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  1. Rockets win, make playoffs on Harden three, ridiculous Jermaine O’Neal goaltend (VIDEO)

    Apr 10, 2013, 12:50 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Houston Rockets

    This may be the most ridiculous ending to a game this season. Not what the Rockets did — with seven seconds left in a 98-98 game they went to the old “isolate your best player out high” and James Harden dribbled it out then pulled up for a three. Which was short and bounced high.…

  2. LeBron passes off backboard to himself for dunk (VIDEO)

    Apr 9, 2013, 10:43 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks' Dunleavy looks in as Miami Heat's James drives around Bucks' Moute in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    LeBron James got the ball on this fast break and was thinking pass — but Monta Ellis plays it well and steps in to take the pass away. Of course, that means LeBron is going to take the shot. So he passes it to himself off the backboard to himself for the one-hand slam. The…

  3. Fans tweets to count toward MVP voting

    Apr 9, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James trots back after scoring a basket against the Philadelphia 76ers in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    LeBron James is going to win his fourth MVP going away. It’s a sure thing. But if you think we in the media are clearly missing how great Tyler Hansbrough has been this season and think there should be a vote for him, now you can do it yourself on twitter. The NBA is taking…

  4. LeBron doesn’t want Tuesday’s Heat/Bucks match called playoff preview

    Apr 9, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James celebrates a basket against Detroit Pistons during NBA game in Miami

    It’s a fact that goes against your first instinct but nonetheless has proven true over the years — regular season NBA games are not good predictors of postseason series. Every year a team that dominates a team during the regular season gets whitewashed in the playoffs. The intensity level is different, games are slower paced,…

  5. Ty Lawson practices, could play Wednesday against Spurs

    Apr 9, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

    Tony Parker,Danny Green, Ty Lawson

    The Nuggets are going to miss Danilo Gallinari in the playoffs, but Wilson Chandler and Corey Brewer can fill in some of his production and points. But they aren’t going anywhere in the postseason without Ty Lawson. Andre Miller is a great point guard off the bench but Lawson is the engine that makes the…

  6. Jay-Z selling shares of Nets, getting into player agent business

    Apr 9, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

    Entertainers Jay-Z and Beyonce watch Brooklyn Nets play New York Knicks in NBA game in New York

    Jay-Z has 99 problems but soon the Nets won’t be one. It was rumored a few weeks ago that athletes from baseball and football — Robinson Cano of the Yankees, for one — were about to jump agents to Roc Nation Sports, a Jay-Z headed representation agency that is partnered with powerhouse Creative Artists Agency.…

  7. In surprise to nobody, Kansas’ Ben McLemore declares for draft

    Apr 9, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT

    Kansas Jayhawks McLemore reacts after a dunk against the Michigan Wolverines during the second half in their South Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Arlington

    Maybe there were a few Kansas Jayhawk diehards holding out hope, but this was a given. Ben McLemore announced Tuesday he is leaving Kansas for the NBA Draft, reports the Kansas City Star. There he will likely be a top 3 pick, which means he is making the right call. In a draft where there…

  8. Quote of the Day: Dwight Howard says Lakers could still win title

    Apr 9, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

    “If we get into the playoffs, there’s no doubt in my mind and in any of our minds, that we can win a championship. It would be stupid of me to sit here and say to you [media] guys that if we make it to the playoffs, we’ll be out in the first round. I…

  9. Outtakes from Magic, Bird, Kareem, Russell AT&T ad (VIDEO)

    Apr 9, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

    Bill Russell

    If you’ve watched any NCAA Tournament basketball, or really any NBA games, over the past month, you have seen plenty of the AT&T “bigger is better/faster is better” ads, including the one with four Hall of Famers — Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell. Here are the outtakes, courtesy AT&T. I don’t…

  10. DeMare Carroll shows off the rim he broke on dunk at fitness center

    Apr 9, 2013, 2:54 PM EDT


    I was a little ticked when the basketball court at my gym was down for 10 days or so because somebody broke the rim out of the backboard with a dunk. That said, I also wanted to shake that guy’s hand. At one gym in Utah, members can be ticked at/shake the hand of DeMarre…

