Kelly Dwyer

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Kelly Dwyer is the editor of Ball Don't Lie. He has written for various websites about the NBA since 1997, he lives in Indiana with his wife, two children, three cats, and yes, Kelly Dwyer is a "he."

  • LaMarcus Aldridge's stats are down, but ask him if he cares

    LaMarcus Aldridge posts up a Net. (Getty Images)LaMarcus Aldridge posts up a Net. (Getty Images)By just about any measure, LaMarcus Aldridge is in the middle of the worst statistical year since a rookie season spent mostly coming off the bench. His points are down, to 16.3 per game. His rebounds per game are back in the single digits. Yes, the Spurs have him playing under 30 minutes a game, but his per-minute production is as low as it’s been since the 2009-10 campaign, the last season that saw him miss the All-Star Game.

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    As a result, LMA might not even make this year’s All-Star Game, leaving a 36-6 San Antonio Spurs club with potentially just one representative despite a stellar first half of the season.

    And LaMarcus? LaMarcus does not appear to mind. From Jeff McDonald at the San Antonio Express-News:

    Before he slipped on his No. 12 Spurs jersey for the first time, he had already mentally sacrificed his personal statistics on the altar of “good to great.”

    “I’m happy,” Aldridge said. “We’re winning, so

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  • LeBron on the big loss: 'I'm not going to put too much into it'

    James had just 16 points on 16 shots in the loss. (Getty Images)James had just 16 points on 16 shots in the loss. (Getty Images)Don’t bother listening to anyone that tries to tell you that the Cleveland Cavaliers are in the Golden State Warriors’ or San Antonio Spurs’ exalted realm. That was evident long before the Cavs dropped two games to both teams within a five day span, with the Golden State loss coming in embarrassing fashion on the Cavaliers’ champagne-stinkin’ home court.

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    However; this, and regular season glory, was never the point. The Cavaliers might be smarting after Monday’s 34-point shellacking on Thursday’s combustible loss in San Antonio, but the Cavs are still in the same place we found them in last October. Or, if we’re honest, the same place we observed them in following last June’s loss to the Warriors in the Finals.

    They’re going to make their way out of the East, settle into a Finals setting, and see what happens when up to seven basketball games featuring LeBron James are scheduled.

    This is why James is preaching

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  • Unnamed Cavs found Steph Curry's 'champagne' talk 'disrespectful'

    When asked if he was looking forward to playing the Cavaliers in Cleveland for the first time since winning the NBA’s 2015 title, Golden State Warriors point guard and reigning MVP Stephen Curry offered a typically witty and understandable response:

    "Obviously, walking in the locker room, it'll be good memories," Curry said Sunday. "Hopefully, it still smells a little bit like champagne."

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    The Warriors earned the right to paint the visiting locker room walls with champagne last June, taking down the Cavs in six games, just as the 2007 San Antonio Spurs earned the same season-ending sip of bubbly in the same building.

    One member of the Cavs – we’re not sure if we’re talking player or coach or the whole damn squad – decided to get all anonymously snotty about the remark. From Chris Haynes at Cleveland.com:

    Sources are telling cleveland.com that members of the Cavaliers have taken exception to the quote and viewed

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  • Byron Scott: Coaches would vote Kobe an All-Star 'out of respect'

    Kobe Bryant and Byron Scott discuss respect. (Getty Images)Kobe Bryant and Byron Scott discuss respect. (Getty Images)NBA coaches, infamously, don’t usually take All-Star Game voting very seriously. They’re charged with determining who stands in as reserves, once the fan voting for starters ends, but the group of 30 usually leave it to their assistants to pencil in roster spots six through 12.

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    Kobe Bryant, as it’s always been, tends to stir emotions and interest, however. This is why, had some clerical error gone terribly wrong and had he not been voted in as an All-Star starter by the fans in his final NBA season, the coaches would likely go out of their way to vote Kobe in despite his very un-Kobester-like year.

    Laker coach Byron Scott assumes as much. From Michael Pina at Bleacher Report:

    “I think the coaches would, yeah,” Lakers head coach Byron Scott said. “Out of respect.” 

    Thunder head coach Billy Donovan’s take is nearly identical: “I don’t want to speak for all the coaches, but it would be more of a respect thing in

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  • Steve Kerr nails a half-court shot at Warriors practice (Video)

    Steve Kerr salutes. (Getty Images)Steve Kerr salutes. (Getty Images)The Golden State Warriors have yet to set a target date for coach Steve Kerr’s return to the sideline. The coach that led them to 2015’s championship has yet to run his team through game action this year due to the ongoing setbacks he suffered when his second offseason back surgery necessitated a spinal tap.

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    Kerr has traveled with the team and remains a presence, but his aversion to light and the perpetual headaches that came from the spinal tap has thus far prevented him from running the show full time.

