Good morning, Kevin Durant is everything

Stephen Dunn

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Good morning. Let's basketball.

ROAD BEEF, AGAIN: Both road teams in the OKC-LA and IND-WAS series won again. The Pacers held off the Wizards in a slobberknocker with a college score (85-63), while the Thunder won a shootout against the Clippers (118-112). In the East game, the teams combined to shoot 37 percent. In the West game, they shot 50 percent.

C'mon, Blake Griffin, don't even try to compete with Russell Westbrook in the eye-popping fashion category. It's not going to work.

TONIGHT: Two teams are officially in Sweep Aversion Mode.

Heat at Nets, 8 p.m. ET, ABC | MIA leads 2-0
Spurs at Blazers, 10:30 p.m. ET, ESPN | S.A. leads 2-0

DURANT! Nick Collison's ode to Durant in Sports Illustrated. Plus Kirk Goldsberry's pretty graphical treatment.

WESTBROOK! Shoals comes back from the brink.

WHO'S GOT NEXT? A look at Golden State's coaching candidates. Plus: Tim Kawakami with a balanced look at the Mark Jackson breakup. (The Bay Area is blessed with some real fine reporters and columnists covering this story, specifically Marcus Thompson, Kawakami and Ethan Strauss.)

MORE PLAYER TRACKING: SportVu (3-D player tracking) and Catapult (GPS tracking from practices) will team up next season to offer a comprehensive package of data to NBA teams.

GOOD NEWS! Craig Sager is getting out of the hospital.

OKAY: The Kings are crowdsourcing the draft.

CLEVELAND!: LeBron, a Cowboys fan, wore a Browns jersey Friday in honor of his friend Johnny Manziel.

WELPVILLE: The Pistons, whose biggest need is at small forward, will send small forward Kyle Singler to the lottery. Counting on that Adam Silver/Duke sympathy, eh? Well played.

WELL ... YEAH: Travis Hale has a pretty good point about Charles Barkley's annual insults toward the women of San Antonio. I think it becomes a question of whether you treat Barkley like a comedian or not. Something to think about.

BAT SIGNAL: Magic Johnson says the Clippers won't play for Shelly Sterling next year: "When they accused them of (being) slumlords, that was both, it wasn't one person. It was both of them." What's funny about this particular statement is that it has been known for years and years. But better late than never, I suppose.

SPEAKING OF WHICH: Michael McCann outlines the NBA's legal strategy.

NEXT STEP IN SACRAMENTO: The 2,600-page arena agreement between the Kings and Sacramento has been released. In 10 days, the City Council will vote. Ground could break within days.

KINGMAKERS: Back in 2008, Michael Lee reported on the new stylish headphones Team USA wore to Beijing. LeBron had gotten them from Dr. Dre and shared them with the crew -- they were photographed wearing them throughout their travels, and the headphones became cultural touchpoints. On Friday, Apple bought Beats for $3 billion. Basketball! (Via Nick Monroe.)

Happy Saturday. See you next time.


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