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    3 Aussies in the starting 5 for their teams today. Don't believe that's ever happened before

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    Actually had three Aussies starting in the same game last season.
    http://www.basketball-reference.com/...312190GSW.html

    I'm pretty sure this is the first Aussie starting backcourt though, which is awesome!

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    Cavs fans are a fickle bunch. It seems like they've all turned on Delly after missing shots in the clutch today.

    Nobody seems to be mentioning that the 6ers dropped 35 points on them in the 4th quarter.

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    Got their first win at home last night against such a depleted Cavs now with not just Anderson Varejao (for the season), LeBron, and now Kyrie sidelined. They aren't as much defensively with Varejao gone and lack that inside defensive presence. But help is reportedly on the way in Iman Shumpert and J.R. Smith while giving away Dion Waiters to bolster their bench.
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    J.R Smith to shoot them out of games... great move Cavs.

    I love seeing the Cavs struggle, hope it lasts.

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    Are the pistons this year's linsanity? This is fun to watch...

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    Wow isn't New York so terrible? Not even a trip to London and play against Milwaukee would lift their spirits. We didn't expect the Knicks to fare worse than Philadelphia. Not with the NBA experience and superstar status the players got. Knicks' dysfunction has reached its nadir with the legacy of discombobulation. Never thought the Sixers would be better than New York at this point ever...

    Glad that Milwaukee greatly improved from last season. Cements that Jason Kidd can coach. Be nice to see them make the playoffs with fun bunch like Giannis Antetokoumpo.

    Cleveland is still disjointed even with its win last night over the NDCELE. Still think they'll make the playoffs. But what we're seeing so far is, even with the return of LeBron, a more extreme varient why the Cavs won't win it all this year. I like David Blatt but he has a lot of learning to do at the NBA level as a coach in how to properly deal with ego, getting them to play some acceptable level of D, and many nuances in the NBA culture. that's different from when he's at Maccabi Tel Aviv, CSKA Moscow, and coaching the Russian National Team. You can't make Kevin Love a 3-point shooter--he's not built for that!
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    Just another week in the NBA? Not for Australian basketball!

    A historic moment transpired on 19 Jan 2015, when Aron Baynes, Patty Mills, Joe Ingles and Dante Exum were all on the hardwood at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. It marked the first time four Australian NBA players were ever on the court together, unfolding a proud milestone for Aussie fans everywhere.

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    Klay Thompson just had 37 points in the third Q against the Kings. Wow. Wee.

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    Major props to both events for Australian NBA hoops and for Klay Thompson's performance.

    Give it up for the Atlanta Hawks! If you don't about them, you better call somebody! Set a franchise-record of 15 straight wins last night and have the best record in the East. People aren't them respect because ATL's normally a middle of the pack team. But the Hawks are now getting sellouts at the Phillips Arena because of this streak. There hasn't been this electricity for the Hawks since the 1980s. No superstars exist on the team though the closest would be Al Horford and Jeff Teague. Kyle Korver's "making it rain" with his jumpers from the outside. I'm becoming more and more of a believer in them making it to the NBA Finals. In the playoffs, matchups for the Hawks could determine how far they go with, say, against Chicago or Cleveland. Also, Mike Budenholtz, a Gregg Popvich disciple, was named the Eastern All-Stars head coach with his coaching staff joining him. Horford and Teague should join Budenholtz and his staff to New York as reserves.
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    Dante Exum named to World team for Rising Stars All star weekend challenge.

    Also, Andrew Bogut opens up to PnR's Alisha Paelmke with a great Q&A:

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    Default Aussies in the NBA: Exum shines as Rising Star

    The latest Aussies in the NBA recap with a heap of highlight clips on Aussies only!

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    2015 NBA ALL-STAR WEEKEND ROSTERS

    BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge
    US Team Roster

    Trey Burke (Utah Jazz)
    Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Detroit Pistons)
    Michael Carter-Williams (Philadelphia 76ers)
    Zach LaVine (Minnesota Timberwolves)
    Shabazz Muhammad (Minnesota Timberwolves)
    Nerlens Noel (Philadelphia 76ers)
    Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic)
    Elfrid Payton (Orlando Magic)
    Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn Nets)
    Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets)
    Head Coach: Alvin Gentry (Golden St. Warriors)

    World Team Roster

    Steven Adams (Oklahoma City Thunder--New Zealand)
    Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks--Greece)
    Bojan Bogdanovic (Brooklyn Nets--Bosnia-Herzegovina)
    Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves--Senegal)
    Dante Exum (Utah Jazz--Australia)
    Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz--France)
    Nikola Mirotic (Chicago Bulls--Montenegro)
    Kelly Olynyk (Boston Celtics--Canada)
    Dennis Schroder (Atlanta Hawks--Germany)
    Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota Timberwolves--Canada)
    Head Coach: Kenny Atkinson (Atlanta Hawks)

