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  1. Lakers Andrew Bynum hyperextends knee, leaves game, MRI Wednesday

    Apr 13, 2011, 1:53 AM EDT

    bynum-flagrant-beasley

    UPDATE 1:53 am: Talked to Bynum as he walked out of Staples Center (with other media), and he showed no noticable limp. He said that if this had been a big playoff game he would have been back out there, but that it was a little more than precautionary. “It was painful right when it…

  2. Memphis to sit Zach Randolph, Tony Allen against Portland

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:27 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    Well, didn’t see this coming. Memphis is sitting Zach Randolph and Tony Allen in a key seedings game against Portland Tuesday night, according to a tweet from the Commercial Appeal. Why? Well they will say its to rest guys but if you like conspiracies you might say they are aiming — you could say tanking…

  3. Spurs to sit Duncan, Parker, Ginobili against Lakers

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:06 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    It doesn’t matter why — Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says they would have done it regardless of the opponent, conspiracy theorists will say he’s trying to make sure he avoids the Lakers as long as possible — what matters is it is happening. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili will all sit against the…

  4. New NBA Playoffs commercials feature talking ball

    Apr 12, 2011, 8:29 PM EDT

    basketball

    Meh. Usually I’m pretty impressed with the NBA’s playoff advertising campaigns — the split face “there can be only one” series, the “Where Amazing Happens” piano commercials — but this year… not really loving it. Maybe it’s me. My taste can certainly be in question (for example, I don’t hate Jimmy Buffett). But this year’s…

  5. Heat may sit LeBron, Wade, Bosh on Wednesday (Bosh says no)

    Apr 12, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    UPDATE 5:29 pm: Chris Bosh told Eric Koreen from the National Post (via twitter) that the he, LeBron and Wade will play in the final game of the season. Sure. I think there’s about as good of a chance of me suiting up for the Heat as all three of them, but we’re passing it along.…

  6. Portland and Memphis to decide something Tuesday night

    Apr 12, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

    Memphis Portalnd

    There’s a lot on the line when Portland takes on Memphis Tuesday night. But it’s kind of a Let’s Make a Deal problem — you don’t know what you’re getting once you pick the door. The new car or the goat. This game may well decide sixth seed in the West — Portland gets it…

  7. The LeBrons, Episode 2. It’s about as good as episode one.

    Apr 12, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    the_lebrons_family

    You know, the animation is really pretty good. So, I’ve said something nice about The LeBrons (LeBron James‘ animated series based on a commercial). And taking my mother’s advice about not saying anything nice, that’s all I will say. But enjoy, it’s episode 2 of the LeBrons. I’d spoil it for you and tell you…

  8. Kings owners ready to file for move, deaf to fans’ loud cheers

    Apr 12, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Kid kings fan

    The atmosphere for the Kings loss to the Thunder Monday night was a throwback. Like about 10 years, when the Kings were contenders and then ARCO Arena was as great a home court advantage as the league had. Complete with cowbells. Kevin Durant said the feeling inside Power Balance Arena Monday reminded him of the…

  9. Chris Paul won’t rule out playing for Jordan in Charlotte

    Apr 12, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    Chris Paul — who is eyeing a future outside the Big Easy — knows that rule No. 1 is not to cut off potential opportunities. No matter the likelihood. With that in mind we bring you Chris Paul’s reaction to being asked by the Associated Press if he would return to his native North Carolina…

  10. Video: Blake Griffin’s over-the-balcony trick shot

    Apr 12, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    And you thought Blake Griffin didn’t have an outside shot. He’s got one, he just needs a balcony in the way, then he puts a little more arc under it. If there had been a car for him to shoot over too… Thanks to The Rookie Wall for finding this and sending it along.

  11. Report: NBA owners want to make it two-and-done in college

    Apr 12, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    Two-and-done? While the age limit should be a side issue to the upcoming NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement — percentage of basketball related income is the real number to watch — it looks like it could be another little battleground. Billy Hunter from the players union said that he didn’t think it was appropriate to keep…

  12. Delonte West injured again, Shaq set for playoffs return

    Apr 12, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

    Delonte West, Rajon Rondo

    Is there a M*A*S*H* unit that follows the Celtics around? It just seems it would be cost efficient at this point. Boston picked up another injury Monday, but just one so it may be under their daily quota. This time it was Delonte West spraining his ankle, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at CSN New England.…

  13. PBT Tuesday one liners

    Apr 12, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    lebron-shoes2

    An idea emailed to me by reader Vincent that is an interesting longshot: This summer LeBron can opt out of or renegotiate his Nike shoe deal, according to reports. Recently one of Nike’s star shoe designers publicly ripped LeBron and his entourage for their lack of focus (and having too many voices in the process)…

  14. Report: Kemba Walker leaving Connecticut, entering draft

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    Kemba Walker, who led Connecticut to the National Championship, has decided to leave college and enter the NBA draft. That according to Andy Katz of ESPN. UConn has a press conference called for Tuesday where that will beocome official. And it is the right move. (We should note, as was pointed out in the comments,…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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,…

  25. 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…

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