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  1. Allen will come off the bench for Boston, but he doesn’t like it

    Apr 9, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Ray Allen

    Ray Allen has played in 1,147 NBA games and started in all but six of those. But he came off the bench Sunday for the Celtics and may be doing so for the rest of the season — Allen even volunteered to do so after starting one game following his return from injury. Doc Rivers…

  2. NBA playoffs: Boston will win Atlantic, can 76ers stay in?

    Apr 9, 2012, 9:32 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett, Marquis Daniels

    With just more than two weeks left in the regular season, the NBA’s playoff picture is starting to come into focus. Sort of. Here is where things stand as of Monday morning. Boston, with its easy win over Philadelphia, moved three games up in the Atlantic division, ahead of both Philly and New York. Barring…

  3. Kansas’ Thomas Robinson to make it official, enter NBA draft

    Apr 9, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Kansas Jayhawks forward Thomas Robinson celebrates with fans after the Jayhawks defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes in their men's NCAA Final Four semi-final college basketball game in New Orleans

    In something that was long expected, Kansas junior forward Thomas Robinson will make it official that he is entering the NBA draft at a Monday press conference. That is what the Kansas Journal-World is reporting. KU coach Bill Self confirmed to the Journal-World on Sunday that Robinson would be turning pro. Self indicated he would…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Boston is hot, the Sixers not so much

    Apr 9, 2012, 3:30 AM EDT

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    What you missed while buying a small town for yourself… Knicks 100, Bulls 99 (OT): It took some huge threes by Carmelo Anthony and some missed late free throws by Derrick Rose and Luol Deng, but the Bulls got a key win in their playoff chase. Celtics 103, Sixers 79: Paul Pierce was hot early…

  5. Jeremy Lin now says don’t expect him back for first round

    Apr 8, 2012, 10:51 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Lin pumps his fist from the bench as teammates score during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin said a couple days ago that he was hopeful he would be back for the round of the payoffs. But he is a Harvard guy — there is a logic in his brain that can see through the emotion of when he wants to be to the reality of where…

  6. List of college underclassmen who declared for NBA draft, so far

    Apr 8, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

    Kentucky v Ohio State

    Tuesday is the big day — at least the NCAA says it’s the big day. The NBA says April 29 is the big day. Let me explain (if you want more details as always DraftExpress has them). If you scan below you will see a list, courtesy our fine friends at the Associated Press, of all…

  7. Dwyane Wade out Sunday against Pistons with ankle injury

    Apr 8, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade does a chin up before their NBA basketball game against Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee

    So much for that “no rest for the Heat’s stars” pledge… Dwyane Wade will miss the Heat’s game Sunday against the Detroit Pistons after tweaking his ankle Friday night on a dunk attempt, according to a tweet from Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. Shane Battier will start in his place. Wade sat out a…

  8. Dennis Rodman tells NBC he is not broke, is not sick

    Apr 8, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    We said it at the time — be careful of what lawyers say when trying to win child support, or really any court case. They would claim Bill Gates is a pauper. Former NBA star Dennis Rodman’s attorneys claimed he was broke and sick in court papers, but Rodman went on NBC’s Today Show Friday…

  9. Antoine Walker announces retirement from D-League

    Apr 8, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    Antoine Walker D-League

    For the past couple seasons, a guy named Antoine Walker was playing for the Idaho Stampede in the D-League who looked and sounded a lot like the former Celtic and three-time All-Star. But if you watched him he was a shell of that former player (which is why he never got another shot in the…

  10. Bobcats’ Najera has surgery on fractured skull. Yes, he’s done for season.

    Apr 8, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Eduardo Najera

    It was inadvertent — an elbow from Milwaukee’s Jon Brockman that caught Charlotte’s Eduardo Najera in the forehead as both went for a rebound. The elbow fractured Najera’s skull. That’s about as dangerous as it sounds. He had surgery on Saturday to repair it and he is done for the season, the Bobcats announced (Marc…

  11. Stan Van Gundy says he’d like to return as Magic coach. Right.

    Apr 7, 2012, 8:12 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Washington Wizards

    There is nobody on the planet that thinks Stan Van Gundy will be back to coach the Orlando Magic next season. Not Jeff Van Gundy. Not Mrs. Van Gundy. Not the president of the Van Gundy Fan Club… actually, there is no Van Gundy fan club. Yet, Stan Van Gundy is going through the motions.…

  12. Video: What the heck has gotten into Josh McRoberts?

    Apr 7, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    First there was this: Now from the Lakers loss to the Rockets we have this: Look, I know what to expect from McRoberts — hustle, fundamental solid play, some rebounds and hustle points. But spin move three pointers and steals for the breakaway dunk? Who does he think he is, Von Wafer? If Von Wafer…

