SH Blog: Bogut has fractured rib and is out indefinitely, Irving very disappointed with how season is ending for Cavs

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BogutWith only one game left to go on the season, the Golden State Warriors beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 130-120 on Monday to win 50 games for the first time since the 1993-94 season, when they finished with a 50-32 record. With the victory, the Warriors assured themselves of a first-round matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the playoffs.

It’s an amazing accomplishment for a franchise that has struggled for so long, and it shows a clear sign of progress since new ownership took over the team a few seasons ago. Unfortunately, the feeling of satisfaction and hope heading into the postseason came with a big asterisk: they had learned just earlier in the day that center Andrew Bogut – the team’s most important player on defense – may be out for the remainder of the season with a fractured rib, from Tim Kawakami of Mercury News

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May: Frank Vogel is Glad He Is Not a New Jersey Devil

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aprilfoolsBack on April Fools Day, Mike Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser, the hosts of ESPN’s popular ‘Pardon The Interruption,’ opened the show with a segment speculating that Larry Bird was about to come down and replace Frank Vogel as the head coach of the reeling Indiana Pacers.

They talked about how the team was sliding and that something needed to be done. Bird, who had coached the Pacers before – albeit more than a decade ago – had been critical of the team, saying it needed to be tougher.

Then, after tantalizing its viewers with this possible coup d’etat, Wilbon and Kornheiser announced that it was all an April Fools Day joke.

Hmmmm.

Here’s the thing about April Fools Day ruses: They only work if there’s a degree of believability to them. Had Wilbon and Kornheiser announced that Larry Brown was coming back to coach the Pacers, and leaving SMU, well . . . OK, that’s probably not a good example. But you get the drift. The reason the joke worked was because it was credible.

Nothing has changed in the last nine days to make it any less credible; the Pacers are 2-2 heading into Friday night’s biggie in Miami.

SH Blog: Calipari to Lakers? Dumars to step down; Kyrie and Dion put an end to the rumors

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UCONN upset Kentucky Monday night in the National Championship game, defeating the wildcats 60-54 in an up-and-down game that they led buzzer-to-buzzer.

There were big shots and highlight plays made all night by NBA level talent. The game could have gone either way until UCONN wrapped things up with just under two minutes to play. The presentation, broadcast and atmosphere were A-plus.

Shabazz Nappier and Ryan Boatright were phenomenal.

Kentucky’s heralded freshman class flashed NBA talent. Especially James young.

It was the second fantastic title game in a row. 

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Bernucca: Have Pacers Lost Belief in Themselves?

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Believe it or not, there’s someone out there who doesn’t think the Indiana Pacers are coming apart at the seams. Lance Stephenson

“Everybody goes through this,” Spurs guard Tony Parker said last week after San Antonio manhandled Indiana, 103-77, on the Pacers’ home court. “I’m not worried about them. They’ll still make it to the Eastern Conference finals and they’ll still play Miami.”

Parker is somewhat right. From time to time, every championship contender has a stretch during a season where they look ordinary. Addled. Even awful at times.

Last month, the Miami Heat lost three in a row and seven of 11, including a home contest to Denver and a visit to New Orleans after which Chris Bosh plainly said, “We suck.”

The Oklahoma City Thunder welcomed back Russell Westbrook as they came out of the All-Star break and immediately lost three straight and five of eight, including a home loss to Cleveland and a road setback to the L.A. Lakers. The Houston Rockets were a pedestrian 8-8 in December, losing at home and on the road to Sacramento, at Utah and being blasted at Oklahoma City and Indiana.

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Tweet of the Day: Frank Vogel Reassigned, Larry Bird To Coach Pacers

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Tuesday, not just any normal day, nor the typical Tuesday.

This is April 1st, otherwise known as April Fool’s Day—the day renowned for pranks.

Amid many breaking news stories, like Tiger Woods undergoing microdiscectomy for a pinched nerve in his back, Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon opted to lead their show, Pardon the Interruption, with a shocking revelation for the Indiana Pacers.

The news?

Due to the Pacers recent swoon, head coach Frank Vogel had been reassigned within the organization and team president Larry Bird would be stepping in as coach to rectify front office “mistakes”—such as having traded away Danny Granger, an integral piece of the team’s chemistry and acquiring players like Evan Turner and Andrew Bynum.

The long time PTI duo did an excellent job selling the story as breaking news, even going so far as to debate if Bird should assume responsibility for the team’s loss of chemistry and assume coaching duties.

It was, of course, a farce, but it was convincing enough to sucker in a few peers in the media—even within ESPN.

Sheridan Hoops contributor Maxwell Ogden even had to give Wilbon and Kornheiser props.

New York Knicks multimedia content creator Jonah Ballow was also among those that fell for the ruse.

Add American country music singer Scotty McCreery to the list of individuals fooled by the prank.

Truly, this may have been one of the best news broadcast April Fool’s pranks in recent memory. If you missed it, keep an eye out for the video to be posted to Youtube later this week.

 

 

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Michael writes the Tweet of the Day for SheridanHoops.com and is also a correspondent for BleacherReport.com.