Basketball

February 02, 2023

NBA Pickem Week 11: Paolo Banchero Edition: There are five games to pick in this late-starting NBA Pickem, starting tonight with a TNT doubleheader of Memphis at Cleveland and L.A. Clippers at Milwaukee. Rumple has claimed first place by winning the week with 43. Has Orlando been on a national game this season? Paolo Banchero is on track to average 20 points a game, the first rookie to do that since Luka five years ago. Make your picks.

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January 24, 2023

NBA Pickem Week 10: Figure This Shit Out Edition: A TNT doubleheader of Celtics/Heat and Clippers/Lakers begins the NBA week tonight and there's a tripleheader on Saturday of Mavs/Suns, Nuggets/Sixers and Knicks/Nets. I'm one ahead of Rumple in the pickem with Ufez 13 back. Make your picks and be sure to turn your swag up.

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January 16, 2023

NBA Pickem Week 9: Phoenix Sunset Edition: There are four national doubleheaders in this NBA week starting Tuesday night on TNT with Raptors/Bucks and Sixers/Clips. I'm leading our contest by 6 after hitting four locks. Rumple is six back. Make your picks.

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January 11, 2023

NBA Pickem Week 8: 40-for-40 Edition: There are nine national NBA games to pick this week, starting with Bucks/Hawks and Suns/Nuggets tonight on ESPN and ending with Heat/Hawks and Suns/Grizzles Monday on TNT. I'm holding on to first by just 3 after a rough week all around where the high score was 13 by Ufez. Make your picks with the consistency of the Miami Heat taking free throws.

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January 04, 2023

NBA Pickem Week 7: 71 Points and 11 Assists Edition: The national slate of NBA games this week is an ESPN/TNT/ESPN sandwich, beginning tonight when Milwaukee visits Toronto. I'm still in first in the pickem through no fault of my own after scoring 0 points. Rumple climbs to second 5 back. Make your picks and do so well you're drug tested.

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December 20, 2022

Mortage Mogul Buying Suns and Mercury for $4 Billion: If you've been hoping to buy your own pro sports franchise when they became more affordable, forget about it. Billionaire mortgage lender Mat Ishbia is about to buy the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury for $4 billion. Two years ago the going rate for an NBA team was $2.35 billion when Joe Tsai bought the Brooklyn Nets. Departing owner Robert Sarver bought the Suns for $401 million in 2004 from Jerry Colangelo, who got the team for $44 million in 1987.

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NBA Pickem Week 6: Jingle Ball Edition: There's an ESPN doubleheader tonight but the big event is the five-game block of games on Christmas Day: 76ers/Knicks, Lakers/Mavericks, Bucks/Celtics, Grizzlies/Warriors and Suns/Nuggets. I'm back in first with Ufez Jones 24 back. Happy holidays to one and ball.

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December 16, 2022

NBA Draft Pick Retires at 22 Due to Anxiety: Tyrell Terry, chosen by the Dallas Mavericks as the 31st overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, has retired from the sport because of extreme anxiety. In an Instagram post yesterday, Terry described himself "struggling to take normal breaths because of the rock that would sit on my chest that seemed to weigh more than I could carry."

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December 14, 2022

The NBA's new awards and trophies: The NBA revamped its awards to rename and redesign trophies after some of the best players in league history. (More inside)

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December 12, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 5: Paul Silas Edition: Six national games are on the NBA schedule this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. Tomorrow night on TNT Golden State visits Milwaukee and Boston visits the L.A. Lakers. Rumple wins the week with 31 and takes the lead in the pickem. I didn't help myself by forgetting to pick three games and locking Boston over Golden State. Make your picks!

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December 08, 2022

WNBA star Brittney Griner released from Russian detention: Griner is now in the custody of American officials, a US official told CNN.

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December 06, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 4: Enjoy the Bleeping Game Edition: After two NBA-deficient weeks, there's finally a meaty slate of seven games, starting tonight on TNT with the L.A. Lakers at Cleveland followed by Dallas at Denver. In the pickem my 50-point week catapults me into first, followed by Rumple. Make your picks and match any fines you provoke from opposing NBA teams.

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November 14, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 3: Round Mound of Rebound Edition: There's a six-game national TV slate in the NBA that begins Tuesday night on TNT with Chuck, Charles, Kenny and Ernie. In the NBA Pickem, Rumple holds onto first with 95, followed by me at 83 and Ufez Jones at 70. Make your picks.

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November 08, 2022

NBA Pickem Week 2: Lottery Lakers Edition: The national NBA slate is light this week -- just two games Wednesday and one more Friday, all on ESPN -- so an NBA TV Friday night game between the Nuggets and Celtics is also included in the pickem. Our leader after week 1 is Rumple with 55 points. Make picks with more accuracy than the Lakers shooting threes.

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October 31, 2022

Enter the SportsFilter NBA Pickem: The SportsFilter NBA Pickem has returned, offering a chance to pick the games that air on ABC, ESPN and TNT. There are six games this week starting with a Tuesday night doubleheader on TNT of Bulls/Nets and Wolves/Suns. Make your picks!

posted by rcade to basketball at 06:51 PM - 12 comments

October 28, 2022

NBA pursuing upper Spending Limit in new agreement with NBPA: Some GMs in the NBA is now covered in a cold sweat at the prospect of being in a hard cap league.

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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.

posted by rcade to basketball at 05:28 PM - 11 comments

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.

posted by rcade to basketball at 08:44 PM - 10 comments

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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