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  1. NBA Playoffs: Brandon Roy and the Rose Garden Time Machine

    Apr 23, 2011, 8:28 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Four

    Portland 84 Dallas 82. You could not have written it better. Well, maybe if it was Game 7. But then it would be in Dallas and that’s a whole different result. In sports, a lot of us have become repulsed by cliches, by ridiculous preconceived storylines forced down our throats. But there is still something…

  2. Wade says 2011 Heat remind him of non-championship 2005 team

    Apr 23, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers

    It’s not what he meant, but it’s how people are going to take it. Dwyane Wade told reporters Saturday that this Heat team reminds him not of the 2006 championship team, but the 2005 team that lost in the Eastern Conference Finals. From our own Ira Winderman writing at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel: “More similarities…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Memphis tries to make Spurs sing the blues

    Apr 23, 2011, 6:58 PM EDT

    Marc Gasol, Tim Duncan

    The Spurs were not regular season monsters only, right? Memphis is just a tough matchup who can grind it out but when push comes to shove Tim Duncan will still be Tim Duncan, Tony Parker will get into the lane and hit floaters, Manu Ginobili will confound. Right? We’ll find out Saturday in Memphis. We…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Pacers manage to win a game as Rose struggles

    Apr 23, 2011, 6:32 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    It wasn’t easy, but the Indiana Pacers finally managed to beat the Bulls after losing three consecutive heart-breakers. While the Pacers controlled the game most of the way, they did manage to make things interesting by allowing the Bulls to end the game on a 22-11 run, and the Bulls were one Carlos Boozer three-pointer…

  5. NBA Playoffs: Denver tries to rediscover itself in Game 3 versus Thunder

    Apr 23, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Oklahoma City Thunder

    The Nuggets are coming apart. They were wiped off the floor in Game 2 of a series they were supposed to be competitive in. J.R. Smith started saying J.R Smith things and now there’s a question of whether all that momentum of Game 1 was a figment of their imagination, or some fantasy concocted by…

  6. NBA Playoffs: Portland’s season on line again Saturday

    Apr 23, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers guard Matthews celebrates three-point shot against Dallas Mavericks in Portland

    Portland pretty much knew the game plan they had to pull off from Game 1 — force turnovers, get some transition points, work the offense inside out through LaMarcus Aldridge, knock down jumpers. For the first two games, it was Dallas taking care of the basketball and knocking down jumpers, Plus in crunch time they…

  7. Hawks’ Pachulia, Magic’s Richardson both suspended for Game 4

    Apr 23, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    The only real question was would it be one game or two. The answer is one. The league announced a one-game suspension for both Zaza Pachulia of Atlanta and Jason Richardson of Orlando for their scuffle in the fourth quarter of Game 3 Wednesday. Both will sit out Game 4 Sunday. The whole thing started…

  8. Kobe will someday become all-time leading playoff scorer

    Apr 23, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Three

    While he will deny it when asked about it, Kobe Bryant knows when he passes a rival or legend on an important list. So when Kobe Shaquille O’Neal on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list (likely during Game 5 of the Lakers/Hornets series), he will be smirking inside and thinking of lines about how his…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Can the Pacers find a way to win one?

    Apr 23, 2011, 11:59 AM EDT

    Bulls Pacers Basketball

    Three games decided by a total of 15 points. The Indiana Pacers have been close in this series. Very close. But when it came to end-of-game execution — and players who can execute under that kind of pressure — Chicago has it and Orlando struggles. The Bulls are up 3-0 and the only question that…

  10. Orlando’s mid-season trade not reason for trouble (they were bad before)

    Apr 23, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Magic head coach Van Gundy reacts during Game 3 of their NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference basketball game against Hawks in Atlanta

    Orlando is in trouble. They are down 2-1 to the Atlanta Hawks, a team that through the regular season and into the playoffs has shown its matchup advantages are hard for Orlando to overcome. Now the Magic face a virtual must-win Game 4 and likely will have to do it without Jason Richardson, who probably…

