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  1. Warriors break game open in the 3rd, hold on late to clinch series over Nuggets

    May 3, 2013, 2:38 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors - Game Six

    There will be no game 7. The Warriors did what many, including me, thought they could not do before this series started. By holding on to beat the Nuggets 92-88 in game 6, they clinched the series and head to the 2nd round where they’ll face the San Antonio Spurs for the right to advance…

  2. Shorthanded Bulls scrap, but Nets have enough to force Game 7

    May 3, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    Bulls' Robinson goes to the basket against Nets' Johnson and Williams during the second half of Game 6 in their NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball game in Chicago

    This is how unprepared the Nets were for this moment, a playoff Game 7 on their home court in Brooklyn in their first year in the city: They already had a Rihanna concert scheduled for Saturday night in the Barclay center. Thanks to Deron Williams and friends, Rihanna and crew will have to come back…

  3. Report: Pistons hire Phil Jackson to consult on coaching search

    May 2, 2013, 10:51 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Phil Jackson is not going to be the next coach of the Detroit Pistons. But he’s going to help pick the guy that is. That according to Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News. #Pistons are brining in Phil Jackson to help advise on the coaching search, the team announced — Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) May 3,…

  4. Report: David Lee cleared to play for Warriors in game 6

    May 2, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game One

    So much for that torn hip flexor ending David Lee‘s season. In a stunning development, Lee has been cleared to play in game 6 for the Warriors according to Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports. Lee has missed the last four games of the series after he left game 1 early in the 4th quarter after injuring…

  5. Jerry Sloan still willing to return to NBA, whip your team into shape

    May 2, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT

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    When the talk of filling coaching vacancies candidates usually fall into a couple clear categories. One is your up and coming assistants — Brian Shaw, Mike Malone, etc. Another is recycle coaches who want another shot, your Nate McMillan and Stan Van Gundy types. But Jerry Sloan is still out there, too. The long-time Jazz…

  6. Warriors coach Mark Jackson fined for public comments made in attempt to influence officiating

    May 2, 2013, 7:31 PM EDT

    Tony Brothers, Mark Jackson

    Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson has been fined $25,000 for making public comments in an attempt to influence the officiating, the league announced on Thursday. Jackson’s comments came during his press conference following his team’s Game 5 loss to the Nuggets, and the offending remarks can be seen in the video clip above.…

  7. PBT Extra: Talking Friday night Game 6s… how much trouble are the Knicks in?

    May 2, 2013, 6:42 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett, Carmelo Anthony

    No team has ever been up 3-0 in an NBA series and lost the series. And you have to think the New York Knicks can win one of the next two. Still…. Kay Adams and I talk about how much trouble the Knicks are in (a lot of they don’t get away from the isolation…

  8. Bulls-Nets Game 6 preview: Chicago’s injury report reaching ridiculous levels

    May 2, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    BKN-BULLS-NETS

    No Derrick Rose. No Kirk Hinrich. Maybe no Luol Deng. Maybe no Taj Gibson. A reduced Joakim Noah. The Bulls don’t have much left besides their 3-2 lead over the Nets, and that might no longer be enough of an advantage to advance over a more talented Brooklyn team. The loss of Hinrich is particularly…

  9. It’s official: David Kahn let go as Minnesota GM; Flip Saunders to step in

    May 2, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    davidkahn

    It’s not a surprise. We told you it was coming. But it is still the end of an era we all enjoyed, even if we enjoyed mocking most of the time. David Kahn has been let go as the general manager of the Minnesota Timberwolves the team has confirmed, something first reported by the Associated…

  10. Warriors look to close out the Nuggets, but is their focus on the right things?

    May 2, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

    Mark Jackson, Stephen Curry

    The Warriors look to be in a perfect position. They have the series lead over the Nuggets at 3 games to 2. They’re heading home to Oracle Arena to play a close out game where the fans will create an environment that’s rarely seen in pro sports. They have the best player in the series…

