Business handled, Heat rest and refocus

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By Sekou Smith, NBA.com

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VIDEO:LeBron James talks after the Heat finished off the Charlotte Bobcats

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — They’d have done anything to avoid the spotlight this time three or four years ago. It would have been a welcome relief for the Miami Heat back then, when they were in the formative stages of a championship quest that continues today in a business-like fashion that has become routine for LeBron James and the two-time defending champion Heat.

All of the hype and hoopla that marked their early time together has faded a bit for the Heat, the first team to break through to the next round of the playoffs courtesy of their sweep of the Charlotte Bobcats. The minutiae, the “process,” as Heat coach Erik Spoelstra loves to call it, has infected this team.

“It’s a process,” James said. “I think this was step one for us. I…

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Referee Joey Crawford interrupts Kevin Durant game-tying free throw in overtime (VIDEO)

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The Thunder didn’t lose this game just because of Joey Crawford — they were down 20 points in the third quarter to Memphis and that wasn’t on the refs — but somehow when Joey Crawford is the referee it always ends up being about Joey Crawford.

The situation was this: Oklahoma City was down two with 27.5 seconds left in overtime when going for a rebound Tony Allen went over the back of Kevin Durant and fouled him, sending Durant to the free throw line for two. Durant drains the first one, it’s now 100-99 Memphis.

Then just as Durant starts his free throw motion referee Joey Crawford blows his whistle and sprints out to stop the shot, taking the ball away from Durant. Crawford them went over to the scorers table to correct the number of team fouls on the scoreboard, yelling at the board…

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Clippers play like a team unburdened, take 3-2 series lead with win over Warriors

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In Game 4 the Clippers were clearly distracted. They looked drained.

In Game 5 Tuesday night they played like a team unchained.

With a bounce back in their step and a supportive home crowd giving them a standing ovation when they ran out for warm ups in the wake of the fiasco with owner Donald Sterling, the Clippers played with a renewed energy. That meant they raced out to an early lead, that the Clipper front line finally dominated the undersized Warriors up front, and when they needed an answer they had for all the Warriors runs to challenge.

The result was a 113-103 Clippers win and Los Angeles now leads the series 3-2. Game 6 is Thursday night in Golden State.

DeAndre Jordan finally made the Warriors pay for going small — Jordan had 25 points on 8-of-10 shooting, pulled won 18 rebounds blocked four shots, and when…

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NBA unites behind ousting Donald Sterling, but removing him will not be that simple

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The NBA is finally united. Nothing can get 29 owners, 450 players and legions of fans to agree on something…

Nothing except Donald Sterling.

New commissioner Adam Silver started to define his legacy when he brought the hammer down on the Clippers owner for his racist comments caught on tape — a lifetime ban, a $2.5 million fine, and plans by the league to force a sale of the franchise.

That last one is the big, bold move — forcing him to sell the team. Sterling loves owning a team, it is part of his identity, he will not willingly sell. However, under terms of the NBA’s constitution the league can force a sale if three quarters of the other NBA owners vote to do so — 23 of the other 29.

That’s not going to be a problem — within two hours of Silver’s press conference all 29 owners…

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Heavy fine may be most NBA can do

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By David Aldridge, TNT

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VIDEO: The Inside the NBA members discuss the Donald Sterling matter

The most likely scenario for NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to discipline L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling is to use a provision of the NBA constitution that allows the Commissioner to suspend a team employee indefinitely and fine him up to $1 million. That appears, according to sources familiar with the NBA’s little-seen internal rules, to be the most the NBA can do to hit an owner for something said, as opposed to something done.

There are provisions for the NBA’s Board of Governors, with the votes of three-quarters of the league’s owners — 24 — to terminate the ownership of an individual and remove him as owner. But those provisions do not seem to apply here under even generous interpretation of the league’s rules.

Owners can be removed, under Section…

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Star Wars Episode VII Cast Announced

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table The Official Star Wars Facebook page has just announced the full cast of the long awaited seventh episode of the Star Wars Saga, and holy Chewbacca crap is it exciting.

“The Star Wars Team are thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.

Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker in the new film.” (Star Wars Facebook Page)

It seems that J.J. Abrams has followed through with his promise of relative ‘unknown’ actors such as ‘Girls’ star Adam Driver and Attack the Block’s John Boyega. But also brought in a veteran of ‘big scope’ cinema with Andy Serkis.

I don’t know about you guys, but this announcement teamed with the set photos of AT-AT parts…

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Rise, fall of Antoine Walker focus of new documentary (TRAILER)

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Antoine Walker is THE cautionary tale.

The former Kentucky star was a three-time NBA All-Star averaging 17.5 points a game for his career. He even has a ring from the 2006 Miami Heat. 

He’s also the guy who earned $108 million in salary as a player yet was facing felony charges due to gambling debt in Las Vegas. Between his vices and supporting his extended family, he burned through it all. It was a hard fall.

Now a new documentary titled “Gone in an Instant: The Antoine Walker Story” will be released in August and chronicles that slide and his life. Above is the trailer.

That should be an interesting bit of viewing.

Hat tip to Kentucky Sports Radio.

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Phil Jackson wouldn’t call the Spurs a dynasty, but meant no disrespect

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Phil Jackson met with the New York media last week to discuss the state of the Knicks, and in speaking about the possibility of Carmelo Anthony taking less money to re-sign there this summer, took what some perceived to be an inadvertent shot at the Spurs.

But really, he was just clarifying a technicality of how we should define the word “dynasty.”

“Tim Duncan making the salary he’s making after being part of a dynasty — not a dynasty, I wouldn’t call San Antonio a dynasty — a force, a great force,” Jackson said, via the New York Daily News. “They haven’t been able to win consecutive championships, but they’ve always been there. San Antonio has had a wonderful run through Tim’s tenure there as a player. He’s agreed to take a salary cut so other players can play with him so they can be this good. And that’s…

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