ACC Tournament Scores 2017: Results From Day 1 Schedule, ACC Tournament Bracket

ACC tournament scores already include two one-sided games in the first-round. The 2017 ACC Tournament bracket tipped off Tuesday morning (March 7), with three games comprising first round action. By the end of the day, three games will have taken place between the teams at the bottom of the conference standings. These teams will advance to play the mid-tier teams on March 8, with all the schools trying to advance to the quarterfinals on March 9. The first ACC tournament results came from the Clemson vs. North Carolina State game. The Clemson Tigers won 75-61 to advance to the second-round of the 2017 ACC Tournament. The Tigers were in complete control of the game, taking an 11-point lead into halftime that would then hold up in the second half as well. With the win, Clemson improves to 17-14 on the year, likely guaranteeing an invite to at least the NIT Tournament next week. The second game of the Day 1 schedule was Wake Forest vs. Boston College, with the favored team once again ending up on the winning side. The Wake Forest Deamon Deacons (19-12) easily took care of the Boston College Eagles (9-23) by the score of 92-78. A victory for the Deamon Deacons was never in question and now the team sails into the second round of the ACC tournament bracket. As a No. 10 seed, Wake Forest knows it needs to win several more games to get that all-important phone call from the NCAA Selection Committee. In the third game that will make up the 2017 ACC tournament results from Day 1, No. 11 seed Georgia Tech will play No. 14 seed Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. ET. The winner of that game will advance to play Virginia in second-round action that takes place on Wednesday, March 8. The game will receive a national television audience on ESPNU. Georgia Tech comes into this game with a 17-14 overall record, while Pittsburgh is at just 15-16 on the season. In order to make the Big Dance, these two schools would need to win the ACC Championship Game. ACC Tournament Results: Day 1 (March 7) Game 1: No. 12 Clemson 75 – No. 13 North Carolina State 61
Game 2: No. 10 Wake Forest 92 – No. 15 Boston College 78
Game 3: No. 11 Georiga Tech vs. No. 14 Pittsburgh (7 p.m. ET) ACC Tournament Schedule: Day 2 (March 8) Game 4: No. 8 Miami vs. No. 9 Syracuse (12 p.m. ET)
Game 5: No. 12 Clemson No. 5 Duke (2 p.m. ET)
Game 6: No. 10 Wake Forest vs. No. 7 Virginia Tech (7 p.m. ET)
Game 7: Game 3 Winner vs. No. 6 Virginia (9 p.m. ET) ACC Tournament Schedule: Day 3 (March 9) Game 8: No. 1 North Carolina vs. Game 4 Winner (12 p.m. ET)
Game 9: No. 4 Louisville vs. Game 5 Winner (2 p.m. ET)
Game 10: No. 2 Florida State vs. Game 6 Winner (7 p.m. ET)
Game 11: No. 3 Notre Dame vs. Game 7 Winner (9 p.m. ET) The North Carolina Tar Heels were the winners of the 2016 ACC Tournament and return as the No. 1 seed this year. The team is the easy favorite to win the conference tournament and an automatic spot in the upcoming 2017 NCAA Tournament. The field is packed with teams that want to knock them off, though, including a group of nine schools that many of the college basketball experts have projected could easily make the NCAA tournament field. Can the ACC actually get 10 teams to qualify for the Big Dance? In the latest Bracketology report by ESPN, the 10 schools predicted to make the NCAA tournament field are North Carolina, Louisville, Florida State, Duke, Virgina, Notre Dame, Miami, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and Syracuse. North Carolina is predicted to receive a No. 1 seed in the South Region, while Louisville has a No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region. Wake Forest might receive the toughest seed, as the report has the team projected to take part in one of the play-in games during first round action. They would battle Illinois to become a No. 11 seed in the West. The top four seeds in the ACC tournament bracket receive an extremely important double-bye. This gives the school a big reward for success in the regular season but also allows them a lot of time to rest up for third-round action. Meanwhile, the bottom nine teams have to battle it out in the first two rounds, with those ACC tournament results dictating which four schools advance to play against North Carolina, Louisville, Florida State, and Notre Dame on Thursday (March 9). Miami, Syracuse, Duke, Virginia, and Virginia Tech all received first-round byes as well. The 2017 ACC tournament scores are going to be very closely watched by the NCAA Selection Committee, as it is no secret that the conference has put together one of its deepest fields in years. The eventual winner of this ACC tournament bracket and the school that raises the conference championship trophy is quickly going to become one of the favored teams to also do well in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. A lot of great games have to be played first, possibly including North Carolina vs. Duke on one side of the ACC Tournament and Florida State vs. Notre Dame on the other side. [Featured Image by Rob Carr/Getty Image]

