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The Los Angeles Lakers make the playoffs, as Utah loses its finale and Kobe Bryant exults on TwitterAfter an offseason that saw the team deal for the league’s best center and second-most dominant player, and the game’s best point guard of the last 20 years (all for the pittance of some lower-rung draft picks and a player in Andrew Bynum who didn’tUpvote Share Tweet
Bulls edge Wizards, secure East's 5th seedCarlos Boozer had 19 points and 15 rebounds to help the Chicago Bulls clinch the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference with a 95-92 win over the Washington Wizards in the regular-season finale Wednesday night.Upvote Share TweetZach Randolph had 25 points and 19 rebounds and the Memphis Grizzlies ended Utah's playoff hopes with an 86-70 victory over the Jazz on Wednesday.Upvote Share Tweet
Heat cruise past NBA-worst Magic in finaleDwyane Wade scored 21 points and handed out 10 assists, Mike Miller added 21 points and the Miami Heat wrapped up the regular season with a 105-93 win over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.Upvote Share TweetKevin Durant did not play in Wednesday's regular-season finale, meaning Carmelo Anthony secured his first career NBA scoring title.Upvote Share TweetRookie John Henson scored a career-high 28 points and grabbed 16 rebounds, Brandon Jennings had 17 points and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 95-89 Wednesday night in a regular-season finale lacking any postseason implications.Upvote Share Tweet
Nuggets rout Suns to clinch West's 3rd seedThe Denver Nuggets secured the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs by routing the Phoenix Suns 118-98 on Wednesday night behind 21 points from Wilson Chandler and 20 from Andre Iguodala.Upvote Share TweetReport: Phil Jackson 'itching' for a return to NBAUpvote Share TweetNEW YORK (AP) -- NBA Commissioner David Stern said Wednesday that a decision on the future home of the Kings franchise is still at least two weeks away.Upvote Share TweetWith Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" playing over the loudspeakers and scores of Toronto Raptors fans showing their support, the Boston Celtics returned to the court for their first game since the bombing attack at the Boston Marathon.Upvote Share Tweet
Friend of Ray Allen's among those hurt in marathonIf he was still a member of the Celtics, Ray Allen knows exactly where he would have been when a pair of explosions rocked the Boston Marathon.Upvote Share TweetMIAMI (AP) -- Heat guard Ray Allen says a friend of his family was among those who lost a leg in Monday's explosions at the Boston Marathon, and that another friend owned the restaurant that employed the 29-year-old woman who was killed in the blasts.Upvote Share Tweetnytimes.com Updated Apr 17, 2013Quentin Richardson has been through a lot in his N.B.A. career, but on Wednesday he dealt with a new situation: Joining a team just before its regular-season finale.Upvote Share TweetWashington Wizards center Emeka Okafor is sitting out Wednesday's season-finale against the Chicago Bulls because of a sprained right ankle.Upvote Share Tweet
Tim Grover, Michael Jordan’s trainer, says the Flu Game was a poisoning caseOf the many stories and events that add up to Michael Jordan's legend, few loom as large as the "Flu Game." In Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, with his Chicago Bulls facing a 3-2 deficit against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Jordan scored 38…Upvote Share TweetPacers coach Frank Vogel is giving four starters the night off Wednesday.Upvote Share TweetWednesday marks the final night of the NBA regular season, which means the basketball world is about to get very serious. The loose 82-game schedule is about to give way to the rigid gauntlet of the postseason, a time when men prove their worth and etch…Upvote Share TweetA 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: Cirque du Sirois. Pretty good "Ro…Upvote Share Tweet
Tracking This Year’s NBA Draft Class: The 5 Best Fits For DetroitEach Wednesday, we’ll be assessing how the top prospects of the 2013 NBA Draft are faring in college and overseas. Stick with us each week for assorted thoughts, including the biggest risers and fallers, the standouts, the sleepers and what we know andUpvote Share Tweet
Howard on finale: 'Let's leave it on the floor'The Los Angeles Lakers are faced with a "win and get in" opportunity Wednesday night when they host the Houston Rockets in their regular-season finale.Upvote Share Tweet
Kyrie Irving Tells The Secrets Of How He Became One Of The Best Players In The NBAKyrie Irving didn’t have the typical childhood of a NBA star. He was born in Australia, moved to the States when he was two years old, and watched his mother die from organ failure due to a blood infection when he was only four. Kyrie tried to focus himUpvote Share Tweet
Create-a-Caption: Rebounds aren’t *that* scary, Meyers LeonardI mean, I know they might seem scary to a guy who grabs about 12 percent of available rebounds when he's on the floor, but seriously, they're not. Just go grab them with your hands. If you're scared to do it yourself, buddy up with Ryan Hollins. Your re…Upvote Share TweetANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan guard Tim Hardaway Jr. is leaving the Wolverines early for the NBA draft.Upvote Share TweetRasheed Wallace came back from four months on the shelf - the first 2 1/2 due to what the New York Knicks termed a "stress reaction" in his left foot and the last six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a broken bone in the foot - on Monday nightUpvote Share Tweet
Grizzlies fill out playoff roster, sign Greene, ReedThe Memphis Grizzlies have filled out their roster to the maximum of 15 by signing forward Donte Greene and forward/center Willie Reed to multi-year contracts.Upvote Share Tweet
