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Report: Thunder On The Fence About HC Brooks’ Future

Report: Thunder On The Fence About HC Brooks’ FutureBrian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY, Ok) --  The Oklahoma City Thunder are going to seriously evaluate whether to retain head coach Scott Brooks, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski. Brooks' contract is guaranteed through the 2015-2016 season with Oklahoma City, with a team option for the season after. Brooks has led the team since 2008. In a season where the Thunder played a portion of the season without Russell Westbrook and most of the year without Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City finished 45-37 and missed the playoffs due to a tiebreaker with the Pelicans. Westbrook returned from injury and had a career season, eventually winning the NBA scoring title. However, Westbrook said the title "means nothing" because he would "rather be in the playoffs than win the scoring title." Wojnarowski reports that Florida University head basketball coach Billy Donovan would be a heavy favorite to replace Brooks if the team were to go in a different direction. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nets Take Final Playoff Spot as Pacers Flop

Nets Take Final Playoff Spot as Pacers Flop Bruce Bennett/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- On the final night of the NBA season, the Brooklyn Nets found out if they would be heading home or extending their season. Brooklyn defeated Orlando 101-88 thanks to the strong shooting of rookie point guard Bojan Bogdanovich, who dropped a career high 28 points. The Nets faltered down the stretch, dropping two in a row, which allowed the Indiana Pacers to re-enter the playoff picture. Brooklyn was forced to watch their televisions to find out later in the evening that the Pacers would fall to the Memphis Grizzlies 95-83.    "If you get in, it's a whole new season," said Nets guard Joe Johnson. "Everybody is 0-0 and then you wipe your hands clean and then you give it another go." The Nets will face Johnson's previous team, the top seeded Atlanta Hawks on April 19. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Sefolosha Blames NYPD for Broken Leg

Sefolosha Blames NYPD for Broken LegLisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Thabo Sefolosha of the Atlanta Hawks is blaming the New York Police Department for breaking his leg. Through a statement released by the Hawks, Sefolosha said, "I am in great pain, have experienced a significan...

Duke’s Tyus Jones Declares for NBA Draft

Duke’s Tyus Jones Declares for NBA Draft Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After winning a national championship with the Duke Blue Devils, freshman point guard Tyus Jones is one and done. Jones announced Wednesday that he will enter the NBA draft. He will follow Duke players Jahlil Okafor and Justice Winslow, who stated their decision to enter the NBA last week. Many NBA experts feel that Jones is a late first round to early second round pick. The Blue Devil's tweeted: .@Tyusjones06 "Even though I am entering the NBA Draft, I will forever be a Duke Blue Devil.” pic.twitter.com/99mPlSDHn5 — Duke M. Basketball (@Duke_MBB) April 15, 2015 Jones averaged 11.8 points, 5.6 assists, 3.5 boards and 1.5 steals this season. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Paul Pierce: Nets Would Have ‘Folded’ Without Me and KG

Paul Pierce: Nets Would Have ‘Folded’ Without Me and KG iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce leveled some harsh criticisms toward the Brooklyn Nets and their star point guard Deron Williams in a recent interview with ESPN.com's Jackie MacMullen. After being traded by the Celtics to the Nets, Pierce characterized his time in Brooklyn as "horrible." "It was just the guys' attitudes there. It wasn't like we were surrounded by a bunch of young guys," he said. "They were vets who didn't want to play and didn't want to practice. I was looking around saying, 'What's this?' Kevin [Garnett] and I had to pick them up every day in practice." "If me and Kevin weren't there, that team would have folded up. That team would have packed it in. We kept them going each and every day," he continued.  The player that drew the most attention from Pierce was Williams. "Before I got there, I looked at Deron as an MVP candidate,'' Pierce said. "But I felt once we got there, that's not what he wanted to be. He just didn't want that. I think a lot of the pressure got to him sometimes. This was his first time in the national spotlight. The media in Utah is not the same as the media in New York, so that can wear on some people. I think it really affected him.'' Brooklyn traded its 2014 first round pick, as well as 2016 and 2018 picks to acquire Pierce, Garnett and Jason Terry. The Nets lost in the second round of the playoffs to the Miami Heat. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Stephen Curry Makes 77 Straight 3s in Practice and 94 of 100 Total

