The 2016-17 NBA regular season, thankfully, is nearing an end. Though the tops and bottoms of the standings have all been straightened out since January or so, little has been made certain yet beyond Golden State’s move to ensure home-court advantage through the Finals. Even with just a short run left, there is still plenty to figure out as the NBA takes to April.
Since we all need the reminders as to who is set to start the playoffs where, who needs a bump during awards season or with a statistical accomplishment, and who is doing their best work in losing in order to grab improved lottery ball odds, Ball Don’t Lie is set to look at what should be your game of that particular day between now and the end of the term on April 12.
When the Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets gave the trade deadline transaction mill an early shake in February, it was noticed by many that the deal sending Jusuf Nurkic to Portland may have signaled the rare instance in which two similarly-positioned playoff hopefuls dealt with each other. Based on Nurkic’s ho-hum career thus far in Denver it was assumed that the trade (which also sent a first round pick Portland’s way) felt more like a way to enhance Denver’s bench corps than it did supply Portland with the ingredients needed for a season turnaround.
Now we’ll get Jusuf Nurkic vs. Nikola Jokic, more or less, to determine the final playoff team in the West. More or less.
Portland, with Nurkic playing up a storm (14 points, 10 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 3.1 combined blocks/steals in just under 29 minutes a night) has gone on a 12-7 tear since the trade. Denver hasn’t exactly fallen in the face of a new Plumlee with its 11-8 record, and the two enter Tuesday night’s contest tied with each other at 35-38, also tied for the eighth and final spot in the Western playoff bracket.
Denver is coming off an embarrassing home loss to the Pelicans on Sunday, pitched while the Blazers were safely dispatching the tanking Los Angeles Lakers in El Lay. The Pelicans were up 21 after three quarters while the Nuggets shot fewer than 38 percent while letting five New Orleans players (three of whom you could name) score double-figures in a win that helped save NOLA’s slim postseason hopes.
The Nuggets, and coach Michael Malone, were not happy:
“Embarrassing loss,” Malone said. “Awful effort.”
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This is part of the reason why some Denver fans consider this the biggest Nuggets game in years. Meanwhile, some Blazers followers are ready to peg Denver (a team that, lest we forget three paragraphs ago, traded them their pivotal new piece just over six weeks ago) as Portland’s newest and light-bluest rival.
Nuggies coach Michael Malone, however, wants little to do with vaulting the Blazers above any of the other would-be contenders – including the one from New Orleans that just made a fool of the Nuggets – in the West:
“It’s big because it’s the next game,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “That’s the only reason why. We haven’t looked at standings the whole time, and we’re not going to start looking at it now because it’s Portland.
The Trail Blazers and coach Terry Stots, in a rare move that flies in the face of Malone’s orthodox line of thinking, actually aren’t taking things one game at a time. They’ve been looking forward to this Denver game, and the sort of fruit that an exacting run through a workable mid-March schedule would bear:
When the Blazers convened in Orlando after the All-Star break, Portland was 23-33, a season-high 10 games below .500, sitting in 10th place in the West, two games back of Denver and a game and a half out of 13th. Stotts broke from his normal approach and dared to peek ahead on the calendar. He pointed to March 28 and a home game against Denver.
“We talked about getting ourselves to this point,” Damian Lillard recalled of the team’s discussion in Orlando. “That it was going to be a lot of hard work if we wanted to make it a meaningful game when it came time.”
That’s seven road wins and a 12-5 record overall since coach Stotts used that extra time off during the All-Star Weekend – which Damian Lillard infamously wasn’t not a part of yet again – to outline the plan that has put a team that was at one point nine games under .500 back into the playoff race.
Portland owns the tie-breaker over Denver, they’ll be playing at home, and they seem to have taken to the stresses of a late-season playoff rush. Denver, if the team’s play against New Orleans is any indication, still needs to de-tangle a bit.
This game will go a long way toward determining just who had the right approach.
