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Undermanned Bulls eliminate Nets in Game 7

Undermanned Bulls eliminate Nets in Game 7

ESPN.com CNNSI.com Updated May 4, 2013
Joakim Noah had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Marco Belinelli also scored 24 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 99-93 on Saturday night in Game 7 of their first-round series.
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  • Report: Coach paid to sway McLemore to draft

    Report: Coach paid to sway McLemore to draft

    ESPN.com May 4, 2013
    Ben McLemore's former AAU coach said he was paid cash and other benefits to sway McLemore to leave Kansas after one season and declare for the NBA draft, according to a USA Today report.
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  • Clippers end standout season with abrupt loss

    Clippers end standout season with abrupt loss

    nba.com May 4, 2013
    Chris Paul and Blake Griffin regarded each other with weary disbelief in the locker room in Memphis after the Los Angeles Clippers' fourth straight playoff loss.
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  • Deron Williams Throws An Absurd One-Handed Bounce Pass Through …

    Deron Williams Throws An Absurd One-Handed Bounce Pass Through Chicago’s Entire Team

    dimemag.com May 4, 2013
    Game 7 couldn’t have started any worse for Brooklyn. Chicago was getting contributions from just about everyone on the roster, right on down to Daequan Cook and Marquis Teague. Deron Williams looked like the only one who had showed up for the Nets, and
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  • The Grizzlies Use Instagram To Troll Blake Griffin & The Cl…

    The Grizzlies Use Instagram To Troll Blake Griffin & The Clippers

    dimemag.com May 4, 2013
    On the same night we saw the Boston fans chanting “Honey Nut Cheerios!” at Carmelo Anthony, the Grizzlies’ faithful came through with their own creative heckling. With Blake Griffin struggling because of an injured ankle, and Zach Randolph doing his
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  • Knicks face old playoff rival in Pacers

    Knicks face old playoff rival in Pacers

    nba.com May 4, 2013
    Carmelo Anthony likes Eastern Conference playoff basketball, even the pounding and pain that goes with it.
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  • Curry captivating crowds in Warriors' playoff run

    Curry captivating crowds in Warriors' playoff run

    nba.com May 4, 2013
    Spurs coach Gregg Popovich pokes fun at questions from reporters all the time and can be easily irritated and annoyed, especially after losses, which is what made his reaction to Stephen Curry sinking seven 3-pointers in Golden State's 116-106 win over …
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  • Drew faces shaky future with Hawks

    Drew faces shaky future with Hawks

    nba.com ESPN.com May 4, 2013
    One day after the Atlanta Hawks were bounced from the NBA playoffs, Larry Drew remained their coach.
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  • Thunder, Grizzlies set to square off again

    Thunder, Grizzlies set to square off again

    nba.com May 4, 2013
    The Oklahoma City Thunder and Memphis Grizzlies are ready to rumble again.
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  • Trash talk, bad blood reign in NBA playoffs

    Trash talk, bad blood reign in NBA playoffs

    nba.com May 4, 2013
    Talk is cheap in these NBA playoffs, and it seems as if everyone wants in on the act.
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  • Paul undecided on future following Clips' ouster

    Paul undecided on future following Clips' ouster

    ESPN.com May 4, 2013
    Los Angeles Clippers general manager Gary Sacks wasn't in a mood to say much about any of the major decisions hanging over the franchise this summer in the first few moments after the Memphis Grizzlies knocked the Clippers out of the playoffs.
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  • Three keys to Chicago Bulls-Brooklyn Nets Game 7

    Three keys to Chicago Bulls-Brooklyn Nets Game 7

    CNNSI.com May 4, 2013
    Despite a rash of injuries, the Bulls have extended the Nets to a Game 7. Chicago must dominate the offensive glass in order to surprise Brooklyn and advance, says Rob Mahoney.
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  • LeBron's Fourth MVP Is Pushing Him Into Ludicrous Territory

