Good morning. Let's basketball.
HOME COOKING: What the heck? The home teams all won on Wednesday? That's ludicrous. Here's our What Happened Last Night feature, leading with Paul Flannery's discovery of the Bonkers Playoff Game clause in the NBA constitution.
BONKERS: All three games were good, but Toronto-Brooklyn took the Bonkers designation. The Raptors led by 26 in the third, but Brooklyn raged back. Kyle Lowry held them off as long as he could until ... Blatched.
Toronto mocked the Nets faithful with cloying "Brooooooklyn" chants, tagged the Brooklyn Bridge and sold mean-spirited buttons, all on a day another video of their mayor smoking crack made the news. Toronto!
But if Brooklyn wants to exact revenge on Toronto, they need just mock the everlasting heck out of this young Raptors fan here, who goes in for a celebratory smooch and ... yeah. Not happening, buddy. As Kevin Harlan might say, "Rejected!"
Dirk Nowitzki did work in San Antonio, but the Spurs came away with the victory to go up 3-2. Tiago Splitter, everyone!
For the first time all series, Portland's offense down the stretch wasn't totally unstoppable. Houston's defense, led by Dwight Howard, was excellent and Jeremy Lin provided a huge spark as the Rockets pulled to within 3-2 in the series.
TONIGHT: Three more games, all three of them with elimination on the line.
Pacers at Hawks, 7 p.m. ET, NBA TV | Atlanta leads 3-2
Thunder at Grizzlies, 8 p.m. ET, TNT | Memphis leads 3-2
Clippers at Warriors, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT | L.A. leads 3-2
MIKE D. IS OUT: Mike D'Antoni resigned as coach of the Lakers on Wednesday after just under two years on the job. He was miffed the team wouldn't pick up its 2015-16 option for him, so he elected to avoid being a lame duck coach in 2014-15. We'll have more on him later this morning. Silver Screen And Roll reacts. Woj pitches Derek Fisher as a replacement.
POST-STERLING: A few more Donald T. Sterling links for you.
I wrote about that despite the NBA's just decision, we haven't even broached the bigger issue here.
WHY JOEY CRAWFORD INTERRUPTED KEVIN DURANT'S FREE THROWS: It's not "because it's Joey Crawford," surprisingly.
IS RUSSELL WESTBROOK TO BLAME? Tom Haberstroh looks at the data.
SIXTH MAN JAMAL CRAWFORD: Cheers to Jam for his second such award. No votes for Luke Babbitt, though?!
PAC MAN BACK: As rumored, the Hawks' new logo is a blast from the past.
AGING WITH GRACE: Good piece by Evan Hall on the twilight of Vince Carter.
SPORTS JEOPARDY! I hereby announce my candidacy to be the editor of the Sports Jeopardy! hub here at SB Nation.
Happy Thursday. See you next time.