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Zach Randolph Takes Yet Another Shot At Blake Griffin, Says Iba…

Zach Randolph Takes Yet Another Shot At Blake Griffin, Says Ibaka & Perkins Are Tougher

dimemag.com Updated May 9, 2013
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-gam
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  • Bernard King deleting critical Carmelo Anthony tweets must have…

    Bernard King deleting critical Carmelo Anthony tweets must have endeared him to Knicks ownership

    nydailynews.com May 9, 2013
    Deleting 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.
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  • Luol Deng Has Lost 15 Pounds & Is Struggling To Eat After L…

    Luol Deng Has Lost 15 Pounds & Is Struggling To Eat After Leaving The Hospital

    After 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 st
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  • Noah brushes off Miami fan's obscene gesture

    Noah brushes off Miami fan's obscene gesture

    ESPN.com May 9, 2013
    Chicago 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.
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  • NBA Rumor: The Kings Could Look To Acquire Monta Ellis

    NBA Rumor: The Kings Could Look To Acquire Monta Ellis

    dimemag.com yahoo.com May 9, 2013
    In 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…
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  • Metta World Peace Wants To Settle The Score With The Clippers F…

    Metta World Peace Wants To Settle The Score With The Clippers For Best Team In L.A.

    dimemag.com May 9, 2013
    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 wan
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  • McDonough gets to work quickly with Suns

    McDonough gets to work quickly with Suns

    nba.com May 9, 2013
    Ryan McDonough measured the questions, addressed each reporter by name, then delivered concise, thoughtful answers about his vision for the Phoenix Suns.
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  • 5-on-5: Breaking down Warriors-Spurs, Bulls-Heat

    5-on-5: Breaking down Warriors-Spurs, Bulls-Heat

    ESPN.com May 9, 2013
    5-on-5: Our panel examines the Warriors-Spurs and Bulls-Heat series.
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  • Deadspin Up All Night: Turn On The Bright Lights

    Deadspin Up All Night: Turn On The Bright Lights

    deadspin.com May 9, 2013
    Thank 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...
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  • Days of NBA Lives: Eric Gordon gets the jokes about his head

    Days of NBA Lives: Eric Gordon gets the jokes about his head

    yahoo.com May 9, 2013
    At 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…
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  • Ainge hints he expects Rivers, Garnett to return

    Ainge hints he expects Rivers, Garnett to return

    ESPN.com May 9, 2013
    Boston 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.
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  • Parity abounds in NBA conference semifinals

    Parity abounds in NBA conference semifinals

    nba.com May 9, 2013
    Parity has struck the NBA playoffs, where the conference semifinals are all fit to be tied.
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  • The 10-man rotation, starring the Golden State flippin’ Warrior…

    The 10-man rotation, starring the Golden State flippin’ Warriors

    yahoo.com ESPN.com May 9, 2013
    A 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 …
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  • Conley coming up clutch for Grizzlies

    Conley coming up clutch for Grizzlies

    nba.com May 9, 2013
    The Grizzlies have repeatedly been asked who will take the game-winning shot since the Rudy Gay trade on Jan. 30.
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  • Tony Parker says he invented the teardrop shot, is sorely mista…

    Tony Parker says he invented the teardrop shot, is sorely mistaken

    yahoo.com May 9, 2013
    The 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…
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  • Eye-Openers: Stars dominate the playoffs, but role players oft……

    Eye-Openers: Stars dominate the playoffs, but role players oft…

    CNNSI.com May 9, 2013
    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.
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  • LeBron: Heat must adjust to physical series

    LeBron: Heat must adjust to physical series

    ESPN.com May 9, 2013
    LeBron 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.
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  • Tottenham's Road To Reach The Champions League-And Keep Gareth …

    Tottenham's Road To Reach The Champions League-And Keep Gareth Bale

    deadspin.com May 9, 2013
    It 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...
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  • Stoudemire will play limited minutes if he returns

    Stoudemire will play limited minutes if he returns

    GREENBURGH, 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.
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  • Nate Robinson gets his own ‘We Are All Watching’ ad, courtesy o…

    Nate Robinson gets his own ‘We Are All Watching’ ad, courtesy of the NBA (Video)

    yahoo.com dimemag.com May 9, 2013
    From 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 …
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  • Dime Q&A: Hip-Hop Star Kid Ink Talks Kobe Bryant & Jay-…

