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  1. Oklahoma City was really loud last night

    Apr 23, 2010, 6:43 PM EDT

    It was never a secret that the Oklahoma City crowd was going to be a factor in whatever first-round series the Thunder ended up playing in. Oklahoma City has a loud, passionate fanbase, and it’s their team’s first ever NBA playoff appearance. Yet for all the predictions of how loud the building was going to…

  2. Report: Kenyon Martin will play on Friday

    Apr 23, 2010, 6:13 PM EDT

    Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post tweeted that Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin will play in Friday’s game against the Utah Jazz. Martin missed practice on Thursday to rest his knee and was earlier reported to be a “game-time decision,” but Adrian Dantley is now saying that he will play. Martin averaged 11 points and 7.5…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Bobcats still unable to mount any offense against the Magic

    Apr 21, 2010, 11:53 PM EDT

    It’s not that the Bobcats scored 30 points in the first half against the Magic. It’s that it’s surprising they managed to score 30 the way they were playing.  Larry Brown promised that his team would be more aggressive attacking the basket against Dwight Howard and co. on Wednesday night. To put it mildly, that did not…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Bryant, Lakers hold on against Oklahoma City

    Apr 21, 2010, 3:40 AM EDT

    The Lakers-Thunder series promised a showdown between two of the best defensive teams in the Western Conference and two of the best scorers in the league. When Durant and Kobe struggled on Sunday, the game became an ugly, grind-it out affair. On Tuesday night, both Durant and Kobe showed up. The result was one of…

  5. NBA Playoffs: What the Thunder need to do to win in Los Angeles

    Apr 20, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

    With the Lakers stumbling a bit coming into the playoffs and the Thunder being anything but a typical eight-seed, many people believed that the Lakers-Thunder series would be a lot more competitive than #1-#8 matchups usually are.  In game 1, things didn’t work out that way; the Thunder looked completely outmatched on both ends of…

  6. Nets interested in Tom Thibodeau?

    Apr 20, 2010, 2:41 PM EDT

    According to Julian Garcia of the New Jersey Daily News, the New Jersey Nets may be interested in hiring Boston Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau as the next head coach of the Nets.  Nets president Rod Thorn did not mention Thibodeau by name, but seemed to describe Thibodeau when talking about coaches that would be…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Utah beats Denver at their own game

    Apr 20, 2010, 2:24 AM EDT

    The first game of the Utah-Denver series was a clash of styles. The Jazz used flex sets in the half-court to get points, while the Nuggets were able to prevail by utilizing organized chaos. On Monday night, the Jazz tried to be more aggressive offensively. With no Okur or Kirilenko, the Jazz were forced to push the…

  8. Fesenko to start in place of Okur

    Apr 19, 2010, 6:19 PM EDT

    The Associated Press is reporting that the Utah Jazz will start Kyrylo Fesenko at center for Monday night’s game two of their series against the Denver Nuggets. The Jazz lost starting center Mehmet Okur to an Achilles tendon injury in game one of the series. The 23-year old Fesenko is listed at an impressive 7-1,…

  9. Kevin Garnett reacts to his suspension

    Apr 19, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett says that he was not surprised by the league’s decision to suspend him for one game due to the elbow Garnett threw during a game one altercation with members of the Miami Heat.  Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston reports that Garnett said the following regarding his suspension: “No, I wasn’t surprised at all,…

  10. Has Shaq actually made the Cavs more focused?

    Apr 19, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    When the NBA’s goofiest superstar joined the locker room of the NBA’s goofiest title contenders, some people wondered if the Cavaliers would be able to find the necessary focus to win a championship this season.  According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, Shaq has actually given the Cavaliers a focus they say they didn’t have last season:…

  11. Your neck tattoo jumbotron video of the day

    Apr 19, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

    Here is a jumbotron video of DeShawn Stevenson’s neck tattoo of Abraham Lincoln imploring Mavericks fans to get pumped up. There’s not much more to say. I’m not sure I’ll ever read a history textbook the same way again. 

