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He has had an exemplary rookie season, no doubt about that.
 
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So it's pretty much a given that Luke Walton will not be back next season.

Question: Who will the next Laker's coach be?

Who is out there who wants to deal with:
1) Magic
2) Jeanne Buss
3) An increasingly un-coachable superstar
4) the drama that comes with the LA media
5) Not knowing who's even going to be on the team in November (other than #3)


Anybody have any ideas??

 
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Part and parcel with the above, Magic and Buss (heh..."Magic Bus") have to find someone who is:

1) highly competent
2) can inspire players to a championship level
3) can handle excruciating pressure
4) is not a psychopath

IOW, I don't think they'll be calling Tom Thibodeau

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There's already talk of a Lebron James-Tyronn Lue reunion. Regardless of who the coach is next season, this whole Lebron-Lakers marriage it TOTALLY dependent upon Anthony Davis and/or the marquee stars of this summer's free agent class. If the Lakers can't pull of a trade for AD and they miss out on all the top free agents, this Lebron thing has got "disaster" written all over it.
 
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"Lebron. Is. The. GOAT. Period!"

"ok...how many rings does he---"

"STOP BRINGING UP TRIVIAL SHIT!!!"

 
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Yeah, kind of hard to make the case now for Lebron as G.O.A.T. It's not a good look for him when, for the first time in his career, he plays a season in the Western Conference and his team won't even make the playoffs. That kind of kills the "He made 8-straight NBA Finals!" argument that his loyalists always use, and it makes it easier to argue that he simply benefited from playing in the much weaker conference all those years.

As for tonight's action...just when it looked like the Sixers were going to tie the Pacers for that third spot in the East, they choke in Chicago. For the moment, Philly is a full game behind Indy; the Pacers do have to play at Milwaukee tomorrow night, but then the Sixers have to go to Houston on Friday. On Sunday, the Pacers come to Philly for their last meeting of the season with the Sixers; Sixers currently lead the season series, 2-1. Actually, looking at Indy's schedule for the remainder of the month, it's pretty fuckin' brutal. With the exception of what should be an easy win over the Knicks at home on Mar. 12, the rest of the month looks like this for the Pacers: , , OKC, , , , , DEN, , , ORL. Since the Oladipo injury, the team has done a hell of a job holding on to that 3rd seed; hard to imagine they'll have it by month's end.

Also worth noting are the Detroit Pistons. With their win over the Timberwolves tonight, the Pistons are now over the .500 mark (32-31) and just passed the Nets for the 6th seed.


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The Lakers were 3rd or 4th in the west before LeBron went down with a groin injury. When that groin injury happened, that's what ultimately doomed the Lakers momentum IMO. Who knows, but the Lakers would definitely still be in the playoff race if not for LeBron's groin injury. You're not the same coming off a bad injury like that, I don't care what anyone says. I do agree that LeBron was lucky to be in the weak East all that time, but look at the Cavaliers now, they had their worst start in franchise history this year, LeBron carried that lottery team to the Finals who had no business being there. If you look at last year's Eastern Conference playoffs, the Pacers no longer having Paul George took them to 7 games, they own the Raptors, but in the Celtics series the home team won all of games 1-6 until the 7th game when the Celtics could only put up 79 at home.

If it wasn't for Kevin Durant joining the Warriors... damn we'd be having a different conversation about LeBron's legacy. 2018 will always be the peak of LeBron's career IMO, but the Warriors were his ultimate nemesis, and I despite the Warriors. With the old NBA rules there's no way the Warriors would be able to score as much and be wide open with all those 3 pointers. We will never know how LeBron would have done in the old NBA era, and we will never know how Michael Jordan would have done in the new age of the NBA. I'd still take Michael Jordan any day tho.

Next, I look at Tom Brady in the NFL, people keep saying he's the new Michael Jordan now, I'm sorry but I call BS on that. First of all, you play for a city (Boston) that's known for a bunch of championships historically across all your teams (Patriots, Red Sox, Celtics) so if Brady was in a city that was not Boston his whole career, there's no way he'd be that successful. Jordan had to overcome playing in a city (Chicago) that is cursed if it wasn't for his rings, the 1985 Bears is all they got in football who should have had a lot more with that group, and the Cubs didn't win a World Series until 2016, took them 100 years. Boston has a special system across all their major sports teams that not only works with the Patriots, but the Celtics and Red Sox as well. Montana's NFC was a lot tougher than Brady's AFC. You're in a very weak AFC East year in and year out which is almost 6 guaranteed wins on your schedule, and have only had to worry about Big Ben and Peyton Manning (who is retired now). Brady has had more top 10 scoring defenses on his teams than any other NFL QB the past 20 seasons. When they beat the Rams in the Super Bowl, that was the greatest defensive performance I had ever seen in a Super Bowl my entire lifetime, that was more about Belichick and that defense. Michael Jordan never cheated, but the Patriots have cheated multiple times.

