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  1. Metta World Peace ejected for Flagrant Two elbow to James Harden’s head

    Apr 22, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    It was not calculated. It was intentional. It was excessive. And man, was it brutal. In the second quarter of the Thunder’s game against Oklahoma City, Ron Artest/Metta World Peace drove for a dunk and slammed it home. He began to celebrate by pounding his head. James Harden wound up behind him. And then… Good…

  2. Gerald Green only has part of his ring finger on his right hand. Wait, what?

    Apr 22, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

    Gerald Green

    Things slip by you when you try and cover the entirety of this league. There’s this just so much to go on, so many stories, so many unbelievable events, personalities, and stories. Like the fact that Nets guard-forward Gerald Green is missing a significant portion of the ring finger on his right hand. Wait, what?…

  3. Dwyane Wade suffers dislocated finger, don’t expect him back until playoffs

    Apr 22, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade listens to the national anthem before their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Miami

    Last night in the Heat’s loss to the lowly Washington Wizards, in a game where LeBron James and Chris Bosh sat out for rest, Dwyane Wade suffered a finger injury. The Heat later confirmed the injury as a dislocated finger, pending tests. The good news is that X-rays revealed no fracture. It’s just dislocated, and…

  4. Five things to watch: Thunder-Lakers

    Apr 22, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Matt Barnes

    The playoff race is heating up and with the Lakers battling for the division and the third seed and the Thunder haggling with the Spurs over the top seed in the West, Sunday’s game is the rare late season meeting with meaning. The Lakers need to get a win to lock in no-worse than fifth…

  5. Tyreke Evans is not cool with how the Kings have handled him

    Apr 22, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Tyreke Evans

    SI.com reports: Tyreke Evans‘ agent, Arn Tellem, made a rare appearance tonight to express his concerns about the former Rookie of the Year’s role. He met with Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie, Evans’ brother, Reggie, and another Tellem rep as well. Source close to Evans says he’s frustrated with how marginalized he’s become. Evans’ reps are…

  6. LeBron, Bosh out for Heat… then Wade dislocates finger and LeBron may play

    Apr 21, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Wade look on during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago

    LeBron James, as well as Chris Bosh, was supposed to get a night off Saturday against the Wizards. Which is like a night off anyway. But that’s not how it worked out. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra decided to sit LeBron and Bosh as part of his “maintenance” — read: resting — plan. While there is…

  7. Video: Avery Bradley can steal the ball and tie his shoes at the same time, almost

    Apr 21, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    OK, this is just nuts. Avery Bradley‘s shoelaces came untied Friday night against the Hawks. So he stopped to tie them while the Hawks were bringing the ball up-court. And then he made a steal. In the middle of tying his shoes. What in good gravy is that? That takes a crazy amount of concentration…

  8. Marcus Camby admits the players believe in a ‘Blazers Curse’

    Apr 21, 2012, 2:43 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Charlotte Bobcats

    The Blazers have an… unfortunate history, when it comes to injuries. (That’s like saying the Titanic had an unfortunate problem with icebergs.) It’s not just Sam Bowie or Greg Oden. It’s Brandon Roy and even rookies and second-year men who have fallen. Have any sort of negative pattern and the word “curse” starts popping up…

  9. Report: The Nets plan to pursue Kevin Garnett in free agency

    Apr 21, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett calls out to his team mates as the Celtics take on the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of a NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Kevin Garnett‘s going to be a free agent this summer. That sounds weird just saying it. But if he doesn’t return to Boston, he’s going to have options. And one option keeps him in the Northeast, as both the New York Post and New Jersey Star-Ledger report that the Nets have interest in bringing in Garnett. What…

  10. Quote of the Day: Kobe is still Kobe

    Apr 21, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Classic Kobe quote when asked if it was important to win the Pacific Division: “It’s important to win anything. Anything and everything.” — Dave McMenamin (@mcten) April 21, 2012 And that is what makes him different from those around him. It’s not the sentiment. That can be prodded from almost any professional athlete. It’s that…

