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  1. Pacers coach Vogel: Win Game 5 and we win the series

    Apr 26, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    Pacers' head coach Vogel reacts during the first half of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basketball game against the Bulls in Chicago

    Because what the Pacers really want to do is give the Bulls some real motivation, we give you Pacers coach Frank Vogel, speaking at Tuesday’s shootaround (as quoted by several members of the media): “We feel like if we win this game tonight, we’ll win the series.” It sounds like he took the brown acid…

  2. Ron Artest wins NBA citizenship award. Deservedly so. Seriously.

    Apr 26, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

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    The amazing part is of this is not that Ron Artest won the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association. The amazing part is he deserved it. Ron Artest — he of the halftime Hennessy drinks, the dog abuse, the Malice at the Palace — has latched on to…

  3. Late game screen adds some bad blood to Dallas, Portland series

    Apr 26, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Mavericks' Chandler gestures towards an official as Trail Blazers' Camby runs up court during their NBA Western Conference playoff game in Dallas

    Now, just to add to the big comebacks and pressure shot in a fun series, we have some real bad blood between Dallas and Portland. It stems from this play at the end of Dallas’ win to take a 3-2 series. With just 18 seconds left in a nine-point game, you usually see the defenders…

  4. Rockets start meeting with coaching candidates. All of them.

    Apr 26, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Chicago State v Indiana

    And the parade of candidates has begun. The Houston Rockets need a new coach, they want someone younger who can grow with the team, and GM Daryl Morey is leaving no stone unturned. He is interviewing about as many people as live in Montana. The interviews start this week, according to the Houston Chronicle (via…

  5. D’Antoni gets backing of Stoudemire, Anthony. Will it matter?

    Apr 26, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    I feel I could do better walking into the Palms casino in Vegas (got to help out those struggling Maloofs), stroll right up to roulette table and place one bet on what the next number will be than I do of predicting what the New York Knicks will do this week. Owner James Dolan has…

  6. Winderman: Celtics advantages came courtesy Riley, Heat

    Apr 26, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    Rare is the NBA playoff series when the opposition opens with a 3-0 lead without playing a game. That, however, essentially, will be the case with the impending Heat-Celtics Eastern Conference semifinal series. The Heat will take on the Celtics with a decided deficit at center, point guard and backup power forward. In each case,…

  7. Antonio McDyess: “We’re playing like a bunch of wussies”

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:53 AM EDT

    San Antionio Spurs v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    Memphis came into this series a tough matchup for San Antonio — the Spurs want to control the paint and take away those three pointers opponents like to shoot. Except the Grizzlies don’t really shoot threes and have more size and skill in the paint than the Spurs. And they are more physical. In the…

  8. Kobe foolishly refuses MRI on ankle, says he will play

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Four

    Kobe Bryant is going to play Tuesday night in Game 5. Nobody really ever doubted that — if his leg was attached he was going. We laud Kobe for that attitude, we like our athletes to be warriors. But Kobe also refused X-rays and an MRI on his injury, according to ESPN Los Angeles’ Land…

  9. Video: O.J. Mayo with the baseline reverse dunk

    Apr 26, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    It wasn’t just that Memphis won Game 4 and took a 3-1 lead over the San Antonio Spurs, it was how. The Grizzlies bullied them. They were more physical. In boxing/MMA terms, they punched San Antonio in the mouth and San Antonio has stepped back. Maybe the signature play of the game was this O.J.…

  10. NBA tells Sacramento “show us the money” but where are Maloofs?

    Apr 26, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

    David Stern, maloofs

    This week, another team of NBA officials showed up in Sacramento, to meet with Mayor Kevin Johnson and the sponsors he lined up to generate another $9 million in sponsorships if the Kings stay in town. Basically, the NBA is saying, “show us the money.” This isn’t a pledge drive, the NBA wants to see…

