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  1. NBA Playoffs, Hawks Bucks game 4: The return of Josh Smith? Atlanta better hope so.

    Apr 26, 2010, 2:16 PM EST

    In game three, the Milwaukee Bucks gave the Atlanta Hawks what I’ve long called “the Steve Nash treatment.” It worked, too. The best way to beat the Suns is to make Steve Nash a scorer. It seems somewhat counterintuitive, because Nash can score, and well. But the theory is you’d rather have him score 30…

  2. Dwight Howard's new nickname: "foul on you"

    Apr 26, 2010, 1:29 PM EST

    Dwight Howard has really stepped up his game in the playoffs. Well, one part of his game. He tends to foul a lot during the regular season (3.5 per game), but during the playoffs he has been on fire. So much so that his teammates have nicknamed him “foul on you” Howard told the Associated…

  3. Quote of the day, where the double negative proves our point

    Apr 26, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    “I don’t see no fat lady.” –Dallas forward Shawn Marion, after his team fell behind San Antonio 3-1 in their best-of-seven series. Most of the rest of us, however, see her in the wings ready to take center stage.

  4. J.R. Smith understands the lost art of irony

    Apr 26, 2010, 11:51 AM EST

    Thanks to Internet snark (guilty, as charged), irony is dead. Or at least on life support in an Alanis Morissette world. But J.R. Smith gets it, the Denver sixth man is a master of irony. What else are we to take away from this post-game tweet by him yesterday? You play selfish you lose selfish…

  5. Dwyane Wade is a train and Kevin Garnett is on the tracks

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:51 AM EST

    When Dwyane Wade wants to take over a game, he takes it over. When Dwyane Wade wants to dunk the ball, he dunks the ball. Which is why you should not stand in his way. Even if your last name is Garnett.

  6. Another early exit, another roster shakeup for Dallas? It's not that easy.

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:33 AM EST

    Well, that didn’t work. Jason Kidd as the veteran leader, Shawn Marion as the explosive guy, Caron Butler as the steady wingman, Brendan Haywood as a steadier Erick Dampier, all focused around Dirk Nowitzki. Looked good on paper. That paper is about to be ousted in the first round by the well aged San Antonio…

  7. Former Golden State Warriors owner Franklin Mieuli dies at 89

    Apr 26, 2010, 10:00 AM EST

    There is one banner that matters hanging over the basketball court at Oracle Arena, Golden State’s 1975 NBA Championship banner. That was Franklin Mieuli’s. The former owner of the Warriors for more than two decades was the architect of that team. Mieuli died of natural causes Sunday at the age of 89. David Stern told…

  8. NBA Playoffs: LeBron James with just another 46-foot jumper/buzzer beater

    Apr 26, 2010, 9:26 AM EST

    LeBron James, killer. Destroyer of hope. Dominator. Touched by the gods. Inhuman force of nature. Whatever you want to call him, he showed what he is in game four Sunday. Including casually hitting a half-court pullup jumper over Derrick Rose. Like one does everyday. No need to put any extra push into it, just shoot…

  9. Sixers still want Larry Brown as coach, maybe more

    Apr 26, 2010, 9:08 AM EST

    When Larry Brown says “I don’t want to coach there” does anyone really take him at his word? The brass of the Philadelphia 76ers doesn’t. Can’t really blame them, either. Larry Brown has said he doesn’t want to leave Charlotte, doesn’t want to return to Philadelphia and coach the Sixers. But the brass in Philly…

  10. NBA Draft: Lottery pick Jan Vesely pulls out of NBA Draft, to stay in Serbia

    Apr 26, 2010, 8:42 AM EST

    Jan Vesely has chosen Serbia over the NBA. For now, anyway. Vesely was the one sure lottery pick left of this year’s crop of international players announced for the NBA draft, possibly the only one to go in the first round. However he and his agent told DraftExpress.com that he has decided to stay overseas…

  11. Dwight Howard dumps long-time agent

    Apr 25, 2010, 9:34 PM EST

    Dwight Howard has pulled a LeBron James. He has dumped Aaron Goodwin as his agent, according to Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo. Goodwin was Howard’s agent when he came out of high school and was the top pick overall by the Magic. Howard’s next move is unclear, although sources say he planned to lean more toward…

  12. NBA Playoffs, Cavaliers Bulls Game 4: All bow down before King James, including you Bulls

    Apr 25, 2010, 9:08 PM EST

    Joakim Noah has given no love to anybody or any place in this series. That includes LeBron James, who ranked as “pretty good” before the series. What did Noah tell Brian Windhorst about LeBron after he dropped a 37 point, 12 rebound, 11 assist game on the Bulls? “The best player in the world.” The…

