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  1. Scott Skiles to return as Milwaukee coach next season

    May 1, 2012, 6:47 PM EDT

    Scott Skiles

    Maybe you can’t picture Scott Skiles effectively coaching a backcourt of Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings, but Herb Kohl can. And he’s the owner. The guy writing the check. So they are going to do it. Skiles will be back for another season as the Bucks head man, reports the Journal-Sentinel. Scott Skiles confirmed in…

  2. Nuggets seek ways to deal with Lakers size in Game 2

    May 1, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

    Lakers Bryant drives on Nuggets Gallinari of Italy and Mozgov of Russia during NBA Western Conference basketball playoff game in Los Angeles

    Before the playoffs, George Karl said the Nuggets would go as far as Ty Lawson could take them. In Game 1 against the Lakers, Lawson got into the lane only to find the long arms of Andrew Bynum there to block and alter shots. Lawson went 3-for-11 shooting with two assists. As a team the…

  3. Scottie Pippen writes open motivational letter to Bulls

    May 1, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    You may have given up on the Bulls with Derrick Rose out — not in this round against the Sixers, but their title hopes — but Scottie Pippen hasn’t. Which makes total sense because when the best player on those 1990s Bulls teams went away for a couple years the Bulls didn’t slow down or…

  4. Video: Durant, Harden take Kate Upton to work for a day

    May 1, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    Google & Hollywood Reporter Host An Evening Celebrating The White House Correspondents' Weekend - Red Carpet

    You would think “Take a Supermodel to Work Day” would be pretty much the perfect day (way better than taking your 7-year-old daughter to work), especially with Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover model Kate Upton, but… Fun video from the folks at Skullcandy, working with Kevin Durant and James Harden. Plus, Upton in a bikini.…

  5. Grizzlies’ Tony Allen misses practice; doctor to look at knee

    May 1, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

    tony allen

    Tony Allen is key to the Memphis Grizzlies against the Los Angeles Clippers — he spent little time guarding Chris Paul in Game 1, but you can bet as games go forward he will be a key part of their late-game defense (which had a few issues in Game 1, but not nearly as many…

  6. Report: No serious damage to Stoudemire’s hand, he’s still out

    May 1, 2012, 3:27 PM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire waits to take a foul shot against the New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    The good news — Amare Stoudemire did not do any serious damage to his hand fron punching a fire extinguisher, tweets Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. Good news for Amar’e: no ligament or tendon damage in his left hand, according to Knicks source. Out for Game 3 and likely series For Knicks…

  7. No Rondo, but Boston still dangerous against Hawks in Game 2

    May 1, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

    Celtics forward Garnett sits on the court in the closing minutes of their loss to the Hawks during Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    It can happen. For one game, the Boston Celtics can beat the Atlanta Hawks while Rajon Rondo sits at the hotel, suspended for bumping an official. It would Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett would need to bounce back with huge games, it would mean the Celtics bench would have to step up. But it could…

  8. Gregg Popovich named NBA Coach of the Year

    May 1, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    The announcement came Tuesday afternoon with a press conference to follow where Gregg Popovich will be uncomfortable answering media questions. Spurs headman Gregg Popovich has been named NBA Coach of the Year. Mike Monroe of the Express-News was first with the report but the league has now confirmed it. And it’s a good call. When…

  9. Is Deron Williams leaning toward re-signing with Nets?

    May 1, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    Deron Williams is going to test the free agent market, except for him it’s not much of a test. We know what the market is for him — D-Will is a max player who will get multiple max offers. Dallas, Indiana, any team that has max contract space this summer will reach out with the…

  10. Video: Mike Bibby loses shoe, Dwyane Wade “helps” him

    May 1, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade scores past New York Knicks' Stoudemire and Chandler during Game 1 of their first round NBA playoff in Miami

    This was my favorite little moment from Tuesday night’s playoff action. Somehow little Mike Bibby ends up with a rebound and literally had to jump out of his shoe to get it. He was without his shoe. Dwyane Wade, remembering how much Bibby “helped” the Heat on their playoff run last year, decides to “help”…

