PBT’s NBA 2016 Draft Pospect Preview: Skal Labissiere ProBasketballTalk (Rob Dauster) — He's got a lot of potential but is a long, long way from reaching it.
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Revisiting the most impactful playoff suspensions in NBA history Ball Don't Lie (Kelly Dwyer) — Since the NBA started rewarding physical altercations with harsher penalties in the early 1990s, we’ve thankfully seen the league’s players tone the actual fisticuffs down. Whereas former NBA players like Maurice Lucas, Kevin McHale and just about every late 1980s Detroit Pistons big man you can think of once got away with relatively slim fines for their actions, resulting generations have...
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NBA PM: The Set That Almost Doomed Toronto

Basketball Insiders (Ben Dowsett) — A look at the Cavaliers' set that nearly doomed the Raptors, and how Kyle Lowry finally helped shut it down.
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Dwane Casey says he hopes Jonas Valanciunas plays, but Channing Frye makes it hard ProBasketballTalk (Dan Feldman) — Jonas Valanciunas was active in Game 4, but he didn’t play. Raptors coach Dwane Casey, via Blake Murphy of Raptors Republic “Hopefully we can get him involved,” Casey said. “Again, it depends on the lineup they have on the court. I know he’s our starting centre but it’s tough to put him out there if […]
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Magic Johnson really thinks Kobe Bryant's the greatest Laker ever Ball Don't Lie (Dan Devine) — When he took the mic at Staples Center last month to introduce Kobe Bryant before the final game of his illustrious 20-year NBA career , Magic Johnson made his feelings known. [ Follow Dunks Don't Lie on Tumblr: The best slams from all of basketball] "We are here to celebrate greatness, for 20 years," Johnson said. "Excellence, for 20 years. Kobe Bryant has never cheated the game. He has...
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PBT Podcast: Thunder beating Warriors, Raps surprise Cavs, grown men kicked in nuts ProBasketballTalk (Kurt Helin) — Draymond Green needs to get past the kick and play much better in Game 4.
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Draymond Green: ‘I’m never going to be careful’ ProBasketballTalk (Dan Feldman) — Draymond Green answered the first three questions he faced today – each about not being suspended for kicking Steven Adams in the groin – with: “That is a great question,” “That is a great question” and “That is a great statement.” Then, he got a little more revealing. Green, via Tim Kawakami of Talking Points: […]
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Before DeRozan faced off with LeBron, he faced off with security Ball Don't Lie (Dan Devine) — DeMar DeRozan is a two-time All-Star who finished ninth in the NBA in scoring this season. He ranks in the top 10 in the Toronto Raptors' franchise record book in just about every major statistical category and, some early-postseason-struggle-induced queasiness aside, is likely to command multiple maximum-salary contract offers when he hits free agency this summer. He is, along with...
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Three things to watch in Oklahoma City vs. Golden State's Game 4 Ball Don't Lie (Kelly Dwyer) — It isn’t an elimination game, and it isn’t if the Golden State Warriors haven’t been here before. Things are slightly different, though, this time around. The defending champs stared down 2-1 series deficits twice in the postseason last year, prior to winning it all, and needed a playoff win on the road to tie things up. However, those eventual wins came against a lacking Memphis Grizzlies...
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Report: James Borrego gets second interview with Rockets, including owner Leslie Alexander ProBasketballTalk (Dan Feldman) — The Rockets were reportedly considering Mike D’Antoni or Stephen Silas (with Lionel Hollins as lead assistant) to be their head coach. Then, they interviewed James Borrego and Adrian Griffin. Apparently, those late interviews carried weight. Marc Stein of ESPN: NBA coaching sources say James Borrego, after Monday's interview in Houston, has progressed to a meeting […]
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Fan gets tossed for razzing refs, misses Raptors' biggest win ever Ball Don't Lie (Dan Devine) — Through the first three games of the 2016 Eastern Conference finals, Toronto Raptors fans had been pretty unhappy with the officiating in the series. And while the tide of the series has certainly turned over the past 96 minutes of basketball, that wasn't enough to placate all Raps fans when it comes to the razzing of the refs, as evidenced by the game-stopping removal of one gentleman whom...
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Warriors/Thunder Game 4 preview: Which small ball lineup wins? ProBasketballTalk (Kurt Helin) — Will Draymond Green play better? Will Andre Roberson continue to play well?
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Kevin Durant: ‘They’re not going to suspend Draymond Green. He’s one of the premier players in the league’ ProBasketballTalk (Dan Feldman) — Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA’s executive vice president of basketball operations, insisted his decision to give Draymond Green a flagrant 2 rather than suspending him had nothing to do with Green’s star status or the Warriors’ place in league history. But Kevin Durant doesn’t believe that. Royce Young of ESPN: Kevin Durant: "They're not going to […]
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