Oklahoma City puts Golden State on the brink of elimination after their 73-win season. Why was the Thunder small lineup so effective, what is wrong with Stephen Curry and Draymond Green, and can the Warriors do anything differently to salvage the series. We also look at the Dallas Mavericks' offseason (33:00). Will they bring back free agents Chandler Parsons and Dirk Nowitzki, and for how much? How can they use their projected $38.8 million in cap space to lure a center and point guard, and whom should they target?
David Fizdale has progressed to an interview with Robert Pera after his first interview with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Fizdale is a longtime assistant coach with the Miami Heat.
The Grizzlies are searching for a replacement for Dave Joerger.
Frank Vogel also had an interview with Pera before taking the Orlando Magic job.
Craig Sager will receive the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the The ESPYS in July.
Sager has been with Turner for 34 years and is known for wearing flashy suits and for his banter with NBA coaches and players.
Sager has continued to work as he battles a recurrence of the leukemia he has been battling for the last few years.
"When I was diagnosed with cancer, like so many other people, my life changed forever," Sager said in a statement Monday. "Over the last two years, I've done everything in my power to live my life as normally as possible. But at times, you need support and I'm so thankful to everyone who has been there for me."
Sager and Jim Valvano became close when they worked together on basketball at the 1991 Pan American Games in Cuba.
Stephen Curry struggled in Game 4, scoring just 19 points on 20 shooting possessions in the Golden State Warriors' loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
"No, I'm fine," said Curry when asked about his knee.
Steve Kerr also was asked if Curry is still injured. Curry suffered a sprained MCL in Game 4 of the first round while also hurting his elbow in Game 2 of this series..
"He's not injured," Kerr said. "He's coming back from the knee, but he's not injured. He just had a lousy night. It happens, even to the best players in the world."
James Borrego has moved from Monday's interview with Daryl Morey to a follow-up meeting with owner Leslie Alexander.
Borrego is currently an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs after previously serving as an assistant coach with the New Orleans Pelicans and Orlando Magic. Borrego was briefly interim head coach of the Magic.
The Houston Rockets had seemingly narrowed their search to Mike D'Antoni and Stephen Silas, but they're again widening it.
Kevin McHale was fired in November and J.B. Bickerstaff wasn't retained after serving as interim head coach.
Russell Westbrook was an honor student at Leuzinger High School and was accepted to Stanford and given a partial academic scholarship.
Westbrook says he probably wouldn't have gone because of the cost of tuition. Westbrook had some interest from Creighton and San Diego State but didn't end up on UCLA's radar until Jordan Farmar declared for the draft.
Westbrook's favorite subject in school was math.
The cost of building the Sacramento Kings' new arena, the Golden 1 Center, has jumped an additional $16 million, bringing the current price tag to $534.6 million.
The city's subsidy is capped at $255 million and the owners of the Kings have been taking care of most of the cost increases themselves. The latest increase will be picked up by corporate partners expected to play roles in operating the facility.
“The number reflects previously planned enhancements to the project and cost exposures ultimately borne by various partners,” Kings President Chris Granger said in a prepared statement.
The arena was initially expected to cost $447 million.
Kevin Durant returned from his multiple foot surgeries with a changed outlook. Russell Westbrook had emerged as an MVP candidate with Durant sidelined.
“I had to think the game differently,” Durant says. “How can I still be me without taking away from him? That was my challenge. I was used to having the ball in my hands all the time and scoring 35 points. Now we have all these other people—Russ, Enes (Kanter), Dion (Waiters), Serge (Ibaka)—and we’re a better team. So when I get shots, I have to be super-efficient. I can’t expend energy trying to dunk on people. I have to take every shot like it’s my last one, like it’s a game-winner.”
Durant averaged 28.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists coming back from his injury. Durant also agreed to stagger his minutes with Westbrook.
“I was scared, I was worried,” Durant says. “Will I be back again? Will I be who I am? A year ago people were telling me my career might be over and I listened to that stuff, not because I’m sensitive but because I used it for fuel. I’ve always done that. When I was a sophomore in high school, I scored 28 points in my first varsity game, and I was feeling myself. They’re loving me right now! Then I got in the car afterward and my mom [Wanda] was like, ‘You didn’t do s---. You didn’t play well enough.’ I was like, O.K., cool. It was the same thing with the foot. The doubt feeds me.”
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DeMar DeRozan shot close to a thousand shots for about two and a half hours on the eve of Game 4 on Sunday night, not leaving the arena until 1 AM.
The session placed heavy emphasis on scoring assertively and promptly.
DeRozan had a feeling LeBron James would be defending him.
"It's nothing new for me. You can ask anybody in this organization," DeRozan told cleveland.com. "There's not a night that I don't come back in the gym and try to work on something and get better on something. It's nothing new."
DeRozan had 32 points in the Toronto Raptors' 105-99 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Kevin Love sat out the entire fourth quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' Game 4 loss to the Toronto Raptors after stepping on a referee's foot.
Love injured the knee more than the ankle with the accident.
"I think Kyrie [Irving] was shooting towards the end of the third quarter, and I stepped on the official's foot, and it didn't feel too great," said Love, who had a total of 13 points and 11 rebounds in Games 3 and 4. "More so the knee [than the ankle hurting]. Will be sore tomorrow, but nothing that will prevent me from playing."
Love suffered a season-ending injury in last year's playoffs when he hurt his shoulder.