Cavs Larry Sanders Rumors: Andrew Bogut Injury Update, Broken Leg In Cleveland

Cavs-Larry Sanders rumors have resurfaced following an Andrew Bogut injury update. In his first game for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Bogut suffered a broken leg, ruling him out for the rest of the NBA regular season. Now Cavs rumors are linking the team to available big men again, with center Larry Sanders at the top of the list. Not having played since the 2014-15 NBA season, Sanders may have turned into a last-gasp option for the Cavs, as the team is desperately trying to add more size during the absence of Kevin Love. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, the Cleveland Cavaliers signed center Andrew Bogut as a free agent last week. The Philadelphia 76ers bought out his prior deal, making him available to any team that would have him. The Cavs offered him a contract at the veterans’ minimum, but also a chance to compete for an NBA championship. He took the deal and debuted on Monday night (March 6). Just 58 seconds into his time on the court, Bogut went to the ground and had to be helped off the court. That is when the bad news started to break. This is where the Cavs-Larry Sanders rumors begin again. In five NBA seasons, Sanders averaged 19.8 minutes, 6.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game for the Milwaukee Bucks. A report by NBA.com indicated that the Cleveland cavaliers met with Sanders right before the NBA trade deadline back on Feb. 22. With an open roster spot and the need to improve its frontcourt for the Eastern Conference Playoffs, team officials and Cavs coach Tyronn Lue met with the 6-foot-11 Sanders. No deal came to pass and the Cavs resumed a quest to land Bogut. [Image by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images] When the Andrew Bogut injury update came back on Monday night, it revealed the worst possible news for the No. 1 seeded team in the East. X-rays at the arena showed that Bogut had a fractured left tibia, breaking the leg on a play against Okaro White of the Miami Heat early in the second half of Monday’s loss. Not only did the Cavaliers end up losing an important game in the hunt for the top playoff seed, the team also lost a player who was supposed to improve the Cavs on offense and defense in the low post. A report by Bobby Marks at The Vertical mentioned that for the Cavs-Larry Sanders rumors to work out, the team could simply release Andrew Bogut in order to clear up an open roster spot. That would be rough news for Bogut to receive, but he would still earn his full salary from the team. It’s likely that insurance might cover part of it for the Cavaliers, but the important component would be that the team could then work up a contract for another playoff-eligible veteran. Sanders is a player who would fit under that description quite well. A Larry Sanders contract would also be for the veterans’ minimum, which would be for slightly more than $300,000 over the remainder of the 2016-17 NBA regular season. Since Sanders isn’t under contract with any other franchises, that might come as a huge payday for him. He might not be the only big man that the Cavs pursue in the next few days, either, as several others are still available for a team to sign. If a player hasn’t been waived this season, then they are still playoff-eligible to a new club. Jared Sullinger, Luis Scola, Omri Casspi, and Mike Scott could all be names that are also mentioned in the Cavs-Larry Sanders rumors. While all of these names would certainly improve the low post on defense for the Cleveland Cavaliers, it might not give the team the type of enforcer that Andrew Bogut would have been. Still, if Sanders can play anywhere close to his prior level in the league, then it’s possible he could provide the Cavs with an elite shot blocker on the defensive end of the court. [Image by Jason Miller/Getty Images] The Cleveland Cavaliers have a few days off before playing against the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night (March 9). That gives the front office some extra time to find another big man to add to the roster. It’s a short timeframe in the grand scheme of things, but it does allow the coaching staff to take a breath after finding out the news in the Andrew Bogut injury update. Now the only thing left is for the Larry Sanders rumors to finally lead to something and for the Cavs to pull the trigger on a short-term contract with the big man. [Featured Image by Jason Miller/Getty Images]

Andrew Bogut Injury Update: Cleveland Cavaliers Lose Center For Year [Breaking]

