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  1. MRIs on Stoudemire, Billups negative; both questionable for Friday

    Apr 20, 2011, 6:43 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    The good news — it’s nothing serious. The MRIs for both Amar’e Stoudemire and Chauncey Billups confirmed the original diagnosis in both cases, reports the New York Daily News. That’s a break for New York. Well, except that both are on the bubble for Game 3, and the Knicks losing Friday night to the Celtics…

  2. Watch Kobe, Lakers new “words can hurt” PSA

    Apr 20, 2011, 5:48 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    We’ve all seen the fallout and talked about Kobe Bryant being caught using a homophobic slur on national television. As our own John Korlik said so well, freedom of speech is different from freedom from consequences. Kobe’s words had consequences. The slur he used is simply an unacceptable word to use in civilized society. He…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Game 2 is probably the game when the Lakers wake up

    Apr 20, 2011, 4:52 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant reacts as he stands behind New Orleans Hornets Chris Paul during Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference first round playoff basketball game in Los Angeles

    I feel like we’ve all seen this movie before. The Lakers are going to come out, get the ball inside to Pau Gasol early and often, defend the pick-and-roll better and just flat out execute their game plan in a way they did not in Game 1. It seems like for the last three years…

  4. Other players say Kobe is most clutch. Great, this debate again.

    Apr 20, 2011, 3:44 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Lakers

    It’s a debate as circular and weary as congressional budget battles (whichever party doesn’t have the president is suddenly filled with deficit hawks, not so much when there guy is in there). Is Kobe Bryant clutch? Other NBA players say yes. When polled by Sports Illustrated and asked to anonymously say who they would want…

  5. Knicks need to execute late or Celtics will be executioner

    Apr 20, 2011, 3:19 PM EST

    New York Knicks forward Anthony and head coach D'Antoni react in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    The Knicks are not dead in their series against the Celtics. But when they take the floor Friday night in a shaking-the-building loud Madison Square Garden, there will be a guy standing in the corner wearing a full length black hooded robe, with a boney hand holding a sickle. He’s waiting for just one more…

  6. Doc Rivers denies report Shaq is out for playoffs

    Apr 20, 2011, 2:09 PM EST

    shaq-return-april-1

    UPDATE 2:09 pm: As one would expect, Celtics coach Doc Rivers shot down the report saying Shaquille O’Neal is done for the playoffs. Our man A. Sherrod Blakely at CSN New England went to the source and talked to Rivers: I know that’s not true,” Rivers told CSNNE.com. “He’s going to play. I just don’t…

  7. Magic fans launch StayDwight.com

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    And the campaign has begun. Well, really the campaign to keep Dwight Howard with the Orlando Magic began when Otis Smith made sweeping changes looking to upgrade the Magic roster this season by bringing in Hedo Turkoglu and Gilbert Arenas. Seeing how well that worked, some Magic fans have launched a Web Site — StayDwight.com…

  8. Kentucky’s Brandon Knight, Terrance Jones to enter draft

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:43 PM EST

    NCAA Final Four Kentucky UConn Basketball

    Brandon Knight and Terrance Jones may be making the right move. In a season when a lot of other potential lottery picks — Harrison Barnes, Perry Jones, Jared Sullinger — are staying in college, this could be a chance to move up the board in a weaker year because next year will be a very…

  9. PBT Wednesday morning one liners

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

    Kings Farewell Basketball

    It’s been a fun first round so far, but here is a look back at the 10 best first round series ever. Sacramento leaders will make they pitch to other NBA owners about why the Kings should stay today. They are hoping the other owners have more open minds than the Maloofs. Grant Hills is…

  10. Brandon Roy fights off tears when sat for much of Game 2

    Apr 20, 2011, 11:06 AM EST

    Brandon Roy

    Brandon Roy is not that Brandon Roy anymore. He’s not the three-time All-Star, the guy who can regularly take over games, who was an elite guard, who was a building block of the Portland franchise. His knees have robbed him — and us, for he was a joy to watch — of that. Roy himself…