  11. LeBron’s custom mouthpiece nod to title aspirations

    May 1, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    lebron-mouthguard

    Maybe you noticed it Monday night, LeBron’s custom mouthpiece. There is a screen grab to the right (courtesy SLAM) of his message. “XVI” For those of you who only think of Roman numerals when trying to figure out what number Super Bowl we are up to, that is 16. The number of playoff wins needed…

  12. Sorry to tell you this but playoff injuries not due to schedule

    May 1, 2012, 10:46 AM EDT

    Rose injury

    Derrick Rose rips up his ACL on a non-contact play. Hours later, the Knicks’ Iman Shumpert tears his ACL on another non-contact play. Two major injuries that happen just after a lockout-induced, compressed NBA schedule where a lot of guy missed games… kind of thing that makes you draw connections in your head. Don’t. They…

  13. Report: Amare Stoudemire “almost certain” to miss Game 3

    May 1, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Knicks forward Stoudemire leaves the American Airlines Arena with his hand in a sling after his team's loss to the Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami

    Let that be a lesson to our young readers — do not punch metal and glass objects. Actually, you probably didn’t need that reminder. Amare Stoudemire did. He slammed his fist into a metal and glass fire extinguisher case out of frustration as he walked down the hall to the locker room after the Knicks…

  14. Who will be Bobcats next coach? Does Ewing get his shot?

    May 1, 2012, 8:14 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v San Antonio Spurs

    The Charlotte Bobcats do not have a lot of talent on their roster. It’s a small market team with an owner who is not spending — not big on coaches or players. They have cap space and a good spot in this year’s lottery, but this is a team as far away from being good…

  15. This year Thunder closing out close wins, up 2-0 on Mavericks

    May 1, 2012, 2:53 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder- Game Two

    Last season in the Western Conference Finals, the Mavericks and Thunder played each other close, but when it came time to execute under pressure at the end it was Dallas making the plays. Dirk Nowitzki was a legendary player who could not seem to miss. This year the torch has been passed. For the second…

  16. Third quarter run by Indiana evens series with Orlando

    May 1, 2012, 12:47 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    For the first 27 minutes, Game 2 of the Indiana game against Orlando looked like Game 1 — the Pacers raced out to an early lead but then their offense went cold while the Magic got some inspired play and had the lead. Then the Magic went on a 25-5 run in to close out…

  17. Knicks Stoudemire injures hand after loss… punching fire extinguisher?

    May 1, 2012, 12:37 AM EDT

    Knicks forward Stoudemire leaves the American Airlines Arena with his hand in a sling after his team's loss to the Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami

    May 1, 12:37 am: Amare Stoudemire tweeted this: I am so mad at myself right now, I want to apologize to the fans and my team, not proud of my actions, headed home for a new start April 30, 11:01 pm: This is the most intensity Amare Stoudemire has shown all playoffs. Frustrated after he…

  18. New York fights harder, plays better, but Heat still win, up 2-0

    Apr 30, 2012, 11:56 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward James reacts after his second quarter dunk against the New York Knicks during Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami

    Carmelo Anthony played better, dropping 30 in Game 2. Tyson Chandler was back to being himself after having the flu and was far more aggressive at both ends. He had a real impact on the game. It didn’t matter. The Miami Heat led most of the game, took charge when LeBron James went on a…

  19. Is next season the season John Wall breaks out?

    Apr 30, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

    John Wall

    I’ll admit, I was fooled. I saw John Wall crisscrossing the country looking phenomenal in the wide-open, no-defense rec leagues and charity games last summer and thought he could translate that to the NBA. I thought he looked healthy. When left open his jumper fell, when given room to use his athletic gifts he was…

  20. Video: Donny Marshall talks Bulls, Celtics without point guards

    Apr 30, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Chicago Bulls

    Donny Marshall — former NBA player and current Comcast New England broadcaster who Celtics fans know well — was on NBC’s SportsTalk with my man Russ Thaler talking NBA playoffs. Specifically, how do the Bulls and Celtics move on without their point guards. He does not sound optimistic about the Celtics in Game 2.

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