 
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That event last night (Lebron passing MJ on the all-time scoring list) was rather anticlimactic. Neither the people in the crowd nor the players seemed to be that into it. Michael Jordan issued this short and simple statement: "I want to congratulate LeBron on achieving another great milestone during his amazing career.”

 
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After missing the previous 8 games (every game since the All-Star break), Joel Embiid FINALLY returned to the Sixers' lineup yesterday. As a result, the Sixers were able to beat the Indiana Pacers in Philly, and in doing so, the Sixers took over the third spot in the East. Sixers and Pacers actually have identical records, but Philly won the season series, 3-1. The Boston Celtics have suddenly gotten hot and, even though they're still in the fifth spot, they're only a game behind both the Sixers and Pacers. I think the Celtics will be the third seed at season's end, Sixers will be #4 and the Pacers #5.

Over in the West, seeds 3-8 are all bunched up. (3) Rockets have a one-game lead over (4) Thunder and (5) Trail Blazers. Behind them, (6) Jazz, (7) Spurs and (8) Clippers are essentially tied. The Sacramento Kings are a full four games out of the eighth spot; looks like their longest-in-the-league playoff drought will continue.

Also worth noting, the Phoenix Suns ended their 18-game losing streak to the Golden State Warriors tonight.

 
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Philly, Indiana and Houston have all now clinched winning seasons.
 
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Ouch this schedule down the stretch for the Nets is brutal. I think at best we're looking at the 8 seed, unless we get lucky and catch a few of the west coast teams on a bad night. Even still, I'd consider this season a success for the Nets, especially if it resulted in one of the big dogs signing with is instead of the Nix. No one expect d anything from us and we're in the playoff hunt

 
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The 3rd Q score in the Detroit v. Miami game last night was 33-8 Miami. That's not a misprint.


Miami won 108-74.

Edited by - Smiler Grogan on 3/14/2019 6:51:23 PM

 
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Yeah, since you mentioned it, I'm looking at their remaining schedule right now and it's pretty rough; they're in the midst of a long road trip that wraps up in Philly on the 28th...a game I will be attending, by the way.

I bought myself a ticket for that one during the All-Star break. Ticket prices on the secondary market (i.e. StubHub) started going up for the Sixers' remaining home games after the Tobias Harris trade, I found a good ticket - at a good price - for this game and bought it. I figure it won't be late enough in the season to where the Sixers start resting some of their stars (especially Embiid); they'll still have about two weeks left in the regular season when this game happens. Plus, as I've mentioned here before, the Nets always seem to play them tough, so it should be a close, down-to-the-wire game.

 
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Boston, OKC and Portland have now clinched winning seasons.

Golden States have clinched a post-season berth.

 
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"Sweet Lou" for the win...over Dread's Nets:


That puts the Clippers at 41-30 and the Nets back at the .500 mark (36-36). The Clippers are still stuck at 8th in the West, but they're within two games or less of the first four teams above them. It's remarkable how good they've been this season, especially after the Tobias Harris trade. It'll be interesting to see if they can FINALLY land a superstar free agent in the offseason; feels like we've talked about them being a prime free agent destination for years now, but they've never actually been able to land any big-name free agents.

The showdown between the Sixers and Bucks was sure worth watching. Giannis was unstoppable, scoring a career-high 52 PTS, but Embiid was a force to be reckoned with, too (40 PTS). The Sixers held on for the win, 130-125. Milwaukee being without Malcolm Brogdon for a while (6-8 weeks) is tough, they're three games up on Toronto for the top spot, I wonder if that's enough cushion for them to hold on to the #1 seed. Toronto actually blew a chance to gain a full game on them yesterday when they lost in Detroit.

 
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^In any case however, Philly and Toronto have now secured playoff spots.

For Philly this will be the second playoff appearance since the 2011-2012 season.

For Toronto, this will be their sixth straight playoff appearance; it will also be the first time since 2015 that they will not be meeting the Cavaliers at some point. And barring a miracle that sees the Lakers get to the Finals, it will be the same amount of time they do not meet LeBron James.

 
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The Suns may have possibly screwed themselves out of the #1 lottery pick. They were sitting pretty with 11 wins, and then they had to go and win six games in the last three weeks, including wins against Milwaukee, Golden State and the Lakers.

