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  • Why Billy Donovan decided to finally jump to the NBA (Yahoo Sports)
    Billy Donovan will get a shrewd GM he trusts and two superstar players in OKC. He'll also get enormous pressure.

  • Hawks' Kyle Korver wins NBA Sportsmanship Award (The Associated Press)
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Atlanta's Kyle Korver has won the NBA Sportsmanship Award and will receive the Joe Dumars Trophy before the Hawks host Brooklyn in Game 5 of their playoff series.

  • Billups: Knicks must add vocal leaders, because 'Melo is 'not that guy' (Ball Don't Lie)
  • BDL's 2014-15 NBA Playoff Previews: Atlanta Hawks vs. Brooklyn Nets (Ball Don't Lie)
    How They Got Here • Atlanta : Well, in 2012, the Atlanta Hawks traded Joe Johnson to the Brooklyn Nets for … If you think that’s a bit of snark, you’re right, but Atlanta’s startling turnaround began then. It needed a season in purgatory under Larry Drew in 2012-13 to expire a few contracts and a meet-and-greet session with then-rookie coach Mike Budenholzer in 2013-14 to iron out the kinks. Then the franchise had to withstand the ( ongoing ) controversy regarding current general manager Danny Ferry’s pointless relaying of insensitive comments about potential Hawk Luol...

  • NBA-Highlights of Wednesday's National Basketball Association games (Reuters)
    (Adds late games) April 16 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Wednesday's National Basketball Association games: - - Pelicans 108, Spurs 103 Forward Anthony Davis scored 31 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the New Orleans Pelicans beat the San Antonio Spurs 108-103 and booked the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. By winning eight of their final 11 games, the Pelicans raised their season record to 45-37 and earned a place in the post-season for the first time since 2011. ...

  • Jackson has 24, Pistons beat Knicks 112-90 to close season (The Associated Press)
    The Detroit Pistons finished their season on a high note while the New York Knicks completed their worst season ever. Reggie Jackson had 24 points and 11 assists in the Pistons' 112-90 victory on Wednesday night. Andre Drummond and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each had 17 points for Detroit. Caron Butler had 14, and Greg Monroe, Anthony Tolliver and Jodie Meeks each had 10.

  • Chauncey Billups could have been the Timberwolves' coach, and declined (Ball Don't Lie)
    Around the time Chauncey Billups led the Detroit Pistons to the 2004 NBA title, because he was a heady point guard and because this is the NBA, he was unofficially anointed as The NBA’s Next Great Coach. Billups, who was the lead guard on a Pistons team that would make the next four Eastern Conference finals following that championship, parlayed his knack for getting everything right into a lasting NBA career that ended last season at age 37. Chauncey’s lain low since then, but according to a report from the Denver Post , the 2004 Finals MVP could...

  • The NBA prepares to tank one final time in 2014-15 (Ball Don't Lie)
    There we were, thinking that we were done with talking about tanking for a while. Ready for the playoffs. Ready for spring. Ready for the NBA’s draft lottery to remind us that there are no guarantees after losing games on purpose. Then Joseph Goodman had to go and remind us of this on Tuesday night: I hope people fully understand the weirdness of tomorrow’s game between Heat and Sixers. Both teams want to lose for the same draft pick. — Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) April 15, 2015 Thanks a lot, pal. [ Follow...

  • This is the End (Rotoworld)
    For the final Dose of the year Bruski has all 14 games covered, including your must-start guys, players to watch and Hail Mary heaves.

  • Pistons-Knicks Preview (The Associated Press)
    The New York Knicks made things difficult on fans for 79 games with what was then tied for the worst record in the NBA. A third straight victory in Wednesday night's finale against the visiting Detroit Pistons would match the Knicks' longest winning streak this season, and it would also clinch top lottery odds for Minnesota. "I'm sure people are upset with us," said coach Derek Fisher, whose team won three straight from Jan. 19-23. New York (17-64) won 112-108 Monday in Atlanta behind a personal-best 26 points from Langston Galloway.

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