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NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Toronto R. 28-14 
 2. Boston C. 26-16 
 3. New York K. 19-24 
 4. Phi.76ers 13-27 
 5. Brooklyn N. 8-33 
Central Div.
 1. Cleveland C. 29-11 
 2. Indiana P. 22-19 
 3. Chicago B. 21-22 
 4. Milwaukee B. 20-21 
 5. Detroit P. 19-24 
Southeast Div.
 1. Atlanta H. 24-18 
 2. Washington W. 22-19 
 3. Charlotte H. 22-20 
 4. Orlando M. 17-27 
 5. Miami Heat 12-30 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Utah Jazz 27-16 
 2. Oklah.City T. 25-19 
 3. Portland TB 18-25 
 4. Denver N. 17-23 
 5. Minnesota T. 14-28 
Pacific Div.
 1. Golden St.W. 36-6 
 2. LA Clippers 29-14 
 3. Sacramento K. 16-25 
 4. LA Lakers 15-31 
 5. Phoenix Suns 13-28 
Southwest Div.
 1. Houston R. 33-12 
 2. San Antonio S. 32-9 
 3. Memphis G. 25-19 
 4. N.Orleans P. 17-26 
 5. Dallas M. 14-27 
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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 30.6
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.30.6 
 2. Harden, Houston R.28.9 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.28.8 
 4. Thomas, Boston C.28.7 
 5. DeRozan, Toronto R.28.2 
 6. Cousins, Sacramen.28.0 
 7. Lillard, Portland.26.2 
 8. Durant, Golden S.26.2 
 9. James, Clevelan.25.6 
 10. Butler, Chicago B.24.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.3 
 2. Jordan, LA Clippers13.9 
 3. Drummond, Detro.13.7 
 4. Howard, Atlanta H.12.9 
 5. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.5 
 6. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.3 
 7. Chandler, Phoenix .12.1 
 8. Towns, Minnesot.11.9 
 9. Gortat, Washingt.11.6 
 10. Love, Cleveland C.10.8 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 11.6
 1. Harden, Houston R.11.6 
 2. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.4 
 3. Wall, Washington W.10.1 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.7 
 5. James, Clevelan.8.1 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.8.1 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.8.0 
 8. Green, Golden S.7.7 
 9. Lowry, Toronto R.7.1 
 10. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.1 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  LA Clippers
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Paul, LA Clippers2.3 
 2. Wall, Washington W.2.2 
 3. Green, Golden S.2.0 
 4. Ariza, Houston R.1.9 
 5. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.1.8 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.8 
 8. Curry, Golden S.1.8 
 9. George, Indiana P.1.8 
 10. Allen, Memphis G.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.6 
 2. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.5 
 3. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 4. Turner, Indiana P.2.4 
 5. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.2 
 6. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.2.1 
 7. Porzingis, New Y.2.0 
 8. Nogueira, Toron.1.8 
 9. Horford, Boston C.1.8 
 10. Jordan, LA Clippers1.8 
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Day 85 (Regular Season)

Cleveland C 75% Jan.19 Phoenix Suns
LA Clippers 82% Jan.19 Minn.T.
Miami Heat Jan.19 Dallas M. 51%
New York K. Jan.19 Wash.W. 52%
S.Antonio S 66% Jan.19 Denver N.
Kevin Durant sick of Spurs questions - May 26, 2012


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Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) was just three minutes into his 10-minute session with reporters Wednesday when he grew a bit testy.

Of the first seven questions lobbed at him, Durant was forced to field five about the San Antonio Spurs.

And he didn't like it. Didn't like it one bit.

Once that fifth question came - a reasonable query about what he anticipates from the Spurs defensively against him - Durant tried to supply an answer but soon found himself swerving off scrpt.

