Draymond Green wrestles with Trevor Ariza late in Warriors’ Game 1 win over Rockets (VIDEO)


Draymond Green was magnificent for the Warriors in their Game 1 win over the Rockets, when Golden State went with a smaller lineup and he played the center position.

But he also did some damage on the perimeter, as well.

Green got tangled up with Trevor Ariza, and took him out of this play completely once the two wrestled to the floor.

Somehow there was no foul called after all of this, perhaps because Curry had already scored inside with ease as this began to take place.

2015 Las Vegas Summer League dates, teams officially announced

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The NBA’s Summer League will return to Las Vegas July 10-20, the league announced via official release.

The event is held at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion on the University of Nevada Las Vegas campus, and will feature 24 teams.

Last year, the Sacramento Kings won the Samsung NBA Summer League Championship to complete an 11-day, 67-game event that set all-time records for attendance, NBA TV viewership, digital consumption on and NBA Mobile, and overall merchandise sales. Last summer was the second time that Samsung NBA Summer League included a tournament-style schedule and culminated with a Championship Game, a format that will be used for the third consecutive year.

This year’s event will feature 14 playoff teams from the 2014-15 NBA season including all four Conference Finalists in Golden State, Atlanta, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Houston Rockets and top picks from the 2015 NBA Draft presented by State Farm, which will be held on Thursday, June 25. Nine teams entered in the 2015 NBA Draft Lottery, which is set for Tuesday, May 19, will appear at Samsung NBA Summer League. 

Tickets for the Samsung NBA Summer League will go on sale June 1 at 9 a.m. PT. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting or by calling 702-739-FANS. 


Overall Record at Summer League

Team                             Wins   Losses Percent           Years Participated

Houston*                                29        9          .763                 ’06-10, ’12, ’14

Golden State*                         31        16        .660                 ’05-10, ’12-14

Utah                                        3          2          .600                 ’14

San Antonio*                         21        14        .600                 ’07-’10, ’12-14

Miami                                      13        10        .565                 ’10, ’12-14

Sacramento                             26        22        .542                 ’05-10, ’12-14

Boston*                                   14        12        .538                 ’04-07, ’12

Chicago*                                 16        14        .533                 ’05, ’09-10, ’12-14

New York                               23        21        .523                 ’05-10, ’12-14

Denver                                    26        24        .520                 ’04-10, ’12-14

Washington*                          27        25        .519                 ’04-10, ’12-14

Milwaukee*                            18        17        .514                 ’07-10, ’12-14

Phoenix                                   26        25        .510                 ’04-10, ’12-14

Philadelphia                            8          8          .500                 ’07-08, ’14

NBA D-League Select            13        13        .500                 ’09-10, ’12-14

Dallas*                                    23        23        .500                 ’05-10, ’12-14

Cleveland*                              25        26        .490                 ’04-10, ’12-14

Portland*                                23        24        .489                 ’05-10, ’12-14

Toronto*                                 17        18        .486                 ’06, ’08-10, ’12-14

Minnesota                               20        22        .476                 ’06-10, ’12-14

Atlanta*                                  8          13        .381                 ’10, ’12-14

L.A. Lakers                             13        23        .361                 ’07-10, ’12-14

New Orleans*                         12        34        .261                 ’05-10, ’12-14

Brooklyn*                               0          5          .000                 ’05

*2014-15 NBA Playoff team

Jason Kidd celebrates fan’s birthday 14 years after he was invited


An interesting story has made the rounds recently, but it’s not nearly as heartwarming as it seems on the surface.

A 10-year old fan once wrote a letter to Jason Kidd, and part of it included an invitation for Kidd to attend his birthday party.


Some 14 years later, Kidd made this fan’s dream come true.


Pretty cool … I guess.

But it becomes less so once you realize that the fan, Daniel Marks, is now an employee of the Milwaukee Bucks — the team Kidd just happens to coach.

The only effort required on Kidd’s part likely involved walking down the hall to a conference room to pose for the photo opportunity. It probably was still a nice moment for Marks, though, who now gets to work alongside one of his childhood heroes.


Kyrie Irving says he’ll play in Game 1 of Eastern Conference Finals vs. Hawks

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Kyrie Irving will play and start in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the Hawks on Wednesday, he told reporters at Mondays practice.

Irving tweaked his left knee in the Cavaliers’ Game 6 win over the Bulls, and was held out of the rest of the contest after the injury took place. He did say, however, that he would have been able to return had the game been closer.

Irving was held out of Saturday’s practice as a precaution, but he will be ready to go Wednesday night.

From Dave McMenamin of

“I’m going to go,” Irving said of Wednesday’s Game 1 in Atlanta.

It’s been four days since Irving aggravated his left leg in the Cavs’ closeout win over Chicago, limiting him to just 12 minutes overall, including keeping him sidelined for the entire second half. The All-Star point guard consulted with team doctors Friday and sat out Cleveland’s practice on Saturday to rest, but reported marked improvement since the Bulls series.

“I would say just my spirits and mental confidence, just being able to actually feel both my feet underneath me, especially when I’m shooting, it feels amazing,” Irving said. “You know, just a confidence of getting extra work in and just preparing with my teammates. I think that’s the biggest thing I get out of it. I don’t want to be on the sideline at all, especially preparing for a big stage like this. I want to be as close to 100 percent before Wednesday as I can be, so just doing the necessary things in order to do that.”

Cavaliers head coach David Blatt remained outwardly cautious, and would only say he’s encouraged by Irving’s progress. But Irving has been playing hurt for much of the postseason, and especially with six days between games, it’s no surprise that he’ll be in the starting lineup for this one.

Clippers packed enough clothes for first two games of Conference Finals before Game 7 loss to Rockets


Anytime your team is facing a win-or-go-home scenario entering a Game 7 in the playoffs, as a head coach, you’ll take any motivational advantage you can get.

So, before the Clippers made the trip to Houston to take on the Rockets on Sunday, Doc Rivers had his team pack enough clothes for two games in Oakland against the Warriors in the next round.

From Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times:

The Clippers had taken an optimistic approach Sunday, packing enough clothes for the first two games of the conference finals against the Golden State Warriors. But Houston will be taking the flight to Oakland after advancing past the second round for the first time since 1997.

The Rockets beat the Clippers, of course, which means the players have a ton of unpacking to do — after all, that’s seven or eight days worth of clothes, depending on when the team made the trip to Houston.

This may have just been the most practical way to handle things from a travel standpoint, instead of being a purely motivational tactic. But either way, it’s probably not a great feeling to be reminded of what could have been when having to put all of those clothes away.

[via Andrew Ungvari]