Kelly Dwyer

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Kelly Dwyer is the editor of Ball Don't Lie. He has written for various websites about the NBA since 1997, he lives in Indiana with his wife, two children, three cats, and yes, Kelly Dwyer is a "he."

  • Blake Griffin and his Los Angeles Clippers are gone till November

    Blake Griffin in the final game. (Getty Images)Blake Griffin in the final game. (Getty Images)Blake Griffin, after receiving a bone marrow treatment on the right quadriceps muscle that first paused and then ended his 2015-16 season, will not participate in the Team USA training camp this summer. As such, he will not be part of the Olympic run in Rio this year. Griffin had to leave the 2012 Men’s Basketball team that won the gold medal in London after tearing his meniscus, and he may have lost his best shot at making the squad as the 2020 outfit will take hold five months after his 31st birthday.

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    Such awful timing has become commonplace for the Clippers, who can’t seem to buy a thrill in the wake of new owner Steve Ballmer’s $2 billion purchase of the team in 2014. It would be easy to draw unending parallels with the franchise’s ownership issues dating back to its time in Buffalo and past the embarrassing (seriously, why did David Stern tolerate this man in his league?) and eventually destructive Donald

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  • Byron Scott still rues not playing his Laker veterans more

    Byron Scott went 38-126 as Laker coach. (Getty Images)Byron Scott went 38-126 as Laker coach. (Getty Images)When NBA coaches remind the press that they “never read what you people write” or that they don’t pay attention to that “stuff,” meaning “rumors,” it’s often hard to believe them. Yes, there is a lot of game tape to break down and meetings to attend, but don’t they at least have some passing interest in what’s happening around the league, and how its participants view their team?

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    With deposed former Laker coach Byron Scott, though, we kind of believe the guy.

    (Though, since moving back to Los Angeles, he must have changed his habits.)

    In an interview with the Los Angeles Daily News, Scott claims that he was taken aback and “thrown for a loop” by Los Angeles’ decision to decline to pick up the option on the third year of his four-year deal, keeping in mind a conversation he had with Laker brass back in 2014 about seeing out at the very least a three-year plan:

    “If I knew this was coming, I would have played Lou

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  • Steve Kerr says Stephen Curry will not play in Game 3

    Steve Kerr confirmed on Friday what most already assumed: Stephen Curry will not return early from his sprained right knee, and not play against the Trail Blazers in Game 3 on Saturday.

    From a talk with the Dan Patrick Show, here's Kerr's breakdown:

    "So, game 3 tomorrow, he’s not going to play. He’s getting better every day, but until he’s out on the floor with our team and scrimmaging and we’re seeing him move, and the trainers say it’s a go, we’ll just keep doing what we’re doing. But no way tomorrow, and I would say maybe a slight chance on Monday if he gets great work in the next few days."

    And the full clip of Kerr's explanation:

    The Portland Trail Blazers will attempt to come out red hot and rollin’ against the Golden State Warriors in Saturday’s Game 3, hoping to avenge a pair of double-digit losses to begin the Western Conference semis while holding ground on their home court. Curry's absence at least gives the team a fighting chance.

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  • With his Knicks still coach-less, Phil Jackson takes to the road

    Phil Jackson hears the cheers at the All-Star Game. (Getty Images)Phil Jackson hears the cheers at the All-Star Game. (Getty Images)It probably isn’t the nicest thing to mock the NBA’s oldest team personnel chief behind his back while he ambles his way through nearly the whole of the continental U.S. while driving his brother back to his house in Idaho.

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    Then again, New York Knicks president Phil Jackson isn’t exactly out of the loop, either. He’s out of more loops than Knick fans would probably find ideal, but the man is definitely plugged in. Why else would Jackson, who will turn 71 in September, be tweeting out snapshots of his trip from upstate New York to his brother’s place in Idaho?

    There was this surprise of a gem, though we can’t tell if Phil (used to living on the coasts) was being a little elitist facetious …

    And this shot of him outside of the mark that saw Crazy Horse fall in Nebraska:

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  • Frank Vogel is out, and the Indiana Pacers are gone till November

    What came out of nowhere earlier in the week, by Thursday morning, had become expected by the time Indiana Pacers president Larry Bird approached the podium in Indianapolis.

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    Pacers coach Frank Vogel, the team’s head coach since the 2010-11 season, is out. The move technically is not a firing, as Bird was quick to let the assembled media know:

    Vogel led the Pacers to a 45-37 record in 2016, a playoff berth after a (mostly Paul George-less) season spent missing the postseason the year before, and he assembled a 250-181 record in his time with the Pacers. The Indiana gig was his first shot as an NBA head coach after eight years spent as an assistant. Vogel’s first NBA job saw him act as video coordinator for the Boston Celtics under former fellow Kentucky Wildcat Rick

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  • BDL's 2015-16 NBA Playoff Previews: Toronto Raptors vs. Miami Heat

    How They Got Here

    Toronto: By not making it easy.

