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May 26, 2013 | 08:42 PM ET Update

And then I saw it. This big TV screen, maybe 35 inches, sitting at midcourt. It was the screen used by the referees to study replays, and it was aimed at the Grizzlies' bench. The Spurs' bench was behind the TV, but it dawned on me: Allen wasn't watching the Spurs. He was watching the TV. He was watching the replays. Unless the officials needed it, the TV was set to the network's feed. And if you've watched any of these NBA playoffs on television, you know what happens at the beginning of timeouts. Before the network cuts to a commercial, it shows one last highlight. One last clip of the game. CBSSports.com

May 26, 2013 | 06:43 PM ET Update

Jeff Hornacek agreed to terms with the Suns to become their new head coach and will sign the three-year contract by Monday morning. The Suns quickly acted after impressive interviews from Hornacek, the popular former Suns player who has been an assistant coach for Utah. He was interviewed in Charlotte for its head coaching job and Philadelphia also was interested in him. Cleveland was the first team to hire a coach this offseason when it brought back Mike Brown but the Suns were among six teams currently seeking a new coach with as many as three more expected to join that search. Arizona Republic

The Milwaukee Bucks are bringing back three candidates to interview a second time for the franchise's head coaching job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew, Houston Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson and Los Angeles Lakers assistant Steve Clifford will meet with Bucks officials this week in Milwaukee, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

Clifford will visit Milwaukee again on Tuesday, and Sampson and Drew on Wednesday, league sources said. Bucks general manager John Hammond has a stronger history with Sampson – who spent two years on the Milwaukee staff under Scott Skiles – but has been increasingly impressed with the possibilities with Clifford, sources said. Clifford has come strongly recommended by three former coaching colleagues that Hammond respects – Chicago's Tom Thibodeau and Stan and Jeff Van Gundy. Yahoo! Sports

Adams was the top-ranked prospect among 12 players Boston auditioned in pre-draft workouts at their training facility in recent days. After showcasing a better-than-expected offensive game at the draft combine in Chicago, Adams has caught the attention of teams across the league. So what exactly has Scalabrine been teaching him? "He’s been up against NBA players, so he knows how they play," said Adams. "He’s just been showing me, not tricks, but the basic fundamentals of NBA play. Like, you can get away with a lot more physicality and throwing a lot more [elbows] around. He’s just showing me that side of things and separation on the court. How to use the 3-point line." ESPN.com

A potential climb up draft boards doesn't bode particularly well for Boston, which likely would prefer Adams stick to his initial mid-round projection so that they at least have a chance to decide if he's their guy at No. 16. Adams is still acclimating to the American game, but said one season at Pittsburgh helped that process. "I think I got a lot better because I got to understand how basketball is in America, the whole culture and the coaching system, and all that sort of stuff," said Adams. "It was a great learning experience from that standpoint. In New Zealand, the level is much lower. So getting to that strategic side of things was definitely a good learning [experience]." ESPN.com

Gentry has emerged as a candidate to replace Vinny Del Negro, whose contract was not renewed by the Clippers last week. Former Nets, Hornets and Cavs coach Byron Scott also is considered a top candidate for the Clippers, in part due to his strong relationship with Chris Paul. Ditto for Warriors assistant Michael Malone, who was with Paul as an assistant in New Orleans under Monty Williams. Before fully opening their search, however, the Clippers are said to be "going for big names first," according to a person with knowledge of their plan. Those include Jeff and Stan Van Gundy, Pacers assistant Brian Shaw and Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, the person said. CBSSports.com

Several teams, including the Clippers and Nets, are believed to be waiting for the Grizzlies' season to end to explore Hollins' availability. With Memphis trailing the Spurs 3-0 in the Western Conference finals, league coaching sources expect Hollins to entertain multiple offers as his philosophy -- and ultimately, his price -- might be in conflict with those of the Grizzlies' new decision-making hierarchy. Hollins does not have a contract for next season. Shaw's agent, Jerome Stanley, told CBSSports.com on Friday that his client will not entertain any head coaching opportunities until Indiana's season is over. The Pacers and Heat are tied 1-1 in the Eastern Conference finals heading into Game 3 on Sunday night in Indianapolis. CBSSports.com

