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  1. Don’t ask J.R. Smith about his minutes-played bonus

    Apr 10, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    J. R. Smith’s got to be pretty happy with his season overall. He went from trade bait to a key contributor on one of the hottest teams in the league. He’s considered a leader on a relatively young team, and may be the X-factor that could help Denver to a first-round upset. But he’s still…

  2. Jason Terry is not sorry about sideline spat with Carlisle, Barea

    Apr 10, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks

    Jason Terry became so upset at a miscommunication on Friday night with J.J. Barea that he had a verbal confrontation with Barea and his coach during a timeout. The result was Rick Carlisle sending Terry to the end of the bench and keeping him there while the Mavericks made a comeback. On Saturday, they addressed…

  3. Ty Lawson drops a dime… of 3-pointers

    Apr 10, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

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    Ty Lawson was a name that was talked about as a “future asset” for the Nuggets during the Melo trade stuff. He could be pretty good as a starter, was the thought. He made losing Billups acceptable. And while Lawson has shown that he’s worthy of being a piece of the puzzle, he hadn’t had…

  4. Might Hawks Josh Smith cost coach Larry Drew his job?

    Apr 9, 2011, 11:22 PM EDT

    Larry Drew and Josh Smith

    The Atlanta Hawks got their heads handed to them Saturday night by the Washington Wizards. A 32-point beatdown. That would be loss number four in a row. They are stumbling toward the playoffs, and this is not a team anybody has seen flip the switch. The last two of those losses were without Josh Smith…

  5. Nets Humphries done for season, Lopez may have surgery after it

    Apr 9, 2011, 9:16 PM EDT

    Kris Humphries

    Just wanted to update you on the health of your favorite New Jersey Nets… no, not Deron Williams. The other two you like. Sure, there are another two. The Nets are shutting down Kris Humphries for the season, proving that the Kardashian Effect is not all-powerful. Nets coach Avery Johnson explained all to the Star-Ledger.…

  6. If the Heat can’t beat the Celtics now, they’re never going to

    Apr 9, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    Okay, Miami Heat. You lost to the Celtics in the season opener. You lost to the Celtics at home. You lost to the Celtics after you’d supposedly gotten everything figured out. This your last chance. And it’s a good one. The Heat are in a no-win situation here. They beat the Celtics on Sunday in…

  7. “Just wait until Shaq gets back” is legitimate argument for Boston

    Apr 9, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    The Chicago Bulls made their statement Thursday. Right now, the Bulls are the better team. If Thursday had been Game 1 of a seven-game series the Celtics would be in trouble. After the game, Kevin Garnett talked about Boston having another gear for the playoffs. Their fans are counting on that. That those days off…

  8. Joe Dumars is safe from new management

    Apr 9, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons Introduce John Kuester

    Now that the Pistons are safely in the hands of Mr. Tom Gores (pending NBA approval), the team can finally move forward. But what does that mean for the management and coaching? The Detroit Free Press reports that the architect of the 2004 championship team and the team that made about a billion Conference Finals…

  9. The Lakers have nary a care for the end of the regular season

    Apr 9, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    The Lakers lost their fourth game in a row Friday night to a 93-86 decision against the Blazers. It wound up with a decent point differential but the truth is the game was much more of a blowout. A late Lakers run with bench players made it seem easier, but in reality, the Lakers gave…

  10. Report: Kyrie Irving won’t fall past Wolves, if he falls at all

    Apr 9, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Arizona v Duke

    The 2011 draft class doesn’t bowl you over with names. It’s considered one of the weakest in years. But all that does is make Kyrie Irving look like more of a sure thing. The Duke freshman is widely considered the top overall player in the draft and has been seen as such since he dazzled…

  11. Memphis returns to the playoffs for the first time since 2006

    Apr 9, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Memphis Grizzlies

    Paint the town blue. Memphis is back in the second season. The Grizzlies clinched a playoff spot on Friday night with a win over the Kings. It wasn’t easy, with the Kings continuing their plucky play of late led by Marcus Thornton and Tyreke Evans. Those two on the break together is a terrifying combination.…

  12. Chicago Bulls wrap up top seed by knocking off last year’s top seed

    Apr 8, 2011, 11:33 PM EDT

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    One year ago, it was the Cleveland Cavaliers that were the East’s top seed (and had the league’s best record). The Cavs were considered a threat to win it all. The Bulls were struggling along at .500, with more talk about free agent plans than second round plans. Things can change a lot in a…

  13. Sonics fans kicked out of Howard Schultz book signing

    Apr 8, 2011, 9:02 PM EDT

    Seattle SuperSonics v Denver Nuggets

    Howard Schultz still doesn’t get it. Not even close. We need some background here, just to get everyone up to speed. Schultz is the CEO of Starbucks, so I’m already ticked at him about the whole Peet’s thing. But that’s my issue, he has bigger sins. Like buying the Sonics then in 2006 — with…

  14. Bryant endorses Shaw as the Lakers’ next head coach

    Apr 8, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    As you know by know, Phil Jackson is definitely, definitely not going to coach the Los Angeles Lakers next season. The last time the Lakers attempted to replace Jackson, they hired Rudy Tomjanovich and missed the playoffs. What will the Lakers do this time? Will they go with a big-name ringer or try to develop…

  15. Is Stephen Curry the Warriors best path to improvement?

    Apr 8, 2011, 5:56 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    This season the Golden State Warriors were better than the year before. They have won 35 games this season, it was 26 last season. Their offensive production remained identical — 108.1 points per 100 possessions both seasons — but their defense got a little better (110.7 points per 100 possessions this season compared to 111.7…

  16. Nets get $50,000 slap on wrist for Jay-Z talking to Kentucky

    Apr 8, 2011, 4:55 PM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game - Performances And Celebrities

    We told you before that the league was looking into the case of Nets minority owner (and music empire mogul) Jay-Z having contact with the Kentucky Wildcats after the team won to advance to the final four. Team personnel cannot have contact with college players (that’s why Isiah Thomas can’t be an official Knicks consultant…

  17. Just to be clear, Phil Jackson is not coming back

    Apr 8, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Phil Jackson played it smart. If he didn’t make another clear statement that this would be his last season coaching, he was going to be asked at every playoff press conference if he was returning next season. Now he’ll only be asked it every other press conference. Becuase when he sat down with a handful…

  18. Pistons officially sold to Tom Gores

    Apr 8, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT

    tom-gores

    Tom Gores, who grew up in Michigan and is the billionaire founder of an equity firm, has reached a deal to purchase the Detroit Pistons. Gores has been in negotiations to buy the team for months, and now Bernie Smilovitz at the Detroit NBC news affiliate broke the story and the Pistons have confirmed the…

  19. Start the John Calipari rumors. Up first: New York Knicks.

    Apr 8, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Kentucky v UConn

    Every time there is a high profile coaching opening in the NBA this summer, Kentucky coach John Calipari’s name will come up. Usually from an anonymous source. A source that probably is one of Calipari’s people (or CAA). But know that Calipari’s name will attach itself to job openings like a fly to… well, you…

  20. Dwyane Wade to play Friday night for Heat

    Apr 8, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    After missing one game due to a bruised thigh bruise, Dwyane Wade should be back Friday night to take on Charlotte. Our man Ira Winderman, writing for the Sun Sentinel, sums it up well in a tweet. Erik Spoelstra said Dwyane Wade (thigh) is “probable” for tonight against the Bobcats. In Heat parlance that means…

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