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  1. Stephen Curry wins NBA’s Sportsmanship Award

    May 5, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry is your winner of the Joe Dumars Trophy, the one given to the NBA’s Sportsmanship Award winner. It seems fitting, Curry is one of the players in this league never seems ruffled. Of course, maybe that’s easier when you’re a jump shooter and not driving into the trees, but…

  2. Doc Rivers says Shaq will play in Game 3

    May 5, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

    shaq-return-april-1

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. And right now there is no desperate measure quite like Shaquille O’Neal. Boston coach Doc Rivers told the media today that Shaq would be a go in Game 3 Saturday at the Boston Garden, tweets A. Sherrod Blakely at CSN New England. Rivers also said that the rest of…

  3. Which team is more likely to come back: Celtics or Lakers?

    May 5, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Ray Allen

    Right now, you don’t want to be the Celtics or the Lakers. History tells us the teams that have won the last three NBA titles are in a lot of trouble. Watching the games and how they’ve been outplayed makes it feel worse. Heading into a playoffs filled with flawed teams — there was no juggernaut…

  4. Report: Knicks owner promises he won’t rehire Isiah Thomas

    May 5, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Isaih Thomas Introduced as New Knicks GM

    If at one time a statement can be no-brainer true and completely moot, this next sentence is it: Knicks owner James Dolan has promised team president Donnie Walsh he will not rehire Isiah Thomas to work for the Knicks, according to the New York Post. The report says that Dolan has become disillusioned with Thomas…

  5. Ron Artest will get suspended for clothesline on Barea

    May 5, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    I have not gone back and officially checked the NBA rulebook today, but I’m fairly convinced that clotheslining an opponent is illegal. Right up there with throwing an elbow while jumping off the top turnbuckle and hitting him over the head with a metal  folding chair. All fine moves when the WWE referee is distracted, but…

  6. Timberwolves executives on Ricky Rubio quest again

    May 5, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    Spain v USA

    General Manager David Kahn and the Minnesota Timberwolves are nothing if not persistent. Next week they will be in Spain again on their quest to get Ricky Rubio — the 2009 No. 5 overall pick — to sign up, leave Barcelona and come to the states. And according to Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune,…

  7. David Stern says league will have to stop losing money

    May 5, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

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

    As we march inevitably toward a lockout this summer, Wednesday night was David Stern’s turn to throw an elbow. One day after players’ union president Derek Fisher said the latest owner from the owners was no step forward, Stern responded with what he considers the bottom line in negotiations — the actual bottom line. As…

  8. Noah wants Bulls fans to stop booing Carlos Boozer

    May 5, 2011, 10:23 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer

    Every fan base has a whipping boy. Some player who for reasons real and imagined becomes the lightning rod of all fan frustration. Carlos Boozer has become that in Chicago. The guy who is expected to be the second option on the Bulls offense is limping around with turf toe and is averaging just 10.3…

  9. Video: Tyson Chandler can still finish with authority

    May 5, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    Tyson Chandler used to finish pretty little ally-oop passes from Chris Paul with thunderous authority. Turns out he can still do that. Finish we mean. Paul isn’t throwing the lobs any more instead it’s Dallas Mavericks teammates like Jason Terry. Chandler got a few of these feeds in the Mavericks Game 2 upset of the…

  10. Lakers’ Bynum: “We’ve got trust issues right now”

    May 5, 2011, 3:28 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    The Lakers certainly aren’t playing like a championship team. They’re not sounding like one, either. “It’s obvious we have trust issues, and unless we come out and discuss them then nothing is going to change,” center Andrew Bynum said after the game. Trust issues with what? “Individually. Between all 13 of us we’ve got trust…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Dallas stands up to Lakers front line, lead 2-0

    May 5, 2011, 2:45 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    The Lakers are back-to-back champions for two key reasons. One is Kobe Bryant. The other is that nobody has been able to stand up to their front line. There are 7-footers Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, plus 6’10” Lamar Odom — all very long and very skilled. All very hard to stop. Dallas has. That…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Bulls get back to basics, even up series against Hawks

    May 5, 2011, 1:00 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    If Game 1 between the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks was an aberration — after all, the Hawks converted tough jumpers at an extremely high rate, and rode the high of those makes into a well-executed defense and an improbable victory — then Game 2 was oddly typical. The Bulls are no strangers to offensive…

  13. Heat deny report Celtics bus burglarized during season

    May 4, 2011, 11:07 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce high-fives recently acquired teammate center Nenad Krstic in Boston

    Earlier today we passed along a Yahoo report — from an anonymous source — that during a late regular season game when Boston was in Miami that the team bus had been burglarized and “a lot” of money and more had been stolen. The Heat are denying that report. And they have details. Here is what…

  14. Phil Jackson: “Ya, we’re worried now”

    May 4, 2011, 9:57 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    Kobe Bryant said after the Lakers dropped Game 1, they should be worried. The Lakers are realizing that these Mavericks are not the old Mavericks. They are not soft inside (hello Tyson Chandler) and they are veterans. Before Game 2 Phil Jackson echoed Kobe’s thoughts. “Ya, we’re worried now,” Jackson said. “This is a good…

  15. NBA Playoffs: Hawks give Bulls a run for their money on the boards

    May 4, 2011, 7:47 PM EDT

    Carlos Boozer, Damien Wilkins, Al Horford

    In their Game 1 victory, the Atlanta Hawks pulled off a hell of a trick: not only did they completely negate one of the Chicago Bulls’ greatest advantages, but they did so in a way that flew completely under the radar. Sure, they bothered Derrick Rose and limited Carlos Boozer. They also took away Chicago’s…

  16. Toney Douglas has shoulder surgery, out 3-4 months

    May 4, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v New York Knicks

    The Associated Press is reporting that Knicks guard underwent shoulder surgery on his right shoulder, and is expected to miss anywhere from 12 to 16 weeks.  Douglas was forced to fill in for the injured Chauncey Billups for much of the Knicks’ series against the Celtics, and averaged 1o.8 points and 2.3 assists per game…

  17. Blake Griffin the unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year

    May 4, 2011, 5:49 PM EDT

    Griffin Mosgov

    There was no drama surrounding this year’s Rookie of the Year selection. After missing the entirety of what would have been his rookie season, Blake Griffin exploded out of the gates in 2011 and never looked back. He put up some of the best numbers for a rookie forward in the last few decades, provided…

  18. Celtics to fittingly honor Bill Russell with statue

    May 4, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    President Obama Honors Medal Of Freedom Recipients

    It only seems fitting. Long discussed plans for a Bill Russell statue in Boston are going to become a reality, tweets Jessica Camerato of CSN New England. It will be designed by a local artist Russell on statue: “I am uncomfortable w honors such as this but my yrs as Capt. of the BOS Celtics…

  19. NBA Playoffs: It’s not all about the Lakers… but it’s close

    May 4, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    I don’t want to write that Game 2 is really about the Lakers — how they adjust, what effort they bring, whether they stick with their game plan. Because that is dismissive of a very good Mavericks team. This version of Dallas is different — past Mavs teams would have lost Game 1, not taken…

  20. Rockets had plan for new coach, Adelman didn’t play along

    May 4, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    The Rockets have moved on and are apparently interviewing everyone who has ever touched a basketball for their vacant head coaching position, so we’re not going to dwell on the past. Much. But we’re going to one last time revisit the Rockets not bringing back Rick Adelman as head coach. Which seemed to be something…

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