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  1. Quote of the Day: Erik Spoelstra is just fine not winning Coach of the Year

    May 8, 2013, 2:58 PM EDT

    Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra coaches his team against the Chicago Bulls during Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final basketball playoff in Miami

    “I congratulate George Karl (said with laugh), I know he didn’t want to win it either, no disrespect…. I’m not very superstitious, but all coaches, I think, understand (the stigma of) that award. It’s not quite as definitive as the Sports Illustrated (cover) jinx, but it’s pretty close.” —Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, speaking of his…

  2. The coach is gone, now what moves must Nets make this offseason?

    May 8, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets' Evans, Lopez and Williams wait during time out in their game with Chicago Bulls in the fourth quarter of Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York

    P.J. Carlesimo wasn’t really the problem in Brooklyn. But he wasn’t really the answer, either. Brooklyn goes into the summer looking for a new coach and that hire is huge because it’s questionable how much the roster can be changed from last season’s 49-win, fourth in the East squad. That’s the challenge for the Nets…

  3. LeBron says he ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if he spent time guarding Nate Robinson

    May 8, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

    LeBron James, Nate Robinson, Ken Mauer

    After the Heat were stunned by the Bulls in Game 1 on Monday, the team seems to have come to the realization that it can’t afford even one more breakdown defensively, at least in terms of how they gameplan for their opponent for the rest of this series. Chicago’s defensive intensity presents very real problems…

  4. Carmelo Anthony on his MVP voter: ‘I don’t know why he catches so much flak for that’

    May 8, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony points to his head as Knicks fans cheer from the sidelines in the fourth quarter in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series against the Indiana Pacers in New York

    Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe gave his first-place MVP vote to Carmelo Anthony, making Washburn the only voter not to choose LeBron James, who won the award with 120 of 121 first-place votes. Huge kudos to Washburn for explaining himself – he’s under no obligation to reveal that he was the Melo voter –…

  5. Jimmy Butler can barely believe his 48-minute streak

    May 8, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Jimmy Butler

    It’s been nine days since Jimmy Butler missed a second of a Bulls game. With Luol Deng out and Kirk Hinrich likely out for Game 2 against the heat tonight, it’s a reasonable expect Butler will play 48 minutes for the fourth straight game. How is he preparing? Herb Gould of the Chicago Sun-Times: ‘‘Rest,…

  6. Someone had to be: Ricky Rubio sad Kahn let go in Minnesota

    May 8, 2013, 12:33 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    Ricky Rubio was David Kahn’s guy. Rubio was Kahn’s best draft pick, a guy who helped on the court and helped sell tickets, too. Of course, Kahn liked Rubio so much he told Minnesota’s best player — Kevin Love — he couldn’t have the team’s one five-year extension because it was being saved for Rubio.…

  7. Luol Deng out, Hinrich doubtful for Bulls in Game 2

    May 8, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

    Bulls Basketball

    Let’s just start with that because silly Internet rumors are swirling: Derrick Rose will not play in Game 2 Wednesday night and media reports are Tom Thibodeau was “puzzled” and “amused” with the suggestion he might play Game 3. If you want to believe Rose will choose the first in-game test of his knee to…

  8. Pacers, Knicks talk New York’s Game 2 win (VIDEO)

    May 8, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony smiles after scoring a basket in the third quarter of the Knicks' 105-79 win over the Pacers in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series in New York

    It took a while on Tuesday night, maybe longer than some Knicks fans were comfortable with, but eventually the Knicks played with the kind of desperation they needed to beat the Pacers and even their series at 1-1. In the video above Pacers’ coach Frank Vogel laments his team’s 21 turnovers — if you cough…

  9. Vinny Del Negro expected to meet with Clippers’ owner next week

    May 8, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    It’s expected that Vinny Del Negro’s days are numbered as the coach of the Clippers. After a first-round playoff exit it’s a matter of when the axe falls not if. The “when” may well be when Del Negro meets with Clippers owner Donald Sterling next week, reports Ken Berger at CBSSports.com. Vinny Del Negro is…

  10. Denver’s George Karl named NBA Coach of the Year

    May 8, 2013, 10:03 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl directs his team against the Golden State Warriors during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Oakland

