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Silver to Yahoo: Yes on players' social commentary, no on uniforms
"I respect Derrick Rose and all of our players for voicing their personal views on important issues, but my preference would be for players to abide by our on-court attire rules," Silver told Yahoo Sports in an email on Monday night.
Silver was courtside at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and witnessed Cleveland Cavaliers stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving wearing the T-shirts in response to a New York grand jury failing to bring charges against a police officer in the death of Eric Garner. The arrest of Garner, an African-American man, was caught on tape as the officer placed him in a chokehold despite repeated pleas of "I can't breathe," heard on tape.
Rose wore the "I Can't Breathe," shirt in warmups of the Bulls game on Sunday in Chicago.
NBA: Series shift favors the Celtics2010-06-08
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drama of the NBA Finals? Everything is overanalyzed, everyone is seeking a unique storyline and all the conjecture goes right to the top. One day the Lakers are invincible, the next they might not play another game this season in Los Angeles. Such is now the case after the Celtics dismantled the Lakers in Game 2 of the best-of-7 series. Game 3 is Tuesday night in Boston and the hosts are 2.5-point favorites according to Sportsbook.com.
Boston is in the same predicament as Doc Rivers noted. “We lose and were old, we win and we have veteran experience.”
The easiest aspect to lose sight of is this is a series, a best of seven. That alone usually means twists and turns, especially when it is The Finals.
Face the facts, Boston has too much leadership and experience to go down like a Cleveland, they have players that will find a way to contribute, even if a part of their game is not working 100 percent perfectly.
The Celtics return home where they are 31-19 and 19-30-1 ATS this season (7-2 SU & ATS in the playoffs). While Boston fans and backers are psyched that they can end the series at home, it’s extremely unlikely to happen. As noted, the Celtics are far from a sure thing or bet at home and the Bryant surly attitude after Sunday’s loss would suggest he will come with a vengeance, if the referee’s let both teams play.
Both games in the Finals have gone Over the total, however not based on level of skill shown, rather by referee’s enjoying the tweeting of their whistles and evidently TV time. As compared to the Stanley Cup Finals where penalties are down compared to the rest of the playoffs, the basketball fouls are coming faster than Twitter ‘tweets”.
As John Hollinger of ESPN.com points out, after two contests the numbers show an average of 56 fouls and 67 free throws compared to regular season average of 41.7 and 49.1 per game, respectively. Though playoff basketball tends to be slower and more physical and a few more fouls would be expected to be called since teams will not concede layups as often. Nonetheless, the fouls for a four quarter Finals confrontation are up over 20 percent compared to the rest of the postseason.
NBA fans are not turning on The Finals to see Bryant, Ray Allen and several other players on the bench with ticky-tacky fouls that are not even called during the regular season.
In spite of the defeat, the Phil Jackson and company can’t be totally depressed. It took the best deep shooting performance ever by Allen and a triple-double by Rondo to knock off the Lakers with Bryant and Lamar Odom glued to the bench with fouls for lengthy periods. Though it is earlier than a couple of the other series they’ve played, L.A. is 18-6 ATS when tied in a playoff series since 1996.
Boston will look to keep the pressure on with Rondo forcing the issue with the ball and feeding the C’s big guys in the paint, to keep Pau Gasol and others busy, opening up the mid-range jump shooting game the Celtics prefer.
Sportsbook.com has Rivers club as 2.5-point favorites with total of 193. It will be worth watching how both teams react in the first half traveling across the country and playing a game of this magnitude less than 48 hours after completing the prior conflict and losing additional three hours for time zone shift.
The rest aspect could be important for sports betting purposes with Boston 7-2 ATS with one day between contests and the Lakers 5-14 ATS.
Los Angeles is 13-3 UNDER in road games revenging a straight up loss as a home favorite, while the home team for Game 3 is 7-3 UNDER as playoff favorite.
The starting time moves back to 9:00 Eastern, with the Celtics 4-2 and 4-1-1 ATS when the Lake Show makes an appearance in Bean-Town the last three years.
The StatFox Power Line shows Boston by 6, but oddsmakers couldn’t possibly put out a number that high.
NBA: NBA Playoffs Friday Triple-play2010-04-23
The Boston Celtics looked like a bunch of old geezers the latter part of the schedule, but have found playoff basketball the perfect tonic for what ailed them. San Antonio is elderly at certain positions and too small to match up with Dallas, yet they return home 1-1. The Utah team bus can officially use their handicap sticker for parking with all their injuries, yet they could go up in the series over Denver with a win tonight. That is the backdrop for all three games tonight on the NBA playoff schedule. Let’s take a closer look at each before heading over to the LIVE ODDS page on Sportsbook.com and hitting the confirm button on our wagers.
