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LeBron James and Miami Heat are favorite for NBA title as Kevin Durant and Thunder only legit threatUpdated Apr 18 Share Tweet
Dominant throughout the regular season, it’s Miami’s championship to lose when the NBA playoffs start this weekend. With LeBron James putting together another MVP-caliber season, which would be his fourth in the last five seasons, the Heat blew away t
Jay-Z Issues Statement About the Nets; Skylar Diggins Pays Tribute to Kobe Bryant; Rip Hamilton Shows Off Two U-Hauls-Worth of KUpdated Apr 18 Share TweetThere were no NBA games last night as we all take a breather before the playoffs start Saturday. That doesn’t mean the NBA universe was dormant though as front offices made moves and social media buzzed … Remember when Jay-Z dropped a fired up “OpenShare TweetIf before the season you had told Pacers fans that Danny Granger was going to play in just five games and yet Indiana would end up with home court in the first round of the playoffs, it's a good bet many would have snickered.Share TweetDavid Lee has worked for eight seasons to be in the NBA playoffs. The last time he even attended a postseason game was between the Bulls and Wizards in Chicago before the 2005 draft.
Viewership up for NBA on cable and onlineUpdated Apr 18 Share TweetThe NBA's three network partners all drew their second-highest total of viewers for a full regular season, while NBA TV had its highest total.
NBA to fine players for first flop in playoffsUpdated Apr 18 Share TweetThe NBA will fine players $5,000 for a first flopping offense during the playoffs.Share TweetWhen the NBA instituted its penalties for flopping this fall, there was widespread hope that they would help curb what has been seen by many as a major problem. The results have been mixed, with the league acknowledging certain obvious violations but ge…Share TweetLess than 24 hours had passed since the Hornets' season-ending loss at Dallas and already the franchise was announcing its formal conversion Thursday to its new "Pelicans" name, logo and color scheme of blue, gold and red.Share TweetIn a move that seemed more and more inevitable as another miserable Detroit Pistons season droned on, Lawrence Frank was fired as Pistons coach on Thursday. The former Nets head man had compiled a 29-53 record in his final season with Detroit, and a 54-…Share TweetThe Clippers already have one-upped the Grizzlies. They went to Memphis last Saturday night and dominated the fourth quarter in a 91-87 victory, a win that played a significant role in the Clippers earning home-court advantage in their Western Conferenc…
Section 15: Looking for Playoff TicketsUpdated Apr 18 Share TweetThe Nets' move to Brooklyn immediately made Jamal Eutsey a fan, and now he's looking forward to the postseason.Source: nytimes.com
Kwame Brown is healthy, but he didn't play a single minute for the 76ers after Feb.Updated Apr 18 Share TweetKwame Brown is healthy, but he didn't play a single minute for the 76ers after Feb. 20. This morning, during the team's season-ending media availability, he proved to everyone he can still move. [Twitter]Read more...Source: deadspin.comShare 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: Oakley and Allen. A very important sup…Source: yahoo.com
Official adidas Commemorative Carmelo Anthony 2012-13 NBA Scoring Champion T-ShirtUpdated Apr 18 Share TweetWhile the scoring race didn’t end the way we wanted it to, Carmelo Anthony gets to hold the claim of best scorer in the world until at least October. Anthony finished with a 28.7 points per game average for the first scoring title in his career. It wasShare TweetThe Cleveland Cavaliers have fired coach Byron Scott, the team announced.
Our friends at Slate made a wonderful video honoring the best NBA flops of the year.Updated Apr 18 Share TweetOur friends at Slate made a wonderful video honoring the best NBA flops of the year. It will bring a tear to your eye. [Slate]Read more...Source: deadspin.com
Coach thinks Amar'e will miss Celtics seriesUpdated Apr 18 Share TweetNew York Knicks coach Mike Woodson has all but ruled Amar'e Stoudemire out for the team's opening-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics.Share TweetBucks vs. Heat would qualify as a "David vs. Goliath" matchup -- except David tends to connect on only 40 percent of his stone throws while Goliath is actually a three-headed monster. In other words, welcome to 2013's most lopsided first-round…Share TweetThe New York Knicks' Mike Woodson and the Los Angeles Lakers' Mike D'Antoni today were named the NBA Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in April.Share TweetWith yesterday’s news that Rasheed Wallace decided to re-retire from the NBA, we took a look at some of our favorite classic ‘Sheed moments. We didn’t focus on one of favorite moments though — the time when a Portland Trail Blazers ‘Sheed was ej
Primer for the first round of the postseasonUpdated Apr 18 Share TweetAre the Lakers one-and-done? Can Carmelo carry the Knicks? Will the Nuggets be able to keep pace? Chris Mannix tackles what should be a memorable first round of the playoffs.Share TweetGolden State's Stephan Curry set the N.B.A. record for 3-pointers, a shot that has risen in prominence over the past 10 seasons.Source: nytimes.com
Mavs guard Mayo says he'll opt out of dealUpdated Apr 18 Share TweetDallas Mavericks shooting guard O.J. Mayo said he would decline the player option for the second season of his contract, deciding to be a free agent for the second consecutive summer.Share Tweet5-on-5 roundtable: Our experts pick the opening round of the Western Conference playoffs.
