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  1. Sunday playoff scenarios: Knicks can clinch East’s two seed

    Apr 14, 2013, 12:24 PM EDT

    Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd

    A bunch of games on Sunday could have a big impact on playoff seedings — and for the Lakers and Jazz, who makes the playoffs. Let’s take a quick look around the league at what is at stake. EASTERN CONFERENCE The big game is Pacers visiting the Knicks — the Knicks win and they lock…

  2. Trevor Booker wants to show his talent – with Wizards or new team

    Apr 14, 2013, 12:19 PM EDT

    Trevor Booker, Serge Ibaka

    Trevor Booker has more double-doubles (2) than 30-minute games (1) this season. He’s been in and out of the Wizards’ rotation, a difficult situation for a 25-year-old entering the final year of his rookie contract. Via Ben Standig of CSN Washington: “Right now they’ve got me as a role player,” Booker said before Friday’s home…

  3. Kobe’s trainer says heavy minutes had nothing to do with his injury

    Apr 14, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni; Kobe Bryant

    In the hours following the devastating injury to Kobe Bryant, it was immediately fashionable (and on the surface, even logical) to pin the blame for it firmly on the shoulders of Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni. Bryant had been playing an insane amount of minutes recently in an attempt to drag his team into the…

  4. Heat to face Bucks in first round of the playoffs

    Apr 14, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks' Jennings looks in as Miami Heat's James tries to avoid Bucks' Moute in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    Even with only two or three games left in the regular season, most first round playoff matchups remain unconfirmed, and are likely to be in flux until the final standings have been cemented. Thanks to a combination of events on Saturday, we know of at least one playoff series that is officially set: The Miami…

  5. After complaining about it previously, LeBron says he’s looking forward to physical play from the Bulls

    Apr 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James holds his face after a play as Chicago Bulls' Boozer looks on, during their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    The Heat will host the Bulls on Sunday, in what will be the NBA’s lone nationally televised contest of the day. It’s a revenge game for Miami of sorts, after the Bulls snapped the Heat’s 27-game winning streak in Chicago back on March 27. It isn’t known at this point whether the Heat, who have…

  6. Clippers move closer to home court advantage in first round of playoffs with win over Grizzlies

    Apr 13, 2013, 11:27 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Marc Gasol

    The Clippers got a huge win in terms of their possible playoff position on Saturday, by rolling into Memphis and taking down the Grizzlies 91-87. The victory puts L.A. in the driver’s seat for home court advantage in a potential first round matchup against these same Grizzlies, and gives the team a chance of moving…

  7. Bulls’ Rip Hamilton suspended one game for elbow he landed to the head of DeMar DeRozan (VIDEO)

    Apr 13, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls shooting guard Hamilton questions a call against the Charlotte Bobcats during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    Rip Hamilton has been suspended one game for “throwing an elbow and making contact with the face of” DeMar DeRozan during Chicago’s loss in Toronto on Friday, according to an official release. The incident, which can be seen in the video clip above, occurred with 5:33 remaining in the third quarter. Hamilton received a flagrant-two foul…

  8. Nate Robinson briefly loses his mind while trying to illegally steal a jump ball (VIDEO)

    Apr 13, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls Nate Robinson picks up a loose ball under Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry in Toronto

    During the fourth quarter of the Bulls’ loss to the Raptors on Friday, Nate Robinson found himself in a jump ball situation against Rudy Gay. Given the fact that Gay is listed at 6’8″ and Robinson is listed at 5’9,” Nate realized that he probably wasn’t going to win the tap, so he came up…

  9. Pacers head coach Vogel leads league in technical fouls, calls $22K in fines ‘money well spent’

    Apr 13, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Frank Vogel, Greg Willard

    If you had to name the head coaches who lead the league in technical fouls, the two names tied for second on that list with seven apiece might be among those you’d think of first. The man at the top of the list, however, isn’t exactly a household name, and therefore probably wouldn’t come to…

