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  1. NBA Playoffs: The Chicago Bulls played their best, and it was still not enough

    Apr 20, 2010, 8:43 AM EDT

    A harsh reality landed upon the Chicago Bulls Monday night — The Bulls played their best; their best was not good enough. They made the right decisions, they scrapped and fought inside, they played with passion. And they lost. The final score was 112-102, and that 10-point margin is how much the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled…

  2. Bill Walton considered ending life due to back pain

    Apr 19, 2010, 10:46 PM EDT

    This story talks to some big issues: The price professional athletes pay with their bodies for our entertainment, the treatment of chronic pain by our medical establishment, the effect of that pain on the human condition. Bill Walton admitted in an interview with the San Diego Tribune that his back pain actually got so bad…

  3. Duke's Kyle Singler to stay in school for senior year

    Apr 19, 2010, 10:10 PM EDT

    The man who led Duke to a national championship has decided to stay in school for one more year and bask in the glory. Kyle Singler announced that he is returning to school for his senior season. “I love being here at Duke  and am excited about next year,” Singler said. “I had two great…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Ron Artest was too strong, too smart for Durant, Thunder

    Apr 19, 2010, 5:48 PM EDT

    In a year, maybe two, teams are not going to be able to do this to Oklahoma City and Kevin Durant. Then he will be stronger; the team will be more experienced. But right now they can, and Ron Artest and the Lakers did. Los Angeles simply out-muscled, out-hustled and out-thought the best player Oklahoma…

  5. Toronto Raptors off-season plans: Keep Chris Bosh

    Apr 19, 2010, 3:39 PM EDT

    Before the season started, the talk in Toronto was a team that could reach 50 wins. Forget just making the playoffs, it was about hosting a round, advancing to the second round. It was about starting to look and act like a threat in the East. Frustrated, disappointed and heartbreaking was the talk at Bryan…

  6. Marcus Camby in talks to stay in Portland

    Apr 19, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT

    If you watched last night when the Trail Blazers upset the Suns, then you know how important Marcus Camby is to Portland. He limited what Amare Stoudemire could do (he still got 18 and 8, because nobody shuts him down, but he wasn’t efficient at it). STAT’s game is about being aggressive and drawing fouls…

  7. Michael Jordan was the master of intimidation

    Apr 19, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    You’d like to think that by the time a guy became a professional basketball player, by the time he’d reached the pinnacle of the NBA, nothing with the game would really intimidate him. You’d like to think that, but you’d be wrong. There is always an alpha dog. Always an intimidator. Kevin Garnett still tries…

  8. Mark Jackson still hoping for a coaching gig

    Apr 19, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    It can happen. It really can. You can jump from the broadcast booth into the head coach’s chair and make it work. Pat Riley did it when Jerry Buss tapped him in Los Angeles. Doc Rivers did it, although he looked pretty bad as a coach for a while, until Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Stephen Jackson says he will play for Charlotte Wednesday

    Apr 19, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

    UPDATE 12:55 PM: The Bobcats have announced that the MRI revealed no structural damage to Jackson’s knee. Just a bone bruise. He is now listed as day-to-day. So Jackson was right, he probably is going to go Wednesday. 8: 56 am: Charlotte does not have a lot of great offensive options, which proved to be…

  10. Trail Blazers make one NBA arena green

    Apr 19, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    If you’re going to make the NBA more environmentally friendly, you start with the games. Not so much on the court, but the festival and arenas around them. Those arenas are filled with discarded plastic beer cups, foil hot dog wrappers, mountains of trash. Massive amounts of energy are used to light and air condition…

  11. NBA gate revenue down only slightly

    Apr 19, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    This news should be almost expected, coming on the heels of David Stern saying that next year’s salary cap would be higher than expected — you all kept going to games. According to the Sports Business Journal, attendance at games this year was off only slightly. The NBA closes its 2009-10 regular season with more…

  12. Video evidence of why the Bobcats had trouble scoring inside

    Apr 19, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard had eight blocks in the first half yesterday, sending an early message to the Bobcats about who owns the painted area. The Bobcats bigs lived with their midrange game the rest of the day (which worked fairly well, but will not win you games or a series). Here is a little video evidence…

