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Five Takeaways from NBA Tuesday: No Curry, so Warriors go gritty to get win


If you were watching the Super Tuesday results roll in and shaking your head at America, I fully understand. And we’ve got you covered for missing a night of NBA action, here’s what you need to know from around the Association.

1) No Curry, not exactly no problem but Golden State grinds out a gritty win over Hawks. Without Stephen Curry and his disruptive gravity that warps defenses, the Golden State Warriors are not the same team. The passing isn’t as crisp, the spacing just isn’t quite there, and it feels like a grind to watch them score half the time. But the Warriors can grind. That’s what they did Tuesday night, needing overtime to keep their perfect home record and pick up a 109-105 win.  But they got there. Golden State did it with hustle — they got the offensive rebound on 34 percent of their missed shots on the night. Andrew Bogut was at the heart of it all in this kind of game with 19 points and seven rebounds.

Then, when the Warriors needed a clutch three late, there was Draymond Green, Mr. Grit on this team.

The Warriors remain just ahead of the Bulls’ record win pace (and next up is a rematch with Oklahoma City Thursday).

2) Carmelo Anthony had a rough night. First, he got blocked by the rim.

Then late in the game, ‘Melo was being heckled by a fan who was saying he sucked, and Anthony told him to ask James Dolan for his money back. Then he pointed to where the owner was sitting. That’s going to go over well in Madison Square Garden. Oh, and Portland easily handled New York by 19.

3) Lakers’ rookie D’Angelo Russell scores 39 in Lakers’ win. This is the most a Laker rookie has scored in a game since Elgin Baylor in 1959. Which is some pretty nice company. Russell was always going to take time to come around — his game isn’t based on explosive athleticism, he was never going to come into the league and just dominate. He was going to have to figure out how to use angles, create space, and bring more of his old-man game to the NBA. And he is figuring it out. Russell’s change of pace, his hesitation moves are impressive for a rookie. His passing is improving and he’s finding those angles. He’s looking strong running the offense and using pick-and-rolls to set everything up. And, as he showed Tuesday, his shot is coming along nicely.

4) Derrick Rose is back but Heat still smack struggling Bulls around; Chicago falls out of playoffs. The Bulls got Derrick Rose back and he was still attacking with speed and trying to get to the rim. Rose had 17 points on 11 shots. But the Bulls’ defense was terrible and Miami shredded it on the way to a 129-111 win. That loss drops Chicago to the nine seed — if the playoffs started today Chicago would be golfing. Except for Pau Gasol, he’d be at the opera.

Miami set a record shooting 67.5 percent on the night. Hassan Whiteside owned the fourth quarter and had 26 on the night, while the newest Heat member Joe Johnson added 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting. It all started with penetration — Miami formed a conga line into the paint where they either got to the rim, pulled up for a wide-open midrange jumper, or kicked out to a wide-open three-point shooter. Miami did whatever it wanted on offense. Chicago put up points but they had no answer on defense for the small-ball Heat (without Chris Bosh).

If Chicago doesn’t find it’s defense soon, it will miss the playoffs in the first year of the Fred Hoiberg era. And that would and should raise a lot of questions about the team’s front office competence.

5) Dwyane Wade can still get up and dunk. Barely. This is not exactly the most impressive of throwdowns, but it still counts for two.

Watch Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell score career high 39 on Nets


Other names at the top of last year’s draft got off to faster starts — Karl-Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis, Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow, and on down the list.

But don’t sleep on No. 2 pick D'Angelo Russell.

It was always going to take a little longer for him to come around because his game isn’t based on explosive athleticism. He was going to have to figure out how he could create space, use angles, and use his court vision to set himself and others up at the NBA level, and that would not come instantly. But it is coming. He is using hesitation moves, change of pace, and timing to get what he wants and the Lakers look better for it.

Russell dropped 39 on Brooklyn Tuesday night, the most scored by a Laker rookie since Elgin Baylor in 1959.

In his last five games, Russell is averaging 21.4 points per game, he’s shooting 62 percent from three, and his dishing out 4.8 assists a night. This was a good pick by the Lakers, and it’s starting to show.