Also worth watching
The Pacers, somehow, will have a chance to take on the No. 6 seed in the East if it can pull out a win over the reeling Timberwolves, a team that has lost seven straight … Milwaukee has done well to emerge from the sub-postseason mess in the East, and would like to keep that standing with a win over the sub-postseason-stuck Hornets, who are 2 1/2 games out of the Eastern bracket … The Hawks have lost seven straight and will be gifted the presence of a tanking Suns club, rife with teenage lore, playing on the second night of back-to-back … Miami (No. 8 in the East) and Detroit (No. 10, losers of seven of eight, beaters of only the Suns during that stretch) are the Eastern version of Portland and Denver’s Game of the Night, one you probably won’t want to watch too much of … Philadelphia/Brooklyn is a “no” … The Warriors and Rockets will be, unsurprisingly, featured on national television on Tuesday, but those two have given us a series of sleepers thus far … While the new-look Wizards should have no trouble with the no-win Lakers in Los Angeles.
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Rothy’s, a US fashion startup, are making women’s shoes out of recycled plastic bottles.
The shoes are made completely from recycled materials and can be put together in just 6 minutes by a 3D knitting machine.
DUBAI (Reuters) – Souq.com will expand its workforce and operations after Amazon clinched a deal to buy 100 percent of the Middle East online retailer, executives from both firms said.
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Scientists say climate change could be altering the jet stream in a way that causes extreme heat waves, droughts, and flooding.
Phil Mickelson will invoke his 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination if he’s called as a witness in the insider-trading trial of famous Las Vegas sports gambler Billy Walters.
Bloomberg reported on the choice, as told to a federal judge by one of Mickelson’s lawyers. This means Mickelson, who was on a possible defense witness list for the trial, will not testify.
“He is on our witness list, but we understand from his counsel he would invoke his Fifth Amendment if called,” defense attorney Barry Berke said, according to a transcript of the conference. “So he will not be called as a witness, although his name will be mentioned.”
The 70-year-old Walters is accused of making approximately $43 million by trading on inside tips provided by Tom C. Davis, the former chairman of Dean Foods Co. Mickelson was named in a 2016 federal lawsuit against Walters, claiming Mickelson made $931,000 on trading Dean Foods stock, using information from Walters, who he knows and has played golf with a number of times. Mickelson agreed to repay his earnings, and he’s not accused of criminal wrongdoing.
Mickelson’s name has been mentioned several times during the trial, including in the opening statements.
“If you’re Bill Walters and you believe someone is giving you illicit inside information, the last thing you’d do is give it to Phil Mickelson, one of the most famous athletes in the world who is going to attract regulatory scrutiny,” Berke told the jury.
Mickelson was asked about the potential of being called at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play. He was short in his response, saying, “I haven’t even thought about it,”
He added. “I don’t think I’m going to say any more.”
Howard University is opening a campus at Google headquarters to get more black engineers in tech (GOOG)
Starting this summer, one of the nation’s largest historically-black colleges will set up a satellite campus at Google headquarters in an effort to bring more black computer science students into the tech industry.
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(Reuters) – Driverless vehicles operated by Uber Technologies Inc [UBER.UL] were back on the road in San Francisco on Monday after one of its self-driving cars crashed in Arizona, the ride-hailing company said.
In some ways, the recent trend of implementing brutalism in design harkens back to the early days of the web.
Back then, websites were brutal because they had to be. In present times, going brutal is more of a way to stand out and rebel against the squeaky-clean designs that cover the web.
If you don’t know much about brutalism or are just curious, you’ll learn a good bit by visiting the sites in this collection.
So, without further adieu, here is a collection of sites that feature brutalist look:
Australian Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel and the other competitors got a surprise on the cool-down lap following Sunday’s season-opening Formula 1 race.
After Vettel took the checkered flag for Ferrari’s first win since 2015, fans got out of their seats around the Albert Park course in Melbourne and rushed trackside to get an up-close glimpse of Vettel and his peers.
This isn’t normal. Look at how close the fans with the Ferrari flag got to one of the cars on the track’s final turn.
Andrew Westecott, the boss of the Australian Grand Prix, said an investigation is ongoing into what happened to allow the fans to get on the track before the cars had made it to pit lane. The cool-down lap is the lap immediately following the checkered flag, where drivers slow their cars down before parking them in the pits.
“From what I am led to believe, there could have been a mistake made in the signals as to when people could exit onto the track. That is being investigated, so I won’t speculate on the outcome of that until I have all the facts.
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