Wizards ride 15th straight home win to first place

Approaching the All-Star break, the Wizards are one of the hottest and most surprising teams in the NBA, and they aren’t showing any signs of slowing down.

With a convincing 117-101 win over the Knicks Tuesday in D.C., not only did the Wizards (28-20) tie the second-longest home win streak in franchise history at 15, but also jumped to the No. 4 seed in the East and into the Southeast Division lead over the idle Hawks.

Harrison Barnes led the way for the Mavericks with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Despite early easy struggles, Dallas has won seven of their past 10 including back-to-back wins over the Spurs and Cavs.

DeMarcus Cousins became just the ninth player in the last 30 years with at least four 3-pointers and 20 made free throws in a game but his 45 points weren’t enough as the Kings blew a 16-point lead in a loss to the Sixers. Playing without Joel Embiid (knee), the Sixers scored 42 points in the third quarter and held on after the Kings’ Arron Afflalo missed a tying 3-pointer at the buzzer. Robert Covington had 23 points, 10 rebounds and four steals in the Sixers’ 122-119 win.

The Pistons were just 3 of 27 from beyond the arc in a 113-109 loss to the Celtics. Marcus Morris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were the only Pistons to hit a 3-pointer and couldn’t stop Boston All-Star Isaiah Thomas from his fourth 40-point game in his past 21 games.

Knicks (21-28) at Wizards (27-20), 7 p.m. ET — Washington is seeking its 15th straight home win Tuesday against the Knicks, who may be without Derrick Rose (questionable, ankle). The Wizards Cheap NFL Jerseys From China have won the previous two matchups against the Knicks this season but have been outscored 71-45 in Cheap Oakland Raiders Jerseys the fourth quarter.

Derrick Rose on appreciating Knicks’ triangle offense: ‘Do I have a choice?’

Derrick Rose has been playing better lately, but he’s still not happy in the Knicks’ offense.

The triangle is Knicks president Phil Jackson’s revolutionary scheme that transcended the sport and helped him coach 11 championship teams. Rose still isn’t feeling it.

Rose, who will be a free agent at the end of the season, has scored at least 13 Best Cheap Jerseys From China points in his last eight games, while averaging 17.6 points and 4.4 assist per game this season. Yet, the point guard has been critical of the triangle offense, mainly because he can’t shoot.

Though his stance hasn’t changed much, he is learning to accept the offense he plays in while trying to make the best of it.

“S–t, do I have a choice? Do I have a choice?” Rose said, via New York Daily News, when asked if he’s warming up to the triangle. “I just want to win games. Winning takes care of every category for an athlete.”

Three-point shooting has never been Rose’s strong suit. Even when he was a top prep star, at Simeon in Chicago, and fans were flocking to watch him. The triangle offense exposes that weakness.

“I could shoot them (3-pointers) now, I just don’t want to,” he said. “I don’t have time to be dealing with the critics that come with all that. So I’d rather be efficient than just try things.

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NBA trade rumors: Carmelo Anthony wants Rockets deal, not Knicks return

Carmelo Anthony wants out.

And he has made that abundantly clear to the Knicks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (via the New York Post).

Anthony “has made it clear to them: I want to go to Houston. I am not interested in talking to you about being reincorporated back into this New York roster,” the NBA insider paraphrased Anthony’s mindset on “SportsCenter.”

The assessment came a day after the new Knicks braintrust was said to be thinking about keeping Anthony in an effort to wait for his trade value to climb after months of bad-mouthing by former team president Phil Jackson.

LaVar Ball, however, has absolutely zero concerns about Fox, especially after Lonzo’s impressive summer league.

“Have you heard about De’Aaron Fox? Hell nah,” LaVar said on Fox Sports Radio when asked if his son purposely “ducked” the Kings and Fox this summer. “You can’t hear about him unless he puts my boy’s name in his mouth. He been doing all this stuff and ain’t nobody been talking about him. So he and his dad gotta link themselves to us to be relevant. De’Aaron Fox had a whole season and the only thing they talk about is 39 points against Zo. You don’t put Zo in a sentence, nobody cares about him.”

Fox had a nice summer himself averaging 11.8 points and 3.0 assists in 21.3 minutes Cheap Mountain Bike Jerseys per game. In his debut game he went for 18 points (7 for 16 from the field), four assists, three rebounds, five steals and a block in 27 minutes.

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Kevin Durant injury update: Warriors star ‘not trying to put a date on’ return

Kevin Durant doesn’t want anyone feeling sorry for him and his basketball “boo-boo.”

