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  1. Erik Spoelstra is more patient with Michael Beasley than you are

    Apr 29, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Michael Beasley sat the entire second half of game five against Boston. Udonis Haslem hurts his ankle, and Beasley — the number two overall pick — sat. But don’t read anything into that. I mean, why would you? Heat coach Erik Spoelstra thinks things are progressing just fine, he said in his post-season meeting with…

  2. Mike Woodson may be done in Atlanta. It's probably time.

    Apr 29, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Embarrassing. What has happened to the Atlanta Hawks in the last three games is embarrassing. Not so much the game three loss — Milwaukee had the energy of the home crowd, made some adjustments, shot well and got the win. The Bucks are a solid, well coached team. It happens. But three straight losses? In…

  3. Dwight Howard, Stan Van Gundy to talk fouls again

    Apr 29, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard lost his head in the Charlotte series. Sure, there were some borderline calls that went against him, but he didn’t deal with it well. He kept picking up silly fouls, not just accepting some of the banging but retaliating. Then he sat. Then his teammates nicknamed him Foul on You. Watch the video…

  4. JR Smith, giving the people their money's worth

    Apr 29, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

    When Denver is eliminated after game six, I am really going to miss JR Smith’s monster dunks. (What, you think Denver will pull it together on the road and force a game seven? Okay. Sure. Do you still believe in the tooth fairy, too?)

  5. Dwyane Wade on Miami: My heart is here

    Apr 29, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    The long race of Dwyane Wade’s free agency has just left the starter’s gate, but Miami remains the heavy pre-race favorite. Don’t believe me? Just ask Wade himself, as our own Ira Winderman did for the South Florida Sun Sentinel. He also asked Wade’s teammates, who said pretty much the same thing. “My heart is…

  6. Doug Collins is first call in Philadelphia coach search

    Apr 29, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

    Former NBA coach and current TNT broadcaster Doug Collins has gotten the first call about becoming head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. That’s according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, who said nobody else has yet been contacted by team president and general manager Ed Stefanski. However, you can bet that Collins will not be the only…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Nene leaves game, appears to be done for season

    Apr 29, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    UPDATE 8:28 am: Sources told the Denver Post after the game that it looks as if Nene is done for the season. He will undergo an MRI today to confirm, but doctors with the Nuggets thought he tore the ACL in his left knee. 12:21 am: An inadvertent kick from Carlos Boozer has knocked Denver…

  8. Jeanie Buss: "Phil will be coaching next year, somewhere"

    Apr 29, 2010, 2:45 AM EDT

    Forget The Real Housewives of Orange County. Heck, forget the South Fork Ranch and Dallas. The Buss family soap opera is far more delicious and entertaining. In our latest episode, Jeanie Buss — the daughter with the business mind and the posed-for-Playboy body, who is dating the head coach of daddy’s franchise — told ESPNLosAngeles…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Denver executes on offense, stays alive against Utah

    Apr 29, 2010, 2:04 AM EDT

    The Nuggets aren’t going to win this series on the strength of their defense. That much is clear. In order to make that strategy work, they need to play a near-perfect offensive game for a full 48 minutes. On Wednesday night, they did just that to stave off elimination.  The Nuggets started the game out…

  10. NBA Playoffs, Bucks Hawks game 5: Atlanta fears the deer now

    Apr 29, 2010, 1:01 AM EDT

    Atlanta fears the deer now. This was supposed to be easy. The Hawks have athletes all over the floor, they are the more physically gifted team in this series. The Bucks were without Andrew Bogut. But the Hawks play like Nuke LaLoosh — million-dollar arm and a five-cent head. With game five — and maybe…

  11. Let the LeBron James silly season begin: LeBron to Charlotte? Really?

    Apr 28, 2010, 8:07 PM EDT

    I’d like to say that the idea of LeBron James going to play for the Charlotte Bobcats next year is the silliest LeBron James rumor/theory we are going to hear in the next three months. It’s not. I’m leaning toward a “he is leaving America to play for FC Barcelona” rumor to win out. I…

  12. Dwight Howard gets $35,000 fine for calling out referees

    Apr 28, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    We told you this was coming. It was obvious. It was just a matter of when. Today. The league announced a $35,000 fine for Dwight Howard for criticizing the referees on his blog. What did he write that was (apparently) worth $35,000? “Ya’ll know that that series against Charlotte drove me crazy. I mean, it…

  13. Jerry Sloan was ready to fight Chris Webber (and we'd take Sloan)

    Apr 28, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    Chris Webber has become the weekly NBA guy on Fox Sport Radio’s Petros and Money show. There is the potential for good stuff here because Matt “Money” Smith knows his NBA. He used to be part of the Lakers radio team (before they switched stations this season) and provided the all-to-rare smart basketball talk on…

  14. Deron Williams thinks he's the best point guard in the league

    Apr 28, 2010, 4:24 PM EDT

    Deron Williams speaks the truth. Debatable truth, but truth. He did it at shootaround today, before his Jazz try to eliminate the Nuggets tonight. He told the Denver Post and other assembled media: “I think I’m the best point guard in the league. … I thought I was the best point guard in the league…

  15. NBA Playoffs, Bucks Hawks game 5: Mike Woodson, it's your move to save your defense

    Apr 28, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    NBA playoff matchups are really a chess match. Every once in a while there is a queen with limitless powers on the board — your LeBron James, Dwyane Wade guys — but for the most part a coach’s pieces have limits. Can only move in an L-shape, can only move diagonally, can’t shoot from the…

  16. Rick Mahorn latest 90s forward to file bankruptcy

    Apr 28, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

    This is the third NBA player to go belly up in recent weeks. It’s not funny, it’s all quite sad. The latest is one of the key Bad Boys, Rick Mahorn, according to the Detroit News. Mahorn, 51, and his wife filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy because of failed investments, the plummeting value of their Rochester…

  17. Ben Gordon has surgery on ankle

    Apr 28, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

    Ben Gordon would pretty much like to forget about last season. The injuries, the losing, the shooting stroke gone awry (eFG dropped from 52 percent to 47 percent, three point shot from 41 percent to 32 percent). But before he could put it in the past, he had to get some ankle surgery. It went…

  18. LeBron James wants to be like Mike, own NBA team

    Apr 28, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    LeBron James is not trying to be the next Michael Jordan, he’s trying to be the first LeBron James. Just ask him. He admires Mike, but it’s not like he is trying to be like him… Well, except for owning a team someday, just like Mike. That’s what he told FanHouse. James, whose path to…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Nuggets limited by defensive execution, but also offensive scheme

    Apr 28, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    There’s no question that Denver’s inability to play defense is a big reason why they find themselves on the brink of elimination, but TrueHoop’s Kevin Arnovitz has discovered something of an oddity in the Nuggets’ deliberately inefficient offense: The Denver Nuggets have a secret arsenal of nearly unstoppable plays. There’s only one hitch headed into…

  20. Vinny Del Negro to twist in the wind while Bulls management pretends to think about decision

    Apr 28, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro’s Bulls put up a fight. They did not back down from the mighty Cavaliers. LeBron James talked about their energy, and said the Bulls were well coached. Sure, the Bulls only won one game, but they were completely overmatched. All you can ask in that situation is to see some fight, and…

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