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  1. Carmelo Anthony on his MVP voter: ‘I don’t know why he catches so much flak for that’

    May 8, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony points to his head as Knicks fans cheer from the sidelines in the fourth quarter in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series against the Indiana Pacers in New York

    Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe gave his first-place MVP vote to Carmelo Anthony, making Washburn the only voter not to choose LeBron James, who won the award with 120 of 121 first-place votes. Huge kudos to Washburn for explaining himself – he’s under no obligation to reveal that he was the Melo voter –…

  2. Jimmy Butler can barely believe his 48-minute streak

    May 8, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler

    It’s been nine days since Jimmy Butler missed a second of a Bulls game. With Luol Deng out and Kirk Hinrich likely out for Game 2 against the heat tonight, it’s a reasonable expect Butler will play 48 minutes for the fourth straight game. How is he preparing? Herb Gould of the Chicago Sun-Times: ‘‘Rest,…

  3. Nate Robinson comes up big once again in Bulls’ Game 1 over Heat

    May 6, 2013, 10:48 PM EDT

    Nate Robinson

    Nate Robinson’s teammates hunched over just so they could celebrate at eye level with the shortest player the NBA playoffs have seen in the last seven years. Earlier in the night, they would have had to bend even lower. In the second quarter, Robinson sat on the Heat court with blood dripping from his face.…

  4. Deron Williams and Jerry Sloan open to working together again

    May 6, 2013, 5:24 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets guard Williams reacts after Chicago Bulls were fouled late in fourth quarter of Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York

    Deron Williams and Jerry Sloan went 262-174 and won four playoff series in five-plus seasons together. Since their much-publicized split, Williams has gone 71-77 and won zero playoff series, and Sloan hasn’t coached in the NBA. Williams obviously wants to return to winning more often than not, and Sloan sounds like he wants to return…

  5. Bulls-Nets Game 7: Who’s tougher? (Probably the team with a player in the hospital and another who can barely walk)

    May 4, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls - Game Six

    Generally, I’d be inclined to say a team that fights back from a 3-1 series deficit is tougher than the team blowing the advantage. But this Bulls-Nets series feels much, much different. No matter what happens at 8 p.m. tonight, Chicago showed its toughness by putting together a strong season without Derrick Rose and winning…

  6. Thunder-Rockets Game 6 preview: Kevin Durant continues to dominate Oklahoma City offense

    May 3, 2013, 8:57 PM EDT

    In the last three games, Kevin Durant has scored 115 points, drawn 32 fouls and committed three charges. Not only is he carrying the Thunder’s offense, he’s taking a beating to do it. That probably won’t change in Game 6 with Russell Westbrook out for the rest of the playoffs. Reggie Jackson showed signs of…

  7. Report: Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer speaks with Pistons about head-coaching vacancy

    May 3, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT

    Mike Budenholzer

    Mike Budenholzer is often named one of those assistants who is long overdo to become a head coach. The only reason he’s not always named in those discussions is because of an operating theory he’d rather succeed Gregg Popovich with the Spurs than pursue other openings. But what if an organization that, once upon a…

  8. Carlos Delfino out for playoffs

    May 3, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Three

    The Rockets, with two straight wins over Oklahoma City, have momentum in their first-round series. But down 3-2, their backs are still against the wall. Consider them pressed a little tighter. Jason Friedman of Rockets.com: Carlos Delfino has a fractured bone in right foot. Out for the playoffs. Delfino has been having a nice series,…

  9. Jarrett Jack rejected Warriors’ extension talks

    May 3, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game Five

    Jarrett Jack will hit free agency this summer as the third-place finisher in Sixth Man of the Year voting, a key cog in the Warriors’ upset of the Nuggets and a player in line for a raise. Jack made $5.4 million this season, arguably the best of his career. At 29, he’s really seemed to…

  10. Bulls-Nets Game 6 preview: Chicago’s injury report reaching ridiculous levels

    May 2, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    BKN-BULLS-NETS

    No Derrick Rose. No Kirk Hinrich. Maybe no Luol Deng. Maybe no Taj Gibson. A reduced Joakim Noah. The Bulls don’t have much left besides their 3-2 lead over the Nets, and that might no longer be enough of an advantage to advance over a more talented Brooklyn team. The loss of Hinrich is particularly…

  11. Scott Brooks lets Omer Asik steal the show from Kevin Durant and James Harden in Thunder’s Game 5 loss to Rockets

    May 2, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's coach Brooks shouts at an official during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff against Houston Rockets in Oklahoma

    Kevin Durant has an attitude. Kevin McHale has a sense of humor. Scott Brooks has a job (for now). James Harden has an illness. And we have a Game 6. The Rockets beat the increasingly vulnerable-looking Thunder, 107-100, tonight. After taking a 3-0 series lead, Oklahoma City has lost two straight, but none more embarrassingly…

  12. Rockets-Thunder Game 5 preview: Patrick Beverly returns to Oklahoma City after Russell Westbrook injury

    May 1, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverly drives against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    After trying for a steal on the play that injured Russell Westbrook, Patrick Beverly has become disliked – in some cases, to extreme levels – among Thunder fans. So, now that the series has shifted back to Oklahoma City, nobody is taking any chances. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle: Arena security stationed a police…

  13. Kevin Durant & Thunder solve Rockets’ gameplan; Chandler Parsons comes up big in Rockets’ win

    Apr 30, 2013, 1:31 AM EDT

    Serge Ibaka, Kevin Durant

    Chandler Parsons stood on the court and said, “It’s unbelievable.” Moments ago, Serge Ibaka laid on the same court court and covered his eyes with both hands before making his body limp as two of his teammates tried to pick him. A few feet away, Reggie Jackson, knocked to the ground, sat up and reached…