    2015 Foot Locker NBA All-Star Three-Point Shootout
    Marco Belinelli* (San Antonio Spurs)
    Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks)
    Stephen Curry (Golden St. Warriors)
    Klay Thompson (Golden St. Warriors)
    J.J. Reddick (Los Angeles Clippers)
    Wesley Matthews (Portland Trail Blazers)

    2015 Sprite NBA Slam Dunk Contest
    Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, F, 6-11, 217
    Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves, G, 6-5, 183
    Victor Oladipo, Orlando Magic, G, 6-4, 210
    Mason Plumlee, Brooklyn Nets, C, 6-11, 235

    *denotes defending champion

    Meanwhile in Orlando, will Jacque Vaughn survive the season? Those losses are mounting in embarassing ways its despite young players developing well like Victor Oladipo, Nikola Vukevic, Elfrid Payton, Evan Fournier, and Kyle O'Quinn. But with Channing Frye, Ben Gorden, and Maurice Harkless contracts (former two) and not panning out (Harkless), management sought more immediate returns and heard there were arguments between the two. Vaughn apparently gets to set the table and cook the food but won't get to enjoy the meal. Sources say he won't with Magic management eyeing Scott Skiles, an original Orlando Magic and holder of franchise of most assists in a game that was once an NBA record:
    http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.c...jacque-vaughn/
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    Default [VIDEO] Once again, Matthew Dellavedova comes up big in the 4th

    Back to back double figure games from Delly with 10 points in the 4th quarter, 9 of which came from 3pters, helped break what was a spirited comeback by the 76ers.
    The Cleveland Cavaliers running away with it in the end 97-84, Delly led all scorers off the bench with 12.

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    Proof positive that James Dolan is not one of the better owners in all of sports. Like we need more of it. Calling a long suffering lifelong Knicks fan an alcoholic and tell him start rooting for the Nets after writing an email on his mild-mannered criticisms and being self-righteous about it? The NBA surely knows about this now.
    http://deadspin.com/dolan-start-root...s-d-1684489469

    Damian Lillard gets to go the All-Star Game after all after his disappointment over DeMarcus Cousins got picked ahead of him and of Blake Griffin's injury. Silver selected Cousins as a reward for his new-found maturity starting with being Mike Krzyzewski's Team USA in Spain:
    http://www.sbnation.com/nba/2015/2/8...griffin-injury

    2015 Taco Bell NBA SKILLS CHALLENGE

    Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors)
    Isaiah Thomas (Phoenix Suns)
    John Wall (Washington Wizards)
    Michael Carter-Williams (Philadelphia 76ERS)
    Jeff Teague (Atlanta Hawks)
    Brandon Knight (Detroit Pistons)
    Trey Burke

    2015 DEGREE SHOOTING STARS

    Team Curry (Stephen Curry, Dell Curry, Sue Bird)
    Team Davis (Anthony Davis, Scottie Pippen, Elena Della Donne)
    Team Westbrook (Russell Westbrook, Penny Hardaway, Tamika Catchings)
    Team Bosh (Chris Bosh, Dominique Wilkins, Swin Cash)*
    *2x champs

    NBA named the entire Atlanta Hawks starting lineup as the Kia Motors Eastern Conference Player of the month for January!
    http://www.nba.com/hawks/hawks-start...r-month-honors
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    Quote Originally Posted by Durbansandshark View Post
    Kyle Korver's "making it rain" with his jumpers from the outside.
    he's having a historical year from 3. The only player ever to shoot over 5 attempts per game at over 50%, it truly is remarkable.

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    Dolan's response was nonsense but I don't have a problem with him going back at someone who attacks him.

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    Following the All-Star break, our Aussies get back into the grind of the regular season. Ingles is back on the court, Exum reflects on his rookie season so far, and Patty has a new statistical milestone.

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    First clip is Parker to Baynes, rather than Mills.

