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  1. Washington Wizards sale appears closer, more likely

    Apr 27, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

    It’s not what’s being said, it’s who is doing the talking. We’ve known for a month that the two sides in the sale of the Washington Wizards — the family of former owner Abe Pollin and incoming owner Ted Leonsis — had basically agreed to a price for the team and the Verizon Center. A…

  2. LeBron James ignores ball boy, somehow this tells us about him as a person?

    Apr 27, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    In the second quarter, LeBron James was re-entering the game against the Bulls Sunday, just like he always does. The camera closely follows his every move, just like it always does. He took off his sweats and threw them to the floor, just like every other NBA player. And here’s your headline on Sports By…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Lakers, Thunder game 5: It's all about the jump shot. And making one.

    Apr 27, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    There’s been a lot of focus about the Los Angeles Lakers inability to hit a jump shot in this series. With reason — the Lakers shot 26.1 percent (12 of 46) from beyond 10 feet in that game (thank you Hoopdata!). For the series, the Lakers are shooting an unimpressive 35 percent from beyond 10…

  4. Dwight Howard may not play, pick up fouls in World Championships

    Apr 27, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    One would think Dwight Howard would be itching to play some international ball right about now — they let the game get physical there, far more pushing and grabbing. None of those silly fouls he keeps picking up in the playoffs. No more cardboard walls around Superman. But apparently not. Howard may be the latest…

  5. Quote of the day, Brooklyn Decker's job is safe

    Apr 27, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    “Definitely, my modeling career is going to be postponed.” –San Antonio’s Manu Ginobili, on the broken nose he is playing though this series. (via the San Antonio Express News)

  6. Bulls' Derrick Rose, Luol Deng will go in game five

    Apr 27, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    As expected, Chicago’s Derrick Rose and Luol Deng will play tonight in game five in Cleveland, Brian Windhost is reporting. Not that it will help much. Last game just kind of left that taste in your mouth. But they will go. Rose had an MRI yesterday that showed no significant damage to his ankle, just…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Robin Lopez inches toward his return

    Apr 27, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

    It’s been obvious for some time now that Robin Lopez is quite important to the Phoenix Suns, but he’s even more so after the Suns took a 3-2 series lead over the Blazers last night. With just one win between Phoenix from the second round of the playoffs, I think it’s a bit natural to…

  8. Good sign for Nets: Prokhorov's last team was a big winner

    Apr 27, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov’s office is bigger and more expensively furnished than your entire apartment. His secretary is eye catching. Frankly, you’d move into his office if you could. That is the first thing you’ll take away from a New York Times story on the soon-to-be Nets owner (and you get that just from the picture). The…

  9. Milwaukee Bucks mascot has some serious rage issues

    Apr 27, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    We’re Bango crazy today. Oh yeah, and also Bucks crazy after their big win to even the series, that’s really swell and all. But we love Bango, he is the man. Or the deer. Whatever. However, Bango has some rage issues to deal with (we like that about him, too). Best not wear that Al…

  10. Sixers: Larry Brown rumors "total, unadulterated bull"

    Apr 27, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

    Like weeds, every few days new “Larry Brown will head to Philadelphia” rumors come up. And just as fast everyone involved pulls out the Round-Up and tries to kill it. But the rumors and denials circle will not die Yesterday, the Larry Brown to the Sixers rumors were back. Today, we bring you denials from…

  11. NBA Playoffs Celtics Heat: Anatomy of a heart-breaker

    Apr 27, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade talked to his hand and destroyed the Celtics to get the Heat a game in Miami. But most people consider this series to have ended when Paul Pierce stuck the dagger in in Game 3. It was a maelstrom of both the Celtics’ excellence and the Heat’s failure to execute. The Heat watched…

  12. Report: Tyreke Evans to be named Rookie of the Year

    Apr 27, 2010, 9:46 AM EDT

    It would not be a surprise — after all he was the leading candidate for most of the year — but now it appears to be reality. Tom Ziller at Sactown Royalty is reporting that Tyreke Evans will be named NBA Rookie of the Year. We’re good with this, as this blog has been home…

  13. The best shot you didn't see last night

    Apr 27, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Kids, do not try this at home. Bango the Buck is a professional. You may remember (but probably not, because who else really follows these things) that Bango blew out his knee doing a stunt last year. But that deer knows no fear. He got the knee repaired and is back doing…. crazy a– stunts.…

  14. Jamal Crawford to be announced as Sixth Man of the Year today

    Apr 27, 2010, 8:43 AM EDT

    The press release came out late last night, just after media members had filed stories about the Hawks crumbling on the road again — a major announcement in Atlanta at 3 p.m. today (Tuesday). That can only mean one thing: Jamal Crawford, you are about to be sixth man of the year. This should be…

  15. NBA Playoffs Blazers Suns Game 5: Suns no longer messing around, we think, maybe

    Apr 27, 2010, 1:06 AM EDT

    You know what so many playoff series come down to? Inevitabilities. It’s inevitable that Denver’s chaotic group of misfit toys will all turn around and fire on themselves at some point. It’s inevitable that the Celtics’ age will become a non-cliche’d, genuine liability against the brand new supercomputer of the moment. It’s inevitable that the…

  16. NBA Playoffs, Bucks Hawks game 4: Fear the deer, pity the Hawks defense

    Apr 27, 2010, 1:00 AM EDT

    You know what the Hawks are going to do on every pick and roll. I know it. Every hoops fan knows it — the Hawks switch. They think their bigs — Al Horford, Josh Smith — are quick enough and long enough to bother point guards into bad shots. Not Brandon Jennings. All night in…

  17. NBA Playoffs: Magic complete the sweep

    Apr 27, 2010, 12:33 AM EDT

    The Magic still didn’t put together a dominant single-game performance against the Charlotte Bobcats, but their combination of defense and timely three-point shooting was enough to get them a first-round sweep.  Charlotte once again did all the right things. They outscored the Magic 34-16 in the painted area. They matched the Magic in offensive rebounding.…

  18. Crazy Lakers fan, not as far off reality as you'd hope

    Apr 26, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    Yes, this video is fake. It’s an actual local LA television news look and intro, so it feels real. But it is not. The beauty of it, of all good satire, is that it is just close enough to reality to hit home. And if you’ve interacted with Kobe fans, if you’ve seen how some…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Magic look for the sweep in Charlotte

    Apr 26, 2010, 6:52 PM EDT

    The Magic haven’t been able to get their offense going against Charlotte all series. Dwight Howard has had trouble staying on the floor, and hasn’t been very effective in the post when he is in the game. Vince Carter has been off. The Magic have launched threes and relied on the play of Jameer Nelson,…

  20. Erick Dampier, did you think David Stern was kidding about the referee criticism?

    Apr 26, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    Congratulations Erick Dampier, you’re the next contestant on the “pay $35,000 game show.” After the Mavericks lost game three to the Spurs, he said to ESPN and anyone else that would listen: “When we play defense we’re under a magnifying glass,” said Dampier. “But when we’re on offense, there’s no magnifying glass.” David Stern said…

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