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  1. NBA Playoffs: Spurs tear a hole in the fabric of the universe, improbably beat Grizzlies to stay alive

    Apr 28, 2011, 12:47 AM EST

    Gary Neal

    This series, these playoffs, or this calendar year may be over before anyone has fully recovered from Game 5′s madness. San Antonio somehow managed to escape with a win, but I’m not quite sure anyone could properly explain how it happened. The Grizzlies converted down the stretch in the fourth quarter. They worked the ball…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Heat close out Sixers in Game 5

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:26 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade, Game 5

    The Miami Heat had a tougher time than expected with a young, well-coached Sixers team for four of the five games in their now concluded first round playoff series. Yes, Miami closed out Philadelphia in Game 5 on Wednesday 97-91, but it was anything but easy. The Sixers really had it dialed in defensively against…

  3. International goaltending among rule changes Stern wants

    Apr 27, 2011, 9:13 PM EST

    goaltending

    We’re optimists. We’re not going to focus today on the lockout and the “if there is basketball next season” questions, because there will be plenty of time for that coming up. Let’s talk about the game. Because while the league is hammering out financial issues, it will also talk about some rule changes. And one…

  4. Magic going to keep Stan Van Gundy, so stop asking

    Apr 27, 2011, 6:15 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 2

    There is a lot of speculation out there in the world that Stan Van Gundy could be axed if the Orlando Magic cannot complete the 3-1 series comeback. The logic flows like this: If the Magic loose then Dwight Howard is going to be really unhappy. And he can be a free agent in 2012,…

  5. Trevor Ariza: Hero of the casual, unsuspecting sports fan

    Apr 27, 2011, 5:27 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Three

    The NBA playoffs are a basketball fan’s dream; there are anywhere between two and four competitive basketball games on every night, each with their own allure, their own stars, and their own evolving narrative. There’s so much to enjoy and so much to learn, and unfortunately — due to wide, national broadcasting and the influx…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Heat will close out tonight or regret it Sunday

    Apr 27, 2011, 5:15 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    The Miami Heat are going to close out this series tonight. Sure, in theory in one game anything can happen (the NCAA bases a whole basketball tournament around that theory). Even Burnie (the Heat mascot you didn’t know had a name) will admit this Heat team is fully capable of playing a lazy, terrible game…

  7. Shaq will not practice Wednesday, Thursday. Will he play against Heat?

    Apr 27, 2011, 4:01 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Now we return to Shaq Watch 2011… and still no sign of the big man. He did not practice Wednesday and will not Thursday according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England on twitter. That does leave open the chance that he practices on Friday and will be ready to go Sunday, but do…

  8. Knicks pick up option on Chauncey Billups

    Apr 27, 2011, 3:38 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    He’s not cheap at $14.2 million a year, and he’s not young at age 35 by next playoffs. But the Knicks were not going to find a better point guard for their team next season. So they picked up the option on Chauncey Billups, the team announced Wednesday. “We have made a decision to keep…

  9. The Knicks would love to get Wilson Chandler back, if they can

    Apr 27, 2011, 2:24 PM EST

    WChandler_Hinrich

    The Knicks have a lot of post-season roster filling out to do… once they get the whole Donnie Walsh/Mike D’Antoni situation straightened out. And the Chauncey Billups situation. At least there are deadlines on those. But when they do get all that figured out, and when the lockout is over and they can get around…

  10. Warriors not bringing back coach Keith Smart

    Apr 27, 2011, 1:35 PM EST

    Keith Smart

    UPDATE 1:35 pm: The Warriors have decided to let Keith Smart go as coach, according to CSN Bay Area. Smart had been the head coach of the Warriors for one year, but had spent the previous seven as an assistant. This isn’t a shock — owner Joe Lacob wanted to put the team on a…

  11. Sixers’ Iguodala’s knee pain has been worse than he’s let on

    Apr 27, 2011, 12:26 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    Andre Iguodala has struggled through the playoffs. The most explosive wing player on Philadelphia has shot just 31.6 percent overall and 25 percent from three. He is averaging only 8.8 points per game. He has looked like a shell of the guy who won gold with Team USA in Turkey last summer. That guy looked…

  12. The title contending Spurs are dead. Long live the Spurs.

    Apr 27, 2011, 11:45 AM EST

    San Antionio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    This is the end Beautiful friend This is the end My only friend, the end —Jim Morrison, The Doors We’re going to miss the Tim Duncan era Spurs. Yes, likely will get one more win in their first round series, Wednesday night at home. They are fully capable of that. But it will be fools…

  13. Magic’s Richardson played through seven stiches on foot

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:50 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Tuesday afternoon, Orlando’s Jason Richardson stepped on some glass at home, resulting in seven stiches on his left foot, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Tuesday night, playing through pain, he had his best game of the first round leading the Magic with 17 points. There is no truth to the rumor that Dwight Howard and…

  14. Bulls Carlos Boozer feels “pop” in foot, has turf toe injury

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:39 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    Carlos Boozer played just jut 15:31 on Tuesday night, and it wasn’t just because the Bulls were closing out the Pacers in a blowout win. Boozer suffered a turf toe injury during the game, something that likely will linger into the second round, reports ESPN Chicago. “I just went up for a shot, the one…

  15. Hornets’ coach explains Kobe’s ankle better than Kobe

    Apr 27, 2011, 10:05 AM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Kobe Bryant wouldn’t really talk about his injured ankle, and he wasn’t letting doctors look at it either. All Phil Jackson would say was that he was playing. After the game, it took Hornets coach Monty Williams to sum it up best (as reported by Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated): “All this talk about his…

  16. Report: Knicks expected to keep Donnie Walsh for two years

    Apr 27, 2011, 9:45 AM EST

    New York Knicks Introduce Mike D'Antoni

    Finally, a couple days before the deadline to pick up the contract extension on Knicks president Donnie Walsh’s deal, he is going to have a sit-down meeting with owner James Dolan. Nothing like waiting until the last minute. The Knicks are expected to keep Walsh around with a two-year contract extension, according to Howard Beck…

  17. Thunder’s Durant, Westbrook had heated exchange during Game 4

    Apr 27, 2011, 9:22 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Charlotte Bobcats

    You don’t want to read too much into this — Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen argued, Larry Bird and Kevin McHale yelled at each other on occasion, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant had… okay, the last one is a bad example. But according to TNT’s Pam Oliver, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant had a heated…

  18. Video: Kobe Bryant ankle looks just fine, ask Emeka Okafor

    Apr 27, 2011, 8:10 AM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    The question coming into Game 5 was just how Kobe Bryant‘s ankle was going to hold up and impact the Lakers. And in the first quarter, there may have been concerns. But when Kobe threw down the dunk of the 2011 playoffs so far on the head of Emeka Okafor, his ankle looked fine and…

  19. NBA Playoffs: The Lakers get back on track

    Apr 27, 2011, 2:36 AM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    There was no one matchup that swung in the Lakers’ favor on Tuesday night. There wasn’t one key play that ended up making all the difference late in the game, although Kobe Bryant‘s turn-back-the-clock dunk in the second quarter did help swing the momentum their way. There wasn’t a noticeable change in their offensive strategy,…

  20. NBA Playoffs: It took five games, but Bulls play like contenders

    Apr 26, 2011, 11:56 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    This looked like what we all expected this entire series to look like. The Chicago Bulls dominated Game 5 Tuesday game from the start, were up 11 at the end of one quarter, pulled away in the third quarter and cruised to a 116-89 win. Now they sit around until next Monday (when the NBA…

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