“The Clipper curse when I first got here was No. 1 picks getting hurt, not working out; their draft picks not working out, not making the playoffs, not having winning seasons,” Griffin said. “No one talked about not getting past the second round. Not a single soul talked about that, but now, that’s what everybody talks about. Just like the last one, we’re going to bust through this one.”
via Rowan Kavner of NBA.com/Clippers
Some rival executives think the Nets might go ahead and explore the Plumlee marketplace anyway, in hopes teams remember his dogged play for Team USA the past summer more than his struggles to get on the floor under first-year Nets coach Lionel Hollins. Now, though, would not appear to be the ideal time to see what shopping him might fetch.
via Marc Stein of ESPN
via Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer
The most serious of those is Millsap's sprained right shoulder, which caused him to miss five games in early April and has never fully healed. There are whispers that it might require surgery after the season.
via Howard Beck of Bleacher Report
(Lakers GM Mitch) Kupchak said anywhere from four to eight players could be in consideration for the No. 2 pick. Keeping options open and broad right now.
via Mike Trudell of ESPN Los Angeles on Twitter
It's believed Brooklyn (Nets) ownership is now determined to cut costs across board and staff cuts are underway. Marks is well-respected in league.
After 20 years with Nets, assistant GM Bobby Marks has tweeted that he's parted ways with organization.
“At the very, very end, when he passed the tests, then it became ‘there’s no reason he couldn’t play,’” Myers said. “So then it was, he passed the tests, passed them once, passed them twice…“At that moment, he looked at me, said, ‘Yeah, I’m ready to go.’”
via Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News
Had the NBA upgraded Howard's flagrant foul one in Monday's Game 4 to a flagrant foul two, he would have missed Wednesday's game. Howard has three flagrant foul points in the playoffs and four flagrant foul results in an automatic suspension during the postseason.
"The feeling was that, although it was a very close call, I want to emphasize that because it was a blow to the face, it was not with an elbow," NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said. "It was with the back of the hand, and open hand, and Howard was trying to extricate himself.
"Bogut had his arm over Howard's arm, trying to extricate himself. As he did, he flailed his arm backwards and hit Bogut in the face. My feeling was it unnecessary which comes under the guise of flagrant one but it was not unnecessary and excessive."
Thorn also explained the difference between Howard's action and the action that earned Hawks F-C Al Horford a flagrant foul two in Game 3 against the Cavaliers.
"Howard's contact was in part to extricate himself. It was unnecessary but not excessive. With Horford, the contact was in retaliation as Horford himself said. He was upset because he felt (Matthew) Dellavedova dived into his legs. That fits the criteria for unnecessary and excessive."
via Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports
"Tristan should probably be a Cavalier for his whole career," James said a day after Thompson had a game-saving block in regulation followed by a game-clinching offensive rebound and kickout to James for 3 in Cleveland's 114-111 overtime win against Atlanta in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals. "There's no reason why he shouldn't."
via Dave McMenamin of ESPN
At 37 and soon to be a free agent, Terry told ESPN.com that he fully intends to return for a 17th NBA season in 2015-16.
"One hundred percent," Terry said before Monday's tipoff.
via Marc Stein of ESPN
The big scare came with 5:52 left in the second quarter when MVP Stephen Curry flipped over the back of Houston's Trevor Ariza and took a hard spill on the floor.
Curry returned to the game in the middle of the third quarter in Golden State's 128-115 loss in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals after it was determined he had suffered no more than a contusion to his head.
"I feel pretty good," he said after the game. "It could have been a lot worse."
via Jeff Faraudo of the Contra Costa Times
"I hope not," Howard said when asked about that possibility.
"But there's nothing I can do about it at this point. It's never my intention to hurt anybody on the floor. My reaction was to try to get him off me, but I can't react that way."
via The Associated Press
Barac, a 7-foot-2 center out of Croatia, turned his attention this year toward making the leap into the NBA. He signed a deal with Cedevita in the Euroleague midway through the season, gradually improving his play.
via Shams Charania of Real GM
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