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  1. NBA Playoffs: You'll go to bed tonight before the seedings are set

    Apr 14, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    We told you a couple days ago: The last game to tip off this NBA season, Utah at Phoenix at 10:30 Eastern tonight, will still play a big role in determining who plays whom in the first round of the NBA playoffs. What, you thought we were kidding? We would never do that to you.…

  2. Don Nelson actually wants to return as Golden State Warriors coach

    Apr 14, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    It has just been assumed that this was Don Nelson’s last season — he’s the NBA’s all-time winningest coach but has seemed to have lost the passion for the job. He drinks with players. He has alienated key players (Monta Ellis) and woefully misused others (Brandan Wright, Anthony Randolph, Anthony Morrow, to name a few).…

  3. Doc Rivers may step down as Boston Celtics coach after season

    Apr 14, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    It’s not easy coaching in Boston, where a 50-win season and a four seed in the playoffs is considered a failure by many. The glow from the 2008 title has worn off and fans are angry with everyone from the bench players to the owner. Doc Rivers may have had enough of it and told…

  4. Carlos Boozer suffers rib cage injury, MRI Wednesday

    Apr 14, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    The Utah Jazz are not going to go very far in the playoffs without Carlos Boozer. They will find out today if they will have to try. Boozer left Tuesday night’s game in the second quarter, went back to the locker room and did not play another minute in the Jazz’s win. The injury is…

  5. Baseline to Baseline, where the Bulls still give the Celtics fits

    Apr 14, 2010, 3:07 AM EDT

    What you missed while wondering, “What can I do to speed up my heart attack…” Bulls 101, Celtics: 93: No Bulls management punched each other in the making of this recap. Derrick Rose just dominated Rajon Rondo and got him in foul trouble. Rondo is the speed and youth of the Celtics, without him they…

  6. Report: Chicago Bulls VP John Paxson pushed Vinny Del Negro

    Apr 13, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

    Things are a little tense in the Chicago Bulls front office. According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the recent tension between Bulls Vide President John Paxson and coach Vinny Del Negro turned physical. After a loss to the Phoenix Suns on March 30, an irate Paxson walked into the coach’s office at the United Center and…

  7. The other CBA battle: big market vs. small market owners

    Apr 13, 2010, 7:18 PM EDT

    When talking about what seems like the inevitable 2011 lockout — it’s not inevitable, but all sides involved seem to think it is, therefore it is — it’s often portrayed as the players union vs. the owners. But the owners are not a united front. Big market and small market owners do not seem to…

  8. Knicks could be interested in Shaun Livingston

    Apr 13, 2010, 6:06 PM EDT

    According to the twitter account of newsday.com’s Alan Hahn, the New York Knicks could be interested in signing Shaun Livingston this off-season. The former #4 overall pick had a strong finish to the season with the Wizards, averaging 16.3 points and 6.1 assists per game on 64% shooting in April. It was the type of…

  9. Dunk of the night: Gerald Henderson on Devin Harris

    Apr 13, 2010, 5:22 PM EDT

    The Bobcats’ gritty defense and 31-9 home record have propelled them into the playoffs, and they may prove themselves to be a tough out in the first round. They’ve also managed to lose not one, but two games to the NBA’s worst team. On Monday night, Gerald Henderson and co. managed to get some revenge.

  10. Kings go country with Jon Brockman

    Apr 13, 2010, 5:04 PM EDT

    He is the Brockness Monster. He’s had a pretty nice rookie season. He is not a country singer. But Jon Brockman is pretty funny. (via The Baseline)

  11. Dwyane Wade is no Frank Sinatra, turns down Gotti meeting

    Apr 13, 2010, 4:52 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade’s life is just like yours and mine. I’m sure this happened to you a couple weekends ago: You’re just hanging out an exclusive Manhattan club (M2) with your bodyguard protecting you and your posse when the grandson of a famous mob boss wants to talk to you. When it happened to Wade, however,…

  12. Four year jersey-wearing streak comes to an end

    Apr 13, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    In April of 2006, Scary Movie 4 was the top movie at the box office, “Bad Day” by Daniel Powter was atop the Billboard charts, the Pistons were on their way to a 64-win season, and eight-year old Eric Matecun began wearing Pistons jerseys. Every day. Matecun will reportedly not wear a Pistons jersey to…

  13. Shane Battier thinks the NBA should be a lot more like college

    Apr 13, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

    Duke graduate, face-guarding aficionado, and all-around nice guy Shane Battier sat down with Jason Friedman of Rockets.com yesterday with a bunch of ideas regarding how the NBA could be improved. And I do mean a bunch. What kind of rule changes does Battier want to see? You’re not going to believe this, but the former Wooden…

  14. Director of Iverson documentary interviewed

    Apr 13, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson, the latest film in ESPN’s “30 for 30″ documentary series, premiers tonight at 8:00 EST. No Crossover focuses on the fallout from a February 14th, 1993 brawl that involved a 17-year old Allen Iverson. Iverson ended up serving four months in jail because of his role in the brawl, and…

  15. George Karl could be back for second round of playoffs

    Apr 13, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Here’s what is really important: Things continue to progress as well as could be hoped in the treatment of George Karl’s cancer. This is all that matters. But it is not a fast process — Karl will be out for the first round of the playoffs but could return to the Nuggets bench for the…

  16. Lakers, Knicks, Timberwolves headed to Europe next fall

    Apr 13, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol is going home to Barcelona and he’s bringing his teammates with him. We’ll see if he can get Ron Artest to go out to dinner with him for some classic Catalan food, like “mondonguilles amb sìpia” (meatballs with cuttlefish). Because we need video of Ron-Ron’s face when that arrives. Three NBA announced that…

  17. Surprise, surprise: Larry Brown could be moving on to Philly

    Apr 13, 2010, 12:57 PM EDT

    Oh, Larry Brown. Behind the “right way” philosophy and his “old school” approach is just a tough-love-‘em-and-leave-‘em kind of guy, content to leave every coaching job before wearing out his welcome and yet somehow, still wear out his welcome. Brown hasn’t even come close during his short time with the Charlotte Bobcats, mostly because he’s…

  18. 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.…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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