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The Pelicans shelve Anthony Davis and rev up the tank

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CALM IN THE EYE OF THE STORM: Paul Flannery's Sunday Shootaround focuses on Kevin Durant, who is remaining calm and confident as what could potentially be his final year in Oklahoma City comes to a close. Plus: the best teams that never won a title, the most interesting quotes of the week and more. Check it out.

BROW DOWN: Anthony Davis is done for the season and will have surgery on his shoulder and his knee. That will likely cost Davis not just the 2016 Olympics in Rio, but likely some $24 million he'd earn over the next five years should he make the All-NBA team this season, as Mike Prada explains.


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SPURS OF THE MOMENT: The Spurs strangled the Warriors' offense on Saturday night by playing just as aggressive as Golden State typically does.

PLAYOFF PICTURE UPDATE: Here's your updated playoff picture and tiebreaker guide after the weekend. One major tiebreaker was settled: the Mavericks over the Blazers. Why? Because Dirk Nowitzki dropped 40 on Portland at age 37 on Sunday. Only three players had ever done that before.

HOLD UP: The Clippers lost to the extremely short-handed Grizzlies on Saturday and the replacement-level Pelicans on Sunday. HOLD UP. What's up, Clippers?

DWIGHT DWIGHT DWIGHT ... Dwight Howard gets caught putting Stickum on the ball during a Paul Millsap free throw, the ball gets replaced and Howard later claims he does it all the time and everyone needs to chill. WHAT?

OUTRAGEOUS: How professional sports teams -- including those in the NBA -- treat their dancers is absurd. Via REDEF.

DOWN ON BROWN: Jaylen Brown was pretty awful in Cal's tourney loss to Hawai'i. Ricky O'Donnell said that the performance enunciated his flaws as an NBA prospect. (He's still going top-10, probably top-5.)

NEAT: A photo of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce together at age 15.

HOLY SMOKES: Northern Iowa had a tourney collapse for the ages.

THIS IS PRETTY COOL: The Morris twins find themselves in a pitched battle for the final playoff spot in the East.

INSIDE THE TRUCK: Scott Cacciola with an inside account on what it takes to beam a Warriors game across the globe.

WOO: You can now preorder Kevin O'Connor's 2016 Draft Guide. O'Connor will have more stuff at SB Nation NBA as draft season approaches, too.

ON THE AIR TONIGHT: Your NBA TV doubleheader features Spurs-Hornets (7 p.m. ET) followed by Grizzlies-Suns (nope o'clock sharp). Wizards-Hawks is the most importantl League Pass option.

Happy Monday. See you next time.


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