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FIBA hands down Japan ban; JBA sorry

Nov 27, 2014

FIBA hands down Japan ban; JBA sorry

by Kaz Nagatsuka

It was something everyone expected to happen, so there shouldn’t have been any surprise whatsoever. That, however, did nothing to lessen the gravity of the situation. The Japan Basketball Association was informed on Wednesday that it’d been suspended by FIBA, the sport’s world governing ...

LeBron shines as Cavs avenge earlier loss to Wizards

Nov 27, 2014

LeBron shines as Cavs avenge earlier loss to Wizards

LeBron James didn’t stop after making a turnover, hustling down the floor to make up for his miscue. Last week in Washington, he stayed behind and watched. Not this time. James got back on defense, and the Cavs got back at the Wizards. “We ...

FIBA bans Japan from international competition

Nov 26, 2014

FIBA bans Japan from international competition

by Ed Odeven

Although nearly a month passed since FIBA’s Oct. 31 deadline for the Japan Basketball Association to present a merger plan for the bj-league and the NBL, among other demands, basketball’s world governing body delivered the expected news. On Wednesday, the JBA, one of FIBA’s ...

Curry regains touch; Warriors beat Heat

Nov 26, 2014

Curry regains touch; Warriors beat Heat

So much for Stephen Curry’s mini-shooting slump. Curry scored 40 points on 11-of-18 shooting, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Miami Heat 114-97 on Tuesday night for their sixth consecutive victory. “You just feel a rhythm,” said Curry, who was 8-for-24 in his ...

Nov 25, 2014

Defensive force Davis to join Sendai

Center Jeral Davis, who led the bj-league in blocked shots for three straight seasons (2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13), will join the Sendai 89ers this week, league sources have confirmed. Davis is scheduled to arrive in Japan on Wednesday. Sendai (10-6) is in fourth place ...

Raptors raise record to 12-2 with win over Suns

Nov 25, 2014

Raptors raise record to 12-2 with win over Suns

The Phoenix Suns used a long range barrage to give the Raptors a fourth-quarter scare, but Toronto held firm for its fifth straight win. Jonas Valanciunas had a career-high 27 points and 11 rebounds, DeMar DeRozan added 23 points and the Raptors beat the ...

Gasol leads Grizzlies to win over Clippers

Nov 24, 2014

Gasol leads Grizzlies to win over Clippers

Marc Gasol’s dominance is making one of the NBA’s best frontcourts even better. Gasol had 30 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 107-91 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night. It marked the second straight game Gasol ...

Nov 23, 2014

Big Bulls beat B-Corsairs to stretch win streak to 14

by Ed Odeven

What has defined the Iwate Big Bulls’ performance this season? Wins. Lots of wins. And what’s defined those wins? “I think we are the best ‘hustle’ team,” Iwate coach Dai Oketani told The Japan Times after the Big Bulls defeated the visiting Yokohama B-Corsairs ...

JT to excerpt new Jordan book

Nov 23, 2014

JT to excerpt new Jordan book

The Japan Times will run excerpts from Hall of Fame writer Sam Smith’s new book “There Is No Next: NBA Legends on the Legacy of Michael Jordan” on the NBA great beginning in Wednesday’s print edition. Smith, who has written a bi-monthly column for ...

Davis pumps in career-high 43 in win

Nov 23, 2014

Davis pumps in career-high 43 in win

Anthony Davis wanted to come out strong to help the New Orleans Pelicans end their road swing with a win. He got off to a fast start and kept it going. Davis had a career-high 43 points and 14 rebounds, Jrue Holiday added 19 ...