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Trail Blazers hire former Sonics announcer Kevin Calabro

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers have hired veteran television broadcaster Kevin Calabro as their new play-by-play announcer.

The announcement Friday comes two days after the team said on-air personalities Mike Barrett and Mike Rice wouldn’t return next season.

Calabro was the TV and radio announcer for the Seattle SuperSonics for 21 years but didn’t join the team when it moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. He has since worked for various national media outlets, including ESPN Radio and Turner Broadcasting, while based in the Pacific Northwest.

Blazers President and CEO Chris McGowan says the team is conducting a nationwide search for a color commentator to join Calabro.

Stephen Curry sets record for 3-pointers in a Finals

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Stephen Curry did something notable last night.

No, not that.

The Warriors guard made his 28th 3-pointer of the 2016 NBA Finals, setting a record for 3s made in a Finals:

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It doesn’t feel like Curry is making 43% of his 3-pointers, but here we are. Even when he looks like he’s slumping, Curry is setting a record for volume while maintaining excellent efficiency from beyond the arc.

And he can build on his record in Game 7.

Curry’s 4.7 3s made per game is also on track to be a Finals record. He’s not just benefitting from this series getting extended. In fact, the only other time someone made more than four 3-pointers per game in a Finals was Curry last year (4.2).

Report: NBA expects 2016-17 salary cap to reach $94 million

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The projected 2016-17 NBA salary keeps rising – from $89 million to $92 million to…

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

This gives teams just a little more wiggle room under the cap.

Keep in mind, though, that max contracts will increase accordingly. The salary cap and max salaries are both calculated as a percentage of revenue.

And where is the NBA getting all this revenue? I’d say this is in line with the league conservatively projecting the cap throughout the year. It’s common for the projection to rise as we near the flip of the fiscal calendar on July 1.

Ayesha Curry might have another explanation.

Report: Knicks discussing trading for Derrick Rose

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The Knicks are looking for a point guard.

Derrick Rose is at least somewhat on the trade block.

Hmmm…

Ian Begley of ESPN

The Knicks have had internal discussions recently about trading for Rose, league sources tell ESPN.

Rose would be a decent fallback option for the Knicks if they strike out in free agency. It probably wouldn’t take much to pry away Rose, and he’d be a talent upgrade over Jose Calderon.

I wouldn’t count on it, but maybe Rose finds his stride away from Jimmy Butler and outside his hometown.

Rose is due $21,323,252 next season in the final year of his contract. The Knicks could take a flier on him, and if it doesn’t work, renounce him in 2017 and have plenty of cap room. That’s the most likely scenario – but there’s an outside chance Rose clicks in New York.

Free agents like Mike Conley should be the Knicks’ priority, though.

Harrison Barnes shot 0-for-8 in a Finals game. Again.

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Tristan Thompson shot 6-for-6 in Game 6. Nobody had attempted more shots and made them all in the last 15 years.

And then there’s Harrison Barnes.

Barnes went 0-for-8 in the Warriors’ loss.

Here’s every time someone took at least six shots in a Finals game and missed them all in Basketball-Reference.com‘s database (continuously back to 1982 and various games prior):

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Marreese Speights also did it for Golden State this year, but Barnes’ off night – which followed a 2-for-14 performance in Game 5 – was far more damaging.

The Warriors’ offense is based on ball movement and spacing. It gets players like Barnes open looks. When he’s not hitting those, it puts far too much pressure on Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.

Barnes’ misses obviously hurt, but so did the shots he passed up because he was unconfident. When he hesitated then put the ball on the floor or passed, it disrupted Golden State’s flow.

Steve Kerr complained about the Cavaliers getting away with fouls muddling the Warriors’ timing. Barnes’ slump has also had a significantly dire effect.

The good (?) news for Barnes: He has been through this before. He shot 0-for-8 in Game 3 of last year’s Finals and followed it with a series-high 14 points (on 4-of-9 shooting) in Game 4.

You don’t want players experienced in bouncing back from putrid shooting games, but at this point, Golden State will probably take what it can get.