May 26, 2013 | 12:59 PM ET Update

Sources indicate Celtics director of basketball operations Danny Ainge will likely buy out forward Paul Pierce's $15 million contract for next year ($5 million is guaranteed). If that happens, Grant should be first in line to try to acquire Pierce's services. However, before anyone gets too giddy, Pierce will likely want to go to a serious contender. News-Herald

Noel has yet to hire an agent, but rumors say he could become rapper/ex-NBA team owner/agent Jay-Z's first client. Those vying for the possible No. 1 pick are CAA/Leon Rose/Jay-Z, Andy Miller and a third unknown agency. News-Herald

The Cavs have interviewed Nuggets assistant coach Chad Iske for a position on Mike Brown's staff, a source said. Iske just finished his 14th season with the Nuggets, six as an assistant. He oversees the scouting of upcoming opponents and assisted Coach George Karl with game-plan preparation. News-Herald

May 26, 2013 | 10:34 AM ET Update

An assistant coach with the Utah Jazz, Hornacek met with new Suns general manager Ryan McDonough and president Lon Babby in the past week in Phoenix. No offer has yet been extended to Hornacek, but the Suns' search process could be completed within the next week, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

It's all Tony Allen is thinking about now. His impending free agency feels a million years away. "I don't even understand the business side," Allen said. "When July hits, somebody is going to have to sit me down and explain it. All I know is I'm a Grizzly and I believe I'm going to be a Grizzly when it's over with. "I bleed blue. I think they going to keep me. But if they don't, I understand. "I don't even think about it now. I just play. I love being in Memphis. I love the city. Hopefully I stay here. It feels like home." ESPN.com

"We want to be a championship team. We've never said we have to be a championship team this year," Cuban said Saturday on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM during his first interview since the Mavs' season ended. "We want to be a better team, a top-seed team. If we get the top free agent, that doesn't leave us a whole lot of flexibility to add a lot of players, but we have a good nucleus around them. We know we'll have a good team, but we won't know if we have a great team. "If you look at this like a two-year plan, then we think we're on a track to have a great team by the end of next year." ESPN.com

Duncan scored seven of his 24 points in overtime while adding 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocks to spark the Spurs to a 104-93 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. With the Spurs now owning a commanding 3-0 lead in the series, Duncan is one more victory away from reaching his fifth NBA Finals and first since 2007. "I'm very focused on another opportunity to make it to another championship and trying to win," Duncan said. "I'm not worried about how old I am or whatever it may be. "…We've been counted out for a bunch of years and we haven't been there in forever. It would mean a lot. We obviously have one more game to win to get to that point, but I'm excited about the opportunity to get there." Yahoo! Sports

Given that Duncan has played in 1,180 regular-season games and 203 more in the playoffs – and that he spent much of his career getting hit in the paint – one would have expected his game to show a considerable decline as he approaches 40. Instead, he was an All-Star this season and was just named to the All-NBA first team as a center. "The greatest power forward of all time," Billups said in a text to Yahoo! Sports. "Just goes to show that real basketball will prevail. Fundamentals, efficient, cerebral basketball are still the way to go." Said Spurs All-Star guard Tony Parker: "He's playing unbelievable. I don't know if many people at his age have done that in NBA history." Yahoo! Sports

Asked if the two benchmarks meant much to him, Duncan said: "It means I never know [about them] until you tell me." By 31, Duncan already had four NBA championships and three Finals Most Valuable Player trophies. Injuries helped chip away at the Spurs' consistency, and though they've reached the West finals three times since, they haven't made it back to the Finals since '07. The Grizzlies knocked out the top-seeded Spurs in the first round two years ago. Last year, the Spurs owned a 2-0 lead in the West finals before Oklahoma City won the next four games. "I never felt anything was promised," Duncan said. Yahoo! Sports

Six years. And yet he's doing things we can't even recall before. After one Spurs turnover, he turned and hustled back when Quincy Pondexter was headed for a breakaway and forcing Pondexter to alter his shot and miss. It looked downright youthful. "Did I look fast or just young?" Duncan asked. "I looked fast?" ESPN.com

And now Duncan is sitting in the Spurs locker room and sipping a beer because, I mean, wouldn't you sip a beer if you started the day having to address questions about your pending divorce and ended it with a 24-point, 10- rebound effort that put you one win away from a fifth career trip to the NBA Finals? "We haven't been there in forever," said Duncan, who actually meant since 2007. "Obviously, we have one more game to win to get to that point. But I'm excited about the opportunity to get there." CBSSports.com

