Andrew Bogut dunks on JaVale McGee, stares him down (Video)

Andrew Bogut dunkYou didn’t know that Andrew Bogut was this much of a tough guy, did you? Bogut got busy during Game 4 between the Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets on Sunday. The Warriors big man threw down two awesome dunks in the first quarter. Above, you can see his monster dunk on JaVale McGee. As if jamming on McGee wasn’t enough, he stared down the Denver center. Keep in mind that JaVale is one of the best defensive centers in the league, too.

Earlier in the quarter, Bogut followed a Harrison Barnes miss by jamming on Kenneth Faried:

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Pau Gasol receives applause in possibly last game with Lakers (Video)

Pau Gasol cryingPau Gasol received a nice ovation from Lakers fans as he exited what might be his final game with the team.

Gasol left the Lakers’ 103-82 series-ending loss to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4 on Sunday with under three minutes in the contest. As he exited, he received an applause and special recognition from the Los Angeles fans. Gasol became emotional and later appeared to have tears in his eyes.

Gasol was traded to the Lakers in the middle of the 2007-2008 season and helped the team reach the finals three times. They lost to the Boston Celtics in 2008, but they won the title the next two years.

This season, Gasol battled knee and foot problems and had his least impressive statistical season since joining the team. He only played in 49 games and started 42 of them.

There has been speculation that Gasol, who is due $19.28 million next season, could be released by the Lakers via the amnesty clause. We wouldn’t be surprised if he’s not back with the team next season.

Dwight Howard ejection leads to words with Mitch Kupchak (Video)

Dwight Howard was ejected from Game 4 between the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs at Staples Center after receiving his second technical foul, had some words with Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, and then Kobe Bryant emerged to a hero’s applause.

With the Lakers down 55-34 in the third quarter, Howard got tangled with Aron Baynes. He appeared to be upset about not getting a call and he must have said something to an official to earn a technical foul. Howard was automatically ejected because it was his second technical of the game.

Following the ejection, two interesting things happened.

As Howard exited the court, he passed by Kupchak, who was hanging out by the tunnel to the locker room. Kupchak went to give him a pat on the behind, and Howard turned around and said something as he passed by. It was unclear what the nature of Howard’s comments were, but he seemed upset and may have been complaining about the officials:

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Kevin Durant gets lucky roll on big 3-pointer (Video)

Kevin Durant three-pointerAn incredibly lucky roll was the difference between the Houston Rockets being in their series with the Oklahoma City Thunder instead of on the verge of elimination.

Houston came back from a 26-point deficit in the second quarter of Game 3 to take the lead in the fourth. They were up 99-97 in the final minute before Kevin Durant made a 3-pointer that hit nearly every part of the rim. The ball dropping through was probably the difference in the game. James Harden turned the ball over on the ensuing possession, and Derek Fisher made both his free throws after getting fouled. Harden made a layup on the next possession, but Reggie Jackson made his free throws to seal the 104-101 win for the Thunder.

Durant finished with 41 points and said after the game that the Lord helped that ball go in. Whatever force was at work certainly helped the Thunder. They’re up 3-0 in the series and can close things out in Game 4 on Monday night. It’s amazing how such small things can mean the difference between winning and losing in the playoffs.

Pau Gasol’s brother has words for Lakers fans

Pau Gasol’s brother Adria had words for Lakers fans as the team was getting demolished in Game 3 of their series with the San Antonio Spurs on Friday.

Adria, who is known for speaking his mind, tweeted in response to Lakers fans turning on the team:

The fans were getting rowdy as the team was getting routed. Fans began chanting “We want Phil!” while the team was getting blown out, which was a call for the team to making a coaching change from Mike D’Antoni to Phil Jackson. Someone should probably break it to the fans gently that Phil probably wouldn’t have much interest in this aging, injury-depleted roster.

One thing we’re seeing is how spoiled Lakers fans are. Since 2000, the team has won five titles and lost in two NBA Finals. The fans are used to seeing the team compete for an NBA title, so watching the team get swept to end a disappointing season has left many of them bitter. But fans should realize that if this is as bad as it gets in Laker land, it’s still much much better than what most fan bases deal with.

Kevin Durant yells ‘This is my city!’ in Houston after taking charge (Video)

Kevin DurantKevin Durant was feeling it in Houston during Game 3 of the playoffs between the Rockets and Thunder. Durant went off for 27 points in the first half and played like he was trying to prove a point in the team’s first game since Russell Westbrook got hurt. He was feeling so pumped up he even yelled out, “This is my city!” after taking a charge early in the second quarter.

Should anyone remind him he was in Houston and not Oklahoma City? Durant is from Washington DC, not Houston, though he did attend the University of Texas. But after his monster first half, he probably felt like he owned the entire country.

KD also threw down this jaw-dropping dunk on Omer Asik in the first quarter:

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Blake Griffin taunted by ‘flopper’ chants from Memphis crowd (Video)

Blake GriffinBlake Griffin heard it from Memphis Grizzlies fans after he went to the free throw line in the fourth quarter of the Clippers’ 94-82 Game 3 loss to the Grizzlies on Thursday night.

Griffin got the ball at the top of the circle with just under five minutes left in the game and the Clippers down 83-71. He was backing down Zach Randolph when Quincy Pondexter came over to provide some help defense. Pondexter reached in for a steal, knocked the ball loose, but Griffin flopped to the ground as he lost the ball. Randolph was called for the foul.

As Griffin was at the line with 4:46 left, the fans began booing. Then an arena-wide “flopper” chant broke out before his second free throw.

Griffin made both foul shots, but his team still lost.

A minute later Griffin complained that Randolph held one of his arms to prevent him from corralling a rebound, leading to the ball going out of bounds off him. Here was his face:

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