Carmelo Anthony picks up a flagrant foul for shoving former teammate Landry Fields

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The Knicks had no trouble with a Raptors team playing without Rudy Gay on Saturday, beating Toronto for the second straight night, and doing so by a comfortable 26-point margin.

There seemed to be no love lost between Carmelo Anthony and his former teammate Landry Fields during this one, as Anthony tried to score on Fields just about every time they matched up, and picked up a flagrant foul for shoving Fields after he was caught with an elbow to the midsection.

Of course, it was all downplayed afterward.

From Zach Braziller of the New York Post:

“I’m still sore,” Anthony said. “Luckily I’ve been doing a lot of abs [work]. It was just a reaction, one of those reactions.”

Fields said Anthony’s response surprised him “a little bit.”

“I wasn’t trying to be malicious, [it was] probably just a heat of the moment type thing, just a misunderstanding. … We were cool after the game, just wished each other well for the rest of the season.”

Interestingly, Knicks coach Mike Woodson referred to Fields, his former player, as “the guy.”

“There was contact there, the guy rode his shoulder and tried to go through his chest,” he said. “I’d get heated, too.”

The “guy” finished with seven points, four rebounds, two steals and two turnovers in 38 minutes of action. Anthony led all scorers with 28 points, to go along with eight rebounds.

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.

John Wall wears cape to postgame press conference (video)

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John Wall has been super, averaging 27 points and 11 assists while leading the Wizards to a 3-2 lead over the Hawks in the first-round.

Did you see Isaiah Thomas carry in Game 5? ‘No,’ says Fred Hoiberg, who walks off (video)

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Fred Hoiberg opened himself to clowning by complaining about Isaiah Thomas carrying.

So, the Bulls coach got clowned after the Celtics’ Game 5 win.

Jae Crowder leg-locks Robin Lopez (video)

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Late in the Celtics’ Game 5 win over the Bulls last night, Jae Crowder leg-locked Robin Lopez – the same dirty play that caused rancor for Matthew Dellavedova in the 2015 playoffs.

Lopez blocked Crowder’s shot, but the ball went to Al Horford, who attacked the basket. As Lopez tried to rotate to contest another shot, he couldn’t move. Crowder, who’d fallen to the floor, had him in a leg-lock. Lopez freed himself just in time to foul Horford.

Adding insult to avoided injury, Lopez got hit with a technical foul for complaining about the no-call.

I bet the league issues a technical foul on Crowder, too.