Author: Kurt Helin

Washington at Orlando

Bradley Beal tip in as time expires gives Wizards win (VIDEO)


Orlando had played well all night, right down to the final seconds when Victor Oladipo took his shot at a game winner and missed, but left the Wizards just 0.8 seconds left to avoid overtime.

That was enough.

Bradley Beal rubbed off a Paul Pierce screen and rolled to the rim where a perfect lob pass from Andre Miller — maybe the best lob passer in the league — was waiting. Beal tapped it in and Washington picked up a dramatic road victory, 91-89. It was a well designed play by Randy Wittman, one that the Wizards executed perfectly.

Defensively, I know with .08 they have to cover for a catch-and-shoot, but I’m surprised when teams don’t zone off the paint with a big man in these situations, just taking the lob at the rim out of the picture. Oladipo got just half a step behind Beal off the pick and that’s all it took.

Warriors unveil designs for new arena in San Francisco

Warriors Arena 4
Image courtesy: MANICA Architecture

This should end the jokes that came out when the pencil renderings were released.

The Warriors and Manica Architecture released a series of images and an update of what the new arena in the Mission Bay area of San Francisco will look like and contain on Wednesday. It’s easy to make an idealized drawing of the building look good but… those look good (see more below). has more details.

“We believe this plan is a perfect fit for Mission Bay, for San Francisco, and for the entire region,” Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob said in a released statement. “Our goal is to not only build a world-class arena for our team and our fans, but also create a vibrant place that residents and visitors will want to enjoy, whether on game days or any other day.”

From the press release, the arena will have:

• 18,064 seat multi-purpose arena
• More than 100,000 square feet of retail space, mostly food-oriented
• 3.2 acres of plazas and public space – approximately 30% of the total site
• A 35,000 square foot public plaza on 3rd Street, larger than Union Square
• A 24,000 square foot public plaza of open space on the southeast side of the project
• A view deck with newly opened vistas to San Francisco Bay
• Approximately 580,000 square feet of office/biotech/lab space
• Approximately 950 Parking spaces (in three concealed/underground levels)
• 300 spaces of permanent bike valet parking

If that doesn’t sound like a lot of parking, the Warriors say it is more than their current Oracle Arena has. The project will be built on 11 acres of privately held property and still going through the approval stages with the city government.

Here are the other renderings.




Carmelo Anthony out vs. Spurs Wednesday

Carmelo Anthony

This isn’t a surprise, especially after he spent 40 minutes in the trainer’s room after Tuesday night’s game because of his sore knee. He hinted he might miss some time.

Carmelo Anthony is out vs. the Spurs in San Antonio Wednesday night, the team announced.

Expect this to mean more minutes for J.R. Smith — although he was seen limping in the arena Wednesday — and Tim Hardaway Jr., among others.

The Spurs are expected to be without Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Kawhi Leonard, and Manu Ginobili for this game (Duncan and Ginobili are resting, the others have injuries). So the fans are really going to get their money’s worth tonight in San Antonio.

For the Knicks the bigger question is how much more time will Anthony miss. His knee issue is serious enough that it likely will require surgery at some point, the question is when does he take that step.

Anthony is averaging 22.9 points a game with a true shooting percentage of .540 (above the league average) and is the fulcrum of the Knicks triangle offense. He’s put up numbers but he hasn’t moved the ball as well as coaches would like, nor is he consistently committed on the defensive end.

Still they are going to miss him — when Anthony is on the court their offense is 14.3 points per 100 possession better. That’s hard to replace.