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  1. NBA Playoffs: Dirk Nowitzki is better than you as Mavs take 2-0 lead

    Apr 20, 2011, 1:51 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    Some playoff series are emotionally exhausting because of the extreme highs and lows. Then there’s Mavericks-Blazers, which is like a sixteen hour day of manual labor. You’re going to want to pass out about six times, you’re going to get injured, and you’re going to be pumped when you make progress. The Blazers are bloodied.…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Mavericks and Blazers wrestle for control

    Apr 19, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game One

    Throw out the term “pivotal” in this series. Get the phrase “must-win” out of your head. They have no place here. The Mavericks can take the game Tuesday and Game 3 and nothing will be assured. There’s too much volatility in this series. The Mavericks have perimeter acuity. The Blazers have much stronger post play.…

  3. Mark Cuban’s least favorite referee assigned to Mavs game

    Apr 19, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Brown

    My mind in these situations always floats back to a junior high basketball coach. We were sitting in the basement locker room of our gym when I was in 8th grade and we were convinced the referees had robbed us of a win with a bad call at the end of the game. “If you…

  4. Nate McMillan fined $35,000 for ripping officials after Game 1

    Apr 18, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Nate McMillan might as well have pulled out his checkbook while he was talking to the media after his Trail Blazers’ Game One loss to the Mavericks Saturday. The amount to write in — $35,000. That’s what the league announced. That’s pretty steep, but NBA Commissioner David Stern had warned that after last year (where…

  5. NBA Playoffs Blazers-Mavericks: This one’s going to be rough

    Apr 17, 2011, 1:47 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Nicolas Batum, Gerald Wallace

    The Pacers nearly knocked off the Bulls, but that one feels certain. The Sixers hung with the Triad. But again, you get the feeling Philly’s overwhelmed. The Hawks took one from the Magic, but you kind of knew that one was going to be back and forth. Blazers-Mavericks? That’s the one that showed it’s going…

  6. Trail Blazers, Knicks top list of upset specials

    Apr 15, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony stands near Celtics' Pierce in third quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    There are things we know about this year’s NBA playoffs. The beer in Madison Square Garden will be too expensive. Lakers fans will blame any loss of their team on the referees. Derrick Rose will dominate Indiana and some will claim that as further proof of his deserving the MVP. And some higher seed is…

  7. NBA Playoff Preview: Dallas vs. Portland

    Apr 14, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    SEASON RECORDS Mavericks: 57-25 (No. 3 seed) Trail Blazers: 48-34 (No. 6 seed) SEASON SERIES Tied 2-2, with Portland winning the most recent two games including one just two weeks ago (a game Tyson Chandler missed, so be careful about reading much into it). KEY INJURIES Mavericks: Roddy Beaubois sprained his foot in the season…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Greg Oden is not coming back any time soon

    Apr 11, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    ODEN_GREG

    Bad news for Blazer fans, courtesy of CBSSports.com’s Ben Golliver: During Friday night’s game between the Portland Trail Blazers and Los Angeles Lakers in Portland, Oden joined the Blazers Broadcasting telecast to provide an update on his rehabilitation from microfracture surgery on his left knee that he underwent in November. Oden said that, as of…

  11. 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…

  12. Blazers have little trouble dispatching Jazz

    Apr 8, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Paul Millsap, Gerald Wallace, Wesley Matthews

    It was a workman like performance by the Blazers. Not a lot of flash, they were just the better team and they never let up. And they needed the win. It moved them half a game ahead of the Hornets for the six seed in the West. It matters — the six seed likely gets…

  13. Bucks claim “honors” as NBA’s most injured team. Congratulations!

    Apr 6, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Milwaukee Bucks

    Yes, we know. Your team would have done so much better if it weren’t for the injuries. Just know that there is always some team that had it worse. Unless you’re a Milwaukee Bucks fan. Over at Basketball Prospectus, friend-of-the-site Kevin Pelton did the heavy lifting and compiled the lists of man games lost to…

  14. Lakers privately admit they’d like to avoid Portland, Memphis

    Mar 31, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Gasol_brothers

    Don’t be shocked if there is an upset in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. The top four teams — the Spurs, Lakers, Mavericks and Thunder — are all a notch above the teams below them. But the teams below them are hot. They each create some matchup problems and have been exploiting…

