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Sunday’s Blowouts Mark Rare Day in NBA History

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Sunday was a rare day in NBA history. That’s a great thing for Miami, San Antonio and the Los Angeles Clippers. Not so much for Charlotte, Memphis and Portland.

Of the four games played Sunday in the NBA playoffs, three were blowouts decided by 20 points or more — the Heat’s 123-91 win over the Hornets, the Spurs’ 106-74 victory vs. the Grizzlies and the Clippers’ 115-95 defeat of the Trail Blazers. According to Stats LLC, it was only the fourth such day in NBA playoff history and the first since May 8, 1999, when the New York Knicks beat Miami by 20, Atlanta downed Detroit by 20, and Utah topped Sacramento by 30.

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Sources: Pistons, Multiple Teams Interested in Spencer Dinwiddie

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The Detroit Pistons are among the teams who have had interest in acquiring Spencer Dinwiddie from the Nets, per SNY sources.

ESPN reported that the Nets are ‘shopping’ Dinwiddie, who is currently recovering from surgery to repair a partially torn right ACL.

It is unknown if Dinwiddie will be able to return this season. The Nets have said in the past that it would be unlikely.

Dinwiddie has a $12.3 million player option for 2021-22.

Source: Ian Begley of SNY.tv

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Sources: Mavericks Gauging Trade Value of Kristaps Porzingis

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The Dallas Mavericks set out to fortify their defense around Luka Doncic and their historic scoring attack this offseason.

Yet here the Mavericks stand, ninth in the Western Conference, ranking 27th in overall defense, and Kristaps Porzingis’ steady decline on that end of the floor appears to be the biggest dilemma this front office is now facing.

In fact, Dallas has quietly gauged the trade market for Porzingis, according to league sources, as the Mavericks have begun reevaluating whether the 25-year-old center can truly support Doncic as the second option on a contender. “They’ve kicked the tires on everybody on their roster that’s not named Luka,” one person with knowledge of Dallas’ thinking said. “You know [president of basketball operations] Donnie [Nelson]; they’re always tinkering.”

“They’ve definitely sniffed around on him,” an assistant general manager told B/R. “They’re taking the temperature, because they know at some point it’s gonna come around.”

Source: Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report

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Sources: Timberwolves Dismiss Ryan Saunders

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The Minnesota Timberwolves have dismissed coach Ryan Saunders, sources tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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