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."

  • Following Tuesday night’s slate of NBA action, it’s probably fair to assume that we might be in the final throes of the NBA’s “Hack-a-[Whomever]” era. It was slow while it lasted, from about 2000 until 2015 (with a brief and hilarious blip in 1997), and nobody will miss it when it’s gone.

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    That doesn’t particularly mean the era should go done get gone, y’all, but it’s hard to see NBA commissioner Adam Silver not pushing for some sort of change when he meets with team owners in the early stages of summer. Even though Silver, as recently as last weekend, said he remains unconvinced that he should fully back a change to the current setup.

    From Brian Mahoney at the Associated Press:

    ''I've gone back and forth,'' Silver said during a meeting with a group of Associated Press Sports Editors.

    ''I've sat in meetings with some of the greatest players like Michael Jordan, Larry Bird who said that players should learn to
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  • Atlanta's first round playoff problems look awfully familiar

    The Atlanta Hawks seem to have a big problem. They seem to have acquired a cold. A long-lingering, Eastern Conference-bred, cold.

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    Atlanta is currently stuck at a 2-2 stalemate with a Brooklyn Nets outfit that was almost universally derided entering the postseason. That Nets team has looked mediocre at best and listless at worst for most of the regular season, and a heaping dosage of that seemed to carry over into the first game of what was expected to be a short series. Brooklyn has gained confidence as it has moved along, however, taking both games in at home and forcing the Hawks to hold their own as they enter that typically-pivotal Game 5 on Wednesday.

    The Hawks should be more than familiar with this scenario.

    This is more or less the same team that gave the Indiana Pacers all it could handle in the first round of the 2014 playoffs, taking that top-ranked Pacer team to seven games before Indiana finally

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  • The New Orleans Pelicans? Gone till November.

    The New Orleans’ Pelicans first run to the NBA playoffs (as the actual “Pelicans”) got off to a very chilly bang:

    Yee-ikes. That’s … good?

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    Not just for the downer that regarded what was described by many as an unexpected playoff berth to be a franchise-saver – it would be unrealistic to pin any coach or general manager’s future on making or breaking it at the bottom of the West’s nutty playoff bracket – but to the unnerving thought that maybe it isn’t the best possible move for this organization to retain both Monty Williams as coach and Dell Demps as general manager. That a barely-there three-pointer, shot by a 7-footer on Feb. 6, would eventually decide the fates (again, good or bad) for Pelicans fans.

    The Pelicans did make

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  • The Boston Celtics? Gone till November.

    Things are so cutthroat, so cynical in the modern NBA that we’re left to worry even over what should be the most warming and potential-laden of situations. The Boston Celtics manage to be both, currently, surprising many with its all-out team play down the stretch of what was supposed to be another lost season, earning a playoff berth while still managing to add significant assets along the way. All while declining to surrender a significant asset of their own.

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    (Unless you think the 2019 NBA draft, laden with teenagers born around the fin de siècle – gulp – will change the NBA. I wouldn’t care to know how this year’s freshman class of high schoolers are doing, and we’ll get to this later.)

    Boston won 40 games in 2014-15 and was close to a victory in many more, the complete opposite of a 2013-14 campaign that saw them (understandably) sleepwalking right from the get-go, unable to even shake things up late in Rajon

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  • Milwaukee's long arms overcome long odds to take Game 5 against Chicago

    CHICAGO – The Milwaukee Bucks would seem to be playing with figurative house money, leaping from the worst record in the NBA to a playoff berth within a year, working with what used to a be a 3-0 playoff deficit in the team’s first round series against the Bulls, free and easy and bereft of complication.

    Not so, according to Bucks coach Jason Kidd. Milwaukee pulled closer to Chicago with a 94-88 win on Monday evening, setting the series at 3-2 as it heads back to Milwaukee. According to the first-year Bucks coach, his team is hardly playing as if little matters in its showdown with Chicago’s championship contender.

    “We’re not playing for the people,” Kidd reminded after Game 5, “we’re playing for each other.”