They're now tied with Cleveland record-wise and New York is now the worst with 14 wins.

 
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If Mario Hezjona were to retire tomorrow, at least he would always have this:
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James got to the left block and attempted a fadeaway jumper. Hezonja threw up his right arm, got his hand on the ball and blocked it.

Time expired as the Knicks secured a 124-123 victory over the Lakers at Madison Square Garden, snapping their eight-game losing streak by beating Los Angeles for the second time this season.

"To beat a great player, sometimes you’ve got to do the unexpected and you’ve got to make big plays because you know they’re gearing up to make a big play," Fizdale said.

This certainly was unexpected.

Hezonja, who signed a one-year contract with the Knicks (14-56) in the offseason, hadn't even played since Feb. 13. He had fallen out of the rotation and then suffered a leg injury that kept him out for eight games.

He got an opportunity Sunday because Noah Vonleh, who had been starting at power forward, injured his ankle against the Spurs on Friday night.

New York Knicks' DeAndre Jordan, right, and Emmanuel Mudiay, left, celebrate with Mario Hezonja, center, after he blocked the last shot of an NBA basketball game during the second half Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Photo: The Associated Press)

"I talked to the staff about a guy that could at least battle [James], athletically," Fizdale said. "We thought Mario would be a good matchup for him."

James still did plenty for the Lakers. He finished with 33 points on 11-of-26 shooting (0-of-6 from three-point range). James also racked up six rebounds and eight assists.

But he couldn't make the shots he needed late, going 4-of-15 in the fourth quarter and missing three shots in the final minute of the game.

The result came down to LeBron vs. Hezonja.

"I just tried to stop him," Hezonja said. "Probably one of the most unguardable guys in the world and one of the greatest players of all time. It is tough. When we’re on the court, who cares? I think you gain respect from good players by fighting with them."

He fought and won this play.

 
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A photo that pretty much describes the Lakers this season:

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Note: I know it looks like Hezonja is mocking LeBron but he's not. But still, the appearance of it, LeBron's "atlas shrugged" pose makes this photograph epic.

Edited by - Smiler Grogan on 3/18/2019 8:49:12 AM

 
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Dallas, New Orleans and Memphis have now been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and simultaneously, all now are guaranteed losing seasons.


Denver has now qualified for a playoff spot.

 
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Congrats to Dread's Nets-they became just the fourth team (in the shot clock era) to win a game after trailing by 25+ points entering the 4th quarter when they beat the Sacramento Kings last night.
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Sixers FINALLY beat the Boston Celtics tonight in Philly. Coming in, the Celtics had won 17 of the last 19 games against the Sixers. With the win, the Sixers now have a nice cushion on top of the Pacers and Celtics for the 3rd seed-Philly's now got 10 games left and they're three games up on Indy and four games up on Boston.

Also worth noting today, the Milwaukee Bucks have suffered another significant injury-Nikola Mirotic will be out 2-4 weeks because of a thumb fracture. So they've now got two key guys - Brogdon and Mirotic - who most likely won't be ready to return to action when the playoffs start. I kind of get the feeling that they are bound for a second round exit no matter who they play.

Oh, the Spurs' 9-game winning streak came to an end tonight when they lost to the Heat, in San Antonio. All of a sudden, the 8-seed Heat are just a game below .500 (35-36).

 
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Once the NBA Draft is upon us, I'm going to look five years back at the 2014 Draft in and see where all those guys are now...but I'm gonna jump the gun on Andrew Wiggins.

He. Is. A. Bust. A HUGE Bust.

He just might be worse than Kwame Brown or Anthony Bennett when you consider the fact that Wiggins started out decent, had a fairly strong 2016-2017 season, and has since deteriorated tremendously from there.

Somehow, he's been able to fly under the radar even in the context of the T-Wolves Drama which seemed to focus squarely on KAT, Jimmy Butler and ex-coach Thibodeau

The analytics are bad. The actual play is bad. His free throws are bad. He's something like 50% on LAYUPS.

What makes it truly horrifying is when you consider he's getting $29M for playing just about as well (or slightly worse, even) than what you could get from your average G-Leaguer. At leastBrown and Bennett's shortcomings were spotted early on and they could be ushered out of town in the dead of night. But this absolutely has to be considered at least the second worst active contract right now, behind that of John Wall.

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I think when Butler went to the Timberwolves, it looked like Butler took over the playing time, plays & ball possession that Wiggins would've had. I think if Wiggins went to another team who needed him more & could coach him the right way, he will be a great player.

