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Alvin Gentry Wants Pelicans' Head Coaching Job

May 21, 2015 2:28 PM

Alvin Gentry has emerged as a leading candidate for the New Orleans Pelicans' head coaching job.

Gentry interviewed on Monday with Mickey Loomis and Dell Demps and he believes the opportunity to coach Anthony Davis would be career defining. 

''He's more than interested,'' the source said Thursday morning. "He really believes that this is a job that would certainly define him as a coach because of the opportunity that it creates.

"Certainly this is one of those jobs that you feel is probably as good as any job available right now, no question. Even if there were no other jobs, it would still be the best."

The Pelicans are seeking a replacement for Monty Williams and have also had interest in John Calipari and Tom Thibodeau.

Gentry is currently an assistant coach with the Golden State Warriors.

John Reid/Times Picayune

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Kawhi, Draymond, Tony Allen, Jordan, Paul Headline All-Defensive Team

May 20, 2015 2:18 PM

Kawhi Leonard, Draymond Green, Tony Allen, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul have been named to the 14-15 NBA All-Defensive First Team.

Leonard, Green and Jordan are all on the First Team for the first time in their career.

On the All-Defensive Second Team are Anthony Davis, Jimmy Butler, Andrew Bogut, John Wall and Tim Duncan.

Rudy Gobert headlined the list of players also receiving votes along with LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Avery Bradley.

Leonard received 116 of 129 first team votes, followed by Green with 107 and Tony Allen with 88.

Bogut receives a $1.945 million bonus for being included on the Second Team.

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Stephen Curry Fined $5K By NBA For Flopping Violation In Game 1 Of WCF

May 20, 2015 12:36 PM

Stephen Curry was fined $5,000 by the NBA for his flopping violation in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, the league announced.

The Golden State Warriors defeated the Houston Rockets in Game 1.

The flop occurred on this play.

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Game 1 Of WCF On ESPN Up 38 Percent Compared To 2013

May 20, 2015 12:25 PM

Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets on ESPN drew a 5.4 overnight rating, according to Ben Cafardo of ESPN.

That is up 38 percent from the last time ESPN televised the WCF in 2013 featuring the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies.

The Warriors and Rockets play in the sixth largest and 10th largest markets in the county while also featuring this season's MVP (Stephen Curry) and runner-up (James Harden.

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Kerr: Recent Championship Formula Has Been Three-Pointers, Great Defense

May 19, 2015 2:24 PM

Steve Kerr was asked to offer his opinion on the fact that the four most frequent three-point shooting teams during the playoffs reached the conference finals.

Kerr realized the question was alluding to Phil Jackson's comment on Twitter discrediting the effectiveness of shooting a lot of three-pointers.

“You trying to bait me into something here?” Kerr said with a smile. “It’s not really surprising, though. You look at last year, the Spurs win the whole thing. I think they were No. 1 in the league in three-point shooting.

“The year before that, Miami wins, they were I think top five in three-point shooting. Dallas a few years ago, Jason Terry and Kidd and Dirk are all firing threes.

“To me, you have to have a combination of three-point shooting and great defense. And that’s been the formula the last few years; all those teams defended really well, made threes and you’ve got to be healthy and you’ve got to be clicking and paying well.

“But the three is a huge part of the game.”

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

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Pelicans Granted Permission By Warriors To Interview Alvin Gentry

May 18, 2015 5:44 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have been granted permission by the Golden State Warriors to interview Alvin Gentry.

Gentry has emerged as one of the leading candidates for the job, along with Tom Thibodeau.

Gentry has been credited as playing a big role in the emergence of the Warriors' offense, described as blend of principles developed by Gregg Popovich and his own previously with the Phoenix Suns.

It is unclear when an interview will be scheduled with the Warriors currently in the Western Conference Finals.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Stephen Curry On 62-Footer: We Practice Those Every Day

May 16, 2015 4:32 PM

Stephen Curry made a 62-foot shot at the end of the third quarter that gave the Golden State Warriors all of the momentum heading into the fourth quarter to eliminate the Memphis Grizzlies.

"It does not surprise me at all because I've seen him in practice, starting at the other baseline and he slings away, and he's made a few this year," said Draymond Green.