  11. Former Sun, journeyman center Oliver Miller arrested for assault

    Apr 20, 2011, 10:43 AM EST

    Oliver Miller

    Oliver Miller, who basically ate himself out of the NBA and whose work ethic was so poor as to get kicked off the Harlem Globetrotters, has always been the easy butt of jokes. I know, I once had him on a fantasy team. But there is nothing funny about his recent arrest on assault and…

  12. Portland owner, one of world’s richest men, complains about NBA finances

    Apr 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Paul Allen

    For some context, Portland Trail Blazer owner Paul Allen is worth $13 billion dollars according to Forbes. That would make him the 21st richest man in the United States. Which is the kind of money you get when you are one of the founders of Microsoft. Put it this way: When it was time to…

  13. Celtics’ Ainge says he would do Perkins trade again “as of today”

    Apr 20, 2011, 9:38 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

    Two close, unimpressive wins over the banged up New York Knicks has not got made Celtics GM Danny Ainge go where plenty of Celtics fans already have. He still does not regret the Kendrick Perkins for Jeff Green trade, he told CSN New England. Not yet anyway. “I would do the trade over again in…

  14. Video: Blake Griffin’s dunks, all 214 of them

    Apr 20, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

    Blake Griffin

    Blake Griffin‘s first two points of his NBA career came on an ally-oop dunk. By the end of his rookie season, he had 426 more points off of dunks. And thanks to the fine folks at NBA.com, we are going to bring you all of them. Hopefully next year we can watch him dunk in…

  15. NBA Playoffs: Dirk Nowitzki is better than you as Mavs take 2-0 lead

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:51 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    Some playoff series are emotionally exhausting because of the extreme highs and lows. Then there’s Mavericks-Blazers, which is like a sixteen hour day of manual labor. You’re going to want to pass out about six times, you’re going to get injured, and you’re going to be pumped when you make progress. The Blazers are bloodied.…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Magic defense edges out Hawks in Game 2

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:59 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic - Game Two

    The Orlando Magic still haven’t figured out how to get consistent offensive production out of their perimeter players, but they made one drastic improvement from Game 1 to Game 2: the Magic defense is now in full effect. Atlanta played a competitive game by putting up a strong defensive front of their own and hitting…

  17. Knicks Stoudemire says he will be ready to go in Game 3

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:29 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game One

    Kids, let this be a lesson to you — showoff dunks in warm-ups only leads to trouble. Amar’e Stoudemire hurt his back doing dunks in warm-ups. He tried to go despite the back spasms, but put up four points on 9 shots in 16 minutes and left the game never to return. Stoudemire tells the…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Celtics overcome Carmelo’s 42, take 2-0 lead

    Apr 19, 2011, 10:25 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game Two

    The Knicks have certainly made the first games of their series with the Boston Celtics interesting. In Game 1, the Knicks were able to take the Celtics to the wire thanks to the stellar offensive play of Amar’e Stoudemire. In Game 2, back spasms limited Stoudemire to four points in only 16 minutes of play,…

  19. Knicks’ Stoudemire leaves game with back spasms (Billups to have MRI, too)

    Apr 19, 2011, 8:43 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game One

    Considering how banged up the Knicks are suddenly, they are hanging right in this series (for the first six quarters anyway). Amar’e Stoudemire — the Knicks best, and really only, good player in the fourth quarter of Game 1 — left Game 2 with back spasms. He was expected to return but did not come…

  20. Pacers’ Collison expects to play in Game 3

    Apr 19, 2011, 6:10 PM EST

    Collison_Darren

    According to the Associated Press, Indiana Pacers starting guard Darren Collison “expects to play” in game three of the Pacers-Bulls series. Collison suffered a sprained ankle in the second quarter of Monday’s game, and missed the rest of the game. Collison recorded 17 points and 9 assists in game one, and recorded eight points and…

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