  15. Video: JaVale McGee with the best block this season

    Mar 23, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee Wizards

    Usually we like the dramatic stuff, the blocked shot that sends the ball four rows deep and is punctuated by a scream. Coaches, they don’t like that as much, because now the other team just takes the ball out of bounds. They talk about how old-timers like Celtics legend Bill Russell blocked shots but directed…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Chicago, Portland make it look easy

    Mar 23, 2011, 8:17 AM EDT

    Joe Johnson, Marvin Williams, Atlanta Hawks

    What you missed while wondering why, if aliens were going to abduct and study some of us, they would choose Sammy Hagar… The Lakers/Suns triple overtime thriller was our game of the night. Bulls 114, Hawks 81: What an absolute thrashing (starting right about the end of the first quarter). If this game were a…

  17. Lakers Bynum suspended two games for flagrant foul

    Mar 20, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    Andrew Bynum’s flagrant foul on Minnesota’s Michael Beasley has led to a two game suspension by the league, one of the harshest penalties this season. We told you about Bynum being ejected Friday night, and he deserved to be tossed. Bynum was late on his rotation (not that Matt Barnes did a lot to slow…

  18. PBT Wednesday morning one liners

    Mar 16, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez goggles

    Portland started it to mock Rudy Fernandez, but expect to see a lot of three point goggles during the NCAA tournament. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo smacks David Stern around. He’s right about one thing for sure — why hasn’t Stern (and the other owners) put pressure on Clippers owner Donald Sterling to pay his coaches…

  19. Greg Oden admits he is a long way from returning

    Mar 15, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Portland Trail Blazers

    Greg Oden is going to make another run at it. Say what you want about him, it’s not lack of effort in rehab that has kept him off the court. But in a video interview at Blazers.com (via Eye on Basketball) Oden admitted that he is a long way from being back on the court…

  20. Trail Blazers ink Chris Johnson to deal for remainder of season

    Mar 14, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    Chris Johnson

    The Blazers want some extra depth at center. Hard to blame them. So they have inked D-League standout Chris Johnson to a deal for the rest of the season (Ridiculous Upside had this first and the Blazers confirmed it via press release). Johnson was up for a 10-day deal with the Blazers earlier this season,…

  21. Struggling Heat find better offense but forget to play defense, lose again

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:18 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Miami Heat

    Since roughly last July, Heat fans have been asking — for the last week begging — to get LeBron James and Dwyane Wade active in the offense at the same time. They needed that long-promised spark. Tuesday night — in a game were the Heat clearly were gripping at times and playing their stars big…

  22. Trail Blazers ink Nate McMillan to two-year extension

    Mar 8, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Portland Trail Blazers - Game 6

    Nate McMillan has coached his… um, tie off this season. He came into the season with a healthy Brandon Roy (so we thought) and the big defensive force in the paint named Greg Oden that the team needed. This was a playoff team with some real upside. But the injury bug that hit some teams…

  23. Gerald Wallace feels “betrayed” by Bobcats

    Mar 7, 2011, 6:50 PM EDT

    Wallace_Gerald

    Gerald Wallace had spent the last six and a half seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats before he was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers at the trade deadline. Even though the former All-Star and relentless competitor went from a 26-win team to a 35-win team, he wasn’t happy about being traded. Earlier, he vented to…

  24. It’s official, Dwight Howard suspended game for 16th technical

    Mar 5, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    We told you last night this was coming, today the NBA league office worked on Saturday to make it a reality. Dwight Howard has been suspended for Monday’s Magic game against the Trail Blazers after picking up his 16th technical foul this season, announced Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President and disciplinarian. League rules call…

  25. Welcome to suspension time: Dwight Howard picks up 16th technical

    Mar 4, 2011, 9:50 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 5

    Take a seat, Dwight Howard. It took exactly one week for Dwight Howard to pick up his 16th technical — which means an automatic one game suspension. The league will review it but I’d sit Howard from your fantasy team Monday night when they take on the Portland if I were you. Howard picked up…

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