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Wednesday morning one liners

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Our morning look around the NBA with stories worth reading and notes that are not their own post here at PBT.

Steve Kerr absolutely rips Dan Gilbert. And he’s right.

Andre Iguodala is impressing at Sixers camp.

Shawn Kemp award contestant: DeSagana Diop said that he is 25 lbs overweight.

The Lakers and Knicks lead the league with the highest ticket prices. As to be expected. The Miami Heat are third, the Bulls are fourth.

Eddy Curry has yet to practice with the Heat or talk to the media in Miami. I know, we’re all shocked.

There has been very little talk about Arron Afflalo, a player a lot of GMs covet who is a restricted free agent. The Nuggets are making progress toward re-signing him.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute will remain with the Milwaukee Bucks.

The Knicks may add Mo Evans, who spent most of his summer in New York anyway as a member of the union’s bargaining team.

Drew Gooden is saying he still has pain in his foot, not good for a player who has battled plantar fasciitis for a while now. All that rest and here we are.

Interesting thoughts about Gerald Green joining the Lakers.

Marco Belinelli signed a qualifying offer to remain in New Orleans. David Stern did not block the move, which means it is good for “basketball reasons.”

The Warriors inked their prized rookie, Klay Thompson.

Gary Forbes reportedly has a three year deal with the Raptors (the third year is a team option).

The Bobcats, Raptors, Trail Blazers and Rockets all would like to land the PBT personal favorite Reggie Williams.

Shelden Williams signed on to be a New Jersey Net.

Lazar Hayward has goes from the Timberwolves to the Thunder. Nice upgrade.

Boris Diaw — all 6’8” of him — is going to spend some time at the center spot for the Bobcats.

Ben Wallace got probation on his DUI and gun charges.

Under Armour and the the NBA now have a deal. This means Under Armour can use NBA logos and jersys in their advertising.

Watch Blake Griffin hit a half court shot. Sitting down.

Don’t worry, rookie hazing is alive and well in the NBA.

Briante Weber goes from Warriors to Hornets, signs 10-day contract with Charlotte

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Backup point guard Briante Weber has signed a 10-day contract with the Charlotte Hornets. This comes after Weber signed two 10-day contracts with the Golden State Warriors earlier in the season. News of the signing was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

Weber, 24, played his college games at VCU and in his work this season for Golden State was somewhat disappointing. In seven games, Weber put up 9.4 points, 3.9 assists, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per-game. His advanced numbers tell a bit of a different story, where his box plus/minus was -6.1.

Charlotte will look to use Weber in a backup role to Kemba Walker. Ramon Sessions had been playing rotation player minutes for the Hornets until early February when he suffered a left knee injury that could keep him out up to six weeks.

Stephen Curry assist wins Warriors fan $5,000

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Stephen Curry wasn’t just setting up teammates Saturday night, he was helping out a fan.

One of the Warriors in-game entertainment bits is to have basically adult skeeball for cash. One female fan was doing about as well as I do at arcade skeeball when Stephen Curry ran out to give her a little help and win her $5,000.

The Warriors went on to beat the Nets and clinch a playoff slot with the win.

Paul George ejected for arguing calls, Pacers go on to lose to Heat

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Paul George already had one technical in the game (from a double technical situation), when he thought he was fouled and should have gotten a call fairly early in the third quarter of a tight Pacers game against the Heat.

George apparently wouldn’t let up barking at the referees, maybe said some magical words, but whatever happened the officials hit him with a second technical. He was tossed. You can see the reaction above.

The Pacers hung close in the game until the Heat went on a 21-4 run to open the fourth and that was the ballgame. If you’re the undisputed leader of your team — as George is — you just can’t get tossed for things like this.

Warriors first team to clinch playoff slot with win over Nets

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 27 points on a night Kevin Durant missed his first game of the season with a hand injury, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Brooklyn Nets 112-95 on Saturday to clinch a playoff berth.

Klay Thompson added 24 points. Curry converted a four-point play just before halftime to put his team up 62-51 at the break. The two-time reigning MVP had five 3-pointers and five assists.

This is just a first step for these star-studded, NBA-best Warriors (49-9): They want the No. 1 seed in the West. Oh, and a championship.

Durant sat out with a bruised left hand. He injured his pinkie in the first quarter of a 123-113 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, and X-rays were negative. He practiced Friday with his left hand heavily taped and still had some discomfort Saturday.

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 16 points in the Nets’ 16th straight defeat.