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  1. Harrison Barnes’ playoff scoring surge merely step one of two

    May 17, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

    Harrison Barnes, Cory Joseph

    Harrison Barnes had a solid regular season, making the All-Rookie first team as a debatable choice for that honor. He started 81 games for the playoff-bound Warriors, but Barnes took a back seat to Stephen Curry, David Lee, Klay Thompson, Jarrett Jack, Carl Landry and, when healthy, Andrew  Bogut. Again being the seventh banana on…

  2. Warriors come back on court, Curry thanks fans after loss (VIDEO)

    May 17, 2013, 8:12 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors - Game Six

    There was a great moment in Golden State after the Spurs had eliminated the Golden State Warriors from the playoffs. As the game was winding down the fans had stayed and chanted — this is a passionate fan base long starved for much to cheer about. So the players came back out of the tunnel…

  3. Spurs ramp up defense to beat Warriors, advance to Western Conference Finals

    May 17, 2013, 2:12 AM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard

    The Warriors had a great run, but their magic ran out. In a hard fought, defense driven effort the Spurs defeated the Warriors 94-82 to advance to their 2nd consecutive Western Conference Finals. Golden State battled all night, trying to stave off elimination but simply didn’t have enough. Stephen Curry scored 22 points, but never found…

  4. Warriors’ Harrison Barnes face plants, eventually leaves game with headaches (VIDEO)

    May 17, 2013, 1:12 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors - Game Six

    That hurts to watch. Golden State’s rookie Harrison Barnes was coming from the weak side to contest a Boris Diaw shot, Barnes leapt and Diaw decided to go under for the reverse. It wasn’t intentional, but the end result was Diaw undercut Barnes, took his legs out, and Barnes face planted on the hardwood. He…

  5. Preview: Warriors need better performances from Curry and Thompson to hold off elimination against Spurs

    May 16, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    A closeout game is always the hardest win to get in a series. This is especially true when battling on the road and even more so when that road environment is one of the most raucous in the league. The Spurs, then, have their hands full when they visit Oracle Arena in Oakland and try to…

  6. Tim Duncan shoves Richard Jefferson, then stares him down (VIDEO)

    May 15, 2013, 8:18 PM EDT

    tim duncan richard jefferson spurs

    In a rare show of an emotion other than being incredulous at every foul call that has ever gone against him, Tim Duncan gave Richard Jefferson a solid shove to claim the courtside traction pad at some point during Game 5, and then sat on the scorer’s table to stare him down afterward. This probably…

  7. Why do the Knicks keep playing Jason Kidd?

    May 15, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT

    D.J. Augustin, Jason Kidd

    Jason Kidd has scored exceptionally during the playoffs. There are many ways to evaluate scoring, but here’s how five players rank by one measure: Jason Kidd: 73 Carmelo Anthony: 24 Stephen Curry: 23 Kevin Durant: 21 LeBron James: 17 That’s how many points each player has scored during the 2013 playoffs, as a percentage of…

  8. Kawhi Leonard puts Harrison Barnes on a poster (VIDEO)

    May 15, 2013, 2:04 AM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard

    Kawhi Leonard isn’t a flashy player. In fact, the next time you see him make a fuss about anything on the floor or try to draw attention to himself will be the first time. Most of the time you see him doing the little things that make the Spurs offense work the way it needs…

  9. Tony Parker’s big game leads Spurs to game 5 victory over Warriors

    May 15, 2013, 1:03 AM EDT

    Spurs guard Parker drives on Warriors forward Barnes and guard Curry during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    One thing this series hasn’t had is a blowout. Game 5 changed that as the Spurs turned up their defensive pressure and got some key performances from some role players to rout the Warriors 109-91 and get within a game of advancing to the conference finals for the 2nd straight season. The star of the…

  10. Damian Lillard, Anthony Davis headline NBA All-Rookie Team

    May 14, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

    APTOPIX Rookie of Year Basketball

    It was an interesting year for rookies. Damian Lillard stood out as the point guard Portland needed, but he had the advantage of talent around him that other promising players (Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond) did not. Then there were good young players like Jonas Valanciunas flying under the radar in Toronto. So picking the NBA…

  11. Stephen Curry suffered no setbacks with injured ankle, says he’s ‘ready to go’ for Game 5

    May 14, 2013, 2:24 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    The left ankle injury that Stephen Curry suffered late in Game 3 was a legitimate cause for concern for the Warriors. Despite Curry’s cold shooting in the last game and a half before it occurred, few believed that Golden State would be able to beat the Spurs without him. Curry played in the Warriors’ overtime…

  12. Preview: Spurs look to put Warriors on the edge of elimination in crucial Game 5

    May 14, 2013, 2:22 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors - Game Four

    How important is this game 5 to both teams? Historically, in the NBA, the team that goes up 3-2 wins the series 85.7% of the time. And while that’s not necessarily a doom’s day scenario for the loser, it’s pretty close. For the Warriors, it may be even more important as it’s hard to see…

  13. Report: Jerry Sloan meets with Bucks to discuss coaching job

    May 13, 2013, 4:34 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    How do you think Brandon Jennings and Jerry Sloan would get along? It could happen. Sloan, the long time coach of the Jazz who retired a couple years ago mid-season, met with Bucks management to discuss the job, reports Sam Amick at USA Today. According to two people with knowledge of the situation, the former…

