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  1. Winderman: Why Pat Riley is a big Toronto Raptors fan right now

    Apr 13, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Based on the standings, it is understandable that the Heat is paying attention to the Bucks, Hawks and Celtics over the close of the regular season. With Milwaukee, there is the matter of the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. With Atlanta and Boston, there is the matter of determining its opening-round playoff opponent.…

  2. Zach Randolph wants Pau Gasol money

    Apr 13, 2010, 11:39 AM EDT

    There’s no denying the fact that Zach Randolph has made a pretty substantial difference in Memphis this year, even if the actual differences in Randolph’s game are anything but. Zeebo’s arrival in Memphis was met with zero expectations, and thus when the Grizzlies experienced an unexpected amount of success this season with Randolph as a…

  3. Jason Terry: "I know this team is locked in. We're ready."

    Apr 13, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    There’s some swagger in the Dallas Mavericks locker room right now. Not over-the-top, Sam Cassell “big balls dance” swagger, but a real, palpable confidence. A blowout win can help with that confidence (even if it is against the Clippers, who have folded the tents on the season). But this is more than that, it is…

  4. Kings pick up Paul Westphal's option

    Apr 13, 2010, 10:53 AM EDT

    One of the most important things in nurturing a group of young players is consistency. They need to know the coaching staff’s expectations and have a chance to grow within them, and coaching changes hinder the ability of players to evolve as a benefit of actual coaching. That’s why the Kings made the right move…

  5. NBA backs Prokhorov in deal with Zimbabwe

    Apr 13, 2010, 10:36 AM EDT

    This was never about human rights. This was never about Zimbabwe. This was about New Jersey and political aspirations. Last Sunday, New Jersey Congressman Bill Pascrell sent a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner asking him to open an investigation into whether Mikhail Prokhorov — the Russian billionaire seeking to buy the New Jersey…

  6. Tyreke Evans: 20-5-5 man. Just like the King, the Big O and MJ.

    Apr 13, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    Oscar Robertson. Michael Jordan. LeBron James. And now Tyreke Evans. In case you had any doubt how good Tyreke Evans is, being put in that group should do it. Those are the only four players n NBA history to average 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game as a rookie. Love Brandon Jennings.…

  7. Celtics pick up Tony Gaffney

    Apr 13, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    If a team is picking up a player now, it’s more about a body for practice and getting a look at him for maybe a roster spot next year. Tony Gaffney is getting that look from the Boston Celtics. The former University of Massachusetts star is expected to sign a deal today. Gaffney is a…

  8. NBA Playoff scenarios: So who plays who now?

    Apr 13, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    Twenty-four hours ago the NBA playoff picture was about as clear as Mr. Magoo sees the world. Today, it’s come into focus a little bit around the edges, but it’s still pretty dang hazy. Here’s what we know so far. Eastern Conference In the East, Cleveland has had the number one seed locked up for…

  9. Jason Kidd off-the-backboard assist to Shawn Marion

    Apr 13, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    The first part of this clip shows just how sloppy much of the Clippers loss to the Mavericks looked last night. But oh, the finish. Jason Kidd still sees the game like few others ever have, and Shawn Marion is all the way back from that oblique strain. And they prove that with authority.

  10. Baseline to Baseline, where the old dogs take over

    Apr 13, 2010, 2:19 AM EDT

    What you missed while celebrating the Conan O’Brien news… Trail Blazers 103, Thunder 95: And the old men shall lead them. This game was supposed to be about the young up and coming powerhouses in the league, the young bucks, showcasing their new-found prowess. Instead, it was 36-year-old Marcus Camby and 34-year-old Andre Miller that…

  11. Lionel Hollins receives, sits on extension as Grizzlies coach

    Apr 13, 2010, 12:17 AM EDT

    Memphis overachieved this year. Before the season, the joke was could a team finish the year with negative assists. But it turns out they can play — Marc Gasol is a pretty good center, OJ May and Rudy Gay have matured. They are fighting for a .500 record. Coach Lionel Hollins deserves some credit for…

  12. Brandon Roy has slight meniscus tear in his right knee, could miss playoffs

    Apr 12, 2010, 9:37 PM EDT

    UPDATE 9:37 pm: Roy made a much more somber prognosis of his condition tonight before the Blazers/Thunder game. He has a slight meniscus tear in his right knee and may not be able to return for the playoffs. However, he is putting off the inevitable surgery in hopes that his knee heals enough to let…

  13. Pacers honor Harter with pre-game ceremony

    Apr 12, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

    Longtime assistant coach Dick Harter was honored with a framed jersey before tonight’s Magic-Pacers game. The 80-year old Harter has long been considered a great defensive coach. After a college coaching career that included stops at Oregon, the University of Pennsylvania, and Penn State, the Pennsylvania native began a long career in the NBA.  After…

  14. Larry Brown will play his starters on Wednesday

    Apr 12, 2010, 7:48 PM EDT

    The Bobcats are one of the few teams in the league who have already clinched their playoff spot, but Larry Brown isn’t letting his foot off the gas pedal. According to Jonathan Abrams of the New York times, Larry Brown will play his starters when the Bobcats play the Bulls on Wednesday. Brown’s explanation is…

  15. Kevin Durant for most improved player?

    Apr 12, 2010, 7:19 PM EDT

    I’ve never really quite gotten behind the Most Improved Player award or the 6th Man of the Year award. Two guys can be playing on teams that are just as good, put up the exact same numbers, play the exact same amount of minutes, and play defense just as well as the other one. But…

  16. McGrady to miss home finale

    Apr 12, 2010, 6:24 PM EDT

    Knicks forward Tracy McGrady may have played his last home game as a Knick. According to Mike Slane of the Knicks’ official website, McGrady will not play against the Wizards tonight in what will be the final home game of the season for the Knicks. McGrady has been suffering from a knee injury that caused…

  17. Basketball Prospectus makes its all-defense selections

    Apr 12, 2010, 6:23 PM EDT

    Kevin Pelton of Basketball Prospectus has announced his All-Defensive first team, and some of the selections may surprise you. Except for Dwight Howard. That one you probably should’ve gotten. Using factors like dMult, adjusted plus/minus, team defensive rating, defensive WARP, and his own lyin’ eyes, Pelton has assembled a fairly comprehensive look at who the…

  18. Syracuse's Wesley Johnson leads today's declare for draft list

    Apr 12, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    Wesley Johnson, who was the poster boy for a Syracuse team that was expected to have a down year and ended up with a top seed in the NCAA Tournament, has declared himself for the NBA draft. It was expected as it was for Devin Ebanks of West Virginia and Dominique Jones of South Florida.…

  19. Kobe Bryant out for Lakers last two games

    Apr 12, 2010, 4:25 PM EDT

    An 8 for 23 afternoon will do this to you. After he returned for one game Sunday, the Lakers announced today that Kobe Bryant will sit out the Lakers final two regular season games. Those are both meaningless in the West — the Lakers have locked up home court until the Finals — and winnable…

  20. Kobe is to Batman as LeBron is to Superman

    Apr 12, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    Finally. Someone has combined the long-standing Superman vs. Batman debate with the Kobe or LeBron discussion. The two go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Great work by Gary over at Lakersnation.com on this video. Personally, I’m still trying to figure out who the Silver Surfer of the NBA is.

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