Garnett blogs about loss, season

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Garnett blogs about loss, season

Kevin Garnett did not speak to the media after the Celtics were eliminated by the Heat in Game 5. He did, however, take to his Anta blog today to reflect on the loss and the season:

"As you know, we were knocked out of the playoffs by Miami.It's unfortunate that we are out and in my mind didn't reach our potential.Taking the last couple of days to think about things and the season was long.Their were ups and downs all season and dealing with teammates, leaving teammates, gaining teammates.Long hours, flights, practices, workouts, etc...Another season under my belt, but not satisfying.I'll be getting back to the "lab" (workouts and court work) to work on my craft, so I can keep improving.I will be working on my skills and constantly trying to get better.

"Quick shout out to my man Shaq, who is the best.He worked hard all season, but couldn't get his achilles right.

"Amazing to think that I was playing with so many potential HOF (hall of famers).I will remember these times, on and off the court.This will be a memorable season!!!

"Thank you all so much for your constant support and encouragement throughout the season.Hanging in with us through the ups and downs of the season.Your support gets me through and pushes me to be better.I will be back in China sometime in July or August, so stay tuned.I met so many of you all last summer, that it will be exciting to meet more."

Garnett finished the regular season averaging 14.9 points at 53-percent from the field, 8.9 rebounds, and 31.3 minutes per game (71 games).

In the postseason he averaged 14.9 points but shot just 44-percent while grabbing 10.9 rebounds in 36.4 minutes per game (nine games).

Garnett is going into his last year of a three year contract extension he signed with the Celtics before the 2007-08 season -- he had two years remaining on his contract before the extension.

There was some speculation as to whether or not he would consider retirement, but there was no mention or signs pointing toward that in his blog.

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.