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  1. Baseline to Baseline, where back-to-backs do good teams wrong

    Apr 8, 2010, 3:28 AM EDT

    What you missed while watching the season premiere of Top Chef Masters…Nuggets 98, Thunder 94: Carmelo Anthony is Chumbawamba — he gets knocked down, but gets up again, you’re never going to keep him down. Thunder were up by 13, then the legs started getting heavy in the second night of a back-to-back and the…

  2. Don Nelson is the all-time winningest coach in NBA history

    Apr 7, 2010, 10:58 PM EDT

    You know, the script says I’m supposed to drop some sort of snarky reference to the lack of defense of the Golden State Warriors, and really any team in Don Nelson’s past. The script says I should make a crack about the Timberwolves (and trust me, I want to, it’s easy, and fun!). But the…

  3. Chris Paul done for season with finger injury

    Apr 7, 2010, 9:37 PM EDT

    It has just not been Chris Paul’s year. He has played in a career low 45 games due to injury, the Hornets will miss the playoffs, and when Paul has been in he’s been good, but not quite CP3 good. The bar is set high for this man. And now his season is over —…

  4. Al Harrington era ends in New York, he will have surgery

    Apr 7, 2010, 6:29 PM EDT

    Was there ever really an Al Harrington era in New York? If so, it is over. He is done for the season and will undergo shoulder surgery on Thursday, something Alan Hahn of Newsday had first. Harrington has a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder and was told surgery likely but couldn’t damage it…

  5. NBA admits referees blew call at end of Thunder/Jazz, as if it had a choice

    Apr 7, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    The NBA has admitted today what everybody watching the game realized last night — C.J. Miles fouled Kevin Durant on the finals shot in overtime of Utah’s one point win against Oklahoma City. Joel Litvin, NBA President, League and Basketball Operations, released this statement: “On the final play of last night’s Oklahoma City-Utah game, the…

  6. Chris Bosh undergoes surgery

    Apr 7, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Forget the playoff chase, it’s not likely Chris Bosh will be around for the playoffs. Bosh stayed in Cleveland and had surgery to repair the displaced nasal fracture he suffered from an inadvertent elbow from Antawn Jamison last night. He will remain in the hospital Wednesday night. Dr. Paul Marks, who performed the surgery, is…

  7. Evan Turner is going to the NBA. In other news, pizza is tasty.

    Apr 7, 2010, 3:54 PM EDT

    At a 4 p.m. (EDT) press conference today Ohio State’s Evan Turner will announce that he will declare for the NBA Draft. He should also announce that pizza is delicious and Scarlett Johansson is good looking, because those equally shocking news. Turner is likely to go second overall, although some say he should go ahead…

  8. Thaddeus Young done for season

    Apr 7, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    As much as he seems to want it, what is the point of bringing Thaddeus Young back this season? The Sixers apparently don’t see it, and are shutting him down. That is what Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting on twitter, echoing what coach Eddie Jordan has hinted at recently. Young has been working hard and…

  9. Cuban: "We know we can kill anybody"

    Apr 7, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    We know for a fact Mark Cuban watches every Dallas Mavericks game. He sees how they are playing. He’s smart. He can’t be impressed. But he has an interesting theory, one he expounded upon on Jason Terry’s radio show (via ESPNDallas) as to why the Mavericks can win the West. “Half the teams are sucking…

  10. Manu Ginobili nearing a $40 million extension with Spurs

    Apr 7, 2010, 2:29 PM EDT

    All of the fretting over the Spurs future? All of the debates over Manu Ginobili’s place in the 2010 free agent class? All of the discussion over how much Manu Ginobili is worth? It could all be silenced, because according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Ginobili and the Spurs “are close to reaching an…

  11. Cincinnati's Lance Stephenson declares for draft, scouts say "really?"

    Apr 7, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Yesterday, our own John Krolik talked about the dark side of the draft, the side of big egos and bad advice and kids jumping into the draft when they are not ready. Meet Lance Stephenson, the Cincinnati shooting guard who has decided to go one-and-done and declare for the NBA draft. The University of Cincinnati…

  12. No one is happy with the way the Mavs are ending their season…except for Dirk Nowitzki

    Apr 7, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    The Dallas Mavericks are struggling right now, and there’s no way around that. The defense performance hasn’t improved with the additions of Brendan Haywood and Caron Butler, Jason Terry and Butler have each had plenty some trouble with their shooting, and the perimeter defense shifts from passable to deplorable. As of now, it’s not even…

  13. Manu Ginobili, your daily reminder he is en fuego

    Apr 7, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    We’ve been giving Manu Ginobili all kinds of love on this blog lately. But how can you not. The man has been single handedly trying to carry the Spurs and remind Argentina that they have another worldwide phenomenon besides Messi. Watch the man and be amazed.

  14. Orlando Magic clinch the East's 2nd seed

    Apr 7, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

    The Atlanta Hawks (sans Joe Johnson and Mike Bibby) dropped a game to the Charlotte Bobcats last night, which locked in the Orlando Magic as no. 2 seed in the East. It’s not exactly an unexpected development; the Magic are at least the Eastern Conference’s second best team, and with the way Orlando has played…

  15. Earl Baron, savior du jour in New York

    Apr 7, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    In the future, everybody will be the savior of the Knicks franchise for 15 minutes. Earl Baron, come on down, your 15 minutes have begun. Mike D’Antoni tried his most radical lineup yet against the Boston Celtics Tuesday night — a traditional one. Baron, a 7-footer called up from the D-League started at center, allowing…

  16. Garrett Temple shines, more proof that Spurs know how to pick 'em

    Apr 7, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    The Spurs are not an elite teams in the Western Conference, and that, by the standards set in the last ten years, is an aberration. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker have held down that fort for the better part of those ten years, and have done a pretty splendid job doing so. Just…

  17. Devean George wants to re-sign with Golden State, clings for his NBA life

    Apr 7, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

    Devean George is a bad basketball player and the Golden State Warriors are a bad basketball team. A match made in heaven, right? George seems to think so. From Chris Tomasson of FanHouse: “I want to stay here and play under Nellie,” George said before Tuesday’s game at Washington about seeking to remain with Warriors…

  18. New Orleans Hornets may go up for sale, finally

    Apr 7, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

    David Stern was trying to convince George Shinn to sell the Hornets back when personal hatred of the owner — and it was white-hot rage and hatred — drove the fans away and the team out of Charlotte. Now, finally, in another city, that sale may happen, according to Jason Reid of the Times-Picayune. In…

  19. Elton Brand benched, and he doesn't like it

    Apr 7, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    If Elton Brand and Eddie Jordan fight, is there a good guy we should be rooting for? Do we pull for the overpaid player who is putting up pedestrian numbers this season? Or the coach on his way out the door after instituting and offensive system that has left a team with talent wallowing in…

  20. Tyrus Thomas dislocates thumb

    Apr 7, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    He wasn’t seeing a ton of court time anyway — less than 15 minutes a game the last four for Larry Brown. But now he may miss more time. He dislocated his left thumb late in the Bobcats win over the Heat Tuesday night. The Bobcats have a back-to-back so not likely Thomas will play…

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