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  1. Video: Taj Gibson returns the favor to Dwyane Wade

    May 16, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Bulls' Gibson celebrates after a dunk on the Heat during Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball game in Chicago

    Dwyane Wade dunks on a lot of people. Taj Gibson returned the favor two him during the Bulls Game 1 beat down of the Heat Sunday night. It was a transition play where C.J. Watson is leading the break but leaves it back for Gibson. You see Wade turn but it’s too late for him…

  2. NBA executive announces he’s gay, hopefully league yawns

    May 16, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Rick Welts

    In an ideal world, the NBA (and basketball) is a meritocracy — how well you do as a player or coach or executive is based solely on how well you do your job. Skin color, religion, who you choose to sleep with, none of that should matter. But we know better — organized professional sports…

  3. Western Conference Finals Preview: Mavericks vs. Thunder

    May 16, 2011, 3:21 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant hands the ball to Dallas Mavericks head coach Carlisle in the closing seconds of the second half of their NBA basketball game in Dallas

    SEASON RECORDS Mavericks: 57-25 (No. 3 seed in Western Conference) Thunder: 55-27 (No. 4 seed) SEASON SERIES Dallas won the regular season series 2-1, but the most recent of the games was Jan. 6 — back before the Kendrick Perkins trade, and when Caron Butler was healthy. Nowitzki didn’t play in the Thunder win. So…

  4. Riley should remind Heat that no rebounds = no rings

    May 16, 2011, 1:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    The Miami Heat shot the ball just as well as the Chicago Bulls. It didn’t feel that way at all, but the Bulls shot 43.7 percent in Game 1 and the Heat shot 47.1 percent. Use effective field goal percentage to account for all the Bulls made threes and it is a nearly identical 49.4…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Bulls look like beasts of the East in Game 1

    May 15, 2011, 11:37 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    It was a line buried in PBT’s Game 1 preview but it ended up telling you all you needed to know — both of these teams can defend so it was about who got the easy buckets. For Chicago, that meant offensive rebounds — and they went out grabbed 19 of them, a full 41.7…

  6. As we all expected, Thunder needed Nick Collison to win

    May 15, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Nick Collison…. Like the old Sesame Street game and song, “One of these things is not like the others.” Collison may look out of place among those elite scorers, he averaged 21 minutes a game off the bench for the Thunder this past season. The classic veteran role players.…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Durant + Defense = Date with Dallas for Thunder

    May 15, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Seven

    No doubt, Kevin Durant was special Sunday. In the biggest game of his NBA career he remained undaunted through a slow start and hit 11 of his last 16 shots on his way to 39 points. He played smart, used back-door cuts to get easy baskets, and once he got rolling everything fell. But that’s…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Heat vs. Bulls Game 1 all about defense

    May 15, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson guards the Miami Heat's LeBron James during first quarter NBA basketball action in Miami

    There will be spectacular plays because this series features three of the most dynamic players in the league. Derrick Rose will break somebody’s ankle with a crossover, LeBron James will destroy someone in the open court. Bank on it. But highlights will not win this series. Defense will. That starts with Game 1 Sunday night…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Does Durant dominate Game 7 for Thunder?

    May 15, 2011, 10:53 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Kevin Durant has played on big stages before. Just this past summer he led Team USA to gold in the World Championships for example. But his first ever NBA Game 7 is maybe his biggest stage yet, and if the Thunder are going to advance they need more out of him. With Tony Allen and…

  10. Charles Oakley sues Vegas resort over “beat down”

    May 15, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    Charles Oakley

    There was a time when Charles Oakley was the enforcer. When he was Michael Jordan’s on-court bodyguard. But now the former Bull and Knick, and current Bobcats assistant coach, is suing a Las Vegas resort over an alleged beating by security guards last year. Oakley has filed a lawsuit against the Aria hotel at MGM…

  11. Agent says Wade closer to being a Bull than you think

    May 14, 2011, 7:43 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New Jersey Nets

    You conspiracy theorists who believe Tupac is alive, there was a guy on the grassy knoll and that aliens helped the Egyptians build the pyramids, you also believe LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade had it all mapped out two years ago. The Miami Heat master plan. That’s not how it worked. It was…

  12. Derrick Rose’s game evolves as playoffs go on

    May 14, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Derrick Rose was special this season. He attacked the rim with a reckless abandon on his way to 24.1 points and 7.4 assists per game, carrying the Bulls offense all the way to the conference finals, picking up an MVP trophy along the way. He did it driving in a straight line. Literally. He is…

  13. NBA Playoffs: Determined Grizzlies won’t go quietly

    May 14, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

    O.J. Mayo, Zach Randolph, and Marc Gasol celebrate after the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Oklahoma Thunder in Memphis