  11. NBA Playoffs: Nuggets hold the line

    Apr 26, 2011, 3:41 AM EDT

    Nuggets guard Smith celebrates a three-point shot in their NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Denver

    It seems easy, right? You win three games, you’ve proven you’re the better team, you’ve shown you can win on their floor, you’ve totally and completely demoralized them and all you have to do is do it once more and the series is through. But it never is, as the Oklahoma City Thunder found out…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Grizzlies go for the kill, take 3-1 lead over Spurs

    Apr 26, 2011, 12:51 AM EDT

    O. J. Mayo

    The San Antonio Spurs are lost. Their will is broken, their vaunted offense has withered and died, and the three-star core that has brought so much success to the Spurs franchise just isn’t producing at an acceptable level. Or, more accurately, the Memphis Grizzlies have erased the Spurs. They’ve broken San Antonio’s will, and smothered…

  13. NBA Playoffs: No comeback this time, Dallas gets defensive in win

    Apr 25, 2011, 11:56 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dallas has basically won seven of the last eight quarters against Portland. The series is 3-2 and headed back to Portland because of Brandon Roy’s epic fourth quarter Saturday (which John Hollinger of ESPN said so well was not Roy’s best quarter it was anyone’s best quarter). Monday night there was no Roy making plays…

  14. Derrick Rose: “It’s not broken, so I’m definitely playing”

    Apr 25, 2011, 10:58 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    As if you thought Derrick Rose was not going to play to close out the first round… Rose had an X-ray and an MRI, both of which came up negative, so he made it clear to Aggrey Sam of CSN Chicago exactly how this was going down, including the needle. “It’s not broken, so I’m…

  15. What does the NFL lockout ruling mean for the NBA?

    Apr 25, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    David Stern describes it as “the nuclear option.” Billy Hunter said it would take a lengthy lockout for him to consider it, but added they were watching the NFL lockout and decertification battle to see just how feasible it might be. Turns out, it’s feasible. A federal judge’s ruled Monday decertifying the NFL players union…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Must win game for Spurs against Grizzlies? Yup.

    Apr 25, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies' Randolph celebrates his team's win over the San Antonio Spurs during their NBA basketball game in Memphis

    If the fact Rebecca Black has a hit was not proof enough we live in a Bizzaro World, I bring you this: The San Antonio Spurs must beat the Memphis Grizzlies tonight on the road, or their path out of the playoffs is as slippery as a Slip ‘n Slide. Win and the series is…

  17. NBA Playoffs: Doom, thy name is Thunder

    Apr 25, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    Well, that was fun while it lasted. It was nice to think Thunder-Nuggets was going to be an all-out clash of the titans. With thunder and lightning and demons and sorcery and the whole shebang. Instead, we get the Thunder, out-executing the Nuggets when it matters and where it matters in every game and a team…

  18. Lakers Derrick Caracter arrested on battery charges against woman

    Apr 25, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    UPDATE 6:15 pm: The ugly details have come out. And we mean ugly. Because any time the words “battery” and “pregnant woman” are mixed into the same sentence then ugly is maybe the kindest word you can use. From the New Orleans Times-Picayune: Derrick Caracter, 22, was arrested about 1:18 a.m. Sunday at the IHOP…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Will the Mavs come undone?

    Apr 25, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    There aren’t many choke job opportunities in your every day life. Think about it. You can say someone choked on that stage, but they never go through 80% of speech or performance and then just when the crowd is preparing to give them a standing ovation trip on a banana peel or make a racist…

  20. Nike LeBron 8 PS: Reviewing the shoe’s performance after a run on the Heat’s home floor

    Apr 25, 2011, 3:53 PM EDT

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    Pro Basketball Talk was in Miami for the release of the Nike LeBron 8 PS, the playoff series edition of LeBron James‘ signature shoe. In this third and final part of of our profile, we break down how the shoe performed on the court … the Miami Heat’s home court, at American Airlines Arena. This…

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