Basketball

July 31, 2022

Boston Celtics Great Bill Russell Dies: The Boston Celtics legend, Basketball Hall of Famer and civil rights activist Bill Russell died Sunday. He was 88. Russell won 11 NBA championships in 13 years in Boston. He averaged 22.5 rebounds a game, pulling down 21,620 in his career, and was voted the greatest NBA player ever by basketball journalists in 1980. Russell became the Celtics player-coach in 1966, making him the first Black coach in any major U.S. pro sport.

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July 05, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem Champion: NoMich: Before the NBA Finals, NoMich trailed me by 25 points. Then Steph happened, giving NoMich the NBA Playoff Pickem championship by 6 points over cixelsyd and I. Ufez Jones captures the Costanza. Congrats, NoMich!

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NBA Pickem Champion: Me! Me! Me!: The 2021-22 NBA Pickem champion is rcade. NoMich finished second and jjzucal claimed the Costanza. A salute to all players but mostly myself.

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June 09, 2022

LeBron Wants to Own NBA Team in Vegas: The newly minted billionaire LeBron James wants his retirement from basketball to include owning an NBA team in Las Vegas. A billion won't be enough, though. The Minnesota Timberwolves sold for $1.5 billion a year ago.

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June 01, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Finals Round: The NBA Finals begin Thursday night at 9 p.m. Eastern when the Boston Celtics visit the Golden State Warriors. Pick the winner and number of games along with several prop bets and a tiebreaker. I'm leading the contest by eight over The_Black_Hand and 25 over NoMich. Good luck, ladies and germs.

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May 30, 2022

What if the Warriors Had to Beat the Celtics in the Finals?: John Tomase, NBC Sports: "Since the Warriors became the Warriors in 2015, they're 7-9 (.438) against the Celtics and 499-219 (.807) against everyone else. If you start a year later with Isaiah Thomas's first full season in Boston, when the Celtics became legitimate playoff contenders, the Dubs are just 5-9."

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May 16, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Conference Finals Edition: The conference finals of the NBA Playoffs begin Tuesday night when the Boston Celtics play the Miami Heat. A day later the Dallas Mavericks play the Golden State Warriors. I'm leading our pickem contest with ic23b 25 back and NoMich 30 back. Make your picks.

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May 01, 2022

NBA Playoff Pickem: Conference Semifinals Edition: The second round of the NBA playoffs are underway and picks should be made before the tipoff of Monday and Tuesday night's games. After the first round I'm in first with 98 followed by The_Black_Hand and Goyoucolts. Make your picks.

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April 26, 2022

Star-Crossed Nets Bounced from Playoffs in Four Games: The post-mortems have begun on a Brooklyn Nets season that barely reached the playoffs and then exited as quickly as possible. In an interesting quote where Kyrie Irving refers to he and Kevin Durant "managing the franchise together" alongside owner Joe Tsai and GM Sean Marks, Irving says, "We need to really be intentional about what we're building."

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:32 AM - 7 comments

April 15, 2022

Enter the SportsFilter NBA Playoff Pickem: The NBA playoffs begin Saturday at 1 p.m. Eastern when the Utah Jazz visit the Dallas Mavericks. Pick the winners of the eight playoff series and four props. The contest winner receives an NBA 59Fifty Cap for the team of their choice.

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April 04, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 25: All the Marbles Edition: There are six TV games to pick in the final week of the NBA regular season, beginning with Bucks/Bulls Tuesday night on ESPN. I'm leading the contest by 50 over NoMich after an exact lock saved my biscuits. Make your picks.

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March 29, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 24: Embiid for MVP Edition: There are eight games to pick in the second-to-last week of the NBA season, starting Wednesday night with an ESPN doubleheader of Heat/Celtics and Suns/Warriors. I'm holding onto first in our contest but NoMich has pulled nine closer to trail by 38. The_Black_Hand wins the week with 52. Make your picks.

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March 23, 2022

Brittney Griner: How can a US basketball star just vanish?: She's arguably the greatest female basketball player of all time, and she's been detained in Moscow amid the war in Ukraine. Fans want to know why more people aren't paying attention. New York Magazine asks: Why Isn’t Brittney Griner the Biggest Sports Story in the Country?

posted by NoMich to basketball at 08:46 AM - 2 comments

March 21, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 23: NBA Inside Stuff Edition: There are six games to pick this week, beginning Wednesday night on TNT with Hawks/Knicks and Clippers/Nuggets, and ending Friday night on NBA TV. With every player scoring either 5 or 0 points, the standings in our pickem contest remain the same. Make your picks in honor of former NBA player Ahmad Rashad.

