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Clippers, Thunder scuffle

Serge Ibaka and Blake Griffin have a bit of a history, so it's no surprise that an innocuous bit of contact between the two turned into a dust-up during the Clippers' win over the Thunder on Wednesday night. As scuffles go, it wasn't terribly vicious -- the worst that happened was Ibaka bringing his hand back like he was going to throw a punch but never actually throwing said punch -- but it did result in ejections for Ibaka and Matt Barnes and a technical foul for Griffin. Barnes actually tweeted during the third quarter after being ejected, but we can't repeat what he said.

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  • Should Matt Barnes have been suspended for his third-quarter tweet after being ejected from the Clippers-Thunder game?

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NBA 5-on-5: Los Angeles Clippers

The Clippers no longer want to be known as "Lob City;" they now want to be known as having a sound halfcourt offense and as a team with a dominate defense. But can Doc Rivers get his players to buy into his system? With the leadership of Rivers and Chris Paul, will the Clippers win a franchise-record 60 games? The NBA 5-on-5 guys had their say and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in.

What grade would you give the Clippers' offseason?

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  • Prediction time: How far will the Clippers go this season?

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Will Clippers win post-'Lob City'?

"Lob City" is dead. Long live ... "Doc City"? Whatever you call it, it the Los Angeles Clippers need a new nickname, as Blake Griffin said new coach Doc Rivers is putting an end to the beloved (and short-lived) moniker. Not that Clips fans will be too distressed; with a championship-winning coach replacing Vinny Del Negro -- and a shored-up bench offering a new dynamic to a team that won 56 games a season ago but exited in the first round of the playoffs -- things are looking brighter than ever on the "other" side of Staples Center.

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The Houston Rockets won the Dwight Howard rally this offseason. Now, according to Bradford Doolittle's WARP-based calculations, the James Harden-led team also wins the title of best backcourt in the NBA. These rankings aren't without controversy, though; the Stephen Curry/Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors didn't crack the top 10. Do you agree with the analytics? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

Best NBA backcourts

Clippers

Clippers

Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford

Heat

Heat

Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen

Lakers

Lakers

Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jodie Meeks

Mavericks

Mavericks

Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis, Devin Harris

Nets

Nets

Deron Williams, Jason Terry, Joe Johnson

Nuggets

Nuggets

Ty Lawson, Nate Robinson, Evan Fournier

Pacers

Pacers

Paul George, George Hill, C.J. Watson

Rockets

Rockets

James Harden, Patrick Beverly, Jeremy Lin

Spurs

Spurs

Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green

Thunder

Thunder

Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Reggie Jackson

Timberwolves

Timberwolves

Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Jose Juan Barea

Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Mo Williams

Warriors

Warriors

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Toney Douglas

Wizards

Wizards

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Glen Rice Jr.

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There's no question that the NBA has become a young man's game. Basketball fans see it night-in and night-out when the Thunder's high-scoring duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook or the Rockets' James Harden and Jeremy Lin take the court. It's also noticeable in the high-flying dunks and sweet passing that members of the Cavaliers and Pelicans are capable of. Which team has the best young talent? NBA Insider Amin Elhassan had his say, and now it's time for SportsNation to weigh in! Mouse over the team logos to view each team's under-25 players, then click to set your rankings!

Rank 'Em: Point guards | Shooting guards | Power forwards | Centers

NBA teams under-25 talent

76ers

76ers

Lavoy Allen (24)
James Anderson (24)
Michael Carter-Williams (21)
Justin Holiday (24)
Arsalan Kazemi (23)
Arnett Moultrie (22)
Nerlens Noel (19)
Tim Ohlbrecht (24)
Evan Turner (24)
Royce White (22

Bobcats

Bobcats

Bismack Biyombo (20)
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (19)
Jeff Taylor (24)
Kemba Walker (23)
Cody Zeller (20)

Bucks

Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo (18)
John Henson (22)
Brandon Knight (21)
Khris Middleton (21)
Larry Sanders (24)
Nate Wolters (22)

Bulls

Bulls

Jimmy Butler (23)
Erik Murphy (22)
Derrick Rose (24)
Tony Snell (21)
Marquis Teague (20)

Cavaliers

Cavaliers

Anthony Bennett (20)
Carrick Felix (22)
Kyrie Irving (21)
Sergey Karasev (19)
Tristan Thompson (22)
Dion Waiters (21)
Tyler Zeller (23)

Celtics

Celtics


Avery Bradley (22)
MarShon Brooks (24)
Jordan Crawford (24)
Colton Iverson (24)
Fab Melo (23)
Kelly Olynyk (22)
Phil Pressey (22)
Jared Sullinger (21)