  11. Video: Atlanta’s Jamal Crawford with the dagger (he called bank)

    Apr 23, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Jamal Crawford is back. Or the one from last season that was runaway Sixth Man of the Year is back. After a lackluster regular season Crawford has been lighting up the Orlando Magic to the tune of 23.7 points per game and shooting 58.8 percent from three. Which brings us to the dagger from Game…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Kobe wastes no time in helping Lakers to Game 3 win over Hornets

    Apr 23, 2011, 1:45 AM EDT

    kobe-game-3

    After the New Orleans Hornets stole the first game of their playoff series against the Lakers behind a masterful performance from Chris Paul, Los Angeles obviously needed to make some changes. In Game 2, the adjustment was to expend Kobe Bryant‘s energy on the defensive end of the floor to slow down Paul, and to simply…

  13. NBA Playoffs: Hawks take series lead in crazy game

    Apr 23, 2011, 12:44 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    The Orlando Magic are in some serious trouble against a team that gave up more points than it scored in the regular season. Game 3 could have gone either way, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Magic are a team built around Dwight Howard and versatile shooters, and the versatile shooters have failed…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Celtics rout Knicks, take 3-0 series lead

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:43 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    This is why the Celtics are the conference champs until somebody beats them. Sure, the team hasn’t looked quite right since it traded away Kendrick Perkins for Jeff Green, and their bench is still a complete mess. Yes, the Celtics gave up the No. 2 seed in the East by finishing their regular season in something of…

  15. Report: Kings to stay in Sacramento next season; owners say no decision yet

    Apr 22, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    UPDATE: 8:03 pm: The Maloof brothers, the owners of the Kings, are denying the report. Sort of. Co-owner Joe Maloof spoke with the Associated Press and said they are still thinking about it. Maloof told The Associated Press that no decision has been made and he’s “as anxious as anybody” to find out if Sacramento…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Look for the stars to come out in New Orleans

    Apr 22, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets Paul drives on Los Angeles Lakers Bryant during Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference first round playoff basketball game in Los Angeles

    Our first word of advice for this game — wear sunglasses. Yes, we know you are watching on television. But the Hornets are going with a “sea of yellow” look (all the fans getting yellow T-shirts) and it will the Hornets uniforms themselves (they got permission to wear the alternate yellow jerseys). It will be…

  17. Imagine how good John Wall will be when he is healthy

    Apr 22, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Remember way back to the start of the season, when John Wall missed a handful of game due to a foot injury? Probably not, because when he came back he was pretty impressive. Good enough to be second in the Rookie of the Year balloting. Dude dropped 22 assists at the All-Star weekend Rookie Challenge…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Maybe the Hawks can use more Horford in Game 3

    Apr 22, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic - Game Two

    Now the Orlando/Atlanta series moves on to Game 3 on a neutral court… wait, it’s in Atlanta? Interesting. We’ll see if anyone notices. Seriously, the Hawks fans will be into it if the Hawks are into it. And in it. Whether the Hawks are in it may depend in part on how much run Al…

  19. Texas’ Thompson declares for NBA draft, does Canada proud

    Apr 22, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Arizona v Texas

    Trivia time: Who was the last Canadian-born player drafted in the first round? No, not the shaggy-haired guy. If you answered Jamaal Magloire you are either Canadian or we should be worried about you. Or both. But you’d be right. For another few weeks anyway. Tristan Thompson, the freshman power forward out of Texas —…

  20. No Shaq for Game 3 Friday, but Game 4 could happen

    Apr 22, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Injured Boston Celtics O'Neal talks to teammate Allen during the first quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series against the New York Knicks in Boston

    Welcome back to Shaq Watch 2011… Shaquille O’Neal has traveled with the team, he is in New York where maybe the bright lights will inspire him. But not for Game 3 Friday. He is out for that. Our man A. Sherrod Blakely from Comcast New England caught up with Shaq, but he wasn’t in the…

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