Basketball

April 17, 2024

NBA Pickem Champion: rcade: Another NBA regular season is in the books and the SportsFilter NBA Pickem champion is Rogers "The Greek" Cadenhead. Ufez Jones made a late climb but a blown Celtics lock against the Bucks at the start of the final week kept them too far back. I probably won't be buying the Wilson Evolution basketball I owe me.

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April 11, 2024

NBA Pickem: Final Day Edition: ESPN has added two TV games on Sunday, the final day of the NBA regular season. Chicago visits New York and the L.A. Lakers visit New Orleans. The Pelicans may be playing to stay out of the play-in games and the Knicks may be playing for home court as a 3rd or 4th seed in the East. Make your picks.

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April 10, 2024

Lindsey Harding to interview for Hornets' coaching job: In her first season as coach of the Stockton Kings, Harding was voted the 2024 G League Coach of the Year and advanced her team to the Western Conference finals. Charlotte was granted permission on Monday to interview her for the job, sources said.

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April 08, 2024

NBA Pickem: Final Week Edition: There are six national TV games on TNT and ESPN in the final week of the NBA regular season, starting Tuesday night. My lead was cut by 31 after a dismal week and now I'm in first by 32 over Ufez Jones. Make your picks.

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April 06, 2024

Iowa is not just Caitlin Clark: Clark was held to "just" 21 points, but her teammates stood up strong to outlast UConn in their exciting Final Four matchup. And South Carolina completely smothered NC State in their Final Four matchup. The championship game is set for 3:00 PM EDT tomorrow.

posted by NoMich to basketball at 09:52 AM - 2 comments

April 01, 2024

Iowa Advances Past LSU to Final Four: Caitlin Clark had 41 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds to lead Iowa past defending champ LSU and advance to the Final Four. She tied a tournament record with nine three pointers in the game, moved ahead of Diana Taurasi for most tournament three pointers in a career and broke Taylor Robertson's record for most career three pointers in Division I.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:59 PM - 5 comments

NBA Pickem Week 21: Second-to-Last Week Edition: There are just two weeks left in the NBA regular season. There are six games on TNT and ESPN, beginning Tuesday night when Oklahoma City visits Philadelphia at 7:30 p.m. on TNT. Howard_T wins the week with 34. NoMich picks all dunks and suffers the agony of defeat. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:28 PM - 6 comments

March 27, 2024

NBA Pickem Week 20: Crunch Time Edition: As the NBA regular season nears its end, this week's picks are tonight's ESPN doubleheader followed by five NBA TV games. I'm in first by 65 over Ufez Jones, a sign that Dallas Mavericks fans are basketball savants. Make your picks, gentlefolk.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:14 AM - 6 comments

March 12, 2024

NBA Pickem Week 19: Little Penny Edition: There's an 11-game national NBA week stretching from a TNT doubleheader tonight to an ESPN doubleheader next Monday. Last week was carnage in our contest with Howard_T scoring 23 to win the week. Make your picks and enjoy this old school NBA moment.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:57 AM - 8 comments

March 05, 2024

NBA Pickem Week 18: Don't Miss Tipoff Edition: There are 11 national NBA games this week beginning with a doubleheader tonight on TNT. In our contest Ufez Jones wins the week with 88 points and is now 74 back in second place. Make your picks promptly. Don't be late like Anthony Edwards.

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February 28, 2024

Max Strus Sinks Mavericks with 59-Foot Buzzer Beater: After the Dallas Mavericks went ahead by 2 with 2.6 seconds left, Max Strus of the Cleveland Cavaliers scored a 59-foot three-pointer to win the game Tuesday night. It's the second longest buzzer beater to win an NBA game in the three point era.

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February 26, 2024

NBA Pickem Week 17: Enough Basketball For You Edition: There are 13 games this week on TNT, ESPN and ABC, starting tomorrow night with a TNT doubleheader of Sixers/Celtics and Rockets/Thunder and ending Sunday with ABC and ESPN doubleheaders. Howard_T won week 16 with 30. Make your picks.

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February 15, 2024

The Life of an NBA Beat Writer: HoopsHype talked to several longtime NBA beat reporters, past and present, about their jobs. "The money has changed things," said Kerry Eggers, who covered the Portland Trail Blazers for The Oregonian in the 1990s. "And more of the players are not willing to do media interviews. They don't feel like they have to. I remember sitting down with Michael Jordan before games -- just me for a few minutes. Now, that would never happen."

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February 12, 2024

NBA Pickem Week 16: Ufez Gets Results Edition: There's a shortened schedule of five national games in the week leading up to the NBA All-Star Game. First up is a TNT doubleheader Tuesday of Thunder/Magic and Kings/Suns. I won the week with 40 after switching to Mavs over Knicks to test whether Ufez being in attendance influences the outcome of games. Spoiler alert: It does. Make your picks.

