Basketball Wiretap

Jarrett Allen Was Fouled In Final Seconds Of Nets' Game 4 Loss, According To NBA

Apr 21, 2019 8:19 PM

Jarrett Allen was fouled by Tobias Harris in the final seconds of the Brooklyn Nets' 112-108 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in game 4, according to the league's Last Two Minute Report.

Harris held Allen as Allen attempted to roll to the basket with the Nets down 2 points. The extra moment enabled 3 Sixers defenders to converge on Allen, resulting in a turnover. 

"So the big point of emphasis this year was the wrapping, wrapping the player when he rolls to the rim. Judge for yourself if you watch the clip, but there was a clear wrap by Tobias Harris on the roll. I am just disappointed. That was a point of emphasis on day one at the coaches' meetings -- that they were going to emphasize that at the beginning of the game, the end of the game and all season. So how that all of a sudden doesn't become a foul on the wrap, I don't understand that," said Kenny Atkinson following the loss.

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Gordon Hayward Scores 20 Points In Sweep, Says 'It's Just The Beginning' For Celtics

Apr 21, 2019 7:03 PM

Gordon Hayward shot 7 of 9 from the field and scored 20 points in the Boston Celtics' 110-106 win over the Indiana Pacers to sweep the series.

"There's nothing worse than sitting there and not be able to play in the playoffs especially. So to be able to be with my teammates, be a part of something like this where we got a chance to sweep the Pacers, after everything that happened last year, it makes it all worth it -- no doubt. And it's just the beginning for us. We still got a lot of work to do," said Hayward.

Brad Stevens added that their patience with Hayward's progress throughout the season is paying off in the playoffs.

"It's been a long process to get back to where he probably feels as good as he does now. We knew that going in. We said all year [that] every 20 games he's going to be a little bit better, and he was big at the end of the game tonight for sure," said Stevens.

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DeMar DeRozan Fined $25,000 For Throwing Ball At Scott Foster

Apr 21, 2019 4:33 PM

DeMar DeRozan received a $25,000 fine for his 4th quarter ejection in the San Antonio Spurs' game 4 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

DeRozan threw the ball at Scott Foster after he was called for a charge and was given two technical fouls.

"Frustration. I thought it was a bad call," said DeRozan following the game.

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Sean Marks Suspended 1 Game For Entering Referee's Locker Room

Apr 21, 2019 4:17 PM

Sean Marks received a 1 game suspension and a $25,000 fine for entering the referee's locker room following the Brooklyn Nets' 112-108 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers in game 4.

The game was marred by ejections to Jimmy Butler and Jared Dudley following a scuffle between Dudley and Joel Embiid. Marks believed that Embiid's flagrant 1 fouls should have been upgraded to flagrant 2's.

Marks intended to send a message to his team about how the franchise is supporting them as they compete in the playoffs, according to Adrian Wojnarowski. 

The 76ers are up 3-1 in the series. 

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James Harden After Missing First 15 Shots In Game 3: 'Keep Shooting, Keep Being Aggressive'

Apr 21, 2019 11:55 AM

James Harden missed his first 15 shots and didn't score a field goal until the 4th quarter in the Houston Rockets' 104-101 win to go up 3-0 against the Utah Jazz.

Harden ended the game shooting 3-20 from the field, but went 14-16 from the free throw line. He scored 14 of his 22 points in the 4th quarter.

"Keep shooting, keep being aggressive. 0-of-15, 14-of-15, 15-of-15, my job is to go out there and produce and be aggressive and in attack mode. Nothing changes," said Harden.

Harden gave little credit to the Jazz defense for his shooting performance.

"Nope, just missed a couple of shots. Two or three, I think."

Rudy Gobert said that the Jazz need to compete with the same intensity the rest of the series.

"The way we started the game, we were tough. I don't think they felt us in the first two games. We should play that way every night. I think that's who we are, and we've got to play the same way every night," added Gobert.

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NBA Playoffs Snapshots (April 20): 76ers/Nets, Nuggets/Spurs, Bucks/Pistons, Rockets/Jazz

Apr 21, 2019 11:52 AM

What happened in four snapshots in the NBA Playoffs on Saturday, April 20, 2019.

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Jontay Porter Declares For 2019 NBA

Apr 21, 2019 11:37 AM

Missouri sophomore Jontay Porter has declared for the 2019 NBA draft.

The 6'11" Porter, who is the little brother of Michael Porter Jr., missed the entire 2018-19 season after tearing his ACL and MCL in a preseason scrimmage. Porter then re-tore his ACL in March.

Porter averaged 9.9 points and 6.8 rebounds as a freshman. He is ranked #42 in ESPN's NBA draft rankings. 

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Michael Malone On Winning Game 4 In San Antonio: 'We're Living In The Present'

Apr 21, 2019 4:15 AM

Michael Malone said the Denver Nuggets were living in the moment after winning their first game in San Antonio since 2012. The Nuggets' 117-103 win tied the series 2-2.

"I saw a confidence. I saw a young team that was not thinking about 2012. Because if you think about the last seven years that's going to overwhelm you. We're living in the present. We're living today," said Malone.

