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Pacers To Play Smaller Next Season With Hibbert Having Diminished Role

Apr 17, 2015 12:06 PM

The Indiana Pacers plan on playing faster on offense next season to contend with smaller and versatile lineups of opponents.

Roy Hibbert is the player that will most likely be impacted by the change in scheme.

"Possibly," said Vogel when asked if Hibbert will be benched. "Roy's role will be diminished."

Hibbert can opt out to become a free agent.

"Whatever he does, he does," said Larry Bird. "We'll assume he's going to come back."

Paul George will play some small-ball 4 for the Pacers.

Candace Buckner/Indianapolis Star

Tags: Roy Hibbert, Indiana Pacers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Warriors, Spurs, Hawks, Blazers Finish In Top-10 In Offensive, Defensive Efficiency

Apr 16, 2015 1:29 AM

The Golden State Warriors finished the 14-15 season first in the NBA in efficiency differential in the regular season at +10.3 per 100 possessions. The Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers round out the top-5.

The Warriors, Spurs, Hawks and Portland Trail Blazers were the only four teams to finish in the top-10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency.

1. Golden State Warriors: 10.3
2. Los Angeles Clippers: 6.9
3. San Antonio Spurs: 6.5
4. Atlanta Hawks: 5.8
5. Cleveland Cavaliers: 4.8
6. Portland Trail Blazers: 4.5
7. Memphis Grizzlies: 3.4
8. Toronto Raptors: 3.3
9. Houston Rockets: 3.3
10. Chicago Bulls: 3.2
11. Dallas Mavericks 3.0
12. Oklahoma City Thunder: 2.3
13. New Orleans Pelicans: 0.9
14. Washington Wizards: 0.8
15. Utah Jazz: 0.6
16. Indiana Pacers: 0.5
17. Milwaukee Bucks: 0.4
18. Boston Celtics: 0.2
19. Phoenix Suns: -0.9
20. Detroit Pistons: -1.1
21. Miami Heat: -2.9
22. Brooklyn Nets: -3.1
23. Charlotte Hornets: -3.4
24. Denver Nuggets: -3.7
25. Sacramento Kings: -3.9
26. Orlando Magic: -6.1
27. Los Angeles Lakers: -7.2
28. Minnesota Timberwolves: -9.3
29. Philadelphia 76ers: -9.3
30. New York Knicks: -10.1

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Kerr: Curry Never Talks About MVP Race, But Better Believe He Wants It

Apr 10, 2015 10:59 AM

Stephen Curry scored 45 points, including 15 in the final 5:16 in the Golden State Warriors' win over the Portland Trail Blazers to boost his MVP candidacy.

"Nothing left to say, except he's the MVP," said Steve Kerr. "He never talks about it, but you better believe he wants it."

Curry also broke his own NBA single-season record for three-pointers as he has 276 and counting.

Curry is aware of the constant MVP chatter but said he forces it out of his head when the game begins.

"Finally played a fourth quarter, so I wanted to get out there and make some plays," said Curry.

"He's our MVP," teammate Klay Thompson said, "and he should be for the league because he does it on a nightly basis and he's at his best at crunch time."

Jeff Faraudo/Mercury News

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Batum Glad Blazers Matched Three Years After Signing Offer Sheet With Wolves

Apr 9, 2015 1:49 PM

Nicolas Batum admitted he occasionally plays the what-if game in regards to the four-year, $45 million offer sheet he signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves and was subsequently matched by the Portland Trail Blazers.

"I've thought about it, but the thing is, we will never know,'' Batum said. "Maybe it would have worked out well and (Minnesota) would have been a good team. Maybe not. You just never know. The thing is, I'm glad (Portland) matched because we are doing good since we matched.''


The Blazers played the Wolves on Wednesday as the team he nearly joined misses the playoffs yet again.

Batum said his desire to leave had nothing to do with Portland the city, or its fans, but rather the direction of the franchise.

The Blazers had just drafted Damian Lillard and he helped turn around the franchise.

