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."

  • BDL's 2015-16 NBA Playoff Previews: Toronto Raptors vs. Indiana Pacers

    One of the wackier NBA regular seasons in history is over, for better or worse, and the two-month playoff run is set to begin. With the first round upon us, the minds at Ball Don't Lie decided to preview each series. We start with Toronto and Indiana.

    How They Got Here

    • Toronto: After a long, typically blustery and chilly Toronto summer following yet another enervating first-round loss, the Raps could have entered training camp with lids drooped, and yet they turned in their best season in franchise history.

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    DeMar DeRozan drives. (Getty Images)DeMar DeRozan drives. (Getty Images)General manager Masai Ujiri brought the whole gang back in 2015-16 following the team’s disappointing defeat at the hands of the Washington Wizards last year, relying on internal development and role player tweaking to turn the tide. The task of standing out seemed a rather formidable one entering the season as those same Wizards, the reigning East regular-season champion Hawks, the supposedly reborn

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  • Comparing the work of Kobe Bryant to 10 all-time NBA greats

    Basketball is a team sport by heart and practice, but it is also one that can be dominated by the individual. Few other individuals in NBA history dominated the game as soundly as Kobe Bryant, and while he’ll remain one of the more polarizing figures in league history, we thought it fair to discuss some of the more similar (because of skill set, production levels, era and playing style) players that we’ve seen as Bryant prepares to retire.

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    Oscar Robertson and Kobe Bryant. (Getty Images)Oscar Robertson and Kobe Bryant. (Getty Images)

    Oscar Robertson

    The Big O spent the bulk of his career trying to get to what Kobe was gifted right out of the gate – a pairing with a dominant, all-world center. Prior to winning a title with then-Lew Alcindor, however, Oscar set the NBA’s statistical pages ablaze with his own brand of dominant, methodical ball. Famously, he averaged a triple-double in 1961-62 in just his second season and just missed out on entering his sixth season with triple-double marks as his career

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  • Stan Van Gundy: All-Star Game 'should be moved' if NC anti-LGBT law stands

    Stan Van Gundy. (Getty Images)Stan Van Gundy. (Getty Images)On Monday, Detroit Pistons president and coach Stan Van Gundy became the first notable member of the NBA community to ask that the league move the 2017 All-Star Game away from Charlotte in the wake of a state-wide bill North Carolina passed last month.

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    The law, which forces people to use bathrooms aligned with their biological sex, has expectedly conjured harsh criticism from all manner of observers, but though the league sent out a stark rebuke to its passing Van Gundy is the first prominent active NBA voice to call for such a move.

    From David Mayo at MLive.com:

    "We went through this. People had their rationale for discriminating against blacks back in segregation," Van Gundy, the Pistons' president of basketball operations and head coach, said Monday. "I don't care, religious liberty and all of that -- look, that's the same stuff that people brought up during the civil-rights movement. They'll try to justify

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  • Dwight Howard organizes a blood drive to honor Craig Sager's fight

    Dwight Howard. (Getty Images)Dwight Howard. (Getty Images)The Houston Rockets need a win on Wednesday against the Sacramento Kings in order to clinch a playoff berth and salvage what has been a massively disappointing season. All hands need to be on deck, even against a Kings team resting DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo, as the Rockets have let too many opportunities slip through their fingers during its 40-41 season thus far.

    Sensing this, center Dwight Howard has decided to seize the moment for a chance to do something special. His charity is organizing a blood drive outside his team’s arena in honor of beloved TNT reporter Craig Sager’s ongoing fight with Leukemia.

    From ESPN’s Calvin Watkins:

    The drive will take place Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT at the Toyota Center in Houston, prior to the Rockets' regular-season finale against the Sacramento Kings.

    Hosting the blood drive in conjunction with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is the Gulf Coast Marrow Donor program. Everyone who donates or attempts to donate will receive a

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  • Stephen Curry hits the deck after Jordan Spieth's collapse (Video)

    PGA golfer Jordan Spieth won both the Masters and U.S. Open last year and by mid-afternoon on Sunday he seemed well on his way toward winning the Masters again last week.

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    His friend Stephen Curry also appears to be on the same career arc, winning the NBA’s MVP last season on his way toward a title prior to dominating the NBA in a defending turn in 2015-16: Curry could be the league’s first unanimously-voted MVP, his team is the clear title favorite, and his Golden State Warriors are one win away from setting the NBA record for wins in a season following Sunday’s conquest over the San Antonio Spurs.

