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  1. Kentucky’s Davis draws comparisons to Griffin, Garnett

    May 3, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    May 30 the NBA Draft Lottery will take place in a state the NBA has abandoned, but most of the time we will be calling the draw the “Anthony Davis Sweepstakes” because Kentucky big man will be the first guy taken in the draft. This is a draft where GMs are saying there could be…

  2. Pacers jokingly protect players from fire extinguishers

    May 3, 2012, 10:12 AM EDT

    pacers-fire-extinguisher

    The Indiana Pacers staff was having a little fun at the expense of Amare Stoudemire and the Knicks by taping over the fire extinguisher in the Amway Center in Orlando, with the message “please do not hit.” This photo was tweeted out by Austin Croshere, the former Pacers player and current analyst for Fox Sports Indiana.…

  3. Pistons’ Ben Wallace reportedly on fence about retirement

    May 3, 2012, 9:28 AM EDT

    Ben Wallace, Jordan Williams

    Early in the season, Ben Wallace was saying this is it. Last season, his 15th, was going to be the veteran big man’s last one in the NBA. But as the season wore on that stance seemed to soften. Right now, he is on the fence about what to do, according to long time teammate…

  4. Video: Clippers, Grizzlies threw down some big dunks

    May 3, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v New York Knicks

    Win or lose — and this time it was lose to even the series — the Clippers throw down some huge dunks. DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin had theirs in Game 2 Wednesday. Not to be outdone, Rudy Gay put on a little show and joined the dunk party. It will be interesting to see…

  5. Video: Big Baby shows off some high-stepping dance moves

    May 3, 2012, 1:55 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    Glen Davis was one of the few Magic players who showed up on Wednesday night, making some plays and putting up 18 points. And, showing off some high-stepping dance moves. In Game 4, some of his Magic teammates are going to need to show off their dance moves or Orlando will have time to take…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Grizzlies survive Paul’s 29, even series at 1-1

    May 3, 2012, 12:49 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Two

    It wasn’t pretty, but the Memphis Grizzlies were able to bounce back from their heartbreaking Game 1 defeat and even up their 1st-round series with the Los Angeles Clippers before the series goes back to Los Angeles. Chris Paul was the best player on the floor on Wednesday night, as he was able to record…

  7. Pacers make this series look like we all expected, win Game 3

    May 2, 2012, 11:23 PM EDT

    Leandro Barbosa, Indiana Pacers

    The Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic have played 12 quarters in this series. The first six the Magic seemed to control. But the last six have been all Pacers, which is what we expected. They are the longer, deeper, more talented team, and it showed Wednesday night. Danny Granger showed up looking like an All-Star…

  8. Spurs 114 Jazz 83: Warning, violent basketball destruction of one team by another

    May 2, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    Hmmm. How can I properly express to you the beatdown of the Spurs’ 114-83 win over the Jazz? Imagine a Hummer driving over a camel. Or Godzilla stepping on a power transformer, only with fewer fireworks. It was kind of like a train running over a cart of moldy peaches. Or a buzzsaw ripping through…

  9. Expect Suns to match any offer for Robin Lopez

    May 2, 2012, 9:34 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Suns already have a center — Marcin Gortat will get the bulk of the minutes at the five next year. But that doesn’t mean they are letting Robin Lopez walk. Suns president Lon Babby was talking with the media on Wednesday and when the topic of restricted free agent Lopez came up, this was…

  10. Kirilenko to Nets rumor out there, refuted by other sources

    May 2, 2012, 7:16 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko

    7:15 pm: The rumor started out of Europe, but here in the United States everybody denies it. Here is what Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News tweeted that echoed the consensus. It has been reiterated: No truth to there being a deal with Nets and Kirilenko and no discussions about next season. Of course…

  11. Nick Young and Gilbert Arenas maintain strong friendship

    May 2, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Nick Young

    From SI’s Chris Mannix, with a tip of the hat to The Basketball Jones and the DC Sports Bog: Lately, [Young and Arenas] have been seeing each other plenty. In Memphis, the Clippers are staying at a hotel across the street from the arena, the same hotel Arenas moved into when he got to town.…

  12. Jazz plan to get more physical with Tony Parker in Game 2

    May 2, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    The AP’s Paul J. Weber: The Jazz are mapping a more physical game plan for All-Star Tony Parker after the Spurs point guard shredded them for 28 points in Game 1. Jazz point guard Devin Harris said his counterpart will likely be in for a ”hard foul or two” after Parker slashed into Utah’s big and bruising frontcourt without…

  13. Does Game 2 of Clippers/Grizzlies look like first 40 or last 8 of Game 1?

    May 2, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers

    Any discussion of Game 2 between the Clippers and Grizzlies has to start at the end of Game 1, when a 28-3 run by Los Angeles led to an improbable comeback win. It was devastating to Memphis. Can the Grizzlies put that behind them and bounce back? If the Grizzlies can, will the Clippers be…

  14. It’s official, Tyson Chandler named Defensive Player of Year

    May 2, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    As we reported was coming, the Knicks Tyson Chandler is your defensive player of the year. The league made it official Wednesday afternoon. Chandler deserved the award, as the anchor that lifted the Knicks from one of the worst in the league last year to 5th in points allowed per possession (98.4 points per 100…

  15. MRI confirms Hawks’ Smith has sprained knee, doubtful for Game 3

    May 2, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    The Boston Celtics just won a game in this series without one of their key players, now the Hawks have to try and do it. An MRI confirmed what has earlier been thought — Hawks forward Josh Smith has a sprained left knee and is doubtful for Game 3 in Boston, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.…

  16. Shaquille O’Neal to get doctorate in education this weekend

    May 2, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

    2nd Annual Cartoon Network Hall Of Game Awards - Arrivals

    It’s fun to clown on Shaquille O’Neal, whether it be for his nomadic career or “Kazaam” or his performance this season on Inside the NBA on TNT. It’s a target rich environment. But Shaq deserves some praise for this — he has continued his education through his playing days up to now and this Saturday…

  17. Tony Allen will play for Memphis in Game 2 Wednesday

    May 2, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

    Tony Allen

    There were questions about whether Grizzlies guard and defensive stopper Tony Allen would be available for Game 2 against the Clippers after he missed practice Tuesday and went to a doctor to have his knee looked at. But he is good to go, according to the Commercial Appeal. He told Grizzlies play-by-play broadcaster Pete Pranica…

  18. Stoudemire says “great chance” he is back Sunday for Game 4

    May 2, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

    Knicks forward Stoudemire leaves the American Airlines Arena with his hand in a sling after his team's loss to the Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami

    While nobody else has seemed nearly as optimistic, Amare Stoudemire thinks he could be back on the court soon. Whether or not that is a good thing for the Knicks is up for debate. But Stoudemire said he thinks he could return Sunday. Here is a tweet from Al Iannazzone of Newsday. Stoudemire said he…

  19. Knicks better without Stoudemire? No, but different.

    May 2, 2012, 12:35 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Amare Stoudemire is out, having lost his fight with a fire extinguisher in Miami. Which has a number of Knicks faithful saying it is a blessing in disguise — Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony were not working well together. The Knicks played some of their best ball this season with a small-ball lineup where Anthony was…

  20. You can own Kobe Bryant’s mask. Why is another question.

    May 2, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant wears a protective mask while warming up before their NBA game against the Washington Wizards in Washington

    After Dwyane Wade broke his nose in the All-Star Game, Kobe Bryant wore a mask for a couple weeks. He hated it. He had some good games with it on, but hated it. Said it felt like playing in a sauna. Tried a few different looks and styles, but was happy to ditch the thing…

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