  10. Kobe Bryant has surgery, timetable for return expected to be 6-9 months

    Apr 13, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant will have surgery to repair the torn left Achilles tendon he suffered on Friday, and is expected to need 6-9 months to recover, Lakers trainer Gary Vitti told reporters at the team’s practice facility on Saturday. From Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles: Vitti said Bryant would be immobilized up to a month…

  11. Report: Tyrone Corbin will be back as Jazz head coach next season, whether team makes the playoffs or not

    Apr 13, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    It’s been an interesting, up and down season for the Utah Jazz. The team has nine players who can become free agents after this season, yet for the most part, head coach Tyrone Corbin has done a decent job of getting his guys to come together, especially when you consider how close they are to…

  12. Phil Jackson weighs in on Kobe Bryant’s injury

    Apr 13, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder

    When Kobe Bryant went down with what in all likelihood is a torn Achilles injury with three minutes to play in the Lakers’ win over the Warriors on Friday, it wasn’t his first injury of the night. As seen in the video clip above, Bryant suffered minor injuries to his knee and his foot over…

  13. Bet I’d take: Lakers still make playoffs without Kobe

    Apr 13, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    When teams lose a star player, there is often this short period where they play a little better without him — everyone else raises their game, the team plays with passion and commitment, and they get a few wins they shouldn’t. Grantland founder Bill Simmons called it the “Ewing effect” after the 1999 Knicks, who…

  14. Kobe Bryant’s 3:30 a.m. Facebook rant about injury

    Apr 13, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    The often guarded Kobe Bryant did what we’ve all done on Facebook at points — he ranted. He howled at the moon. Kobe was understandably frustrated after tearing his Achilles Friday night and in the middle of the night he went to Facebook to vent. “This is such BS! All the training and sacrifice just…

  15. Kobe will be back, but what do Lakers do this summer now?

    Apr 13, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant isn’t going to let his career end this way, limping off the court with a torn Achilles tendon. It is going to end on his terns. He would not allow it to be any other way. He will be back. An hour after he limped off the court he was telling the media…

  16. LeBron, Kobe, Durant get Elite versions of their signature shoes

    Apr 13, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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    For the second straight season, Nike Basketball is rolling out premium versions of its signature shoes for LeBron James and Kevin Durant. The Elite series features lighter and stronger materials, along with some design tweaks that are most noticeable in the KD V Elite, which goes from a high to a low version for the…

  17. Kobe Bryant meets the media after suffering torn Achilles injury (VIDEO)

    Apr 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    We don’t think of Kobe Bryant as being vulnerable to season-ending injuries, considering his will to win and the amount of minutes he’s demanded to play down the stretch of the regular season. But after suffering a likely torn Achilles on Friday against the Warriors, he’s likely done for whatever remains of this Lakers season.…

  18. Kobe Bryant suffers torn Achilles in Lakers’ win over Warriors (VIDEO)

    Apr 13, 2013, 2:50 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    Late in the Lakers’ win over the Warriors on Friday, Kobe Bryant left the game with what was later diagnosed as an Achilles tear that will keep him sidelined for the rest of the season. You can see the injury take place in the video clip above, though there really isn’t all that much to…

  19. Kobe Bryant suffers ‘probable torn Achilles,’ will undergo MRI to confirm

    Apr 13, 2013, 2:02 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers kept their playoff hopes alive with a come from behind win over the Warriors on Friday, but likely lost their best player in the process. Kobe Bryant exited the game with 3:08 to play, after suffering the injury and then hitting two free throws to tie the game at 109 before he limped…

  20. Nets clinch home court advantage in first round of playoffs with win over Pacers

    Apr 13, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Indiana Pacers

    The Nets made it more difficult on themselves than it needed to be, but when it was all over in Indiana on Friday, Brooklyn came away with a 117-109 win over the Pacers that clinched home court advantage for them in the first round of the playoffs. Brooklyn led by as many as 24 points…

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