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  1. What turf toe? Boozer to play in Game 1 against Hawks.

    May 2, 2011, 1:26 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    Turf toe hurts. A lot. But Carlos Boozer plans to play through it and will be on the court when the Bulls start their second round playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks Monday night at the United Center. That according to Aggrey Sam with CSN Chicago. “The toe is feeling a lot better. I’ve got…

  2. Owners confirm Kings staying in Sacramento

    May 2, 2011, 1:04 PM EST

    George Maloof, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof

    UPDATE #2, 1:04 pm: Here is what George Maloof told the Associated Press. “The mayor of Sacramento has told the NBA relocation committee that he will have a plan for a new arena within a year,” Maloof said Monday. “If not, the team will be relocated to another city…. “I think it’s the fair thing…

  3. Sacramento gets to keep Kings for now, but new building key

    May 2, 2011, 12:52 PM EST

    Clippers Kings Basketball

    Champaign corks should be popping. Horns should be honking in downtown as people in cars shout “here we stay.” There should be spontaneous parties in the street. Bloggers should hug mainstream newspaper writers. The Kings are staying in Sacramento. That is fantastic news — this is a market that has proven it will wholeheartedly supported…

  4. Durant thinks Zach Randolph is the best. Randolph agrees.

    May 2, 2011, 11:09 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    There was a lot of Zach Randolph love after he tore up the Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday just like he had done the San Antonio Spurs the weeks before. (Maybe that Duncan guy isn’t so old…) Randolph was the expected monster inside, but he also was 5-of-8 from the midrange — he (and Marc Gasol)…

  5. Brandon Roy wants to be a starter again for Portland

    May 2, 2011, 10:19 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    There is no “Sixth Man of the Playoffs” award, but if there were Brandon Roy would be the frontrunner. He was a game changer for the Trail Blazers off the pine, especially in Game 4 when he had a quarter for the ages that pulled his struggling team up and evened the series (even if…

  6. No news as deadline passes on Knicks Walsh, which is good actually

    May 2, 2011, 9:47 AM EST

    Donnie Walsh

    From our “no news is good news” file… The deadline for Knicks owner James Dolan to pick up the option year on team president Donnie Walsh’s contract came and went Saturday without a word out of Madison Square Garden. Which is actually a good thing, the New York Post says (and when was the last…

  7. Video: LeBron dunk highlights how Heat beat Boston

    May 2, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    This was one of the highlight plays in Miami’s win over Boston. But LeBron James ally-oop dunk was also a clever little play breaking down Boston’s half court defense. What Boston does is overload the strong side — in this case when Dwyane Wade comes off Chris Bosh‘s high screen Rajon Rondo sticks with him,…

  8. CSN Report: Kings to stay in Sacramento

    May 2, 2011, 1:20 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Monday both the NBA and the Maloof brothers will announced that the Kings will remain in Sacramento for another season, CSN California reports. A source close to the discussions tells Comcast SportsNet that the NBA has told the Maloofs to expect the Kings to stay in Sacramento next year. The NBA is expected to put…

  9. Boston far from dead, but they better get well fast

    May 2, 2011, 12:30 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    This series is far, far from over. Miami set the tone in Game 1. They got the big game they needed from Dwyane Wade, the Heat were more physical, the Heat bench stepped up and most surprisingly it was Boston players that lost their composure. (That said the second technical on Pierce was just bad…

  10. Video: Doc Rivers says Heat defense was “chippy”

    May 1, 2011, 9:41 PM EST

    Doc Rivers

    And so the post-game working of the officials has begun. Below is the post game interview with Doc Rivers where he says the Heat defense was not physical, it was “chippy” and that Miami should have been called for a couple of technicals. Remember when it was the Celtics that were either chippy or physical…

  11. Boston had no Shaq in Game 1, but will by Game 3

    May 1, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

    Image (1) Shaq_fist-thumb-250x374-20454.jpg for post 4198

    There are a number a number of things Boston is going to have to change if they plan to win this series against the Heat. Game 1 went very poorly for Boston. Changes have to start with execution issues, particularly on the defensive end, but there is a laundry list. Something they could use is…

  12. Bulls Tom Thibodeau named Coach of the Year

    May 1, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

    Tom Thibodeau

    UPDATE 5:02 pm: It’s official, Tom Thibodeau is your Coach of the Year. He will be honored before the Bulls game Monday night. As we said, this is well deserved. The Bulls had a roster with eight new players yet melded into a defensive power that finished with the best recoed in the NBA. Philadelphia’s…

  13. Mavericks not getting Caron Butler back in Lakers series

    May 1, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Caron Butler

    Caron Butler would be a big help against the Lakers, defending Kobe Bryant and providing some scoring from the wings. But the Dallas Mavericks are not going to have him. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle made it as clear as could be, as reported by ESPN. “He is not going to play in this series,” Carlisle…

  14. “Mammas don’t let your babies grow up to be Lakers fans”

    May 1, 2011, 11:02 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Washington Wizards

