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."

  • Golden State Warriors tie the NBA record for wins in a season

    The Golden State Warriors have equaled the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record for wins in a season, and they’ve still got a little room to move.

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    The defending champs topped San Antonio on Sunday night by a 92-86 score, in San Antonio’s building, running its record to 72-9. With a win over a depleted Memphis squad on Wednesday night Golden State will finish its season at 73-9, setting an NBA record for wins in a season.

    Sunday’s conquest fittingly came against San Antonio, the team that has played the Warriors the best this season, one that features a coach in Gregg Popovich that twice employed Warriors coach Steve Kerr as his reserve hybrid guard. Kerr also played the same role on the 1995-96 Bulls.

    None of that palace intrigue mattered on Sunday, as both teams battled throughout. Stephen Curry scored 10 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter, his final total outpacing both

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  • NBA Playoff Picture: Cleveland can't clinch, Bulls still alive

    With less than a week left in the NBA's regular season, several games per night make a big difference in the fights for playoff berths and seeding. This post catches you up on everything that matters to these races.

    GAMES THAT MATTERED A LOT

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    Chicago shows a pulse: In a day that started with Fred Hoiberg admitting to take a page out of Johnny Bach and Phil Jackson’s playbook and insert movie dialogue into game tape

    … and one that also featured the same coach pinning the start of his team’s spiral on the attention star guard Jimmy Butler drew after criticizing the coaching staff following a loss …

    … the Bulls somehow managed to come back to beat the Eastern-leading Cleveland Cavaliers by a 105-102 score. Brazilian rookie

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  • Golden State comes back to beat Memphis, keeps 73-win hopes alive

    Vince Carter scored 15 points to Stephen Curry's 17 on Saturday. (Getty Images)Vince Carter scored 15 points to Stephen Curry's 17 on Saturday. (Getty Images)By the hair of its chinny-chin-chin, the Golden State Warriors kept their record-breaking hopes alive on Saturday night, coming back to down the Memphis Grizzlies by a 100-99 score.

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    The victory is the team’s 71st of the season, allowing it the chance to tie the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record of 72 wins against the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday, and the ability to break the record against these same Grizzlies on the final night of the regular season on Wednesday.

    It was a struggle. The undermanned Grizzlies, playing without injured former All-Stars Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, opened up a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter behind opportunistic play from Matt Barnes (who finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds) and some clever feints from reserve guard Xavier Munford.

    The defending champs, meanwhile, couldn’t buy a bucket. Three-pointers either open or contested were off, as guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson

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  • Former Jazz coach Jerry Sloan suffering from Parkinson’s disease

    Jerry Sloan. (Getty Images)Jerry Sloan. (Getty Images)Former NBA player and longtime NBA coach Jerry Sloan is suffering from Parkinson ’s disease. The 74-year old acknowledged his illness in an interview with Steve Luhm of the Salt Lake Tribune.

    From the report:

    During an interview at his home in Riverton, with his wife Tammy at his side, Sloan said he was diagnosed with the illnesses last fall.

    He decided to go public with because the Parkinson's symptoms, which include tremors, a hushed voice and sleeplessness, have progressed to the point where people have started to notice.

    "I don't want people feeling sorry for me," said Sloan, who continues to walk four miles a day.

    Sloan coached the Utah Jazz from 1988 until unexpectedly walking away from the team in 2011.

    Prior to that he was a ten-year pro in Baltimore and Chicago, making three All-Defensive squads and two All-Star Games as a member of the Chicago Bulls. He finished his playing career with averages of 14.7 points and 2.2 steals, doing most of his defensive damage before the

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  • New Orleans fires the security that allowed a kid to run on court

    Carmelo Anthony. (Getty Images)Carmelo Anthony. (Getty Images)A generation or two ago, it would have acted as an “aw, shucks” gem for the ages. A young Carmelo Anthony fan, in the waning moments of Anthony’s lone trip to New Orleans on the year, couldn’t help himself as he ran on the court to greet the All-Star. Without incident, the young man was shooed off the court, as the game carried on apace.

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    At the risk of dealing in Andy Rooney terms, though, times have changed. Sports arenas, happily, aren’t exactly rife with spectators rushing into the proceedings uninvited, but basketball arenas are a little more prone than other event centers.

    This is probably why, sadly, in the wake of the event officials at New Orleans’ home arena decided to fire both the security guard and police officer in residence at that particular part of the court on Saturday night. From John Reid at the New Orleans Times-Picayune:

    ''Then, there is a police officer stationed in that general area also,

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  • Kobe Bryant wants the Warriors to set the all-time record for wins

    Kobe Bryant embraces Stephen Curry. (Getty Images)Kobe Bryant embraces Stephen Curry. (Getty Images)Kobe Bryant, probably much to his consternation, never had a chance to chase down the record for the most wins in NBA history. His best Laker teams were usually felled by either stiff regular season competition – like in his first title season in 1999-00 – or when teammates like Shaquille O’Neal or Andrew Bynum were, um, “pacing” themselves. Let’s not even bring up that year spent with Dwight Howard.

