Marc J. Spears

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Marc Spears covers the NBA for Yahoo! Sports. He previously has written for the Boston Globe and Denver Post.

  • Stephen Curry: Warriors aren't 'going to lie down' against Clippers

    OAKLAND, Calif. – Stephen Curry stopped chewing his mouthpiece, hurled it to the floor and barked at a referee in disgust after what he viewed as another non-call in Game 2 against the Los Angeles Clippers. The normally mild-mannered Curry was given a technical for his surprising tantrum.

    It was Curry's first technical in his 80th total game of this season. In order to knock off the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs, Curry might need to keep the same attitude for the rest of the series.

    "I was frustrated with where the score was," Curry said before Tuesday's practice at Oracle Arena. "I got hit a couple of times and didn't get a call. I'm just letting them know how I felt. We are not going to quit. We're not going to lie down and allow a team to do what they want.

    "We are going to be physical. It's about that competitive fire for Game 3 that we are going to get it done and protect our home court."

    The Warriors and the Clippers are tied 1-1 in the best-of-seven series with

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  • France's Damien Inglis to enter NBA draft

    Damien Inglis played for the World Team at the Hoop Summit. (Getty Images)French forward Damien Inglis told Yahoo Sports he is entering this year's NBA draft.

    Inglis, 18, started for the World Team against the United States Junior National Team during the recent Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore. He averaged 4.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in 15 minutes while shooting 38.7 percent from 3-point range through 26 games this season for Chorale de Roanne Basket. At 6-foot-8½, 240 pounds, he has a 7-3 wingspan and a 8-11½ standing reach that combines to give him intriguing size and length as a defender. Several NBA scouts have told Yahoo Sports they are most attracted by Inglis' defensive ability.

    Inglis said he has no NBA buyout with Chorale de Roanne Basket. projects him as the 32nd overall pick in this year's draft. Inglis said if he isn't comfortable with his potential draft position he might take his name out by the June 16 deadline.

    "I want to develop my game with a good team who is very interested and focused on me," Inglis told Yahoo Sports. "I

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  • Source: Clemson's K.J. McDaniels plans to enter NBA draft

    K.J. McDaniels (AP Photo)Clemson junior K.J. McDaniels plans to announce this week that he is entering the 2014 NBA draft, a source told Yahoo Sports.

    McDaniels averaged 17.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 1.2 assists last season. The 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year was the only player in NCAA Division I to lead his team in points, rebounds, blocks, steals and 3-pointers. The athletic 6-foot-6, 198-pound small forward had a difficult time deciding whether to enter the draft, but sources say family reasons were a strong factor in his decision to leave Clemson. ranks McDaniels as the 20th-best overall draft prospect. Several NBA scouts told Yahoo Sports that he could be selected anywhere from late first round to early second round. One NBA scout said McDaniels would be a definite first-round pick next year if he were to stay at Clemson for his senior season.

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  • Clippers' Game 2 rout of Warriors only intensifies heated rivalry

    LOS ANGELES – With the Los Angeles Clippers well on their way to routing the Golden State Warriors on Monday night, Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal and Clippers coach Doc Rivers began jawing at each other. Rivers had said something to an official, O'Neal didn't like whatever that something was and barked at Rivers. Rivers barked back, and within a few moments player and coach were both getting hit with technicals.

    The incident – which came midway through the second quarter of the Clippers' 138-98 victory – was merely the latest chapter in what has fast become one of the NBA's most heated rivalries. Even in a 40-point blowout, it was clear the two teams don't care much for each other. And with the series now even at a game apiece and shifting to Oakland for Thursday's Game 3, the tension is as thick as ever.

    "It's very intense right now," O'Neal said. "Everyone wants to win. Everybody is looking for that blood. This league is about trying to smell what the weakness is. I don't care if

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  • Jazz part ways with coach Tyrone Corbin

    The Utah Jazz have parted ways with coach Tyrone Corbin after deciding not to offer him a new contract.

    The Jazz announced Monday their search for a new head coach has begun.

    Corbin had a 112-146 record with the Jazz in four seasons that included one playoff appearance. Corbin and the Jazz finished the 2013-14 season with a 25-57 record that kept them well out of the playoffs.

    "I would like to thank Ty and his staff for all of their hard work, dedication and professionalism over the past three-plus seasons," Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said in a statement. "This has not been an easy decision, but after a thorough review process, we as an organization feel that this is the best decision for our franchise moving forward."

    Corbin was told by ownership prior to the start of the season it understood it would be tough to coach such a young roster, a source said. Lindsey will be able hire his first head coach since joining the Jazz from the San Antonio Spurs.

