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  1. Derrick Rose says he doesn’t know anything about being MVP. Yet.

    Apr 30, 2011, 11:37 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Charlie Villanueva

    Derrick Rose will be announced as the NBA’s MVP in the coming weeks. We all know it. But it’s not official yet. So it was a bit of a shock when Bulls guard C.J. Watson tweeted Friday: Congrats to drose on winning the MVP he’s played unbelievable this season!!! now just need tibs to win…

  2. Spurs loss may well be Antonio McDyess’ last game ever

    Apr 30, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzles v San Antionio Spurs - Game Two

    All season long, Antonio McDyess has been saying this will probably be his last season. He’s had a 15-year NBA career and will turn 37 during next season and made it clear to the News-Express after the Spurs disappointing loss to the Grizzlies that he is ready to walk away. “This was my last game,”…

  3. Video: Manu Ginobili’s wild half court shot

    Apr 30, 2011, 10:44 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzles v San Antionio Spurs - Game Two

    The top seed San Antonio Spurs have gone home early, their era has come to an end. But the play of the night last night was still from the magician that is Manu Ginobili, knocking down an off-balance half court shot to end the third quarter. The Spurs needed a lot more little miracles than…

  4. Western Conference Round 2 Playoff Preview: Thunder vs. Grizzlies

    Apr 30, 2011, 3:22 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Five

    SEASON RECORDS Thunder: 55-27 (No. 4 seed) Grizzlies: 46-36 (No. 8 seed) SEASON SERIES Memphis 3-1, however none of those games took place after Kendrick Perkins was part of the Thunder lineup. PLAYOFF SERIES: Oklahoma City defeated Denver 4-1 Memphis defeated San Antonio 4-2 SERIES SCHEDULE (times Eastern) Game 1 – Sun May 1 at…

  5. Hawks’ Hinrich likely out for Game 1 with strained hamstring

    Apr 29, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    As if the Hawks don’t face enough challenges taking on the top seeded Chicago Bulls in the second round, it now looks like they now have to go without their defensive-minded starting point guard for at least a game against Derrick Rose. So good luck with that. Kirk Hinrich pulled up lame with a hamstring…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Spurs miracle staved off elimination once. Got another?

    Apr 29, 2011, 2:55 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antionio Spurs - Game Five

    The San Antonio Spurs are here. Still playing. Manu Ginobili hit a wild shot. Gary Neal hit the thrilling game saver to force overtime. Tony Parker morphed into Tony Parker circa 2005 in the overtime. San Antonio staved off elimination Wednesday in dramatic fashion. But it did not change the underlying issues in this series.…

  7. Pacers coach Vogel likely to get interim tag removed

    Apr 29, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    Pacers' head coach Vogel reacts during the first half of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basketball game against the Bulls in Chicago

    Most times, the “interim” tag for a head coach is the kiss of death. It means you’ve taken over a team midseason already facing enough turmoil and losing that your predecessor was jettisoned. Usually management has another plan in mind but has to wait until the offseason to execute it. Often the players see the…

  8. Shaq practiced and he’ll play. Eventually. Maybe not Game 1.

    Apr 29, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    shaquille o'neal Celtics

    Shaquille O’Neal practiced with the Boston Celtics Thursday and Friday. He’ll play against the Miami Heat. At some point in the series. Probably. Yes, I know, pretty vague. But that’s what the Celtics have left us with. CSN New England gives us the quotes from Doc Rivers himself. “He just did a little bit yesterday,”…

  9. Just so we’re clear, the Magic aren’t trading Howard

    Apr 29, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Dwight Howard is not talking about Dwight Howard the free agent. But theoretically next season Howard could turn the Magic into this season’s Denver Nuggets — he could use the threat of his free agency to force a trade. But that’s not happening either. Magic GM Otis Smith made that clear as possible to ESPN…

  10. Who cares about the players? NCAA kills testing draft waters.

    Apr 29, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Arizona v Duke

    I thought colleges were about helping students with guidance and some expertise when making life-changing decisions. But not if your college basketball player. The NCAA approved a ridiculous rule that moves the deadline day for a college player to declare for the draft up to the day before the spring National Letter of Intent signing…

  11. Anaheim billionaire throws more money to push Kings move

    Apr 29, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    honda-center-of-anaheim

    Sacramento has all the momentum — reportedly the NBA and its relocation committee have told the Kings owners, the Maloof brothers, to stay put and not move their team this summer. But the folks in Anaheim are not giving up, stepping in at the last minute to sweeten the deal to move the Kings south,…

  12. Dwight Howard tries to kill free agency rumors. Good luck with that.

    Apr 29, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Give Dwight Howard this — he is trying. LeBron James made a half-hearted effort to stamp out the free agent rumor circus around him, but at first he seemed to enjoy the attention enough that he let the fire start and by the time he tried to put it out it was too late. Carmelo…

