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  1. Kobe Bryant on his recent string of misses late in the postseason: ‘I’m not clutch’

    May 3, 2011, 9:53 PM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant is largely considered one of the game’s best closers, but the numbers recently have shown that this assertion is simply not factually correct. The most recent data comes from ESPN Stats & Info, who point out that Bryant has now missed five straight postseason go-ahead or game-tying field goals that he’s taken in…

  2. Blake Griffin to be announced as Rookie of Year on Wednesday

    May 3, 2011, 8:52 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Here is the only bit of suspense about this announcement: Is it unanimous? And if it’s not, would the person who thinks Blake Griffin is not rookie of the year like to explain themselves. The Clippers have called for a “major announcement” Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles, which will certainly be Griffin winning the award.…

  3. Nine voters leave LeBron James off MVP ballot completely

    May 3, 2011, 7:46 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    It’s time for the annual cry for transparency in the NBA’s MVP voting. Because if you’re a media member with an MVP vote, you should be able to defend your choices. If you are one of the seven people who did not vote Derrick Rose first, you should be able to explain that. And for…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Russell Westbrook must find his groove. Fast.

    May 3, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Memphis has become something of a mythological team. Beating them suddenly sounds like a task of Herculean proportions, where one must battle a seven-headed hydra and Zach Randolph. Nobody — not even the legendary Tim Duncan — could slay the beast. But the Oklahoma City Thunder are supposed to have the tools. They are supposed…

  5. Derrick Rose officially named MVP

    May 3, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Phoenix Suns

    We knew it was coming, seemingly forever, and as should be expected it was a runaway. Derrick Rose is the NBA’s MVP. The youngest ever at age 22. The most recent in Chicago Bull to win it since that guy with the statue out in front of the United Center. Rose becomes only the second…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Can Boston flex its muscle in Game 2?

    May 3, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    Sunday Miami knocked the expected story lines of this series on its head — they were more physical than Boston. For all the talk about composure and the referees James Jones from three, the biggest surprise out of Game 1 was that Miami pushed Boston around. And that’s where things need to start to change…

  7. LeBron, Wade admit they fight like an old married couple

    May 3, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    For better or worse, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will be joined at the hip for a few more years. Which from the outside looks pretty good — they are up 1-0 on the Celtics in the second round of the NBA playoffs, and they get to live in Miami and eat good Cuban food…

  8. Report: MRI shows Grade 2 sprain on Derrick Rose’s ankle

    May 3, 2011, 2:54 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Pulling a page from the hockey playoffs playbook — Injury? What injury? — the Chicago Bulls did do an MRI on Derrick Rose’s left ankle (they denied they would) after he aggravated it Monday night on the final play of the Bulls loss to the Hawks. And the news isn’t good according to David Kaplan…

  9. Minnesota’s draft conundrum: Nobody fits

    May 3, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    Well done Timberwolves. You tanked the last few weeks of the season and were somehow able to end the season with a worse record than a team that went on a historic losing streak. You must be proud. Now for your reward you get the best chance at the top pick in this NBA draft.…

  10. Nene likely to opt out of deal with Nuggets, test market

    May 3, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    Whenever the NBA gets around to having a free agent signing period after the lockout — an intense, condensed free agent signing period — Nene might make a lot of money. He might be the biggest name on the board. That is, if he opts out of the $11.6 million he would get next year.…

  11. NBA increases security at playoff games due to terror alert level

    May 3, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    With the death of Osama bin Laden, the national terror alert level went up due to concerns about a retaliatory strike. Among the potential terrorist targets are NBA games, which saw an increased level of security starting Tuesday. It was very evident at Staples Center for the first game of the Lakers/Mavericks, where the police…

  12. X-rays negative on Derrick Rose’s ankle, but injury matters

    May 3, 2011, 12:06 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    The good news is Derrick Rose’s left ankle is no worse than it was last time. The bad news is that he has not been quite the same since he injured it last time and it really hit home with Chicago in its Game 1 loss. X-rays on Rose’s ankle were negative and no MRI is…

  13. No Shaq for Celtics, no Udonis Haslem for Heat in Game 2

    May 3, 2011, 11:26 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Shaquille O’Neal will not be playing in Game 2 against the Heat Tuesday Night. I know. Stunning. The big man himself limped into shootaround Tuesday and ruled himself out, according to A. Sherrod Blakely at CSN New England. But he almost certainly will play in Game 3,…

  14. Hawks leave tickets for Jameer Nelson to see Derrick Rose

    May 3, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    In a game the final week of the season, when the Chicago Bulls beat the Orlando Magic, Derrick Rose was doing the standard, cliché-filled post-game television interview when Jameer Nelson interrupted to congratulate him. The exchange included Nelson telling Rose “see you in the second round.” Except, the Magic never got to the second round,…

  15. Video: Tyson Chandler knows how to finish an ally-oop

    May 3, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    Tyson Chandler has had it pretty good. For a few years he was setting the picks and finishing the lobs of Chris Paul. Now, Jason Kidd is his point guard, and he can throw a nice lob, too. As he did in the fourth quarter Monday, part of the Mavericks late charge to overtake the…

  16. Phil Jackson admits he sent apology letter to Maloofs

    May 3, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

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    Turns out, nobody wants to be compared to ousted Dodger owner Frank McCourt. Which you can’t blame someone for, McCourt and his wife are setting new lows in professional sports team ownership. The Maloof brothers, who own the “now we’re staying” Sacramento Kings, did not like it recently when Lakers coach Phil Jackson compared their…

  17. NBA Playoffs: Dallas hits, Kobe misses and Mavs make it a series

    May 3, 2011, 3:10 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant missed shot

    Are these Dallas Mavericks different? Different than the team that falls short, that so many pundits thought didn’t know how to close, that was too old or too soft. The one that keeps getting smoked in the playoffs. Or was it just the Lakers having one of their patented lapses? Combined with Kobe missing a…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Atlanta shocks Chicago in Game 1

    May 3, 2011, 2:09 AM EDT

    Joe Johnson, Jeff Teague

    It’s time to go back to the drawing board, NBA world. These Atlanta Hawks apparently aren’t ready to crumble under the Chicago Bulls’ might just yet, as the underdog club — predicted by most to win but a single game in this series (or less), and predicted by yours truly to be overrun by Derrick…

  19. Derrick Rose injures ankle on final play of game

    May 2, 2011, 11:51 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    Seriously, there is a time — and a reason — to back off a little when the game is over. Soon to be MVP Derrick Rose showed why Tuesday night. Rose rolled his ankle on the final, meaningless possession of the Bulls 103-95 loss to the Hawks Tuesday. With seven seconds left and the Hawks…

  20. Report (we all believe): Derrick Rose to be named MVP Tuesday

    May 2, 2011, 10:17 PM EDT

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    At this point even LeBron James‘ mom has accepted that Derrick Rose is going to be MVP. That announcement is going to officially come Tuesday, according to a Aggrey Sam at CSN Chicago. Rose was the engine of the offense of a Chicago Bulls team that won 62 games. Actually, that understates it. He was…

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