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D'Angelo went nuclear and had 27in the fourth with some surprising speed and finishes at the rim. I think he might finally be 100%. Atkinson also went with an odd ball lineup that got hot and stayed with it. I fucking went to sleep once the Kings went on a 20-0 run dammit.


Also tonight, in the ultimate irony D'Angelo can officially knock the Lakers out of the playoff race with a Nets win tonight.


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That albatross of a contract and his play isn't helping matters. BillyKing isn't around to do dumb shit like that anymore. Unfortunately I think the Wolves are stuck with him and his passionless play. Gets paid and just coasts playing like shit

 
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And that's what happened. The Nets were able to overcome the 33-point, 20-rebound performance from Javale McGee; yes, Javale McGee actually posted those numbers tonight.

Also tonight, James Harden went off for 61 PTS in the Rockets' 111-105 victory over the Spurs. Harden's shooting line: 19-34 FG, 9-13 3-PT FG, 14-17 FT.

 
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Lakers, T-Wolves, and Atlanta all knocked out.
Pacers clinch a berth
 
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Utah, Clippers and Spurs all clinch winning seasons.

The 22nd consecutive winning season for San Antonio and Gregg Popovich.

 
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Houston clinches.

Some suspense in the East as Miami needs to hold off Orlando and Charlotte for that 8th spot. In the final 9 games they've got fairly winnable games against Minnesota, Dallas and the Knicks, but also Orlando, Boston (twice in a row), Toronto, Philly and Brooklyn. Five of those are away games, which may work in their favor. As mentioned in the halftime report, they've still got a better road record than at home.

The perpetual underachievers in Orlando face many of the same teams in their final stretch: Boston, Knicks, Toronto, Philly as well as Detroit, Indy and Atlanta. Also face Charlotte in a possible must-win in their last game of the season on April 10th. Six away games.

And in Charlotte -- well someone in the East has to have a final WC swing and Charlotte came up wiht the short straw; they've got to face the Lakers, GSW, Utah and New Orleans. Funny enough though, they COULD come out of it without a scratch. Lakers, NO are highly beatable and GSW won't care. They're already anticipating a matchup with the Spurs, who, Charlotte faces tomorrow night. Toronto, Detroit, Cleveland and the aforemention Orlando Magic close out the season for them. Despite being bad on the road (.458), and being equally bad against the West (.470), I'd like to think Charlotte could really do something and overtake the Heat. They've won three in a row against Minnesota, Boston and,

 
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Tough losses for both the Nets and Trail Blazers in their game Monday night-Brooklyn lost the game in double overtime, Portland lost their starting big man - Jusuf Nurkic - to a gruesome lower leg injury in that second overtime period (). Portland was already without one starter, CJ McCollum, who's been dealing with a knee injury for over a week now and they're not sure when he'll be back. The win clinched a playoff berth for the Blazers, but they sure seem bound for another first round exit right now.

Also last night, the Suns' Devin Booker put up 59 PTS in Utah...and Phoenix lost by 33 (125-92).

 
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The WC is a little clearer now. Sacramento has been knocked out of contention. It's gonna be GS, Utah, Denver, Clippers, OKC, Houston, Portland and San Antonio.


Boston has secured a playoff berth.

Wizards have been officially eliminated. Fuckers.

 
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The following icon best examplifies the media coverage of this Lebron-Lakers debacle:

Seriously, I am so over this topic right now. Until the season comes to an end and free agency approaches, there's no need to fucking talk about Lebron and the Lakers now. But whether I'm watching Fox Sports 1 or ESPN, it's still the topic they shove down your throat every day.

 
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LeBron and the Lakers separately were always clickbait; together, along with a meltdown of everything.

It's the same thing with The Patriots, Serena Williams, Tiger Woods...fr' instance if Serena wins a match the headline is "SERENA WINS!" if she loses a match the headline is "SERENA LOSES!"

But I agree, it's a shame that the likes of Denver and Portland can't anything but cursory coverage from national media.

 
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"But I agree, it's a shame that the likes of Denver and Portland can't anything but cursory coverage from national media."

Or the Toronto Raptors, the team I believe will win the Eastern Conference. After the formality of the 1st-round, the (2) Raptors will defeat the (3) Sixers and the (1) Bucks will beat the (4) Celtics. The Raptors will then beat the Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals. Toronto's due, they have the experience and I trust Kawhi Leonard more than any other Easter Conference superstar in the playoffs. Not to mention, he should be "fresh" for the playoffs, being that he sat out nearly a quarter of the season thanks to "load management" games.