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February 06, 2024

NBA Pickem Week 15: Blown Locks Edition: There are eight NBA games this week, including a TNT doubleheader tonight and games on ABC Saturday and Super Bowl Sunday. Locking the Lakers to lose turned out to be a terrible idea last week. I have regrets. Howard_T wins the week with 23. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:43 AM - 9 comments

January 29, 2024

NBA Pickem Week 14: Luka Puts Up 73 Edition: There are eight NBA games on national TV this week, starting with Tuesday's TNT doubleheader of Pacers/Celtics and Sixers/Warriors. Howard_T wins the week with 30. I hold onto first. Make your picks.

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January 24, 2024

NBA Pickem Week 13: Saturday Tripleheader Edition: There are seven games to pick on the NBA schedule, starting tonight on ABC and ending with a Saturday tripleheader on the same network. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:01 AM - 6 comments

January 16, 2024

NBA Pickem Week 12: Jimmy Buckets Edition: There are eight national TV games on the NBA sked this week but no chance to see Jimmy Butler back from injury. TNT starts us off with a doubleheader tonight of Nuggets at Sixers and Thunder at Clips. I am in first followed by Ufez 50 back. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:50 AM - 9 comments

January 09, 2024

NBA Pickem Week 11: MLK Day Edition: There are eight national games on the NBA calendar this week, starting Wednesday night and ending with a doubleheader on TNT for Martin Luther King Day. Ufez wins the week with 25 and is 52 points off the lead. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 01:02 PM - 7 comments

January 03, 2024

NBA Pickem Week 10: American Broadcasting Corporation Edition: This week has six games airing on national television, starting tonight with the Chicago Bulls vs. the New York Knicks on ABC. Werty wins the week with 49, getting five of six with three locks. I'm in first by 56. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 12:23 PM - 8 comments

December 26, 2023

NBA Pickem Week 9: NBA TV Edition: There are no games on the usual suspects this week, so the NBA Pickem is offering seven games that will air on NBA TV. The first is the Indiana Pacers at the Houston Rockets tonight at 8 p.m. I'm in first over Ufez and Werty wins the week with 35. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:21 AM - 7 comments

December 19, 2023

NBA Pickem Week 8: Ja Morant Edition: There's a light week of national games this week beginning tonight with a TNT doubleheader of Memphis at New Orleans and Boston at Golden State. Ja Morant is eligible to come back tonight after his 25-game suspension. I'm in first and won the week. It is good to be me. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:23 AM - 8 comments

December 12, 2023

NBA Pickem Week 7: Same Old Season Edition: With the end of the In-Season Tournament and the Los Angeles Lakers sewing their new championship banner, the NBA returns to normal play this week with doubleheaders on TNT, NBA TV and ESPN. The first game is tonight on TNT when the Lakers play the Mavs. Howard_T wins the week with 57. I'm in first overall. Make your picks and think good thoughts for the Spurs after 17 straight losses.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:24 AM - 8 comments

December 08, 2023

NBA Pickem Week 6 Part 3: In-Season Championship Edition: The NBA is crowning its In-Season Tournament winner Saturday night when the Indiana Pacers play the Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron wants this as badly as he wanted to star in Space Jam: A New Legacy. Make your pick!

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:42 PM - 1 comment

December 06, 2023

NBA Pickem Week 6 Part 2: In-Season Semifinals Edition: The semifinals of the first NBA In-Season Tournament are Thursday. The Pacers visit the Bucks at 5 p.m. Eastern followed by the Pelicans at the Lakers at 9 p.m. Pick the winners of those games and the Clippers at the Jazz on Friday.

posted by rcade to basketball at 11:27 PM - 11 comments

December 03, 2023

NBA Pickem Week 6: In-Season Knockout Edition: This week's NBA Pickem begins with the quarterfinals of the inaugural In-Season Tournament on TNT. On Monday, it's Celtics/Pacers and Pelicans/Kings. On Tuesday, it's Knicks/Bucks and Suns/Lakers. After that there's a Wednesday doubleheader on ESPN. I'm leading the pickem by 20. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 07:03 PM - 7 comments

November 27, 2023

NBA Pickem Week 5: Group Stage Edition: There are seven NBA games to pick this week, starting Tuesday on TNT when the Bucks visit the Heat. Next week's pickem will begin Monday so that the first two quarterfinals of the In-Season Tournament can be part of this contest. Ufez leads the pickem by nine. Make your picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 04:44 PM - 7 comments

November 15, 2023

Draymond Green Chokes Rudy Gobert During Game: After two players on the Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves begin fighting 100 seconds into Tuesday night's game, Draymond Green got attempted peacemaker Rudy Gobert in a chokehold. Gobert was not ejected. Green was ejected and just got a five-game suspension. "I do a lot of work -- meditation work, things like that," Gobert said. "So I was like, 'It's a good opportunity for me to show that I can overcome my emotions and then be the bigger man."

