HOUSTON, TX - MARCH 27:  Head coach Kevin McHale of the Houston Rockets walks across the court during their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Toyota Center on March 27, 2015 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Powerless Rankings 4/17: The end

With the regular season over, 14 teams find themselves out of the playoffs and lefts Previous Rankings: 3/31 The regular season is over, and 14 teams have little to look forward to until the draft lottery on May 17th. Since this is the final edition of the Powerless Rankings this season, these final rankings will be based […]

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When The Smoke Clears: Playoff seeding, finalized

The final games of the 2014-15 NBA regular season were played on Wednesday with seven different games carrying playoff implications. Some games determined seeding for the playoffs, other games were for the right to get in.

Al Jefferson intends to play for the Hornets next season

In an interview with Brett Jensen of Fox Sports, Al Jefferson explained he remains committed to the Hornets, and wants to return next season:

“If I had my way, I’d finish my career here,” he said. “I feel like I helped start this and I want to finish it. … I love the city, I love my teammates, I love Coach (Steve Clifford) and the coaching staff. … It’s still something that I have to still talk to my agent any my peeps about, but I can’t see myself leaving, honestly. Right here, right now, I can’t see myself leaving.”

Jefferson signed a three-year, $41 million contract with the Hornets two seasons ago. The final year includes a player option, and Jefferson’s comments suggest he has all intentions of opting in.

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - APRIL 04:  Willie Cauley-Stein #15 of the Kentucky Wildcats walks off the court as the Wisconsin Badgers celebrate during the NCAA Men's Final Four Semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 4, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Wisconsin defeated Kentucky 71-64.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Four No More: The Final is Set

Saturday was a tale of two games in Indianapolis as the Duke Blue Devils secured a big win over seventh-seeded Michigan State while the Wisconsin Badgers overcame the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats and referees to avenge last season’s loss at the same stage of the competition.

DALLAS, TX - MARCH 16:  Enes Kanter #34 of the Oklahoma City Thunder at American Airlines Center on March 16, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Total Re-Kanter: Finding the Missing Links

Earlier this week, I looked at Enes Kanter’s numbers and how the Thunder traded up for offense while trading down defensively. The numbers showed that Kanter was a detractor to the Thunder’s overall plus/minus ranking by a margin of over 3.5 points when he is on the court as opposed to when he is on […]

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