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Sterling May Refuse to Pay Fine, Sue NBA

Sterling May Refuse to Pay Fine, Sue NBA

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling isn’t going away that easy.
An attorney for the banned owner says that not only will Sterling refuse to pay a $2.5 million fine, but that he may sue the NBA if not afforded due process.
Antitrust lawyer Max Blecher reportedly sent a letter to NBA commissioner Adam Silver detailing the potential for a lawsuit. According to SI.com, Blecher’s correspondence stated that “no punishment is warranted” for Sterling’s racist comments made in April. The letter also declared that Sterling’s “due process rights” were violated during the league’s investigation.
The fine imposed on Sterling was due this week but has not been paid and, according to Blecher, it will not be paid.
Sterling was banned for life by Silver who has advocated for league owners to oust the Clippers owner from the NBA.
A 75 percent majority vote from the other 29 owners is needed to remove Sterling from his position with the franchise. His ownership could also be terminated if the fine is not paid within 30 days of notice.
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Thunder Advance to Western Conference Finals

Thunder Advance to Western Conference Finals

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES, Calf.) — Kevin Durant made just one of his first seven shots but turned in another MVP performance to lift Oklahoma City past Los Angeles, 104-98, to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Durant had 39 points and 16 rebounds in Game Six to finish out the series with the Clippers while Russell Westbrook added 22 points and 12 assists.
The Thunder had to mount another double-digit comeback, trailing by sixteen early in the second quarter. Durant would connect on three straight 3-point shots to bring Oklahoma City to within five 41-36 with 4:27 remaining in the first half before trailing by eight heading into the locker room. The league’s Most Valuable Player finished the game going 5-of-8 from beyond the arc.
At the beginning of the third, Los Angeles seemed to have the edge and kept the Thunder at arm’s length. A J.J. Redick basket gave the Clippers a 62-54 advantage with under six minutes to play in the frame, but Oklahoma City went on another run behind strong defense and better shooting. Nick Collison’s three-pointer at the buzzer tied the game at 72-72 heading into the fourth.
Both teams trading buckets to open the period with Chris Paul knotting the game at 80 apiece four minutes in. However, the next two minutes belonged to Oklahoma City as the Thunder scored 10 straight points to seize control. Los Angeles got as close as six the rest of the way, but Oklahoma City hit their free throws down the stretch to ensure the win.
The Thunder were 29-of-33 (87.9%) from the charity stripe while Los Angeles was just 12-for-20 (60%). Meanwhile, Oklahoma City’s defense held the hot-shooting Clippers to just 6-of-21 from downtown. Paul had 25 points and 11 assists for the Clippers to pace the offense. Teammate Blake Griffin fouled out after scoring 22 points and picking up eight rebounds to go along with eight assists. 
Los Angeles must now face a difficult offseason following the racist comments from owner Donald Sterling, as well as two epic collapses in their final two games of the season. Oklahoma City will move on to face San Antonio in the Western Conference Finals beginning Monday night in Texas.
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Indiana Closes Out Wizards, Face Heat Next

Indiana Closes Out Wizards, Face Heat Next

Rob Carr/Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — Despite a stumbling first round victory, the Indiana Pacers looked back to form on Thursday night when they beat Washington 93-80 to finish off the series four games to two. Indiana now advances to the Eastern Conference Finals to face defending champion Miami in a rematch of last year’s conference finals.
“We’re ready to go,” said Pacers head coach Frank Vogel. “I like the way we played this series. We have nothing but the utmost respect for the champs and we’re excited to have another crack at them.”
The Game Six win was not an easy one for the Pacers as they blew a 16-point second half lead before using their defense to pull away late. Washington was held scoreless for more than four minutes in the second quarter, giving Indiana a 52-40 halftime advantage. That was eventually erased, and the Wizards took a 74-73 lead with 8:30 to play.
However, David West came right back and hit a jumper to put the Pacers ahead for good. That basket triggered a 20-6 run to close out the game — and the series. West finished the game with 29 points, including 18 in the second half, to pace all scorers.
John Wall was held to just 12 points for the Wizards and was 0-4 from three-point range. Marcin Gortat was Washington’s leading scorer with 19 points. The Wizards advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2005 and won a second round game for the first since 1982.
It has been a puzzling season for Indiana, who held a 46-13 record on March 2 before limping into the playoffs. After being pushed to seven games by eighth-seeded Atlanta in the first round, and losing Game 1 at home to Washington, the Pacers played impressively on the road and are 5-4 away from home in the postseason.
Indiana will now host the back-to-back champs in Game One on Sunday in Indianapolis. The Pacers and Heat went a full seven games last season with Miami defeating Indiana 99-76 in the decisive game.
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Heat Advance to Eastern Conference Finals

