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  1. Spurs show they have too much offense for Grizzlies to handle in Game 1 destruction

    May 19, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs guard Green shoots against Memphis Grizzlies guard Conley during the first half of Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference final playoff basketball game in San Antonio

    In getting to the Western Conference Finals, the Grizzlies played two teams that couldn’t put together solid execution on the offensive end of the floor anywhere near consistently over the course of those playoff series. A lot of the credit for that goes to the Memphis defense, of course. But in the first round, the…

  2. Report: Dwight Howard will consider multiple teams in free agency, is said to be most intrigued by the Rockets

    May 19, 2013, 8:34 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    We already know what we’re in for in terms of the steady stream of reports and rumors that will flood us leading up to the free agent decision of Dwight Howard this summer. It even has a nickname,  and although he’s technically not a free agent for another six weeks or so, the Dwightmare has…

  3. Tony Parker’s top 10 plays of the 2012-13 regular season (VIDEO)

    May 19, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT

    Tony Parker

    In honor of the way Tony Parker is currently carving up the Grizzlies in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, here’s a look at a compilation of his top 10 plays of the 2012-13 regular season. And just think — this doesn’t even include the circus shot he hit over the Warriors, which would…

  4. LeBron takes offense to something that Pacers’ head coach Vogel didn’t actually say

    May 19, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James points toward a teammate while playing against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    Now that the Conference Finals are upon us and there are just four teams left for both local and national media to cover, the amount of focus on each, along with everything that’s said will be magnified exponentially. Our first case study of this postseason comes out of Miami, where reporters talked to Heat players…

  5. J.R. Smith, likely entering free agency, says he ‘wants to retire a Knick’

    May 19, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    J.R. Smith had an incredible regular season for the Knicks, and was every bit deserving of the Sixth Man of the Year honor he was given for that performance. He also was brutal in the postseason, struggling to find his shot ever since he was suspended for Game 4 in the first round of the…

  6. LeBron James, Chris Paul teach and motivate future NBA stars at a 2008 camp (VIDEO)

    May 19, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    US gold medalists LeBron James (R) and C

    This video was recently released by the folks that run the website for LeBron James, and it gives us a glimpse into the types of motivational words and teachings that young NBA prospects received from James and Chris Paul five years ago. The highlights come from a 2008 summer camp that took place before the…

  7. Thunder GM says team won’t amnesty Kendrick Perkins

    May 19, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins

    One of the more popular cries from the Thunder fan base after the dismal all-around postseason performance of Kendrick Perkins was that the team should rid themselves of his contract (two more seasons at nearly $19 million total) by using the amnesty provision on him this summer. In the new collective bargaining agreement, teams have…

  8. Western Conference Finals preview: Grizzlies vs. Spurs

    May 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Zach Randolph

    SEASON RECORDS Memphis: 56-26, fifth seed in the West San Antonio: 58-24, second seed in the West PLAYOFF RECORDS Memphis: Beat the Clippers 4-2 in the first round. Beat the Thunder 4-1 in the second round. San Antonio: Beat the Lakers 4-0 in the first round. Beat the Warriors 4-2 in the second round. SEASON…

  9. Pacers advance to the Eastern Conference Finals with Game 6 win over Knicks

    May 19, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers - Game Six

    The Pacers sent all five members of the starting lineup to the podium for the postgame press conference following their 106-99 Game 6 win over the Knicks, which goes a long way in telling the story of how they were able to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals. The team defensive effort that Indiana exhibits…

  10. Eastern Conference Finals schedule is set for Pacers-Heat matchup

    May 18, 2013, 11:12 PM EDT

    Miami Heat James is guarded by Pacers forward George during their NBA game at the American Airlines Arena in Miami

    WIth the Pacers’ win over the Knicks in Game 6 on Saturday in the books, the schedule for the Eastern Conference Finals is now set. Miami will host Indiana beginning on Wednesday, May 22, and all games will be televised nationally on TNT with a start time of 8:30 p.m. Eastern. Game 1 – Wed …

  11. Roy Hibbert with the monster block on a dunk attempt from Carmelo Anthony (VIDEO)

    May 18, 2013, 10:52 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert smiles while running down court after a Pacers score during the second half of an NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game versus the New York Knicks in Indianapolis

    Midway through the fourth quarter of Game 6 and with the Knicks surging and clinging to a two-point advantage, Carmelo Anthony drove baseline and elevated, almost certainly expecting to finish this dunk over Roy Hibbert to further extend his team’s lead. Hibbert got there first, however, and met Anthony at the rim for this monster…

  12. Nate Robinson unlikely to return to Bulls next season

    May 18, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game One

    Nate Robinson wasn’t only the Bulls’ main scoring punch during the playoffs, he symbolized the team’s heart, as well. Robinson put in many memorable performances during his injury-ravaged team’s run into the second round, including leading Chicago to a thrilling triple-overtime win over the Nets in the fourth game of that series, and helping to…

