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Zach Randolph Takes Yet Another Shot At Blake Griffin, Says Ibaka & Perkins Are Tougher
Zach Randolph doesn’t hold back when it comes to Blake Griffin. The two have a history of very physical play in the playoffs, and more often than not, the intensity spills out of bounds. When the Clippers and Grizzlies were in the midst of their six-gamUpvote Share Tweet
Bernard King deleting critical Carmelo Anthony tweets must have endeared him to Knicks ownershipnydailynews.com Updated May 9, 2013Deleting the critique of Carmelo Anthony from his Twitter account, and totally shutting @30BernardKing down, was a brilliant career move by Mr. King. Even if he was probably encouraged to do it.Upvote Share TweetAfter complications from a spinal tap forced him to miss Chicago’s last four playoff games, Luol Deng has revealed some of the scarier details to reporters. According to The Chicago Tribune, the small forward lost 15 pounds during the process, and is stUpvote Share Tweet
Noah brushes off Miami fan's obscene gestureChicago Bulls center Joakim Noah let it be known Thursday that he was none-too-thrilled with getting a middle finger thrust into his face as he walked off the court following an ejection during Wednesday's playoff defeat against the Miami Heat.Upvote Share TweetIn one of those NBA rumors that just makes no sense whatsoever, the Sacramento Kings, a team in disarray with too many one-dimensional and ball-happy players, could reportedly target Monta Ellis this summer. Ellis has an $11 million early termination op…Upvote Share Tweet
Metta World Peace Wants To Settle The Score With The Clippers For Best Team In L.A.In a weird scheduling quirk, there are no NBA Playoff games on tonight, with Miami/Chicago and San Antonio/Golden State continuing with Game 3s tomorrow evening. But if it was up to Metta World Peace, we’d have some entertainment. The Lakers forward wanUpvote Share TweetRyan McDonough measured the questions, addressed each reporter by name, then delivered concise, thoughtful answers about his vision for the Phoenix Suns.Upvote Share Tweet
5-on-5: Breaking down Warriors-Spurs, Bulls-Heat5-on-5: Our panel examines the Warriors-Spurs and Bulls-Heat series.Upvote Share Tweet
Deadspin Up All Night: Turn On The Bright Lightsdeadspin.com Updated May 9, 2013Thank you for your continued support of Deadspin. No NBA tonight, but there's plenty of baseball and playoff hockey, including a lot of Pittsburgh vs. New York that's happening right now. Greg will be with you shortly.Read more...Upvote Share Tweet
Days of NBA Lives: Eric Gordon gets the jokes about his headAt this point, most of the NBA is on Twitter. It's a wild world of training updates, questions as to which movies they should go see, and explanations of their Call of Duty prowess. Every so often, though, you also get a picture into the more interestin…Upvote Share Tweet
Ainge hints he expects Rivers, Garnett to returnBoston Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said he has not spoken yet with the core members of his team about their future plans, but suggested he anticipates that both coach Doc Rivers and Kevin Garnett will be back.Upvote Share Tweet
Parity abounds in NBA conference semifinalsParity has struck the NBA playoffs, where the conference semifinals are all fit to be tied.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: Hardwood Paroxysm. Andrew Lynch looks …Upvote Share Tweet
Conley coming up clutch for GrizzliesThe Grizzlies have repeatedly been asked who will take the game-winning shot since the Rudy Gay trade on Jan. 30.Upvote Share Tweet
Tony Parker says he invented the teardrop shot, is sorely mistakenThe typical NBA player is thought of as being very tall, but that's obviously not always the case. The league's point guards are typically men of somewhat average height, enough so that they appear quite diminutive next to the frontcourt players who imp…Upvote Share Tweet
Eye-Openers: Stars dominate the playoffs, but role players oft…Stars dominate the playoffs, but role players often make the difference between winning and losing. Rob Mahoney identifies the biggest surprises of the postseason so far.Upvote Share Tweet
LeBron: Heat must adjust to physical seriesLeBron James expects referees to establish even more control of the Heat's physical playoff series with the Chicago Bulls in the aftermath of Miami's blowout victory in Game 2 that included two ejections.Upvote Share Tweet
Tottenham's Road To Reach The Champions League-And Keep Gareth Baledeadspin.com Updated May 9, 2013It finally came. Spurs at Chelsea. The Decider. Two London heavyweights kicking off with everything on the line: a top-four spot, prestige, riches, and redemption.Read more...Upvote Share TweetGREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Amare Stoudemire will likely be limited to about 10 to 15 minutes per game if he is able to return during New York's playoff series against the Indiana Pacers.Upvote Share TweetFrom undersized and ill-fitting athletic curiosity on terrible New York Knicks teams to trick-or-treat bench scorer on a Boston Celtics team that made the NBA finals. From afterthought on an Oklahoma City Thunder side with no use for him to a pointless …Upvote Share Tweet
Dime Q&A: Hip-Hop Star Kid Ink Talks Kobe Bryant & Jay-Z’s Greatest Basketball PunchlineEveryone needs a little help, right? Michael had Scottie. Kobe had Shaq. Michael Jackson had The Jackson 5. LeBron needed D-Wade. Virtually everybody needs a helping hand to withstand the rigorous tremors on the road of life. But thus far in his young c…Upvote Share Tweet
