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  1. Shaq could return to Celtics Friday; Krstic back Tuesday

    Apr 4, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

    Shaq injured

    It’s just a calf strain. It’s not the Achilles that kept Shaquille O’Neil out for more than month. What happened to Shaq on Sunday was just a calf strain. Everyone kept saying that (especially Celtics fans). Still, Celtics players were a little down. Then came good news from Doc Rivers today that Shaq could be…

  2. Are the Timberwolves losing $20 million this season?

    Apr 4, 2011, 6:17 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Minnesota Timberwolves

    It wouldn’t be shocking to hear the Minnesota Timberwolves were one of the NBA teams losing money, even with a $54 million payroll that is 27th in the league. But $20 million? That’s what is suggested in Sid Hartman’s column in the Star Tribune (via Henry Abbott at TrueHoop). Hartman also says that Kurt Rambis…

  3. Bobcats Stephen Jackson out Tuesday, maybe much longer

    Apr 4, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Orlando Magic

    Charlotte’s playoff chances are long — like 2 percent long (if you go by ESPN’s John Hollinger or CoolStandings). They are two games back of Indiana and the Pacers have the tiebreaker. The Bobcats almost have to win out, and they have Orlando, Miami and Atlanta still on the docket. And now they may have…

  4. Nets starting to pack it in: Humphries out, Williams may follow

    Apr 4, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    NBA London 2011 -  New Jersey Nets v Toronto Raptors

    This post should be very popular in Utah. You might have surmised the New Jersey had mentally packed it in for the season by their six-game losing streak, but they are also are physically beat up and now coach Avery Johnson is talking about shutting guys down for the season. Key guys. Like Kris Humphries.…

  5. NBA Power Rankings: Chicago is our kind of town

    Apr 4, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Chicago Bulls

    It’s our penultimate rankings, the Bulls have solidified themselves at the top and Minnesota is trying hard to make sure they finish the season on the bottom. Or not trying, as the case may be. 1. Bulls (56-20, LW #2). The East is theirs, barring a total collapse, and they are just one back of…

  6. Sixers Lou Williams out for rest of regular season

    Apr 4, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Lou Williams Jumper

    The Sixers — the one team in the bottom half of the East standings that can make a real series out of the first round — are not the same without Lou Williams off the bench. He is the best one-on-one player that team has. Sorry Iggy. But if the game is on the line…

  7. Pau Gasol to have MRI on knee Monday

    Apr 4, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol, Denver Nuggets

    It was the moment Sunday when Lakers fans saw another title flash before their eyes. Late in the third quarter Pau Gasol went to the basket for a dunk and got a hard (but clean) foul by Nene. When Gasol landed and crashed to the floor, his knee bent back awkwardly. He stayed down for…

  8. Your 2011 Basketball Hall of Fame inductees

    Apr 4, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    artis-gilmore

    It’s a good class. As usual, there was one surprise on the list — we told you before of reports that Maurice Cheeks had gotten in, but that turned out to be false. The former Sixer player and coach did not make the cut this year. Who did get in? • Artis Gilmore: He was…

  9. Chris Mullin also in Hall of Fame

    Apr 4, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

    chris-mullin

    UPDATE 12:53 pm: The reports about Maurice Cheeks also making the Hall of Fame have proven inaccurate — he was not invited to join the hall this year. Chris Mullin was. There will be a post on the class up soon. 9:49 am: We’ll know officially in a couple hours — the announcement is at…

  10. Expect to hear John Calipari’s name for NBA openings

    Apr 4, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Kentucky v UConn

    Last year, when LeBron James had yet to decide where his talents should go (at least officially), Kentucky coach John Calipari was a hot name. There were reports that William Wesley — the behind-the-scenes power broker now working for CAA — was trying to sell LeBron and Calipari as a package to the Bulls and…

  11. Just 10 days left in the regular season, get your playoff seedings here

    Apr 4, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan,  Kobe Bryant

    The slog that can be the NBA regular season is almost over — you can see the playoffs from where you’re standing. Well, not from where the Cavs and Timberwolves are standing, but a majority of teams can. But things are not settled. So with 10 days left until the playoffs, here is a little…

  12. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Apr 4, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    Image (1) Odom_half-thumb-250x166-11713.jpg for post 1988

    Former Nets owner Henry Taub has passed away at age 83. Lamar Odom was frustrated after he gave up a game-clinching tip in to Kenyon Martin Sunday — he thought he was going to get help from Ron Artest. He said as much after the game. The Magic may get J.J. Redick back soon. It’s…

  13. Don’t expect Jerry Sloan back on the sidelines again

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:23 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    Reports leaked out this weekend that Jerry Sloan would consider returning to coaching if the situation was right. Of course, that was from a source. The Salt Lake Tribune called Sloan, about as straight a shooter as has ever coached in the league, and it sure didn’t sound like he wants back in anytime soon.…

