NO. 1 PICKS: WOULDA, COULDA …
The Draft Lottery went down and the Cavaliers claimed the No. 1 pick. Speculation is they'll use it to select Kentucky's Nerlens Noel. Will it pan out? Recent history shows it's far from a slam dunk.
EASTERN PREVIEW: PACERS-HEAT
The East is set! Will the underrated Pacers build on their solid playoff success against Miami from last year, or will the favored Heat have learned from it to win more handily this time?
WESTERN PREVIEW: GRIZZLIES-SPURS
Will the Grizzlies' youth and defense prevail in what will likely be a long, physical series? Or will San Antonio's experience and depth win out and vault them into the NBA Finals?
VERY MUCH CLUTCH
Being able to step up when it matters most is key to winning in the postseason. With this year's playoffs approaching the Conference Finals stage, which players have been most clutch so far?
The NBA is reviewing several plays from Game 2 of the Heat vs. Pacers series, including one in which Dwyane Wade collided with Lance Stephenson.
Wade was running back on defense and somewhat inexplicably jumped into Stephenson, knocking him to the court with an elbow to the head. David West is also under review for clobbering Mario Chalmers, but neither play seemed malicious or egregious enough to warrant more than a technical foul.
Amare Stoudemire will work with Hakeem Olajuwon in August.
It will be the second summer in a row in which STAT works with The Dream on low-post moves and defense. Interestingly, Olajuwon reportedly charges $50,000 per week for the instruction at his private basketball court just outside of Houston. Despite the injuries, Stoudemire had his best shooting season as a Knick, making 57.7 percent of his shots from the floor. Of course, fantasy owners will be reluctant to draft Stoudemire next year considering he had a surgery on each knee last season.
Terrence Williams was back at the practice facility on Saturday.
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He was arrested for second-degree domestic violence on Sunday and made some comments about the alleged altercation. "It's very frustrating, because I was there, I know what happened, and I know what didn't happen," Williams said. "To anybody reading, and everybody that's writing these stories, it makes me out to be this bandit." His status for next year is up in the air and he might have had trouble joining an NBA team even before his legal troubles.
The Celtics worked out Pierre Jackson, Gregory Echenique, Myck Kabongo, Shane Larkin, Phil Pressey and Steven Adams on Saturday.
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Shane Larkin may be the highest profile player of this young group and had a nice combine leading all participants with his 44-inch max vertical. Pierre Jackson also has decent point guard skills, so the Celtics could certainly be looking for a backup point guard behind Rajon Rondo considering Avery Bradley couldn't really handle the ball this season.