Good morning. Let's basketball.
WELPVILLE: It was bound to happen -- a boring night in the NBA playoffs. The Heat destroyed the Nets 107-86. The Spurs dominated the Blazers 116-92. Oh well. Let's hope Thursday is a little more competitive.
TONIGHT: The home teams in the other two series try to avoid going down 0-2.
Wizards at Pacers, 7 p.m. ET, TNT | Wiz lead 1-0
Clippers at Thunder, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT | Clips lead 1-0
MVP OF OUR HEARTS: Kevin Durant's MVP acceptance speech was fricking fantastic. Here are the voting results. Talk about uniformity: there was only one ballot on which Durant and LeBron weren't No. 1 and No. 2 in some order. (That ballot had Durant 1, Blake Griffin No. 2 and LeBron No. 3.)
HAND DOWN, MAN DOWN: Mark Jackson was unceremoniously canned in Oakland. Then the floodgates opened on why. Tim Kawakami has been covering this like a blanket -- his timeline is replete with rumors about what went wrong.
Here's a short list of candidates for what I feel is the most attractive job available. The related question is whether Jackson heads back to ESPN for a year, or whether he gets involved in one of the other five job openings.
FLANNERY ALERT: When Paul Flannery writes about KG and Pierce, you read it.
THIS IS KEVIN HART'S CALLING: He impersonates every member of the Inside the NBA crew.
JIMMY ALERT: Travis Hale of Pounding The Rock just interviewed Jimmy Goldstein. Jimmy reveals he attended both the Lillard Game and Clips-Warriors Game 7 this weekend. Damn, man. Save some for the rest of us!
HOW THE NBA WILL FIGHT STERLING: There are other contracts he's signed that have been violated.
WHAT MADE DAMIAN LILLARD: Cool profile of Lillard in the context of his college coach, Phil Beckner.
WHAT SEASON SERIES MEAN: 538 on the relevance of regular season matchup results in the playoffs. Short version: each head-to-head game tells us about as much as two non head-to-head matchups.
Happy Wednesday. See you next time.