The Andrew Bogut injury update is not what Cleveland Cavaliers fans wanted to hear. Bogut broke his leg against the Miami Heat on Monday night (March 6), bringing an end to his regular season. The Cavs had recently signed Bogut for the remainder of the 2017 NBA season, but now he is out indefinitely. As seen in the video below, Bogut was injured while trying to play on defense as the Cavs took on the Heat in Cleveland. A report from the NBA’s account on Twitter broke the bad news. The Andrew Bogut injury update from the Cleveland Clinic is that he has a fractured left tibia. X-rays were performed at the arena after he went down less than two minutes into his debut for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The veteran center had been acquired to give the Cavs an added presence in the low post, signing him as a free agent after the Philadelphia 76ers gave him a buyout. Andrew Bogut was helped off the court just moments into his Cavs debut. pic.twitter.com/SqzzyiC2hz — NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 7, 2017 The Cleveland Cavaliers would end up losing this game to the Miami Heat, falling at home by the score of 106-98. It was a very empty box score for Bogut, who finished with zero points and zero rebounds but had enough time on the floor to commit two personal fouls. Tristan Thompson was forced to play additional minutes in the second half and it wasn’t enough to put this game in the win column for the Cavs. [Image by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images] This a bad loss for the Cavs, and it was made even worse by the Andrew Bogut injury update. This was a game that the team needed to win order to start creating some separation for the top playoff seed in the Eastern Conference. The team has now lost two-straight games and only has a two-and-a-half game lead over the Boston Celtics. At 42-20, the Cavs aren’t where they wanted to be at this point of the regular season, but there is still a lot of time left for the players to get on the same page. Bogut started the 2016-17 NBA season with the Dallas Mavericks. He had been traded to the Mavs by the Golden State Warriors in what amounted to a salary dump. The Mavs then traded him to the Philadelphia 76ers for Nerlens Noel right before the NBA trade deadline. The 76ers never intended to keep him, though, taking advantage of the draft pick that came with him. After Bogut got bought out of his contract, he was free to sign with any other team. [Featured Image by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images]

Blazers Playoff Odds: Can Portland Trail Blazers Still Make 2017 NBA Playoffs?

Blazers playoff odds still give the team a shot at the postseason. For the Portland Trail Blazers to make the 2017 NBA Playoffs, the team will have to at least play better than the Denver Nuggets down the stretch. The Nuggets are currently the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, despite the team trying to unload pieces right before the NBA trade deadline. The Blazers playoff odds also depend on how the Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Dallas Mavericks finish out the regular season. In the updated NBA standings, the Portland Trail Blazers trail the Denver Nuggets by one-and-a-half games for the final playoff spot in the West. The Mavs are two games back, the Kings and Wolves are three games back, and the Pelicans are now three-and-a-half games back. The acquisition of DeMarcus Cousins has come with a lot of growing pains for the Pelicans, likely projecting that the team won’t be able to move up the NBA playoff standings quickly enough to make the postseason. The duo of Cousins and Anthony Davis will return for the 2017-18 NBA season. Within the Portland Trail Blazers’ schedule, the team has 21 games left in the regular season. That’s a lot of time to make up the deficit on the Nuggets if the front office, coaching staff, and players want to make it happen. Why wouldn’t the Blazers want to make the 2017 NBA Playoffs? Failing to secure a playoff spot would mean entering the NBA Draft Lottery and earning a shot at the No. 1 overall selection in the 2017 NBA Draft. It’s something all of these teams below the Nuggets (and including Denver) have to think hard about in March and April. [Image by Christian Petersen/Getty Images} As for the new Blazers’ playoff odds, the team is receiving a 34.8 percent chance of making the NBA Playoffs. The projected Blazers’ record isn’t very good, though, with a mark of 36-46 predicted for the full season. Entering play on March 6, the Blazers are at 26-35, meaning the would finish 10-11 over the final 21 games. As for the other teams in the Northwest Division, the Utah Jazz have been given a 100 percent chance, the Oklahoma City Thunder are listed at 99.8 percent, and the Denver Nuggets are at 43.0 percent. Minnesota is at the back with just a 5.1 percent chance. Breaking down those Blazers’ playoff odds a bit further, most of the projections state the team needs to win 38 games to guarantee itself a spot in the 2017 NBA Playoffs. To finish with a 38-44 record, the Blazers would need to end this season with a 12-9 record over the final 21 games. That’s not an impossible task, but it would be a significantly higher winning percentage than the group has managed during the 2016-17 NBA season. So far, the Blazers have won only 42.6 percent of their games, but a hot stretch could certainly build momentum and move the team up the NBA playoff standings. The toughest games left on the Portland Trail Blazers’ schedule come against the San Antonio Spurs (March 15 and April 10), the Utah Jazz (April 4 and 8), the Washington Wizards (March 11), the Oklahoma City Thunder (March 7), and the Miami Heat (March 19). There are also some easier games on the Blazers’s schedule. The team gets to play the Philadelphia 76ers (March 9), Phoenix Suns (April 1), New York Knicks (March 23), and the Milwaukee Bucks (March 21). There are also three games against the up-and-coming Minnesota Timberwolves. The most important game left on the Blazers’ schedule and the thing that might affect the Blazers’ playoff odds the most will come on March 28 against the Denver Nuggets. If the Blazers beat the Nuggets, the team clinches the regular season series and the head-to-head tiebreaker. That would be huge, as it would mean a tie in the final NBA playoff standings would be given to Portland, allowing the team to pass the Nuggets and play in the first-round of the postseason. This is a game die-hard Blazers fans will definitely want to keep an eye on as it gets closer on the NBA docket. [Images by Andy Lyons/Getty Images] As previously reported by the Inquisitr, if the Portland Trail Blazers are the No. 8 seed, the team would have a first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors. That would be a tough matchup for the Blazers, as they have already been swept in the season-series. Having to deal with Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant would be a tough task for any opponent. The San Antonio Spurs have nearly caught the Warriors in the standings, though, so maybe a shakeup in the final standings could be in store for the Western Conference. The Blazers already own three first-round picks in the 2017 NBA Draft after working out trades with the Denver Nuggets and Cleveland Cavaliers. The pick acquired from the Nuggets belonged to the Memphis Grizzlies before an earlier trade took place, so it will come up later in that round. If the Cavs finish with the third-best record in the NBA, then that selection will take place at No. 28. Now it all depends on how the Blazers finish as to where their own pick will fall. If the team makes it to the postseason, it will drop out of the lottery range and be No. 15 at best in the draft order. There are still a lot of games left to be played in the current NBA season, meaning anything can happen. The trio of Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum, and Jusuf Nurkic has looked good in recent games. If Allen Crabbe, Noah Vonleh, Meyers Leonard, Maurice Harkless, and Shabazz Napier can continue playing inspired basketball, the Blazers’ playoff odds could keep improving over the next few weeks. The Portland Trail Blazers’ schedule provides a lot of favorable matchups down the stretch and it may simply fall on the team to perform well in the clutch. [Featured Image by Steve Dykes/Getty Images]

