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  1. Preview: Bulls defense solving Heat bigger issues than referees

    May 13, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

    The Chicago Bulls have much, much bigger issues right now than the referees. You couldn’t tell that from the talk around Chicago or even at times from coach Tom Thibodeau. It’s about the foul calls, it’s about LeBron James the flopper. For the coach and his $35,000 rant, that was simply him trying to influence…

  2. Kevin Durant: ‘I can do a lot more’

    May 13, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant falls to the floor against Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen in the final moments in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Anyway you slice it, Kevin Durant is doing a lot for the Thunder. Traditional stats say Durant is averaging 34.0 points, 10.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.6 steals in 44.3 minutes per game since Russell Westbrook’s injury. Advanced stats say Durant has 2.2 win shares for a team that has won five playoff games, which means…

  3. Knicks Smith, Martin, Shumpert all skip practice on off day Monday

    May 13, 2013, 12:28 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game Two

    This news is not ideal, but Knicks fans should be a lot more worried if Tuesday after shootaround we are reporting the same thing. It was a light practice for the Knicks Monday as J.R. Smith, Kenyon Martin and Iman Shumpert all skipped practice due to injury or illness, the team announced. Expect all of…

  4. Deng, Hinrich “most likely” out for Bulls Monday. Which means they’re out.

    May 13, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

    Kirk Hinrich

    It’s not a surprise to anyone, but let’s make it official, shall we: Kirk Hinrich and Luol Deng are “most likely out” for the Bulls on Monday night in what is a virtual must-win game for Chicago, tweets K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. That’s the word from coach Tom Thibodeau. If you have followed…

  5. Report: Cavaliers also have interest in O.J. Mayo

    May 13, 2013, 11:07 AM EDT

    O.J. Mayo

    Does it feel to anyone else like somebody’s agent/manager/people are trying to pump up O.J. Mayo’s free agency options? With the playoffs and draft coming up there tends not to be a lot of focus on free agents not named Howard or CP3 (and they aren’t likely moving on), yet now we have our second…

  6. Tyson Chandler joins chorus saying Knicks need to share the ball more

    May 13, 2013, 10:46 AM EDT

    Tyson Chandler

    The Knicks path to the Eastern Conference finals and beyond had some good defenses in its path — Kevin Garnett and the stout Celtics first, followed now by Indiana and the best defense the NBA had in the regular season. What good defenses in the playoffs do is take away your first action, your preferred…

  7. Report: Phil Jackson not going to take over Raptors

    May 13, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson answers questions at a post-game news conference following Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

    While you could draw the lines — a connection with new Toronto team CEO Tim Leiweke, a desire to have a role where he could be a team president — it always seemed an odd fit: Phil Jackson in Toronto? Really? Not going to happen, according to Michael Grange at Sportsnet.ca. One name that can…

  8. Warriors’ David Lee admits he likely need surgery after season

    May 13, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT

    David Lee, Stephen Curry

    Sunday David Lee tried to give it a go again — he played nearly eight minutes off the bench, went 0-2 shooting, was -12, but he did have five rebounds. Still, he’s not the same player following the hip flexor injury that was supposed to keep him out for the playoffs. Lee knows it. He’s…

  9. LeBron James shrugs off claims he’s a flopper

    May 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    APTOPIX Heat Bulls Basketball

    LeBron James is used to all of you calling him names. From the comment sections of this site to fans close to the floor arenas LeBron has heard it all — the stuff about his mother, about Cleveland, about how he can’t lead, how he is overrated, how he’s soft, how he can’t close, and…

  10. Complete NBA Draft Combine invite list

    May 13, 2013, 2:21 AM EDT

    VCU v Wichita St.

