• Tony Allen contests. Always. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out.

    C: Bleacher Report, SB Nation, Deadspin, Daily Thunder, The Oklahoman and Hardwood Paroxysm. Everybody wrote about how Tony Allen's defending Kevin Durant so well, and how awesome Tony Allen is, and how huge a role he played in the Memphis Grizzlies beating the Oklahoma City Thunder in overtime on Monday.

    PF: Fast Break. The Golden State Warriors head home for Game 3 having achieved a split at Staples Center, but after a 40-point drubbing at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday, Adam Lauridsen thinks Mark Jackson's unwillingness (or perhaps inability) to adapt schematically could soon doom the Dubs: "Jackson has yet to find a way to adapt to what the Clippers are throwing at him, and simply running the same old sets and substitutions that got him his much-vaunted 51

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  • David Moyes getting the sack before he could even finish out one full season at Manchester United has prompted even more jokes at his expense than usual, but none of the tongue in cheek tributes to the man briefly known as the Chosen One are quite as heartbreaking as the one assembled by Legoland Manchester.

    The children's funzone tweeted a picture of the scene created within their Miniland Manchester — a Lego David Moyes (the hair is all wrong, but everything else is spot on) standing outside Old Trafford with his bags packed and a single tear running down his frowning face. In the background, someone appears to be waving. Probably Ryan Giggs.

    Over the course of this season, Moyes morphed into such a laughable caricature that it became easy to forget he was a once widely respected manager suddenly under a tremendous amount of pressure. But something

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  • The Indiana Pacers enter Tuesday's Game 2 of their best-of-seven first-round playoff series with the Atlanta Hawks coming off a stunning and dispiriting home-court loss, facing serious questions about their core identity and internal makeup, and possibly fighting for their postseason lives, since it's difficult to envision a team that's fallen apart as utterly as the Pacers have over the past three months climbing out of an 0-2 hole on the road, especially at Philips Arena, where they're 2-6 since Vogel took over midway through the 2010-11 season. The Pacers desperately need to find a spark to regain some of the "gold swagger" that carried them to the seventh game of last year's Eastern Conference finals and through the first 3 1/2 months of this regular season, and they need to find it quickly, lest they put themselves in grave danger of becoming just the fifth No. 1 seed in NBA history to be toppled by a No. 8 seed in the postseason, the third to be ousted in Round 1 since the advent

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  • The breakout stars of the 2014 Sochi Games didn't compete in a single event. (They won just by showing up, daaaahling.) Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski were raved about for their commentating performances during Sochi's ice skating events, and they're using that as a springboard to bigger, better, non-Olympic endeavors.

    First up: the Kentucky Derby, where they'll be commenting on fashion for NBC. Yes, the Kentucky Derby, like the Olympics, is a cultural event first, a sporting event second, which makes Johnny + Tara ideal for red carpet commentary on the outlandish hats and outfits of the Derby.

    “We’ve always loved loud fashion and sort of bonded over it,” Lipinski told EW. “The whole Olympics experience was a bit of a surprise. We came in and were focused on doing a good job as rookies. But we’re young and we like to have fun. The fashion was specifically for us every day and it was like,’Oh, people are watching. This is fun.’”

    Both Weir and Lipinski have extensive experience in the

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  • Golf might be the sport that brings us the closest to nature, but is it really that Eco-friendly? On Earth Day, we decided to look at some simple ways that golf courses, and you the golfer, can change the way we do things to help the environment, trying to find things that aren't overly complicated to help the game we love sustain the planet we inhabit.

    Make recycling available everywhere — When I got out of college back some years ago, I went to work at a high-end golf course that prided itself on the golfer's experience. That was all well and good, but one of the things that bugged me the most was that the course didn't recycle. Think about the trash in your golf cart anytime you finish playing 18 holes. It's beer cans, water bottles and cardboard sleeves for the golf balls you used or lost. The majority of things we golfers want to throw away after 18 holes on the golf course can be recycled, but we shouldn't just stop when people finish their rounds. Have recycle bins on the golf

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  • The Indiana Pacers and Chicago Bulls entered 2013-14 as championship contenders. At various points during the autumn and winter they were the darlings of the NBA. Both teams began the postseason with aspirations to knock off the two-time defending champion Miami Heat. They boast the two best defenses in the NBA, and they’re working against two limited teams in Atlanta and Washington that few gave a nod to as first-round victors.

