Author: Brett Pollakoff

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Clippers’ Glen Davis fined for flopping in Game 3 vs. Rockets (VIDEO)


Glen Davis of the Clippers has been fined $5,000 for violating the NBA’s anti-flopping rules, the league announced on Saturday via official release.

Davis went tumbling to the floor after running into Dwight Howard in the first quarter of L.A.’s Game 3 win over the Rockets, and while he may have truly lost his balance, the flailing of the arms (and the fact that the official blew the whistle) is what likely helped the league determine that a fine was necessary.

Paul Pierce hits game-winner to give Wizards 2-1 series lead over Hawks (VIDEO)

Atlanta Hawks v Washington Wizards-Game Three

Paul Pierce hit the game-winner to give the Wizards a critical Game 3 win over the Hawks, but it really shouldn’t have come to that.

Even without John Wall, Washington dominated from the opening tip, and led by as many as 21 points with just under 10 minutes to play.

The Hawks, however — specifically the team’s bench unit — refused to quit fighting.

A 21-3 fourth quarter run had Atlanta back within striking distance, and a three-pointer from Mike Muscala had the game all tied up with 14 seconds left.

But Pierce made sure that the afternoon’s work wouldn’t go to waste. His step-back jumper banked home, and sealed the 103-101 victory the Wizards earned by the way they played for most of the contest.

The best part of Pierce’s game-winner might have been his postgame reaction.

When asked if he called bank — a common question when a shot drops home off the glass — Pierce’s response was priceless.

“I called GAME,” he said.

Tristan Thompson on Derrick Rose’s game-winner: ‘It was a lucky shot’

Cleveland Cavaliers v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

The shot Derrick Rose made to beat the Game 3 buzzer — a long three-pointer launched over the outstretched arm of Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson that banked home just before time expired — was many things.

One of them, Thompson says, was lucky.

As the Cavaliers attempted to come to grips with what had just occurred on the floor of the United Center to send them to a 2-1 deficit in the series, they were content with the way that final play was defended — mainly due to the nature of Rose’s shot.

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“I contested,” Thompson told Northeast Ohio Media Group late Friday night. “It wasn’t like he just walked in and took a three. That’s all you can really ask for. It was a lucky shot. He hit it off the glass. It’s tough.”

LeBron James and J.R. Smith essentially echoed the sentiment.

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When Thompson finally got dressed and exited the corner conversation to speak to the media that had huddled in front of him, James and Smith studied him when he was asked about Rose’s last-second heave.

“It’s just a tough-ass shot,” James said to Smith before Thompson began his answer. “Shoot it again, he misses,” Smith replied.

This isn’t trash talk by the Cavaliers, and it isn’t in any way meant to discount Rose’s effort.

When you lose a game on a shot like that, you look for reasons why. And since there aren’t any that are logical, it’s easier just to chalk it up to your opponent simply being more fortunate.

Hawks’ Jeff Teague commits flagrant foul on Bradley Beal in Game 3 vs. Wizards (VIDEO)

Atlanta Hawks v Washington Wizards-Game Three

John Wall was once again out of the lineup for the Wizards, but the Hawks were getting crushed by Washington in the first half nonetheless.

That may have been part of the reason that Jeff Teague went headhunting when Bradley Beal had a clear path to the basket on a fast break, a dangerous play that was ruled a flagrant-one at the time.

It’s tough to disagree.

Although Atlanta was affected by Paul Millsap dealing with flu-like symptoms which forced him out of the starting lineup, that’s not enough of a reason for the Hawks to shoot 39 percent from the field in the first half and trail by as many as 18 points.

LeBron James is asked to criticize Kyrie Irving while Irving is sitting next to him (VIDEO)

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Earlier this season, as the newly-formed Cavaliers were still getting to know each other, LeBron James was critical of Kyrie Irving for finishing a game with zero assists.

“He came up to me and was like, ‘One, you can never have another game with no assists,’ ” Irving said, via ” ‘You can damn near have just one, two, three, but you can’t have zero.’ And I was like, ‘All right, cool, it won’t happen again.’ And it hasn’t happened since that game.”

It happened again on Friday.

Irving was playing on a sore foot, and finished Cleveland’s Game 3 loss with 11 points, four rebounds … and zero assists.

LeBron was asked about the no-assist performance from Kyrie, and whether or not the injury he was dealing with warranted “giving him a pass.” While there was nothing wrong with asking this type of question on the surface, the fact that Irving was sitting right next to James made it somewhat ridiculous.

“None of us get a pass tonight,” James said. “It’s not just Kyrie. Kyrie could have had 40 assists, but if D Rose still makes that shot, we still lose.”

LeBron’s response was predictable, especially with his teammate sitting within arm’s reach. And Irving’s reaction was priceless.