Heat Advance to Eastern Conference Finals

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) –  Don’t look now, but the Miami Heat are back in the Eastern Conference finals for the fourth year in a row.
LeBron James and Dwayne Wade combined to score 57 points as the Heat rallied to defeat the Brooklyn Nets 96-94 on Wednesday night, winning their second-round matchup in five games.
“When we met the first day for prep, we said the No. 1 key, overwhelmingly the No. 1 key in this series, was great mental stability,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the two-time defending champions won their 10th straight playoff series.
The Nets led by eight with under five minutes remaining and were looking to take the series back to Brooklyn for Game 6. The Heat went on a 12-0 run to take the lead for good, while the Nets missed nine straight shots. Ray Allen hit a huge three-pointer to give Miami a 93-91 lead with 32 seconds remaining.
“Give the Heat credit,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said. “They were attacking there in the fourth quarter. We were attacking. Both teams were attacking. They made plays, they made shots and we didn’t.”
Joe Johnson led the Nets with 34 points, while Paul Pierce chipped in 19.
Miami will face either the Indiana Pacers or the Washington Wizards in the Eastern Conference finals.
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Steve Kerr Hired by Warriors

Steve Kerr Hired by Warriors

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  The Golden State Warriors have hired Steve Kerr to be their next head coach. 
After turning down a chance to coach the New York Knicks, Kerr agreed to a five-year, $25 million deal to replace the fired Mark Jackson in Golden State.
“They have a good young team. The location is ideal,” Kerr said on Wednesday night. “My daughter goes to Cal and plays volleyball. My oldest son is in college in San Diego and our youngest is a junior in high school. It’s just a short flight for them.”
Kerr was believed to be in talks with the Knicks ever since Phil Jackson was brought to New York to serve as their team president. He won three NBA titles playing for Jackson in Chicago. However, after talking it over with his family, Kerr decided to stay in his home state of California.
“I told Phil, ‘I think I have to pursue this other opportunity,’ ” Kerr said. “He gave me his blessing. He said go look at it, and do what was in my heart.”
Kerr spent three seasons as general manager of the Phoenix Suns before stepping down in 2010.  He has never been a head coach.
The Warriors went 51-31 this past season and were eliminated by the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.
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Thunder Stun Clippers 105-104 to Take 3-2 Series Lead

Thunder Stun Clippers 105-104 to Take 3-2 Series Lead

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) –  Russell Westbrook scored 38 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from a seven-point deficit in the final minute to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 105-104 on Tuesday night and go up 3-2 in the Western Conference semifinals.
Chris Paul fouled Westbrook on a 3-point attempt with 6.4 seconds remaining.  The Thunder guard calmly sank all three free throws to put his team ahead to stay.
“I think when you get a win like this it brings everybody closer,” Westbrook said. “It lets you know you can’t mess around. You have to take every moment, every play and go out and win the game.”
Kevin Durant sank a three-pointer and converted a layup to bring the Thunder within two points with 17 seconds left. Westbrook stole the ball from Paul on the next possession. The Clippers believed the ball went off Thunder guard Reggie Jackson, but after a review, the officials awarded the ball to the Thunder.
“Everybody knows it was our ball,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “The bottom line is they thought it was a foul and they made up for it. Let’s take away the replay. We were robbed. It was our ball, whether it was a foul or not.”
The Clippers got the ball with 6.4 seconds remaining and a chance to win the game, but Paul had the ball stolen from him yet again as time expired.
The Thunder can clinch the series with a win on Thursday night in Los Angeles.
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Cavaliers Fire Head Coach Mike Brown

Cavaliers Fire Head Coach Mike Brown

NBA/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After just one season back in Cleveland, the Cavaliers have fired head coach Mike Brown. The team made the announcement Monday afternoon.
“Mike worked hard over this last season to move our team in the right direction,” Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said in a statement. “Although, there was some progress from our finish over the few prior seasons, we believe we need to head in a different direction. We wish Mike and his family nothing but the best.”
This is not Brown’s first tenure with the Cavaliers. He coached the team for five seasons from 2005-2010 when the team had Lebron James. He was let go by the team following the 2009-2010 season.
The team also announced Monday that David Griffin has been promoted as the team’s full-time general manager.
This past season, the Cavaliers went 33-49, which was ninth-worst in the NBA.
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ESPN: Wiggins, Parker and Embiid to Skip NBA Combine