The NBA ranks the top 10 dunks and plays of the 2012-13 regular season (Videos)The 2012-13 NBA regular season ends on Wednesday night, but for all intents and purposes (the usually misspoken “for all intensive purposes” also has a literal application here) the season may well have ended days ago. The Miami Heat have been restingUpvote Share Tweet
Win And They're In: With one game remaining in the regular season, se…With one game remaining in the regular season, several teams are still fighting to make the playoffs. Chris Mannix breaks down the postseason implications of the regular-season finale.Upvote Share Tweet
Rose sits out finale; no word on playoffsChicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose won't play in the season finale, but he hasn't been ruled out for the playoffs.Upvote Share Tweet
The Floppies: 10 most ridiculous flops of NBA seasonThe Floppies: 10 most ridiculous flops of NBA seasonUpvote Share Tweet
Section 15: Time With the Grandchildrennytimes.com Updated Apr 17, 2013Bennie M. Ginyard, of South Ozone Park, Queens, likes to bring her grandchildren to Barclays Center to watch the Nets and grab a Nathan’s hot dog.Upvote Share Tweet
The Los Angeles Clippers visit Lob City one more time before the playoffs hit (Videos)The Los Angeles Clippers are going to have to get serious, soon, and isn’t that a bummer for all of us? Chris Paul was born serious, he was probably barking out orders and waving off screeners in his elementary school days, but the rest of the team loveUpvote Share Tweet
SI.com's NBA writers make their regular-season award picksIt's the final day of the NBA regular season: Time for our analysts to unveil their awards ballots. The MVP and Rookie of the Year winners are obvious. Other races aren't as clear-cut.Upvote Share Tweet
LeBron misses shootaround to deal with personal matterLeBron James was not with the Miami Heat for their final regular-season shootaround on Wednesday morning. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the league's reigning MVP was tending to a personal matter.Upvote Share Tweet
10 Tiers Of The Best NBA Players 25 Years Old Or YoungerAs much as I enjoy watching LeBron James at the peak of his NBA powers, as much as I enjoy watching the veteran Celtics come together since Rajon Rondo went down, as fun as it is to watch Carmelo Anthony drop 35-plus night after night en-route to his fi…Upvote Share Tweet
Seed Watch 2013: 2 East, 5 West playoff slots still to be decided on season’s last nightThe most closely watched games of Wednesday night, by far, will feature the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers, because their games will determine the winner of the race for the Western Conference's final playoff spot. But there are still a handful of oth…Upvote Share Tweet
Pau Gasol pleads for brother Marc Gasol’s help in pushing the Lakers into the playoffsCalling on a brother for a little help with a move and/or IKEA furniture installation is one thing. Texting one from half a country away to plead for a committed effort against another NBA team, so that the NBA team you play for can back into the playof…Upvote Share Tweet
Point Forward hands out the Floppy Awards, given to the worst and most egregious divers of the NBA sdeadspin.com Updated Apr 17, 2013Point Forward hands out the Floppy Awards, given to the worst and most egregious divers of the NBA season. The Nets and Kevin Martin win big, but of course Chris Paul takes flop of the year. [SI.com]Read more...Upvote Share Tweet
Rodman: FBI asks for info on North KoreaDennis Rodman says the FBI wants to talk to him about North Korea.Upvote Share Tweet
Tristan Thompson neared NBA infamy before Zydrunas Ilgauskas taught him how not to get blockedCleveland Cavaliers fans were already uneasy about their team’s selection of rugged forward Tristan Thompson fourth overall in the 2011 draft entering this season, and by the time 2012-13’s second month rolled around the squad’s fans were even moreUpvote Share Tweet
NBA TV to premiere Dr. J documentary during The FinalsNEW YORK -- As NBA fans prepare to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Philadelphia 76ers' 1983 title, the team's leader, Julius "Dr. J" Erving, will be the next subject in the award-winning NBA TV Originals franchise when the network presen…Upvote Share Tweet
Clippers cruise past Blazers for 6th straight winCaron Butler scored 18 of his 22 points in the third quarter, and the Los Angeles Clippers routed the Portland Trail Blazers 93-77 on Tuesday night for their sixth straight victory.Upvote Share Tweet
'Inside the Playbook' NBA Playoffs Preview: Knicks, Celtics, Heat, and Bucksgrantland.com Updated Apr 17, 2013In preparation for the NBA playoffs, this is the first of four entries breaking down one key play or action central to the success of each playoff-bou...Upvote Share Tweet
The Mega NBA Season-Ending Things I Like and Don't Likegrantland.com Updated Apr 17, 20131. JaVale McGee and Anthony Randolph, Together Injuries to Danilo Gallinari and Kenneth Faried have George Karl understandably scrambling for healthy...Upvote Share Tweet
Wolves End 16-Game Losing Streak To SpursApr 17Derrick Williams leads the Wolves to win over the Spurs.
Nuggets Win, Clinch Third Seed In The WestApr 17Nuggets roll Suns 118-98.
Lakers Must Win TonightApr 17Lakers in a win-and-get-in scenario tonight.
Rasheed Wallace RetiresApr 17ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley discusses Rasheed Wallace's decision to retire from the NBA.
Gutierrez: Key players to watch in EastApr 17Who has the most to prove in these playoffs? Israel Gutierrez examines each East series.
Phil Jackson 'itching' to return to NBA as either coach or executive, sour…Apr 17After nearly two seasons in retirement, Phil Jackson has become increasingly interested in working in the NBA next season, according to sources familiar with his thinking.