By the way, Smiler, say it ain't so:

 
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Bucks have clinched the Eastern Conference! This is their third time doing so, (The 70-71 and 73-74 Bucks also accomplished it) but first since getting switched to the East.

Orlando has knocked Miami out of the eighth seed, let's see how long that lasts.

Utah has won six in a row and are currently 9-1/10.

 
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Continuing a trend where it's just not enough to be big and tall anymore;

 
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There's hope for them. I mean, shit, that goofy-looking motherfucker, Boban Marjanovic, is getting quality minutes for the Sixers. Speaking of the Sixers, if I didn't know any better, I'd think that they are intentionally trying to fall to the fourth spot in the East. Embiid and Butler have both missed games recently, the team has lost three straight. With their win in Indiana tonight, Boston is just 1 1/2 back of Philly, and that could come down to an even 1 with a Sixers' loss in Chicago Saturday night. Boston also holds the tiebreaker over Philly.

EDIT: Oh, by the way, Russell Westbrook clinched his third straight triple-double season tonight.

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Congrats, Dread, your Brooklyn Nets are going to the playoffs!

Both Brooklyn and Orlando clinched playoff spots yesterday. There's only one spot left up for grabs, Detroit holds a one-game lead over Charlotte and Miami for the 8th seed; all three teams have two games left. Also, the top-five spots in the East are now locked in: (1) Milwaukee, (2) Toronto, (3) Philadelphia, (4) Boston, (5) Indiana.

In the West, with the exception of Golden State clinching the #1 seed, we could still see movement in the other seedings over these last three days.

 
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Did not see that coming where Detroit actually found themselves struggling for contention. They beat the Magic, but a fat lot of good that did as they got thumped four games in a row including by the Pacers twice. Good news: They hold the tiebreaker over Miami. The two went 2-2 head to head this season so that's done. Neither is winning their division, so we go to Tiebreaker #3, Record Within the Division. Detroit wins that one having gone .500 in that regard. (0-4 against Milwaukee, 4-0 against Chicago and mixed records against Pacers and Cavs.)
Miami went 7-10 against the Southeast, (mixed records in all, but only beat Orlando and the Hawks once.)

What if Detroit and Charlotte end up with similar records? Charlotte holds the tiebreaker since they swept Detroit in four games played.

What if Miami and Charlotte end up wiht similar records? They were 2-2 in their four meetings, neither won the SE so again, Record Within the Division. As mentioned above they face each other on Weds and that COULD determine the outcome; Charlotte is 10-5, Miami is 9-6. So if Charlotte beats Cleveland tonight, and Miami beats Philly and they go into that game 39-42, and Miami wins the game on the 10th, then we skip Tiebreaker #4 (which only applies to teams in different divisions) and we go to #5 which is Record Against Playoff Teams In Own Conference. Miami only won five games against EC playoff teams, and Charlotte won 10, so Charlotte holds that tiebreaker as well.


I will not blame Kemba Walker one bit if he walks after this season. If he goes to Boston or the Pacers he can help either one of those guys contend. He's wasting his prime in Charlotte. If he's willing to get in the thicket of the West, than he'd be a star in LA. A good fit would be the Clippers, BUT...if he's willing to brave the LBJ Drama, he could bring Showtime back to the Lakers. More than anyone else in the West though, I think Greg Popovich desperately needs a guy like him.

 
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All three teams won tonight, but Miami was officially eliminated. It's a "win and we're in" scenario for the Detroit Pistons tomorrow night at New York; Hornets need to beat the Magic (in Charlotte) and hope that the Knicks somehow beat the Pistons.

Of course, the BIG news of the night is Magic Johnson abruptly stepping down as President of the Los Angeles Lakers. Just like his gig as a head coach and then as a late night talk show host, this did not last long!

Also tonight:

-Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki both scored 30 points and won in their final home games. I watched the postgame ceremonies for both guys, they were both great; Mark Cuban and the Mavericks organization put on a hell of a show for Dirk. Nowitzki will actually play in the Mavericks' season finale at San Antonio tomorrow, while tonight's game was the last for Wade.

-Dallas beat the Phoenix Suns in tonight's game, despite Jamal Crawford putting up 51 points for the Suns. He not only becomes the oldest player to score 50 points (39 years old), but he also becomes the first player to score 50 for four different franchises (CHI, NYK, GSW, PHX).

-In New Orleans, Steph Curry was playing for the Warriors and rolled his right ankle. He did not return and, though it looked bad, it sounds as if it's just a sprain and nothing serious. This right ankle of his, however, is one that he's injured several times in his career. Don't be surprised if the Warriors sit him out a game or two in their first round series as a precaution.

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