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  1. NBA Playoffs: Hawks take series lead in crazy game

    Apr 23, 2011, 12:44 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    The Orlando Magic are in some serious trouble against a team that gave up more points than it scored in the regular season. Game 3 could have gone either way, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Magic are a team built around Dwight Howard and versatile shooters, and the versatile shooters have failed…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Celtics rout Knicks, take 3-0 series lead

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:43 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    This is why the Celtics are the conference champs until somebody beats them. Sure, the team hasn’t looked quite right since it traded away Kendrick Perkins for Jeff Green, and their bench is still a complete mess. Yes, the Celtics gave up the No. 2 seed in the East by finishing their regular season in something of…

  3. Report: Kings to stay in Sacramento next season; owners say no decision yet

    Apr 22, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    UPDATE: 8:03 pm: The Maloof brothers, the owners of the Kings, are denying the report. Sort of. Co-owner Joe Maloof spoke with the Associated Press and said they are still thinking about it. Maloof told The Associated Press that no decision has been made and he’s “as anxious as anybody” to find out if Sacramento…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Look for the stars to come out in New Orleans

    Apr 22, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets Paul drives on Los Angeles Lakers Bryant during Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference first round playoff basketball game in Los Angeles

    Our first word of advice for this game — wear sunglasses. Yes, we know you are watching on television. But the Hornets are going with a “sea of yellow” look (all the fans getting yellow T-shirts) and it will the Hornets uniforms themselves (they got permission to wear the alternate yellow jerseys). It will be…

  5. Imagine how good John Wall will be when he is healthy

    Apr 22, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Remember way back to the start of the season, when John Wall missed a handful of game due to a foot injury? Probably not, because when he came back he was pretty impressive. Good enough to be second in the Rookie of the Year balloting. Dude dropped 22 assists at the All-Star weekend Rookie Challenge…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Maybe the Hawks can use more Horford in Game 3

    Apr 22, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic - Game Two

    Now the Orlando/Atlanta series moves on to Game 3 on a neutral court… wait, it’s in Atlanta? Interesting. We’ll see if anyone notices. Seriously, the Hawks fans will be into it if the Hawks are into it. And in it. Whether the Hawks are in it may depend in part on how much run Al…

  7. Texas’ Thompson declares for NBA draft, does Canada proud

    Apr 22, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Arizona v Texas

    Trivia time: Who was the last Canadian-born player drafted in the first round? No, not the shaggy-haired guy. If you answered Jamaal Magloire you are either Canadian or we should be worried about you. Or both. But you’d be right. For another few weeks anyway. Tristan Thompson, the freshman power forward out of Texas —…

  8. No Shaq for Game 3 Friday, but Game 4 could happen

    Apr 22, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Injured Boston Celtics O'Neal talks to teammate Allen during the first quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series against the New York Knicks in Boston

    Welcome back to Shaq Watch 2011… Shaquille O’Neal has traveled with the team, he is in New York where maybe the bright lights will inspire him. But not for Game 3 Friday. He is out for that. Our man A. Sherrod Blakely from Comcast New England caught up with Shaq, but he wasn’t in the…

  9. Atlanta Hawks head home… is that an advantage?

    Apr 22, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    Atlanta is just an apathetic sports town. Always has been. I’m not going to try to explain it — Atlanta native Kevin Arnovitz laid it out better than I ever could hope to, and he doesn’t have all the answers — but I am here to pass along this tidbit: The Atlanta Hawks return home…

  10. NBA playoffs return to Manhattan, will New York like the show?

    Apr 22, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT

    Spike Lee

    The NBA playoffs return to the heart of New York, to Madison Square Garden Friday night after seven long years away and will be welcomed back like the prodigal son. Celebrities will ring the court — including Spike Lee in some all-orange disaster of an outfit — and profanity-laced chants will rain down on the…

  11. It’s not a joke setup, LeBron drinks a gallon of water a day during playoffs

    Apr 22, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Three

    I’m not going to do it. You insert your own jokes about LeBron James urinating during this post. I will not take part in your juvenile game. Much. During these playoffs, as he has done for years during the playoffs, LeBron James strives to drink a gallon of water a day. So you know what…

  12. Note to Bulls, Heat fans: First round sweeps don’t mean rings

    Apr 22, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Chicago Bulls

    Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls fans are pretty cocky today — their teams are on the verge of getting first round sweeps. That means extra rest, players can sit home and watch opposing playoff games and be annoyed by the NBA talking ball ads just like the rest of us. It just means more time…

  13. Irony alert: Player calls Garnett “coward” in anonymous column

    Apr 22, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    I love the premise of this article — there is not enough trash talk in the NBA. It’s part of ESPN’s “Player X” series where some athletes in different sports get to spout off anonymously on whatever topic they want. And this time around an NBA player — clearly a veteran — complains about the…

  14. Kings television deal could be reworked as part of Sacramento effort

    Apr 22, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    If it’s all about the television deal, Sacramento still has hope. Comcast is willing to talk. One of the key reasons the Kings owners — the Maloof brothers — reportedly wanted out of Sacramento was a bad television deal, something they could do much better with in the massive Southern California market. But an official…

  15. Gilbert Arenas no longer the backup point guard for Magic. Probably.

    Apr 22, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas, Stan Van Gundy

    During the regular season, guys get minutes for all kinds of reasons that have nothing at all to do with their performance — guys with big contracts get run they no longer merit because the GM demands it, or young players are out on the court longer as they get on the job training. But…

  16. PBT Friday morning one liners

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:44 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum, Marco Belinelli

    How has Memphis hung around with San Antonio? One key way is limiting the corner three. A fantastic profile of Andrew Bynum at Sports Illustrated, including how he builds his own computers. One of my favorite things to read weekly — my man Anthony Macri’s coaches corner. This week he talks Bynum’s positioning and why…

  17. David Stern suggests replay official, challenges in NBA future

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks at the state of the league press conference during the NBA All-Star game weekend in Los Angeles

    I’d like to think David Stern is a huge PBT fan, read Ira Winderman’s post this week and said “that’s a good idea.” But that’s probably not how it went down. Still… Every year with the playoffs comes the rise in complaints from coaches, fans and players about officiating. Those complaints are usually misguided —…

  18. Blazer fan throws projectile, hits Mark Cuban with it

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Three

    Come on Portland, this is why we love Mark Cuban. You want another faceless owner who sits in a luxury box with his friends and views the team as an investment? We need passionate, committed owners. Ones willing to sit with the fans and tell them what is on their mind. Cuban was sitting near…

  19. Video: LeBron James stumbling, bumbling assist to Wade

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:07 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward James grimaces on the floor while playing against Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia

    There are no style points in the NBA. It’s wins and losses, it’s results. And at the end of the day this is an assist for LeBron James and two points for Dwyane Wade that the team needed in going up 3-0 on the Philadelphia 76ers. Whether or not James is stumbling, it’s still pretty…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Aggressive Trail Blazers make a series out of it

    Apr 22, 2011, 3:30 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Three

    Portland just came out aggressive. Finally. Sometimes it’s not about the Xs and Os, it’s about energy and execution. Portland had that in the Rose Garden. Credit the home crowd (always one of the best in the league). Credit desperation. Credit Everclear. (The band, not the drink.) Whatever it was Portland came out far more…

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