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  1. NBA Playoffs: Zone defense ain't no thing, Cavs coast to a Game 1 win over Bulls

    Apr 17, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

    Let’s not pretend that the Bulls’ performance in this game was somehow significant; after building an early double-digit lead, the Cavs worked, and held, and coasted, until a temporary hiccup against the Bulls’ zone defense made this game a bit closer than it should have been. Does that mean Chicago is somehow going to make…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Rajon Rondo throwing up more than buckets, but will play in Celtics-Heat Game 1

    Apr 17, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo has been very sick. He pretty much threw up all Thursday night and Friday morning, which kept him out of practice Friday morning. He still feels horrible. But after shootaround, the Boston Globe reports Rondo will play in Game 1 versus the Heat Saturday night. Rondo’s still feeling terrible, as you can tell…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Carlos Boozer is a go for Nuggets-Jazz Game One

    Apr 17, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    Carlos Boozer strained his oblique late in the season, and sat out the last two games of the season. He was listed as a game time decision late this week and questionable as of this morning. But after shootaround, Ross Siler of the Salt Lake City Tribune is reporting that Boozer has decided to play…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Cavaliers set to dominate, so enjoy the Bulls while you can

    Apr 17, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    What do the Chicago Bulls need to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers? A miracle. Hijinx. Steroids. Food poisoning for LeBron. Flubber. Possession by a basketball-playing demon. Stink bombs in the Cavs’ locker room. A magic lamp. Oh, and on top of all that, they need to play nearly perfect basketball from top to bottom. Honestly, if…

  5. Georgetown's Greg Monroe's declares for NBA Draft

    Apr 17, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    Greg Monroe is a lottery pick in pretty much every mock draft I’ve seen, he’s high on the board of every scout I’ve talked to. That means he should come out — and he is, he made it official and he is hiring an agent so there is no going back. Monroe has an NBA…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Celtics and Heat will bring the pain

    Apr 17, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

    It’s hard to argue with this series having the most star power. Rajon Rondo. Ray Allen. Paul Pierce. Kevin Garnett. Jermaine O’Neal. Dwyane Wade. It’s chock full of bonafide superstars. But I wouldn’t expect a high flying series of highlight reels and spectacular shots. We’re talking about the third best team in defensive efficiency (points…

  7. NBA Playoffs: The one where the Bucks are hoping for a playoff miracle against the Hawks

    Apr 17, 2010, 11:08 AM EDT

    Three weeks ago, Atlanta and Boston were jockeying for the three seed not so much to avoid Cleveland in the second round (although that’s part of it) but to avoid Milwaukee in the first round. Nobody wanted a piece of the Bucks, they were on fire. Brandon Jennings was playing well at the point, John…

  8. Quote of the day, Phil Jackson doesn't care about Durant's feelings

    Apr 17, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    “Whatever.” – Lakers coach Phil Jackson’s reaction to Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant saying he said he felt disrespected by Jackson’s comments about Durant and the league referees. Those comments earned Jackson a fine.

  9. Kim Hughes, the Clippers fired the last honest coach

    Apr 16, 2010, 11:27 PM EDT

    Even before it was clear that Wednesday night was his last night as a head coach, Clippers interim Kim Hughes was honest. I was there his first game, when he jokingly called Chris Kaman emotionally retarded (well, half joking anyway) and after the game admitted that he may not have the ball handlers to run…

  10. Breaking down the Artest-Durant matchup

    Apr 16, 2010, 7:49 PM EDT

    When the Lakers have the ball in their upcoming series with the Oklahoma City Thunder, the matchup to watch will be the battle on the perimeter between Kobe Bryant and Thabo Sefolosha. When the Thunder have the ball, the matchup to watch will be the one between Kevin Durant and Ron Artest, and it should…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Thunder to taste playoff experience, do the Lakers have too much of it?

    Apr 16, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    The Lakers and the Thunder are a lot alike in some ways. Think about it this way: Dominant superstar? Check. Second offensive option who is a borderline All-Star? Check. Long, lanky versatile forward? Check. Guys who can come in off the bench and change the game? Check. But off the court these franchises are totally…

  12. Players union may now seek collusion charge

    Apr 16, 2010, 5:22 PM EDT

    David Stern announced good news for teams and players today — that the salary cap next year is probably going to be $56.1 million, several million higher than expected. That’s more money to spend this summer. But the players union sees nefarious deeds afloat. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo was first with the news. After the…

  13. NBA Playoffs: Marcus Camby rolls ankle, says he'll still go Sunday

    Apr 16, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    There needed to be a special section in the recent Health Care bill signed by the president just to cover centers for the Portland Trail Blazers. They alone can drive up health care costs nationally. The latest incident is Marcus Camby rolling his ankle in practice just two days before the Trail Blazers open the…

  14. Draft ties broken, let Lotto fever begin

    Apr 16, 2010, 4:57 PM EDT

    Parity, pretty cool when you flip on League Pass and know that just about any team can beat just about any other team in the NBA that night. Pain in the, um, rear when figuring out lottery odds. A host of NBA teams ended the season tied, so a bunch of coins had to be…

  15. Chris Paul, David West want changes to Hornets. Good luck with that.

    Apr 16, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    It was a disappointing season for New Orleans, even before Chris Paul got injured. A team a couple years ago was THE up and coming team to fear is very pedestrian now. About as scary as a kitten. Just 37 wins will do that. Chris Paul doesn’t like that. David West doesn’t like that. They…

  16. Salary cap for next season much higher than expected

    Apr 16, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    Like the rest of the nation, it’s hard to say the recession is over for the NBA, but things are looking better. David Stern has reported that next year’s salary cap will be $56.1 million, which is about $3 million higher than what was the highest estimate last year, and maybe $6 million better than…

  17. About Phil Jackson not coming back to the Lakers…

    Apr 16, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    Isn’t speculation about the Lakers fun? Let’s play that game a little. Here’s the rumor: Jerry Buss never liked the slow triangle offense, he wants Showtime. He doesn’t like paying Phil Jackson $12 million a year. He doesn’t like the fact the coach is schtupping his daughter… Ergo, if Phil Jackson doesn’t win a title…

  18. DeMarcus Cousins: Calipari pushed me to go pro

    Apr 16, 2010, 1:08 PM EDT

    It was evident very early in the season that DeMarcus Cousins should go pro. I tuned into an early-season Kentucky game to see what all the John Wall hype was about and was quickly thinking, “who is this Cousins and how can the Lakers get him?” (Hey, I grew up a Lakers fan, what about…

  19. Andre Kirilenko out at least two weeks, Jazz suddenly flat

    Apr 16, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    Pretty soon the Jazz may just hold an open casting call for power forwards. We talked about the already injury-filled battle at the four between Carlos Boozer and Kenyon Martin, but the Jazz had a secret weapon — an AK-47. Andre Kirilenko. Well, we thought they had one. David Locke of KFAN in Salt Lake…

  20. Shawn Marion destroys Texas Stadium

    Apr 16, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    The biggest plume of dust this side of Iceland came from the demolition of the old Texas Stadium. And now we know how that really happened. People just shouldn’t leave buttons laying around like that. It’s not Shawn Marion’s fault.

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