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  1. Video: Lou Williams dagger three to beat Heat

    Apr 25, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Three

    This may have been the pinnacle of the Philadelphia season. This is a pretty good team overmatched in the first round, but on Sunday they were the team that executed better with the game on the line. Dwyane Wade and LeBron James were missing shots and defending poorly while Jrue Holiday and Lou Williams were…

  2. Marriage license says Chris Bosh tied the knot, he denies it

    Apr 25, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    My experience with marriage has suggested that denying you are married does not go over well with your wife. Actually, suggested is the wrong word. Made unquestionably clear may be a better phrasing there. Based on that, I feel for Chris Bosh. Friend of the blog Ira Winderman and the Sun-Sentinel searched marriage records in…

  3. Report: Knicks near two-year extension for Donnie Walsh

    Apr 25, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Donnie Walsh

    The season has ended, let the speculation about the Knicks begin. It all starts with Donnie Walsh — the contract for the team president and defacto GM is up on April 30. Knicks owner James Dolan has to make a decision this week. And more than just pick up an option, he is looking to…

  4. Kobe tweaks ankle, stays in game, expects to play in Game 5

    Apr 25, 2011, 2:20 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Four

    In the regular season, Kobe Bryant would have come out… Oh, who are we kidding? Kobe would have stayed in if this was a pickup game on the blacktop at the local junior high. It’s how he’s wired. But it was a playoff game so in case there was any doubt, he was waving off…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Chris Paul is beating the Lakers

    Apr 25, 2011, 2:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Four

    Bask in the glory that is Chris Paul. We as basketball fans need to step back and revel in great games and great players, and Chris Paul is one and did that. He was dominant Sunday night, he was the reason the Hornets won 93-88 to even the series. He put up 23 points, 7…

  6. Bulls’ Rose wearing “precautionary” walking boot for ankle; MRI negative

    Apr 24, 2011, 9:07 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    UPDATE 9:07 pm: According to Aggrey Sam over at CSN Chicago, Rose’s MRI came back negative. So, it is just a minor sprain. Which means like we say in the rest of this post, you can bet he plays the next game. 7:04 pm: Derrick Rose is go for Game 5. And you can expect…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Who dominates Game 4, Lakers big men or Hornets Chris Paul?

    Apr 24, 2011, 8:08 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    New Orleans had better come out desperate for Game 5, because if they go down 3-1 in this series it is over. The Lakers are not going to be beat three times in a row by the undersized Hornets. Not with Kobe around. The Lakers… who knows how they are going to come out? You…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Philly earns itself one more game this season. One.

    Apr 24, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    If you believed in conspiracy theories, you could say that Miami is going to make a lot of extra money out of the extra home date for a Game 5 Tuesday. We’re not that guy. We think Miami came out flat as a lot of teams do up 3-0 and let the Philadelphia hang around…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Knicks take one more swing at Celtics

    Apr 24, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    Let’s start with the injury report: No Chauncey Billups and maybe no Amar’e Stoudemire for the New York Knicks. No Shaquille O’Neal for Boston, but that has not mattered. New York always had just a puncher’s chance in this series — they were less talented but if Stoudemire could take over one game, if Anthony…

  10. NBA Playoffs: 76ers playing for pride, Heat for days off

    Apr 24, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Miami Heat shooting guard Wade and James speak during the second half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Miami

    This series has played out exactly like the regular season for the Miami Heat. They overwhelmed lesser teams where they had more talent, the real tests were against the other elite teams where they struggled at times. The Heat have simply overwhelmed the Philadelphia 76ers on their way to a 3-0 series lead, but the…

  11. Biillups out, Stoudemire may join him on Knicks bench Sunday

    Apr 24, 2011, 10:10 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    Injuries are not what led to the now inevitable end to the Knicks season at the hands of the Celtics in the first round. But it did speed the process along. Point guard Chauncey Billups is almost certainly out for Game 4 and Amar’e Stoudemire may join him on the bench. Stoudemire’s back tightened up…

  12. No Shaq in Game 4 for Celtics

    Apr 24, 2011, 9:47 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    They clearly don’t need him against New York — Boston is up 3-0 in the series — but the plans to have Shaquille O’Neal back continues to be pushed back. Doc Rivers has ruled Shaq out for Game 4 at Madison Square Garden Sunday, according to ESPN Boston. “He’s not playing [Sunday],” said Rivers. “We…

  13. Video: Watch Brandon Roy’s amazing fourth quarter

    Apr 24, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Enjoy the moment. Don’t think about what Brandon Roy will be or do next season. Don’t think about his knees. Don’t think about how all that robbed us of many more nights like this. Bask in the glory of the playoffs. Of one man’s mind over matter. Of Brandon Roy dropping 18 fourth-quarter points on…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Memphis tries to make Spurs sing the blues

