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  1. Playoff scenarios: The East is set, the West we need Stephen Hawking to explain

    Apr 12, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers

    Back East they have their act together. They’ve planned in advance and they know what they want to do for the playoffs. Out West they have procrastinated. Always waiting to the last second. And the whole thing is complicated. Trigonometry complicated. Bring in Stephen Hawking and Brian Green to explain it complicated. So we’ll start…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Boston rolls over, Miami gets two seed

    Apr 12, 2011, 9:02 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    What you missed while signing up for Bacon Camp… Heat 98, Hawks 90: The Heat came out playing with real energy — they wanted to win this and take care of the second seed. Miami got help early on because Atlanta just played lazy defense in the first half. Hawks players did not fight over…

  3. Video: Dwight Howard’s ally-opp on Jrue Holiday’s head

    Apr 12, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard dunks on Jrue Holiday

    Dwight Howard said as he started to take off he told Jrue Holiday not to jump. Their both Adidas guys, Howard didn’t want to embarrass him. Howard was going to throw down a monster dunk and he knew it. All credit to Holiday for trying, for getting back on defense and making the effort to…

  4. Charlie Villanueva snaps on court, tries to carry fight to locker room

    Apr 11, 2011, 11:53 PM EDT

    Charlie Villanueva Ryan Hollins fight

    Soon to be new Pistons owner Tom Gores was in the building. Charlie Villanueva has an interesting way of impressing him. What ended as one of the craziest moments of the year — with police trying to stop a locker room fight — started on the court with 5:45 left in the fourth quarter. The…

  5. The decision on Keith Smart is no decision. For now.

    Apr 11, 2011, 10:40 PM EDT

    Keith Smart Stephen Curry

    What to do with Keith Smart? We know what Keith Smart wants, but Warriors owner Joe Lacob is going to take his time in making a decision he told our man Matt Steinmetz at CSN Bay Area. Warriors owner Joe Lacob indicated during a brief conversation on Monday that an announcement on Smart won’t be…

  6. Danny Granger might have been wise not to anger the Bulls

    Apr 11, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Boston Celtics

    There is little hope for Indiana in it’s first round, one-versus-eight matchup against Chicago. The debate is really can they win one game or not. But Pacers star Danny Granger was honest with the Indianapolis Star and in doing so made sure Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau had some bulletin board material to work with. “Boston’s…

  7. Gregg Popovich no fan of that new-fangled three point line

    Apr 11, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    We all knew Gregg Popovich was old school. We just didn’t know how old school Like 1970s old school. Like Steve Martin doing King Tut on Saturday Night Live old school. Like The Who when they still had Keith Moon as their drummer old school. (Actually, that last one is not a bad school to…

  8. Keith Smart thinks Keith Smart should keep his job

    Apr 11, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Golden State Warriors

    Keith Smart’s job was in danger the moment he signed a contract without a guaranteed second year. Not that he had a lot of choice. And Smart knew if he did well enough he would be back. But there are plenty of people in the Bay Area that do not think he has done near…

  9. Eddy Curry got workout with Heat, who took a pass

    Apr 11, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Media Day 2010

    Eddy Curry — bought out by the Knick and having been working out in Chicago to get in NBA shape — got his chance. The Miami Heat brought him in for a series of workouts. The Heat need a viable big man, Eddy Curry once was a viable big man. (Don’t laugh, the Heat and…

  10. NBA Power Rankings: Chicago finishes regular season as No. 1

    Apr 11, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Chicago Bulls

    Our final rankings make for an interesting playoff comparison — the top three come in as the hottest teams going into the playoffs, but the next three more veteran squads. Who do you take when it really matters? (We lean to the second three, but the Bulls may prove us wrong. Again.) 1. Bulls (60-20,…

  11. Monta Ellis out of hospital, will not return this season

    Apr 11, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis injured

    If you saw the fall, you had to think Monta Ellis was not coming back this season. Now it’s official, according to CSN Bay Area. Ellis spent last night in a Bay Area Hospital for observations after suffering a Grade 2 concussion and was released earlier this morning. A CT Scan was negative. Ellis will…

  12. Reality: Lamar Odom admits father was heroin addict

    Apr 11, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    If anyone asks, you’re saying didn’t watch Khloe & Lamar Sunday. There was Boston and Miami in the NBA and the Masters and you don’t watch that crap anyway. If you secretly watched it, we won’t tell anyone. We won’t tell anyone you ate chocolate covered strawberries while you watched it, either. But in case…

  13. Kendrick Perkins brings big, bad screens to Thunder offense

    Apr 11, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Phoenix Suns

    Ron Artest hounds Kevin Durant like few defenders in the league. Durant’s preferred catch-and-shoot is often taken away and Durant has to put the ball on the floor more (which he did well getting into the lane Sunday in the Thunder’s win). But Durant got some better looks Sunday because of the offensive contributions of…

