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Happy Birthday to the Man Behind the NBA Logo, Jerry West

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Jerry West, Hall of Fame guard, has turned 76-years old today. West played his entire professional career with the Lakers and earned a few of the best nicknames in sports. “Mr. Clutch” and “Mr. Outside” refer to his perimeter shooting skills and ability to hit a late-game “clutch” shot when it mattered most.

West was voted as an All-Pro 12 times and as an All-Star 14 times in his career, with 1972 being the only year he earned both All-Star Game MVP honors and his only NBA Championship. He was named NBA Finals MVP in 1969, even though it was in a losing effort. West‘s 46.3 points per game average in a playoff series is an NBA record. West was very good on defense as well, with 5 All-Defensive Team honors, which were introduced in West‘s 30s. West was inducted to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1980, the 1960 Olympic Gold Medal U.S. Team he was on in 2010, and was considered one of the Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996.
Zeke from Cabin Creek” is a nickname given to West after the creek near his birthplace of Chelyan, West Virginia. He led West Virginia University to 1959 NCAA championship game and earned the NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player honor despite losing the championship game.

West wasn’t satisfied with just playing in the NBA, he decided to join management positions. West began as head coach of the Lakers for three years, leading Los Angeles to the playoffs each year and earning a Western Conference Finals berth in one of those seasons. Prior to the 1982-1983 season, West was named general manager and the Lakers flourished under his management with 6 championships. West became general manager of the Memphis Grizzlies in 2002 and helped the franchise clinch their first-ever playoff berths. West won NBA Executive of the Year Award twice, once as a Lakers manager (1995) and then as a Grizzlies manager (2004).

West‘s contributions to the NBA were recognized by the league and was made part of their logo, which still uses West‘s silhouette today, making him part of “The Logo“.

Thunder Sparked by a Serge, win Game 3 106-97, trail 2-1 in Western Conference Finals

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The Oklahoma City Thunder were desperate to get back to winning form, and Serge Ibaka provided that form in Game 3 against the San Antonio Spurs; the Thunder defeated the Spurs 106-97. Ibaka scored 15 points, blocked 4 shots, and had 7 rebounds; 6 of 7 shots made, 3-4 FT made.

Ibaka‘s physical presence in the paint prevented the Spurs from shooting well from the field (39.6%), and Ibaka‘s 4 blocks showed his paint presence. Nick Collison and Thabo Sefolosha were benched in favor of Reggie Jackson and Stephen Adams for the Thunder.

Kevin Durant finished with 25 points (8-for-19 shooting) and 10 rebounds while Russell Westbrook had 26 points (8-for-19 shooting), 8 rebounds and 7 assists.

Miami Heat take Game 3, 99-87; lead Eastern Conference Finals 2-1

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Despite not having the number one seed in the Eastern Conference, the Miami Heat have taken advantage of home-court advantage this postseason. The Heat have improved to 6-0 at home this postseason, with a 99-87 victory in Game 3 against the visiting Indiana Pacers to take a 2-1 lead in the series.

The beginning of the game began with a Pacers‘ 17-4 run, and Indiana was up 37-22 in the second quarter. As Miami increased the defensive pressure, the Pacers turned the ball over on five straight possessions. With 8:48 in the 3rd quarter, Dwyane Wade scores a 2 point field goal to lower the deficit to 5 (51-46).

On the very next possession, Pacers point guard Stephen Hill takes an offensive foul as his fourth against Udonis Haslem, which Jeff Van Gundy believed was a defensive foul. On the next possession, Wade passes to Rashard Lewis, who gets it to LeBron James and James stutter-steps his way into the paint for a shot over Roy Hibbert to get the score to 51-48. David West misses a turnaround jumper, which Haslem rebounds and throws to Mario Chalmers, who eventually scores to get the deficit to one.
Lance Stephenson, who has played well in this series, misses a Udonis Haslem-defended layup after a West pass. Haslem gets the rebound, outlets it to Wade, who launches it to James, getting behind the last Indiana defender and slamming it down for the Heat‘s first lead of the game.

Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra talked about his team’s effort and play in the first half:

“We looked like we were stuck in the mud in the first quarter. That is a big credit to how they dictated the game. We can’t play this series on their terms … It was good to see us bounce back in the second quarter and show some toughness.”

Indiana head coach Frank Vogel talked about how his team started and how they handled certain situations.

“We came “out of the gates” pretty strong. We got off to a good start. We didn’t manage our foul trouble well and we didn’t manage them picking up their defensive intensity … We obviously turned it over a little too much. It let them get going.”

The Heat led 71-64 after the third quarter and were looking to keep up the pace in the 4th quarter. The man who many say is the “most-clutch three-point field goal shooter ever” showed his range in Game 3. Dwyane Wade hit a three-point field goal at the beginning of the quarter. Ray Allen was 4-of-4 from behind the arc and those three-point field goals put away Indiana whenever they made a move back; Allen finished with 13 points.

