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The NBA season is just about here and ready to begin. The Heat are most likely going to repeat while the Lakers are also seen as favorites despite an old roster and shaky bench. What other interesting things do you see happening this year?

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The Brooklyn Nets appear to have a good starting five and might challenge the Heat.

PG Deron Williams
SG Joe Johnson
SF Gerald Wallace
PF Kris Humphries
C Brook Lopez

On paper, they are terrific. However the Atlantic division is loaded with The Knicks, Celtics and 76ers. 

Former contenders that appear to be fucked in the Eastern Conference are Orlando, Chicago and Atlanta. Orlando lost Howard among others. Derrick Rose is still injured and might not play at all this season. Can't see Atlanta being that good without Joe Johnson. Some other teams will have to win games. Maybe Indiana.

The challengers to the Lakers in the West are OKC, San Antonio and the Los Angeles Clippers.

It's really too early to tell what other teams will be good. With so much player movement the last two seasons, I'll need to see a month of regular season action to give a better evaluations of teams.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are also going to be interesting for a couple of reasons. They have by far the most white players of any NBA team in at least 20 years and have so far in the preseason played all white lineups without Kevin Love. And some basketball sabermetric types think that they have a chance to be real good.

The Bulls looked terrible without Rose in the game I saw them play and if he's out for a long time, Chicago might be a #7 seed at best.



 

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I'm hoping the Knicks win a 1st round series.  If that happens, I'll be happy lol.

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Bump. The NBA season starts tonight. Double header on TNT.

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nyhack56 wrote: I'm hoping the Knicks win a 1st round series.  If that happens, I'll be happy lol.
Amare is out 6 to 8 weeks with a knee injury. What the chatter out east about this?

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Kirk Hinrich is day to day with some sort of injury. If Kirk is unable to play Wednesday night, Nate Robinson will be the starting point guard for Da Bulls. That would be entertaining.

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The Minnesota Timberwolves are also going to be interesting for a couple of reasons. They have by far the most white players of any NBA team in at least 20 years and have so far in the preseason played all white lineups without Kevin Love. And some basketball sabermetric types think that they have a chance to be real good.

The Bulls looked terrible without Rose in the game I saw them play and if he's out for a long time, Chicago might be a #7 seed at best.


Cool, I have an NBA team to root for. Go Minny!!!

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clawmaster wrote: nyhack56 wrote: I'm hoping the Knicks win a 1st round series.  If that happens, I'll be happy lol.
Amare is out 6 to 8 weeks with a knee injury. What the chatter out east about this?
nobody cares about amare it's melo's team now.

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Speaking of the Timberwolves...

http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/dish/201210/are-minnesota-timberwolves-too-white

You knew there would be some idiot black "civil rights" leaders that were going to complain and cry racism over this, even though you just know that if they had their way, not just the whole team, but the whole damn league would be black. The best part is the claim that the team isn't diverse, even though five out of the 10 non-black players were born outside the U.S.

Just for this stupidity I hope that the T-Wolves go a long way this year.

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krazykid18 wrote: clawmaster wrote: nyhack56 wrote: I'm hoping the Knicks win a 1st round series.  If that happens, I'll be happy lol.
Amare is out 6 to 8 weeks with a knee injury. What the chatter out east about this?
nobody cares about amare it's melo's team now.

Melo's team will be lucky to win 45 games.

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Lakers getting their asses kicked by Dallas

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DJP wrote:
Speaking of the Timberwolves...

http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/dish/201210/are-minnesota-timberwolves-too-white

You knew there would be some idiot black "civil rights" leaders that were going to complain and cry racism over this, even though you just know that if they had their way, not just the whole team, but the whole damn league would be black. The best part is the claim that the team isn't diverse, even though five out of the 10 non-black players were born outside the U.S.

Just for this stupidity I hope that the T-Wolves go a long way this year.


