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  1. Spurs win, Lakers lose — top seed in the West rests in San Antonio

    Apr 6, 2011, 2:21 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    I hope y’all like Tex Mex, because the road to the NBA finals in the West runs through San Antonio. Sure, the two seed Lakers and top seed Spurs play next Tuesday, but now people will want to see that game about as much as they want to listen to a new Go-Go’s album. Or…

  2. Nuggets Mozgov leaves with ugly knee, ankle injury

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:51 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    We don’t know an official, final diagnosis — sometimes these things are not as bad as they look. And for Timofey Mozgov we hope that is true. Denver center Mozgov had to be helped off the court after suffering a knee injury late in the first quarter Tuesday night. The Thunder’s Nick Collison fell taking…

  3. Dwight Howard’s jump shot is solid, thank you very much

    Apr 5, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Dwight Howard’s game has evolved. There was a time when it was fair to criticize him for having nothing but power moves. Those days are gone. Now Howard has a bag of tricks to reach into and it shows as he uses a team high 27.1 percent of the possessions but still has a high…

  4. Elton Brand has been playing with hand fracture

    Apr 5, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

    BRAND_ELTON

    The New York Times’ Jonathan Abrams has the story: Elton Brand, who is experiencing a resurgent season with the surprising Philadelphia 76ers, has played nearly a month with a fracture in his left hand. The fracture was originally disclosed as an injury that would not prohibit Brand from playing, apparently out of concern that some…

  5. Gasol, Bynum to play against Utah

    Apr 5, 2011, 6:45 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol, Denver Nuggets

    Laker fans can exhale: According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum are both expected to play in tonight’s game against the Utah Jazz. Gasol suffered a bone bruise on his right knee after a collision with the Nuggets’ Nene, and Bynum’s right knee collided with Lamar Odom in the…

  6. Do the Hornets have the worst shot selection in the league?

    Apr 5, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

    Trevor Ariza

    Ryan Schwan of Hornets 24/7 thinks so: Over at hoopdata.com there is a wonderful statistic called XeFG%… [The X] stands for “expected”.  Hoopdata keeps track of how well players shoot from different ranges and calculates the NBA average from each of those ranges.  Armed with that information, the site can determine what the expected eFG%…

  7. Winderman: It’s time for an NBA Hall of Fame

    Apr 5, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

    2011 Hall of Fame Class Basketball

    OK, exhale. No, not from the disappointment that was the NCAA men’s championship game (Butler apparently couldn’t hit the exit on its way home, either), but rather from the Basketball Hall of Fame announcements. Teresa Edwards, Goose Tatum and Herb Magee but no Reggie Miller, who didn’t even make it to the final round of…

  8. New owner tries to rebuild bridge between Mullin, Warriors

    Apr 5, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    Chris Mullin HOF

    Chris Mullin’s divorce from the Golden State Warriors was a messy affair. The former star player who became GM lost the power struggle for the soul of the franchise with Don Nelson’s side and was banished. New owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber changed the equation. Nelson was out. And now the newly minted Hall…

  9. Kings fans not going down without a fight to keep team

    Apr 5, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT

    Clippers Kings Basketball

    The Kings move to Anaheim for next season is almost certain. There are details to be hammered out, approvals needed, but there is a lot of momentum. But the fans of Sacramento are not giving up. Through a twitter campaign — #herewebuild — started by local sports radio show host Carmichael Dave there are about…

  10. Celtic fans, what you see with Jeff Green is what you get

    Apr 5, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Houston Rockets

    When Danny Ainge pulled the trigger on the Jeff Green, Kendrick Perkins trade that Ainge thought more highly of Green than myself and some others did. Not that Green is a bad player, he’s just kind of average (not the elite player some think). He’s athletic but his shot selection has always been poor and…

  11. Mark Cuban would like to ban internet reporters from the locker room

    Apr 5, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    mark-cuban-reporter

    Mavericks owner Mark Cuban questions the role of sports media in 2011 in his latest blog post, and comes to the conclusion that “internet reporters” no longer should be allowed access to locker rooms, because their interests and those of the team are no longer aligned. That’s the short version of a much longer piece…

  12. Could Donnie Walsh return to Knicks if he wants to?

    Apr 5, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

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    Maybe, for once, it’s not James Dolan screwing up the Knicks. We’re not sold on that — we will assume he is until proven otherwise, remember Dolan pushed to make sure the Carmelo Anthony deal happened no matter how many players went West — but maybe not everything is his fault. Maybe team President Donnie…

  13. Kardashian Effect could make Kris Humphries most improved player

    Apr 5, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    humphries-kardashian

    Kris Humphries is having a breakout season with the Nets. He shot 44.1 percent last season and never higher than 47 percent until this season when he shot 52.7 percent. The reason is he took fewer jumpers and started taking more shots at the rim (1.3 more per game) and he finished them much better…

  14. Young, Howard among five Wizards shut down for season

    Apr 5, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

    Nick Young

    Well, this is really shutting it down. From our man Frank Hanrahan at CSN Washington: Wizards coach Flip Saunders has just announced that leading scorer Nick Young, forward Josh Howard, forward Rashard Lewis, guard Cartier Martin and center Hamidy N’Diaye are all done for the season, with each of them nursing knee injuries. Forward Trevor…

  15. Kevin Love says nice things about staying in Minnesota

    Apr 5, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love may or may not be happy with the way things are going in Minnesota. It doesn’t really matter right now. He has another year guaranteed on his deal plus a team option for the year after that. Even if he wanted out – and there is certainly interest around the league in his…

  16. Dwyane Wade may miss games due to thigh injury

    Apr 5, 2011, 11:58 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New Jersey Nets

    Dwyane Wade crashes to the ground more than a two-year-old on a playground. He flies into the lane and plays with a reckless abandon that means he ends up crashing to the ground, a lot. Which means a lot of bumps and bruises. And he plays through them. So when he says the pain from…

  17. New York made the playoffs so D’Antoni would like an extension

    Apr 5, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni

    It could have been coincidental that Mike D’Antoni’s agent was around the Knicks offices and team just days after the team secured their first playoff spot since approximately the Carter administration. Or at least it felt like it was that long in New York. But it turns out no, the agent has a motive. Who…

  18. Omri Casspi not having fun, may want away from Kings

    Apr 5, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    Omri Casspi

    Omri Casspi is not having fun sitting on the bench watching the Kings lose. (Well, not the last week or so when they have been winning, but you get the idea.) With Marcus Thornton and Francisco Garcia starting on the wings and Donte Green getting time in front of him off the bench, Casspi was…

  19. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:26 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard is a bit of a perfectionist, and this Magic team frustrates him. Read into that whatever you want about his future. Nenad Kristic says the injury and time away was tough for him. Tom Sanders was named to the Basketball Hall of Fame yesterday. If you just said “who?” then read this. The…

  20. Lockout has some top college prospects hesitant about NBA

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    If you’re an elite college basketball player thinking about the NBA, this is the advice you get from the sage people (not the dirty agents and others trying to be a parasite, but the people looking out for the students): If you are a guaranteed first-round pick in the NBA draft, you have to seriously…

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