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Kings part ways with Dave Joerger

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Sacramento head coach Dave Joerger was fired Thursday, one of three NBA head coaches to lose their jobs one day after the regular season ended. [AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht]
Sacramento head coach Dave Joerger was fired Thursday, one of three NBA head coaches to lose their jobs one day after the regular season ended. [AP Photo/Karen Pulfer Focht]

Kings part ways with Dave Joerger

Sacramento's best season in 13 years wasn't enough to save coach Dave Joerger's job.

General manager Vlade Divac fired Joerger on Thursday after he helped develop the young Kings into playoff contenders before ultimately falling short in the franchise's 13th straight losing season.

The Kings finished 39-43, their most wins since having a 44-38 record in coach Rick Adelman's final season in 2005-06. That ended a run of eight straight playoff berths and Sacramento hasn't been back to the postseason since for the NBA's longest active drought.

Grizzlies shake up front office

The Memphis Grizzlies fired coach J.B. Bickerstaff as part of a front-office shake-up Thursday that included demoting general manager Chris Wallace to scout.

The Grizzlies announced the moves after both Bickerstaff and Wallace spoke to reporters following a second straight season outside the playoffs. After a 12-5 start, Memphis plummeted and finished 33-49, tied with New Orleans and Dallas.

Cavs fire head coach Larry Drew

The Cleveland Cavaliers parted ways Thursday with Larry Drew, who took over as the Cavs coach in October and led the club to 19 wins amid a swarm of injuries in Cleveland's first season since LeBron James left as a free agent.

The Cavs tied for the NBA's second-worst record, but Drew earned praise for keeping his team competitive despite a young roster and only having All-Star forward Kevin Love for 22 games because of injuries.

Celtics begin playoffs without Marcus Smart

The Boston Celtics say former Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart will be sidelined 4 to 6 weeks after being diagnosed with a partial tear to his left oblique abdominal muscle.

The injury was revealed in an MRI scan on Wednesday. Smart sustained the injury during the third quarter of Boston's home loss to Orlando on Sunday.

Wire reports

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