Report: Lakers assistant Jordan headed to RutgersUpdated Apr 18 Share TweetRutgers is turning to one of its greatest players to lead the basketball program past an embarrassing coaching scandal and into its future with the Big Ten Conference.
X-Men: Stars drive ratings but they need help to win in …Updated Apr 18 Share TweetStars drive ratings but they need help to win in the playoffs. Ben Golliver analyzes which complementary players hold the keys to each team's postseason success this spring.Share TweetThe overbearing role played by Miami, the possible end of the Celtics as we know them, the strong, the weak and the wild card of Derrick Rose -- it's all here as the NBA playoffs begin at last. Here are the top storylines for the next two months:Share TweetAs expected, Doug Collins has walked away from his job as Philadelphia 76er coach. He admitted on Thursday that he had been planning to step down from his gig since before the midway part of the 2012-13 season, and Collins said that no mixture of succes…Share TweetHis eyes red and moist, Doug Collins explained how he knew in his heart the time was right to retire from coaching.Share TweetNew York Knicks starting guard Pablo Prigioni is questionable for Game 1 of the team's first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics due to an ankle sprain.
A Season’s Worth of Stephen Curry Threes in 1:30Updated Apr 18 Share TweetGood looks by the NBA having a commemorative tribute video ready to go for Stephen Curry once he knocked down his historic three-point bucket last night. Check out a season’s worth of amazing three-point shooting in 1:30: For breaking news, rumors, exclShare TweetBy the time their season finale tipped off at Staples Center on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Lakers already knew they'd clinched the West's final playoff berth thanks to the Memphis Grizzlies' 86-70 win over the Utah Jazz. But both the Lakers and their op…Share TweetHere is your full NBA first-round playoff schedule. [NBA.com]Read more...Share TweetThe Lakers' season didn't exactly go to plan. But the team deserves credit for its 99-95 OT win over Houston and its ability to steal the No. 7 seed in the West, writes Lee Jenkins.Share TweetThe sports world has found several ways to pay tribute to the victims of the tragic explosions at Monday's Boston Marathon. On Tuesday, the normally Boston-averse New York Yankees honored the entire city by playing Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline,&q…Source: yahoo.com
Series-by-series schedule, TV timesUpdated Apr 18 Share TweetThe long wait is over. The NBA playoffs are finally here. Will anyone be able to stop LeBron James and the reigning champion Heat from advancing to the Finals? Can Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City survive the gauntlet out West? Only time will tell.Share TweetOn a day that saw the last of Rasheed Wallace, as well as the NBA’s regular season, we saw the first of something else: the first NBA player to hit 270 three-pointers in one season. Stephen Curry broke Ray Allen‘s record last night in Golden State’s
The 13th-annual ranking of the NBA's top-50 players, Part 1Updated Apr 18 Share TweetAfter a necessary delay, it's time for Bill Simmons's annual ranking of the NBA's top 50 most valuable assets.
Q&A: Pacers Coach Frank Vogel on the Playoffs, His Defensive Player of the Year, and the Psycho T Art of 'Pounding People'Updated Apr 18 Share TweetIt has been a weird six weeks for the Pacers. They're a middling 11-9 in their last 20 games, and their vaunted defense, the stingiest in the league, ...
NBA Playoffs Shootaround: Great ExpectationsUpdated Apr 18 Share TweetWe asked some of our writers to tell us what they're expecting from the upcoming NBA playoffs. Jay Caspian Kang: Miami will go 16-3 in the playoffs, ...
Playoff Picks: Western ConferenceApr 18Who does David Thorpe think will win and why? ESPN.com's Insider picks every West series.
Step Into The SpotlightApr 18Who has the most to prove in these playoffs? J.A. Adande and Israel Gutierrez discuss.
Lee Jenkins: NBA playoff preview: Thunder vs. RocketsApr 18This won't be the most competitive first-round series, but it may be the most entertaining, however long it lasts. Conventional wisdom says pace slows and scores dip in the playoffs, but that won't be the case with Houston and Oklahoma City, who rank se…
Ian Thomsen: NBA playoffs: New York Knicks vs. Boston Celtics previewApr 18The Celtics had won the Atlantic every year since their 2007 trade for Kevin Garnett -- until this season, when New York broke through for its first divisional title in 19 years. But now the Knicks have to make good on the playoff expectations that acco…
Ian Thomsen: NBA playoff preview: Spurs vs. LakersApr 18Since Tim Duncan's 1997 arrival in San Antonio, the extraordinary Spurs have won at least 50 games (or the equivalent, taking into account the lockout year of '99) and contended for the championship every year. They've met the Lakers in six playoff seri…
Lee Jenkins: NBA playoff preview: Clippers vs. GrizzliesApr 18For the second straight year, the Clippers and Grizzlies meet in the most intriguing first-round matchup as the No. 4 and 5 seeds. Again, they are stylistic opposites. The Clippers try to push the pace, with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, while the Grizz…