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  1. Rockets start meeting with coaching candidates. All of them.

    Apr 26, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Chicago State v Indiana

    And the parade of candidates has begun. The Houston Rockets need a new coach, they want someone younger who can grow with the team, and GM Daryl Morey is leaving no stone unturned. He is interviewing about as many people as live in Montana. The interviews start this week, according to the Houston Chronicle (via…

  2. D’Antoni gets backing of Stoudemire, Anthony. Will it matter?

    Apr 26, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    I feel I could do better walking into the Palms casino in Vegas (got to help out those struggling Maloofs), stroll right up to roulette table and place one bet on what the next number will be than I do of predicting what the New York Knicks will do this week. Owner James Dolan has…

  3. Winderman: Celtics advantages came courtesy Riley, Heat

    Apr 26, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    Rare is the NBA playoff series when the opposition opens with a 3-0 lead without playing a game. That, however, essentially, will be the case with the impending Heat-Celtics Eastern Conference semifinal series. The Heat will take on the Celtics with a decided deficit at center, point guard and backup power forward. In each case,…

  4. Antonio McDyess: “We’re playing like a bunch of wussies”

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:53 AM EDT

    San Antionio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    Memphis came into this series a tough matchup for San Antonio — the Spurs want to control the paint and take away those three pointers opponents like to shoot. Except the Grizzlies don’t really shoot threes and have more size and skill in the paint than the Spurs. And they are more physical. In the…

  5. Kobe foolishly refuses MRI on ankle, says he will play

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Four

    Kobe Bryant is going to play Tuesday night in Game 5. Nobody really ever doubted that — if his leg was attached he was going. We laud Kobe for that attitude, we like our athletes to be warriors. But Kobe also refused X-rays and an MRI on his injury, according to ESPN Los Angeles’ Land…

  6. Video: O.J. Mayo with the baseline reverse dunk

    Apr 26, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    It wasn’t just that Memphis won Game 4 and took a 3-1 lead over the San Antonio Spurs, it was how. The Grizzlies bullied them. They were more physical. In boxing/MMA terms, they punched San Antonio in the mouth and San Antonio has stepped back. Maybe the signature play of the game was this O.J.…

  7. NBA tells Sacramento “show us the money” but where are Maloofs?

    Apr 26, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    David Stern, maloofs

    This week, another team of NBA officials showed up in Sacramento, to meet with Mayor Kevin Johnson and the sponsors he lined up to generate another $9 million in sponsorships if the Kings stay in town. Basically, the NBA is saying, “show us the money.” This isn’t a pledge drive, the NBA wants to see…

  8. NBA Playoffs: No comeback this time, Dallas gets defensive in win

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:56 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dallas has basically won seven of the last eight quarters against Portland. The series is 3-2 and headed back to Portland because of Brandon Roy’s epic fourth quarter Saturday (which John Hollinger of ESPN said so well was not Roy’s best quarter it was anyone’s best quarter). Monday night there was no Roy making plays…

  9. Derrick Rose: “It’s not broken, so I’m definitely playing”

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:58 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    As if you thought Derrick Rose was not going to play to close out the first round… Rose had an X-ray and an MRI, both of which came up negative, so he made it clear to Aggrey Sam of CSN Chicago exactly how this was going down, including the needle. “It’s not broken, so I’m…

  10. What does the NFL lockout ruling mean for the NBA?

    Apr 25, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    David Stern describes it as “the nuclear option.” Billy Hunter said it would take a lengthy lockout for him to consider it, but added they were watching the NFL lockout and decertification battle to see just how feasible it might be. Turns out, it’s feasible. A federal judge’s ruled Monday decertifying the NFL players union…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Must win game for Spurs against Grizzlies? Yup.

    Apr 25, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies' Randolph celebrates his team's win over the San Antonio Spurs during their NBA basketball game in Memphis

    If the fact Rebecca Black has a hit was not proof enough we live in a Bizzaro World, I bring you this: The San Antonio Spurs must beat the Memphis Grizzlies tonight on the road, or their path out of the playoffs is as slippery as a Slip ‘n Slide. Win and the series is…

  12. Lakers Derrick Caracter arrested on battery charges against woman

    Apr 25, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    UPDATE 6:15 pm: The ugly details have come out. And we mean ugly. Because any time the words “battery” and “pregnant woman” are mixed into the same sentence then ugly is maybe the kindest word you can use. From the New Orleans Times-Picayune: Derrick Caracter, 22, was arrested about 1:18 a.m. Sunday at the IHOP…

  13. Dwight Howard wins judgment against his child’s mother

    Apr 25, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    I am so hard pressed to find anything good for anyone in this situation — or anything really worth poking fun at — that I am just going to lay out the facts. Then go take a shower because I feel dirty. Dwight Howard has won a $500,000 judgment against Royce Reed, the mother of…

  14. Video: Watch Chris Paul abuse Derek Fisher

    Apr 25, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant reacts as he stands behind New Orleans Hornets Chris Paul during Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference first round playoff basketball game in Los Angeles

    Chris Paul was masterful on Sunday, and we should watch that one more time. We could show you his absolute stunning moves on Andrew Bynum in isolation, or any one of 15 sweet assists. But nothing shows why this series is tied like the difference in play at point guard. And nothing illustrates that like…

  15. Scottie Pippen calls out Carlos Boozer for lack of toughness

    Apr 25, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    On the surface, the Chicago Bulls are about to get out of the first round when they win Tuesday against Indiana. And they will point to their star Derrick Rose averaging 28.3 points per game despite all the defensive attention. But the eight-seed Pacers have exposed some questions about the Bulls. Specifically, just how tough…

  16. Are the Miami Heat clutch? Not by the numbers.

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward James reacts on the bench while playing against the 76ers in the second  quarter during Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Philadelphia

    The real test for the Miami Heat is coming. No, not Tuesday night, they will destroy the Sixers in that game. We’re talking next weekend, when they will take on Boston in round two. Or the conference semi-finals. Or when the playoffs really get serious. Whatever you want to call it. There are going to…

  17. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Mike D’Antoni is not as sold on Rajon Rondo as everybody else. This is what the screwed up politics of the Knicks front office does — neither Amar’e Stoudemire or Carmelo Anthony would really say anything about Donnie Walsh and Mike D’Antoni. That’s not because they don’t like them, it’s fear of crossing an owner…

  18. Now what, New York Knicks?

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Knicks Celtics Basketball

    If you asked any Knicks fan before the season if they would take a trip to the playoffs and a trade that brings them Carmelo Anthony this season, they would have taken it. But it’s premature to hang the “Mission Accomplished” banner. The Knicks accomplished goals and a good season. You can say they are…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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