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  1. Sixers bring Dr. J. back in house as consultant, ambassador

    May 6, 2012, 9:34 AM EST

    Julius Erving, Bobby Jones

    It’s about history and connection in a city that really gets those things. Philadelphia 76ers fans are starved for a championship, but that is not happening this year. But new owner Josh Harris and CEO Adam Aron know that it’s going to take more than just winning to really win over the fans in Philly…

  2. Video: Blake Griffin makes steal, beats buzzer against Griz

    May 6, 2012, 8:06 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin dunks the ball over Memphis Grizzlies' Marreese Speights in the last second of the first half during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff game in Los Angeles

    In a game that was decided by one point, you can look back at a lot of little things and say “this was the key” to the Clippers taking a 2-1 series lead. But this steal and dunk by Blake Griffin at the end of the first half was a key couple of points. Memphis’…

  3. Jazz-Spurs Game 3: The Jazz have a bad case of the Spurs plague

    May 6, 2012, 12:53 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    This thing is over. 102-90 Spurs. The exact same thing we’ve seen for the first two games replicated only with a little bit of excitement from Derrick Favors who showed out against the Spurs. Tony Parker is just too much. Let’s start there. The Spurs can space the floor so well on offense that you can’t…

  4. James Harden sparks Thunder comeback to eliminate Dallas

    May 5, 2012, 11:12 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    I’d say that the torch in the West has been passed, but that’s not what it felt like. It felt like James Harden and the Oklahoma City Thunder grabbed the torch and ran off with it. Harden scored seven in a row — and had 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter —…

  5. Joakim Noah injures ankle, “most likely” out for Game 4

    May 5, 2012, 8:52 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    UPDATE 8:53 pm: Not good news, Bulls fans. Here is the quote from Tom Thibodeau via our friends at CSNChicago.com: “Most likely, he’ll be out tomorrow,” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Saturday afternoon following a film session at the team’s hotel. “I haven’t gotten the grade yet, but it’s doubtful. We’ll see tomorrow, though.”…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Clippers pull off another comeback, take 2-1 series lead

    May 5, 2012, 8:27 PM EST

    Blake Griffin, Zach Randolph, and guard Tony Allen

    The Memphis Grizzlies have to be shaking their heads in disbelief right now. While the Grizzlies’ blown opportunity in Game 3 wasn’t nearly as disastrous as their historic Game 1 collapse, the fact of the matter is that Memphis could easily be up 3-o on the Clippers right now, but instead they find themselves down…

  7. Pacers 101 Magic 99: Pacers fail to give game away despite best efforts

    May 5, 2012, 7:29 PM EST

    Well, they almost blew it. Twice. The Indiana Pacers held on to win Game 4 in Orlando and go up 3-1 on the Magic headed back to Indiana. The Pacers held a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, but a furious run by the Magic tied it behind some brilliant play at the rim by…

  8. Jazz-Spurs Game 3 Preview: Can home save the Jazz?

    May 5, 2012, 4:57 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    Utah doesn’t need to just win against the Spurs in Game 3 in Utah Saturday. They need to outright dominate in order to make a statement that they aren’t going to be pushed over. Because at this rate, they’re headed for a sweep in short order. The Jazz had some positive things going in Game…

  9. Caron Butler will start Game 3 with a broken hand, because he’s TuffJuice

    May 5, 2012, 3:42 PM EST

    Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, Caron Butler

    Caron Butler was supposed to be out 4-6 weeks with a fractured hand. Instead, he’s still got that broken hand, but he’s starting today against Memphis in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. Butler playing could be a big swing for the Clippers. They’ve shot the ball extremely well in this series, over 50%…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Can the Clippers assert themselves in Game 3?

