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  1. Video: Kobe Bryant ankle looks just fine, ask Emeka Okafor

    Apr 27, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    The question coming into Game 5 was just how Kobe Bryant‘s ankle was going to hold up and impact the Lakers. And in the first quarter, there may have been concerns. But when Kobe threw down the dunk of the 2011 playoffs so far on the head of Emeka Okafor, his ankle looked fine and…

  2. NBA Playoffs: The Lakers get back on track

    Apr 27, 2011, 2:36 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    There was no one matchup that swung in the Lakers’ favor on Tuesday night. There wasn’t one key play that ended up making all the difference late in the game, although Kobe Bryant‘s turn-back-the-clock dunk in the second quarter did help swing the momentum their way. There wasn’t a noticeable change in their offensive strategy,…

  3. NBA Playoffs: It took five games, but Bulls play like contenders

    Apr 26, 2011, 11:56 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    This looked like what we all expected this entire series to look like. The Chicago Bulls dominated Game 5 Tuesday game from the start, were up 11 at the end of one quarter, pulled away in the third quarter and cruised to a 116-89 win. Now they sit around until next Monday (when the NBA…

  4. Add Kevin McHale, Sam Cassell to Rockets interview list

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:53 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v New Orleans Hornets

    You know that phone call you missed today? The one where you looked at your cell and didn’t recognize the number so you sent it to voice mail? That was Rockets GM Daryl Morey calling to schedule you for an interview for the Houston head coaching job. We’re not kidding. He seems to be literally…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Magic demolish the Hawks, turn the series on its head

    Apr 26, 2011, 10:44 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic - Game Five

    On Tuesday night, the Orlando Magic returned to the comforts of reality, while the Atlanta Hawks experienced a jarring awakening. The first four games in this series weren’t an accurate representation of the performance of either team, but Game 5 shifted the matchup back toward balance, as Orlando thoroughly dominated both ends of the court…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Orlando can create shots or create vacation plans

    Apr 26, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    The reason the Atlanta Hawks are up 3-1 in this series and can close out the Orlando Magic tonight — and the difference between the 2009 Magic that went to the finals and the 2011 Magic about to be eliminated in the first round — was summed up nicely by Stan Van Gundy (via ESPN):…

  7. Sacramento Mayor Johnson shows NBA $10 million in sponsorship pledges

    Apr 26, 2011, 6:27 PM EDT

    Kevin Johnson

    Courtesy of the AP: Mayor Kevin Johnson has taken another step in his bid to keep the Kings in town. He and about 30 representatives from Sacramento-area businesses met with NBA officials Tuesday, signing smaller deposits on more than $10 million in sponsorship pledges for the Kings as a “down payment.” Johnson had promised league…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Can The Bulls put the Pacers away?

    Apr 26, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    Everyone expected the Bulls to finish up their first-round series in four or five games, and that’s exactly what they would do with a win at home against the Pacers tonight. However, each of the first four games has been far more competitive than most people thought they would be, and the Pacers have shown…

  9. Bucks will have Carlos Delfino to kick around for another year

    Apr 26, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Carlos Delfino

    In what was pretty much a no brainer of a move, the Bucks picked up the $3.5 million team option on Carlos Delfino for next season, according to the Journal-Sentinel. Delfino provided the Bucks with about what they should have expected — 11.5 points a night on an unimpressive 39 percent shooting. But he can…

  10. NBA Playoffs: It’s not Kobe’s ankle, it’s Chris Paul breaking them

    Apr 26, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Two

    Game 5 is about ankles. The one getting all the hype is Lakers guard Kobe Bryant’s left ankle. His foot is still attached, so he’s playing. That’s not the question. He twisted his ankle (and foot) at the end of Los Angeles 93-88 loss to New Orleans in Game 4 and has since refused to…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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,…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.…

  20. 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…

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