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  1. Video: Watch Nowitzki shred the Thunder

    May 24, 2011, 8:54 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki celebrates defeating the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 2

    It was an epic performance. The Thunder defended him well, but Dirk Nowitzki — the single best player in these playoffs — saved some of his best for the Mavericks fourth-quarter comeback Monday to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the Western Conference Finals. Dirk was a machine, and because of it he and the…

  2. Blazers defend firing of GM Cho, say it was chemistry

    May 24, 2011, 8:26 AM EST

    Rich Cho

    For the second time in a year, the Portland Trail Blazers have fired a general manager. For the second time in a year it’s because of a personality clash with the owner Paul Allen and upper management. Because newly fired Rich Cho had a good reputation around the league — he had been the No.…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Thunder learning lessons. The hard way.

    May 24, 2011, 3:53 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    These are hard, painful lessons for the Oklahoma City Thunder. They are the hard, painful lessons virtually every championship team has had to learn. Michael Jordan and his Bulls were knocked out three straight years by the Detroit Pistons, teaching him hard lessons. It’s true of champions since. Even the two-time, soon-to-be-dethroned Lakers had to…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Nowitzki closes out Durant, Thunder in Game 4

    May 24, 2011, 3:37 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Four

    Shortly after Kevin Durant entered the NBA, he was given the label of the NBA’s Next Great Closer. Everything about him suggests that he should be able to close teams out. He has a quiet confidence about him, is never afraid to shoot the ball, and never seems to break a sweat as he coldly…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Incredible comeback has Dallas one game from the NBA Finals

    May 24, 2011, 1:38 AM EST

    dirk-game-4

    The Thunder had this. They did just about everything they had to do from the opening tip to secure a series-evening victory against Dallas in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. OKC jumped out to a fast start, got a superstar-level performance from its best player, and played active team defense for the vast…

  6. Are the NBA rules for using the “F” word the way they should be?

    May 23, 2011, 11:22 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    Kobe Bryant and Joakim Noah both recently were caught using a homophobic slur that starts with the letter “F,” yet their fines were very different.  Kobe, who directed his shot at a referee, was fined $100,000, while Noah’s use of the term was directed at a “fan,” which only drew a $50,000 fine from the league.  Let’s take…

  7. Kyle Singler with trick shots all over Duke campus

    May 23, 2011, 9:15 PM EST

    Kyle Singler Duke

    Kyle Singler gets buckets. This is my favorite trick shot video in a while. Not just because Singler is a national champion and a likely late first round pick in the NBA draft. And not just because Mike Krzyzewski makes an appearance. It’s because this is the most creative one I’ve seen in a while.…

  8. Heat fans get on Barkley, he flips them off, idiocy ensues

    May 23, 2011, 8:06 PM EST

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    I was on a talk radio show in Miami today, where they should be celebrating the fact that their team seems to be taking control of their series against the Bulls. And what was one of the big topics of the day? Charles Barkley flipping the bird to some Heat fans. I linked to the…

  9. Hawks ownership not selling team… for now

    May 23, 2011, 5:56 PM EST

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    Negotiations between the Atlanta Spirit — the ownership group that owns the Atlanta Hawks — and John Moores to sell the Hawks have ended. The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the exclusive negotiating period between the Spirit and Moores (the owner of the San Diego Padres who is in the process of selling that team)…

  10. Joakim Noah fined $50,000 by league for gay slur

    May 23, 2011, 5:45 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    The Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has been fined $50,000 for using a “derogatory and offensive term” against a fan, something caught by TNT cameras during the Bulls Sunday night Game 3 loss in Miami. The term, a derogatory term for a gay person, is the same one used by Kobe Bryant in the regular…

  11. Blazers surprisingly release GM Rich Cho after one year

    May 23, 2011, 4:26 PM EST

    Rich Cho

    In a move that came as a surprise around the NBA, general manager Rich Cho was released after one season, the team announced Monday. College scouting director Chad Buchanan will take over as the interim GM. “The fit between Rich and our team simply wasn’t right,” said Trail Blazers President Larry Miller said in a…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Efficient Westbrook, Thunder need to show up

    May 23, 2011, 4:10 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are putting up numbers against the Dallas Mavericks: Durant is averaging 29.3 point per game (up from his league-leading 27.7 during the regular season), while Westbrook is at 22.7 per game. But they are not efficient about it. Durant is shooting 44 percent and is 2-of-18 from three. Westbrook is…

  13. The Ron Artest Comedy Tour… that’s not a joke.

    May 23, 2011, 3:13 PM EST

    Ron Artest Parade

    Is there anything as funny as Ron Artest? You had better laugh or he is coming into the crowd. No, I’m serious. Well, he’s serious about being funny. Apparently. Artest is getting into the comedy business, according to our man Arash Markazi ESPNLosAngeles. If there is a lockout, however, Artest is working on a second…

  14. Timberwolves owner says team may keep No. 2 pick

    May 23, 2011, 2:23 PM EST

    Glen Taylor Timberwolves

    The scuttlebutt is that GM David Kahn and the Minnesota Timberwolves are shopping the No. 2 pick hard. Other teams say the Wolves are asking for the moon, but the pick is available. Kahn of course has said that no decision has been made, options are being explored. But Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor sounded more…

  15. Report: Cavaliers try to offer No. 4 pick for Rudy Gay

    May 23, 2011, 1:22 PM EST

    Rudy Gay

    You’re going to hear a lot of teams trying to move out of or trade high picks this year — there is not much in this draft to make you want to stay up high. But this new rumor via a tweet from the very credible Jonathan Givony of Draft Express is laughable: Heard Cleveland…

  16. Bulls need to space floor or things not going to change

    May 23, 2011, 12:41 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Derrick Rose had no room to operate. The minuscule gaps in defenses that he contorted his way through this season have disappeared the last couple games against the Heat. There is no room. Finally Carlos Boozer stepped up and gave the Bulls 26 points and 17 boards in Game 3. But that was not enough.…

  17. Carlos Boozer’s words motivated Chris Bosh, a little

    May 23, 2011, 11:53 AM EST

    Chris Bosh

    Back before the series, Carlos Boozer said that the Miami Heat have two great players. Which was taken as a dig at Chris Bosh. Because it was. Chris Bosh finally addressed it after dropping 34 points on Boozer and the Bulls in Game 3 (he also dropped 30 in Game 1). Well he kind of…

  18. PBT Monday morning one liners

    May 23, 2011, 11:25 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    You conspiracy theorists are right — LeBron James is part of a secret society. But it’s just to stay in shape. Sleep apnea is a scary thing — when those who snore at night suddenly stop and can’t breathe — so it’s good to see Nikki “Hoopz” Alexander pushing her boyfriend Shaquille O’Neal to take…

  19. Fredette says the people want Jazz to draft him

    May 23, 2011, 10:45 AM EST

    Gonzaga v Brigham Young

    BYU star and Utah’s favorite son Jimmer Fredette would love to keep playing in Utah. And Fredette thinks the people of Utah want that, too, he told the Deseret News (via CBS’ Eye on Basketball). And he’s probably right about that. Fredette also is more realistic about the chances of that happening than some Jazz…

  20. Ginobili says he played with broken arm in playoffs

    May 23, 2011, 10:17 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    Manu Ginobili missed Game 1 of the San Antonio Spurs first round series against the Memphis Grizzlies with what was described as a sprained elbow (suffered in the last game of the season). When he returned he put up 20.6 points per game of 44.3 percent shooting, numbers very close to his regular season production.…

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