  13. George Hill cleared to play for Pacers in Game 6 vs. Knicks

    May 18, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers guard Hill reacts after scoring while New York Knicks center Chandler walks behind him during the second half of an NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    UPDATE: 6:28 p.m. ET: George Hill has been cleared to play in Game 6, the Pacers announced. Here’s the official release: “Over the last two days under the care of the Indiana Pacers’ medical staff, George Hill has participated in each step of the NBA’s Return-to-Participation Exertion Protocol as part of the NBA’s Concussion Policy.…

  14. Dennis Schroeder bows out of combine in Chicago, plans on skipping Eurocamp due to likely draft promise

    May 18, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    dennis schroeder

    Dennis Schroeder is an international prospect from Germany that has been rapidly moving up draft boards. The 19-year old point guard is listed at 6’2″ with a 6’7.25″ wingspan, and the speed and flair with which he plays is already eliciting comparisons to Rajon Rondo in terms of ability, body type, and style. Schroeder was…

  15. adidas to release special Rookie of the Year edition shoes for Damian Lillard (PHOTOS)

    May 18, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    adidas x Damian Lillard x Real Deal HERO

    Damian Lillard is getting special edition shoes from adidas to honor his Rookie of the Year campaign with the Blazers. As with all commemorative releases, it’s the small design details that make them something worth coveting. From the official release: “The shoe’s sockliners feature Damian’s Twitter handle, an Oakland satellite print and “9800s” to represent…

  16. NBA releases summary of its concussion policy

    May 18, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    George Hill, Raymond Felton

    The NBA has had a concussion policy in place for the past 18 months, and while all teams have been made aware of the details, they haven’t been publicly available until now. With the recent concussion that kept George Hill out of the Pacers’ Game 5 loss to the Knicks (and may sideline him even…

  17. Kobe Bryant responds to Michael Jordan comparison from Phil Jackson

    May 17, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan

    Phil Jackson has a new book coming out, so he will be spending plenty of time talking it up at various media outlets in the coming weeks. The tour has begun in earnest, and the juiciest quotes from the book are beginning to be released. If there’s one subject Jackson can speak on with absolute…

  18. Report: Vinny Del Negro to meet with Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling this weekend

    May 17, 2013, 9:33 PM EDT

    Chris Paul ,  Vinny Del Negro

    Vinny Del Negro coached the Clippers to a franchise-best 56 regular season wins, yet he is a man without a contract for next season. It’s been widely assumed that the team would go in another direction after L.A. was bounced from the playoffs in the first round, especially after getting out to a two games…

  19. A look at the play that caused George Hill’s concussion (VIDEO)

    May 17, 2013, 8:07 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers guard Hill reacts after scoring while New York Knicks center Chandler walks behind him during the second half of an NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    George Hill played 37 minutes in the Pacers’ Game 4 win over the Knicks, and led the team in scoring with a game-high 26 points. So when the news broke shortly before tip-off of Game 5 that he had been ruled out due to a concussion, the collective head-scratching of when this might have happened…

  20. Dirk Nowitzki plans to take a ‘significant pay cut’ in next contract with the Mavericks

    May 16, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dirk Nowitzki has played all 15 of his NBA seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, and has amassed quite a fortune while doing so. Not counting endorsements, the 11-time All-Star has pulled in $204 million in career earnings, which puts him fifth all-time in that category in league history. As a result, when it’s time for…

  21. Knicks head coach Mike Woodson says he’s ‘expecting to win’ Game 5 vs. Pacers

    May 16, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

    Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony

    The Knicks are facing elimination Thursday night, trailing three games to one in their playoff series against the Pacers. New York hopes that returning to play at Madison Square Garden, where the team was 31-10 during the regular season, may help them snap out of their offensive funk and force a Game 6 back in…

  22. Nick Young takes to Instagram to respond to sexual assault lawsuit filed against him

    May 16, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT

    Nick Young, Issiah Thomas

    Nick Young is currently facing a sexual assault lawsuit that a woman recently filed, alleging that some very ugly things occurred two years ago. It’s worth noting that this is not a criminal complaint, and we won’t jump to conclusions either way until the case is resolved. But it is unfortunate that anyone can file…

  23. LeBron says win over Bulls might have been the toughest closeout game of his career

    May 16, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

    lebron postgame

    It’s no secret that the Bulls gave everything they had against the Heat, and that Chicago team will be remembered as one of the hardest-fighting in recent memory, especially considering all of the injuries they dealt with throughout the course of the postseason. The Heat had the utmost respect for their opponent, and couldn’t stop…

  24. Lindsey Hunter interviews with Suns’ new GM for team’s head coaching job

    May 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Lindsey Hunter, Michael Beasley

    When the Phoenix Suns formally introduced Ryan McDonough as their new GM last week, he made it known that hiring a head coach was at the very top of his list of priorities. It didn’t seem as though interim head coach Lindsey Hunter, who guided the team to just a 12-29 record, would be strongly…

  25. Grizzlies advance to Conference finals for first time in team history after Game 5 win over Thunder

    May 16, 2013, 1:54 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant walks with his head down after a teammate fouled a Memphis Grizzlies player in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoffs in Oklahoma City.

    The Memphis Grizzlies have punched a ticket to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history, thanks to closing out the Thunder 88-84 with a Game 5 victory in Oklahoma City. The Thunder were going to need a superstar performance out of Kevin Durant in order to extend this series, and just…

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