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LA Clippers stun Golden State Warriors with playoff-record comeback

Clippers rally from 31-point deficit to beat Warriors in Game 2First-round series tied at one game apiece heading back to LAGolden State fearful DeMarcus Cousins tore left quadricepsLandry Shamet hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 16.5 seconds left, Stephen…

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The NBA playoffs: all 16 contenders reviewed and ranked

As the postseason tips off over the weekend, will the Warriors take a third straight title or can Giannis Antetokounmpo’s Bucks step up?It feels incredibly strange to look at the NBA playoffs and realize that, for the first time what seems like a lifet…

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What happened to LA’s status as America’s basketball city?

Both of the Los Angeles teams are struggling this season. But the long-term prognosis for the famous Lakers looks better than that of the ClippersSunday was another tough night for LA basketball. The Los Angeles Lakers’ losing streak increased to five …

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Chris Paul traded to Houston Rockets from LA Clippers, according to reports

  • Nine-time All-Star will join up with James Harden in Texas
  • Rockets looking to break dominance of Warriors in the West

The Houston Rockets have acquired nine-time All-Star Chris Paul in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers, according to multiple reports.

The trade, first reported by the Vertical, will see the Clippers receive Sam Dekker, Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams and a 2018 first-round pick in return for the 32-year-old. The Clippers risked losing Paul to free agency for nothing before they made the trade – he had opted in for the last year of his contract so LA could work on a deal.

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Everyone in the NBA controversy over resting players is right – and wrong

Adam Silver is correct that teams have an obligation to play star players during big games but coaches’ concerns about the schedule are legitimate

For the last few years, the NBA has mostly avoided the self-created problems that have plagued other US sports. So it was jarring to see a minor concern involving teams resting star players expand into a full-blown crisis in the span of two weeks, with figures on both sides doing their best to fuel the fire.

In response, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sent every team a memo on Monday saying there would be “significant penalties” for not following league rules about sending proper notice when resting players from primetime games. Silver is right to be upset, especially considering the amount of money the NBA receives from their deal with ABC, not to mention that the games in question – involving the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors – were supposed to draw in casual fans.

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How Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce accidentally created the modern NBA

Garnett and Pierce are legendary figures for their respective franchises, which makes their legacy as re-introducing the Big Three concept almost ironic

NBA training camps opened this week, and it’s difficult to remember the last time the league has changed this dramatically in a single offseason. Multiple teams have lost current or former franchise players through retirement, free agency and health issues. Three Hall of Famers are gone, while another has just announced that this season will be his last. The Cleveland Cavaliers are actually defending champions – and if that’s not a sign of a radical shift in the basketball cosmos then nothing is.

Related: By accepting racial protest, the NBA draws a blueprint for other sports

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How Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce accidentally created the modern NBA

Garnett and Pierce are legendary figures for their respective franchises, which makes their legacy as re-introducing the Big Three concept almost ironic

NBA training camps opened this week, and it’s difficult to remember the last time the league has changed this dramatically in a single offseason. Multiple teams have lost current or former franchise players through retirement, free agency and health issues. Three Hall of Famers are gone, while another has just announced that this season will be his last. The Cleveland Cavaliers are actually defending champions – and if that’s not a sign of a radical shift in the basketball cosmos then nothing is.

Related: By accepting racial protest, the NBA draws a blueprint for other sports

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Paul Pierce to retire at end of NBA season, ending 19-year career

  • Forward won NBA title with Boston Celtics in 2008
  • Was named an all-star on 10 occasions

The Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul Pierce will retire at the end of the coming season, his 19th in the NBA.

Pierce made the announcement in a column for the Players Tribune on Monday. “After 18 NBA years, it’s hard to believe I’ll be playing in each arena for the last time,” he wrote. “So I’m going to enjoy every practice, every bus ride, every team dinner, every time running out through the tunnel. I’m going to do my part to give us a shot at the ultimate goal.”

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Which NBA team has the best chance at signing Kevin Durant?