Big Ten Tournament 2017: Schedule, Printable Bracket & Odds To Win

The 2017 Big Ten Tournament schedule and printable bracket is set. It took every game of the Big Ten basketball regular season to decide the official tournament schedule, but after last night’s Michigan thrashing of Nebraska, Big Ten fans now know which teams will square off in round one. According to SB Nation, all of the Big Ten Tournament action will get underway this Wednesday, March 8 with two games. The first one will feature the Nebraska Cornhuskers taking on the Penn State Nittany Lions at 4:30 p.m. ET. Game 2 on the opening day of tournament play will see the Ohio State Buckeyes squaring off against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Nathan Taphorn and the Northwestern Wildcats have had a great season so far. [Image by Michael Reaves/Getty Images] The winner of each of these games will have to run the table and win the Big Ten Tournament outright if they want a shot at heading to the March Madness Tournament next weekend. A good showing in the Big Ten Tournament may earn several teams at an invitation to the NIT Tournament as well. One thing that wasn’t in doubt heading into the final games of the regular season yesterday afternoon was the Purdue Boilermakers clinching the No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Tournament. Purdue had already clinched the regular season Big Ten title earlier in the week, but they finished the season strong, earning a tough road win Sunday afternoon at Northwestern. The Boilermakers are the overwhelming favorites to win the Big Ten Tournament this year, but as history has shown us, these tournaments can be just as wild as the March Madness Tournament – and then some! Three underdog team’s fans may not want to overlook that heading into this tournament are the Ohio State Buckeyes, Michigan Wolverines and the defending champion Michigan State Spartans. Since 2010, this title has been won by either the Buckeyes or the Spartans, except for 2015 when the Wisconsin Badgers claimed the title. OSU and MSU may not have the strength they had a few years ago as they both boast young squads, but they have great coaching, which can go a long way in tournament play. The Wolverines on the other hand come into the Big Ten Tournament on fire. Fan are ready to cheer for their favorite team in the Big Ten Tournament. [Image by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images] Michigan rolls into the Big Ten tourney with wins in six of their last eight games, including a huge 82-70 win over Purdue. After yesterday’s big win against Nebraska took the sting out of a last second loss to Northwestern earlier in the week, head coach John Beilein is excited about his team’s chances in the upcoming conference tournament. ”I said twice in the locker room I have no idea how we were going to play tonight,” Beilein said. ”That Northwestern loss was so disappointing for these guys. But they handled it like they always handle it. They wanted to bounce back. They went out and they were just absolutely excellent from beginning to end.” The Big Ten Conference Tournament will be held from March 8 through March 12, 2017 from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. It will be the first time that the Big Ten Tournament will be played in D.C. Below is a look at the first round schedule match-ups and the current odds to win the 2017 Big Ten Tournament. Be sure to click here to print off your own Big Ten Tournament bracket. Wednesday, March 8 12 Seed Nebraska (12-18, 6-12) vs. 13 Seed Penn State (14-17, 6-12) 4:30pm, ESPN2 11 Seed Ohio State (17-14, 7-11) vs. 14 Seed Rutgers (14-17, 3-15) 7pm, BTN Thursday, March 9 8 Seed Michigan (20-11, 9-9) vs. 9 Seed Illinois (17-13, 8-10) Noon, BTN 5 Seed Michigan State (18-13, 10-8) vs. Nebraska-Penn State winner 2:30pm, BTN 7 Seed Iowa (18-13, 10-8) vs. 10 Seed Indiana (17-14, 7-11) 6:30pm, ESPN2 6 Seed Northwestern (21-10, 10-8) vs. Ohio State-Rutgers winner 9pm, ESPN2 Big Ten Tournament odds Purdue +140 Maryland +250 Wisconsin +400 Minnesota +450 Northwestern +500 Michigan State +550 Michigan +600 FIELD +2200 [Featured Image by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images]