'I'm just going to play my game', Durant started. 'I can't really think about how those guys are going to defend me. Theyre a tough defensive group. But every question is about how the Spurs are going to come and how the Spurs are going to play. But you got to ask me how were going to come at them. Were a tough team as well. We come out and play hard. We have a lot of weapons as well. I know theyre the No. 1 seed, theyre a tough group and they havent lost in a couple of months but I think that we bring another dimension to the table as well. And we can come out and compete.'

Durant has a point.

Most every question players and Thunder coach Scott Brooks faced Wednesday was about how they were going to stop the Spurs. Not once did anyone, including yours truly, inquire about how they Spurs would stop them.

Of course, theres a reason for that. As Durant said, the Spurs are a tough group. Theyre the No. 1 seed and the hottest team in basketball. And they just so happened to trounce the Thunder twice long before they got rolling in the final month of the regular season.

Wednesdays media session was nothing more than a microcosm of the basketball worlds widespread belief in the Spurs. Few will pick the Thunder to win this series. Oklahoma City, to many, just seems to be out-manned.

Still, the Thunders unwavering confidence was on full display Wednesday, with Durants brief retort representing his teams self-belief.

Durant wanted questions about his team, so I asked about his team.

What makes you confident, I asked, against the Spurs? Where do you feel like you have the advantage?

I just think we play hard, Durant said. Were athletic. I didnt say we were going to come out and dominate those guys. But I said that we can compete, of course. We can move the ball. I think cutting down on turnovers has been great for us these last couple of series. Also, just getting out and getting stops and trying to get easy points.

All good answers.

But none are quite good enough to keep the Thunder from walking into the Western Conference Finals on Sunday night in San Antonio as the underdog. Must be a rude awakening for Durant. In the span of three weeks hes seen his team transform from the darlings of the postseason and a heavy favorite in its prior two series to second fiddle. Its as if he senses that few outside of Oklahoma believe the Thunder can win.

Before walking over to local reporters, Durant had just finished a sit-down interview with TNT, which sent bulldog sideline reporter Craig Sager to town as part of its coverage team. No telling what was asked in that closed-door meeting. But theres a good chance Sager stuck a mic on Durant and inquired about everything from the Spurs regular season series win over the Thunder to San Antonios history of excellence.

Maybe thats what the Thunder needs going into this West final: a chip, an edge, a supply of just a little more motivation.

And maybe all of it might stem from mounting skeptics now gushing over the Spurs.

Courtesy of http://blog.newsok.com   




Quincy Acy
Nets To Re-Sign Acy To Second 10-Day Deal - 6 hours ago
The Nets will re-sign power forward Quincy Acy(6'7''-F-90, college: Baylor) to a second 10-day deal after his current one is set to expire, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports. The Nets signed Acy on January 10th after Brooklyn waived Anthony Bennett. Acy was playing for the D-League's Texas Legends at the time of the move. Acy appeared in four games with the Nets during his initial contract, playing in more than five minutes in a single contest just once. He played 20 minutes in a blo...   [read more]

Derrick Rose
Rose powers slumping Knicks past Celtics 117-106 - 12 hours ago
New York's locker room door opened and music was blaring in the background. It's not a scene that's happened after too many Knicks' games lately. Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) matched his season high with 30 points, and the slumping Knicks beat the Boston Celtics 117-106 on Wednesday night. New York played without injured starters Kristaps Porzingis and Joakim Noah, but Mindaugas Kuzminskas (6'9''-F-89) and Willy Hernangomez each scored 17 points to help make up for their ab...   [read more]

Joel Embiid
Embiid Scores 26, 76ers Beat Raptors 94-89 - 12 hours ago
Joel Embiid (7'0''-C-94, college: Kansas) cupped both ears, imploring fans to cheer even louder, and flashed a wide smile as he soaked in the "MVP" and "Trust The Process" chants. With Embiid leading the way, the Philadelphia 76ers are no longer the laughingstock of the NBA. Embiid scored 26 points, Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87) added 18 and the resurgent Sixers beat the Toronto Raptors 94-89 on Wednesday night for their seventh win in nine games. "I'm trying to change the culture and I li...   [read more]


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