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NBA Admits Referees Should Have Awarded Howard Two Free Throws On Late Boxout With Freeland

The NBA acknowledged the officials missed a late call in the Portland Trail Blazers' 122-120 overtime win over the Houston Rockets in Game 1 on Sunday.

"After video review by the league office, we have determined that the officials were incorrect in assessing a foul to the Rockets' Dwight Howard with 10.8 seconds remaining in overtime," Rod Thorn said in a statement. "The foul should have been called on the Blazers' Joel Freeland and Howard should have been awarded two free throws."

Via RealGM Staff Report

Ties Broken For 2014 NBA Draft Selection Order

The NBA broke five ties for teams with identical records to help determine the selection order for the 2014 NBA Draft.

The Utah Jazz won a tiebreaker over the Boston Celtics.

The Brooklyn Nets won a tiebreaker the Washington Wizards. The Celtics will receive the pick from the Nets, while the Phoenix Suns receive the Wizards' pick.

The Chicago Bulls on a tiebreaker over the Toronto Raptors.

The Portland Trail Blazers won a tiebreaker with the Miami Heat and Houston Rockets. The Rockets then won a tiebreaker with the Heat.

Milwaukee 15-67 (.183) // 250
Philadelphia 19-63 (.232) // 199
Orlando 23-59 (.280) // 156
Utah 25-57 (.305) // 104
Boston 25-57 (.305) // 103
LA Lakers 27-55 (.329) // 63
Sacramento 28-54 (.341) // 43
Detroit (1) 29-53 (.354) // 28
Cleveland 33-49 (.402) // 17
New Orleans (2) 34-48 (.415) // 11
Denver (3) 36-46 (.439) // 8
New York (To Denver or to Orlando via Denver) 37-45 (.451) // 7
Minnesota (4) 40-42 (.488) // 6
Phoenix 48-34 (.585) // 5

The order for the remainder of the first round picks is as follows:
15. Atlanta 38-44 (.463)
16. Charlotte (To Chicago) 43-39 (.524)
17. Brooklyn (To Boston) 44-38 (.537)
18. Washington (To Phoenix) 44-38 (.537)
19. Chicago 48-34 (.585)
20. Toronto 48-34 (.585)
21. Dallas (To Oklahoma City via Houston and LA Lakers) 49-33 (.598)
22. Memphis 50-32 (.610)
23. Golden State (To Utah) 51-31 (.622)
24. Portland (To Charlotte) 54-28 (.659)
25. Houston 54-28 (.659)
26. Miami 54-28 (.659)
27. Indiana (To Phoenix) 56-26 (.683)
28. LA Clippers 57-25 (.695)
29. Oklahoma City 59-23 (.720)
30. San Antonio 62-20 (.756)

2014 Second Round Draft Choice Order
31. Milwaukee
32. Philadelphia
33. Orlando (To Cleveland)
34/35. Boston (To Dallas)
34/35. Utah
36. LA Lakers (To Milwaukee via Minnesota and Phoenix)
37. Sacramento (To Toronto)
38. Detroit
39. Cleveland (To Philadelphia)
40. New Orleans (To Minnesota)
41. Denver
42. New York (To Houston)
43. Atlanta
44. Minnesota
45. Charlotte
46. Washington
47. Brooklyn (To Philadelphia via Dallas and Boston)
48. Toronto (To Milwaukee via Phoenix)
49. Chicago
50. Phoenix
51. Dallas
52. Memphis (To Philadelphia via Cleveland)
53. Golden State (To Minnesota)
54. Houston (To Philadelphia via Milwaukee)
55. Miami
56. Portland (To Denver)
57. Indiana
58. LA Clippers (To San Antonio via New Orleans)
59. Oklahoma City (To Toronto via New York)
60. San Antonio

Via RealGM Staff Report

RealGM Radio: Mega NBA Playoffs Preview

In this episode of RealGM Radio, host Daniel Leroux previews the NBA Playoffs with four different guests. 

