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  1. NBA Playoffs: The Sun also rises

    Apr 15, 2010, 6:45 AM EDT

    Well, well, well, look who’s back from the dead.  The Suns are the… ahem… I apologize for this in advance… hottest teams in the playoffs. Shooting the lights out, causing turnovers, blocking shots, the works. Steve Nash is leading the league in assists, again. He’s shooting 50-40-90, again. Amar’e Stoudemire is back to dominating, and…

  2. NBA Playoffs: If the gods of the knee are kind, the Denver Nuggets are a contenders

    Apr 15, 2010, 6:30 AM EDT

    Let’s be up front about the one big if for the Denver Nuggets: If Kenyon Martin’s knee is healthy. Those six words should be in front of every other sentence in this post. Because if it is, if he is back to being the aggressive, physical force in the paint they need, Denver can compete…

  3. NBA Playoffs: The Lakers are just a flipped switch away from another title

    Apr 15, 2010, 6:00 AM EDT

    It’s very trendy to be down on the Lakers right now. They’ve given everyone plenty of reasons the last month — spotty execution, horrible outside shooting, questionable defensive rotations and a general malaise. See, there I go doing it — we act as if these Lakers are that other team in LA. The Lakers won…

  4. NBA Playoffs: The Hawks can fly to the sun, but may burn just the same

    Apr 15, 2010, 5:30 AM EDT

    Atlanta, even as the three seed, even with a sweep over Boston, even with a win against Orlando, even for as great as they’ve been at times, still enter as the unknown, silent partner of the NBA playoffs.  Which is a shame, because they may feature the most balance in terms of talent of any…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Why the Magic can win it all and frustrate Cavs fans at the same time

    Apr 15, 2010, 5:15 AM EDT

    The Orlando Magic finished with the second-best record of any team in the league. They are the reigning Eastern Conference Champions. Furthermore, the old cliches go that defense and dominant big men win championships. The Magic lead the league in defensive efficiency, and have easily the best big man in the league on their roster.…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Why the Cavaliers can win it all (as if you didn't know)

    Apr 15, 2010, 5:00 AM EDT

    The Cavaliers have the league’s best record for the second year in a row. Their best player is likely about to win his second MVP award in a row. They’ve made major changes to their team specifically designed to avoid another disappointing playoff exit. If they win, they become the first Cleveland team to win…

  7. Your 2010 NBA Playoff Schedule

    Apr 15, 2010, 2:33 AM EDT

    Here is the schedule to set your life — or at least your DVR — by for the next couple of weeks. Note that all times listed are Eastern. If you don’t live out East (and I don’t) then do the math in your head. It keeps you sharp. Eastern Conference Cleveland vs. ChicagoGame 1…

  8. Baseline to Baseline, final night of the regular season

    Apr 15, 2010, 1:16 AM EDT

    What happened Wednesday while you were crying over the end of League Pass… Magic 125 Sixers 111: The Sixers did their part, showing up to let the fans in Orlando have something to cheer against. Marreesse Speights needs to learn to play better defense, but he can score. 23 points for the young 22 year…

  9. Kevin Durant is your scoring champ whose insurance still hasn't dropped

    Apr 14, 2010, 11:29 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant plugged in 31 points tonight, wrapping up the NBA scoring title, averaging 30.1 points a game.  He’s 21 years old.  Durant is the youngest player to lead the league in scoring. He’s the youngest player to average 30 points in a season.  Dang, ya’ll. Like, for real. That’s some serious stuff, man. Heavy.…

  10. Magic are lords of the arc

    Apr 14, 2010, 10:26 PM EDT

    The Magic were criticized last year during their playoff run for being too dependent on the three. Live by the three die by the three. Chris Webber of TNT was particularly critical of the Magic’s perimeter reliance. There was no way they could sustain it, that was the consensus. Yet, they kept shooting and shooting,…

  11. Tyson Chandler injured against Bulls, X-rays negative

    Apr 14, 2010, 8:49 PM EDT

    Larry Brown tried to outguess the basketball gods. He guessed wrong. Brown had debated whether to play his starters tonight, having locked up the seventh seed in the playoffs with no chance of moving higher. But there’s always the possibility of disrupting rhythm, which supports playing the important guys. Of course, the last thing you…

  12. Gregg Popovich has started the mind games for the NBA Playoffs early

    Apr 14, 2010, 8:31 PM EDT

    “Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, and Tim Duncan are totally going to play. 100%. Yup. Going to get some work in. You just wait. No changes to the starting lineup. “ Psych! The Spurs and Mavericks are likely to meet in the first round starting this weekend, and as such, Gregg Popovich decided to mess with…

  13. Butler's Gordon Hayward realizes his stock is hot, enters NBA draft

    Apr 14, 2010, 7:12 PM EDT

    Sell high. Strike when the iron’s hot. There are about 245,000 other clichés I can put here about taking advantage of an opportunity. Butler’s Gordon Hayward understands that, and understands that after Butler’s run and near NCAA title, he’s never going to be a hotter commodity. So he is entering the NBA draft, the Indianapolis…

  14. The Tracy McGrady era in New York is officially over

    Apr 14, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

    Word is out from the Knicks: Tracy McGrady will not suit up tonight for the Knicks in their season finale tonight against the Raptors. That’s good news for the Bulls’ playoff hopes — since McGrady joined the Knicks, New York is 4-0 in the games he has sat out. It also means that McGrady’s time…

  15. Rasheed Wallace's own goal

    Apr 14, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    Rasheed Wallace apparently wanted to make sure that Chicago got the win and stayed a game up on Toronto in the race for eighth. That or he just had a Homer Simpson moment. Either way, this is fun to watch. For us.

  16. Free agents, the end of the season and ugly basketball

    Apr 14, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    The Clippers are just hard to watch right now. Even in comparison to their usual hard-to-watchness, their play the last few months is just painful. ESPN’s brilliant Kevin Arnovitz watches every Clipper game — he’s a masochist that way — but he had a very interesting explanation for this recent play since the Clippers fired…

  17. Indiana Pacers threaten to leave best arena in the NBA

    Apr 14, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    The Conseco Fieldhouse is what you wish your team’s bland arena was like. It is build like a classic fieldhouse, it feels retro and modern at the same time. It is filled with the history of Indiana basketball. It is warm. It is the best arena in the NBA. And the Pacers are threatening to…

  18. Tracy Morgan courtside at the Knicks. He's going to be there all day.

    Apr 14, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

    30 Rock star Tracy Morgan can swing some courtside New York Knicks tickets. Because he’s Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock star. For fun, the Knicks mic’d him up, and it turns out he talks a little more than Jack Nicholson does on the other coast. Tracy Morgan is going to be at this all day. All…

  19. Rod Benson's time with the D-League is over

    Apr 14, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Rod Benson is arguably the biggest star in the D-League. He’s not the best player in the league or the most productive, but in terms of organically created stardom from within the minor league system, no player can compare to the man known as Boom Tho. He’s been in the D for four years, and…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Let the Phil Jackson mind games begin

    Apr 14, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    The Lakers and Thunder do not even tip off their playoff series until Sunday, but Phil Jackson has already started working the referees. The Lakers have a game tonight against the folded tent of the Clippers, but nobody is asking about that. It’s all about the up-and-coming Thunder. And Jackson has gotten a jump on…

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