sponsored college programs and to later sign sponsorship deals with the company once they turned pro.

A new and a more highly recognized coach to get swept up in this scandal is Louisville's Rick Pitino.

posted by NoMich to basketball at 12:57 PM - 8 comments

August 26

...and Maybe the Dynamite Fizzles: Cleveland is having second thoughts about the Thomas-Irving trade after Isaiah Thomas took his physical. What's up here?

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August 22

Boom goes the dynamite.: After promising off-season fireworks for the past few years, the Boston Celtics have delivered. A trade of Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Anton Zizic, and the unprotected first round draft pick from Brooklyn in exchange for Cleveland's Kyrie Irving has been announced. Does this put Boston into the NBA finals? What is Cleveland thinking? 2017-18 will be an interesting season.

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NBA Rookies Predict the Rookie of the Year: NBA.Com asked 39 rookies to predict who would be the rookie of the year next season. They picked the No. 9 pick, Dennis Smith Jr. of the Dallas Mavericks. The rest of the top 5 were Lonzo Ball (Lakers), Markelle Fultz (76ers) and a three-way tie between Kyle Kuzma (Lakers), Donovan Mitchell (Jazz) and Ben Simmons (76ers).

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June 28

The LA Clippers trade PG Chris Paul to the Houston Rockets: after Paul told the Clippers he would opt-out of his contract and sign with Houston as a free agent. In exchange for the sign-and-trade, the Clippers receive Gs Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams, F Sam Dekker, and Houston's 2018 1st Round Draft Pick. Elsewhere in the NBA...

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June 25

Ice Cube Begins 3-on-3 Basketball League: Big3, a summer three-man basketball league created by the rapper Ice Cube, begins Monday night on FS1. The half-court games reach halftime when one team scores 30 and the first to 60 wins. Eight teams will play in 10 cities. Players are all former NBA players, including Allen Iverson, Chauncey Billups and Mike Bibby.

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June 18

Celtics Trade No. 1 Pick to 76ers: The Boston Celtics have traded the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft to the Philadelphia 76ers for the No. 3 pick this year and the Los Angeles Lakers' 2018 first-round pick (if it falls from 2-5) or the 76ers 2019 first-round pick from the Sacramento Kings (if it doesn't). I love the smell of complicated draft trade conditionals in the morning.

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May 31

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: The Finals: The NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers begin Thursday night at 9 p.m. Eastern. ic23b leads with 28 points followed by three players at 27. Pick the NBA champion and the number of games played, plus five bonus categories. The winner receives NBA 2K17.

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May 22

Left-for-Dead Celtics Beat Cavaliers in Game 3: The Boston Celtics, playing as 16.5-point underdogs without star Isaiah Thomas, beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-108 in game three of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals. Avery Bradley sunk a three-pointer with a second remaining for the win, the biggest playoff upset in 20 years as measured by the betting line.

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May 13

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Third Round: The third round of the NBA playoffs begins Sunday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern with the Celtics/Wizards second-round series still to be decided on Monday. Ufez Jones leads with 22 followed by bender at 21 and three others at 20. Pick the two teams that will advance to the NBA Finals and the number of games each series will require: San Antonio vs. Golden State and Cleveland vs. the Boston/Washington winner. One extra point on winning picks for getting the number of games right. Two more points for picking the top points scorer in each series (total points) and top rebounder (total rebounds). The winner receives NBA 2K17.

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April 29

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em: Second Round: The second round of the NBA playoffs begin Sunday at 1 p.m. Eastern, even though the Jazz/Clippers first round series isn't finished. Four players share the lead at 15 points. Pick the four teams that will advance out of the round and the number of games each series will require: San Antonio vs. Houston, Boston vs. Washington, Cleveland vs. Toronto and Golden State vs. the Utah/Los Angeles Clippers winner. One extra point on winning picks for getting the number of games right. Another extra point for picking the top points scorer in each series. The winner receives NBA 2K17.