Beckley Mason (@BeckleyMason) of the New York Times and ESPN joins the show to work through the bracket and provide his take from the first round to the finals.

After that, Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) of Basketball Insiders comes on to provide his insight on the various matchups he is looking forward to in the next few weeks.

Following him, Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) of RealGM projects how the various first round series will shake out and what he is looking forward to the most.

Finally, Arturo Galletti (@ArturoGalletti) of BoxScoreGeeks.com shares his playoff predictions and discusses the playoff prediction contest his site is running with Wages of Wins.

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Via RealGM Staff Report

Spurs, Clippers, Thunder, Heat, Warriors Finish In Top-5 In Efficiency Differential

The San Antonio Spurs finished the 13-14 regular season with the best efficiency differential in the NBA with a mark of +8.1. The Spurs scored 110.5 points per 100 possession while allowing 102.4 points per 100 possessions.

The Los Angeles Clippers ranked second, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Miami Heat and Golden State Warriors. 

The Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns round out the top-10.

Click here for the full list.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Damian Lillard Signs 3rd Richest Shoe Deal In NBA

Damian Lillard is finalizing a new shoe contract with Adidas that is believed to be one of the richest in the NBA.

A person with knowledge of the contract said it is smaller only than that of Derrick Rose (reportedly $185 million over 13 years with Adidas) and LeBron James ($20 million annually).

Adidas would have had stiff competition if they waited any longer, as their window to have exclusive negotiating rights with his agent, Aaron Goodwin of Goodwin Sports Management, recently ended and Nike as well as the Jordan Brand were known to be very interested in luring Lillard away.

Lillard benefits from being on a team whose primary colors are red and black, which have been the most popular since the early days of Air Jordans.

ESPN reports that the deal could extend to 10 years and be worth as much as $100 million including incentives and options.

Via Sam Amick/USA Today

Joel Freeland Goes Through 'Contact' Practice, Close To Return

Joel Freeland has missed the past 26 games for the Portland Trail Blazers with a sprained MCL in his right knee.

Freeland went through "contact" work during the Blazers' practice on Tuesday and is nearing a return. Freeland is hopeful of playing in one of the Blazers' final two regular season games.

“I felt pretty good, I was moving pretty well,” Freeland said of his Tuesday workout. “We’ve got one more week left. Four games. I’m trying to get back for either the Golden State game or the Clippers game — I would really love to get back for Golden State. That would be the ideal situation for me.”

Via Joe Freeman/Oregonian

Lillard Close To New Deal With Adidas

Damian Lillard is close to agreement on a multi-year deal with adidas.

adidas had a 30-day exclusive window to reach an agreement with Lillard.

“We’re close,” Lillard said on Tuesday. “Nothing final yet. I'm excited.”

As Haynes reported in February, due to Lillard reaching certain performance incentive clauses in his adidas rookie shoe deal, he was able to opt out at the end of the season to pursue a long-term, prosperous contract.

Via Chris Haynes/Comcast

Aldridge To Play For First Time In Seven Games

LaMarcus Aldridge will return to the Portland Trail Blazers' lineup for the first time in seven games on Thursday against the Atlanta Hawks.

Aldridge was out with a back injury suffered during a nasty fall on March 12. 

“I’m going,” Aldridge said. “We’ll see how it goes, but I’m going.”

Aldridge said he still feels some pain in the back when he runs, but he said it’s just time he plays.

“I want to come back because I’ve been out so long,” he said. “I didn’t think it was going to take this long, but backs are a sensitive area to injure. It’s taken longer, and we’ve exhausted every treatment and every option to rehab, so try it out.”

Via Mike Tokito/The Oregonian

Blazers Reassign Allen Crabbe To Idaho

The Portland Trail Blazers have assigned rookie guard Allen Crabbe to the NBA Development League’s Idaho Stampede.

