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  1. Carmelo Anthony has played 105 of his 108 minutes against Paul George and/or Roy Hibbert

    May 12, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    During the regular season, Paul George manned the perimeter and Roy Hibbert patrolled the interior to help the Pacers finish first in defensive rating. Only the Grizzlies, with Marc Gasol and Tony Allen, had two players place higher in Defensive Player of the Year voting than Indiana did with George (eighth) and Roy Hibbert (tenth).…

  2. Tony Parker, dealing with bruised calf injury, says he’ll ‘definitely’ play in Game 4

    May 12, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Stephen Curry

    Stephen Curry wasn’t the only one who suffered an injury late in the Spurs’ Game 3 win over the Warriors. Tony Parker, who was spectacular for San Antonio on Friday with 25 first half points on the way to a game high 32, suffered a bruised calf at some point during the fourth quarter. He…

  3. Maloofs come up with “backup plan” to help Seattle group that also will get rejected

    May 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Seattle SuperSonics v Denver Nuggets

    Give credit to Chris Hansen and his Seattle group — as well as the Maloof family who want to sell the Kings to them — because they have not given up. After the NBA’s relocation committee voted unanimously to reject the idea of moving the Sacramento Kings to Seattle — essentially killing the sale of…

  4. How do the Knicks rebound from this?

    May 11, 2013, 11:43 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert smiles while running down court after a Pacers score during the second half of an NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game versus the New York Knicks in Indianapolis

    Tyson Chandler slowed to let a potential defensive rebound bounce in front of him. Seeing an opportunity, Tyler Hansbrough surged from behind and knocked the ball off Stoudemire as Hansbrough fell out of bounds. The ball bounced off Chandler and over the baseline, and though it next hit the knee of Hansbrough, who was then…

  5. Stephen Curry ‘optimistic’ he’ll be ready to play in Game 4 despite ankle injury

    May 11, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    Warriors' Curry regains control of the ball in front of Spurs' Green during Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game in Oakland

    Stephen Curry suffered a sprained left ankle late in the fourth quarter of his team’s Game 3 loss to the Spurs. It wasn’t severe enough to immediately force him out of the game, but he was noticeably limping, both on the court and in the tunnels of the arena afterward. Curry didn’t speak to reporters…

  6. Grizzlies take 2-1 series lead with Game 3 win over Thunder

    May 11, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    It was by no means a beautiful effort from the Grizzlies in Game 3 against the Thunder, but they’ll take the effectiveness of it over the aesthetics. Memphis held Oklahoma City to 36.4 percent shooting, and survived a late run thanks to some key missteps by the Thunder down the stretch. As a result, the…

  7. Preview: Knicks, Pacers, Amar’e Stoudemire return after lengthy layoffs

    May 11, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

    Indiana's Tyler Hansbrough guards New York's Amare Stoudemire during an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis.

    The Knicks and Pacers will finally return to the court tonight after last playing Tuesday. The Pacers are 4-1, including a 125-91 win over the Knicks in February, after at least three days rest. The Knicks are 3-3 and have been outscored by seven points in such games. Meaningful? Maybe not. That’s a fairly small…

  8. Thunder’s Reggie Jackson converts acrobatic fast break layup in Game 3 against Grizzlies (VIDEO)

    May 11, 2013, 7:10 PM EDT

    Thunder Grizzlies Basketball

    Besides a couple of drives to the basket from Kevin Durant that resulted in uncontested dunks, or seeing him drain clean looks from three-point distance, there weren’t a lot of offensive highlights from the Thunder in Game 3 against the Grizzlies. OKC’s starting point guard, Reggie Jackson, changed that trend with this fast break drive…

  9. Nate Robinson rejects LeBron James at the rim (VIDEO)

    May 11, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    Heat small forward James shoots over Chicago Bulls point guard Robinson during Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-finals basketball playoff series in Chicago

    Nate Robinson is listed at just 5’9″, but he’s been a big problem for opponents of the Bulls in these playoffs. We also know that height isn’t everything in his case, considering that Robinson is a three-time winner of the NBA’s slam dunk contest. LeBron James is listed at 6’8″, and is as athletic as…

  10. How Nazr Mohammed’s ejection for shoving LeBron sunk the Bulls

    May 11, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Heat Bulls Basketball