    Yes, we know this is not Dirk Nowitzki actually singing in the video. (Or do we…..) And we’re more sure that is not the worst animated Mark Cuban ever playing guitar. Unless he has really let himself go. But still this another classic from the Mavs marketing department. If this series were decided by clever…

  15. NBA Playoffs: Where is Memphis going to get its offense now?

    May 1, 2011, 8:04 AM EST

    Thunder's Durant gets a pat on the head from teammate Perkins after their Western Conference NBA basketball playoffs against the Nuggets in Oklahoma City

    Memphis was impressive in knocking off the Spurs. Make no mistake, they found their mismatch and exploited it — they pounded the Spurs inside, which opened up chances elsewhere. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol were beasts the Spurs could not stop. Memphis, now meet Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka. Oklahoma City brings a serious front…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Boston and Miami try to set tone in Game 1

    May 1, 2011, 1:18 AM EST

    Miami Heat's LeBron James and Dwyane Wade wait during a timeout against the Philadelphia 76ers in Miami

    Often, the first game of an NBA playoff series can feel like the first round of an overhyped boxing match — a lot of dancing around, a lot of feeling each other out, a lot of jabs but no haymakers. Not Boston vs. Miami. Game 1 is going to set a tone in this series.…

  17. Derrick Rose says he doesn’t know anything about being MVP. Yet.

    Apr 30, 2011, 11:37 PM EST

    Derrick Rose, Charlie Villanueva

    Derrick Rose will be announced as the NBA’s MVP in the coming weeks. We all know it. But it’s not official yet. So it was a bit of a shock when Bulls guard C.J. Watson tweeted Friday: Congrats to drose on winning the MVP he’s played unbelievable this season!!! now just need tibs to win…

  18. Spurs loss may well be Antonio McDyess’ last game ever

    Apr 30, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzles v San Antionio Spurs - Game Two

    All season long, Antonio McDyess has been saying this will probably be his last season. He’s had a 15-year NBA career and will turn 37 during next season and made it clear to the News-Express after the Spurs disappointing loss to the Grizzlies that he is ready to walk away. “This was my last game,”…

  19. Video: Manu Ginobili’s wild half court shot

    Apr 30, 2011, 10:44 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzles v San Antionio Spurs - Game Two

    The top seed San Antonio Spurs have gone home early, their era has come to an end. But the play of the night last night was still from the magician that is Manu Ginobili, knocking down an off-balance half court shot to end the third quarter. The Spurs needed a lot more little miracles than…

  20. Western Conference Round 2 Playoff Preview: Thunder vs. Grizzlies

    Apr 30, 2011, 3:22 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Five

    SEASON RECORDS Thunder: 55-27 (No. 4 seed) Grizzlies: 46-36 (No. 8 seed) SEASON SERIES Memphis 3-1, however none of those games took place after Kendrick Perkins was part of the Thunder lineup. PLAYOFF SERIES: Oklahoma City defeated Denver 4-1 Memphis defeated San Antonio 4-2 SERIES SCHEDULE (times Eastern) Game 1 – Sun May 1 at…

  21. Hawks’ Hinrich likely out for Game 1 with strained hamstring

    Apr 29, 2011, 9:23 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    As if the Hawks don’t face enough challenges taking on the top seeded Chicago Bulls in the second round, it now looks like they now have to go without their defensive-minded starting point guard for at least a game against Derrick Rose. So good luck with that. Kirk Hinrich pulled up lame with a hamstring…

  22. NBA Playoffs: Spurs miracle staved off elimination once. Got another?

    Apr 29, 2011, 2:55 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antionio Spurs - Game Five

    The San Antonio Spurs are here. Still playing. Manu Ginobili hit a wild shot. Gary Neal hit the thrilling game saver to force overtime. Tony Parker morphed into Tony Parker circa 2005 in the overtime. San Antonio staved off elimination Wednesday in dramatic fashion. But it did not change the underlying issues in this series.…

  23. Pacers coach Vogel likely to get interim tag removed

    Apr 29, 2011, 2:04 PM EST

    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

    Most times, the “interim” tag for a head coach is the kiss of death. It means you’ve taken over a team midseason already facing enough turmoil and losing that your predecessor was jettisoned. Usually management has another plan in mind but has to wait until the offseason to execute it. Often the players see the…

  24. Shaq practiced and he’ll play. Eventually. Maybe not Game 1.

    Apr 29, 2011, 1:34 PM EST

    shaquille o'neal Celtics

    Shaquille O’Neal practiced with the Boston Celtics Thursday and Friday. He’ll play against the Miami Heat. At some point in the series. Probably. Yes, I know, pretty vague. But that’s what the Celtics have left us with. CSN New England gives us the quotes from Doc Rivers himself. “He just did a little bit yesterday,”…

  25. Just so we’re clear, the Magic aren’t trading Howard

    Apr 29, 2011, 12:25 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Dwight Howard is not talking about Dwight Howard the free agent. But theoretically next season Howard could turn the Magic into this season’s Denver Nuggets — he could use the threat of his free agency to force a trade. But that’s not happening either. Magic GM Otis Smith made that clear as possible to ESPN…

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