Good morning, it's Revenge Night in the NBA

Steve Dykes

Every Friday winner had lost Game 2. Vengeance! That and more in Saturday's NBA newsletter.

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REVENGE NIGHT: All three Friday winners were coming off of Game 2 losses.

Brooklyn melted down in the fourth ... but hung on just long enough to win. Kevin Garnett is very proud of his long-term Brooklyn roots.

The Wizards hoped to go 3-0 on the Bulls at home ... but Mike Dunleavy had other ideas. Lil' Dun scored 35 to help Chicago to a win. Nene was ejected for throwing Jimmy Butler into a grappling hold. We await word on whether he or Marcin Gortat (who left the bench area) will be suspended.

The Rockets finally beat the Blazers as James Harden scored 37. The big overtime shot was made by Troy Daniels, an undrafted rookie out of VCU who played 75 minutes for Houston this season. He came in when Chandler Parsons fouled out and nailed the shot of his life.

SATURDAY FUN: Four more games for your viewing pleasure.

Pacers at Hawks, 2 p.m. ET, TNT
Spurs at Mavericks, 4:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Heat at Bobcats, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Thunder at Grizzlies, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

UH OH: The Clippers have done such a good job making us forget that the team is owned by total scumbag Donald Sterling. But Donald Sterling just reminded us: TMZ released a 9-minute recording in which the horrible Sterling apparently chides his half-Latina, half-Black girlfriend for associating with Black people like Magic Johnson and bringing Black people to his games. (Magic responded, by the way.)

As Kelly Dwyer writes, the NBA was relentlessly soft on Sterling during the Stern era. It'd be a helluva welcome site for Adam Silver to change tacts and hammer him, if at all possible. What a disgrace on the league he is.

GONE TO POT: The brilliant David Roth on what the reaction to the one-year Mitch McGary pot suspension says about our feelings toward the NCAA.

THE AGE OF KEVINS: Via Mr. Peltona reminder that we live in the age of Kevins.

A BOBCATS DOUBLE-FEATURE: The ways in which the Bobcats have been good AND Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's surprisingly effective offense.

WHAT NEXT? If the Thunder lose this series to Memphis, what happens next in Oklahoma City? I explore the options and concerns in Friday's Hook.

IT IS GREGG POPOVICH'S WORLD.

BIG SUMMER: Mark Deeks on what should be a HUGE summer for the Sixers.

KYLE LOWRY, AVANT GARDE ARTIST.

33 QUESTIONS: A rousing consideration of the playoffs to date from Bill Simmons.

THE BEST SHOOTERS IN EVERY ZONE, BY KIRK GOLDSBERRY.

HARRY THE HAWK BEATING A PACER: Get it?!

OF COURSE: A Drake-themed lint roller.

Happy basketballin' Saturday. See you next time.

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