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NBA arena discriminated against black artists such as Drake, claims lawsuit

  • Former security chief at Atlanta Hawks sues after his dismissal
  • Lawsuit claims white acts such as Radiohead given preferential treatment

A former security manager at the arena where the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks play says white entertainers performing there were allowed to bypass security measures while similar requests by black entertainers were denied.

Alleging racial discrimination, Samuel Hayes filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against Atlanta Hawks LLC, which operates the arena. The lawsuit says Hayes was fired because he’s black and because he complained about security measures that he says were selectively enforced based on race. The Hawks hired Hayes in August to work as manager of security operations at Philips Arena and for the team, the lawsuit says. He was fired on 28 April.

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Thabo Sefolosha: Carmelo Anthony punched me in face during Hawks win

  • New York Knicks star ejected after clash in second quarter
  • Dennis Schroder scores 27 points during overtime victory for Atlanta

Thabo Sefolosha didn’t exactly gain much respect for Carmelo Anthony on Wednesday night during the Atlanta Hawks’ 102-98 victory over the New York Knicks. “He threw a punch,” Sefolosha said. “A fist right to my face. It’s whatever. The referee — I’m glad they looked back at it — they made the right call.”

Anthony and Sefolosha were tied up near the basket positioned for a rebound when the Knicks star jabbed his right forearm against Sefolosha’s face. The two players exchanged heated words and were separated. Players and assistant coaches on both benches stood up, and security personnel for each team came onto the floor. Anthony followed Sefolosha to the Hawks’ end of the floor, but the situation calmed down.

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NBA free agency winners and losers: the Warriors’ title hopes and KD’s likeability

Kevin Durant has made the Golden State Warriors the biggest winners of free agency, who were the others?

This offseason was always going to hinge on what Kevin Durant would do when he hit free agency. Durant’s surprise decision to sign a two-year, $54.3m deal with the Golden State Warriors could end up altering the league just as much as LeBron James’s decision to join the Miami Heat back in 2010. Durant’s shocking announcement came while the league was still adjusting to the new realities brought about by a salary cap. Some have found their situations greatly improved by the events of the last few days. Others, particularly those who hail from the Oklahoma City area, not so much.

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Cavaliers breeze into Eastern Conference finals after sweeping Hawks

Cleveland Cavaliers 100-99 Atlanta HawksKevin Love stars for Cavs with 27 pointsSteph Curry doubtful for Warriors in Game 4 against PortlandKevin Love scored 27 points, LeBron James hit a huge shot with 39.2 seconds to go and the Cleveland Cavalie…

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Channing Frye leads another three-point barrage as Cavs storm into 3-0 lead

Frye scores 27 points in a 121-108 victory over Atlanta that gives Cleveland a commanding 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semi-finals

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving had their usual stellar performances. Kevin Love came up big, too.

But when Channing Frye turned in the best playoff game of his career, the Atlanta Hawks didn’t have a chance.

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Cavaliers bury Hawks in Game 2 with record-breaking effort from deep

  • Cleveland drain record-breaking 25 three-pointers in 123-98 win
  • Unbeaten in playoffs, Cavaliers now lead 2-0 in best-of-seven series

Your shot, Warriors.

Dropping jumpers from every corner and angle, the Cleveland Cavaliers drained an NBA record 25 3-pointers – the most in any regular season or playoff game – during a 123-98 runaway win over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night in Game 2 of their second-round series.

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NBA playoffs finally heat up after Waiters’ shove and Lowry’s miracle heave

With Lowry’s half-court buzzer-beater, the Warriors’ stunning comeback and the frantic end to Spurs-Thunder, the second round of the playoffs has already provided more memorable moments than the first

Over 48 hours, the NBA postseason gave us: teams coming back from double-digit deficits, a game-tying buzzer-beater from half-court – and one of the most confounding final sequences in basketball history. In these four games, the second round of the playoffs might have already given fans as much entertainment value as the entire first round. (Granted, that may not have been a difficult task.)

Last night, the Golden State Warriors, still playing without Stephen Curry, came back to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 110-99 despite being down bys 17 points in the first half. In the fourth quarter, the Warriors went on a 9-0 run to tie the game and went on to stifle the Trail Blazers’ offense and win by a comfortable margin. The Warriors now have a 2-0 lead over the Trail Blazers, who had to have felt like they lost their best chance at making this a series.

