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  1. Larry Brown will play his starters on Wednesday

    Apr 12, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

    The Bobcats are one of the few teams in the league who have already clinched their playoff spot, but Larry Brown isn’t letting his foot off the gas pedal. According to Jonathan Abrams of the New York times, Larry Brown will play his starters when the Bobcats play the Bulls on Wednesday. Brown’s explanation is…

  2. Kevin Durant for most improved player?

    Apr 12, 2010, 7:19 PM EDT

    I’ve never really quite gotten behind the Most Improved Player award or the 6th Man of the Year award. Two guys can be playing on teams that are just as good, put up the exact same numbers, play the exact same amount of minutes, and play defense just as well as the other one. But…

  3. McGrady to miss home finale

    Apr 12, 2010, 6:24 PM EDT

    Knicks forward Tracy McGrady may have played his last home game as a Knick. According to Mike Slane of the Knicks’ official website, McGrady will not play against the Wizards tonight in what will be the final home game of the season for the Knicks. McGrady has been suffering from a knee injury that caused…

  4. Basketball Prospectus makes its all-defense selections

    Apr 12, 2010, 6:23 PM EDT

    Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus has announced his All-Defensive first team, and some of the selections may surprise you. Except for Dwight Howard. That one you probably should’ve gotten. Using factors like dMult, adjusted plus/minus, team defensive rating, defensive WARP, and his own lyin’ eyes, Pelton has assembled a fairly comprehensive look at who the…

  5. Shane Battier hosted a karaoke benefit. There is video.

    Apr 9, 2010, 6:39 PM EDT

    Would you like to see video of a Karaoke benefit hosted by Shane Battier that includes Battier, Chase Budinger singing Bon Jovi, and Luis Scola singing “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” Of course you would. Here’s a link to the video, courtesy of click2houston.com. (Hat tip goes to Deadspin.)  The benefit raised money for the…

  6. Bosh released from the hospital

    Apr 9, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    The Associated Press is reporting that Raptors forward Chris Bosh was released from the hospital on Thursday and is now back in Toronto. Bosh suffered a nasty-looking nasal fracture due to an inadvertent elbow from Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison during Tuesday’s game between the Raptors and the Cavaliers. He is expected to miss the rest…

  7. Should the Celtics keep going to Paul Pierce's go-to shot?

    Apr 9, 2010, 5:54 PM EDT

    It’s a shot that every NBA fan has come to recognize. If the game is on the line and the Celtics have the ball, Paul Pierce is likely to go right and utilize his signature step-back jumper from the elbow. It’s a shot Pierce can get whenever he wants, and he’s been successful with it…

  8. Armon Johnson declares for the NBA draft

    Apr 9, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, Nevada guard Armon Johnson will skip his senior season and enter the NBA draft. He plans to hire an agent, which would put an end to his college eligibility.  Most draft experts expected Johnson to stay in college for another season. Draft Express ranks Johnson 55th in their list of…

  9. Is Chris Bosh worth a max contract?

    Apr 8, 2010, 6:31 PM EDT

    Tom Ziller, writing for FanHouse, thinks that he is: “So we’re left with this: Bosh is an elite scorer, one of the best of his generation at his position to this point, and Bosh is a really strong rebounder for his position, even compared with the best PFs of the era. He compares favorably to…

  10. Depressing record chase capped off by depressing celebration

    Apr 8, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    Winning 1,333 games as an NBA coach? That’s absolutely amazing, and a feat worthy of recognizing. Breaking the record during a 24-win season that represents one of your low points as a coach? That’s not as great. Don Nelson’s long, awkward stumble towards history finally came to a close on Wednesday night as the Warriors…

  11. Mike Miller might also want to play for the Magic

    Apr 8, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

    Knicks forward Tracy McGrady has made it fairly clear that he wouldn’t mind playing for his former team next season. After Wednesday night’s Wizards-Magic tilt, Wizards forward Mike Miller admitted to Andrew Melnick of Howard the Dunk that he would love to return to his former team: “I would love to,” Miller said. “Look at what…

  12. Joakim Noah says LeBron is the enemy

    Apr 8, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    The Chicago Bulls will have the cap space to sign a max free agent this summer. While it is widely believed that the Bulls will target Chicago native Dwyane Wade this off-season, LeBron James could be a fringe possibility as well. However, there is a strong possibility that LeBron’s Cavaliers will face the Bulls in…