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    Brian Shaw fired by Denver. Couldn't connect with the Karl-influenced players. Not his fault when he changed things from fast, uptempo style to slow it down, pro-defense Shaw enforced. Wasn't able to fit. Inadequate tools with things going sour with some quitting on him. Several Nuggets regressed under Shaw with traded others like Mozgov and McGee weren't problems.
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    SI's brilliant writer and devoted lover of basketball Alexander Wolff (yes, the founder of the Vermont Frost Heaves in the ABA and PBL) has written another great piece with the Spurs' Patty Mills as his latest subject! Definitely worthy of your time!
    http://www.si.com/nba/2015/03/25/pat...gregg-popovich
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    the decision to commit $12 million to keep an injured free agent, Popovich says, "It wasn?t even a question. Obviously he can shoot the basketball and has a lot of energy. But he?s beloved on this team for his enthusiasm, his kindness, his understated gravitas. As long as I?m here, he?s going to be here. Unless we can?t afford him."
    High praise indeed.

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    Steve Nash, Ticha Penirchiero, Quinn Snyder, Dikembe Mutombo, and James Borrego all will headline the NBA building a bridge to Cuba later this April as the first professional US-based sports league to do so with development camps and clinics:
    http://www.vancouversun.com/sports/b...984/story.html
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    This has been the first season I've had NBA League pass all year and I've made good use of it (with Apple TV its been like watching HD).

    The Aussies have put in some good work this season. Ingles has had a great finish to the season, especially considering he's a guy who would have been happy just to be on the roster at the start of the season. He's really become a great glue guy and secondary creator. Should be able to stick around somewhere next season, if not in Utah (who may not have as much rook next season with Hood, Burks and Hayward healthy) or somewhere else.

    Exum has been a bit of a let down. Always knew he was going to be a project, and im not concerned about his stats. Its more about the way he goes about it. He hasn't been at all aggressive. Mostly just happy standing in a corner and not looking to do too much. I understand he's trying not to force things (especially since theyve played so well since hes been a starter), but there's been so many times he's had a chance to blow by bigger slower guys and get to the rim and has just made a swing pass instead. He's still so very young and I still think he's got the talent when he applies it, I would just like to see him apply it more often.

    Delly has been great with the Cavs. Had his ups and downs, but always plays 100% and knows his role. He's becoming a great passer out of the pick and roll too, and has got his 3 point spot up shots working nicely.

    Bogut and Baynes have played really well for very good teams. Baynes finally looks like he really belongs. Gotta love a Spurs team that is willing to hang on to guys and work with them. Which leads to Patty. He's had a rough season after missing the pre season and first few months after surgery. Combined with Joseph playing so well (a guy the Spurs have had for 4 years now doing mostly bench warming) he's lost his rotation spot. He knows he'll still get his chances though. Pop loves to play different line ups and Patty is the sort of guy that will stay ready to go, so expect to see him have a few good outings in the playoffs.

    My Raptors have had the opposite year to last season. Starting out hot they've been awful since new year. They're a team that relies a lot on jump shots, even though they've got a really talented inside scorer who they refuse to give the ball to. Honestly will be surprised if they make it out of the first round. Its been hard to watch of late. Lowry and Lou are really talented guys, but play too much hero ball.

    Cant wait for the playoffs!

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    League pass has been hard work for me this season. I started out watching Spurs games, and then also trying to catch Utah games with the occasional Cavs game. As the season dragged on, almost no Cavs games, and only the occasional Utah game.

    Because of that, I feel like I can comment on Baynes in particular, and he's been absolutely awesome. I feel like he's going to get minutes in the playoffs this time, he's been getting praise all season from Pop, and also from away commentary teams. Probably his most impressive stat is his free throw percentage. He went through a stretch there were he hit 29 in a row while playing about 17mins. His per 36 min points and rebounds are on par with Splitter. His finishing around the basket has improved out of sight. It's possible with Splitter's injury woes, that he could be even more important to the Spurs run than Patty was last year.

    Mills looks like he just needs an offseason. The range just isn't there. He's still hitting long twos off screens, but he's really struggling another step back. Defensively, Joseph has become an above average defender at the point, they may actually run him at times with the starters. Parker has been struggling with various injuries all season, I'm not convinced his minutes will go up significantly during the playoffs. The offense is running through Leonard and Diaw in the post more and more.

    Exum hasn't been given a proper chance if you ask me. Hayward demands the ball, and he's essentially been told to stand in the corner. His weakest skill set is jump shooting, and having to take open corner threes all season has sapped his confidence. 63% of his shots are three pointers. His usage is at 13%. I just don't feel like they've run anything for him that properly utilises his skill set.

    Poor Delly, the Cav fans really turned on him after that Philly game where he missed shots in the clutch. It's a case of mismanaged expectations. He's an undrafted 2nd year player whose primary skill set is pick and roll. They have him playing 2 guard and pretty much never touching the ball, spotting up for 3s. It'll be very interesting to see if they use him come playoff time.

    Chances of an Australian getting a ring this year seem pretty high.

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