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  • Chris Paul kicks chair in frustration after spraining thumb

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 31 mins ago

    The Los Angeles Clippers have seen terrible injury luck in recent seasons. Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were forced out of last spring’s playoffs with serious injuries, and Griffin has already missed nearly a month after knee surgery and should remain in street clothes for at least another week. The team and its fans must be hoping that their fortune turns for the better soon.

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    It looked as if things were only going to get worse during a few moments of Monday night’s home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. With about three minutes remaining in the first half, Russell Westbrook went up for a shot in the hopes of drawing a foul from Paul. Westbrook succeeded in initiating contact but did not get the call. Unfortunately, the Clippers’ leader ended up with something much worse than his first personal — he appeared to jam his left hand on Westbrook and was immediately subbed out. Take a look here:

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  • The Warriors return serve, annihilating the Cavs by 35 as Steph Curry shines

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 2 hrs ago

    After the Cleveland Cavaliers came back from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to stun the Golden State Warriors with a Kyrie Irving game-winner on Christmas Day, Warriors superstar Stephen Curry shouldered his share of the blame for the loss, calling himself on the carpet for insufficient aggression.

    “Honestly, I can’t have 11 shots,” the two-time-reigning NBA Most Valuable Player said. “I’ve got to get more looks at the rim. That’s nobody’s fault. I’ve just got to figure out a way to be more aggressive in that respect, and keep the defense honest and use all the talent we have on this team, including my scoring ability.”

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    Well, mission accomplished.

    Shellshocked. pic.twitter.com/933Zu3rgWD

    — Deadspin (@Deadspin) January 17, 2017

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  • Stephen Curry pays tribute to President Obama with MLK Day sneakers

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 4 hrs ago

    When Stephen Curry entered Oracle Arena on Monday for the Golden State Warriors’ highly anticipated matchup with LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, the marquee game of the NBA’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day slate, he did so wearing a T-shirt featuring a caricature of President Barack Obama dribbling the basketball performing what looks like the East Bay Funk Dunk:

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    When he actually took the court for the contest, he was rocking another tribute to Obama, who will give way to President-elect Donald Trump on Friday, Jan. 20 — a specially designed pair of his Under Armour Curry 3 sneakers paying tribute to the first black president in American history:

    Honoring our President Barack Obama today on court! He embodies the inspiration, faith & hope Dr. King stood for! We R Forever Grateful! #44 pic.twitter.com/TYc24JaWEu

    — Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) January 16, 2017

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  • Draymond Green mocks LeBron James for flopping after collision

    Eric Freeman at Ball Don't Lie 4 hrs ago

    Cleveland Cavaliers icon LeBron James and Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green famously ramped up the rivalry between their two teams last June during the flagrant foul controversy that earned Green a one-game suspension and changed the course of the instantly legendary 2016 NBA Finals. The two opened another chapter in that relationship on Monday — this time involving a flagrant foul once again.

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    And here’s another look at just Green’s attempt to poke fun at James:

    Draymond LOL pic.twitter.com/MEpvse1zi8

    — Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) January 17, 2017

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  • The NBA's coaches will vote on their own coach of the year award

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 5 hrs ago

    Not only does everyone get an award, everyone now gets to give an award. Participation trophy culture is real, the critics will snarl, until we inform them that in this instance Gregg Popovich will be involved.

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    NBA coaches will vote on their own coach of the year award, starting in 2017, with an appreciation to go alongside the NBA’s Coach of the Year award (which is voted on by the press).

    The National Basketball Coaches Association will call it the Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award, named after the long-time Executive Director of the National Basketball Coaches Association (via Pro Basketball Talk).

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  • Pistons owner Tom Gores on Stan Van Gundy: 'I have absolute confidence in Stan'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 6 hrs ago

    If it were any other NBA year, we’d laugh this off.

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    This is 2016-17, though. No coaches have been fired, and all the general managers made it to the league’s halfway point. It’s as if that when a team owner says he has your back, you can truly believe it. A vote of confidence, “absolute confidence” in Detroit Pistons head coach and president Stan Van Gundy in this case, is an actual vote of confidence this time around. It isn’t the prelude to a firing.

