June 10, 2015 |
WHEN CLEVELAND Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova went to the foul line with 10.1 seconds of overtime remaining in Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night, 76ers coach Brett Brown saw a look he has become very familiar with through the years. "He bit down on that mouthpiece, grabbed the ball from the ref and bam, bam. He nailed both of them without any hesitation," said Brown, sounding a bit like a fan, more like a proud father. Dellavedova's two makes gave the Cavaliers a 94-93 lead in what eventually turned into a 95-93 win, evening the series with the Golden State Warriors at one game each.
June 5, 2015 |
HARD TO BELIEVE, or maybe not, but 31 NBA champions have been crowned since the 76ers won the title in 1983 with their four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers. Only eight teams have made up those 31 champions - Lakers (eight), Chicago (six), San Antonio (five), Detroit, Miami and Boston (three each), Houston (two) and Dallas (one) - while the winner of this year's Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will make it nine in 32. Cleveland has never won an NBA title and the Warriors haven't held the hardware since 1975.
April 19, 2015 |
EASTERN CONFERENCE (1) Atlanta Hawks (60-22) vs. (8) Brooklyn Nets (38-44) Season series: Hawks, 4-0. Coaches: Atlanta, Mike Budenholzer (2d season, 98-66); Brooklyn, Lionel Hollins (1st season with the Nets, 38-44; overall, 252-245). Top three Atlanta: Paul Millsap, 6-8, F (16.7 ppg., 7.8 rpg.), Al Horford, 6-10, C (15.2 ppg., 7.2 rpg.), Jeff Teague, 6-2 PG (15.9 ppg., 7.0 apg.). Brooklyn: Joe Johnson, 6-7 SG (14.4 ppg., 4.8 rpg.), Brook Lopez, 7-0 C (17.2 ppg., 7.4 rpg.)
March 31, 2015 |
CLEVELAND - While being interviewed on the court immediately after the game against the 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving laughed and apologized to the fans, calling his team's performance "one of the ugliest we've played here. " He then went on to commend the Sixers for their hard play and coach Brett Brown for the continued good work that is being put in. There was no laughter in the Sixers' locker room following the 87-86 loss. Brown was upset that the referees didn't take a look at a replay toward the end of the game to check the time on the clock and Nerlens Noel, who had a chance to win the game on a 7-footer with 2.8 seconds to go, wasn't feeling real good about the tough effort his team had just put in. Despite limiting the Cavaliers (48-27)
February 11, 2015 |
Playing defense wouldn't be considered the fun part of basketball for most players, but don't make that suggestion to La Salle's Khalid Lewis. The redshirt junior guard doesn't mind the grunt work. Actually, he relishes any aspect of attempting to stop the opponent. For Lewis, playing D has been a lifelong passion. "For a lot of players it isn't fun, but it is fun for me," Lewis said. "I like taking the best player and defending him and doing whatever I can to help my team win. " This is Lewis' second season with La Salle after sitting out a year following his transfer from Delaware.
February 4, 2015 |
CLEVELAND - Sixers coach Brett Brown once cut Matthew Dellavedova from the Australian National Team. The scrappy backup point guard exacted his revenge last night. Dellavedova made three three-pointers and scored 10 points in the final 7:09, allowing the Cleveland Cavaliers to escape with a 97-84 win over Philadelphia. The 76ers, who trailed 59-39 early in the third quarter, made it a one-possession game three times in the fourth before Dellavedova caught fire to fend off their upset bid. "My Australian friend wasn't a friend tonight," Brown quipped.
February 3, 2015 |
CLEVELAND - This is the homecoming JaKarr Sampson dreamed of while he was growing up in Akron. The 76ers' starting shooting guard will take the court Monday night at Quicken Loans Arena to square off against LeBron James and his once beloved Cleveland Cavaliers. "I might clown around with [James] on the court," said Sampson, an undrafted rookie free agent. "I'm sure I'll be guarding him a few possessions. " Don't be surprised if the always jovial Sampson breaks out in laughter during pregame introductions.
January 7, 2015 |
Dion Waiters said he was unaware of his role with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday morning. By 7 p.m., the Philadelphia native didn't have to worry about that. Waiters was pulled out of the starting lineup before the start of the game against the 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. He was dealt to the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of a three-team trade. The New York Knicks sent J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert to the Cavaliers and received Lou Amundson, Alex Kirk and a second-round pick in return.
October 2, 2014 |
LOOKS AS IF Cavaliers guards Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving are on better terms. Last season, things reportedly got so heated between the two that a players-only meeting was called. Yesterday, Waiters gave Irving some love while commenting on a statement by Wizards guard Bradley Beal. On Monday, Beal said he and John Wall were "definitely the best backcourt in the league. " Yesterday, Waiters responded. "That's nonsense," the Philly-born Waiters told reporters after practice.
July 14, 2014 |
CLEARLY, you can indeed go home again, and if you are LeBron James, you dramatically change the entire power hierarchy of the National Basketball Association when you do it. The only thing close to the shakeup that James has caused by deciding to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers 4 years after he deserted them to take his talents to the Miami Heat was when Michael Jordan retired for the first time from the Chicago Bulls in 1993. "His Airness" put the basketball down for 1 1/2 seasons to pick up a baseball bat, but that did not kick off the domino effect that King James leaving South Beach has. In one heart-tug to return to his roots, James has reduced the Heat from a team that had gone to four consecutive NBA Finals and won two championships to one that very well soon could be preparing for the lottery.