"When I signed with Minnesota, Portland had three guys under contract,'' Batum said. "We had drafted Dame, but I didn't know him. Knew he was from a small school, but didn't know him. And didn't know the system we would play because hadn't signed Terry (Stotts) yet ... and we just had a bad season.''

Batum was sold by the opportunity to play for Rick Adelman.

"He was the right coach for me, that was the main reason - coach Adelman,'' Batum said. "But now, I don't regret it, because the way we play, and the direction of the franchise. I'm good with it. I'm good now.''

The Blazers are again a playoff team this season.

"We can imagine what it would have been like, and people say, yeah the injuries and everything, but who knows, maybe it would have been different?'' Batum said. "The thing is, they matched, and after that they signed Terry, got Rolo, Dame became Dame, and bang - we are a 50-win team. I am very happy.''

Jason Quick/Oregonian

Tags: Nicolas Batum, Portland Trail Blazers, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA B-Ball IQ

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Vlade Divac Has Become Lead Decision-Maker Of Kings' Front Office

Apr 8, 2015 11:46 AM

Vlade Divac has emerged as the new lead voice of the front office of the Sacramento Kings.

Divac was recently hired by the Kings under the seemingly broad title of vice president of basketball and franchise operations.

The Kings have yet to formally announce their new power structure, but sources say that Divac has supplanted both general manager Pete D'Alessandro and former Kings adviser Chris Mullin.

The future of D'Alessandro in Sacramento, especially after the departure of his closest ally in the organization in Mullin, is unclear. Sources say, however, that the Kings have already launched a search to add another front-line basketball executive to work alongside Divac whether D'Alessandro stays or departs.

Sources say that Mullin began to lose sway with Ranadive after refusing the owner's offer to replace Mike Malone as coach when Malone was abruptly fired in mid-December.

The Sacramento Bee reported earlier this month that Ranadive hired Divac over the objections of Mullin and D'Alessandro.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Thaddeus Young Trade Praised For Surge Of Nets, Brook Lopez

Apr 7, 2015 1:19 PM

The Brooklyn Nets have played much better basketball since acquiring Thaddeus Young from the Minnesota Timberwolves at the deadline for Kevin Garnett.

Brook Lopez has particularly benefited from the addition of Young. The presence of Young has allowed Lopez to move around the paint and score on a combination of jumpers and floaters.

“Yeah, he has picked things up pretty easily,” Deron Williams said. “We’re still getting better, but he’s been a great addition to this team. There’s no doubt about that. He’s giving us a different dimension scoring the basketball and just energy-wise. He’s been great for us.”

Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reports that Billy King had been working on the Garnett for Young trade all season.

Tim Bontemps/New York Post

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LeBron: We're A Championship Contender But Not There Yet

Apr 6, 2015 1:50 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers rebounded from a slow start to the season and will almost certainly be the second seed in the Eastern Conference, but LeBron James acknowledged they still have a ways to go.

"We're a championship contender, but we're not there yet," James said. "We have the talent, we've had the process so far, but we still have some time left. We won't take those days for granted."

"We've got some things left in the bag still," David Blatt said. "We're not trying to be magicians, we're trying to figure out ways to win."

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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J.R. Smith Sets Record With 17 Three-Point Attempts, No Two-Point Shots

Apr 6, 2015 1:44 PM

J.R. Smith attempted 17 shots in the Cleveland Cavaliers' win over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, all of which were three-pointers.

No player in NBA history has attempted so many three-pointers in a single game without a two-point attempt.

Smith made eight of his 17 attempts.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

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Mario Chalmers Frustrated, Unsure Of His Role On Heat

Apr 4, 2015 2:37 AM

Mario Chalmers appears frustrated and said he is unsure of his place on the Miami Heat.

“I don’t even really know what my role is on this team anymore,” Chalmers said. “I don’t know what I’m supposed to be doing.”

Chalmers has started at point guard and shooting guard as well as backing up both positions this season.

“A lot of people are out of rhythm, and you really don’t know what’s going to happen — when you’re going to get the ball, when you’re going to shoot it, you just never know. You just got to be ready for everything, I guess,” Chalmers said.

