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Spurs' Gregg Popovich Weighs In on Possible 'Hack-a-Shaq' Rule

NBA via San Antonio Spurs(NEW YORK) -- San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has openly endorsed intentionally fouling players that are poor free throw shooters, otherwise known as hack-a-Shaq. And now he's sounding off about the NBA looking to implement rules to put an end to the strategy.

“There will be a lot of discussion about the fouling, as there should be," Popovich told the San Antonio Express-News. "But principle-wise, I feel really strongly that it’s a tactic that can be used. If someone can’t shoot free throws, that’s their problem."

"As I’ve said before, if we’re not allowed to do something to take advantage of a team’s weakness, a trade should be made before each game. ‘We won’t foul your guy, but you promise not to block any of our shots.’ Or, ‘We won’t foul your guy, and you allow us to shoot all uncontested shots,'" he continued.

Players like Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets and DeAndre Jordan of the Los Angeles Clippers have fallen victim of this tactic more and more recently.

Commissioner Adam Silver has publicly stated he's exploring avenues to help curve the trend.

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Paul Shrugs Off Injury, Propels Clippers Into Western Conference Semis

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Chris Paul wasn't going to let a bum hamstring stop him from being on the court in Game 7 of the Los Angeles Clippers' first round playoff series versus the San Antonio Spurs.

Paul, who left the game at the end of the first quarter to tend to a left hamstring strain, returned in the second quarter. He played the rest of the way, scoring a team-high 27 points including what proved to be the game winning shot with a second remaining as the Clippers top the Spurs 111-109 Saturday to advance to the Western Conference semifinals.

The Spurs once again fail to repeat as NBA champions, but they put up a good fight. In a game that featured 31 lead changes, their old horse, Tim Duncan, was fouled with a little over eight seconds remaining. He knocked down two free throws to tie the game at 109.

On the following play, Paul drove Danny Green into the paint, pulled up, and knocked down a five-foot jumper to take the lead. The Spurs had one last crack at tying the game, but Boris Diaw's inbounds pass that was meant for Kawhi Leonard, who was driving to the hoop, was swatted away by Matt Barnes as the clock struck zero.

Duncan finished the game with 27 points and 11 rebounds.

The No. 3 seed Clippers advance to the second round where they will take on the No. 2 seed Houston Rockets.

Game 1 is Monday at 9:30 p.m. ET in Houston.

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Clippers' Glen Davis Questionable for Game 7

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Clippers forward Glen Davis is questionable for Saturday's Game 7 against the San Antonio Spurs with a left ankle sprain.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers chose not to have practice on Friday and shootaround on Saturday.

"It's an ankle sprain, and we'll find out more tomorrow," Rivers said Friday. "We won't know much today."+

Rivers is confident with the rest of his bench headed into Game 7.

"We got [Hedo Turkoglu and Spencer Hawes], we can go small, we basically did that last night," Rivers said. "The game will dictate that."

Davis left Game 6 in the fourth quarter and did not return as the Clippers went onto silence the Spurs in San Antonio.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 4/26/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs First Round: Cleveland Cavaliers 101 - Boston Celtics 93 (Cavaliers series win series 4-0)

Los Angeles Clippers 114 - San Antonio Spurs 105 (Series tied 2-2)

Washington Wizards 125 - Toronto Raptors 94 (Washington wins series 4-0)

NHL Playoffs: First Round: Minnesota Wild 4 - St. Louis Blues 1 (Wild win series 4-2)

Montreal Canadiens 2 - Calgary Flames 0 (Canadiens win series 4-2)

MLB: Chicago White Sox 3 (7-9) - Kansas City Royals 2 (12-5) - Game 1

Chicago White Sox 5 (8-9) - Kansas City Royals 3 (12-6) - Game 2

Detroit Tigers 8 (13-6) - Cleveland Indians 6 (6-11)

Chicago Cubs 5 (10-7) - Cincinnati Reds 2 (8-10) 

Miami Marlins 6 (8-11) - Washington Nationals 2 (7-12)

Tampa Bay Rays 5 (11-8) - Toronto Blue Jays 1 (9-10)

Baltimore Orioles 18 (9-10) - Boston Red Sox 7 (10-9)

Philadelphia Phillies 5 (7-12) - Atlanta Braves 4 (9-9) 

Milwaukee Brewers 6 (4-15) - St. Louis Cardinals 3 (12-5)

San Diego Padres 3 (11-9) - Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (11-7)

Pittsburgh Pirates 8 (11-8) - Arizona Diamondbacks 0 (8-10)

Houston Astros 7 (11-7) - Oakland Athletics 6 (8-12)

Texas Rangers 5 (7-11) - L.A. Angels 4 (9-10) - F/11 Innings

Minnesota Twins 4 (8-10) - Seattle Mariners 2 (7-11) - F/11 Innings

New York Yankees 6 (11-8) - New York Mets 4 (14-5)

San Francisco Giants - Colorado Rockies - Postponed

NASCAR: Kurt Busch won the Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Speedway.

