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Rod Thorn, the NBA's dean of discipline, has a tough decision to make. Should Dwight Howard's elbowing foul against Andrew Bogut from Game 4 of the Western Conference finals be upgraded to a flagrant-2, which would force Howard to miss Game 5.
The precedent is there, whether it was Al Horford getting ejected from Game 3 of the Atlanta-Cleveland series or J.R. Smith getting suspended two games for elbowing Jae Crowder of Boston during the first round.
Elbows to the head are a serious matter .... but so, too, is keeping the NBA playoffs interesting ... and keeping them on the air for as many days as possible before everything shuts down for a week prior to the start of the NBA Finals. All in all, this year's playoffs have not been great.
Let's face it ... the Rockets probably have no shot whatsoever in Game 5 if Howard is suspended.
And let's face this, too: The NBA has a vested interest in having a competitive Game 5 in Oakland, whether or not the Rockets can extend it to a Game 6.
So what do I expect Thorn to do? And how will that news be, ahem, announced?
The answers come in this podcast with Newy Scruggs on NBCSports Radio early Tuesday morning.
Custer's Luck Radio Show host Jean Barto reads from Chapter 3 of "Tenting on the Plains; George Armstrong Custer and his wife Libbie continue to adjust to the Southern climate and a new command on their journey through Louisiana to Texas during the summer of 1865.
Impossible to go into the conference finals without talking about the team that should have made it but didn't -- the Los Angeles Clippers. My take: They are not cursed. They were merely too thin, and they didn't have the fortitude to finish the job.
And if the Houston Rockets taught us all one thing during their series against Doc Rivers' team, it was this: Never give up, no matter how bleak things seem.
But that series is behind us, and we now move into the conference finals wondering exactly what we are going to see. Hack-a-Howard? Hack-a-Bogut? Corey Brewer defending Stephen Curry. Or maybe Trevor Ariza taking on that task. Or even pesky old man Pablo Prigioni. That series is going to be a chess match for sure, and we may end up seeing Klay Thompson being the most important player in the series. As mentioned yesterday in our staff predictions column, Thompson is the leading 3-point shooter, accuracy-wise, of all the players still playing.
And that allows us to turn our attention to Kyle Korver (35 percent from downtown in the postseason) and the Atlanta Hawks, who went 3-1 against the Cavs during the regular season while using DeMarre Carroll as the primary defender on LeBron James. This site has already devoted considerable attention to the amount of money Carroll is earning during these playoffs, and whether it behooves him to sign a one-year contract so that he can reap the rewards of being a max player when the salary cap jumps to $90 million 13 months from now. If the Hawks are able to win this series (they are a 1 1/2 point favorite in Game 1, it will postpone Northeast Ohio's dream of ending its 51-year championship drought.)
All these plots and subplots were up for discussion in this podcast with Jody Oehler and Mike Jurecki on FOX Sports 910 in Phoenix. Enjoy.
Custer's Luck Radio Show host Jean Barto reads from the first chapter of "Tenting on the Plains," where Libbie Custer describes the start of her and her husband's journey south to Louisiana and Texas for occupation duty.
Show 12 - of Dadio's Lunch Bucket Radio Clinic was broadcast on Tuesday, 28 January 2014.
Boiler breakdown at the mother studio at 321 East Milwaukee Street...., so, we set up an ad hoc last minute remote from Main Street Saloon down around the corner. Thank you Main Street Saloon.
Bob Keith a.k.a. Dadio, chief cook and bottle washer and..., jack of all trades - master of none
Donald, play-by-play tech / research guy
Sal, tertiary host and scientific consultant of sorts
Wisconsin Senator Glenn Grothman - to talk about the "One-dady-of-rest-in-seven" legislation
Rick Valdez, from the "Homes 4 our Vets" project
Tammy DeGarmo, Executive Director of Project 16:49; an endeavor to identify and help homeless kids in Rock County
How many State Senators and State Assembly people does Wisconsin have?
Word segment - "Wardrobe Malfunction"
Janesville Community Radio's Chad Sheridan, Andy Anderson, and Chris Yancy stop by
Over-the-Memorial-Bridge-you-go segment - Bill Gates and his pal Mark Zuckerberg
With 14 minutes left, Game 6 felt just like the two in Los Angeles before it. The Rockets were close at the half, trailing by just two, but found themselves again blitzed in the third quarter, with the Clippers pushing the 64-62 edge to 89-70.
In the prior two games, the Rockets folded and lost by 25+ points. This time? They answered with a stunning 49-18 counter-punch to close the game and tie the series, sending it back to Houston for a decisive Game 7.
