Celtics and Nets largely unaffected by experimental 44-minute game


Adding some small degree of excitement to what would have been a dull, mundane preseason game at the Barclays Center, the league conducted an experiment with the Celtics and Nets playing 11-minute quarters on Sunday. In addition to the one fewer minute per quarter, there were two media timeouts in the second and fourth quarters instead of the normal three. The shorter 44-minute long game, the first one in NBA history, ended in a pleasant one hour and 58 minutes with the Celtics


NBA to Experiment With 44-Minute Preseason Game


If you’re like me, then you know that the best thing about League Pass is those Wednesday and Friday nights where there are 10 or 12 or 13 games and you can just keep bouncing around to watch the last four minutes of each one. One-possession game, four minutes to go. We all live for that crap, right? Well, this Sunday, NBA is taking those four minutes away. Sort of. Sunday’s preseason game between the Boston Celtics and Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center


Bernucca: You Can Have the NCAA Tournament


I don’t like the NCAA Tournament. I don’t like that college basketball’s regular season provides little postseason incentive. I don’t like that the coach is a bigger personality than the players. I don’t like that the games are played on neutral courts. I don’t like that one bad game or bad call or bad break can end a team’s season. I don’t like that “close” becomes a synonym for “well-played.” And I don’t like that poor play determines the outcome much


Gambling on the Western Conference: A Free-For-All


Advertisement The Western Conference is absolutely nothing like the Eastern Conference when it comes to championship odds. We have what I call a two-horse race in the East versus what I am going to call the six-plus team race in the West. In the 15 previous seasons, only four teams (the Lakers, seven times; the Spurs, five times, the Mavericks, two times; the Thunder, once)  have won the Western Conference, which is a similar concept to what the Eastern


Iverson: I’m not going to D-League


Allen Iverson wants to finish his career in the NBA. So did Stephon Marbury. And Gilbert Arenas. All of them chose to continue their careers overseas. And when the Dallas Mavericks reached out to Iverson to gauge his interest in joining Delonte West, Rashad McCants, Sean Williams, Melvin Ely, Luther Head and Justin Dentmon (all NBA alumni) with the Texas Legends, “The Answer” had an answer. “No.”


Austin wins D-League championship over Los Angeles


LOS ANGELES – D-League MVP Justin Dentmon scored a team-high 30 points to lead the Austin Toros to their first-ever NBA Development League Championship with a 122-110 victory over the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Saturday night at the Toyota Sports Center in L.A. The Toros led wire-to-wire for the second straight game in L.A., and overcame a Game One loss to beat the D-Fenders in three games.  The team finished the 2012 postseason a perfect 6-0 in elimination games. Eric Dawson, the 2012