It's a stupid thing to complain about, but it's not a stupid discussion point. If the league is whatever percent black and this team is whatever percent white, it's completely legitimate to say "hmm, that's interesting". Is it a coincidence or is it by design? I don't think it matters. They haven't been winning and the owners need to make money. Bill Watts pushed black wrestlers because he thought it would attract folks and if the Timberwolves want to push white players to attract folks, more power to them. They say it's not what they are doing and no one can really say what their intentions are. I think they have every right to do so and Kevin Love is an elite straight up baller that I would have on my team over most power forwards. He's a lot more skilled than Blake Griffin, but I believe in the long term, Blake's entertainment value and Kevin's lack of being a difference maker in the win-loss column would give Blake the edge to me.

I'll reiterate that I have no problem with the Wolves and believe they have every right to what they want to do with their roster. However, I'm on the record that after what I've been reading on this site about people like me, it should come as no surprise that some of us out there believe that a team may want to boost the 'human' population of their roster so that they market their team more effectively.

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DJP wrote:
Speaking of the Timberwolves...

http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/dish/201210/are-minnesota-timberwolves-too-white

You knew there would be some idiot black "civil rights" leaders that were going to complain and cry racism over this, even though you just know that if they had their way, not just the whole team, but the whole damn league would be black. The best part is the claim that the team isn't diverse, even though five out of the 10 non-black players were born outside the U.S.

Just for this stupidity I hope that the T-Wolves go a long way this year.


It's a stupid thing to complain about, but it's not a stupid discussion point. If the league is whatever percent black and this team is whatever percent white, it's completely legitimate to say "hmm, that's interesting". Is it a coincidence or is it by design? I don't think it matters. They haven't been winning and the owners need to make money. Bill Watts pushed black wrestlers because he thought it would attract folks and if the Timberwolves want to push white players to attract folks, more power to them. They say it's not what they are doing and no one can really say what their intentions are. I think they have every right to do so and Kevin Love is an elite straight up baller that I would have on my team over most power forwards. He's a lot more skilled than Blake Griffin, but I believe in the long term, Blake's entertainment value and Kevin's lack of being a difference maker in the win-loss column would give Blake the edge to me.

I'll reiterate that I have no problem with the Wolves and believe they have every right to what they want to do with their roster. However, I'm on the record that after what I've been reading on this site about people like me, it should come as no surprise that some of us out there believe that a team may want to boost the 'human' population of their roster so that they market their team more effectively.


BTW - DJP, I'm not disputing your claims of anyone being an idiot or debating your position on the subject. I fully understand where you are coming from.

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First night observations. Kylie Irving is tremendous. The Washington Wizards are terrible. The Miami Heat is better than last year with the additions of Ray Allen & Rashard Lewis. The Celtics are still a very good team but not good enough to beat the Heat. Dwight Howard still can't shoot free throws.

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Kyrie is gonna be a top 5 guard in three to five years. Heat will likely repeat. Ray Allen looked pretty good last night.

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Flairfan216 wrote:
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Speaking of the Timberwolves...

http://www.thepostgame.com/blog/dish/201210/are-minnesota-timberwolves-too-white

You knew there would be some idiot black "civil rights" leaders that were going to complain and cry racism over this, even though you just know that if they had their way, not just the whole team, but the whole damn league would be black. The best part is the claim that the team isn't diverse, even though five out of the 10 non-black players were born outside the U.S.

Just for this stupidity I hope that the T-Wolves go a long way this year.


It's a stupid thing to complain about, but it's not a stupid discussion point. If the league is whatever percent black and this team is whatever percent white, it's completely legitimate to say "hmm, that's interesting". Is it a coincidence or is it by design? I don't think it matters. They haven't been winning and the owners need to make money. Bill Watts pushed black wrestlers because he thought it would attract folks and if the Timberwolves want to push white players to attract folks, more power to them. They say it's not what they are doing and no one can really say what their intentions are. I think they have every right to do so and Kevin Love is an elite straight up baller that I would have on my team over most power forwards. He's a lot more skilled than Blake Griffin, but I believe in the long term, Blake's entertainment value and Kevin's lack of being a difference maker in the win-loss column would give Blake the edge to me.

