Timberwolves Loss of Zach LaVine a Huge Blow to Young Team Looking to Improve

Everyone knows that the Minnesota Timberwolves are a team that is ready to take a step forward, but Friday that step took a huge stumbling block as guard Zach LaVine went down for the rest of the season.

LaVine needs season-ending surgery after suffering a torn ACL in his left knee, the team announced on Saturday, ending a promising season for a good young player.

The Wovles are a young team that likely will struggle without the guard, you can view offers here about the teams upcoming games and the odds on if the Wolves can beat some of the best teams in the west.

LaVine had an MRI before the Wolves hosted Memphis on Saturday night, when the diagnosis that his season would be over was revealed. He suffered the injury during Friday’s 116-108 loss to the Detroit Pistons, going down in a heap on a play during the eight-point loss.

On the season the young player for the Wolves was averaging 18.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He tweeted Sunday that he considers this a “minor setback but I’ll be back stronger than before.”

There is no doubt that it’s a long road back for LaVine, but he’s a player with plenty of heart and desire, and all things considered he should be able to make a full recovery.

With LaVine down, the team will lean on Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns to try and pick up the slack in his absence. That threesome is going to be a force, but for the rest of the season will for sure miss LaVine.

New Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau spoke about losing LaVine and what a setback it would be for the young Wolves.

“He’s made himself into one of the best 2-guards in the league,” Thibodeau said Saturday.

“His overall game has really blossomed. He’s shooting the 3 great. The free throws, the drives, all of it. So he’ll get through it. He’s a mentally tough kid. And as I mentioned, he’s already talking about what’s next.”

Towns, a close friend of LaVine, stated that he’s shaken by the loss of the friend for his team.

“That’s not just my teammate — that’s my brother. That’s one of my best friends,” Towns said. “For him to have to go through that, it hurts me a lot. I’m just wishing him a speedy recovery.”

Look for the Wolves to struggle big without LaVine, but for the young player to get back on the court better than ever in 2017-18.

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Cavs Want Carmelo Anthony; But a Deal That Includes Kevin Love Isn’t In Their Best Interest

The Cleveland Cavaliers are the defending NBA Champions, but even though they are the runaway best team in the Eastern Conference, they are still looking to get better with about three weeks to go until the all important NBA Trade Deadline.

A player that the team has had their eyes on for some time is the player that came into the league and was drafted two spots after LeBron James with the first overall spot in the 2003 NBA Draft – that being Carmelo Anthony.

The Cavs have been chatting for some time with the New York Knicks about trying to grab Anthony, but they are not the only ones in the mix, as the Los Angeles Clippers are another team that seem to be in competition for Carmelo.

The odds are heavy for the Cavs when doing Online betting at William Hill Ireland and other such sites, but in Cleveland after a lackluster January that saw them play under .500 ball, there’s a sense of urgency that something will have to get done to make this team better for the stretch run in May and June.

One player on the Cavs roster that is getting a ton of attention when it comes to a possible deal for Anthony is that of Kevin Love, who has had two productive seasons for Cleveland and is in the midst of a third.

The Knicks would love to grab Love from the Cavs straight up for Anthony, but the Cavs are totally not budging on the deal, and have said time after time that they will not make a one-for-one deal with New York for the services of Anthony.

Love’s salary could be another issue if the Cavs are even slightly serious in trade talks. He’s due $21.2 million this season, $46.7 guaranteed the next two seasons and a player option worth $25.6 million in 2019-20.

This season he’s already been selected as an All-Star, and is playing better than the last two years, putting up 19.9 points, 11.0 rebounds per game. He also is a great matchup against Golden State, the team that no doubt the Cavs will take on for a third straight season for the NBA Title in what should be an epic battle in June.

So what do the Cavs do when it comes to trying to get Anthony on the roster but keep Love at the same time? There’s plenty of other players on the Cavs that could find themselves moved, such as J.R. Smith, Tristan Thompson and others, but Love appears to be ready to stay put.

Even he said as much about staying with the Cavs Friday.

“I expect to be here for a long time,” Love said.

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Keeping Pace With The Basketball World

We live in a fast paced world where everything is changing constantly, and nobody can sit back and relax. Some of us are more eager to match the pace and keep our eye on each and everything happening around. Some people play sports because they love basketball, hockey, car racing, etc. But some people care about the more important part, preferring to discuss and predict the things happening in the sports world, and making money by betting on it.

