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Bucks sked not tough: at Hawks (may rest), vs Bulls, at Celts, vs. Magic, vs. Cavs (may rest), at Knicks, vs. Nets, at 76ers, vs. Celts.
This too shall pass
Manu on Leonard: "What he did was incredible. It was fun to watch."
Pop on Kawhi's 15 point 4th: "We went to him & he went to himself. It was a little bit of both. He was rolling & he felt it."
Pacers hang on and beat Mavs 104-99. CJ Miles with 28 and the Pacers hit all 10 of their 3s in the 1st and 4th qtrs. Mavs now 45-29
Pop on Leonard's hot streak: "We went to him and he went to himself."
Suns shoot 61.9 percent in the first quarter and lead the Thunder 35-24. Westbrook with 8 (2-9 shooting).
After the Pacers win, Cs now tied for ninth record-wise in the East. Brooklyn, Boston, Indy and Charlotte all within one game for eighth.
If Heat had closed out Bucks, they would be tied for 6th right now. Instead, 7th. 1.5 up on Nets, 2 up on Pacers/Celtics, 2.5 up on Hornets.
This is same Charley Rosen who told us the triangle work work like magic & that Knicks would reach the playoffs. Please, stop. I beg you.
Another scintillating story about attention starved Charley Rosen written by source starved Berman of the Post. Phil must be very proud.
The Pacers just grabbed a big home win vs. the Mavericks. Now tied for 9th with the Celtics.
The Suns brought back the Van Hagar drop for Brandan Wright. Gotta be disqualified from the playoffs now.
Good thing Indy didn't buy into Villanueva as the first option.
Final: Pacers 104, Mavs 99.
Chandler Parsons 3 hits front rim with seconds remaining. Mavs will fall to 33-1 when they lead after three quarters.
The Rocks mom is sitting ringside. My lame Mania prediction is that he screws over Reigns and sets up Brock-Rock at WM32.
The most-fascinating part of Mullin in the short-term is what the staff looks like. That's everything if this has any chance of working.
Markieff Morris with more points (16) than the Thunder (14) right now.
Luol Deng kept asking Mario Chalmers if Kansas is still in the tourney. "That's the kind of stuff that (bleeps) up a friendship, Lu."
Not Charlie V's greatest moment. Misses the three then late on the close as Miles hits one.
Charlie V. misses a wide-open 3. C.J. Miles hits one in his face. Mavs down 5, 1:00 to go.
Joeger on Spurs, "Glad we're done playing them this season." Well, except for the first round of the playoffs.
I don't want to get run over again. It's hard out here for a sports writer on press row.
Spurs’ bench last season: 2nd in 3PT shooting at 39.6%. This season before today: 9th at 34.8%. Tonight: 22%.
Please no overtime.
Chandler Parsons (25 points, 10 rebounds) and Rajon Rondo (17 points, 10 assists) both have double-doubles. But game still tied, 1:30 to go.
Doc Rivers on Celtics: "I think they're gonna make the playoffs."
Memphis falls to No. 3 in the Western Conference. (No. 7 in point differential).
Heat face Spurs & Cavs next. Spoelstra: "There’s not a fear level going into any game.”
Big Baby said the Clippers second unit "played like s---."
George Hill tried to post up Rondo again, but pass to Scola leads to turnover. Rondo's not going to be outdone on 2 straight plays
I think the Suns know the stakes.
Outstanding pass from Rondo to Parsons there.
George Hill is in ‘PUI’ mode. Eight straight from him…
Really disrespectful of the Thunder to give Hasheem Thabeet's number to Kanter tbh
George Hill is trending for Indy. He's scored 8 in a row.
Take out the 4/17 shooting from three and the Spurs shot 38/66 from the floor (58%).
say what now. G.Hill spin-o-rama. Has scored the Pacers last 8 points and just deflected a Mavs pass out of bounds.
Back-to-back 3's from G.Hill. Happy Sunday everybody.
Pacers with three straight triples, the latter two from G. Hill. That pushes them in front by six with < 5m to play.
Morris twins always roast the Thunder. Markieff has all 11 Suns points in the first three minutes.
