USA Basketball tops France, secure fourth-straight gold medal
SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Nothing about the summer was easy for the U.S. men’s basketball team, and neither was the gold-medal game. The summer started with two exhibition losses, the Olympics started with a loss to France, and none of that seemed to matter much at the end. Jrue Holiday now is an Olympic gold medalist, just like his wife Lauren was twice with the U.S. women’s national soccer team. JaVale McGee now has Olympic gold, just like his mother Pamela won with the U.S. women in basketball at the 1984 Los Angeles Games. “Definitely a great summer,” Holiday said.mlive.com
Lillard says no time to panic after U.S. collapse against France
Panic? You won’t find any in Team USA’s Damian Lillard—not even after the U.S. men's basketball team’s late collapse to France on Sunday in their opening game at the Tokyo Olympics. It was the first American men’s basketball loss at the Olympics since 2004 and only the sixth in the history of the tournament.
Will I get the Golden State Stimulus check soon? Here’s what you should know
Lawmakers approved more than $8 billion in rebates for millions of California taxpayers. People with an income of $75,000 or less could get anywhere from $500-$1,100, depending on their filing status. Many are wondering when they can expect to receive that stimulus money. The Golden State Stimulus II is a second round of payments, which was included in the latest version of the budget. The legislation itself does not outline exactly how soon Californians could see that money, only that it must be before July 15, 2022. However, it is still awaiting a signature from Gov. Gavin Newsom. The State Controller's Office told KCRA 3 that when the governor signs the budget, the timeline for payments will be updated on the Franchise Tax Board's website. See more in the video above.news.yahoo.com
How to Watch the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets (6/1/21) -- NBA Playoffs (R1, G5) | Channel, Stream, Time
While typically the first round of the NBA Playoffs are predictable, and sometimes boring, the series between the Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers has been anything but that. After splitting the first two games in Denver, the Nuggets looked primed to take control of the series after winning game three in Portland. In that game, Denver’s Nikola Jokic and Portland’s Damian Lillard traded points, with Lillard leading the floor with 37. Watch the NBA Playoffs on FuboTV (7-day free trial)However, in a tighter game four, it was neither Jokic or Lillard that was the main attraction. What: NBA Western Conference PlayoffsWho: (6) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (3) Denver Nuggets (Series tied 2-2)When: Tuesday, June 1Time: 9:00 p.m.mlive.com
How to Watch the Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers (5/27/21) -- NBA Playoffs (R1, G3) | Channel, Stream, Time
The NBA Playoffs are well underway, and there have been some stunning outcomes in the first few days of action, especially out west. One of the intriguing series sees the Portland Trail Blazers and Denver Nuggets evened up at one heading into game three on Thursday night. Watch the NBA Playoffs on FuboTV (7-day free trial)Lillard had himself another great performance in game two, leading the floor with 42 points. What: NBA Western Conference PlayoffsWho: (3) Denver Nuggets vs. (6) Portland Trail Blazers (Series tied 1-1)When: Thursday, May 27Time: 10:30 p.m. ETWhere: Moda Center (Portland, Ore.)Channel: NBA TVStream: FuboTV (7-day free trial)mlive.com
Enes Kanter’s 30 rebounds lift Trail Blazers passed Pistons
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Enes Kanter had 24 points and a franchise-record 30 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers routed the Detroit Pistons 118-103 on Saturday night. Kanter bested Sidney Wicks’ Portland record of 27 rebounds set in 1975. Damian Lillard had 27 points and 10 assists and CJ McCollum added 26 points for the Blazers, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Josh Jackson had 21 points for the Pistons, who trailed by as many as 24 points. The Trail Blazers host Miami in the second of their back-to-back on Sunday.mlive.com
How to watch Detroit Pistons at Portland Trail Blazers | Channel, Stream, Time
The Detroit Pistons are back in action and will take on the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night. The last time the two teams faced off the Pistons fell to the Trail Blazers and look to split the season with a win on the road. Damian Lillard led the Trail Blazers with 33 points, four rebounds, 10 assists and one steal. The Pistons hold a 55-65 all-time record against the Trail Blazers with a 37-24 home mark and a 18-41 road record. Who: Detroit Pistons (15-36) at Portland Trail Blazers (22-29)When: Saturday, April 10Time: 10 p.m.mlive.com
Trail Blazers Beat Pistons 124-101
Damian Lillard had 33 points and 10 assists and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Detroit Pistons 124-101 on Wednesday night. That didn’t happen.”Jerami Grant scored 30 points for Detroit, which lost for the fifth time in six games. “Jerami got his 30, but that was a tough 30 points,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “Teams always have a lot of energy at the start of games, but that doesn’t always translate to the second half,” Lillard said. Portland shot 59.5% from the floor in the second half, including 9-19 on 3-pointers, and hit 20 of 21 free-throw attempts.detroit.cbslocal.com
Pistons struggle to contain Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers
On Wednesday night, the Pistons fell to the Portland Trail Blazers 124-101 at Little Caesars Arena. The Pistons cooled, though, as the Trail Blazers (29-18) settled into a rhythm. The Trail Blazers, who average 16.2 3-pointers per game, ended up making 16 of their 30 shot attempts from distance. Six different Trail Blazers made shots from three, with Lillard, Robert Covington and C.J. The Trail Blazers took advantage, making 24 of them.mlive.com
Devin Booker scores 35 points, Suns beat Blazers 127-121
(AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)Devin Booker returned from the knee injury that kept him out of the All-Star Game to score 35 points and the Phoenix Suns beat the Portland Trail Blazers 127-121 on Thursday night for their fifth straight victory. Chris Paul added 19 points for Phoenix, and Mikal Bridges scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half. Second in the NBA behind the Utah Jazz, the Suns have won 14 of their last 16 games. Damian Lillard had 30 points for Portland, and Enes Kanter added 16 points and 11 rebounds. The Blazers won 127-117.