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April 15

NBA Playoff Pick 'Em Starts Today: The NBA playoffs begin today at 3 p.m. Eastern. Pick the eight teams that will advance out of the first round and the number of games each series will require: Indiana vs. Cleveland, Milwaukee vs. Toronto, Memphis vs. San Antonio, Utah vs. Los Angeles Clippers, Atlanta vs Washington, Portland vs. Golden State, Chicago vs Boston and Oklahoma City vs. Houston. One extra point on winning picks for getting the number of games right. Another extra point for picking the top scorer in each series (total points scored). The winner receives NBA 2K17.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:54 AM - 11 comments

April 11

NBA Pick 'Em Week 25: All the Marbles Edition: This season's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em on SportsFilter concludes with a short four-game week. With a 52-point week, Goyoucolts has a 32-point lead at 772. Barring an Altlanta Falcons flop, this one's all over but the crying. There is an unexpected race for the Costanza, thanks to my -24 and Bender's 68 combining for a 92-point shift. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 03:56 PM - 12 comments

April 05

NBA Pick 'Em Week 24: Westbrook Triple Double Edition: In SportsFilter's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em there are nine nationally televised NBA games to pick this week, beginning with Cleveland going to Boston tonight on ESPN. Goyoucolts continues to hold on to first place at 720, followed by Howard_T at 711 and Ufez Jones at 710. I won the week with 56 despite two blown locks. Make your selections.

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April 03

'Don’t jinx us': Chapel Hill street signs will stay put after fans plead with police to help UNC win: Normally when the North Carolina Tar Heels advance this far in the NCAA Tournament, their hometown takes certain precautions ahead of potential celebrations. ... But fans said the Tar Heels have lost every year the signs have been removed. Chapel Hill police department tweet on the issue. Students like to use the signs as surf boards.

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March 29

NBA Pick 'Em Week 23: Better Not Rest Your Starters Edition: This week's nationally televised games begin tonight at 9:30 p.m. Eastern with Spurs/Warriors. With only two weeks left in the NBA season, Goyoucolts leads the SportsFilter Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em at 680, followed closely by Ufez Jones at 674 and Howard_T at 672. Make your picks.

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March 24

NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: J.J. Barea Will Smash Edition: There are six national TV games to pick in SportsFilter's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, beginning with tonight's Hawks/Bucks game on NBA TV. NoMich wins the week with 52 points. Goyoucolts leads the competition with 649 points, followed closely by Howard_T at 636 and Ufez Jones at 618. I had another rough week, as if you cared. Make your picks.

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March 15

NBA Pick 'Em Week 21: Emphasize the Triangle Edition: There are eight games to pick in the SportsFilter Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, beginning with two tonight on ESPN. Goyoucolts has taken the lead back from Howard_T with a 56-point performance. Make your picks.

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March 09

NBA Pick 'Em Week 20: Dirk Nowitzki 30,000 Edition: With six weeks to go in SportsFilter's Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Howard_T has climbed into first by 8 points over Goyoucolts. There are nine national TV games to pick this week, including two Friday night games on NBA TV. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 05:21 PM - 15 comments

March 02

NBA Pick 'Em Week 19: Not Funny Amar'e Edition: There are nine national NBA games to pick, beginning with two Thursday night. In the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Goyoucolts leads with 545, but Howard_T is threatening at 527 after a 68-point week.

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February 23

NBA Pick 'Em Week 18: Trade Deadline Edition: There are seven national NBA games to pick this week, beginning with two Thursday night. In the Pace Mannion, Goyoucolts took the week off and still leads by 53. Ufez Jones is in second at 470 and Howard_T third at 459. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:32 PM - 12 comments

February 15

NBA Pick 'Em Week 17: Charles Oakley Will Smash Edition: The Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em has a light week in the run up to the All-Star Game: Two games tonight on ESPN and one more a night later on TNT. Goyoucolts keeps the lead and Tron7 climbs into third with a week-best 54. Make your picks to stay on Charles Oakley's good side.

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February 08

NBA Pick 'Em Week 16: Go Mavericks Edition : This week's games are up for selection in the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em. There are a whopping 10 national TV games on ESPN, TNT and ABC, starting with two tonight. None involve my Dallas Mavericks, a team that is "quickly climbing out of the Western Conference toilet and into the group of bad teams contending for the eight seed," observers Patrick Redford of Deadspin.