James (+24) and Wade (+9) combine for 49 points, 11 assists, and 7 steals. Paul George had 17 points, 4 assists in the loss, and Roy Hibbert had a quiet 16 points (10+ in 7 of last 8), 2 rebounds (-21) in 35+ minutes. Udonis Haslem (+1) Rashard Lewis (+21) defended David West (-21) for much of the game. Paul George struggled (5-13 FG, 1-6 3-point FG, 6-10 FT) and did not have an intimidating presence he needs to provide.

Mike Dunleavy Sr. Interviewed by Lakers

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Mike Dunleavy Sr. has been interviewed by the Los Angeles Lakers for their head coaching vacancy. Dunleavy Sr. has been interviewed by the New York Knicks for their head coaching job as well. Shane Young, NBA Columnist/Analyst for @HoopsHabit, tweeted about Dunleavy Sr.‘s possible impact for the Lakers:

Dunleavy Sr. led the Lakers in his first NBA head coaching position to the 1991 NBA Finals and to the postseason in 1992.

Mike Dunleavy Sr. and Phil Jackson Talk About New York Knicks Job; Interviewing Resumes

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Phil Jackson has begun his search for his first head coach as president of basketball operations for the New York Knicks after Steve Kerrhad been nagged by a feeling” about taking the position and signed with Golden State. Next on the coaching list for Jackson is former Lakers (1990-1992), Bucks, Trail Blazers, and Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy Sr.

As a coach, Dunleavy Sr. is familiar with Jackson, when the Jackson-led Chicago Bulls defeated the Dunleavy-led Los Angeles Lakers in the 1991 NBA Finals 4 games to 1. Dunleavy Sr. led the Lakers back to the first round of the playoffs in 1992, but did not advance further. Dunleavy had a stint in Milwaukee from 1992-1996 and joined the Portland Trail Blazers prior to the 1997 season. Dunleavy Sr. coached the Trail Blazers to the playoffs in all 4 years there, winning NBA Coach of the Year in 1999, and coached until 2001. Dunleavy Sr. led the Clippers to their first franchise series win since team the team moved from Buffalo to the west coast. Dunleavy Sr. stepped down from the Clippers head coaching position early February 2010.

The prior coaches have had occasional talks but this one has more serious implications.

NFL 2014 Regular Season In-Depth Schedule Release: Rivalries Renewed and Reborn

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The National Football League tries to predict favorable matchups throughout the season for television ratings and this year’s schedule can be lightly described as “intriguing”

Opening Weekend: Reminder of Failure and Success

The Super Bowl Champions traditionally play on the Thursday to start the season. This year has the same tradition but the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks host the Green Bay Packers, victim of the “Fail Mary“, for the first time since that incident. With another primetime matchup between these two teams in Seattle, the NFL wants to make sure there is no controversy afterwards. This matchup will have the feel of a playoff game: Aaron Rodgers (XLV) and Russell Wilson (XLVIII) have won 2 of the last 4 Super Bowls. The regular season opens on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 8:30 PM EST / 5:30 PM PST on NBC.


Intra-Divisional Matchups for Week 1

New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons, 1:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM PST, FOX

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Cleveland Browns at Pittsburgh Steelers, 1:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM PST, CBS

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Cincinnati Bengals at Baltimore Ravens, 1:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM PST, CBS

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New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins, 1:00 PM EST / 10:00 AM PST, CBS

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Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4:25 PM EST / 1:25 PM PST, FOX


Matchups of Intrigue

San Francisco 49ers at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25 PM EST / 1:25 PM PST

  • Matchup between the two organizations that were annual NFC contenders in the 1990s

Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos, 8:30 PM EST / 5:30 PM PST, NBC

  • The second matchup between the Andrew Luck led Colts and Peyton Manning led Broncos

New York Giants at Detroit Lions, Monday Night Football, 7:10 PM EST / 4:10 PM PST, ESPN


San Diego Chargers at Arizona Cardinals, Monday Night Football, 10:20 PM EST / 7:20 PM PST, ESPN

  • Both San Diego and Arizona had strong seasons in 2013 with 19 wins between the two teams, but both look to take the next step

Individual Matchups to Watch For

Week 1: Andrew Luck vs. Peyton Manning in Denver. Dexter McCluster makes his Titans debut against the Chiefs, his former team.


Week 2: The Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Baltimore Ravens in a rivalry matchup. Both teams missed the playoffs last season, marking the first time since 1999 where both did not make the postseason.


Week 3: DeSean Jackson and Washington travel Interstate 95 to play their division rival Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia for the first time since Jackson‘s release and signing.
Broncos visit Seahawks for a Super Bowl rematch.


Week 4: Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan visits the Cowboys to show them first-hand how much New Orleans has improved defensively


Week 5: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith plays his old team in their new stadium in Santa Clara against his replacement Colin Kaepernick.


Week 6: Dallas Cowboys look to earn a high-quality win over the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks; Washington wide receiver Andre Roberts returns to Arizona to face his former teammates.


