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Here is your NBA Vegas Summer League schedule

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Summer League is the Spring Training of the NBA. Kind of. It’s very casual, fans can get a lot closer to players than during the regular season, you get to see a lot of prospects up close, you can follow the top draft rookies and/or the guys trying to get that 15th roster spot, and everyone from the industry seems to be there.

PBT will have you covered. I will be there for the opening half (I’m in Vegas before for part of USA Basketball training camp for the Olympics) and Scott Schroeder will be there for almost every minute of the action. If you can’t get out to melt in the desert in the middle of July, NBA TV will show all 60 games (39 live) and some other networks will carry specific teams (MSG will have some Knicks games, for example).

Below is the schedule, so you know when to set your DVR (the first Anthony Davis/Hornets game is Sunday night). The games are spread out across adjoining buildings (COX Pavilion and the Thomas & Mack) and run simultaneously at points.

Friday July 13
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — Atlanta vs. Washington
3 PM — Houston vs. Toronto
5 PM — Golden State vs. LA Lakers
7 PM — Sacramento vs. Charlotte

Saturday July 14
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — Memphis vs. New York
3 PM — Golden State vs. Denver
5 PM — LA Lakers vs. Sacramento
7 PM — Houston vs. Washington
Sunday July 15
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — New York vs. Phoenix
3 PM — Denver vs. Dallas
5 PM — San Antonio vs. Atlanta
7 PM — Washington vs. NBA D-League
• Thomas & Mack
3:30 PM — Toronto vs. Miami
5:30 PM — Cleveland vs. Charlotte
7:30 PM — New Orleans vs. Portland

Monday July 16
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — Atlanta vs. Boston
3 PM — Dallas vs. Toronto
5 PM — Cleveland vs. NBA D-League
7 PM — LA Clippers vs. Minnesota
• Thomas & Mack
3:30 PM — Houston vs. Sacramento
5:30 PM — LA Lakers vs. Miami
7:30 PM — Milwaukee vs. New Orleans

Tuesday July 17
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — Denver vs. New York
3 PM — Washington vs. Memphis
5 PM — Portland vs. Houston
7 PM — Chicago vs. Boston
• Thomas & Mack
3:30 PM — San Antonio vs. LA Lakers
5:30 PM — Cleveland vs. Phoenix
7:30 PM — Minnesota vs. Charlotte

Wednesday July 18
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — Milwaukee vs. Washington
3 PM — Chicago vs. Houston
5 PM — Atlanta vs. Dallas
7 PM — San Antonio vs. LA Clippers
• Thomas & Mack
3:30 PM — Sacramento vs. Toronto
5:30 PM — New Orleans vs. Phoenix
7:30 PM — Golden State vs. Miami

Thursday July 19
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — New York vs. Toronto
3 PM — Portland vs. Atlanta
5 PM — Cleveland vs. Minnesota
7 PM — NBA D-League vs. Milwaukee
• Thomas & Mack
3:30 PM — Boston vs. Sacramento
5:30 PM — LA Clippers vs. LA Lakers
7:30 PM — Charlotte vs. Denver

Friday July 20
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — New York vs. Cleveland
3 PM — Denver vs. Portland
5 PM — Miami vs. San Antonio
7 PM — NBA D-League vs. Phoenix
• Thomas & Mack
3:30 PM — Memphis vs. Charlotte
5:30 PM — Chicago vs. Golden State
7:30 PM — Dallas vs. New Orleans

Saturday July 21
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — Portland vs. Miami
3 PM — Dallas vs. San Antonio
5 PM — NBA D-League vs. Minnesota
7 PM — Memphis vs. Phoenix
• Thomas & Mack
3:30 PM — Golden State vs. New Orleans
5:30 PM — Chicago vs. LA Clippers
7:30 PM — Milwaukee vs. Boston

Sunday July 22
• COX Pavilion
1 PM — Chicago vs. Milwaukee
3 PM — Boston vs. LA Clippers
5 PM — Memphis vs. Minnesota

Iman Shumpert put-back dunk with authority (VIDEO)

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Game 3 of the Hawks vs. Cavaliers series has looked a lot like the first two — the Cavaliers are hitting threes and making plays, and the Hawks are struggling to keep up.