Without Stephen Curry, Warriors top Hawks to stay perfect at home


OAKLAND, Calif. — Draymond Green hit an off-balance 3-pointer as the shot clock expired with 40.2 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Golden State Warriors escaped with a 109-105 win against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night while Stephen Curry watched in street clothes with an injured ankle.

Andrew Bogut saved the ball from going out of bounds, and then Green got the shot off just in time with his legs splitting in the air while avoiding Kent Bazemore‘s diving steal attempt.

Klay Thompson made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:54 remaining and another big basket at the 11.4-second mark on the way to 26 points. The Warriors won their second straight overtime game to earn a franchise-best 43rd straight regular-season home victory and 25th in a row this season.

Golden State (54-5) can tie the Bulls’ 44-game unbeaten mark at home from March 30, 1995, to April 4, 1996, when the Warriors host Oklahoma City on Thursday. They are also chasing the `95-96 Chicago team’s record 72-win season.

The Warriors won their sixth straight overall, improved to 5-0 in OT and haven’t lost at Oracle Arena since a 113-111 defeat to the Bulls on Jan. 27, 2015.

Atlanta’s Paul Millsap missed a wide open 3-pointer with 24 seconds left in regulation, and then Thompson and Bogut each missed potential winning shots in the closing seconds.

Millsap scored 19 points for Atlanta, which rallied from a 14-point deficit to force overtime before dropping to 0-4 in OT.

Reigning NBA MVP Curry sat out with a tender left ankle he injured at Oklahoma City on Saturday night before hitting the long, winning 3-pointer in overtime. Curry, with three straight 40-point games, was named Western Conference Player of the Week on Monday after averaging 43.8 points over four games.

No Curry equaled some no-shows as many prime seats were vacant.

Shaun Livingston started in Curry’s place and had six points, seven rebounds and three assists in his 600th career game. Leandro Barbosa came off the bench to score nine of his 11 points in his first 5 minutes on the floor, while Bogut wound up with 19 points.

The Warriors kicked off March by the playing the first of 17 games over the final 24 at Oracle Arena after just two at home in February.

Green added 15 points, 13 rebounds, eight assists and four steals in Golden State’s first home game since Feb. 9 after the Warriors completed an impressive 6-1 trip in which they won the last five following a 137-105 loss at Portland on Feb. 19 – and sealed their playoff berth, too, in the quest for another championship.

“It was a great trip especially to rebound after that blowout in Portland,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Now we’re really in the home stretch with 17 of our last 24 at home. The trip set us up to go for that 1 seed in the West, which is our goal.”

Atlanta had won two in a row leading into its four-game road swing out West.

Golden State played back-to-back overtime games for the first time since Dec. 13-14, 2005, a win at Seattle and a loss against Houston.


Hawks: Atlanta signed veteran forward Kris Humphries, adding experienced depth to the Hawks’ front line. Humphries was waived by Phoenix on Sunday after averaging 7.3 points in four games. He was 0 for 9 from the field in his last game against the Nets on Thursday. … The Hawks lost their third straight overall to Golden State and fourth in a row in Oakland.

Warriors: Mo Speights hit a pair of 3s in the fourth and had a highlight-reel worthy block of Al Horford in the first. … Curry missed his third game after sitting out Dec. 30-31 with a bruised lower left leg. … Swingman Andre Iguodala did not dress, sidelined while dealing with tightness in his left hamstring. … Golden State last won four straight at home vs. Atlanta from Feb. 23, 2003, to Nov. 2, 2005. … The Warriors became the fastest team to 50 wins in NBA history when they won 102-92 at Atlanta on Feb. 22. … The Warriors’ three first-half turnovers matched their fewest in the opening half this season.


Carmelo Anthony tells heckler to ask James Dolan for his money back

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Think a few years of missing the playoffs and losing more games than he’s won in New York isn’t starting to wear on Carmelo Anthony? No matter how much he’s getting paid.

Late in the game during the Knicks’ home loss to Portland Tuesday (104-85),  Anthony heard it from a heckler a few rows back about how unhappy he was with the team’s effort. Ian Begley of ESPN has Anthony explaining the details of what happened.

