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  1. George Karl to miss the first round of the playoffs. At least.

    Apr 4, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

     When the playoffs come, we want guys to man up and play injured. This is not time for being soft. We almost never give away a free pass. George Karl gets one of those passes. He can be out as long as he wants, no questions asked. Karl is going to miss at least the…

  2. The Celtics can beat the Cavs. If everything breaks their way.

    Apr 4, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    The Celtics can too beat the Cavaliers. If Ray Allen is on fire from three. If LeBron James makes a bad decision with the game on the line and goes for the win, then misses a PUJIT three. If the Cleveland coach gets ejected. If Rajon Rondo can keep his turnovers down. If Shaquille O’Neal…

  3. Will Lakers vs. Spurs Sunday teach us anything?

    Apr 4, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    The sage observer that is Matt Moore asked this same question of ABC’s morning game between the Cavaliers and Celtics, but let’s ask it about the second game — the Spurs at the Lakers. Can we learn anything from this game, heading into the playoffs and a possible first round matchup? No, not really. I…

  4. Spencer Hawes gets little bit of good news, no surgery

    Apr 4, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    Sacramento’s Spencer Hawes is out for the season with another injury to the same knee he had surgery on. He’s probably not going to get a big payday this summer. He’s going to have to fight for his staring job next season. But at least he doesn’t have to have surgery again. That’s the news…

  5. Tyson Chandler will return to Bobcats, the song remains the same

    Apr 3, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    There is a lot of excitement about the Bobcats in Charlotte right now — they are about to make the playoffs for the first time ever. That’s a big deal. Legitimately big milestone. And the Queen City fans there love this roster. Which is good, because it’s basically the one they will see next year.…

  6. Tracy McGrady's future apparently not in New York

    Apr 3, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    He didn’t make it there. Can he make it anywhere? After getting a good look at him for 21 games, Mike D’Antoni has made his decision and he wants a future without Tracy McGrady, the New York Post is reporting. The team source said D’Antoni feels McGrady has too far to go in his comeback…

  7. Baseline to Baseline; the NBA: Where overtime happens

    Apr 3, 2010, 5:55 AM EDT

    What you missed while figuring out how you were going to pay for Ferris Bueller’s Ferrari…Heat 105, Pacers 96 (OT): You wouldn’t have expected a fun finish after an ugly first half, where both teams shooting 36.1 percent. It wasn’t even about great defense, it was about bad offense. But this one does get to…

  8. Kobe Bryant signs three-year extension with Lakers

    Apr 2, 2010, 6:15 PM EDT

    UPDATE 6:15 pm: We have some estimated salary figures now, via FanHouse, and Kobe will join Michael Jordan as the only other NBA player to make $30 million in a season. Bryant is expected to make $24.8 million next season (part of his current deal), then $26 million in 11-12, $28.7 million in 12-13 and…

  9. Monta Ellis out against Knicks, may miss road trip

    Apr 2, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis — the second best player in the NBA if you ask Monta Ellis — will miss tonight and is not with the Warriors as they start a four-game road trip. The information comes from CSN’s Matt Steinmetz traveling with the team. Monta has had a case of the flu. Whether or not he…

  10. Celtics, old? What are you talking about?

    Apr 2, 2010, 3:35 PM EDT

    What is it that old people tell you, age is just a state of mind? That’s probably true if we’re talking about vacationing in Fiji and just drinking rum out of a coconut on the beach. I can do that at any age. I would do that at any age. Professional sports, not so much.…

  11. Thunder, Trail Blazers get most wins per dollar

    Apr 2, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    It’s a fun game for we fans to play this time of year — what team is getting the most wins per dollar spent? We think its fun; team owners call it running a business. Ian Thomsen as Sports Illustrated broke out the numbers, and found that good young teams are more efficient than bad…

  12. Kevin Garnett fined $25,000 because Durant is good

    Apr 2, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    After Kevin Garnett let an F-bomb fly during a press conference Wednesday night, he probably just started carrying his checkbook around with him. Because he knew this was coming. “Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett has been fined $25,000 for publicly criticizing game officials and for using inappropriate language during a postgame interview, it was announced…

  13. Mortal Kombat II: LeBron James vs. Brad Pitt

    Apr 2, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

    There is no better way to waste away a Friday afternoon than watching this. (Oh, sorry, of course you work very hard until 5 pm every Friday, often later if you can. Sure you do.) It’s a take-off Mortal Kombat II, with LeBron James and his basketball cannon taking on Brad Pitt and his scary…

