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  1. NBA Playoffs: Dwyane Wade isn't quite ready for his season to be over, goes bonkers in the fourth to down the Celtics in Game 4

    Apr 25, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade had six turnovers, missed eight shots, and botched five free throws in Game 4 against the Boston Celtics. Other than that, he could do no wrong. An enormously impressive 46-point, five-rebound, five-assist performance stands testament to that, and Wade’s performance was capped off brilliantly by scoring 17 of Miami’s 30 points in the…

  2. Shannon Brown will bring his dunks to the free agent market

    Apr 25, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Shannon Brown is one of the better athletes in the NBA. He can finish at the rim like few others. Probably shouldn’t put him in the dunk contest again, but the guy has proven with the Lakers that he can fit in with a winning team. He’s got one more year on his deal, a…

  3. The Bucks were just having some fun

    Apr 25, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    The last few months have not been that much fun for the Milwaukee Bucks, what with Andrew Bogut’s injury and the losses and the fading of a dream of a deep playoff run. But for one afternoon Sunday, that was all gone. Brandon Jennings was throwing behind the back passes, Jerry Stackhouse was dunking and…

  4. Vinny Del Negro: dead coach walking

    Apr 25, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro has not done a bad job this season. The city of Chicago just rolled their eyes, but he hasn’t. The Bulls sacrificed this season on the alter of 2010 free agency. They brought in no new talent. Then as injuries ravaged the team they traded John Salmons away, so he could spark…

  5. Dwyane Wade says he and LeBron play well together, making meaningless headlines

    Apr 25, 2010, 11:15 AM EDT

    We all love some juicy gossip, and the “Where will LeBron play?” soap opera is the best one going right now. Followed closely by the “Where will Wade play?” one. But now things have gotten ridiculous. Truly ludicrous. Take this comment (via AP) that is drawing headlines. Speaking after practice in Miami on Saturday, one…

  6. David Stern wins: Stan Van Gundy to stop talking about referees

    Apr 25, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Call him heavy handed, but David Stern gets results. He gets what he wants. He tells coaches to stop complaining about the referees, throws out a couple of fines and…. Stan Van Gundy said he is done talking about the referees during the playoffs, as the Associated Press reported. “I’ve been fined for saying how…

  7. Note to Lakers: Don't let Kevin Durant drive unguarded to the basket

    Apr 25, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

    The Thunder scored an inordinant amount of easy baskets Saturday in their blowout win over the Lakers. But this was the signature basket — and the crowd loved it. Great basket by Durant, horrific defense in transition by the Lakers — that pretty much sums up the game.

  8. NBA Playoffs, Thunder Lakers Game 4: That's what you call an old fashioned beat down

    Apr 25, 2010, 2:27 AM EDT

    This is exactly the kind of game you expect when the top seed Oklahoma City team gets those young, eighth seed Lakers on their home court. The better team wins big, runs them out of the building from the first tip. Just an old fashioned, no mercy beatdown. Wait, what? The Lakers were the top…

  9. NBA Playoffs, Hawks vs. Bucks Game 3: What a difference a venue makes — Bucks win a one off

    Apr 25, 2010, 12:30 AM EDT

    Suddenly it felt like late March again for Milwaukee. Like that one day in winter that reminds you of the spring to come, it was that one perfect day for the Bucks where once again Brandon Jennings and John Salmons were unstoppable. It was a flashback to better days. It was a one-off. A random…

  10. NBA Playoffs Blazers Suns Game 4: The vengeful return of Brandon Roy

    Apr 24, 2010, 11:51 PM EDT

    The Blazers needed an emotional lift. Something to get their crowd back into the zone after a deflating Game 3. Something to give them just a little bit of a push at both ends. And Brandon Roy, out for two weeks following surgery to repair a torn miniscus, making an early return? That’ll do it.…

  11. Winderman: Hammond as Executive of the Year because less is more

    Apr 24, 2010, 9:43 PM EDT

    The press release from the NBA that accompanied Saturday’s announcement of Bucks General Manager John Hammond as Executive of the Year was noteworthy for what it didn’t mention. In announcing Hammond as winner of the award, the release cited the drafting of Brandon Jennings, the selection of coach Scott Skiles, the addition of veterans Carlos…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Nelson carries Magic to 3-0 series lead

    Apr 24, 2010, 7:51 PM EDT

    The Charlotte Bobcats did everything right on Saturday afternoon. They frustrated Dwight Howard on both ends of the floor, baiting him into silly fouls and rendering him ineffective on the offensive end for most of the time he was in. They held the Magic to 9-30 shooting from beyond the arc. They turned defense into…

  13. NBA, FIBA negotiating reduced international play for NBA stars

    Apr 24, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    The Club vs. Country debate. You’ll see it this summer first in South Africa, when some major world power soccer club will lose a star player to injury next season when that player gets hurt playing for his country in the World Cup. Is it fair to the club teams that pay these guys millions…

  14. Amare Stoudemire: "I never had a clue on how fun defense really is because we never played it"

    Apr 24, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    It’s seemed a revelation in the playoffs, but the Suns started playing defense just after the All-Star Break. Seriously. They kept putting up the mountains of points, but from the All-Star Game to the end of the season, the Suns were 12th in defensive efficiency in he league (according to ESPN’s John Hollinger). Not great,…

  15. Amare Stoudemire: Should he stay or should he go now? He's talking extension with Suns.

    Apr 24, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    We’ve all been sizing up Amare Stoudemire for a new look. Maybe a Heat uniform for next season. Or a Bulls uni. Or maybe a Nets jersey. What about a Suns white and orange jersey? Sure, that’s the team he’s about to opt out from, surrendering $17.5 million for next season to get a long-term…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Saturday is the last stand

    Apr 24, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

    8 teams play today, 4 in Game 3’ss, and 4 in Game 4’s. But for the underdog in each of these contests, this will be their last stand in the hopes of a competitive series. If these teams want to force a Game 7, forget about the elimination game, whenever it comes. Today is their…

  17. Manu Ginobili breaks nose, keeps right on playing, like he's a hockey player

    Apr 24, 2010, 10:26 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki’s elbows, which earlier this year helped provide Carl Landry a painful reminder about the importance of regular trips to the dentist, now are helping Manu Ginobili get a nose job. Early in the third quarter of game three Friday night, an inadvertent Nowitzki elbow caught Ginobili on the nose and broke it. But…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Paul Pierce puts the nail in Miami's coffin

    Apr 24, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    This series is now over. They will play another game Sunday, and people in Miami will speak of the 2004 Red Sox, but they shouldn’t. This is done. This shot by Paul Pierce ended it.

  19. NBA Playoffs: Wade gives last full measure of devotion, then Pierce wins it for Boston

    Apr 24, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade has carried the weight of the Miami Heat franchise — and carried underachieving teammates — through 82 games. He carried them through the first two games of their playoff series with the Celtics, averaging 27.5 points per game while nobody else averaged more than 10. He did it again in game three, for…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Utah scores at will against Denver, takes 2-1 series lead

    Apr 24, 2010, 3:11 AM EDT

    The Nuggets got out to an early lead against the Utah Jazz on Friday, taking a 27-21 lead after the first quarter behind 10 points by Chauncey Billups. They were running their offense, they were hitting their shots, and they even managed to keep the Utah crowd quiet. Then Paul Millsap showed up, and things…

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