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  1. Grizzlies impose their will, take game 5 from Clippers

    May 10, 2012, 1:01 AM EDT

    Zach Randolph

    With their backs to the wall, the Memphis Grizzlies played the exact game they needed to play to beat the Clippers, and now find themselves one road win away from a Game 7 on their home floor, where they were 26-7 in the regular season and are now 2-1 in the playoffs. The Grizzlies pounded…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Can Memphis keep its season alive?

    May 9, 2012, 9:09 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, lKenyon Martin

    Through the first four games of the Grizzlies-Clippers series, Memphis has outscored the Clippers by one point. However, thanks to two one-point losses and an overtime loss in game 4, they find themselves in a 3-1 hole and on the brink of elimination coming into tonight’s game. Memphis has shown they have what it takes…

  3. Deng, defense allow Bulls to defeat 76ers, keep season alive

    May 9, 2012, 12:47 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Deng goes to the basket against the Miami Heat during second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    Derrick Rose is out for the rest of the playoffs. Joakim Noah, who was a game-time decision, ended up not playing a minute. And it didn’t matter from the Chicago Bulls, who staved off elimination in Game 5 of their series with the Philadelphia 76ers thanks to a great performance from Luol Deng and some…

  4. Noah might play in Game 5, but Asik will start

    May 8, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    From ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell: DEERFIELD, Ill. — Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah shot free throws without a brace on his sprained left ankle at shootaround and is a game-time decision for Game 5 Tuesday against the Philadelphia 76ers. Omer Asik will start regardless of whether Noah, who was still walking with a limp, plays. The Bulls are down 3-1 in…

  5. Mike Brown says that stupid idea to intentionally lose Game 5 to get Metta World Peace back is stupid

    May 8, 2012, 5:36 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Here’s the situation: if the Lakers-Nuggets series goes to six games, Metta World Peace‘s suspension would end, and he would be able to appear in either Game 7 of the Lakers-Nuggets series or, more importantly, Game 1 of the Lakers-Thunder series if the Lakers ended up beating the Nuggets. Naturally, some people have been wondering…

  6. C.J. Miles and Raja Bell are not thrilled with Ty Corbin

    May 8, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    Ty Corbin did a lot of things right in his first full season as the Utah Jazz’s head coach. Even though the Jazz were swept in convincing fashion by the Spurs in the 1st round, the team did make the playoffs the year after Hall-of-Fame coach Jerry Sloan left mid-season and superstar point guard Deron…

  7. Report: Crawford to opt out of contract, become unrestriced free agent

    May 8, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    From HoopsWorld’s Alex Kennedy: Jamal Crawford will opt-out this summer, source confirms. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent. Wolves, Nets, Suns among potential suitors. Crawford, the 2010 6th Man of the Year and the NBA’s all-time leader in four-point plays, is a combo guard who can get hot at any time and pour in points…

  8. NBA Playoffs: 76ers take 3-1 series lead over depleted Bulls

    May 6, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Spencer Hawes

    You’ve gotta feel for the Chicago Bulls right now. After going 50-16 in the regular season to secure the Eastern Conference’s best record, the Bulls watched their best player tear his ACL with just over a minute remaining in Game 1 of the series, and Game 3 saw Joakim Noah go down with an ankle…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Clippers pull off another comeback, take 2-1 series lead

    May 5, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Zach Randolph, and guard Tony Allen

    The Memphis Grizzlies have to be shaking their heads in disbelief right now. While the Grizzlies’ blown opportunity in Game 3 wasn’t nearly as disastrous as their historic Game 1 collapse, the fact of the matter is that Memphis could easily be up 3-o on the Clippers right now, but instead they find themselves down…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Can the Clippers assert themselves in Game 3?

    May 5, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Two

    It’s as simple as this: if the Clippers hadn’t pulled off a miracle comeback in Game 1, they would be on the wrong side of a 2-0 deficit coming into Game 3. The Clippers have been dominated for 87 of the 96 minutes played in this series so far, and they desperately need to make…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Thunder dominate Mavericks, take 3-0 series lead

    May 4, 2012, 12:38 AM EDT

    Durant Game 3

    Here’s the thing about losing close games, like the kind of games the Mavericks got in Game 1 and Game 2 of this series: you don’t get them back. The points don’t carry over. The 7th-seeded Mavericks came far closer to beating Oklahoma City on their home floor — twice — than anybody expected they…

  12. Bosh returns from birth of child, expected to play in Game 3

    May 3, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    From the AP: NEW YORK (AP) – Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh returned to New York hours after his wife gave birth and is preparing to play in Game 3 of his team’s Eastern Conference first-round series against the Knicks on Thursday night. Bosh left the team shortly after it arrived in New York on…

  13. Wall, Irving named to Team USA’s “Select Team”

    May 3, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Cavaliers Irving reacts to making a three point basket in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    From Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer: CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will have a busy July representing team and country in Las Vegas. The presumptive NBA Rookie of the Year not only will lead the Cavs’ summer-league squad, but also help prepare the U.S. Olympic basketball club as it readies…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Grizzlies survive Paul’s 29, even series at 1-1

