Odds & Ends: Draft, Sloan, King, Playoffs

The Chris Bosh-less Heat and Celtics resume battle this evening in a pivotal Game 4 in Boston. A win for the Celtics would continue a Conference Finals streak of the home team coming away with a victory. The Thunder brought their series with the Spurs to a tie as they beat San Antonio 109-103 in Oklahoma City on Saturday night. Let's catch up on the latest news and happenings making headlines from around the league…

  • FoxSportsOhio.com's Sam Amico analyzes former North Carolina center Tyler Zeller, saying he's one of the most underrated players in this year's draft class.
  • CSNPhilly.com's Dave Zeitlin says Syracuse guard Scoop Jardine impressed the Sixers in a workout with his hometown team. In their most recently updated mock draft, DraftExpress.com believes Jardine will not be selected in the first two rounds.  
  • Jerry Sloan has yet to hear from the Magic about their head coaching vacancy, tweets Chris Tomasson of FOX Sports Florida. The former Jazz head coach interviewed with the Bobcats and is still considered to be a candidate for their head coaching vacancy.
  • Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News profiles Nets general manager Billy King and the job has done thus far running the team's front office. King made the bold move of trading for Deron Williams, but needs to convince the former Jazz star to join the team in Brooklyn in order to make the deal worth while.
  • The playoffs aren't just for the big market teams anymore as the Spurs and Thunder have demonstrated, writes Jon Krawczynski of the Associated Press"I think it's a healthy thing to be able to be a small market like San Antonio or Oklahoma City and do well," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. "It bodes well for the league. Everything is not always a big-market deal. It's kind of fun to spread it around, that's for sure.
  • Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel says the Heat are losing the battle of the glass against the Celtics thanks to their insistence on playing small ball. 


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