John Wall on possibly returning for Game 5: ‘If I can’t be myself, I don’t want to play’


John Wall remains questionable to return for Game 5 against the Hawks on Wednesday, but listening to him speak with reporters at the morning shootaround, it sounds as though he’ll need to be fully confident in his ability to contribute in order for him to make the decision to participate.

From J. Michael of CSN Washington:

Just in case anyone thinks John Wall has a strong chance of playing in pivotal Game 5 vs. the Atlanta Hawks tonight, it doesn’t seem likely. He will see a doctor before tipoff.

“I don’t know yet,” said Wall. “Able to do some dribbling yesterday and a little bit more today.” …

“If you’re not confident in your ability to do what you want to do there’s no point in playing,” Wall said. “Hopefully I can get some work in before the game and see early on what my mind-set is and how confident I am because I don’t want to go out there and not be able to help these guys.”

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It seems like Wall is leaning toward sitting this one out, although if the doctor’s visit is positive, and if Wall can gain some confidence while testing the injury in a pregame workout, there remains a possibility that he could return for the critical Game 5 contest.

Are these the NBA’s Christmas Day jerseys for next season? (PHOTOS)


The NBA always outfits its teams with special jerseys for its Christmas Day slate of games, which has meant unique uniforms for 10 teams participating in the holiday’s five games.

The jerseys have not always been fan favorites, with sleeves and large logos creeping into the designs in recent years.

But the ones for next season have reportedly leaked, and just like the All-Star uniforms for the 2015 game which was held in New York City, the subtle approach seems to once again be the wise choice.

From Paul Lukas of Uni Watch:

Christmas is more than seven months away, but you’re going to get a little taste of it today, because I’m bringing you another exclusive: this year’s NBA Christmas uniforms, which I recently obtained from an industry source. …

The script chest insignia are meant to evoke the feel of the fancy script on a Christmas card. …

It’s hard to see on the mock-ups, but the NBA logo above the NOB will be shown in a splotch of sealing wax, which is meant to evoke the feel of an old-fashioned Christmas card:

Here’s a look at a few of the renderings. Since we don’t yet know what the Christmas Day schedule of games will look like, mockups were made for the majority of the league’s teams. Head on over to Uni Watch to see the entire collection.

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Cavaliers’ Kendrick Perkins involved in altercation with wife that required police intervention


From Patrick Cooley of

Police are investigating a Wednesday morning altercation between Cleveland Cavaliers center Kendrick Perkins and his wife.

A 911 caller alerted police about 9:30 a.m. Wednesday that a woman was hitting a man inside an SUV on Crocker Road and Hilliard Boulevard. The caller said the woman was trying to keep the man from getting out of the SUV parked alongside the road.

When officers arrived, they found Perkins and his wife, Vanity Perkins, in the black SUV. Neither had any visible injuries and both said it was just an argument.

Neither were taken into custody.

The Westlake city prosecutor is reviewing the incident to decide if he will be charged with a crime.

An officer gave Perkins a ride home and his wife left in the SUV, police said.

Listening to the recording of the 911 call, this doesn’t sound like much.

But anytime the police get involved, things can get tricky, and the Cavaliers probably would prefer to avoid off-court distractions like these as they fight their way deeper into the postseason.

The team issued a statement acknowledging the morning’s events.

“We are aware of a police report concerning a dispute between Kendrick Perkins and his wife, Vanity, that occurred this morning near their home in Westlake, OH. There were no arrests or citations made by the Westlake Police, who responded on site, and there have been no accusations of wrong doing. We have spoken to Kendrick about this and understand he has cooperated fully with the authorities in their review of the situation and will continue to do so. We respect the process that the Westlake authorities will undergo in relation to this and have no further comment to make about the situation at this time.”

Taj Gibson, after fans threw things at him following his ejection: ‘That’s what happens when you’re in Cleveland’


Taj Gibson was ejected early in the fourth quarter of the Cavaliers’ Game 5 win over the Bulls, for appearing to kick Matthew Dellavedova after the two got tangled up under the basket.

Whether or not Gibson deserved the ejection is debatable, but there’s no arguing that the treatment he received from the fans as he was leaving the court was uncalled for and classless.

At least one object could be seen falling from the stands as Gibson headed into the tunnel, and it isn’t the first time that a Bulls player has had issues with the fans in Cleveland.

From Dave McMenamin and Nick Friedell of

What angered Gibson almost as much as the ejection was the fact that fans threw objects at him as he was escorted off the floor by Bulls head of security Eric Buck.

“That’s what happens when you’re in Cleveland,” Gibson said. “[That’s the] second time in a row they threw stuff at us. It’s classless, but we’re here to play basketball. I can’t focus on that kind of stuff.”

Joakim Noah was fined $25,000 for “pushing a fan” earlier in the series, and complained that a fan had spit on him as he was leaving the court.

J.R. Smith calls Taj Gibson’s kick to Matthew Dellavedova ‘dirty,’ adds ‘I know a little thing about dirty plays’


Taj Gibson was ejected from the Bulls’ Game 5 loss to the Cavaliers early in the fourth quarter, for what the referees ruled was a kick to Matthew Dellavedova.

While Dellavedova used a leg lock that caused Gibson to have to shake himself loose, Gibson probably should have been ejected anyway given his actions earlier in the possession.

Both sides can find a way to view the play from their opponent as less than sportsmanlike here, and one of the Cavaliers went on record as saying it was a “dirty play” from Gibson.

That Cavalier was J.R. Smith.

From Dave McMenamin of

“It was a dirty play,” said Smith. “Delly plays hard; he’s not going to try to hurt anybody. But that was a dirty play. I know a little thing about dirty plays, so, it was a bad play. [The referees] made the right decision [to eject Gibson] … There’s just certain things you just don’t do.”

Smith, of course, does indeed know a thing about dirty plays.

Smith was suspended for the first two games of this series for a backhanded punch to the face of Boston’s Jae Crowder in the Cavaliers’ series-clinching Game 4 win over the Celtics. He’s always been a bit tone deaf about controversial things that take place on the court, but this particular remark just comes across as amusing more than anything else.