PAC-12 Conference Tournament: Game Times, Dates And Three Bold Predictions

The Pacific-12 Conference — better known as the PAC-12 — will host the 2017 conference tournament this week with the Oregon Ducks enjoying the top seed. The PAC-12 tournament is one of the youngest in the country as the conference previously named their regular season champion as their league’s automatic bid. After a brief run in the late 1980’s, the PAC-12 returned to granting its automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament to the winner of the regular season champion. By 2002, the league again reversed its thinking and held a conference tournament to crown their conference champion. The following is the PAC-12 Tournament schedule with seeding, dates and times for each game at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. All games for the PAC-12 Tournament are listed using Pacific Time. Wednesday, March 8 — First Round
Game 1: No. 9 Stanford vs No. 8 Arizona State — Noon (PAC-12 Network)
Game 2: No. 12 Oregon State vs No. 5 California — 2:30 p.m. (PAC-12 Network)
Game 3: No. 10 Washington State vs No. 7 Colorado — 6 p.m. (PAC-12 Network)
Game 4: No. 11 Washington vs No. 6 USC — 8:30 p.m. (PAC-12 Network) Thursday, March 9 — Quarterfinals
Game 5: Game 1 Winner vs No. 1 Oregon — Noon (PAC-12 Network)
Game 6: Game 2 Winner vs No. 4 Utah — 2:30 p.m. (PAC-12 Network)
Game 7: Game 3 Winner vs No. 2 Arizona — 6 p.m. (PAC-12 Network)
Game 8: Game 4 Winner vs No. 3 UCLA — 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Friday, March 10 — Semifinals
Game 9: Game 5 Winner vs Game 6 Winner — 6 p.m. (PAC-12 Network)
Game 10: Game 7 Winner vs Game 8 Winner — 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Saturday, March 11 — Championship
Game 14: Semifinal winners — 8 p.m. (ESPN) Viewers outside the PAC-12 Conference footprint can view the tournament online. In addition to the Watch ESPN app, viewers can follow the action by going to Pac-12.com to view the conference tournament as it happens. Both the Arizona Wildcats and UCLA Bruins stand a chance to earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament with their performance in this week’s PAC-12 tourney. [Image by Christian Petersen/Getty Images] Three Bold Predictions 1. PAC-12 winner will earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Currently, three PAC-12 teams are among the Top 10 in the country — No. 3 UCLA, No. 6 Oregon and No. 7 Arizona. Only the PAC-12, Big 12 and ACC tournament champions have a chance to go through another Top 10 team en route to the conference championship. In either Arizona or UCLA’s case, that could be two Top 10 teams depending on how the tournament unravels. Look for the committee to reward whichever of the three PAC-12 teams currently in the Top 10 with a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament next Sunday. 2. Don’t expect too many upsets. The Arizona Wildcats have won the most PAC-12 tournament titles, earning five out of the first 20 tournaments the league has held. Both the Oregon Ducks and the UCLA Bruins are tied for second with four tournament titles apiece. That means that nearly two out of every three tournaments have been won by this year’s top three seeds. Further, the past four championship games in the PAC-12 tournament have featured two of the aforementioned three schools. Only the ACC tournament — with either Duke and North Carolina having played in the tournament championship game for two consecutive decades — has been more reliable that the PAC-12 tournament championship game. Bettors picking all chalk have fared well thanks to the Arizona Wildcats, Oregon Ducks and UCLA Bruins. The California Golden Bears could make a push for inclusion in the NCAA tournament with their play against PAC-12 foes this week. [Image by Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images] 3. California will make a push for the NCAA tournament. The University of California Golden Bears are currently not among the 68 teams ESPN predicts will make the 2017 NCAA Tournament. But don’t count California out just yet despite the Golden Bears losing five out of their final six games. While the school’s loss against a 14-16 Stanford team is among its worst, but a 74-44 defeat this week against the No. 4 seeded Utah Utes is also in the running. A win against the conference’s worst team — the Oregon State Beavers — will give the Golden Bears a chance to rectify its latest loss to Utah Thursday in the PAC-12 Tournament. Winning both games would put the California Golden Bears at 21-13 for the season, putting them squarely in the running for a NCAA tournament bid. Do you think the PAC-12 Tournament champion will be either the Arizona Wildcats, Oregon Ducks or UCLA Bruins? Follow the Inquisitr on Twitter (@InquisitrSports) to join in on the conversation. [Featured Image by Steve Dykes/Getty Images]

