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NBA notes: Mavs' Blair suspended for kicking Spurs' Splitter

Published April 29, 2014 10:20 pm

NBA notes • Center to miss Wednesday's game.
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Dallas Mavericks center DeJuan Blair has been suspended for Game 5 of the first-round series against San Antonio for kicking the Spurs' Tiago Splitter in the head.

Blair and Splitter got tangled up and fell to the court in the fourth quarter of San Antonio's 93-89 victory in Dallas on Monday night. After the whistle blew, signaling a foul on Blair, he kicked his former teammate with his left foot.

After Game 4, Splitter said he thought it was an accident when it happened but changed his mind when he saw the replay. Blair said it was unintentional and that he was just reacting to the call.

Blair, who is averaging 5.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in the postseason, will sit out Wednesday night's game in San Antonio. The series is tied 2-all.

Report says coach taped conversations

A former assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors reportedly recorded conversations of coaches and players without their knowledge before being fired by the team earlier this month.

ESPN, citing anonymous sources, reported Tuesday that Darren Erman secretly recorded coaches' meetings, conversations between coaches and players, and informal discussions. It's unclear what Erman did with the alleged recordings.

Golden State fired Erman on April 5 for what the team called a "violation of company policy."

Erman has since landed a job as a scout for the Boston Celtics.

Rockets call on legends

The Houston Rockets remain confident they can rebound from a 3-1 deficit in their first-round playoff series with the Portland Trail Blazers.

But just in case they needed a reminder that such a comeback was possible, coach Kevin McHale had Mario Elie and Hakeem Olajuwon talk to his team as it prepares for Game 5 on Wednesday night. They helped the Rockets bounce back from the same deficit to beat the Phoenix Suns in seven games in the Western Conference semifinals in 1995 en route to an NBA title.