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  1. Kevin Durant: “I’m tired of being second… I’m done with it”

    Apr 23, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Kevin Durant is the second best basketball player walking planet earth right now. He leads the second best team in the NBA. He was second in the MVP voting last year and almost certainly will be again. He was the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft (behind Greg Oden and his unfortunate knees). Durant…

  2. Chris Bosh as a basketball-playing space prince who saves the galaxy. In animated form. (VIDEO)

    Apr 23, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh wears shoes with the Larry O'Brien trophy image on them. Photo via GQ.

    I present this with little comment… because I really have no idea what to say. Maybe it’s because I’m sober while watching it. The 11 minute animated film “Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse!” was made by Miami arts group Bleeding Palm for the Borscht Film Festival (thanks to Dan at Ball Don’t Lie…

  3. Mike Dunlap fired as Bobcats coach after one season

    Apr 23, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

    Mike Dunlap

    The Charlotte Bobcats were not going to win a lot of games this season if Red Auerbach and John Wooden rose from the dead to co-coach the team. There just wasn’t enough talent. But Mike Dunlap in his one year could not seem to reach what players he did have to the satisfaction of ownership…

  4. With David Lee out, Stephen Curry becomes even more important in Game 2

    Apr 23, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game One

    The playoffs are all about adjustments, but even though the Warriors find themselves down 1-0 to the Nuggets they really don’t have to change too much heading into this all important game two. Missing David Lee certainly hurts. When looking at the match ups in this series, he was one player who clearly had an…

  5. Celtics look to Garnett, Knicks look to ball movement to spark offenses in Game 2

    Apr 23, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York

    Game 1 of the Celtics vs. Knicks played to form — the Celtics’ physical and aggressive defense made it hard for the Knicks to score, but Boston struggled even more on offense putting up just 8 points in the fourth quarter and falling 85-78. But for the Celtics there was one real reason to be…

  6. Shane Battier gets truck load of free Bud Light

    Apr 23, 2013, 12:11 PM EDT

    Bucks Heat Basketball

    What is the best kind of beer? Free beer. And Shane Battier just got a truckload of it. Literally. Back during the Heat’s 27-game winning streak Steve Aschburner of NBA.com wrote about the superstitions of the Heat players, because if “Bull Durham” taught us one thing it’s that you don’t mess with a streak. Shane…

  7. Vinny Del Negro gets vote of confidence from management

    Apr 23, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    Vinny Del Negro just got the dreaded vote of confidence. His team is now up 2-0 in the first round over Memphis but there is still plenty of talk about the Clippers needing to get deep into the playoffs — such as the Western Conference finals — or his job could be in jeopardy. Of…

  8. Knicks to get Pablo Prigioni back in starting lineup

    Apr 23, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

    Pablo Prigioni

    In the face of Boston’s defense taking away their first option on Saturday, the New York Knicks offense often reverted to a lot of Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith isolation. Which isn’t good. The Knicks still won, but that was more about the inept Celtics offense in the fourth than what the Knicks offense started…

  9. Report: Pistons interested in Nate McMillan as coach

    Apr 23, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    After Nate McMillan was fired from the Portland Trail Blazers, he was still getting paid for a few years. He hasn’t jumped back into the coaching game because he hasn’t needed to, so he worked with Team USA this summer at the London Olympics and has enjoyed a little time off with family. But the…

  10. Pacers’ Paul George wins Most Improved Player Award

    Apr 23, 2013, 10:14 AM EDT

    Paul George

    Paul George made a leap this season and people noticed. With Danny Granger basically lost for the year due to knee issues, George took on a larger scoring role with the Pacers — he used 23.5 percent of their possessions when on the court — averaging 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.…

  11. Phil Jackson tweets about Chris Paul’s shot, Jordan’s push off of Russell

    Apr 23, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    When Chris Paul made the game-winning shot Monday night to beat the Grizzlies 93-91, a lot of people pointed out on twitter that Paul got room to get that shot off by pushing off on Tony Allen to create space. They are right. Allen and Paul were physical on that play but CP3 was smart…

