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Report: Rockets will keep Kevin McHale as coach

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Kevin McHale will return as the Houston Rockets head coach next season, according to a report from the Houston Chronicle. 

The Rockets were 54-28 this season with playoff appearances the previous two seasons. McHale's contract was up, but according to the report management believes in McHale and wants him to have more time with the "relatively new team that spent the season ba夜网论坛ttling injuries." 

Houston exited the playoffs Friday night after the Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard buzzer-beater 3-pointer put an end to the series, which went six games. 

 

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The Shot: Michael Jordan's buzzer beater vs. Cavs turns 25

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We're sorry to do this, again, Cleveland Cavaliers fans.

May 7 marks the 25-year anniversary of "The Shot" by Michael Jordan in the Bulls' Game 5 win over the Cavs in the 1989 NBA playoffs. You can watch it below.

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NBA playoffs: Pacers take advantage of Wizards' offensive woes, win Game 3

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WASHINGTON — Paul George had his best game of the series with 23 points and eight rebounds, and the Indiana Pacers held the Washington Wizards to a franchise-low scoring total Friday night in an 85-63 victory for a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Roy Hibbert was again a factor for Indiana with 14 points, five rebounds and three blocks.

Washington made only 24 field goals, a team postseason worst, on 73 attempts, 32.9 percent. That included 4 of 16 on 3s, and it didn't get much better on free throws, where the Wizards were 11 of 21.

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"This was probably the ugliest game of the postseason thus far. This is our style of basketball," George said. "That's what we do. Whether you like it or not, are a fan of watching our games or not, defense is what we hang our hats on."

The Wizards never had scored fewer than 75 points in a playoff game — the previous low came in a first-round series-ending victory against Chicago 1½ weeks ago — or fewer than 64 in a regular-season game. The 63 points also matched the fourth-lowest total by any clu夜网论坛b since 1954-55, according to STATS.

"They took us out of our comfort zone offensively," Wizards forward Drew Gooden said. "We were overly confident. ... This is a humbling experience for us."

So much for the bandwagon-hopping in Washington. There were boos on occasion, and most of the fans started heading to the exits after George's 3 with 3½[......]

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NBA: Officials lacked evidence to reverse controversial call in Thunder-Clippers Game 5

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson夜网论坛 attacked the rim and was met by the LA Clippers' Matt Barnes. While Barnes appeared to foul Jackson, officials called the play out of bounds against the Clippers and the Thunder used that extra possession to take a 105-104 that would give them the win of Game 5. 

The NBA responded to the call that caused such controversy late Tuesday night through a statement from Rod Thorn, president of basketball operations. Thorn supported the officials' decision, stating that there was not enough evidence available to reverse the call made on the floor.

MORE: Paul accepts blame for Clippers loss | Rivers: We got robbed

“With 11.3 seconds left in the game, the basketball went out of bounds on the baseline and the referees ruled the ball belonged to the Thunder," Thorn said in a statement. "The referees then used instant replay to review the play.  

"In order to reverse the call made on the court, there has to be ‘clear and conclusive’ evidence. Since no replay provided such evidence, the play correctly stood as called with the Thunder retaining possession.”

The play in question can be seen below. 

Clippers coach Doc Rivers, who is likely to receive a fine, had strong feeling on the call. Rivers said his team was robbed and called the out of bounds decision a blown call.

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Spurs' reaction to possible Serge Ibaka return? Mock shock

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Given word Serge Ibaka might play Sunday against his team, San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich provided his best Capt. Renault impersonation.

"I'm shocked. I'm so surprised," Popovich said, a deadpan response from a man who has seen about everything the NBA playoffs can deliver.

Sunday's Game 3 of the Western Conference finals is a time for desperate measures, and down 0-2 at home in the series means the Oklahoma City Thunder must dig deep for inspiration.

Ibaka, initially reported to be out for the rest of the series, if not for the remainder of the playoffs, is now day-to-day, according to general manager Sam Presti. No one questions the change in Ibaka's status or whether a miracle cure has been discovered for his leg injury.

Least of all Popovich.

"I told you from the beginning I know Sammy and we knew he would be back, and that's good," he told reporters, via the San Antonio Express-News .

"Nobody would wish that on anybody to miss the playoffs. We've had guys miss the playoffs before and it's obviously a downer. If he gets back in and I'm sure he will, as I've said from the beginning, I think it's great."

Not that Popovich was the only one channeling a scene from the legendary movie Casablanca.

"It doesn't change anything," Spurs center Tim Duncan said. "We're going to play the same way and act the same way, and hopefully have the same results."

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Sporting News Podcast: Ep. 41

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The 41st episode of the Sporting News Podcast is here. Please, have a listen and subscribe on iTunes.

