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NBA Decides Against Moving Up Start Of Finals

May 25, 2015 5:36 PM

The NBA has decided not to move up the start date of The Finals.

With both the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors potentially advancing with a four-game sweep, there could be an extended layoff between the end of the Conference Finals and the start of the Finals.

The Finals will begin on June 4th as scheduled.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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Al Horford Faces No Additional Discipline From Game 3 Incident

May 25, 2015 5:16 PM

Al Horford will not be suspended for Game 4 following his Flagrant Foul 2 in Game 3.

Horford elbowed Matthew Dellavedova shortly before halftime and was ejected.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Constitution

Tags: Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Suspension, NBA Playoffs

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Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast: May 25th

May 25, 2015 2:56 PM

In Monday's episode, Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Daniel Leroux of RealGM (@DannyLeroux) break down Game Three of Cavs vs. Hawks, recap Game Two of the same series and discuss the weekend’s NBA news.

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Curry Could Become First Player To Defeat Other Four All-NBA First Teamers In Playoffs

May 25, 2015 1:53 PM

Stephen Curry could become the first player in NBA history to defeat all four of his fellow All-NBA First Team members in the playoffs.

Curry and the Golden State Warriors swept Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans, followed by a six-game series win over Marc Gasol and the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Warriors are now one win away from defeating James Harden and the Houston Rockets.

The Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James are one win away from The Finals as well. This would also be first time in 30 years that the NBA's MVP faces the second- and third-place finishers. In 1985, Larry Bird faced second-placed Magic Johnson in The Finals after earlier meeting third-placed Moses Malone.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Tags: Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Award, NBA Playoffs

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Paul Pierce Could Opt Out Of Wizards' Deal, Sign With Clippers

May 25, 2015 1:46 PM

Paul Pierce can opt out of his contract with the Washington Wizards this offseason.

Many around the league expect Pierce to opt out and finish his career with the Los Angeles Clippers. Pierce would have the opportunity to reunite with Doc Rivers while also playing in his hometown.

Pierce was pursued by the Clippers last offseason.

The Wizards thrived with Pierce as a small ball power forward.

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Tags: Paul Pierce, Los Angeles Clippers, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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LeBron: Dellavedova Doesn't Deserve People Giving Him Rep As Dirty Player

May 25, 2015 1:17 PM

LeBron James backed Matthew Dellavedova on Sunday amid several member of the Atlanta Hawks and the public attacking the guard's reputation.

"This is my teammate, and this is a guy that goes out and works his tail off every single night and people are trying to give him a bad rap," James said. "He doesn't deserve it, and I don't like it."

Dellavedova has been involved in perceived plays with Taj Gibson, Kyle Korver and Al Horford in the playoffs.

"I told (referees) 'Listen, he went after my legs,'" Horford said. "He went after my legs. If it was on purpose, we don't know. Maybe it wasn't on purpose. But with just his track record, I just felt like it was."

"Are we going to talk about us trying to win basketball games or about those guys (the Hawks) trying to figure out a way that Matthew Dellavedova is this type of..." James said. "This guy (Dellavedova), he works his tail off every single day. He beats the odds, and he comes to play as hard as he can every single night.

"If they're focused on Delly, then they're focused on the wrong thing."

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Tags: LeBron James, Matt Dellavedova, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Celtics Ask Isaiah Thomas To Help With Free Agents

May 25, 2015 1:13 PM

Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics will seek the help of Isaiah Thomas in identifying free agent targets this offseason.

“Danny said if there’s any free agent out there I’m interested in, to let him know,” Thomas said by telephone. “That has me excited. For him to ask for my input means a lot, because it means I’m definitely, right now, a part of the future, and they also value your word and what you think about the game of basketball. It means a lot, and it’s a mutual respect we have. Now, hopefully, we can get a few guys.”

Thomas did not name specific players on his wish list during an interview with the Globe, but he said a rim-protecting big man would be at the top of it.

“A defensive-minded player,” he said. “It’d be nice to get one of those in the draft. A lot of the big men out there could definitely help us out. But I know Danny is always up to something.”

Thomas also volunteered to help recruit free agents. Thomas said that when he played for the University of Washington, he helped persuade several high school prospects to join the Huskies.

Adam Himmelsbach/Boston Globe

Tags: Isaiah Thomas, Boston Celtics, NBA, NBA Signing Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kyle Korver Awaiting Second Opinion On Possible Ankle Surgery

May 25, 2015 2:07 AM

A report on Sunday stated Kyle Korver will need surgery on his severe ankle sprain and miss four to six months.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Tags: Kyle Korver, Atlanta Hawks, NBA, NBA Injury

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NBA Considering Moving Up Finals To June 2nd If Both Series Are Sweeps

May 24, 2015 8:11 PM

The NBA is exploring the possibility of moving up the start of the NBA Finals to June 2nd if the Conference Finals both end in sweeps.

