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Ibaka's major impact in 4 charts

The Thunder power forward made a huge difference for OKC in Game 3 after returning from injury, to say the least.

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Mason Crosby kicks it at his old high school

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Every NFL player got their start in HS. Some were stars, some had just discovered the game. Now, six of them are going back to lend a surprise hand.

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Using the age minimum as a bargaining chip

The owners took the players' lunch money in 2011. It's time to take a little of it back.

How Minnesota can keep Kevin Love

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There's still time for Minnesota to delay what seems like an inevitable Kevin Love trade. It just requires something bold that'll convince him he can win with the Timberwolves.

Hibbert shows why centers still matter

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The Pacers' center controlled the lane on Sunday and reminded us why and how centers still dominate games, even in this day and age.

There's one way for black NBA coaches to get hired

White coaches without NBA playing experience get hired a lot. Blacks? Almost never. Here are the numbers.

Don't change Russell Westbrook

"Let Westbrook Be Westbrook" is all about a player using his physical and mental advantages to the fullest extent. Why would you have it any other way?

The Bulls' grit addiction might not be a bad thing

Chicago GM Gar Forman made an eyebrow-raising comment on the science of "grit," the much-maligned cliche. But he might he be onto something.

There is no safe coaching job in the NBA

Rampant coaching turnover is the norm in the league. Remember that before wondering why Mark Jackson was fired.

Which eliminated team is in the best shape?

All is not lost for the eight teams ejected in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Most of them are in great position to improve.

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D'Antoni leaves the Lakers on his own terms

Coaches don't usually have a say in when their time is up. Mike D'Antoni did this time around, resigning from the Lakers instead of playing things out and collecting his full 2014-15 salary.

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