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  1. David Lee out for season, spelling big problems for Warriors against Nuggets

    Apr 21, 2013, 1:28 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game One

    Warriors forward David Lee is out for the season after tearing his right hip flexor against the Nuggets, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com: The Warriors were already in a hole after losing Game 1 to Denver, and they just sunk a lot deeper. Not only is Lee – who averaged 18.5 points and 11.2…

  2. Lakers may consider amnesty of Pau Gasol this summer

    Apr 21, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Despite what some Lakers fans think ownership does not have an unlimited pocketbook.  Even with their new cable deal. The Buss family has always run the Lakers like a business, just one that plays with more revenue than other teams. Yes, they spent a lot to win but they also turned a profit every season…

  3. Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul get Jordan playoff edition shoes

    Apr 21, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, and Blake Griffin are among the stars representing Jordan Brand who are getting new-look, player exclusive versions of their signature shoes. From the official release: The Air Jordan XX8 worn primarily by Russell Westbrook this season will feature a team-inspired white (home) or black (away) upper with photo blue and tour yellow…

  4. Jerry Stackhouse sings national anthem before playing in Nets’ Game 1 win over Bulls (VIDEO)

    Apr 21, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Jerry Stackhouse

    Jerry Stackhouse didn’t have a lot to do with the Nets’ crushing of the Bulls on Saturday, playing just 12 minutes while going 0-for-3 from the field to finish with zero points and two rebounds. He did plenty for his team before the game, however, when he took the microphone at center court and sang…

  5. Vinny Del Negro, when asked if the Lakers have a shot against the Spurs: ‘No.’

    Apr 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    LOS ANGELES — There wasn’t much insight to be gained from Vinny Del Negro’s session with the media before his Clippers took down the Grizzlies in Game 1 of their playoff matchup on Saturday. But there was some fun at the very end, when Del Negro gave an honest answer to a question about the…

  6. Clippers dominate the glass, dominate the Grizzlies in Game 1 victory

    Apr 21, 2013, 3:03 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Clippers - Game One

    LOS ANGELES — The Grizzlies finished the regular season second in the league in rebounding differential, but you wouldn’t know it sorting through the wreckage of their 112-91 loss to the Clippers to open the playoffs on Saturday. It’s normally Memphis who bullies opponents on the glass and gets plenty of second chance opportunities, but…

  7. Deron Williams dunks, Nets throttle limping Bulls

    Apr 20, 2013, 11:43 PM EDT

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    Deron Williams made a pair of free throws as the Barclays Center fans chanted “M-V-P!” On the Bulls’ next possession, Williams stole the ball, sprinted down the court and – the same player who didn’t dunk until April – delivered a reverse slam. More than we’ve realized, this is a different Deron Williams. Frankly, and…

  8. Nuggets, Andre Miller use second half surge to defeat Warriors

    Apr 20, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game One

    Game one proved to be the perfect example of why this series has a chance to be the best of the first round match ups. Both teams dueled down the stretch with some fantastic shot making, but it was Andre Miller’s lay up in the final seconds that lifted the Nuggets to a 97-95 win…

  9. Andre Miller converts game-winning layup to give Nuggets Game 1 win over Warriors (VIDEO)

    Apr 20, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets Andre Miller watches his layup go in to defeat the Golden State Warriors in the last seconds of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Denver

    The pundits say this year’s version of the Denver Nuggets is a team without a superstar. Try telling that to Andre Miller, who put in an especially dominant performance to lift the Nuggets to a 97-95 win over the Warriors in Game 1 of their first round playoff matchup. Miller scored 18 of his game…

  10. David Lee leaves game 1 with “probable right hip flexor strain”

    Apr 20, 2013, 8:27 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets Kosta Koufos defends Golden State Warriors David Lee in the third quarter of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Denver

    The first playoff game of David Lee‘s career didn’t exactly finish the way he would have hoped. When driving to the rim in the early part of the 4th quarter, Lee drew a foul and when landing instantly grabbed his right quadricep area. Early reports are that he has a right hip injury: INJURY UPDATE:…

