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  1. Miami edges New York with execution; can the Knicks sustain going one-on-one?

    Apr 15, 2012, 4:53 PM EDT

    LeBron James Carmelo Anthony

    It was a battle of very successful, very flawed approaches, when you think about it. The Miami Heat edged the New York Knicks with a closing round flurry Sunday, 93-85. The Heat looked like the much better team in the first and fourth quarters, New York the more complete and hungrier squad in the 2nd…

  2. Why don’t more stars want to be like Tim Duncan?

    Apr 15, 2012, 1:17 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    In Saturday’s New York Times, Harvey Araton has a piece on Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich, comrades in court action, and how different they stand from the modern generation of market-chasing, self-aggrandizing drama queens that currently permeate the landscape. Let’s start here: I’m an NBA modernist. I don’t go for the “back in my day…”…

  3. Kevin Durant goes off in a line for a ridiculous line

    Apr 15, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    The new-ish trendy element to judge a player is efficiency. We’ve learned over time that a lot of guys, not all, but a lot of guys can drop 30+ if they shoot it 27-plus times. So every scoring effort is weighed against how many shots it took to get there. After all, if you’re just…

  4. Blake Griffin says his game not about intimidation

    Apr 15, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Pau Gasol

    It looks intimidating. When Blake Griffin flies in and dunks over Pau Gasol or Kendrick Perkins or Timofey Mozgov or any one of many of his victims, it looks intimidating. More than just the dunks, Griffin’s game plays to his physical strengths. He plays a power game. But he says it’s not about intimidation. “Intimidating,…

  5. Carmelo Anthony hosts Trayvon Martin family in New York

    Apr 14, 2012, 9:50 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v New York Knicks

    Carmelo Anthony was one of a number of NBA players to come out in support of the family of Trayvon Martin in the aftermath of his shooting death. And ESPN NY reports that when Martins’s family visited Madison Square Garden, Anthony went the extra mile for them. Anthony met privately in the Knicks’ locker room…

  6. Kobe Bryant can run again, but is a long way from playing

    Apr 14, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    You will not be seeing the Black Mamba much for the remainder of the season. As Kobe Bryant coninues to deal with a painful shin injury, the Lakers are expected to be extremely cautious with him in advance of the NBA playoffs. What had started as a relatively minor injury has brought up talk that…

  7. Report: Dwight Howard out two weeks, re-evaluated for playoffs

    Apr 14, 2012, 4:24 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    It doesn’t look promising, but Dwight Howard is going to sit out the next couple of weeks and try to rest and rehab the herniated disc in his back, then be re-evaluated right before the playoffs start, according to a report from ESPN. Without Howard the Magic will still make the playoffs — the nine-seed…

  8. New owner will mean new name, logo for Hornets soon

    Apr 14, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    “Hornets” is not a name that fits with New Orleans. It was a leftover from when George Shinn moved his team from Charlotte — a city nicknamed “the hornets’ nest” — but “Hornets” goes together with the spirit of New Orleans about as much as tacos go with gumbo. New Hornets owner Tom Benson is…

  9. Wizards go over a quarter’s worth of time without a field goal against the Knicks. Gross.

    Apr 14, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    The Wizards went 12:09 without a field goal against the Knicks Friday night. Twelve minutes. Tuhwellve-oh-nine. That’s just sad. Sad, sad, sad, sad, sad. But Knicks fans didn’t find it sad. They found it funny. And chant-worthy. From FoxSports.com: At one point toward the end of the run, with the Wizards still stuck on 47…

  10. Video: In other news, Russell Westbrook is not human

    Apr 14, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    Oh, good gravy. It’s the extension that sells this one. Grabs it at the furthest point of the cockback, and then the total follow through in one motion. That is not basketball. That is violent art with some props.

  11. Mike Brown leaves Staples Center prior to Lakers-Nuggets due to personal reasons

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:59 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Update: Seemingly good news, as the L.A. Times reports that Brown is expected back for the Lakers’ game Sunday against Dallas. Lakers.com reports L.A. head coach Mike Brown left Staples Center Friday night prior to the Lakers’ game against the Denver Nuggets with what Lakers.com are describing as personal reasons. Assistant head coach John Kuester took…

  12. Dwight Howard suffers herniated disc in back, may miss rest of regular season

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    The Orlando Magic announced Friday night that Dwight Howard who has missed several games with a back injury has suffered a herniated disc in his back. From the AP: Magic spokesman Joel Glass said Howard was examined by Dr. Robert Watkins after Howard flew out there earlier Friday for a second opinion for what had…

  13. Video: Magic Johnson talks New Bird/Magic Broadway play

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

    large_birdmagicgetty

    Magic Johnson was on SportsBiz Game On with Darren Rovell Friday and talked about the new Bird/Magic play on Broadway. But to me, the more interesting parts is about how this play works because of who it draws to the theater — male sports fans — and how those people don’t blink at Broadway prices…

  14. Former NBA player Jayson Williams released from jail

    Apr 13, 2012, 8:31 PM EDT

    Jayson Williams

    It’s a sad story, but hopefully now it is over. Jayson Williams was an NBA All-Star who seemed poised to have a good career post-playing in the broadcast booth. But that all came crashing down hard 10 years ago when a shotgun Williams was holding in his home discharged and killed his driver, Costas “Gus”…

  15. Hawks fine, send Ivan Johnson home after verbal altercation

    Apr 13, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Atlanta Hawks

    Ivan Johnson — the former D-League All-Star who also led that league in technical fouls — was fined and sent back to Orland for “conduct detrimental to the team” and he will not suit up with the Magic in Atlanta Friday, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution. This time the conduct of interest was getting in…

  16. NBA owners talk ads on jerseys. Not next year, but after that…

    Apr 13, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

    Mavericks owner Cuban waves to fans before the start of Mavericks versus 76ers NBA basketball game in Philadelphia

    There will not be sponsors names across the chest of NBA teams next season. The NBA will not look like the English Premiere League. But come the 2013-14 season… maybe. At their meetings this week in New York, NBA owners had what Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver called a “robust” discussion about the idea of putting…

  17. Calf injury shuts down Raptors’ Bargnani for rest of season

    Apr 13, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani drives to the basket against Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    When he played at the start of the season and was healthy, Andrea Bargnani looked like an All-Star and former No. 1 pick… then he got a calf injury that kept him out for most of the season. He returned and struggled but had started to find his stroke again at points (he dropped 30…

  18. With Sacramento arena deal all but dead, Stern says league has done all it can

    Apr 13, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

    David Stern

    David Stern’s press conference Friday afternoon sounded a whole lot like a eulogy for the Kings in Sacramento. Stern said Friday afternoon following the two-day NBA Board of Governor’s meeting that a handshake deal reached All-Star Weekend to get a new arena built in Sacramento was basically dead. While he would not use that exact…

  19. Report: Benson buying Hornets means Williams, Demps to stay

    Apr 13, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

    Monty Williams

    It would have been a mistake for whoever purchased the New Orleans Hornets to sweep out General Manager Dell Demps and coach Monty Williams — the two of them have done as good a job as could be expected considering the circumstances. Just as David Stern made official Friday afternoon that Tom Benson would own…

  20. Maloof press conference a how-to-guide for burning bridges in Sacramento

    Apr 13, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

    worried george

    That press conference was so George Maloof. The nearly 90-minute presser was everything a good old fashion PR nightmare should be. It started as a PowerPoint presentation delivered in monotone prose by Maloof attorney Barry McNeil, and ended in a classic George Maloof back-and-forth with media members that bordered somewhere between ‘desperate’ and ‘tirade.’ The…

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