April 25

WATCH: Damian Lillard Drops Draymond Green with Crossover

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Peep the point guard’s crossover on DPOY candidate Draymond Green and smooth finish at the rim.

That’s not nice.

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April 25

The Trail Blazers’ Twitter Account Was In Awe Of Golden State’s Insane First Quarter

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The Golden State Warriors completely dominated the Portland Trail Blazers in the first quarter of Game 4 of their Western Conference Quarterfinal series. The Warriors led 45-22 at the end of the quarter. This does not fully illustrate how dominant the team was – they opened the game on a 14-0 run and 43-16 at one point. It was completely ludicrous.

The folks behind the Blazers’ Twitter account could only sit there in awe as Golden State unleashed an offensive onslaught on their team. They decided to use emojis to convey their thoughts as the Dubs raced out to a massive lead early on.

When Portland finally scored, the Twitter account exploded.

Maybe the saddest tweet came when the Blazers’ Twitter appeared to be looking for happiness wherever it could. For example, there were the cool red lights that illuminated the stadium before the tip!

At the end of the quarter, those behind the Twitter got to the final stage of the Kübler-Ross model: acceptance. While conveying the score to their online audience, the Blazers took a page right out of the Space Jam playbook.

The Blazers made a similar joke at halftime.

Meanwhile, this is what the Warriors’ Twitter account looked like while all of this was going down.

There were a bunch of other tweets – including one which had a video of all eight threes that the team hit in the first quarter – but none of them were nearly as good as Kevin Durant‘s head on the Night’s King at Hardhome.

Still, no matter how good the Durant tweet was, we’ll give the virtual win to the Blazers’ Twitter account for the game’s first 12 minutes. We’ll revisit this if Portland somehow manages to come back and steal this one from the Warriors, because if their Twitter was this silly while the team was getting blown out, imagine what it’ll look like if the team comes back from being down by nearly 30 points in the first quarter.

April 24

Post Up: Moving On

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Sweep complete.

LeBron James has not lost a first round playoff game since 2012. The King dropped 33 points and nailed a clutch three-pointer in crunch time to help the Cavs secure this W.

The last 20 seconds were insane. After the Pacers turned it over, J.R. Smith gave the ball right back by attempting a questionable behind-the-back pass. Paul George had a chance to tie it with a trey, but could not convert.

After the game, coach Tyronn Lue told the media with a smile that he “didn’t see” J.R.’s turnover. It doesn’t matter now, as the Cavs are moving on to round 2.

Rockets 113, Thunder 109 (Houston leads 3-1)

The unlikely hero of this one was veteran big man Nene Hilario, who scored 28 points on a perfect 12/12 from the field.

OKC had their chances down the stretch, especially following a miraculous three-pointer by Westbrook, but the Rockets were able to hold on.

Russ recorded the fastest triple-double in postseason history, achieving the feat by halftime. He finished with 35 points, 14 rebounds, and 14 assists, and joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only players to record three consecutive playoff triple-doubles.

After the game, a reporter tried to ask Steven Adams about the team’s struggles with Westbrook off the floor. The Brodie was not happy.

Game 5 is Tuesday.

Celtics 104, Bulls 95 (Series tied 2-2)

Isaiah Thomas was the story tonight, scoring 33 points in a big time road victory. Chicago head coach Fred Hoiberg told the media that he believes the Celtic point guard gets away with carrying the ball.

Things definitely got chippy during this one.

Jimmy Butler, who carried the Bulls with 33 points, called Marcus Smart a “great actor” in his postgame press conference.

Game 5 is Wednesday. Get pumped.

Jazz 105, Clippers 98 (Series tied 2-2)

With the Jazz trailing by five in the fourth quarter, iso Joe Johnson came to the rescue. The seven-time All-Star scored 11 straight points to help put his team on top, finishing with 28 overall.

Joe Ingles and Rodney Hood also hit clutch baskets for Utah, who were without Gordon Hayward in the second half due to food poisoning.

Big man Rudy Gobert made his return to the court tonight and finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds, and 2 blocks on 6/6 shooting.

The Clippers got most of their offense from Chris Paul (27p, 12a, 9r) and Jamal Crawford (25 points).

Game 5 is Tuesday.

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April 24

Jimmy Butler Lit Up Marcus Smart For ‘Acting Tough’ After A Game 4 Scuffle

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April 23

Marc Gasol’s Dagger Gave Memphis A Win Over San Antonio In The Best Game Of The Playoffs

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There’s still a lot of time left in the 2017 NBA postseason, but it’s hard to imagine that we’ll see a better game than the absolute war that Memphis and San Antonio played on Saturday night. In the end, the Grizzlies came out on top in overtime, 110-108, thanks to a dagger by Marc Gasol.