    LeBron's Fourth MVP Is Pushing Him Into Ludicrous Territory

    deadspin.com May 4, 2013
    Reports are swarming that LeBron James will be named the NBA’s MVP for the fourth time in the past five seasons. Somehow this makes Derrick Rose’s 2011 MVP - the only blemish in that stretch for LeBron - seem all the more impressive, if all the mo
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  • LeBron on 4th MVP: 'I don't know my ceiling'

    LeBron on 4th MVP: 'I don't know my ceiling'

    ESPN.com May 4, 2013
    Miami Heat practice had ended, and LeBron James lingered under a basket, fetching free throws for two teammates as he awaited his turn to shoot.
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  • Knicks target Game 3 for Stoudemire's return

    Knicks target Game 3 for Stoudemire's return

    ESPN.com May 4, 2013
    New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson has targeted Game 3 of the Knicks-Pacers series as the target date for Amar'e Stoudemire's return.
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  • Joey Crawford Crawfords The Joey Crawfords At Crawford Arena

    Joey Crawford Crawfords The Joey Crawfords At Crawford Arena

    deadspin.com May 4, 2013
    Chris Paul was ejected last night in what could be his final game for the L.A. Clippers. Shortly thereafter Zack Randolph was tossed. The man responsible for both was human-refereeing-highlight reel Joey Crawford.Read more...
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  • Rose out for Game 7, unaware of criticism

    Rose out for Game 7, unaware of criticism

    ESPN.com May 4, 2013
    Derrick Rose said Saturday he was unaware of the criticism he's taking for not returning to action from his ACL surgery, and while he didn't rule out a return if the Bulls advance to play the Heat, he will not play Game 7 on Saturday against the Nets.
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  • The Chicago Bulls will attempt to pick themselves off the floor…

    The Chicago Bulls will attempt to pick themselves off the floor one more time for Game 7

    The Chicago Bulls aren’t ones to rest on their laurels - neither their coaching staff nor their locker-room influences would allow for that - but it is worth noting that Chicago never was supposed to be playing an important game on May 4. This is a
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  • Theo Walcott Just Scored The Fastest Goal Of The Premier League…

    Theo Walcott Just Scored The Fastest Goal Of The Premier League Season

    deadspin.com May 4, 2013
    Arsenal is playing Queens Park Rangers this afternoon in an important match for the Gunners. Just before kickoff, bitter rivals Spurs pulled ahead of Arsenal thanks to a late winner from the Premier League player of the year, Gareth Bale. Bale's goal ma…
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  • But Seriously, Gareth Bale Scores Whenever The Hell He Wants

    But Seriously, Gareth Bale Scores Whenever The Hell He Wants

    deadspin.com May 4, 2013
    Today, Tottenham were four short minutes from a disastrous draw or even a loss against Southampton when Spurs star Gareth Bale decided, as he's done a few times this season, that he would probably rather win. So he went and scored.Read more...
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  • Kendrick Perkins celebrated the Thunder’s Game 6 win with pushu…

    Kendrick Perkins celebrated the Thunder’s Game 6 win with pushups at the airport, as you do

    yahoo.com May 4, 2013
    Noted hard-screen enthusiast Kendrick Perkins opened the Oklahoma City Thunder's Game 6 visit to Toyota Center on Friday by getting all up in the grill of Houston Rockets wing Francisco Garcia, who'd spent most of Games 3 through 5 hustling to make life…
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  • Bulls' Deng, Hinrich ruled out again for Game 7

    Bulls' Deng, Hinrich ruled out again for Game 7

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com May 4, 2013
    Luol Deng will miss Game 7 of Chicago's series against the Brooklyn Nets, but the Bulls still hope Kirk Hinrich can play.
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  • Melo: Shoulder 'popped in and out' in Game 6

