June 9

LeBron James Kicked Andre Iguodala in the Groin During Game 3

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The play—which looked very similar to any one of Draymond Green’s infamous leg kicks—went unnoticed by the referees as the final seconds ticked away in Golden State’s 118-113 victory.

On Thursday, Iguodala’s former teammate Marreese Speights drew attention to the play with a friendly joke with an ironic aftertaste.

“Hopefully you can have more kids,” Speights tweeted.

Should the NBA discipline LeBron for his late-game kick? Let us know in the comments.

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June 9

Stephen Curry And The Warriors Are Finally Talking About Having A Perfect Postseason

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Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors are one game away from the perfect postseason. It’s about time the team finally acknowledges that it’s on the brink of history.

Curry spoke to reporters on Thursday, a day after the Warriors stunned Cleveland to take Game 3 and potentially set up their fourth straight playoff sweep on Friday night, and after Steve Kerr and others had shrugged off the questions about a perfect playoff record, Curry could not avoid the questions anymore.

Curry was asked if going 16-0 was a goal of the Warriors this season, or if it mattes to him personally that they go through the postseason without dropping a single game, something that’s never been done in North American sports. Curry was hesitant to say the Warriors are thinking about it, but conceded now that it’s within reach that the thought of a perfect postseason is something the team can consider.

“We always say ‘we just want 16 wins it doesn’t matter how we get there.’ But now that we’re in this situation, why not take care of business and finish the job?”

Curry said the Warriors have learned how to to do things right in their third straight Finals appearance, and it’s something that starts months before the playoffs.

I think we’ve grown and matured mentally in just how to pace yourself in this long year and take every day as a new experience. It’s something that you can take control of, so we’ve tried to control the narrative and the conversations and just our talk in the locker room and practice.

Especially the last three months in just understanding what our goal is and how we’re going to get there day by day. Being in this position now, obviously it’s working and we have to keep that keyhole mentality of what’s next.

And we’re right there so that’s a great thing. But obviously we’re not done yet. I think we’ve done a pretty good job of growing up as a team.

It’s interesting to hear athletes talk about the season as a whole at the end of a postseason run. It sounds like the Warriors are ready for it to end, and they’re just as ready to finish the job and not repeat the mistakes they made last season.

June 8

Kevin Durant Sinks Clutch Three-Pointer to Defeat Cleveland in Game 3

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After scoring just one point in the third quarter, Durant exploded for 14 in the fourth, and gave the Warriors the lead with 45.3 seconds left.

He finished with a team-high 31 points on 10-18 shooting.

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June 8

J.R. Smith Immediately Regretted The Tweet He Sent Out After The Cavs Lost Game 3

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Minutes after the Cavaliers got their hearts crushed by the Warriors in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday, J.R. Smith decided to take to social media to showcase how confident he was in his teammates’ ability to still win the series. Smith wasn’t bothered by the fact that the Warriors were up 3-0 in the series; he believed and let that belief be known to his 670,000-plus Twitter followers by tweeting out “Cavs in 7.”

Smith’s tweet eventually got retweeted over 30,000 times before he deleted it, which seemed strange since it seemed quite logical that the Cavs guard of all people would tweet such a bold statement. After all, having extreme confidence is a big part to achieving success in the NBA. So why would Smith, a very confident player, delete his guarantee?

Well, according to The Score’s Joseph Casciaro, Smith told him that his account was hacked and that he didn’t actually tweet anything after the game. And while saying your account is hacked is the customary way to cover up a mistake, Smith at the very least said he liked the general idea of the tweet.

If Smith wants to truly see the supposed hacked tweet actually come true, then the Cavs will have to perform some sort of miracle to come all the way back from a 0-3 deficit, a miracle that perhaps could begin in Game 4 in Cleveland on Friday. If not, Smith’s deleted tweet will be just that, a fleeting moment of confidence by the Cavs during a series that shows how outmatched they truly are against the Warriors.

June 7

Report: Markelle Fultz Will Only Work Out For Celtics

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The 19-year-old guard is considered the frontrunner to go No. 1 overall.

Fultz was in Boston over the past two days to undergo interviews, medical testing and an on-court workout.

Accompanied by Celtics president Danny Ainge, Fultz toured TD Garden on Tuesday.

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June 7

ESPN Can’t Stop Roasting Jalen Rose Over Kobe’s 81-Point Game On His Own Show

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Jalen Rose’s comedy pilot, Jalen vs. Everything, ran on ESPN on Tuesday evening. Rose is famous for having a multitude of jobs, including his role on NBA Countdown, and the Worldwide Leader took every opportunity to possible to use the sitcom vehicle to promote its properties.

First, a hilarious commercial involving Kobe Bryant emerged that pokes fun at Rose’s involvement in the future Hall of Famer’s 81-point explosion. Then, just as the half-hour show was set to air, ESPN put forth another video that put Rose in his place yet again.

Yes, that is a statue of Rose diving at the legs of Bryant in the midst of his now-legendary performance.

