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  1. Shaq will definitely maybe try to play tonight. Perhaps.

    Apr 3, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    shaquille o'neal Celtics

    The Celtics could use Shaquille O’Neal back. Anytime. Really, whenever you feel up to it, big guy. Danny Ainge said maybe Sunday. Some estimates were for April 1st, which of course didn’t work out.  They need him with Nenad Krstic out with  bone bruise and Jermaine O’Neal trying to find his legs and the team…

  2. Knicks should be wary of giving the reins to Melo over Amar’e

    Apr 3, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v New York Knicks

    Amar’e Stoudemire was given a “mental break” this week by Mike D’Antoni. Moving aside the fact that Amar’e seems to miss a lot of practices this year for non-injury reasons, there are some interesting dynamics on the Knicks being reported by the New York Daily News: “Looks like Amare is in a funk,” said one…

  3. Carmelo Anthony in drag on SNL. Kind of.

    Apr 3, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    When Melo moved to New York, one of the reasons was for things like this. He wanted everything that comes with the bright lights and big city. The parties, the endorsements, and things like appearing on Saturday Night Live. Melo made a guest shot Saturday night on the famous sketch comedy show, appearing as a……

  4. Steve Nash out for Suns as Spurs try to end slide

    Apr 3, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    NASH_STEVE

    Good for the Spurs, bad for the Suns, terrible for ratings. Steve Nash will miss today’s matinée against the Spurs as he sits out his second consecutive game with flu-like symptoms. Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic reports: The Suns don’t have Steve Nash, who is home ill with flulike symptoms for a second consecutive game. The…

  5. Stick a fork in them: Detroit Pistons

    Apr 3, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Detroit Pistons

    What. A. Trainwreck. That the Pistons managed to stave off elimination until Friday night when the Pacers win finally put them in the ground is a strange fact in and of itself. You’re tempted to give them a modicum of credit for being in the picture this long. But to do so would be to…

  6. Tex Winter elected to Hall of Fame

    Apr 2, 2011, 9:49 PM EDT

    Tex Winter ex NBA coach at a basketball training c

    It just seems fitting: Tex Winter, the brains behind the offense that helped win the Chicago Bulls multiple titles, will enter the Hall of Fame with Dennis Rodman, the man who did the dirty work for several of those titles. Winter, the architect of the triangle offense that won the Bulls six titles and the…

  7. SI Player Poll: Varejao, Ginobili top floppers

    Apr 2, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Sports Illustrated’s latest anonymous poll of players is out, and the subject is the biggest floppers in the league. The top guys will not surprise you. Here’s the top 5: Anderson Varejao Manu Ginobili Luis Scola Derek Fisher Kevin Martin Kobe Bryant, Paul Pierce, and Shane Battier all make appearances in the top 15 as…

  8. MRI Negative for Celtics’ Krstic, disaster averted

    Apr 2, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

    Danny Ainge had to breathe a sigh of relief Saturday. Nenad Krstic went down Thursday night with what looked like a fairly serious knee injury. CSN New England reports Saturday that and MRI for Krstic was negative and he is day to day with a bone bruise. It’s a huge bullet dodged for the Celtics…

  9. If we can stop laughing, we’ll tell you about the Heat being interested in Eddy Curry

    Apr 2, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Media Day 2010

    We’re going to get through this with a straight face. Or at least as far as we can. You ready? Yahoo! Sports reports Saturday that the Miami Heat are strongly considering signing free agent center Eddy Curry to help with the playoff run. … Hold it in. Curry played, well, was on roster for the…

  10. Otis Smith will not consider trading Dwight Howard, no matter what

    Apr 2, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 2

    Otis Smith talked to the Orlando Sentinel Friday night and gave what could commonly be considered the GM’s equivalent of “famous last words.” Dwight Howard‘s  a free agent in 2012. He’s made it pretty clear he’s going to enter free agency, while playing the oh-so-tactful play of “I love Orlando, I just want to win…

