If anyone was looking for some of the key recurring elements of the Memphis-Oklahoma City playoff series to be reflected in Game 6, they were extremely disappointed.
There was no record-breaking overtime session. There was no loss of a 20-point lead only to have one team claw back. And there was not much defense and not much offensive rhythm from Memphis.
With Grizz fans primed for a closeout victory on Thursday (May 1) at the FedExForum, the Thunder forced a Game 7, strutting out of Memphis with a 104-84 victory.
Only two days after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver brought the hammer down on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for racist remarks captured during a taped conversation that was leaked to TMZ, NBA owners held their first meeting in a bid to end Sterling's ownership of the team.
The league's 10-member advisory/finance committee held a conference call Thursday to discuss "the process for termination of Donald T. Sterling's ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers," NBA executive vice president Mike Bass said in a statement, the Associated Press reports.
"The committee unanimously agreed to move forward as expeditiously as possible and will reconvene next week," he said.
After Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was sternly denounced for racist comments by a spectrum of individuals, ranging from President Barack Obama to NBA superstar LeBron James, NBA Commissioner Alan Silver on Tuesday fined Sterling $2.5 million and banned him from the NBA for life.
At a news conference Tuesday, Silver said he will ask the NBA Board of Governors to force Sterling to sell the Clippers, an action that would require a three-fourths approval. The fine, the maximum allowed under the NBA's constitution and bylaws, will be donated to anti-discrimination and tolerance organizations jointly selected by the NBA and the NBA Players Association.
"The views expressed by Mr. Sterling are deeply offensive and harmful. That they came from an NBA owner only heightens the damage and my personal outrage," Silver said at the news conference in New York City. "Sentiments of this kind are contrary to the principles of inclusion and respect that form the foundation of our diverse multi-cultural and multi-ethnic league.
NBA legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar, who is known for speaking out on issues of race in the United States, has weighed in on the alleged racist ramblings of L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
Jabbar agreed that Sterling is clearly racist, but was more incensed by not only systems of oppression that breed the Donald Sterlings of the world, but the actions of Sterling's mistress, V. Stiviano.
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The Memphis Grizzlies head into Game 5 of their NBA first-round round confrontation with the Oklahoma City Thunder determined to look ahead. That is what you have to do in these series, which can ebb and flow in dramatic fashion.
Tied 2-2, Memphis came so tantalizingly close on Saturday night to writing a 3-1 script for the game Tuesday night at Chesapeake Arena in OKC. With the FedExForum filled to the rafters – including new NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who had his hands full fielding questions about the racist remarks linked to Los Angeles Clipper owner Donald Sterling – the Grizz and Thunder battled into their third straight overtime, with the Thunder squeaking out the win, 92-89
With Memphis braced for a two-star surge from OKC's Durant and Russell Westbrook, reserve guard Reggie Jackson turned out to be the most pressing problem. Jackson, who had not asserted himself before Game 4, scored 32 points, racked 9 rebounds to propel the Thunder.
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The fundamental flaw at the heart of our misguided definition of success is the belief that overworking is the route to high performance and exceptional results. One easy way to see the folly of this belief is to look at the world of sports, where performance is objectively quantified and measurable.
The sports world, the source of many metaphors in the business world – " home run," "slam dunk," "dropping the ball," "heavy hitters," "step up to the plate," and so forth – is, in fact, way ahead of the business world in its thinking about productivity and burnout.
Say whew! Breathe! Don't forget to exhale!
That could be part of the instruction manual for being a Memphis Grizzlies fan, especially after Thursday night's emotion-stretching victory over Oklahoma City at the FedExForum.
In Game 3 of the first-round playoff series, the Grizzlies escaped with a 98-95 win over super-All Star Kevin Durant and now have a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.