BIG3 League Basketball 2017 Results: Rashad McCants, Trilogy Remain Undefeated

The seventh week of BIG3 play brought three-on-three action to Kentucky’s Rupp Arena, as the teams jockeyed for position in the penultimate week of the regular season.

Trilogy and 3 Headed Monsters already locked themselves into the playoffs, and Power came into Sunday with an opportunity to join them. Ghost Ballers could also strengthen their playoff resume with a win over Tri-State, which entered tied for the worst record in the league.

Here is a look at how things played out in Lexington.

     

Tri-State 51, Ghost Ballers 43

Bonzi Wells scored 18 points as one of three Tri-State players in double figures as they pulled off a surprising 51-43 win over Ghost Ballers

Tri-State trailed 12-4 in the first half but scored the final eight points of the first half to go into the break ahead 25-20. They never trailed again after that run and led by as many as nine.

Dominic McGuire (13 points) and Lee Nailon (12 points) were also in double figures.

Ricky Davis scored a team-high 15 points for Ghost Ballers, which dropped to 3-4 with the loss and will go into the final week in a battle for the final playoff spot. Ivan Johnson also scored 14 points.

Turnovers were the main factor in Ghost Ballers‘ struggles, with Davis being responsible for five of their 11 giveaways. Tri-State’s three turnovers by comparison allowed them to shoot 42 times compared to 33 for Ghost Ballers.

       

Trilogy 50, Power 45

Rashad McCants scored 20 points, Al Harrington added 14 and James White had 12 as Trilogy continued its rampage over the BIG3 with a comeback 50-45 win over power.

Trilogy trailed 25-14 after a disjointed first half that saw them allow Power to go on a 16-2 run to close the half. But McCants came out scorching to start the second half, scoring eight of his team’s first 10 points, including knocking down a four-point shot. The North Carolina product knocked down nine of his 15 shots on the evening and had the team’s only two steals.

Harrington knocked down six of his 10 shots as part of a strong effort inside, while White got his 12 on an efficient 4-of-6 shooting. Trilogy is the lone remaining unbeaten at 7-0.

Power, which could have clinched a playoff berth with a win, is now 4-3. DeShawn Stevenson knocked down five shots from three-point range on his way to a team-high 19 points. Cuttino Mobley added 17.

     

3’s Company 51, Killer 3s 48

Andre Owens scored 20 points and Al Thornton added 15, as 3’s Company came from behind in the second half for a 51-48 win over Killer 3s.

Owens hit a pair of threes and played a team-high 52 minutes in what was essentially a playoff knockout game. Now 3’s Company sits at 3-4 and has a real opportunity to make the final postseason spot with a win next week.

DerMarr Johnson added 10 points to round out 3’s Company’s double-digit scorers.

Stephen Jackson did his part to keep Killer 3s in the playoff hunt, scoring a game-high 25 points. Chauncey Billups added 10 but was inefficient throughout, making just a pair of his 11 shot chances.

Killer 3s are eliminated from playoff contention with a 2-5 record.

Allen Iverson did not play for 3’s Company due to a one-game suspension.

       

3 Headed Monsters 50, Ball Hogs 34

Rashard Lewis scored 17 points and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf added 14, as 3 Headed Monsters efficiently took care of business on their way to a 50-34 win over Ball Hogs.

The 3 Headed Monsters made 21 of their 40 shots from the field and did not trail after pulling ahead 11-9 early in the first half. Lewis also added 11 rebounds as part of a continued strong effort from the former NBA All-Star.

Every Monster scored at least four points and none were on the floor for more than 20 minutes in what essentially turned into a rout.

Ball Hogs, which are limping their way to a last-place finish, now sit 1-6. Derrick Byars was their only player in double figures, as they struggled their way to a 14-of-39 performance from the field. 

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Justin Lin Says Space Jam 2 Timing Isn’t Right, Talks Working with LeBron James

While there will someday be a Space Jam sequel, do not expect it any time soon. Justin Lin, who is set to direct the film, said the timing is “not right yet” to go into production.