  13. Knicks may force D’Antoni to hire defensive coordinator

    Apr 29, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v New York Knicks

    Everyone agrees that the Knicks didn’t play much defense last season. Whether you go points per game (28) or the superior points per possession (22) the Knicks were near the bottom of the league in defense. Part of that is that the roster is not exactly loaded with guys who think defense first and then…

  14. Western Conference Round 2 Playoff Preview: Los Angeles vs. Dallas

    Apr 29, 2011, 5:29 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    SEASON RECORDS Mavericks: 57-25 (No. 3 seed in Western Conference) Lakers: 57-25 (No. 2 seed) SEASON SERIES Lakers 2-1, and Los Angeles dominated the last two between these teams in March (during the Lakers post All-Star Game hot streak). PLAYOFF SERIES Mavericks: defeated the Portland Trailblazers 4-2 Lakers: defeated New Orleans Hornets 4-2 SERIES SCHEDULE…

  15. NBA Playoffs: Portland’s passion no match for Dallas execution

    Apr 29, 2011, 3:37 AM EDT

    Trail Blazers Wallace celebrates against Mavericks during NBA playoff game in Portland, Oregon.

    Like Brandon Roy before him, Portland’s Gerald Wallace gave it everything he could on Thursday night. There was the 9-0 run by himself at the start, the playing through back pain, the great fourth quarter effort that culminated in 32 points (on 17 shots). But as it has been for most of this series, even…

  16. PBT’s second-round playoff previews

    Apr 29, 2011, 2:34 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Now we get serious. Indiana, New Orleans and Portland made things interesting. The Knicks were entertaining. But now we get down to business. Now we are down to the eight best teams in the NBA and now contenders have to start facing off. Now everything gets more intense. Here are our previews for the second…

  17. Eastern Conference Round 2 Playoff Preview: Chicago vs. Atlanta

    Apr 29, 2011, 2:19 AM EDT

    Bulls Pacers Basketball

    SEASON RECORDS Bulls: 62-20 (No. 1 seed in East) Hawks: 44-38(No. 5 seed) SEASON SERIES Bulls 2-1, all three games took place in a three-week span in March. The Hawks win was by three points at home, the Bulls two wins (one at home, one on the road) were by 18 and 33 points. PLAYOFF…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Chris Paul goes cold, Lakers go on better for effort

    Apr 28, 2011, 11:38 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Six

    For five games, Chris Paul was playing like the best point guard in the game. He had played two super-human games to earn New Orleans two wins against the defending champions, and even in the losses he had been special. The Hornets needed him to do that. He was their only hope. And when he…

  19. Free agent Kenyon Martin likes Denver but likes winning more

    Apr 28, 2011, 9:26 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    Kenyon Martin is about to be a free agent at age 33. A guy who has had his big contract and is set financially (or at least should be). As a rookie he was on a Nets team that went all the way to the NBA finals and has never been that far again. That…

  20. Andre Iguodala excused from exit meeting with Sixers

    Apr 28, 2011, 8:36 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    It’s part of the end of season ritual in the NBA, whether you win a championship or have racked up the most Ping-Pong balls in the lottery. A day or two after your season ends you clean out the locker, then you have a meeting with the coach and usually the general manager. You all…

  21. When asked about thrown item, Mark Cuban throws expletives

    Apr 28, 2011, 6:44 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    Note to self: Remember to ask Mark Cuban new questions. Remember back at Game 3 of the Portland/Dallas series when Mavericks owner Mark Cuban got hit with a projectile thrown from the stands by a Blazers fan? And we all smiled and moved on. Well the Portland Tribune decided there should be more information on…

  22. NBA Playoffs: Portland’s offense had better turn up soon

    Apr 28, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    Dallas is the team in control here. Not just because they are up 3-2 in games, but because they have controlled play for all but one quarter in recent games and for most of this series. Dallas has shot better, rebounded better and defended better. Portland had Brandon Roy in the hot tub time machine…

  23. NBA Playoffs: Hawks look for close out, Magic look for threes

    Apr 28, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic - Game Five

    The dynamics of this series — the dynamics that put the Atlanta up 3-1 and give them to close out Orlando on Thursday night at home in Game 6 — have not changed. Atlanta will largely single-cover Dwight Howard and he will put up impressive numbers. Hedo Turkoglu will stink. Jamal Crawford will again have…

  24. NBA Playoffs: Nobody closes out on the road like the Lakers

    Apr 28, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Back in the 2009 NBA finals, the Los Angeles Lakers closed out the Orlando Magic in Game 5 on the road. Last playoffs on their way to the finals, the Lakers closed out Oklahoma City, Utah and Phoenix all on the road. Thursday night, they are back in that situation — they can close out…

  25. Shaq to practice on Friday, and then…

    Apr 28, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Shaq_dunk

    Finally there are no more delays, no more reasons to put it off, Shaquille O’Neal is going to practice with the Boston Celtics on Friday, according to a tweet from Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. Two days before the first game against the Heat. And then…. Depends on how it goes. Doc Rivers was…

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