  13. Ain’t no rest for the wicked: Spoelstra says no rest for Heat stars

    Apr 7, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    Erik Spoelstra

    Cue up Cage the Elephant… The Miami Heat looked tired Friday night, losing at home to a more physical and physically ready Memphis Heat team. Dwyane Wade even said after the game he had a feeling in shootaround his legs were tired and he wondered if the Heat were ready compete. So, with Miami tired…

  14. Andrew Bynum’s “two steps up, one step back” dance with maturity continues

    Apr 7, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    I remember seeing Andrew Bynum as a 17-year-old at Summer League — then held in Long Beach, California — just weeks after being drafted. Two things stuck out to me at those games and interviews: 1) He and his game were so immature. Raw doesn’t even do his game justice. This was raw like sharks…

  15. Lin plans to return for start of playoffs… if Knicks make it

    Apr 7, 2012, 10:42 AM EDT

    New York Knicks interim head coach Mike Woodson gives instructions to players during their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in New York

    The New York Knicks are going to have to get into the playoffs without Jeremy Lin, but once there they might get him back a little sooner than expected. While the official timetable has Lin returning in the second round, he is targeting the first round, reports the New York Post. He has surgery to…

  16. Spurs move percentage points ahead of Thunder into West’s top spot

    Apr 7, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Stephen Jackson, Gary Neal

    It’s kind of been a foregone conclusion since a month into the season that the Thunder would be the top seed in the West and that all roads to the finals were going through Oklahoma City. But that road may have a detour now through San Antonio. The Spurs have now won 10 in a…

  17. Video: Aldridge drains overtime game winner for Blazers

    Apr 7, 2012, 2:13 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    It should never have come to this: The Mavericks had a foul to give at the end of overtime and for reasons nobody understands Jason Terry fouled Raymond Felton with 3.7 seconds left 40 feet from the basket as Felton was losing control of the ball and wasn’t a threat to score. It was a…

  18. Video: Montage of Blake Griffin’s poster dunks

    Apr 6, 2012, 11:15 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Channing Frye

    Want to play a fun game: How many of these are offensive fouls? That said, there is no doubt that Blake Griffin is one of the great physical forces in the game today. He attacks like no other. And for those of you saying “yea, but all he can do is dunk” I have two…

  19. Hedo Turkoglu out 3 weeks due to surgery for facial fractures

    Apr 6, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic Hedo Turkoglu complains after he picked up second foul against New York Knicks in NBA basketball game in New York

    UPDATE 9:55 pm: Hedo Turkoglu will need surgery for a broken bone in his cheek he got from an inadvertent elbow from Carmelo Anthony Thursday night, the team announced. He will have the surgery on Saturday and will be re-evaluated right before the playoffs start. Again, we’d say this could have a big impact on…

  20. For now there is détente in Orlando, at least through playoffs

    Apr 6, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    It looks like everyone is going to have to deal with each other through the end of the season in Orlando. But you can bet changes are coming this summer. Thursday coach Stan Van Gundy said Dwight Howard had gone to management and asked that he be fired. After practice Friday Howard told the press…

  21. NBC SportsTalk: The NBA week in review with Mannix, Woj

    Apr 6, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    Jeremy Lin, the Miami Heat, John Calipari and of course the circus in Orlando were the big stories of the week in the NBA. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, and Donny Marshall of CSNNE.com discuss all the big stories around the NBA. Sorry Kentucky fans, but Woj is spot on about…

  22. Cousins fined $25,000 for saying officials love Blake Griffin

    Apr 6, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Derrick Favors

    Everyone, including DeMarcus Cousins, should have known this was coming. Cousins criticized the officials, saying they and the league plays favorites with Griffin, and the league doesn’t like it when players suggest the league plays favorites. Of course we all know that doesn’t happen (*cough*). Cousins was fined $25,000 by the league for his comments…

  23. Report: Knicks permit former president Walsh to talk to other teams

    Apr 6, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

    Donnie Walsh

    Here is what you need to know about Donnie Walsh — he’s not the kind of guy who quietly sit around during retirement and watch Criminal Minds reruns. Even at age 71. Walsh was pushed aside in the Knicks front office but is under a consultant’s contract with them through June 30. Not that they…

  24. Isiah Thomas fired as coach at FIU, Knicks fans feel cold chill

    Apr 6, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    Remember back in 2010 Knicks owner James Dolan tried to hire former coach and franchise destroyer Isiah Thomas as a consultant, only to have the plan blow up because you can’t coach a college team and have direct ties to an NBA franchise. Friday Thomas was canned by Florida International University after three uninspiring seasons…

  25. Video: Future No. 1 pick Anthony Davis on Jimmy Kimmel Live

    Apr 6, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    Anthony Davis is reaping the rewards of being the best player in college basketball and leading his team to a national title. (Sure Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague had something to do with it, too, but it’s Davis’ boat). Among that, the chance to go on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show and talk about the…

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