The conventional wisdom is that KD will stay in Oklahoma, but several other teams want this summer’s biggest prize. Dave Schilling runs down the options

When you’re Kevin Durant, arguably one of the three best players in the NBA today, you can dictate terms. Not only do you have all of the leverage in a free agent negotiation, you can also straight up tell teams where the meetings will take place. Unlike what, say, Dwight Howard or Carmelo Anthony did when going through the summer courtship process – flying to team headquarters, sitting through elaborate boardroom pitches, pretending to care about the strength of the arena’s WiFi network, etc – KD has planned a vacation to the Hamptons, where all the prospective suitors will come to make their case.

The whole thing sounds like a demented version of The Bachelor – Danny Ainge and Doc Rivers forced to share the same bedroom, RC Buford chilling in the corner waiting for his chance to pounce, and James Dolan drunkenly crashing the party and demanding a one-on-one date. In reality, it will probably be more like Weekend at Bernie’s – NBA executives carrying around their dashed hopes for a transcendent superstar like a dead body wearing sunglasses and a track suit.

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Tremble before us, New York: LA may now be the best sports town in the US

Our reputation as a sports mecca is terrible. But now we’ve got the Super Bowl to add to the Lakers, Rams, Ice Cube and, of course, Vin Scully

Well, Los Angeles is really an NFL town again. Sure, the return of the Rams was a major milestone in welcoming back America’s most popular sport, but this week’s announcement that LA would host the 2021 Super Bowl truly solidified the NFL’s commitment to the city as a viable market. With all four major sports (plus soon to be two MLS teams), we’re a real sports town again.

I can hear you laughing from New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and St Louis — sorry St Louis, we took our team back. Our reputation as a sports mecca is about as poor as Donald Trump’s reputation as a feminist icon. There’s too many distractions, they say. We come to the games late and leave early. We’re bandwagon riders. The stereotype that we don’t really care about sports the way the east coast does has been hard to shake, but with the Super Bowl coming – plus the possibility of the Olympics and a Final Four in the future – you’re all going to have to come to visit sooner or later. It’s best that I disabuse you of your prejudices now, while your mind is still pliable. Here’s a few reasons why LA is not only a great sports town, but it might be the best sports town in the nation:

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Stephen Curry-less Warriors rampage into second round of NBA playoffs

Klay Thompson knew Golden State had to come together, that every player needed to raise his game with Stephen Curry sidelined. “None of us can do it alone,” Thompson had insisted hours earlier.

Thompson did his part, scoring 27 points with seven three-pointers as the Warriors rolled into the second round of the playoffs without their injured superstar, thoroughly embarrassing the Houston Rockets 114-81 on Wednesday night in Game 5.

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Chris Paul breaks hand in Clippers’ playoff loss to Trail Blazers

  • Blake Grffin also injured as Portland tie series
  • Thunder breeze past Mavericks and take series 4-1
  • Kemba Walker stars as Hornets even Heat series 2-2

Chris Paul broke a bone in his right hand midway through the third quarter and left the Clippers’ Game 4 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

It was not clear exactly how the nine-time All-Star was injured, but it appeared he may have bent his wrist awkwardly when defending Portland’s Gerald Henderson on a layup. “He’ll get evaluated, but it obviously doesn’t look very good,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said after the Blazers’ 98-84 victory evened the series at two games apiece.

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Is Kevin Durant and the Thunder’s championship window closing for good?

Oklahoma City have been struggling, and Kevin Durant is a free agent this summer. The chances of them winning the NBA title are drifting away

On Sunday, the Oklahoma City Thunder defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 104-96, although it was a far from convincing win. In the fourth quarter, Milwaukee were able to cut the Thunder’s 21-point lead all the way down to two, turning what could have been a much-needed blowout into a nailbiter. Even in victory, the Thunder weren’t able to quieten fears that the Thunder’s championship window could be closing.

Before Sunday’s win, the Thunder were on a 1-4 skid highlighted by a series of brutal losses. First came February’s game against the Golden State Warriors where they held a four-point lead with 14.5 seconds left in regulation. After allowing a quick lay-up, the Thunder were called for a foul that allowed Andre Iguodala to tie the game with just 0.7 seconds left on the clock. In overtime, Steph Curry hit an improbable game-winner.