The wildest part? MVP runner-up James Harden wasn't even playing, making it one of the more improbable and remarkable in-game turnarounds in NBA playoff history.
Our Ben DuBose is joined by Josh Reese of CBS Radio in Houston (Sports Radio 610) and the Red & Orange Report podcast to dissect just how it went down.
The brilliance of Kevin McHale's in-game adjustments
Why inserting Josh Smith for Terrence Jones as a starter helped both players
The importance of Dwight Howard dominating DeAndre Jordan on the glass
The sudden disappearance of the Clippers' bench
Should Houston fans be concerned about Harden's p
The bad news for Monty Williams was good news for the rest of the NBA.
There is now a strong chance that Anthony Davis leaves New Orleans and becomes an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2017.
That is the ultimate fallout from Tuesday's shocking news that the Pelicans had fired Williams after he led them to the Western Conference playoffs, where they were swept by the Golden State Warriors. The firing came a mere two weeks after owner Tom Benson wrote a public letter to Williams, general manager Dell Demps and the rest of the organization congratulating them on their achievement.
So what the heck happened in the interim?
Clear, concise answers were not forthcoming from front office executive Mickey Loomis, whose fingerprints are all over this move. Loomis, who also is the front-office overseer for Benson's other team, the NFL New Orleans Saints, is a guy who believes in organizational charts. In his mind, the coach should report to the general manager, and the GM should report to the owner. That was the the case in New Orleans, where Williams and Demps were on equal footing on the organizational chart.
And in the twisted mind of Loomis, if you don't have a functional organizational chart, you don't have a fully functional organization.
So he fired Williams.
It is a fascinating story, and it will remain a fascinating story for the next several years because Davis is not going to forget how this hatchet job went down. Last time a player of his caliber had this type of beef with management/ownership, he got himself shipped out of town. You may have heard of the guy: Chris Paul.
And in my crystal ball, I foresee Anthony Davis becoming the next Chris Paul.
More in this interview with Kristian Garic and T-Bob Hebert on WWL Radio in New Orleans, the Pelicans' flagship station.
Austin Monthly magazine named Jo Edna Boldin “the premier casting director of the Southwest”. Jo Edna cast her first TV series “Newscast from the Past” for PBS in 1985. As a Feature Film location casting director for over 20 years, Jo Edna has worked with many renown directors including Gore Verbinski, McG, Albert & Allen Hughes, Carl Franklin, Ron Howard, Jim Sheridan, Alan Parker, Taylor Hackford, Billy Bob Thornton, Ethan and Joel Coen, Tommy Lee Jones, Paul Haggis, Peter Berg, Lasse Hallstrom, Steven Soderbergh, Terence Malik, Mike Judge, Christopher Guest, to name a few.Ms. Boldin won the 2008-2009 Artios award for outstanding casting, Studio Feature, location casting for “No Country for Old Men”. In 2006, Jo Edna was nominated for an Emmy for casting on “Into the West”. Dallas Women in Film awarded Jo Edna the Lifetime achievement award in 2003. Jo Edna was on the founding board of New Mexico Women in Film. Ms.Boldin is a current member of the Casting Society of America, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and New Mexico Women in Film. Jo Edna is the recipient 2013 New Mexico Women in Film SAGE award.You can email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Twitter @123Film
The Rockets haven't lost three straight games all year. But if they're going to keep that streak alive in Tuesday's Game 5 -- and with it, their season -- they're going to have to overcome a tidal wave of momentum in favor of the Clippers.
It's not just that the Clippers lead the series, 3-1. It's that they're doing it in dominating fashion. In their weekend romps, the Clippers became the first team since the 2001 Lakers to win back-to-back games in a playoff series by at least 25 points.
Our Ben DuBose is joined by Josh Reese of CBS Radio in Houston (Sports Radio 610) on the Red & Orange Report podcast to break down how the Clippers have done it, starting with an MVP performance from Blake Griffin. They also examine where things have gone wrong for the Rockets, like being torched by an opposing power forward for a second consecutive postseason. Is Terrence Jones on the hot seat, and might things be different if Donatas Motiejunas were healthy?
Other topics explored:
Was Chris Paul's absence a blessing in disguise for the Clippers, given the added minutes and confidence it gave to Austin Rivers?
With James Harden only taking 12 shots in Game 4 despite shooting well on the series (45 percent on FGs, 44 percent on three-point attempts), should he be more aggressive and shoot more?
Is Hack-a-DeAndre Jordan a worthwhile strategy for the Rockets, considering that it negates transition?
Does poor play in this series by Corey Brewer and Josh Smith impact Houston's likelihood of re-signing them this summer?
Take a listen.
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