January 2021 Basketball Wiretap

Nikola Jokic After 47-Point Game: 'I'm Going To Score When We Need It'

Jan 31, 2021 11:24 PM

Nikola Jokic matched a career-high 47 points in the Denver Nuggets' 128-117 win over the Utah Jazz.

The win also snapped the Jazz's 11-game win streak.

"I'm going to score when we need it. It's just a game. The main thing is just win the game. I'm going to score however much I need just to win the game," said Jokic after the game. 

The Nuggets shot 88.2% from the three-point line in the first half, the highest 3-point field goal in a half over the past 20 seasons.

Will Barton said he tried to convince Jokic to hit the 50-point mark.

"You know him; he don't care about that kind of stuff. He's just playing basketball, being aggressive, being who he is. We definitely wanted the big fella to get 5-0 tonight."


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Tom Thibodeau: Immanuel Quickley Will Have 'Significant Role' Even If He Doesn't Start

Jan 30, 2021 1:36 PM

Tom Thibodeau said that Immanuel Quickley will continue to have an important role on the team whether or not he starts for the New York Knicks.

"Because someone doesn’t start, that’s really not that important to me ... we’re always looking at different lineups and what works best and how guys complement each other. So, he’s going to have a significant role. But we’re going to need everyone," said Thibodeau following the Knicks' 102-81 win over the Cavs on Friday night.

Quickley finished the game with 25 points and 5 rebounds in just under 25 minutes.

Quickley added that he's focused on helping the team win while coming off the bench. 

“When I come into the game, just giving energy, playing my game which is playing hard, being unselfish, being aggressive when I have to, playing defense and really just doing whatever the team needs me to do to get wins." 

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Joe Lacob: Warriors Losing 70% Of Revenue Without Fans

Jan 30, 2021 1:29 PM

The Golden State Warriors are missing out on 70% of their revenue without fans attending games, according to Joe Lacob.

“Over 70% of our revenue are lost when we’re in this situation without fans,” said Lacob at a recent SporticoLive event. 

The Warriors are adversely impacted because they don't have a large local media contract and due to expenses following their move to a new arena.

Sportico estimates that the team generated $434 million of revenue last season from home games.

Lacob added that the Warriors will continue to try to find ways to get fans in attendance this season, including administering rapid PCR tests at the door.

“It’s actually very costly, but the truth is, we feel that whatever we spend on it, we will get that much back if we can have fans in the building," added Lacob. 

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Lonzo Ball Says He Stays 'Away From All The Noise' Amid Trade Rumors

Jan 30, 2021 12:27 PM

Lonzo Ball says he stays away from the distractions of trade rumors after scoring a season-high 27 points in the New Orleans Pelicans' 131-126 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Ball also hit a career-high seven 3-pointers in the game.

"I just stay the course. I've been playing basketball for a long time. I put a lot of work in and just try to play my game. That's how I play. I just try to stay away from all the noise and just go out there and try to help my team win games," said Ball.

Eric Bledsoe also hit seven 3s in the game. Ball and Bledsoe came the fifth starting backcourt in NBA history to hit at least seven 3-pointers in the same game. 

Steve Adams noted Ball's aggressiveness to get to the paint.

"Our guys were doing a good job of taking angles that made it so the defense had to rotate and then we were finding the open guy from there."

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Luka Doncic Following 19-Point Loss To Jazz: 'It's Looking Like We Don't Care'

Jan 30, 2021 12:10 PM

Luka Doncic called out the Dallas Mavericks' effort following their 120-101 loss to the Utah Jazz.

The Mavs had now lost seven out of their last nine games, with five losses coming in double digits.

"I never felt like this ... I would say right now it's looking like we don't care, honestly, if we win games or not. We just [need] more energy, more effort, dive for every ball, box out, everything," said Doncic following the game.

Josh Richardson, Dorian Finney-Smith, Dwight Powell, and Maxi Kleber have all missed time this season due to COVID-19 protocols.

Rick Carlisle added that the team needs to stick together during their slump.

"It's just a tough stretch and we've got to play through it. Right now, it's about sticking together and fighting our way through this thing."

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Steve Nash Says 'Familiarity Growing' After Nets Score 147 Points In Win

Jan 30, 2021 12:01 PM

Steve Nash said that the Brooklyn Nets still have a "long way to go" on the defensive end after their 147-125 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The 147 points tied the franchise record for most points in a regulation game.

The Nets were without Kevin Durant, who rested for the game.