  14. Video: Darrell Arthur can jump higher than you

    Apr 11, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    ARTHUR_DARRELL

    It’s the best dunk you didn’t see yesterday, because we know you and you watched the Masters and not Memphis smacking down New Orleans. O.J. Mayo starts the play with the steal and it ends with an iffy ally-oop pass to Arthur who skies and is able to guide it in. This play pretty much…

  15. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Apr 11, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Monty McCutchen

    Kobe Bryant picked up his 15th technical this season in a little tussle with Kendrick Perkins Sunday night. One more T in the season’s final two games and Kobe is suspended for one game. If he picks up 16 in the season’s final game he does not sit out the first playoff game — the…

  16. Celtics not intimidating teams this time around

    Apr 11, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    Be very, very careful reading much into the end of the regular season when trying to predict the playoffs. The Lakers stumbled the final games of the regular season, Boston took the final few weeks off and was 11-11 right before the playoffs. They were the teams in Game 7 of the finals. But one…

  17. Video: Carmelo Anthony’s game winner over Danny Granger

    Apr 11, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Did the Knicks want the play Miami more than Boston in the first round? If so, this shot pretty much ruined. New York’s win and Boston’s loss means these two are almost certainly on a collision course, and Boston’s size will be a big challenge for the Knicks. But that doesn’t make this shot any…

  18. Playoff seedings: The West is still a mess

    Apr 11, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    In these uncertain times, we know a couple things for sure. We know Chicago will win the Eastern Conference and take on the Indiana Pacers in the first round. We know Orlando will host Atlanta in another first-round matchup. We know the Spurs are the top team in the West. After that, we’ve got no…

  19. Warriors Monta Ellis taken to hospital after hard fall

    Apr 11, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT

    Monta Ellis injured

    Monta Ellis took a hard fall Sunday night late in the fourth quarter of the Warriors loss to Sacramento, in doing so he banged his head. He was unable to shoot the free throws he was owed, left the game and eventually was taken to an area hospital for further oberservations, according to Matt Steinmetz…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Start thinking Knicks vs. Celtics in the first round

    Apr 11, 2011, 1:57 AM EDT

    Danny Granger, Carmelo Anthony

    What you missed while avoiding the torpedo of truth…. The Miami Heat proving they can beat Boston (at least once) and the Bulls slipping past the Magic were our Games of the Day. Knicks 110, Pacers 109: Carmelo Anthony! Hold on, we’ll get back to him in a minute. Plenty of fans (and you can…

  21. Quote of the Day: Doc Rivers’ kids are avoiding him

    Apr 10, 2011, 9:53 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    Man after looking at this Boston heat score…when my dad comes home I’m going to stay my a** upstairs! He might be a little grumpy! Lol —Tweet from Austin Rivers, Duke-bound prep hoops star and son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers. My advice to Austin, don’t bring up the Kendrick Perkins trade for a…

  22. Might Hawks Josh Smith cost coach Larry Drew his job?

    Apr 9, 2011, 11:22 PM EDT

    Larry Drew and Josh Smith

    The Atlanta Hawks got their heads handed to them Saturday night by the Washington Wizards. A 32-point beatdown. That would be loss number four in a row. They are stumbling toward the playoffs, and this is not a team anybody has seen flip the switch. The last two of those losses were without Josh Smith…

  23. Nets Humphries done for season, Lopez may have surgery after it

    Apr 9, 2011, 9:16 PM EDT

    Kris Humphries

    Just wanted to update you on the health of your favorite New Jersey Nets… no, not Deron Williams. The other two you like. Sure, there are another two. The Nets are shutting down Kris Humphries for the season, proving that the Kardashian Effect is not all-powerful. Nets coach Avery Johnson explained all to the Star-Ledger.…

  24. “Just wait until Shaq gets back” is legitimate argument for Boston

    Apr 9, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    The Chicago Bulls made their statement Thursday. Right now, the Bulls are the better team. If Thursday had been Game 1 of a seven-game series the Celtics would be in trouble. After the game, Kevin Garnett talked about Boston having another gear for the playoffs. Their fans are counting on that. That those days off…

  25. Chicago Bulls wrap up top seed by knocking off last year’s top seed

    Apr 8, 2011, 11:33 PM EDT

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    One year ago, it was the Cleveland Cavaliers that were the East’s top seed (and had the league’s best record). The Cavs were considered a threat to win it all. The Bulls were struggling along at .500, with more talk about free agent plans than second round plans. Things can change a lot in a…

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