Curry said: "We practice those shots every day. And that's not a lie. While we're warming up the ball is flying everywhere."

Curry made 25 from three-point territory in the series, while the Grizzlies made 24. 


Shaun Powell/NBA.com

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Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-6)

May 16, 2015 4:21 PM

All four Conference Semifinals have played six games with the Warriors, Cavaliers and Hawks eliminating the Grizzlies, Bulls and Wizards, while the Clippers and Rockets will meet in Game 7.

Points Per 100 Possessions (Game 1/Game 2/Game 3/Game 4/Game 5/Game 6)

Cavaliers: 109.0 / 122.4 / 109.1 / 95.9 / 119.4 / 118.7

Bulls117.3 / 105.1 / 112.5 / 93.7 / 113.8 / 92.2

Hawks: 106.1 / 113.4 / 108.7 / 111.7 / 84.7 / 100.8

Wizards112.6 / 96.3 / 110.8 / 106.4 / 83.6 / 97.5

Warriors112.6 / 94.7 / 96.9 / 107.1 / 113.2 / 118.3 

Grizzlies: 95.9 / 102.1 / 107.8 / 89.0 / 90.1 / 104.0

Rockets: 93.9 / 110.8 / 110.7 / 91.4 / 128.4 / 115.2

Clippers108.8 / 105.0 / 126.1 / 123.2 / 106.6  / 103.6

Series Points Per 100 Possessions (Offense/Defense)

Cavaliers: 110.5 / 104.2

Bulls: 104.2 / 110.5

Hawks: 103.3 / 100.3

Wizards: 100.3 / 103.3

Warriors: 106.6 / 97.8

Grizzlies: 97.8 / 106.6

Rockets: 105.8 / 111.5

Clippers: 111.5 / 105.8

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Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-5)

May 14, 2015 1:39 AM

All four Conference Semifinals have played five games with the Warriors, Cavaliers, Clippers and Hawks holding three games to two series leads over the Grizzlies, Bulls, Rockets and Wizards respectively.

Points Per 100 Possessions (Game 1/Game 2/Game 3/Game 4/Game 5)

Cavaliers: 109.0 / 122.4 / 109.1 / 95.9 / 119.4

Bulls117.3 / 105.1 / 112.5 / 93.7 / 113.8

Hawks: 106.1 / 113.4 / 108.7 / 111.7 / 84.7

Wizards112.6 / 96.3 / 110.8 / 106.4 / 83.6

Warriors112.6 / 94.7 / 96.9 / 107.1 / 113.2

Grizzlies: 95.9 / 102.1 / 107.8 / 89.0 / 90.1

Rockets: 93.9 / 110.8 / 110.7 / 91.4 / 128.4

Clippers108.8 / 105.0 / 126.1 / 123.2 / 106.6

Series Points Per 100 Possessions (Offense/Defense)

Cavaliers: 109.4 / 106.7

Bulls: 106.7 / 109.4

Hawks: 103.9 / 101.0

Wizards: 101.0 / 103.9

Warriors: 104.9 / 97.0

Grizzlies: 97.0 / 104.9

Rockets: 104.0 / 113.1

Clippers: 113.1 / 104.0

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Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-4)

May 12, 2015 12:45 AM

All four Conference Semifinals have played four games with the Cavaliers/Bulls, Hawks/Wizards and Warriors/Grizzlies tied at 2-2, and the Clippers holding a 3-1 series lead over the Rockets.

Points Per 100 Possessions (Game 1/Game 2/Game 3/Game 4)

Cavaliers: 109.0 / 122.4 / 109.1 / 95.9

Bulls: 117.3 / 105.1 / 112.5 / 93.7

Hawks: 106.1 / 113.4 / 108.7 / 111.7

Wizards: 112.6 / 96.3 / 110.8 / 106.4

Warriors: 112.6 / 94.7 / 96.9 / 107.1

Grizzlies: 95.9 / 102.1 / 107.8 / 89.0

Rockets: 93.9 / 110.8 / 110.7 / 91.4

Clippers: 108.8 / 105.0 / 126.1 / 123.2

Series Points Per 100 Possessions (Offense/Defense)

Cavaliers: 107.4 / 105.4

Bulls: 105.4 / 107.4

Hawks: 109.1 / 105.7

Wizards: 105.7 / 109.1

Warriors: 102.1 / 98.1

Grizzlies: 98.1 / 102.1

Rockets: 98.3 / 114.6

Clippers: 114.6 / 98.3

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Kerr Wants Curry To Trust Teammates While Freeing Him Up For Better Looks
Stephen Curry has combined over the past two losses to shoot 4-for-21 from 3-point range.