"There's a familiarity growing, on both ends of the floor. [But] we've got a long way to go defensively. It's not our forte or strong suit, but we've got to be clean with our game plan and talking and participating in our actions," said Nash.

The Nets have scored at least 110 points in 10 out of their last 11 games, and are 6-2 since trading for James Harden.

Harden agreed with Nash in focusing on the defensive side of the ball.

"We're catching a rhythm, obviously, offensively. But defensively as well. We're learning our strengths and our weakness and things we can get better at," said Harden.

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NBA To Adjust Existing Schedule To Avoid Pile-Up Of Games In Second Half Of Season

Jan 28, 2021 1:08 AM

The NBA announced that it will make adjustments to the current schedule in order to avoid a pile-up of games in the second half of the season.

The league will reschedule postponed games between now and the midseason break in March, as well as re-schedule certain games to the second half of the season.

22 games have been postponed thus far this season, with 12 of those games involving the Wizards and Grizzlies.

The Blazers' game against the Wizards, originally scheduled for the second half of the season, was re-scheduled for February 2nd. The league also moved the Blazers game versus the Hornets on February 7th to the second half of the season.  

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Kyrie Irving Return Versus Cavs Was Most-Watched Nets Game On YES Network Since 2014

Jan 27, 2021 1:26 AM

Kyrie Irving's return to the Brooklyn Nets on January 20th, a double overtime loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers, averaged 159,000 total viewers on the YES Network.

That number made it the most-viewed Nets game since December 8th, 2014.

The Nets are averaging 85,000 viewers per game this season on YES as compared to 45,000 last season. 

Bill Shea/The Athletic

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Kevin Durant Says James Harden Finding 'Balance' Between Passing, Scoring

Jan 26, 2021 1:18 AM

James Harden said that he was still getting used to playing alongside Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant after dominating the ball during his time with the Houston Rockets. 

"I was in a role for eight years, controlling the ball, dominating the ball. Now it's a different experience for me, but it's still great," said Harden following the Nets' 98-85 win over the Heat.

Harden finished the game with 20 points and 8 assists, including 10 in the fourth quarter.

Kevin Durant, who added 20 points and 13 rebounds, said that Harden is still finding the right balance between scoring and passing. 

"Feels like he just transferred to a new school and he's trying to figure out the curriculum. ... as a scorer and the focal point of your offense, sometimes the balance between score and pass -- you got to figure that out each night."

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Heat To Use Coronavirus-Sniffing Dogs To Screen Fans For Home Games

Jan 24, 2021 2:02 PM

The Miami Heat will use coronavirus-sniffing dogs to screen fans who attend home games at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The team plan to keep attendance under 2,000 fans, starting this Thursday against the Clippers. 

Fans attending games will enter a screening area, where a detection dog will pass by. Should a dog sit, that is a sign that it has detected COVID-19.

There is also an option for fans to skip the dog screening and submit to a rapid antigen test. Tests can be processed within 45 minutes. 

Tim Reynolds/AP

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DeMarcus Cousins Following 28-Point, 17-Rebound Game: 'Proof That The Work Is Working'

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James Borrego Says LaMelo Ball Turnovers 'Ain't Gonna Cut It For Me'

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Steve Nash After Two Losses To Cavs: Nets Need To 'Dig Deeper' On Defense

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NBA Rescinds Draymond Green Technical Foul

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Rockets Plan To Have John Lucas Work With Kevin Porter Jr.

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Kevin Durant On Kyrie Irving Return In Double-Overtime Loss: It 'Felt Like We Belong Together'

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Rafael Stone: Assets From James Harden Trade Give Rockets 'Flexibility'

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Paul George On Mentality This Season: 'I'm Coming Back With Vengeance'

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Giannis Antetokounmpo On Working Through Free Throw Struggles: Just Shoot More


Warriors Viewed LaMelo Ball As More Talented, James Wiseman As Better Fit

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Knicks Hire Nick Restifo To Manage Coaching Analytics

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John Collins Challenges How Trae Young Runs Atlanta's Offense During Film Session

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Tom Thibodeau Says Julius Randle Is 'Engine' Of Knicks

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Bradley Beal Says 60-Point Game Doesn't 'Count' Due To Loss

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Bob Myers: Without Klay Thompson, Warriors At Intermission

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Steve Nash Doesn't Want To Turn DeAndre Jordan, Jarrett Allen Situation Into 'Mini-Drama'

Brian Lewis/New York Post

Steve Kerr: 'It's Going To Take Some Time' For Draymond Green To Regain Conditioning, Rhythm

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John Wall Says He'll Be 'Even Better' Next Game After 22-Point Return

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