Fading Away: Several stars have showcased their skills on the …Several stars have showcased their skills on the playoff stage, but others have wilted in the limelight. Rob Mahoney looks at a few players who are struggling at a bad time.Upvote Share TweetWhether it was last night or at some point today, everyone has likely seen this horrid lady from last Wednesday’s Heat/Bulls game. This afternoon she has a name and an, um, interesting back story. From NY Mag: The woman has since been identified as FiloUpvote Share TweetEven as Masai Ujiri accepted the NBA's executive of the year trophy from club President Josh Kroenke on Thursday, the Denver Nuggets general manager said he would have given it up gladly in exchange for a deep playoff run.Upvote Share Tweet
The Sleeve Settles Innytimes.com Updated May 9, 2013Quirks of the Game: In the N.B.A., compression sleeves protect arms and legs. Also, they look kind of cool.Upvote Share Tweet
The NBA’s Top 10 Small Forwards This Season: Breaking Down The Holy Trinity Of LeBron, KD & ‘MeloIf you were to compare basketball positions to boxing weight classes, there’s no question that the small forwards are the heavyweights in the game. In boxing, typically the heavyweights are the most popular/best fighters. At the state the game is at rigUpvote Share Tweet
Richard Hamilton is Chicago’s forgotten man during this year’s postseasonTake away the incredible 142 points scored in the Chicago Bulls’ triple overtime victory over the Brooklyn Nets in Game 4 of their opening round series, and you have a severely lacking Bulls offense. With those numbers out of the equation, Chicago is avUpvote Share Tweet
Breaking news: LeBron James is good at passingYou'd be forgiven for not having paid super close attention to the second half of the Miami Heat's historic Game 2 beatdown of the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday evening. A game that was already starting to get out of hand late in the second, as Miami opene…Upvote Share TweetStars are born in the postseason. Warriors dynamo Stephen Curry has joined this select group of active players who have made a next-level leap in the playoffs, writes Ian Thomsen.Upvote Share TweetAll-Star point guard Russell Westbrook expects to be on crutches for about four to five weeks as he returns from knee surgery that has knocked him out of the Oklahoma City Thunder's playoff run.Upvote Share TweetKlay Thompson exploded into the national consciousness on Wednesday night, pouring in 29 first-half points in a scintillating shooting display that left the San Antonio Spurs stunned and helped propel the Golden State Warriors to a convincing 100-91 win…Upvote Share TweetKobe Bryant says in a court filing that he never gave his mother permission to sell mementos from his high school days and early professional basketball career.Upvote Share Tweet
Dwyane Wade’s Grandma Jacket Costs More Than Anything You OwnAround 11 P.M. last night, Dime’s Sean Sweeney sent a text that read “Dwyane Wade was wearing his grandma’s couch in his postgame presser.” Turns out, grandma’s couch is some super high-end stuff. After the press conference, a local Miami TV staUpvote Share Tweet
Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen loves and-1s, pushups, burning a hole through you with his eyes (Video)Good morning! Goodnight! [gets back in bed, pulls covers over head, tries to forget those terrifying eyes] Video via the NBA. Hat-tip to friend of the program Seth Rosenthal at SB Nation.Upvote Share TweetAfter a technical foul-filled first half, the Heat regained their identity to blow out the Bulls, writes Ian Thomsen. Miami throttled Chicago 115-78 in Game 2 and tied the series 1-1.Upvote Share Tweet
Big Questions for a Day Off: Can the Knicks and Thunder Overcome Their Offensive Struggles?grantland.com Updated May 9, 2013The first round started as a boring chalk-fest, with six of eight series going to 2-0, and only Nuggets-Warriors promising to double as both competiti...Upvote Share Tweet
Bill Simmons Returns to Jimmy Kimmel Livegrantland.com Updated May 9, 2013Last night, Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons returned to Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he chatted about his unlikely friendship with NBA Countdown ho...Upvote Share Tweet
Mint Condition: World's Largest Shoe Collection For SaleMay 9ShoeZeum owner Jordan Geller joins Michele Steele to discuss why he is auctioning off the world's largest shoe collection, which could sell for over $1 million.
Too Close to CallMay 9Spurs vs. Warriors was supposed to be a cakewalk for San Antonio. But some classic games in San Antonio, and a split series, makes this a toss-up. Who's favored now that the Warriors have homecourt? Ethan Sherwood Strauss and Graydon Gordian weigh in
MVP Of The PlayoffsMay 9LeBron James? Kevin Durant? Joakim Noah? Marc Gasol? Tony Parker? Stephen Curry? Mike Conley? David Thorpe names his MVP of the playoffs so far.
Ian Thomsen: Stephen Curry just latest to establish himself as star during…May 9Stephen Curry has been the breakout player of this postseason. When Gregg Popovich compared Curry to Michael Jordan, the Spurs coach wasn't far off the mark -- in Game 1 of the conference semifinals at San Antonio, Curry's double-double of 44 points and…
Ian Thomsen: Heat just too much for Bulls in foul-filled, blowout winMay 9Three thoughts from the Heat's 115-78 victory over the Bulls on Wednesday in Game 2 of their Eastern semifinal:
Bill Simmons Returns to Jimmy Kimmel LiveMay 9Last night, Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons returned to Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he chatted about his unlikely friendship with NBA Countdown ho...