Online casinos are the best way to earn money while you’re sitting at home, in your office or wherever you are. You can bet on any of the real casinos games without going to the casino. The same goes for the sports now. If you are basketball fan and you feel like you know what is going to happen, you can bet on the game as well. And not only basketball, there are a large number of games with even larger number of teams with a lot of players to bet up on. You can bet up on the each and every aspect of the beautiful game of basketball.

Speaking of basketball, fans were hurt last Friday when Knicks point guard Derrick Rose twisted his left ankle and couldn’t make it back in time for New York’s victory over the Hornets. Later, the reports came out about his ankle. And the report showed undesirable results, though he will be back to game soon. Another serious thing could have happened as well, but Clippers forward Blake Griffin pulled out of the game between the Atlanta due to the recovery process of the knee injury. But he will come back to the game soon.

Houston Rockets’ guard James Harden gave a memorable offensive performance last night. Harden scored 51 points, had 13 rebounds and the same number of assists to lead his team to the massive victory over Joel Embid and the Philadelphia 76ers last night. Harden had a dream third quarter where he scored 19 of his points. He already has at least 30 points and 10 assists in the 18 games of this season. Harden, who is right now the NBA’s third leading scorer, just finished at two points behind his career best. Harden has been praised by all the people around; his coach himself praised him saying he played the game as good as it gets. He also added that he had never seen anyone playing better than this, though he had seen a lot of playing around.

The game was spectacular last night. Harden was just tearing apart the things. It was like he made the Philadelphia’s strategy and now scoring against it. He explained his strategy and said that he turned the things around and did them more aggressively. They were keeping the things nice and tight so we had to come out of the box and assist each other. He added that his team figured their game and by the second quarter it started to shatter the formation of the opposition.

Future NBA Betting Tips

The 2016-17 NBA regular season is still in its infancy, but it’s never too early to start talking about the championship picture—particularly because the competitive landscape is now fairly predictable.

So, with that in mind, we’re going to break down the two juggernaut championship favorites from the Eastern Conference and Western Conference, along with one dark horse who stands a chance of dethroning them both.

Eastern Conference: Cleveland Cavaliers (+275)

For the past six years, the Eastern Conference champion has been determined by one question: Do you have LeBron James on your team?

Nothing has changed. That much is abundantly clear early on. The Cleveland Cavaliers remain head and shoulders above the rest of the East. Their collection of stars and efficient role players has yet to transcend James, which is a problem if he ever gets injured, but with him, they’re absolutely untouchable.

Everything about this team is a reflexive success; they are a well-oiled machine. LeBron James flirts with triple-doubles nightly; Kevin Love has bought into his role as a spot-up sniper and rebounder; Kyrie Irving is taking up the mantle as their go-to scorer; Iman Shumpert is busting his butt defensively; Tristan Thompson crashes the glass and dives toward the basket; and J.R. Smith and Channing Frye fire catch-and-shoot like it’s nobody’s business.

This is balance unlike we have ever seen from the Cavaliers. If anyone other than them is representing the East in the NBA Finals, it will be a true upset.

Western Conference: Golden State Warriors (-110)

Although things didn’t start off so smoothly for the Golden State Warriors, they have officially hit their stride.

Which is bad news for the rest of the league.

It was only a matter of time before this team became a terror. The Warriors, remember, took the skeleton of a 73-win team and added Kevin Durant to it. And that’s absolutely nuts—especially now that everyone has figured out how to play on the same team.

Stephen Curry and Durant aren’t having any trouble splitting shots; Klay Thompson has struck a balance between featured scorer and contributor, and Draymond Green no longer looks confused.

Defense is the team’s only weakness. And yet, the Warriors’ league-best offense is so good, it doesn’t matter that much.

Dark Horse: Los Angeles Clippers (+750)

Any team that isn’t the Cavaliers or Warriors must be considered a dark horse. Had we singled out one before the season, it would have been the San Antonio Spurs, or maybe one of the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics.

But the Los Angeles Clippers have exploded. The Big Three of Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan is healthy and humming, and they’ve cobbled together an all-bench lineup that helps mitigate the damage done by head coach Doc Rivers’ decision to not stagger the minutes of his stars.

With a top-five offense and defense, plus almost as much star power as either Cleveland or Golden State, the Clippers, while a championship long shot, look to have emerged as the perfect dark horse.

