Kyrie Irving falls to fourth among Eastern Conference guards in All-Star voting, stands to lose about $9 million

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The NBA has released its third batch of All-Star voting results (see the first and second):

Eastern Conference

Frontcourt

1. LeBron James (Cle) 971,299

2. Pau Gasol (Chi) 527,582

3. Carmelo Anthony (NY) 456,186

4. Chris Bosh (Mia) 354,609

5. Kevin Love (Cle) 260,269

6. Marcin Gortat (Was) 155,636

7. Joakim Noah (Chi) 139,307

8. Jonas Valanciunas (Tor) 125,796

9. Al Jefferson (Cha) 77,518

10. Kevin Garnett (BKN) 76,595

11. Nikola Vucevic (Orl) 68,722

12. Paul Pierce (Was) 59,264

13. Paul Millsap (Atl) 55,224

14. Nikola Mirotic (Chi) 52,562

15. Al Horford (Atl) 48,465

Guards

1. John Wall (Was) 564,977

2. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 507,326

3. Kyle Lowry (Tor) 406,974

4. Kyrie Irving (Cle) 372, 065

5. Jimmy Butler (Chi) 263,914

6. Derrick Rose (Chi) 240,092

7. DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 97,093

8. Louis Williams (Tor) 43,652

9. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil) 31,700

10. Bradley Beal (Was) 28,387

Western Conference

Frontcourt

1. Anthony Davis (NO) 922,381

2. Blake Griffin (LAC) 490,786

3. Marc Gasol (Mem) 476,660

4. Tim Duncan (SA) 374,814

5. Kevin Durant (OKC) 330,297

6. LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 315,405

7. Dwight Howard (Hou) 211,531

8. DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 209,742

9. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 186,017

10. Kawhi Leonard (SA) 115,194

11. Rudy Gay (Sac) 97,856

12. DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 75,777

13. Tyson Chandler (Dal) 63,906

14. Nick Young (LAL) 62,502

15. Serge Ibaka (OKC) 60,842

Guards

1. Stephen Curry (GS) 958,014

2. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 862,568

3. James Harden (Hou) 690,843

4. Chris Paul (LAC) 401,945

5. Damian Lillard (Por) 210,794

6. Klay Thompson (GS) 170,827

7. Rajon Rondo (Dal) 165,427

8. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 159,264

9. Jeremy Lin (LAL) 148,763

10. Tony Parker (SA) 75,325

A few observations:

Nets GM Sean Marks gets suspended for going into ref’s locker room after Game 4

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Emotions are high as the playoffs move into the second week. Things got a little testy between the Brooklyn Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night as Jared Dudley got in the face of Joel Embiid after the Sixers big man committed a hard foul on Jared Allen.

That caused Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler to respond to Dudley, who overreacted to a good, hard playoff foul by Embiid. The result of the fracas was an ejection for Butler and Dudley, and a flagrant 1 on embiid.

But apparently that’s not the end of the disciplinary process for the NBA.

Nets general manager Sean Marks went into the officials locker room after the game — no doubt to discuss what happened here — which is a big problem in the eyes of the league.

According to a release by the NBA, Marks has been suspended for one game without pay and has been fined $25,000.

Marks will be suspended for Game 5 between these two teams on April 23rd.

The playoffs are high-stakes, but Embiid blocking the crap out of somebody shouldn’t result in someone going crazy like Dudley did.

Philadelphia beat the Nets, 112-108.

Everyone’s hero is dad who pulls son away from Nets/76ers fracas (VIDEO)

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Fathers everywhere can relate to this one.

You set up a bonding experience with your son or daughter, one you hope will leave an impression on them and create a memory that will last a lifetime… for example, you get courtside seats, just behind the basket, for one of the first NBA playoff games in Brooklyn, ever.

Then everything hits the fan.

Joel Embiid commits a flagrant foul on Jarrett Allen, Jared Dudley rushes in and shoves Embiid to stand up for his teammate, Jimmy Butler runs in to shove Dudley on the same premise, and suddenly there is a wave of large professional athletes about to trample you and your son. So, you grab him, move onto the court, and get out of the way.

There were two fathers with the same thought, one on either side of the fracas that spills into the first row.

Well done Dads. Well done, indeed.

Andrew Bogut says he plans to return to Australian league next season

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Unable to find a new NBA contract for this season, Andrew Bogut went home. The Australia native signed to play for the Sydney Kings in Australia’s NBL, where Bogut ended up being the league MVP and Defensive Player of the Year, leading the Kings on a deep playoff run.

When that run ended, the Golden State Warriors came calling, asking him to fill a role — a role that got much larger after DeMarcus Cousins tore his quad. Bogut has played well for the Warriors in the postseason, and there is a good chance Cousins will not be back in Golden State (the Warriors can only offer him a small raise off what he made this season, that likely will not be enough, even after the injury), so the Warriors may try to retain Bogut for next season.

However, Bogut says he is returning to Australia. Speaking to Matt Logue from the Sunday Telegraph in Sydney, Bogut said he gave his word to the Kings he would return.

“The be all and end all is that I gave my word (to the Kings)… That is basically what it comes down to…

“Someone outside of the Warriors could offer me a deal that would be pretty lucrative and a decent one-year deal, but I’m sold and locked in on coming to the Sydney Kings again to try and better what we did last season.”

Saying you’ll walk away from a lot of money and actually doing it are two different things, but Bogut is a man who stands by his word. He probably returns to Sydney for next season.

When that season ends, however, don’t be shocked to see Bogut back somewhere in the NBA helping a team make a playoff run.

Joel Embiid calls Jared Dudley “a nobody” (but NBA Twitter shows Dudley love)

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Jared Dudley has been in the face of the Philadelphia 76ers all series.

He was the guy who said Ben Simmons was “average” in the halfcourt (which echoed every scouting report on Simmons ever), prompting Simmons to respond, “It’s coming from Jared Dudley. C’mon.” The feud between the Sixers and Dudley was brewing.

Then came Sunday, when Dudley was ejected after coming to the defense of teammate Jarrett Allen, who had taken a hard foul from Joel Embiid. Dudley pushed Embiid, then Jimmy Butler pushed Dudley, then everybody got in a shoving match, and when the dust settled Dudley and Butler were ejected.

In his postgame interview after the Philly win, Embiid said Dudley was “a nobody.”

“First of all, he’s a nobody. And when opponents try to do stuff like that, that’s just to get us out of the game. Especially, I’m too valuable for my team. That’s why I didn’t react.”

That may be how the Sixers feel about Dudley at this point, but Nets fans and NBA Twitter loved the way Dudley stood up to Embiid and everyone else. This is just a taste.