Warriors’ defense, Klay Thompson take over fourth quarter, earn Game 2 win ProBasketballTalk (Kurt Helin) — Only one team in this series can crank up their defense enough to  win them games. The Warriors’ offense feeds off that stingy defense — with or without Stephen Curry in the lineup, again Tuesday it was without — and the combination can lead to big runs. Such as a 34-12 fourth quarter. It was […]
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Warriors overwhelm Blazers with unreal crunch-time run, go up 2-0 Ball Don't Lie (Eric Freeman) — The Golden State Warriors have performed quite well without the injured Stephen Curry this postseason, but it's fairly apparent that success comes more difficultly when the NBA MVP isn't on the floor. The Curry-less Warriors are a different beast — they don't make or take as many three-pointers, run the offense a little more deliberately, and rely more heavily on their defense. It's not always...
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Kyle Lowry's prayer forces OT, but Heat recover to take Game 1 Ball Don't Lie (Dan Devine) — The first game of the second round of the playoffs had been yet another miserable evening for Kyle Lowry. Just 2-for-11 from the field against the Miami Heat, looking dispirited by his continuing inability — whether due to the elbow injury that's plagued him since late March, the looming menace of Hassan Whiteside in the paint, creeping doubt between his ears, or all of the above — to knock...
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Raptors-HEAT Game 1 Recap

Basketball Insiders (Cody Taylor) — The Miami HEAT won Game 1 of their second-round series against the Toronto Raptors.
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Dwyane Wade’s determination outlasts Kyle Lowry’s buzzer beater ProBasketballTalk (Dan Feldman) — Dwyane Wade was helpless as Kyle Lowry‘s halfcourt heave sailed through the air (though Wade cocked his head back and leaned to the side, as if changing his view of the ball could alter its trajectory). Wade was helpless as the referees swallowed their whistles despite Cory Joseph crashing into him on an inbound. (Haven’t […]
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Kyle Lowry sends Raptors-Heat to overtime with halfcourt buzzer beater (video) ProBasketballTalk (Dan Feldman) — Kyle Lowry at the buzzer to send it to OT — Kenny Ducey (@KennyDucey) May 4, 2016 Kyle Lowry was 2-for-11, including 0-for-5 on 3-pointers. Didn’t matter. He hit the big one to stave off yet another Raptors Game 1 loss. Video via Kenny Ducey of Sports Illustrated
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C.J. McCollum on Warriors: ‘They set a lot of illegal screens’ ProBasketballTalk (Dan Feldman) — Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts accused Anderson Varejao of being dirty on a particular play. C.J. McCollum says the Warriors cross the line much more regularly. via Jason Quick of CSN Northwest: “They set a lot of illegal screens,’’ Blazers guard CJ McCollum said Tuesday at the team’s shootaround at The Olympic Club. “They are […]
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Raptors starting Norman Powell over Patrick Patterson against Heat ProBasketballTalk (Dan Feldman) — Raptors coach Dwane Casey got a taste of changing his starting lineup. Now he can’t stop. Matt Devlin of Game 1 Rd 2 @Raptors change starting lineup @npowell2404 gets his 1st playoff start! #WeTheNorth — Matt Devlin (@Matt__Devlin) May 3, 2016 Norman Powell replaces Patrick Patterson (who replaced regular-season starter Luis Scola in […]
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NBA PM: Lin Wants to Return to Charlotte

Basketball Insiders (Alex Kennedy) — Jeremy Lin recently explained why he wants to re-sign with the Charlotte Hornets this summer.
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Report: Chris Bosh petitioning union to get Heat to allow him to play ProBasketballTalk (Dan Feldman) — Chris Bosh, who was sidelined due to blood clots for the second straight season, clearly wants to play. The Heat maintain the same stance: There’s no timetable for his return. Dan Le Batard of ESPN, as transcribed by Jason Lieser of The Palm Beach Post: This is complicated and it’s not great,” Le Batard said. […]
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NBA: Spurs got away with two key fouls in crunch time BEFORE final play (videos) ProBasketballTalk (Dan Feldman) — The final play of Thunder-Spurs Game 2 was pure mayhem – five missed calls in the final 13.5 seconds. But what if that high-stakes ending were avoided completely? If officials had gotten previous crunch-time calls correct, it might have been. The last play mattered only because San Antonio was charging back from a five-point deficit […]
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Round 2 Preview: Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat

Nylon Calculus (Justin W) — Here at Nylon Calculus we track and analyze a wide  variety of stats, so here are a few hand-picked ones offered as preview of the Raptors-Heat series. This is a numbers versus reputation series. The Raptors on paper have a strong team… Continue Reading → The post Round 2 Preview: Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat appeared first on Nylon Calculus .
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NBA official report says refs blew five calls in final 13 seconds of Thunder win ProBasketballTalk (Kurt Helin) — This has to be a record. Hopefully, this is one never broken. The NBA’s official review found five missed calls in the final 13.5 seconds of Oklahoma City’s Game 2 win over the Spurs Monday night, and eight total in the final two minutes of play. Lead official Ken Mauer admitted to one after the […]
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NBA cops to 5 missed calls in crazy finish to Spurs-Thunder Game 2 Ball Don't Lie (Dan Devine) — So, that finish to Game 2 between the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder was totally insane, huh? In case you somehow missed it, let's revisit the madness one more time: [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr:  The best slams from all of basketball] After Dion Waiters' forearm shiver to the chest of Manu Ginobili created enough space to inbound the basketball, allowing one of...
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Report: Chris Bosh, Heat 'at a crossroads' over his health, return Ball Don't Lie (Dan Devine) — Chris Bosh hasn't suited up for the Miami Heat since early February, missing the last 37 games after pulling out of the All-Star Game amid concerns related to another round of the frightening blood-clotting problems that prematurely ended his 2014-15 season . But while the Heat continue to list him as out indefinitely, the 32-year-old All-Star hasn't given up hope of returning at some...
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