    This Wednesday we start putting some numbers on the guys likely to be picked up in this year’s draft — how tall are they exactly, what is their wingspan, their vertical leap, their shuttle times. This Wednesday in Chicago starts the NBA Draft Combine, where 60 guys will get run through their paces — and…

  11. Danny Green’s high-flying putback against Warriors (VIDEO)

    May 13, 2013, 1:37 AM EDT

    Danny Green, Stephen Curry, Harrison Barnes

    The San Antonio Spurs might have had the best highlights out of Sunday. For one, Manu Ginobili just broke Harrison Barnes‘ ankles on a potential game winner with :20 seconds left in the fourth quarter, only to miss the shot. Then there was this impressive putback dunk by Danny Green. That guy’s an athlete. Not…

  12. Luol Deng officially day-to-day, but seems doubtful for remainder of the series vs. Heat

    May 13, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Luol Deng

    Luol Deng has been dealing with complications from a spinal tap he underwent late in the Bulls first round series against the Nets. Now that we’re approaching Game 4 of his team’s series against the Heat, things don’t seem to be improving quickly enough that a return to the court would seem likely anytime soon.…

  13. Report: Derrick Rose won’t return against Heat, but did ‘strongly consider’ coming back before the series

    May 12, 2013, 10:17 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Consider this the latest installment to the Derrick Rose non-update update series, although if you’ve clicked through this far, we’ll assume you have at least a moderate interest level in the ongoing saga. Rose met the media at the beginning of the second round of the playoffs, and continued to say his return was “up…

  14. With a gut-check overtime win, Warriors even series with Spurs

    May 12, 2013, 8:46 PM EDT

    Warriors' Curry is congratulated by fans and team mate Barnes in the Warriors' overtime win over the Spurs during Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game in Oakland

    If you listen to head coach Mark Jackson talk about his Warriors one thing becomes abundantly clear about the identity he wants his team to have. Jackson wants his team to play defense first and let the offense take care of itself via the virtues of his high potent outside shooting attack. Today, Jackson got…

  15. J.R. Smith, Kenyon Martin miss Knicks practice due to illness

    May 12, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin both missed the Knicks’ practice on Sunday, a day after the team’s Game 3 loss to the Pacers. Smith was still recovering from the illness that caused him to miss shootaround on Saturday, and Martin was now under the weather, as well. “Kenyon’s kind of coming down with [illness], too,”…

  16. Nazr Mohammed won’t be fined or suspended for his Game 3 shove of LeBron James

    May 12, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Heat Bulls Basketball

    Nazr Mohammed was ejected in the second quarter of the Heat’s Game 3 win over the Bulls after delivering a two-handed shove to LeBron James which sent the MVP to the floor. The play occurred after Mohammed committed a hard foul on James before wrapping him up just past half court, and after James drew…

  17. Kevin Durant says Serge Ibaka’s shooting problems are ‘all in his mind’

    May 12, 2013, 3:46 PM EDT

    Serge Ibaka, Kevin Durant

    The Thunder are going to need to get Kevin Durant some help on the offensive end of the floor if they’re going to have any chance to win three of the next four games against the Grizzlies to advance to the Conference finals. Serge Ibaka isn’t traditionally known as one of OKC’s main options offensively,…

  18. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau fined $35K for comments made after Game 3 loss to Heat

    May 12, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau

    Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has been fined $35,000 for comments he made about the officiating following his team’s Game 3 loss to the Heat, the lague announced on Sunday via official release. And really, this wasn’t a question of “if,” but more a question of “when” and “how much.” Thibodeau ripped the officiating…

  19. Preview: With Stephen Curry and Tony Parker banged up, other Warriors and Spurs will have to step up in Game 4

    May 12, 2013, 12:42 PM EDT

    Tony Parker, Stephen Curry

    When the Spurs and Warriors face off today, they’ll do so with both their floor generals not 100% physically. And while Parker is sure he’ll play with his bruised calf, Curry is only “optimistic” he’ll be able to see the floor and sounds far from certain he’ll be near his best if he does play.…

  20. Report: Raptors expected to pick up option on GM Colangelo

    May 12, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    Dwayne Casey

    It’s been fun to speculate about whether Phil Jackson would take over as the head guy in the Toronto front office. Jackson has ties to the new man overseeing the Raptors organization (and the Maple Leafs), Tim Leiweke, who was a force in Los Angeles sports before. Leiweke said he wants to have a conversation…

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