  11. JaVale McGee dunks all over Andrew Bogut (VIDEO)

    Apr 20, 2013, 7:40 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets' McGee stuffs as Golden State Warriors' Jack looks on in the first quarter of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Denver

    JaVale McGee is the most athletic big man in the game today, and when he makes the right play nobody can stop him. Ask Andrew Bogut, who got fiercely dunked on in the first half Saturday of Game 1 between the Nuggets and Warriors. The best part of this if you’re a Nuggets fan (or…

  12. Celtics win three quarters, Knicks own fourth to take Game 1

    Apr 20, 2013, 6:35 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

    Basketball is about how you adapt and how you finish. The first 24 minutes Saturday’s Game 1 between Boston and New York went exactly how the Celtics want this first round series to unfold — Boston shot 53.6 overall and 4-10 from three, Jeff Green had 20 points on 10 shots, Avery Bradley had 11…

  13. Paul Pierce, Carmelo Anthony speak on Boston Marathon bombing before Game 1 (VIDEO)

    Apr 20, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Carmelo Anthony

    Before the Knicks and Celtics tipped off the postseason at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Paul Pierce and Carmelo Anthony stood together at center court, and each spoke briefly on the tragic Boston Marathon bombings that occurred earlier this week. Anthony sent along prayers and condolences on behalf of the Knicks organization, while Pierce thanked…

  14. Seven players whose teams need them to step up big in the postseason

    Apr 20, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    Jeff Green Since his 43-point game in mid-March (excluding Boston’s season finale, when regular players rested), Green has averaged 20.0, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. By any eye test, he’s looked excellent. But in that span, the Celtics have been outscored by 3.6 points per 100 possession with him on the court and…

  15. Byron Scott: “I don’t think I got a fair shake”

    Apr 20, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    When Byron Scott took the Cleveland Cavaliers job in 2010 they didn’t know yet if LeBron James would stay or go — although he had to know “go” was a good possibility the way things had shaken out the season before. Scott, a veteran coach with a hard-nosed style, was in charge of a rebuilding…

  16. Don’t sleep on the Grizzlies and Hawks, or what we can learn by focusing on teams’ playoff rotations

    Apr 20, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Atlanta Hawks

    As the playoffs approach, teams’ regular-season statistics will inevitably be used to compare teams. Occasionally, these numbers will be filtered in some way, but for the most part, full-year statistics will be used. But what difference does it make now how the Grizzlies played with Rudy Gay, how the Lakers played with Kobe Bryant or…

  17. Stan Van Gundy reportedly not interested in current head coaching openings

    Apr 20, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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

    Despite how things ended for him in Orlando, or maybe in part because of just how honest he was publicly while dealing with the whole Dwight Howard situation in his final season has head coach there, Stan Van Gundy remains one of the more well-respected head coaches in the league, and an intriguing name that’s…

  18. Steve Nash hopes to return to Lakers lineup for Sunday’s playoff opener

    Apr 20, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    Steve Nash has missed the Lakers’ last eight games due to a combination of a hip and hamstring injury, but said after practicing fully on Friday for the first time in weeks that he hopes to be able to go in Game 1 of his team’s first round playoff matchup against the Spurs on Sunday.…

  19. Top 10 game-winners of NBA regular season (VIDEO)

    Apr 20, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Smith is surrounded by team mates after making a last second shot to beat Charlotte Bobcats in their NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    You got your J.R. Smith. You got your Kyrie Irving from the next area code. You got your Joe Johnson crossover and step back. And you got your ridiculous Monta Ellis shot. You’ve got the best game winners of the regular season to get you ready for later today, when the playoffs start and all…

  20. Rookie Fournier to start for Denver, Faried not likely to play

    Apr 20, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    This is how deep the Denver Nuggets are — they’ve been hiding rookie Evan Fournier on their bench all season. He only got in sporadically during the season as the rookie worked on his game and getting stronger and used to the NBA speed (things he talked about needing to do back at Summer League).…

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