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  • NBA playoff picture update: What's still up for grabs on the last night of the 2013-14 season (Ball Don't Lie)
    The 2013-14 NBA regular season ends Wednesday, and all 30 teams will be in action on the final night of the 82-game campaign. For 14 squads, it'll offer an opportunity to say so long, farewell, auf wiedersehn and goodbye — until the draft lottery, at least. For the 16 teams that'll enter postseason play this weekend, it offers one more potential pitfall, one last night to survive without incident or injury before loading up for the long, arduous journey to hoisting the O'Brien trophy come late June. That journey will begin with opening-round quarterfinal matchups, a number of which...

  • Grant Hill, Scott Perry emerge as candidates to become Pistons general manager (NBC Sports)
    Two very different candidates signify wide search

  • Playoff Chase: Seven meaningful games on final night of NBA season (NBC Sports)
    Nothing like waiting until the last minute to figure things out.

  • Clippers down Nuggets for club-record 57th win (AFP)
    The Los Angeles Clippers rolled past Denver 117-105 for a club-record 57th win that kept their hopes of claiming the NBA Western Conference second seed alive. Blake Griffin had 24 points -- and was assessed his 16th technical foul of the season -- in the victory on Tuesday. Chris Paul added 21 points and 10 assists for Los Angeles, who must beat Portland on Wednesday, the last night of the regular season, and have the lowly Detroit Pistons beat the Thunder in Oklahoma City to earn the second seed behind San Antonio in the Western Conference playoffs.

  • Clippers top Nuggets, set franchise win mark (The SportsXchange)
    LOS ANGELES -- Close to capping their best regular season ever, the Los Angeles Clippers say it would mean little if they don't make a deep run into the NBA playoffs. Forward Blake Griffin scored 24 points and point guard Chris Paul added 21 points and 10 assists, leading the Clippers to a 117-105 romp over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night at Staples Center. The Clippers (57-24) set a franchise record for wins in a season, topping last season's mark of 56. Added Clippers coach Doc Rivers, "It's nice, don't get me wrong.

  • Clippers 117, Nuggets 105 (The SportsXchange)
    LOS ANGELES -- Forward Blake Griffin scored 24 points and point guard Chris Paul added 21 points and 10 assists, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to a 117-105 romp over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night at Staples Center. The Clippers (57-24) set a franchise record for wins in a season, topping last season's mark of 56. Denver (36-45) fell for the fourth consecutive time to the Clippers at Staples. Los Angeles wraps up the regular season against the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

  • Pistons-Thunder Preview (The Associated Press)
    After suffering back-to-back defeats, the Oklahoma City Thunder only have one more chance to get right before the playoffs. Fortunately for them, the lowly Detroit Pistons are coming to town. The Thunder go for a 10th consecutive win over the Pistons in Wednesday night's regular-season finale. Oklahoma City (58-23) returns home following a winless two-game road swing, falling 102-97 at Indiana on Sunday and 101-89 at New Orleans on Monday.

  • Tuesday night playoff table-setter: What's at stake in Nets-Knicks and Clippers-Nuggets (Ball Don't Lie)
    There are only two games on the NBA calendar on Tuesday night , as the league prepares for its annual regular-season-ending 15-game, all-30-teams-in-action smorgasbord on Wednesday , but they both have playoff implications. Yep, that's what I said, Terrence Jones. (Did I stutter?) Here's a quick reminder of what's at stake in Tuesday's TNT double-header:

  • Evans, Pelicans stun Thunder (The SportsXchange)
    Losers of eight straight, the injury-ravaged New Orleans Pelicans were down to nine live bodies in a logical mismatch against the Oklahoma City Thunder, flaunting the second-best record in the NBA and boasting the odds-on choice for Most Valuable Player, forward Kevin Durant, the NBA's leading scorer. However, behind a career night from Tyreke Evans, who was pressed into emergency point guard service when Austin Rivers was ejected along with Oklahoma City forward Nick Collison for chest bumping each other in the second quarter, the Pelicans recorded a 101-89 win Monday night at the Smoothie King Center. Despite...

  • NBA roundup: Dumars out as Pistons president (The SportsXchange)
    The Detroit Pistons announced Monday that Joe Dumars "stepped aside" as president of basketball operations but will stay with the team as an executive adviser.

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