Towns likes Phil Jackson's 'presence'
Said Karl-Anthony Towns: "As a coach, he made every player better and put them in the best position to succeed. ... If I have the opportunity to ever play for the Knicks, that's what I would love to do." (via NY Post)
Chris Paul: Shame to see Spurs done
The respect and admiration between Paul and Tim Duncan runs deep. "I've known Tim Duncan since I was 11 years old," Paul said. "Everybody knows the Wake Forest connection ... but Tim's been like a mentor and big brother to me."
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Marcin Gortat @MGortat
ICYMI: Paul's series-ender against Spurs
Much was made before tip of what Game 7 could mean for Chris Paul's legacy. This shot with everything on the line was the only response CP3 needed as he ended the Spurs' season.
Bradley Beal @RealDealBeal23
Pop: Duncan, Manu will probably return
After losing Game 7 to the Clippers, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was asked what he, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili would do next season. Said Pop: "It's all psycho babble. I have no clue. We'll probably come back. Paycheck is pretty good."
Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss
Biggest shot of CP3's life was 2nd in top plays. Somehow got beat by an Ovechkin goal in a game he lost
Next round starts Sunday on ABC
There's no rest for the weary. The conference semis tip off Sunday with a doubleheader on ABC/WatchESPN:
- Wizards at Hawks, 1 p.m. ET
- Grizzlies at Warriors, 3:30 p.m. ET
Ramona Shelburne @ramonashelburne
Ginobili on retirement: "Some days you feel proud & think you did great. Other games you think, ‘What the hell am I doing here? "
Draymond Green @Money23Green
Haven't saw Floyd this aggressive in a long time.... I like what I see
The shot that sent home a champion
Chris Paul banked a running 9-footer over the outstretched arm of Tim Duncan with 1 second on the clock, securing the Clippers' 2-point victory and ending San Antonio's hope of a repeat championship.
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“I just told them I was proud of them. I thought they laid it all on the line.” -Coach Pop
Tiago Splitter @tiagosplitter
im gonna focus on my rehab and and try to be better next season! Spurs fans, feel so bad now! u guys rock!!!
Clippers' stars shine bright in Game 7
Blake Griffin had a triple-double, Chris Paul overcame an early injury to hit the game-winning basket and the Clippers beat the Spurs 111-109 in Game 7 to advance to the Western Conference semifinals against the Rockets.