NBA playoffs: Kevin Durant leads Thunder past Clippers in Game 3


LOS ANGELES — Kevin Durant scored 36 points, Russell Westbrook added 23 and the Oklahoma City Thunder outplayed the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter for a 118-112 victory Friday night and a 2-1 lead in their Western Conference semifinal.

Serge Ibaka added 20 points and Westbrook had 13 assists for the Thunder in a game that neither team ever led by double digits.

Blake Griffin scored 34 points, and Chris Paul added 21 points and 16 assists for the Clippers, who saw their four-point lead disappear for good early in the fourth quarter. Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford added 20 points.

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Oklahoma City led 113-107 on Durant’s turnaround jumper with 1:23 left. It followed Westbrook’s 3-pointer after the Clippers had closed within 108-107 when Griffin muscled in for a layup.

Game 4 is Sunday at Staples Center.

The Thunder shot 56 percent, and controlled the paint and fastbreak points against a Clippers team that never got into their favored run-and-gun mode.

J.J. Redick, who got off to a hot start in Game 2, was held to five points on 1-of-6 shooting. DeAndre Jordan was never a factor for the Clippers either, with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Matt Barnes gave them a lift with 14 points.

The Thunder gradually pulled away in the fourth, scoring eight straight points, including Durant’s three-point play, to take the lead for good. Former Clipper Caron Butler hit three 3-pointers to g[……]


Listen to what Danny Ferry said about Luol Deng


Well, the audio has leaked from the conference call in which Hawks general manager Danny Ferry disparaged Luol Deng.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained just enough of an excerpt to provide the context. (WARNING: NSFW language)

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Lakers' Julius Randle has surgery, likely out for year


LOS ANGELES  — Los Angeles Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle is expected to miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his broken right leg.

The seventh overall pick out of Kentucky broke his leg in the fourth quarter of his NBA debut in Los Angeles’ season-opening loss to the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. Randle was strapped to a wheeled stretcher and taken off the Staples Center court after colliding with two Rockets and landing awkwardly with 6:46 to play.

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Before Wednesday’s game at Phoenix, the Lakers announced that Randle’s injury was just as serious as it appeared.

Randle’s surgery was performed by Dr. Donald Wiss at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is expected to make a full recovery, but the Lakers anticipate he won’t play this season.

“I think we’re all a little shocked by it, disappointed, hurt, all those things are probably going through all our minds,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said before the tip-off against the Suns. “I know I didn’t get a lot of sleep just thinking about the young fella.”

The 19-year-old power forward was the SEC’s top freshman while helping Kentucky to reach the NCAA championship game last season. He was thrilled to be drafted by his favorite childhood team to play alongside Kobe Bryant, one of his idols.

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Zach Randolph shows respect to World War II veteran


Jimmy Keep is an 88-year-old Marine Corp veteran and a survivor of Iwo Jima. He also happens to be a die-hard Grizzlies fan. 

Keep attended the Grizzlies’ game against the Lakers on Friday night, doing so in owner Robert Pera’s primetime seat located courtside. He was introduced to the home crowd during a break in the game as a part of the Ashley Furniture military recognition program, according to The Commercial Appeal, but Zach Randolph made sure to pay h夜网论坛is respects before and after tip-off.

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The star power forward gave Keep some autographed goods prior to the game and thanked him for his support with a bearhug following their 97-90 victory. With Randolph being Keep’s favorite player — in his words: “Randolph’s my guy!” — he was a very happy man.

(Source: SB Nation)



Kelly Olynyk's eye isn't looking so great


Kelly Olynyk’s eye has seen better days. 

The Celtics forward took an elbow to the face from teammate Shavlik Randolph during shootaround on April 1, leaving him with a very swollen and colorful eye. Even with the injury, Olynyk managed to keep 夜网论坛his team’s playoff dreams alive by scoring 19 points against the Pacers in a home victory Wednesday night.

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Judging by his Instagram post on Friday, though, it’s going to take some time until he’s able to see out of both eyes again.


A photo posted by Kelly Olynyk (@kellyolynyk) on Apr 3, 2015 at 10:17am PDT

That’s … ouch.



Dwyane Wade's wedding included three outfit changes, own entrance song


Dwyane Wade is a detail-oriented person. Paying attention to the finer points of the game allowed him to become an NBA champion and one of the greatest shooting guards eve夜网论坛r.

It also means he was a bit of a “Groomzilla” on his wedding day.

