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  1. Heat deny report Celtics bus burglarized during season

    May 4, 2011, 11:07 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce high-fives recently acquired teammate center Nenad Krstic in Boston

    Earlier today we passed along a Yahoo report — from an anonymous source — that during a late regular season game when Boston was in Miami that the team bus had been burglarized and “a lot” of money and more had been stolen. The Heat are denying that report. And they have details. Here is what…

  2. Phil Jackson: “Ya, we’re worried now”

    May 4, 2011, 9:57 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    Kobe Bryant said after the Lakers dropped Game 1, they should be worried. The Lakers are realizing that these Mavericks are not the old Mavericks. They are not soft inside (hello Tyson Chandler) and they are veterans. Before Game 2 Phil Jackson echoed Kobe’s thoughts. “Ya, we’re worried now,” Jackson said. “This is a good…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Hawks give Bulls a run for their money on the boards

    May 4, 2011, 7:47 PM EDT

    Carlos Boozer, Damien Wilkins, Al Horford

    In their Game 1 victory, the Atlanta Hawks pulled off a hell of a trick: not only did they completely negate one of the Chicago Bulls’ greatest advantages, but they did so in a way that flew completely under the radar. Sure, they bothered Derrick Rose and limited Carlos Boozer. They also took away Chicago’s…

  4. Toney Douglas has shoulder surgery, out 3-4 months

    May 4, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v New York Knicks

    The Associated Press is reporting that Knicks guard underwent shoulder surgery on his right shoulder, and is expected to miss anywhere from 12 to 16 weeks.  Douglas was forced to fill in for the injured Chauncey Billups for much of the Knicks’ series against the Celtics, and averaged 1o.8 points and 2.3 assists per game…

  5. Blake Griffin the unanimous choice for Rookie of the Year

    May 4, 2011, 5:49 PM EDT

    Griffin Mosgov

    There was no drama surrounding this year’s Rookie of the Year selection. After missing the entirety of what would have been his rookie season, Blake Griffin exploded out of the gates in 2011 and never looked back. He put up some of the best numbers for a rookie forward in the last few decades, provided…

  6. Celtics to fittingly honor Bill Russell with statue

    May 4, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    President Obama Honors Medal Of Freedom Recipients

    It only seems fitting. Long discussed plans for a Bill Russell statue in Boston are going to become a reality, tweets Jessica Camerato of CSN New England. It will be designed by a local artist Russell on statue: “I am uncomfortable w honors such as this but my yrs as Capt. of the BOS Celtics…

  7. NBA Playoffs: It’s not all about the Lakers… but it’s close

    May 4, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    I don’t want to write that Game 2 is really about the Lakers — how they adjust, what effort they bring, whether they stick with their game plan. Because that is dismissive of a very good Mavericks team. This version of Dallas is different — past Mavs teams would have lost Game 1, not taken…

  8. Rockets had plan for new coach, Adelman didn’t play along

    May 4, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    The Rockets have moved on and are apparently interviewing everyone who has ever touched a basketball for their vacant head coaching position, so we’re not going to dwell on the past. Much. But we’re going to one last time revisit the Rockets not bringing back Rick Adelman as head coach. Which seemed to be something…

  9. You missed “Lap dance Tuesdays” hosted by Andray Blatche

    May 4, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche

    We’ve finally figured out why there were so many empty seats at American Airlines Arena in Miami at the start of Tuesday night’s game. Across town at a Miami club Andray Blatche was hosting “lap dance Tuesdays.” Not making that up. We couldn’t. We just wish we’d told you in time to get there yourself.…

  10. Kendrick Perkins gets some team meeting Karma in Game 2

    May 4, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Thunder's Durant gets a pat on the head from teammate Perkins after their Western Conference NBA basketball playoffs against the Nuggets in Oklahoma City

    We only hear about the players-only meetings that work. They happen plenty around the NBA — the Cavaliers had them during their record losing streak — and they don’t usually work. But when they do, those meetings get a disproportional amount of credit. That brings us to the tale of Kendrick Perkins and Kevin Durant,…