Spoelstra on resting players: "Guys are missing enough games. That's their time off."
Udonis Haslem on his injuries: "We just take the last man standing approach. It just turns out I'm the last man standing as far as our 5."
A smiling Isaiah Thomas on his desire to start: "I definitely can help. That's my game - to bring energy and make plays."
Already, it looks like we're about to have a game with two teams that can't guard each other.
All tied at 89 with 5:47 remaining in the game. Vogel sticking with Scola and Mahinmi for a big portion here. Hibbert/West combined for 22 p
Something about the Morris twins brings it out of Westbrook. Four of his 15 T's have come against the Suns this year, including an ejection.
Dennis Schröder avgerages 14.1 PPG 8.2 APG 3.1 RPG 3.3 TOV in 29.3 MPG as a starter 9.2 PPG 3.7 APG 2.0 RPG 1.7 TOV in 18.6 MPG as a reserve
Russell Westbrook with his NBA-leading 15th technical foul of the season (16th comes with suspension).
But I honestly didn't see anything Westbrook did. Had to be something he said.
Isaiah Thomas: "Something's gotta change. We've got to punch first. We've got to hit first. I don't know why, but we're waiting to get hit."
Tony Parker scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half.
Stuckey shakes off the final piece of rust from missing a couple of games and nails a 3. Knotted at 89
Russell Westbrook hit with his 15th technical foul of the season. One away from an automatic one-game suspension.
Took 57 seconds for Russell Westbrook to get technical foul No. 15 against the Morris twins and the Suns
The Spurs improve to 47-26 with a 103-89 victory over the Grizzlies. SA outscored MEM 33-23 in the 4th, Kawhi scored the first 15 of 4th.
Spurs finish 103-89 win over Memphis. Have won 13 of past 16.
Isaiah Thomas calls tomorrow night's game against the Hornets "a must win."
Rondo has 12 pts and 9 assists.
Wade refers to Andre Drummond as "that monster down there."
42 seconds left, Spurs lead 101-89. Going to win for the 13th time in the past 16 games. One game behind PDX, LAC in loss column.
So, ahem, as for that 3-game homestand that was supposed to be some big measuring stick for Spurs: They trailed for 93 seconds, total.
Wade: "We’re broken, but we’ve put it back together."
Humbling week for the Grizzlies. More competitive tonight, but they don't appear to be in the same tier as the NBA's best teams.
Wow, fourth quarter has flown by. Guess that's what happens when Kawhi Leonard gets hotter than the surface of the sun.
Roy Hibbert has 15 double-doubles this season, which just two since the break.
Gigi Datome: "It's the NBA. We don't have time for euphoria or depression."
And the franchise record is 76 games.
I make jokes, again: But 18 straight games with a steal isn't even Kawhi's career-best.
I'm not going to be judgmental of people live-tweeting Wrestlemania. Especially my two immediate superiors. Not even them.
There's the steal. Leonard's DiMaggio-like streak lives on.
Luis Scola gets called for blocking Dirk's vision. Or something.
Happy Dirk's going to the line, but these refs suck.
Dirk a baaaaaad man
11 of Parker's 13 points have come in the second half.
How were the Celtics able to come back in the second half? "We played like shit. You can print that." - Big Baby Davis
Glen Davis on Boston's fourth quarter run: "second unit played like shit."
Written on the Clippers' white board along with their flight details in Boston's visiting locker room: "Let's get the f*** out of here."
"Let's get the f--- out of here" written on the Clippers whiteboard after the game. Last long road trip of the season.
Grizzlies on 6-0 run -- all on layups and dunks -- since Tynan called the nail in the coffin.
Spurs just mashing Hard Button right now. Had been up 93-77 and white hot, but MEM back in it with 6 straight. Cue exasperated TO from Pop.
Just like that, the Spurs' 16 point lead has been cut down to 10 with plenty of time left - 4:10 minutes.
Late call, but the right call. Dirk got a lot of wrist on C.J. Watson's little underhanded layup attempt
at least ZBo snapped out of it
Won't see many teams reach a higher level than Clips did today for 2.5 quarters. Surgical.
Parker misses point blank floater, snapping Spurs streak of 23 points in 10 possessions to open 4th.
