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  1. Looming NBA lockout wipes out Summer League

    Apr 13, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    summer league

    Despite the 111-degree temperatures (in the shade), ball-hogging guards and utter lack of help defense, there is something uniquely compelling about the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. It was the hope of rookies, the hustle of guys trying to impress scouts, a chance to fall in love with the guys who will be at…

  2. Dates, times set for Eastern Conference playoffs first games

    Apr 13, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    While the West is still trying to figure out who plays whom, the Eastern Conference has moved on to when. At least for the first games. The league has released the dates and times for the first games of those four series. Chicago and Indiana will tip off at noon Saturday (11 a.m. in Chicago)…

  3. New York vs. Boston in another sport, Pierce says this could be fun

    Apr 13, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce Knicks

    New York and Boston do not like each other. Their baseball rivalry can at times dominate the sport (and your television, even if you’re just trying to get other scores). The Bruins and Rangers are original six, old-school hockey rivals. I wouldn’t be shocked if the New York Philharmonic and Boston POPS have street fights…

  4. LeBron returns to top of NBA jersey sales pile

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Apparently, a lot of you wanted a LeBron James Miami Heat jersey. Sure, you talked about his massive ego and how the decision was handled and how this reflected on him as a person — then a bunch of you went out and purchased a No. 6 Miami Heat jersey. Which means in one sense…

  5. PBT Wednesday one liners

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New Orleans Hornets

    Keith Bogans tends to take a lot of heat as the Bulls starting shooting guard, but look at the other coaches that gave him big run: Doc Rivers, Gregg Popovich and Stan Van Gundy. Coincidence? Owner Glen Taylor has some tough choices to make in Minnesota. The Raptors ownership/front office situation is a sticky mess.…

  6. Grizzlies to rest Zach Randolph Wednesday night, too

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:53 AM EDT

    Zach Randolph

    It’s not tanking for a playoff seed, it’s resting. That’s the official line from Memphis coach Lionel Hollins on why he sat Zach Randolph Tuesday night (and Tony Allen). And he will do so again Wednesday night, Hollins told the Commercial Appeal. “Tony’s hurt,” Hollins said. “I didn’t want to play Zach these last two…

  7. Kobe Bryant may have used a gay slur

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    During Tuesday night’s game between the San Antonio Spurs and the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant was hit with a technical foul. When he went to the bench, TNT’s cameras caught him apparently calling referee Bennie Adams a “f******g [gay slur].” (What he said looks pretty clear to me, but watch the video and judge…

  8. Video: Derrick Rose puts on a show out on the breakaway

    Apr 13, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Maybe next season we need to start a campaign to have Derrick Rose in the dunk contest. (Maybe we need to start a campaign to say we want the lockout to be over in time for a dunk contest, but that’s another issue). Either way, Rose can throw it down. He got loose in the…

  9. Playoff Scenarios: How the West will be won (the No 2 seed anyway)

    Apr 13, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Los Angeles Lakers

    One day of games remain and five seeds still up for grabs in the Western Conference — and you say there isn’t parity in the NBA. Okay, there isn’t parity. Not really. But for one day we can at least pretend because a lot of things can happen in the Western Conference. (The East is…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Spurs and Grizzlies sit their starters, still make it close

    Apr 13, 2011, 2:38 AM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez, Portland Trail Blazers

    What you missed while wondering if there really are “new” dinosaurs… Trail Blazers 102, Grizzlies 89: No Zach Randolph or Tony Douglas as the Grizzlies seemed to be trying to tank, get the eight seed and meet the Spurs in the first round. (That can still happen if they lose to the Clippers Wednesday.) By…

  11. Lakers Andrew Bynum hyperextends knee, leaves game, MRI Wednesday

    Apr 13, 2011, 1:53 AM EDT

    bynum-flagrant-beasley

    UPDATE 1:53 am: Talked to Bynum as he walked out of Staples Center (with other media), and he showed no noticable limp. He said that if this had been a big playoff game he would have been back out there, but that it was a little more than precautionary. “It was painful right when it…

  12. Memphis to sit Zach Randolph, Tony Allen against Portland

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:27 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    Well, didn’t see this coming. Memphis is sitting Zach Randolph and Tony Allen in a key seedings game against Portland Tuesday night, according to a tweet from the Commercial Appeal. Why? Well they will say its to rest guys but if you like conspiracies you might say they are aiming — you could say tanking…

  13. Spurs to sit Duncan, Parker, Ginobili against Lakers

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:06 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    It doesn’t matter why — Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says they would have done it regardless of the opponent, conspiracy theorists will say he’s trying to make sure he avoids the Lakers as long as possible — what matters is it is happening. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili will all sit against the…

  14. New NBA Playoffs commercials feature talking ball

    Apr 12, 2011, 8:29 PM EDT

    basketball

    Meh. Usually I’m pretty impressed with the NBA’s playoff advertising campaigns — the split face “there can be only one” series, the “Where Amazing Happens” piano commercials — but this year… not really loving it. Maybe it’s me. My taste can certainly be in question (for example, I don’t hate Jimmy Buffett). But this year’s…

  15. LeBron James’ evolving post game

    Apr 12, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    When LeBron James came into the league, he was a one-of-a-kind physical specimen who could get to the rim and pass with the best of them. Shortly after he graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, people began to question James’ perimeter game, and his jump shot was widely criticized. Over the course of eight seasons,…

  16. Is Steve Nash the best offensive player of his generation?

    Apr 12, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Because of the way Steve Nash plays, it’s hard to think of him as one of the greatest offensive players of all time. He doesn’t go off for 50-point outbursts, and he doesn’t just grab the ball in isolation and score time and time again. He needs good teammates to pass to in order to…

  17. Steve Blake has the Chicken Pox

    Apr 12, 2011, 5:39 PM EDT

    Blake_Steve

    According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, Lakers guard Steve Blake is expected to miss some time…because of the chicken pox: Steve Blake did not make it to shootaround on Tuesday because of an illness. The team announced later Tuesday afternoon that Blake has chicken pox and would not play Tuesday; beyond that, he…

  18. Heat may sit LeBron, Wade, Bosh on Wednesday (Bosh says no)

    Apr 12, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    UPDATE 5:29 pm: Chris Bosh told Eric Koreen from the National Post (via twitter) that the he, LeBron and Wade will play in the final game of the season. Sure. I think there’s about as good of a chance of me suiting up for the Heat as all three of them, but we’re passing it along.…

  19. Winderman: Playoffs should count toward post-season awards

    Apr 12, 2011, 5:22 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Chicago Bulls

    Every year the process feels dirty, for some reason this season more so than others. Why, exactly, do NBA award ballots have to be in to the league office by Thursday? Why can’t the playoffs count, especially since many consider those the only games that matter, anyway? This isn’t baseball, when you play a six-month…

  20. Portland and Memphis to decide something Tuesday night

    Apr 12, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

    Memphis Portalnd

    There’s a lot on the line when Portland takes on Memphis Tuesday night. But it’s kind of a Let’s Make a Deal problem — you don’t know what you’re getting once you pick the door. The new car or the goat. This game may well decide sixth seed in the West — Portland gets it…

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