I'll reiterate that I have no problem with the Wolves and believe they have every right to what they want to do with their roster. However, I'm on the record that after what I've been reading on this site about people like me, it should come as no surprise that some of us out there believe that a team may want to boost the 'human' population of their roster so that they market their team more effectively.


BTW - DJP, I'm not disputing your claims of anyone being an idiot or debating your position on the subject. I fully understand where you are coming from.


I know you're not and I totally agree with your Bill Watts analogy. It's still a business and if they haven't been winning or making money, they need to try something different.

The thing that gets me is you have so-called "civil rights" leaders complaining about a "lack of diversity" because there is finally a team that is mostly non-black in a league that is dominated by blacks, even when the fact is the team itself is extremely diverse because several backgrounds are represented. It's actually kinda refreshing to have something different from the norm. It just goes to show you how ignorant and narrow minded these fools are because they either don't realize or refuse to acknowledge that "civil rights" extends to all people, not just their own kind. To me this is a picture perfect example of "Afroentrism" (as in the black man's belief that everything everybody does needs to revolve around satisfying him) and reverse racism.

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The over under on the Warriors is 34 and a half.
I am betting over.

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The Lakers are now 0-2. The Bulls won an ugly game over Sacramento. Tonight's Brooklyn Nets vs New York Knicks game has been canceled due to Hurricane Sandy. It was to be Brooklyn's home debut.

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clawmaster wrote: krazykid18 wrote: clawmaster wrote: nyhack56 wrote: I'm hoping the Knicks win a 1st round series.  If that happens, I'll be happy lol.
Amare is out 6 to 8 weeks with a knee injury. What the chatter out east about this?
nobody cares about amare it's melo's team now.

Melo's team will be lucky to win 45 games.

I was wrong about the Knicks!!

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Benlen wrote:
The over under on the Warriors is 34 and a half.
I am betting over.


Warriors looking good.



 

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clawmaster wrote: krazykid18 wrote: clawmaster wrote: nyhack56 wrote: I'm hoping the Knicks win a 1st round series.  If that happens, I'll be happy lol.
Amare is out 6 to 8 weeks with a knee injury. What the chatter out east about this?
nobody cares about amare it's melo's team now.

Melo's team will be lucky to win 45 games.

I was wrong about the Knicks!!


You're not alone. Nobody saw Melo buying into Woodson's philosophy, and he has so far. Also, the Knicks are shooting lights out from 3pt range. Can't wait for Shumpert and Amare to get back though, because their bench is deep but very old. Having Amare play pick and roll on the 2nd unit with Felton should provide a good scoring threat with Melo off the court.

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Full fledged panic in Los Angeles with local talk show guys speculating that the Lakers won't make the playoffs without playing .700 ball the rest of the way.  Clippers, on the other hand, look like the real deal.

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Jason Whitlock takes Kobe to the woodshed.

http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/kobe-bryant-ego-hampers-dwight-hoard-los-angeles-lakers-downfall-121812

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The Bulls beat the Nets in triple OT to take a 3-1 lead in the series. Derrick Rose has still not played a game all season even though he has been medically cleared.

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Jason Whitlock takes Kobe to the woodshed.

http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/kobe-bryant-ego-hampers-dwight-hoard-los-angeles-lakers-downfall-121812



Funny that the LA media didn't complain about Kobe's ego when they were winning.

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Hinrich out for tonight's Bulls game against The Nets.

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Bulls lose. They are still up 3 games to 2.

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Hawks tie up the Pacers with a 102-91 win.  They postpone the inevitable by another game.  Chronic malcontent Josh Smith had a career playoff high.

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Boston beats New York and extends the series to a 6th game. Pacers trounced The Hawks. Pacers up 3 games to 2. Houston beating OKC by 14 in the 3rd quarter. OKC Point Guard Russell Westbrook is out for the playoffs.