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Stephen Curry’s ankle shouldn’t worry Warriors, other playoff teams aren’t so lucky

The Warriors are merely being cautious with Steph Curry while other teams’ injuries might end up having a bigger impact

This may sound strange, but the Golden State Warriors’ most logical course of action could involve sitting their best player for the remainder of their series against the Houston Rockets. Stephen Curry, the reigning MVP, did not play in Monday night’s Game 2 after tweaking his ankle in the series opener. While the injury, at this point, doesn’t seem to be too serious, the Warriors are being super-cautious with their star player. It’s hard to blame them, especially since the postseason is only a few days old and there are already signs that some teams won’t be able to overcome injuries to key players.

“We will definitely err on the side of caution,” Kerr said on Monday, “if he’s not right, then he’s not going to play. It’s not worth risking turning this into a long-term issue.”

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Was Dwight Howard’s Stickum spray the most incompetent example of cheating?

Dwight Howard is worried that he will be labeled as a cheater after getting caught using an illegal adhesive, but the incident has led to mockery rather than anger

On Saturday night, the Houston Rockets lost a game, which was anything but a news story, especially not this season. What made the 109-97 loss to the Atlanta Hawks notable was an incident where Rockets center Dwight Howard was caught using the adhesive substance Stickum during the game. It was the latest embarrassing development for a team that’s had a season full of them.

“I’ve never felt the ball like that ever,” said Atlanta’s Paul Millsap, who discovered the substance on the ball while lining up for a free throw, “It was sticky. It was like super glue or something was on there. I couldn’t get it off my hands. It was the weirdest thing ever.”

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NBA reviewing Dwight Howard’s use of sticky spray during game

  • Atlanta Hawks’ Paul Millsap says substance affected his free throws
  • Houston Rockets’ Howard denies use of spray is a ‘big deal’

The NBA is reviewing Dwight Howard’s use of a sticky substance on his hands in Houston’s loss at the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.

Atlanta’s Paul Millsap complained about the ball while shooting two free throws with 3:36 remaining in the first quarter. Howard made a layup with 4:04 remaining.

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The Hunters: the alternative 2014-15 end of season NBA awards

Who was the most valuable player in basketball? Who deserves Coach of the Year honors? Why does the league vote on these things before the NBA season has even ended?

On 4 May, Steph Curry was named MVP of the 2014-15 NBA season. Curry’s season, however, wasn’t actually over until the Warriors defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA finals. That would be either 16 or 17 June, depending on which time zone you happen to follow. Imagine holding a presidential election in September and then forcing candidates to keep on campaigning and debating until the first Tuesday in November.

There are reasons that the NBA does this, of course. Despite what you may have assumed from watching the Eastern Conference playoffs, not every team makes the postseason. In order to avoid penalizing players, coaches, executives etc for the things they can’t do in games they can’t play in, the NBA only examines the regular season when handing out its awards.

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Atlanta Hawks showed power of players over the front office

The Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks combined to win exactly one game in the conference finals. That shouldn’t take away from what they accomplished just by getting there

It’s pretty safe to say that there won’t be any documentaries commemorating this round of the NBA playoffs, which ended on Wednesday night when the Golden State Warriors eliminated the Houston Rockets in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. That was the more competitive of the two series: the Cleveland Cavaliers completed their sweep over the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday.

The conference finals weren’t completely forgettable affairs. In the West, the battle between the two players who led the NBA MVP voting – Golden State’s Steph Curry and Houston’s James Harden – made for an entertaining subplot, particularly back in Games 1 and 2 when it looked like Harden had a chance to swing the series. There were a lot of scary injuries, although thankfully nothing career-threatening. The Hawks managed to stage a comeback in game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals, before a visibly exhausted LeBron James snuffed it out in overtime.

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Cleveland Cavaliers sweep Atlanta Hawks and breeze into NBA finals

Atlanta Hawks 88-118 Cleveland CavaliersCleveland Cavaliers win Eastern Conference finals 4-0LeBron James scored 23 points, Kyrie Irving returned after missing two games and the Cleveland Cavaliers reserved a spot in the NBA finals with a 118-88 victor…

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US media brands Cleveland Cavaliers’ Matthew Dellavedova a ‘dirty player’

  • Australian involved in three incidents during NBA Eastern Conference Finals
  • ‘To say that these are just a series of unfortunate events is naive at best’

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Limping LeBron James leads Cavaliers to victory over Hawks

  • Atlanta Hawks 111-114 Cleveland Cavaliers (OT)
  • Cleveland lead series 3-0

LeBron James shook off an atrocious shooting start and withstood Atlanta’s gritty comeback to record a triple-double, and the Cleveland Cavaliers moved within one win of the NBA finals by beating the Hawks 114-111 in overtime on Sunday night to take a 3-0 series lead.