One week since injuring his left knee, the hobbled Warriors star was sporting a large brace and crutches as he surfaced Wednesday at Oracle Arena to brief reporters on his rehab process. But with three weeks until a scheduled reevaluation, Durant wasn’t interested in throwing around possible return dates.

“I’m not even trying to put a date on it,” Durant said, via the San Jose Mercury News. “I’m setting goals every single day. Straightening my leg out, that was a big goal of mine throughout this week. I was able to accomplish that. Got some range of motion as I bent my leg. So that was a key for me. Just trying to set these small goals day by day.”

“I’m glad this matter is resolved,” Sefolosha’s attorney Alex Spiro told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Antic, meanwhile, also filed a civil lawsuit against the five police officers, and that case is still pending, Spiro said.

Kerr said the fact that it’s a back-to-back on the road, when the team is arriving in the second city at 3 a.m., helped him make the decision. He said resting the players will give them three consecutive days of rest.

Iguodala had a, shall we say, interesting response to the NFL Jerseys Outlet forced vacation, saying he just has to listen to what “the master” orders.

Iguodala, when told he and the rest of the main guys are resting tomorrow: “No clue. Do what master says.”

Curry, Green, Thompson and Iguodala played 35, 38, 36 and 32 minutes respectively on Friday night against Minnesota.

At least there’s going to be some college basketball on. And NFL Jerseys Cheap Lorde is performing on Saturday Night Live, so there’s that, too.

NBA Draft order 2017: Complete list of picks for Rounds 1-2

Searching for the 2017 NBA Draft order and results without all that annoying analysis? You’ve come to the right place.

Below is the draft order for Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2017 NBA Draft, which will be updated with draft results featuring pick number, team, player and position, minus the analysis and draft grades. Of course, if you would like our NBA experts to tell you how smart (or stupid) your team’s picks were, we’ll have you covered with our pick-by-pick analysis for Round 1, and we’ll have our Draft Grades on Friday to determine the winners and losers.

In proposing change to one-and-done rule, NBA’s Adam Silver employs ‘alternative facts’

The most disappointing aspect of NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s pronouncements regarding his reconsideration of league’s age limit for entering the player draft is that he is so astoundingly wrong on basic facts. It’s as if the truth-is-optional culture has invaded the league headquarters at 645 Fifth Avenue.

This year the projection is that we’re going to have 20 one-and-done players coming, actually being drafted this year, Silver said Thursday at his state-of-the-NBA address. When we first changed the minimum age from 18 to 19, the following year — in 2006 — we had two one-and-done players.

That’s the kind of linguistic gymnastics we’ve come to expect from gentlemen in suits speaking to the broader public in this calendar year, but not previously from the NBA commish.

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He teed it up nicely and now the internet is smashing him down the fairway

How did LeBron James think he would escape getting made fun of for his Instagram post after the NBA Finals? How? Especially considering all of the factors involved.

For one he shaved his head to hide his receding hairline; second, the facial expressions are pretty priceless; and finally, it really got popular the day of the Warriors’ championship parade in an attempt to divert attention to LeBron himself.

He teed it up nicely and now the internet is smashing him down the fairway. Just observe what one comedian posted this week on Instagram.

But don’t leave out some other NBA athletes. Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brother got in on the action.

In a move to clear cap space and likely prepare for the arrival of Lonzo Ball, the Lakers are trading guard D’Angelo Russell and center Timofey Mozgov to the Nets for center Brook Lopez and the 27th pick in this year’s NBA Draft, according to The Vertical.

The Lakers will shed the final three years of Mozgov’s four-year, $64 million contract, along with a young starter in Russell, as they begin to target big names via trades or free agency. Lopez is on an expiring contract, making him an unrestricted free agent in 2018, the summer when LeBron James and Paul George will be unrestricted free agents.

Earliest permissible date for clubs to renegotiate or extend the rookie contract of a drafted rookie who was selected in any round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Any permissible renegotiated or extended player contract will not be considered a rookie contract, and will not be subject to the rules that limit rookie contracts.

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1995-96 Bulls or 2016-17 Warriors?

The Warriors staked their claim as best NBA team of all time by going 16-1 in the playoffs and capturing the NBA title. With a lineup that includes two league MVPs, two other stars and quality role players, there hasn’t been a team like these Warriors ever before.

Could the 2016-17 Warriors beat the team that’s widely considered as the best ever, though? The 1995-96 Bulls featured the best player in the history of the league in Michael Jordan, greats in Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman and a number of effective role players around them.