Dirk Nowitzki Nears 30,000 Point Career, Has Eye On Even Bigger NBA Milestone

Dirk Nowitzki is essentially one game away from making history! The 38-year-old longtime Dallas Mavericks power forward is very close to achieving a major scoring milestone – 30,000 points. Not your average big man: Looking back at Dirk Nowitzki’s greatness on the brink of NBA history #MFFL | @ESefko https://t.co/Q0v4tHl8R8 pic.twitter.com/CWO9Fqmwp7 — Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) March 6, 2017 Keep in mind that this is simply not a milestone that very many NBA stars have been able to accomplish. The relatively short list of people who have achieved this type of scoring record during their NBA career is filled with Hall of Fame legends (and future Hall of Fame prospects): Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) Karl Malone (36,928) Kobe Bryant (32,534) Michael Jordan (32,292) Wilt Chamberlain (31,419) Shaquille O’Neal came very close to achieving that career milestone himself, but fell short by retiring after 1,207 games with 28,596 points. The concept of playing more than 1,200 NBA games is a major accomplishment all by itself. Therefore, even the NBA legends and Hall of Famers who missed that particular mark still have many other accolades, awards and accomplishments from their respective careers that should make them proud. Dirk Nowitzki is in the spotlight right now, though, for a number of reasons. First of all, it is important to remember that Dirk is no “spring chicken.” The 19-season veteran is turning 39 in June. Even at his age, Dirk is still an unstoppable force on the court – playing hard against NBA stars nearly half of his age and giving them a run for their money game after game. Dirk Nowitzki Says He Plans On Playing Next Season https://t.co/QDQEuKEHDa pic.twitter.com/x6GZbNXx8z — SLAM Magazine (@SLAMonline) March 5, 2017 At this point in his career, many fans and critics have undoubtedly wondered whether or not he would settle down and finally close the book on his NBA career. According to his comments in a recent interview with ESPN, it is crystal clear that he does not plan on stopping anytime soon – at least not in his 19th season. “I think 20 seasons also with one team, like I’m trying to do it – I think only Kobe has done it – that’s another great accomplishment. So I kinda want to make the 20 fold. Plus that summer I’m turning 40. I think that’s also a good number to be in the league… from 20 to 40. That’s what I’m looking at.” Even though Dirk Nowitzki is moving full-steam ahead through his 19th season with the Dallas Mavericks, his statement to ESPN seems like he knows exactly when the end of his career is coming. Based on the numerical references of 20 and 40, it also seems as if Dirk plans to make his exit from the NBA as poetic as the vast number of highlight plays he has generated on the court over the years. As he stated, the fact that he would have started and ended his career with the same team is a major accomplishment in itself that many of the greatest players to ever be drafted into the league did not accomplish. Michael Jordan was a longtime Chicago Bulls star, but ended his NBA playing career on the Washington Wizards roster. Perhaps Dirk Nowitzski will be able to make his potentially final NBA season even more poetic by adding another championship title to his already impressive resume. (Featured Image by AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Cleveland Cavaliers Lose In Miami — Can They Bounce Back Against Heat At Home?