Stephen Curry Makes 77 Straight 3s in Practice and 94 of 100 Total NBA via Golden State Warriors(OAKLAND) -- As the NBA regular season draws to a close, Stephen Curry might be just finding his best shooting stroke. The Golden State Warriors guard and owner of the NBA single-season 3-point record connected on 77 straight 3s in Tuesday's practice. Curry rotated around the perimeter, taking 10 shots from several spots. Curry told ESPN the 77 straight 3s is the most he's ever made in a row. Out of 100 shots taken during the session, he made 94. Teammate Klay Thompson, who is second in the NBA with 234 made 3s, told ESPN he couldn't believe Curry had made 77 straight, and that his own record streak is 36. Curry, a leading candidate for league MVP, has broken his own record for 3-pointers made in a season. With only Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Denver Nuggets remaining, Curry has 284 3s - 3.6 per game - for the season. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

John Calipari Elected to Basketball Hall of Fame

John Calipari Elected to Basketball Hall of Fame G. Fiume/Getty Images (INDIANAPOLIS, In.) -- John Calipari will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame Monday. According to ESPN's Jeff Goodman the vote was "extremely close" as Calipari received the necessary 18 out of 24 votes. The news came less than a day after Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats were defeated 71-64 by the Wisconsin Badgers and eliminated from the NCAA basketball tournament. Calipari will be enshrined on September 11 at the museum in Springfield, Massachusetts. Under Calipari, the Wildcats have reached the Final Four, four of the last five seasons -- including a National Championship in 2012. Calipari also led Memphis and UMass to final four appearances.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Paul George Tallies 13 in Return

Paul George Tallies 13 in Return Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS, In.) -- Perhaps fitting with his new jersey number, Paul George dropped 13 points as part of the Pacers 112-89 victory over the Miami Heat. It was George's first game action since breaking his right leg eight months ago as part of Team USA scrimmage. "[It was] everything that I expected," George said of his first game back. "Welcoming me back into the game was probably the greatest moment that I've had. It was so hard to not get caught up in the moment." George returns at a unique time for the Pacers with five games remaining on the season. Indiana moved ahead of Miami in the eastern conference playoff standing and now trails Boston by one game for eighth place.  When asked what he is looking for in terms of success going forward after the broken leg, George simply stated "winning." "Now I just have to have consistency and we have to have some consistency if we want to extend the season," George said when pressed further. "Success personally was being able to move, being able to play confidently and not...overcompensating on my left leg." Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Paul George to Return Sunday