  11. Metta World Peace to play, come off bench; Kobe’s minutes to be decreased

    Apr 9, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    Metta World Peace is a warrior. Or maybe not human. Because this is pretty insane. As we told you Monday, twelve days after surgery on his left knee to repair a torn meniscus World Peace will be back on the court for the Lakers Tuesday against New Orleans, Mike D’Antoni confirmed to reporters including Mike…

  12. Report: Indiana’s Oladipo to declare for draft; likely lottery pick

    Apr 9, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

    Temple v Indiana

    There will be guys declaring for the NBA draft in the next few weeks where we will shake our head and suggest the guy may want to keep working on his degree. But if you are an NBA lottery pick, in my mind you need to come out. Get the guaranteed payday and start your…

  13. Warriors’ Curry, Thompson set record for backcourt three pointers in season

    Apr 9, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors

    The Golden State Warriors average just shy of 20 three pointers a game (which is middle of the pack in the NBA). But they hit 40.1 percent of them, best in the NBA. That’s because almost 14 of those 20 are taking by Stephen Curry (shooting 45.2 percent from three) and Klay Thompson (41.2 percent).…

  14. NBA players react to NCAA Tournament finals, Louisville win

    Apr 9, 2013, 12:47 PM EDT

    Michigan v Louisville

    There were no NBA games Monday night, so much of the Association was doing what you were doing — watching the NCAA Tournament finals, where Louisville knocked off Michigan. And like a lot of you, they were tweeting out their thoughts. Here are a few highlights, starting with JaVale McGee saying what we’re all thinking.…

  15. Wade out, LeBron in, Bosh maybe for Heat Tuesday night

    Apr 9, 2013, 11:57 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James looks on next to teammate Dwyane Wade while their team plays the Orlando Magic during their NBA basketball game in Orlando

    The Heat and Bucks face off Tuesday night in a preview of the first round of the NBA playoffs and here is where Milwaukee can make a… oh, who are we kidding. This game has no impact on the playoffs. The Heat might win the first round best-of-seven playoff series between these teams in three…

  16. Lakers vs. Jazz for eighth spot in West… it won’t be easy for L.A.

    Apr 9, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Derrick Favors, Paul Millsap

    Such is the depth of the hole the Lakers have dug themselves — even in the sprint to the finish to get the eighth and final playoff spot in the West Los Angeles does not control its own destiny. Utah is the team in the driver’s seat. Win out their remaining four games and the…

  17. Carmelo Anthony passes LeBron for top selling jersey

    Apr 9, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony reacts after scoring against Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    LeBron James may be the best player in the NBA, but Carmelo Anthony is the biggest star on the biggest NBA stage — the scorer leading the best New York Knicks team in more than a decade — and that sells a lot of jerseys. Anthony moved past LeBron into the top spot in national…

  18. Louisville’s Russ Smith to enter NBA draft

    Apr 9, 2013, 9:53 AM EDT

    Michigan v Louisville

    Russ Smith, the shooting guard that had a fantastic NCAA tournament to lead Louisville to the NCAA title on Monday night, now is headed to the NBA Draft his father tells Sports Illustrated after the game. “When you go out, you want to go out with a national championship,” Smith Sr. said. “He’s got five…

  19. Game highlights from newly minted Hall of Famer Gary Payton (VIDEO)

    Apr 9, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

    Gary Payton

    Gary Payton was a no-brainer Hall of Fame pick… yet this is the Hall of Fame selection process we are talking about so there was some concern until it became official. Which it did on Monday. Some of our younger readers may not have seen “The Glove” in game action, so here is a short…

  20. Roy Hibbert didn’t like John Wall saying Pacers’ bigs were soft, tells him to enjoy lottery

    Apr 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    John Wall

    John Wall has been attacking the rim, knocking down jumpers and generally looking like the player the Wizards were hoping to get when they drafted his as the No. 1 pick. He played like that leading the Wizards over the Pacres Saturday then after the game said their plan was to go right at Roy…

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