    Prior to that contest, though, Curry had to take in a bit of bad news about his good buddy. While shooting around before the game, teammate Andre Iguodala informed Stephen that Spieth had just quadruple bogeyed the Masters on hole 12, just about knocking the three-day leader out of contention for a repeat Masters win.

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  • BDL's Year-End Most Interesting Power Rankings: Golden State, wow.

    Stephen Curry wraps it all up. (Getty Images)Stephen Curry wraps it all up. (Getty Images)Let's face it — the best and most powerful teams in the NBA don't really change from week to week. A handful of results in the middle of winter can only mean so much to a franchise's championship hopes. What does shift regularly, though, is how much interest a squad can hold over the course of a season. Every week, BDL's Most Interesting Power Rankings track the teams most worthy of your attention.

    Today we present to you the final rankings of the 2015-16 NBA regular season.

    THE TOP 15

    1. Golden State Warriors (72-9; last week: 1): All they did was make the regular season a wonderful place to be, tying the NBA record for wins in a season with a game to spare. All they did was make us reconsider how we approached the game, from the youth level on up to the strata that was beating the Cavs, Bulls, Pacers, Spurs and Mavericks by an average of 25.4 points per game in a nine-day span. All they did was inspire thousands to text their friends to ask them to surreptitiously lend them their

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  • NBA Playoff Picture: Pacers are in, Mavericks yet to clinch

    The return. (Getty Images)The return. (Getty Images)With just a few days left in the NBA's regular season, several games per night make a big difference in the fights for playoff berths and seeding. This post catches you up on everything that matters to these races.

    GAMES THAT MATTERED A LOT

    Pacers take care of business: Popular lore has it that poor sportsmanship is illegal in Indiana on Sundays, which is why the Pacers likely made a point of things to race out to an early 20-point first quarter lead in its eventual 124-109 win over the Brooklyn Nets. As such, Indiana was allowed coast the rest of the way – pace themselves, as it were – and with the victory the team clinched a playoff spot following the mostly Paul George-less 2014-15’s, absence from the postseason.

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    The win crashed the underachieving Chicago Bulls’ chances at making its eighth consecutive postseason, and though Cleveland has yet to officially clinch the top spot in the East and Indiana holds the

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  • Golden State Warriors tie the NBA record for wins in a season

    The Golden State Warriors have equaled the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record for wins in a season, and they’ve still got a little room to move.

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    The defending champs topped San Antonio on Sunday night by a 92-86 score, in San Antonio’s building, running its record to 72-9. With a win over a depleted Memphis squad on Wednesday night Golden State will finish its season at 73-9, setting an NBA record for wins in a season.

    Sunday’s conquest fittingly came against San Antonio, the team that has played the Warriors the best this season, one that features a coach in Gregg Popovich that twice employed Warriors coach Steve Kerr as his reserve hybrid guard. Kerr also played the same role on the 1995-96 Bulls.

    None of that palace intrigue mattered on Sunday, as both teams battled throughout. Stephen Curry scored 10 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, his final total outpacing both

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  • NBA Playoff Picture: Cleveland can't clinch, Bulls still alive

    With less than a week left in the NBA's regular season, several games per night make a big difference in the fights for playoff berths and seeding. This post catches you up on everything that matters to these races.

    GAMES THAT MATTERED A LOT

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    Chicago shows a pulse: In a day that started with Fred Hoiberg admitting to take a page out of Johnny Bach and Phil Jackson’s playbook and insert movie dialogue into game tape

    … and one that also featured the same coach pinning the start of his team’s spiral on the attention star guard Jimmy Butler drew after criticizing the coaching staff following a loss …

    … the Bulls somehow managed to come back to beat the Eastern-leading Cleveland Cavaliers by a 105-102 score. Brazilian rookie

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  • Golden State comes back to beat Memphis, keeps 73-win hopes alive

    Vince Carter scored 15 points to Stephen Curry's 17 on Saturday. (Getty Images)Vince Carter scored 15 points to Stephen Curry's 17 on Saturday. (Getty Images)By the hair of its chinny-chin-chin, the Golden State Warriors kept their record-breaking hopes alive on Saturday night, coming back to down the Memphis Grizzlies by a 100-99 score.

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    The victory is the team’s 71st of the season, allowing it the chance to tie the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record of 72 wins against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, and the ability to break the record against these same Grizzlies on the final night of the regular season on Wednesday.

    It was a struggle. The undermanned Grizzlies, playing without injured former All-Stars Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, opened up a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter behind opportunistic play from Matt Barnes (who finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds) and some clever feints from reserve guard Xavier Munford.

    The defending champs, meanwhile, couldn’t buy a bucket. Three-pointers either open or contested were off, as guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson

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