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  • Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman to retire

    The Minnesota Timberwolves will announce the retirement of head coach Rick Adelman on Monday, a source told Yahoo Sports.

    Rick Adelman is retiring after 1,042 coaching victories. (Getty Images)Adelman, 67, will retire as one of the NBA’s most accomplished head coaches with a 1,042-749 record in 23 seasons as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets. Adelman is one of only eight coaches in NBA history to have won more than 1,000 games. Adelman coached the Wolves to a 42-40 record last season.

    A source told Yahoo Sports that the Timberwolves are interested in Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, former Orlando Magic and Miami Heat coach Stan Van Gundy, and former Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins to fill their coaching vacancy.

    The Wolves will certainly have All-Star forward Kevin Love, who can opt out of his contract next season, in mind when their next coaching hire is made.

    The Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Jerry Zgoda first reported the news of Adelman’s retirement.

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  • Knicks fire coach Mike Woodson

    New York Knicks president Phil Jackson made his first significant move Monday, firing head coach Mike Woodson and his entire staff.

    Woodson had a 109-79 record in parts of three seasons for the Knicks, but didn’t make the playoffs in the lackluster Eastern Conference this season. The Knicks also announced they will begin their coaching search immediately. A source had previously told Yahoo Sports that with the exception of Knicks president Steve Mills, everyone in basketball operations and the coaching staff could lose their job with Jackson’s arrival. Jackson, 68, was hired last month in an effort to turn the Knicks' fortunes around.

    Turner Sports television analyst Steve Kerr, who played for Jackson with the Chicago Bulls from 1993-98, is expected to be a candidate for the Knicks' head coaching job. Other Jackson disciples coaching in the NBA right now include Denver Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw, Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach and former NBA head coach Jim Cleamons, and Los

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  • NBA admits officials missed foul call in Clippers' loss to Warriors

    LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers appreciates the NBA admitting officials missed a key call in the Clippers' 109-105 loss to the Golden State Warriors in the opener of the first-round playoff series. But it didn't make him feel any better.

    Rod Thorn, NBA president of basketball operations, said in a statement Sunday that Clippers guard Chris Paul should have received a foul call on the Warriors' Draymond Green that would have awarded him two free throws shots with 18.9 seconds left. The Warriors were leading 107-105 at the time. The NBA also stated officials correctly reviewed the ball went out of bounds off Paul after the uncalled foul. During the video review, referees are not allowed to retroactively assess a foul call, even if it has influence on possession.

    "That was a big call," Rivers said before the Clippers' practice on Sunday. "Chris Paul goes to the line with two free throws to tie the game. Having said that, there's nothing we can do about it. A mistake

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  • Clippers' Blake Griffin spends more time watching than playing during loss to Warriors

    LOS ANGELES – The Golden State Warriors captured a surprising and entertaining Game 1 victory against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday. Clippers forward Blake Griffin had a great seat to watch most of it.

    Griffin played in just 19 minutes of the Clippers' 109-105 first-round series-opening loss. The All-Star forward averaged a career-high 24.1 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game while shooting a career-high 71.5 free throw percentage this season. But in Game 1, Griffin was limited to 16 points, three rebounds and three assists, leaving the contest with 48.3 seconds left with it all tied up. The disappointing outing was capped with him tossing water – he says inadvertently – on a Warriors fan.

    "I obviously wasn't happy with it," Griffin said of his performance.

    Blake Griffin talks to referee Sean Wright after receiving his fifth foul. (AP)Griffin's NBA MVP-consideration worthy season made him the biggest threat of any Clipper entering Game 1 versus Golden State. And that's point guard Chris Paul included. Griffin averaged 25 points and 10.5 rebounds

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  • Blake Griffin tosses water on Warriors fan after fouling out of Clippers' Game 1 loss

    LOS ANGELES – The 2014 NBA playoffs didn't get off to the best of starts for Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin. He played just 19 minutes before fouling out with 48.3 seconds left in the Clippers' 109-105 loss to the Golden State Warriors in the opener of their first-round series.

    And one of his most effective shots of the game came when he drenched a Warriors fan with water.

    Shortly after fouling out, Griffin was watching a replay of the call with a cup of water in his right hand in front of the scorer's table. He threw up his arms in apparent frustration and the water landed directly on Will Meldman, a 22-year-old Warriors fan from San Francisco.

    Meldman, who was wearing a yellow "We are Warriors" shirt, wasn't sure if Griffin intentionally tried to douse him. The Clippers gave him a towel to dry off.

    "Honestly, I think it fell out of his hand," Meldman said. "He fouled out and he was frustrated, so it just fell out of his hand. It just slipped out.

    "It may or may not be on

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