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Report: David Blatt will become Cavaliers head coach or Warriors assistant

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David Blatt announced he was leaving Maccabi Tel Aviv to join the NBA, but he didn’t say where he’d coach next season.

Probably because he doesn’t know yet.

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Sources told ESPN.com on Friday that Blatt, an American-Israeli who rose to prominence coaching abroad after playing at Pete Carril’s Princeton, is poised to land either with the Warriors as an assistant or with the Cavaliers as their head coach after barging his way into Cleveland’s search in recent days.

“It will be Golden State or Cleveland,” one source said.

David Pick of Eurobasket.com:

Obviously, becoming a head coach would be preferable, but assisting Steve Kerr in Golden State with all the Warriors offensive options is not a bad fallback.

The key in Cleveland will be securing an interview with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, who’s already spoken with a couple candidates. That’s who Blatt must impress – and then deal with if he accepts the job.

Golden State isn’t just sitting back and waiting for Blatt, though.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports:

Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe:

Could the Warriors add Blatt and Adams? That would be a heck of a coaching staff with big-time credentials – except, you know, the head coach with no experience.

Phil Jackson could learn a lesson here. Golden State is positioning Kerr to succeed by surrounding him with established coaching talent. It seems the Knicks are content to let Fisher sink or swim with an underwhelming staff.

And the Cavaliers? I’m not sure what they’re doing, but at least they have a quality coaching prospect – Blatt – in their pool of candidates.

Dwight Howard commits ridiculously sloppy inbound violation (video)

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An embarrassing lack of focus by the Rockets? I can hardly believe it.

Late in a game against a team Houston is battling for playoff position, Dwight Howard was just careless, stepping on the baseline as he inbounded the ball. It’s a needless goof, and he’ll get plenty of deserved criticism for it.

But don’t overlook Patrick Beverley‘s frustration foul on Damian Lillard before the ensuing inbound. That was nearly as foolish and even more costly.

The sequence sparked a 7-0 run for the Trail Blazers, who seized control of the game en route to a 116-103 win.

DeAndre Jordan dunks on Marcus Smart before Smart knows what’s happening (video)

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Marcus Smart went to tag DeAndre Jordan on the pick-and-roll, and Jordan took off from so far from the basket, he was dunking on Smart before the Celtics guard could do a thing.

Chris Paul finds brilliant counter to hack-a-DeAndre Jordan (video)

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I originally favored allowing Hack-a-Shaq as the NBA currently does. I found the strategy fascinated – why and when teams would use it and how their opponents would counter.

But it just became too common. Far too many games featured a parade of trips to the line, a boring stretch that made games too long. I thought the intrigue had run its course.

Then, Chris Paul pulled this move last night.

The Clippers guard saw Jonas Jerebko charging toward DeAndre Jordan to commit an intentional foul, so Paul stepped in front of an unsuspecting Jerebko and took the foul himself. That’s sent a good free-throw shooter to the line instead of the dismal Jordan.

Just an awesome heady play by Paul.