ESPN: Wiggins, Parker and Embiid to Skip NBA Combine

Brian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With the NBA Draft getting closer and closer, a trio of top prospects are deciding to skip the upcoming combine, according to ESPN.
Guard Andrew Wiggins, forward Jabari Parker and center Joel Embiid are reportedly skipping the event as they are expected to be the top three picks in the draft.
In his freshman season at Kansas, Wiggins averaged 17.4 points, 6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. He came into college with enormous expectations and he’s figured to be in the running for the number one overall pick.
Wiggins teammate, Embiid, emerged as the best big man prospect in the country after he averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.
Meanwhile, Parker had one of the best freshman season’s ever for the Duke Blue Devils after averaging 19.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.
Other top prospects such as forward Julius Randle and point guard Dante Exum are expected to workout and attend the combine, which will be held this Thursday and Friday in Chicago.
The NBA Draft Lottery is on May 20 while the NBA Draft will be held on June 26.
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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/10/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — NHL Playoffs: Eastern Conference Semifinals: Boston Bruins 4 – Montreal Canadiesn 2 (Bruins lead series, 3-2) 
NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Semifinals: Brooklyn Nets 104 – Miami Heat 90 (Heat lead series, 2-1)

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/9/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/9/14

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — NHL Playoffs – Eastern Conference Second Round: New York Rangers 5 – Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (Penguins lead series, 3-2)
Minnesota Wild 4 – Chicago Blackhawks 2 (Blackhawks lead series, 2-1)
NBA Playoffs – Eastern Co…

Donald Sterling Deines Being a Racist

Donald Sterling Deines Being a Racist

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Donald Sterling issue isn’t going away anytime soon for the NBA, especially now that Sterling is denying that he is a racist.
In an audio recording that was posted by Radar Online, which was later confirmed…

Spurs’ R.C. Buford Named NBA’s Executive of the Year

Spurs’ R.C. Buford Named NBA’s Executive of the Year

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After once again constructing one of the best teams in the NBA, San Antonio Spurs general manager R.C. Buford has been named the league’s Executive of the Year.
After making the NBA Finals last season, the Spurs…

Durant and Westbrook Combine for 63 as Thunder Roll Over Clippers

Durant and Westbrook Combine for 63 as Thunder Roll Over Clippers

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY) –  If Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook continue playing like this, the Oklahoma City Thunder will be hard to beat.
The All-Star duo combined to score 63 points as the Thunder dunked the Los Angeles Cl…

Hibbert Leads Pacers to Game 2 Victory over Wizards

Hibbert Leads Pacers to Game 2 Victory over Wizards

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(INDIANAPOLIS) –  Roy Hibbert picked the perfect game to come out of his slump.
The center scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Indiana Pacers topped the Washington Wizards 86-82 on Wednesday night to even thei…

Parker’s 33 Points Lead Spurs over Blazers in Game 1

Parker’s 33 Points Lead Spurs over Blazers in Game 1

Chris Covatta/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) — Experience usually trumps youth during the NBA postseason, and the San Antonio Spurs are a prime example of that. Tony Parker scored 33 points and dished out nine assists as the Spurs rocked the Portland Trail…

Heat Rout Nets to Take 1-0 Series Lead

Heat Rout Nets to Take 1-0 Series Lead

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) — The Brooklyn Nets went 4-0 against the Miami Heat during the regular season, but all that went out the window on Tuesday night.
LeBron James scored 22 points as the Heat routed the Nets 107-86 to take a 1-0 lead in t…

Warriors Fire Mark Jackson

Warriors Fire Mark Jackson

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(OAKLAND, CA.) — The Golden State Warriors fired head coach Mark Jackson on Tuesday.
Jackson led the team to a 51-31 record this year before they were eliminated in the first round in seven games by the Los Angeles Clipp…

Paul, Clippers Cruise to Game One Win

Paul, Clippers Cruise to Game One Win

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.) — Chris Paul hit a career high eight 3-pointers as the Los Angeles Clippers cruised to a 122-105 win over Oklahoma City on Monday night in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. Paul finished wi…

Wizards Hold Off Indiana in Game One

Wizards Hold Off Indiana in Game One

Win McNamee/Getty Image(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.) — The Washington Wizards took a 13-point lead into halftime before holding off a late Indiana rally to win Game One of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, 102-96. It is the first second-round playoff …

Scoreboard Roundup 5-5-14

Scoreboard Roundup 5-5-14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — NBA Playoffs: Washington Wizards 102 – Indiana Pacers 96 (Wizards lead series 1-0)
Clippers 120 – Thunder 101 (Clippers lead series 1-0)
NHL Playoffs: Pittsburgh Penguins 2 – New York Rangers 0 (Penguins lead series 2-1…

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