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There's no question that the series between the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs was the best in the first round of this year's NBA playoffs. The matchup featured two of the top three teams in the league in margin of victory, pitting the defending champions against a team hoping to get to that point. With the exception of San Antonio's Game 3 blowout, the games were tense and exciting.

 

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*Nick Cannon is teeing up for season 7 of his MTV2 show “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out,” and today announced a potpourri of guest stars on deck, including Kevin Hart, Jordin Sparks, Shaquille O’Neal, Snoop Dogg, Ne-Yo, Zendaya, Fabolous, Fetty Wap, T-Pain, A$AP Ferg and Nick Young.

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Lots of chatter recently about the Hack-a-Shaq strategy. Is sending a weak free-throw shooter to the foul line a sound tactic or a tired tactic, and should the league do anything about it?

 

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BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth screams for joy after sinking the shot that gave him his sixth triple-double of the the 2014-2015 season (BYU photo). 

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DeAndre Jordan reacts after missing a foul shot against the Spurs. (AP Photo)

 

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Portland Trail Blazers center Meyers Leonard (11) tries to rally the crowd in the fourth quarter as the Portland Trail Blazers face the Memphis Grizzlies in game 4 of the NBA playoffs on April 27, 2015, in Portland. Bruce Ely / Staff

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If you’ve ever watched an NBA game and been frustrated as the last few minutes of a game last a seeming eternity because of fouls and free throws, Adam Silver shares your pain.

 

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With two of the brightest NBA stars on the planet in scoring champions Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, as well as a supporting cast that had evolved into its role, the Oklahoma City Thunder seemed poised for NBA title contention for years to come. For coach Scott Brooks, it wasn't if he'd win a championship with this group but rather how many?

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Intentional fouling has become a hot topic during the NBA playoffs. Gregg Popovich ruthlessly employs the strategy with DeAndre Jordan, while Rick Carlisle uses the tactic on Houston’s brigade of charity stripe challenged big men. The actual act of intentionally fouling is referred to as the ‘Hack-a-Shaq,’ because the strategy originated when Don Nelson began intentionally fouling Shaquille O’Neal when he first came into the NBA and struggled from the line; also, it rhymes.

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Adam Silver has made quite a name for himself since taking over for longtimeNBA commissioner David Stern in February 2014. The man formerly known largely to the public as the smiley pick announcer of the NBA draft's second round has quickly become known for his strong stances and shrewd negotiation skills.