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  1. NBA Playoffs: Atlanta out to prove Game 1 wasn’t a fluke

    Apr 19, 2011, 5:47 PM EST

    Jamal Crawford, Josh Smith, Kirk Hinrich

    The conventional wisdom about Game 1 of this series misses the point. As our own Matt Moore pointed out, what Atlanta did to the Magic was what teams used to do to Michael Jordan, what teams have tried to do to Steve Nash in recent years — let him score, make him a shooter. Don’t…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Billups just one of many Knicks, Celtics questions

    Apr 19, 2011, 4:35 PM EST

    Boston Celtics Garnett takes to the court for Game 1 against the New York Knicks in Boston

    About the only prediction I feel safe about making for this game is that it will be entertaining. This entire series will be. After that, there are nothing but questions about Game 2 of Boston vs. New York, on the Knicks need on the road to even the series. How will the Knicks deal without…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Mavericks and Blazers wrestle for control

    Apr 19, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game One

    Throw out the term “pivotal” in this series. Get the phrase “must-win” out of your head. They have no place here. The Mavericks can take the game Tuesday and Game 3 and nothing will be assured. There’s too much volatility in this series. The Mavericks have perimeter acuity. The Blazers have much stronger post play.…

  4. Or maybe Manu Ginobili is a go for Game 2, so good for the Spurs

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:48 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    UPDATE 3:48 pm: Apparently somebody brought some water from Lourdes to San Antonio, because there has been a miraculous healing. Reports as of this morning said Ginobili was still doubtful, but now the very good beat writer Jeff McDonald of the Express-News says on twitter that Ginobili is 99.9 percent likely to play. They need him,…

  5. Mark Cuban’s least favorite referee assigned to Mavs game

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:33 PM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Brown

    My mind in these situations always floats back to a junior high basketball coach. We were sitting in the basement locker room of our gym when I was in 8th grade and we were convinced the referees had robbed us of a win with a bad call at the end of the game. “If you…

  6. Have the Pacers laid out the blueprint to beat the Bulls?

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:03 PM EST

    Tom Thibodeau

    Chicago vs. Indiana was supposed to be one of the blowouts of the first round. Our preview predicted a sweep. What the Pacers liked to do the Bulls could defend, and the Bulls had Derrick Rose. Two hard fought games in, the questions are not about this series — the Bulls are going to win…

  7. “Go New York Go” 2011 vs. 1994

    Apr 19, 2011, 2:10 PM EST

    NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS

    We bring a brief musical interlude to your day. Somehow, “Go New York Go” has become sort of a Knicks anthem despite being pretty much a musical marshmallow. As opposed to Los Angeles, which uses the very sarcastic Randy Newman “I Love L.A.” as a theme song (for the record, nobody loves Victory Boulevard), but…

  8. Lakers Lamar Odom to win Sixth Man of Year award

    Apr 19, 2011, 1:05 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s all but official — Lamar Odom will be named Sixth Man of the Year today. He was expected to be the clear winner (Dallas’ Jason Terry was the only other serious candidate mentioned by voters). The Lakers have called a press conference for a hotel in Los Angeles for 3 p.m. Pacific time. Since…

  9. NBA playoffs see record ratings

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:36 PM EST

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    Here is another reason that the momentum-killing lockout is going to be such a disaster. The opening weekend of the NBA playoffs got the highest first-weekend ratings ever on TNT, according to Sports Media Watch. That follows on the footsteps of regular season ratings that were the highest since the Jordan era. TNT averaged a…

  10. Heat’s Chris Bosh looks like a beast in the middle. For now.

    Apr 19, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

    Miami Heat Bosh shoots under pressure from Philadelphia 76ers Battie and Young in the second half during Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Miami

    Chris Bosh would like to play the Philadelphia 76ers every game, if you please. Remember back when Chris Bosh signed with the Heat, between all the LeBron James fawning there was Bosh saying that he wanted to play power forward, not center. They needed to go out and get a real center. And the Heat…