  11. Mayor Kevin Johnson talks about meeting with Maloofs to try and raise arena deal from the dead

    Apr 21, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Johnson

    The drama continues in Sacramento as a late-week meeting between Kevin Johnson and the Maloof family re-opens discussions on a solution for the Kings to stay in their home. Mayor Kevin Johnson spoke with reporters prior to the King’s game against the Thunder, and spoke of how he reached out to set up the meeting,…

  12. Derek Fisher fires back at union officials who tried to oust him

    Apr 21, 2012, 1:57 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    This is getting ugly. First NBA players’ union president Derek Fisher convinced the executive committee of the union to do a full-scale audit of the union and its business. Then union executive director Billy Hunter convinced the executive committee to both kill that audit and ask Fisher to resign. He refused. They asked again on…

  13. Lamar Odom gets philosophical about time with Mavericks

    Apr 20, 2012, 11:48 PM EDT

    Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival  Gala: Benji - 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

    Lamar Odom, rather than getting ready for the playoffs with the Mavericks, has been sent away by that team. Not cut loose, Dallas still has his contract, but they told him to just go away — he didn’t want to be there and the distraction wasn’t worth it. So Odom was back in his hometown…

  14. Video: Johnson to Johnson dunk for Hawks

    Apr 20, 2012, 9:21 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    It’s a lot easier to make plays against the Celtics when pretty much everyone you can name on the team is sitting the game out. Still, fun little play for the Hawks, Joe Johnson to Ivan Johnson on the break. Just don’t expect Joe to make that pass in crunch time.

  15. Video: “Melo (Is It Three You’re Looking For?)” parody

    Apr 20, 2012, 7:44 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    What makes good satire, and good parody, is when it hits just close enough to home. Which is what makes this Lionel-Richie-come-Knicks love song so brilliant. Now, if we could have had a blind Knick trying to make Carmelo Anthony‘s face out of clay it would have been perfect, but still as it is it…

  16. Bucks’ Sanders suspended; Pacers’ West, Granger fined for “fight”

    Apr 20, 2012, 6:12 PM EDT

    David West, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

    It really wasn’t much of a fight. For a guy dancing around losing his cool it really ends up not taking much resistance to keep Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders away from Indiana’s David West. He doesn’t look like a guy who really wants a fight. But it was enough of one to earn some actions from…

  17. Hunter trying to force vote to oust Fisher as union president

    Apr 20, 2012, 5:29 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Fisher speaks at a news conference alongside Executive Director of the NBA player's association Hunter in New York

    This is becoming a mess. Potentially a very public mess. We told you earlier today that NBA players’ union president Derek Fisher had ordered an outside audit of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) books and business practices. Union Executive Director Billy Hunter got the union’s executive committee to kill that audit. Then the committee…

  18. Lester Hudson signs with Grizzlies… another Cleveland loss

    Apr 20, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    Lester Hudson

    On the scale of players Cleveland has lost in recent years, Lester Hudson is not that big of one — but it is a loss. And it’s Memphis’ gain. Hudson played pretty well for the Cavaliers, better than expected for a guy on a 10-day deal. But after not signing for the rest of the…

  19. NBA takes European vacation with preseason games in fall

    Apr 20, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    istanbul

    Now that the lockout is over, David Stern can get back to his mission of trying to make the NBA an international brand. The league confirmed to the Associated Press that this fall there will be preseason games in Berlin, Istanbul, Barcelona, Spain, and Milan on the European continent. There also will be games in…

  20. Video: The Clippers are growing playoff beards

    Apr 20, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' guard Chris Paul and forward Blake Griffin look back as the Phoenix Suns celebrate their win over the Clippers in their NBA basketball game in Phoenix

    Playoff beards — they’re not just for Canadian hockey players anymore. The Clippers have decided to grow out playoff beards and they talked about it with Madelyn Burke of ClippersTV. Who by the way is the best comedic straight-woman in the history of television. Or she’s close. If you’ve watched Clipper videos this year they…

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