Paul George to Return Sunday Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(INDIANA) -- Paul George has chosen Easter Sunday to make his comeback from a gruesome leg injury suffered in August. George announced via Instagram on Saturday morning that he intends to make his season debut in the Pacers' home game Sunday night against the Heat. The Pacers announced that George, coach Frank Vogel and team doctor Tim Hupfer will meet with the media Saturday after practice to talk about the All-Star's planned return. "The recovery has been a long process and this is another step in the process," George said in a statement released by the team. "I thank everyone, my family, friends, doctors, our training staff, coaches, the entire Pacers family for their support and encouragement. I'm excited, but at the same time I'm aware I'm still in a rehab stage and will continue to work to get back to full strength." George has been sidelined since fracturing his right tibia and fibula in a fall while playing in a USA Basketball intrasquad scrimmage in Las Vegas on Aug. 1. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/3/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/3/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Indiana Pacers 93 (33-43) - Charlotte Hornets 74 (32-43) Washington Wizards 101 (43-33) - New York Knicks 87 (14-62) Milwaukee Bucks 110 (38-38) - Boston Celtics 101 (34-42) Brooklyn Nets 114 (35-40) - Toronto Raptors 109 (45-31) Orlando Magic 97 (23-53) - Minnesota Timberwolves 84 (16-60) Chicago Bulls 88 (46-30) - Detroit Pistons 82 (29-47) Memphis Grizzlies 100 (52-24) - Oklahoma City Thunder 92 (42-34) San Antonio Spurs 123 (50-26) - Denver Nuggets 93 (28-48) New Orleans Pelicans 101 (41-34) - Sacramento Kings 95 (26-49) Portland Trail Blazers 107 (49-26) - Los Angeles Lakers 77 (20-55) NHL: New Jersey Devils 3 (32-33-13, 77 pts) - Montreal Canadiens 2 (47-22-10, 104 pts) *F/SO Chicago Blackhawks 4 (48-24-6, 102 pts) - Buffalo Sabres 3 (22-48-8, 52 pts) St. Louis Blues 7 (48-23-7, 103 pts) - Dallas Stars 5 (37-31-10, 84 pts) Colorado Avalanche 4 (36-30-12, 84pts) - Anaheim Ducks 2 (50-23-7, 107 pts) San Jose Sharks 3 (39-30-9, 87pts) - Arizona Coyotes 1 (23-47-8, 54pts) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/2/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 4/2/15 Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers 114 (49-27) - Miami Heat 88 (34-41) Houston Rockets 108 (52-24) - Dallas Mavericks 101 (46-30) Golden State Warriors 107 (62-13) - Phoenix Suns 106 (38-38) NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets 4 (38-35-4, 80 pts) - New York Islanders 3 (45-27-6, 96 pts) F/SO Florida Panthers 6 (36-27-15, 87 pts) - Carolina Hurricanes 1 (28-38-11, 67 pts) Boston Bruins 3 (40-25-13, 93 pts) - Detroit Red Wings 2 (40-24-13, 93 pts) Ottawa Senators 2 (39-26-12, 90 pts) - Tampa Bay Lightning 1 (47-24-8, 102 pts) *F/OT Washington Capitals 5 (43-25-10, 96 pts) - Montreal Canadiens 4 (47-22-9, 103 pts) *F/SO New York Rangers 3 (49-21-7, 105 pts) - Minnesota Wild 2 (44-26-7, 95 pts) St. Louis Blues 4 (47-23-7, 101 pts) - Calgary Flames 1 (42-29-7, 91 pts) Chicago Blackhawks 3 (47-24-6, 100pts) - Vancouver Canucks 1 (45-28-5, 95pts) Los Angeles Kings 8 (38-25-14, 90pts) - Edmonton Oilers 2 (23-42-13, 59pts) Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Sources: Billy Donovan Eyes Jump To NBA

Sources: Billy Donovan Eyes Jump To NBA Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Sources told ESPN.com that Billy Donovan is poised to draw interest from multiple NBA teams this offseason and is prepared to listen to those pitches after the Gators went 16-17 last season in which they failed to qualify for postseason play for just the second time in Donovan's nearly two decades in Gainesville. Donovan recently agreed to a one-year contract extension to stay with the Gators through the 2020 season, according to multiple media reports, but the contract contains a buyout for a mere $500,000 if an NBA opportunity arises.  The extension is not regarded as an impediment to Donovan's pursuit of NBA jobs if he wishes. And the growing feeling in NBA circles is that Donovan -- who rejected serious overtures in the 2014 offseason from the Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers -- is prepared to make the move this offseason if the "right" opportunity arises. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Craig Sager Suffers Leukemia Recurrence

Craig Sager Suffers Leukemia RecurrenceNational Basketball Association(NEW YORK) -- NBA Broadcaster Craig Sager has suffered a recurrence of his Leukemia, according to his son. Sager's son shared the news via his Twitter feed: We wanted to ensure he was taken care of & that we knew what...

(7) Michigan State Upsets (2) Virginia

(7) Michigan State Upsets (2) Virginia Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Behind Travis Trice's 23 points, the Michigan State Spartans knocked second-seed Virginia out of the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive year, winning 60-54. Branden Dawson added 15 points and nine rebounds for the seventh-seeded Spartans, who advanced to the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in the past eight seasons under head coach Tom Izzo. The Spartans will play the winner of the Oklahoma-Dayton game in Syracuse on Friday. The Spartans stole a page from last year's regional semifinal win, limiting the Cavaliers to 29.8 percent shooting. Virginia finished 2-of-17 from 3-point range. The Cavaliers finished with their second straight 30-win season which is a school record, however they fell earlier than expected in the NCAA tournament despite spending most of the season ranked in the top five in the country. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

