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  1. Allen will come off the bench for Boston, but he doesn’t like it

    Apr 9, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Ray Allen

    Ray Allen has played in 1,147 NBA games and started in all but six of those. But he came off the bench Sunday for the Celtics and may be doing so for the rest of the season — Allen even volunteered to do so after starting one game following his return from injury. Doc Rivers…

  2. NBA playoffs: Boston will win Atlantic, can 76ers stay in?

    Apr 9, 2012, 9:32 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett, Marquis Daniels

    With just more than two weeks left in the regular season, the NBA’s playoff picture is starting to come into focus. Sort of. Here is where things stand as of Monday morning. Boston, with its easy win over Philadelphia, moved three games up in the Atlantic division, ahead of both Philly and New York. Barring…

  3. Kansas’ Thomas Robinson to make it official, enter NBA draft

    Apr 9, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Kansas Jayhawks forward Thomas Robinson celebrates with fans after the Jayhawks defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes in their men's NCAA Final Four semi-final college basketball game in New Orleans

    In something that was long expected, Kansas junior forward Thomas Robinson will make it official that he is entering the NBA draft at a Monday press conference. That is what the Kansas Journal-World is reporting. KU coach Bill Self confirmed to the Journal-World on Sunday that Robinson would be turning pro. Self indicated he would…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Boston is hot, the Sixers not so much

    Apr 9, 2012, 3:30 AM EDT

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    What you missed while buying a small town for yourself… Knicks 100, Bulls 99 (OT): It took some huge threes by Carmelo Anthony and some missed late free throws by Derrick Rose and Luol Deng, but the Bulls got a key win in their playoff chase. Celtics 103, Sixers 79: Paul Pierce was hot early…

  5. Jeremy Lin now says don’t expect him back for first round

    Apr 8, 2012, 10:51 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Lin pumps his fist from the bench as teammates score during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin said a couple days ago that he was hopeful he would be back for the round of the payoffs. But he is a Harvard guy — there is a logic in his brain that can see through the emotion of when he wants to be to the reality of where…

  6. List of college underclassmen who declared for NBA draft, so far

    Apr 8, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

    Kentucky v Ohio State

    Tuesday is the big day — at least the NCAA says it’s the big day. The NBA says April 29 is the big day. Let me explain (if you want more details as always DraftExpress has them). If you scan below you will see a list, courtesy our fine friends at the Associated Press, of all…

  7. Dwyane Wade out Sunday against Pistons with ankle injury

    Apr 8, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade does a chin up before their NBA basketball game against Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee

    So much for that “no rest for the Heat’s stars” pledge… Dwyane Wade will miss the Heat’s game Sunday against the Detroit Pistons after tweaking his ankle Friday night on a dunk attempt, according to a tweet from Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. Shane Battier will start in his place. Wade sat out a…

  8. Derrick Rose returns, but Carmelo Anthony buries the Bulls

    Apr 8, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT

    BESTPIX Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    Derrick Rose made his return to the Bulls starting lineup on Sunday after missing the last 12 games with a groin injury. The reigning MVP started slowly, exploded in the third quarter and was hit-or-miss from then on, finishing with 29 points, four assists, and eight turnovers in 39 minutes of action. Rose was the…

  9. Video: Carmelo Anthony hits two clutch threes to beat the Bulls

    Apr 8, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony comes down after stuffing ball against Toronto Raptors in NBA game in New York

    The Knicks and the Bulls gave us a thrilling game on Sunday, one that New York was able to pull out in overtime 100-99. If not for Carmelo Anthony and his 43 points, the Knicks wouldn’t have gotten that chance. Anthony nailed two big-time three-pointers with the game on the line — one that sent…

  10. Knicks add Larry Johnson to team’s front office staff

    Apr 8, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Larry Johnson was one of the most popular New York Knicks players of the late ’90s, and now he’s back with the team in a front office role, according to a team release (via IamaGM.com): “The New York Knicks announced today that Larry Johnson has been named Basketball and Business Operations Representative. “I consider coming…

