Report: Sixers reach out to Brian Shaw about coaching job

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Brian Shaw is once again going to get a number of job interviews this off-season… well, once the Pacers start to have an off-season.

And among the teams he will talk to is the Philadelphia 76ers, reports Dei Lynam CSNPhilly.com.

The Sixers, according to a source, have contacted the Pacers’ associate head coach about their vacant head-coaching position. Because the Pacers are in the playoffs, Shaw will interview for the position when the time is appropriate.

The Sixers job is open because Doug Collins has stepped away (into a nebulous front office consulting role).

Shaw was a 14-year NBA veteran who upon retirement joined Phil Jackson’s staff with the Lakers, where he rose the ranks to becoming a top assistant (and won a couple championship rings as an assistant). While the Lakers players wanted Shaw to take over for Jackson management (read: Jim Buss) wanted a new direction and brought in Mike Brown.

Shaw went to Indiana where he has worked with Frank Vogel and helped turn the Pacers into a top three team in the East. Shaw is respected by players and has a great hoops IQ. He seems groomed for the job.

A number of teams will likely talk to Shaw and he will get a job offer he wants. Lynam also reports the rumor that Shaw was offered the Bobcats job last year but didn’t like the fit (that’s something top assistants can do, turn down jobs that seem destined to fail in the short term to wait for a better landing spot).

The Sixers have some nice young players starting with Jrue Holiday at the point, also Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner (well, they need to figure out what to do with him). But the Sixers need to figure out what Andrew Bynum and also figure out what kind of team they are trying to build.

Stephen Curry’s 32 lead Warriors over Rockets 113-106

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HOUSTON (AP) Stephen Curry scored 32 points, Klay Thompson had 25 and the Golden State Warriors built a big lead early and held on for a 113-106 win over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday night.

The Warriors scored 37 points in the first quarter and never trailed on the way to their eighth straight victory and 60th this season.

Golden State led by eight after a pair of free throws by Curry with just over three minutes left. Patrick Beverley countered with a tip-in layup for Houston, then was fouled when he was knocked to the ground on a screen by Draymond Green seconds later.

James Harden missed a layup on the next possession before Green added a shot on the other end to put the Warriors up 107-99.

Another layup miss by Harden followed, and Curry made a 3-pointer with 1:46 left to send fans streaming to the exits.

Warriors F James Michael McAdoo leaves game vs. Rockets with head injury (VIDEO)

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There was a scary moment during the matchup between the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets on Tuesday night. During a change of possession, Houston’s Trevor Ariza and and Golden State’s James Michael McAdoo got tangled up and fell together on the floor.

McAdoo was under Ariza and wound up getting his head slammed into the hardwood. He was immediately taken off the floor and sent to the locker room.

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The NBATV broadcast said McAdoo received stitches but did not test positive for a concussion. He is averaging 8.7 minutes, 2.9 points, and 1.7 rebounds per-game for the Warriors.

Jusuf Nurkic trolls Nuggets, tells former team to enjoy their summer (VIDEO)

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Jusuf Nurkic did not enjoy his time as a member of the Denver Nuggets. His trade to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for Mason Plumlee was a welcome change of scenery.

On Tuesday night, Nurkic got to take on his old team with huge playoff implications at stake. Portland beat the Nuggets, 122-113, moving a game ahead of their rivals in the race for the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference and giving them the best tiebreaker between the two.

Nurkic was impressive, blasting his old squad with 33 points on 12-of-15 shooting, adding 16 rebounds, three blocks, and two assists.

Nurkic was interviewed in the arena after the game, and he was obviously happy he helped his team while also sticking it to Denver. Speaking with Portland reporter Brooke Olzendam, Nurkic took one last shot at the Nuggets, telling them to enjoy their summer.

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Nurkic quite possibly sent the Nuggets packing for the year with the game at the Moda Center on Tuesday, so he might have been the guy who helped start their summer.

Still, that is ice cold.

James Johnson decimates Marcus Morris with huge one-handed dunk (VIDEO)

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Miami Heat forward James Johnson is one of the NBA’s best in-game dunkers. On Tuesday night against the Detroit Pistons, he yammed down a huge one-handed slam that embarrassed Marcus Morris and drew gasps from the crowd at the Palace.

The play came midway through the fourth quarter with Johnson at the top of the key. After a quick pass over to him, Johnson gave a quick hesitation before driving to his left and past his defender.

With the quick step, Johnson’s only remaining opponent at the basket was Morris, who was unfortunate enough to find himself between the high-flying Heat and the rim.

This is what happened next:

Morris was whistled for a foul on the play.