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  1. NBA Playoffs: Nobody closes out on the road like the Lakers

    Apr 28, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Back in the 2009 NBA finals, the Los Angeles Lakers closed out the Orlando Magic in Game 5 on the road. Last playoffs on their way to the finals, the Lakers closed out Oklahoma City, Utah and Phoenix all on the road. Thursday night, they are back in that situation — they can close out…

  2. Shaq to practice on Friday, and then…

    Apr 28, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Shaq_dunk

    Finally there are no more delays, no more reasons to put it off, Shaquille O’Neal is going to practice with the Boston Celtics on Friday, according to a tweet from Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. Two days before the first game against the Heat. And then…. Depends on how it goes. Doc Rivers was…

  3. Turkoglu’s disaster of a playoffs traced back to Phoenix

    Apr 28, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Back in 2009, Hedo Turkoglu was in his element, aggressively running the pick-and-roll. Dwight Howard was still the center of the Magic’s offensive solar system, Turkoglu was setting the table and knocking down threes. He pushed the Magic to the finals. This season, he is pushing them out in the first round. Orlando has to…

  4. Grant Hill lays career-crushing ankle problems on Pistons medical staff

    Apr 28, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    Grant Hill #33

    Some people just have forgotten or do not realize how good Grant Hill was. How explosive, how devastating on the crossover and attacking the rim. Follow this link to some video highlights. Then ankle injuries robbed him of that explosiveness. He’s come back and become a solid player with some old-man game knowledge, but he…

  5. Heat need to start Chalmers, Anthony against Celtics

    Apr 28, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    Mike Bibby, Josh Smith, Marvin Williams

    The numbers do not lie — the Miami Heat’s starting five with Mike Bibby and Zydrunas Ilgauskas was outscored by 39 points in the first round. By the 76ers starting five. Every game — including Game 5 — the Heat would fall behind quickly, but in four of the games the Heat’s substitutes stabilized them,…

  6. Nick Young says Wizards not getting home town discount

    Apr 28, 2011, 11:26 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    When Gilbert Arenas was sent off to Orlando, Nick Young got thrust into a starting role. Young would have gotten his chance anyway, he was already looking better than Arenas in preseason. Young went on to average 17.4 points per game on 44.1 percent shooting, he got to the line and he shot 38.7 percent…

  7. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    Apr 28, 2011, 10:55 AM EDT

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Fantastic story from ESPN’s Rick Reilly (seriously) on Chris Paul and the murder of his grandfather. LeBron James called knocking off the 76ers “finishing off their breakfast.” The quote that spawned 1,000 food metaphors around the Web. Lunch is going to be a lot tougher to swallow, by the way. LeBron should talk food with…

  8. Kings owners talk to NBA officials, told they should stay put

    Apr 28, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

    George Maloof, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof

    Do the Sacramento Kings owners want to put the other owners resolve to the test? That’s what it comes down to. The NBA has been on a fact-finding mission and collected pledges on nearly $10 million in new sponsorship money in the Kings stay in Sacramento. The NBA has heard of the new plans for…

  9. Playoff schedule set for Heat/Celtics and Chicago/someone

    Apr 28, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    The conference semi-finals for the East have been set. Mostly. Except for the details of not knowing one of the four teams yet. Here is the schedule for the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics, which is the one series set in stone. Game 1: Sun., May 1 at Miami, 3:30 p.m. (ABC) Game 2: Tue.,…

  10. Video: Gary Neal’s three to save the Spurs season

    Apr 28, 2011, 8:18 AM EDT

    Gary Neal

    The San Antonio Spurs are still alive in the playoffs right now, living to fight another day. Thanks to Gary Neal. A rookie. He did what seemingly countless veteran Spurs have done before him and made the big play — in this case a three to send Game 5 to overtime. Where the Spurs prevailed…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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)…

  14. 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…

  15. 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,…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

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

    Apr 27, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

    WChandler_Hinrich

    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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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