April 30, 2006 |
This stings, doesn't it? The NBA playoffs are under way, with stars putting up big performances and making their reputations, and the 76ers are home. No A.I. No C Webb. So, what to do? Periodically over the next few weeks, we'll look at potential solutions to what ails the Sixers. We are operating on the assumption that no one is off the table, which means you will read about scenarios involving Allen Iverson. (We are on record as saying that that's a dumb idea, but we're also realistic; we know there are no untouchables on a sub-.
December 31, 2012 |
OAKLAND, Calif. - For the better part of this season, Thaddeus Young has been that boxer who has to step up in weight to get fights. However, unlike a prizefighter who usually makes this decision in search of a bigger payday, Young has been forced to do this out of necessity, and the reward is not quite the same. Almost on a nightly basis this season, the 6-foot-8 Young, who before the season actually talked about starting at small forward, winds up banging his body against bigger and stronger players, sometimes giving away as much as 50 pounds, because the 76ers simply don't have a better option right now. On this road trip alone, Young has had to guard bigger and more physical players like Zach Randolph, David Lee, and J.J. Hickson.
May 20, 2009 |
Kobe Bryant scored 40 points as the Los Angeles Lakers scraped past the Denver Nuggets, 105-103, last night in the first game of the Western Conference finals. The Lakers, coming off a surprisingly difficult seven-game series against the Houston Rockets, staved off Carmelo Anthony (39 points) and the well-rested Nuggets at the Staples Center. Denver led most of the game in its return to the conference finals for the first time in 24 years, but Bryant was too much in the stretch, hitting six free throws in the final 30 seconds.
February 4, 2012
The Los Angeles Clippers and free agent Kenyon Martin have agreed to a one-year deal, returning the veteran forward to the NBA after spending part of the season playing for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in China. Martin, 34, has averaged 13.5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in 11 NBA seasons, and last year with Denver averaged 8.6 points and 6.2 rebounds. Cuban, Carlisle fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and coach Rick Carlisle have been fined by the NBA after they became upset with the officiating during Wednesday's 95-86 loss to Oklahoma City.
May 6, 2009 |
The Cleveland Cavaliers shook off some rust, and then shook off the Atlanta Hawks. Newly crowned MVP LeBron James scored 34 points and the well-rested Cavs, who waited 9 days between playoff games after a first-round sweep of Detroit, pulled away in the second half for a 99-72 win over the visiting Hawks in their Eastern Conference semifinal opener last night. James added 10 rebounds, three assists and four steals as the top-seeded Cavs won their fifth straight lopsided game in a postseason that has so far mirrored the best regular season in franchise history.
May 15, 2009 |
Serial harasser? Former NFL quarterback Tony Banks told the Dallas Morning News yesterday that Cristal Taylor - a woman accused of harassing Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki - is the same woman who tried to turn his life upside down in 1997. When their relationship fizzled, Banks said, Taylor began making harassing phone calls to him, his agent, and even his St. Louis Rams head coach, Dick Vermeil. Banks notified team security, which learned that Taylor had a criminal history.
May 28, 2009 |
The Lakers owned the fourth quarter against Denver. Now they have a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals. Kobe Bryant scored 22 points, Lamar Odom had 19 points and 14 rebounds and Pau Gasol added 14 points and 10 rebounds in Los Angeles' 103-94 victory over the visiting Nuggets last night. Game 6 is tomorrow night in Denver, where the Lakers lost Game 4 by 19 points. "Got to come ready to play," Bryant said. "We made a lot of mistakes the last time, the mistakes that took place were execution, and we didn't do things at the defensive end. "We'll come ready to play.
December 26, 2001 |
They drew charging fouls, came up with steals at crucial moments and forced a key 24-second violation. The New York Knicks got back to doing what they used to do best - making critical defensive stops - and avoided their first five-game home losing streak since 1986 by holding off the visiting Toronto Raptors, 102-94, last night. "It's not that we haven't played defense in spurts. If you break it down by quarters we've had some good spurts, but for this game we were pretty consistent for 48 minutes," said Knicks coach Don Chaney, who improved to 3-6 since taking over for Jeff Van Gundy.
December 28, 2008 |
What could have been a surprising start to the 76ers' five-game Western trip turned into just another lost opportunity Friday night. The Sixers led the Denver Nuggets by 17 points midway through the third quarter, then gave it all back in the final 15 minutes, losing, 105-101, at the Pepsi Center. Nuggets point guard Chauncey Billups passed out of a trap to forward Kenyon Martin, who took one dribble and dunked the game-winning points with 9.0 seconds remaining. Sixers swingman Andre Iguodala subsequently was called for traveling.
January 4, 2008 |
Jarrett Jack drove for a go-ahead basket and converted a three-point play with 19 seconds left in the second overtime last night and the visiting Portland Trail Blazers outlasted the Chicago Bulls, 115-109, for their 15th win in 16 games. Brandon Roy had 25 points and Travis Outlaw 21 for Portland, 2-0 since its 13-game winning streak was ended on Monday by Utah. Ben Gordon scored 32 points to lead the Bulls. In other games: At Denver, Kenyon Martin scored underneath with 45 seconds left and the Nuggets turned away the San Antonio Spurs, 80-77.