Kevin Garnett warns Raptors after Masai Ujiri says f— Brooklyn (Video)

Kevin GarnettKevin Garnett issued a warning to the Toronto Raptors cautioning them that they may have asked for something they really didn’t want.

At a rally on Saturday prior to Game 1 of the Raptors-Brooklyn Nets series, Toronto executive Masai Ujiri said “F— Brooklyn” when he was firing up the fans. The move may have backfired; not only did they lose Game 1, but Ujiri was fined by the league and now KG says the words will have Brooklyn’s fans even more fired up.

“It’s going to be a rowdy environment — like it should be — I don’t know if you can say ‘F Brooklyn’ and then come into Brooklyn, so we’re about to see what it’s like,” Garnett said after the Nets’ Game 2 loss.

Game 3 in the best of seven series is on Friday. The Nets will have two straight home games for the fans to show how rowdy they are. Based on the way the first two games of the series went, we expect these two to be close, but would give the edge to the Nets. That homecourt advantage should help.

Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson reportedly got in fistfight before playoffs

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Evan Turner and Lance Stephenson got into an intense fistfight the day before the Indiana Pacers’ first playoff game against the Atlanta Hawks, according to a report.

Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski dropped the bomb late Tuesday night, reporting that Turner and Stephenson got into a brawl and Turner had to be pulled away by teammates during the team’s Friday practice before Game 1 Saturday.

Woj says Turner was cut from the fight. He also says Turner isn’t the first player to lose his temper with Stephenson in recent weeks, though no other fights have been reported.

The Pacers inexplicably lost to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 101-93 and looked pretty dreadful. Stephenson had 19 points and 7 rebounds in 35 minutes while Turner scored 9 points in 18 minutes. Indiana looked much more like the team that earned the top seed in the East during a 101-85 win in Game 2 on Monday.

A source told Woj that these types of fights are a regular occurrence, but they acknowledged that the timing was poor.

This really should not come as a surprise in the least. The Pacers began sliding towards the end of the season after a great start. Roy Hibbert called out his teammates for being selfish and then was reprimanded by coach Frank Vogel, but maybe he was just telling the truth.

It was obvious something has been wrong with the Pacers, and this finally explains things — they’re having chemistry problems. And bringing in Evan Turner was obviously a bad move.

DeMar DeRozan sits away from team on bench during timeout

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DeMar DeRozan sat away from his teammates during a timeout amid a tight fourth quarter in Game 2 of the Toronto Raptors’ playoff game with the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, but he said after the game he was just frustrated.

DeRozan was 7-of-19 for 20 points at the time, but he had committed five fouls and was subbed out with around seven minutes left in the game. He didn’t check back in until the 3:47 mark, but he made back-to-back baskets to break an 85-all tie. The timeout was taken with 5:43 left.

The Raptors won the game 100-95 to tie the series at 1-1, thanks largely to 17 from DeRozan in the fourth quarter.

After the game, he told NBA TV what happened.

“Just frustrated that I had five (fouls) and I couldn’t be out there with my team,” DeRozan said.

He certainly made up for it when he got back in the game, because he closed like Mariano Rivera.

Sad Oklahoma City Thunder fans are tough to look at (GIF)

The Oklahoma City Thunder are probably going to beat the Memphis Grizzlies in the opening round of the playoffs, but there will be no sweep. The Grizzlies were able to grind out a tough overtime win to tie the series at 1-1 on Monday night, which has at least two Thunder fans very, very concerned.

You know how some people go to the game just to be seen and act like they are rooting for the home team? This dude and his girl clearly are not two of those people. If those looks of disappointment don’t say “I’d kill for a Thunder championship,” I don’t know what does.


If my wife ever loves me half as much as these two love the Thunder, I’ll feel really special.

GIF via @cjzero

Report: Steve Kerr would prefer West Coast job over Knicks

Steve KerrSteve Kerr and Phil Jackson are already being touted as a perfect match. With Jackson now in charge of the Knicks’ basketball operations and Kerr looking to transition from the broadcast booth to coaching, there have already been reports indicating Jackson will offer New York’s vacant head coach position to his former player and Kerr will accept. It may not be that simple.

According to Howard Beck of Bleacher Report, Kerr has his eye on several other potential coaching vacancies and would prefer to join a West Coast team if given the opportunity. Kerr lives in San Diego and his daughter attends college at the University of California at Berkeley. Beck believes that Jackson would hire Kerr if he wanted the job, but he’s not convinced that is the case.

As Pro Basketball Talk noted, there are several current and potential openings that would be closer to home for Kerr than coaching in New York. The Utah Jazz fired head coach Tyrone Corbin this week and the Los Angeles Lakers could be moving on from Mike D’Antoni. However, Kerr is being touted as a Jackson protege and the Lakers chose not to bring Jackson back, so that wouldn’t make much sense.

Mark Jackson is another coach who could be on his way out, despite the fact that he has led the Golden State Warriors to the playoffs and the franchise’s best record in 22 years this past season. Jackson has yet to receive a contract extension and has developed a reputation for being someone who is difficult to work with.

Phil Jackson is reportedly planning to talk to several coaching candidates for the Knicks, including college coaches Fred Hoiberg and Kevin Ollie. Ultimately, Kerr is still very much the favorite.

Masai Ujiri fined $25,000 for yelling ‘F**k Brooklyn!’ during pregame rally

masai-ujiri-raptors-rallyThe last time the Toronto Raptors were in the playoffs, Bryan Colangelo was the general manager.

This time around, Masai Ujiri has the position and it didn’t take him long to make his mark on the 2014 NBA Playoffs.

Prior to game 1 of the Raptors’ first round series against the Brooklyn Nets, Ujiri addressed the crowd during a rally outside Air Canada Centre. While doing so, the Raptors’ GM yelled, “F**k Brooklyn!”, much to the delight of those within earshot.

As you can probably imagine, that didn’t go over too well at the league offices. Ujiri originally received a formal warning and no fine was to be forthcoming. After further consideration, a $25,000 fine was levied.

“Just trying to get the crowd out there rattled — wrong choice of words, Ujiri said via ESPN. I apologize to kids out there and to the Brooklyn guys. Nothing against them. Just trying to get our fans going. That’s it.”

Because of the setting, some in the court of public opinion have been lenient with Ujiri’s comment. However, it’s tough to argue with the fine given his position within the franchise.

Kevin Durant makes ridiculous 4-point play (Video)

Kevin Durant continues to make the impossible possible.

Durant completed an absurd 4-point play in the final 20 seconds of Game 2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s playoff game with the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday night by throwing up a wild 3-pointer as he was falling out of bounds and drawing a foul on the play.

Not only did KD make the three, but he also made the free throw.

Look at him – his body was like “The Matrix” on the shot:

Kevin Durant shot