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2011 April 15

  1. Video: Derrick Rose’s best plays of regular season

    Apr 15, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

    derrick Rose bulls

    Has there been a better show this season than the one Derrick Rose put on? Make your argument for Blake Griffin if you want, but Rose’s show came with a team on its way to the best record in the NBA. That is special. And it’s worth watching his highlights from the regular season. Just…

  2. NBA playoff odds: Lakers, Heat are favorites. Of course.

    Apr 15, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Here’s the thing to remember about gambling odds — it’s not about who the odds makers really think has the best chance, it’s about keeping money evenly spread around so the house doesn’t lose money. Meaning the favorite on the betting line is really about that being the team bet the most so the book…

  3. Owners taking their time with coaches on hot seat

    Apr 15, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

    Kurt Rambis

    The coaching carousel has not started spinning yet. We keep expecting the music, we hear who is on the hot seat or likely gone, but nothing yet. Because owners are taking their time, reports Marc Spears at Yahoo. Take Kurt Rambis in Minnesota. (Please.) Everyone knows he’s expected to be let go, but so far…

  4. Deron Williams says he’d consider extension with Nets

    Apr 15, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

    Jonny Flynn, Deron Williams

    New Jersey is in full on sales mode — they have to keep Deron Williams in house. They send out Derrick Favors, they made their bet that if they got D-Will to the team they could keep him and build around him. That bet may pay off. Williams can opt out of his current deal…

  5. 10 players without household names who can swing a series

    Apr 15, 2011, 4:56 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Portland Trail Blazers

    It’s not all about Kobe and LeBron and KG. Part of the beauty of the playoffs is the little guys (not used literally in the NBA) who don’t get the national media spotlight but often enough suddenly show up and blow people’s doors off. People that couldn’t have picked Tony Allen out of a one-man lineup…

  6. League says 22 teams to lose money, $300 million total this season

    Apr 15, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    David Stern

    As the lockout comes and through the summer (and beyond) of NBA collective bargaining agreements negotiations take place, a lot of numbers are going to be thrown around. Only one number matters — the percentage of Basketball Related Income (BRI) that comes in that has to go to the players. Soft cap, hard cap, non-garunteed…

  7. NBA owners call timeout on Kings move, deadline pushed back

    Apr 15, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Kid kings fan

    The NBA owners have called a timeout on the Kings efforts to move out of Sacramento and to Anaheim. It likely still will happen, especially after the NBA took the ludicrous step of naming Clay Bennett — you remember him, the guy that bought the Sonics and put in a non-existent effort to get a…

  8. Video look back at Bulls season

    Apr 15, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Charlotte Bobcats

    Since we’re all about giving the Bulls plenty of love today, why not some video. From the fine folks at CSN Chicago, we have a little video look back and tribute to the Bulls season. Something to get Bulls fans pumped up to… well, not sure you need to be pumped up to beat Indiana.…

  9. Trail Blazers, Knicks top list of upset specials

    Apr 15, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony stands near Celtics' Pierce in third quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    There are things we know about this year’s NBA playoffs. The beer in Madison Square Garden will be too expensive. Lakers fans will blame any loss of their team on the referees. Derrick Rose will dominate Indiana and some will claim that as further proof of his deserving the MVP. And some higher seed is…

  10. Tyson Chandler goes Braveheart in video. Or maybe Gladiator.

    Apr 15, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Washington Wizards

    I’m pumped up. And I don’t even care about the Mavericks. This video — from the brilliant minds in Mavericks marketing — should get the crowd up and ready to go in Dallas (via Ball Don’t Lie). It’s very Braveheart, we just need Chandler in some blue and white face paint and we’re good to…

  11. Beaubois out, Stevenson in as playoff starter in Dallas

    Apr 15, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    DeShawn Stevenson

    And this is where Dallas really misses Caron Butler… After Rodrigue Beaubois struggled as the team’s starting two guard since returning from an injury, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has decided to put DeShawn Stevenson back in as the starter, according to Tim MacMahon at ESPN Dallas. While Carlisle went Belichick and tried to hide his…

  12. PBT Friday morning one liners

    Apr 15, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Heat James and Wade celebrate with their team from the bench against the Raptors during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Goodbye and good luck, Joe Tait. More than Cleveland will miss you. As the minutes of the big three go up in Miami in the playoffs, who gets squeezed out? The cost of playoff tickets in New York is insane. But then again, the cost of everything in New York is insane. San Diego State’s Kawhi Leonard…

  13. NCAA wants to do away with testing NBA draft waters

    Apr 15, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    For an organization that is supposed to look out for the best interest of student athletes, the NCAA really comes off as a money-grubbing pawn of school presidents and coaches, student-athletes be damned. Right now, there are a number of college basketball players testing the NBA waters — they declare for the NBA draft but…

  14. Nuggets call out Thunder as “cocky,” Thunder confused

    Apr 15, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Center Kendrick Perkins (5) And Denver Nuggets Center Nene (31) From Brazil Go Toe To Toe

    Kevin Perkins was supposed to bring more than just defense and rebounding to Oklahoma City, he was supposed to bring some snarl. Call it attitude or swagger or whatever you want, he was supposed to bring a little of that “it” championship teams have to the Thunder. The Nuggets have a word for it —…

  15. Billionaire makes last-minute run to keep Kings in Sacramento

    Apr 15, 2011, 9:07 AM EDT

    Lakers Kings Basketball

    It’s a Hail Mary. But if you’re going to call a Hail Mary, having a billionaire making the toss helps. That’s what happened in the saga of the Kings potential move out of Sacramento on Thursday. The Maloof brothers, the owners of the Kings, made their case for needing to pack up their franchise and…

  16. With the Bulls, it’s about this year. And the five after that.

    Apr 15, 2011, 12:01 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Chicago Bulls

    This season wasn’t supposed to be about the Bulls. It was about the flash of the Heat and the intensity of the Celtics making one more run. It was about the Lakers out West. The Bulls were going to be good, no doubt, but not good enough. Then they started defending like mad men, executing…

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