    Melo: Shoulder 'popped in and out' in Game 6

    ESPN.com May 4, 2013
    Carmelo Anthony said that his left arm "popped in and out" of his troublesome left shoulder late in the Knicks' Game 6 win over the Celtics.
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  • The Knicks Win A Playoff Series For The First Time Since 2000

    The Knicks Win A Playoff Series For The First Time Since 2000

    It almost didn't happen (again), but the Knicks were able to hold off an increasingly uncomfortable fourth-quarter comeback from Boston to advance past the first round of playoffs for the first time in more than a decade.Read more...
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  • Watch Chris Paul’s Sick Between The Legs Fake and Drive

    Watch Chris Paul’s Sick Between The Legs Fake and Drive

    dimemag.com May 4, 2013
    Chris Paul unleashed this incredible between the legs fake and scoop to the bucket just a few minutes before getting booted from the Game 6 against the Grizzlies last night: For breaking news, rumors, exclusive content, and contests sent right to your i…
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  • Clippers will evaluate, decide Del Negro's fate

    Clippers will evaluate, decide Del Negro's fate

    ESPN.com May 4, 2013
    Los Angeles Clippers general manager Gary Sacks wasn't in a mood to say much about any of the major decisions hanging over the franchise this summer in the first few moments after the Memphis Grizzlies knocked the Clippers out of the playoffs.
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  • Zach Randolph, Blake Griffin wrestle; Z-Bo, Chris Paul ejected …

    Zach Randolph, Blake Griffin wrestle; Z-Bo, Chris Paul ejected as Grizzlies oust Clippers (Videos)

    yahoo.com May 4, 2013
    Through its first five games, the Western Conference rematch between the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers had lived up to expectations as the most physical series of the first round of the 2013 postseason. With the Clippers facing elimination …
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  • In defeat, Kevin Garnett and Celtics show resilience to the end

    In defeat, Kevin Garnett and Celtics show resilience to the end

    CNNSI.com May 4, 2013
    The Knicks' 88-80 Game 6 win ended Boston's season, but it didn't diminish all Kevin Garnett's Celtics accomplished in the series or in six years together writes Ian Thomsen.
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  • Martin, Fisher come to Thunder's rescue, oust Rockets

    Martin, Fisher come to Thunder's rescue, oust Rockets

    CNNSI.com May 4, 2013
    Martin, Fisher come to Thunder's rescue, oust Rockets
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  • Durant, Thunder bounce Rockets in 6 games

    Durant, Thunder bounce Rockets in 6 games

    ESPN.com May 4, 2013
    Kevin Durant scored 27 points and Kevin Martin added 25 to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 103-94 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night, sending them to the second round of the playoffs for the third straight season.
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  • Conley, Randolph help Griz close out Clips

    Conley, Randolph help Griz close out Clips

    ESPN.com May 4, 2013
    Mike Conley and Zach Randolph scored 23 points each, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Clippers 118-105 on Friday night to take the first-round series 4-2 and advance to their second Western Conference semifinals in three seasons.
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  • Video - LeBron James Humbled By 4th MVP 00:33

    LeBron James Humbled By 4th MVP

    May 4
    LeBron James discusses the elite class that he will join with his fourth MVP award.
  • Video - Derrick Rose Unaware Of Criticism 00:57

    Derrick Rose Unaware Of Criticism

    May 4
    Nick Friedell discusses Derrick Rose's reaction to the criticism he's receiving for not returning to action from his ACL surgery.
  • Video - Luol Deng Out For Game 7 01:37

    Luol Deng Out For Game 7

    May 4
    Nick Friedell details the latest on Luol Deng, who will miss Game 7 of the Bulls' playoff series against the Nets due to illness.
  • Video - Kobe Devastated Over Memorabilia Battle 01:43

    Kobe Devastated Over Memorabilia Battle

    May 4
    Stephen A. Smith describes Kobe Bryant's reaction to the news that his mother decided to auction off some of his memorabilia.

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