Malone emphasized the importance of physicality before the game. Gregg Popovich said the Spurs failed to respond.

"Overall, the Nuggets competed, and we did not. Their physicality was obvious from the get-go. We knew that was gonna happen, and we did not respond. So it was a very disappointing loss, 'cause I think the Nuggets played harder and smarter than we did," Popovich.

DeMar DeRozan was ejected in the 4th quarter after throwing a ball at official Scott Foster.

"Frustration. I thought it was a bad call. Combination of both," said DeRozan on his ejection. 

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Suns May Prefer To Draft Ja Morant Over Zion Williamson

Apr 21, 2019 12:04 AM

The Phoenix Suns may prefer to draft Ja Morant over Zion Williamson, according to sources around the NBA. 

James Jones is said to "be a fan" of the Murray State point guard, especially considering the Suns' need at that position, writes Sam Vecenie of The Athletic. Vecenie is, however, skeptical that the Suns would pass on Williamson over Morant.

The Suns have a 14 percent chance of landing the first pick in the draft.

The NBA Draft Lottery takes place on May 14th. 

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French Forward Sekou Doumbouya Declares For 2019 NBA Draft

Apr 20, 2019 9:32 PM

French forward Sekou Doumbouya declared for the 2019 NBA draft. Doumbouya is currently the youngest player in the draft, and won't turn 19 until December 23rd.

Doumbouya is ranked as the 8th top prospect on ESPN's Top 100 list. 

The 6'9" Doumbouya averaged 6.7 points and 3 rebounds in the French Pro A league and the EuroCup.

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Joel Embiid Scores 31 Points, Calls Jared Dudley 'A Nobody' After Sixers Win
Embiid said he would pay Butler's fine following his ejection.

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Georgian Center Goga Bitadze Declares For 2019 NBA Draft
The 7-foot Bitadze has the highest PER for a teenager in Euroleague history.

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Draymond Green Credits Losing Weight With Improvement In Play
Green cut out alcohol and fried foods from his diet.

Marcus Thompson II/The Athletic

Croatian Forward Luka Samanic Declares For NBA Draft
The 6'11" forward is the 39th highest rated prospect on ESPN's Top 100.

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Damian Lillard Says Blazers Have To 'Get A Little Smarter' In Dealing With Officiating
Lillard and C.J. McCollum combined for less free throws than Paul George in their game 3 loss.

Jason Quick/The Athletic

NBA Playoffs Snapshots (April 19): Raptors/Magic, Celtics/Pacers, Thunder/Blazers
On the Game 3 wins by the Raptors, Celtics and Thunder.

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Rockets Promote 2 Members Of Front Office
Daryl Morey credited the duo with helping acquire Chris Paul and re-signing Clint Capela.

Jonathan Feigen/Houston Chronicle

Monty Williams, Tyronn Lue To Meet With Lakers Ownership For Second Interview
Jeanie Buss will be involved in meetings with Lue and Williams next week.

Adrian Wojnarowski & Dave McMenamin/ESPN

Michael Malone: Nuggets Need To 'Send A Message' With Hard Fouls In Game 4
Malone said the Nuggets need to make the Spurs uncomfortable by playing more physically.

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Rob Pelinka Interviews Tyronn Lue For Vacant Lakers Coaching Job
Pelinka is also expected to meet with Monty Williams for a second time, and interview Juwan Howard next week.

Adrian Wojnarowski/ESPN

Joel Embiid Doubtful For Game 4 With Sore Knee
Brett Brown said the 76ers need to keep buying Embiid time to recover from his injury.

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NBA Rescinds Game 3 Technicals Against Kevin Durant, JaMychal Green
Kevin Durant is now five technicals away from an automatic one-game suspension.

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Wolves To Interview Chauncey Billups For President Of Basketball Ops Job
Chauncey Billups interviewed for the same role with the Cavaliers in 2017.

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76ers Call Report Alleging Discord 'Steaming Pile Of Trash'
The report indicated Elton Brand approached the owners of the 76ers about trading Ben Simmons.

Sydney Morning Herald

Kevin Durant: My Actual Basketball Play Should Be Headlines, Not Future Decision
Kevin Durant has been linked with a departure from the Warriors all season.

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Rich Cho To Oversee Analytics, Salary Cap Administration For Grizzlies
Zach Kleiman interned for Rich Cho with the Hornets just seven years ago.

Peter Edmiston/The Athletic

Bobby Webster: Entire Season Will Play Role In Kawhi Leonard's Decision
Bobby Webster was asked if Toronto's postseason result will correlate to Kawhi Leonard's decision.

Dan Woike/Los Angeles Times

NBA Playoffs Snapshots (April 18): 76ers/Nets, Spurs/Nuggets, Warriors/Clippers
The 76ers, Spurs and Warriors took 2-1 leads after their respective Game 3s.

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Dunc'd On: BRK/PHI; SAS/DEN; LAC/GSW Game 3s, News
Nate Duncan and Danny Leroux recap BRK/PHI, DEN/SAS, and GSW/LAC.

Joel Embiid Sits Out 76ers Win With Sore Knee, Says He Has To 'Trust The Process'
Greg Monroe finished with 9 points and 13 rebounds in place of Embiid.

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