Crabbe is averaging 2.1 points, 0.3 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 5.1 minutes in 14 games for the Trail Blazers this season.

This marks Crabbe's second assignment to the D-League.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Blazers Recall Allen Crabbe From Idaho

The Portland Trail Blazers have recalled Allen Crabbe from the Idaho Stampede of the NBA D-League.

Crabbe has played 12 games for the Blazers this season.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Portland Trail Blazers Archives

LaMarcus Aldridge To Miss Two Games With Lower Back Contusion

LaMarcus Aldridge will miss two games and then be re-evaluated after suffering a lower back contusion.

Damian Lillard Initiates Blazers' First Team Meeting Of Season

Earl Watson, Mo Williams and Dorell Wright were among the players who addressed the team.

Blazers Assign Allen Crabbe To D-League

This will mark Allen Crabbe's first D-League assignment of the season.

Damian Lillard To Opt Out Of Adidas Deal

Damin Lillard's initial contract was negotiated before he emerged as 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year and an All-Star this season.

LaMarcus Aldridge Out One Week With Strained Groin

LaMarcus Aldridge will miss one week of play with a strained left groin.

George, Wall, Ross, Lillard, McLemore, Barnes In Dunk Contest

Paul George, John Wall, Terrence Ross, Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes and Ben McLemore are confirmed for this year's Slam Dunk Contest.

Aldridge Prioritizes Winning, Happiness, Feeling Valued In Deciding Future

LaMarcus Aldridge's prudent financial move is to become a free agent in 2015 at 30 and then sign a five-year, max deal.

Full List Of NBA All-Star Reserves

John Wall, DeMar DeRozan, Paul Millsap and Damian Lillard are first time All-Stars.

LaMarcus Aldridge Interested In Signing Long-Term With Blazers

LaMarcus Aldridge would be open to discussing a long-term contract extension with the Blazers.

Mo Williams Will Opt Out Of Deal With Blazers In Offseason

Mo Williams will opt out of his $2.7 million deal with the Blazers for the 14-15 season.

Blazers Assign C.J. McCollum To Idaho

C.J. McCollum has been sidelined since fracturing his left foot in training camp.

C.J. McCollum Expected To Make Debut Shortly After New Year's

C.J. McCollum has missed the entire season to date with a broken bone in his foot.

Report: Blazers, Bulls Discussed Aldridge For Noah During Offseason

The Bulls could have kept LaMarcus Aldridge in the 2006 NBA Draft.

Source: Blazers Identified As 'Wild Card' For Omer Asik

The Blazers are in trade talks with the Rockets for Omer Asik, a league source told RealGM's Andrew Perna.

Meyers Leonard, Daniel Orton Suspended One Game By NBA For Physical Altercation

The incident occurred with 7:19 remaining in the fourth quarter of the Trail Blazers' 139-105 win over the 76ers on Saturday.

Jordan Crawford, LaMarcus Aldridge Named NBA Players Of The Week

Jordan Crawford and LaMarcus Aldridge have been named the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Players of the Week.

Olshey Accelerated Rebuild Due To Portland's Intense Devotion To Blazers

"You could live and work in anonymity in L.A.," Olshey told Yahoo Sports, "but it's different here. At one point, the Dalai Lama was here and our president, Chris McGowan, and I presented him with a Blazers jersey. I wouldn't have even been on the list to

Frank Vogel, Terry Stotts Awarded NBA Coaches Of Month

Frank Vogel guided the Pacers to a 15-1 record in November, the best mark in the NBA.

Bogut, Williams Suspended One Game By NBA For Altercation, Aldridge, Matthews, Green Fined

LaMarcus Aldridge has been fined $45,000 while Wesley Matthews and Draymond Green have been fined $20,000 each.

John Wall, LaMarcus Aldridge Named NBA Players Of Week

John Wall averaged 24.3 points and 8.5 assists per game during that span, leading the Wizards to a 3-1 record.
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