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  1. NBA Playoffs: Atlanta bigs feast on Bogutless, answerless Bucks

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:41 AM EDT

    Without Andrew Bogut, the Hawks front line was supposed to dominate the series, but that was not really the story in game one. It was in game two. The Bucks had no answer for the combination of Al Horford and Josh Smith — together the pair scored 41 points on 70.8 percent shooting and pulled…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Defending Brandon Jennings (it's not as hard as you think)

    Apr 20, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

    Saturday was the playoff debut of the Brandon Jennings show. Sure, the Hawks won game one against the Bucks, pretty handily actually. But what you were talking about later, the only thing that kept Milwaukee even in it (and led them on a run to make it a little interesting) was Jennings. He had 34…

  3. Marcus Camby signs deal with Portland. What now, Knicks?

    Apr 20, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    UPDATE 3:20 PM: It’s official, Camby will remain a Blazer. Jason Quick has confirmed it both with Camby’s agent and GM Kevin Pritchard. That little squeal of joy you just heard came from Henry Abbott. 1:27 pm: Apparently Marcus Camby likes the eco-friendly life in Portland. That or he likes playing on an up-and-coming team…

  4. David Lee: The Knicks have taken years off my life

    Apr 20, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    David Lee has nothing to lose. Sure, he’d like to stay in New York, but after the season he just had there is going to be demand for his services. He’s going to have options. And because he has nothing to lose, he was pretty honest about the summer the Knicks face in an interview…

  5. Dwight Howard to be named Defensive Player of the Year

    Apr 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2:30 pm: It’s official. And here are your top 5 vote getters: Dwight Howard Orlando 110 first, total 576 Josh Smith Atlanta 3 first, total 136 Gerald Wallace Charlotte 1 first, total 113 LeBron James Cleveland 4 first, total 61 Rajon Rondo Boston 1 first, total 55 12:39 pm: The only interesting part of…

  6. Hornets to look for new coach, Jeff Bower to return to GM role

    Apr 20, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Jeff Bower has had his taste of poetic justice, and now is returning to his traditional role. The Hornets General Manager will give up his coaching duties and return to the front office as GM, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. He will lead the search for the next Hornets coach (which we assume must be…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Big Baby to start, no need for 'Sheed

    Apr 20, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    With Kevin Garnett taking a league-requested night off, the question became who starts at the four tonight for Boston: Big Baby or Sheed. Glen Davis, according to Kendrick Perkins and the Boston Herald. Rasheed Wallace will keep coming off the bench, which yesterday he said would be good with him. The question becomes what happens…

  8. We get it: Joakim Noah doesn't like Cleveland

    Apr 20, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

    The best part of the interview is when Noah rips Cleveland again, you can hear the Chicago-based writers start to laugh, but then realize the locals don’t find it so funny. For the record, it is funny. Sorry Cleveland.  

  9. All NBA worst defensive team

    Apr 20, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    The story of these playoffs has been defense — Dwight Howard with nine blocks, Ron Artest on Kevin Durant, the Hawks shutting down what is left of the Bucks. Teams get to the playoffs because of their defense. But who are the worst defenders in the NBA? Who costs their teams games due a vexing…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Charlotte will keep attacking the rim, Dwight Howard will keep blocking them

    Apr 20, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard was swatting shots in game one  like King Kong on top of the Empire State building swatting planes. In game one he had nine blocks, eight of those in the first half. He owned the paint. But Charlotte’s Gerald Wallace said that didn’t intimidate them — the Bobcats are still going to attack…

  11. Quote of the day, where a new food craze comes to Milwaukee

    Apr 20, 2010, 9:26 AM EDT

    “Viper. I like Boa constrictor, too. But viper is the best meat I’ve ever had. It tastes like fish and chicken combined. It’s very good.” –Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, the Cameroonian Prince who offered up something different when asked what his favorite meat was. (Via Gery Woelfel of the Milwaukee Journal Times. 

  12. John Salmons may test the open waters of free agency

    Apr 20, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

    Yesterday we talked about the Milwaukee Bucks wanting to lock up John Salmons and trying to negotiate an extension for him. Of course they want to extend him, the Bucks have been a much-improved team since Salmons filled the shoes of the injured Michael Redd. They have been better than when Redd was playing, their…

  13. NBA Playoffs: LeBron James flat out abuses James Johnson

    Apr 20, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    After the game, LeBron James said this was one of this best dunks ever. That puts it high on an very impressive list. Watch this — notice how badly James Johnson gets beat off the dribble by LeBron, To Johnson’s credit, he didn’t quit on the play, but that really just led to more embarrassment.

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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