    Slightly annoyed by the insinuation that his team has little to lose in its surprise first round showing, Kidd reminded the press that the Milwaukee Bucks “have everything to lose.”

    They’re certainly playing like it.

    The Bucks’ length harassed the Bulls into a miserable shooting

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  • Four technical fouls. One flagrant foul. A ridiculous (if not earned) forty free throw attempts for the Houston Rockets. An employer in Mark Cuban that, for a decade and a half, has encouraged such public outrage. The setting was in place for Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle to rant against the referees yet again following his team’s rather physical 121-109 win over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night.

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    Instead, he brought a little helper to the postgame podium with him.

    Carlisle had already been docked $25k over the weekend for criticizing the referees following a just-as-physical battle with the Rockets during Game 3. In case you missed it, here is the killer quote from the clearly hot-headed Mavericks sideline stalker:

    The Dallas coach said ''there just a lot of physical stuff going on out there that just doesn't look kosher to me.''

    What mockery! The insolence, and bold affrontary!

    Carlisle has his

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  • Mike Conley is out for Game 4, and possibly longer, following facial surgery

    The Memphis Grizzlies, it’s safe to say, have a fair amount of heart and soul. It’s hard to peg one contributor as the team’s spiritual leader of sorts, but as is often the case in the NBA the guy that gets to handle the ball the most is usually accurately credited as that influence.

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    As it stands currently, the Grizzlies could be without that driving wheel. And while the Grizzlies might be heavy on the heart and soul, they’re not exactly rich in time to heal as the NBA playoffs move on.

    Grizz guard Mike Conley left Game 3 of his team’s first round series with the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday evening following a frightening shot to the head. Conley was conscious and able to communicate via Twitter …

    … after the shot from Blazer guard C.J.

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  • The Toronto Raptors? Gone till November.

    Since the NBA’s All-Star break, the Toronto Raptors blew out the returning Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta following an extended holiday that saw four Hawks contribute in the league’s midseason classic. Also, two weeks before the 2014-15 regular season ended, the Raps did well to down the Dwight Howard-less Houston Rockets in Toronto by three points. It was a solid performance worthy of recognition.

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    Those were the only two Raptors wins over winning teams following that All-Star break, it should be noted. Toronto topped a couple of so-so teams during its 12-16 finish to the season, but only two squads during that 28-game span came out on the wrong end of things with the Raps while owning a winning record at the time.

    You could toss another four losses on that pile, if you’re nasty, as the Raptors were swept in listless fashion by the Washington Wizards in the first round of the playoffs. The Wizards entered the

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  • Derrick Rose’s off-the-ball defense has been a source of consternation for Chicago for several years now. On Saturday, his inattention to defensive detail was showcased in inglorious fashion.

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    Take a look:

    That’s Rose, Chicago’s late-game offensive hero during the team’s Game 4 performance against the Milwaukee Bucks, giving up the game-winning layup to Bucks veteran Jerryd Bayless at the final buzzer. Rose lost Bayless as Chicago’s eyes were drawn elsewhere (mostly as Rose spied lights-out MKE shooter Khris Middleton), and Milwaukee extended its season with a 92-90 win. Chicago still owns the 3-1 series advantage, but the group is no doubt exasperated at its inability to run a consistent, series-clinching formation on either end.

    Had Chicago won  the perpetually injury-plagued Bulls could have soaked in a week off in anticipation of the Eastern Conference semifinals, but instead the team will have to schlep back

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  • Most of the eyes in the non-sporting world were focused on ABC on Friday night, as former Olympic decathlete and reality TV star Bruce Jenner confirmed that he is transitioning into a woman. Jenner received scads of deserved support and praise for his bravery and honesty over social media, with one notable fringe ex-member of the ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians” clan deciding to weigh in somewhat vaguely in 140 characters or less.

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    You’ll recall that Humphries enjoyed a 72-day sham of a marriage to we still don’t know what she does Kim Kardashian in 2011, prior to asking for an annulment. Kim Kardashian is the step-daughter of Bruce Jenner.

    Predictably, the backlash to the Washington Wizards forward was severe. We rather enjoyed this response from comedian Nikki Glaser:

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