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March 15, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 22: Lime Green Timberwolves Edition: There are only two national TV games in the NBA this week -- a Wednesday night doubleheader of Mavs/Nets and Celtics/Warriors. I'm leading our pickem contest by 47 over NoMich and 58 over Geekyguy. The_Black_Hand wins the week with 74. May your picks shine as brightly as Karl-Anthony Towns.

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March 07, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 21: Respect Rudy Gobert Edition: There are 12 national NBA games on tap this week, beginning Tuesday night with a TNT doubleheader of Pelicans/Grizzies and Clippers/Warriors, then stretching all the way to a rare Monday night doubleheader on ESPN. I'm still in first place by 50 but NoMich cut my lead by almost as many points (37) as I scored (39). JJzucal wins the week with 112. Make your picks and show some love for the king of paint.

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March 01, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 20: 13 Games in 5 Days Edition: Since the NBA Pickem began on SportsFilter there has never been a week with 13 nationally televised games. The previous record was 10. I'm still leading the contest and won the week with 50. The first games occur tonight on TNT with Hawks/Celtics and Mavs/Lakers. Make your picks and picks and picks.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:49 AM - 14 comments

February 23, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 19: Pattern of Behavior Edition: There are nine national NBA games packed into the schedule starting Thursday with a doubleheader on TNT and ending with a Sunday quadrupleheader on ESPN and NBC. I continue to maintain my iron grip on first place in the pickem with Geekyguy second. Make your picks and never become detached.

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February 20, 2022

Juwan Howard Takes Swing at Wisconsin Coach After Game: After a 77-63 win by No. 15 Wisconsin over Michigan, head coaches Greg Gard and Juwan Howard got into an argument during the handshake line that turned physical when Howard made an open-handed shove at a Wisconsin coach's face. Howard was mad that Gard called two timeouts in the final minute after the outcome was no longer in doubt. The coaches still owe each other a handshake.

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February 15, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 18: Unofficial Points Edition: There are just five games to pick this NBA week, beginning tonight with a TNT doubleheader followed by a New York City derby Wednesday on ESPN. In the pickem I extended my first-place lead to 43 over Geekyguy, whose lock-em-all derring-do derring-didn't on four games. The_Black_Hand won the week again by 68. Make your picks in honor of the NBA's new points monarch.

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February 10, 2022

Harden-Simmons Swap Leads Day of NBA Trades: The Nets sent James Harden and Paul Millsap to the Sixers for Ben Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond and two first-round draft picks. A four-team trade sent Serge Ibaka and two second-round picks to the Bucks; Marvin Bagley to the Pistons; Donte DiVincenzo, Josh Jackson and Trey Lyles to the Kings; and Semi Ojeleye and Rodney Hood to the Clippers. There are also reports that the Mavericks are sending Kristaps Porzingis and a second-round pick to the Wizards for Spencer Dinwiddie and Davis Bertrans.

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February 08, 2022

76ers and Nets May Swap Ben Simmons and James Harden: With the NBA trade deadline looming on Thursday, the Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets are reportedly discussing what it would take in other compensation to swap Ben Simmons for James Harden. "One of these teams is going to have to cave. It could legitimately be either one," writes Sam Quinn of CBS Sports.

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February 07, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 17: Crooked Rim Edition: There are eight NBA games on this week's slate, beginning Tuesday night with a TNT doubleheader and ending with games on ABC Saturday and Sunday. I reclaimed the contest lead through the power of homerism when Mavericks beat the Heat last night. The_Black_Hand wins the week with 68. Make your picks and keep a close watch on your backboard and stanchion.

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February 06, 2022

Lakers Fans Beg Russell Westbrook Not to Shoot: If you're curious how the move to Los Angeles is going, Russell Westbrook got the ball late in a close game against the New York Knicks and the home fans for the Lakers could be heard pleading with him not to shoot. He did and missed. Sam Quinn of CBS Sports called it "one of the most surreal moments of my time covering the Lakers."

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February 01, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 16: Steph's Gonna Steph Edition: There are nine NBA games to pick this week, starting with tonight's TNT doubleheader of Wizards/Bucks and Nets/Suns. In our pickem, Geekyguy retakes the lead after hitting all five locks. Scooby10672 also hit all five to win the week with 62. Make your picks and think twice before taunting.

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January 27, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 15: Kobe and Gianna Edition: As the sports world remembers the Bryants, there are five NBA games to pick this week starting with tonight's Lakers/Sixers and Wolves/Warriors doubleheader on TNT. My lead over Geekyguy has shrunk to 8 because I picked my Dallas Mavericks to beat the Phoenix Suns. And I would do it again. Make your picks.

