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  1. Knicks continue to dominate Celtics, take a 3-0 series lead

    Apr 26, 2013, 11:13 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    The Celtics are doing everything they can to compete in these playoffs, but the results haven’t been there, for a variety of reasons. Playing in Boston for the first time since the tragic Marathon bombings, there wasn’t a lack of inspiration or emotion for the Celtics heading into Game 3. As has been the case the…

  2. No Nash for Lakers; Goudelock, Morris to start, try and be unlikely heroes

    Apr 26, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    SPO-BKN-NBA--WIZARDS-LAKERS

    LOS ANGELES — The virtual worst-case scenario has become the Lakers reality. No Kobe Bryant No Steve Nash (two epidurals, one cortisone shot). No Steve Blake. No Jodie Meeks. Mike D’Antoni made it official pregame: Your Lakers starting backcourt is Andrew Goudelock and Darius Morris. They will bring Chris Duhon off the bench. By the…

  3. Can emotion of coming home lift Celtics to Game 3 win over Knicks?

    Apr 26, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Doc Rivers

    The blueprint for Boston to get back into this series is there — they have won the first half of Games 1 and 2. Tenacious defense, getting points out of Jeff Green and/or Jason Terry to go with Paul Pierce, and to make the little hustle plays. The Celtics have had two problems. First, they…

  4. Fun speculation: Toronto may make run at Phil Jackson for front office

    Apr 26, 2013, 5:22 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

    If you like some speculation and to connect the dots, we have a story for you: A move that got notice on the sports business pages could be the first step in a series of moves that lead to front page headlines: Phil Jackson running the Toronto Raptors. We’re a long, long way from that.…

  5. Russell Westbrook injury throws race in West wide open

    Apr 26, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a break on the court against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    The Oklahoma City Thunder were already no lock to make the NBA finals. They were a slight favorite to make a return trip to the big stage but the Spurs (if healthy, and they are starting to look it) have always been a threat, plus there were the Grizzlies and Clippers as dark horses (just…

  6. Dan Gilbert owns the Cavaliers, but he’s still telling the Pistons how to operate

    Apr 26, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT

    File photo of Quicken Loans founder Gilbert addressing the audience during a news conference in Detroit

    Dan Gilbert doesn’t just tell LeBron James how to handle his business. The Cavaliers owner also tells Pistons owner Tom Gores how to handle his. Gilbert – again – has publically suggested the Pistons should move from the suburb of Auburn Hills to downtown Detroit.  Gilbert, via Mike Wilkinson of The Detroit News: “Let’s face…

  7. Gerald Wallace: ‘I don’t have a clue what my role is on this team’

    Apr 26, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets - Game Two

    If Gerald Wallace wasn’t doubting himself before, he surely is now. The Nets outscored Chicago by 10 in the fourth quarter of Game 3, Brooklyn’s best quarter since the first half of Game 1 – all with Wallace on the bench. Where does that leave Wallace now? Via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily…

  8. Patrick Beverley says there was no intent to injure Russell Westbrook

    Apr 26, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    When the news broke that Russell Westbrook would be out indefinitely after needing to undergo surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus he suffered in the Thunder’s Game 3 win over the Rockets, all eyes turned to Patrick Beverley, and the play where Westbrook was injured. Beverley ended up knocking knees with Westbrook, on a…

  9. PBT Podcast: Russell Westbrook’s injury, and a look at the rest of the first round playoff matchups

    Apr 26, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook looks on during a timeout against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the devastating news surrounding Russell Westbrook and his need to undergo knee surgery which will keep him out indefinitely. We discuss how this might change the landscape of the Western Conference playoffs, before breaking down the rest of the ongoing playoff…

  10. J.R. Smith turned down more from Lakers to be Knick. Will he leave money on table again?

    Apr 26, 2013, 2:52 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Smith celebrates scoring past Washington Wizards during their NBA basketball game in Manhattan

    J.R. Smith can opt out after this season and become a free agent. And he will. We knew that already but his father basically confirmed that to the New York Post. Then threw in an interesting tidbit — Smith had a bigger offer on the table from the Lakers but took the Knicks deal anyway.…