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Wade admitted on “Late Night with Seth Meyers” his wedding with Gabrielle Union was just as much about him as his wife.

“You know how they say the wedding is about the woman? No, no. It is about both of us,” Wade said. “So I came down to my own song, had my own moment. I had three outfit changes, she had three outfit changes.”

It’s alright, Dwyane. Change up the wardrobe. Have a song and special moment for yourself.

You did pay for everything.



Commissioner Adam Silver hints change to NBA playoff seeding

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The NBA will consider changes to its playoff seeding structure, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said during his annual state of the league address before Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

The changes, which Silver said should be decided “fairly quickly,” likely will mean that division winners no longer will automatically receive one of the top four seeds in the conference playoffs.

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“We are very focused on the divisional seeding process, and I think we are going to take a very close look at whether we should seed at least 1 through 8 by conference as opposed to giving the division winner that higher seed,” Silver said, via “That is a vestige of a division system that may not make sense anymore.”

This year, the Trail Blazers, who finished the season with the sixth-best record in the West at 51-31, were granted the No. 4 seed after winning the Northwest Division. The Grizzlies (55-27) and Spurs (55-27) became the Nos. 5 and 6 seeds, respectively, which meant the Spurs had to face the No. 3 seed Clippers (56-26) in the first round. The Clippers beat the Spurs in seven games.

If the teams had been seeded 1 through 8 based solely on record, the Spurs would have played the Grizzlies and the Trail Blazers would have played the Clippers.



Why adding Kevin Durant to the Warriors is a game-changer for the NBA


Why is Kevin Durant 夜网论坛signing with the Golden State Warriors such a big deal? Originally answered on July 6th, 2016.

This question originally appeared on Quora – the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. You can follow Quora on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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Answer by Asesh Panchapakesan:

The Golden State Warriors have become the most stacked team in NBA history, and they will likely prove that they are the best team to ever play the game during the next season.

As of Durant’s decision, the Warriors have two players who have been MVPs in recent seasons who are both in their prime—Durant and Steph Curry. The Warriors have 4 All-NBA, All-Star team members in Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green.

It is difficult to find a team in the history of the NBA that has collected so much talent and has been as deep as the current Golden State Warriors.

This past year, the Warriors went 73–9 and were 1 game short of winning the NBA Finals and repeating as world champions. If they had won the Finals, the Warriors would have gone down as the greatest NBA team of all time. A team that was already incredibly close to being the greatest of all time has just become significantly better, and has acquired the 3rd best player in the league.

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Carmelo Anthony accuses Thabo Sefolosha of flopping on chop to face


Carmelo Anthony was ejected Wednesday for hitting the Hawks’ Thabo Sefolosha in the face. On Thursday, Anthony, somewhat confusingly, called out Sefolosha for flopping.

“I don’t think it was anything Sefolosha was doing as far as being overly physical or anything like that. It was just a battle, we were both trying to go for it. Got tangled up,” Anthony told reporters, per the New York Daily News. “He did his European and flopped a little bit.”

It’s difficult to see where Sefolosha flopped, if at all. There certainly wasn’t an overreaction on Sefolosha’s part, especially considering Anthony had a hand around Sefolosha’s neck to begin with, and Anthony seemed to catch Sefolosha square in the face with his fist, too.

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Anthony, though, seems to have a supporter in first-year Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek, who came to his star’s defense Thursday and even and pulled a “back in my day . . .” in the process.

“I don’t blame (Anthony) for what happened, honestly. If you watch the replay, you watch the action, the guy had his arms wrapped around his neck,” Hornacek said.

We’re not sure which replay he was watching, but let’s continue:

“If a guy falls over on a layup when you may have tried to block his shot and may have hit him in the body, (officials) call a Flagrant 1. It’s a lot different now,” Hornacek said.

“Back in the day, you knock a guy over because you didn’t all[……]


Warriors' Steve Kerr celebrates Liverpool comeback

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr celebrated Liverpool’s memorable Champions League semifinal comeback.

Liverpool reached back-to-back Champions League finals thanks to Tuesday’s sensational 4-0 victory over Barcelona at Anfield.

Barca carried a 3-0 lead into the second leg but braces from Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum sent Liverpool through to the June 1 decider in Madrid.

Liverpool’s triumph caught the attention of Kerr, who is seeking a third straight championship with the Warriors.

Amid the celebrations, Kerr wrote via Twitter: “YOU’LL NEVER WALK ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!”

Liverpool will face either Ajax or Tottenham in the Champions League final next month.

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