  12. New development in the bizarre O'Neal-Howard Superman feud

    Apr 19, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

    For a long time, Shaquille O’Neal was the NBA’s version of superman. He was really big, all but invincible, and generally overpowering. He even had a crippling weakness. Shaq also really likes being called Superman. He has a Superman tattoo. He once had a giant bed with the Superman logo on it. He has Superman…

  13. NBA Playoffs: Howard, Magic hold off Charlotte's comeback attempt

    Apr 18, 2010, 11:41 PM EDT

    I had the Bobcats pegged as a potential first-round spoiler because of the way they play defense and how good they are on their home floor, but the Magic represent some fairly significant matchup problems for them on both offense and defense. When the Bobcats have the ball, they don’t have any way to consistently…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Lakers lock down Durant, Thunder to win Game 1

    Apr 18, 2010, 8:41 PM EDT

    On a superficial level, the Lakers and Thunder appear to be polar opposites in a lot of ways. The Lakers are the defending champions. The Thunder have never been to the playoffs before. The Lakers are the #1 seed. The Thunder are the #8 seed. The Lakers are a veteran team. The Thunder are the…

  15. NBA Playoffs: Jazz unable to deal with Denver's firepower

    Apr 18, 2010, 3:01 AM EDT

    As much as anything else, the Jazz-Nuggets series is about old school vs. new school. Both Utah and Denver came into this series as one of the 10 best teams in the league in terms of offensive efficiency. The difference is that Utah relies on Jerry Sloan’s old-school flex sets to get points, while Denver…

  16. Breaking down the Artest-Durant matchup

    Apr 16, 2010, 7:49 PM EDT

    When the Lakers have the ball in their upcoming series with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the matchup to watch will be the battle on the perimeter between Kobe Bryant and Thabo Sefolosha. When the Thunder have the ball, the matchup to watch will be the one between Kevin Durant and Ron Artest, and it should…

  17. Prepare yourself for Kobe vs. Sefolosha

    Apr 15, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    Last season, one of the reasons the Rockets were able to take the eventual champion Lakers to a seventh game was the defense Shane Battier played on Kobe Bryant. Kobe got his points, but Battier’s hounding defense forced Kobe to work for each and every one of them, and it was a thrilling battle to…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Why the Magic can win it all and frustrate Cavs fans at the same time

    Apr 15, 2010, 5:15 AM EDT

    The Orlando Magic finished with the second-best record of any team in the league. They are the reigning Eastern Conference Champions. Furthermore, the old cliches go that defense and dominant big men win championships. The Magic lead the league in defensive efficiency, and have easily the best big man in the league on their roster.…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Why the Cavaliers can win it all (as if you didn't know)

    Apr 15, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    The Cavaliers have the league’s best record for the second year in a row. Their best player is likely about to win his second MVP award in a row. They’ve made major changes to their team specifically designed to avoid another disappointing playoff exit. If they win, they become the first Cleveland team to win…

  20. Knicks could be interested in Shaun Livingston

    Apr 13, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

    According to the twitter account of’s Alan Hahn, the New York Knicks could be interested in signing Shaun Livingston this off-season. The former #4 overall pick had a strong finish to the season with the Wizards, averaging 16.3 points and 6.1 assists per game on 64% shooting in April. It was the type of…

  21. Dunk of the night: Gerald Henderson on Devin Harris

    Apr 13, 2010, 5:22 PM EDT

    The Bobcats’ gritty defense and 31-9 home record have propelled them into the playoffs, and they may prove themselves to be a tough out in the first round. They’ve also managed to lose not one, but two games to the NBA’s worst team. On Monday night, Gerald Henderson and co. managed to get some revenge.

  22. Four year jersey-wearing streak comes to an end

    Apr 13, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    In April of 2006, Scary Movie 4 was the top movie at the box office, “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter was atop the Billboard charts, the Pistons were on their way to a 64-win season, and eight-year old Eric Matecun began wearing Pistons jerseys. Every day. Matecun will reportedly not wear a Pistons jersey to…

  23. Shane Battier thinks the NBA should be a lot more like college

    Apr 13, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

    Duke graduate, face-guarding aficionado, and all-around nice guy Shane Battier sat down with Jason Friedman of yesterday with a bunch of ideas regarding how the NBA could be improved. And I do mean a bunch. What kind of rule changes does Battier want to see? You’re not going to believe this, but the former Wooden…

  24. Director of Iverson documentary interviewed

    Apr 13, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, the latest film in ESPN’s “30 for 30” documentary series, premiers tonight at 8:00 EST. No Crossover focuses on the fallout from a February 14th, 1993 brawl that involved a 17-year old Allen Iverson. Iverson ended up serving four months in jail because of his role in the brawl, and…

  25. Pacers honor Harter with pre-game ceremony

    Apr 12, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    Longtime assistant coach Dick Harter was honored with a framed jersey before tonight’s Magic-Pacers game. The 80-year old Harter has long been considered a great defensive coach. After a college coaching career that included stops at Oregon, the University of Pennsylvania, and Penn State, the Pennsylvania native began a long career in the NBA.  After…

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