Fast break...Boston All-Star Kevin Garnett was fined $25,000 for criticizing officials and using "improper” language for his comments after Wednesday’s loss to the Thunder. Garnett cursed when saying Durant was getting calls like Michael Jordan. Durant was 15-of-15 from the free-throw line that night. ... Team officials will recognize Jennifer Hiser of Checotah at Sunday’s game for the NBA Facebook page having 2 million fans. Heiser was randomly selected from the 2 million fans by the league.
Paul Rivers, the Thunder’s director of basketball administration and technology, worked two years as Michigan State’s video coordinator. Rivers declined comment Friday but was quoted on SI.com: "If you get better instead (of) fading come March, that’s a tribute to your preparation.” MSU coach Tom Izzo raved about the Spartans’ film library. As many as 13 student managers each season tape more than 1,800 games of 340 different teams to help the Spartans prepare for March Madness. "Paul is a great asset to our organization,” Brooks said. "There were plenty of times I talked to him about video work, more so when I was an assistant coach. The guy is knowledgeable in a lot of areas. He’s a very talented piece of our puzzle.”