NBA players go nuts after Kevin Durant hit the most amazing shot of the year

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The Oklahoma City Thunder lost to the Memphis Grizzlies 111-105 in overtime in Game 2 of the first round of the playoffs, but they only managed to get that far because of Kevin Durant, who hit the most ridiculous shot of the year in the fourth quarter.

With 13.3 seconds left in regulation and down 98-93, Durant found himself in the corner to catch a pass from Russell Westbrook. With Marc Gasol draped all over him, Durant lost balance and was on his way out of bounds, but somehow managed to get a shot off in the process. Here is what followed:

One video-game 3-pointer made. And one.

It was an unbelievable conversion, and it darn near broke twitter in the process. Here are some notable reactions from players around the league:

Mike Woodson, Entire NY Knicks Coaching Staff Relieved Of Duties

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Finally, the monkey is off the proverbial back so to speak.

For the past few days, perhaps even the past few weeks, ever since the New York Knicks announced the arrival of Phil Jackson—one of the most respected names in NBA history—would be taking over as President of Basketball Operations, back in mid-March, it seemed only a matter of time before he would begin reconstructing the team organization.

Monday marked the beginning of the likely multi-faceted project, as Jackson addressed the elephant in the room: the rather tenuous coaching situation.

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Tweet of the Night: Paul George goes fishing

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Paul georgeIf you have been following the Indiana Pacers the last few weeks, the first thing you would say they need is practice.

Paul George’s tweet on Sunday night may indicate to some that he has other priorities.

Despite dropping the first game to the Atlanta Hawks 101-93, the bottom seed in the NBA playoffs, in unspectacular fashion, George decided the best course of action would be to go fishing on Sunday. 

Warriors, Clippers Exciting Game 1 Reactions

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The NBA Playoffs have started.

The first game of the day on Saturday saw the Toronto Raptors give the Brooklyn Nets a 1-0 lead in the series between the 3- and 6- seeds in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors committed 17 turnovers in a seven-point 94-87 loss. It was a physical contest, marred by 42 total fouls.

However, if you thought the officials let loose with the whistles in the first game, you may have missed the second game.

Game 2 of the day featured the Golden State Warriors in Staples Center to face the 3-seed Los Angeles Clippers—two teams that don’t exactly see eye-to-eye. The officials were all over the place, with four players having three or more fouls in the first half. Blake Griffin and Andre Iguodala were both limited to 19 and 20 minutes respectively, both fouling out in the fourth quarter.

There were 51 total fouls called in the Western Conference showdown that saw Golden State walk away with a 109-105 victory. For as many calls that were made, there was plenty of physical play—much of which could have merited another blown whistle.

A prime example of a non-call, Chris Paul’s sixth and final turnover, which enabled Harrison Barnes to, in turn, get fouled and make 1-of-2 free throws to stretch the Warriors’ lead to three. Paul was clearly fouled by Draymond Green as he rounded the elbow, the resulting contact caused him to lose control of the ball as it went out of bounds.

Over the course of the final 13 seconds, Golden State missed 3-of-4 free throw attempts, Los Angeles just couldn’t capitalize. It was a compelling and exciting game to watch.

Many in and around the league were watching as well.

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Tweet of the Night: Al Harrington wants to know which 10 guys would thrive in the “Bad Boys” era

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The documentary “Bad Boys”, which aired on ESPN on Thursday and again on Friday, has gained massive popularity among the players and fans alike. LeBron James was ecstatic about the tough and togetherness of those Detroit Pistons, and plenty others around the league voiced their approval of the style of play in which they played.

Simply put, what the Pistons (as well as other teams) did and got away with back then would never fly in today’s NBA. These days, you can’t even commit a hard foul in the playoffs without the risk of picking up a flagrant foul, and sometimes, they won’t even let you high-five your own teammate without calling a technical foul. There are certain players around the league that yearn for how the game was called back in the day, and Al Harrington of the Washington Wizards wondered just who in today’s NBA would thrive under the old rules: