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  1. Kirk Hinrich out for Bulls in Game 5 Monday night

    Apr 29, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

    Kirk Hinrich

    Kirk Hinrich has been a key reason the Chicago Bulls have a 3-1 lead over the Brooklyn Nets in their first-round playoff series. After a Game 1 Nets win where Deron Williams did pretty much as he pleased against the Bulls defense (22 points on 9-of-15 shooting), coach Tom Thibodeau switched Hinrich onto Williams and…

  2. David Stern issues statement in support of Jason Collins coming out as gay

    Apr 29, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

    Celtics center Collins grabs a rebound away from  Hawks guard Korver in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    Jason Collins is the first active NBA player, the first active American major team sport athlete, to come out as gay. He did so Monday in what will be viewed as a watershed moment. Collins also will not be the last to come out. David Stern knows that and struck the right tone in issuing…

  3. Frustrated Faried kicked hole in locker room wall Sunday

    Apr 29, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    Kenneth Faried

    Kenneth Faried should be frustrated. He came back for Game two of the Nuggets series against Golden State right at the same time David Lee went out. Yet the Warriors have won three straight on the floor as Andrew Bogut and Carl Landry have stepped up inside the paint and, to the best of my…

  4. Veteran NBA Center Jason Collins: “I’m gay”

    Apr 29, 2013, 11:26 AM EDT

    FILE:  NBA Player Jason Collins Comes Out As Gay

    Journeyman NBA center Jason Collins has come out as gay, the first active professional major team sport athlete to do so. He wrote an article for Sports Illustrated (that hits newsstands May 6) and came out on his terms in his own words. I’m a 34-year-old NBA center. I’m black. And I’m gay. I didn’t…

  5. Michael Jordan married model/fiancée over the weekend

    Apr 29, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Michael Jordan, Yvette Prieto

    Keeping the lid on a celebrity wedding is not easy, but Michael Jordan has always craved privacy for her personal life and he did as good a job at it as one could expect over the weekend. Jordan, the man many consider the greatest basketball player ever, married his fiancé Yvette Prieto, a former model,…

  6. Dwight Howard takes to twitter to apologize to Lakers fans, hints at return

    Apr 29, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Four

    Dwight Howard‘s final game as a Laker was ugly. San Antonio early on in its series against the Lakers took to the strategy of fouling Howard hard every time he went up for a shot. San Antonio fronted him in the post, was physical in taking away his position on the block, they collapsed on…

  7. Andrew Bogut’s big night included some big dunks (VIDEO)

    Apr 29, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bogut

    When the Golden State Warriors were trading for Andrew Bogut, this is the guy they were hoping to get — the Bogut from before the back and ankle injuries, the defensive force who had some offensive game. And could throw down a dunk or two as well. Which he did all over JaVale McGee. Bogut…

  8. Knicks coach Woodson says Amar’e Stoudemire ‘absolutely’ will play in the second round if he’s ready

    Apr 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire dunks during their NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland

    Despite Sunday’s result, the Knicks are well on their way to the second round of the playoffs. They have a 3-1 series lead on a Celtics team that struggles mightily to score in even moderate amounts. New York could advance Wednesday when they return home to Madison Square Garden. While the Knicks have had a…

  9. Stephen Curry explodes for 22 points in third quarter (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS)

    Apr 29, 2013, 3:04 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors' Curry shoots over Denver Nuggets' Miller during Game 4 of their NBA Western Division quarter-final basketball playoffs in Oakland

    For the first 29 minutes Sunday night, Denver’s strategy of taking Stephen Curry out of the Warriors offense was working — he only had one basket and that was a late in the clock desperation three from 28 feet. Curry had five assists, but Denver was successfully keeping him from triggering the offense. And then…

  10. Warriors shoot, play solid defense and take control of series 3-1 over Nuggets

    Apr 29, 2013, 2:18 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry reacts during their NBA Western Division quarter-final playoff game against the Denver Nuggets in Oakland

    When David Lee went down for the playoffs with a torn hip flexor, the Warriors were going to go small and it was hard to see how they were going to slow down a Denver team that led the NBA in points in the paint this past season. Not that Lee’s a defensive force, but…

