Warriors trying to stay sharp while waiting for 2nd round (Yahoo Sports)
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 22:17:48 PDT)
If the Golden State Warriors are worried about a week off disrupting their rhythm, they sure have a strange way of showing it. Coach Steve Kerr played golf as soon as he got back to the Bay Area. Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and several assistant coaches watched the Santa Cruz Warriors win the NBA Development League championship. The Warriors have plenty of time to tend to other matters.
After Wizards get sweep, Pierce takes jabs at Raptors, Drake (Yahoo Sports)
(Sun, 26 Apr 2015 23:37:03 PDT)
At age 37, Paul Pierce is having a grand ol' time on this playoff run with the Washington Wizards. So before turning his attention to whoever his team's second-round Eastern Conference opponent will be in a week or more - either No. 1 seed Atlanta or No. 8 Brooklyn - Pierce wanted to relish Washington's sweep of the Toronto Raptors. So within a couple of hours after the Wizards completed the franchise's first 4-0 win in a best-of-seven series by beating Toronto 125-94 on Sunday night, Pierce's Twitter and Facebook accounts were in full troll mode, replete with doctored photos. One showed an image of Pierce sitting on the iconic ''Game of Thrones'' iron-sword seat, under the headline ''King in the North,'' a play off the Raptors' ''We the North'' slogan.
Celtics have reason for optimism despite sweep by Cavs (Yahoo Sports)
(Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:35:36 PDT)
The reconstruction of the Boston Celtics is ahead of schedule. The Celtics were a long shot to even reach the playoffs in a season with numerous personnel changes. Once they got there, they weren't expected to be as competitive as they were against the mighty Cleveland Cavaliers. ''I highly respect their coaching staff,'' Cavs star LeBron James said after Sunday's 101-93 win finished the series, ''and especially their head coach.'' Of the players on the Celtics' roster in Brad Stevens' first game as coach in 2013 after leading Butler to NCAA title games in 2010 and 2011, only six remained in Sunday's loss.