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January 31

NBA Pick 'Em Week 15: Proud Refugee Luol Deng Edition: There are 10 NBA games on national TV this week, beginning with two Wednesday night on ESPN. Goyoucolts keeps the lead and I climb into a distant second with an 88-point week. Make your picks.

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January 25

NBA Pick 'Em Week 14: Ads on the Jersey Edition: There are nine national TV games to pick in the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, beginning with two Wednesday night on ESPN. Goyoucolts keeps the lead at 343 and Howard_T climbs into second at 306. Goyoucolts wins the week with 45. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 04:18 PM - 12 comments

January 17

NBA Pick 'Em Week 13: No Rivals Edition: There are eight national NBA games this week, beginning Wednesday night with the Bucks visiting the Rockets. The Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em has a new leader, as a 21-point week for NoMich lets Goyoucolts climb into first and everybody else gain ground. Howard_T and I score 62 points to share the high score of the week. Make your picks.

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January 11

NBA Pick 'Em Week 12: Unexcused Absence Edition: Nine national NBA games are on the tube this week, beginning with tonight's doubleheader on ESPN. The battle for first in the Pace Mannion is tightening up, with NoMich now leading by just nine points over Goyoucolts. Any excuse for not making your picks must be signed by a parent.

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January 06

The Cleveland Cavaliers trade for sharpshooter Kyle Korver: In exchange for Korver, the Atlanta Hawks, who are officially entering rebuilding mode, receive Mike Dunleavy Jr. (who is likely headed to a third team) and a 2019 first round draft pick. Bonus links: Kevin O' Conner on why this puts the Cavs closer to a back-to-back title. What does this mean for Paul Millsap? (Toronto and Sacramento are both currently expressing interest).

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January 04

NBA Pick 'Em Week 11: Nick Young Dance Party Edition: There are six games to pick this week, beginning with two on Thursday night. In the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, NoMich keeps first but Goyoucolts gets five points closer in second. Tron7 stays in third. Ufez Jones and HowardT win the week with 18. Make your selections.

posted by rcade to basketball at 07:19 PM - 10 comments

December 27

NBA Pick 'Em Week 10: George Karl's Distracting Posse Edition: There are only two national NBA games this week, both on Thursday, with Boston at Cleveland and Dallas at the Los Angeles Lakers. In the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, NoMich retakes the lead from Goyoucolts by 24 points. HowardT wins the week with 55 points. Make your picks.

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December 22

NBA Pick 'Em Week 9: Craig Sager Memorial Edition: There are two NBA games on national TV tonight followed by another five on Christmas Day. In the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, Goyoucolts takes the lead from NoMich, winning the week with 68 points. Make your picks and wear the loudest clothes you own.

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December 12

NBA Pick 'Em Week 8: Last-Place Dallas Mavericks Edition: The Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em begins a day earlier than usual this week, with two ESPN games on Tuesday night. With 8 games on the schedule it's a good chance to gain some ground. In our Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, NoMich stays in first at 172, Goyoucolts shaves another 5 points off the lead at 154 and I'm third at 138. Bender wins the week with 32. Make your picks and enjoy the first national game of the 5-18 Mavericks (sigh).

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December 06

NBA Pick 'Em Week 7: 60 Points in 29 Minutes Edition: There are six games this week in the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, starting with Cleveland's visit to New York tomorrow night. There's lots of variety with 12 teams in 6 games, including Phoenix in its first national TV game of the season. NoMich wins the week and has a 23-point lead in first place. Goyoucolts climbs into second and Rcade third. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:04 PM - 10 comments

November 30

NBA Pick 'Em Week 6: Doc Rivers Will Smash Edition: There are four national NBA games on TV this week and the Bulls and Rockets play in two of them apiece without facing each other. The first games are Thursday night. In the Pace Mannion NBA Pick 'Em, everybody wins last week's games, keeping the leaders as NoMich, Ufez Jones and Goyoucolts. Make your picks and don't lose your cool like Doc Rivers.

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