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Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

For those on Carmelo Anthony Trade watch: Doc Rivers told reporters Monday that he will not trade Blake Griffin, regardless of any offers that may arise. Griffin-for-Carmelo is one of the most frequently discussed scenarios when a potential Carmelo trade is brought up. Anthony, of course, has a no-trade clause in his contract, which has 3 years remaining.

The Could-Have-Beens

ESPN presents the top 25 cases of unfulfilled potential in sports history. Some of the athletes who made the list squandered their prodigious talent; others were slowed or stopped by injury. All left us wanting more. Unfulfilled potential


Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

Larry Bird told the Indianapolis Star that he's unsure if Frank Vogel will return next season. If Vogel is fired, could he be a candidate for the Knicks? It's worth noting that Vogel was an advanced scout for Phil Jackson's Lakers in 2005-06. Here's Vogel heaping praise on Jackson in a 2013 interview: "From the standpoint of studying the NBA game, I was always a big fan of Phil Jackson and his approach," Vogel told Nuvo. "Obviously he had great players, but there were a lot of coaches with great players that didn't win at the level he did. That was a big reason why I hired [Pacers associate head coach] Brian Shaw. He was as close to Phil as anyone could be and I thought I could rely on that experience and it's been awesome."

Fran Fraschilla @franfraschilla

Anyone who didn't think Chris Webber was quality NBA analyst can forget that notion. His insight & emotion at end of Spurs-OKC spot on.

Refs say they missed late foul on Waiters

Lead referee Ken Mauer said the officials missed a foul on Dion Waiters on the final possession: "However, upon review, we realize and we agree we should have had an offensive foul on the play. It's a play we've never seen before, ever."

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Thunder win on bizarre final sequence

Dion Waiters elbowed Manu Ginobili while trying to inbound the ball, then the Thunder turned it over, but the Spurs were unable to score on the ensuing possession and lost Game 2 by a point.


LeBron shrugs at Hawks’ lack of defense

Atlanta wanted to force LeBron James to take jumpers. The Cleveland star was fine with that on this play.


Thunder even series after wild ending

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant combined for 57 points, but the story of Game 2 was the controversial closing seconds.


Durant flies past Diaw to throw down

Kevin Durant beat Boris Diaw to the rim and finished with a two-handed dunk.


Cavs claim Game 1 against Hawks

LeBron James led the way with 25 points, nine assists and five steals to help Cleveland strike first in the Eastern Conference semis.


Mike Mazzeo ESPN Staff Writer 

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri told SportsNet 590 radio about Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan's shooting struggles: "It can't go on forever, they're just too good for it to go on forever." Toronto became just the second team in NBA history to win a playoff series with both its top two scorers shooting under 33 percent, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Ujiri was the latest to credit Indiana's George Hill and Paul George for their great defense on the All-Star backcourt.

Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

Quote of the night from Richard Jefferson: "You can always try and find a silver lining, but I'd rather be Negative Nancy. Whenever you get a team to 15 points, they are almost dead. When you get it to 18, all you've got to do is lift the shovel up and pour dirt on 'em, especially if you want to be a high-level team. We didn't do that tonight and it almost cost us."