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  1. Paul Pierce ejected from Game 1

    May 1, 2011, 7:15 PM EST

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    There was a lot of bad blood between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat coming into the conference semifinals, and it’s only going to get worse after Paul Pierce was ejected from Game 1 of the series. The Celtics’ captain was thrown out of the game after being involved in two altercations that resulted…

  2. Bulls Tom Thibodeau named Coach of the Year

    May 1, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

    Tom Thibodeau

    UPDATE 5:02 pm: It’s official, Tom Thibodeau is your Coach of the Year. He will be honored before the Bulls game Monday night. As we said, this is well deserved. The Bulls had a roster with eight new players yet melded into a defensive power that finished with the best recoed in the NBA. Philadelphia’s…

  3. NBA Playoffs: The Grizzlies win Game 1

    May 1, 2011, 4:29 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    The legend of the 2011 Memphis Grizzlies continues to grow. Days after shocking the Spurs at home in Game 1 of the first round, the 8-seeded Grizzlies started their conference semifinal series off on a high note by taking it to the Oklahoma City Thunder, winning by a final score of 114-101. Kevin Durant and…

  4. Mavericks not getting Caron Butler back in Lakers series

    May 1, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    Caron Butler

    Caron Butler would be a big help against the Lakers, defending Kobe Bryant and providing some scoring from the wings. But the Dallas Mavericks are not going to have him. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle made it as clear as could be, as reported by ESPN. “He is not going to play in this series,” Carlisle…

  5. “Mammas don’t let your babies grow up to be Lakers fans”

    May 1, 2011, 11:02 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Washington Wizards

    Yes, we know this is not Dirk Nowitzki actually singing in the video. (Or do we…..) And we’re more sure that is not the worst animated Mark Cuban ever playing guitar. Unless he has really let himself go. But still this another classic from the Mavs marketing department. If this series were decided by clever…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Where is Memphis going to get its offense now?

    May 1, 2011, 8:04 AM EST

    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

    Memphis was impressive in knocking off the Spurs. Make no mistake, they found their mismatch and exploited it — they pounded the Spurs inside, which opened up chances elsewhere. Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol were beasts the Spurs could not stop. Memphis, now meet Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka. Oklahoma City brings a serious front…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Boston and Miami try to set tone in Game 1

    May 1, 2011, 1:18 AM EST

    Miami Heat's LeBron James and Dwyane Wade wait during a timeout against the Philadelphia 76ers in Miami

    Often, the first game of an NBA playoff series can feel like the first round of an overhyped boxing match — a lot of dancing around, a lot of feeling each other out, a lot of jabs but no haymakers. Not Boston vs. Miami. Game 1 is going to set a tone in this series.…

  8. Derrick Rose says he doesn’t know anything about being MVP. Yet.

    Apr 30, 2011, 11:37 PM EST

    Derrick Rose, Charlie Villanueva

    Derrick Rose will be announced as the NBA’s MVP in the coming weeks. We all know it. But it’s not official yet. So it was a bit of a shock when Bulls guard C.J. Watson tweeted Friday: Congrats to drose on winning the MVP he’s played unbelievable this season!!! now just need tibs to win…

  9. What Heat-Celtics means to the Celtics

    Apr 30, 2011, 7:19 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 5

    “How dare they? I mean, really, how dare they?” That’s the attitude the Boston Celtics have had about the Miami Heat since the introduction of LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade with the smoke and the dancing and the pomp and the circumstance last July at AmericanAirlines Arena. Many neutral observers have taken up the Celtics as the…

  10. Spurs loss may well be Antonio McDyess’ last game ever

    Apr 30, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzles v San Antionio Spurs - Game Two

    All season long, Antonio McDyess has been saying this will probably be his last season. He’s had a 15-year NBA career and will turn 37 during next season and made it clear to the News-Express after the Spurs disappointing loss to the Grizzlies that he is ready to walk away. “This was my last game,”…

  11. Video: Manu Ginobili’s wild half court shot

    Apr 30, 2011, 10:44 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzles v San Antionio Spurs - Game Two