    As if they wanted to beat us to the bad punchline, Toronto dropped a home matinee Game 1 for the third postseason in a row. The team had just peeled off a franchise-record 56 wins, and no NBA team plays more home weekend matinees than these same Raptors, but none of this seems to matter once the klieg lights hit.

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    The group rallied to take two games on the road in Indianapolis, but nearly squandered Game 7 at home – allowing a thin Pacer squad to make the deciding contest a one-possession game in the final minute. Though coach Dwane Casey did well to prime his rotation with plenty of opportunities, he was left reliant on tired “us against the world, boys”-motivation techniques despite entering the series with a No. 2 seed in the face of a team that needed until the last weekend of the regular season to make the playoffs.

    Miami: By, well, not making it easy.

    The

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  • Toronto hangs on, takes Game 7, moves to the Eastern semifinals

    The Raptors just couldn’t let anyone breathe easy. It wouldn’t be their style.

    Toronto managed to make the second round of the playoffs on Sunday night, edging out the Indiana Pacers in a too-close Game 7 at home, taking the deciding game of the series with an 89-84 score. The Raptors led by as many as 18 points but watched as Indiana dropped the score down to just three in the final minute.

    It was all very Raptor-y.

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    Toronto would not have even been in this position but for two maddening aspects of the team’s season – winning a franchise record 56 games and earning home court advantage in the first round of the 2016 NBA playoffs, and giving that home court advantage right back up on the first day of the NBA’s postseason in a Game 1 loss to Indiana. In what could have been the deciding game of the series, Toronto had a 12-point advantage in Friday’s Game 6 prior to being felled in what turned into a 19-point

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  • Three Things to Watch in Game 7: Toronto and Indiana Edition

    The Toronto Raptors will attempt to stave off embarrassment, for the third postseason in a row, while the Indiana Pacers will try to keep irrelevance at arm’s length as both teams work to make it into the second round via a Game 7 performance on Sunday night. With the stakes in place, we decided to dive into three basketball rings that could make a difference.

    1. Kyle Lowry

    We’re all aware that DeMar DeRozan is taking 17.7 shots on his way toward 15.8 points per game in the playoffs. We know that Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas has been alternately dominant and dormant based mostly around whether or not the Pacers decide to call out their switches. We get that Norman Powell is a rookie and that, apparently via the terms of his contract, Terrence Ross is not allowed to play basketball in April.

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    Kyle Lowry is the key. He’s made fewer than a third of his shots since messing up his elbow a month ago, he dribbles far

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  • Three Things to Watch in Game 7: Miami and Charlotte Edition

    The Miami Heat and Charlotte Hornets have streaked to a series-deciding Game 7, set to tip at 1 ET on Sunday afternoon. Both teams have second-round merits, but as is always the case with these sorts of close calls, the slightest edge could make the difference in sending one team home for the summer. We summarized three edge-creating options in the hours before Game 7:

    1. Free throw attempts

    The Hornets average 28 freebie attempts per game, which is certainly not an outsized amount and not all that more than Miami’s run of 21.3 a game. The Heat, though, are chaffing at the fact that reserve Charlotte guard Jeremy Lin has taken 38 in the series and that Kemba Walker (at 33 through six games) isn’t far behind. Dwyane Wade, the man who once shot 22 free throws in a pivotal NBA Finals game, has taken just as many in the playoffs thus far.

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    Miami coach Erik Spoelstra and Hornet head man Steve Clifford both come from

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  • Indiana extends its season with a win, forces a Game 7 in Toronto

    INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Pacers, yet again, have proven that that they’re not exactly keen on playing from ahead Friday evening. The East’s No. 7 seed came back from 12 down in the first quarter to top the Toronto Raptors in what turned into a 19-point blowout win, taking Game 6 by a 101-83 score and sending the first round series back to Ontario for a deciding Game 7 on Sunday.

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    Indiana had to work to extend its season, shortening its rotation and playing its stars extended minutes with its figurative backs against the wall. No, Paul George didn’t have to play all 48 minutes in the win as he offered, but he did play every second of the first and third quarters and was well on his way toward a full allotment of fourth quarter ticks before being removed with just under three minutes left in the game with his team up 28 points.

    George notched 21 points on 5-14 shooting in the win, playing 40 minutes in total

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