Clippers

Clippers

Reggie Bullock (22)
Blake Griffin (24)
Byron Mullens (24)
Maalik Wayns (22)

Grizzlies

Grizzlies

Jerryd Bayless (24)
Ed Davis (24)
Jamaal Franklin (22)
Kosta Koufos (24)
Jon Leuer (24)
Willie Reed (23)
Tony Wroten (20)

Hawks

Hawks

Jared Cunningham (22)
John Jenkins (22)
Shelvin Mack (23)
Mike Muscala (22)
Lucas Nogueira (21)
Dennis Schroeder (19)

Heat

Heat

Norris Cole (24)
James Ennis (23)

Jazz

Jazz

Trey Burke (20)
Alec Burks (22)
Derrick Favors (22)
Rudy Gobert (21)
Gordon Hayward (23)
Enes Kanter (21)

Kings

Kings

DeMarcus Cousins (22)
Jimmer Fredette (24)
Ray McCallum (22)
Ben McLemore (20)
Patrick Patterson (24)
Isaiah Thomas (24)

Knicks

Knicks

Tim Hardaway Jr (21)
C.J. Leslie (22)
Iman Shumpert (23)
Jeremy Tyler (22)

Lakers

Lakers

Ryan Kelly (22)
Robert Sacre (24)

Magic

Magic

Maurice Harkless (20)
Tobias Harris (21)
Doron Lamb (21)
E'Twaun Moore (24)
Andrew Nicholson (23)
Kyle O'Quinn (23)
Victor Oladipo (21)
Romero Osby (23)
Nikola Vucevic (22)

Mavericks

Mavericks

Jae Crowder (23)
Shane Larkin (20)
Ricky Ledo (20)

Nets

Nets

Mason Plumlee (23)
Toko Shengelia (21)
Tyshawn Taylor (23)

Nuggets

Nuggets

Kenneth Faried (23)
Evan Fournier (20)
Danilo Gallinari (24)
Jordan Hamilton (22)
J.J. Hickson (24)
Quincy Miller (20)
Anthony Randolph (24)

Pacers

Pacers

Paul George (23)
Solomon Hill (22)
Orlando Johnson (24)
Lance Stephenson (22)

Pelicans

Pelicans

Al-Farouq Aminu (22)
Anthony Davis (20)
Tyreke Evans (23)
Eric Gordon (24)
Jrue Holiday (23)
Pierre Jackson (21)
Darius Miller (23)
Austin Rivers (21)
Jeff Withey (23)

Pistons

Pistons

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (20)
Andre Drummond (19)
Brandon Jennings (23)
Tony Mitchell (21)
Greg Monroe (23)
Peyton Siva (22)

Raptors

Raptors

Quincy Acy (22)
Dwight Buycks (24)
DeMar DeRozan (24)
Terrence Ross (22)
Jonas Valanciunas (21)

Rockets

Rockets

Isaiah Canaan (22)
Robert Covington (22)
James Harden (23)
Terrence Jones (21)
Jeremy Lin (24)
Donatas Motiejunas (22)
Chandler Parsons (24)
Greg Smith (22)
BJ Young (20)

Spurs

Spurs

Cory Joseph (21)
Kawhi Leonard (22)
Patty Mills (24)
Deshaun Thomas (21)

Suns

Suns

Michael Beasley (24)
Eric Bledsoe (23)
Archie Goodwin (18)
Malcolm Lee (23)
Alex Len (20)
Kendall Marshall (21)
Markieff Morris (23)
Marcus Morris (23)
Miles Plumlee (24)

Thunder

Thunder

Steven Adams (20)
Kevin Durant (24)
Serge Ibaka (23)
Reggie Jackson (23)
Grant Jerrett (20)
Perry Jones III (21)
Jeremy Lamb (21)
Daniel Orton (23)
Andre Roberson (21)
Russell Westbrook (24)

Timberwolves

Timberwolves

Lorenzo Brown (22)
Gorgui Dieng (23)
Kevin Love (24)
Shabazz Muhammad (20)
Ricky Rubio (22)
Alexey Shved (24)
Derrick Williams (22)

Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers

Will Barton (22)
Nicolas Batum (24)
Victor Claver (24)
Allen Crabbe (21)
Meyers Leonard (21)
Damian Lillard (23)
C.J. McCollum (21)
Thomas Robinson (22)

Warriors

Warriors

Harrison Barnes (21)
Kent Bazemore (24)
Festus Ezeli (23)
Draymond Green (23)
Nemanja Nedovic (22)
Klay Thompson (23)

Wizards

Wizards

Bradley Beal (20)
Otto Porter Jr. (20)
Glen Rice Jr. (22)
Kevin Seraphin (23)
Chris Singleton (23)
Jan Vesely (23)
John Wall (22)

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