Green picks up his third personal foul with two minutes left in the first half, then gets hit with a technical foul for arguing with official Monty McCutchen. Oh boy.

There’s a Draymond sucks! chant circulating through the arena.

LeBron James is now over halfway to surpassing Michael Jordan in all-time postseason points, with 15. He is currently shooting 5 of 6 from the field and 5 of 8 from the free throw line.

A controversial personal foul (plus a technical) won’t go over well in Boston. The Celtics already have 15 personal fouls, and the Cavs lead 52-31.

The Cavs aren’t messing around in Game 5, leading 43-27 in Boston after the first quarter. They are shooting 16 of 23 from the field and have set a franchise record for most points scored in a playoff quarter. LeBron James has a game-high 11 points, while Kevin Love has 10. Marcus Smart has a team-high six points apiece for the Celtics.

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Astros SP Lance McCullers Jr. to rejoin rotation Saturday, report says

Astros starting pitcher Lance McCullers Jr. is expected to return to the rotation Saturday against the Mariners, according to the Houston Chronicle.

McCullers has been on the disabled list since June 9 due to back pain. He made it through a bullpen session on Monday.

Houston has lost five of its last eight games with McCullers and ace Dallas Keuchel out of the rotation.

McCullers, 23, who has developed into a solid No. 2 starter, has a 2.58 ERA and 89 strikeouts so far this season.

The Astros still have the best record in baseball, but will likely be in the market for a starting pitcher before the July 31 trade deadline.

Washington traded its pick in the draft, No. 52 overall, to New Orleans for point guard Tim Frazier, according to multiple reports. Frazier, 26, will be joining his fifth team in four seasons; he previously was with the Celtics, 76ers andTrail Blazers before joining the Pelicans in March 2016. Last season he averaged 7.1 points and 5.2 assists in 23.5 minutes per game. He made 35 starts as New Orleans dealt with a slew of injuries.

The Clippers have been in contact with several teams, including the Suns, while exploring the market for center DeAndre Jordan, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.

Phoenix reportedly shot down discussions with LA regarding a potential trade of Tyson Chandler and the Suns’ No. 4 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft in exchange for Jordan.

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NBA Finals 2017: Cavs vs. Warriors series puts season-long debate on rest to bed

Turns out, if you were an NBA team that did not rest players over the course of the six-month regular season, you were not going to play for a championship.

For 82 games, you might have been able to take a holier-than-thou stance, preaching about love of the game and respect for fans. Back in March, All-Star Wizards guard John Wall said the NBA has, kind of gotten a little softer, because of teams propensity to rest stars. Heat president Pat Riley was livid about the resting issue, calling it, a travesty, an absolute travesty, and blatantly so.

Klay Thompson added to Cleveland’s misery by scoring 30 points with six rebounds. Stephen Curry poured in 26 points with 13 rebounds.

Despite allowing Curry to haul in an abnormal amount of rebounds, Cleveland did a better job of playing to its strengths in Game 3. LeBron James muscled his way into the paint to score 39 points with 11 rebounds and nine assists. He also got Draymond Green in some foul trouble.

Haunting chants of MVP were showered upon James whenever his Cleveland faithful had the chance. James was helped by Kyrie Irving, who dazzled with his quick cross-over dribbles and acrobatic finishes at the rim. He finished with 38 points, but shot 0 for 7 from beyond the arc.

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NBA Finals 2017: 11 stats to pique your interest

The NBA Finals begin Thursday in Oakland where the Cavaliers take on the Warriors. It’s the third consecutive NBA Finals featuring the two teams (more on that in a moment). Here’s a quick look at some of the interesting facts about the two teams and some of their star players, put together by Opta, the world’s leading sports data provider.

I think at the end of the day, I think everyone talks to officials. I talk to them. But going over the edge isn’t going to win me a championship. I think I’m a pretty smart guy and I learned my lesson, so I went over the edge before, fool me once, you can’t fool me twice.

That response was honest and reflective, which is about all you can hope for. Give credit to the reporter for making it clear he was interested in what Green had to say, and give credit to Green for recognizing that and giving it serious thought.

There was no firing back or evisceration by Green. Sometimes we just need to dig deeper to find something interesting. And when Green talks, there’s usually something waiting below the surface.

At the same time, reliable pieces left Indiana. Receiver Pierre Garcon would have been the perfect complement to T.Y Hilton; instead, he departed in 2012. Safety Antoine Bethea returned to form after leaving Indianapolis. The Colts even lost their Pro Bowl punter. Pat McAfee retired at age 29 in order to pursue writing and pro wrestling careers.

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