With both LeBron James and Kyrie Irving resting for the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night — joining the recovering Kevin Love and JR Smith — the Miami Heat drained 18 three-point shots to win their home game against the defending NBA Champions 120-92. On Monday night in Cleveland, however, King James and Kyrie will be returning to the starting line-up as the Cavs get a rematch against the Heat at the Quicken Loans Arena. Even after the win on Saturday night, the Miami Heat are just ninth in the Eastern Conference, 14 games behind first-place Cleveland. Hassan Whiteside had 20 points on Friday night at home against the Cleveland Cavaliers. [Image by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images] Cleveland Cavaliers at Miami Heat — Recap With LeBron and Kyrie sidelined, Channing Frye stepped up offensively for Cleveland, leading the Cavs on Saturday night with 21 points. It wasn’t nearly enough, however, as the Miami Heat had two players that outscored at least 20 twenty points. Goran Dragic led the game with 23 points (in addition to 5 assists and 3 rebounds), while Hassan Whiteside was good for 20 points and 13 boards coming off the bench. Ironically, the Heat had a huge game from downtown one game after the Cavs set a new regular season NBA record against the Atlanta Hawks when they netted 25 three-pointers. On Saturday, Dragic drained 4 three-pointers for Miami, as did Wayne Ellington. The first time that Cleveland and Miami faced each other this year, it was actually Kevin Love who had an enormous impact for the Cavaliers, scoring 28 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in the home game in December. The first time that King James faced his old team this season, he was good for 27 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists (which more than makes up for the difference in his absence on Saturday). Point guard Kyrie Irving added 23 points and 3 assists, meaning Kyrie and LeBron were responsible for a 50 combined points. RELATED REPORTS BY THE INQUISITR Cleveland Cavaliers: Kevin Love Injury Update NBA Rumors: Deron Williams will Sign with Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday Cleveland Cavaliers: Cavs Looking for Backup Center and Point Guard LeBron James Gives Up McDonald’s to be the New Face of Blaze Pizza LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers Set New NBA Record with Win Over Atlanta Hawks NBA MVP: Steph Curry — LeBron James Questions what ‘Valuable’ Means Cleveland Cavaliers Consider DeMarcus Cousins, Vince Carter NBA: Are the Cleveland Cavaliers Starting to Play Like the Golden State Warriors? LeBron James: Cleveland Cavs Win Games while The Wall Wins Ratings Mavs Sources Claim Andrew Bogut Will Sign with Cleveland Cavaliers Miami Heat at Cleveland Cavaliers — Preview With the regular season series between the Cavs and Heat tied at 1-1, the rubber match is set for Monday night, when LeBron James and Kyrie Irving return to the starting line-up for Cleveland. The games starts at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland at 7/6c. The game will air regionally on Fox Sports Ohio. As of Sunday evening, very few tickets were left through the primary vendor for Monday night’s game. LeBron James (and Kyrie Irving) are scheduled to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers line-up when they host the Miami Heat on Monday. [Image by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images] Upcoming Cleveland Cavaliers Schedule After the Cavs host Miami on Monday night, they got back on the road for three straight away games. On Thursday, March 9, they travel to the Palace at Auburn Hills to face the Detroit Pistons (30-32), who are currently eighth in the Eastern Conference. Two nights later, they return to Florida to play the thirteenth-place Orlando Magic (23-39) at the Amway Center. The road trip ends with a game on Sunday, March 12 against the Houston Rockets (44-19), who are currently ranked third among the NBA’s Western Conference. [Featured Image by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images]

Jeremy Lin Teams With One Day Wages To Improve Education For Girls

Jeremy Lin is back in the spotlight. The Brooklyn Nets star guard has teamed up with One Day Wages to help raise awareness for girl’s education and has pledged to donate his March 17, game check against the Boston Celtics of approximately $30,000 to the cause. Aside from that, Lin has also pledged to donate $100 for every three-pointer he converts over the team’s last 22 games. The organization has set an overall online goal of $200,000. “Millions of girls across the globe are unable to get the education they need to provide for themselves and their families,” Lin recently wrote on the organization’s web site. “This is due to unaffordable school fees, forced child marriage, lack of sanitary products when they reach puberty, and many other barriers. My hope is to shed some light on these issues, and invite you to join me in taking action.” On the court, Lin is also back in the saddle for the Nets after missing two months of action with a left hamstring injury. In all, the Nets’ big off season acquisition has played in just about a fourth of the team’s games, nursing an assortment of leg and hamstring injuries. Jeremy Lin talks with Kenny Atkinson of the Brooklyn Nets against the New York Knicks during the first half of their preseason game at Barclays Center on October 20, 2016 in New York City. [Image by Michael Reaves/Getty Images]. In a recent battle against the Utah Jazz, Nets’ fans got a brief glimpse of what might have been, as Lin registered 7 points and three assists in just 16 minutes. Teammates will tell you numbers alone don’t tell the whole story of what Lin brings to the mix. “He’s been a big key to this team,” forward Trevor Booker said. “To have him back means a lot for the team. He’s one of our leaders, so when he’s on the court, we’re definitely more confident, and I think it shows.” Already with Lin back in the lineup, the Nets have found a way to end a 16-game losing streak, recently knocking off the Kings in Sacramento for only their third road win of the season. In 20-minutes, Lin bagged 17 points and five assists, teaming with center Brooks Lopez to score 14 of the team’s final 18 points down the stretch in their 109-100 victory. “He’s made me a better coach, I know that,” Kenny Atkinson said. “The experience, the calm… the comfort level I have, I have to coach a lot less, which is a good thing for our team. It’s what we thought when we brought him in. The [few] games that he’s played with us, it’s kind of what I thought. I think he’ll get better.” Through 60-games, Lin was the team’s second-leading scorer overall behind Lopez at 13.3 points per game and had scored in double figures in the 13 games in which he played more than 15 minutes. Just as impressively, Lin has totaled 12 assists against just four turnovers in his limited minutes after missing 26 games. Jeremy Lin dribbles up the court during first half of the preseason game against the Boston Celtics at Barclays Center on October 13, 2016 in New York City. [Image by Michael Reaves/Getty Images]. With just 22 games remaining and the Nets sitting dead last in the NBA standings, chances are the Nets won’t risk things with Lin by asking him to do too much too soon. Atkinson expressed as much before Friday night’s game. “We’re going to gradually increase him,” he said. “We’ll get the information from our performance team and doctors. We’re not going to rush this thing. We’re going to do it gradually.” Even with him being so limited in first season back in New York, Lin remains a fan favorite, as many still salute him for his run of “Linsanity” with the Knicks when he emerged from nowhere in 2012 to average 23 points and nine assists during a 12-game stretch just before the All-Star break. [Featured Image by Michael Reaves/Getty Images]