Diamond Leung/San Jose Mercury News

Marreese Speights Out At Least One Week With Strained Right Calf
The Warriors said Sunday that Marreese Speights had an MRI exam that showed a moderate strain.

AP

Marreese Speights Leaves Game With Strained Calf
Marreese Speights left the game against the Memphis Grizzlies and did not return.

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Warriors Focusing On Turnovers, Impatience, Poor Ball Movement
Steve Kerr said it's futile to try to consistently beat defenders off the dribble and score in the lane, because the Grizzlies have too much size inside.

Jeff Faraudo/Mercury News

Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1, 2)
All four Conference Semifinals series are tied at 1-1 after the first two games.

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Grizzlies Strongly Considered Stephen Curry With No. 2 Pick, Couldn't Commit Without Workout
Stephen Curry's agent declined the Grizzlies' workout invitation in 2009.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Stephen Curry Finishes Ahead Of Harden, LeBron To Win MVP
Stephen Curry has been named the NBA's Most Valuable Player in what was more of a landslide than many expected.

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Stephen Curry To Be Named NBA's Most Valuable Player
Stephen Curry averaged 23.8 points per game (sixth in the league), 7.7 assists (sixth) and 2.04 steals (fourth).

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Mychal Thompson: Warriors Plan To Go Hard After Kevin Durant In 2016
Warriors plan on pursuing Kevin Durant when he becomes a free agent in 2016, according to Klay Thompson's father.

Alex Torres/WarriorsWorld

Bob Myers Wins NBA Executive Of The Year
The Warriors finished the season with an NBA-best 67 wins.

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Warriors' San Francisco Arena Plans Meet New Opposition
The Warriors plan to build just 950 parking spaces for the project, 650 of which would serve the two office towers.

Phillip Matier, Andrew Ross/San Francisco Chronicle

Report: Referee Would Have Called Foul On Curry Shot If He Had Missed
Stephen Curry sent Game 3 into overtime with a game-tying three-pointer when Marreese Speights recovered Curry's previous attempt.

Marcus Thompson/San Jose Mercury News

Kawhi Leonard Wins Defensive Player Of The Year
Kawhi Leonard has been named the 2015 NBA Defensive Player of the Year, beating out Draymond Green and DeAndre Jordan.

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Under Armour Hoping To Build $1 Billion Basketball Brand Around Stephen Curry
Under Armour said footwear revenue climbed 41% over a year ago and cited the strong growth to the introduction of the Curry One signature basketball shoe.

Trey Williams/MarketWatch

Draymond: Focus Is To Just Make Anthony Davis Take Tough Shots
Draymond Green is one of the NBA's most versatile defenders, but Anthony Davis represents a special challenge for him.

Tim Kawakami/San Jose Mercury News

Mike Budenholzer Named NBA Coach Of The Year
Mike Budenholzer has been named the NBA Coach of the Year, beating out Steve Kerr.

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Drummond: I Want Draymond Green On Pistons
Draymond Green is one of the NBA's best stretch forwards and would seemingly be an ideal fit for the Pistons beside Andre Drummond.

Kirkland Crawford/Detroit Free Press

David Lee Out For Game 1 Against Pelicans With Back Strain
David Lee will miss the Warriors' Game 1 against the Pelicans with a strained lower back.

Rusty Simmons/San Francisco Chronicle

Stephen Curry: Warriors In Title Or Bust Mode Entering Playoffs
The Warriors won a franchise record 67 games in the regular season.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

2015 NBA Playoffs First Round Matchups
Anthony Davis will be making his first appearance in the playoffs.

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