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With the win, the Grizzlies tied the series at two games a piece. This was also a somewhat historic moment for the franchise, as it was the first made go-ahead shot in Memphis’ postseason history.

The fourth quarter and overtime were as good as basketball can get – Mike Conley and Kawhi Leonard played completely out of their minds down the stretch. But when Memphis needed the win, they went to Gasol, who dribbled to his right and hit an off balanced jumper. There were 0.7 seconds on the clock after, but it wasn’t enough for San Antonio to do anything.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t discuss Conley and Leonard’s nights, though. For Leonard, he had a career playoff high 43 points with eight rebounds and six steals. He shot 14-for-30 from the field and 7-for-10(!!!) from three. And of course, he played absolutely soul crushing defense at times. Dude hit big shot after big shot and damn near dragged the Spurs to a win, but it just wasn’t enough in the end. It’s a shame, because he absolutely deserved to walk off the court with a win.

If there was any player who deserved a win more than him, though, it’s Conley, who was spectacular. He put on a master class of playing point guard, going for a career playoff high 35 points, nine rebounds, and eight assists. Every time the Grizzlies needed someone to make a shot, he was given the ball and came through. It’s always a joy to watch when a guy is so obviously locked in that every time he has the ball in his hands you think something is going to happen. Conley was at that point sometime in the fourth quarter and just never relented.

With the win, Memphis made this a 2-2 series. The Grizzlies and the Spurs will now head back to San Antonio for Game 5 on Tuesday evening.

April 22

Jerry West: Russell Westbrook Is a ‘Reincarnation of Michael Jordan’

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NBA legend Jerry West thinks the same.

Back on April 7, West said that Westbrook is a “reincarnation” of Jordan, and Westbrook might actually be more athletic.

“I always felt that maybe Michael Jordan was one of those unbelievably gifted athletes.

 

“But we’re looking at a reincarnation of Michael Jordan who might be a little bit better in terms of athletic ability.”

While West primarily compared their athletic abilities, Jordan pointed out their similar passion for the game.

“Thirty years ago, that’s me,” Jordan said of Westbrook. “The attitude, trying to prove myself, showing so much passion for the game of basketball.

 

“You see it in his play. You can tell he loves the game, he plays with energy and flair.”

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April 22

Blake Griffin Won’t Return To Game 3 After Suffering A Toe Injury

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The Utah Jazz have been operating without Rudy Gobert since the opening minute of the team’s first round series against the Los Angeles Clippers but the No. 5 seed has managed to stay afloat. Now, the NBA world will find out if the No. 4 seed Clippers can function as well without a key cog, as All-Star power forward Blake Griffin suffered a toe injury during the second quarter of Game 3 that will keep him out for the remainder of the evening.

Los Angeles was +6 in Griffin’s 18 minutes in Game 3, and he left the game just prior to halftime with 11 points and six rebounds in the box score. More than that, though, the Clippers are built around the strong nucleus of Griffin, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick and few teams of their quality are more star-driven.

It remains to be seen just how long Griffin will be out of the lineup with the injury, but the Clippers must adjust in a hurry. There is not a clear “replacement” for Griffin on the roster, though head coach Doc Rivers could turn to some combination of Paul Pierce, Mo Speights, Wes Johnson and even Brandon Bass to fill power forward minutes until Griffin returns.

The Clippers aren’t as formidable without Blake Griffin in the lineup, and that is an obvious reality. With that said, the two teams are now “even” with two of the best players in the series unavailable (at least for the time being), and the playing field is closer to level in a highly anticipated series.

April 21

LeBron on Kendrick Lamar’s New Album: ‘I Haven’t Stopped Listening To It’

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LeBron James has become known for his brief music reviews on his Instagram. James will post videos of himself bumping music in the back of his car, banging his head to beat, singing along with the lyrics. Recently, it’s been all Kendrick. He even shared some of the Damn on his IG before the rest of the world had a chance to listen to it.

After this tweet, Kendrick released Untitled Unmastered.

While riding high after an epic comeback win against the Pacers, Bronny was asked about Damn. Check out his answer below:

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April 20

John Wall: ‘I Want To Be On Top of That MVP List’

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Wall says that slight is all the motivation he needs to keep getting better, adding, “I want to be on top of that MVP list.”

Via Hoopshype:

Q: Despite your monster season, you haven’t been mentioned much [for MVP]. Does that frustrate or motivate you?

 

JW: It just gives me more motivation to get to where I want to be. I want to be on top of that [MVP] list.

 

That’s always going to be a goal for me individually. I ain’t worried about it, though. Those guys are each having a heck of a season too. All I can do is keep improving, keep winning, and eventually I’ll get there.

Wall is coming off a masterful 32-point performance (playoff career-high) in Game 1 against the Hawks.

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