  13. Joakim Noah: "Cleveland really sucks"

    Apr 19, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Well, there goes any chance Joakim Noah had of being best buds with Drew Carry. The Bulls had a couple days in Cleveland between games. Aside figuring out ways not to get completely manhandled by Shaq, Noah told the Cleveland Plain Dealer he didn’t find a lot of other things to do during his stay.…

  14. Chicago's Deng: "I don't feel good at all"

    Apr 19, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    Luol Deng was just not right Saturday. He was 5 of 15 shooting, just 3 of 10 on shots outside the key as he settled for jumpers rather than attack the rim. His decision making was not good in the offense. And he had that little task of trying to guard some guy named LeBron…

  15. Bucks negotiating to extend Salmons, Redd may be out

    Apr 19, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

    Michael Redd who? We kind of forgot about the All-Star sharpshooter the way the Milwaukee Bucks finished off the season so well, but Redd is under contract with the team. He had knee surgery again this season and hasn’t been around the team during his rehab. In his place, John Salmons has come in and…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Kevin Garnett and Celtics vs. Heat Fight, watch for yourself

    Apr 18, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    You can bet that Kevin Garnett is going to get suspended out of this, but does he deserve it? What about some Raptors players for leaving the bench or being involved. Watch for yourself and decide:

  17. Kevin Durant does things you never will

    Apr 18, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

    We basketball junkies love us some Kevin Durant, but for much of the nation this series against the Lakers will be his coming out party. This is his first time in the playoffs, and he is on the biggest stage there is with the Lakers. The world will see he is good. Here is a…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Mehmet Okur leaves game with injury

    Apr 18, 2010, 12:42 AM EDT

    The Utah Jazz need another injury like the world needs another Starbucks. But it happened anyway. Starting Utah center Mehmet Okur re-injured the left Achilles tendon that has bothered him coming into the playoffs. He left in the second quarter, unable to put weight on his leg and being helped to the locker room, and…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Atlanta Hawks survive night of the living Bucks

    Apr 17, 2010, 9:20 PM EDT

    The Bucks will not die, like the Night of the Living Dead zombies they just keep coming and coming and coming. They are relentless. Intellectually you know it, they do exactly what you expect them to, but they don’t roll over, they will keep defending and keep trying. The Hawks are the better team, they…

  20. Georgetown's Greg Monroe's declares for NBA Draft

    Apr 17, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Greg Monroe is a lottery pick in pretty much every mock draft I’ve seen, he’s high on the board of every scout I’ve talked to. That means he should come out — and he is, he made it official and he is hiring an agent so there is no going back. Monroe has an NBA…

  21. NBA Playoffs: The one where the Bucks are hoping for a playoff miracle against the Hawks

    Apr 17, 2010, 11:08 AM EDT

    Three weeks ago, Atlanta and Boston were jockeying for the three seed not so much to avoid Cleveland in the second round (although that’s part of it) but to avoid Milwaukee in the first round. Nobody wanted a piece of the Bucks, they were on fire. Brandon Jennings was playing well at the point, John…

  22. Quote of the day, Phil Jackson doesn't care about Durant's feelings

    Apr 17, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    “Whatever.” – Lakers coach Phil Jackson’s reaction to Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant saying he said he felt disrespected by Jackson’s comments about Durant and the league referees. Those comments earned Jackson a fine.

  23. Kim Hughes, the Clippers fired the last honest coach

    Apr 16, 2010, 11:27 PM EDT

    Even before it was clear that Wednesday night was his last night as a head coach, Clippers interim Kim Hughes was honest. I was there his first game, when he jokingly called Chris Kaman emotionally retarded (well, half joking anyway) and after the game admitted that he may not have the ball handlers to run…

  24. NBA Playoffs: Thunder to taste playoff experience, do the Lakers have too much of it?

    Apr 16, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    The Lakers and the Thunder are a lot alike in some ways. Think about it this way: Dominant superstar? Check. Second offensive option who is a borderline All-Star? Check. Long, lanky versatile forward? Check. Guys who can come in off the bench and change the game? Check. But off the court these franchises are totally…

  25. Players union may now seek collusion charge

    Apr 16, 2010, 5:22 PM EDT

    David Stern announced good news for teams and players today — that the salary cap next year is probably going to be $56.1 million, several million higher than expected. That’s more money to spend this summer. But the players union sees nefarious deeds afloat. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo was first with the news. After the…

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