Post-ASW, SAS starters have +32.7 net rating, LAC starters +31.8, CLE starters +17.6, GSW starters +17.3. Playoffs are going to be sick
Wade on his injury: "Ask me about the game. I played tonight."
And a new largest lead of the night - 16 by San Antonio.
Early indications are that Chris Mullin is targeting some very strong recruiters w/ NYC ties...Will be developing in next few days.
If Parker and Splitter weren't so selfish Leonard might already have it.
Brad Stevens avoids details but believes fan who had medical emergency during game will be OK.
Well that got deep quick.
Leonard has tied sixth-highest scoring output of career, including PS, with 25. One away from RS high of 26, 4 from overall high of 29.
Spoelstra ends his post-game press conference with some kind words for Craig Sager.
Great job by refs getting that critical 0.2 back on the clock at end of 3Q. Game would've been played under cloud of controversy otherwise.
The Spurs have a 22-11 scoring edge in the fourth right now, still half a quarter left.
Spoelstra, unprompted: "To Craig Sager, all of Heat Nation is thinking about him & sending positive thoughts."
Doc on the Celtics: "I don't think anybody thought they would be in this position this quickly, and they are."
Now Splitter scores, and 1. Spurs have 22 points on the first 10 possessions of 4th quarter with a FT to come. They're up 92-77.
End 3Q: Mavs 79, Pacers 78. Chandler Parsons 17 points, 8 rebounds Dirk 16 points Rajon Rondo 12 points, 7 assists C.J. Miles 23 points
Beno tried to post up two Spurs, it failed. Tiago makes the basket on the other end and SA leads by 15 with 6 minutes left.
So, if the Grizzlies lose this, the Rockets overtake them for the 2 seed. Grizzlies move right back into a Spurs matchup.
Kawhi Leonard had scored 15 straight Spurs points before Tony Parker's 3-point play moments ago.
7 minutes left and the Spurs have matched their largest lead of the night at 13.
Spurs by 13
Parker drives inside for the layup, and 1. Thus endeth the Great Leonard Hot Streak of March 29, 2015.
Parker breaks the Kawhi 15 point scoring streak with an and-1 opp. Parker has 10 points. SA by 12
Stevens said he heard the person who had a medical emergency at Celtics game is expected to be OK.
Erik Spoelstra on Haslem, who is thoroughly banged up: "He's fine. I'm not even going to ask him anymore."
That Dirk jumper was only the second Mavs FG in the last 6:30 of game time.
No steals, but every point in the quarter for Spurs -- all 15 of 'em -- for Leonard.
15 straight points for Kawhi Leonard, he's up to 25 points. SA by 10
FIFTEEN straight with corner 3 as time winds down.
Mavs going with Hack-a-Ian. That's no way to treat a champion ex-Maverick.
Like the way ref Tom Washington will just throw the look of death at an overly complaining coach. Always shuts em up.
"Our offense is beautiful to watch," Doc Rivers said modestly.
Grizzlies ran him off the 3-point line, pulled up for simple little foul line J. He's 10 for 15, 22 points.
#Cavs 87, #Sixers 86: Neither team scores in last 3:57. Awful display of offense. clevelandcavaliersblog.blogspot.com/2015/03/game-7…
Kawhi now has all 12 of the Spurs' fourth quarter points. Up to 22, SA by 9.
Stevens: "I don't think there's any question [DeAndre Jordan] is the best rim protector around & there's a reason why he'll be up for DPOY."
Lady with the flash photos is annoying me.
Stevens on DeAndre Jordan: "There's a reason why he'll be up for defensive player of the league."
10 fourth quarter points for Kawhi, he has 20 points on the night.
10 straight for Leonard now.
Stevens on missing shots: "Listen, we're going to have to make shots to win these games, there's no question about that."
Always forget what a big dude Vince Carter is.
Spoelstra sounds hopeful of having both Deng and Beasley back Tuesday vs. Spurs.
I need to rewatch the last season of Mad Men this week.
Stevens on Marcus Smart's lack of playing time: "I wanted to go bigger, and I didn't think he was having his best night."
