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  1. How the KKK helped Earl “The Pearl” Monroe become a Knicks legend (and not a Pacer)

    Apr 22, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Earl Monroe New York Knicks

    If you talk about players I love to watch old footage of on YouTube, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe is near the top of the list. He had smooth one-on-one moves with a playground feel to his game that was very entertaining. He was a perfect fit in New York. Monroe has a new book coming…

  2. Mike D’Antoni talks Lakers offense, Kobe tweets

    Apr 22, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Golden State Warriors

    The guy many Lakers fans seem to want to blame for all the Lakers woes this year — head coach Mike D’Antoni — went on the Dan Patrick show this morning. They talked about Lakers’ loss to the Spurs in Game 1 and what needs to change for them going through the rest of the…

  3. Chris Paul sounds like he’ll be a Clipper next year, but Bledsoe will not

    Apr 22, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe, Jerryd Bayless

    Nobody expects Chris Paul to leave the Clippers. It will become a sports talk radio thing in some cities as we move closer to July 1 when he becomes a free agent, but everybody knows he’s going to re-sign with the Clippers. He may ask for changes around the organization to go with his new…

  4. Allen Iverson’s friends are worried about him

    Apr 22, 2013, 12:40 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    There are still a lot of Allen Iverson fans out there, he remains an icon. There also are still a lot of people in the game who care about him. And they are worried about him. For the people who tweet me every time I write on Iverson and ask “why isn’t he back in…

  5. Kobe Bryant sits at home, but his tweets become the story

    Apr 22, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Even 1,300 miles away lying in bed, Kobe Bryant was still the story for the Lakers Sunday. Kobe watched the game just like you did… well, his house is bigger than yours and he had more painkillers in his system than you did (probably). But he watched it on television (recovering from a ruptured Achilles…

  6. Reports: Knicks’ J.R. Smith to be named Sixth Man of Year

    Apr 22, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

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

    While there were some other deserving candidates out the there — we’re looking at you, Jarrett Jack — the race for NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year was essentially a two man race. One that the Knicks J.R. Smith has apparently won. It will not be official until later on Monday afternoon but multiple reports…

  7. Bad trend for Boston: Knicks’ veteran bench mattered, Celtics’ didn’t

    Apr 22, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Kenyon Martin, Courtney Lee, Jeff Green

    Tyson Chandler, looking rusty after missing a lot of time with a bulging disc in his neck, wasn’t himself. The New York Knicks count on him to be a defensive force that owns the paint and get a few points off pick-and-rolls, but he wasn’t really doing either. So Mike Woodson turned to his bench…

  8. Kendrick Perkins leads fast break, throws alley-oop pass to Ibaka (VIDEO)

    Apr 22, 2013, 10:09 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Perkins takes a free throw against Milwaukee Bucks during their NBA basketball game in Milwaukee

    You knew things were going Oklahoma City’s way when this happened. After Russell Westbrook makes an athletic play to make a steal, Kendrick Perkins picks up the loose ball and takes off on the fast break. So he can dribble, we learned. Then as they got close to the rim he threw the alley-oop to…

  9. Bucks’ Dalembert says he might switch sides to play for Heat next season

    Apr 22, 2013, 9:49 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol, Samuel Dalembert

    Pretty much every NBA player about to be a free agent talks in vague terms about keeping their options open. They are going to go where the most money comes from and they don’t want to limit those choices. But have you ever heard a player on one side of a playoff series say he…

  10. Before Game 1, Gregg Popovich helped a reporter with a crossword puzzle

    Apr 22, 2013, 9:23 AM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    Gregg Popovich doesn’t care about the public perception of him as a curmudgeon. He honestly doesn’t care what people think. Period. But he’s not a curmudgeon. He can by curmudgeonly, but there is a lot more to him than that one side. A really good profile of Pops by Joe Posnanski at NBC got at…

  11. Paul George with as good a chase-down block as you will see (VIDEO)

    Apr 22, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Indiana Pacers - Game One

    Paul George had a heck of an afternoon — he had 23 points as part of his first career playoff triple-double leading the Pacers to a Game 1 win. And he also did that to Shelvin Mack, who will now have nightmares of a flying Paul George night after night. Hat tip to The Point…