Week 7: San Francisco 49ers go to Denver to take on the Broncos in a primetime matchup; Miami Dolphins head to Chicago to take on former teammate Brandon Marshall and the Bears.


Week 8: Rematch of 2013’s Week 1 matchup between the Seahawks and Panthers; Drew Brees and the Saints host Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.


Week 9: Manning-Brady Bowl 16 between the Broncos and Patriots; Andrew Luck and Eli Manning face off in primetime as wide receiver Hakeem Nicks faces his old team for the first time.


Week 10: Andrew Hawkins and the Browns head to Cincinnati to face Hawkins‘ former teammates; rematch of 49ers and Saints, which involved a controversial “roughing the passer” penalty against San Francisco; wide receiver Jason Avant faces his former team when the Panthers visit the Eagles for Monday Night Football


Week 11: Chicago Bears host the Minnesota Vikings for the first time since signing defensive end Jared Allen; New England Patriots and Tom Brady take on the Indianapolis Colts and Andrew Luck; Steelers offensive line coach Mike Munchak coaches against the Tennessee Titans, his former team.


Week 12: The team that last defeated Seattle at CenturyLink Field tries to repeat that effort: Arizona Cardinals take on the Seahawks; starting quarterback Josh McCown, head coach Lovie Smith and the Buccaneers go to Chicago for the first time since Smith‘s firing and McCown‘s signing; Ravens play in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome since their Super Bowl victory, against the Saints.


Week 13: Robert Griffin III and Washington go to Indianapolis to face the Colts and Andrew Luck; Saints head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers and former teammate Lance Moore; Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers face off in a late-season bout; Thanksgiving weekend


Week 14: The football minds of Pete Carroll and Chip Kelly clash when the Seahawks head to Philadelphia; Trent Richardson runs against his former team when the Colts head to Cleveland. Quarterback Rusty Smith looks to get some playing time against the Titans, his former team, for the Giants


Week 15: the 49ers head to Seattle to finish their regular season matchups; Dallas tries to make its late-season push against the Eagles; wide receiver Lance Moore and the Pittsburgh Steelers host Moore‘s former team, the New Orleans Saints.


Week 16: Two Saturday matchups – Chargers head to San Francisco and Philadelphia visits DeSean Jackson‘s new team; cornerback Darrelle Revis plays against the team that drafted him when New England visits the rival Jets.


Week 17: All matchups are intra-divisional matchups with Jared Allen and Chicago hosting the Minnesota Vikings as the marquee matchup.


Thursday Night Football Matchups

    • Week 1: Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks, September 4, 2014 at 8:30 PM EST / 5:30 PM PST on NBC.

    • Week 2: Pittsburgh Steelers at Baltimore Ravens, September 11, 2014 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on CBS and NFL Network

    • Week 3: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Atlanta Falcons, September 18 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on CBS and NFL Network

    • Week 4: New York Giants at Washington, September 25 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on CBS and NFL Network

    • Week 5: Minnesota Vikings at Green Bay Packers, October 2 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on CBS and NFL Network

    • Week 6: Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans, October 9 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on CBS and NFL Network

    • Week 7: New York Jets at New England Patriots, October 16 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on CBS and NFL Network

    • Week 8: San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos, October 23 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on CBS and NFL Network

    • Week 9: New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers, October 30 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on NFL Network

    • Week 10: Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals, November 6 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on NFL Network

    • Week 11: Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins, November 13 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on NFL Network

    • Week 12: Kansas City Chiefs at Oakland Raiders, November 20 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on NFL Network

    • Week 13 (Thanksgiving):

      Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions, November 27 at 12:30 PM EST / 9:30 AM PST on CBS

      Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys, November 27 at 4:30 PM EST / 1:30 PM PST on FOX

      Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers, November 27 at 8:30 PM EST / 5:30 PM PST on NBC


    • Week 14: Dallas Cowboys at Chicago Bears, December 4 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on NFL Network

    • Week 15: Arizona Cardinals at St. Louis Rams, December 11 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on NFL Network

  • Week 16: Tennessee Titans at New York Jets, December 18 at 8:25 PM EST / 5:25 PM PST on NFL Network

Full Schedule by Week

Home of Paul George Robbed During Game 5; All-Star Ring Stolen

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Paul George has had a season of “ups-and-downs”, with many of the “downs” occurring after the All-Star Break. The Pacers are now in “must-win mode” but disturbing news reached Paul George: his home had over $16,000 worth of items stolen from it during the Pacers‘ Game 5 loss to the Atlanta Hawks.

The items stolen from George‘s home include: (his) $15,000 All-Star ring, a $700 “Flex” watch, and a pair of Air Jordan 4 Toro shoes valued at $170 via Fox 59 Indianapolis.

This is not the first instance of robbery to Paul George‘s property:


     

Paul George‘s season has been one of the more strange we’ve seen, with flashes of brilliance and flashes of disappearance.