It is important to note that, well, this is a spoof and the statue isn’t real. With that said, everyone wishes that it was. To Rose’s everlasting credit, he has been a great sport with regard to his role in Bryant’s best regular season performance and this is an undeniably hilarious way to both promote the show and generate some attention for ESPN’s NBA coverage.

At some point, perhaps Jalen Rose will be remembered for some of the (very) good things he has done on and off the court but, for now, he’s often the guy that gave up 81 points to Kobe Bean Bryant.

June 6

Robert Horry: Hakeem Olajuwon Was ’20 Times Better’ Than Tim Duncan

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While on ESPN’s The Jump on Monday, Horry went so far as to say that Olajuwon was “20 times better than Tim Duncan.” And mind you, Horry once picked Duncan over Kobe Bryant. Starting at 3:02:

“I played with Phil [Jackson], and Phil doesn’t like to double team.

 

“They had nobody that could guard Dream. They had nobody that could guard Dream. I’ma say that twice because Dream was just that dominant.

 

“When we played San Antonio one time, and Tim [Duncan] was killing in the block, and Phil refused to double team Tim to get the ball out of his hands.

 

“And Dream was 20 times better than Tim Duncan.”

Horry would go on to say that while both players were superstars, Olajuwon brought a work ethic that was on “an extra level.”

Let us know what you think in the comments: Who was the better player, Olajuwon or Duncan?

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June 6

Jay Electronic Was So Inspired By Kevin Durant’s Finals Performance He Dropped A New Song In His Honor

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Kevin Durant has been dominant so far in the NBA Finals, helping the Golden State Warriors surge to a 2-0 lead over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. His 35.5 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists per game so far have him as the favorite to earn Finals MVP honors and his performance has been so incredible that it inspired one of music’s greatest recluses, Jay Electronic, to drop a new song titled “Letter To Fallon.”

Jay Elec wrote to Durant on Twitter, telling him over several tweets that a rendezvous with the former MVP and his father along with his performance so far in the Finals inspired him enough to finally release some new music. “Peace family. The last time we saw each other, you and your pops told me to release music,” he said in a tweet directed to Durant. “I’ve been so inspired by your performance in the finals… here’s a gift for you brother,” he finished in subsequent tweets along with a link to the track.

So yeah, Jay Elect is back with his annual or so release and who knows if that means he’s any closer to an actual album release or if this is just a one off until he feels like it again.

Whatever the case you can stream Jay Electronica’s Tidal exclusive “Letter To Fallon” below if you have a subscription, or check out a preview if you don’t.

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June 5

NBA Players React To Game 2 of the 2017 Finals

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LeBron James once again did everything in his power to propel the Cavs, but Kevin Durant (33 points) and Stephen Curry (32 points) were too much to contain.

NBA players watching the game chimed in on Durant and Curry’s place among the all-time great duos, whether Cleveland should shake up their lineup, the fight that broke out in the stands immediately after the game, and more.

Scroll through the gallery up top to check out what the rest of the League thought about Game 2.

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June 5

Kevin Durant Teased Draymond Green About Dropping 54 Points On Him Once

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Kevin Durant put on yet another virtuoso performance on Sunday night, putting up 33 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, five blocks, and three steals against the Cavaliers as the Warriors took a 2-0 series lead after a 132-113 win. In total, Durant has 71 points in two games — more than Harrison Barnes had all series a year ago — and he’s putting to rest the idea that he’s riding the coattails of Steph Curry and the rest of the Warriors to his first ring by leading the team through the first two games.

Durant isn’t the only one playing excellent basketball for the Warriors to start these NBA Finals, as Steph Curry added 32 points, 11 assists, and 10 assists in his first career NBA Finals triple-double. Curry and Durant have carried the Warriors’ offense through two games of the Finals — although Klay Thompson had an unbelievably efficient 22 points on 12 shots in Game 2 as well — and they’ve both been tremendous ever since the start of the Western Conference Finals.

After Game 2, even Draymond Green was in awe of what his two superstar teammates are doing alongside each other, and noted that he’s not sure he’s ever seen either of them play better. That is, except for maybe one time Kevin Durant lit him up, which led to a pretty hilarious exchange as Durant corrected Green to make sure he got his 54-point total correct from that game.

Green chuckled and said he didn’t mean to short change Durant two points, before continuing on to expound on how great the two are playing in these Finals. The play of Curry and Durant has been phenomenal and Green explained that he can see the fire in their eyes as they’re going off.

What makes the play of Durant and Curry so impressive to this point is that they are the two players on the Warriors with the most to prove in this series, and both are managing to step up simultaneously. Durant is doing his best to quiet doubters from his decision to join Golden State last offseason, while Curry is looking to shake off the questions of whether he can perform at his best level in the NBA Finals after the last two years when he wasn’t as dominant as his regular season self.

These Finals were always going to write the narrative for Durant and Curry going forward, but few expected both to erase doubts at the same time. Had one or the other gone off and carried the team alone — or with Thompson or Green as the second key guy — the narrative for the other would have been that he needed significant help to win a title. Instead, both are putting up phenomenal numbers at the same time and erasing those questions together. Durant will make sure you know he’s a big time player after these Finals, and that you won’t ever forget how many points he’s scored on you.