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."

  • Celtics overcome 16-point deficit to beat Hawks, tie series at 2-2

    The Boston Celtics are supposedly star-less and, until Friday evening, were win-less in the postseason. Staring down a 16-point deficit at home against the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday, however, the mitigation hardly mattered.

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    The C’s rode the hot hand of All-Star Isaiah Thomas’ 28 points in a 104-95 Game 4 win in Boston, tying the first-round series at 2-2. Four other Celtics players – Marcus Smart (20), Evan Turner (17) Jonas Jerebko (16), and Jae Crowder (12) – also finished in double-digits, as the team overcame Hawks forward Paul Millsap’s playoff-career-high of 45 points.

    Millsap seemed to be everywhere, stepping out defensively on Boston’s potential slashers, owning the boards with a game-high 13 rebounds, while swatting four Celtic shots. His all-world effort wasn’t enough to save a Hawk team that shot 26 percent from the floor without him, though, while continuously allowing Boston open room to penetrate on

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  • Indiana rallies behind ... Ian Mahinmi? Ties series at 2-2

    Paul George and the Pacers rebounded. (Getty Images)Paul George and the Pacers rebounded. (Getty Images)This is where your NBA playoffs are at. Ian Mahinmi is a series-changer.

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    The Indiana Pacers center came through with the game of his professional life in a win on Saturday afternoon, leading the Pacers to a 100-83 Game 4 win over the Toronto Raptors. Hobbled by back pain throughout the first three games of the series, Mahinmi notched a career-high 22 points, 10 rebounds a block and five assists as the Pacers locked the series up a 2-2.

    Startled by a sluggish start to what should have been a competitive Game 3 on Thursday evening, the Pacers raced out in Game 4 to grab what turned into a 25-point first round lead – the team dropped 28 points in the first quarter after averaging 17 in the first three contests. Pacers coach Frank Vogel left All-Star Paul George in for the entire run as Indiana raced out to a 12-point advantage in the opening frame. That notch worked its way up to 25 points midway through the third

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  • Toronto claws into Indiana in its own home, takes 2-1 series lead

    DeMarre Carroll exults. (Getty Images)DeMarre Carroll exults. (Getty Images)INDIANAPOLIS – It’s as if the Raptors brought the worried weather with them. After squandering home court advantage in a tight Game 1 loss, Toronto swiped it right back in a dominant Game 3 performance on Thursday night, downing the Indiana Pacers 101-85 to take a 2-1 series lead.

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    The Pacers aped Toronto’s typical Game 1 showing in its first game back home in nine days, playing tight and uninspired basketball from the get-go. Toronto pounced on the Pacers from the start, establishing DeMar DeRozan’s wiry midrange game early on, giving the All-Star space as he bounded his way toward 12 first quarter points. DeRozan hit for 4-6 from the free throw line in the first quarter, matching in 12 minutes of action what he contributed from the stripe in 67 previous first round minutes against these Pacers.

    DeRozan would go on to hit three more from the line in the win, finishing with 21 points. His backcourt mate Kyle

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  • Matt Barnes on his Grizz: 'We're coming to a gunfight with spoons'

    This is sad. This is unfortunate. For those of us even objective observers that still proudly wear our ‘Grit, Grind’ t-shirts for as many times per month as its frayed edges will allow, these are not the Memphis Grizzlies we know.

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    Injuries have decimated the team, so much so that the Grizz are not only starting a series of roster-fillers against a 67-win San Antonio Spurs team in the first round, but they’re losing in both embarrassing and dulling fashion. Memphis lost by 32 points in Game 1, and 26 points in Game 2.

    The Grizzlies are now the playoff version of the guy that skulks to a diner to slurp some soup alone.

    Starting swingman Matt Barnes, typically, used a bit more violent imagery following the team’s Game 2 loss:

    The Spurs are at full strength, even with Tim Duncan failing to nail a single field goal, a

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  • Stephen Curry's MRI 'did not reveal anything of concern.' Whew.

    Stephen Curry attempts to warm up prior to Game 2. (Getty Images)Stephen Curry attempts to warm up prior to Game 2. (Getty Images)In a move that briefly left the whole of the NBA rather uneasy as it awaited the results, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry underwent an MRI on Tuesday to further determine the extent of the damage to his right ankle. The procedure, thankfully, “did not reveal anything of concern,” according to the team.

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    Curry, who was diagnosed with a sprained ankle midway through the Warriors’ Game 1 win over the Houston Rockets on Saturday, was held out of Monday’s Game 2 against the team following an unsatisfactory pregame workout.

