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  1. NBA Playoffs Blazers Suns Game 4: The vengeful return of Brandon Roy

    Apr 24, 2010, 11:51 PM EDT

    The Blazers needed an emotional lift. Something to get their crowd back into the zone after a deflating Game 3. Something to give them just a little bit of a push at both ends. And Brandon Roy, out for two weeks following surgery to repair a torn miniscus, making an early return? That’ll do it.…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Saturday is the last stand

    Apr 24, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

    8 teams play today, 4 in Game 3′ss, and 4 in Game 4′s. But for the underdog in each of these contests, this will be their last stand in the hopes of a competitive series. If these teams want to force a Game 7, forget about the elimination game, whenever it comes. Today is their…

  3. NBA Playoffs Suns-Blazers Game 3: The Suns are through kidding around

    Apr 23, 2010, 1:27 AM EDT

    In the context of an NBA series, there are always going to be turns that lead to overreactions, except in the instance of a sweep. Phoenix-Portland Game 1 is one such turn. Immediately afterward, the buzzards came a calling. Phoenix was “done.” The matchup advantages seemed evident. LaMarcus Aldridge owned the mid-range, no one could…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Tonight is OKC and Durant's time to shine

    Apr 22, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    The Thunder are outmatched. Make no mistake about it. They’re in over their heads, a young team of athletic defenders facing arguably the most talented juggernaut in the league. They don’t have the depth inside to dominate the Lakers, though their block efforts in Game 2 helped. They don’t have the star power to draw…

  5. Don't mind him, Vinny Del Negro, Byron Scott is just measuring the Bulls' coach office space

    Apr 22, 2010, 12:23 AM EDT

    You do realize that this was the most dominant franchise in sports 13 years ago, right? That this is the Chicago Bulls? The standard of excellence in the NBA for a decade, give or take a Jordan retirement? And now, down 0-2 to the top seed, dealing with the ramifications of their GM shoving their…

  6. NBA Playoffs: The Suns strike back in Game 2 win over Blazers

    Apr 21, 2010, 3:13 AM EDT

    It was a no-win situation for Phoenix tonight. Lose, and they’re down 0-2 headed to the Rose Garden, facing a very real chance of being swept. Win, and they still can’t erase the poor performance they gave in Game 1. So the only real option is to win a no-decision by blowing the Blazers out…

  7. NBA Playoffs: We're pretty sure the Celtics beat the Heat so bad they won the series in two games

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:07 AM EDT

    Some people, I won’t name names, thought the Miami Heat would not only challenge the Celtics in the first round, but would win the series. Those people look incredibly foolish after the first two games of this series. (I was very much one of those names.) The Celtics, without Kevin Garnett due to suspension, thoroughly…

  8. NBA Playoffs Matchup Mastery: The Bucks have to get wild

    Apr 20, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Carlos Delfino cannot play the four. Let’s just get that out there right away, so we’re all comfortable. The Bucks for reasons beyond belief tried to put Delfino on Josh Smith at the power forward spot and it was an outright disaster. Using Synergy Sports (which released their public version today), we can tell you…

  9. NBA Playoffs Matchup Mastery: Should the Bulls surrender to LeBron and go big?

    Apr 19, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    So, the Bulls got ramrodded in Game 1. It happens to 8th seeds. But they did make a furious comeback and weren’t completely outside the context of a comeback. So is there anything the Bulls can do to try and combat the numerous advantages the Cavs have tonight? The answer lies at the heart of…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Blazers need no excuses, take Game One over Suns

    Apr 19, 2010, 1:12 AM EDT

    No Greg Oden. No Joel Przybilla. No Brandon Roy. No homecourt advantage. No problem. The Blazers shocked the Suns in Phoenix to take Game One 105-100. The Blazers were without Brandon Roy, but were simply willing to do whatever it took to get the job done. They crashed the glass on both sides of the…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Kevin Garnett suspended for Game 2 versus Heat for elbow altercation

    Apr 18, 2010, 7:26 PM EDT

    The NBA suspended Kevin Garnett Sunday for his actions in the Celtics victory of the Heat Saturday night in which he elbowed Quentin Richardson in the face. Quentin Richardson was fined $25,000 for his role in the dust-up with a minute remaining in the Celtics’ 85-76 win in Boston. After Paul Pierce went down with…

  12. Mehmet Okur has ruptured achilles

    Apr 18, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Things were bad for the Jazz. Deron Williams had been bothered for much of the season with injury, Carlos Boozer tweaked his oblique in the third to last game of the season. They drew an unfavorable matchup with the Denver Nuggets and wound up without the precious home court advantage. And the hits just keep…

  13. Joakim Noah says Kevin Garnett is 'dirty'

    Apr 18, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah, who’s not even playing the Celtics, has weighed in on Kevin Garnett following Garnett’s little scuffle with the Heat last night. And the review is not glowing. Via the Chicago Tribune: “I’m going to say it: He’s a dirty player,” Noah said following Bulls practice Sunday. Asked if he felt Garnett should be…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Kevin Garnett says "Q was… talking nonsense"