In today's show, Matt Lutovsky (@MLutovsky) and guest-host Troy Machir (@TroyMachir) discuss:

    The lack of “bulletin board material” for the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup FinalWhether Gregg Popovich is mean or if he really “likes everyone”The ridiculous ticket prices for Stanley Cup games in New YorkPredictions for social media buzz that will pop up after the Game 1's of each series (like comparing Michael Jordan's Bulls' teams to LeBron's James' Heat teams)The MLB Draft and how no one really cares about it (or should care about it)The best name of this year's MLB Draft

    We also talk with San Antonio-area sports reporter Vinnie Vinzetta (@VinnieKENS5), who chats about the vibe in San Antonio heading in Game 1, what's different about this year's Spurs compared to last year's, the Spurs' biggest advantage over the Heat, the likelihood Tim Duncan retires if San Antonio wins, when the Spurs will be at the end of their run, how they'll “rebuild” when things start going bad (Kevin Love trade?), Tony Parker's importance, how much longer Gregg Popovich will be on the sidelines, and more. Vinnie's interview starts at the 23:28 mark of the show. Click here to go right to Vinnie's interview.

    We finish up by talking with L.A. Daily News columnist Jill Painter (@jillpainter), who discusses Stanley Cup media day, where the Kings[......]

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'Game of Zones' is back and even funnier

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Bleacher Report's hilarious NBA spoof on "Game of Thrones" is back for a second episode, and it is every bit as funny as the first episode.

- Derek Rose is back as Bran Stark, along with Carlos Boozer at Hodor. Joakim Noah makes an appearance as either Jojen or Mira Reed.

- Rajon Ro夜网论坛ndo as Jon Snow and Brad Stevens as the wildling Ygritte.

- Marc Gasol and Mike Conley Jr as Arya Stark & The Hound.

- Phil Jackson as Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish.

- LeBron James as Jamie Lannister and Dwyane Wade as Cersei Lannister, and much much more.

(BleacherReport.com)

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LeBron James says vacation first, then decision on future

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MIAMI — LeBron James is leaving.

For a family vacation, that is.

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The Miami Heat star said that's his first order of business, and during the time away from basketball he'll start the process of moving past this season and looking toward the future.

"I just want to win. That's all that matters to me," James said Tuesday after emerging from the final team meeting, one where coach Erik Spoelstra urged his team take plenty of pride from the season, even though the end result was an NBA Finals loss to San Antonio. "I haven't even begun to even think about what my future holds or what I have in store. I will sit down with my team at some point, my family as well. Today definitely wasn't the day.

"If my family is happy, then I'm happy and able to perform at a high level."

If so, then they've been happy during his first four years in Miami: James has been to the NBA Finals all four seasons in which he's played for the Heat, capturing two championships, and no one in the league over that span has logged more minutes, made more field goals or won more games than the four-time MVP.

And now he could leave.

James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh can all become free agents, though none have made decisions on whether they'll opt out. They came together amid much fanfare in 2010, and this summer might be similar in many ways for that trio, the Heat and[......]

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Zach LaVine: UCLA wasn't indication of point guard's upside

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With media members waiting, Zach LaVine walked over, stood front and center and announced his name and college without pretension. He believed those gathered might not know he is a lottery prospect or that he attended UCLA. 

LaVine was right to make such an assumption, not because folks are unaware of his name or college, but because there is little else known about him. He is similar to a pair of other UCLA guards — Russell Westbrook and Jrue Holiday — in that sense.

Before he arrived at UCLA, LaVine was regarded as an all-world player. He had big scoring numbers, superior athleticism and ballhandling ability. Only one of those things changed over the course of one season at UCLA. LaVine didn't wow with his stats.

LaVine had a fast start to the season but sputtered down the stretch and averaged 9.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists. He was not the Bruins' primary ballhandler or leading scorer. Draft prospects Kyle Anderson and Jordan Adams held those roles, respectively. 

Similar to Westbrook and Holiday, who increased their production as NBA players, LaVine expects that to change. He believes his game is better suited for the NBA and does not foresee another season like his freshman year at UCLA. 

"There's a lot of stuff I could work on," LaVine said, "I'm only 19 years old, but I feel like my game definitely translates to the NBA a lot better than college. I had a really good time in college my freshmen y[......]

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Magic opt for cap space, waive vet Jameer Nelson

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ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Magic's final link to their old regime is now gone.

The Magic waived Jameer Nelson on Monday, parting ways with their longest-tenured player in a move to save valuable salary cap space and turn a page toward the future. Nelson's departure comes just weeks before the team would have owed him $8 million for the final year of夜网论坛 a three-year contract.

MORE: LeBron's plan | Deals coming | Draft grades

But by waiving him by July 16, Orlando owes the veteran point guard only $2 million in guaranteed money.

In a statement released by the team, Nelson thanked the Magic management and ownership, adding that he'd miss the fans that embraced him and "made it easy for us to adopt Orlando as our second home."

"I appreciate the opportunity the Orlando Magic has afforded me and my family over the past 10 years," Nelson said. "All good things must come to an end, however, and it's time to move on. I look forward to continuing my career as an NBA player and will never take for granted my time in Orlando."

Nelson was selected by Denver 20th overall in the first round of the 2004 draft, but was acquired by Orlando in exchange for a future first round pick on draft night. Listed at 6 feet, he was undersized on most nights but played in 651 regular season games in Orlando with 556 starts, averaging 12.6 points and 5.4 assists, and posting one All-Star season in 2009.

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