    So confirmed Pistons owner Tom Gores this weekend, after a three-hour meeting with the coach/prez that he made his first official coach/prez hire, all the way back in 2014:

    “I have absolute confidence in Stan,” Gores said. “We are having a hard time — and Stan and I are very real about that — but we also know we have a great group of guys and we believe they’ll work through this.”

    Why all the cheery corroboration? Because things are less than ideal in Pistonland.

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  • Rajon Rondo: 'You couldn’t name three people on the Sacramento Kings, and I led the league in assists'

    Kelly Dwyer at Ball Don't Lie 8 hrs ago

    Rajon Rondo, for the better part of half a decade at this point, remains quite possibly the NBA’s most polarizing player. Throughout years of storm and stress, spread out over four different teams, it appears as if there is just one thing he can encourage all of us to agree upon:

    The 2015-16 Sacramento Kings were, mostly, trash.

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    Rondo was the point guard of that 33-win team, which missed the playoffs for the tenth consecutive season, finishing eight games out of that postseason bracket in the West. Rajon did lead the NBA with 11.6 assists per game, something that still appears rather important to him in the face of a near-flameout in Boston prior to wild misses as a member of the Mavericks and Kings.

    The 2015-16 Sacramento Kings included DeMarcus Cousins, an All-Star who averaged 26.9 points, 11.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and three combined blocks/steals a contest for the George Karl-led crew.

    Rondo?

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  • Stephen Curry can't think of a single reason to leave the Warriors in free agency

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 11 hrs ago

    Back in the fall of 2012, coming off a season limited to just 26 games by ankle injuries, the Golden State Warriors signed Stephen Curry to a four-year, $44 million extension of his rookie contract. After three straight All-Star berths and All-NBA selections, back-to-back NBA Most Valuable Player awards — including the first unanimous MVP victory in league history — and an NBA championship, it’s probably fair to say Steph’s in line for a raise this summer, when he reaches unrestricted free agency for the first time in his career.

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    “I can’t,” Curry said. “Like I’ve said from Day 1 when I was first asked about free agency, this is a perfect place to play. Bay Area fans are amazing, our organization’s amazing, we’ve put together an amazing team that’s competing for championships every year.

    “There’s really no reason that I can see right now that would draw me elsewhere.

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  • The peerless LeBron James still doesn't think the Warriors are his rivals

    Ben Rohrbach at Ball Don't Lie 14 hrs ago

    When you are as good at basketball as LeBron James — the four-time MVP who has made six straight trips to the NBA Finals — for as long as LeBron James has been, you do not consider anybody a rival, it seems.

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    In anticipation of his Cleveland Cavaliers’ second meeting against the Golden State Warriors this season — both of which were intentionally scheduled for the two biggest regular-season dates on the NBA calendar, Christmas and Martin Luther King Jr. Day — James was asked about a rivalry between the two teams that was born out of two straight NBA Finals showdowns, with a third seemingly destined to come this June.

    Asked Klay Thompson about those Cavs cookies here in Portland, and he had a very Klay answer: "Yeah, I don't get it, cuz I'm not dead." pic.twitter.com/O8M71zcqi6

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  • Carmelo Anthony and Phil Jackson are headed for a 'conversation,' and a showdown

    Dan Devine at Ball Don't Lie 16 hrs ago

    Four days ago, I wrote that the New York Knicks had better hope their at-the-buzzer loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, their ninth loss in 10 games, meant they’d reached rock bottom. On Sunday, Jeff Hornacek’s crew reminded me, and Knicks fans everywhere, that it can always get worse … and that when you’re talking about the ‘Bockers, there can always be more palace intrigue and soap-opera dramatics, too.

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    After 14 or so minutes of Marv Albert would have called “extended gar- bajj time,” the Raps had earned a breezy 116-101 win, the Knicks had suffered their 10th loss in their last 12 games … and Carmelo Anthony had to face a new round of questions about whether he’s really sure he wants to stick around for yet another circling-the-drain campaign in the Big Apple.

    Anthony […] indicated he thought those comments might be coming from Jackson.

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