    From Games 2 through 5, Oklahoma City had kept the force of nature that can be Zach Randolph in check. They had packed the lane, threw multiple long defenders at him and never let him get comfortable. He shot just 32 percent in those four games. But it all changed Friday night, starting with Grizzlies coach Lionel…

  14. Report: Mike Brown favored to become Warriors next coach

    May 13, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavilers v Boston Celtics

    Interesting note in ESPN’s Ric Bucher’s chat Friday, when a Golden State Warriors fan said Brian Shaw and Chuck Person were the front runners to be the next head coach in the Bay Area. Your sources are half right. Chuck and Brian are serious about getting the job and will be interviewed. But all signs…

  15. Brian Shaw is a lot more than a guy who coaches the triangle

    May 13, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    Lakers assistant Brian Shaw is all over the place now. Interviewed in Houston, will get interviewed for Golden State, and of course is at the front of the line for the Lakers gig. Soon, somewhere, he is going to be an NBA head coach. On of the best bits of reporting this week came in…

  16. Owner’s commitment to Bucks good for Hammond, Skiles

    May 13, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    Herb Kohl is making changes. The United States Senator said he has decided not to seek re-election. But he remains committed to owning the Bucks, he told the Journal-Sentinel, and he is not looking for big changes there. “One thing, our coach (Scott Skiles) is as competitive as they come and so is our general…

  17. NBA Playoffs: Memphis tries to prove Game 5 was a fluke

    May 13, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    Like the have not before these playoffs, the Oklahoma City Thunder asserted themselves in Game 5. They dominated the Memphis Grizzlies. Controlled the game from the middle of the second quarter on. Held Zach Randolph to 9 points. Thumped the tired Grizzlies good. Was that a one game fluke, or have the Thunder arrived? If…

  18. Celtics’ Ainge thinks Shaq will retire

    May 13, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    The ball is in Shaquille O’Neal’s court. But Celtics head man Danny Ainge told CSN New England he believes Shaq has played his last game. “I think so,” the Celtics’ director of basketball operations replied when asked if he thought Shaq had played his last game in the NBA. “It’s early to make those emotional…

  19. Does Bulls’ sweep of Heat this season matter now?

    May 13, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    The Bulls and Heat met three times in the regular season. Three times the Bulls won, a couple of close games and one pretty comfortably. Derrick Rose had big games, Chris Bosh struggled. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that matters much now. For one, the most recent of those games was in March…

  20. NBA playoff television ratings keep on climbing

    May 13, 2011, 1:58 PM EDT

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    This has been a good NBA playoffs for TNT. Well, except for watching Kenny Smith take a long walk to a dull but large video board. Aside that it’s been great. TNT’s ratings are up 25 percent on the 33 games it has broadcast so far, reports Tom Ziller at SBN. That follows a patter…

  21. Kendrick Perkins not happy to see Celtics eliminated

    May 13, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Four

    Kendrick Perkins didn’t want to see his friends on the Boston Celtics eliminated in the second round. He wanted to do it himself. Perkins was hoping against hope for a Celtics vs. Thunder finals, but that is not going to happen with the Celtics eliminated (and his Thunder have some work to do still ).…

  22. Doc Rivers, Celtics agree to five-year deal for him to return

    May 13, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers watches his team in Boston

    It’s official — Doc Rivers is back for not only one more run with the Celtics core, he’s back for the rebuilding that follows. CSN New England’s Greg Dickerson broke the news (direct from GM Danny Ainge) and the Celtics have now confirmed it. The deal is for five years, $35 million according to Adrian Wojnarowski…

  23. Video: Thibodeau talks Bulls vs. Heat with Dan Patrick

    May 13, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

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    Pretty good interview we thought we’d pass along from this morning… of course, we’re sure you listened attentively to every second of the Dan Patrick Show, so you’ve heard Tom Thibodeau talking playoffs. Consider this a reminder (via CSN Chicago). Thibodeau talks Heat and Bulls and the challenges LeBron and company present. He also talks…

  24. One way or another, expect Celtics roster shakeups

    May 13, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics Delonte West, Paul Pierce and Jeff Green walk off the court at the end of their overtime loss to the Miami Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    It looks like Boston is going to make one more run at it — Doc Rivers is coming back, Ray Allen will pick up the option on his contract, Rajon Rondo will get healthy and whenever next season starts the Celtics will get the band back together. But expect changes around them. And maybe even…

  25. Golden State to interview Lakers assistant Brian Shaw

    May 13, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    Brian Shaw remains the most likely guy to replace Phil Jackson on the Lakers bench. Getting the endorsement of Kobe Bryant matters. But if the Lakers go another direction (hello Rick Adelman) Shaw is going to have options. The Golden State Warriors got permission to talk to Shaw, according to Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay…

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