Mr. Unreliable was rock-solid and relentless yet again.
Through all of it — the late-season swoon, the questions about team unity, the deficits in the first two playoff rounds — this is what Paul George and the Indiana Pacers wanted.
David West delivered his strongest game of the playoffs with 29 points to help guide the Indiana Pacers into Eastern Conference finals with a series-clinching 93-80 Game Six win over the Washington Wizards on Thursday. The veteran power forward was in an aggressive mood from the opening tip-off, taking 26 shots and sparking a fourth-quarter surge that helped the Pacers advance from the best-of-seven series with a 4-2 victory. The top-seeded Pacers’ next challenge starts on Sunday, with a home Game One encounter against the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat.
Kevin Durant shook off a cold start to score 39 points as the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Clippers 104-98 to seal their second round series and clinch a place in the Western Conference finals on Thursday. League MVP Durant began the game 1-for-7 from the floor, but caught fire and added 16 rebounds and five assists in a road win that gave the Thunder a 4-2 best-of-seven series triumph.
When the Oklahoma City Thunder were down by 16 points and struggling to make any shot early in Game 6, they looked all but ready to fold up and head home for a series-deciding finale.
David West scored 29 points, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Washington Wizards 93-80 Thursday night to advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the second straight year.
The doubts raised about the Indiana Pacers were more than justified. The way they dispatched the Washington Wizards shows that perhaps the Pacers have dismissed any and all dysfunction.
After losing Steve Kerr, his first choice for Knicks coach, to the Warriors, Jackson is turning his consideration to other members of his inner circle.
The Portland Trail Blazers signed Coach Terry Stotts to a multiyear contract extension, the team announced Thursday.
The league, which barred Donald Sterling for life last month for making racist comments, received notice on Thursday that Sterling would not pay a $2.5 million fine.
A day after the Nets were eliminated from the playoffs by the Heat, Coach Jason Kidd and General Manager Billy King expressed optimism about the team’s future.
The National Basketball Association (NBA)’s board of governors has unanimously approved the $550 million sale of the Milwaukee Bucks to hedge fund managers Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry, the league announced on Thursday.
Incidents in Nets-Heat and Clippers-Thunder playoff games are the latest to call attention to what officials are allowed to review.
They either lack creativity or love continuity. A group of Knicks fans has voted to name the team’s new D-League affiliate … the Westchester Knicks. Seriously. The Knicks invited fans to help choose the name for the new D-League team by submitting suggestions online. “Knicks” was the overwhelming winner. The Westchester Knicks will begin play in 2014-15, playing home games at the Westchester County Center in White Plains.
Steve Kerr’s agent says his client’s decision to choose Golden State Warriors over the New York Knicks wasn’t about the money. “Both Golden State and the Knicks were terrific to deal with, and they both made very generous offers. This wasn’t a decision about money, or trying to get the last dollar. In the end, for Steve, this was based on lifestyle and family,” Kerr’s agent, Mike Tannenbaum, told ESPN New York’s Ian O’Connor.
Phil Jackson may be dipping in to the college ranks for the next Knicks head coach. ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard reported Thursday that Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg is on the Knicks’ radar. Hoiberg and UConn’s Kevin Ollie are two of the hot coaching names in the NCAA. The Knicks wouldn’t be the first NBA team to try to pry Hoiberg from Iowa State. Sources tell ESPN.com’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne that Hoiberg rebuffed overtures from the Minnesota Timberwolves to coach Kevin Love & Co.
The Knicks next head coach could bring home a championship ring as early as next month. Oklahoma City guard Derek Fisher, who played under Phil Jackson with the Los Angeles Lakers, is emerging as a leading candidate to join Jackson in New York.
This is Madison Square Garden we are talking about, Jimmy Dolan’s Garden, where the agenda with the basketball operation is as often about how things look as it is about what is best for the Knicks and for their fans, while making sure somebody other than the owner, Dolan, gets blamed when everything turns into another spitstorm.
On Thursday morning, for old times’ sake, we replayed Phil Jackson’s introductory press conference. There were smiles. Vibes of change, too. James (Guitar Jimmy) Dolan even vowed to butt out of the basketball operation.
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