    Apr 17, 2010, 11:58 PM EDT

    As we told you in the recap, Kevin Garnett wound up in an altercation with Quentin Richardson near the Heat bench near the end of the 4th quarter of the Celtics’ Game One win over the Heat. Garnett seemed to start the altercation by elbowing Richardson out of the way as he approached Paul Pierce…

  15. NBA Playoffs: Celtics turn back the clock to take Game 1 over Heat, but may lose Kevin Garnett to suspension

    Apr 17, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

    It looked like the same old Celtics we’ve seen this season. Outworked, outhustled, down double digits in the third quarter. And then all of a sudden, they hopped in the Hot Tub Time Machine during a timeout. And out popped the Celtics from the 2008 Championship run to lock down the Heat and take Game…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Rajon Rondo throwing up more than buckets, but will play in Celtics-Heat Game 1

    Apr 17, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo has been very sick. He pretty much threw up all Thursday night and Friday morning, which kept him out of practice Friday morning. He still feels horrible. But after shootaround, the Boston Globe reports Rondo will play in Game 1 versus the Heat Saturday night. Rondo’s still feeling terrible, as you can tell…

  17. NBA Playoffs: Carlos Boozer is a go for Nuggets-Jazz Game One

    Apr 17, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    Carlos Boozer strained his oblique late in the season, and sat out the last two games of the season. He was listed as a game time decision late this week and questionable as of this morning. But after shootaround, Ross Siler of the Salt Lake City Tribune is reporting that Boozer has decided to play…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Celtics and Heat will bring the pain

    Apr 17, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

    It’s hard to argue with this series having the most star power. Rajon Rondo. Ray Allen. Paul Pierce. Kevin Garnett. Jermaine O’Neal. Dwyane Wade. It’s chock full of bonafide superstars. But I wouldn’t expect a high flying series of highlight reels and spectacular shots. We’re talking about the third best team in defensive efficiency (points…

  19. NBA Playoffs: The Sun also rises

    Apr 15, 2010, 6:45 AM EDT

    Well, well, well, look who’s back from the dead.  The Suns are the… ahem… I apologize for this in advance… hottest teams in the playoffs. Shooting the lights out, causing turnovers, blocking shots, the works. Steve Nash is leading the league in assists, again. He’s shooting 50-40-90, again. Amar’e Stoudemire is back to dominating, and…

  20. NBA Playoffs: The Hawks can fly to the sun, but may burn just the same

    Apr 15, 2010, 5:30 AM EDT

    Atlanta, even as the three seed, even with a sweep over Boston, even with a win against Orlando, even for as great as they’ve been at times, still enter as the unknown, silent partner of the NBA playoffs.  Which is a shame, because they may feature the most balance in terms of talent of any…

  21. Baseline to Baseline, final night of the regular season

    Apr 15, 2010, 1:16 AM EDT

    What happened Wednesday while you were crying over the end of League Pass… Magic 125 Sixers 111: The Sixers did their part, showing up to let the fans in Orlando have something to cheer against. Marreesse Speights needs to learn to play better defense, but he can score. 23 points for the young 22 year…

  22. Kevin Durant is your scoring champ whose insurance still hasn't dropped

    Apr 14, 2010, 11:29 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant plugged in 31 points tonight, wrapping up the NBA scoring title, averaging 30.1 points a game.  He’s 21 years old.  Durant is the youngest player to lead the league in scoring. He’s the youngest player to average 30 points in a season.  Dang, ya’ll. Like, for real. That’s some serious stuff, man. Heavy.…

  23. Magic are lords of the arc

    Apr 14, 2010, 10:26 PM EDT

    The Magic were criticized last year during their playoff run for being too dependent on the three. Live by the three die by the three. Chris Webber of TNT was particularly critical of the Magic’s perimeter reliance. There was no way they could sustain it, that was the consensus. Yet, they kept shooting and shooting,…

  24. Tyson Chandler injured against Bulls, X-rays negative

    Apr 14, 2010, 8:49 PM EDT

    Larry Brown tried to outguess the basketball gods. He guessed wrong. Brown had debated whether to play his starters tonight, having locked up the seventh seed in the playoffs with no chance of moving higher. But there’s always the possibility of disrupting rhythm, which supports playing the important guys. Of course, the last thing you…

  25. Gregg Popovich has started the mind games for the NBA Playoffs early

    Apr 14, 2010, 8:31 PM EDT

    “Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Tim Duncan are totally going to play. 100%. Yup. Going to get some work in. You just wait. No changes to the starting lineup. “ Psych! The Spurs and Mavericks are likely to meet in the first round starting this weekend, and as such, Gregg Popovich decided to mess with…

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