2016-Olympic games-Basketball-USA team wins all games in the group

It was still too close for comfort, but the United States flashed just enough firepower offensively to overcome another poor defensive effort in a 100-97 win over France on Sunday in the final game of group play. This was in large part due to Klay Thompson’s best game of the tournament. Thompson, who entered the game in an awful shooting slump, scored 30 points, and Team USA survived a shaky finish to finish 5-0 in group play against a France team resting Tony Parker.  Coach Mike Krzyzewski changed the United States’ starting lineup on Sunday, reinserting Thompson after sitting him in favor of Paul George for the team’s last two games. The initial switch didn’t work, as the United States nearly lost both contests while still facing the same defensive issues the switch was likely made to correct. That isn’t all on George, but Thompson’s detonation in the team’s win Read More

2016-Rio-Olympic games-Australians very close to upset NBA stars

RIO DE JANEIRO – Carmelo Anthony didn’t just become Team USA’s all-time leading scorer in the Olympics on Wednesday at Youth Arena. He saved the Americans from a shocking upset, as they downed Australia 98-88 to improve to 3-0 at the Olympics. This night that looked for a while to be nothing more than a novelty – the New York Knicks star passing LeBron James as the all-time American leading scorer in American Olympics history en route to an expected win – eventually became one of Anthony’s most memorable performances in his decorated international career. Anthony, who finished with a game-high 31 points on 11-of-21 shooting, hit three three-pointers in a little more than two minutes midway through the fourth quarter to put the Americans up 83-76 with 5:32 remaining. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving took over from there, with no shot bigger than his three-pointer from the right wing with Read More

Basketball-USA-Olympic games-Odds announced,Dream Team should win easily ?

The Men’s Basketball tournament at the 2016 Olympic Games from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will begin on Saturday Aug. 6 with group play and conclude on Sunday Aug. 21 with the gold medal game. To no surprise, the United States have been installed as heavy favorites to win their third straight and 22nd overall gold medal in this event. Oddsmakers at have USA listed as a 1/14 (Bet $100 to win $7) to win the tournament. Listed below are all of the odds of the participating 12 teams and odds to win both Group A and Group B at the Olympics. Odds per Odds to win 2016 Olympics Mens Basketball Gold Medal (8/21/16) USA 1/14 Spain 10/1 France 14/1 Brazil 22/1 Serbia 25/1 Argentina 33/1 Lithuania 33/1 Croatia 50/1 Australia 75/1 Venezuela 150/1 China 175/1 Nigeria 300/1 Odds to win 2016 Olympics Mens Basketball Group A (8/15/16) USA 1/100 France 20/1 Read More

2016-Basketball-Olympic Games-Dream team warming up for another gold ?

Full of new star power, the U.S. men’s basketball team opened its bid for a third straight Olympic gold medal with a 111-74 exhibition romp over Argentina on Friday night. A U.S. team that hasn’t lost a game in 10 years had little trouble with Argentina, which some consider a medal contender in Rio. Paul George scored 14 first-half points, Kevin Durant added 12, and the U.S. blew open the game early before an appreciative crowd on the Las Vegas Strip. Even with Kobe Bryant retired and LeBron James taking this Olympics off, there was no real talent drop off on a team heavily favored to win gold once again. The depth of the U.S. showed as coach Mike Krzyzewski rotated players in and out, searching for the right combinations on a team with 10 new players from 2012. ”Nothing is for sure,” Durant said. ”We want to get this Read More

2016-NBA-Trade news-Durant welcomed in the big star family

The biggest question of the N.B.A. off-season was answered Monday when Kevin Durant, one of the best players ever to hit unrestricted free agency in any sport, agreed to join the Golden State Warriors. Durant’s decision to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Warriors, who won an N.B.A-record 73 games in the regular season, lets the rich get richer. Although Durant nearly led the Thunder to a stunning upset of the Warriors in the Western Conference finals this spring, the Warriors ultimately prevailed before losing to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the N.B.A. finals. Now the Warriors, regrouping, have added the 27-year-old Durant, creating a virtual Dream Team out of a starting unit that also includes the All-Stars Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. The Warriors now become the overwhelming favorites to win next season’s N.B.A. championship, which would be their second in three years. While Read More