Carmelo Anthony On Knicks Playoff Chances: 'I Miss Playing In The Postseason'

Following another heartbreaking loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night, the Knicks’ record fell to 25-37, 4.5 games out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. FiveThirtyEight projects New York’s playoffs chances at one percent; the Knicks haven’t sniffed the postseason since the 2012-13 season. If the projections hold up, it will be the fourth straight season the Knicks fail to reach the postseason. Distractions like team president Phil Jackson, Carmelo Anthony’s no-trade clause, Derrick Rose going AWOL in early January, and Knicks legend Charles Oakley being cuffed and dragged out of Madison Square Garden have dominated headlines. The 32-year-old Anthony, in particular, misses the opportunity to compete for a championship. Speaking to Laura Albanese of Newsday, Melo — who has reached the playoffs in 10 of his 14 NBA seasons– isn’t accustomed to sitting home once the regular season concludes. [Image by Elsa/Getty Images] “It’s something that I’ve gotten used to throughout my career,” Anthony said. “Just being there and giving myself a shot of at least seeing what can happen in the playoffs. I miss it. I miss it a lot. It’s something that I think about.” Instead, the focus has turned to the Knicks possibly “tanking” the rest of the season to secure a higher draft pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. After Brandon Jennings was waived on Monday and Joakim Noah underwent potentially season-ending surgery, that focus became more apparent in many peoples’ minds. Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek, however, scoffed at the notion the team is trying to lose on purpose before a heartbreaking loss to the Toronto Raptors on Monday. “Who says we’re trying to lose?” Hornacek said. “As a team, we’re not thinking about losing. If that’s what it comes down to and then we get a different draft pick, we’ll worry about it then.” Anthony, in his conversation with Albanese, echoed the same sentiments. “As a player, you always disagree with that,” Anthony said in regards to the team looking forward to the draft rather than fight for a playoff spot. “We’re the ones that are out there and playing and trying to win basketball games. I think it’s easier from the outside looking in, from a fan perspective, to say, OK, just tank, just lose games. I don’t know how you do that as a player.” [Image by Michael Reaves/Getty Images] Friday’s loss to the 76ers could have been the proverbial final nail in the coffin. Derrick Rose missed a wide-open layup, two free throws, and allowed a turnover in the final three minutes; Anthony missed a potential game-winning shot; Courtney Lee missed the potential game-tying three-pointer in the 105-102 loss. This game marked the third time this season the Knicks faced the 76ers and the game came down to the final shot — the 76ers have the third-worst record in the Eastern Conference and fifth-worst in the entire NBA. Lee, who missed the three to end the game, gave a prophetic assessment for the remainder of the year. “Time’s running out, the season is running out and games are running out also,” Lee said, via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. .@carmeloanthony talks through the final seconds of #NYKvsPHI. #Knicks pic.twitter.com/TAwc90XRVL — NEW YORK KNICKS (@nyknicks) March 4, 2017 The Knicks have 20 games left to steer a three-quarters sunken ship to the playoffs. In other words, a season’s worth of ineptitude has three weeks to either revive or sink. “I don’t know how you go into a game and say, ‘Today we’re going to try to lose this game or these next 15, 20 games. We’re going to figure out ways to lose and tank the season and start thinking about draft picks,’” Anthony said. “That’s a terrible way to think and I don’t think any player in any sport should be thinking that.” Luckily for Anthony, he wields a no-trade clause that could come in handy this offseason if the Knicks — who have made their preference to deal Anthony clear — want to trade him to an actual playoff contender. [Featured Image by Al Bello/Getty Images]