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  1. Doc Rivers denies report Shaq is out for playoffs

    Apr 20, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    shaq-return-april-1

    UPDATE 2:09 pm: As one would expect, Celtics coach Doc Rivers shot down the report saying Shaquille O’Neal is done for the playoffs. Our man A. Sherrod Blakely at CSN New England went to the source and talked to Rivers: I know that’s not true,” Rivers told CSNNE.com. “He’s going to play. I just don’t…

  2. Magic fans launch StayDwight.com

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    And the campaign has begun. Well, really the campaign to keep Dwight Howard with the Orlando Magic began when Otis Smith made sweeping changes looking to upgrade the Magic roster this season by bringing in Hedo Turkoglu and Gilbert Arenas. Seeing how well that worked, some Magic fans have launched a Web Site — StayDwight.com…

  3. Kentucky’s Brandon Knight, Terrance Jones to enter draft

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:43 PM EDT

    NCAA Final Four Kentucky UConn Basketball

    Brandon Knight and Terrance Jones may be making the right move. In a season when a lot of other potential lottery picks — Harrison Barnes, Perry Jones, Jared Sullinger — are staying in college, this could be a chance to move up the board in a weaker year because next year will be a very…

  4. PBT Wednesday morning one liners

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Kings Farewell Basketball

    It’s been a fun first round so far, but here is a look back at the 10 best first round series ever. Sacramento leaders will make they pitch to other NBA owners about why the Kings should stay today. They are hoping the other owners have more open minds than the Maloofs. Grant Hills is…

  5. Brandon Roy fights off tears when sat for much of Game 2

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    Brandon Roy is not that Brandon Roy anymore. He’s not the three-time All-Star, the guy who can regularly take over games, who was an elite guard, who was a building block of the Portland franchise. His knees have robbed him — and us, for he was a joy to watch — of that. Roy himself…

  6. Former Sun, journeyman center Oliver Miller arrested for assault

    Apr 20, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    Oliver Miller

    Oliver Miller, who basically ate himself out of the NBA and whose work ethic was so poor as to get kicked off the Harlem Globetrotters, has always been the easy butt of jokes. I know, I once had him on a fantasy team. But there is nothing funny about his recent arrest on assault and…

  7. Portland owner, one of world’s richest men, complains about NBA finances

    Apr 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Paul Allen

    For some context, Portland Trail Blazer owner Paul Allen is worth $13 billion dollars according to Forbes. That would make him the 21st richest man in the United States. Which is the kind of money you get when you are one of the founders of Microsoft. Put it this way: When it was time to…

  8. Celtics’ Ainge says he would do Perkins trade again “as of today”

    Apr 20, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

    Two close, unimpressive wins over the banged up New York Knicks has not got made Celtics GM Danny Ainge go where plenty of Celtics fans already have. He still does not regret the Kendrick Perkins for Jeff Green trade, he told CSN New England. Not yet anyway. “I would do the trade over again in…

  9. Video: Blake Griffin’s dunks, all 214 of them

    Apr 20, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Blake Griffin‘s first two points of his NBA career came on an ally-oop dunk. By the end of his rookie season, he had 426 more points off of dunks. And thanks to the fine folks at NBA.com, we are going to bring you all of them. Hopefully next year we can watch him dunk in…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Dirk Nowitzki is better than you as Mavs take 2-0 lead

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:51 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    Some playoff series are emotionally exhausting because of the extreme highs and lows. Then there’s Mavericks-Blazers, which is like a sixteen hour day of manual labor. You’re going to want to pass out about six times, you’re going to get injured, and you’re going to be pumped when you make progress. The Blazers are bloodied.…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Magic defense edges out Hawks in Game 2

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:59 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic - Game Two

    The Orlando Magic still haven’t figured out how to get consistent offensive production out of their perimeter players, but they made one drastic improvement from Game 1 to Game 2: the Magic defense is now in full effect. Atlanta played a competitive game by putting up a strong defensive front of their own and hitting…

  12. Knicks Stoudemire says he will be ready to go in Game 3

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:29 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game One

    Kids, let this be a lesson to you — showoff dunks in warm-ups only leads to trouble. Amar’e Stoudemire hurt his back doing dunks in warm-ups. He tried to go despite the back spasms, but put up four points on 9 shots in 16 minutes and left the game never to return. Stoudemire tells the…

  13. NBA Playoffs: Celtics overcome Carmelo’s 42, take 2-0 lead

    Apr 19, 2011, 10:25 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game Two

    The Knicks have certainly made the first games of their series with the Boston Celtics interesting. In Game 1, the Knicks were able to take the Celtics to the wire thanks to the stellar offensive play of Amar’e Stoudemire. In Game 2, back spasms limited Stoudemire to four points in only 16 minutes of play,…

  14. Knicks’ Stoudemire leaves game with back spasms (Billups to have MRI, too)

    Apr 19, 2011, 8:43 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game One

    Considering how banged up the Knicks are suddenly, they are hanging right in this series (for the first six quarters anyway). Amar’e Stoudemire — the Knicks best, and really only, good player in the fourth quarter of Game 1 — left Game 2 with back spasms. He was expected to return but did not come…

  15. Pacers’ Collison expects to play in Game 3

    Apr 19, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

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    According to the Associated Press, Indiana Pacers starting guard Darren Collison “expects to play” in game three of the Pacers-Bulls series. Collison suffered a sprained ankle in the second quarter of Monday’s game, and missed the rest of the game. Collison recorded 17 points and 9 assists in game one, and recorded eight points and…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Atlanta out to prove Game 1 wasn’t a fluke

    Apr 19, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford, Josh Smith, Kirk Hinrich

    The conventional wisdom about Game 1 of this series misses the point. As our own Matt Moore pointed out, what Atlanta did to the Magic was what teams used to do to Michael Jordan, what teams have tried to do to Steve Nash in recent years — let him score, make him a shooter. Don’t…

  17. NBA Playoffs: Billups just one of many Knicks, Celtics questions

    Apr 19, 2011, 4:35 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Garnett takes to the court for Game 1 against the New York Knicks in Boston

    About the only prediction I feel safe about making for this game is that it will be entertaining. This entire series will be. After that, there are nothing but questions about Game 2 of Boston vs. New York, on the Knicks need on the road to even the series. How will the Knicks deal without…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Mavericks and Blazers wrestle for control

    Apr 19, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game One

    Throw out the term “pivotal” in this series. Get the phrase “must-win” out of your head. They have no place here. The Mavericks can take the game Tuesday and Game 3 and nothing will be assured. There’s too much volatility in this series. The Mavericks have perimeter acuity. The Blazers have much stronger post play.…

  19. Or maybe Manu Ginobili is a go for Game 2, so good for the Spurs

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    UPDATE 3:48 pm: Apparently somebody brought some water from Lourdes to San Antonio, because there has been a miraculous healing. Reports as of this morning said Ginobili was still doubtful, but now the very good beat writer Jeff McDonald of the Express-News says on twitter that Ginobili is 99.9 percent likely to play. They need him,…

  20. Mark Cuban’s least favorite referee assigned to Mavs game

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Brown

    My mind in these situations always floats back to a junior high basketball coach. We were sitting in the basement locker room of our gym when I was in 8th grade and we were convinced the referees had robbed us of a win with a bad call at the end of the game. “If you…

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