  14. Nets win Game 5 over Bulls with unbelievably good offense

    Apr 29, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets' Williams, Lopez and Wallace tap hands as Chicago Bulls' Robinson walks off the court in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball playoff game in New York

    On Saturday, the Pacers posted an offensive rating of 70.2 in their Game 3 loss to the Hawks. Tonight, the Nets bested that offensive rating – on possessions they missed a shot. Let me repeat that. Every time the Nets began a possession by missing a shot, their offense performed better than Indiana’s did overall…

  15. Rockets-Thunder Game 4 preview: Kevin Durant to rest more

    Apr 29, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Three

    With Russell Westbrook out, the Thunder put a huge load Kevin Durant’s back during their Game 3 win. Durant played all but 44 seconds, and his 30 shots were more than twice as many as any teammate. But Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks plans to give Durant a break – even if one isn’t as…

  16. Bulls-Nets Game 5 preview: More Nate Robinson time

    Apr 29, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Nate Robinson celebrates with team-mates during overtime in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets  in Chicago, Illinois

    The Nets can’t beat a full-strength Bulls team. They can’t beat a Bulls team with Derrick Rose out. They can’t beat a Bulls team with Joakim Noah playing more than 13 minutes. Can they beat the Bulls without Kirk Hinrich? Has the bar finally dropped low enough for the Nets to clear it? They better,…

  17. Jason Collins’ coming out as gay shouldn’t affect his free agency

    Apr 29, 2013, 2:07 PM EDT

    File photo of Washington Wizards' Jason Collins going to the basket against Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago, Illinois

    When I read Jason Collins’ story in Sport Illustrated coming out as gay, my first thought was: good. This is an exciting moment, a historic declaration by Collins, who is tearing down the homophobia that once permeated through American team sports. Much later, my another thought kicked in: dread. As Collins notes in his story,…

  18. Kevin Durant scores 41, Thunder take 3-0 lead, but Rockets show how Russell Westbrook’s injury could hurt Oklahoma City later

    Apr 28, 2013, 1:44 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Three

    Kevin Durant swarmed Jeremy Lin as the Rockets point guard tried to call timeout early in the second quarter, hacking at the ball and Lin until a official granted the timeout. That play – intentionally similar to the one where Patrick Beverly injured Russell Westbrook in Game 3 – aggravated Lin’s chest injury, and he…

  19. Pacers’ playoff-best offense disintegrates in Atlanta

    Apr 27, 2013, 10:58 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Devin Harris needed just 4.5 seconds to slice through the Pacers’ defense for a layup late in the first half, leaving only 1.8 seconds for the Pacers. George Hill launched a desperation heave that obviously missed, but the look was only marginally better than the shots Indiana got most of the game. The Hawks’ offense…

  20. Rockets-Thunder Game 3 preview: Russell Westbrook’s injury a series changer

    Apr 27, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a break on the court against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    The Rockets are down, but Russell Westbrook is out. Westbrook tore his meniscus and will require surgery. He’s out for the rest the Thunder’s first-round series and longer, giving Houston a much better chance of winning games in these playoffs. But winning the series? That’s still a tall order, especially already down 0-2. The Thunder’s…

  21. Bulls-Nets Game 4 preview: Can either team generate offense?

    Apr 27, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

    The teams with worse offensive ratings than the Bulls and Nets in these playoffs are a combined 0-11. Part defensive struggle, part offenses struggling, this series is the Eastern Conference’s answer to the high-flying Nuggets-Warriors matchup. While Stephen Curry is bombing 3-pointers and Ty Lawson is dishing assists, Joakim Noah and Joe Johnson are comparing…

  22. Marcus Smart still could declare for NBA Draft if he wants

    Apr 27, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Devon Energy College Basketball

    Marcus Smart said he’s returning to Oklahoma State, and the NCAA’s early entry deadline has passed. But, contrary to popular belief, the potential No. 1 overall pick can still declare for the 2013 NBA Draft. There’s even a rumor he’s considering it. Word on the street is Marcus Smart is having second thoughts about pulling…

  23. Dan Gilbert owns the Cavaliers, but he’s still telling the Pistons how to operate

    Apr 26, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT

    File photo of Quicken Loans founder Gilbert addressing the audience during a news conference in Detroit

    Dan Gilbert doesn’t just tell LeBron James how to handle his business. The Cavaliers owner also tells Pistons owner Tom Gores how to handle his. Gilbert – again – has publically suggested the Pistons should move from the suburb of Auburn Hills to downtown Detroit.  Gilbert, via Mike Wilkinson of The Detroit News: “Let’s face…

  24. Gerald Wallace: ‘I don’t have a clue what my role is on this team’

    Apr 26, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets - Game Two

    If Gerald Wallace wasn’t doubting himself before, he surely is now. The Nets outscored Chicago by 10 in the fourth quarter of Game 3, Brooklyn’s best quarter since the first half of Game 1 – all with Wallace on the bench. Where does that leave Wallace now? Via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily…

  25. Bulls, Nets make Nets’ offense stink

    Apr 26, 2013, 12:56 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

    Joakim Noah scored his first point and on the next possession, in his 27th minute, he closed hard to marginally, if at all, bother a wide-open corner 3-point attempt. Tonight, that was plenty. The Bulls – with lots of help from Brooklyn – crippled the Nets’ offense and watched one more airball as time expired,…

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