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  1. 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…

  2. Quote of the day, Dwyane Wade and losing do not mix

    Apr 28, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

    “This will be my last first-round exit for a while, I’ll tell you that.” –Dwyane Wade, after his Miami Heat were eliminated from the playoffs by the Boston Celtics. (Via TrueHoop). Take that for what it’s worth, you can read a lot into it, but the smart money is still on the help coming to…

  3. LeBron says he's worried, but fans shouldn't be

    Apr 28, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    About that elbow… Relax. Nothing to worry about. Oh, sure, it’s some random thing that nobody knows what it is but his arm just goes numb at times, but why worry about that? What is wrong with you people. Don’t take my word for it, here are the words of LeBron James himself.   There…

  4. Kobe Bryant still king of NBA Jersey sales, LeBron is queen, Celtics fans will buy anything.

    Apr 28, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant. Love him or hate him, you buy his gear. Admit it. The Lakers sudden defensive stopper topped the sales chart at NBA.com and the NBA Store in Manhattan for the second straight year, according to a league announcement Wednesday. LeBron James was second, because really the NBA is all about LeBron and Kobe…

  5. As the Larry Brown coaching saga turns: Philadelphia will talk to him, Charlotte plans for change

    Apr 28, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    This is starting to make federal financial reform look simple. The latest in the Larry Brown coaching saga is that the Philadelphia 76ers do want to talk to him, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. But only about being their coach, nothing more. The 76ers are poised to contact Larry Brown about their coaching vacancy, but…

  6. Sign of the future? Michael Beasley sits entire second half.

    Apr 28, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    With their season on the line, with the Miami Heat needing their best players on the floor, Michael Beasley sat. He did not start the second half of game five against the Celtics; he did not touch the court for the most crucial 24 minutes of the Heat’s season. Udonis Haslem played the entire half,…

  7. One of these days, Jamario, straight to the Moon

    Apr 28, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

    It was Cleveland’s night. Chicago made the effort, but the Cavaliers have too much. For example, on a fast break, you best have a couple guys ready to stop LeBron James, but that opens up other opportunities.

  8. Scott Brooks has finally gotten through to Serge Ibaka with words, not gestures

    Apr 28, 2010, 7:55 AM EDT

    Serge Ibaka comes from a different world than any other NBA player. Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo to be specific. A world of refugees and war crimes. He was born number 15 out of 18 siblings. Yes, you read that right, 18. For him, basketball was a real escape. He came to the NBA with…

  9. NBA Playoffs: The Mavs fight to stay alive and look damn good in doing so

    Apr 28, 2010, 5:33 AM EDT

    In the first four playoff games between the Mavs and the Spurs, each game was decided by just a few possessions. Dallas edged San Antonio in Game 1, the Mavs were within two points during the fourth quarter of Game 2, and the Spurs’ took Games 3 and 4 by a combined seven points. Then…

  10. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Thunder game 5: Kobe brings the tough defense and the Lakers bring the blowout

    Apr 28, 2010, 3:15 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant is too old. He’s too injured. He’s no longer explosive. He’s played to many minutes over too many years. He’s lost a couple steps. He’s not THAT Kobe Bryant anymore. Don’t try to sell that to Thunder coach Scott Brooks. “Kobe had an impact on the game the stat sheet doesn’t show,” said…

  11. NBA Playoffs Heat Celtics Game 5: Celtics move on, Heat move to summer of mystery

    Apr 28, 2010, 3:04 AM EDT

    The rumors of the demise of the Boston Celtics have been greatly exaggerated. The Celtics didn’t dominate the Heat in Game 5 of their first round series in Boston, but they left no doubt. They are still a contender, and Miami is not. Boston, looked at by many, including your devoted author here, as a…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Bulls fight valiantly, but the Cavs are still the Cavs

    Apr 28, 2010, 1:08 AM EDT

    The Chicago Bulls were neither deep enough nor talented enough to pose much of a threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but they competed. They worked defensively and made things as difficult as they could for LeBron and co., but facing an opponent with so many scoring options and such chemistry ultimately proved to be too…

  13. LeBron James injures arm in clinching series win over Bulls

    Apr 28, 2010, 12:55 AM EDT

    UPDATE 4/28 12:55 am: LeBron said his arm went numb at the free throw line but seemed relatively unconcerned about this speaking to the press postgame. Here is the quote: “It bothers me because I don’t know what it is,” James said. “Hopefully it doesn’t continue to bother me. But I’m not concerned. Cleveland fans…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers to start on Saturday – with more Reggie Miller

    Apr 27, 2010, 11:40 PM EDT

    The NBA league office has made it official — let the real fun in the Eastern Conference begin. With both Boston and Cleveland having now finished off their series, the two will start their second round series on Saturday. Game one will be Saturday, game two Monday, with times for those games yet to be…

  15. Dwight Howard enjoys paying fines, complains about refs

    Apr 27, 2010, 9:55 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard apparently has too much money, what with all those endorsements and all. Time to make a donation. So, he criticized the referees Tuesday on his blog. The quotes from the Orlando Sentinel. “Ya’ll know that that series against Charlotte drove me crazy. I mean, it was almost comical at times how I was…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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)

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