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  1. Grizzlies reach extension with Zach Randolph

    Apr 17, 2011, 10:35 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    Sunday morning you saw how valuable Zach Randolph is to Memphis as he had 25 points and 14 rebounds in a big Game 1 win over San Antonio. Sunday night they paid him for it. Memphis has reached a four-year contract extension with Randolph worth at least $66 million, according to the Commercial Appeal. The…

  2. NBA Playoffs: The Celtics survive the Knicks

    Apr 17, 2011, 10:28 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game One

    Well, it’s been an interesting first round so far, hasn’t it? The Knicks were the latest underdog to give the home team a lot more than it bargained for in the series opener, and they were probably one shot away from stealing a game in Boston on Sunday. Unfortunately for them, poor late-game execution cost…

  3. NBA Playoffs: The Hornets stun the Lakers

    Apr 17, 2011, 8:02 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    You could hear a pin drop in the Staples Center. The Lakers were supposed to steamroll the short-handed New Orleans Hornets in the first round on their way to a potential three-peat, but the Hornets stunned the NBA world and took game one in the Staples Center. And unlike the Grizzlies’ win, the Hornets’ win…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Grizzlies win the day, but is their success sustainable?

    Apr 17, 2011, 6:34 PM EST

    Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Darrell Arthur

    The Memphis Grizzlies did it. They made big play after big play down the stretch on Sunday afternoon, and secured a 1-0 series lead against the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs, not to mention scored their first playoff win in franchise history. The victory was a tremendous achievement on several levels, and yet even the Grizzlies’…

  5. Spurs Ginobili out for Game one, after that who knows

    Apr 17, 2011, 1:15 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    Again, this is why you don’t play your stars in meaningless late regular season games. Manu Ginobili will be out for Game 1 of the Spurs first round series against the Grizzlies due to a sprained right elbow. Which sucks. But it may not hurt them that much this series. What they need is a…

  6. Who is the leader of the Bucks? That was part of the problem.

    Apr 17, 2011, 11:59 AM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks' Brandon Jennings waits to enter the game against Toronto Raptors in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    The Bucks had a lot of problems this year. They started with injuries which pushed the team’s offense on a downward spiral that ended at a point where they couldn’t throw a pea in the ocean (to steal an old Chick Hearn line). The Bucks could defend, as all Scott Skiles teams do, but their…

  7. Nate McMillan on his way to fine after venting about refs

    Apr 17, 2011, 10:41 AM EST

    Nate McMillan

    In the fourth quarter Saturday, the Dallas Mavericks shot 19 free throws, the Portland Trail Blazers 2. That was key to the Dallas win. After the game Blazers coach Nate McMillan sounded like a guy who wanted to avoid getting a fine for questioning the officiating, but he couldn’t help himself, as reported in the…

  8. Video: Derrick Rose carving up the Indiana Pacers

    Apr 17, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

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

    The Pacers seemed to knock down every outside shot they took. Yet that was not enough because Derrick Rose went MVP on them. Part of the fun of him is not just the scoring but how he gets there. Oh, just watch for yourself.

  9. NBA Playoffs Blazers-Mavericks: This one’s going to be rough

    Apr 17, 2011, 1:47 AM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki, Nicolas Batum, Gerald Wallace

    The Pacers nearly knocked off the Bulls, but that one feels certain. The Sixers hung with the Triad. But again, you get the feeling Philly’s overwhelmed. The Hawks took one from the Magic, but you kind of knew that one was going to be back and forth. Blazers-Mavericks? That’s the one that showed it’s going…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Dwight’s one-man show comes up short against Hawks

    Apr 17, 2011, 12:29 AM EST

    Screen shot 2011-04-16 at 11.21.47 PM

    One couldn’t possibly expect, ask, or demand more of Dwight Howard than the Magic center gave in Game 1, and yet the Atlanta Hawks were somehow still able to take an early series lead with an efficient opening salvo. Atlanta is clearly equipped to compete in this series, and though they took a brutal 46-point,…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Chris Bosh leads Heat to Game 1 win over the Sixers