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Kawhi Leonard Wins NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- Kawhi Leonard joins the company of a pair of Hall of Famers.

The San Antonio forward was selected NBA Defensive Player of the Year on Thursday, joining Michael Jordan and Hakeem Olajuwon as the only players to win the award and the NBA Finals MVP.

"It feels great," the 23-year-old Leonard said. "Growing up as a kid, you're watching these players and you want to become who they are or get the accolades that they have. It just shows that hard work pays off."

Leonard has become the Spurs' primary individual defender and led the league in steals at 2.3 per game.

Leonard received 37 first-place votes and 333 points from a panel of 129 writers and broadcasters. Golden State forward Draymond Green had 45 first-place votes, but appeared on fewer ballots and had 317 points. Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan finished third, receiving 32 first-place votes and 261 points.

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Vegas Picks Cavs as Favorites to Win NBA Title

National Basketball Association(LAS VEGAS) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers may be the two-seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, but that's not stopping Vegas from making them the favorite to win the NBA title.

The Westgate SuperBook put out their opening lines after Wednesday night's games were done. The Cavaliers were the favorites at 9-4 with the top-seed in the Western Conference, the Golden State Warriors, coming in at 5-2.

The reigning NBA champion San Antonio Spurs have the third best odds at 4-1.

The Cavaliers came in at 60-1 last June, but when LeBron James returned, the Cavaliers almost instantly became the favorites.

The Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, and Brooklyn Nets which hold the sixth, seventh, and eighth seeds in the Eastern Conference respectively, all come in at 200-1 -- the worst odds to win the title.

The New Orleans Pelicans, who hold the eighth seed in the Western Conference, are slated at 100-1.

Despite being the number one seed in the Eastern Conference, the Atlanta Hawks have the fourth-best odds to win at 12-1.

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Pelicans Top Spurs, Nab Final Playoff Spot in the West

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- The New Orleans Pelicans downed the San Antonio Spurs 108-103 Wednesday night to clinch the eighth and final playoff seed in the NBA Western Conference.

Anthony Davis had 31 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocks to lead New Orleans (45-37) to its first playoff appearance since 2011.

The Pelicans stepped on the gas right out of the gate. Tyreke Evans scored nine of his 19 points in the first quarter to give New Orleans a 15-point lead heading into the second quarter.

The Pelicans then led by double digits until the fourth quarter, when the Spurs (55-27) outscored New Orleans 32-26. San Antonio made their runs, but every time they got close, New Orleans would come up with a big basket.

The Pelicans' win eliminates the Oklahoma City Thunder from playoff contention.

The Thunder cruised by the Minnesota Timberwolves 138-113 and finished with the same record as the Pelicans, but New Orleans held the head-to-head tie-breaker.

Meanwhile, the Spurs, who had a chance to clinch the two-seed in the Western Conference with a win, fell to the six-seed with the loss.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 4/8/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Cleveland Indians 2 (1-1) – Houston Astros 0 (1-1)

Detroit Tigers 11 (2-0) – Minnesota Twins 0 (0-2)

New York Yankees 4 (1-1) – Toronto Blue Jays 3 (1-1)

Chicago Cubs 2 (1-1) – St. Louis Cardinals 0 (1-1)

Tampa Bay Rays 2 (1-2) – Baltimore Orioles 0 (2-1)

Washington Nationals 2 (1-1) – New York Mets 1 (1-1)

Philadelphia Phillies 4 (1-1) – Boston Red Sox 2 (1-1)

Atlanta Braves 2 (3-0) – Miami Marlins 0 (0-3)

San Francisco Giants 5 (2-1)  Arizona Diamondbacks 2 (1-2)

Colorado Rockies 5 (3-0)  Milwuakee Brewers 4 (0-3)

Kansas City Royals 7 (2-0)  Chicago White Sox 5 (0-2)

