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  1. Video: Wild triple-overtime finish in Memphis

    May 10, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    A lot of the nation was asleep by the time Memphis and Oklahoma City finished up. If that was you, then you need to watch this. This was the most wildly entertaining game of the playoffs. Not the best played one, but the most dramatic and most entertaining. One filled with blown leads and insane…

  2. Dwight Howard takes shot at Orlando Sentinel for “dumb articles”

    May 10, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Dwight Howard has tried. Unlike LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, who seemed to revel in the attention of trade or free agency rumors (at least at first), Howard has tried to shut it down. He can be a free agent in the summer of 2012 but has refused to discuss it. Monday night, while the…

  3. Video: Heat make big plays in overtime

    May 10, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    This is where the Miami Heat showed they had grown up. In overtime, they made the big plays. Granted some of them — the LeBron fade away and the Wade three — were more about individual skill than strategy, but they made the plays. You expect the veteran, champion Celtics to make the big plays…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Thunder win the best game of these playoffs

    May 10, 2011, 2:49 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant drives to the basket by Memphis Grizzlies Zach Randolph and Shane Battier in Memphis

    It was long. It was draining. It was sloppy. It was brilliant. It was physical. It had easy shots missed and impossible ones hit. It was entertaining. It was basketball you could not turn away from. It was the best game of the playoffs so far. And in the end — three overtimes later —…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Miami Heat make the leap with overtime win

    May 9, 2011, 11:31 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James hugs teammate Dwyane Wade after defeating the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Early in the year, it didn’t look like they would ever get here. Miami struggled in close games. They struggled against good teams. Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh played next to each other, not with each other. They took a mountain of criticism. They weathered it. They matured as a team. They started…

  6. NBA Playoffs: The Heat outlast the Celtics

    May 9, 2011, 11:21 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Jermaine O'Neal

    The first half of Miami’s 98-90 overtime win in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals consisted of two very good teams executing very well. The second half of the game was a battle of wills — the kind of game the Miami Heat weren’t supposed to be able to win against the Celtics. They…

  7. Hinrich says hamstring improving, Teague hears footsteps

    May 9, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague has been one of the best revelations of the second round. He would have been one of the revelations of the regular season and the first round if Larry Drew trusted him like he should have, but that’s another issue. But now he may be hearing footsteps — Kirk Hinrich…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Haslem returns to Heat for Game 4

    May 9, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 7:35 PM: Udonis Haslem not only was in uniform but got time starting in the second quarter for the Heat. He picked up two quick fouls, plus a technical foul for arguing the calls (the second was iffy). So, welcome back. 6:02 pm: The Miami Heat are up 2-1 on the Boston Celtics, but…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Rondo will play, wear left elbow brace

    May 9, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade and Boston Celtics Rondo tangle in second half of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    According to multiple sources, Celtics point guard will start Game 4 after dislocating his left elbow during a collision with Dwyane Wade in Game 3, only to return in the fourth quarter. Rondo will wear a brace on his left elbow, which will restrict his range of motion but lower the risk of the elbow…

  10. Andrei Kirilenko gets insane, awesome tattoo

    May 9, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

    Kirilenko Tattoo

    As a writer, I’m not really supposed to have favorite players. But I can’t help but love Andrei Kirilenko. When he was a young player, he played the most exciting brand of defense in the league. His play on offense is unselfish, diverse, and explosive. There have been five “5 x 5″ games since 1995,…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Thunder try to avoid another breakdown

    May 9, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    Oklahoma City was in control. They had Game 3. Russell Westbrook was dishing (he had 12 assists) and the Thunder were rolling. They were controlling the Grizzlies in the paint enough to get the win. But when Westbrook starts to do his Derrick Rose impression, the Thunder’s offensive balance falls apart. Memphis upped its defensive…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Boston got one, but can they beat a better Heat?

    May 9, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Pierce defends Miami Heat forward James during the fourth quarter of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    Boston looked good in getting the Game 3 — they were defending again, they had the inspiration of Rajon Rondo‘s rreturn, they got big games from Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce… Which is to say just about everything except Rondo’s elbow went right for Boston. Don’t expect that to be the case a second game…

  13. Video: Phil Jackson’s final press conference

    May 9, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson answers questions at a post-game news conference following Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    We’ve talked about Phil Jackson and his legacy. To go with that, we bring you some highlights from Phil Jackson’s last press conference (well, at least until the next book tour) as well as some comments from Kobe about Jackson’s influence. The video is below. If you think he is coming back, watch this again.…

  14. Howard leads NBA All-Defensive team, but with Kobe?

    May 9, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 5: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    The votes on NBA All-Defensive team are often more about reputation than how somebody is actually performing. In theory coaches vote on this award, but it’s taken about as seriously as the coaches ballots in college football polls. Which means sometimes an assistant fills it out, sometimes the team PR guy, pretty much anyone but…

  15. NBA draft update: Butler’s Mack Texas duo stay in draft

    May 9, 2011, 1:55 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    Sunday night at midnight was the NCAA’s imposed deadline for when a player has to say he declare he will stay in college or lose his elegibility. The NBA says a player can wait until mid-June to decide, but the NCAA cares about its coaches and money making machine more than players getting good advice,…

  16. Chris Bosh admits he got nervous before Game 3

    May 9, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Pierce guards the Miami Heat's Bosh during the first quarter of Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    For the first two games of the Heat vs. Celtics series, Chris Bosh did not have great numbers but he essentially played Kevin Garnett to a standstill. Not in Game 3 — Bosh had 6 points on 6 shots, plus just 5 rebounds. Garnett had 28 points and 18 boards. What happened? Bosh explained that…

  17. Erik Spoelstra may tweak starting lineup. Finally.

    May 9, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Erik Spoelstra

    Miami’s starting five has been a disaster these playoffs. The Heat are still winning games, but they are not going to continue doing that consistently playing out of a hole. So far in these playoffs, the starting five for the Heat — LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh with Mike Bibby and Zydrunas Ilgauskas…

  18. He will play, but how good can Rondo be in Game 4?

    May 9, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    The good news for the Celtics: An MRI of Rajon Rondo’s left elbow showed no break. Basically, it’s not going to get worse. The bad news: As expected, the swelling and pain got worse on Sunday, Doc Rivers said. There was a lot of ice and a lot of pain medication, as reported by the…

  19. Cedric Maxwell: If Shaq were a horse, he’d be glue

    May 9, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal

    Shaquille O’Neal is back in the playoffs — wasn’t that worth all the wait? He lumbered up and down the court and had little impact on the game in his 8.5 minutes. Well, he was a +2. So there’s that. On CSN New England, former Celtic Cedric Maxwell was not exactly waiving the towel of…

  20. Rockets head coaching search down to three finalists

    May 9, 2011, 10:28 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    After interviewing a candidate pool roughly the size of the population of India, the Houston Chronicle reports they Rockets have narrowed the search to three finalists: Lawrence Frank, Dwane Casey and Kevin McHale. All three of them are former NBA head coaches. Frank is the current lead assistant for the Boston Celtics, Casey is still…

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