  11. Dennis Rodman elected to Hall of Fame

    Apr 2, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    Dennis Rodman

    Well, looks like the oft-criticized Naismith Hall of Fame got one right. Dennis Rodman told the Associated Press he has been elected to the hall and was told to be in Houston Monday (site of the Final Four) for the announcement. The official induction is not until August, and we can’t wait to hear that…

  12. The Knicks had a Melo back-up plan: Deron Williams

    Apr 2, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    Waaaay at the bottom of a Yahoo! Sports report on Greg Oden (still injured!) and his mental state (still depressed!) and his future with the Blazers (still going to get another contract, somehow!) was a quiet little item: The Utah Jazz had a possible deal in place to send guard Deron Williams to the New…

  13. Sixers win, and are in

    Apr 2, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    The Philadelphia 76ers started the season 3-13. It was a disaster. It was time to blow it up, finally. Ed Stefanski was having his job called for. It was an unmitigated disaster. Then, they got better. Last night in a win over the Nets, the Sixers clinched a spot in the playoffs. Doug Collins has…

  14. Blake Griffin seems resigned to hard fouls now, knows that he won’t get the calls

    Apr 2, 2011, 3:52 AM EDT

    blake-griffin-suns

    The Clippers completely mailed in their game with the Suns on Friday, falling behind by as many as 25 points in the fourth quarter before closing it up a bit and losing by a final of only 111-98. Despite the fact that L.A.’s junior NBA squad seems to be giving up on competing as scheduled,…

  15. Did Jared Dudley get his 9th dunk of the season? His teammates vote ‘no.’

    Apr 2, 2011, 3:20 AM EDT

    jared-dudley-dunk

    With the Suns all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, all that’s left to work towards this season are things that may, to the outside world, seem frivolous. But despite the fact that the season will end for Phoenix on April 13, Jared Dudley still has something to accomplish. Dudley is an intelligent, high-energy player…

  16. Matt Barnes suspended for one game

    Apr 1, 2011, 10:42 PM EDT

    Matt Barnes

    UPDATE 10:42 pm: Lakers coach Phil Jackson spoke about Barnes and said it’s all good to come to the aid of a teammate, but you better know the situation. “He’s definitely got to check that stuff at the door in the playoffs,” Jackson said. “You can’t play short-handed in the playoffs.” Asked if he was…

  17. Mike Bibby has made Heat’s defense much worse

    Apr 1, 2011, 8:16 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Miami Heat

    In Atlanta, there are a lot of Hawks fans nodding their heads. The Miami Heat’s defense is much worse when Mike Bibby is on the floor. Not just worse, much worse. Tom Haberstroh crunched the numbers for the Heat Index at ESPN. When point guard Mike Bibby has been on the floor for the Heat,…

  18. Mo Evans thinks a CBA deal won’t get done before July 1st

    Apr 1, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

    Maurice Evans

    With the regular season winding down, the threat of an impending lockout becomes more and more real. The current CBA is set to expire on June 30th, and Maurice Evans, a vice president of the NBA Players association, told HoopsHype’s Chris Thomasson that he doesn’t think a new agreement will be reached by then: Could…

  19. Juwan Howard plans to appeal $35,000 fine

    Apr 1, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

    Juwan Howard Melee

    The fallout from Wednesday’s Heat-Wizards fracas that led to three ejections and a one-game suspension for John Wall continues. According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Heat forward plans to appeal the $35,000 fine he received for pushing JaVale McGee after John Wall and Zyrundas Ilgauskas were both issued flagrant-2 fouls: “I…

  20. Jason Terry calls Matt Barnes soft as “toilet paper”

    Apr 1, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    The fight — well, what passes for a fight in the NBA, Jason Terry pushed Steve Blake, they bumped chests, Matt Barnes came flying in to play protector, there was a lot more pushing  — was Thursday night, but the war of words has continued into Friday. Mark Cuban blasted Chris Webber over calling the…

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