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Miller helps short-handed Heat topple BobcatsMike Miller scored a season-high 26 points on seven 3-pointers, and the injury-depleted Miami Heat beat the Charlotte Bobcats 89-79 on Friday night.Upvote Share Tweet
Melo eclipses 40 points again, sparks KnicksCarmelo Anthony scored 41 points, tying a franchise record with his third straight 40-point game, and the New York Knicks beat the Milwaukee Bucks 101-83 on Friday night.Upvote Share TweetThe New York Knicks hope to end their 40-year title drought later this spring. On Friday, they recognized the last Big Apple team to win the crown.Upvote Share TweetBoston forward Paul Pierce missed the Celtics' home game Friday night against Cleveland because of a sore left ankle.Upvote Share TweetThe Clippers franchise has been an easy target for jokes in their 34 seasons in San Diego and Los Angeles, but it's still shocking to consider the depths of their ineptitude. Prior to this season, they had made the playoffs only five times, winning two …Upvote Share Tweet
Valanciunas, Lillard nab monthly rookie honorsnba.com Apr 5, 2013The Toronto Raptors' Jonas Valanciunas and the Portland Trail Blazers' Damian Lillard today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in March. ? LeBron, Durant named April players of mont…Upvote Share Tweet
DeAndre Jordan is tired of hearing he should practice free throwsLos Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan has been one of the first free throw shooters in the NBA from the moment he entered the league in 2008. Over his career, Jordan has attempted 838 free throws and made only 357, or 42.6 percent. He's been under …Upvote Share Tweet
The 10-man rotation, starring how the Houston Rockets make math funA look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C: ESPN. Beckley Mason does a whale of a …Upvote Share Tweet
Eric Murdock Sues Rutgers, Just Like He Promiseddeadspin.com Apr 5, 2013Former NBA player and Rutgers assistant Eric Murdock filed his long-awaited wrongful termination lawsuit against Rutgers today, claiming he was fired for attempting to blow the whistle on former coach Mike Rice. Rice was let go earlier this week, a day …Upvote Share TweetIncluding Friday night, there are 13 days left in the NBA’s regular season. There are pitched battles for significant seeds taking place in both conferences — mainly the Eastern one — but we don’t really care about the Eastern Conference, becauseUpvote Share TweetThe Denver Nuggets will be without versatile forward Danilo Gallinari for the rest of the season after tests Friday showed he tore his left ACL against Dallas the previous night.Upvote Share Tweet
Ohio State's Thomas headed to NBA draftDeshaun Thomas elected to stick around for one more season at Ohio State once, but he won't be doing it twice.Upvote Share TweetKenny Smith has been a part of the professional basketball world for more than 25 years. A consensus first-team All-American out of North Carolina, Smith won two NBA championships with the Houston Rockets and played 10 seasons in the league before makin…Upvote Share Tweet
Create-a-Caption: Russell Westbrook, noted martial arts enthusiastRussell Westbrook would totally be the best karateka in the world if only he didn't hate plain black belts BECAUSE HE LOVES CLOTHES, GET IT????? Best caption wins Tribe x Lou Reed, because it's a sunny Friday afternoon in New York City and I love you al…Upvote Share TweetLos Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash will miss his second consecutive game Friday against the Memphis Grizzlies because of a hip injury.Upvote Share TweetIncluding Friday night, there are 13 days left in the NBA’s regular season. There are pitched battles for significant seeds taking place in both conferences — mainly the Eastern one — but we don’t really care about the Eastern Conference, becauseUpvote Share Tweet
Milwaukee Bucks fan’s refusal to boo home team sparks fight with Lakers fan, police sayBusting your roommate's chops about his favorite team: It's all fun and games until it turns into a urine-fueled topless fight in a Greenfield, Wisc., apartment complex parking lot at 2 a.m. (Just like my father used to say.) The blank-stare-inducing ta…Upvote Share Tweet
5-on-5: Stretch run Q'sWhich players and teams have the most to gain or lose during the season's final stretch? Our panel weighs in.Upvote Share TweetThe Miami Heat say LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen won't play Friday night against the NBA-worst Charlotte Bobcats, but that Mario Chalmers has been upgraded to a game-time decision.Upvote Share Tweet
For years, the Wizards had no idea where the franchise's lone championship trophy was.deadspin.com Apr 5, 2013For years, the Wizards had no idea where the franchise's lone championship trophy was. Read more...Upvote Share Tweet
The Washington Bullets’ 1978 NBA championship trophy sat in an employee’s closet for yearsIt seems sort of hard to believe, given how unsuccessful the Washington Wizards franchise has been for years - 23 losing seasons and just one trip past the first round of the playoffs in 30 years - but once upon a time, the then-Bullets ranked among tUpvote Share TweetThis was a HUGE loss for the Mavs, dropping them to three full games behind the Lakers for the No. 8 seed with only seven to play. A Dallas win would’ve made the finish in the West very interesting. They have a relatively easy schedule the rest of the wUpvote Share Tweet
Warriors' Jack running strong for Sixth Man awardnba.com Apr 5, 2013One of the first times Jarrett Jack played organized basketball, every player on his team wanted to be in the starting lineup. So his youth coach posed a question.Upvote Share TweetNate Robinson’s game-winning shot against the Brooklyn Nets should not result in an inappropriate amount of fawning. After all, this was a reserve guard on a team missing three starters and its two top reserves downing another mediocre team from a terriUpvote Share Tweet
Gary Payton is Going to the Hall of Fame: In Praise of The GloveWhile the NBA’s grand old gatekeepers take their time weighing the option of keeping the Sacramento Kings in California’s capital versus relocating the franchise to Seattle, the strongest reason for my pro-Emerald City optimism is that the league ultiUpvote Share Tweet
Source: Pitino to join Hall of Fame's 2013 classLouisville coach Rick Pitino has won induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, a source told ESPNNewYork.com on Friday.Upvote Share Tweet
Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook Rip Up a Rival; The Denver Nuggets Suffer a Potentially Disastrous InjuryIf last night’s Thunder/Spurs game was a preview of the Western Conference Finals, we’d be more than ok with it. The Manu-less Spurs made the trip to OKC and fought valiantly, but still got a whole facefull of Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant bucketUpvote Share Tweet
Stay by Your Zone, Swag by Your Zone: The Wonder of the College Slam Dunk Contestgrantland.com Apr 5, 2013In the never-ending scramble to somehow make the NBA All-Star weekend as exciting as it once was, it doesn't help that its once-marquee event, the Sla...Upvote Share Tweetgrantland.com Apr 5, 2013Back on March 25, the Grizzlies and Wizards were playing a game at the Verizon Center. The score was only 4-4 when Zach Randolph missed an 11-foot jum...Upvote Share Tweet
Knicks Win 11th In A RowApr 5Carmelo Anthony ties a franchise record with his third straight 40-point game.
Breaking Down Brittney GrinerApr 5Could Baylor star Brittney Griner play in the NBA? Amin Elhassan has answers.
Lob City DissensionApr 5Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless discuss the reported dissension between Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan and examine who is to blame for the Clippers' problems.
Thunder Rout Pacers 97-75Apr 5Kevin Durant shakes off injury to lead Thunder past Pacers.
Bill Simmons on PEDs, 'Mad Men,' and Red Sox savior Jackie Bradley Jr.Apr 5The Sports Guy on PEDs, Mad Men, and Red Sox savior Jackie Bradley Jr.