Chris Tomasson: NBA still reviewing Dwyane Wade elbow on Lance Stephenson. The fact that both teams traveled today no doubt has delayed matters. Twitter @christomasson

Let me tell you about Roy Hibbert and LeBron James. On the basketball court, they are blatantly obsessed with each other. When LeBron has the ball, Hibbert often ignores his own man to better focus on James. And that's not new. When other Pacer bigs sense a James drive coming and step into the lane to protect the rim, Hibbert has been known to physically shove a teammate or two out of the way in order to patrol that zone. ESPN.com

James is an entirely different player with Hibbert in the game, to the unfathomable extent that James adds a weird- looking new shot to his arsenal -- the teardrop -- almost exclusively for use over the massive Hibbert. It's such a rare move that James' first attempt in Wednesday's game -- a miss -- was greeted by commentator Steve Kerr's observation, "That's not part of his game." ESPN.com

James has made nine floaters over Hibbert over the last year (dating back to the 2012 playoffs). It's tough to find evidence he has attempted more than a couple against the rest of the league combined. ESPN.com

Only now, it's the team he left for the Knicks in 2008 and returned to last summer that is the true obstacle in the Heat's pursuit of a second straight championship. With a stirring 97-93 victory on Friday night to even the Eastern Conference finals at one game apiece, the Pacers -- a team Walsh ran for a quarter-century before going to New York -- are reminding everyone there's more than one path to NBA success. "We take nothing away from their Big Three and what they have going," Paul George said of the Heat on Wednesday night. "But we'll take a Big Five any day." CBSSports.com

When it comes to destination points for pro basketball players, Milwaukee ranks closer to the bottom than the top for most of them. But Tony Mitchell doesn’t really care. Mitchell, a small forward from North Texas State who is one of the more intriguing players in the draft, said he actually hopes the Bucks select him during the June 27 draft. “I like Milwaukee,” said Mitchell, who lived in Milwaukee for about five years before moving to Grand Prairie, Texas. “I was born there and I still have a lot of family living there. “I have two uncles there, I have four aunts there and my grandparents Betty and Wilbert Baker are there. “It would really be nice to play for the Milwaukee Bucks.” Racine Journal-Times

One exception to that rule, however, was Pierre Jackson. The Baylor point guard is projected by some analysts to be a late first-round selection in next month’s draft, and was the only player at the combine with that distinction. Unlike many other prospects, who chose to shy away from the combine’s format, including 5-on-5 play, Jackson embraced it head on. “I know a lot of people are out here that have something to prove, and against players that are ranked higher than them,” Jackson said. “I just feel like everyone who is working out for the draft should get a chance to play against the best. “I think I’m one of the better guards in the draft and I’m not scared of nobody, so I just wanted to come out here and play.” New York Post

The Milwaukee Bucks did more than just check out prospective players at the recent pre-draft camp in Chicago. They also checked out a potential head coach: Michael Curry. Curry has been the associate head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers the last three seasons. Prior to that, he was the head coach of the Detroit Pistons for one season, compiling a 39-43 record. Racine Journal-Times

If LeBron James really wants one day to be a quarterback, a possible mentor has emerged. Super Bowl champion and two-time Pro Bowl signal-caller Joe Theismann said he's willing to offer his services this summer to teach the Miami Heat star the position. In fact, Theismann, who lives in Memphis, said he wouldn't hesitate to approach James, 28, with the idea if the Grizzlies were to face the Heat in the NBA Finals. "I would love to work him out and also serve as his agent," Theismann said in a phone interview Saturday with FOX Sports Florida. "I'll go wherever he wants this summer. He could play another four years in the NBA before seriously trying the NFL. ... There are not a lot of 38- or 39-year-old basketball players, but there are 38- and 39- year-old quarterbacks, so there's always time for him." FOXSports Florida

After being arrested earlier in the week, Williams is free on $25,000 bail while prosecutors investigate allegations of second-degree domestic assault against Williams, who spoke with reporters after working out at the team’s practice facility. “We all know there’s two sides to every story,” said Williams, who averaged 4.6 points in 24 regular-season games with Boston this season. “That’s all I’m going to say about that, I’m not crazy. You guys have been around me for whatever 2½ months, I’m not crazy at all.” Boston Globe

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