  11. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    Apr 19, 2011, 11:12 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    The Lakers Steve Blake will be back from his bout with the chicken pox Wednesday night. He’s no longer contagious, but I might put him on Chris Paul for a few possessions anyway. Rockets players were surprised by the move and stuck up for coach Rick Adelman, who the team let walk. By the way,…

  12. Nuggets Martin not down with defensive plan on Durant

    Apr 19, 2011, 10:42 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Phoenix Suns

    When was the last time you heard a player call out his own coach’s playoff defensive strategy? Meet Kenyon Martin. He watched Kevin Durant drop 41 on the Nuggets in Game 1 of the playoffs, hitting 13-of-22 shots and just dropping it in from everywhere on the court (he was 6-of-10 from the midrange and…

  13. Report: Houston may make run at Stan Van Gundy for coach

    Apr 19, 2011, 10:09 AM EST

    Stan Van Gundy

    Houston got rid of one steady, veteran coach because of some ongoing clashes with management. But for his replacement, they seem to be looking at veterans as well, according to a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Adelman was troubled that organization wouldn’t offer an extension during season. Two names to watch for job: Mike…

  14. Video: LeBron James, Miami Heat putting on a little show for fans

    Apr 19, 2011, 8:49 AM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    The Philadelphia 76ers have a problem — they really need to get out and run and get some easy buckets in transition to stand a chance in this series, but the Heat are more comfortable and just flat out better at an uptempo game. It’s a Catch-22 for them. As evidence, we bring you LeBron…

  15. “White Chocolate” Jason Williams calls it a career

    Apr 19, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

    DeJuan Blair, George Hill, Jason Williams

    Few guys had a career that involved as much transformation as Jason Williams. He was a high school teammate of Randy Moss who was suspended and eventually kicked off his college team at Florida. He entered the NBA all flash — ridiculous passes (like the legendary elbow pass from the Rookie Game) and wild moves,…

  16. NBA Playoffs: The Bulls manage to hold on

    Apr 19, 2011, 1:10 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    The Indiana Pacers were able to put up yet another great fight against the Chicago Bulls on Monday night, but they were once again left with nothing to show for their valiant effort. In game one of the series, the Pacers took the Bulls down to the wire because of their sharp jump shooting. The…

  17. Pacers Darren Collison leaves game with ankle sprain, does not return

    Apr 18, 2011, 11:53 PM EST

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    As if things were not challenging enough in this series for the Indiana Pacers…. Late in the second quarter the Pacers starting point guard Darren Collison rolled his ankle when he stepped on the foot of a camera man out of bounds along the baseline in what was a fluke accident. Collison sat out the rest…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Heat crush Sixers, leave no doubt in Game 2

    Apr 18, 2011, 11:01 PM EST

    wade-game-2

    In Game 1 against the Heat, the Sixers jumped out to a 14-point second-quarter lead, before coming back furiously from a 16-point deficit late in the fourth to have a chance to steal one in Miami. In Game 2, however, there was no such fight. Philadelphia’s shaky offense came back to the mean, and couldn’t…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Bulls will improve in Game 2, can Pacers?

    Apr 18, 2011, 8:45 PM EST

    Bulls' Rose passes the ball around Pacers' Hibbert during the first half of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    The Indiana Pacers came out of Game 1 — where they led until the final minute and almost pulled the upset — thinking that they can play with the Chicago Bulls. But can they? The Bulls can play much better than they did in game one — look for them to focus on tightening the…

  20. Rick Adelman let go as coach in Houston

    Apr 18, 2011, 6:19 PM EST

    rick adelman

    In a move that is not shocking — even though the thought of an NBA season without him on the sidelines is — Rick Adelman has been let go by the Houston Rockets, according to multiple reports. This was expected. Adelman’s deal was up and not expected to be renewed. The Rockets missed the playoffs…

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