Mar 29, 2013; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers power forward Tristan Thompson (13) reaches for a loose ball during the game against the Philadelphia 76ers at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USA TODAY Sports

NBA News: Morning Link Dump

NBA NEWS: Morning Link Dump

“Beverley keeps stepping between the Oklahoma City Thunder and their chase for a championship. They will forever remember Beverley as the man responsible for cutting down Russell Westbrook, costing him season-ending knee surgery.”
“They were ticked when J.R. Smith stared at the crowd and smiled after dunking for a 21-point lead. They weren’t pleased when Carmelo Anthony laughed at Brandon Bass after the Celtics swiped at the ball. They hardly were thrilled by Smith throwing an elbow at Jason Terry that resulted in an ejection.”
“Welts said since he announced his sexuality, he has had zero problems within the macho environment of the NBA. He said of the thousands of people that reached out to him after he came out, he didn’t receive one truly negative sentiment.”
“But NBA commissioner David Stern gave Sacramento mayor and former NBA player Kevin Johnson the opportunity to save the beloved franchise, just as he had in April 2011 when the Kings were in danger of moving to Anaheim.”
“The Nuggets trap Jack, as they have done all game, and Landry will end up being open at the top of the key. An 18-foot jump shot, in the grand scheme of things, isn’t the most efficient attempt in the world, even though Landry is one of the league’s best at hitting it. You’d rather have Landry taking 18-footers than anyone taking a three, much less Curry.”
“After much speculation, Knicks head coach Mike Woodson said that if forward Amar’e Stoudemire is healthy, he will play in the second round.”
“It was well-worded and sincere, but the gravity of the moment certainly could have done with the Charlie Sheen bit. It’s subtle, but it embodies the biggest issue Howard has – he’s more concerned with being liked than winning, he’s the class clown.”

“And while Bosh certainly is capable of doing both, his game is as much pick-and-flare for a jumper as it is taking the ball hard to the basket on a pick-and-roll lane cut. In fact, Bosh said there almost is a touch of jealousy with how Andersen has maximized his pick-and-roll opportunities.”

 

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