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  • Joakim Noah leaving Bulls feels both unthinkable and inevitable

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 22 mins ago

    After nine years, two All-Star selections, a Defensive Player of the Year nod and countless barbaric yawps, Joakim Noah's time with the Chicago Bulls may be at an end. Following a disappointing season shortened by shoulder surgery, the 31-year-old center will enter unrestricted free agency this summer, and according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Noah has already begun to say his goodbyes:

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    For what it's worth, Noah's camp swiftly responded with a "nothing to see here."

    Bill Duffy, Noah's agent: "Joakim and I speak on daily about his future. There has been zero indication he doesn't wish to return to Bulls."

    ... so Bulls fans hoping Noah sticks around might not need to start lighting candles and hammering out their vigil schedules just yet.

    ... for better or for worse:

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  • The NBA wouldn't remove Draymond Green from Game 4, so OKC did

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 12 hrs ago

    The NBA gave Draymond Green a stay of execution on Monday, deciding that the splitting of Steven Adams' uprights that kickstarted the Oklahoma City Thunder's Game 3 annihilation of the Golden State Warriors didn't merit a one-game suspension. Instead, the All-Star power forward would be allowed to suit up for the fourth game of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday.

    Given that new lease on life, Green promised Tuesday to change nothing about his approach, pushing the pedal to the metal exactly as he has throughout his journey from the second round to star status.

    “I’m never going to be careful,” he said at Tuesday's shootaround. “I’m just going to be me, and the game will play out how it plays out.”

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  • This small child dressed as Steven Adams has already won Game 4

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 18 hrs ago

    Steven Adams has been an absolute superhero for the Oklahoma City Thunder this postseason — right down to finding himself on the business end of unjust deeds perpetrated by villainous opposition — and thus it is only right and appropriate that small children in Oklahoma City begin dressing up in their best Steven Adams costumes. You are doing good work, small child outside Chesapeake Energy Arena before Game 4 of the Western Conference finals:

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    Yo this little girl going Steven Adams mustache/tattoo combo has already won fan of the game pic.twitter.com/vYQmZ76HJx

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  • Craig Sager to receive Jimmy V Perseverance Award at 2016 ESPYs

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 18 hrs ago

    While the TNT crew was offering outfit-based tributes to colleague Craig Sager, who's at Chesapeake Energy Arena to broadcast Game 4 of the Western Conference finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night, ESPN was announcing its own very special nod to Sager's fortitude:

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    BREAKING: Craig Sager will be the recipient of this year’s Jimmy V Award for Perseverance. #SagerStrong pic.twitter.com/tHEK7M4gg7

    Congratulations to Craig Sager, the 2016 @ESPYS Jimmy V Recipient! #SagerStrong https://t.co/6YVDnJ3Ntk

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    Sager will receive the award at the 2016 ESPYs on July 13.

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  • TNT honors Craig Sager's cancer fight with special socks, ties

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 18 hrs ago

    As part of their ongoing effort to show support for colleague Craig Sager's fight against acute myeloid lymphoma, the crew behind TNT's broadcast of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Golden State Warriors are sporting a pair of sartorial tributes to the legendary sideline reporter.

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    First, the eye-popping and bright-hued socks, courtesy of NBA apparel partner Stance:

    The @NBAonTNT crew are wearing special "Sager Strong" socks for Craig Sager. I need to find some. #GSWvsOKC pic.twitter.com/OEOy1da8Mb

    Sager socks... Dope. #SagerStrong pic.twitter.com/PBAPkKJJnY

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  • Magic Johnson really thinks Kobe Bryant's the greatest Laker ever

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 23 hrs ago

    When he took the mic at Staples Center last month to introduce Kobe Bryant before the final game of his illustrious 20-year NBA career, Magic Johnson made his feelings known.