  14. Path to 2012 London Olympics goes through Turkey

    Apr 2, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

    LeBron James is too busy. Dwyane Wade has a lot of personal stuff going on. A number of other top NBA players are questioning if they want to play in the FIBA World Championships this summer in Turkey. Jerry Colangelo, president of USA Basketball, has stepped in to play stern parent. You want the pudding…

  15. J.R. Smith can dunk, in case you forgot

    Apr 2, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    On any given night there are certain things you can just count on in the NBA. Kobe Bryant hitting a pull up jumper at the elbow. Dwyane Wade crashing to the ground after a rebound. Tim Duncan hitting a bank shot. And J.R. Smith will have a spectacular dunk. Anthony Carter helped Smith live up…

  16. LeBron James is staying to bring a title to Cleveland. Or not.

    Apr 2, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    It seems so simple sometimes. Like what LeBron James said on NBATV about his future plans. “I got a goal, and it’s a huge goal, and that’s to bring an NBA championship here to Cleveland,’ James said. ‘And I won’t stop until I get it.”‘ Except it’s not that simple with LeBron, Never is. Because…

  17. Antawn Jamison needs to stop thinking

    Apr 2, 2010, 10:56 AM EDT

    Antawn Jamison is a pretty good free throw shooting big man, a career 73 percent shooter from the stripe. At least he was until he got to Cleveland at the trade deadline. Since then he is shooting 45 percent. And he told Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer he knows how to change that…

  18. Dwyane Wade may skip Team USA summer due to custody battle

    Apr 2, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade is in the middle of a messy divorce and custody battle. It would be the messiest divorce in sports right now if it were not for the Dodger-owning McCourts setting a really unattainable, Jordanesque standard. Wade insists that the bitter battle with his ex-wife over their children will not spill onto the court.…

  19. Timberwolves owner not so patient anymore

    Apr 2, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    Everyone talks about rebuilding being a process, how you have to be patient. You have to build from the ground up and that takes time. You can’t just instantly build an NBA champion… unless you’re Danny Ainge. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has been patient. And he told the Pioneer Press he’s pretty sick of it.…

  20. Ron Artest gets his own reality series

    Apr 2, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

    Just what the Lakers need: more entertainment reporters and cameras around the team and in the locker room. Not a problem, though, the team has looked so focused on the court lately… Move over Lamar Odom and the Kardashians, there is a new, bruising forward on the reality television scene. According to The Hollywood Reporter…

  21. Charles Barkley flips off the TNT crew on air

    Apr 2, 2010, 2:57 AM EDT

    This had noting to do with April fools day and everything to do with Charles Barkley doing something very… well, Charles Barkley. Which can be plenty foolish. You can watch the video yourself. Kobe had dropped by the NBA/TNT but during a conversation about how bent out of shape Kobe’s fingers are, Barkley said that…

  22. Baseline to Baseline, teaching the lesson of back-to-backs

    Apr 2, 2010, 2:40 AM EDT

    What you missed when you overslept because you do not own a Dharma Initiative alarm clock…. Magic 97, Mavericks 82: You’d like to think a matchup of the number two seeds in both conferences just a couple weeks before the playoffs would be the kind of game where you learn something about teams. But not…

  23. Marc Gasol's torn neck muscle ends his season

    Apr 1, 2010, 9:36 PM EDT

    This is the kind of injury that anyone who has slept wrong one night can appreciate (just imagine the pain multiplied). Marc Gasol will miss the rest of the season due to a torn neck muscle, Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said Wednesday evening. Gasol injured it in a collision with Brendan Haywood in the…

  24. Spencer Hawes done for season

    Apr 1, 2010, 6:03 PM EDT

    Not that there was a lot of season or reason left for Sacramento this year, but what is remaining Spencer Hawes will not be playing in. From the Kings official announcement: “An MRI performed today on the left knee of Sacramento Kings center Spencer Hawes revealed a deep bone contusion and an irregular signal in…

  25. Quote of the day

    Apr 1, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

    “I think two very’s is too many. He’s very tough. Not two very’s.” –Lakers coach Phil Jackson, on being told that Pau Gasol called himself “very, very tough.”

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