  11. Dwight Howard says this season was ‘like a nightmare’ after getting ejected in Lakers season-ending loss to Spurs

    Apr 28, 2013, 10:48 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Three

    LOS ANGELES — Dwight Howard didn’t stick around for the end of the Lakers Game 4 loss to the Spurs on Sunday, and maybe it was just because he couldn’t wait another moment for the season to finally be behind him. Howard picked up his second technical foul of the game with 9:51 remaining in…

  12. Report: Sixers reach out to Brian Shaw about coaching job

    Apr 28, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    Brian Shaw is once again going to get a number of job interviews this off-season… well, once the Pacers start to have an off-season. And among the teams he will talk to is the Philadelphia 76ers, reports Dei Lynam CSNPhilly.com. The Sixers, according to a source, have contacted the Pacers’ associate head coach about their…

  13. Spurs bring Lakers season to its merciful conclusion with Game 4 win, sweep of the series

    Apr 28, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

    Lakers Dwight Howard reacts after being fouled by the Spurs during Game 4 in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — Coming into Sunday’s Game 4 against the Spurs and dealing with a mountain of injuries that has finally become insurmountable, the only thing left for the Lakers, who were just a single game from this season being brought to its merciful conclusion, was to see whether or not the team would come…

  14. Heat take care of business, sweep Bucks out of playoffs 88-77

    Apr 28, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Allen and James slap hands during the second half of Game 4 of their NBA first round playoff series in Milwaukee

    This is what we all expected — a four-game sweep by a Heat team that was just vastly superior to a Bucks team that on top of everything else stumbled into the playoffs. Four games, all decided by double digits and never in doubt at the end, and that continued Sunday with the Heat knocking…

  15. Boston lives to see another day, beat Knicks to force Game 5

    Apr 28, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Terry celebrates game winning shot against New York Knicks during overtime NBA Eastern Conference semifinal playoff basketball series in Boston

    What was it going to take for the Celtics to beat the Knicks in games this series? 1) A strong defense that contained a powerful Knicks offense. Like holding them to 34.4 percent shooting. Check. 2) Not letting Carmelo Anthony take over a game, force him into inefficient isolation shots. Such as 10-of-35 shooting. Check.…

  16. Nuggets need to make defensive adjustments to even it up against the Warriors

    Apr 28, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors - Game Three

    The Warriors have momentum on their side. They have won two straight games, are finding ways to hit the key shots that turn the tide of the game, and nearly every adjustment head coach Mark Jackson has made has worked out in their favor. The Nuggets, meanwhile, are still searching for something sustainable that works.…

  17. During 2011 playoffs, Phil Jackson told Lakers he had prostate cancer

    Apr 28, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    The last time the Lakers were swept out of the playoffs (as could happen Sunday as the Lakers trail the Spurs 3-0) it was 2011, when the Lakers were the title defenders. The Dallas Mavericks made short work of Los Angeles in the second round (and went on to win a title). After that loss,…

  18. James Harden says Kevin Durant’s late three-pointer was ‘a lucky shot’

    Apr 28, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, James Harden

    To say that Kevin Durant was the beneficiary of a fortuitous bounce on this three-pointer that went down with 36.9 seconds remaining in the Thunder’s Game 3 win over the Rockets would be an understatement. The ball first hit the back of the rim, then bounced off high into the air, before landing softly on…

  19. Report: Dwight Howard to talk to other teams besides Lakers this summer

    Apr 28, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Three

    The Lakers knew this when they traded for Dwight Howard last summer — under the terms of the new CBA it makes financial sense for a max player to play out his current deal and become a free agent then re-sign with the same team than it does to sign an extension to a deal…

  20. Do Celtics have one complete game in them? More likely Knicks break out brooms Sunday.

    Apr 28, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    How many times have we seen this the last couple games of the Boston/New York series: The Celtics set their defense and for the first 15-17 seconds of the clock the clog everything the Knicks want to do. Their on-ball defenders are in the Knicks faces, their defensive rotations are sharp, there are no good…

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