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  1. NBA Playoffs: Bobcats lost game one, but won matchup against Dwight Howard

    Apr 19, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard had a rough game against the Charlotte Bobcats to kick-start Orlando’s playoff run, even if his defense met his own unusually high standards. Howard finished with just five points and seven rebounds to go along with his nine blocks, in a performance that seems easily attributable to the Bobcats’ stellar team defense. Charlotte…

  2. Trail Blazers make one NBA arena green

    Apr 19, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    If you’re going to make the NBA more environmentally friendly, you start with the games. Not so much on the court, but the festival and arenas around them. Those arenas are filled with discarded plastic beer cups, foil hot dog wrappers, mountains of trash. Massive amounts of energy are used to light and air condition…

  3. NBA Playoffs: George Hill insists ankle was fine despite limited playing time last night

    Apr 19, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    George Hill started last night’s game in place of Tony Parker, but was scoreless in 18 minutes of action with three rebounds and two turnovers. Not the kind of play Gregg Popovich liked to see out of the player widely deemed to be the Spurs’ x-factor, and Pop let him know it the best way…

  4. NBA gate revenue down only slightly

    Apr 19, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    This news should be almost expected, coming on the heels of David Stern saying that next year’s salary cap would be higher than expected — you all kept going to games. According to the Sports Business Journal, attendance at games this year was off only slightly. The NBA closes its 2009-10 regular season with more…

  5. Video evidence of why the Bobcats had trouble scoring inside

    Apr 19, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard had eight blocks in the first half yesterday, sending an early message to the Bobcats about who owns the painted area. The Bobcats bigs lived with their midrange game the rest of the day (which worked fairly well, but will not win you games or a series). Here is a little video evidence…

  6. Joakim Noah: "Cleveland really sucks"

    Apr 19, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Well, there goes any chance Joakim Noah had of being best buds with Drew Carry. The Bulls had a couple days in Cleveland between games. Aside figuring out ways not to get completely manhandled by Shaq, Noah told the Cleveland Plain Dealer he didn’t find a lot of other things to do during his stay.…

  7. Chicago's Deng: "I don't feel good at all"

    Apr 19, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    Luol Deng was just not right Saturday. He was 5 of 15 shooting, just 3 of 10 on shots outside the key as he settled for jumpers rather than attack the rim. His decision making was not good in the offense. And he had that little task of trying to guard some guy named LeBron…

  8. Bucks negotiating to extend Salmons, Redd may be out

    Apr 19, 2010, 8:36 AM EDT

    Michael Redd who? We kind of forgot about the All-Star sharpshooter the way the Milwaukee Bucks finished off the season so well, but Redd is under contract with the team. He had knee surgery again this season and hasn’t been around the team during his rehab. In his place, John Salmons has come in and…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Mavs and Spurs deliver as promised, but Dallas draws first blood

    Apr 19, 2010, 1:40 AM EDT

    Dallas and San Antonio both played well but not perfectly. That said, the most important word in that sentence is both, as every terrific performance was countered and every sloppy play met with another by the opposition. It was a game of brilliant, beautiful, and flawed (but balanced in its flaws) basketball, and we shouldn’t…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Blazers need no excuses, take Game One over Suns

    Apr 19, 2010, 1:12 AM EDT

    No Greg Oden. No Joel Przybilla. No Brandon Roy. No homecourt advantage. No problem. The Blazers shocked the Suns in Phoenix to take Game One 105-100. The Blazers were without Brandon Roy, but were simply willing to do whatever it took to get the job done. They crashed the glass on both sides of the…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Howard, Magic hold off Charlotte's comeback attempt

    Apr 18, 2010, 11:41 PM EDT

    I had the Bobcats pegged as a potential first-round spoiler because of the way they play defense and how good they are on their home floor, but the Magic represent some fairly significant matchup problems for them on both offense and defense. When the Bobcats have the ball, they don’t have any way to consistently…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Lakers lock down Durant, Thunder to win Game 1

    Apr 18, 2010, 8:41 PM EDT

    On a superficial level, the Lakers and Thunder appear to be polar opposites in a lot of ways. The Lakers are the defending champions. The Thunder have never been to the playoffs before. The Lakers are the #1 seed. The Thunder are the #8 seed. The Lakers are a veteran team. The Thunder are the…

  13. NBA Playoffs: Kevin Garnett suspended for Game 2 versus Heat for elbow altercation

    Apr 18, 2010, 7:26 PM EDT

    The NBA suspended Kevin Garnett Sunday for his actions in the Celtics victory of the Heat Saturday night in which he elbowed Quentin Richardson in the face. Quentin Richardson was fined $25,000 for his role in the dust-up with a minute remaining in the Celtics’ 85-76 win in Boston. After Paul Pierce went down with…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Mavs and Spurs to embark on a journey for the ages

    Apr 18, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    It’s usually not a good idea to over-hype a series, because the practice can only backfire. A great playoff series will organically drum up interest, as NBA fans are drawn to good, competitive games. So those series’ don’t really need help on the front. If a series isn’t so great? Well, then hot air, hot…

  15. Mehmet Okur has ruptured achilles

    Apr 18, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    Things were bad for the Jazz. Deron Williams had been bothered for much of the season with injury, Carlos Boozer tweaked his oblique in the third to last game of the season. They drew an unfavorable matchup with the Denver Nuggets and wound up without the precious home court advantage. And the hits just keep…

  16. Joakim Noah says Kevin Garnett is 'dirty'

    Apr 18, 2010, 2:24 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah, who’s not even playing the Celtics, has weighed in on Kevin Garnett following Garnett’s little scuffle with the Heat last night. And the review is not glowing. Via the Chicago Tribune: “I’m going to say it: He’s a dirty player,” Noah said following Bulls practice Sunday. Asked if he felt Garnett should be…

  17. NBA Playoffs: Kevin Garnett and Celtics vs. Heat Fight, watch for yourself

    Apr 18, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    You can bet that Kevin Garnett is going to get suspended out of this, but does he deserve it? What about some Raptors players for leaving the bench or being involved. Watch for yourself and decide:

  18. Kevin Durant does things you never will

    Apr 18, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

    We basketball junkies love us some Kevin Durant, but for much of the nation this series against the Lakers will be his coming out party. This is his first time in the playoffs, and he is on the biggest stage there is with the Lakers. The world will see he is good. Here is a…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Jazz unable to deal with Denver's firepower

    Apr 18, 2010, 3:01 AM EDT

    As much as anything else, the Jazz-Nuggets series is about old school vs. new school. Both Utah and Denver came into this series as one of the 10 best teams in the league in terms of offensive efficiency. The difference is that Utah relies on Jerry Sloan’s old-school flex sets to get points, while Denver…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Mehmet Okur leaves game with injury

    Apr 18, 2010, 12:42 AM EDT

    The Utah Jazz need another injury like the world needs another Starbucks. But it happened anyway. Starting Utah center Mehmet Okur re-injured the left Achilles tendon that has bothered him coming into the playoffs. He left in the second quarter, unable to put weight on his leg and being helped to the locker room, and…

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