    Still, when you see “Cleveland” on the calendar, you tend to circle the date. Kerr traveled with the team to its Finals rematch with LeBron’s Cavaliers, and during Monday’s practice he decided to show off some of the marksmanship that made him one of the NBA’s all-time greats from beyond the arc.

    Sometimes well, well beyond the arc. Via CBS Sports:

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  • Kevin Durant on the nasty media: 'They don't like us'

    Kevin Durant greets a fan. (Getty Images)Kevin Durant greets a fan. (Getty Images)The Oklahoma City Thunder are on pace for a 58-win season. The team has the second-best offense in the NBA, and stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook combine to average 51 points per game. To say next to nothing of the 14.8 rebounds, 14 assists, and nearly four steals per game they combine for.

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    They, are, brilliant. The defense needs sorting out, but that’s what the regular season is for, as first-year coach Billy Donovan works with a roster that doesn’t have much experience together.

    Still, with the arc of the Golden State Warriors’ start and the threat of the ever-ready San Antonio Spurs, the Thunder have been overlooked a bit. To OKC star Kevin Durant, this is the fault of the media, who apparently can’t be bothered with the team.

    From Royce Young at ESPN:

    "Man, the [media and experts are] always trying to nitpick us," Kevin Durant told ESPN.com. "I mean, they don't like us. They don't like how Russell

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  • Ben Wallace sees his number retired in Detroit

    The Orlando Magic didn’t really have to trade Ben Wallace to the Detroit Pistons in 2000, and yet they went ahead with it. The goal was to give Grant Hill as much money as they could, under the cap, in a sign and trade deal. Orlando had the available cap space to sign Hill outright, but when the NBA’s best swingman agrees to come to your team, you tend to want to go out of your way to accommodate his bank account.

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    As a result, Ben Wallace will forever be known as a Detroit Piston legend. The center was honored by the Pistons on Saturday night with a jersey retirement ceremony, celebrating the big man’s four All-Star appearances and four Defensive Player of the Year awarding during his six-year run with the franchise.

    Most importantly, the retirement ceremony honored Wallace’s role on the 2004 championship Pistons. A team that was stitched together in an unorthodox fashion by general manager Joe Dumars, with Big

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  • Joakim Noah is likely out for the season

    Noah initially harmed his shoulder on December 21. (Getty Images)Noah initially harmed his shoulder on December 21. (Getty Images)Joakim Noah has likely played his last game in a Chicago Bulls uniform. The Bulls center was already befuddled by his role on the team, and hurting following a late-December shoulder strain, and now the team has announced that he’ll likely be out for the year following yet another shoulder injury:

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    You’ll recall that the team once classified his May 2014 knee surgery as “minor,” calling it an arthroscopic procedure that would put the center out for two to three months, hoping to confuse the Chicago fandom into thinking that any “minor” procedure would leave a player out for eight to 12 weeks.

    Noah hasn’t been the same since that “arthroscopic” surgery. The Bulls are usually not to be trusted when it comes to detailing injuries,

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  • Matt Barnes: 'Violence is never the answer, but sometimes it is'

    Matt Barnes defends. (Getty Images)Matt Barnes defends. (Getty Images)Here’s the Matt Barnes you have, and the Matt Barnes you’ve always had, NBA fans:

    Matt Barnes is the Memphis Grizzlies small forward that decided that his romantic relationship with another person was over, prior to moving on to engage in a romantic relationship with another person. Or persons. As is his right.

    Because his ex decided to move on and engage in another relationship with a person he’d once shared a figurative office with, Matt Barnes decided to terrorize his ex-partner’s house under the auspice of “my kids are upset.” In the meantime he allegedly fought with New York Knicks coach and former teammate Derek Fisher and the whole of the internet laughed because that stuff is hilarious, man. And Barnes got to do it for the kids.

    Forgetting, of course, that those kids would have a front row seat in a

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  • A look back at Golden State's 1996 'Todd Fuller or Kobe?' decision

    An injured Kobe Bryant is doing all he can to be able to play in Thursday night’s Lakers contest against the Golden State Warriors. The game is on the Warriors’ home court, and despite the two teams never really engaging in a serious rivalry during Bryant’s time in the league, the home team will honor Kobe during the nationally televised game.

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    That honor will include a message from Warriors front office consultant Jerry West, also a former Laker champion who was the general manager of the team when it acquired Kobe Bryant all the way back in 1996. West locked in on Bryant early on in the draft process, despite having no lottery picks to work with. He cannily moved up in the draft by dealing Vlade Divac to Charlotte in exchange for the draft rights to Kobe – later adding legend to legendary by using some of the cap space acquired by dealing Divac to sign free agent Shaquille O’Neal.

    The Warriors general manager at

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