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Warriors and Cavaliers To Face Off In The NBA Finals

The Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have punched their tickets to the NBA Finals after emphatic series wins over the Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks respectively over the last week.

The Cavs, who have had a fascinating first season as a full team together, dominated the hapless Hawks from the first quarter of game one, going on to sweep the series 4-0 in a contest that was never really close. LeBron James valiantly lead the way averaging a triple double for the series, and breaking all sorts of records along the way, while the team as a whole grew dramatically throughout the entirety of the playoffs.

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Apr 25, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) reacts after scoring on a three point basket against the New Orleans Pelicans during the second half in game four of the first round of the NBA Playoffs at the Smoothie King Center. The Warriors defeated the Pelicans 109-98. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Steph Curry Named 2014/15 NBA MVP

Warriors superstar Steph Curry has edged out Houston’s James Harden and Cleveland’s LeBron James to claim his first NBA Most Valuable Player Award.

Curry, 27, is just the first Golden State Warriors player to win the award since the team’s move from Philadelphia.

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JR Smith Suspended Two Games

Following a flagrant foul yesterday morning in which he struck Celtic Jae Crowder in the side of the head, the NBA has suspended JR Smith 2 games.

Smith will miss games one and two of the Conference Semi Finals after an errant swinging arm caught Crowder, sending him to the hardwood.

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Dwight Howard’s Still Got It, Guys.

Dwight Howard got UP for this alley-oop slam straight outta 2011 this morning against the Dallas Mavericks!

Howard has had a couple of up and down seasons after being traded to LA, free agency, injury trouble and a first round exit last season with the Rockets, but today the one they call Superman channeled a piece of his former self with this throw down off the lob from Jason Terry!  

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Love To Miss Time After Shoulder Injury

UPDATE 8:43am 28/04/15: The Cavs, along with many media members have announced Kevin Love will miss extended time after an MRI revealed Love has a torn labrum in his shoulder, ruling him out for at least the second round of the playoffs, likely against the Bulls.

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Rondo, Parsons To Miss Playoffs As Dallas Slumps

“No, I don’t”

That was Rick Carlisle’s response on Thursday when asked if he thought Rajon Rondo would wear a Dallas jersey ever again. The embattled Mavericks coach has had a tumultuous time since the trade which saw the team offload three role players, a first, and a second round pick for the former all star point guard with the hope that he would lead them deep into the playoffs, and re-sign once free agency hits this summer.

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Oklahoma City Thunder Fire Scott Brooks

The OKC Thunder have ended their partnership with head coach Scott Brooks after a 7-year tenure with the team.

In an announcement this morning, it was made clear by the Thunder that this was not a reflection on this past season, given the huge injury toll, but an admission that the team was desperate for change and a new approach in the quest for an inaugural Championship.

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Mike Budenholzer Named Coach of The Year

Atlanta Hawks’ coach Mike Budenholzer has won the 2014/15 Coach of The Year award in what is just his second year with the team.

Finishing first in the voting ahead of the likes of the Spurs’ Greg Popovich, Warriors rookie coach Steve Kerr and surprise packet Brad Stevens of the Celtics, Budenholzer lead the Hawks to a franchise record 60-22 record, ensuring the team both the No. 1 playoff seed in the Eastern Conference and a division title (Southeast Division) for the first time since 1993/94.

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Trade Deadline Snapshot

One of the more crazy trade deadlines has finished, with some mind boggling deals going down at the death. Here’s a really quick snapshot of the reported trades that have happened overnight

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Pistons Waive Josh Smith

After one of the most disappointing starts to a season you could possibly imagine, the Detroit Pistons have decided to cut their losses on Josh Smith, waiving the 29-year old forward this morning. 

Smith, who still had 2 years and $26 million owing on his deal has not been performing at a level anywhere near what the Pistons had hoped, averaging just 13 points a game on 39% shooting (his lowest since his 05/06 sophomore season), and failing to gel with teammates. Add to that a lowly 7 rebounds and 4 assists per game, and it was highly likely that Detroit would eventually try to move him. 

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