Magic Johnson group to buy Los Angeles Dodgers for $2 billion

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Around Los Angeles, a lot of people were rooting for the Magic Johnson group to win the bidding war for the Dodgers. Well, mostly what Dodger fans wanted was Frank McCourt out of the picture and replaced by anyone not named Jamie McCourt.

But if they got to choose a replacement, Magic was at the top of most lists — he’s a sports icon, a businessman and someone who gets the city.

Well, they got their wish.

Magic Johnson’s group won the bidding war and will get the Dodgers for a cool $2 billion. Yes, with a “B.” We’re calling it the Magic group but it is really the Guggenheim Baseball Management LLC (“GBM”) which has Mark R. Walter as the controlling partner (read: guy with all the real money), as well Warriors co-owner Peter Guber, baseball guy Stan Kasten and others. McCourt and some other investors will stay on as part owners of the valuable parking lot around the stadium. (Most Dodger fans would like McCourts seats to be out there.)

Magic had been a minority owner in the Lakers (about five percent) but sold that looking to get a larger role with another sports organization. He’s found it.

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.