Los Angeles Angels 5 (2-1)  Seattle Mariners 3 (1-2)

Oakland Athletics 10 (2-1)  Texas Rangers 0 (1-2)

Los Angeles Dodgers 7 (2-1)  San Diego Padres 4 (1-2)

Cincinnati Reds 5 (2-0) - Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (0-2) F/11 Innings

NBA: Toronto Raptors 92 (46-32) – Charlotte Hornets 74 (33-45)

Orlando Magic 105 (25-53) – Chicago Bulls 103 (46-32)

Washington Wizards 119 (45-33) – Philadelphia 76ers 90 (18-61)

Boston Celtics 113 (36-42) – Detroit Pistons 103 (30-48)

Atlanta Hawks 114 (59-19) – Brooklyn Nets 111 (36-42)

Indiana Pacers 102 (35-43) – New York Knicks 86 (15-63)

Memphis Grizzlies 110 (53-25) – New Orleans Pelicans 74 (42-36)

Cleveland Cavaliers 104 (51-27) – Milwaukee Bucks 99 (38-40)

San Antonio Spurs 110 (53-26) – Houston Rockets 98 (53-25)

Portland Trail Blazers 116 (51-27)  Minnesota Timberwolves 91 (16-62)

Dallas Mavericks 107 (47-31)  Phoenix Suns 104 (39-40)

Utah Jazz 103 (36-42)  Sacramento Kings 91 (27-51)

Denver Nuggets 119 (29-49)  Los Angeles Lakers 101 (20-58)

NHL: Washington Capitals 3 (45-25-11; 101pts) – Boston Bruins 0 (41-26-13; 95pts)

Columbus Blue Jackets 5 (40-35-5; 85pts) – Toronto Maple Leafs 0 (30-44-7; 67pts)

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Spurs Win 8th Straight in Victory over Thunder

iStock/Thinkstock(OKLAHOMA CITY) -- Kawhi Leonard is taking on more responsibility from San Antonio's veteran core, and the Spurs are rolling.

The 23-year-old forward matched a career high with 26 points for the second straight game, and the Spurs defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 113-88 on Tuesday night for their eighth straight victory.

Leonard is averaging 19.4 points per game and shooting 59 percent from the field during the win streak.

"He's been absolutely amazing," Spurs center Tim Duncan said. "He's on a tear right now, and we're riding him. He's not doing it the wrong way. He's taking great shots and continuing to be unselfish, but he's absolutely being aggressive. That's what we need from him."

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Leonard, last year's NBA Finals MVP, is becoming more comfortable in a leading role.

"He doesn't have a chip on his shoulder or trying to make a statement, he's just playing," Popovich said. "He's getting better all the time and getting more confident. We're getting him more and more room, and you're seeing a young player blossom."

The Spurs have won each game during their streak by double digits and by an average of 20.9 points. The defending NBA champions have allowed 93 points or fewer in all eight contests.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 4/1/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Charlotte Hornets 102 (32-42) – Detroit Pistons 78 (29-46)

San Antonio Spurs 103 (49-26) – Orlando Magic 91 (22-53)

Washington Wizards 106 (42-33) – Philadelphia 76ers 93 (18-58)

Boston Celtics 100 (34-41) – Indiana Pacers 87 (32-43)

Brooklyn Nets 100 (34-40) – New York Knicks 98 (14-61)

Houston Rockets 115 (51-24) – Sacramento Kings 111 (26-48)

Milwaukee Bucks 95 (37-38) – Chicago Bulls 91 (45-30)

Toronto Raptors 113 (45-30) – Minnesota Timberwolves 99 (16-59)

Dallas Mavericks 135 (46-29) – Oklahoma City Thunder 131 (42-33)

New Orleans Pelicans 113 (40-34) – Los Angeles Lakers 92 (20-54)

Los Angeles Clippers 126 (50-26) – Portland Trail Blazers 122 (48-26)

Utah Jazz 98 (34-41) – Denver Nuggets 84 (28-47)

NHL: Buffalo Sabres 4 (22-47-8; 52pts) – Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (29-43-6; 64pts)

Philadelphia Flyers 4 (30-29-17; 77pts) – Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (42-23-11; 95pts)

Anaheim Ducks 5 (50-22-7, 107pts) – Edmonton Oilers 1 (23-41-13, 59pts)

San Jose Sharks 5 (38-30-9, 85pts) – Colorado Avalanche 1 (35-30-12, 82pts)

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