    May 3, 2012, 12:49 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Two

    It wasn’t pretty, but the Memphis Grizzlies were able to bounce back from their heartbreaking Game 1 defeat and even up their 1st-round series with the Los Angeles Clippers before the series goes back to Los Angeles. Chris Paul was the best player on the floor on Wednesday night, as he was able to record…

  15. Nick Young and Gilbert Arenas maintain strong friendship

    May 2, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Nick Young

    From SI’s Chris Mannix, with a tip of the hat to The Basketball Jones and the DC Sports Bog: Lately, [Young and Arenas] have been seeing each other plenty. In Memphis, the Clippers are staying at a hotel across the street from the arena, the same hotel Arenas moved into when he got to town.…

  16. Jazz plan to get more physical with Tony Parker in Game 2

    May 2, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    The AP’s Paul J. Weber: The Jazz are mapping a more physical game plan for All-Star Tony Parker after the Spurs point guard shredded them for 28 points in Game 1. Jazz point guard Devin Harris said his counterpart will likely be in for a ”hard foul or two” after Parker slashed into Utah’s big and bruising frontcourt without…

  17. NBA Playoffs: 76ers take home-court advantage from Rose-less Bulls

    May 1, 2012, 10:47 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Louis Williams

    It’s been a very tough 49:09 of basketball for the Chicago Bulls, who finished the regular season with the Eastern Conference’s best record. At the end of Game 1, which the Bulls were winning comfortably, Derrick Rose awkwardly landed after a jump-stop and blew out his ACL, which ended Rose’s season and probably effectively ended…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Clippers end game on 28-3 run, win 99-98

    Apr 30, 2012, 12:37 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Zach Randolph

    With 9 minutes and 12 seconds remaining in Game 1 of the Grizzlies-Clippers series, O.J. Mayo hit a 3 to put the Grizzlies up by 24 points in front of their hometown crowd. The Grizzlies were doing everything perfectly: Mayo and Mike Conley were on fire from beyond the arc, the Clippers had no answers…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Thunder hold onto home-court advantage thanks to Durant’s last-second jumper

    Apr 29, 2012, 12:37 AM EDT

    Durant Marion

    It certainly wasn’t easy, but the Oklahoma City Thunder managed to eke out a 1-0 series lead over the Dallas Mavericks after a back-and-forth final period that ended with Kevin Durant nailing a game-winner with 1.5 seconds left to play. The Mavericks had plenty of chances to win — Shawn Marion did a great job…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Bulls win game 1 vs. 76ers, but Rose injured

    Apr 28, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

    Rose injury

    Everything was going perfectly for the Bulls in Game 1 of their series against the Philadelphia 76ers. Philadelphia was having no luck scoring on the Bulls’ defense, Lou Williams was never able to get anything going, Derrick Rose was approaching a triple-double, and new addition Rip Hamilton had 19 points on 6-7 shooting from the…

  21. PBT Playoff Preview: Thunder vs. Mavericks

    Apr 27, 2012, 2:20 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Season Records: Oklahoma City (47-19, 2 seed) vs. Dallas (38-28, 7 seed) Season Series: OKC 3-1 Offense/Defense Rankings (points per 100 possessions): Offense: OKC 107.2 (2nd in NBA) vs. DAL 101.1 (20th in NBA) Defense: OKC 100 (9th in NBA) vs. DAL 98.6 (8th in NBA) Three Key Thunder: Kevin Durant: Durant just locked up…

  22. PBT Playoff Preview: Chicago vs. Philadelphia

    Apr 27, 2012, 1:40 AM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    SEASON RECORDS: Chicago: 50-16 (1 seed) Philadelphia: 35-31 (8 seed) SEASON SERIES: Chicago won 2-1 OFFENSE/ DEFENSE RANKINGS (points per 100 possessions): Offense: Chicago 107.4 (5th in NBA), Philadelphia 103.9 (20th in NBA) Defense: Chicago 98.3 (2nd in NBA), Philadelphia 99.2 (3rd in NBA) THREE KEY BULLS: Derrick Rose: Last season’s MVP has had an…

  23. Boston to add Sean Williams for playoffs

    Apr 19, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

    Sean Williams

    From ESPN.com’s Marc Stein: With Jermaine O’Neal lost to season-ending wrist surgery, Boston decided to bring in Sean Williams as an extra big. The 25-year-old Williams is a great athlete and talented shot blocker, but his personal issues have kept him from living up to his considerable potential so far. Williams was dismissed from the…

  24. Cavaliers decline to keep Lester Hudson for the remainder of the season

    Apr 19, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

    Lester Hudson

    From the Akron-Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd: #Cavs not renewing Lester Hudson’s contract for final week of season. His second 10 day contract expired after last night’s game Hudson gave the Cavs some minutes and some scoring while Kyrie Irving was out with an injury, but he didn’t exactly set the world on fire during his stint…

  25. Video: If you text during a game, you will get hit in the head by a basketball

    Apr 19, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

    Texting Fan Nailed

    That’s what happened to this Nets fan sitting courtside, who was bonked in the head by a loose ball while texting. Not only did he have to suffer the physical pain of a basketball to the head, but he ended up getting called out by Marv Albert on-air, which is the ultimate form of shaming.…

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