    May 5, 2012, 3:37 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Two

    It’s as simple as this: if the Clippers hadn’t pulled off a miracle comeback in Game 1, they would be on the wrong side of a 2-0 deficit coming into Game 3. The Clippers have been dominated for 87 of the 96 minutes played in this series so far, and they desperately need to make…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Jason Terry is getting very superstitious in hopes of avoiding being swept

    May 5, 2012, 3:12 PM EST

    NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Atlanta Hawks

    Losing a few games in the NBA Playoffs can lead to one’s mind becoming a bit restless as he tries to figure out how to right the wrongs. Dallas Mavericks guard Jason Terry may have taken this to the extremes, however, as he tries to ensure the defending champions aren’t swept Saturday night by the…

  12. Josh Smith says he’ll play in Sunday’s Game 4 vs. Celtics

    May 5, 2012, 1:53 PM EST

    Josh Smith

    Atlanta fared surprisingly well in Game 3 without Josh Smith, losing a closer-than-expected contest to a Celtics team that saw both Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen return to the lineup. The Hawks won’t have to go without him again in Game 4, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com: Josh Smith acknowledges the left knee sprain…

  13. Avery Bradley injures shoulder in Game 3 vs. Hawks

    May 5, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Avery-Bradley

    Avery Bradley has been a huge contributor for the Celtics this season, filling in for both Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen who have missed time with injuries. He’s a dogged defender and can attack the rim with his athleticism. He’s fought a shoulder injury all season, however, and on Friday, re-injured it against the Hawks.…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Nuggets play their game in their building, take Game 3 from Lakers

    May 5, 2012, 1:50 AM EST

    kobe-game-3-nuggets

    George Karl had a quiet confidence about his team heading home to Denver, even after dropping the first two games of the series to the Lakers in Los Angeles. He saw a lot of good things in his club, especially in a close Game 2 contest, and couldn’t wait to get back to the Pepsi…

  15. Sixers 79 Bulls 74: A crushing Bulls collapse as a postseason of misery continues for Chicago

    May 4, 2012, 11:35 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    The Bulls had everything going for them. They were the number one seed, they had beaten all the contenders, they had homecourt advantage, the best defense, one of the best coaches, a superstar. And then it all went wrong. In Game 3, they had a 14-point lead, had everything going for them. They had gotten…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Rajon Rondo’s triple-double helps Celtics to overtime victory over Hawks

    May 4, 2012, 10:43 PM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    The Boston Celtics looked anything but exceptional in the first half of Friday night’s Game 3 against the Atlanta Hawks, but Rajon Rondo was able to find his rhythm in the second half as the hosting Celtics needed overtime to pick up a win in their first game at home in the Garden this postseason.…

  17. Tracy McGrady had impressive first half for Hawks before spraining his ankle

    May 4, 2012, 9:06 PM EST

    NBA: Playoffs-Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks

    The Atlanta Hawks were definitely expected to struggle on Friday night when they found out that Josh Smith would be missing in action for Game 3 against the Boston Celtics. They didn’t really feel his absence in the first half, however, thanks to Tracy McGrady turning back the hands of time once he was summoned…

  18. Timberwolves owner Taylor looking for successor

    May 4, 2012, 8:28 PM EST

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    Another small-market NBA team is on the market, but this owner is working to find a successor who will keep the team in place, not start another controversy about moving. Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor told the Associated Press that he is looking for a successor, not to just sell the team to the highest…

  19. Vinny Del Negro won’t rule out Caron Butler for Game 4

    May 4, 2012, 7:08 PM EST

    Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, Caron Butler

    This is a real long shot, but after watching his team try to slow Rudy Gay last game Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro is good with long shots. Del Negro said he would not rule out playing Caron Butler, the small forward with the broken hand that was supposed to be out at least another…

  20. Ray Allen to play for Celtics Friday in Game 3

    May 4, 2012, 6:36 PM EST

    Ray Allen

    Ray Allen is back for Boston. Allen is a go for Game 3, A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com confirmed it on twitter, something a number of reporters were speculating would happen after they saw Allen go through warmups. Allen is a creature of habit — few in the NBA are more religious about their pregame shooting…

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