2016-NBA-Salary caps raises,as NBA players becoming overpaid,much more than NFL stars

Under the current labor deal, NBA players get roughly half of all league revenue before expenses. Given an estimated $6 billion in qualifying NBA league revenue, players are allotted roughly $3 billion in total. There are mechanisms in place to ensure that players get their share of basketball-related income guaranteed to them under the collective bargaining agreement. The NFL revenue split is more complex, with varying splits based on income source and some other carve-outs for franchisees (like stadium credits). But the upshot is that NFL players are collectively guaranteed just under half of league revenues. That comes out to about $6 billion or so, given projections that NFL revenue will surpass $13 billion next season. So in total, thanks to labor deals reached between the leagues and unions, NBA players collectively earn about $3 billion per year and NFL players collectively earn about $6 billion per year. There are almost four Read More

2016-NBA-Play offs-Finals-Season of records ended,Cavs made the impossible

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) LeBron James cradled the shiny gold trophy and struggled to sum up what might be his sweetest championship yet, the one he is so proudly bringing home to his native northeast Ohio just as he promised to do when he returned to the Cavaliers two summers ago. Later, flanked by his three children on Father’s Day, a cigar between his lips and winning net as a necklace with the lingering stench of champagne, James began to understand the magnitude of his accomplishment for Cleveland after a half-century wait. ”I’m coming home with what I said I was going to do,” he said, adding, ”I can’t wait to get off that plane, hold that trophy up and see all our fans at the terminal.” James and his relentless, never-count-them-out Cavs pulled off an improbable NBA Finals comeback, and Cleveland is title town again at long last. James delivered Read More

2016-NBA-Play offs-Finals-Win or go home for Cavs,Warriors to gain back to back title?

NBA FinalsTip-off: Monday, 9:05 p.m. ETGolden State -8.0, Total: 206.0 The Warriors will be going for their second straight NBA championship when they host the Cavaliers in Game 5 on Monday. The Warriors looked miserable in Game 3, but they were able to bounce back with a 108-97 victory as 2.5-point road underdogs on Friday night. Golden State shot just 40.7% from the floor in the game, but the team did connect on 17 threes. It was the first time in NBA Finals history that a team won by making more threes than it did twos. The Cavaliers, meanwhile, shot 46.9% from the floor in the game. They will, however, need to do a lot better defensively in Game 5. They can’t afford to let the Warriors get free for any open threes or they just might be watching Golden State’s trophy presentation after the game. One trend that favors Read More

2016-NBA-Play offs-Finals-Crucial game 4 preview

NBA FinalsTip-off: Friday, 9:05 p.m. ETCleveland -2.0, Total: 206.5 The Cavaliers will be hoping to even up the series when they host the Warriors in Game 4 on Friday. Golden State looked like it was heading towards a sweep over Cleveland after Games 1 and 2, but the Cavaliers responded in a big way in their first home game. The Cavs won 120-90 as 1.5-point favorites in Game 3, shooting 52.7% from the floor and holding the Warriors to just 42.1% shooting. It was a huge step forward for Cleveland, as Golden State had shot 49.4% in Game 1 and 54.3% in Game 2. The Warriors aren’t going to hang their heads though. Golden State is a remarkable 11-3 ATS when revenging a loss versus an opponent this season and 21-8 ATS revenging a road loss versus an opponent over the past two seasons. The Warriors should be feeling confident Read More

2016-NBA-Play offs-Finals-Cavaliers looking to bounce back in game 3

NBA FinalsTip-off: Wednesday, 9:05 p.m. ET: Golden State -1.5, Total: 206The Warriors will be looking to take a 3-0 series lead when they face the Cavaliers in Game 3 on Wednesday.This series has not been as competitive as people thought it would be, as Golden State won the first two games by a combined 48 points. The Warriors shot 49.4% from the field in Game 1 and 54.3% in Game 2 and they also held the Cavaliers to under 40.0% shooting from the field in each of those games.If Cleveland is going to claw its way back into this series then the team is going to have to be a lot better on both ends of the floor. The hope for the Cavaliers is that the shift back to Quicken Loans Arena will give them some more energy. This Game 3 is ultimately a do-or-die, as the Cavaliers are not Read More