Celtics Summer Leaguer Lasme signs with team in Greece

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Celtics Summer Leaguer Lasme signs with team in Greece

Stephane Lasme is taking what he learned during two stints with the Boston Celtics overseas to Greece after signing a deal with Panathinaikos Athens.

The University of Massachusetts alum participated in the Celtics 2010 Training Camp and played on their Summer League teams this July.

"The Celtics have so much history, it gave me extra confidence," Lasme told CSNNE.com in a telephone interview. "To have one of the greatest teams in history tell me that I'm good, I think it's a confidence boost."

The 29-year-old forward continued to soak up as much knowledge as he could playing a second time with the Celtics this summer. He still texts occasionally with former teammates, including Kevin Garnett, and is always seeking out advice.

"(Head coach Doc Rivers) told me to focus on learning the Celtics identity," he said. "I remember we talked a couple of times and he always told me not to worry about trying to show off the things think that I can do, just worry about playing my game."

The Golden State Warriors drafted Lasme with the 46th pick in 2007. During his rookie season, he also played for the Miami Heat and Los Angeles D-Fenders (NBA Development League) before heading to Europe in 2008. After two seasons of Euroleague basketball, Lasme returned to the United States in 2010 for training camp with the Celtics. In spite of a strong showing, the C's waived him and he appeared in 10 games for the Maine Red Claws, the Celtics D-League affiliate, that year.

Lasme once again went back to Europe last season, averaging 10.9 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for Obradoiro CAB in Spain. In July he joined the Celtics in Las Vegas and Orlando for Summer League action, where he posted six points, six rebounds, and two blocks in his final game. Now his main goal this season is to help Panathinaikos Athens earn 'W's.'

"I just want to win," he said. "I just want to show that I'm a winner. I'm not too worried about showing anybody what I can do. I just want to win games and then after that season I'll go from there."

Warriors force Game 7 with 108-101 win over Thunder

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Warriors force Game 7 with 108-101 win over Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Klay Thompson made a playoff-record 11 3-pointers and scored 41 points, and the defending champion Golden State Warriors forced a seventh game in the Western Conference finals with a 108-101 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Saturday night.

Stephen Curry bounced back from a slow start to finish with 29 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.

The Warriors, who set the league's regular-season record with 73 wins, will host Game 7 on Monday. The winner will play Cleveland in the NBA Finals.

Oklahoma City dominated Games 3 and 4 at home, but the Warriors made 21 of 44 3-pointers on Saturday, while Oklahoma City was 3 of 23.

Kevin Durant scored 29 points and Russell Westbrook added 28 for the Thunder. But Durant made just 10 of 31 shots and Westbrook was 10 of 27.

Trying to become the 10th team to overcome a 3-1 deficit, the Warriors trailed much of the game and trailed by eight going to the fourth quarter.

Thompson kept them in it with four 3-pointers in just over seven minutes to start the period. Curry then hit two 3s, the second of which tied the game at 99 with 2:47 to play.

Thompson's 3 with 1:35 to play put the Warriors up 104-101.

The Thunder, who blew a number of fourth-quarter leads during the regular season, fell apart in the final minutes after Golden State had finally gone ahead for good.

Westbrook lost control of the ball, and after Thompson missed a 3, Westbrook turned the ball over again. Curry's layup with 14.3 seconds to play put the Warriors up by five, the Thunder turned it over again, and the Warriors were in the clear.

The Thunder led 23-20 after one quarter, then seized momentum early in the second. Steven Adams' powerful one-handed dunk on Draymond Green drew a roar from the crowd and gave Oklahoma City a 37-28 lead. Green, who had hit Adams in the groin area twice during the series, was a constant target for the vocal Thunder fans.

Thompson opened the second half with back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Warriors a 54-53 edge, but the Thunder closed the quarter strong and led 83-75 heading into the fourth.

Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones shot and killed

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Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones shot and killed

By Kurt Helin, NBC Pro Basketball Talk

This is a sad and stunning development.

Bryce Dejean-Jones, the rookie guard of the New Orleans Pelicans, has died, the Dallas, Texas, County Coroner has confirmed to NBC Sports. Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune broke the news.

Dejean-Jones was just 23.

The coroner’s office would not give a cause of death, but Shams Charania of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports had the tragic detail.