  14. Video: LeBron James made some video game plays against Nets

    Apr 4, 2011, 9:18 AM EDT

    Nets Heat Basketball

    LeBron James started out hot Sunday. The Nets don’t begin to have defender that can slow him so James exploited them for 15 first-quarter points and the Heat raced out to an early lead. Some of those plays were pretty spectacular. We bring you some of those, just as a reminder of what James can…

  15. Report: Pistons’ Stuckey benched Sunday for disobeying coach

    Apr 4, 2011, 9:01 AM EDT

    Rodney Stuckey Chris Bosh

    You would think after this season every Piston player had to be benched for insubordination for a game. Sunday was Rodney Stuckey’s turn, apparently. Pistons coach John Kuester benched Stuckey for the Pistons beat down at the hands of the Celtics Sunday as punishment for refusing to enter the game at one point Friday night,…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Suns giftwrap a slump buster for the Spurs

    Apr 4, 2011, 8:27 AM EDT

    James Anderson, Vince Carter, Garret Siler

    What you missed while taking the virtual tour of the Strahov Monastery Library in Prague… The Nuggets beating the Lakers was our game of the day. Spurs 114, Suns 97: Phoenix was without Steve Nash and the Spurs had everyone healthy and desperately needed a big win to build some confidence. So we found a…

  17. Nuggets win over Lakers should get Thunder’s attention

    Apr 3, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    Nene Hilario, Andrew Bynum

    With just 10 days of NBA games remaining, some first round playoff matchups are pretty much set. Out West, the Oklahoma City Thunder are almost certainly getting the Denver Nuggets in the first round. Sunday Denver beat the Lakers by outworking them, being more scrappy, playing good defense and moving the ball on offense (95-90…

  18. Tex Winter elected to Hall of Fame

    Apr 2, 2011, 9:49 PM EDT

    Tex Winter ex NBA coach at a basketball training c

    It just seems fitting: Tex Winter, the brains behind the offense that helped win the Chicago Bulls multiple titles, will enter the Hall of Fame with Dennis Rodman, the man who did the dirty work for several of those titles. Winter, the architect of the triangle offense that won the Bulls six titles and the…

  19. Dennis Rodman elected to Hall of Fame

    Apr 2, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Dennis Rodman

    Well, looks like the oft-criticized Naismith Hall of Fame got one right. Dennis Rodman told the Associated Press he has been elected to the hall and was told to be in Houston Monday (site of the Final Four) for the announcement. The official induction is not until August, and we can’t wait to hear that…

  20. Mike Bibby has made Heat’s defense much worse

    Apr 1, 2011, 8:16 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Miami Heat

    In Atlanta, there are a lot of Hawks fans nodding their heads. The Miami Heat’s defense is much worse when Mike Bibby is on the floor. Not just worse, much worse. Tom Haberstroh crunched the numbers for the Heat Index at ESPN. When point guard Mike Bibby has been on the floor for the Heat,…

  21. Jason Terry calls Matt Barnes soft as “toilet paper”

    Apr 1, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    The fight — well, what passes for a fight in the NBA, Jason Terry pushed Steve Blake, they bumped chests, Matt Barnes came flying in to play protector, there was a lot more pushing  — was Thursday night, but the war of words has continued into Friday. Mark Cuban blasted Chris Webber over calling the…

  22. Mark Cuban fires back at Chris Webber over “soft” comment

    Apr 1, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Image (1) Cuban-fist.png for post 4296

    After the Mavs were laid to waste by the Lakers last night — and after they pulled out a classic NHL maneuver and started being physical once the game was out of reach — Chris Webber went on TNT and ripped the Mavs. He called them “soft.” We linked to it in our Morning One…

  23. Celtics Krstic out at least two games, to undergo MRI

    Apr 1, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

    When the Boston Celtics take the floor in Atlanta Friday night, Jermiane O’Neal will be the starting center. But he has been off with knee surgery since January, now playing on the second night of a back-to-back. He can’t be counted on for big minutes. So who follows him? Good question. It will not be…

  24. ESPN pulls Jalen Rose off air after DUI arrest, coverup

    Apr 1, 2011, 2:54 PM EDT

    17th Annual ESPY Awards - Red Carpet

    We told you about Jalen Rose getting a DUI a couple days ago, an incident that had taken place several weeks before. Turns out, Rose didn’t tell his employer ESPN either, so they have yanked him off the air, according to the USA Today. “Jalen has accepted full responsibility for his actions. Both parties are…

  25. Their fans may but Spurs are not going to panic

    Apr 1, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    For the first time since Tim Duncan came to San Antonio, the Spurs have lost five games in a row. Right before the playoffs. In the season when it looked like they had found the fountain of youth, when they were back to being elite. The season maybe they could get one for the thumb.…

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