  12. Thunder turn Game 1 against Rockets into a laugher

    Apr 22, 2013, 12:54 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Durant , Ibaka of Congo, and Perkins share a light moment on the bench late in the game against the Houston Rockets in Oklahoma City

    The Thunder led 13-2 before the Rockets tied the game at 38, but Oklahoma City responded with a 14-1 run late in the first half. Houston hung around the fringe of striking distance before the Thunder made another 13-2 run midway through the second half. The Rockets – and the Western Conference – are trying…

  13. Cavaliers reach out to Phil Jackson, Mike Brown

    Apr 22, 2013, 12:07 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    The Cavaliers seem intent on hiring a former Lakers coach, and their search has most prominently included two with very different experiences in Los Angeles. One was fired after 1-4 start to his second season. The other won five championships. Dan Gilbert met with Mike Brown on Sunday night, according to WKYC Channel 3, and…

  14. Mavericks want to make Dirk Nowitzki their second-best player

    Apr 21, 2013, 11:32 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Ryan Anderson

    For the first time since the 1999-00 season, when Michael Finley did it, Dirk Nowitzki didn’t lead the Mavericks in win shares. As Nowitzki missed a large of the 2012-13 season due to injury, Vince Carter, Darren Collison and Shawn Marion passed him in the all-in-one stat. If the Mavericks have their way, Nowitzki won’t…

  15. Steve Nash: ‘I’m not myself’

    Apr 21, 2013, 10:51 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Steve Nash – who left his last two games, March 28 and March 30, with injuries – shot just 6-of-15 and had only three assists in the Lakers’ Game 1 loss to the Spurs today. He was a big reason the Lakers posted a dismal offensive rating of 82.7, which was slightly lower when Nash…

  16. Heat open title defense with blowout Game 1 win over Bucks

    Apr 21, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    Miami Heat players LeBron James, Ray Allen and Dwyane Wade react in the closing seconds of their win over the Milwaukee Bucks in Miami

    The one-eight matchup between the Heat and the Bucks in the Eastern Conference playoffs seemed to be the biggest mismatch of them all, for a variety of reasons. Nothing took place during Miami’s 110-87 blowout victory on Sunday to change those perceptions. Miami came into the postseason on an insane run, winning 37 of its…

  17. Manu Ginobili scores eight points in a minute and a half to bury the Lakers (VIDEO)

    Apr 21, 2013, 8:41 PM EDT

    Antawn Jamison, Jodie Meeks, Manu Ginobili

    Despite coming to end the third quarter, this was the key run that blew the game open and essentially sealed the Spurs’ Game 1 win over the Lakers. L.A. had managed to hang around within a manageable seven or eight points most of the afternoon, but then Manu Ginobili got loose for eight points in…

  18. Stifling defensive effort leads Spurs to Game 1 win over Lakers

    Apr 21, 2013, 7:09 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tiago Splitter, Tony Parker, Danny Green, Steve Blake

    The Lakers put up a fight in Game 1 of their playoff series in San Antonio on Sunday, and hung within striking distance for most of the game. But thanks to a suffocating defensive effort from the Spurs, L.A. couldn’t score with enough frequency or enough volume the entire afternoon, and sparked offensively by Manu…

  19. Aggressive Pacers win with offense, knock off Hawks 107-90

    Apr 21, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

    Paul George, George Hill

    The Pacers had statistically the best defense in the NBA this season. They shut teams down. The only question was could they score enough to win in the postseason? Yes. Yes they can. The Pacers answered that question early and often, putting up 34 points in the first quarter and getting triple-double from Paul George,…

  20. Derrick Rose ‘most likely out,’ for playoffs, ‘but you never know’

    Apr 21, 2013, 3:54 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets - Game One

    Derrick Rose has no stated plans to return this season, but neither he nor the Bulls have said he won’t. So, you’ll continue to see non-news news like this from Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau. Via Luke Stuckmeyer of CSN Chicago: “Most likely out, but you never know. The playoffs are stretched out too, so you…

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