    From the San Jose Mercury News:

    The Warriors listed Curry as questionable to play in Game 3 of their first-round series at Houston on Thursday because of a right foot/ankle injury.

    "It's the back of his foot," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after Curry missed Game 2. "It's underneath the ankle. It's something down there."

    Luckily for just about anyone that has watched an NBA game this

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  • Ray Allen on Stephen Curry: 'He’s creating a lane all of his own'

    Ray Allen and Stephen Curry in the lane. (Getty Images)Ray Allen and Stephen Curry in the lane. (Getty Images)Most can agree that we’ve never seen anything like Stephen Curry, but that hasn’t stopped us from trying to figure out just where the heck this monster sprung from.

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    His father Dell, a knockout shooter and one of the NBA’s first three-point specialists, is the obvious (and, well, literal) starting point, but he doesn’t share Steph’s quickness and handle. Nate Archibald and Isiah Thomas had the handle, but not near the efficiency or shooting acumen. Pete Maravich had close to the entire package, but he chucked his lacking pro teams out of plenty of games. Steve Kerr, Craig Hodges and Kyle Korver were too specialized. Ray Allen and Reggie Miller were too shooting guard’ish, Steve Nash was too point guard’ish; and while Phil Jackson’s comparison to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf wasn’t wrong, we’ve got to do better.

    Then comes Ray Allen, the man whose all-time three-point makes record Curry is bearing down on (he could have it

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  • Tim Duncan on a farewell tour: 'Not my deal, not my style'

    Tim Duncan and Vince Carter are in their 19th and 18th NBA seasons. (Getty Images)Tim Duncan and Vince Carter are in their 19th and 18th NBA seasons. (Getty Images)There are a lot of things that aren’t Tim Duncan’s “deal,” and plenty of things that aren’t his “style.”

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    Phones without cords. Swords without homes. Au courant denim styles and four-cylinder engines. Knowing more than one head coach in his professional lifetime, loud noises, and apparently (as he works through his 19th season) retirement.

    Should Tim Duncan ever decide to retire from the NBA, which is no sure thing, we can be sure there is another league hallmark that he may decide to give a miss. In the media back-and-forth that led up to his team’s first-round pairing with the Memphis Grizzlies, Duncan told Jeff MacDonald of the San Antonio Express News (via The Score) that he wants absolutely nothing to do with a farewell tour:

    "Not my deal," Duncan told Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News. "Not my style."

    That’s the extent of the quote, brevity that is very Tim Duncan-like. If there’s more, we’re

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  • Jamal Crawford wins his third Sixth Man of the Year Award

    Jamal Crawford. (Getty Images)Jamal Crawford. (Getty Images)With a limiting lack of standout candidates, NBA media voters fell back on something comfortable when taking the time to pick this season’s Sixth Man of the Year Award. Los Angeles Clipper guard Jamal Crawford has won it yet again, for the third time in his 16-year career.

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    The Clipper guard averaged 14.2 points on 40 percent shooting in 27 minutes a game, adding over three assists a contest. He came off the bench in 74 of his 79 appearances with a Clipper team that earned the fourth seed in the West despite missing Blake Griffin for 47 games.

    Crawford received 55 first place votes in the 130-voter tally, with second place Golden State point forward Andre Iguodala garnering the second-most top ticks at 33. Third place Thunder big man Enes Kanter and Denver scorer Will Barton also received double-digit first place votes.

    This was not Crawford’s best season, but he still remained an understandable candidate. The

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  • Reggie Miller thinks TNT's batch of ex-jocks could beat Memphis

    That Reggie Miller, he sure is a cad.

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    The TNT color analyst has a rather, um, polarizing reputation amongst those that watch him call games for the network, as he’s carried over the outlandish verbal jabs that marked his playing career into the booth in his retirement years. TNT also boasts an impressive lineup of ex-players on its broadcast roster, and is rumored to be attempting (via, rumor has it, an animated pitch – literally) to woo the recently-retired Kobe Bryant to its set.

    This is why Dan Patrick, on his daily radio show, asked Mr. Miller on Monday morning if the TNT and extended Turner crew could take a playoff game:

    No. No a lineup featuring Miller, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Kenny Smith, Brent Barry and Dennis Scott (why did Reggie leave Steve Smith off?) could not beat the Memphis Grizzlies in a basketball game.

    The Grizzlies are struggling, to be sure. As Miller pointed out the team is

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