    On Tuesday, both Indiana and Chicago will be fighting to save their seasons. Even in a best-of-seven series, it’s astonishing what one misspent game will cost you.

    Atlanta demolished Indiana in Game 1, while Washington took out the X-acto knife to take apart Chicago. Both lower-seeded teams took each contest on the road, and neither victory came off as a fluke. This is why many see Tuesday night’s Game 2s as coin flips of sorts, with Atlanta having decided matchup advantages against Indiana, and Washington somehow aping Chicago’s defensive intensity and

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  • If you're an Oklahoma City Thunder fan bummed out about Monday's furious late-game comeback falling short and the Memphis Grizzlies holding on for a 111-105 overtime win in Game 2 that knotted their best-of-seven first-round series at one game apiece, these two fans probably represent your pain, sadness and frustration. If you're a Grizzlies fan, they are basically the bear version of catnip. (Picnic baskets?)

    Either way, this — as captured during TNT's postgame show — is a phenomenally arresting bit of video:

    Awwww, man. You poor dears. I just want to reach out and hug them and tell them it's all going to be all right. I mean, I don't know for a fact that it will be, now that the Grizz have snagged home-court advantage headed back to the Grindhouse for Games 3 and 4, but I at least want to tell them that it is. Anything to put a smile on those sad-stunned faces.

    Take heart, you crestfallen Thunder fans. Thursday's a brand new day, and another chance to get back on the right side of

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  • The voters have the facts, and they've voted yes: Gregg Popovich is the best in the world at what he does.

    The NBA announced Tuesday that the San Antonio Spurs' inimitable sideline stalker has been named the league's 2013-14 Coach of the Year, taking home the Red Auerbach Trophy after piloting his Spurs to a 62-20 record, the best mark in the NBA, and the top seed in one of the more competitive Western Conferences in recent memory.

    It's the second time in the last three years that Popovich has taken home the honor, and the third time in his illustrious career. He won his first Coach of the Year after a 2002-03 season in which his Spurs went 60-22 and won the NBA championship behind league MVP Tim Duncan. He joins Don Nelson (1982-83 and 1984-85 with the Milwaukee Bucks, 1991-92 with the Golden State Warriors) and Pat Riley (1989-90 with the Los Angeles Lakers, 1992-93 with the New York Knicks, 1996-97 with the Miami Heat) as the only three-time winners in the history of the award,

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  • Dana White recently bashed Phil Davis for supposedly not wanting to be a champion bad enough. How did White know that Davis didn't want to reach the top?

    Well, not for lack of any effort or apparent improvement in his fights. Rather, White dismissed Davis simply because he said the former national champion collegiate wrestler doesn't talk enough trash.

    "[Phil Davis is] one of the best light heavyweights in the world, but he doesn’t come off to me like…dude, I got guys breathing down my [expletive] neck wanting fights. I want this fight, I want a title fight, I want this I want that," White said.

    "Phil Davis is kind of like, eh. I’ll hang out around No. 4 here and meh. He’s not that guy that comes across like I [expletive] want it. Like I want to be the champ, I want to be the best in the world. He’s sort of, eh."

    Well, Davis corrected that problem this week during the UFC 172 media call. Davis fights Anthony Johnson in the co-main event this Saturday on pay per view and light

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  • LOS ANGELES – With the Los Angeles Clippers well on their way to routing the Golden State Warriors on Monday night, Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal and Clippers coach Doc Rivers began jawing at each other. Rivers had said something to an official, O'Neal didn't like whatever that something was and barked at Rivers. Rivers barked back, and within a few moments player and coach were both getting hit with technicals.

    The incident – which came midway through the second quarter of the Clippers' 138-98 victory – was merely the latest chapter in what has fast become one of the NBA's most heated rivalries. Even in a 40-point blowout, it was clear the two teams don't care much for each other. And with the series now even at a game apiece and shifting to Oakland for Thursday's Game 3, the tension is as thick as ever.

    "It's very intense right now," O'Neal said. "Everyone wants to win. Everybody is looking for that blood. This league is about trying to smell what the weakness is. I don't care if

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