    Just a couple years ago, George Karl was out of the NBA and fighting for his life against cancer. Now, not only is he back on the sideline he’s at the top of the NBA mountain. And that’s good for all of us. Karl was voted the NBA Coach of the Year for his efforts…

  11. Mike Conley with the elbow jumper dagger vs. Thunder

    May 8, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    Mike Conley

    It’s not a spectacular play, but it was clutch. Mike Conley was huge for the Grizzlies all night — 26 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists — but none bigger than that jump shot. The Thunder are going to make it tough to get the ball to Marc Gasol or Zach Randolph, especially late in games,…

  12. Projected Top 5 draft pick Anthony Bennett to have shoulder surgery

    May 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Mountain West Basketball Tournament - Championship - UNLV v New Mexico

    UNLV forward Anthony Bennett is projected to be one of the top five picks in this year’s NBA draft, he’s a guy who could step in and give some quality minutes next season But news came out Tuesday night that could give teams pause. Bennett will undergo surgery to repair the rotator cuff in his…

  13. Kevin Durant with crossover, and-1 power dunk (VIDEO)

    May 8, 2013, 2:05 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant is doing all he can to lift the Thunder in the second round — he had 36 points on 21 shots, plus 11 rebounds and nine assists. All that wasn’t enough, the Grizzlies evened the series. But Durant got to show off his improved handles, closing the third quarter with this sweet crossover…

  14. Mike Conley outshines Kevin Durant as Grizzlies take Game 2 from the Thunder

    May 8, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    There were multiple areas that the Grizzlies needed to focus on in terms of adjustments heading into Game 2 against the Thunder. The one they needed the most was made, in the form of point guard Mike Conley returning to, and then exceeding the stellar form he displayed for much of the second half of…

  15. Pacers collapse in fourth quarter, Knicks win in rout to even series

    May 7, 2013, 10:54 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game Two

    It all started with 3:05 left in the third quarter. The Pacers had been on a 10-4 run and had taken a two-point lead — Indiana had the momentum. Game 2 of this second round series was starting to look a lot like Game 1, when the Pacers beat the Knicks in Madison Square Garden.…

  16. Felton passes off backboard to Martin for monster Knicks dunk (VIDEO)

    May 7, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    Knicks' Martin drives to the basket past Pacers' Mahinimi during the second quarter in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series in New York

    About midway through the third quarter the Knicks upped their defensive pressure, and with that came a big run and some spectacular plays. Like this one. Raymond Felton and Kenyon Martin trap the ball handler, get the steal, then put on a little show in transition. This play helped fire up the crowd, fired up…

  17. Iman Shumpert throws down a monster putback slam in Game 2 against the Pacers (VIDEO)

    May 7, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Incredible play here by Iman Shumpert, who skied over everyone to throw down just a monster of a putback slam during the second quarter of Game 2 between the Knicks and the Pacers. A lot had to go just right for this dunk to even become possible — the shot had to carom off of the…

  18. Report: Phil Jackson tells Nets he does not want to be their coach

    May 7, 2013, 6:55 PM EDT

    Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Jackson speaks during a ceremony to retire jersey #34 in honor of former Los Angeles Lakers player O'Neal during their NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Los Angeles

    Every fan base whose team has a coaching vacancy is dreaming of Phil Jackson taking over on the bench. It’s not happening — Jackson has said he wants a front office gig. He’s done with coaching. And he told that again to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports on twitter.…

  19. Preview: Grizzlies’ ability to make adjustments will determine their fate in Game 2 against the Thunder

    May 7, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley shoots against Oklahoma City Thunder defenders in the first half of their Game 1 NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game in Oklahoma City

    There were plenty of stretches where the Grizzlies played just fine, especially defensively, in their Game 1 loss to the Thunder. Overall, the problem for Memphis was that they continually went away from what’s made them successful to this point in the postseason. There’s a short list of adjustments the Grizzlies need to make in…

  20. Pacers president Walsh says he will step aside if Larry Bird returns

    May 7, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT

    Donnie Walsh

    After a year off to get healthy, does Larry Bird want to get back in the team president game? Bird left the Pacers as team president last year on good terms, wanting to rest an injured shoulder. But if Bird wants to come back, the 72-year-old Walsh told the New York Post he’d step aside.…

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