Boston at Miami 7:00E ESPN
The Heat were a popular wager twice in Boston and they came up short both times as the Celtics went back to what they do best, play defense and take good shots. Playoff basketball can do that for team, the daily grind of the regular season is replaced by focusing on the strengths and weakness of just one foe, creating a singular mindset.
Boston is 13-1 and 10-4 ATS against Miami in just over three seasons of playing the Heat. This provides a certain comfort level not easily achieved, even performing on the postseason road.
“We’re figuring their backs are against the wall and they’re thinking that if they don’t get Game 3 then this is pretty much over,” Kevin Garnett said. “I know that’s what I would be thinking so we’re going to have to be ready for that.” Garnett’s team is 19-7 ATS off a home blowout win by 20 points or more.
Miami is 7-23 ATS at home after playing consecutive road games yet is not showing panic outwardly. “Minor adjustments, of course, but energy, effort, mental, things like that. Those are the things we’ve been so good at so far this year,” Heat forward Udonis Haslem said. “We’ve got to get back to that.”
Sportsbook.com has Boston catching four points, with total of 182 and they are 22-11 ATS as visitors when the total is between 180 and 189.5 points over the last two seasons. The C’s are 10-2 UNDER off a home win by 10 points or more this year. The Heat will attempt to get off the canvas and are 28-13 ATS after allowing 105 points or more, coupled with 9-0 OVER mark off an embarrassing road loss scoring less than 80 points.
Dallas at San Antonio 9:30E ESPN
Tim Duncan, he of the aching knees, having lost a step of quickness, is masquerading as the player he was 10 years ago, averaging 26 points and 12.5 rebounds against Dallas. The Duncan drop-step is back and the lack of quickness has been replaced with smarter positioning to release shots faster before opponent can gather itself.
“For two or three weeks there toward the end of the season, I was starting to wear down a little bit,” Duncan stated. Off the 102-88 thumping, the Spurs are 10-3-1 ATS after breaking the century mark in points.
The Mavericks have looked a little too dependent on offense from Dirk Nowitzki thus far in the series, benefitting from his near perfect 36-point performance in Game 1 and sagging noticeably when he was 9-24 from the field, totaling up 24 points Wednesday night.
Dallas is 14-3 ATS in road games off an upset loss as a favorite and needs production in the paint from their centers. In the opener Erick Dampier and Brandon Heywood totaled 15 points, in Game 2, a meaningless two points.
The Spurs are 3.5-point pick at the AT&T Center where they have covered seven of previous nine. Dallas is spirited 26-15 ATS on the road and 13-3 UNDER revenging a home loss.
Denver at Utah 10:30E ESPN2
If the shoulders of Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer look a little bigger, it’s for good reason; they are forced to carry the load for Utah. Williams had 33 points and 14 assists in 114-111 upset in Denver and Boozer added 20 points and 15 rebounds as the injury-riddled Jazz tied the series.
“D-Will and Booze, they had their way,” said Nuggets point guard Chauncey Billups noted after the contest.
The action moves to Salt Lake City were the Jazz are 32-9 and 26-13-2 ATS, winning by 9.5 points per game. That places the onus on Denver and they are 29-12 ATS after consecutive tilts as a home favorite over the last two seasons.
“We missed some easy shots, some lay-ups and we kind of felt it at the end. But we know what we have to do. We’ll get one over there. It’s playoff basketball.” Johan Petro said.
Denver will have turn up defensive intensity, since it has been on low wattage, with Utah shooting 54.7 and 52.9 percent in initial two contests of the first round. It will be up to interim coach Adrian Dantley to convince his players to work as harder on the other end of the floor and they are 13-3 ATS after allowing 105 points or more three straight games.
The Jazz are a 2.5-point pick before what should be a roaring crowd and Utah is 8-1 ATS after two straight as an underdog this season. With the way this series is being played the listed total of 215.5 seems like forgone conclusion, however the Nuggets are is 8-0 UNDER away from home after a combined score of 215 points or more in two straight skirmishes and coach Jerry Sloan’s club is 15-4 UNDER in home whites after scoring 110 points or more.
NBA: Top NBA Weekend Power Trends 1/1-1/32010-01-04
The NBA rings in the New Year with three Friday games, 12 Saturday games, and five Sunday games to make up the first full weekend of 2010. Things are starting to sort themselves out as expected in the league, with the projected frontrunners assuming their positions. The Lakers have control in the Western Conference and will be hosting two games this weekend, while in the East, Cleveland, Boston, and Orlando are all within striking distance of one another for the conference’s top spot. Each of those clubs play over the next three days with the Cavs & Magic in action twice. Read on as we take a look at the top games plus reveal this weekend’s Top StatFox Power Trends for you to consider in your wagering.