  14. Kevin Durant: ‘I can do a lot more’

    May 13, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant falls to the floor against Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen in the final moments in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Anyway you slice it, Kevin Durant is doing a lot for the Thunder. Traditional stats say Durant is averaging 34.0 points, 10.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.6 steals in 44.3 minutes per game since Russell Westbrook’s injury. Advanced stats say Durant has 2.2 win shares for a team that has won five playoff games, which means…

  15. Warriors’ David Lee admits he likely need surgery after season

    May 13, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT

    David Lee, Stephen Curry

    Sunday David Lee tried to give it a go again — he played nearly eight minutes off the bench, went 0-2 shooting, was -12, but he did have five rebounds. Still, he’s not the same player following the hip flexor injury that was supposed to keep him out for the playoffs. Lee knows it. He’s…

  16. Danny Green’s high-flying putback against Warriors (VIDEO)

    May 13, 2013, 1:37 AM EDT

    Danny Green, Stephen Curry, Harrison Barnes

    The San Antonio Spurs might have had the best highlights out of Sunday. For one, Manu Ginobili just broke Harrison Barnes‘ ankles on a potential game winner with :20 seconds left in the fourth quarter, only to miss the shot. Then there was this impressive putback dunk by Danny Green. That guy’s an athlete. Not…

  17. Luol Deng officially day-to-day, but seems doubtful for remainder of the series vs. Heat

    May 13, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Luol Deng

    Luol Deng has been dealing with complications from a spinal tap he underwent late in the Bulls first round series against the Nets. Now that we’re approaching Game 4 of his team’s series against the Heat, things don’t seem to be improving quickly enough that a return to the court would seem likely anytime soon.…

  18. With a gut-check overtime win, Warriors even series with Spurs

    May 12, 2013, 8:46 PM EDT

    Warriors' Curry is congratulated by fans and team mate Barnes in the Warriors' overtime win over the Spurs during Game 4 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game in Oakland

    If you listen to head coach Mark Jackson talk about his Warriors one thing becomes abundantly clear about the identity he wants his team to have. Jackson wants his team to play defense first and let the offense take care of itself via the virtues of his high potent outside shooting attack. Today, Jackson got…

  19. Preview: With Stephen Curry and Tony Parker banged up, other Warriors and Spurs will have to step up in Game 4

    May 12, 2013, 12:42 PM EDT

    Tony Parker, Stephen Curry

    When the Spurs and Warriors face off today, they’ll do so with both their floor generals not 100% physically. And while Parker is sure he’ll play with his bruised calf, Curry is only “optimistic” he’ll be able to see the floor and sounds far from certain he’ll be near his best if he does play.…

  20. Tony Parker, dealing with bruised calf injury, says he’ll ‘definitely’ play in Game 4

    May 12, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Stephen Curry

    Stephen Curry wasn’t the only one who suffered an injury late in the Spurs’ Game 3 win over the Warriors. Tony Parker, who was spectacular for San Antonio on Friday with 25 first half points on the way to a game high 32, suffered a bruised calf at some point during the fourth quarter. He…

  21. Stephen Curry ‘optimistic’ he’ll be ready to play in Game 4 despite ankle injury

    May 11, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    Warriors' Curry regains control of the ball in front of Spurs' Green during Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game in Oakland

    Stephen Curry suffered a sprained left ankle late in the fourth quarter of his team’s Game 3 loss to the Spurs. It wasn’t severe enough to immediately force him out of the game, but he was noticeably limping, both on the court and in the tunnels of the arena afterward. Curry didn’t speak to reporters…

  22. Stephen Curry sprains ankle in Game 3 loss to Spurs (VIDEO)

    May 11, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors - Game Three

    Late in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ Game 3 loss to the Spurs, Stephen Curry came down awkwardly as he came around a screen, tweaking his left ankle in the process. Curry was noticeably limping, but waved off his coach Mark Jackson in order to stay in for the remainder of the game. He…

  23. Now that Tracy McGrady has played in the second round, who’s the best active player never to do so?

    May 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Tracy McGrady

    Ten years after he said “It feels good to get in the second round,” Tracy McGrady finally played in the second round of an NBA playoff series. Now a role player with the Spurs, McGrady played the final 51 seconds of San Antonio’s Game 2 loss Wednesday. He never led a team to the second…

  24. Spurs ride strong nights from Tony Parker and Tim Duncan to take down Warriors

    May 11, 2013, 2:24 AM EDT

    Spurs' Duncan pats team mate Parker on the head during their Game 3 win over the Golden State Warriors in their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game in Oakland

    It took 3 games, but the Spurs finally started to look like themselves against the Warriors. The ball movement was back, the defensive discipline was there and with those two things in place the Spurs took control back in the series with a 102-92 win in game 3. After the game Gregg Popovich said that…

  25. Lionel Hollins expects he will be back as Grizzlies coach

    May 10, 2013, 7:23 PM EDT

    Lionel Hollins

    Watching the way the Memphis Grizzlies are playing these playoffs, it’s hard to imagine anyone but Lionel Hollins on the bench with them. But his contract is up this year. And the team’s new owner has put in a young, numbers-friendly group in the front office (remember, they hired John Hollinger from ESPN), while Hollins…

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