“He kept calling my name, calling my name, saying, ‘You guys suck, you guys suck,'” Anthony said after the Knicks’ 19-point loss to Portland. “At that point, I was trying to gather myself, and I turned around. All I did was point at Dolan and told him, ‘Look, the owner’s right there. Ask for your money back.’ He’s calling me and telling me he’s never coming to another game and we suck. Just don’t want to hear that. I pointed to the owner and told him, ‘You deal with that with him. Maybe you can get your money back.'”

Dolan is such a man of the people I’m sure he would love to have a long conversation with an angry fan who wants his money back. That’s going to go well.

Dolan is reportedly frustrated with his team. That is a long line he’s standing in.

You can’t blame the heckler for being disappointed with the effort of the Knicks. Coach Kurt Rambis has said he’s frustrated. And so is Anthony.

“It’s tougher now,” he said. “At least last year [we] were in a situation where we had to start from the bottom, from the ground up. This year we got off to a good start. We had spurts where we was playing very well and we had spurts where we wasn’t playing well. Everything just shifted all of a sudden for us.”

The question becomes, will Anthony be frustrated enough this summer to waive his no-trade clause? If he does and he gets moved, he gets a 15 percent salary bump, which can help one’s motivation. If/when the Knicks strike out with free agent Kevin Durant, does all this frustration have Anthony finally being open to a move?

And what would James Dolan think about that?


NBA player Jeremy Lin addresses Asian stereotypes at Oscars

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte Hornets guard Jeremy Lin is disappointed about the way Asians were stereotyped during an onstage skit at Sunday night’s Oscars, and said more racial awareness is needed.

“I just feel like sometimes the way people perceive Asians or Asian-Americans today can be disappointing in the way they view them,” Lin said after the Hornets practice Tuesday morning. “Even Asian-American masculinity or whatever you want to talk about, just a lot of the ways that Asians are perceived I don’t always agree with.”

Lin was born in California, but his parents migrated here from Taiwan in the mid-1970s.

At Sunday night’s awards show, host Chris Rock introduced three Asian children dressed in tuxedos as PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants and joked: “They sent us their most dedicated, accurate and hard-working representatives. I want you to please welcome Ming Zhu, Bao Ling and David Moskowitz.”

He later joked, “If anybody’s upset about that joke, just tweet about it on your phone that was probably also made by these kids.”

Lin took to social media on Monday by tweeting: Seriously though, when is this going to change?!? Tired of it being “cool” and “ok” to bash Asians smh (hash)Oscars

Lin wasn’t the only one upset.

Mee Moua, president and executive director of the Washington-based Asian Americans Advancing Justice, called the show a setback for diversity in a statement Monday.

Sunday “night’s ceremony, and particularly the `joke’ involving Asian children, which played off more than one damaging stereotype of Asians and Asian Americans, exposed one of the failings of how we talk about race in America: race relations are not a black-white binary,” Moua said. “It is to all of our detriment to look at race narrowly. We need to work together to dismantle the systems that devalue the experiences of minority groups so we can see the tales of the diversity that have shaped our nation reflected accurately.”

Lin said he’s never met Rock and has “no issues” with the comedian, calling him a “funny guy.”

He understands that Rock probably didn’t write the skit by himself, but couldn’t let the perceived slight slip by without making a stand.

“I thought it was a chance for me to stand up for Asians,” Lin said Tuesday.

Lin, who earned national attention while playing for the New York Knicks during the “Linsanity” era, said too often Asians are depicted with certain stereotypes in Hollywood.

“In acting, you look at Asian roles, they always seem to be in similar roles,” Lin said. “I feel like we are just so much more broad than that. What you see on TV, that is so influential. Perception is reality and that’s the truth it today’s day and age where it such a digital and technological age.

“So if we can start branching out a little bit or at least showing that we are different than what other people think we are, maybe we can start to break down some of those walls.”

Lin said his comments on Twitter aren’t meant to bash Rock.

He said he actually enjoyed Rock’s opening monologue earlier in the night when he talked about the lack of diversity in the Oscar award nominations.

“I think the whole push was he talking about opportunities and diversity and things that I totally agree with,” Lin said. “I thought his monologue was well done. He walked a fine line and did it pretty well.”

AP National Writer Hillel Italie in New York contributed to this report