    LeBron James saw his altercation with Nazr Mohammed the same way many of us did. LeBron, via Tim Bontemps of the New York Post: “If I get kicked out and Nazr Mohammed gets kicked out at the same time, who wins?” LeBron is obviously right. If both players had been ejected, that would have played…

  11. Preview: Thunder need Kevin Durant to continue to put up big numbers in Game 3 against the Grizzlies

    May 11, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant sits on the bench during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff against Houston Rockets in Oklahoma

    As the series between the Thunder and the Grizzlies shifts to Memphis for Game 3, each team has signs it can point to over the first two games to instill confidence moving forward. We broke it all down here previously, and discussed it on the podcast, as well. But essentially, while each team had less-than-desirable…

  12. J.R. Smith to play in Game 3 after missing shootaround, Amar’e Stoudemire set to return

    May 11, 2013, 1:02 PM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    UPDATE 7.44 p.m. ET: J.R. Smith is now expected to play in Game 3, according to multiple reports, including this one from the New York Post. 1:02 p.m. ET: New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith missed shootaround on Saturday and is questionable for Game 3 against the Pacers, according to the team’s official public relations…

  13. Tony Parker hits crazy circus shot in win over Warriors (VIDEO)

    May 11, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors - Game Three

    I’m not even sure what to call this. Is it a flip shot? A push shot? A shovel shot? Whatever it you want to call it, it was amazing. Tony Parker was the offensive catalyst for the Spurs’ game 3 win over the Warriors and hitting shots like this one was one of the reasons…

  14. Bulls say LeBron flopped after being shoved by Nazr Mohammed

    May 11, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    APTOPIX Heat Bulls Basketball

    The play ultimately had little effect on the game’s final outcome, but it was the culmination of a series of physical actions from both sides. Early in the second quarter of the Heat’s Game 3 win over the Bulls, Nazr Mohammed fouled LeBron James hard near half court in an attempt to slow the Heat…

  15. Stephen Curry sprains ankle in Game 3 loss to Spurs (VIDEO)

    May 11, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors - Game Three

    Late in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ Game 3 loss to the Spurs, Stephen Curry came down awkwardly as he came around a screen, tweaking his left ankle in the process. Curry was noticeably limping, but waved off his coach Mark Jackson in order to stay in for the remainder of the game. He…

  16. Now that Tracy McGrady has played in the second round, who’s the best active player never to do so?

    May 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Tracy McGrady

    Ten years after he said “It feels good to get in the second round,” Tracy McGrady finally played in the second round of an NBA playoff series. Now a role player with the Spurs, McGrady played the final 51 seconds of San Antonio’s Game 2 loss Wednesday. He never led a team to the second…

  17. Spurs ride strong nights from Tony Parker and Tim Duncan to take down Warriors

    May 11, 2013, 2:24 AM EDT

    Spurs' Duncan pats team mate Parker on the head during their Game 3 win over the Golden State Warriors in their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game in Oakland

    It took 3 games, but the Spurs finally started to look like themselves against the Warriors. The ball movement was back, the defensive discipline was there and with those two things in place the Spurs took control back in the series with a 102-92 win in game 3. After the game Gregg Popovich said that…

  18. Bulls push back but can’t stop Heat stars… Cole and Bosh? Yup. Heat get win.

    May 10, 2013, 11:50 PM EDT

    Heat's James celebrates with teammate Cole after Cole made a basket against the Bulls during Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-finals basketball playoff series in Chicago

    You knew the Chicago Bulls were going to be ready to fight… Nazr Mohammed may have taken that too literally and was ejected for shoving LeBron James to the ground. Still, this is what you expected from the Bulls. You also know LeBron James is going to get his if he wants them. And in…

  19. Bulls’ Nazr Mohammed ejected from Game 3 after shoving LeBron James to the floor (VIDEO)

    May 10, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Heat Bulls Basketball

    Things took a little longer to get heated between the Bulls and the Heat in Game 3 than they did in Game 2, but the first ejection of the night came much faster. Early in the second quarter with the Bulls holding a three-point lead, Nazr Mohammed committed a hard foul on LeBron James just…

  20. Report: Hawks targeting Stan Van Gundy as possible head coach, and yes, there’s a Dwight Howard connection

    May 10, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    The Atlanta Hawks finished another underwhelming season under head coach Larry Drew, and while Drew is still under contract with the team through the end of June, it’s more than likely that the team will go in another direction next season. In addition to the coaching spot, the Hawks are going to need to rebuild…

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