  11. Mark Jackson not happy with George Karl over ‘disrespectful’ comment he made about Festus Ezeli

    May 2, 2013, 3:13 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game Five

    The war of words between Mark Jackson and George Karl is heating up in advance of Thursday night’s Game 6 between the Nuggets and the Warriors. The entire series has been a physical one, with players on both sides getting in their fair share of shots. But Jackson took exception to the way Denver defended…

  12. Ainge says Celtics face “very hard” decision with Pierce this summer

    May 2, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Five

    Is it time to break up the Celtics and rebuild? Or does the way they played the last couple games, and once they get Rajon Rondo back, mean it’s time for one more run at it? That decision falls to Celtics decision maker Danny Ainge — the Celtics have until June 30 to buy out…

  13. Damian Lillard’s Top 10 Plays of his Rookie of the Year season (VIDEO)

    May 2, 2013, 2:15 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Rookie of Year Basketball

    With the news becoming official on Wednesday that Damian Lillard was the unanimous choice as the league’s Rookie of the Year, it’s only fitting we pay tribute with a look at his top 10 plays of the season. Besides the wide variety of skills showcased in this highlight package — from the shooting, to the…

  14. Hinrich out for Bulls Thursday night. Deng, Gibson game-time decisions.

    May 2, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Kirk Hinrich, the feisty point guard that sparked the three Bulls wins against the Nets with his defense on Deron Williams, will be out for the Bulls Thursday night for Game 6. So tweets K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Just to add to the fun, Luol Deng and Taj Gibson are sick, neither went…

  15. Reports: Bucks interested in Stan Van Gundy for coaching job

    May 2, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

    Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    Is the Milwaukee Bucks job one that would really draw Stan Van Gundy off his very comfortable couch? I’m not so sure, but multiple reports have him as the top target of the Bucks. For example, there is Ken Berger at CBSSports.com (who says Kelvin Sampson and others also will be interviewed). The Bucks will…

  16. Thunder’s Derek Fisher and Kevin Martin perfectly execute a double flop (VIDEO)

    May 2, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Fisher defends against Houston Rockets' Harden during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff in Oklahoma

    Young players, take note. This is simply a great defensive effort here by Derek Fisher and Kevin Martin to coordinate perfectly-timed simultaneous flops just as “whatever his name is” makes a little contact with each. If the league is finding itself cash-strapped these days, this seems like an easy way to pick up a quick ten…

  17. Report: D’Antoni wants to add McMillan or Gentry to staff

    May 2, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

    Nate McMillan Mike D'Antoni

    The Lakers need to play better defense next season… unless they enjoyed how this season went. Thanks to terrible transition defense, shake perimeter defense and Dwight Howard’s back slowing him, the Lakers finished 19th in the NBA in points allowed per possession. As does everything with the Lakers right now, some of that blame is…

  18. J.R. Smith says he’s done wearing black after Knicks ‘funeral’ stunt (VIDEO)

    May 2, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    The Knicks actually wore all black to the arena for Game 5 against the Knicks on Wednesday, in preparation for the “funeral” they were hoping to see involving the Boston Celtics. Those were Kenyon Martin‘s words in advance of the game, when he told teammates to “Wear black. Funeral Colors.” The stunt obviously backfired, as…

  19. Pistons to reach out, talk to Shaw, Sampson about coaching job

    May 2, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

    Kelvin Sampson

    From the start of the process it seemed like Nate McMillan was the lead guy to get the Detroit Pistons job — he had meetings with both GM Nate McMillan and owner Tom Gores. But the Pistons are not just focused on the former Sonics and Trail Blazers head coach, they looking up and down…

  20. Patrick Beverley called for a technical foul after Reggie Jackson’s aggressive attempt at a steal (VIDEO)

    May 2, 2013, 10:57 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets' Beverley smiles after being called for a foul while playing Oklahoma City Thunder in their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff in Oklahoma

    Patrick Beverley has become a household name for NBA fans during these playoffs, thanks to his involvement in the play that led to Russell Westbrook‘s season-ending torn meniscus injury. As the series between the Rockets and the Thunder shifted back to Oklahoma City for the first time since the incident, Beverley was targeted by fans…

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