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."

  • 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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  • Stan Van Gundy says Andre Drummond might try underhand free throws

    Andre Drummond misses a lot of his free throws. He missed 65 percent of them during the regular season, he’s missed 62 percent on his career, and most importantly nearly 68 percent of them during his first playoff outing this spring.

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    That outing ended with Drummond’s Detroit Pistons being swept from the playoff by the top-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers. That result was hardly an upset on one form of paper, but to those familiar with another piece of ply it was a bit of a surprise to see the Pistons team that took three of four regular season games from Cleveland in 2015-16 fail to secure a single win.

    Part of that lack of execution was due to the fact that Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy had to sit Drummond for certain fourth quarter stages so as to avoid intentional fouls that would put his All-Star center at the free throw line. In exit interviews with the team and local press, Van Gundy and general manager Jeff Bower

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  • The Memphis Grizzlies? Gone till November.

    It’s to the Memphis Grizzlies’ great credit that the team wasn’t regarded as a laughingstock in NBA circles this year. The team was never widely mocked for fielding 28 players this season, for being swept by an average of 22 points per game in the first round, or for relying so heavily on Vince Carter and Jordan Farmar in the postseason.

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    Sure, there were some (enthusiastic, really!) jokes flying around Twitter when that website was alerted to the fact that Lance Stephenson, Tony Allen and Zach Randolph would all now be working on the same team, but beyond that there was nary a diss to be found. There might be plenty of silly GIFs of Lance and Tony floating around – and, in his day, black and white YouTube clips of Zach – but the NBA absolutely loves those three. And the league respects these Grizzlies.

    And it has no idea what comes next, in Memphis.

    By virtue of a series of “we’re exhausted and we just can’t do

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  • Charles Barkley apologizes to the Rockets owner, CEO, GM (Video)

    Charles Barkley sets it up. (Getty Images)Charles Barkley sets it up. (Getty Images)Every since John Stockton hit a Western Conference finals-winning three-pointer over him in 1997, Charles Barkley has had a contentious relationship with the Houston Rockets, the last of three NBA teams the Hall of Famer played for.

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    The next season saw Barkley chirping with longtime local hero Clyde Drexler about Drexler’s apparent snail-paced approach to returning from a hamstring injury in his final season, while Barkley battled to drag an aging Rocket team to the West’s No. 8 seed. Then Barkley took a pay cut in his third season with the franchise in order to make room for acquiring Scottie Pippen’s max deal. Barkley worked the 1999 season for $1 million.

    The Rockets signed Barkley to a $9 million deal for his injury-shortened swan song in 1999-00, but Barkley has intimated several times through the years that the team has yet to fully pay off what might be a deferred payment deal. Or that, in spite of Barkley

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  • Clippers' Blake Griffin out for the playoffs, Chris Paul out 'indefinitely'

    In one of the more devastating basketball-only press releases in recent NBA history, the Los Angeles Clippers announced on Tuesday that Blake Griffin will be out for the rest of the postseason and Chris Paul is out "indefinitely." Paul’s right hand fracture and the Griffin’s re-injured left quad will severely derail any hopes the team has of winning its first title.

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    In 24 hours, the Clippers went from staring down an upstart-yet-outmanned Portland Trail Blazers team, flush with a 2-1 advantage with Paul and Griffin on board, to a 2-2 series tie in a first-round matchup they might not win. Worse, the Clippers will likely not be able to take advantage of Stephen Curry's two-week (or probably longer) right knee strain in the second round.

    Griffin, who has struggled since returning from missing 47 games due to the same quad injury and a broken right hand suffered in a fight with a Clippers staff member, averaged 15

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