The Miami Heat have to be laughing right now.

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Benlen wrote:
The over under on the Warriors is 34 and a half.
I am betting over.


Nailed this one for 300 bucks.:)

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I'm so glad that Mempho beat out The Clippers tonight. Takes a bit of the sting of The Lakers getting whipped by The Spurs away. The Rockets getting tossed by The Thunder was nice too.

I don't know what I'd do if The Clippers ever won the NBA title?

If that day ever comes it will be a sad, sad day for Lakers fans worldwide.

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The Clippers lost. So did the Nets. OKC won the first game of the series against Memphis.

Indiana 64 Knicks 57 mid 3rd quarter

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http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/05/05/lebron-james-named-mvp-misses-becoming-unanimous-selection-by-a-single-vote/

LeBron James named MVP, misses becoming unanimous selection by a single vote
Brett Pollakoff May 5, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

The news we’ve known about for a few days now became official on Sunday, as LeBron James was named the league’s Most Valuable Player for the fourth time in his career.

There was no suspense surrounding the crowning of James, but there was some curiosity to see whether or not he might be a unanimous winner of the award for the first time in league history.

He was not.

James received 120 out of 121 first place votes, and one second place vote. The player who received LeBron’s missing first place vote was Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks.

This matters little in the grand scheme of things, as James will receive his fourth trophy just as he would have had he received every last one of those first place votes. But much like the MVP race in 2000, when Shaquille O’Neal’s season was similarly dominant and he missed out on being the unanimous choice by way of a single vote that went to Allen Iverson, it’s going to be fodder for discussion.

The NBA awards are voted upon anonymously by members of the media, so unless the person who gave Anthony that first place vote decides to reveal himself, we’ll never know the reasoning behind the decision. Something tells me, however, that whoever didn’t vote for James will be more than happy to spend a few moments in the spotlight.

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Indiana wins game 1 102-95.

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http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/05/05/lebron-james-named-mvp-misses-becoming-unanimous-selection-by-a-single-vote/

LeBron James named MVP, misses becoming unanimous selection by a single vote
Brett Pollakoff May 5, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

The news we’ve known about for a few days now became official on Sunday, as LeBron James was named the league’s Most Valuable Player for the fourth time in his career.

There was no suspense surrounding the crowning of James, but there was some curiosity to see whether or not he might be a unanimous winner of the award for the first time in league history.

He was not.

James received 120 out of 121 first place votes, and one second place vote. The player who received LeBron’s missing first place vote was Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks.

This matters little in the grand scheme of things, as James will receive his fourth trophy just as he would have had he received every last one of those first place votes. But much like the MVP race in 2000, when Shaquille O’Neal’s season was similarly dominant and he missed out on being the unanimous choice by way of a single vote that went to Allen Iverson, it’s going to be fodder for discussion.

The NBA awards are voted upon anonymously by members of the media, so unless the person who gave Anthony that first place vote decides to reveal himself, we’ll never know the reasoning behind the decision. Something tells me, however, that whoever didn’t vote for James will be more than happy to spend a few moments in the spotlight.


Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe was the loner who kept LeBron from being unanimous MVP.

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Da Bulls kicked Miami's fucking ass!! Smoked them in the 4th quarter to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

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Spurs beat Warriors in 2 OT to go up 1-0 in the series.

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The Knicks absolutely stomped the Pacers to even the series at one.



 

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The Knicks absolutely stomped the Pacers to even the series at one.

The Knicks are fucking stupid if they don't run the pick and roll against this Pacer team all series. It's been there all day through the first 2 games.

Everybody is making this about Melo, but from what I have seen, no one on Indiana can guard Felton or Prigioni going to the basket. The Pacers have great perimeter defense and Hibbert is a beast in the blocks. This is why the pick and roll has been effective and if the Knicks continue it they'll win this series.

