Heat bothered by NBA clinic in Cuba
Commissioner Adam Silver said it was a mistake not to first consult the Heat regarding the clinic: "[T]hey were miffed. ... Our bad. We made a mistake. ... A rookie error on my part." There's sensitivity involving Cuba in South Florida, which has a large Cuban population.
Spurs go up 2-1 on Clippers
The Spurs handed the Clippers their worst playoff loss ever Friday. Why was Game 3 important? Under coach Gregg Popovich, the Spurs have won 84% of their playoff series when leading 2-1. The Clippers, meanwhile, have never come back from a 2-1 series deficit in franchise history.
Top of the Morning good people.. While we enjoyed our day off in #ATL to the fulliest w @jasonbolden @adair_curtis #MrJoeMays @naturallyamaysing we are now off to Orlando to support our boys #AAU #imsmilingbutimsotired #theybetterapperciatethis #Nahwerejustsupportingthemliketheydous
Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh
And sure enough the numbers reflected that. Bibby was better with a soft contest. Different strokes, different folks.
Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh
Reminds me of when Mike Bibby told us that LeBron/Wade/Bosh made him too open. Hated having a lot of space. Overthought it.
Harden cooks Rockets to 3-0 lead
James Harden scored a playoff career-high 42 points and Dwight Howard grabbed a playoff franchise-high 26 rebounds as the Rockets held off the Mavericks for a 130-128 win in Game 3.
Spurs dominate from wire-to-wire
Kawhi Leonard scored a career-high 32 points and San Antonio clobbered the Clippers by 27 points to take a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 is Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.
Doc Rivers postgame
The Clippers coach on the Game 3 blowout loss: "I don't know about effort and execution. I know we got our butt kicked."
Vestiges of Lob City
It was a horrid perfomance for the Clippers all around, but an awful night still means a CP3 to DeAndre Jordan alley-oop that most teams can only dream about.
Final: Spurs 100, Clippers 73
It was total domination by the defending champions. Kawhi Leonard collected his Defensive Player of the Year award pregame, then collected a career-high 32 points. San Antonio takes a 2-1 series lead. Game 3 is Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC. Box score
Top Spurs playoff blowouts
The Spurs are currently crushing the Clippers by 31 points. Where does it rank on their list of playoff blowouts?
- 1983 Nuggets (40 points)
- 2013 Heat (36 points)
- 2014 Thunder (35 points)
- 2006 Kings (34 points)
Worst shooting in team history?
The Clippers playoff low in field goal percentage came on May 9, 2012 at 37.1%. They're currently struggling at 29.6% from the field with about 6 minutes left in the game and down 34 points. Live on ESPN/WatchESPN
Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
To say this is garbage time would be putting it kindly. Spurs 85, Clippers 55 with 7:39 left.
Skip Bayless @RealSkipBayless
I agree with Jeff Van Gundy: Manu Ginobili plays as consistently hard, year after year after year, as any player I've ever seen.
Kawhi shows off his range
Kawhi Leonard made this 3-pointer on the Clippers, part of his 29-point outburst. The Spurs lead by 25 early in the 4th quarter on ESPN.
david b. thorpe @coachthorpe
Somewhere, Wade, Bosh, Haslem, and Spoelstra are seeing the Spurs score and laughing. On the outside. Inside, just tears.