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  • No. 1-seeded Pacers to rest three starters in season finale

    No. 1-seeded Pacers to rest three starters in season finale

    nba.com Updated 14 hours ago
    The 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.
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  • Deng wins NBA's community service award

    Deng wins NBA's community service award

    ESPN.com nba.com 15 hours ago
    Cavaliers forward Luol Deng has won the J. Walter Kennedy Award, given annually to an NBA player for community service.
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  • Measuring the layers of Rick Adelman's greatness

    Measuring the layers of Rick Adelman's greatness

    CNNSI.com 17 hours ago
    Few greats have gone more unacclaimed than Rick Adelman, who may be nearing the end of his run.
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  • The Milwaukee Bucks are officially the NBA's worst team, secure…

    The Milwaukee Bucks are officially the NBA's worst team, secure top lottery odds

    yahoo.com ESPN.com nba.com Apr 15 (yesterday)
    Tanking 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…
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  • Augustin out after wife gives birth

    Augustin out after wife gives birth

    ESPN.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.
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  • Wizards rout Heat, giving Pacers top seed

    Wizards rout Heat, giving Pacers top seed

    ESPN.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.
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  • Indianapolis approves 10-year Pacers deal

    Indianapolis approves 10-year Pacers deal

    ESPN.com nba.com Apr 14 (yesterday)
    The Pacers' biggest win so far this season came Monday -- off the court.
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  • Cavaliers, Irving reeling toward season's end

    Cavaliers, Irving reeling toward season's end

    nba.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.
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  • Bulls sign Greg Smith, waive Shengelia

    Bulls sign Greg Smith, waive Shengelia

    nba.com Apr 14 (yesterday)
    The Chicago Bulls have signed forward signed forward Greg Smith for the remainder of the season and waived Tornike Shengelia.
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  • Buzzer-Beaters, Dunks & The NBA Season’s Top 25 Plays

    Buzzer-Beaters, Dunks & The NBA Season’s Top 25 Plays

    dimemag.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…
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  • 5 Important Races Entering The 2014 NBA Playoffs

    5 Important Races Entering The 2014 NBA Playoffs

    dimemag.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…
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  • Longtime Pistons president Dumars steps down

    Longtime Pistons president Dumars steps down

    CNNSI.com yahoo.com nba.com ESPN.com Apr 14 (yesterday)
    Joe Dumars is stepping down as the Detroit Pistons' president of basketball operations.
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  • Nuggets coach Shaw optimistic after disappointing debut

    Nuggets coach Shaw optimistic after disappointing debut

    CNNSI.com Apr 14 (yesterday)
    Criticized amid a year of upheaval in Denver, first-year coach Brian Shaw has learned plenty of lessons.
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  • Chicago Bulls tried to lure Kurt Thomas out of retirement

    Chicago Bulls tried to lure Kurt Thomas out of retirement

    ESPN.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.
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  • NBA playoff picture update: Blazers' home-court hopes still ali…

    NBA playoff picture update: Blazers' home-court hopes still alive, Mavs and Hawks are in, Pacers back atop East

    yahoo.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…
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  • Video - Rather Be  No. 1 Or No. 2 Seed In East? 01:44

    Rather Be No. 1 Or No. 2 Seed In East?

    Apr 15
    Tim Legler discusses whether he would rather be the No. 1 or No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference based on the current matchups.
  • Video - Raptors Hitting Their Stride 00:24

    Raptors Hitting Their Stride

    Apr 14
    Raptors forward Tyler Hansbrough says the Raptors are playing well heading into the playoffs.
  • Video - Dunleavy, Bulls Dispatch Magic 00:48

    Dunleavy, Bulls Dispatch Magic

    Apr 14
    Mike Dunleavy scored a game-high 22 points to power the Bulls to a 108-95 win over the Magic.
  • Video - Raptors Set Franchise Record For Wins 00:53

    Raptors Set Franchise Record For Wins

    Apr 14
    The Raptors won their franchise-record 48th game of the season as they defeated the Bucks 110-100.

Sports Columnists

  • Daily Dime: Clippers head to playoffs with questions

    Apr 15
    The Clippers head to the playoffs looking for winning combos
  • Lamar Odom-to-New York Knicks deal imminent, sources say

    Apr 15
    Phil 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 $100M

    Apr 14
    Portland 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 retirement

    Apr 14
    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.