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  1. Miami Heat are more than just one superstar away

    Apr 21, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade has said he knows what this team needs: another superstar to come there to play, and he is going to help recruit that player this summer. It’s going to take more than that to make this team good, something exposed by Tuesday night’s blowout loss to a Kevin Garnettless Celtics squad. Wade had…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Bryant, Lakers hold on against Oklahoma City

    Apr 21, 2010, 3:40 AM EDT

    The Lakers-Thunder series promised a showdown between two of the best defensive teams in the Western Conference and two of the best scorers in the league. When Durant and Kobe struggled on Sunday, the game became an ugly, grind-it out affair. On Tuesday night, both Durant and Kobe showed up. The result was one of…

  3. NBA Playoffs: The Suns strike back in Game 2 win over Blazers

    Apr 21, 2010, 3:13 AM EDT

    It was a no-win situation for Phoenix tonight. Lose, and they’re down 0-2 headed to the Rose Garden, facing a very real chance of being swept. Win, and they still can’t erase the poor performance they gave in Game 1. So the only real option is to win a no-decision by blowing the Blazers out…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Atlanta bigs feast on Bogutless, answerless Bucks

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:41 AM EDT

    Without Andrew Bogut, the Hawks front line was supposed to dominate the series, but that was not really the story in game one. It was in game two. The Bucks had no answer for the combination of Al Horford and Josh Smith — together the pair scored 41 points on 70.8 percent shooting and pulled…

  5. NBA Playoffs: We're pretty sure the Celtics beat the Heat so bad they won the series in two games

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:07 AM EDT

    Some people, I won’t name names, thought the Miami Heat would not only challenge the Celtics in the first round, but would win the series. Those people look incredibly foolish after the first two games of this series. (I was very much one of those names.) The Celtics, without Kevin Garnett due to suspension, thoroughly…

  6. NBA Playoffs Matchup Mastery: The Bucks have to get wild

    Apr 20, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Carlos Delfino cannot play the four. Let’s just get that out there right away, so we’re all comfortable. The Bucks for reasons beyond belief tried to put Delfino on Josh Smith at the power forward spot and it was an outright disaster. Using Synergy Sports (which released their public version today), we can tell you…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Defending Brandon Jennings (it's not as hard as you think)

    Apr 20, 2010, 4:56 PM EDT

    Saturday was the playoff debut of the Brandon Jennings show. Sure, the Hawks won game one against the Bucks, pretty handily actually. But what you were talking about later, the only thing that kept Milwaukee even in it (and led them on a run to make it a little interesting) was Jennings. He had 34…

  8. NBA Playoffs: What the Thunder need to do to win in Los Angeles

    Apr 20, 2010, 4:22 PM EDT

    With the Lakers stumbling a bit coming into the playoffs and the Thunder being anything but a typical eight-seed, many people believed that the Lakers-Thunder series would be a lot more competitive than #1-#8 matchups usually are.  In game 1, things didn’t work out that way; the Thunder looked completely outmatched on both ends of…

  9. Marcus Camby signs deal with Portland. What now, Knicks?

    Apr 20, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    UPDATE 3:20 PM: It’s official, Camby will remain a Blazer. Jason Quick has confirmed it both with Camby’s agent and GM Kevin Pritchard. That little squeal of joy you just heard came from Henry Abbott. 1:27 pm: Apparently Marcus Camby likes the eco-friendly life in Portland. That or he likes playing on an up-and-coming team…

  10. David Lee: The Knicks have taken years off my life

    Apr 20, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    David Lee has nothing to lose. Sure, he’d like to stay in New York, but after the season he just had there is going to be demand for his services. He’s going to have options. And because he has nothing to lose, he was pretty honest about the summer the Knicks face in an interview…

  11. Nets interested in Tom Thibodeau?

    Apr 20, 2010, 2:41 PM EDT

    According to Julian Garcia of the New Jersey Daily News, the New Jersey Nets may be interested in hiring Boston Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau as the next head coach of the Nets.  Nets president Rod Thorn did not mention Thibodeau by name, but seemed to describe Thibodeau when talking about coaches that would be…

  12. Dwight Howard to be named Defensive Player of the Year

    Apr 20, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    UPDATE 2:30 pm: It’s official. And here are your top 5 vote getters: Dwight Howard Orlando 110 first, total 576 Josh Smith Atlanta 3 first, total 136 Gerald Wallace Charlotte 1 first, total 113 LeBron James Cleveland 4 first, total 61 Rajon Rondo Boston 1 first, total 55 12:39 pm: The only interesting part of…

  13. Hornets to look for new coach, Jeff Bower to return to GM role

    Apr 20, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Jeff Bower has had his taste of poetic justice, and now is returning to his traditional role. The Hornets General Manager will give up his coaching duties and return to the front office as GM, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. He will lead the search for the next Hornets coach (which we assume must be…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Big Baby to start, no need for 'Sheed

    Apr 20, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    With Kevin Garnett taking a league-requested night off, the question became who starts at the four tonight for Boston: Big Baby or Sheed. Glen Davis, according to Kendrick Perkins and the Boston Herald. Rasheed Wallace will keep coming off the bench, which yesterday he said would be good with him. The question becomes what happens…

  15. We get it: Joakim Noah doesn't like Cleveland

    Apr 20, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

    The best part of the interview is when Noah rips Cleveland again, you can hear the Chicago-based writers start to laugh, but then realize the locals don’t find it so funny. For the record, it is funny. Sorry Cleveland.  

  16. Alvin Gentry, Steve Kerr, and the power of expectation

    Apr 20, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    Since the Shaq flub, Steve Kerr’s work as the GM/President of Basketball Ops of the Phoenix Suns has been understated but effective. He flipped Boris Diaw for Jason Richardson and Jared Dudley. He drafted Robin Lopez, who was quickly disregarded as an NBA talent but has made a legitimate impact this season. He acquired Goran…

  17. All NBA worst defensive team

    Apr 20, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    The story of these playoffs has been defense — Dwight Howard with nine blocks, Ron Artest on Kevin Durant, the Hawks shutting down what is left of the Bucks. Teams get to the playoffs because of their defense. But who are the worst defenders in the NBA? Who costs their teams games due a vexing…

  18. Unsurprisingly, Mike Harris named D-League MVP

    Apr 20, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    According to a release (via Ridiculous Upside) that was necessary only in formalizing an already anticipated declaration, Mike Harris was named the MVP of the D-League this season. Harris has been dynamite for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers this season, and he averaged 27.1 points (on 58 percent shooting), 10.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.2…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Charlotte will keep attacking the rim, Dwight Howard will keep blocking them

    Apr 20, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard was swatting shots in game one  like King Kong on top of the Empire State building swatting planes. In game one he had nine blocks, eight of those in the first half. He owned the paint. But Charlotte’s Gerald Wallace said that didn’t intimidate them — the Bobcats are still going to attack…

  20. Quote of the day, where a new food craze comes to Milwaukee

    Apr 20, 2010, 9:26 AM EDT

    “Viper. I like Boa constrictor, too. But viper is the best meat I’ve ever had. It tastes like fish and chicken combined. It’s very good.” –Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, the Cameroonian Prince who offered up something different when asked what his favorite meat was. (Via Gery Woelfel of the Milwaukee Journal Times. 

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