Brad Stevens: "Tonight we just got manhandled."
Stevens on the second unit's late surge: "Maybe I should go with those guys earlier. I thought they did a good job of giving us a chance."
Michael Beasley suffered a "stinger" to his elbow. Spoelstra doesn't seem too concerned about that one.
Diaw having a playfully spirited tactical chat with Ime Udoka, ends it by tossing sweat-soaked towel in his face.
Spoelstra says Deng bruised his knee a few days ago and hit it again today.
Stevens: "Redick's playing at a ridiculous level."
Stevens: "we didn't provide any defensive resistance at all."
When Amar'e is at the 5, the game plan should be pretty simply--attack the paint...relentlessly
Stevens on the game: "Tonight we just got manhandled. I would say that tonight... they (the Clippers) were playing at a high level."
Brad Stevens: "Tonight we just got manhandled."
7 o-rebounds for Haslem. Finished with 18p, 13r in 35min. He is playing through multiple injuries.
Right now, Memphis is 6 of 12 from 3. Spurs 3 of 16. Hard to win that way, yet here the Spurs are.
Cornrows of Fury
Stan Van Gundy: "You hope as you build an organization, you find the guys like Udonis... I always tip my hat to Udonis."
6 straight points by Kawhi Leonard, he's up to 18 points and the Spurs are back up 9.
Eight straight for Leonard...timeout, Grizzlies.
Clippers starters outscored Celtics starters 102-43.
I'd love to know when's the last time Grizz had more 3s in a game than the Spurs. Maybe in Vancouver.
Kawhi with the Kobe-Jordan turn off the right shoulder jumper. Yikes. He's got 16 points, Jeff Green with 17.
Stan Van Gundy said he wasn't surprised by the way Wade played, considering rest,
Six straight from Leonard to start the 4th, he's up to 16 and the Spurs lead by 7.
Stan Van Gundy: "I thought we played really well against the zone, I think we scored every time against the zone."
Kind of amazed Carlise didn't get a tech there. Appeared to make contact with the official while arguing for an offensive goaltending call.
Calathes is going to pull his hair out, trying to figure out how to stop Leonard in the post.
With 2:55 remaining in the 3rd Q, all square at 74. C.J. Miles up to 23 points. David West 10, 4, 4
We keep getting close...
Wade + Haslem: 58p on 22/40 FGs. Everyone else: 51p on 17/42 FGs.
This loss combined with Brooklyn's win earlier drops the Celtics to 9th in the Eastern Conference. Miami won today too. Pacers/Mavs is close
Leonard is steal-less heading to 4Q. 12 minutes to keep his streak alive. Feels like DiMaggio down to his last at-bat.
Stan Van Gundy: "The most disappointing thing was getting our butts kicked on the boards by a smaller team."
Take out all the 3s and the Spurs are shooting 53% in this game.
West pretty much just picked his spot at the elbow and threw Parsons off of him, then hit the J. Pacers trail by just 2.
The Spurs have not been able to find that 3-ball even on open looks, the team is shooting just 3/16 from outside.
The Pistons got 63 points, 20 rebounds & 26-of-34 shooting from Reggie Jackson & Andre Drummond & somehow lost to a team w/ 7 guys.
Clippers win their 7th in a row despite losing 20-plus points off a 35-point lead.
3Q: Spurs 70, Grizzlies 66. MEM takes 3Q 24-19, even though they trailed by 13 at one time. Parker & Belinelli with 11 points in 3Q.
Dwyane Wade with 19 points in the fourth quarter. He has Stan Van Gundy to thank for more than half of those.
End 3rd: Spurs 70, Memphis 66. Spurs had led by as many as 13 early in the quarter. Splitter leads three in double-figures w/ 12.
Patrick is now 1/5 shooting in this game. Outside of that OKC blowout, he's been struggling.
C’s sit 9th with games vs. CHA, IND, MIL looming this week. http://t.co/PvFtkCWMpM
As much as it has felt like the Spurs have controlled game ... Grizz in striking distance heading to 4Q. Exactly what you want on the road.
Pop matches Joerger with a small balll lineup. Kawhi is at the 4, Baynes at the 5.