  11. Nuggets need to get back to basics to beat the Warriors in crucial game 3

    Apr 26, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game Two

    Even though the series is tied at one game a piece, the Nuggets have been thoroughly outplayed by the Warriors in the first two games. Golden State has had the better game plan and has made the better adjustments. The Nuggets, meanwhile, have been very good in some areas but not able to play their…

  12. More Lakers injury fun: World Peace has knee drained, will play Game 3

    Apr 26, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    World Peace knee

    Lakers trainer Gary Vitti is going to need more than a room off the side of the locker room, he needs his own wing. To add to the injuries expected to keep the top four Lakers out of a crucial Game 3 Friday night, Metta World Peace had his knee drained on Thursday. Teams try…

  13. Stephen Curry a “game time decision” for Game 3 versus Nuggets

    Apr 26, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game Two

    Stephen Curry returned to the game after spraining his ankle, helping to lead his Warriors to a win over the Nuggets that evened the series at one game a piece. Right after the injury he was seen on the bench using a giant rubber band to keep his ankle loose enough for him to be…

  14. Russell Westbrook to undergo knee surgery, out indefinitely

    Apr 26, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a break on the court against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Russell Westbrook will undergo surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and will be out indefinitely, the Thunder announced on Friday. The injury occurred with 5:34 to play in the second quarter of the Thunder’s Game 3 win over the Rockets, and as seen in the video clip above, there will…

  15. Report: Kahn to be out, Flip Saunders to be in for Minnesota

    Apr 26, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT

    File photo of Washington Wizards coach Saunders during an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    We told you there were rumors of this a couple months ago, possibly part of an ownership shift, but now it appears to be reality. The era of David Kahn could be ending in Minnesota, with Flip Saunders coming in to replace him, reports Steve Aschburner at NBA.com. Saunders, 58, has been negotiating a contract…

  16. J.J. Redick says he hasn’t spoken to coach since playoffs started

    Apr 26, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Three

    The Bucks are a much better team when the backcourt is J.J. Redick paired with either Monta Ellis or Brandon Jennings. Redick and Ellis are +5.9 per 48 minutes, Redick and Jennings are -10.2 , and Jennings and Ellis are -3.2 on the season. One slashing guard, one pure shooter with a good hoops IQ…

  17. Zach Randolph was full on Ze-Bo in Grizzlies win (VIDEO)

    Apr 26, 2013, 10:51 AM EDT

    Zach Randolph, Blake Griffin

    For the first couple games of the series against the Clippers, Zach Randolph battled foul trouble in somewhat tightly called games, he had an athletic defender in Blake Griffin on him, then backing up Griffin was a Los Angeles defense that had sagged into the paint and was daring Memphis to win the game with…

  18. Dwyane Wade says knee “not even close” to full strength

    Apr 26, 2013, 10:11 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Three

    Dwyane Wade didn’t look right during Miami’s 104-91 Game 3 win over the Bucks Thursday. He was grimacing in pain. He shot 1-for-12 and had six turnovers (although he did have 11 assists and nine rebounds). He was not the same guy on the defensive end. And it comes back to that knee he was…

  19. Matt Barnes flagrantly fouls Zach Randolph, and Randolph loves it (VIDEO)

    Apr 26, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT

    Zach Randolph, Lamar Odom

    Any time two of the game’s more physical players are involved in a hard foul situation, there’s always the possibility that either could explode. Thankfully, after Matt Barnes committed a flagrant foul on Zach Randolph during the fourth quarter of the Grizzlies’ Game 3 win over the Clippers, we saw exactly the opposite. Barnes caught…

  20. David Stern says league has no interest in eliminating ‘Hack-a-Shaq’

    Apr 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The ability for teams to intentionally foul players away from the ball who are poor free throw shooters — originally labeled “Hack-a-Shaq” for when it was used extensively against Shaquille O’Neal — is a perfectly legal strategy. But it’s also an excruciating one to watch that grinds things to a halt, and that most observers…

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