Fantasy Basketball Rankings 2022-23: Shooting guard draft tiers
The 2022-23 NBA season is fast approaching, which means it's time to start getting ready for your fantasy basketball drafts. He earned All-NBA first-team honors and will again be an excellent source for points, threes, assists and free-throw percentage. He's a unique talent who will be a reliable source of points, threes, steals and blocks at the guard position. Josh GiddeyI shared my thoughts on Giddey in my point guard tiers article since he'll be logging heavy minutes at both point guard and shooting guard this season. He's locked in as the starting shooting guard this year and should be a consistent source of points, threes and steals.wftv.com
Fantasy Basketball 2022-23: Five NBA players who will bounce back this season
He connected on 40.4 percent of his threes in the regular season, followed by 41.7 percent in the playoffs. Dinwiddie ranked in the 60th percentile by knocking down 33.3 percent of his guarded catch-and-shoot attempts. While he may not reside above 40.0 percent on season-long volume, a career-best shooting season could be in store. [Get in on the fun this fantasy hoops season: Create or join a league now!] In Philadelphia last season, Harden logged career-worst field-goal percentage and 3-point shooting, 40.2 and 32.6 percent, respectively.wftv.com
Doncic leads Mavs over Suns 123-90 in Game 7 blowout
APTOPIX Mavericks Suns Basketball Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) celebrates a basket against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of Game 7 of an NBA basketball Western Conference playoff semifinal, Sunday, May 15, 2022, in Phoenix. Conversely, it was an embarrassing no-show for the playoff-tested Suns — who advanced to the NBA Finals last season with a very similar roster. Dallas beat the odds with the win: After the Celtics defeated the Bucks earlier Sunday, the home team was 110-33 (77%) in NBA Game 7s. They won the first two games against the Bucks in the NBA Finals last season before losing four straight games. Suns: Phoenix shot just 6 of 23 (26.1%) from the field in the first quarter.wftv.com
Doncic leads Mavs over Suns 123-90 in Game 7 blowout
It was no surprise when Luka Doncic looked ready for Game 7, calmly draining his first three shots to give the Dallas Mavericks an early lead. The stunner came over the next two hours: The top-seeded Phoenix Suns had no response. Doncic scored 35 points, Spencer Dinwiddie added 30 and the Mavericks blitzed the Suns with a 123-90 knockout Sunday night, advancing to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2011.news.yahoo.com
Brunson, Mavericks beat Jazz 126-118 to take 2-1 series lead
Mavericks Jazz Basketball Dallas Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie (26) tries to get a rebound next to Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley, rear, during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Thursday, April 21, 2022, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) (Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — (AP) — Jalen Brunson scored 31 points playing with a bruised back and the Dallas Mavericks — without the injured Luka Doncic — beat the Utah Jazz 126-118 on Thursday night to take a 2-1 lead in the first-round playoff series. Conley got the Jazz to 103-102, but Dinwiddie made two baskets and Brunson scored six points on three straight possessions to make it 113-104. Once the Jazz finally matched the Mavericks and played without a center, the court opened up for Utah. … Eric Paschall only played 10 minutes (at center) but scored six points and Utah outscored Dallas by nine points during that time.wftv.com
Brunson 41 points, Mavs 22 made 3s to beat Jazz in Game 2
Jazz Mavericks Basketball Dallas Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson (13) and Spencer Dinwiddie, right, celebrate a 3-point basket made by Brunson in the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, Monday, April 18, 2022, in Dallas. Game 3 is Thursday night in Utah, where Dallas has lost its last 11 games. Brunson, the starting point guard with Doncic out, became the fifth Dallas player to score 40 points in a playoff game. Donovan Mitchell had 34 points for Utah, while Bojan Bogdanovic had 25 and Jordan Clarkson 21. ___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/hub/nba and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Dinwiddie hits 3 at buzzer, Mavericks beat Nets 113-111
Mavericks Nets Basketball Dallas Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie (26) drives against Brooklyn Nets guard Cam Thomas (24) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, March 16, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) (John Minchillo)NEW YORK — (AP) — Spencer Dinwiddie made a 3-pointer at the buzzer against his former team, giving the Dallas Mavericks a 113-111 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night. The Mavericks took time and Luka Doncic brought the ball up before the Mavericks got it to Dinwiddie, who nailed the jumper from the right side, right in front of Brooklyn's bench. Dinwiddie scored 22 points, 15 in the fourth quarter. He beat that by quickly rising for the 3-pointer that gave Brooklyn the lead, but Dinwiddie again came through late for the Mavs.wftv.com
Luka Doncic leads Mavs past Celtics 95-92 on Garnett's day
Luka Doncic returned from a hamstring scare to hit a tying 3-pointer with a 1:21 left, Spencer Dinwiddie made the winner with nine seconds to play and the Dallas Mavericks spoiled Kevin Garnett’s special day by beating the Boston Celtics 95-92 on Sunday.