On Friday, there are just three games, with Atlanta hosting New York, Orlando visiting Minnesota, and the Lakers closing out the calendar year by welcoming the Kings to L.A. The Hawks remain the league’s best spread covering team at over 70%, 22-9 ATS. They come off a disappointing loss in Cleveland in a game that went under protest due to a late shot clock problem on a key possession for them. The Knicks have been horrible against Southeast Division teams this year, going 2-7 SU & 1-8 ATS. The Magic will be in the first of a back-to-back road scenario and haven’t been out of the state of Florida since December 11th. Minnesota of course, is one of the worst home dogs in the NBA typically, but does boast an 8-7 ATS record in that scenario in ’09. The game in Los Angeles on Friday night will be the 2nd of four straight home contests for the Lakers, as they host the Kings. Sacramento nearly turned back L.A. a couple of weeks ago at home, falling in OT. They have been much better at home than on the road though, going 3-11 in their first 14 away.
The Saturday lineup is the biggest of the weekend but there isn’t a whole lot of compelling action where playoff contenders are concerned. In fact, there figures to be large number of heavy pointspreads on the wagering card. None of those will be bigger than Cleveland at New Jersey. The Cavs have won 11 of their L12 games to take control of the Central Division. The Nets just won their third game of the entire campaign on Wednesday vs. New York. Cleveland boasts an impressive 13-6 SU & ATS mark on the road. Elsewhere, the Magic play their second road game in as many days when they take on the floundering Bulls in Chicago. The East’s top team Boston will be playing host to Toronto, as the Celtics return home for the first time following an unsuccessful West Coast road trip minus Paul Pierce. Finally, the lone game matching quality foes comes from Utah, where the Nuggets and Jazz will square off.
On Sunday, the five NBA games are all evening affairs. San Antonio will visit Toronto for the only time this season, while Philly will be doing the same thing in Denver. The best matchup pits Dallas and the Lakers however. Though separated by 3-games in the standings at presstime, these were the top two clubs in the Western Conference. These teams have played a very competitive series in L.A. over the last three seasons, with the Lakers holding a 4-1 SU edge but Dallas having swept the five games against the spread. The Mavericks have been very effective on the road in the early going this season overall.
Here are those Top StatFox Power Trends you’ve been waiting for. Best wishes for the New Year’s holiday!
(701) NEW YORK vs. (702) ATLANTA
NEW YORK is 18-5 ATS (+12.5 Units) in road games vs. good offensive teams scoring 99+ PPG over the L2 seasons. The average score was NEW YORK 107.3, OPPONENT 111 - (Rating = 2*)
(703) ORLANDO vs. (704) MINNESOTA
ORLANDO is 15-3 ATS (+11.7 Units) when playing against a terrible team (Win Pct. <=25%) over the last 2 seasons. The average score was ORLANDO 106.6, OPPONENT 92.3 - (Rating = 2*)
(705) SACRAMENTO vs. (706) LA LAKERS
SACRAMENTO is 10-1 OVER (+8.9 Units) vs. very good teams outscoring opponents by 6+ PPG over the L2 seasons. The average score was SACRAMENTO 103.3, OPPONENT 116.2 - (Rating = 1*)
(511) HOUSTON vs. (512) NEW ORLEANS
NEW ORLEANS is 1-10 ATS (-10 Units) vs. poor defensive teams - shooting pct defense of >=46% this season. The average score was NEW ORLEANS 100.5, OPPONENT 106.3 - (Rating = 2*)
(517) DENVER vs. (518) UTAH
UTAH is 25-9 ATS (+15.1 Units) in home games vs. good teams outscoring opponents by 3+ PPG over the L3 seasons. The average score was UTAH 104.6, OPPONENT 95.4 - (Rating = 2*)
(519) MEMPHIS vs. (520) PHOENIX
MEMPHIS was 1-13 ATS (-13.3 Units) in January games over last season. The average score was MEMPHIS 88.9, OPPONENT 99.8 - (Rating = 3*)
(521) GOLDEN STATE vs. (522) PORTLAND
PORTLAND is 37-13 UNDER (+22.7 Units) vs. terrible defensive teams - allowing 103+ PPG over the last 3 seasons. The average score was PORTLAND 99, OPPONENT 94.8 - (Rating = 3*)
(703) SAN ANTONIO vs. (704) TORONTO
TORONTO is 1-11 ATS (-11.1 Units) vs. very good shooting teams making >=48% of their shots over the L3 seasons. The average score was TORONTO 98.5, OPPONENT 112.2 - (Rating = 2*)
(705) CHARLOTTE vs. (706) CLEVELAND
CLEVELAND is 15-2 UNDER (+12.8 Units) on Sunday games over the last 2 seasons. The average score was CLEVELAND 95.9, OPPONENT 86.4 - (Rating = 3*)
(707) PHILADELPHIA vs. (708) DENVER
DENVER is 20-9 ATS (+10.1 Units) in home games vs. poor defensive teams allowing 99+ PPG over the last 2 seasons. The average score was DENVER 116.7, OPPONENT 102.9 - (Rating = 1*)