    Dime Q&A: Hip-Hop Star Kid Ink Talks Kobe Bryant & Jay-Z’s Greatest Basketball Punchline

    dimemag.com May 9, 2013
    Everyone 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…
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  • Fading Away: Several stars have showcased their skills on the ……

    Fading Away: Several stars have showcased their skills on the …

    CNNSI.com May 9, 2013
    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.
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  • Heat Fan Who Gave Joakim Noah the Finger Was Once Accused of So…

    Heat Fan Who Gave Joakim Noah the Finger Was Once Accused of Some Very Bad Things

    Whether 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 Filo
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  • Nuggets' Ujiri honored as NBA's top executive

    Nuggets' Ujiri honored as NBA's top executive

    ESPN.com nba.com yahoo.com May 9, 2013
    Even 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.
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  • The Sleeve Settles In

    The Sleeve Settles In

    nytimes.com May 9, 2013
    Quirks of the Game: In the N.B.A., compression sleeves protect arms and legs. Also, they look kind of cool.
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  • The NBA’s Top 10 Small Forwards This Season: Breaking Down The …

    The NBA’s Top 10 Small Forwards This Season: Breaking Down The Holy Trinity Of LeBron, KD & ‘Melo

    dimemag.com May 9, 2013
    If 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 rig
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  • Richard Hamilton is Chicago’s forgotten man during this year’s …

    Richard Hamilton is Chicago’s forgotten man during this year’s postseason

    yahoo.com May 9, 2013
    Take 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 av
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  • Breaking news: LeBron James is good at passing

    Breaking news: LeBron James is good at passing

    yahoo.com May 9, 2013
    You'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…
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  • Stephen Curry just latest to establish himself as star during p…

    Stephen Curry just latest to establish himself as star during playoffs

    CNNSI.com May 9, 2013
    Stars 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.
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  • Westbrook trying to help Thunder while injured

    Westbrook trying to help Thunder while injured

    ESPN.com nba.com May 9, 2013
    All-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.
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  • 5 quick facts about Warriors guard Klay Thompson’s 29-point fir…

    5 quick facts about Warriors guard Klay Thompson’s 29-point first half (Video)

    yahoo.com dimemag.com May 9, 2013
    Klay 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…
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  • Kobe: Mom wasn't permitted to sell mementos

    Kobe: Mom wasn't permitted to sell mementos

    ESPN.com nba.com May 9, 2013
    Kobe 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.
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  • Dwyane Wade’s Grandma Jacket Costs More Than Anything You Own

    Dwyane Wade’s Grandma Jacket Costs More Than Anything You Own

    dimemag.com May 9, 2013
    Around 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 sta
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  • Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen loves and-1s, pushups, burning a hole …

    Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen loves and-1s, pushups, burning a hole through you with his eyes (Video)

    yahoo.com May 9, 2013
    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.
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  • Miami Heat easily defeat the Chicago Bulls 115-78 in Game 2 to …

    Miami Heat easily defeat the Chicago Bulls 115-78 in Game 2 to tie series 1-1

    CNNSI.com May 9, 2013
    After 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.
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  • Big Questions for a Day Off: Can the Knicks and Thunder Overcom…

    Big Questions for a Day Off: Can the Knicks and Thunder Overcome Their Offensive Struggles?

    grantland.com May 9, 2013
    The 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...
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  • Bill Simmons Returns to Jimmy Kimmel Live

    Bill Simmons Returns to Jimmy Kimmel Live

    grantland.com May 9, 2013
    Last night, Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons returned to Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he chatted about his unlikely friendship with NBA Countdown ho...
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  • Video - Mint Condition: World's Largest Shoe Collection For Sale 04:36

    Mint Condition: World's Largest Shoe Collection For Sale

    May 9
    ShoeZeum 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.
  • Video - Too Close to Call 07:32

    Too Close to Call

    May 9
    Spurs 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
  • Video - MVP Of The Playoffs 06:11

    MVP Of The Playoffs

    May 9
    LeBron James? Kevin Durant? Joakim Noah? Marc Gasol? Tony Parker? Stephen Curry? Mike Conley? David Thorpe names his MVP of the playoffs so far.

Sports Columnists

  • Ian Thomsen: Stephen Curry just latest to establish himself as star during…

    May 9
    Stephen 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 win

    May 9
    Three 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 Live

    May 9
    Last night, Grantland editor-in-chief Bill Simmons returned to Jimmy Kimmel Live, where he chatted about his unlikely friendship with NBA Countdown ho...