Mavericks overcome 19-point deficit to beat Kings 114-113
Kings Mavericks Basketball Dallas Mavericks guard Spencer Dinwiddie (26) has his shot attempt blocked by Sacramento Kings center Richaun Holmes (22) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Dallas, Saturday, March, 5, 2022. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS — (AP) — Dorian Finney-Smith hit a 3-pointer from the right corner with 3.3 seconds left and the Dallas Mavericks, playing without All-Star guard Luka Doncic, overcame a 19-point deficit for the second time this week to beat the Sacramento Kings 114-113 on Saturday. Spencer Dinwiddie scored a season-high 36 points in his first start for Dallas since being acquired from Washington on Feb. 10. De’Aaron Fox matched a career high with 44 points, and Domantas Sabonis added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings. Mavericks: Finney-Smith had 17 points, hitting 5 of 11 from 3-point range.wftv.com
Mavericks overcome 19-point deficit to beat Kings 114-113
Dorian Finney-Smith hit a 3-pointer from the right corner with 3.3 seconds left and the Dallas Mavericks, playing without All-Star guard Luka Doncic, overcame a 19-point deficit for the second time this week to beat the Sacramento Kings 114-113 on Saturday.
Mavericks overcome 19-point deficit to beat Kings 114-113
Dorian Finney-Smith hit a 3-pointer from the right corner with 3.3 seconds left and the Dallas Mavericks, playing without All-Star guard Luka Doncic, overcame a 19-point deficit for the second time this week to beat the Sacramento Kings 114-113 on Saturday. Doncic was listed on the injury report as having a left toe sprain, and coach Jason Kidd wouldn’t elaborate on the injury. Spencer Dinwiddie scored a season-high 36 points to go with seven assists in his first start for Dallas since being acquired from Washington on Feb. 10.news.yahoo.com
Doncic scores 41 points, Mavs beat Warriors again, 122-113
Warriors Mavericks Basketball Dallas Mavericks' Luka Doncic celebrates after being fouled sinking a basket in the first half of an NBA basketball game agains the Golden State Warriors in Dallas, Thursday, March, 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) (Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS — (AP) — Luka Doncic scored 41 points and the Dallas Mavericks beat Golden State for the second time in five days, holding off the Warriors 122-113 on Thursday night after a huge fourth-quarter rally for the victory in California. Stephen Curry and the Warriors never led but got even for the first time since early in the first quarter during a stretch when Moses Moody scored 13 consecutive Golden State points. Doncic had 10 rebounds and nine assists, Dorian Finney-Smith scored 18 points and Dinwiddie added 17 as the Mavericks took the season series 3-1 with the consecutive victories. Golden State ended up down eight going to the fourth after Doncic missed a step-back 3 at the buzzer.wftv.com
Donic leads big comeback, Mavericks stun Warriors 107-101
Mavericks Warriors Basketball Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) scores past Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell (7) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in San Francisco, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) (Jeff Chiu)SAN FRANCISCO — (AP) — Luka Doncic made two free throws with 7.9 seconds left on the way to 34 points and the Dallas Mavericks came back from 21 down in the third quarter to stun the Golden State Warriors 107-101 on Sunday night. 1 Golden State and the fifth-ranked Mavericks. Warriors rookie Jonathan Kuminga received a technical with 9:20 left for grabbing the rim after a goaltending call. Golden State couldn't deliver in what seemed set to be another commanding victory over Dallas after the Warriors snapped a four-game home losing streak to the Mavericks last month with a 130-92 rout.wftv.com
Bucks rally in 4th to beat Nets 124-118, clinch playoff spot
