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  1. Keith Smart thinks Keith Smart should keep his job

    Apr 11, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Golden State Warriors

    Keith Smart’s job was in danger the moment he signed a contract without a guaranteed second year. Not that he had a lot of choice. And Smart knew if he did well enough he would be back. But there are plenty of people in the Bay Area that do not think he has done near…

  2. Eddy Curry got workout with Heat, who took a pass

    Apr 11, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Media Day 2010

    Eddy Curry — bought out by the Knick and having been working out in Chicago to get in NBA shape — got his chance. The Miami Heat brought him in for a series of workouts. The Heat need a viable big man, Eddy Curry once was a viable big man. (Don’t laugh, the Heat and…

  3. NBA Power Rankings: Chicago finishes regular season as No. 1

    Apr 11, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Chicago Bulls

    Our final rankings make for an interesting playoff comparison — the top three come in as the hottest teams going into the playoffs, but the next three more veteran squads. Who do you take when it really matters? (We lean to the second three, but the Bulls may prove us wrong. Again.) 1. Bulls (60-20,…

  4. Monta Ellis out of hospital, will not return this season

    Apr 11, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis injured

    If you saw the fall, you had to think Monta Ellis was not coming back this season. Now it’s official, according to CSN Bay Area. Ellis spent last night in a Bay Area Hospital for observations after suffering a Grade 2 concussion and was released earlier this morning. A CT Scan was negative. Ellis will…

  5. Reality: Lamar Odom admits father was heroin addict

    Apr 11, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    If anyone asks, you’re saying didn’t watch Khloe & Lamar Sunday. There was Boston and Miami in the NBA and the Masters and you don’t watch that crap anyway. If you secretly watched it, we won’t tell anyone. We won’t tell anyone you ate chocolate covered strawberries while you watched it, either. But in case…

  6. Kendrick Perkins brings big, bad screens to Thunder offense

    Apr 11, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Phoenix Suns

    Ron Artest hounds Kevin Durant like few defenders in the league. Durant’s preferred catch-and-shoot is often taken away and Durant has to put the ball on the floor more (which he did well getting into the lane Sunday in the Thunder’s win). But Durant got some better looks Sunday because of the offensive contributions of…

  7. Video: Darrell Arthur can jump higher than you

    Apr 11, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    ARTHUR_DARRELL

    It’s the best dunk you didn’t see yesterday, because we know you and you watched the Masters and not Memphis smacking down New Orleans. O.J. Mayo starts the play with the steal and it ends with an iffy ally-oop pass to Arthur who skies and is able to guide it in. This play pretty much…

  8. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Apr 11, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Monty McCutchen

    Kobe Bryant picked up his 15th technical this season in a little tussle with Kendrick Perkins Sunday night. One more T in the season’s final two games and Kobe is suspended for one game. If he picks up 16 in the season’s final game he does not sit out the first playoff game — the…

  9. Celtics not intimidating teams this time around

    Apr 11, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    Be very, very careful reading much into the end of the regular season when trying to predict the playoffs. The Lakers stumbled the final games of the regular season, Boston took the final few weeks off and was 11-11 right before the playoffs. They were the teams in Game 7 of the finals. But one…

  10. Video: Carmelo Anthony’s game winner over Danny Granger

    Apr 11, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Did the Knicks want the play Miami more than Boston in the first round? If so, this shot pretty much ruined. New York’s win and Boston’s loss means these two are almost certainly on a collision course, and Boston’s size will be a big challenge for the Knicks. But that doesn’t make this shot any…

  11. Playoff seedings: The West is still a mess

    Apr 11, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    In these uncertain times, we know a couple things for sure. We know Chicago will win the Eastern Conference and take on the Indiana Pacers in the first round. We know Orlando will host Atlanta in another first-round matchup. We know the Spurs are the top team in the West. After that, we’ve got no…

  12. Warriors Monta Ellis taken to hospital after hard fall

    Apr 11, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT

    Monta Ellis injured

    Monta Ellis took a hard fall Sunday night late in the fourth quarter of the Warriors loss to Sacramento, in doing so he banged his head. He was unable to shoot the free throws he was owed, left the game and eventually was taken to an area hospital for further oberservations, according to Matt Steinmetz…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Start thinking Knicks vs. Celtics in the first round

    Apr 11, 2011, 1:57 AM EDT

    Danny Granger, Carmelo Anthony

    What you missed while avoiding the torpedo of truth…. The Miami Heat proving they can beat Boston (at least once) and the Bulls slipping past the Magic were our Games of the Day. Knicks 110, Pacers 109: Carmelo Anthony! Hold on, we’ll get back to him in a minute. Plenty of fans (and you can…

  14. Quote of the Day: Doc Rivers’ kids are avoiding him

    Apr 10, 2011, 9:53 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    Man after looking at this Boston heat score…when my dad comes home I’m going to stay my a** upstairs! He might be a little grumpy! Lol —Tweet from Austin Rivers, Duke-bound prep hoops star and son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers. My advice to Austin, don’t bring up the Kendrick Perkins trade for a…

  15. Heat exorcise some demons in win over Celtics

    Apr 10, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    Let’s get this out of the way for the Boston faithful. The season series? Already went to the Celtics 3-0. The Celtics still have a good shot at the second seed and homecourt advantage in the second round. It was a mid-April game in the last week of the regular season for a Boston team…

  16. Bulls barely, and we mean barely edge Magic without Dwight Howard

    Apr 10, 2011, 4:22 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Orlando Magic

    Bulls 102 Magic 99. This was a fantastic ballgame that will be overshadowed by narratives about the MVP. The questions will be about how the Magic nearly beat the Bulls with Dwight Howard spending a one-game suspension for hitting 18 techs, and what that says about Howard’s MVP candidacy. The other side will respond with…

  17. Don’t ask J.R. Smith about his minutes-played bonus

    Apr 10, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    J. R. Smith’s got to be pretty happy with his season overall. He went from trade bait to a key contributor on one of the hottest teams in the league. He’s considered a leader on a relatively young team, and may be the X-factor that could help Denver to a first-round upset. But he’s still…

  18. Jason Terry is not sorry about sideline spat with Carlisle, Barea

    Apr 10, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks

    Jason Terry became so upset at a miscommunication on Friday night with J.J. Barea that he had a verbal confrontation with Barea and his coach during a timeout. The result was Rick Carlisle sending Terry to the end of the bench and keeping him there while the Mavericks made a comeback. On Saturday, they addressed…

  19. Ty Lawson drops a dime… of 3-pointers

    Apr 10, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Lawson_Ty

    Ty Lawson was a name that was talked about as a “future asset” for the Nuggets during the Melo trade stuff. He could be pretty good as a starter, was the thought. He made losing Billups acceptable. And while Lawson has shown that he’s worthy of being a piece of the puzzle, he hadn’t had…

  20. Might Hawks Josh Smith cost coach Larry Drew his job?

    Apr 9, 2011, 11:22 PM EDT

    Larry Drew and Josh Smith

    The Atlanta Hawks got their heads handed to them Saturday night by the Washington Wizards. A 32-point beatdown. That would be loss number four in a row. They are stumbling toward the playoffs, and this is not a team anybody has seen flip the switch. The last two of those losses were without Josh Smith…

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