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  1. NBA Playoffs: Suddenly those Spurs are back, and the Mavericks don't know what to do about it

    Apr 22, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

    Uh-oh. Those Spurs are back. The ones that have all those pretty little banners hanging up in the AT&T Center. The seemingly mistake free ones. For one night at least, those guys were back. Tim Duncan was his cyborg-efficient self. Manu Ginobili continues to play like a man on fire. They defend but do not…

  2. Don't mind him, Vinny Del Negro, Byron Scott is just measuring the Bulls' coach office space

    Apr 22, 2010, 12:23 AM EDT

    You do realize that this was the most dominant franchise in sports 13 years ago, right? That this is the Chicago Bulls? The standard of excellence in the NBA for a decade, give or take a Jordan retirement? And now, down 0-2 to the top seed, dealing with the ramifications of their GM shoving their…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Bobcats still unable to mount any offense against the Magic

    Apr 21, 2010, 11:53 PM EDT

    It’s not that the Bobcats scored 30 points in the first half against the Magic. It’s that it’s surprising they managed to score 30 the way they were playing.  Larry Brown promised that his team would be more aggressive attacking the basket against Dwight Howard and co. on Wednesday night. To put it mildly, that did not…

  4. The Raptors love the nightlife, got to boogie, on the disco 'round

    Apr 21, 2010, 7:15 PM EDT

    NBA players often enjoy throwing one back with the boys. Or a bunch back with the boys. In the VIP area of a club where you’d never get past the velvet rope. And it’s hard to imagine anyone in his or her early 20s overdoing the partying to the point they showed up hungover to…

  5. Report: Rocket's Aaron Brooks to be named NBA's Most Improved Player

    Apr 21, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

    It is the most nebulous of all the NBA post-season awards, the hardest to define and usually the one where the worst choice is made — Most Improved Player. All too often it goes to a guy who didn’t really get better as much as finally got his chance, then played about the same as…

  6. Larry Bird says Pacers problems included Danny Granger

    Apr 21, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Danny Granger was about the only thing that made watching Indiana Pacer basketball this season tolerable. At least it was that way for me — watch enough hoops and some team always just grates on you by the end of the season. This year it was the Pacers (although the last few weeks were better).…

  7. Stan Van Gundy doesn't understand how the media votes (neither to we)

    Apr 21, 2010, 3:57 PM EDT

    When the Defensive Player of the Year voting was released yesterday, the NBA’s twitter pundits — of which we are a proud member — started picking apart the ballots. Like questioning the sanity of the person who voted for David Lee as the third best defensive player in the league, and wondering if that person…

  8. LeBron James loves him some Chicago

    Apr 21, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    LeBron James is not playing Joakim Noah’s game. Not just on the court, where LeBron’s game is several notches above (no offense to Noah, who has proven to be a quality player, but LeBron’s game is several notches above all but a couple guys). But off it as well. LeBron is not going to be…

  9. Quote of the day, Larry Brown motivational techniques

    Apr 21, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    ‘Yesterday, Orlando took the day off. That’s how [expletive] seriously they’re taking us.’ –Charlotte Bobcats coach Larry Brown, trying to fire up his team before game two of their playoff series tonight. Orlando leads the series 1-0.

  10. Winderman: Dumping Beasley might be Heat's best option

    Apr 21, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    Amid the Heat’s epic struggle in its first-round series against the Celtics, and amid Michael Beasley’s no-show against both Kevin Garnett and Glen “Big Baby” Davis in the opening two games, arrives the debate of where Beasley’s trade value stands. Granted, two years is hardly is the best evaluation period for a 21-year-old power forward…

  11. Dolan's edict to Newsday, be nice to the Knicks?

    Apr 21, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    The Dolan family’s media empire is vast. It includes Cablevision, the fifth largest cable television provider in the nation, the New York Knicks (with the television rights staying within the Cablevision family) and Newsday, the newspaper and Website. A favorite sport of newspapers in New York: ripping the inept handling of the Knicks. It’s a…

  12. Cuban: "I hate the Spurs."

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

    Bless Mark Cuban. Only he can speak of a “respectful hate.”  

  13. Grant Hill is a defensive stopper. I repeat, Grant Hill is a defensive stopper.

    Apr 21, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    As Matt Moore mentioned in our recap of Suns-Blazers Part Deux, the most compelling part of the Suns’ adjustments to topple the Blazers was Alvin Gentry’s decision to drape Grant Hill on Andre Miller. Jason Richardson had primary Miller duties for most of Game 1, but obviously wasn’t too successful: ‘Dre dropped 31 points and…

  14. As sadly expected, Clippers have stopped paying Dunleavy, arbitration next

    Apr 21, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    We warned you more than a month ago this was coming. It was all so predictable. Clippers owner Donald Sterling would live up to his reputation as cheap — contracts be damned — and the Clippers and Mike Dunleavy were on a path to court. Well, the first step has come as the Clippers have…

  15. NBA Playoffs: Vince Carter's shot selection not the problem in Game 1 against Charlotte

    Apr 21, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    There are players in this league for whom there is some sort of general consensus. LeBron James is the MVP, Tim Duncan is awesome (but not as awesome as he used to be), Tracy McGrady is not very good. We may not agree on the specifics of those general classifications, but I would say that…

  16. Cavaliers need to reach Eastern Conference finals to turn profit

    Apr 21, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    Look at the top six payrolls in the NBA this season (in order): Lakers, Mavericks, Celtics, Knicks, Cavaliers, Magic. Your NBA champion is going to come out of that group (and it’s not going to be the Knicks). For all the talk of parity, you have got to spend to win in this league. But…

  17. NBA Playoffs: Andre Kirilenko pushing to be back for second round

    Apr 21, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    At the rate the Jazz bigs have getting injured, fans of the team over 6’9″ should be worried about their health. That depleted size and depth up front will make things challenging against the physical front line of Denver in the first round of the playoffs, but the Jazz have hung in and the series…

  18. Hawks owner: Josh Smith is the "closest thing to LeBron"

    Apr 21, 2010, 9:28 AM EDT

    When Josh Smith is on, there are few players more fun to watch in the league. And he was on Tuesday night — 21 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists. He and Al Horford won game two for the Hawks. It’s the kind of game that can make an owner overstate your value to a…

  19. Miami Heat are more than just one superstar away

    Apr 21, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade has said he knows what this team needs: another superstar to come there to play, and he is going to help recruit that player this summer. It’s going to take more than that to make this team good, something exposed by Tuesday night’s blowout loss to a Kevin Garnettless Celtics squad. Wade had…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Bryant, Lakers hold on against Oklahoma City

    Apr 21, 2010, 3:40 AM EDT

    The Lakers-Thunder series promised a showdown between two of the best defensive teams in the Western Conference and two of the best scorers in the league. When Durant and Kobe struggled on Sunday, the game became an ugly, grind-it out affair. On Tuesday night, both Durant and Kobe showed up. The result was one of…

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