Posts Tagged ‘Leandro Barbosa’

Neymar attends the NBA Finals

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — With a little bit of downtime on his hands before his home country hosts the 2016 Summer Olympics, Brazilian soccer star Neymar showed up last night in Oakland to take in Game 2 of the NBA Finals. He spent some time with his countrymen Leandro Barbosa and Anderson Varejao, and got to hang with the Splash Brothers, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry, as well. Neymar also brought along a gift from his club team, FC Barcelona…

The Warriors meet Harry Potter

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Well, not Harry Potter, exactly, but while in Orlando earlier this week, Klay Thompson, Harrison Barnes and Leandro Barbosa from the Golden State Warriors spent some of their off day at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which is set to open in April at the Universal Studios theme park. As Thompson and Barnes note, they grew up reading the books and couldn’t wait to spend some time in Diagon Alley. Of course, the last thing the Warriors needed was more magic, but it looks like they’ve got it. Alohomora!

VIDEO: Warriors Potter

Get in the Christmas spirit and sing along with ‘Carol of the Dubs’

By Jeff Case

We’re a mere 10 days away from Christmas and a solid five-game slate of NBA matchups all day long. The best game of the day will likely be the NBA Finals rematch between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors in Oakland (5 p.m. ET, ABC) and the Warriors are already pumped for the showdown. Thanks to the creative efforts of Bay Area artists Ron Lennon and Wellsy, the classic Christmas song “Carol of the Bells” has been re-imagined as “Carol of the Dubs”.

Just about every player on the Warriors’ roster gets a mention in the song (which is quite catchy) …

VIDEO: Carol of the Dubs

Big Baby Gets Kind In Brooklyn

by Zettler Clay IV

NBA games can yield some chin-scratching moments. Gerald Wallace, ever the one to attract contact, is driving toward the hoop for an open layup. Then Glen Davis comes. What happens next is pure benevolence:

Though I’m sure he could have done a better job of avoiding contact, catching your opponent in mid-air during a basketball game shows a certain kind of humanity. In a fit of irony, Big Baby took a page out of Keith Bogansbook. Earlier this season in Brooklyn, Bogans gave Leandro Barbosa a million-dollar sleeper hold to prevent him from crashing onto the court:

Hardwood karma?

Hard Foul? Nope, Just Your Friendly Bear Hug

by Zettler Clay IV

In Thursday’s Celtics-Nets matchup in Brooklyn, Leandro Barbosa charges toward his hoop on a fast break. Keith Bogans is having none of that, so he does what any guard does in this situation. Put Barbosa in a sleeper hold. And he does this without accruing a flagrant foul.

This is some excellent technique from Bogans. MMA aspirants, take note.

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Three for all: Toronto Raptors

by Micah Hart

As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the Toronto Raptors, who played three straight from Jan 9-11.

Toronto doesn’t have a lot going for them this season, but maybe a nice performance in their three for all could win them some huzzahs to help keep them warm at night during this cold, cold winter?

/shakes Magic 8 Ball, gets “Not gonna happen” message

Game 1: Raptors 97, Timberwolves 87 Andrea Bargnani put on his big boy pants for this one, dropping 31 and grabbing nine rebounds to help the Raptors earn the win, which brought them a win away from .500. 2 points (1 for win, 1 for +10 margin)

Game 2: Wizards 93, Raptors 78 – All those happy special feelings the Raptors might have been having in the previous paragraph? Dashed in D.C., where the Raptors suffered the ignominy of becoming the Wizards’ first victims this season after eight straight losses. For shame Toronto, for shame. -1 point

Game 3: Kings 98, Raptors 91 – Seems the trend is starting to return to normal, as two of the three teams finishing up their threesomes lost their final game, including the Raptors at home against the Kings. Leandro Barbosa had a season-high 24 off the bench, so that’s something. 0 points

This isn’t a playoff bound Raptors crew, so no need to get too snippy (but seriously, the Wizards?), but there were more wins to be had in this set than they ended up with. All told, Toronto moves to the bottom of the table with a season-low 1 total point.

Up next: The Charlotte Bobcats play three straight Jan. 12-14, starting in Atlanta before coming home to host Detroit and Golden State.

Three for all Scoreboard:
Chicago Bulls (13 points)
OKC Thunder (12 points)
Atlanta Hawks (8 points)
Houston Rockets (7 points)
Philadelphia 76ers (6 points)
Denver Nuggets (6 points)
L.A. Lakers (3 points)
Sacramento Kings (2 points)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2 points)
Toronto Raptors (1 point)

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