NBA Admits Griffin Shouldn’t Have Been Ejected

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BlakeGriffinSH1The NBA admitted Thursday that Blake Griffin should not have been ejected from Wednesday’s LA Clippers-Golden State game.

“After a league review of the Clippers-Warriors game, we have come to the conclusion that Blake Griffin should not have been ejected from the game,” NBA president of basketball operations Rod Thorn said in a statement.

“A common foul should have been called on Griffin for initially attempting to dislodge the Warriors’ Andrew Bogut and a technical foul should have been assessed to Bogut for grabbing Griffin by the shirt and wrestling with him.”

Griffin’s ejection came with 10:43 remaining in an eventual 105-103 loss. He had 20 points, 14 rebounds and five assists.

Bernucca: In Trying to Overtake Knicks, Nets Have Become Them

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ProkhorovIn his stated effort to upstage Knicks owner James Dolan, Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has become him.

Like Dolan, Prokhorov desperately wants an NBA championship. Like Dolan, he has pursued that desperation with financial abandon, giving his GM an open checkbook. Like Dolan, he has overspent on overvalued big names. Like Dolan, he has mortgaged his team’s future by giving away multiple draft picks.

And like Dolan, he appears headed down the abyss.

In two months, the Nets have gone from contenders with star power, maximum depth and championship pedigree on and off the court to pretenders with age issues, no speed or athleticism and a lack of direction from a clearly underqualified coach.

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Tweet of the Night: Festus Ezeli Impressed by Josh McRoberts Dunk on Pau Gasol

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josh mcrobertsIn Kobe Bryant’s fourth game back from an injured achilles, the Los Angeles Lakers played against the Charlotte Bobcats on the road in the Time Warner Arena and escaped with an 88-85 win—their first since his return.

The win will, perhaps, allow Pau Gasol to continue their road trip with his pride intact.

At least, that might be the impression you’d get from Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli’s reaction to a Josh McRoberts dunk Saturday night.

PODCAST: Where Have all the NBA Rivalries Gone?

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BBCEvery now and then I appear on the BBC World Service, which is broadcast in about 1,800 different countries — or something just short of that number. I aways enjoy explaining the NBA to the Brits, because their knowledge of basketball still trails their knowledge of cricket by something like 1,800 percent.

In this appearance, we discussed the lack of rivalries in today’s NBA — which is astonishing to the British because teams can play each other as many as 11 times during a season, as the Pacers and Heat did last season.

But there is no rivalry between those teams … and there probably still won’t be one, although it could be building if Indiana manages to do into Miami this coming Wednesday night and knock off the Heat. In my opinion, it’d probably take a 4-0 or 3-1 season series by the Pacers just to stoke the rivalry, and then there would need to be another feisty seven-game series with some histrionics thrown in — just like Reggie Miller did in the old days when he openly admitted he “hated” the New York Knicks. Now that was a rivalry.

So was 76ers-Celtics, which is dead these days.

But these days, the NBA is devoid of them, as LeBron James recently pointed out.


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Scotto: Rivers Reunion Becomes a Turning Point for Garnett and Pierce

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IMG_3801Kevin Garnett accurately described what everyone thought after he and Paul Pierce battled his former coach, Doc Rivers.

“It was a bit weird,” said Garnett.

You know what’s even more weird?

Watching Pierce come off the bench in back-to-back games for the first time in his career and Garnett on a minutes restriction comparable to a role player.