    The top seed San Antonio Spurs have gone home early, their era has come to an end. But the play of the night last night was still from the magician that is Manu Ginobili, knocking down an off-balance half court shot to end the third quarter. The Spurs needed a lot more little miracles than…

  12. What Heat-Celtics means to the Miami Heat

    Apr 30, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    The Miami Heat want to be great. Greatness is such a bizarre concept. How often is it used outside of sports? Politics. Spirituality. Business. Show-business. And all those things are complex and contextual. But it’s what we pursue. If the Boston Celtics symbolize that single-minded obsession with gold, the Heat are pursuing something that almost…

  13. Western Conference Round 2 Playoff Preview: Thunder vs. Grizzlies

    Apr 30, 2011, 3:22 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Five

    SEASON RECORDS Thunder: 55-27 (No. 4 seed) Grizzlies: 46-36 (No. 8 seed) SEASON SERIES Memphis 3-1, however none of those games took place after Kendrick Perkins was part of the Thunder lineup. PLAYOFF SERIES: Oklahoma City defeated Denver 4-1 Memphis defeated San Antonio 4-2 SERIES SCHEDULE (times Eastern) Game 1 – Sun May 1 at…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Grizzlies go to work, Spurs go home

    Apr 30, 2011, 12:57 AM EST

    San Antionio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    The deed is done. Even the slightest doubts of the Grizzlies’ prowess in their first round series have been put to rest, as have the revered San Antonio Spurs. Memphis completed their seemingly improbable upset by dominating in the most probable ways; the Grizz scrambled, posted up, defended, rebounded, and scrapped their way to a…

  15. Hawks’ Hinrich likely out for Game 1 with strained hamstring

    Apr 29, 2011, 9:23 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    As if the Hawks don’t face enough challenges taking on the top seeded Chicago Bulls in the second round, it now looks like they now have to go without their defensive-minded starting point guard for at least a game against Derrick Rose. So good luck with that. Kirk Hinrich pulled up lame with a hamstring…

  16. Kings’ owners send attorney to reporter’s home in attempt to obtain evidence of Phil Jackson’s comments

    Apr 29, 2011, 7:52 PM EST

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    UPDATE: May 5, 4:30 p.m.: Well, this is interesting. The original article was amended the evening of May 3, and it turns out that the attorney didn’t show up to the reporter’s home unannounced, as was originally stated. The reporter had made an appointment with the attorney to meet at her home, but left this…

  17. Celtics say Bosh is the key for Miami, numbers say otherwise

    Apr 29, 2011, 6:31 PM EST

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    Before the Celtics practiced on Friday, one of the things that both Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett mentioned was their belief that Chris Bosh is the key for Miami in this series. If Bosh can play well throughout — which would mean consistently outplaying Kevin Garnett — then Boston believes the Heat will be tough…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Spurs miracle staved off elimination once. Got another?

    Apr 29, 2011, 2:55 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antionio Spurs - Game Five

    The San Antonio Spurs are here. Still playing. Manu Ginobili hit a wild shot. Gary Neal hit the thrilling game saver to force overtime. Tony Parker morphed into Tony Parker circa 2005 in the overtime. San Antonio staved off elimination Wednesday in dramatic fashion. But it did not change the underlying issues in this series.…

  19. Pacers coach Vogel likely to get interim tag removed

    Apr 29, 2011, 2:04 PM EST

    Pacers' head coach Vogel reacts during the first half of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basketball game against the Bulls in Chicago

    Most times, the “interim” tag for a head coach is the kiss of death. It means you’ve taken over a team midseason already facing enough turmoil and losing that your predecessor was jettisoned. Usually management has another plan in mind but has to wait until the offseason to execute it. Often the players see the…

  20. Shaq practiced and he’ll play. Eventually. Maybe not Game 1.

    Apr 29, 2011, 1:34 PM EST

    shaquille o'neal Celtics

    Shaquille O’Neal practiced with the Boston Celtics Thursday and Friday. He’ll play against the Miami Heat. At some point in the series. Probably. Yes, I know, pretty vague. But that’s what the Celtics have left us with. CSN New England gives us the quotes from Doc Rivers himself. “He just did a little bit yesterday,”…

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