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January 23, 2022

Penny Hardaway's Effing Mad at the Media: As his Memphis Tigers fell to 9-8, head coach Penny Hardaway didn't like being asked if he had lost faith in his ability to right the ship. "We don’t have our full roster. Y'all know we don't have our full roster. Stop asking me stupid f------ questions about if I feel like I can do something," he replied.

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January 19, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 14: Mona Mondieu Edition: There are five national NBA games on the slate this week, beginning tonight at 7:30 p.m. Eastern when Charlotte visits Boston. After another rough week for prognosticative excellence, I hold the lead by 25 over Geekyguy. The exception was Rumple, who won the week with 31. Make your picks.

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January 12, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 13: MLK Day Edition: There are eight nationally televised games on slate this week, beginning tonight with Mavs/Knicks and Nets/Bulls on TNT and ending with an MLK Day doubleheader Monday on TNT of Bulls/Grizzlies and Bucks/Hawks. I've taken the lead back from Geekyguy, who had an Irwin Allen-level disaster of a week with five broken locks. Make your picks, masters of disaster.

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January 05, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 12: Can Kyrie Play Edition: The NBA returns from its post-Xmas TV break with a six game ESPN/TNT/ESPN sandwich beginning Wednesday night. Our contest is led by Geekyguy, who had the best score in week 10 and now leads by 35. Make your picks.

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December 21, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 10: Merry Hoopmas Edition: This week's NBA slate includes two games tonight and five more on Christmas Day. Geekyguy leads our contest by 7 over Rcade. Make your picks.

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December 14, 2021

Steph Curry Breaks NBA 3-Pointer Record at MSG: Golden State's Steph Curry passed Ray Allen for first on the NBA's career three-point shooting list during the first quarter of Tuesday's 105-96 victory over the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Curry also holds the NBA record for three-pointers in a season with 402 (he's set the single-season record three times). At an average distance of 25.6 feet traveled, Curry's 2,978 three-pointers have traveled approximately 14.5 miles.

posted by The_Black_Hand to basketball at 10:57 PM - 4 comments

December 13, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 9: Covid Protocols Edition: There are six national games on the tube this week, beginning with a TNT twinbill of Golden State/New York and Phoenix/Portland on Tuesday. There's been a reversal of fortune in the NBA Pickem with leader Geekyguy scoring 6 and the next three players 40 or more, bringing his lead down to 7. Make your picks and vaccinate.

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December 06, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 8: Norman Dale Edition: There are seven national NBA games this television week, capped off by a Saturday game on ABC between Golden State and Philadelphia. Our pickem continues to be led by Geekyguy, who scored 31 points on a week where every other player scored 0. Ouch!

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December 01, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 7: Blazing Suns Edition: There are six NBA games to pick this week, starting with tonight's Sixers/Celtics and Kings/Clippers doubleheader on NBA TV. Geekyguy has climbed back into first with a 60 point week, leaving me 13 back. Make your picks.

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November 16, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 5: Happy Birthday Bol Bol Edition: There are six national NBA games this week spanning Tuesday to Friday. Tonight Golden State plays Brooklyn and Philadelphia plays Utah on TNT. Our contest has a new leader who is too modest to name himself but spectacularly won the week with 39 points. Make your picks and put on your shoes more quickly.

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November 09, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 4: Big Honey Drops the Boom Edition: There are six national games on the slate this week beginning tonight with a Bucks/Sixers and Blazers/Clippers doubleheader on TNT. Geekyguy leads the pickem by 13 over Scooby10672, who won the week with 46. Make your picks and never incur the wrath of Nikola Jokic.

posted by rcade to basketball at 09:01 AM - 9 comments

November 03, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 3: Non-Basketball Move Edition: There are six NBA games to pick this week, starting with Thursday night's NBA TV doubleheader of Boston/Miami and Houston/Phoenix. Geekyguy holds on to the lead with 88, 14 ahead of Rumple. Scooby10672 wins the week with 50. Make your picks and be careful not to be abnormal, abrupt or overt.

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October 26, 2021

NBA Pickem Week 2: Undefeated Warriors Edition: There are six national NBA games this week starting with a TNT doubleheader tonight of Sixers/Knicks and Nuggets/Jazz. In our pickem geekyguy takes the opening lead with 48 points followed by rumple at 38. Make your picks and somebody explain to me how Golden State got good again.

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October 17, 2021

Play the SportsFilter NBA Pickem: There are eight national TV games to open the 2021-22 NBA season, starting Tuesday night with a doubleheader on TNT. Pick the winners of those games in our NBA Pickem contest, the margin of victory and which games are stone cold lead pipe locks. First prize for the season is a Molten BG-Series leather FIBA basketball.

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