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  1. NBA Playoffs: Serge Ibaka swats Thunder into the second round

    Apr 28, 2011, 4:00 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    Is there a more fun team to watch play than the Oklahoma City Thunder? They are pure passion on a basketball court. It was true again Wednesday night as this game had everything a basketball fan (especially an Oklahoma City one) could want — a come from behind win (they were down 9 at the…

  2. Now we have what we want: Miami vs. Boston

    Apr 28, 2011, 2:42 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Give the people what they want. And this is the series nearly everyone wanted. Old school big three vs. new school big three. LeBron James against the Celtics again — but this time he has new friends with him for backup. Tradition rich New England vs. modern and stylish Miami. Celtics vs. Heat. A seven-game…

  3. Eastern Conference Round 2 Playoff Preview: Boston vs. Miami

    Apr 28, 2011, 1:37 AM EDT

    Heat's Wade and Celtics' Pierce shove each other during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    SEASON RECORDS Heat: 58-24 (No. 2 seed) Celtics: 56-26 (No. 3 seed) PLAYOFF SERIES: Heat: defeated Philadelphia 4-1 Celtics: defeated New York 4-0 SERIES SCHEDULE Game 1: Sun., May 1 at Miami, 3:30 p.m. (ABC) Game 2: Tue., May 3 at Miami, Time TBD (TNT) Game 3: Sat., May 7 at Boston, 8:00 p.m. (ABC)…

  4. International goaltending among rule changes Stern wants

    Apr 27, 2011, 9:13 PM EDT

    goaltending

    We’re optimists. We’re not going to focus today on the lockout and the “if there is basketball next season” questions, because there will be plenty of time for that coming up. Let’s talk about the game. Because while the league is hammering out financial issues, it will also talk about some rule changes. And one…

  5. Magic going to keep Stan Van Gundy, so stop asking

    Apr 27, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 2

    There is a lot of speculation out there in the world that Stan Van Gundy could be axed if the Orlando Magic cannot complete the 3-1 series comeback. The logic flows like this: If the Magic loose then Dwight Howard is going to be really unhappy. And he can be a free agent in 2012,…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Heat will close out tonight or regret it Sunday

    Apr 27, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    The Miami Heat are going to close out this series tonight. Sure, in theory in one game anything can happen (the NCAA bases a whole basketball tournament around that theory). Even Burnie (the Heat mascot you didn’t know had a name) will admit this Heat team is fully capable of playing a lazy, terrible game…

  7. Shaq will not practice Wednesday, Thursday. Will he play against Heat?

    Apr 27, 2011, 4:01 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Now we return to Shaq Watch 2011… and still no sign of the big man. He did not practice Wednesday and will not Thursday according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England on twitter. That does leave open the chance that he practices on Friday and will be ready to go Sunday, but do…

  8. Knicks pick up option on Chauncey Billups

    Apr 27, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    He’s not cheap at $14.2 million a year, and he’s not young at age 35 by next playoffs. But the Knicks were not going to find a better point guard for their team next season. So they picked up the option on Chauncey Billups, the team announced Wednesday. “We have made a decision to keep…

  9. The Knicks would love to get Wilson Chandler back, if they can

    Apr 27, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

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    The Knicks have a lot of post-season roster filling out to do… once they get the whole Donnie Walsh/Mike D’Antoni situation straightened out. And the Chauncey Billups situation. At least there are deadlines on those. But when they do get all that figured out, and when the lockout is over and they can get around…

  10. Warriors not bringing back coach Keith Smart

    Apr 27, 2011, 1:35 PM EDT

    Keith Smart

    UPDATE 1:35 pm: The Warriors have decided to let Keith Smart go as coach, according to CSN Bay Area. Smart had been the head coach of the Warriors for one year, but had spent the previous seven as an assistant. This isn’t a shock — owner Joe Lacob wanted to put the team on a…

  11. Sixers’ Iguodala’s knee pain has been worse than he’s let on

    Apr 27, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    Andre Iguodala has struggled through the playoffs. The most explosive wing player on Philadelphia has shot just 31.6 percent overall and 25 percent from three. He is averaging only 8.8 points per game. He has looked like a shell of the guy who won gold with Team USA in Turkey last summer. That guy looked…

  12. The title contending Spurs are dead. Long live the Spurs.

    Apr 27, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

    San Antionio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    This is the end Beautiful friend This is the end My only friend, the end —Jim Morrison, The Doors We’re going to miss the Tim Duncan era Spurs. Yes, likely will get one more win in their first round series, Wednesday night at home. They are fully capable of that. But it will be fools…