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    As such, for a man that thinks about these sorts of things, he’ll rue the lost opportunity to down Michael Jordan’s Bulls when it comes to total titles (not that this is Kobe’s fault or in Michael’s defense, but Jordan has an extra ring), and most wins in a season (Bryant’s Lakers topped out at 67 wins).

    This is why, with a week and four games to go in the regular season, Kobe Bryant wants these damned whippersnappers from Golden State to win out and go for the NBA record – as currently held by Jordan’s Bulls.

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  • Tony Parker on the Spurs/Warriors games: 'Everybody's playing now'

    Tony Parker brings it up. (Getty Images)Tony Parker brings it up. (Getty Images)In spite of the brilliant seasons shared by both teams, since last fall it had become apparent that the pair of April showdowns between the pace-setting Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs would act as a bit of a letdown.

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    The Warriors were ahead of the pack, however slightly, and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich is notorious for resting players throughout the regular season. Even Tony Parker admitted toward the end of March that you might not want to elbow into a prime seat at your local wing joint in order to watch the two championship favorites go at it – the Spurs (and possibly Warriors) were going to rest their stars.

    Even Tony Parker admits he can change his mind.

    The Spurs guard gave the whole of NBA fandom a bit of hope, as it limps toward the regular season’s end, that the Spurs and Warriors could go at full strength when they meet up on Thursday, and again on Sunday.

    From the minutes following the

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  • Thabo Sefolosha sues five NYPD arresting officers, New York City

    Thabo Sefolosha is in his 10th NBA season. (Getty Images)Thabo Sefolosha is in his 10th NBA season. (Getty Images)Atlanta Hawks swingman Thabo Sefolosha, as expected, is filing suit against the New York City Police Department, and the city.

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    The NBA veteran was arrested a year ago following an altercation outside an NYC nightclub. In the wee hours, former Indiana Pacers forward Chris Copeland was stabbed in an unrelated incident. Sefolosha and former teammate Pero Antic, who were not out with Copeland that night, were then detained while milling amongst the crowd curious to see what had happened to Copeland.

    In the ensuing melee, an exchange between Sefolosha and the officers resulted in a broken fibula and torn ankle ligaments for Thabo. Refusing a plea deal in the wake of his arrest, Sefolosha relied on common sense and some brief cell phone camera videos to beat the charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

    Now, in concert with Antic (who filed suit earlier this year), Sefolosha is firing back. From ESPN’s Kevin

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  • Shaquille O'Neal and Allen Iverson are in the Basketball Hall of Fame

    Pound for pound, the best player of his era has been elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Allen Iverson also got in as well.

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    Shaquille O’Neal joined Yao Ming and Iverson in being named to the Hall of Fame on Monday. Iverson worked in stark contrast to both Shaq and Yao, a 6-foot (maybe) waterbug taking on all comers in the last NBA era to feature low post behemoths.

    O’Neal won three titles while manning the paint as a Los Angeles Laker. Starting his career in Orlando, the center made it to the Finals in just his third year as a pro before moving on to California. He paired with Kobe Bryant to take Los Angeles to four Finals overall prior to being traded to Miami. Teaming with Dwyane Wade, O’Neal won a title in 2006. His time in Phoenix, Cleveland and Boston was less successful, but he did work on teams that made it deep into the playoffs before hanging things up in 2011.

    Iverson’s career was a little more

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  • Detroit, Indy evade disaster in the 'race' for the East playoffs

    Same. (Getty Images)Same. (Getty Images)It seems that at this point, if you put in a small down payment and some form of tradeable asset (anyone have a Gregg Jeffries rookie card?) you could have yourself one of the final two spots in the Eastern Conference playoff bracket. No team seems to want it.

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    While the rest of the sporting world was off watching the NCAA Final Four, the Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons and Chicago Bulls did their best to eliminate themselves from playoff contention on Saturday night. After all the non-fetti fell, the song remained the same: Detroit still owns the East’s seventh seed, Indiana the eighth, and Chicago is a stone’s throw away at two games behind Indiana.

    The Bulls would be advised not to hurl that stone, lest it suffer yet another injury. Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson sat out Saturday’s loss to Detroit, while a clearly gimpy Pau Gasol and Jimmy Butler worked through knee injuries in the 94-90 loss. Butler notched his

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