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No. 1-seeded Pacers to rest three starters in season finalenba.com Updated 14 hours agoThe Indiana Pacers plan to rest three starters for Wednesday night's regular-season finale at Orlando now that they are the top seed in the Eastern Conference.Upvote Share TweetCavaliers forward Luol Deng has won the J. Walter Kennedy Award, given annually to an NBA player for community service.Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com 17 hours agoFew greats have gone more unacclaimed than Rick Adelman, who may be nearing the end of his run.Upvote Share TweetTanking remains a concern for many NBA fans and analysts, but there's no question why teams consider it a useful plan. Strategic losing gives teams a chance to rebuild and reload their rosters through the draft. It's the most apparent way of landing a s…Upvote Share Tweet
Augustin out after wife gives birthESPN.com Apr 15 (yesterday)D.J. Augustin was not with Chicago Bulls as they prepared to face the Orlando Magic on Monday night because of personal reasons, according to Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Apr 14 (yesterday)The Miami Heat opted for rest for LeBron James and Chris Bosh over the pursuit of the Eastern Conference's top seed, and the Washington Wizards capitalized in a 114-93 breeze of a game Monday night that clinched the No. 1 seed for the Indiana Pacers.Upvote Share TweetThe Pacers' biggest win so far this season came Monday -- off the court.Upvote Share Tweet
Cavaliers, Irving reeling toward season's endnba.com Apr 14 (yesterday)As this disheartening season dwindles to its final moments, Kyrie Irving stood up and took responsibility for how he and his teammates played in their past two games.Upvote Share Tweet
Bulls sign Greg Smith, waive Shengelianba.com Apr 14 (yesterday)The Chicago Bulls have signed forward signed forward Greg Smith for the remainder of the season and waived Tornike Shengelia.Upvote Share Tweet
Buzzer-Beaters, Dunks & The NBA Season’s Top 25 Playsdimemag.com Apr 14 (yesterday)Finally, at long last, the real season begins. But that doesn’t mean we can’t stop, look back, and appreciate the highlights and events that captivated us and stole our attention during the 2013-14 season. We’ve been treated to some great games, as rece…Upvote Share Tweet
5 Important Races Entering The 2014 NBA Playoffsdimemag.com Apr 14 (yesterday)We’re still recovering from a fever dream we had after peeking at a hypothetical Conference-free playoff structure for the playoffs this year. But even with the Conference separation in place, there are plenty of questions as we come up on the final thr…Upvote Share TweetJoe Dumars is stepping down as the Detroit Pistons' president of basketball operations.Upvote Share Tweet
Nuggets coach Shaw optimistic after disappointing debutCNNSI.com Apr 14 (yesterday)Criticized amid a year of upheaval in Denver, first-year coach Brian Shaw has learned plenty of lessons.Upvote Share Tweet
Chicago Bulls tried to lure Kurt Thomas out of retirementESPN.com Apr 14 (yesterday)The Chicago Bulls made a determined attempt to lure veteran big man Kurt Thomas out of retirement this month before the recent signings of Louis Amundson and Greg Smith, according to sources with knowledge of Chicago's plans.Upvote Share Tweet
NBA playoff picture update: Blazers' home-court hopes still alive, Mavs and Hawks are in, Pacers back atop Eastyahoo.com Apr 14 (yesterday)If you're anything like me and Detroit Pistons rookie Peyton Siva, when it gets this late in the season, you come out of the weekend like: So let's get caught up on how the weekend that just passed reshaped the playoff picture, which is mere days away f…Upvote Share Tweet
Rather Be No. 1 Or No. 2 Seed In East?Apr 15Tim Legler discusses whether he would rather be the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference based on the current matchups.
Raptors Hitting Their StrideApr 14Raptors forward Tyler Hansbrough says the Raptors are playing well heading into the playoffs.
Dunleavy, Bulls Dispatch MagicApr 14Mike Dunleavy scored a game-high 22 points to power the Bulls to a 108-95 win over the Magic.
Raptors Set Franchise Record For WinsApr 14The Raptors won their franchise-record 48th game of the season as they defeated the Bucks 110-100.
Daily Dime: Clippers head to playoffs with questionsApr 15The Clippers head to the playoffs looking for winning combos
Lamar Odom-to-New York Knicks deal imminent, sources sayApr 15Phil Jackson and the New York Knicks are progressing toward a deal to sign veteran free agent Lamar Odom before the NBA regular season ends Wednesday, according to sources briefed on the situation.
Damian Lillard's new adidas deal may be worth up to $100MApr 14Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard signed a contract extension with adidas on Monday that will make make him one of the highest-earning endorsers in the NBA.
Chicago Bulls tried to lure Kurt Thomas out of retirementApr 14The Chicago Bulls made a determined attempt to lure veteran big man Kurt Thomas out of retirement this month before the recent signings of Louis Amundson and Greg Smith, according to sources with knowledge of Chicago's plans.