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Paul Pierce ejected for clotheslining George Hill (Video)

Paul Pierce was either really frustrated during the third quarter of Monday’s Brooklyn Nets-Indiana Pacers game, or he was trying to make a tribute to ’80s basketball, because he committed a pretty dirty play that led to his ejection.

George Hill was running in transition after getting a steal with his Pacers up 66-47. Pierce wasn’t about to let Hill get an easy layup or dunk to finish the play, so the veteran clotheslined him. Pierce was charged with a flagrant 2 foul, which calls for an automatic ejection. I’m surprised he didn’t bounce Hill off the turnbuckle first.

Pierce’s night to that point might explain his actions; he was 0-for-7 and finished with zero points in 15 minutes. Yikes. And then of course he acted innocent and wondered why he was ejected. C’mon, man.

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Video via The Point Forward

Tony Parker texting George Hill advice on how to beat Miami Heat

Tony-Parker-George-Hill-SpursAnyone who is familiar with the NBA would tell you the Spurs would rather play the Pacers than the Heat in the NBA Finals. Miami may have looked shaky at times during the postseason, but LeBron James is still leading the way. After seeing what LeBron did during Game 5 on Thursday night, you would have to be crazy to think your chances are better against him than someone else.

It certainly sounds like Tony Parker is hoping to avoid King James, otherwise I doubt he would be texting his buddy George Hill advice on how to beat the Heat. On Thursday, Parker told Rachel Nichols he has been giving the Pacers guard pointers.

Hill and Parker were teammates together in San Antonio for three seasons from 2008-2011, where Hill served as a backup to Parker and Manu Ginobili.

“I watched (all of Indiana’s Game 2 win over Miami),” Parker told NBA.com’s Jeff Caplan last week. “We’ve been texting the whole playoffs. I always follow George. He’s like my little brother, so I always text him.”

It should be noted that the Spurs lost both game against the Heat that Parker played in this season, but I’m sure the veteran guard has been providing valuable advice. Hill scored 18 or more points in each of Games 2-4, but he managed only one point on Thursday night during Indiana’s Game 5 loss. With the way LeBron is locked in, he and his teammates will need all the advice they can get to avoid elimination in Game 6.

LeBron James’ block on George Hill was awesome (Video)

LeBron James George HillLeBron James challenged George Hill at the rim, and the Miami Heat MVP won.

Late in the third quarter of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals between the Heat and Indiana Pacers, Indiana had a fastbreak opportunity following a Dwyane Wade miss. David West got the ball and passed ahead to Hill, who appeared to have an open lane to the basket. But James closed on him from the sideline and skied for the amazing rejection at the rim. LeBron literally challenged Hill head on and got an awesome block.

What made James’ block even more impressive is that it came a minute after he seemed to sprain his ankle by landing on Lance Stephenson’s foot. That was proof that he really wasn’t injured at all.

Not only did LeBron get a block on Hill on the play, but Hill received his fourth foul in the scrum for the ball, and coach Frank Vogel was hit with a technical foul, giving the Heat a point after Ray Allen made the free throw.

Video via @BeyondTheBuzzer

George Hill on LeBron James: Only God is more scary than him

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LeBron James earned some major praise from opponent George Hill on a night when he uncharacteristically blew two plays at the end of a playoff game.

James turned the ball over in back-to-back possessions to end the Miami Heat’s 97-93 loss to the Indiana Pacers. On both plays, he threw passes that were snagged by Indiana’s defense. After the game, Hill was asked how the Pacers were able to defend James in those situations, especially after LeBron burned them twice in a row at the end of Game 1.

“George, is there any player in the world more dangerous with the ball in that situation, facing the floor, looking at the defense, than LeBron James? And how do you guys pick him off not once but twice in that situation?” a reporter asked him.

Hill responded by comparing James to God.

“Yeah, it’s only like one person that’s like more scarier than that, and that’s God,” said Hill. “I’m sure if we’re looking at him in the face we’d be very nervous. I’m sure he could make all the plays that we want people to make.

“But LeBron’s a great player. He’s the MVP for a reason. He’s one of the best that ever played this game. He’s a big focal point, and we know that when he’s up there probing the floor and looking at everything, that we can’t just focus on him. We have to focus on the people around him because he’s a great playmaker. He has our full attention.”

When asked about Hill’s remarks, King James said he was far from being a deity.

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