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  1. NBA Playoffs: Clippers pull off another comeback, take 2-1 series lead

    May 5, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Zach Randolph, and guard Tony Allen

    The Memphis Grizzlies have to be shaking their heads in disbelief right now. While the Grizzlies’ blown opportunity in Game 3 wasn’t nearly as disastrous as their historic Game 1 collapse, the fact of the matter is that Memphis could easily be up 3-o on the Clippers right now, but instead they find themselves down…

  2. Pacers 101 Magic 99: Pacers fail to give game away despite best efforts

    May 5, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Well, they almost blew it. Twice. The Indiana Pacers held on to win Game 4 in Orlando and go up 3-1 on the Magic headed back to Indiana. The Pacers held a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, but a furious run by the Magic tied it behind some brilliant play at the rim by…

  3. Jazz-Spurs Game 3 Preview: Can home save the Jazz?

    May 5, 2012, 4:57 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    Utah doesn’t need to just win against the Spurs in Game 3 in Utah Saturday. They need to outright dominate in order to make a statement that they aren’t going to be pushed over. Because at this rate, they’re headed for a sweep in short order. The Jazz had some positive things going in Game…

  4. Caron Butler will start Game 3 with a broken hand, because he’s TuffJuice

    May 5, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, Caron Butler

    Caron Butler was supposed to be out 4-6 weeks with a fractured hand. Instead, he’s still got that broken hand, but he’s starting today against Memphis in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. Butler playing could be a big swing for the Clippers. They’ve shot the ball extremely well in this series, over 50%…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Can the Clippers assert themselves in Game 3?

    May 5, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Two

    It’s as simple as this: if the Clippers hadn’t pulled off a miracle comeback in Game 1, they would be on the wrong side of a 2-0 deficit coming into Game 3. The Clippers have been dominated for 87 of the 96 minutes played in this series so far, and they desperately need to make…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Jason Terry is getting very superstitious in hopes of avoiding being swept

    May 5, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Atlanta Hawks

    Losing a few games in the NBA Playoffs can lead to one’s mind becoming a bit restless as he tries to figure out how to right the wrongs. Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry may have taken this to the extremes, however, as he tries to ensure the defending champions aren’t swept Saturday night by the…

  7. Josh Smith says he’ll play in Sunday’s Game 4 vs. Celtics

    May 5, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    Atlanta fared surprisingly well in Game 3 without Josh Smith, losing a closer-than-expected contest to a Celtics team that saw both Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen return to the lineup. The Hawks won’t have to go without him again in Game 4, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com: Josh Smith acknowledges the left knee sprain…

  8. Avery Bradley injures shoulder in Game 3 vs. Hawks

    May 5, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Avery-Bradley

    Avery Bradley has been a huge contributor for the Celtics this season, filling in for both Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen who have missed time with injuries. He’s a dogged defender and can attack the rim with his athleticism. He’s fought a shoulder injury all season, however, and on Friday, re-injured it against the Hawks.…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Nuggets play their game in their building, take Game 3 from Lakers

    May 5, 2012, 1:50 AM EDT

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    George Karl had a quiet confidence about his team heading home to Denver, even after dropping the first two games of the series to the Lakers in Los Angeles. He saw a lot of good things in his club, especially in a close Game 2 contest, and couldn’t wait to get back to the Pepsi…

  10. Sixers 79 Bulls 74: A crushing Bulls collapse as a postseason of misery continues for Chicago

    May 4, 2012, 11:35 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    The Bulls had everything going for them. They were the number one seed, they had beaten all the contenders, they had homecourt advantage, the best defense, one of the best coaches, a superstar. And then it all went wrong. In Game 3, they had a 14-point lead, had everything going for them. They had gotten…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Rajon Rondo’s triple-double helps Celtics to overtime victory over Hawks

    May 4, 2012, 10:43 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    The Boston Celtics looked anything but exceptional in the first half of Friday night’s Game 3 against the Atlanta Hawks, but Rajon Rondo was able to find his rhythm in the second half as the hosting Celtics needed overtime to pick up a win in their first game at home in the Garden this postseason.…

  12. Tracy McGrady had impressive first half for Hawks before spraining his ankle

    May 4, 2012, 9:06 PM EDT

    NBA: Playoffs-Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks

    The Atlanta Hawks were definitely expected to struggle on Friday night when they found out that Josh Smith would be missing in action for Game 3 against the Boston Celtics. They didn’t really feel his absence in the first half, however, thanks to Tracy McGrady turning back the hands of time once he was summoned…

  13. Timberwolves owner Taylor looking for successor

    May 4, 2012, 8:28 PM EDT

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    Another small-market NBA team is on the market, but this owner is working to find a successor who will keep the team in place, not start another controversy about moving. Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor told the Associated Press that he is looking for a successor, not to just sell the team to the highest…

  14. Vinny Del Negro won’t rule out Caron Butler for Game 4

    May 4, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, Caron Butler

    This is a real long shot, but after watching his team try to slow Rudy Gay last game Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro is good with long shots. Del Negro said he would not rule out playing Caron Butler, the small forward with the broken hand that was supposed to be out at least another…

  15. Ray Allen to play for Celtics Friday in Game 3

    May 4, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

    Ray Allen

    Ray Allen is back for Boston. Allen is a go for Game 3, A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com confirmed it on twitter, something a number of reporters were speculating would happen after they saw Allen go through warmups. Allen is a creature of habit — few in the NBA are more religious about their pregame shooting…

  16. Howard says he talked with Van Gundy “a bunch” recently

    May 4, 2012, 6:16 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    Yes, I’m sure their real tight. Probably get together for a barbeque with their families after the season. Pound a few beers and talk about the good times. Anyway… Dwight Howard went for a walk in Beverly Hills today, and if you do that and are a celebrity you can get accosted by TMZ’s cameras.…

  17. You’re not going to like this, but LeBron has been great in fourth quarters this season

    May 4, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Three

    We all saw the NBA finals last year. We all know the knock. We’ve all heard the jokes. Why would LeBron James be a great hockey player? There’s no fourth quarter. Funny. Except, this year LeBron James has been the best second quarter player in the NBA. Over at ESPN, the fantastic Tom Haberstroh had…

  18. With Josh Smith out due to injury, Hawks need someone to step up in Game 3 against Celtics

    May 4, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

    Ivan Johnson and Paul Pierce

    The Boston Celtics picked up a solid victory without Rajon Rondo in the lineup earlier this week in Atlanta, evening their series against the Hawks at one game apiece. One has to wonder, then, what might happen on Friday night now that momentum is in the favor of the Celtics, the game will be in…

  19. Nuggets look to run way back into series with Lakers

    May 4, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, Kenneth Faried

    The Lakers present nearly every team they face with a matchup dilemma — do you put your biggest players out there and try to match their front line size, or do you go small and try to run them out of the building. Denver is down 0-2 to the Los Angeles heading into a must-win…

  20. New York post columnist “jokes” Nets should be “New York N——s”

    May 4, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    YouTube 2012 Upfronts Presentation

    I’m not going to pretend to know New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick. All I know is he has been a columnist at the Post forever and a day, and that you don’t write for the post unless you have an edge. But I have no idea about him as a person. I did see…

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