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  1. Delonte West's trial date pushed back until after season

    Apr 22, 2010, 8:46 PM EDT

    Delonte West’s court date for a series of gun and traffic charges has been delayed again. It now is set for July 21, which would be well after the end of the season, which is good news for the Cavaliers in the playoffs. Brian Windhorst had the details at the Cleveland Plain Dealer: After a…

  2. Caron Butler knows his straws

    Apr 22, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    Caron Bulter was chewing straws — only McDonald’s straws — during games for a decade before he came to Dallas and the league suddenly decided it was suddenly dangerous. Right. Tons of logic there. Regardless, Caron Butler knows his straws. He is a straw Jedi. Do not doubt the man.

  3. Rasheed Wallace fined for saying referees baited him into a technical

    Apr 22, 2010, 6:44 PM EDT

    Rasheed Wallace picked up a technical in the Celtics game one win over Miami. Also the sun rises in the east, Hawaii has great beaches and Dane Cook’s 15 minutes are up. (Well, maybe we’re just hopeful on that last one.) But Sheed apparently thought he had too much money and wanted to pay some…

  4. It's official, Aaron Brooks is your Most Improved Player

    Apr 22, 2010, 6:18 PM EDT

    It was leaked yesterday, so no surprise, but today it became official that Aaron Brooks is your NBA Most Improved Player for the past season. We got into the “is he deserving” debate yesterday, not going to rehash all that again. Well, a little, only to say that Brooks would not have had my top…

  5. Barnes and Van Gundy fined fined because Dwight Howard is a foul mangnet

    Apr 22, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    Two games into the playoffs and Dwight Howard has racked up 10 fouls, five each game. Which has meant some extra time on the bench and some caution as he tried not to get ejected from games. Howard likes the money he makes, so he hasn’t said a word. But his coach and teammates have…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Tonight is OKC and Durant's time to shine

    Apr 22, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    The Thunder are outmatched. Make no mistake about it. They’re in over their heads, a young team of athletic defenders facing arguably the most talented juggernaut in the league. They don’t have the depth inside to dominate the Lakers, though their block efforts in Game 2 helped. They don’t have the star power to draw…

  7. How does Hornets head coach Lawrence Frank sound to you?

    Apr 22, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

    The New Orleans Hornets are on it, they are knee deep in the search for a new coach. Because you want to make that decision before the draft, to get your new man involved in the scouting and drafting of a player for his system. You don’t just want it to drag out (Clippers, I’m…

  8. Ref Steve Javie oddly absent from the playoffs

    Apr 22, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Officiating in the NBA is an impossible task, and referees who are able to earn respect are generally seen in one of two ways: Opportunists whose mediocrity is rewarded by how many referees fail to do the impossible.  Legitimately good at what they do, even if there’s a certain futility to it. For Steve Javie,…

  9. Dwyane Wade staying in Miami remains the smart bet

    Apr 22, 2010, 2:12 PM EDT

    After the game two loss to the Celtics — you may remember that as the one-on-five game — Dwyane Wade was clearly frustrated. He wants some help. He wants to win and that is going to take more talent than currently sits on the Heat bench. So if he’s frustrated, and he is a free…

  10. Rudy Fernandez has been given his chance, but has lost his confidence

    Apr 22, 2010, 1:40 PM EDT

    Remember the Rudy Fernandez from the gold medal game in Beijing? The one with 13 points in nine minutes on the court. The one that made you think “Damn, Portland has another one, another great young player.” That Rudy Fernandez has gone missing. And Portland could really use him, as he is starting in place…

  11. Kobe settles lawsuit with former maid, can we move on now?

    Apr 22, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    It was basically a she said/she said case, but with the potential for sensationalism. We’re just not going there today. Know that a settlement has been reached between Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa in the lawsuit filed against them by a former housekeeper, according to the legal Website Onpointnews.com (via Ben Maller). No details…

  12. Would the Spurs break up the big three and trade Tony Parker?

    Apr 22, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Next season, Tony Parker could be used as a $13.5 million expiring contract. Or, you could use him as one of the best, most experienced scoring point guards in the game. Logic might suggest the latter, Parker is part of The Big Three in San Antonio. A good team that looks very spry as of…

  13. Late-game fouling dilemma less of a dilemma than you'd think

    Apr 22, 2010, 11:24 AM EDT

    Your team is up three points, and the other team has the ball with just seconds remaining in the game. There’s long been debate over the proper course of action: should a team foul to preemptively stop a game-tying three, or play honest defense and pray the ball doesn’t find the net? Jonathan Abrams of…

  14. Gregg Popovich finds delicious, barbecued love in Mark Cuban's hate

    Apr 22, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

    Though Mavs and Spurs fans may hate each other, I’ve honestly never had the impression that the Mavs and the Spurs themselves hate each other. Manu Ginobili can get under anyone’s skin and Jason Terry’s in-game yapping and posturing is sure to drive some opponents batty, but Mavs-Spurs seems predicated more on mutual respect than…

  15. NCAA finds more ways to make things hard on student athletes

    Apr 22, 2010, 11:04 AM EDT

    I get it. I understand that there are more than 300,000 NCAA athletes and most of them will be going pro in some field other than their sport. But this organization — in its quixotic quest to keep college athletics “pure” — just finds ways to make things harder on the students it is supposed…

  16. Scariest thing in Oklahoma City? Craig Sager's legs.

    Apr 22, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Dear reader, I apologize for this in advance, but forces beyond my control compel me to do this. I wish I could show you something less frightening, like the spiderwalk scene in the Exorcist. Or Betty White naked. But I cannot. The Lakers are staying in the legendary haunted hotel in Oklahoma City. But there…

  17. Nicolas Batum a game time decision for Blazers… but he'll play

    Apr 22, 2010, 10:04 AM EDT

    An MRI machine is an insanely expensive piece of equipment, but the Portland Trail Blazers certainly are getting their money’s worth out of theirs this year. The latest news to come out of the machine is good for Portland — Nicolas Batum did no serious damage to his shoulder in game two of the series…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Gerald Wallace can defend, too

    Apr 22, 2010, 9:32 AM EDT

    Third in the Defensive Player of the Year voting, well back of Dwight Howard> Ha. Gerald Wallace will show him a thing or two. Howard is not the only guy who can block a shot.

  19. Stan Van Gundy says brother Jeff is not going to coach next season, stop putting him on lists.

    Apr 22, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    Every time a new coaching vacancy opens up, the list of potential coaches includes Jeff Van Gundy, the most famous and in-the-spotlight unemployed coach in the league. Those lists are also legally required to include Larry Brown (and with him use the word “wanderlust”). But Jeff’s brother Stan Van Gundy — who has a little…

  20. 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…

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