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NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 46-26 
 2. Toronto R. 43-29 
 3. New York K. 27-45 
 4. Phi.76ers 25-46 
 5. Brooklyn N. 15-56 
Central Div.
 1. Cleveland C. 46-24 
 2. Milwaukee B. 36-35 
 3. Indiana P. 36-35 
 4. Chicago B. 34-38 
 5. Detroit P. 33-38 
Southeast Div.
 1. Washington W. 43-28 
 2. Atlanta H. 37-34 
 3. Miami Heat 35-37 
 4. Charlotte H. 33-38 
 5. Orlando M. 26-46 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Utah Jazz 44-28 
 2. Oklah.City T. 41-30 
 3. Denver N. 34-37 
 4. Portland TB 33-37 
 5. Minnesota T. 28-42 
Pacific Div.
 1. Golden St.W. 57-14 
 2. LA Clippers 43-30 
 3. Sacramento K. 27-44 
 4. Phoenix Suns 22-50 
 5. LA Lakers 20-51 
Southwest Div.
 1. San Antonio S. 55-16 
 2. Houston R. 49-22 
 3. Memphis G. 40-32 
 4. Dallas M. 31-40 
 5. N.Orleans P. 30-41 
Full Standings
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Russell WESTBROOK
  Oklah.Ci.
  (190-PG-88)
  Avg: 31.2
 1. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.31.2 
 2. Harden, Houston R.29.4 
 3. Thomas, Boston C.29.0 
 4. Cousins, Sacramen.27.8 
 5. Davis, N.Orleans P.27.7 
 6. DeRozan, Toronto R.27.2 
 7. Lillard, Portland.27.0 
 8. James, Clevelan.26.0 
 9. Leonard, San A.25.9 
 10. Irving, Cleveland C.25.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hassan WHITESIDE
  Miami Heat
  (213-C-89)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Whiteside, Miami Heat14.2 
 2. Drummond, Detro.14.0 
 3. Jordan, LA Clippers13.6 
 4. Howard, Atlanta H.12.8 
 5. Gobert, Utah Jazz12.8 
 6. Towns, Minnesot.12.2 
 7. Davis, N.Orleans P.12.0 
 8. Chandler, Phoenix .11.4 
 9. Love, Cleveland C.11.1 
 10. Gortat, Washingt.10.8 
Assists Per Game
 James HARDEN
  Houston R.
  (196-SG-89)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Harden, Houston R.11.2 
 2. Wall, Washington W.10.8 
 3. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.10.4 
 4. Paul, LA Clippers9.2 
 5. Rubio, Minnesot.8.9 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.8 
 7. Teague, Indiana P.7.8 
 8. Holiday, N.Orlean.7.3 
 9. Green, Golden S.7.1 
 10. Lowry, Toronto R.6.9 
Steals Per Game
 Draymond GREEN
  Golden S.
  (201-F-90)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Green, Golden S.2.1 
 2. Wall, Washington W.2.0 
 3. Paul, LA Clippers2.0 
 4. Butler, Chicago B.1.9 
 5. Covington, Phi.7.1.9 
 6. Rubio, Minnesot.1.8 
 7. Leonard, San A.1.8 
 8. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 9. Westbrook, Oklah.Ci.1.7 
 10. Allen, Memphis G.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  Utah Jazz
  (216-C-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Gobert, Utah Jazz2.6 
 2. Embiid, Phi.76ers2.4 
 3. Davis, N.Orleans P.2.3 
 4. Whiteside, Miami Heat2.1 
 5. Turner, Indiana P.2.1 
 6. Porzingis, New Y.2.0 
 7. Antetokounmp., Milwauke.1.9 
 8. Lopez, Brooklyn N.1.7 
 9. Jordan, LA Clippers1.7 
 10. Nogueira, Toron.1.7 
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Day 143 (Regular Season)

Boston C. 83% Mar.24 Phoenix Suns
Chicago B. 71% Mar.24 Phi.76ers
Charlotte H 55% Mar.24 Cleveland C
Golden St.W 86% Mar.24 Sacramento K
Houston R. 59% Mar.24 N.Orleans P
Indiana P. 57% Mar.24 Denver N.
LA Lakers 51% Mar.24 Minn.T.
Milwaukee B 70% Mar.24 Atlanta H.
Orlando M. 66% Mar.24 Detroit P.
Wash.W. 73% Mar.24 Brooklyn 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   




Harrison
Barnes
Barnes' late basket, steal put Mavs past Clippers, 97-95 - 13 hours ago
Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92, college: N.Carolina) thrived in a new position on Thursday night, and so did the Mavericks. Barnes made the go-ahead basket, then stole the ball from Blake Griffin(6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) with 3.9 seconds left as Dallas beat the Los Angeles Clippers 97-95. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle started a big lineup, with Barnes moving from power forward to small forward. ''I have a little bit more energy from not banging with as many bigs,'' Barnes said. Barnes...   [read more]

LaMarcus
Aldridge
Spurs drop Grizzlies in potential playoff preview - 13 hours ago
The Memphis Grizzlies got into the Spurs defensively, pushing San Antonio around and making every possession a fierce fight. The Spurs enjoyed it, especially their defensive-minded coach. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) scored 23 points, Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, college: San Diego St.) added 19 and San Antonio beat Memphis 97-90 on Thursday night in a possible first-round playoff preview. "It's good for the team and myself that we're seeing this early instead of being...   [read more]

DeMar
DeRozan
DeRozan gets 40, Raptors rally again to beat Heat 101-84 - 13 hours ago
Down by 15 early, the Toronto Raptors had no reason to panic. Trouble brings out their best. DeMar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) scored 40 points - doing that back-to-back for the first time in his career - and the Raptors clamped down defensively in the final three quarters to beat the Miami Heat 101-84 on Thursday night. Toronto has now won 19 games this season after trailing by at least 10 points, more than any team in the NBA. "It talks about toughness, heart," Raptors coach Dw...   [read more]


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