Nets Bucks Basketball Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo, middle, drives to the basket between Brooklyn Nets' Jeff Green, left, and Kevin Durant, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, May 4, 2021, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash) (Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE — (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 36 points and the Milwaukee Bucks used a fourth-quarter rally to beat the Brooklyn Nets for the second time in three days, winning 124-118 on Tuesday night. The Bucks' fourth-quarter comeback followed their 117-114 Sunday afternoon victory over the Nets, also in Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo scored 49 points in that one as the Bucks withstood Durant's 42-point performance. Bucks: Jim Paschke, who has called over 2,000 Bucks games as the team's play-by-play television broadcaster over the last 35 seasons, announced he will retire at the end of the season.wftv.com
Mitchell scores 27, Jazz rout short-handed Nets 118-88
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) drives around Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) in the first half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 24, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY – Donovan Mitchell scored 27 points and the Utah Jazz routed the short-handed Brooklyn Nets 118-88 on Wednesday night. This matchup between Eastern and Western Conference contenders lost some luster when the Nets James Harden was scratched due to a sore neck. At halftime, the Jazz led 63-38 – the lowest scoring first half of the season for Brooklyn. Even with all their stars, the Nets have struggled defensively this season and relied on their supercharged offense to get their wins.
Carolina Panthers' Russell Okung claims to be first NFL player "paid in bitcoin"
Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Russell Okung claimed to be the first NFL player who will be paid in bitcoin, according to an announcement Tuesday from Okung and Strike, a mobile payments company. However, it's still unclear how Okung is actually getting paid. Getting paid in Bitcoin is the 1st step of opting out of the corrupt, manipulated economy we all inhabit." "Getting #Bitcoin in exchange for your labor is much more than meets the eye. Russell Okung of the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte on August 24, 2020, in Charlotte, North Carolina.cbsnews.com
Grizzlies lose Morant to ankle injury, beat Nets in overtime
Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant, right, wears a boot on his left foot after suffering an injury during the team's NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Monday, Dec. 28, 2020, in New York. The Grizzlies earned their first victory of the season, outlasting the short-handed Brooklyn Nets 116-111 in overtime Monday night. Morant was hurt late in the first half when he leaped to block a shot by Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot and landed on the Nets forward's foot. Morant watched Brandon Clarke score the go-ahead basket on a follow shot with 41 seconds left in overtime before the Grizzlies put it away with free throws. “Early in the season I think guys are still acclimating to back-to-backs, let alone an overtime back-to-back,” Nets coach Steve Nash said.
Nets' Dinwiddie to have surgery for partially torn right ACL
Brooklyn Nets head coach Steve Nash, right, talks with Spencer Dinwiddie during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)NEW YORK – Spencer Dinwiddie will have surgery to repair a partially torn ACL in his right knee, an early blow to a Brooklyn Nets team that hoped it had left its injury troubles behind. Dinwiddie was hurt Sunday in Charlotte during the third quarter of the Nets' first loss of the season. The Nets said Monday the guard's surgery was scheduled for next week and further updates would be provided afterward. But they couldn't complete a comeback Sunday in Charlotte, falling 106-104 after Dinwiddie was hurt in the third quarter.