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Joseph Goodman/Miami Herald

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Kupchak: No Lakers' Basketball Decision Is Made Without Me

Apr 3, 2015 11:19 AM

Jim Buss has received a lot of criticism for his role in the basketball department of the Los Angeles Lakers, but Mitch Kupchak insists he remains as involved as ever.

“Unfortunately, Jim does get a lot of criticism. But no decision is made here without me,” Kupchak says. “If something doesn’t go right, I should be criticized as much as Jim. We are judged, by and large, by our success on the court, and that has to do with the draft, trades, and free agency, and Jim and I decide who we draft, who we trade, and who we pursue in free agency. In terms of talent on the court, by and large that falls with me, and I work very closely with Jim. But Jim trusts my instincts. Sometimes they are good and sometimes they are not good.”

Kupchak served for many years as Jerry West's apprentice before becoming general manager.

Thomas Golianopoulos/Grantland

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LeBron: I've Called Plays Every Game For 11 Years
LeBron James' on-court playcalling duties has become an issue this week following Brian Windhorst saying that David Blatt often parrots James' calls.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Lance Stephenson Doesn't Regret Leaving Pacers For Hornets
Lance Stephenson has averaged 8.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.1 assists this season compared to 13.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 4.6 assists last season.

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Russell Westbrook Eyes NBA's Citizenship Award
Russell Westbrook has put up MVP-caliber numbers one season after teammate Kevin Durant won the award.

Lee Jenkins/Sports Illustrated

Nerlens Noel Enjoying Playing With 'First True PG' Ish Smith
In the 20 games since Ish Smith's arrival, Nerlens Noel has averaged 11.1 shots per game, up from 7.8.

Bob Cooney/Philadelphia Daily News

Giannis Expects Shooting Range To All Make Sense Next Season
Giannis Antetokounmpo attempted 118 three-pointers as a rookie (converting 41) but has tried only 40 this season, making just seven.

Charles F. Gardner/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

LeBron Prioritized Acquiring J.R. Smith Over Shumpert In Knicks' Trade
LeBron James reportedly loves the Cavaliers' top-7 players.

Bill Simmons/Grantland

Westbrook's Adjusted Stat Line For 1962: 47-15-12
In 1961-62, Oscar Robertson averaged 30.8 points, 12.5 rebounds and 11.4 assists to become the first and only player to put up a triple-double season.

Tom Haberstroh/ESPN

Dwight: Harden And I Aren't Super Close But We Talk
Dwight Howard was asked if his relationship with Kobe Bryant has informed how he and James Harden get along.

Ben Golliver/Sports Illustrated

Shaq Wishes He Had More Patience Instead Of Leaving Magic In 1996
Shaquille O'Neal returned to the Magic on Friday to be inducted into the franchise's Hall of Fame.


Dan Gilbert One Step Below Cuban In Terms Of Involvement
Dan Gilbert purchased the Cleveland Cavaliers for $375 million ten years ago this month.

Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Heat, Hornets, Cavs Lead In 14-15 Trade Score; Bucks, Mavs Rank Last
J.R. Smith had a -4.3 BPM with the Knicks and +3.4 with the Cavaliers for a difference of +7.7.

Nathan Walker/Nylon Calculus

Westbrook Confused Why Media Asking About Defense After Giving Up 1.369 PPP
The Thunder have given up more than 115 points per 100 possessions in four of their past five games.

Royce Young/ESPN

Report: LeBron 'Frustrated' By Kevin Love Not 'Getting With The Program'
LeBron James pushed for the Cavaliers to trade for Kevin Love last offseason.

Frank Isola/New York Daily News

LeBron: I Admire How Calipari Takes High Egos, Turns Them Into Team
LeBron James and John Calipari have grown increasingly close over the years after they were introduced by a "family friend" believed to be William Wesley.

Joe Vardon/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Warriors Rank 4th All-Time In Point Differential During Three-Point Era
The top-6 teams in point differential before the current season have all gone on to win the NBA championship.

Ben Golliver/Sports Illustrated

Mavs Concerned By Monta Ellis' On-Court Slump, Moodiness
Monta Ellis has struggled on the court of late and has shot just 38.9 percent from the floor since the All-Star break.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN