Spurs trade Richard Jefferson to Warriors for Stephen Jackson

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The Spurs have acquired Stephen Jackson from the Warriors in exchange for Richard Jefferson, according to a report from Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports. Golden State will also receive a conditional first round draft pick as part of the deal, according to Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group.

Jackson wasn’t with the Warriors for very long at all, having just been sent there Tuesday as part of the deal that shipped Monta Ellis to Milwaukee in exchange for Andrew Bogut.

Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich knows what he’s getting with Jackson, who played in San Antonio for two seasons early in his career, and helped the Spurs win a championship in 2003. A lot has happened with Jackson since then, both on and off the court, and he’s bounced around the league for a variety of reasons while playing for five different teams.

Popovich runs one of the tightest ships in the league, though, and wouldn’t be bringing Jackson into the fold unless he knew he could control the situation. When healthy and dialed-in, Jackson is an above-average defender, and can provide a scoring punch when necessary, as well.

The salaries of Jackson and Jefferson match almost exactly, in the neighborhood of $10 million this season. The reason San Antonio had to throw in the draft pick was likely to entice the Warriors to commit to an extra year of Jefferson at that price; whether or not that actually makes sense for Golden State is questionable at best.

Jackson’s contract expires at the end of this season, making him a low-risk, short-term rental that would appear to immediately improve the Spurs, who currently sit in second place in the Western Conference standings.

Dwyane Wade says Bulls’ showers had no hot water in Boston

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The Bulls suffered a rough loss in Boston last night.

It didn’t get better afterward.

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

Celtics general manager Danny Ainge – who played for Boston in the 80s – pleaded ignorance to any nefarious plumbing:

I think the idea that teams plot to shut off the visitor’s hot water is often overstated. Arenas have complex infrastructure, and things can go wrong on their own. Sometimes, the home team loses hot water, but that never gets remembered.

But reasonable excuses don’t make a cold shower in the moment any more tolerable.

Robin Lopez pushes short floater over backboard (video)

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Robin Lopez had reason to be upset from the Bulls’ Game 5 loss to the Celtics last night.

This miss was all on him.

Dwyane Wade plays the laziest defense you’ll ever see (video)

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Dwyane Wade (26 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists) was the Bulls’ best player in their Game 5 loss to the Celtics last night.

But the 35-year-old guard clearly didn’t go all out on every possession.

Players can justify not closing out by claiming they were prioritizing rebounding position. Wade clearly has no such excuse.

Video Breakdown: Clippers use JJ Redick in split cut to fool Jazz at 3-point line

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The Los Angeles Clippers dropped Game 5 to the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night, and find themselves down 3-2 as they head back to Salt Lake City for Game 6. The Clippers have had to deal with Utah’s formidable defense, so much so that they’ve built in counters to Jazz defenders overplaying shooters like JJ Redick.

One example of this countering method could be found in Game 3, when the Clippers ran a split cut for Redick. Instead of fighting endlessly around screens for a 3-point shot as you might expect, LA took the easy route and simply cut Redick to the basket for an easy layup as a means to take advantage of an overeager defender.

We’ve talked about the Split Cut here on NBA Playbook before. The Los Angeles Lakers used it earlier in the season to beat the Golden State Warriors, the team that uses the split cut perhaps the most out of any team in the NBA.

Other teams, including the Portland Trail Blazers, have adapted the Warriors’ use of the split cut as a counter for their own offense this season, which is a testament to just how useful it is.

If you need a reminder, a split cut all about a screener coming up to screen, then cutting toward the basket before his screen action fully takes place. It’s about timing, and catching defenders off guard when they go to set up their recover positions for screens.

For a full breakdown on the split cut and how the Clippers used it, watch the video above.