2021 NBA All-Star Game: Team LeBron beats Team Durant, 170-150
ATLANTA (AP) — Even in the strangest NBA All-Star Game of them all, LeBron James was still the perfect captain. Once the game began, it fell right in line with the three previous All-Star outings with the captain format. After showing it could handle shots up close, Team LeBron headed outside in the final seconds of the half. It was 3, 3, 3, 3, 3.”The atmosphere at State Farm Arena was downright eerie compared to a normal All-Star Game. UP NEXTThe 71st All-Star Game will be held Feb. 20, 2022, at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland.mlive.com
Still perfect: Team LeBron wins NBA All-Star Game 170-150
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James walks onto the court for the first half of basketball's NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta, Sunday, March 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)ATLANTA – Even in the strangest NBA All-Star Game of them all, LeBron James was still the perfect captain. AdAfter showing it could handle shots up close, Team LeBron headed outside in the final seconds of the half. It was 3, 3, 3, 3, 3.”The atmosphere at State Farm Arena was downright eerie compared to a normal All-Star Game. UP NEXTThe 71st All-Star Game will be held Feb. 20, 2022, at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland.
James, Durant choose their teams for Sunday's All-Star Game
1 overall pick on Antetokounmpo — the NBA’s two-time reigning MVP from Milwaukee — in the draft for Sunday’s All-Star Game in Atlanta. Kevin Durant, who will not play in the All-Star Game because of injury but still is the captain for Team Durant, took Brooklyn teammate Kyrie Irving with his first pick. This is the fourth year of the NBA's playing captain format for the All-Star Game. It’s the All-Star Game, so there’s going to be some shenanigans out there. AdTHE COACHESRivers, who played in one All-Star Game, is coaching the game for the third time.
Gatorade gets cross-over appeal with Trail Blazers star and hip-hop artist Damián Lillard
Another top star in the National Basketball Association will be endorsing sports drink maker Gatorade -- but this one is a budding music star as well. Damián Lillard, the Portland Trail Blazers' superstar guard, agreed to an endorsement deal with PepsiCo's Gatorade, the company announced on Friday. Outside of the NBA, the Blazers guard has gained fame in the music industry for his hip-hop recordings, released under the name Dame D.O.L.L.A. Top hip-hop acts have embraced and collaborated with Lillard, meaning that Gatorade gets a cross-over star endorsing their product on multiple platforms. Aligning with Lillard can help Gatorade continue to hold off rivals, including Bodyarmor, aiming to overtake the sports drink category.cnbc.com
How the NBA All-Star Game honored Kobe Bryant
The NBA has been paying tribute to Kobe Bryant throughout the league's All-Star weekend in Chicago. The tribute patches to Kobe Bryant, Gianna Bryant & Calabasas crash victims & stripe for David Stern on 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend jerseys pic.twitter.com/AqXdH2r2AP Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) February 14, 2020What were the changes to the 2020 All-Star Game? "Kobe Bryant is synonymous with NBA All-Star and embodies the spirit of this global celebration of our game," Silver said. This one is for him. Kawhi after receiving the first-ever Kobe Bryant MVP Award. Other tributes to Kobe BryantTwo-time Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson performed a special Bryant tribute to open the game.cbsnews.com