(7) Michigan State Holds Off (10) Georgia

(7) Michigan State Holds Off (10) Georgia Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) --  Denzel Valentine scored 16 points and went 6-for-6 at the free throw line in the final 30 seconds to help Michigan State beat Georgia 70-63 on Friday in the NCAA Tournament's round of 64. Travis Trice scored 15 points and Branden Dawson had a strong second half for the Spartans (24-11), who answered a push from the Bulldogs with a poised run to take back control of the game. Valentine's free throws were critical as Georgia (21-12) rallied to make it a one-possession game in a finish that at one point had Spartans longtime coach Tom Izzo turning and punching the scorer's table in fury. Still, Michigan State did enough to hang on, showing at least glimpses of the experience from playing in 18 straight NCAA Tournaments. Michigan State will take on (2) Virginia or (15) Belmont in the Round of 32. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

(2) Kansas Beats (15) New Mexico State, 75-56

(2) Kansas Beats (15) New Mexico State, 75-56 G Fiume/Getty Images(OMAHA, Neb.) --  Frank Mason III scored 17 points to lead a balanced attack, and second-seeded Kansas rolled to a 75-56 victory over No. 15 New Mexico State on Friday, giving the Big 12 its first NCAA Tournament victory in four tries this March. "It was nice to see the lid come off the basket," said Kansas coach Bill Self, whose team had twice failed to hit a single 3-pointer in games during the last few weeks of the season.   Perry Ellis added nine points for the Jayhawks in the win. The Jayhawks will either play No. 7 Wichita State or No. 10 Indiana in the Round of 32. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

(1) Kentucky Beats (21) Arkansas for SEC Tournament Title

(1) Kentucky Beats (21) Arkansas for SEC Tournament Title Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- No. 1 Kentucky extended their win streak to 34 games, winning the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship, defeating Arkansas, 78-63.  Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Kentucky who never trailed in the game. "We're still only guaranteed one game, so it's really the slate is clean whether we're 34-0 or have got five losses," Cauley-Stein said. "It's still from here on out, you're 0-0." The Wildcats (34-0) are only the fourth team to go into the NCAA Tournament undefeated since Indiana finished off the last perfect season with a title in 1976. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Dwight Howard Begins On-Court Practice

Dwight Howard Begins On-Court Practice Bob Levey/Getty Images(HOUSTON, Tx.) -- Dwight Howard is making his way back onto the court. The Houston Rockets center has begun on-court rehabilitation after a procedure on a knee edema. “He’s starting to do a combination of treadmill/floor stuff, which is a good sign, but they’re going slow, said Rockets coach Kevin McHale.”They want to make sure they have a handle on it. It’s bothered him really all year.” Despite Howard’s absence, the Rockets are 10-6 since the Houston big man was sidelined on Jan. 30. James Harden has carried the Rockets, as he averaged 26.7 points and 7.6 assists during the month of February. In March, Harden is off to an even hotter start as he is averaging 29.3 points and 9.3 assists through four games. Through 32 games this season Howard is averaging 16.3 points and 11 rebounds per game.  Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Harden Suspended One Game for Kick

Harden Suspended One Game for Kick Al Bello/Getty Images (HOUSTON, Tx) -- Rockets point guard James Harden has been suspended one game by the NBA after receiving a flagrant foul for kicking LeBron James in the groin. In a heated game between Houston and Cleveland, Sunday evening, James and Harden entered into a scrum for the ball. Harden fell to the ground and extended his leg into James's "man region." In all, five technical fouls were issued in the game that saw Houston come away with the 105-103 overtime victory.  "It was a pretty intense game that started off with a little scrum on the floor in front of our bench with Pat and LeBron," said Rockets coach Kevin McHale. "It just kind of stayed kind of chippy all game long, which is fine. Some games are chippy like that." Harden will miss Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

(1) Kentucky Rolls Over Mississippi State, 28-0

(1) Kentucky Rolls Over Mississippi State, 28-0 Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(STARKVILLE, Miss.) -- Freshman Trey Lyles was Kentucky's spark Wednesday night. Lyles scored a career-high 18 points in Kentucky's 74-56 win over Mississippi State, giving the Wildcats to a 28-0 record. Head coach John Calipari claims the 6-foot-10-inch freshman hasn't even come close to reaching his full potential. "He should have had 25 points today, but I thought he played well," Calipari said. "I still think at the end of the day he'll be the 'X' factor for us." Kentucky's 28-game win streak is the second-longest in school history, however it's the longest in a single season for the program, topping the 27-game win streak by the 1995-96 team. Kentucky will host No. 18 Arkansas on Saturday February 28th. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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