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Draymond Green Suspended for Game 5 of NBA Finals

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Brian Windhorst | ESPN Senior Writer | June 13, 2016 | 7:06 AM CT

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green is suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Monday night after he was assessed a flagrant foul 1 by the league for his actions in Game 4.

The play in question came with less than three minutes left in Golden State’s 108-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, when Green and LeBron James got tangled. James stepped over Green after the Warriors forward fell to the court, and Green swung his arm and appeared to make contact with James’ groin area. James immediately turned around, and the two players went chest-to-chest as play continued.

The NBA called Green’s action a “retaliatory swipe of his hand to the groin” of James.

The flagrant 1 gave Green his fourth flagrant foul point More >

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Stephen Curry Becomes the NBA’s First Unanimous MVP Winner

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By  | May 10, 2016 | 1:28p

Stephen Curry has officially earned his second consecutive MVP award following a historic campaign that saw his Golden State Warriors win an NBA record 73 games. In addition, he became the first unanimous winner in the league’s 61-year history, earning all 131 first-place votes.

Kawhi Leonard edged LeBron James for second place on the list. Russell Westbrook finished fourth and Kevin Durant was fifth.

Usually, even the most obvious MVP winners don’t earn a unanimous honor because there are a few contrarians that vote for someone else. In 2013, a single writer picked Carmelo Anthony over LeBron James for the honor, robbing James of a unanimous victory.

That did not happen this year, though. Instead, six different players earned second-place votes.

Curry followed up his More >

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David Blatt Fired as Cavaliers Coach, per sources

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ESPN.com news services | 4:44 PM ET

The Cleveland Cavaliers have fired second-year coach David Blatt and are replacing him with assistant Tyronn Lue, according to ESPN sources and multiple reports.

The title-hopeful Cavaliers lead the Eastern Conference at 30-11 but were blown out by the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Monday. Blatt had lost support of the locker room over the past month, sources told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst.

Associate head coach Tyronn Lue, Blatt’s top assistant, signed a three-year contract Friday to be the team’s head coach, according to Yahoo! Sports, which also first reported Blatt’s firing.

LeBron James was not consulted before the Cavaliers made the move to dismiss Blatt and was informed of the decision Friday, sources told Windhorst. The decision to fire Blatt was “entirely” up to general manager David Griffin, a league source told ESPN.com.

Griffin is expected to speak to the media More >

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Kobe Bryant reveals the top 5 teams, players he’s ever faced

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By James Herbert | NBA writer | December 21, 2015 8:56 pm ET

 

In a conference call on Monday, Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant named his top 5 opposing players and teams, adding that it was difficult not to pick more, via ESPN‘s Baxter Holmes.

The players: Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Clyde Drexler.

The teams: San Antonio Spurs, Sacramento Kings, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls.

Congratulations are in order for the Kings, who haven’t been included in any best-of lists in a long time. Those early-2000s teams were absolutely great.

Also: It’s rather interesting that Bryant picked Drexler, who had retired before Bryant became a full-time starter in his third season. That’s quite the show of respect from one great shooting guard to another.

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