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  1. Lakers Andrew Bynum hyperextends knee, leaves game, MRI Wednesday

    Apr 13, 2011, 1:53 AM EDT

    bynum-flagrant-beasley

    UPDATE 1:53 am: Talked to Bynum as he walked out of Staples Center (with other media), and he showed no noticable limp. He said that if this had been a big playoff game he would have been back out there, but that it was a little more than precautionary. “It was painful right when it…

  2. Memphis to sit Zach Randolph, Tony Allen against Portland

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:27 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    Well, didn’t see this coming. Memphis is sitting Zach Randolph and Tony Allen in a key seedings game against Portland Tuesday night, according to a tweet from the Commercial Appeal. Why? Well they will say its to rest guys but if you like conspiracies you might say they are aiming — you could say tanking…

  3. Spurs to sit Duncan, Parker, Ginobili against Lakers

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:06 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    It doesn’t matter why — Spurs coach Gregg Popovich says they would have done it regardless of the opponent, conspiracy theorists will say he’s trying to make sure he avoids the Lakers as long as possible — what matters is it is happening. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili will all sit against the…

  4. New NBA Playoffs commercials feature talking ball

    Apr 12, 2011, 8:29 PM EDT

    basketball

    Meh. Usually I’m pretty impressed with the NBA’s playoff advertising campaigns — the split face “there can be only one” series, the “Where Amazing Happens” piano commercials — but this year… not really loving it. Maybe it’s me. My taste can certainly be in question (for example, I don’t hate Jimmy Buffett). But this year’s…

  5. LeBron James’ evolving post game

    Apr 12, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    When LeBron James came into the league, he was a one-of-a-kind physical specimen who could get to the rim and pass with the best of them. Shortly after he graced the cover of Sports Illustrated, people began to question James’ perimeter game, and his jump shot was widely criticized. Over the course of eight seasons,…

  6. Is Steve Nash the best offensive player of his generation?

    Apr 12, 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Because of the way Steve Nash plays, it’s hard to think of him as one of the greatest offensive players of all time. He doesn’t go off for 50-point outbursts, and he doesn’t just grab the ball in isolation and score time and time again. He needs good teammates to pass to in order to…

  7. Steve Blake has the Chicken Pox

    Apr 12, 2011, 5:39 PM EDT

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    According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles, Lakers guard Steve Blake is expected to miss some time…because of the chicken pox: Steve Blake did not make it to shootaround on Tuesday because of an illness. The team announced later Tuesday afternoon that Blake has chicken pox and would not play Tuesday; beyond that, he…

  8. Heat may sit LeBron, Wade, Bosh on Wednesday (Bosh says no)

    Apr 12, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    UPDATE 5:29 pm: Chris Bosh told Eric Koreen from the National Post (via twitter) that the he, LeBron and Wade will play in the final game of the season. Sure. I think there’s about as good of a chance of me suiting up for the Heat as all three of them, but we’re passing it along.…

  9. Winderman: Playoffs should count toward post-season awards

    Apr 12, 2011, 5:22 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Chicago Bulls

    Every year the process feels dirty, for some reason this season more so than others. Why, exactly, do NBA award ballots have to be in to the league office by Thursday? Why can’t the playoffs count, especially since many consider those the only games that matter, anyway? This isn’t baseball, when you play a six-month…

  10. Portland and Memphis to decide something Tuesday night

    Apr 12, 2011, 4:02 PM EDT

    Memphis Portalnd

    There’s a lot on the line when Portland takes on Memphis Tuesday night. But it’s kind of a Let’s Make a Deal problem — you don’t know what you’re getting once you pick the door. The new car or the goat. This game may well decide sixth seed in the West — Portland gets it…

  11. The LeBrons, Episode 2. It’s about as good as episode one.

    Apr 12, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

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    You know, the animation is really pretty good. So, I’ve said something nice about The LeBrons (LeBron James‘ animated series based on a commercial). And taking my mother’s advice about not saying anything nice, that’s all I will say. But enjoy, it’s episode 2 of the LeBrons. I’d spoil it for you and tell you…

  12. Kings owners ready to file for move, deaf to fans’ loud cheers

    Apr 12, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Kid kings fan

    The atmosphere for the Kings loss to the Thunder Monday night was a throwback. Like about 10 years, when the Kings were contenders and then ARCO Arena was as great a home court advantage as the league had. Complete with cowbells. Kevin Durant said the feeling inside Power Balance Arena Monday reminded him of the…

  13. Chris Paul won’t rule out playing for Jordan in Charlotte

    Apr 12, 2011, 1:29 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    Chris Paul — who is eyeing a future outside the Big Easy — knows that rule No. 1 is not to cut off potential opportunities. No matter the likelihood. With that in mind we bring you Chris Paul’s reaction to being asked by the Associated Press if he would return to his native North Carolina…

  14. Video: Blake Griffin’s over-the-balcony trick shot

    Apr 12, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    And you thought Blake Griffin didn’t have an outside shot. He’s got one, he just needs a balcony in the way, then he puts a little more arc under it. If there had been a car for him to shoot over too… Thanks to The Rookie Wall for finding this and sending it along.

  15. Report: NBA owners want to make it two-and-done in college

    Apr 12, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    Two-and-done? While the age limit should be a side issue to the upcoming NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement — percentage of basketball related income is the real number to watch — it looks like it could be another little battleground. Billy Hunter from the players union said that he didn’t think it was appropriate to keep…

  16. Delonte West injured again, Shaq set for playoffs return

    Apr 12, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

    Delonte West, Rajon Rondo

    Is there a M*A*S*H* unit that follows the Celtics around? It just seems it would be cost efficient at this point. Boston picked up another injury Monday, but just one so it may be under their daily quota. This time it was Delonte West spraining his ankle, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at CSN New England.…

  17. PBT Tuesday one liners

    Apr 12, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

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    An idea emailed to me by reader Vincent that is an interesting longshot: This summer LeBron can opt out of or renegotiate his Nike shoe deal, according to reports. Recently one of Nike’s star shoe designers publicly ripped LeBron and his entourage for their lack of focus (and having too many voices in the process)…

  18. Report: Kemba Walker leaving Connecticut, entering draft

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    Kemba Walker, who led Connecticut to the National Championship, has decided to leave college and enter the NBA draft. That according to Andy Katz of ESPN. UConn has a press conference called for Tuesday where that will beocome official. And it is the right move. (We should note, as was pointed out in the comments,…

  19. Playoff scenarios: The East is set, the West we need Stephen Hawking to explain

    Apr 12, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers

    Back East they have their act together. They’ve planned in advance and they know what they want to do for the playoffs. Out West they have procrastinated. Always waiting to the last second. And the whole thing is complicated. Trigonometry complicated. Bring in Stephen Hawking and Brian Green to explain it complicated. So we’ll start…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Boston rolls over, Miami gets two seed

    Apr 12, 2011, 9:02 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    What you missed while signing up for Bacon Camp… Heat 98, Hawks 90: The Heat came out playing with real energy — they wanted to win this and take care of the second seed. Miami got help early on because Atlanta just played lazy defense in the first half. Hawks players did not fight over…

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