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:17 PM - 6 comments

November 13, 2023

NBA Pickem Week 4: Too Small Edition: There are six national games on TNT and ESPN this week, beginning Tuesday night on TNT when the San Antonio Spurs cross the Red River to visit the Oklahoma City Thunder. Our pickem has the third leader in three weeks, as NoMich scores 15 to lead Werty by 6. Make your picks and channel your smallness.

posted by rcade to basketball at 07:10 PM - 8 comments

November 06, 2023

NBA Pickem Week 3: In-Season Tournament Edition: There are six games to pick this week starting Wednesday night with an ESPN doubleheader of Spurs/Knicks and Warriors/Nuggets. Because the only other national TV games are a ESPN twofer on Friday, we're also picking two Thursday night games on NBA TV: Bucks/Pacers and Hawks/Magic. Enjoy the chance to pick an Orlando game, because that does not happen often. Our pickem leader is now Werty after a week-best 24.

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October 31, 2023

NBA Pickem Week 2: Harden to Clippers Edition: There's a six-game slate of national TV games this week ahead of the in-season tournament that begins Friday. First up are the TNT doubleheader tonight of Knicks/Cavs and Spurs/Suns. I've opened in the lead over Werty. Make your picks and don't lose trust.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:41 AM - 9 comments

October 23, 2023

Enter the SportsFilter NBA Pickem: The NBA Pickem is back and there are eight national TV games to pick from Tuesday to Friday, starting with a TNT doubleheader tomorrow night of Lakers/Nuggets and Suns/Warriors. Make your picks and vie for a first prize of a Wilson Evolution basketball.

posted by rcade to basketball at 10:12 AM - 13 comments

September 13, 2023

The NBA Board of Governors approves new Player Participation Policy to combat excessive load management.: The policy, which only pertains to "Star Players" (defined as any player that has made an All NBA Team or All-Star Team in the previous three seasons*) includes measures to ensure that healthy Star Players will play in all nationally televised games and the In-Season Tournament, and will balance rest nights between home and road games in favor of away.

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August 12, 2023

Player Ratings Out for NBA 2K24: Basketball writer Cameron Tabatabaie has the overall player ratings for the upcoming videogame NBA 2K24. The 94-point players are Kawhi Leonard, Damian Lillard and Devin Booker; 95-point players Luka Doncic, Jayson Tatum and Jimmy Butler; and 96-point players Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James, Joel Embiid, Kevin Durant and Steph Curry. Above them all at 98 points is Nikola Jokic, who has never stood atop the game's ratings before a release.

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August 08, 2023

Anthony Davis Gets NBA Record Salary Extension: The Los Angeles Lakers and Anthony Davis have agreed to a three-year extension that keeps him in gold and purple through 2028 and amounts to $62 million a year, the largest contract extension in NBA history. Davis has averaged 25 points and two blocks in a season five times, behind only Shaq and Kareem.

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August 04, 2023

A Movie About Michael Jordan as NBA Owner Would Be Horror: Michael Jordan has sold his majority interest in the Charlotte Hornets, bringing to an end a disastrous 13-year reign as owner of the NBA franchise that included zero playoff series wins, no playoff trips the past seven seasons, selling second round picks for cash and being notoriously cheap. "He tried. He failed. The end," writes James Plowright of SI. "Overall, Jordan's tenure as an owner has been marked by poor decisions, failed coaching hires, underinvestment, disappointing draft picks, and unsuccessful free agency signings,"

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July 12, 2023

Bob Huggins Didn't Retire?: Former West Virginia coach Bob Huggins is doubling down on his claim that he never technically resigned from the school. WVU's lawyers insists that he did indeed retire.

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July 09, 2023

July 05, 2023

NBA to test in-game flopping penalty at summer league: A flop, which will be determined by referees at the game, will be penalized by awarding the opposing team one free throw. The player who commits the flop will be assessed a non-unsportsmanlike technical foul, which won't count toward personal fouls or lead to an ejection. Officials won't be required to stop live play to call a flopping violation.

posted by NoMich to basketball at 04:58 PM - 6 comments

July 01, 2023

Mavericks Re-Sign Kyrie Irving for 3 Years, $126 Million: The Dallas Mavericks reached a three-year, $126 million deal to keep Kyrie Irving, avoiding the disaster of losing him for nothing after trading two starters and three draft picks to get him from the Brooklyn Nets in February. "Irving’s talent is universally acknowledged, but it comes with various serious reservations," writes Matt Moore for Action Network.

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