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Warriors back to winning ways after crushing by Trail Blazers

Golden State Warriors 115-112 LA ClippersVictory comes after 32-point defeat at hands of PortlandThe Golden State Warriors rebounded from their biggest loss of the season with a dominating shooting performance.Klay Thompson scored 32 points, Steph Curr…

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NBA trade deadline: the winners and losers

The Suns sent Markieff Morris to Washington, the Nets got a new GM, but it was a better day for fans of clever accounting tricks than fans of actual basketball

After last year’s hectic trade deadline, there was hope that there would be a similar amount of action this year. Instead, the basketball world looked mostly the same on Thursday at 3.01pm as it did on Wednesday around that time, a reminder that the NBA trade deadline almost always disappoints. Still, even if Dwight Howard, Kevin Love, Blake Griffin, Pau Gasol and Al Horford all stayed put, enough happened yesterday that we can label a few winners and losers.

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Blake Griffin broke hand hitting Clippers’ equipment staffer, reports say

  • Clippers star will miss several weeks with injury
  • Griffin reported to have hit man outside restaurant in Toronto

LA Clippers star Blake Griffin is likely to miss several weeks with a suspected broken hand after reportedly hitting a member of the team’s equipment staff during an argument at a restaurant in Toronto.

Related: Gregg Popovich: Warriors’ slaughter of Spurs was ‘like men and boys’

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Blake Griffin gets injured and the Clippers start winning. What’s up with that?

The LA Clippers have been the biggest wildcard team in the Western Conference all season long. Can they continue to win with the team MVP on the mend?

Considering how unpredictable the Los Angeles Clippers have been this season, it makes some strange sense that one of their best stretches of basketball would coincide with their team MVP getting injured. Power forward Blake Griffin, hurt during Friday night’s Christmas Day win over the Los Angeles Lakers, will be out with a quadriceps injury for two to three weeks. That news didn’t stop the Clippers from winning their next two road games and improving their record to 19-13.

Monday’s 108-91 road victory over the Washington Wizards, themselves on a four-game win streak, was a high point of the Clippers’ season so far. The Wizards looked like toast from the moment Chris Paul, who hadn’t dunked all season, unleashed a lay-up that left everyone flabbergasted.

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Durant and Westbrook: the league’s most entertaining duo | Hunter Felt

Thanks to Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, and a stumble from the Golden State Warriors, the Oklahoma City Thunder now own the league’s longest win streak

Who owns the longest win streak in the NBA? For the entirety of this season the answer to this question was, obviously, the Golden State Warriors. Then the Milwaukee Bucks happened. Now that those giants have finally fallen, the Oklahoma City Thunder, winners of their last five, have the hottest streak going.

OK, so five wins uninterrupted seems a little dull compared to winning 24 out of 24. But let’s not allow the transcendence of the Warriors’ current season to blind us to the brilliance of what Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook can do when they’re in sync.

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DeAndre Jordan backs out of Mavericks move and stays with Clippers

  • Center signs deal estimated at $87m
  • Team-mates help persuade player to stay in California

DeAndre Jordan gave the Dallas Mavericks his word. Then he gave the Los Angeles Clippers his signature.

After a Clippers contingent including Blake Griffin, JJ Redick, Paul Pierce and Doc Rivers descended on Jordan’s home in Houston on Wednesday night for a last-ditch push to keep their defensive pillar, Jordan backed out of a verbal agreement with the Mavericks to stay with the only NBA home he’s ever had.

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NBA free agency: Spurs win the off-season, and Detroit acts dumb again

Hunter Felt take a look at the winners (the Spurs, the Warriors) and losers (the Knicks, the Pistons) in the busiest week in NBA free agency history

Under normal circumstances, it would be premature to start judging basketball teams’ off-seasons here in early July. These are not normal circumstances.

Despite the fact that NBA free agency officially kicked off at midnight last Wednesday, we’ve already seen 90% of the transactions. By Monday night, Yahoo Sports’ Eric Freeman could only list 13 available free agents who could potentially be difference makers. Under these conditions it’s not at all too early to start separating the winners from the losers.

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