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  1. Pau Gasol to have MRI on knee Monday

    Apr 4, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol, Denver Nuggets

    It was the moment Sunday when Lakers fans saw another title flash before their eyes. Late in the third quarter Pau Gasol went to the basket for a dunk and got a hard (but clean) foul by Nene. When Gasol landed and crashed to the floor, his knee bent back awkwardly. He stayed down for…

  2. Your 2011 Basketball Hall of Fame inductees

    Apr 4, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

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    It’s a good class. As usual, there was one surprise on the list — we told you before of reports that Maurice Cheeks had gotten in, but that turned out to be false. The former Sixer player and coach did not make the cut this year. Who did get in? • Artis Gilmore: He was…

  3. Chris Mullin also in Hall of Fame

    Apr 4, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

    chris-mullin

    UPDATE 12:53 pm: The reports about Maurice Cheeks also making the Hall of Fame have proven inaccurate — he was not invited to join the hall this year. Chris Mullin was. There will be a post on the class up soon. 9:49 am: We’ll know officially in a couple hours — the announcement is at…

  4. Expect to hear John Calipari’s name for NBA openings

    Apr 4, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Kentucky v UConn

    Last year, when LeBron James had yet to decide where his talents should go (at least officially), Kentucky coach John Calipari was a hot name. There were reports that William Wesley — the behind-the-scenes power broker now working for CAA — was trying to sell LeBron and Calipari as a package to the Bulls and…

  5. Just 10 days left in the regular season, get your playoff seedings here

    Apr 4, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan,  Kobe Bryant

    The slog that can be the NBA regular season is almost over — you can see the playoffs from where you’re standing. Well, not from where the Cavs and Timberwolves are standing, but a majority of teams can. But things are not settled. So with 10 days left until the playoffs, here is a little…

  6. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Apr 4, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

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    Former Nets owner Henry Taub has passed away at age 83. Lamar Odom was frustrated after he gave up a game-clinching tip in to Kenyon Martin Sunday — he thought he was going to get help from Ron Artest. He said as much after the game. The Magic may get J.J. Redick back soon. It’s…

  7. Don’t expect Jerry Sloan back on the sidelines again

    Apr 4, 2011, 10:23 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    Reports leaked out this weekend that Jerry Sloan would consider returning to coaching if the situation was right. Of course, that was from a source. The Salt Lake Tribune called Sloan, about as straight a shooter as has ever coached in the league, and it sure didn’t sound like he wants back in anytime soon.…

  8. Video: LeBron James made some video game plays against Nets

    Apr 4, 2011, 9:18 AM EDT

    Nets Heat Basketball

    LeBron James started out hot Sunday. The Nets don’t begin to have defender that can slow him so James exploited them for 15 first-quarter points and the Heat raced out to an early lead. Some of those plays were pretty spectacular. We bring you some of those, just as a reminder of what James can…

  9. Report: Pistons’ Stuckey benched Sunday for disobeying coach

    Apr 4, 2011, 9:01 AM EDT

    Rodney Stuckey Chris Bosh

    You would think after this season every Piston player had to be benched for insubordination for a game. Sunday was Rodney Stuckey’s turn, apparently. Pistons coach John Kuester benched Stuckey for the Pistons beat down at the hands of the Celtics Sunday as punishment for refusing to enter the game at one point Friday night,…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Suns giftwrap a slump buster for the Spurs

    Apr 4, 2011, 8:27 AM EDT

    James Anderson, Vince Carter, Garret Siler

    What you missed while taking the virtual tour of the Strahov Monastery Library in Prague… The Nuggets beating the Lakers was our game of the day. Spurs 114, Suns 97: Phoenix was without Steve Nash and the Spurs had everyone healthy and desperately needed a big win to build some confidence. So we found a…

  11. Shaq comes back! Then gets hurt.

    Apr 3, 2011, 8:57 PM EDT

    balance bracelets Shaquille O'Neal

    Hey, so remember earlier when we told you Shaq might play Sunday night? Yeah, good news, he did play! Looked good to start out, too, making a layup and swatting away a layup. Things looked great. You know how this ends, right? Shaq came up limping against the Pistons in the first half, and did…

  12. Nuggets win over Lakers should get Thunder’s attention

    Apr 3, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    Nene Hilario, Andrew Bynum

    With just 10 days of NBA games remaining, some first round playoff matchups are pretty much set. Out West, the Oklahoma City Thunder are almost certainly getting the Denver Nuggets in the first round. Sunday Denver beat the Lakers by outworking them, being more scrappy, playing good defense and moving the ball on offense (95-90…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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……

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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