  12. Jamal Crawford’s wild run of 10 straight points vs. Grizzlies (VIDEO)

    Apr 23, 2013, 8:11 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Crawford goes to the basket against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles, California

    There is a reason Jamal Crawford was in the running for Sixth Man of the Year — the guy can flat out score the basketball. And be impressive doing it. In the second quarter Monday night he rattled off 10 straight points, with a variety of amazing moves and shots. And it’s not like he’s…

  13. Chris Paul’s game-winner at the buzzer sends Clippers to Memphis with a 2-0 series lead

    Apr 23, 2013, 3:38 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul scores the game-winning basket against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — The Grizzlies may have given their best shot to the Clippers in Monday’s Game 2, correcting virtually all of the mistakes they made in the first game of the series. Thanks to the buzzer-beating heroics of Chris Paul, however, everything Memphis had wasn’t good enough. L.A. pulled out the thrilling 93-91 victory…

  14. Chris Paul with crazy game winner to put Clippers up 2-0 (VIDEO)

    Apr 23, 2013, 2:05 AM EDT

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    Chris Paul is a superstar. That right there is why you have superstars on your team. Paul got the ball out high with :13 seconds left in a tie game , had a very good and physical defender on him in Tony Allen, drove and was physical right back, got away with a pushoff but…

  15. Joakim Noah’s heart lifts Bulls to ugly win over Nets

    Apr 22, 2013, 11:49 PM EDT

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    Joakim Noah pushed Kris Humphries in the back, positioned himself between Humphries and C.J. Watson for a rebound and lunged out of bounds to save the ball as it took a sharp carom across the baseline. Noah’s heave was headed out of bounds on the sideline, but Kirk Hinrich jumped to save the ball, making…

  16. Kobe Bryant says he’s done tweeting during Lakers’ games

    Apr 22, 2013, 9:23 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant doesn’t want his tweeting to be a story. And it was — they were putting his tweets up on the broadcast during the game. Players and Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni were asked about Kobe’s comments after the game. (And before you tell me this was a “media driven” story, we have done just…

  17. Nets-Bulls Game 2 preview: Joakim Noah to play more

    Apr 22, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT

    BKN-BULLS-NETS

    After hobbling through 13 minutes in a Game 1 loss to the Nets and taking one off day, Bulls center Joakim Noah (plantar fasciitis) is apparently ready for a bigger role. Noah will start Game 2 tonight and play 20 to 25 minutes, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Larger contributions from Noah…

  18. Report: Marc Gasol to win Defensive Player of the Year

    Apr 22, 2013, 7:26 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Houston Rockets

    Marc Gasol will be named Defensive Player of the Year, according to Chris Vernon of 92.9 FM ESPN in Memphis. The Grizzlies center – who averaged 7.8 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals per game – isn’t a typical recipient of this award. Only 1987 winner Michael Cooper had lower per-game averages in all three…

  19. Roy Hibbert and David Lee exchange pleasantries while declaring dislike for each other

    Apr 22, 2013, 6:58 PM EDT

    David Lee, Roy Hibbert

    Roy Hibbert and David Lee fought during a Pacers-Warriors game in February, and in the aftermath, Hibbert apologized. To be clear, Hibbert apologized “to the fans that were sitting courtside.” You can watch that video again just to be sure, but Hibbert did not apologize to Lee. Hibbert even took Lee’s season-ending hip injury as…

  20. Suns part ways with GM Lance Blanks

    Apr 22, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

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    The Suns have parted ways with GM Lance Blanks, the team announced on Monday via official release. The move doesn’t come as a huge surprise, considering that president of basketball operations Lon Babby was just given a two-year contract extension, and some organizational changes were obviously necessary in the wake of the dismal 25-57 season…

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