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Grizzlies-Thunder Preview (Yahoo Sports)

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, right, drives against Indiana Pacers guard George Hill in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Sunday, April 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

- A year ago, Memphis blew past Oklahoma City in the Western Conference semifinals. Back then, Oklahoma City was without dynamic point guard Russell Westbrook because of a season-ending right knee injury from the previous series, and the Thunder were eliminated by the Grizzlies in five games. Westbrook is healthy now, and Oklahoma City is confident the results will be different when the teams meet again this year in the first round of the playoffs, starting Saturday night. Westbrook’s rare athletic ability is especially difficult to handle because scoring champion Kevin Durant draws so much attention that it limits the options for dealing with the team’s No. 2 scorer and three-time All-Star.


Posted on 19 April 2014 @ 3:58 am

Grizzlies PG Nick Calathes suspended for 20 games (Yahoo Sports)

MEMPHIS, TN - APRIL 16: Nick Calathes #12 of the Memphis Grizzlies shoots against the Dallas Mavericks on April 16, 2014 at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes has been suspended for 20 games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy.


Posted on 19 April 2014 @ 3:52 am

D’Antoni to meet with Lakers soon about future (Yahoo Sports)

Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol, left, of Spain, and his brother Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, of Spain, shake hands after an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 13, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Grizzlies won 102-90. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Mike D’Antoni was still the Los Angeles Lakers’ coach when he left their training complex to spend the Easter weekend out of town with his family. How long D’Antoni retains his job won’t be decided at least until next week. General manager Mitch Kupchak praised his embattled coach Friday while the Lakers finished their final exit interviews and headed to an unusually early summer following a franchise-worst 55-loss season. D’Antoni will meet with Kupchak and Lakers owner Jim Buss in the near future to determine whether the veteran coach returns.


Posted on 19 April 2014 @ 12:55 am

76ers owner Harris calls 19-win season ‘success’ (Yahoo Sports)

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown argues a with official Mike Callahan during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Monday, April 14, 2014, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 113-108. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Billions of dollars couldn’t console Philadelphia 76ers owner Joshua Harris this season. ”When we lose, even in New York, kids come up to my family’s kids and say, ”Hey, the Sixers lost 26 in a row. How do you like that?”’ Harris said. This is my doorman, he says to me, ‘Hey, can’t you get those players going?” Get the Sixers going?


Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 11:35 pm

Nets-Raptors Preview (Yahoo Sports)

The Toronto Raptors won the Atlantic Division and set a franchise record with 48 wins. The Nets may think so. Brooklyn dropped four of its last five games, with coach Jason Kidd resting his regulars in a 29-point loss to Cleveland on the final night of the season, as the Nets slid from fifth to sixth in the East, earning a first-round meeting with the Raptors and avoiding fourth-seeded Chicago. The Nets may be happy, but the third-seeded Raptors aren’t too pleased at the portrayal.

Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 10:58 pm

Warriors-Clippers Preview (Yahoo Sports)

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers, right, confers with Clippers guard Jamal Crawford during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Crawford scored 34 points as the Trail Blazers won 110-104. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

There’s an All-Star point guard on each side, they’re both young and athletic, and each franchise is trying to distance itself from an inglorious past that cast them as afterthoughts for most of their years in the NBA. They’ve tangled while splitting their four games this season, most famously on Christmas, when Blake Griffin was elbowed by Warriors forward Draymond Green. In March, Griffin and Warriors backup center Jermaine O’Neal squabbled in a Clippers victory and it carried over after the game. ”I don’t know if there’s a lingering issue or not.” With both teams having been down so long and now competing for a title, Clippers forward Matt Barnes said there’s going to be ”some hostility and animosity and hatred.” ”It’ll be an entertaining series just because how the regular season went,” Warriors star Stephen Curry said.


Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 10:45 pm

Motivated LeBron preps for the playoff grind (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this June 21, 2013 file photo, Miami Heat players including LeBron James, top center, celebrate after Game 7 of the NBA basketball championship game against the San Antonio Spurs, in Miami. As he walked off the court for the final time last season, LeBron James shouted to no one in particular,

LeBron James was walking down the hallway that the Miami Heat call ”Championship Alley” a few minutes after last season’s NBA Finals, when he decided the time was right to send a message. ”Keep giving me motivation! I need it!” James shouted in the crowded corridor, as the champagne for a second straight NBA title started spraying in the nearby locker room. But with the start of this year’s playoffs looming, the four-time NBA MVP said Friday he doesn’t necessarily need to be fueled by them anymore, not with the Heat having a chance to become just the fourth franchise in league history to capture three straight titles. And if doubt exists – to be clear, it surely does after Miami lost 14 of its last 25 games – James said he’s not noticing.


Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 10:37 pm


ESPN - United States

76ers owner terms 19-win season ‘success’

Billions of dollars couldn’t console Philadelphia 76ers owner Joshua Harris this season.

Posted on 19 April 2014 @ 7:46 am

Nets deny tank talk: Trying to get healthy

The Brooklyn Nets dismissed rampant speculation that they tanked down the stretch in order to set up a first-round playoff match-up with the Toronto Raptors.

Posted on 19 April 2014 @ 7:13 am

Sources: Woodson ‘bracing’ for the worst

While it is widely believed that the New York Knicks have already made the decision to move on from coach Mike Woodson, sources tell ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard that nothing will be announced this weekend.

