As KG's World Turns

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As KG's World Turns

So, we here go: The latest on the Kevin Garnett Retirement Watch is that the Celtics aren't concerned with getting an answer before tomorrows draft.

Sure, KG's presence is only the determining factor in how the team approaches both its immediate and long term future, but what the hell . . .

Dont worry, Kevin. Take your time.

"It's not like we have the No. 1 pick," Doc Rivers said yesterday. "When you're in the 20s, you just wait and see what comes to you. I think this is a great draft. Where we're picking, we'll be able to get two very good players."

OK, I get that to an extent. Either way, youre not finding anyone at 21 or 22 to fill KGs shoes. Not now, and probably not ever.

But here's my issue: Doesnt the potential absence of Kevin Garnett affect what you might do with those picks?

Let's be honest: Whether or not Danny ends up trading 21 andor 22, you know he's going to talk to everyone. He'll explore every option. And there's no question that if KG retires, it creates a whole slew of other options. Tons of uncharted avenues. Lotta ins. Lotta outs. A lot more strands to keep in old Danny's head.

For instance, if KG comes back, there's no chance that the Celtics would or could ever consider trading Paul Pierce. Out of the question. If KG retires? They'd be crazy not to explore the possibility. And what better time to explore than tomorrow, when there will be a million parts flying back and forth, when teams are both ready and willing to shake things up and the Celtics just happen to own two first round picks.

Bottom line: By not knowing what Garnett will do by tomorrow, it will severely handcuff Danny Ainge on a night when he could start legitimately laying the groundwork for the post-KG Celtics.

So, why aren't they concerned with knowing what he'll do?

Because they already know. That's the only logical explanation.

That regardless of whether there's an official announcement before tomorrow, the Celtics and everything they've said publicly supports this are ready to operate under the assumption that Garnett will be back for an 18th NBA season.

Obviously, that's just my opinion.

But if I'm wrong, then the Celtics are very wrong.

Rich can be reached at rlevine@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Rich on Twitter at http:twitter.comrich_levine

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.