  13. Magic’s Richardson played through seven stiches on foot

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Tuesday afternoon, Orlando’s Jason Richardson stepped on some glass at home, resulting in seven stiches on his left foot, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Tuesday night, playing through pain, he had his best game of the first round leading the Magic with 17 points. There is no truth to the rumor that Dwight Howard and…

  14. Bulls Carlos Boozer feels “pop” in foot, has turf toe injury

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    Carlos Boozer played just jut 15:31 on Tuesday night, and it wasn’t just because the Bulls were closing out the Pacers in a blowout win. Boozer suffered a turf toe injury during the game, something that likely will linger into the second round, reports ESPN Chicago. “I just went up for a shot, the one…

  15. Hornets’ coach explains Kobe’s ankle better than Kobe

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Kobe Bryant wouldn’t really talk about his injured ankle, and he wasn’t letting doctors look at it either. All Phil Jackson would say was that he was playing. After the game, it took Hornets coach Monty Williams to sum it up best (as reported by Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated): “All this talk about his…

  16. Report: Knicks expected to keep Donnie Walsh for two years

    Apr 27, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Introduce Mike D'Antoni

    Finally, a couple days before the deadline to pick up the contract extension on Knicks president Donnie Walsh’s deal, he is going to have a sit-down meeting with owner James Dolan. Nothing like waiting until the last minute. The Knicks are expected to keep Walsh around with a two-year contract extension, according to Howard Beck…

  17. Thunder’s Durant, Westbrook had heated exchange during Game 4

    Apr 27, 2011, 9:22 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Charlotte Bobcats

    You don’t want to read too much into this — Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen argued, Larry Bird and Kevin McHale yelled at each other on occasion, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant had… okay, the last one is a bad example. But according to TNT’s Pam Oliver, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant had a heated…

  18. Video: Kobe Bryant ankle looks just fine, ask Emeka Okafor

    Apr 27, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    The question coming into Game 5 was just how Kobe Bryant‘s ankle was going to hold up and impact the Lakers. And in the first quarter, there may have been concerns. But when Kobe threw down the dunk of the 2011 playoffs so far on the head of Emeka Okafor, his ankle looked fine and…

  19. NBA Playoffs: It took five games, but Bulls play like contenders

    Apr 26, 2011, 11:56 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    This looked like what we all expected this entire series to look like. The Chicago Bulls dominated Game 5 Tuesday game from the start, were up 11 at the end of one quarter, pulled away in the third quarter and cruised to a 116-89 win. Now they sit around until next Monday (when the NBA…

  20. Add Kevin McHale, Sam Cassell to Rockets interview list

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:53 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    You know that phone call you missed today? The one where you looked at your cell and didn’t recognize the number so you sent it to voice mail? That was Rockets GM Daryl Morey calling to schedule you for an interview for the Houston head coaching job. We’re not kidding. He seems to be literally…

  21. NBA Playoffs: Orlando can create shots or create vacation plans

    Apr 26, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    The reason the Atlanta Hawks are up 3-1 in this series and can close out the Orlando Magic tonight — and the difference between the 2009 Magic that went to the finals and the 2011 Magic about to be eliminated in the first round — was summed up nicely by Stan Van Gundy (via ESPN):…

  22. Bucks will have Carlos Delfino to kick around for another year

    Apr 26, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Carlos Delfino

    In what was pretty much a no brainer of a move, the Bucks picked up the $3.5 million team option on Carlos Delfino for next season, according to the Journal-Sentinel. Delfino provided the Bucks with about what they should have expected — 11.5 points a night on an unimpressive 39 percent shooting. But he can…

  23. NBA Playoffs: It’s not Kobe’s ankle, it’s Chris Paul breaking them

    Apr 26, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    Game 5 is about ankles. The one getting all the hype is Lakers guard Kobe Bryant’s left ankle. His foot is still attached, so he’s playing. That’s not the question. He twisted his ankle (and foot) at the end of Los Angeles 93-88 loss to New Orleans in Game 4 and has since refused to…

  24. Pacers coach Vogel: Win Game 5 and we win the series

    Apr 26, 2011, 3:01 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

    Because what the Pacers really want to do is give the Bulls some real motivation, we give you Pacers coach Frank Vogel, speaking at Tuesday’s shootaround (as quoted by several members of the media): “We feel like if we win this game tonight, we’ll win the series.” It sounds like he took the brown acid…

  25. Ron Artest wins NBA citizenship award. Deservedly so. Seriously.

    Apr 26, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

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    The amazing part is of this is not that Ron Artest won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association. The amazing part is he deserved it. Ron Artest — he of the halftime Hennessy drinks, the dog abuse, the Malice at the Palace — has latched on to…

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