Pacers hit franchise-record 19 3s, Paul George drops 40 as Pacers beat Wizards Ball Don't Lie (Dan Devine) — When the Indiana Pacers and Washington Wizards squared off in the 2014 Eastern Conference semifinals, it was a matchup of two defense-first teams that played at plodding paces, preferring to their grind their opponents into the dust with interior play from their supersized frontcourts. What a difference two years — and a couple of playoff exits as the hands of teams that ran faster, more...
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Kristaps Porzingis grew up a Kobe fan. Still is one. ProBasketballTalk (Kurt Helin) — There is a whole generation just like him.
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Nets rookie Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has a tattoo of himself on his back Ball Don't Lie (Dan Devine) — If, like me, you tend to focus more on the NBA game than it college counterpart, you might not have been especially familiar with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson before June, when the Portland Trail Blazers took him with the 23rd overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft before flipping him to the Brooklyn Nets in a draft-night deal. The 6-foot-7 small forward has been an early bright spot for Lionel...
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Some kind 76ers fans are crowd-funding gifts for Brett Brown Ball Don't Lie (Eric Freeman) — It must be hard to be Brett Brown. The head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers is now in his third season of trying to turn general manager Sam Hinkie's combination tanking-art project into a functional basketball team. The results have been very, very bad — Brown has only 37 wins to his name and is currently overseeing an 0-15 campaign. Through it all, he has to preach the importance of...
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Hassan Whiteside on intentional fouls: “It’s not working, so keep fouling me” ProBasketballTalk (Kurt Helin) — “Foul me so I can get a double-double and we can win. It’s not working, so keep fouling me.” —Hassan Whiteside.
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LeBron James: Spend less time comparing, more appreciating the greats ProBasketballTalk (Kurt Helin) — Monday night, LeBron James joined Oscar Robertson as the only two players in NBA history to be in the top 25 all-time in assists and scoring. Somewhere this summer (maybe late last season), Stephen Curry passed LeBron James and the best player walking the face of the earth. Don’t even get started on trying to […]
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Was it Jon Koncak's big contract that influenced Shaquille O'Neal to play basketball? Ball Don't Lie (Kelly Dwyer) — Was it Jon Koncak’s six-year, $13.2 million deal that helped shift Shaquille O’Neal away from the dangers of football, with its Dan Patrick-sized free safeties, and influence him to fully commit to basketball? To hear Shaq tell it, it was Koncak’s “15 million for three years” (actually, again, $13.2 million for six years) deal that pushed the big fella over the edge as a youth. [ Follow...
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Who wins a footrace: Kyle Anderson or Tim Duncan? ProBasketballTalk (Kurt Helin) — You could time the race with a sundial.
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LeBron James is really leaning into this mustache thing Ball Don't Lie (Dan Devine) — We're nearing the end of November, which means we're nearing the end of Movember , an annual monthlong charitable effort in which men cease grooming their upper lips to raise awareness of and money for research into/treatment of men's health issues like prostate cancer and testicular cancer. LeBron James got his Cleveland Cavaliers teammates to commit to the mustache-growing bit as a ...
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LeBron James thinks we should compare great players less, appreciate them more Ball Don't Lie (Dan Devine) — LeBron James added another accolade to his all-time résumé on Monday night, joining Oscar Robertson as the only players in NBA history to rank in the top 25 on the all-time scoring and assist lists after scoring 15 points and dropping 13 dimes in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 117-103 win over the Orlando Magic at Quicken Loans Arena. Ever since his introduction to the world via the pages of SLAM...
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Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah are still trying to find their place on the Bulls Ball Don't Lie (Kelly Dwyer) — In a game that’s getting smaller and smaller, the Chicago Bulls have a big man problem. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball ] Joakim Noah looked awful – as in, “should not be playing basketball at this level” -awful, offensively in a loss to the Golden State Warriors on Friday. Center Pau Gasol looked like a man out of time, pushed to the fringes on...
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In wake of recent confusing calls, here are 10 obscure rules you might not know about

ESPN: NBA When there are rules that aren't well known until they're invoked, it can confuse fans, players and even refs. Here's a look of 10 obscure rules in a variety of sports you might not know about.
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