  13. Bogut undergoes successful surgery

    Apr 6, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    The Associated Press is reporting that Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut underwent successful on Monday afternoon to repair his injured right hand. Bogut injured his hand, wrist, and elbow on the same gruesome fall during a game against the Phoenix Suns on Saturday. Bogut is expected to begin rehab in six weeks, which makes the…

  14. Looking at Dwight Howard's technical fouls

    Apr 6, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard is known as one of the nicest superstars in the NBA. At times, he’s even been accused of being too nice. So why is Howard one technical foul away from an automatic one-game suspension?  Orlando Pinstriped Post decided to try to answer that very question today. Commenter “magicfaninTN” put together an obsessive analysis…

  15. James Johnson to be a game-time decision

    Apr 6, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    According to Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago, Bulls rookie James Johnson will be a game-time decision for Tuesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Johnson participated in a Tuesday morning shootaround, but has been hampered by a partially torn fascia.  The game against the Bucks will be an important one for the Bulls. Chicago is…

  16. Hoopsworld: NBA draft has a seedy side

    Apr 6, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

    On Monday night, the NCAA Tournament ended. On Tuesday morning, Hoopsworld reminded us how much more complicated life can get for college players once they’ve finished their amateur careers and test the NBA draft waters.  Steve Kyler wrote an article that details the various ways agents reach out to amateur players around the time of…

  17. Rajon Rondo doing the little things helps Celtics hold on

    Apr 5, 2010, 8:06 PM EDT

    Most of the talk surrounding the finish of Sunday’s wild Cavaliers-Celtics tilt has been about LeBron James horrible, horrible, terrible decision to pull up for a three on a fast-break with four seconds remaining in the game and the Cavaliers trailing by two. (To be clear: that was a horrible decision.)  However, as bad as…

  18. Manu Ginobili: the under-the-radar 2010 prize?

    Apr 5, 2010, 6:53 PM EDT

    Everyone knows who the big targets this summer will be: LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Chris Bosh, Amare Stoudemire (provided he opts out), Joe Johnson, and Rudy Gay, in roughly that order. Cap space has been cleared, articles have been written, baseball caps have been analyzed.  I understand all of that completely. Here’s what I don’t…

  19. Video: Vince Carter's 360 dunk

    Apr 5, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Vince Carter doesn’t have the same hops that he did when he took the league by storm. A highlight dunk from Vince used to be a nightly occurrence, but this season Carter has averaged fewer than one dunk every two games. However, Carter still has a few crowd-pleasing slams in his bag.  This dunk doesn’t feature…

  20. Top 10 buzzer-beaters of the season

    Apr 2, 2010, 6:54 PM EDT

    NBA.com has compiled a video of the 10 best buzzer-beaters of the year. You’re not going to believe who’s at #1. Also, James Posey’s game-winning layup against the Timberwolves is as good a way as any to sum up Minnesota’s season. 

  21. Chris Anderson and a mysterious gold object

    Apr 2, 2010, 6:34 PM EDT

    During Thursday night’s Nuggets-Blazers game, Chris Anderson went down with a twisted ankle. As the trainers went to have a look at him, a gold object fell onto Birdman’s mouth, and he spit it out. There was immediately speculation as to what the gold object was. Leading theories included: -A ring -A collector’s coin -A…

  22. Shaquille O'Neal returns to practice

    Apr 2, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, Cavaliers center Shaquille O’Neal took part in practice on Thursday. O’Neal has been out since February 25th with a thumb injury, which he suffered in the first half of a game against the Celtics. The Cavaliers have gone 14-2 in his absence, but have benefited from a favorable schedule.  Coach Mike Brown…

  23. Don Nelson's awkward pursuit of history coming down to the wire

    Apr 1, 2010, 6:09 PM EDT

    As you may know, Warriors coach Don Nelson is three wins away from breaking Lenny Wilkens’ all-time record for NBA coaching victories. He’s also been on the sidelines as the Warriors, only a few years removed from pulling off one of the biggest playoff upsets of all time, have become a shell of their former…

  24. Al-Farouq Aminu declares for the draft

    Apr 1, 2010, 5:32 PM EDT

    According to the Associated Press, Wake Forest forward Al-Farouq Aminu has hired an agent and declared himself eligible for this summer’s NBA draft. The 19-year old Aminu averaged 15.8 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, and 1.4 steals per game over the course of his final season with the Demon Deacons. In the NCAA tournament, Aminu…

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