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The NBA retroactively assessed a technical foul to Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova for his role in the altercation Tuesday that led to Taj Gibson's ejection with 10 minutes, 25 seconds left in Game 5. Gibson's flagrant-2 foul didn't get downgraded, which means he has three points for two flagrant fouls during the postseason. Another flagrant would trigger an automatic suspension — one game for a flagrant-1 and two for a flagrant-2. "Still don't understand it," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said of Gibson's ejection. "It was a nothing play." Chicago Tribune

Dellavedova made the Cavs as an undrafted rookie before last season after leaving Saint Mary's as the school's all-time scoring and assist leader. He fought his way into the Cavs rotation -- last season under coach Mike Brown and this season under coach David Blatt -- by playing solid defense and providing relentless effort. His tangle with Gibson was not his first. Wild guess alert. It probably won't be his last. "Physical, but never cheap," Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett said of Dellavedova. "He's been in some scraps before. He's gotten under some skin, but I never saw him do anything cheap. "The leadership, basketball IQ and toughness are things he brought every single day for us for four years. He just wants to win. That's all he ever cared about. And he's very loyal. I know it's a different team than his first year but he's grateful the Cavs gave him an opportunity. Him knowing he's appreciated by LeBron and those guys, that's just going to drive him (further) to do whatever he can to help them win." FoxSports.com

May 13, 2015 Updates

At the annual meeting of NBA general managers Wednesday in Chicago, there was no overwhelming consensus to change the rules to discourage teams from intentionally fouling poor free-throw shooters, league sources told CBSSports.com. "There is not enough support to change it," one executive in the meeting said. "It's one of those perception is bigger than reality issues." CBSSports.com

Clippers coach Doc Rivers, an influential member of the competition committee, has said repeatedly during the playoffs that he believes the rule will be changed for next season. One league source told CBSSports.com earlier this month that he estimated the chances of a rule change to discourage teams from intentionally fouling away from the ball at 85 percent. But teams that were against changing the rule became more entrenched after the numbers on intentional fouling were divulged Wednesday, and those that were on the fence heard nothing to change their minds. "It's part of the game," one of the executives said. "You need to make your free throws." CBSSports.com

Taj Gibson wanted to make one thing clear after the Game 5 loss by the Chicago Bulls against the Cleveland Cavaliers -- he did not kick Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova. "It was not a dirty play at all," Gibson said. "He just leg locked me, and I was trying to get my foot out there. He was pretty strong for a little guy." Cleveland Plain Dealer

"I gave him a look like, 'What are you doing? This is basketball,'" Gibson said. "This [isn't] wrestling, but it got chippy. Both teams kind of swarmed the situation and made it bigger than what it was, but nobody threw any punches. I'm just sad that I couldn't finish the game and help my team." ESPN.com

The Gibson-Dellevedova incident led to the two teams pushing and shoving, and that was a talking point after the 106-101 Cleveland victory. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau called it "bizarre," while Cavaliers coach David Blatt wanted to choose his words carefully afterwards. "Melee doesn't seem to be the appropriate word," Blatt said. "Can you think of a different word, and I'll answer the question?" When it was referred to it as an altercation, Blatt said, "I didn't think anything of it. No comment." His response was met with a laugh. Cleveland Plain Dealer

May 11, 2015 Updates

The Houston Rockets aggressively used the Hack-a-DJ in the first half of their Game 4 loss at the Los Angeles Clippers. Jordan attempted 28 free throws in the first half. "Personally I don't like it," said James Harden. "But a lot of coaches have different philosophies on the game." RealGM

Rockets forward Josh Smith: "It's a decision that the coach made, and you have to just roll with it. Whatever he decides to do." Howard: "I don't think that was the reason (they lost the game). I don't think it had an effect on the game." For McHale's part, he said that Howard's early foul trouble inspired the move. "We were just trying to see if we could muck up the game a little bit," McHale said. "We didn't. We came back in and we kind of had to play small, so we just thought maybe we could get them out of their rhythm a little bit." USA Today Sports

Right about the time Kevin McHale and his Houston Rockets were dying the death of a thousand Hack-a-Shaq cuts on Sunday night, the man who helped Shaquille O'Neal with his free throws so many years ago had his own ailment to worry about. "I'm barfing watching this (expletive)!" Buzz Braman text-messaged during the third quarter of the Los Angeles Clippers' 128-95 win in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals that put them up 3-1 on the Rockets. USA Today Sports

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers said the reason his team isn't fouling Houston Rockets guard James Harden as much is because his players are pulling their arms and hands back when he drives the lane. Harden has a different viewpoint. "Do you think so?" Harden said after scoring 21 points in the Rockets' blowout 128-95 loss to the Clippers on Sunday. "I've got a couple of scratches on my arms to show you. But it is what it is." ESPN.com

There has been growing support in recent months for a change to the charge rule and Mark Cuban Tweeted a comment following the play. "That's why we shouldn't let 2ndary defenders take charges," wrote Cuban. "Step in charges have become a basketball play. It shouldn't be. #changrtherule" RealGM

May 10, 2015 Updates
May 9, 2015 Updates

The NBA downgraded Houston Rockets guard Jason Terry's ejection to flagrant 1 foul, minimizing the possibility of a suspension. Terry was kicked out with eight minutes to play in the fourth quarter of Friday's Game 3 loss after pushing Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin. As Griffin fell down, he stuck his leg out in an attempt to trip Terry. "It's just one of those games," Terry said Saturday. "It's playoff basketball, and I took a hard foul, and so I got to be real careful, and I don’t want to get ejected in a game that can cost us in a close ballgame." ESPN.com

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