SH Blog: Reggie Miller says Lee and Griffin can’t stand each other, Smush Parker punches a kid

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Reggie_MillerMost people are counting the Golden State Warriors out in the first round against the Los Angeles Clippers.

In fact, no one in the ESPN staff picked them to come out of the first round, and same goes for our staff (predictions will be out soon).

There is at least one guy that is publicly saying anything goes when it comes to these two teams, though, and his name is Reggie Miller. Rusty Simmons of San Francisco Chronicle has details:

“I give the Warriors a chance, because it’s a rivalry between these two teams,” TNT analyst Reggie Miller said. “They hate one another. Any time you hate a team, you can throw out who’s hurt and who’s not playing, because it becomes personal. ”David Lee and Blake Griffin can’t stand one another, and I love it. Good. You’re not supposed to like them. Go out and kick his behind.”

It’s certainly understandable. Even with Andrew Bogut (fractured rib), the Clippers were likely favored to win the series. Without him, most believe there is virtually no chance. That doesn’t mean the Warriors feel the same way, and Andre Iguodala expressed as much:

“Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala said: “All of those guys have that L.A. about them, where they want to live in the spotlight. They want to go out there and show what they can do on the court. … ”They have a chippiness about them. They try to get you out of your game. We’ve got a group of guys who aren’t going to back down, but we won’t let it affect our psyche.”

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Tweet Of The Day: Lack Of Playoff Experience Not A Concern For Toronto

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Amir JohnsonWith less than two days to go before the start of the 2014 NBA Playoffs, it’s an exciting time to anticipate all of the action set to take place. As one of the more surprising teams this season, the Toronto Raptors are gearing up to kick off the post-season with their scheduled match up against the Brooklyn Nets.

Despite clinching the Atlantic division and earning the three seed for the Eastern Conference, there are still doubts surrounding the inexperienced Raptors. This will be the first time in the playoffs for many of the players on this roster, but they’re not letting that serve as a point against them.

One of the more notable reactions being made come from Raptors Forward Amir Johnson. Taking to twitter to voice his thoughts, he asserted the confidence that he has in his team.

Bernucca: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the 2013-14 NBA Season

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espnscrewupThere were 1,230 games during the NBA season, and I read the stories and boxscores for every single one.

That is how I compile Page 2 of my weekly notes column, which features the categories Quote of the Week, Line of the Week, Line of the Weak and the Trillion Watch.

It’s also how I find gems like Mo Williams mysteriously playing for the Philadelphia 76ers.

After my column is published every Monday, I take the winners of those weekly categories and save them in a file to create this column, which summarizes the best and worst the NBA had to offer this season.

I do this because no one else who covers the NBA does it. I hope you enjoy it. 

NBA Playoff Schedule: First Round

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Here is the playoff schedule for the eight first-round series of the 2014 NBA playoffs:

SH Blog: Klay Thompson calls out Blake Griffin’s style of play, Gary Payton says Curry and Westbrook are shooting guards

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KlayThompsonSH1It’s no secret that the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors have a strong dislike for each other. It has been that way since last season when the Warriors became a relevant team in the Western Conference, and it continued into this season when Blake Griffin called the Warriors cowards. The two teams won’t even share a chapel together.

That’s true hate.

What no one could have seen coming, though, is Klay Thompson joining in on the fun, so to speak. During a radio interview, the sharp-shooter called out Griffin for his “out of control” style of play, transcribed by Arash Markazi of ESPN LA:

On Wednesday, Warriors guard Klay Thompson called Clippers forward Blake Griffin out for flopping and playing “kind of out of control sometimes.”

“He is a good guy off the court but he probably just … I mean … plays pretty physical and flops a little bit,” Thompson told The Wheelhouse on 95.7 The Game radio in San Francisco.

“He flairs his arm around so you know you might catch a random elbow or something that doesn’t you know rub off too well on guys,” Thompson said. “He’s kind of like a bull in a china shop, kind of out of control sometimes. And then you do just see him flop sometimes like how can a guy that big and strong flop that much.

“I can see how that gets under people’s skin and be frustrating to play against.”

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