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in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on April 16, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
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Celtics’ Avery Bradley has strained hamstring, “very unlikely” for rest of Hawks series

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You knew it was going to be bad when Celtics coach Brad Stevens said this of Avery Bradley after Game 1, via A. Sherrod Blakeley of CSNNE.com.

“And he said on the court that he heard a pop.”

On Sunday the bad news became official.

While Bradley was scheduled for an MRI Sunday, the team didn’t need those results to make this call, reports Blakely.

The injury occurred in the fourth quarter when Bradley stepped in to challenge a Jeff Teague drive and pulls up grabbing his right hamstring. He has to be helped off the court.

The Celtics were 3.3 points per 100 possessions better when Bradley was on the court this season, and the offense, in particular, saw a big jump in production.

No Bradley means more Marcus Smart and R.J. Hunter. Boston trails Atlanta 1-0 in the best-of-seven first round series after a 102-101 Hawks win on Saturday.

Watch Paul George go off for 17 in third quarter against Raptors

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Indiana’s 100-90 win in Toronto was the big upset of the first day of the NBA playoffs. Part of that was due to the All-Star backcourt in Toronto of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan having off nights.

And part of it was due to Paul George.

He had 17 points in the third quarter to push the Pacers into the lead, and you can see that above. He did it with jumpers, and with defense creating offense. It was vintage Paul George.

He had 10 points in the fourth quarter, and his entrance into the game in the fourth quarter coincided with a 19-6 Pacers run that was the difference in the final score. Expect Toronto to adjust their defense on him for Game 2.

Stephen Curry, Barack Obama play some connect four, promote mentoring program

President Barack Obama wears protective glasses during a science experiment for a My Brother's Keeper taping with NBA player Stephen "Steph" Curry in the Map Room of the White House, Feb. 4, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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Rajon Rondo would destroy them both at connect four. Just saying.

Golfing buddies Stephen Curry and President Barack Obama teamed up in a new spot to promote My Brother’s Keeper and mentoring programs. A worthy cause. And a decent little ad, we thought we’d pass it along before games tip-off and things start to focus on the court Sunday.

Multiple people auctioning off bag of air, sweat, more allegedly from Kobe’s last game on eBay

In this photo taken Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant waves good bye to the fans after an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in his last appearance at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento, Calif. Renamed SleepTrain Arena, the facility has been the home of the Kings since it opened in 1988. The Kings won an NBA-best 61 games in the 2001-02 season behind Chris Webber and Vlade Divac, losing to the eventual champion Lakers in Game 7 of the conference finals. The Kings will play their last game at the aging building, Saturday against the Oklahoma City Thunder and begin play next season at the new Golden One Center built in downtown Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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During the middle ages (the “dark ages”) some priests used to use “relics” of dead saints — allegedly their bones or clothing or some other personal item, although it almost never was such a thing in reality — to impress peasants, knights, and royalty. And people bought it. Fortunately, we’ve matured and evolved since then…

Or not. Because multiple people on eBay are selling bags of air purported to be from inside Staples on the night of Kobe Bryant‘s final game. Other people are selling toilet paper or other trinkets allegedly from that night. This one is my favorite:

Kobe air/sweat

The seller’s comment:

I wanted to find a rare collectors item from Kobe Bryant’s last game so the story on this item is a guy court side was about 2 steps away from Kobe and watched a drop of sweat hit the floor he wiped it up with a tissue and instantly put it in a zip lock bag, he decided to fill the bag with air from Kobe’s last game as well I have Absolutely no way to prove this unless you wanna run a dna test on this which will pass

Bidding on this is up to $41. There are multiple other such bags of air available for purchase on eBay.

I was fortunate to be there for Bryant’s 60-point exit from the NBA stage, and you certainly could say the air inside Staples Center was charged with electricity that night. I just don’t think you can capture that in a bag. And that’s ignoring the whole authentication process.

If you’re thinking of bidding on one of these, just donate your money to charity instead. At least that way it will do some good.

(Hat tip to Matt Moore of CBSSports.com for noticing this trend, which worries me a little about Matt.)

When every other team switches to Nike jerseys in 2017, Jordan’s Charlotte may have Jumpman logo

DENVER - FEBRUARY 18:  The Air Jordan logo at the Air Jordan XX Launch Party at Rise Nightclub on February 18, 2005 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Starting with the 2017-18 season, Nike will take over from Adidas as the maker of NBA uniforms, and those jerseys will have a little Nike swoosh on them (just as there is an Adidas logo now).

Except in Charlotte, where Michael Jordan’s team may have something far more Jordanesque, reports Darren Rovell of ESPN.

I like the idea of the “Jumpman” logo on the Charlotte jerseys, both something different and a little nod to the team owner who happened to propel Nike to the top of the basketball shoe and clothing market.

You can bet those jerseys also will have shoulder-patch ads on the opposite side as well.