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Da Bulls kicked Miami's fucking ass!! Smoked them in the 4th quarter to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Miami got their revenge tonight. I expect Miami to win the next three games.

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Heat 104 Bulls 94. Heat up 2 games to 1.

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Spurs 57 Warriors 48 at half.

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Spurs beat Warriors to take a 2 to 1 lead in the series.

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Pacers beat the Knicks to take a 2 to 1 lead in the series.

Memphis beat OKC to take a 2 to 1 lead in the series.

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Warriors beat Spurs by 10 in OT. Series now tied at two.

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Heat trounced Da Bulls to go up 3 to 1 in the series.

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Memphis beats OKC in OT to go up 3 to 1 in the series.

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Pacers beat The Knicks to go up 3 to 1 in the series.

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Spurs beat the Warriors to go up 3 to 2 in the series.

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The Bulls showed a ton of heart but were finally defeated by the Heat. The Heat move on to the Conference Finals.

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Memphis beat OKC to advance to the conference finals.

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Knicks beat Pacers. Indiana still leads the series 3-2.

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Spurs ramp up defense to beat Warriors, advance to Western Conference Finals
Darius Soriano May 17, 2013, 2:12 AM EDT

The Warriors had a great run, but their magic ran out. In a hard fought, defense driven effort the Spurs defeated the Warriors 94-82 to advance to their 2nd consecutive Western Conference Finals.

Golden State battled all night, trying to stave off elimination but simply didn’t have enough.

Stephen Curry scored 22 points, but never found the range on his jumper while going 10-25 from the floor. Jarrett Jack tried his best to keep the Warriors in it by hitting half his 12 shots to score 15 points, but with off shooting nights from Klay Thompson (4-12, 10 points) and an awful fall that kept Harrison Barnes from finishing the game (while limiting him to 4-10 from the field), even the home crowd trying to will them to a win wasn’t enough to get them over the top.

Credit the Spurs for the Warriors’ inefficient output. As they’ve done over the past several games, San Antonio clamped down defensively and kept Golden State from ever finding a rhythm offensively. The Spurs hedged high in the pick and roll and funneled shooters into mid-range shots and flips at the rim, contesting nearly every look along the way. And while some of those attempts found the bottom of the net, those aren’t the types of shots the Warriors want to take nor are they the kind that can sustain a high powered attack to match what the Spurs were able to produce.

So the Warriors struggled all night to keep pace, falling behind by double digits multiple times throughout the contest. If not for some timely shot making, some inspired defense of their own, and a crowd that would not let them surrender, this game could have gotten out of hand.

So credit the Warriors too. They displayed a lot of heart and showed off the type of young talent that should keep them competitive for years to come. The future looks bright in the Bay Area.

But now is the Spurs’ time. The veteran group showed a combination of physical and mental toughness, displaying a discipline and adherence to their game plan that kept them a step ahead all night.

Tim Duncan was huge early, scoring 13 of his 19 points in the first half. With Tony Parker struggling to get into a flow, Duncan provided the ballast his team needed as both a scorer and a drawer of attention that opened up opportunities for others.

Kawhi Leonard was also big all night, hitting timely shots and while erasing Klay Thompson defensively. Nearly every single one of Leonard’s 16 points seemed to come on a big basket, as he hit jumpers to nip a potential Warrior run in the bud or converted a shot inside to bolster the Spurs lead.

And while Parker and Manu Ginobili struggled all night to score for themselves — they combined to shoot 4-22 from the floor for 18 points — they more than made up for it by creating good shots for others, tallying 19 assists between them. Both were so good in maintaining their aggressiveness off the dribble, threatening the defense and then picking out teammates for makable shots.

Of all the Spurs that deserve credit, though, head coach Gregg Popovich should receive a fair amount. As the series has advanced he’s made the right moves over and over again, putting his players in position to succeed. Down the stretch of this game he went small to spread the Warriors out, sitting Tim Duncan in the process. Pop relied on Tiago Splitter to man the middle and the big man delivered, playing strong defense on one end and occupying defenders as the dive man in the pick and roll on the other. Splitter’s activity was crucial in creating space on offense and taking it away on defense, allowing the Spurs to hold on down the stretch.

