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Kevin Durant’s Backcourt Violation Idiotically Overturned by Refs, Rules Show

Kevin Durant had a spectacular game for Oklahoma City Wednesday night helping the Thunder close out the Nuggets for their first playoff series victory in franchise history. Durant tied a playoff career-high with 41 points on 14-for-27 shooting and he closed with 16 points in the fourth quarter. But there was one moment where Durant made a mistake and the referees bailed him out.

The Thunder were inbounding the ball in the front court with about 15 seconds left and leading 98-97. Durant caught the ball in the front court, then his back foot stepped on the midcourt line (picture on the left), he took a dribble, and then he stepped on the line again (picture on the right). He was whistled for a backcourt violation but somehow the call was overturned.

Thanks to the bailout, the Thunder got the ball back and Durant hit a runner to make it 100-97 with 12 seconds left. Instead of shooting for the lead, the Nuggets were essentially forced into taking a three to tie — a much lower percentage shot.

Now just so you don’t think this is some hating on the refs by a Nuggets homer (I actually wanted OKC to win the series), here are the applicable rules from NBA.com that show the refs completely blew the call.

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Stan Van Gundy Left Orlando Magic’s Game 5 Before it Ended (Video)

Like so many of you, I didn’t stick around to watch the ending of Game 5 between the Magic and Hawks Tuesday night. The game was a blowout from the start and there were far more interesting things to watch, such as the Bruins-Canadiens or Bulls-Pacers. But LBS contributor Arsen was watching the ending and informed us that Magic coach Stan Van Gundy pulled a Randy Moss (or Mark Cuban) and left the floor before the game ended. Here is the video:

That to me was more controversial than Van Gundy’s press conference which has received a good amount of attention. When I saw the post-game press conference in which SVG said nobody liked the media, I laughed but didn’t think much else because that’s typical behavior for him. So what do you make of Van Gundy leaving the floor early? Was it rude and disrespectful?

As much as I’m inclined to agree, the endings to games go on entirely too long. Not only that, but fouling at the end of games gets somewhat out of hand, so if that was his way of protesting, I understand. I’m not endorsing the behavior, but I don’t think it was terrible.

Thanks to Ball Don’t Lie for the video

Kobe Bryant Dunks on Emeka Okafor (Video), Ankle Seems Fine

Remember all that worrying I did yesterday about Kobe Bryant’s foot/ankle? If Tuesday night was any indication, you can forget about it. Kobe’s okay.  The Lakers beat the Hornets, 106-90, and now hold a 3-2 advantage in the series. More monster dunks right here if you’re interested.

Joakim Noah’s Sister Yelena Noah Is a Model (Pictures)

Fans watching the Bulls-Pacers game on Tuesday evening were treated to a pleasant surprise when the TNT cameras showed Joakim Noah’s sister in the stands. People on twitter began buzzing instantly about the beauty, wondering more about her. Everyone’s eyes don’t lie — Joakim Noah’s sister, Yelena Noah, is actually a model, so it’s no surprise her looks stood out. Yelena and Joakim’s mother, Cecilia Rhode, is a former Miss Sweden.

Here are more pictures of Yelena Noah.

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With Kobe Playing Through Foot Injury, Are the Lakers in Trouble?

Through four games of the opening round of the 2011 NBA Playoffs, the Hornets have given the Lakers all they can handle.  Chris Paul has been outstanding and the series is currently tied, 2-2, with Game 5 Tuesday night in L.A.  What is even more concerning for the Lakers than the series being up for grabs is the fact that Kobe Bryant left the court on crutches after Game 4.  Even worse, he is refusing any MRI or X-rays on his injured left foot.

Phil Jackson told ESPN Los Angeles on Monday that while it would probably be a good idea for Bryant to undergo the appropriate scans and tests on his foot, it doesn’t matter.  At this point Kobe has no interest in knowing what could be structurally wrong with his foot/ankle and will play Tuesday night regardless.  The question now is whether or not the Lakers will suffer.

Jackson finds himself faced with a classic damned if he does, damned of he doesn’t scenario — there is no arguing that.  If Kobe were to sit out, the Hornets would have a tremendous opportunity to steal Game 5 and close the series out at home on Thursday.  If Kobe plays and lacks explosiveness, the same opportunity could be presenting itself.

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Kevin Durant Defends Russell Westbrook’s Shot Selection After Game 4

The Oklahoma City Thunder missed an opportunity to sweep the Denver Nuggets when they lost Monday evening in Game 4 104-101. OKC was actually down by 10 with under three minutes to play yet they were able to make it a one-possession game in the final minute. Unfortunately they were unable to tie the game or take the lead because Russell Westbrook missed three three pointers (including a buzzer-beating heave at the end of the game).

Not only did Westbrook’s shot selection appear questionable because of his poor results, but also because he didn’t defer to the team’s perceived leader and franchise player, Kevin Durant. Durant happened to be nearly flawless from three-point range in the game, going 5-for-6.

Folks on twitter were killing Westbrook for not deferring to Durant while the TNT analysts called him out for trying to be the hero. After the game though, Durant had Westbrook’s back.

“We got some good looks, Russell got some good looks … he shot the three it rimmed out,” Durant said about the game’s ending.

He was then asked some tough questions by the media where he could have called out his teammate, but he refused to take the bait.

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Tony Allen Gets Memphis Grizzlies Logo Shaved into his Head

From Anthony Mason to Dennis Rodman and lately Ron Artest, basketball players have been known to get creative with their hairstyles. Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen was set to join them in the crazy hairdo category until he was advised to shave off this sweet look prior to Game 4 in Memphis:

It’s too bad he was advised to shave it off because aside from the glitter, it was pretty hot. I even think Ron Artest would have to agree.

Photo Credit: Curtis Givens on twitter, Story credit Lakeshore Dave