    Apr 23, 2011, 6:58 PM EDT

    Marc Gasol, Tim Duncan

    The Spurs were not regular season monsters only, right? Memphis is just a tough matchup who can grind it out but when push comes to shove Tim Duncan will still be Tim Duncan, Tony Parker will get into the lane and hit floaters, Manu Ginobili will confound. Right? We’ll find out Saturday in Memphis. We…

  15. NBA Playoffs: Portland’s season on line again Saturday

    Apr 23, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers guard Matthews celebrates three-point shot against Dallas Mavericks in Portland

    Portland pretty much knew the game plan they had to pull off from Game 1 — force turnovers, get some transition points, work the offense inside out through LaMarcus Aldridge, knock down jumpers. For the first two games, it was Dallas taking care of the basketball and knocking down jumpers, Plus in crunch time they…

  16. Hawks’ Pachulia, Magic’s Richardson both suspended for Game 4

    Apr 23, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    The only real question was would it be one game or two. The answer is one. The league announced a one-game suspension for both Zaza Pachulia of Atlanta and Jason Richardson of Orlando for their scuffle in the fourth quarter of Game 3 Wednesday. Both will sit out Game 4 Sunday. The whole thing started…

  17. Kobe will someday become all-time leading playoff scorer

    Apr 23, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Three

    While he will deny it when asked about it, Kobe Bryant knows when he passes a rival or legend on an important list. So when Kobe Shaquille O’Neal on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list (likely during Game 5 of the Lakers/Hornets series), he will be smirking inside and thinking of lines about how his…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Can the Pacers find a way to win one?

    Apr 23, 2011, 11:59 AM EDT

    Bulls Pacers Basketball

    Three games decided by a total of 15 points. The Indiana Pacers have been close in this series. Very close. But when it came to end-of-game execution — and players who can execute under that kind of pressure — Chicago has it and Orlando struggles. The Bulls are up 3-0 and the only question that…

  19. Orlando’s mid-season trade not reason for trouble (they were bad before)

    Apr 23, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Magic head coach Van Gundy reacts during Game 3 of their NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference basketball game against Hawks in Atlanta

    Orlando is in trouble. They are down 2-1 to the Atlanta Hawks, a team that through the regular season and into the playoffs has shown its matchup advantages are hard for Orlando to overcome. Now the Magic face a virtual must-win Game 4 and likely will have to do it without Jason Richardson, who probably…

  20. Video: Atlanta’s Jamal Crawford with the dagger (he called bank)

    Apr 23, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Jamal Crawford is back. Or the one from last season that was runaway Sixth Man of the Year is back. After a lackluster regular season Crawford has been lighting up the Orlando Magic to the tune of 23.7 points per game and shooting 58.8 percent from three. Which brings us to the dagger from Game…

  21. Report: Kings to stay in Sacramento next season; owners say no decision yet

    Apr 22, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    UPDATE: 8:03 pm: The Maloof brothers, the owners of the Kings, are denying the report. Sort of. Co-owner Joe Maloof spoke with the Associated Press and said they are still thinking about it. Maloof told The Associated Press that no decision has been made and he’s “as anxious as anybody” to find out if Sacramento…

  22. NBA Playoffs: Look for the stars to come out in New Orleans

    Apr 22, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets Paul drives on Los Angeles Lakers Bryant during Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference first round playoff basketball game in Los Angeles

    Our first word of advice for this game — wear sunglasses. Yes, we know you are watching on television. But the Hornets are going with a “sea of yellow” look (all the fans getting yellow T-shirts) and it will the Hornets uniforms themselves (they got permission to wear the alternate yellow jerseys). It will be…

  23. Imagine how good John Wall will be when he is healthy

    Apr 22, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Remember way back to the start of the season, when John Wall missed a handful of game due to a foot injury? Probably not, because when he came back he was pretty impressive. Good enough to be second in the Rookie of the Year balloting. Dude dropped 22 assists at the All-Star weekend Rookie Challenge…

  24. NBA Playoffs: Maybe the Hawks can use more Horford in Game 3

    Apr 22, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic - Game Two

    Now the Orlando/Atlanta series moves on to Game 3 on a neutral court… wait, it’s in Atlanta? Interesting. We’ll see if anyone notices. Seriously, the Hawks fans will be into it if the Hawks are into it. And in it. Whether the Hawks are in it may depend in part on how much run Al…

  25. Texas’ Thompson declares for NBA draft, does Canada proud

    Apr 22, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Arizona v Texas

    Trivia time: Who was the last Canadian-born player drafted in the first round? No, not the shaggy-haired guy. If you answered Jamaal Magloire you are either Canadian or we should be worried about you. Or both. But you’d be right. For another few weeks anyway. Tristan Thompson, the freshman power forward out of Texas —…

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