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  1. NBA Playoffs Blazers Suns Game 4: The vengeful return of Brandon Roy

    Apr 24, 2010, 11:51 PM EDT

    The Blazers needed an emotional lift. Something to get their crowd back into the zone after a deflating Game 3. Something to give them just a little bit of a push at both ends. And Brandon Roy, out for two weeks following surgery to repair a torn miniscus, making an early return? That’ll do it.…

  2. Winderman: Hammond as Executive of the Year because less is more

    Apr 24, 2010, 9:43 PM EDT

    The press release from the NBA that accompanied Saturday’s announcement of Bucks General Manager John Hammond as Executive of the Year was noteworthy for what it didn’t mention. In announcing Hammond as winner of the award, the release cited the drafting of Brandon Jennings, the selection of coach Scott Skiles, the addition of veterans Carlos…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Nelson carries Magic to 3-0 series lead

    Apr 24, 2010, 7:51 PM EDT

    The Charlotte Bobcats did everything right on Saturday afternoon. They frustrated Dwight Howard on both ends of the floor, baiting him into silly fouls and rendering him ineffective on the offensive end for most of the time he was in. They held the Magic to 9-30 shooting from beyond the arc. They turned defense into…

  4. NBA, FIBA negotiating reduced international play for NBA stars

    Apr 24, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    The Club vs. Country debate. You’ll see it this summer first in South Africa, when some major world power soccer club will lose a star player to injury next season when that player gets hurt playing for his country in the World Cup. Is it fair to the club teams that pay these guys millions…

  5. Amare Stoudemire: "I never had a clue on how fun defense really is because we never played it"

    Apr 24, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    It’s seemed a revelation in the playoffs, but the Suns started playing defense just after the All-Star Break. Seriously. They kept putting up the mountains of points, but from the All-Star Game to the end of the season, the Suns were 12th in defensive efficiency in he league (according to ESPN’s John Hollinger). Not great,…

  6. Amare Stoudemire: Should he stay or should he go now? He's talking extension with Suns.

    Apr 24, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    We’ve all been sizing up Amare Stoudemire for a new look. Maybe a Heat uniform for next season. Or a Bulls uni. Or maybe a Nets jersey. What about a Suns white and orange jersey? Sure, that’s the team he’s about to opt out from, surrendering $17.5 million for next season to get a long-term…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Saturday is the last stand

    Apr 24, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

    8 teams play today, 4 in Game 3’ss, and 4 in Game 4’s. But for the underdog in each of these contests, this will be their last stand in the hopes of a competitive series. If these teams want to force a Game 7, forget about the elimination game, whenever it comes. Today is their…

  8. Manu Ginobili breaks nose, keeps right on playing, like he's a hockey player

    Apr 24, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki’s elbows, which earlier this year helped provide Carl Landry a painful reminder about the importance of regular trips to the dentist, now are helping Manu Ginobili get a nose job. Early in the third quarter of game three Friday night, an inadvertent Nowitzki elbow caught Ginobili on the nose and broke it. But…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Paul Pierce puts the nail in Miami's coffin

    Apr 24, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    This series is now over. They will play another game Sunday, and people in Miami will speak of the 2004 Red Sox, but they shouldn’t. This is done. This shot by Paul Pierce ended it.

  10. NBA Playoffs: Wade gives last full measure of devotion, then Pierce wins it for Boston

    Apr 24, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade has carried the weight of the Miami Heat franchise — and carried underachieving teammates — through 82 games. He carried them through the first two games of their playoff series with the Celtics, averaging 27.5 points per game while nobody else averaged more than 10. He did it again in game three, for…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Utah scores at will against Denver, takes 2-1 series lead

    Apr 24, 2010, 3:11 AM EDT

    The Nuggets got out to an early lead against the Utah Jazz on Friday, taking a 27-21 lead after the first quarter behind 10 points by Chauncey Billups. They were running their offense, they were hitting their shots, and they even managed to keep the Utah crowd quiet. Then Paul Millsap showed up, and things…

  12. NBA Playoffs: The Spurs take another close game against the Mavs, heap all the pressure onto Dallas

    Apr 24, 2010, 2:26 AM EDT

    The last two games have represented a phenomenal opportunity for the Dallas Mavericks: rather than the 1-2 deficit they now face, the Mavs could very well have been blocking off travel dates for the second round as the proud owners of a 3-0 series lead. Instead, the San Antonio Spurs showed in both games what…

  13. NBA Playoffs: Can Denver beat Utah on the road?

    Apr 23, 2010, 7:58 PM EDT

    Stealing a win on the road was a huge break for the Utah Jazz. Utah and Denver were a combined 66-16 at home this year, and went 40-42 on the road. Clearly, both of these teams are a lot more comfortable in their own buildings. Even without Kirilenko and Okur in the rotation, Utah has…

  14. Oklahoma City was really loud last night

    Apr 23, 2010, 6:43 PM EDT

    It was never a secret that the Oklahoma City crowd was going to be a factor in whatever first-round series the Thunder ended up playing in. Oklahoma City has a loud, passionate fanbase, and it’s their team’s first ever NBA playoff appearance. Yet for all the predictions of how loud the building was going to…

  15. Report: Kenyon Martin will play on Friday

    Apr 23, 2010, 6:13 PM EDT

    Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post tweeted that Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin will play in Friday’s game against the Utah Jazz. Martin missed practice on Thursday to rest his knee and was earlier reported to be a “game-time decision,” but Adrian Dantley is now saying that he will play. Martin averaged 11 points and 7.5…

  16. Phil Jackson: David Stern can be a little heavy handed

    Apr 23, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    You didn’t really think Phil Jackson — make that the recently fined Phil Jackson — was going to let David Stern’s “I should have suspended them to start with” comments go unchallenged, did you? That’s not how Phil works. Here is the transcript from Scott Howard-Cooper at NBA.com’s Sekou Smith’s Hangtime Blog. “I think when…

  17. New Orleans Hornets sale reaches "impasse," could impact coaching search

    Apr 23, 2010, 5:08 PM EDT

    They are selling hope in New Orleans. Team personnel are speaking glowingly of the future as the team aggressively goes after name coaches. But a dark cloud has returned over the New Orleans Hornets franchise. The sale of the team, something considered basically a done deal, is now stalled. The Associated Press has he story:…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Andrei Kirilenko thinks he can be back for game six

    Apr 23, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    It can’t last, can it? The Jazz can’t keep winning with nobody healthy left on the front line, can they? Well, yes they can. Their offensive system is a troublesome match for Denver. Doesn’t mean they wouldn’t mind the help. Andrei Kirilenko wants to be the cavalry. The Russian Cavalry in their Cossack uniforms, but…

  19. Where in the world is JJ Hickson?

    Apr 23, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    Remember JJ Hickson? That rookie that caught your eye with his energy off the Cavaliers bench? Mike Brown doesn’t seem to. The second half of he season Hickson gave the Cavaliers 10.4 points on 56 percent shooting, pus six boards a game in 23 minutes every game. He was a quality role player off the…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Is Kevin Durant really a Kobe stopper? Or was Kobe the Kobe stopper?

    Apr 23, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant is being treated like basketball royalty today — he stepped up like a superstar should. With the game on the line, he asked to cover the other team’s best player. He went mano a mano with Kobe Bryant. That takes stones. He deserves the praise. And the Thunder won. That is ultimately how…

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