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  1. NBA Playoffs: Grant Hill is moving on for the first time

    May 1, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    The Phoenix Suns, despite what they will tell you, must be feeling a sense of dread. They’ve seen this script so many times, it’s etched into their memory like a bad family movie stuck on repeat. Robert Horry. The hipcheck. The Duncan Three. Parker bloodying Nash’s nose. Michael Finley. Burce Bowen. The hipcheck. The hipcheck.…

  2. NBA Playoffs: The end of the Oklahoma road

    May 1, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    Bet you never thought you’d wind up missing Oklahoma. Oklahoma City brought something else to these playoffs. The crowd was part of it. A sea of blue (and once, white) that wrought a college atmosphere with an NBA intensity. A full house, stocked to the brim of maniacs, devoted under one cause, the continued survival…

  3. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Thunder game 6: The Thunder learn some hard lessons, are eliminated by Lakers

    May 1, 2010, 4:46 AM EDT

    Chin up, Oklahoma City. Sure, losing sucks, we get that. But you have to learn how to win in the NBA playoffs — people remember Michael Jordan the champion, not the guy who lost to the Detroit Pistons three straight years on the playoffs. Enjoy the ride, you have a fun team, a special team.…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Nuggets collapse down the stretch as the Jazz clinch the series

    May 1, 2010, 1:30 AM EDT

    Near the end of the first half, it looked like the Jazz were well on their way to rolling over the Denver Nuggets and clinching the series. They were up double-digits midway through the second quarter and the crowd was going crazy. Not only that, but Denver’s vaunted offense was stalling.  Then Joey Graham showed…

  5. NBA Playoffs, Bucks Hawks Game 6: Ugliest playoff game of the year, but Atlanta will take it.

    May 1, 2010, 12:04 AM EDT

    That was about as much fun to watch as a 1998 Knicks playoff game. There was nothing pretty about it. The Atlanta Hawks don’t care; they won 83-69 to force a game seven Sunday in Atlanta. Atlanta had an offensive rating of 98.8 (points per 100) possessions, Milwaukee 82.2. (The Nets on the season had…

  6. Chris Bosh asks on twitter where he should go, fail whale unleashed

    Apr 30, 2010, 11:23 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh must love to see the twitter fail whale. That or he has been able to buy part of the company and wanted to drive up the traffic numbers. Those reasons make more sense than he actually wanted the advice of the public when he tweeted:  “Been wanting to ask. Where should I go next…

  7. Could Michael Beasley be traded to the Wizards?

    Apr 30, 2010, 7:36 PM EDT

    Our own Ira Winderman has suggested that the Miami Heat would be best off dumping Michael Beasley for cap space, and if they can get a rack of shootaround basketballs out of it, that was gravy. He’s not alone in South Beach — people are basically done with Beasley. (Well, not Heat coach Erik Spoelstra.)…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Utah looks to close out the series at home

    Apr 30, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

    Up 3-2 in their series against the Denver Nuggets and coming back home to Salt Lake, the Utah Jazz have a great chance to close out their first-round series tonight. It’s not the time for them to rest on their laurels, however, as they don’t want to have to go back to Denver for a…

  9. Winderman: The dirty little secret of NBA awards voting

    Apr 30, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    Having read Rob Mahoney’s post in this space earlier, and having caught up on Howard Beck’s screed on the New York Times’ “Off the Dribble” blog, it is time to weigh in on the NBA’s dirty little secret, and why so many seemingly out-of-bounds ballots are cast in the polling for the league’s postseason awards.…

  10. LeBron James: I'll be ready for game one

    Apr 30, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    LeBron James’ elbow got an MRI and all they found was awesomeness. Okay, maybe not, but they didn’t find any structural damage, he’s ready to go for game one tomorrow against Boston. Don’t believe me? Then hear it from LeBron himself.  

  11. It's been a few months, must be time for another roster shakeup in Dallas

    Apr 30, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    They shook it up at the trading deadline — in comes Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood. Scoring help and a better center, a deal that looked great on paper — and that didn’t work well at all. The Mavericks looked dangerous at first but their season ended with another first round loss. May be time…

  12. NBA All-Rookie team announced, looks like a Don Nelson lineup

    Apr 30, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    2009: The draft of the point guard. You need no more proof than to look at the NBA All-Rookie Team, which was announced today by the league. The First Team:Tyreke Evans Sacramento Brandon Jennings Milwaukee Stephen Curry Golden State Darren Collison New Orleans Taj Gibson Chicago Four point guards? That’s a lineup Don Nelson would…

  13. Danny Ainge: this Celtics/Cavaliers series isn't like two years ago. Ya think?

    Apr 30, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    Two years ago, on their way to the NBA championship, the Celtics and Cavaliers had a fantastic, epic clash in the second round. Seven big games, where at times it looked like LeBron James was going to almost single-handedly knock Boston out of the playoffs. Coming out of that, the Celtics were sharper than they…

  14. Greg Oden is about as much of a Blazer as you are at this point

    Apr 30, 2010, 12:28 PM EDT

    Hey, remember when Greg Oden was the fun-loving, big-hearted savior of the Blazers who would push them over the top? Yeah, those were fun days. Blazers Edge posted an interview 95.5FM in Portland did with the young behemoth prior to Game 6 versus the Suns, and instead of the usual chipperness and easy to swallow…

  15. George Karl could miss next season

    Apr 30, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

    Watching the Nuggets play in the first round hasn’t really improved the spirits or health of George Karl. Doesn’t look like he’ll have to watch a lot more of it, though. But the question now is, will he be back next year. His son Coby Karl told Yahoo that is still up in the air.…

  16. Media members need not be protected, accountability in award voting is a must

    Apr 30, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    As in most things related to the NBA, the ultimate goal should be transparency. Transparency in the officiating, especially in a post-Donaghy era. Transparency from the league office in how they deal with specific rulings, punishments, and edicts. Transparency from coaches and general managers, who optimally wouldn’t pretend to be vying for a playoff spot…

  17. Leonsis not ready to give up on Gilbert Arenas

    Apr 30, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Ted Leonsis will be the next owner of the Washington Wizards, which puts him in a unique position to dictate the course of Gilbert Arenas’ career. If Leonsis wanted, he could banish Arenas a la Stephon Marbury. He could try his damnedest to keep Gil away from his team until Ernie Grunfeld could find a…

  18. Ou est Rodrigue Beaubois?

    Apr 30, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    One of the things that Pete Carroll did to return USC to the college football elite was open up the competition — the best player plays. Seniority be damned. Doesn’t matter if you’re a senior, if the freshman is better, he gets your spot. Seems logical, but it is shockingly rare in sports, as coaches…

  19. Surprise, surprise, LeBron James to be named the 2009-2010 MVP

    Apr 30, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    This year’s MVP race has been without drama for months, as LeBron James seemed to stand head and shoulders above his competition. Now, even the illusion of uncertainty can be wiped away, as Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that LeBron will receive his second straight MVP award and will officially receive his…

  20. Nowitzki isn't rethinking Dallas, he's just frustrated

    Apr 30, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki is a frustrated man. Frustrated at losing. Frustrated again at having a team that excels in the regular season then falls short early in the playoffs. Frustrated to keep answering the same questions about losing out year after year. You’d be frustrated if you were him too. And you can’t take what a…

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