  11. Blake Griffin’s response to DeMarcus Cousins calling him an actor: “You have to consider the source.”

    Apr 8, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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    There’s a weird sort of rivalry brewing between the Kings and the Clippers, that, on the surface, doesn’t seem to make much sense. While L.A. has two current All-Stars and is likely to be a top-four seed when the playoffs begin in a few short weeks, Sacramento is a perennial lottery team with a couple…

  12. Dennis Rodman tells NBC he is not broke, is not sick

    Apr 8, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    We said it at the time — be careful of what lawyers say when trying to win child support, or really any court case. They would claim Bill Gates is a pauper. Former NBA star Dennis Rodman’s attorneys claimed he was broke and sick in court papers, but Rodman went on NBC’s Today Show Friday…

  13. Antoine Walker announces retirement from D-League

    Apr 8, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    Antoine Walker D-League

    For the past couple seasons, a guy named Antoine Walker was playing for the Idaho Stampede in the D-League who looked and sounded a lot like the former Celtic and three-time All-Star. But if you watched him he was a shell of that former player (which is why he never got another shot in the…

  14. Bobcats’ Najera has surgery on fractured skull. Yes, he’s done for season.

    Apr 8, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Eduardo Najera

    It was inadvertent — an elbow from Milwaukee’s Jon Brockman that caught Charlotte’s Eduardo Najera in the forehead as both went for a rebound. The elbow fractured Najera’s skull. That’s about as dangerous as it sounds. He had surgery on Saturday to repair it and he is done for the season, the Bobcats announced (Marc…

  15. Report: Mark Jackson’s job as Warriors coach is safe

    Apr 8, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

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    Mark Jackson is finishing his first season as head coach of the Warriors, an inauspicious debut due largely to circumstances beyond his control. The Warriors decided to go into full tank rebuilding mode at the trade deadline by dealing Monta Ellis for an injured Andrew Bogut, and are playing it safe by shutting down Stephen…

  16. With Kobe out, Suns hand Lakers worst loss of the season

    Apr 8, 2012, 2:57 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant was a late scratch on Saturday in Phoenix, but his absence wasn’t the reason for the Lakers’ 125-105 loss to the Suns, the team’s worst of the season. It was the defense, or more specifically, the lack thereof that enabled Phoenix to set season highs in total points (125) and points in a…

  17. Magic GM Otis Smith says Dwight Howard did not ask him to fire Stan Van Gundy

    Apr 7, 2012, 11:51 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy made quite a bit of noise on Thursday, when he went public with his knowledge that Dwight Howard asked the team to fire him. This information came right from the top of the organization, Van Gundy said, so there must be some truth to it, right? Not so much,…

  18. Kobe Bryant out for the first time this season due to shin injury

    Apr 7, 2012, 10:21 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant is known for his toughness, and has stubbornly played through all kinds of injuries throughout his career, and especially over the past couple of seasons. A torn wrist ligament couldn’t sideline him earlier this season, and in fact, nothing had — until Saturday night in Phoenix. Bryant was a late scratch for his…

  19. Mike Brown taking Andrew Bynum’s latest ejection in stride

    Apr 7, 2012, 9:35 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers coach Brown celebrates with Bynum during their NBA game against Boston Celtics in Los Angeles

    Andrew Bynum was ejected early in the fourth quarter of the Lakers loss to the Rockets on Friday, and by all accounts, it was a situation that should have been completely avoided. Bynum already had picked up one technical foul, and after scoring on a strong post move inside, he turned to the Houston bench…

  20. Stan Van Gundy says he’d like to return as Magic coach. Right.

    Apr 7, 2012, 8:12 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Washington Wizards

    There is nobody on the planet that thinks Stan Van Gundy will be back to coach the Orlando Magic next season. Not Jeff Van Gundy. Not Mrs. Van Gundy. Not the president of the Van Gundy Fan Club… actually, there is no Van Gundy fan club. Yet, Stan Van Gundy is going through the motions.…

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