Have a look at the NBA schedule, find out the best betting lines for each and every game and heed some wagering tips, too.

adidas Reveals 2016 XENO On-Court Collection


Adidas has just unveils the 2016 XENO On-Court collection, featuring blacked out editions of the D Rose 7, Crazy Explosive and D Lillard 2.

Designed with all-black uppers and reflective accents, each model features unique XENO detailing that reveal a color-shifting finish when hit with a flash of light.


The D Rose 7 will retail for $160 USD, while the Crazy Explosive will retail for $150 USD and D Lillard 2 for $105 USD. All pairs are set to release November 24 at adidas’ official site as well as select adidas stores.

Damian Lillard will launch his D Lillard 2 XENO with a special early release and appearance at Foot Locker 34th Street in New York City on November 19th at 5PM.


After A Shock Defeat How Have Golden State Bounced Back?


Following all the hype and anticipation about how the Golden State Warriors would dominate the NBA this season, basketball fans all around the world were stunned after Warriors were handed an absolute mauling at the hands of San Antonio Spurs. Golden State were already a Superteam but they were only expected to get better after the acquisition of Kevin Durant, which is what made their opening game defeat all the more surprising. With a total of 75 games to be played, it is not a complete disaster as there is still the majority of the season to play. With four games played in total so far, we take a look at how the Warriors have bounced back from the disappointment of their opening game.

Warriors vs. Pelicans 122-114

Three nights after their Texan hangover, the Warriors treated game 2 as a must-win came and they came out fighting against the New Orleans Pelicans. Kevin Durant lived up to his reputation by 30 points, 17 rebounds and 6 assists. To their credit, the Pelicans weren’t push-over’s by any means, Anthony Davis, in particular, was very impressive for New Orleans, scoring 45 points and 17 rebounds. The key difference between Durant and Davis was that Durant was getting plenty of support from the rest of his team, no such luck for Davis.

Warriors vs. Suns 106-100

A narrow six points were all that separated these two teams on this occasion, which shows that KD and the Warriors are still a work in progress, and even Steve Kerr (Warriors coach) has admitted the team aren’t clicking as well as he’d like them to. Either way, Durant was still the MVP with 37 points, while Stephen Curry added 28. The winning points came from Durant in the final seven seconds of the game, providing the Warriors with a valuable ‘get out of jail free card’.

Warriors vs. Trail Blazers 127-104

Many fans and critics accused KD of looking past this game, as he knew that his old club, the Thunder are up next. Even if that was the case, he still managed to score 20 points. Gritty Stephen Curry was the top performer for Warriors on this occasion and scored 28 points, 23 of which came in the third quarter. Many of the Warriors key players were then benched once the team was 35 points ahead, probably to keep them fresh for the Thunder game on the horizon.

Up Next

The Warriors have recovered well from the opening game and now have a record of 3-1. Up next the Warriors will play Oklahoma City Thunder, and thus reunite Durant with his former team, even if only briefly. 888sport favour the Warriors to win this game, and they also favour them as outright winners of the NBA this season. Warriors have built up an impressive undefeated record of 3-0 on the road, but this game will be their first at home since their opening game loss. Golden State need to turn the Oracle Arena back into a fortress, just like it was for most of last season. Warriors have all the quality to go all the way this season, but a lot of hard work lies ahead.

adidas D Lillard 2 Rip City Primeknit Edition

adidas D Lillard 2 Rip City Primeknit Edition

Celebrating the Portland Trail Blazers and the entire Rip City fan base, Damian Lillard heads into the season with a Primeknit edition of D Lillard 2 that embraces the team’s home crowd.

“Playing in front of Rip City is unbelievable. It’s hard to sustain that high energy over the course of an 82 game season but when you come in our arena, it’s like we’re back to game one. It’s easy to snap right into it and be ready to play,” Dame said. “How loud our fans cheer, you know this city loves their basketball. They’re itching for 1977 all over again, and we’re ready to bring it home.”

adidas D Lillard 2 Rip City Primeknit Edition

Rip City’s latest rendition is threaded with black and white Primeknit along the upper, features speckled laces and is contrasted by sharp red accents throughout. The silhouette’s interior mesh panels, Continental rubber outsole and TECHFIT bootie are detailed in black, while a BOUNCE midsole and leather trim are finished in white.

The D Lillard 2 Rip City Primeknit ($120) drops on 11/12 at adidas.com.