Net gains: High hopes in Brooklyn with Durant, Irving ready
NEW YORK – Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving sent expectations soaring when they decided to come to Brooklyn. And that includes 7-11, so get to know us,” Irving said, referring to their uniform numbers. He sat out all last season, while Irving ended up limited to only 20 games because of a shoulder injury. In just 9 1/2 minutes, Durant and Irving outscored the Washington Wizards by themselves, combining for 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting. Durant, Irving and Nash have all downplayed the talk.
VanVleet, Powell lead Raptors past Nets 104-99 for 2-0 lead
The victory gave the Raptors a 2-0 lead in the first round plyoff series. Kyle Lowry had 21 points, nine rebounds and forced a big turnover in the closing seconds for the second seeded Raptors. But this game was much closer as the Nets built a 14-point lead in the first quarter. Toronto was in control after that, stretching the lead to eight on Powell's drive and dunk from the right wing. Caris LeVert had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Jarrett Allen and Joe Harris each had 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Nets.
Caris LeVert's 34 lead Nets past Wizards, 118-110
The Nets moved seven games ahead of ninth-place Washington in the Eastern Conference standings, and now the Wizards hopes of forcing a play-in series are fading. Thomas Bryant had a career-high 30 points and 13 rebounds, and Troy Brown Jr. added 22 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists for the Wizards. The Nets are without DeAndre Jordan, Spencer Dinwiddie and Taurean Prince because of positive coronavirus tests before the restart. His 170 jams last season tied Kenyon Martin (2002-03) for the most in a season since the stat first was kept during the 1997-98 season. He is in his first season with the Nets after signing a two-way contract with the team in January.
Magic beat Nets 128-118 in restart opener, move up to 7th
They extended their winning streak to four and moved back ahead of the Nets into seventh place in the Eastern Conference. The Magic outscored the Nets 75-43 in the middle two quarters, allowing them to overcome some shaky defense at the start and finish. So Brooklyn started two players who hadn't started an NBA game this season one who never had. Veteran Jamal Crawford, signed as a substitute player after not playing in the NBA this season, did not play. Nets: Play Washington on Sunday.
Down in Disney, Bucks hope to finish the job this season
FILE - In this a Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts to his shot the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Milwaukee. If Antetokounmpo can shoot like that in real games, maybe the Milwaukee Bucks can finish the job and win the title this season. The Bucks are too, bringing the NBAs best record into the resumption of the season next week at Walt Disney World. The Toronto Raptors exploited that last season, with versatile, big defenders such as Kawhi Leonard, Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka who could keep Antetokounmpo from the rim and make him shoot outside. The Bucks believe this season they have enough to go all the way, even without getting to use the home-court advantage they likely would have earned.
Despite virus cases, Nets say no thought to skipping restart
Spencer Dinwiddie is a maybe, with his status unclear after both he and Jordan tested positive for the coronavirus. The Brooklyn Nets don't look ready for a restart, but general manager Sean Marks said Wednesday there was no discussion of the team not traveling to Florida for the resumption of the NBA season. Vaughn had moved Jordan into the starting lineup, but now the job apparently goes back to Jarrett Allen. They eventually decided it was best to first come back to Brooklyn, and both Dinwiddie and Jordan tested positive after returning. He sent his family to Phoenix when the virus struck New York, only to find that Arizona's cases are now rising.
Magic guard Terrence Ross to change jersey number to honor Kobe Bryant
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando Magic guard Terrence Ross is switching his jersey number to honor Kobe Bryant. Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant and seven other people died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/YwP2MeYu20 — Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) January 28, 2020As a player on the Toronto Raptors, Ross was No. The Heat and Magic started Monday’s game by honoring the future NBA Hall of Famer. 8. pic.twitter.com/LuYTzPrMeJ — Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) January 28, 2020Roars of “Kobe” erupted through the American Airlines Arena at the beginning of the game.