“Warner Brothers has been great,” Lin said during a Television Critics Association panel, per Fred Topel of Slash Film. “I feel like it’s been very precious. Everybody at the studio’s been calling, ‘Let’s go, let’s go,’ and I’m like, ‘[It’s] not right yet.’ To me, the challenge is we have actors who are also professional athletes, so schedule is something that is tough. I’ve been really wanting to push that genre, but to do that you need the right amount of time. So there’s a logistical challenge but also creatively to do a sequel 20 years later with a new cast and also to be able to, in a relevant way, bring the Looney Tunes back. That’s very important to me to do it right. I feel I’ve done nine different iterations already, and we’re going to keep going, but we’re getting closer every day.”

LeBron James is set to star in the Warner Bros. vehicle, which has been rumored for years and was confirmed for production in 2016.

    

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Mikhail Prokhorov Reportedly Hoped for $2 Billion Nets Sale

Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov set a $2 billion price tag on the team when initially shopping it around to interested parties.

Josh Kosman of the New York Post reported “several” buyers have expressed interest, though no price has been agreed to nor is any sale believed to be imminent.

 

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Isaiah Thomas Says He Should Be Ready for Camp as Hip Injury Feels Great

Boston Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas said his hip is doing “great” and he expects to be ready for training camp in September.

“The hip is great,” Thomas told the Boston Herald‘s Stephen Hewitt on Saturday. “It’s going well. Rehabbing it, but it’s going well. It’s a real slow rehab process, but it’s getting better, and that’s what it’s all about.”

Thomas, 28, is rehabbing from a torn labrum and femoroacetabular impingement in his right hip. He first suffered the injury during the regular season and then aggravated it in Game 2 of the Celtics’ Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    

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Clippers’ Willie Reed Reportedly Arrested on Domestic Violence Charge

Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery in Miami early Sunday morning for his alleged role in a domestic violence incident, according to David Ovalle of the Miami Herald.

Reed, 27, signed with the Clippers for the veteran minimum in August.

             

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Big3 Basketball League: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Rosters for Aug. 7 Broadcast

With the playoff stretch increasing the pressure, the Big3 continues to ramp up the drama before touching down in Lexington, Kentucky, for Week 7 action at Rupp Arena. 

In Week 6, the biggest story centered on Allen Iverson‘s failure to show up in Dallas and his consequent suspension, which has a big impact on his team, 3’s Company. On the court, things got heated for the Killer 3s when Stephen Jackson clashed with head coach Charles Oakley.

With Trilogy still undefeated and 3 Headed Monsters looking to keep pace while sitting on five wins, the on-court race to the playoffs remains as interesting as the drama surrounding it thanks to a strong Week 7 schedule. Here’s everything to know about the critical weekend. 

         

Big3 Week 7 Viewing Information

When: Sunday, August 6

Where: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky 

TV: Airs on FS1 Monday, August 7, at 8 p.m. ET

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

       

Big3 Week 7 Schedule

Game 1: 3 Headed Monsters vs. Ball Hogs 

Game 2: 3’s Company vs. Killer 3s 

Game 3: Power vs. Trilogy

Game 4: Ghost Ballers vs. Tri State

         

Matchups

Game 1: 3 Headed Monsters (Rashard Lewis, Kwame Brown, Eddie Basden and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf) vs. Ball Hogs (Brian Scalabrine, Josh Childress, Derrick Byars, Moochie Norris and Xavier Silas)

Game 2: 3’s Company (Allen Iverson, DerMarr Johnson, Andre Owens, Mike Sweetney, Ruben Patterson and Al Thornton) vs. Killer 3s (Chauncey Billups, Stephen Jackson, Reggie Evans, Mo Evans and Brian Cook)

Game 3: Power (Kendall Gill, Jerome Williams, DeShawn Stevenson, Rasual Butler and Cuttino Mobley)
vs. Trilogy (Kenyon Martin, Al Harrington, Rashad McCants, James White and Dion Glover)

Game 4: Ghost Ballers (Mike Bibby, Ricky Davis, Larry Hughes, Marcus Banks and Ivan Johnson) vs. Tri-State (Jermaine O’Neal, Bonzi Wells, Dominic McGuire, Lee Nailon and Mike James)

        

Iverson was one of the staples of the Big3 before he missed time earlier this year and eventually moved to a role on the bench with 3’s Company.