Posted on 19 April 2014 @ 6:27 am

Griz’s Calathes banned 20 for drug violation

Memphis Grizzlies reserve rookie guard Nick Calathes has been suspended 20 games for violating the league’s anti-drug policy, the league announced Friday night.

Posted on 19 April 2014 @ 4:39 am

Kupchak says Kobe, Lakers on same page

Kobe Bryant looks to be having an excellent anniversary trip in Paris, judging by the photos posted on his wife’s Instagram account.

Posted on 19 April 2014 @ 3:53 am

Rivers turns deaf ear to Warriors’ ‘flop’ talk

Two days after Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson called out the Los Angeles Clippers star for flopping and playing out of control, Rivers said he wants Griffin to keep doing whatever he’s been doing this season, even if that includes flopping.

Posted on 19 April 2014 @ 1:33 am

TV veteran Sager diagnosed with leukemia

Veteran broadcaster Craig Sager has been diagnosed with leukemia and will start treatment Friday, his son confirmed.

Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 11:59 pm

Inside Hoops - United States

Sixers were successful at losing this season

Billions of dollars couldn’t completely console Philadelphia 76ers owner Joshua Harris this season.
Being the potential heirs of a franchise that matched an NBA-record losing streak comes with a few hardships as well not usually found in the luxury suites.
“When we lose, even in New York, kids come up to my family’s kids and say, “Hey, [...]

Posted on 19 April 2014 @ 7:31 am

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak preaches patience

Here’s ESPN.com reporting on the Los Angeles Lakers, general manager Mitch Kupchak, and aging veteran star Kobe Bryant:
Kobe Bryant looks to be having an excellent anniversary trip in Paris, judging by the photos posted on his wife’s Instagram account, but on the off chance he happened to be watching Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak’s 45-minute [...]

Posted on 19 April 2014 @ 6:25 am

Atlanta Hawks have no chance to win the NBA championship

In the last two decades, all but three titles have been claimed by teams that had at least the fourth-best overall record in the league. So maybe the two-time defending champion Miami Heat have some reason to worry: They were No. 5 this season.
“For the most part,” Atlanta’s Kyle Korver said Friday, “the best team [...]

Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 10:47 pm

Nets guard Shaun Livingston tries to heal up for playoffs

Here’s the New York Post reporting on the Brooklyn Nets, who begin their first-round NBA playoff series against the Toronto Raptors tomorrow:

As the Nets rotated players in and out of the lineup over the final five games of the season in order to be rested and healthy for the playoffs, only one player sat out [...]

Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 10:41 pm

George Kaiser joins OKC Thunder ownership group

Tulsa businessman George B. Kaiser has been approved by the NBA Board of Governors as a new partner in The Professional Basketball Club, LLC, which owns the Oklahoma City Thunder. Thunder Chairman and CEO Clayton I. Bennett made the announcement today. Kaiser is purchasing the ownership interest of Tom L. Ward.
“We are honored to welcome [...]

Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 8:39 pm

Ricky Rubio and Timberwolves can discuss contract extension starting in July

Here’s the Minneapolis Star Tribune reporting on flashy Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio:
Rubio’s representatives and Flip Saunders, the Wolves president of basketball operations, can begin July 1 discussions on a contract extension of the rookie deal he signed in May 2011.
The two sides have until the end of October to reach an agreement, otherwise Rubio [...]

Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 1:18 pm

Danilo Gallinari should be ready for Nuggets training camp

Here’s the Denver Post reporting on Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari:

Indications are that Gallinari will be ready for training camp. He sat out this season after needing a second ACL surgery in January. But he’s running now. And jumping. And dunking.
“It felt great just to grab that rim,” Gallinari said, smiling.
He’s not doing anything too crazy, [...]

Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 1:03 pm

NBA - United States

Grizzlies’ Calathes suspended 20 games

Memphis Grizzlies point guard Nick Calathes has been suspended for 20 games for violating the NBA’s anti-drug policy.

Posted on 19 April 2014 @ 3:57 am

Grizzlies’ Calathes suspended for violating drug policy

Nick Calathes of the Memphis Grizzlies has been suspended without pay for 20 games for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA Anti-Drug Program by testing positive for tamoxifen, it was announced Friday by the NBA. Calathes’ suspension will begin with Saturday’s game between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Posted on 19 April 2014 @ 3:49 am

Carter-Williams, Jazz’s Burke named April’s top rookies

The Philadelphia 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams and the Utah Jazz’s Trey Burke were on Friday named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in April.

Posted on 19 April 2014 @ 1:41 am

Bobcats’ Jefferson, Warriors’ Curry named April’s top players

The Charlotte Bobcats’ Al Jefferson and the Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry were named Friday the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in April.

Posted on 19 April 2014 @ 1:40 am

D’Antoni, Lakers to meet soon to discuss future

Mike D’Antoni was still the Los Angeles Lakers’ coach when he left their training complex to spend the Easter weekend out of town with his family.

Posted on 19 April 2014 @ 1:07 am

76ers owner calls 19-win season ‘success’

Billions of dollars couldn’t console Philadelphia 76ers owner Joshua Harris this season. Ok, maybe just a little.

Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 11:40 pm

Westbrook heads into first round of playoffs healthy

The Oklahoma City Thunder hope dynamic point guard Russell Westbrook is the difference when they meet the Memphis Grizzlies in the playoffs.

Posted on 18 April 2014 @ 11:33 pm


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