This truly was a fantastic series and, in a way, fans should feel a bit cheated that they didn’t get a game 7 to decide who should advance. But it wasn’t meant to be. The Warriors showed they had the heart, but they were just a bit too banged up and lacked that extra kick to break through.

Meanwhile the Spurs showed that they have that right mix of youth and veterans, talent, and coaching to get it done. Again.

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Nagging injuries to Curry and Bogatj and a hip injury to Lee killed the Warriors chances. They did well just to get to game 6.

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Pacers beat The Knicks to win the series 4 to 2.

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Pacers beat The Knicks to win the series 4 to 2

Ha Ha - F*ck you Spike.


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San Antonio crushed Memphis to take the first game of the series.

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The Heat beat The Pacers by 1 in OT to take a one to nothing lead in the series.

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LeBron, Durant, Kobe headline All NBA First Team

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May 23, 2013, 1:27 PM EDT

Even before the season tipped off you had a pretty good sense that LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul would be All-NBA First Team — they are dominant players at or entering their peak.

But Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan continue to defy father time.

The two veterans round out the All NBA Team voted on by 119 sportswriters from around the league. This is the 14th time Duncan has made the All-NBA list, but the first time as a center (he was officially a forward with the league, even though he played center).

It’s a good list — we could quibble that I would have had Marc Gasol over Duncan on the first team, but Duncan had a renaissance year and is deserving of the first team. I would have had Brook Lopez on over Dwight Howard on the third team as well. Plus, this is probably the last year Stephen Curry doesn’t make the top three, but the guys on the list all had good years.

If you want to pick things apart — who gave J.J. Hickson, Nikola Pekovic, and Nikola Vucevic third team votes? If those guys are in your top 15 NBA players you’re doing it wrong. We need more transparency in this voting.

Here is the complete list of the All NBA Teams. (The teams must have two guards, two forwards and one center on it. Duncan is considered a center for this.)

FIRST TEAM (with points)

LeBron James, Miami (595)
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (555)
Tim Duncan, San Antonio (392)
Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers (521)
Chris Paul, L.A. Clippers (537)

SECOND TEAM (with points)

Carmelo Anthony, New York (397)
Blake Griffin, L.A. Clippers (132)
Marc Gasol, Memphis (295)
Tony Parker, San Antonio (273)
Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City (306)

THIRD TEAM (with points)

David Lee, Golden State (79)
Paul George, Indiana (73)
Dwight Howard, L.A. Lakers (203)
Dwyane Wade, Miami (145)
James Harden, Houston (253)

Other players receiving votes (with point totals):

Brook Lopez, Brooklyn, 132 (7 First Team votes); Stephen Curry, Golden State, 72; LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland, 62; Chris Bosh, Miami, 59 (4); Joakim Noah, Chicago, 56 (3); Zach Randolph, Memphis, 45; Al Horford, Atlanta, 31 (2); Paul Pierce, Boston, 24; Al Jefferson, Utah, 20 (1); Tyson Chandler, New York, 19 (1); Roy Hibbert, Indiana, 9; Luol Deng, Chicago, 8; Kevin Garnett, Boston, 8; Ty Lawson, Denver, 8; Josh Smith, Atlanta, 7; Deron Williams, Brooklyn, 6; Pau Gasol, LA Lakers, 4; Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City, 4; Omer Asik, Houston, 3; Kenneth Faried, Denver, 3; Raymond Felton, New York, 3; Kyrie Irving, Cleveland, 3; Carlos Boozer, Chicago, 2; Mike Conley, Memphis, 2; David West, Indiana, 2; Rudy Gay, Toronto, 1; J.J. Hickson, Portland, 1; Andre Iguodala, Denver, 1; Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas, 1; Nikola Pekovic, Minnesota, 1; Rajon Rondo, Boston, 1; Nikola Vucevic, Orlando, 1.

