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  1. Video: Derrick Rose carving up the Indiana Pacers

    Apr 17, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Rose passes ball around Indiana Pacers' Hibbert during Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    The Pacers seemed to knock down every outside shot they took. Yet that was not enough because Derrick Rose went MVP on them. Part of the fun of him is not just the scoring but how he gets there. Oh, just watch for yourself.

  2. NBA Playoffs Blazers-Mavericks: This one’s going to be rough

    Apr 17, 2011, 1:47 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Nicolas Batum, Gerald Wallace

    The Pacers nearly knocked off the Bulls, but that one feels certain. The Sixers hung with the Triad. But again, you get the feeling Philly’s overwhelmed. The Hawks took one from the Magic, but you kind of knew that one was going to be back and forth. Blazers-Mavericks? That’s the one that showed it’s going…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Dwight’s one-man show comes up short against Hawks

    Apr 17, 2011, 12:29 AM EDT

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    One couldn’t possibly expect, ask, or demand more of Dwight Howard than the Magic center gave in Game 1, and yet the Atlanta Hawks were somehow still able to take an early series lead with an efficient opening salvo. Atlanta is clearly equipped to compete in this series, and though they took a brutal 46-point,…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Chris Bosh leads Heat to Game 1 win over the Sixers

    Apr 16, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

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    It wasn’t easy for the Miami Heat from the opening tip, and they made it perhaps more difficult than necessary down the stretch. But when all was said and done, Miami pulled away with a well-earned 97-89 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of the 2011 playoffs. And in a game where Philadelphia…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Chicago struggles, but Rose comes to the rescue

    Apr 16, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    Bulls' Rose passes the ball around Pacers' Hibbert during the first half of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    The Chicago Bulls finished the regular season with an NBA-best 62 wins. The Indiana Pacers finished the regular season with 37 wins. There was not supposed to be a lot of suspense surrounding the two teams’ first-round matchup. However, nobody told the Pacers they were supposed to go quietly against the Bulls, and the NBA…

  6. Shaq out “indefinitely” for Boston

    Apr 16, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    One of the keys to Boston being in this in June — one of the reasons that Kendrick Perkins could be traded — was that Shaquille O’Neal could do the job in the middle. The Celtics will not have Shaq for game one against New York and maybe longer, Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge told…

  7. Hawks coach Larry Drew begins quest to save his job tonight

    Apr 16, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Denver Nuggets

    Larry Drew’s seat got hot fast in Atlanta. Which is on one way unfair — they gave him the exact same team that had been making the playoffs, getting to the second round and getting crushed and expected him to turn that water into wine. Not happening. But those were the expectations because the Hawks…

  8. Warriors set front office up for future, which leaves coach in limbo

    Apr 16, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    Keith Smart, Larry Riley

    Last summer, before he even took control of the team, new Warriors owner Joe Lacob started to make changes — Don Nelson was out, Keith Smart was in for a year (it was a one-year contract) and they went out and got David Lee. The Warriors got 10 games better. But now Lacob is starting…

  9. This year, can an underdog win the NBA title?

    Apr 16, 2011, 3:25 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Bill James, the legendary baseball statistician, has said the problem with the NBA is the best team almost always wins. In baseball, the summer-long 162-game season gives you the best teams in each division, but the best-of-seven playoff series involves a lot of luck and favors hot pitchers and bullpens. In the NFL the playoffs…

  10. Video: Derrick Rose’s best plays of regular season

    Apr 15, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

    derrick Rose bulls

    Has there been a better show this season than the one Derrick Rose put on? Make your argument for Blake Griffin if you want, but Rose’s show came with a team on its way to the best record in the NBA. That is special. And it’s worth watching his highlights from the regular season. Just…

  11. NBA playoff odds: Lakers, Heat are favorites. Of course.

    Apr 15, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Here’s the thing to remember about gambling odds — it’s not about who the odds makers really think has the best chance, it’s about keeping money evenly spread around so the house doesn’t lose money. Meaning the favorite on the betting line is really about that being the team bet the most so the book…

  12. Owners taking their time with coaches on hot seat

    Apr 15, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

    Kurt Rambis

    The coaching carousel has not started spinning yet. We keep expecting the music, we hear who is on the hot seat or likely gone, but nothing yet. Because owners are taking their time, reports Marc Spears at Yahoo. Take Kurt Rambis in Minnesota. (Please.) Everyone knows he’s expected to be let go, but so far…

  13. Deron Williams says he’d consider extension with Nets

    Apr 15, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

    Jonny Flynn, Deron Williams

    New Jersey is in full on sales mode — they have to keep Deron Williams in house. They send out Derrick Favors, they made their bet that if they got D-Will to the team they could keep him and build around him. That bet may pay off. Williams can opt out of his current deal…

  14. 10 players without household names who can swing a series

    Apr 15, 2011, 4:56 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Portland Trail Blazers

    It’s not all about Kobe and LeBron and KG. Part of the beauty of the playoffs is the little guys (not used literally in the NBA) who don’t get the national media spotlight but often enough suddenly show up and blow people’s doors off. People that couldn’t have picked Tony Allen out of a one-man lineup…

  15. League says 22 teams to lose money, $300 million total this season

    Apr 15, 2011, 3:08 PM EDT

    David Stern

    As the lockout comes and through the summer (and beyond) of NBA collective bargaining agreements negotiations take place, a lot of numbers are going to be thrown around. Only one number matters — the percentage of Basketball Related Income (BRI) that comes in that has to go to the players. Soft cap, hard cap, non-garunteed…

  16. NBA owners call timeout on Kings move, deadline pushed back

    Apr 15, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Kid kings fan

    The NBA owners have called a timeout on the Kings efforts to move out of Sacramento and to Anaheim. It likely still will happen, especially after the NBA took the ludicrous step of naming Clay Bennett — you remember him, the guy that bought the Sonics and put in a non-existent effort to get a…

  17. Video look back at Bulls season

    Apr 15, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Charlotte Bobcats

    Since we’re all about giving the Bulls plenty of love today, why not some video. From the fine folks at CSN Chicago, we have a little video look back and tribute to the Bulls season. Something to get Bulls fans pumped up to… well, not sure you need to be pumped up to beat Indiana.…

  18. Trail Blazers, Knicks top list of upset specials

    Apr 15, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony stands near Celtics' Pierce in third quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    There are things we know about this year’s NBA playoffs. The beer in Madison Square Garden will be too expensive. Lakers fans will blame any loss of their team on the referees. Derrick Rose will dominate Indiana and some will claim that as further proof of his deserving the MVP. And some higher seed is…

  19. Tyson Chandler goes Braveheart in video. Or maybe Gladiator.

    Apr 15, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Washington Wizards

    I’m pumped up. And I don’t even care about the Mavericks. This video — from the brilliant minds in Mavericks marketing — should get the crowd up and ready to go in Dallas (via Ball Don’t Lie). It’s very Braveheart, we just need Chandler in some blue and white face paint and we’re good to…

  20. Beaubois out, Stevenson in as playoff starter in Dallas

    Apr 15, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    DeShawn Stevenson

    And this is where Dallas really misses Caron Butler… After Rodrigue Beaubois struggled as the team’s starting two guard since returning from an injury, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has decided to put DeShawn Stevenson back in as the starter, according to Tim MacMahon at ESPN Dallas. While Carlisle went Belichick and tried to hide his…

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