The most impressive of those plays early was Iman Shumpert getting up and throwing down the put-back dunk off LeBron James‘ miss. Check out the reaction of the Cavaliers bench to this play.

Clippers confirm expected: Blake Griffin out for Olympics

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Blake Griffin has a game well suited for what coach Mike Krzyzewski has Team USA running: he’s an absolute beast in transition, a gifted and unselfish passer, and he can knock down his midrange shot well enough that opponents have to respect him at 18 feet.

But he’s not joining Coach K in Rio this summer.

Griffin knew he was risking the Olympics by playing through the quad injury for the playoffs, and he is now paying that price the Clippers announced Friday. They said he has had a bone marrow treatment on his quadricep, but it will not allow him to play with Team USA this summer.

Griffin joins Anthony Davis as fours sidelined by injuries and not playing in Rio.

Team USA should be just fine. Other options at the four this summer are LaMarcus Aldridge, Draymond Green, Kevin Love, Carmelo Anthony, and that’s not including going small and playing LeBron James, Paul George or others at the four.

Team USA will meet in mid-July for a camp in Las Vegas then do a tour of the USA with exhibition games for a few weeks, before heading down to Rio for the Olympics, which have opening ceremonies Aug. 5 (basketball tips off the next day). Of course, you can see it all on NBC, follow the video on NBCOlypics.com, and read all about it here.

Report: Knicks have reached out to Frank Vogel to judge interest

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“So Frank, how do you feel about the triangle?”

Frank Vogel is not going to be unemployed for any longer than he wants. Larry Bird and the Pacers dumped him, but his ability to get teams to defend is going to have suitors lined up for his skills.

That includes the Knicks, reports Marc Berman of the New York Post.

The Knicks have made contact with the agent for Frank Vogel, but have not yet requested an interview, according to a source close to the former Pacers coach.

According to the source, Knicks GM Steve Mills has done his due diligence in contacting Vogel’s reps. He expressed that Phil Jackson has not made a decision on how to proceed. The key to the exploratory phone call was finding out whether Vogel would have interest in the job, and it seems he does.

Kurt Rambis is still considered the front-runner for the Knicks job.

Jackson has said he wants someone he knows, and someone committed to running the triangle offense. The Lakers did employ Vogel as an advanced scout during the Jackson era, but don’t confuse that with any relationship between the two. Also, while Vogel’s Pacers ran some triangle action during his tenure, that was while Brian Shaw was his assistant. And that’s very different than jumping in with both feet full time.

Vogel also reportedly has interest in the Rockets job, a team farther along the path to contending and with a more stable management structure. But the Knicks are at least making the call, it’s a start.

Boris Diaw says sometimes Popovich leaves him in blowouts just to lose weight

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Conditioning has never been Boris Diaw‘s strength.

That’s being kind, the man ate his way out of Charlotte. Make no mistake, Diaw is a gifted player who has surprising athleticism plus a court vision and high hoops IQ that make him perfect for the Spurs, but Gregg Popovich gave him incentives to stay thin and Tony Parker joked about Diaw’s weight.

Now Diaw is getting in on the act, speaking to Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Sharp.

“Sometimes we’re up 30,” Diaw says, “and (Popovich is) like, ‘I’m just going to leave you on the court so you can lose some weight.’”

If you can’t laugh at yourself, who can you laugh at. Diaw has a coffee maker in his locker and , he’s not too worried about his image.

Diaw only saw a little more than eight minutes in Game 2 against the Thunder, which was not about conditioning and all about the matchup. Still, expect him to get more run in Game 3, he is one of those guys who makes the ball move for the Spurs and they need to get back to that.