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Pacers beat The Heat 97-93 to even the series at one.

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Report: Jeff Hornacek has agreed to terms with Suns to become their new head coach

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May 26, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

UPDATE 4:50 p.m.: It’s essentially official. Hornacek has agreed to terms with the Suns to become their new head coach, reports Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. Hornacek is expected to sign a three-year deal as early as Monday.

UPDATE 10:25 a.m.: Wojnarowski updated his piece with the information that Hornacek has in fact been offered the job, and that he and the team are working to finalize details of the agreement over the weekend. The rest of the coaching staff that will work under Hornacek is in the process of being assembled.

9:30 a.m.: The Suns may be closing in on a candidate to fill their vacant head coaching position, and a former player appears to be the leader as the team begins to wrap up its process.

From Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

    One of the Phoenix Suns’ popular former players – Jeff Hornacek – has emerged as the frontrunner for the franchise’s head coaching job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

    An assistant coach with the Utah Jazz, Hornacek met with new Suns general manager Ryan McDonough and president Lon Babby in the past week in Phoenix.

    No offer has yet been extended to Hornacek, but the Suns’ search process could be completed within the next week, league sources said.


When the Suns introduced new GM Ryan McDonough, he said that putting a new head coach firmly in place was at the top of his list of priorities. Phoenix has interviewed experienced assistants Steve Clifford and J.B. Bickerstaff during their process, as well as Lindsey Hunter, who had the interim tag while coaching the team for the second part of the 2013 season.

Hornacek has been an assistant coach with the Jazz, and like most of the other candidates the Suns have strongly considered to this point, has no prior NBA head coaching experience. That’s the way the organization wants to go, however, given the rebuilding situation that Phoenix is facing.

The Suns want someone in the leadership role that can grow with the new GM, and help construct a culture of winning essentially from scratch. A former player like Hornacek who has ties to the organization seems like a strong place to start.

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The Heat stomped The Pacers are now up two to one in the series.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- The Charlotte Bobcats have hired Los Angeles Lakers assistant Steve Clifford to become their new coach. Two people familiar with the situation said Monday that Clifford had agreed to a three-year contact.

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Spurs sweep the Grizzlies to advance to the NBA Finals.

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The Atlanta Hawks hired Mike Budenholzer as their new head coach Tuesday, agreeing to a multiyear contract with the longtime San Antonio Spurs assistant.

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Pacers beat The Heat 99-92 to even the series at two. LBJ fouled out of the game!!

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The Sacramento Kings have agreed with Mike Malone in principle on a deal to make him their next head coach. According to a person with knowledge of the deal, the Golden State Warriors assistant will receive a three-year contract with a fourth-year team option.

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Heat beat The Pacers pretty easily to go up 3 to 2 in the series. Lebron was like Jordan tonight.

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clawmaster wrote: The Sacramento Kings have agreed with Mike Malone in principle on a deal to make him their next head coach. According to a person with knowledge of the deal, the Golden State Warriors assistant will receive a three-year contract with a fourth-year team option.


So did Keith Smart get fired??

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Pacers thumped the Heat to force game 7.

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Is this an overreaction by the liberal fucking press or not?
http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2013/story/_/id/9333753/2013-nba-playoffs-roy-hibbert-indiana-pacers-uses-gay-slur-profanity-game-6

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Heat fucking up the Pacers by 20 with 9:30 left in the 4th.

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Spurs beat the Heat by 4 to take a one to nothing lead in the series. Go Spurs!!

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Heat beat Spurs to even the series at one. The whole Heat team came to play in the second half. One minute it was tied at 58. Then the Heat were up by 20. It happened so fast.

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The Spurs hit 16 three pointers to decimate the Heat. Spurs up 2 games to 1. Gary Neal huge off the bench.



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