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Jeff Teague loses Evan Turner by about three steps on wicked crossover (Video)

The Indiana Pacers are a hot mess right now, and this play is just an illustration of their struggles.

During the third quarter of the Atlanta Hawks’ 101-93 win over the Pacers Saturday, Jeff Teague fooled Evan Turner with a sweet crossover.

Maybe Turner’s defensive assignment was to make sure he didn’t get beat to the baseline and that could be why he went so hard, but he was so faked out it was embarrassing. He was so lost his back ended up facing Teague:

Evan Turner Jeff Teague

Teague led the Hawks with 28 points in the game. Roy Hibbert continued to struggle for Indiana, posting just 8 points and 8 rebounds. They’re looking terrible.

Doc Rivers: Too many weak fouls called on Blake Griffin

Doc RiversDoc Rivers believes that the referees called a few too many weak fouls on Blake Griffin during Game 1 of the Clippers’ playoff series with the Golden State Warriors Saturday, which they lost at home 109-105.

Griffin only played 19 minutes before fouling out in the final minute of the game, and he never really got into a rhythm.

Rivers was asked after the game whether he felt the officials were primed to call the series closely because of some of the pre-series talk, such as Klay Thompson saying Griffin is a flopper.

“Do you want me to get fined? Come on, why would you ask me that question?” Rivers responded with a smile and laugh before answering honestly.

“Yeah, I do, I thought all the hype had an impact on how the game was called,” said Rivers. “Lot of tight, touch fouls. I thought three of [Blake's] six were probably touch fouls. Same thing with CP. But the way I look at it is both teams have to play under the same rules. And they did a better job playing under the same rules that we have to play under.

“I wish there were less calls in that way, yeah.”

So Rivers got to make his point while still saying the game was called fairly. That’s Rivers being masterful.

It’s fine for the Clippers, because the officials just won’t call as many fouls on Griffin in Game 2 which should allow them to tie the series.

Blake Griffin spills water on Warriors fan, fan is all ‘WTF?’ (Video)

Blake Griffin was pretty upset over fouling out in the final minute of Game 1 between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors on Saturday, and he reacted by throwing a drink back — literally — after seeing a replay of his foul.

The question is: did he mean to soak the fan behind him, or was that unintentional? The great part was seeing the fan react like “what the f—?” to Blake after getting soaked.

Blake Griffin Warriors fan water

The fan was wearing a yellow Warriors shirt, so knowing Blake, he probably did it on purpose. Plus, that sneaky smile out of the corner of his mouth kind of gave it away, too.

So awesome.

Video via @cjzero

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri yells ‘F**k Brooklyn!’ during rally prior to playoff game (Video)

masai-ujiri-raptors-rallyThe last time the Toronto Raptors hosted a playoff game was April 26, 2008, when they lost to the Orlando Magic 106-94 in the first round.

Saturday, fans in Toronto had their nearly six-year wait come to an end as the Brooklyn Dinosaurs Nets were in town to begin their best-of-seven first round series.

Prior to the game, there was a rally outside Air Canada Centre with thousands of hyped Raptors fans and one hyped general manager. While addressing the crowd, Masai Ujiri yelled a NSFW phrase that sent those in attendance into hysterics.

Tell us how you really feel, Masai.

I think Toronto is glad to have playoff basketball back.

H/T Eye On Basketball

Toronto Sun takes shot at Brooklyn Nets with newspaper cover

toronto-raptors-claw-logoAfter a regular season that saw the Toronto Raptors win a franchise record 48 games during the regular season, the team now has their sights set on an NBA championship as the NBA playoffs begin this weekend.

The Raptors secured the Eastern Conference’s three seed as Atlantic Division champs. Their first-round matchup will be against the team who finished behind them in the division, the Brooklyn Nets.

The Nets, of course, added 36-year-old Paul Pierce and 37-year-old Kevin Garnett last summer to bolster their hopes of hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy at the end of the season. When you have older players on your team, sometimes people take shots their ages, like the Toronto Sun.

Cold world.

The Nets had a chance to claim the fifth seed on the final day of the season with a win against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but Jason Kidd rested all five of his starters. The 114-85 loss (combined with a Wizards win over the Celtics) meant the Nets fell to sixth.

Did the Nets “tank” that final game to set up a series with the Raptors? Some around Toronto think so.

Nick Calathes suspended 20 games, tested postive for breast cancer drug Tamoxifen

Nick CalathesMemphis Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes has been suspended 20 games by the NBA for a violation of the league’s drug policy.

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski reported the news and says Calathes tested positive for Tamoxifen, which was part of an over-the-counter supplement he was taking.

Woj adds that a source tells him there was no trace of steroids or PED in his positive test and that “there was no intent” by Calathes to violate the policy.

Calathes’ 20-game suspension starts immediately and takes him out for the Grizzlies’ upcoming playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Calathes provides depth in the Grizzlies’ backcourt and has averaged 4.9 points and 2.9 assists in 16.5 minutes per game this season.

Tamoxifen is used to block the spread of breast cancer.

Roy Hibbert: I was wrong for calling out my teammates

Roy HibbertRoy Hibbert publicly called out his teammates following a March 28 loss to the Washington Wizards, and now the Indiana Pacers center says that his actions were wrong.

After the loss, which made the Pacers 8-9 in March, Hibbert called out his teammates by saying there were some “selfish dudes” in the locker room. Pacers head coach Frank Vogel later expressed his unhappiness with Hibbert’s comments and said he wanted the team to keep the issues in house rather than go to the media.

“You know, I think that I should’ve kept my frustrations to myself or just in the locker room,” Hibbert said on “ESPN First Take” Friday. “I will admit that it wasn’t the best thing to do. I’ll learn from that and I was wrong. There are better ways to handle that than going to the media. All in all, I learned. I talked to my teammates; they talked to me. I’m willing to accept the criticism. It wasn’t the best thing to do.”

Despite their struggles, the Pacers still took the top spot in the Eastern Conference and will host the Atlanta Hawks in the first round beginning on Saturday.

Hibbert’s comments may be an indicator that Vogel’s words are being heeded by the team and that the players are coming together, but I still don’t like the way Pacers are heading into the playoffs. They’ll be able to handle the Hawks without an issue, but the second round will be a challenge.