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Draymond Green is not a superstar -- or is he? (May 02, 2016)
Ethan Sherwood Strauss [ Source: ESPN ]

Draymond Green recorded a triple-double in the Warriors' Game 1 win over the Trail Blazers. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Draymond Green set the record for plus-minus in a season, with the Golden State Warriors outscoring opponents by a mere 1,070 points in 2015-16. Draymond Green is not a superstar.

Draymond Green led all players in real plus-minus this season, after finishing in the top 8 last season. Draymond Green is not a superstar.

Through six playoff games, with Stephen Curry only assisting in four total quarters of action, Draymond Green is +120, averaging 14.8 points, 10.2 rebounds and 7.3 assists. Draymond Green is not a superstar.

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DeMar DeRozan scores 30 points to help the Raptors defeat the Pacers 89-84 in Game 7 of their playoff series. It's Toronto's first playoff series victory since 2001 and gives them a matchup with Miami in the next round.TORONTO -- DeMar DeRozan pushed the Toronto Raptors into the second round -- finally.

DeRozan scored 30 points and Toronto beat the Indiana Pacers 89-84 on Sunday night in Game 7 to advance to face Miami in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The Raptors won a best-of-seven series for the first time in franchise history.

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Warriors are back to dominating, Klay Thompson a key reason why (May 02, 2016)
ESPN Stats & Information [ Source: ESPN ]


The Golden State Warriors have figured out this playing-without-Stephen Curry thing.

In the past three games, the Warriors have outscored their opponents by 72 points with Curry off the floor. They’re shooting 52 percent from the field and 45 percent from 3-point range.

They’re back to dominating.

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Klay Thompson scores 37 points and Draymond Green adds a triple-double as the Warriors defeat the Trail Blazers 118-106 to take Game 1 of their playoff series.

OAKLAND, Calif. -- From the opening tip, Klay Thompson shot lights-out and even heaved one in from way out in Stephen Curry territory. Draymond Green began yapping from the start while doing his thing to make plays every which way, calling on his teammates to bring an edge on defense.

With Curry sidelined because of a sprained right knee, Green and Thompson took charge again. Their supporting cast came through in the clutch, too.

Thompson scored 37 points in another brilliant performance as his fellow "Splash Brother" watched injured, and the Golden State Warriors dominated once more without their MVP to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 118-106 Sunday in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals.

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The work Steve Clifford did to get Charlotte to this point is impressive. Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

MIAMI -- Game recognizes game, and before the biggest inflection point of his best season as an NBA head coach, Steve Clifford was effusive in his praise of Erik Spoelstra for how he remodeled the Miami Heat without Chris Bosh.

“From a pure coaching standpoint,” Clifford said before Game 5, “it’s really incredible what he’s done.”

Clifford beams his passion for the craft of coaching the way Kemba Walker does his confidence in, well, everything. Behind kind eyes and a ready smile is a belief that each, in his own way, is right. So while Clifford’s sermon on the fallacy of big-game adjustments may have seemed like a media scolding, those around him saw it more as the coach, after 16 years on an NBA bench, emphasizing what countless hours of film study had shown him.

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Miami gets 25 points from Goran Dragic and five other Heat players score in double digits in a 106-73 win in Game 7.

MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade took a moment before tipoff Sunday to reflect on all that his Miami Heat endured this season.

They lost Chris Bosh at the All-Star break for a second consecutive year, forcing them to significantly change their style of play. They handled injuries, saw assistant coach Keith Smart deal with cancer treatment that took him away from the team, and reshaped their roster in free-agent deals and trades.

In that moment, Wade realized how it all made his team stronger.

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Sources: Kings to interview David Blatt for coach (May 02, 2016)
Marc Stein [ Source: ESPN ]


The Sacramento Kings will interview former Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt for their head-coaching vacancy early this week, according to league sources.

Sources told that Blatt will become the latest in a string of recent head coaches to interview for the post, with the Kings determined to commission a broad search in their hunt for George Karl's replacement.

The Kings, sources say, are known to have already completed interviews with former Minnesota Timberwolves and Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell, former Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro and former New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson‎. reported last week that the Kings have had exploratory conversations with Kevin McHale, who was fired by the Houston Rockets just 11 games into the current season.

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Chris Banchero of Alaska. PBA Media Bureau

The Alaska Aces target to march on to the championship round as they seek to finish off the Meralco Bolts in Game Four of their best-of-five Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series on Monday at SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Tip-off is at 7 p.m. live on TV5.

Alaska, currently up 2-1 in the series, is looking to notch back-to-back wins to set up a date with Rain or Shine in the finals.

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Stephen Curry has resumed light shooting without movement on his injured right knee, with the hope that he can get into scrimmages by the end of the week, perhaps in time to be ready for Game 3 of the Golden State Warriors' Western Conference semifinal series against Portland.

And during a sideline interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters during Sunday's Game 1 win against Portland, Curry said the chances of him returning for Game 3 are "pretty good."

"To me they're pretty good so I'll do anything I can this week to make that happen," Curry said.

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Leo Austria. PBA Media Bureau

The San Miguel Beermen came into the 2016 Oppo PBA Comissioner’s Cup with Grand Slam aspirations.

They had to kiss those hopes goodbye following their 124-99 setback at the hands of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in Game Four of their best-of-five semifinals series on Sunday.

San Miguel coach Leo Austria rued coming so far in these playoffs and falling short at this juncture.

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