    Apr 16, 2011, 8:18 PM EST

    bosh-heat-sixers-game-1

    It wasn’t easy for the Miami Heat from the opening tip, and they made it perhaps more difficult than necessary down the stretch. But when all was said and done, Miami pulled away with a well-earned 97-89 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of the 2011 playoffs. And in a game where Philadelphia…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Chicago struggles, but Rose comes to the rescue

    Apr 16, 2011, 4:12 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 Chicago Bulls finished the regular season with an NBA-best 62 wins. The Indiana Pacers finished the regular season with 37 wins. There was not supposed to be a lot of suspense surrounding the two teams’ first-round matchup. However, nobody told the Pacers they were supposed to go quietly against the Bulls, and the NBA…

  13. Shaq out “indefinitely” for Boston

    Apr 16, 2011, 2:03 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    One of the keys to Boston being in this in June — one of the reasons that Kendrick Perkins could be traded — was that Shaquille O’Neal could do the job in the middle. The Celtics will not have Shaq for game one against New York and maybe longer, Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge told…

  14. Hawks coach Larry Drew begins quest to save his job tonight

    Apr 16, 2011, 11:36 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Denver Nuggets

    Larry Drew’s seat got hot fast in Atlanta. Which is on one way unfair — they gave him the exact same team that had been making the playoffs, getting to the second round and getting crushed and expected him to turn that water into wine. Not happening. But those were the expectations because the Hawks…

  15. Warriors set front office up for future, which leaves coach in limbo

    Apr 16, 2011, 11:10 AM EST

    Keith Smart, Larry Riley

    Last summer, before he even took control of the team, new Warriors owner Joe Lacob started to make changes — Don Nelson was out, Keith Smart was in for a year (it was a one-year contract) and they went out and got David Lee. The Warriors got 10 games better. But now Lacob is starting…

  16. This year, can an underdog win the NBA title?

    Apr 16, 2011, 3:25 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Bill James, the legendary baseball statistician, has said the problem with the NBA is the best team almost always wins. In baseball, the summer-long 162-game season gives you the best teams in each division, but the best-of-seven playoff series involves a lot of luck and favors hot pitchers and bullpens. In the NFL the playoffs…

  17. Video: Derrick Rose’s best plays of regular season

    Apr 15, 2011, 8:25 PM EST

    derrick Rose bulls

    Has there been a better show this season than the one Derrick Rose put on? Make your argument for Blake Griffin if you want, but Rose’s show came with a team on its way to the best record in the NBA. That is special. And it’s worth watching his highlights from the regular season. Just…

  18. NBA playoff odds: Lakers, Heat are favorites. Of course.

    Apr 15, 2011, 6:59 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Here’s the thing to remember about gambling odds — it’s not about who the odds makers really think has the best chance, it’s about keeping money evenly spread around so the house doesn’t lose money. Meaning the favorite on the betting line is really about that being the team bet the most so the book…

  19. Owners taking their time with coaches on hot seat

    Apr 15, 2011, 6:05 PM EST

    Kurt Rambis

    The coaching carousel has not started spinning yet. We keep expecting the music, we hear who is on the hot seat or likely gone, but nothing yet. Because owners are taking their time, reports Marc Spears at Yahoo. Take Kurt Rambis in Minnesota. (Please.) Everyone knows he’s expected to be let go, but so far…

  20. Deron Williams says he’d consider extension with Nets

    Apr 15, 2011, 5:43 PM EST

    Jonny Flynn, Deron Williams

    New Jersey is in full on sales mode — they have to keep Deron Williams in house. They send out Derrick Favors, they made their bet that if they got D-Will to the team they could keep him and build around him. That bet may pay off. Williams can opt out of his current deal…

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