He didn’t appear in Dallas for Week 6 and didn’t specify a reason when talking with league founder Ice Cube, who suspended the 42-year-old guard for Sunday’s game against the Killer 3s. He posted an apology to the league and its fans via Instagram:

If Iverson is an example of a point of frustration for the startup traveling league, the stress of the playoff run made itself known for the 2-4 Killer 3s when the aforementioned confrontation between Jackson and Oakley went down.

FS1 captured a bit of the disagreement: 

Televised interviews presented the problems between the two as nothing more than on-court banter, but it’s yet another example of how seriously those involved with the league take it. 

Still, this sort of passion is exactly what the league’s founder wants to see from his guys, as he told the Lexington Herald-Leader‘s Jerry Tipton ahead of Sunday’s event. 

“Passion is something that’s starting to be missed in American sports,” Ice Cube said. “Because you can’t show your passion without there being a controversy. … Of course, we don’t encourage people to get into arguments.”

Funnily enough, the two talking points of the week will get together when 3’s Company and Killer 3s collide in Lexington. Both teams sport 2-4 records, with Iverson’s side needing another strong performance from Andre Owens, who dropped 25 points and 11 rebounds last time out. 

Owens and his crew are saying all the right things despite the immense pressure, as captured by Big3.com’s Craig Ellenport: “We’ve just got to take it one game at a time. I’m not looking too far ahead. We just have to prepare for the Killer 3s.”

Elsewhere, 3 Headed Monsters will look to keep rolling and add a sixth win to the resume in an effort to pad the postseason standings, taking on a one-win Ball Hogs team that hasn’t been able to jell around a Brian Scalabrine-led core. 

If the aforementioned contests didn’t command so much attention thanks to the storylines involved, the biggest meeting of the gameweek features the undefeated Trilogy colliding with the 4-2 Power. Trilogy cruised to another easy win last time out, taking down Ghost Ballers 51-36 on the backs of Rashad McCants and Al Harrington’s star power, fending off the Mike Bibby-led squad.

Power enters a bit of a danger zone from a playoffs standpoint after another strong performance from MVP candidate DeShawn Stevenson couldn’t get them past 3’s Company.

Bibby’s Ghost Ballers get a shot at redemption to round out the action in Lexington, taking on the one-win Tri State team still looking for big games from Bonzi Wells and watching as Jermaine O’Neal hasn’t been able to stay on the court. 

While Trilogy continues to stick above the pack ahead of the playoffs, the other games feature major playoff seeding implications, which is the best-case scenario this late in the season for a league making its name known in a big way.

The next big splash happens Sunday, when the drama is sure to reach a new level as teams teeter on the fringes of putting themselves at a disadvantage in the postseason. 

        

Stats and information courtesy of Big3.com unless otherwise specified.

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Big3 Basketball League: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Rosters for Aug. 7 Broadcast

With the playoff stretch increasing the pressure, the Big3 continues to ramp up the drama before touching down in Lexington, Kentucky, for Week 7 action at Rupp Arena. 

In Week 6, the biggest story centered on Allen Iverson‘s failure to show up in Dallas and his consequent suspension, which has a big impact on his team, 3’s Company. On the court, things got heated for the Killer 3s when Stephen Jackson clashed with head coach Charles Oakley.

With Trilogy still undefeated and 3 Headed Monsters looking to keep pace while sitting on five wins, the on-court race to the playoffs remains as interesting as the drama surrounding it thanks to a strong Week 7 schedule. Here’s everything to know about the critical weekend. 