  11. In case you thought otherwise Boozer, Rose to play Wednesday

    May 4, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Charlotte Bobcats

    This was never really in doubt, but we’ll make it official: Carlos Boozer and Derrick Rose will play in Game 2 Wednesday night in Chicago. Coach Tom Thibodeau said everyone participated fully this morning at shootaround and good to go, according to the Associated Press. Boozer is battling turf toe and Rose is playing through…

  12. Nets’ Brook Lopez has elbow surgery

    May 4, 2011, 11:52 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    As has been expected, the Nets’ Brook Lopez had surgery on his right arm, something that will sideline him from working out for the next six weeks, the team announced (via a tweet from Marc Spears at Yahoo). The surgery was to remove calcium deposits from near his right elbow, something that had bothered him…

  13. Video: Heat’s Wade abuses Garnett with Euro Step move

    May 4, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade drives to the basket past Boston Celtics' Pierce during their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami

    Dwyane Wade was not new to the Euro step move. And the Euro step is not new to the NBA (have you seen Manu Ginobili?). But this is the textbook application, with the guard attacking an almost stationary big man in the open court.  And it spun Kevin Garnett around during a key sequence in…

  14. Owners’ new proposal to players looks a lot like old one

    May 4, 2011, 10:57 AM EDT

    fisher-kaman-flagrant-2

    Savor these playoffs. Because when this season ends, it could be a while before we see NBA basketball again. For all the people singing Kumbaya about how neither the owners nor the players union wants to crush the momentum this season and these playoffs have generated for the NBA, the two sides remain far apart.…

  15. Celtics were burglarized in Miami during regular season

    May 4, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Anthony and Bosh block Boston Celtics' Davis during their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami

    It hasn’t been just the last couple of games where Miami’s American Airlines Arena has been a house of horrors for Boston. Turns out the regular season sucked for them there, too. As evidence we present this tidbit from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. When the Boston Celtics climbed on the team bus in the bowels…

  16. Knicks have eyes for free agent Samuel Dalembert

    May 4, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    Samuel Dalembert

    The Knicks are talking defense this summer. Which is a change of pace since they didn’t play any last season. But while the talk of defense has in part focused on Mike D’Antoni and his coaching style (reports are he’s being pushed to hire an assistant as a defensive coordinator) that ignores the real problem…

  17. Video: Adidas new Derrick Rose MVP ad

    May 4, 2011, 8:59 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls

    Well, you knew it wouldn’t take long for Adidas to jump on marketing Derrick Rose as MVP. And here it is, the first ad, featuring Rose’s quote from the beginning of the season wondering why he couldn’t have an MVP season, that he set that out as a goal for himself. It seemed to be…

  18. Bobcats Cunningham arrested for marijuana, BB gun

    May 4, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    CUNNINGHAM_DANTE

    After being traded from Portland to Charlotte as part of the Gerald Wallace deal, forward Dante Cunningham was playing to get noticed. To earn a contract for next season. Well, he’s got the noticed part down. He was pulled over for speeding and reckless driving by police not far from Villanova University, where he played…

  19. NBA Playoffs: The Thunder bounce back

    May 4, 2011, 3:59 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    The Thunder needed a win on Tuesday night, and they got one, 111-102 over the Grizzlies. The Thunder got out to an early lead against the Grizzlies and never looked back, and were able to prevent themselves from having to go into Memphis facing an 0-2 deficit. The key to the game was the Thunder’s…

  20. Paul Pierce has strained Achilles, says he is day-to-day

    May 4, 2011, 12:50 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics small forward Paul Pierce and head coach Doc Rivers react during a break in fourth quarter action against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami

    Paul Pierce left the court and went back to dressing room midway through the first quarter of Game 2. He came back out and played in the second quarter and scored 8 points in the second half. But he did strain his left Achilles and told the media after the game he is day-to-day, according…

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