The Golden State Warriors are up 3-0 against the Houston Rockets, while the Cleveland Cavaliers are up 2-0 against the Atlanta Hawks before Game 3.

The Finals are scheduled to start on June 4th.

There are no scheduled events at either Oracle Arena or Quicken Loans Arena that would make changing the start date of the Finals problematic from a building perspective. But network TV scheduling, hotel inventory in both cities and international travel loom large as obstacles to changing the scheduled start date.

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

Tags: Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, NBA, NBA Playoffs

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Kyrie Irving Out Again In Game 3 With Knee Tendonitis

May 24, 2015 8:08 PM

Kyrie Irving sat out again in Game 3 as he continues to struggle with knee tendonitis. 

Irving went through a workout on Sunday before the game testing the knee.

Irving also sat out in Game 2.

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Tags: Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, NBA Injury, NBA Playoffs

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Jahlil Okafor: Injuries During Season Led To Loss Of Fitness
Jahlil Okafor has lost 12 pounds since the end of the college season.

Deantae Prince/Sports Illustrated

Kupchak: Lakers Don't Have Time To Slowly Build Through Draft
The Lakers expect to keep the second overall pick, but their rebuilding project will likely involve pursuing free agents this summer and next.

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Stephen Curry Has Highest Conference Finals PER Since Amar'e In 2005
Stephen Curry has a PER of 39.3 in the 2015 Western Conference Finals after the first three games.

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Goran Dragic Assured Heat Will Play Faster Moving Forward
Goran Dragic still appears to consider the Heat as the frontrunner heading into free agency.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

Lakers Will Discuss Future With Kobe Bryant If He Wants To Play Beyond Next Season
The Lakers will discuss Kobe Bryant's future if he wants to continue playing.

Howard Beck/Bleacher Report

Insiders Expect Kevin Love To Leave Cavaliers In Free Agency
Kevin Love is out for the season following shoulder surgery and is expected to become a free agent this summer.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN (via Zach Lowe Podcast)

Terrence Ross Undergoes Ankle Surgery
Terrence Ross underwent surgery to remove bone spurs and loose bodies from his left ankle.

The Canadian Press

Bulls Waiting For Coaching Vacancies To Fill Before Firing Tom Thibodeau
The Bulls have been waiting for a team to offer a draft pick to hire Tom Thibodeau, but no such offer has materialized.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Scott Skiles Identified As Frontrunner For Magic Job
Rob Hennigan has discussed the opening with several possible candidates, but Scott Skiles has clearly separated himself in the process.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Kyle Korver Out For Playoffs, May Need Ankle Surgery
Kyle Korver was injured when he and Matthew Dellavedova got tangled up chasing a loose ball.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Constitution

LeBron: Shumpert Will Make All-Defensive Team Soon
LeBron James said he believes Iman Shumpert will be on the NBA All-Defensive team "very soon."

Ethan J. Skolnick/Bleacher Report

Harrison Barnes Received First Training With Jerry West Before Season
Harrison Barnes called upon Jerry West to receive training during last offseason.

Sam Amick/USA Today

Conference Finals Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-2)
The Cavaliers have held the Hawks under 100 points per 100 possessions in both Games 1 and 2.

RealGM Staff Report

MLSE Likely To Hire John Cassaday To Succeed Tim Leiweke As President
John Cassaday, who recently retired as president and CEO of Corus Entertainment, has long been rumored the likely choice to succeed Leiweke.

Elliotte Friedman/Sportsnet

Jeff Van Gundy Interested In Pelicans' Job
The Pelicans are considering Jeff Van Gundy for the position.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Cavaliers Will Feel Pressure To Re-Sign Free Agents After Miami's Amnesty Of Miller
LeBron James wanted to go home to Cleveland, but other issues were in play such as the Heat using the amnesty on Mike Miller.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

DeMarre Carroll To Start Game 2
DeMarre Carroll will play in Game 2 and will start.

RealGM Staff Report

Royce White Receives Summer League Offer From Clippers
Royce White played three games in 13-14 with the Kings and was out of basketball this season.

Darren Wolfson/KSTP

Kyrie Irving Out For Game 2, Questionable For Game 3
Kyrie Irving was also seen on Friday by Dr. James Andrews.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Report: DeMarre Carroll Won't Play Game 2
DeMarre Carroll suffered a knee injury in Game 1 late in the fourth quarter.

Fred Kalil/CBS Atlanta

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