adidas unveils NYC All-Star shoes for Damian Lillard (PHOTOS)


With Sunday’s unexpected news that Blake Griffin would require elbow surgery and thus be unavailable for next weekend’s All-Star festivities, the league wasted little time in naming Damian Lillard as his injury replacement.

And shortly thereafter, adidas acted similarly swiftly in releasing the official photos of the All-Star colorway of his signature shoe, the D Lillard 1.

The official release:

“Designed in tandem with the 2015 NBA All-Star uniforms, the D Lillard 1 features a clean white leather upper with white snakeskin texture across the back panel of the shoe, around the midfoot laces and atop the TECHFIT booty. Black accents include the toe cap with tonal snakeskin print and logos on the back of the shoes. The full-length adiprene+ midsole features black splatter print, while the outsole is translucent black. The shoe is finished with metallic gold “Dame” and adidas logo branding across the tongue.  “

Check out the photos below, and for more on the D Lillard 1, check out our launch event recap, which includes an interview with Lillard himself.






Glen Davis takes hard fall, exits Clippers-Thunder game with back injury


And the injury troubles for the Clippers continue. Mere hours after the team announced Blake Griffin will need to undergo elbow surgery, Glen Davis took a hard fall in the second quarter against the Thunder in Oklahoma City and had to be helped off the court.

The team announced that he would miss the rest of the game with upper back spasms.

It’s not good that in 2015, Big Baby is a serious loss for the Clippers, but it is. They don’t have much other frontcourt depth to speak of. Ekpe Udoh now has to step up. Or the Clippers need to add somebody. Or something.

Blake Griffin’s injury throws Clippers’ playoff plans into question


In the Western Conference, everybody is one injury away. The bottom of the playoff seeding was already a bloodbath, with the Phoenix Suns fending off the New Orleans Pelicans and Oklahoma City Thunder for the eighth spot. Now, Sunday’s news that Blake Griffin could miss four to six weeks with a staph infection in his right elbow adds another team to the list of those who will be fighting for their lives: the Clippers.

Currently, the Clips sit at sixth in the West with a 33-18 record. They have six games of wiggle room over the ninth-place Pelicans, and seven and a half over the 10th-place Thunder.

Assuming a best-case scenario where Griffin misses four weeks, here’s what the Clippers have on deck without him:

  • Today (Sunday, Feb. 8) at Oklahoma City
  • Monday at Dallas
  • Wednesday vs. Houston
  • February 19 vs. San Antonio
  • February 21 vs. Sacramento
  • February 23 vs. Memphis
  • February 27 at Houston
  • March 1 at Chicago
  • March 2 at Minnesota
  • March 4 vs. Portland
  • March 8 at Golden State

That’s the starting point for games Griffin is expected to miss. If his timeline extends towards the six-week end of the spectrum, you add:

  • March 9 vs. Minnesota
  • March 11 at Oklahoma City
  • March 13 at Dallas
  • March 15 vs. Houston
  • March 17 vs. Charlotte
  • March 18 at Sacramento
  • March 20 vs. Washington
  • March 22 vs. New Orleans

That’s 19 games total. Of those, nine are against teams currently slated to make the playoffs in the West. That’s not counting three additional games against Oklahoma City and New Orleans, two teams who will be fighting for the final spot in the playoffs. Add two more games against Washington and Chicago, Eastern Conference playoff contenders, and things start to look ugly for the Clippers.

The truth of the matter is, the Clippers don’t have the depth to withstand a long-term injury to Griffin. J.J. Redick is out, too, which decimates their roster. Outside of Chris Paul, Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes and DeAndre Jordan, the roster is not pretty. Spencer Hawes will start in Griffin’s place, and he’s been a disaster so far. Glen Davis and Hedo Turkoglu will see their minutes increase. Redick’s absence means more minutes for Austin Rivers.

The Clippers’ best hope is to hit the buyout market. Reports have surfaced in recent days that Amar’e Stoudemire could ask the Knicks for a buyout, and he’d be a good short-term replacement for Griffin. But he can’t play the extended minutes Griffin does at his age and with his knees being what they are.

Hopefully, Griffin’s recovery is quick and his time missed is on the shorter end of the spectrum. If that happens, the Clippers should be able to salvage the end of the season and secure a playoff spot. But with how competitive the conference is, and how tough their upcoming schedule is, there’s really no margin for error now.

Anthony Davis has right shoulder sprain, questionable for Monday


In the first half of the Pelicans’ Saturday night blowout loss to the Bulls, Anthony Davis finished a monstrous dunk but exited the game with an apparent shoulder injury.

Now, the Pelicans have issued an update on his status. He has a sprained right shoulder.

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that forward Anthony Davis has been diagnosed with a right shoulder sprain. Davis sustained the injury at the 5:28 mark of the second quarter in New Orleans’ game Saturday night against Chicago at the Smoothie King Center.

Davis is questionable for Monday’s home game against Utah and is listed as day-to-day.

The good news is that Davis’ day-to-day status and the fact that he hasn’t been ruled out means that the injury isn’t as serious as it could have been, and he likely won’t miss extended time. Davis is scheduled to start in next Sunday’s All-Star Game, but now he might be held out, depending on his status. That would make the third starter to fall to injury, after Kobe Bryant and Blake Griffin.

But it sounds like Davis’ injury isn’t as bad as it looked. So that’s good.

Damian Lillard to replace Blake Griffin in All-Star Game


In a move that surprises absolutely no one, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has named Damian Lillard to the Western Conference All-Star team to replace the injured Blake Griffin. Here’s the league’s press release from Sunday afternoon:

Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has been named by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to replace injured Western Conference All-Star forward Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2015 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Lillard, who will appear in his second All-Star Game after making his debut last year, ranks 13th in the NBA in scoring (21.6 ppg) and 15th in assists (6.3 apg). He also leads the league in fourth-quarter scoring (311 points) and is sixth in three-pointers made (129), helping Portland to a Northwest Division-best 34-17 record. Lillard is joined on the West team by Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge, an All-Star for the fourth consecutive season, giving Portland the same two players selected to back-to-back All-Star Games for the first time since Maurice Lucas and Bill Walton in 1977 and 1978.

Golden State head coach Steve Kerr, who earned the right to coach the West team because the Warriors had the best record in the conference through games played Feb. 1, will determine Griffin’s replacement in the starting lineup.

Lillard has been in a bit of a slump lately, but overall he’s having a terrific season and deserves to make it. He was very vocal about his disappointment at missing out last week when the reserves were announced, and again when Silver named Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins as Kobe Bryant’s injury replacement.