James missed his first 10 shots, but finished with 37 points, 18 rebounds and 13 assists. The Cavs needed every single one of them to hold off the top-seeded Hawks, who fought Cleveland until the final seconds despite being without injured shooter Kyle Korver and losing Al Horford, who was ejected in the first half.

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Atlanta Hawks’ DeMarre Carroll hopeful of recovering for Cavaliers game

  • Player injured knee during Game 1 defeat
  • Injury not as severe as initially feared

An MRI on DeMarre Carroll’s left knee showed no structural damage, and he hopes to play for Atlanta in Friday night’s Game 2 against Cleveland in the Eastern Conference semi-finals, Carroll’s agent said on Thursday.

Mark Bartelstein said that Carroll has only a knee sprain and “maybe a little” bone bruise. Carroll celebrated the news on his Twitter feed.

THANK YOU GOD!!! #BLESSED #JunkyardDog #ATLHAWKS https://t.co/lIGU7Poofs

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Eastern Conference finals: LeBron James and JR Smith lead Cavaliers to victory

Cleveland Cavaliers 97-89 Atlanta HawksLeBron James scored 31 points, while JR Smith made eight three-pointers and added 28 to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers past the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks 97-89 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday …

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Atlanta Hawks survive late scare to reach their first Eastern Conference finals

  • Atlanta Hawks 94-91 Washington Wizards
  • Atlanta will face Cleveland next week

Avoiding overtime in Game 6 when Paul Pierce’s potential tying three-pointer was released after the clock expired, the Atlanta Hawks made it to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time by beating the Washington Wizards 94-91 on Friday night.

The Hawks held on thanks primarily to DeMarre Carroll’s playoff career-high 25 points, including two lay-ups in the last minute off assists from Jeff Teague.

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The NBA playoffs have been pretty boring – but there are signs of life

Paul Pierce and the Wizards embarrass Toronto; Rose and Rondo return to the postseason, and the Spurs, Trail Blazers and Clippers seek to split their series

So far, the NBA playoffs have felt underwhelming. Maybe because seven of the eight first-round series weren’t settled until the very last day of the regular season. Or maybe there have been too many teams taking 2-0 leads in this first round. However, there are some intriguing plotlines developing:

Brad Stevens on D on LBJ/Kyrie: “We made those guys earn everything they got, and I think that’s a step in the right direction from Game 1.”

We haven’t done particularly well against Toronto, but I don’t feel they have the ‘it’ that makes you worried.

In the NBA playoffs, home teams playing in the United States are 11-0. Home teams playing Canada are 0-2.

Come in fellows..no heroics …Who is holding Gordon..hell somebody man is open!

Come on Dubs…go to HOLE AND DRAW SOME FOULS! I DONT WANT TO HEAR Barkley’s MOUTH!

They BETTER COME ON….they are allowing AD to work out! I’m getting PISSED!

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The NBA playoffs have been pretty boring – but there are signs of life

Paul Pierce and the Wizards embarrass Toronto; Rose and Rondo return to the postseason, and the Spurs, Trail Blazers and Clippers seek to split their series

So far, the NBA playoffs have felt underwhelming. Maybe because seven of the eight first-round series weren’t settled until the very last day of the regular season. Or maybe there have been too many teams taking 2-0 leads in this first round. However, there are some intriguing plotlines developing:

Brad Stevens on D on LBJ/Kyrie: “We made those guys earn everything they got, and I think that’s a step in the right direction from Game 1.”

We haven’t done particularly well against Toronto, but I don’t feel they have the ‘it’ that makes you worried.

In the NBA playoffs, home teams playing in the United States are 11-0. Home teams playing Canada are 0-2.

Come in fellows..no heroics …Who is holding Gordon..hell somebody man is open!

Come on Dubs…go to HOLE AND DRAW SOME FOULS! I DONT WANT TO HEAR Barkley’s MOUTH!

They BETTER COME ON….they are allowing AD to work out! I’m getting PISSED!

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