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    "We are here to celebrate greatness, for 20 years," Johnson said. "Excellence, for 20 years. Kobe Bryant has never cheated the game. He has never cheated us as the fans. He's played through injuries, he's played hurt, and we have five championship banners to show for it. [...] He is not only a great and unbelievable sports icon, but also, he's the greatest to wear the purple and gold."

    That assessment raised some eyebrows — there have, after all, been quite a number of legends to suit up for the Los Angeles Lakers over the years, including the one making the statement. But during a recent visit to ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live," Johnson held fast to his belief that Bryant's the greatest Laker ever:

    "I care," Jimmy Kimmel cracked. "I care."

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  • Before DeRozan faced off with LeBron, he faced off with security

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    DeMar DeRozan is a two-time All-Star who finished ninth in the NBA in scoring this season. He ranks in the top 10 in the Toronto Raptors' franchise record book in just about every major statistical category and, some early-postseason-struggle-induced queasiness aside, is likely to command multiple maximum-salary contract offers when he hits free agency this summer.

    He is, along with All-Star backcourt buddy Kyle Lowry, one of the faces of the Raptors organization ... and yet, his face is apparently not always recognized within the friendly confines of his own home gym.

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    From Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com:

    This isn't the first time this postseason that a Raptors star has run afoul of Air Canada Centre security:

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  • Fan gets tossed for razzing refs, misses Raptors' biggest win ever

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Through the first three games of the 2016 Eastern Conference finals, Toronto Raptors fans had been pretty unhappy with the officiating in the series. And while the tide of the series has certainly turned over the past 96 minutes of basketball, that wasn't enough to placate all Raps fans when it comes to the razzing of the refs, as evidenced by the game-stopping removal of one gentleman whom the officials didn't appear to find too gentlemanly during the fourth quarter of Monday's Game 4:

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    Dang, man. As punishments go, being forced to leave the gym and miss the closing 6:40 of the biggest win in Raptors franchise history is a pretty harsh one. Hope the pleasantries you lobbed at Monty McCutchen and company were worth it, my dude!

    Even so, the Raptors didn't get the benefit of every first-half whistle. Game 3 hero and shot-blocking revelation Biyombo got the short end of the stick on what looked like an absolute stunner of a two-handed rejection of a LeBron James alley-oop late in the second quarter:

    (We kid, we kid.)

  • The Raptors show they belong, and the Cavs now face real adversity

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    Four nights ago, I wrote this:

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    Well, four nights later, Valanciunas is back in uniform, but not yet back on the court; he was active for Monday's Game 4, but the Raptors didn't need him. Not with Lowry and DeMar DeRozan playing like All-Stars, and with Bismack Biyombo wreaking havoc on the interior. The Raptors are in the Eastern Conference finals ... and maybe, for the first time in a while, the Cavs are in trouble.

    On the other sideline, the Cavs faced many of the same issues in Game 4 as they did in Game 3. After selling out to run the hot-shooting Cavaliers off the 3-point line early in the series resulted in a steady stream of drives to the rim, the Raptors have focused more on packing the paint and forcing Cleveland to prove the blistering shooting of Rounds 1 and 2 could continue. It hasn't.

    A funny thing happened on the way to the pumpkin patch, though: the Raptors kept making shots, too.

    ... and something they'd never done before:

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  • Jonas Valanciunas will return to the Raptors for Game 4 vs. Cavs

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 1 day ago

    After looking like dead men walking after two blowout losses in Ohio, the Toronto Raptors stormed back to life on Saturday, scoring a 99-84 Game 3 win, riding a relentless interior performance from Bismack Biyombo and strong scoring from the backcourt troika of DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry and Cory Joseph to get on the board in the Eastern Conference finals. What looked like a possible sweep 48 hours ago could fast become a tied series, and the Raptors on Monday will welcome back someone who could prove a big help in getting things knotted up:

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    Jonas Valanciunas is active and available tonight vs. Cleveland. Will not start. #rtz

    Luckily for the Raptors, though, Valanciunas' ankle responded well enough to rest and treatment that they won't have to move on without him any longer.