         

Big3 Week 7 Viewing Information

When: Sunday, August 6

Where: Rupp Arena, Lexington, Kentucky 

TV: Airs on FS1 Monday, August 7, at 8 p.m. ET

Live Stream: Fox Sports Go

       

Big3 Week 7 Schedule

Game 1: 3 Headed Monsters vs. Ball Hogs 

Game 2: 3’s Company vs. Killer 3s 

Game 3: Power vs. Trilogy

Game 4: Ghost Ballers vs. Tri State

         

Matchups

Game 1: 3 Headed Monsters (Rashard Lewis, Kwame Brown, Eddie Basden and Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf) vs. Ball Hogs (Brian Scalabrine, Josh Childress, Derrick Byars, Moochie Norris and Xavier Silas)

Game 2: 3’s Company (Allen Iverson, DerMarr Johnson, Andre Owens, Mike Sweetney, Ruben Patterson and Al Thornton) vs. Killer 3s (Chauncey Billups, Stephen Jackson, Reggie Evans, Mo Evans and Brian Cook)

Game 3: Power (Kendall Gill, Jerome Williams, DeShawn Stevenson, Rasual Butler and Cuttino Mobley)
vs. Trilogy (Kenyon Martin, Al Harrington, Rashad McCants, James White and Dion Glover)

Game 4: Ghost Ballers (Mike Bibby, Ricky Davis, Larry Hughes, Marcus Banks and Ivan Johnson) vs. Tri-State (Jermaine O’Neal, Bonzi Wells, Dominic McGuire, Lee Nailon and Mike James)

        

Iverson was one of the staples of the Big3 before he missed time earlier this year and eventually moved to a role on the bench with 3’s Company.

He didn’t appear in Dallas for Week 6 and didn’t specify a reason when talking with league founder Ice Cube, who suspended the 42-year-old guard for Sunday’s game against the Killer 3s. He posted an apology to the league and its fans via Instagram:

If Iverson is an example of a point of frustration for the startup traveling league, the stress of the playoff run made itself known for the 2-4 Killer 3s when the aforementioned confrontation between Jackson and Oakley went down.

FS1 captured a bit of the disagreement: 

Televised interviews presented the problems between the two as nothing more than on-court banter, but it’s yet another example of how seriously those involved with the league take it. 

Still, this sort of passion is exactly what the league’s founder wants to see from his guys, as he told the Lexington Herald-Leader‘s Jerry Tipton ahead of Sunday’s event. 

“Passion is something that’s starting to be missed in American sports,” Ice Cube said. “Because you can’t show your passion without there being a controversy. … Of course, we don’t encourage people to get into arguments.”

Funnily enough, the two talking points of the week will get together when 3’s Company and Killer 3s collide in Lexington. Both teams sport 2-4 records, with Iverson’s side needing another strong performance from Andre Owens, who dropped 25 points and 11 rebounds last time out. 

Owens and his crew are saying all the right things despite the immense pressure, as captured by Big3.com’s Craig Ellenport: “We’ve just got to take it one game at a time. I’m not looking too far ahead. We just have to prepare for the Killer 3s.”

Elsewhere, 3 Headed Monsters will look to keep rolling and add a sixth win to the resume in an effort to pad the postseason standings, taking on a one-win Ball Hogs team that hasn’t been able to jell around a Brian Scalabrine-led core. 

If the aforementioned contests didn’t command so much attention thanks to the storylines involved, the biggest meeting of the gameweek features the undefeated Trilogy colliding with the 4-2 Power. Trilogy cruised to another easy win last time out, taking down Ghost Ballers 51-36 on the backs of Rashad McCants and Al Harrington’s star power, fending off the Mike Bibby-led squad.

Power enters a bit of a danger zone from a playoffs standpoint after another strong performance from MVP candidate DeShawn Stevenson couldn’t get them past 3’s Company.

Bibby’s Ghost Ballers get a shot at redemption to round out the action in Lexington, taking on the one-win Tri State team still looking for big games from Bonzi Wells and watching as Jermaine O’Neal hasn’t been able to stay on the court. 

While Trilogy continues to stick above the pack ahead of the playoffs, the other games feature major playoff seeding implications, which is the best-case scenario this late in the season for a league making its name known in a big way.

The next big splash happens Sunday, when the drama is sure to reach a new level as teams teeter on the fringes of putting themselves at a disadvantage in the postseason. 

        

Stats and information courtesy of Big3.com unless otherwise specified.

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