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  1. Dirk Nowitzki: “We need some guys that can make plays”

    May 7, 2012, 9:37 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks' Nowitzki walks off the court during a timeout against the Oklahoma City Thunder during their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Dallas

    We already talked about this over the weekend — Oklahoma City sweeping Dallas out of the playoffs was the end result of moves owner Mark Cuban made last summer. (Well, that and Oklahoma City is a very good team.) They didn’t have enough support for Dirk Nowitzki anymore (and the big German didn’t play to…

  2. With Baron Davis out, can Jeremy Lin return to help Knicks?

    May 7, 2012, 8:31 AM EST

    Knicks' Davis grabs his right knee after an injury in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series against the Heat in New York

    When Baron Davis went down it looked bad. The video of the injury is at the bottom of this post but don’t watch it if you are squeamish. Davis suffered a dislocated kneecap. He’s done for these playoffs and frankly this could be the sad end to his career (he will be 33 next season…

  3. Report: Joakim Noah out for Game 5, Bulls in heap of trouble

    May 7, 2012, 7:50 AM EST

    Joakim Noah

    Sorry Bulls’ fans, But Game 5 against the 76ers Tuesday could look a lot like Game 4, just with different logos on the floor. And that’s not good. Joakim Noah will be out for Game 5 Tuesday due to his ankle sprain, reports K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune (via CSNChicago.com). The Bulls trail the…

  4. Lakers win in Denver to take 3-1 series lead over Nuggets, but it certainly wasn’t easy

    May 7, 2012, 1:44 AM EST

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    It took until the game’s final few possessions, but ultimately, the outcome ended up being what we all expected. The Lakers took Game 4 from the Nuggets in Denver 92-88, but the heroes for L.A. weren’t necessarily the likely ones, and the game was anything but easy for the victors. The Lakers didn’t come close…

  5. Video: Woman walks onto the court during Lakers-Nuggets Game 4

    May 7, 2012, 12:54 AM EST

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    You see this quite a bit in other sports, but you almost never see this in the NBA. Late in the first half of Sunday’s Game 4 between the Lakers and the Nuggets, a woman wandered onto the court, seemingly aimless in her intentions. Thankfully, security picked her up before she was able to make…

  6. Celtics obliterate Hawks, head to Atlanta with 3-1 lead in series

    May 6, 2012, 10:04 PM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    The Atlanta Hawks were able to pick up a victory in the opening game of their NBA Playoffs series against the Boston Celtics, but after watching Sunday evening’s game, it seems as though that might be the only win they post this postseason. The Celtics were able to get their offense going from the get-go…

  7. Video: Chris Paul’s son makes his Blake Griffin face

    May 6, 2012, 9:21 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul puts his arm around teammate Griffin during NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles

    The way he has been playing lately — all season, really — I didn’t think I could like Chris Paul more. Then he brought his son up to the podium with him after the Clippers Game 3 win, had him make his Blake Griffin face and… I like him more. And love his son.

  8. Knicks get measure of redemption, knock off Heat in Game 5

    May 6, 2012, 8:08 PM EST

    Knicks' Anthony celebrates after a three point shot late in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' win in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series against the Heat in New York

    It doesn’t change the big picture – the Heat are still going to win this series and there are still questions about the construction and future of the Knicks. But for a day the Knicks got a measure of redemption — the Knicks made the big plays late, Carmelo Anthony outplayed LeBron James, the Knicks…

  9. NBA Playoffs: 76ers take 3-1 series lead over depleted Bulls

    May 6, 2012, 4:22 PM EST

    Spencer Hawes

    You’ve gotta feel for the Chicago Bulls right now. After going 50-16 in the regular season to secure the Eastern Conference’s best record, the Bulls watched their best player tear his ACL with just over a minute remaining in Game 1 of the series, and Game 3 saw Joakim Noah go down with an ankle…

  10. Celtics could cripple Hawks with another win to end the weekend

    May 6, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

    NBA: Playoffs-Atlanta Hawks at Boston Celtics

    The Boston Celtics haven’t played exceptional basketball during their NBA Playoffs series against the Atlanta Hawks, but they’ve got the job done well enough to take a 2-1 lead heading into Sunday evening’s game at the Garden. Atlanta’s going to have to come up with some road magic of their own to end the weekend,…

  11. Pacers GM first of maybe many to get look for Blazers job

    May 6, 2012, 2:05 PM EST

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    After going without one for a year, the Portland Trail Blazers finally seem serious about getting a general manager. Maybe so Paul Allen can fire him in a year, too, but for now they are going after some. Here is a run down of the guys in consideration. Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated listed a…

  12. Can New York salvage one game? Or is it time to focus on Knicks future?

    May 6, 2012, 12:26 PM EST

    Heat's James drives past  Knicks' Anthony in Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    The theory going into this series was that the Knicks would win a game or two simply because Carmelo Anthony and maybe J.R. Smith or Steve Novak would just get hot. But the Heat’s defense this series has doused any spark before it could catch fire. The result is the Heat have cruised to a…

  13. Mavericks change of business models came to roost on court

    May 6, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas

    The old model wasn’t going to work anymore. Mark Cuban has read the new CBA that the owners and players signed off on after the lockout, and he saw the increasingly punitive taxes and penalties on big spending teams. He looked at his business model of the last decade — which was to win by…

  14. 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…

  15. 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’…

  16. 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…

  17. 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 —…

  18. 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.”…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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