  13. Shannon Brown will bring his dunks to the free agent market

    Apr 25, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    Shannon Brown is one of the better athletes in the NBA. He can finish at the rim like few others. Probably shouldn’t put him in the dunk contest again, but the guy has proven with the Lakers that he can fit in with a winning team. He’s got one more year on his deal, a…

  14. The Bucks were just having some fun

    Apr 25, 2010, 1:05 PM EST

    The last few months have not been that much fun for the Milwaukee Bucks, what with Andrew Bogut’s injury and the losses and the fading of a dream of a deep playoff run. But for one afternoon Sunday, that was all gone. Brandon Jennings was throwing behind the back passes, Jerry Stackhouse was dunking and…

  15. Vinny Del Negro: dead coach walking

    Apr 25, 2010, 12:15 PM EST

    Vinny Del Negro has not done a bad job this season. The city of Chicago just rolled their eyes, but he hasn’t. The Bulls sacrificed this season on the alter of 2010 free agency. They brought in no new talent. Then as injuries ravaged the team they traded John Salmons away, so he could spark…

  16. Dwyane Wade says he and LeBron play well together, making meaningless headlines

    Apr 25, 2010, 11:15 AM EST

    We all love some juicy gossip, and the “Where will LeBron play?” soap opera is the best one going right now. Followed closely by the “Where will Wade play?” one. But now things have gotten ridiculous. Truly ludicrous. Take this comment (via AP) that is drawing headlines. Speaking after practice in Miami on Saturday, one…

  17. David Stern wins: Stan Van Gundy to stop talking about referees

    Apr 25, 2010, 10:16 AM EST

    Call him heavy handed, but David Stern gets results. He gets what he wants. He tells coaches to stop complaining about the referees, throws out a couple of fines and…. Stan Van Gundy said he is done talking about the referees during the playoffs, as the Associated Press reported. “I’ve been fined for saying how…

  18. Note to Lakers: Don't let Kevin Durant drive unguarded to the basket

    Apr 25, 2010, 9:51 AM EST

    The Thunder scored an inordinant amount of easy baskets Saturday in their blowout win over the Lakers. But this was the signature basket — and the crowd loved it. Great basket by Durant, horrific defense in transition by the Lakers — that pretty much sums up the game.

  19. NBA Playoffs, Thunder Lakers Game 4: That's what you call an old fashioned beat down

    Apr 25, 2010, 2:27 AM EST

    This is exactly the kind of game you expect when the top seed Oklahoma City team gets those young, eighth seed Lakers on their home court. The better team wins big, runs them out of the building from the first tip. Just an old fashioned, no mercy beatdown. Wait, what? The Lakers were the top…

  20. NBA Playoffs, Hawks vs. Bucks Game 3: What a difference a venue makes — Bucks win a one off

    Apr 25, 2010, 12:30 AM EST

    Suddenly it felt like late March again for Milwaukee. Like that one day in winter that reminds you of the spring to come, it was that one perfect day for the Bucks where once again Brandon Jennings and John Salmons were unstoppable. It was a flashback to better days. It was a one-off. A random…

  21. NBA, FIBA negotiating reduced international play for NBA stars

    Apr 24, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    The Club vs. Country debate. You’ll see it this summer first in South Africa, when some major world power soccer club will lose a star player to injury next season when that player gets hurt playing for his country in the World Cup. Is it fair to the club teams that pay these guys millions…

  22. Amare Stoudemire: "I never had a clue on how fun defense really is because we never played it"

    Apr 24, 2010, 1:05 PM EST

    It’s seemed a revelation in the playoffs, but the Suns started playing defense just after the All-Star Break. Seriously. They kept putting up the mountains of points, but from the All-Star Game to the end of the season, the Suns were 12th in defensive efficiency in he league (according to ESPN’s John Hollinger). Not great,…

  23. Amare Stoudemire: Should he stay or should he go now? He's talking extension with Suns.

    Apr 24, 2010, 12:01 PM EST

    We’ve all been sizing up Amare Stoudemire for a new look. Maybe a Heat uniform for next season. Or a Bulls uni. Or maybe a Nets jersey. What about a Suns white and orange jersey? Sure, that’s the team he’s about to opt out from, surrendering $17.5 million for next season to get a long-term…

  24. Manu Ginobili breaks nose, keeps right on playing, like he's a hockey player

    Apr 24, 2010, 10:26 AM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki’s elbows, which earlier this year helped provide Carl Landry a painful reminder about the importance of regular trips to the dentist, now are helping Manu Ginobili get a nose job. Early in the third quarter of game three Friday night, an inadvertent Nowitzki elbow caught Ginobili on the nose and broke it. But…

  25. NBA Playoffs: Paul Pierce puts the nail in Miami's coffin

    Apr 24, 2010, 10:01 AM EST

    This series is now over. They will play another game Sunday, and people in Miami will speak of the 2004 Red Sox, but they shouldn’t. This is done. This shot by Paul Pierce ended it.

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