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Grizzlies’ Conley wins NBA’s sportsmanship award (Yahoo Sports)

Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) goes up for a shot in front of Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) in the second quarter of Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger calls guard Mike Conley the kind of man a father would want to marry his daughter. Conley’s peers certainly think highly enough to award him the NBA’s Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship. He was followed by Boston’s Jeff Green, Phoenix’s Channing Frye, Washington’s Bradley Beal, Portland’s Damian Lillard and Chicago’s Mike Dunleavy.


Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 5:12 pm

When Bosh steps up, Heat reap benefits (Yahoo Sports)

Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) high-fives Chris Bosh (1) after the Heat defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 in Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Miami. At left is Dwyane Wade. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

In Miami, it’s called the Big Three for a reason. LeBron James was stellar for the Heat in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference first-round series against Charlotte, and Dwyane Wade helped save the game with a steal to deny the Bobcats a chance at tying the game in the final seconds. And perhaps best for Miami, Chris Bosh might have found his offensive groove again. It’s a simple formula: When Bosh – the oft-overlooked member in Miami’s trio of stars – is scoring at playoff time, the Heat are usually winning.


Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 2:10 pm

Road teams off to flying start in NBA playoffs (Yahoo Sports)

Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, left, celebrates with Amir Johnson after Johnson's basket against the Brooklyn Nets late in the second half of Game 2 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Toronto. Toronto won 100-95. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette)

Here’s the list of teams that had home-court advantage entering the opening round of these NBA playoffs: Indiana, Miami, Toronto, Chicago, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Houston and the Los Angeles Clippers. Here’s the list of teams that still held that advantage after Wednesday night: Miami.


Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 7:10 am

Aldridge’s 43 lifts Blazers over Rockets 112-105 (Yahoo Sports)

Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard (12) dunks during the first half in Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

LaMarcus Aldridge’s son JJ, who turned 5 on Wednesday, texted him after the Portland Trail Blazers’ playoff win and told him he looked like Spider-Man on one of his dunks. To the Houston Rockets the Portland star probably looked like a superhero on more than just that one play. Aldridge continued his dominance against the Rockets, scoring 43 points to lift the Trail Blazers to a 112-105 victory and a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series. Aldridge has made the most of the return to his home state and put the Trail Blazers in control heading home for Game 3 in Portland on Friday.


Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 6:15 am

Mavs roll past Spurs 113-92, even series at 1-1 (Yahoo Sports)

SAN ANTONIO, TX - APRIL 23: Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks celebrates during a game against the San Antonio Spurs during Game One of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2014 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

Blowing their playoff opener turned out to be great therapy for the Dallas Mavericks. Eighth-seeded Dallas rolled to a 113-92 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night, snapping a 10-game skid against the Spurs and evening their first-round series at a game apiece. Dallas didn’t relent in Game 2 after watching a 10-point lead evaporate in the final eight minutes of the series opener Sunday. ”Game 1 actually helped a lot more than today,” Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki said.


Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 4:27 am

Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97 (Yahoo Sports)

Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade, left, drives as Charlotte Bobcats' Gerald Henderson, right, defends during the first half in Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

LeBron James drove to the rim as time was winding down, got clobbered by Josh McRoberts and sat on the hardwood gathering himself for a few seconds afterward. Miami took Charlotte’s best shot, and survived. James scored 32 points and added eight assists, Chris Bosh scored 20 points and the Heat wasted two big leads before hanging on to beat the Bobcats 101-97 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series. ”We haven’t played our best basketball.” Dwyane Wade scored 15 points, and had a steal in the final seconds to seal the win for Miami.


Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 2:59 am

Pacers say practice got physical before Game 1 (Yahoo Sports)

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 22: Lance Stephenson #1 of the Indiana Pacers looks on against the Atlanta Hawks in the East Conference Quarter Finals Game Two at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 22 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner were unified on three points Wednesday. Yes, they scrapped during a practice before Game 1 of their first-round series against Atlanta. Pacers players and coaches all described the physical confrontation between Stephenson and Turner through their own prisms, but nobody – including Stephenson and Turner – called it a fight.


Posted on 23 April 2014 @ 10:58 pm


ESPN - United States

Cuban applauds NBA’s better transparancy

he NBA office has started providing teams detailed analysis of officiating after every game, according to Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who has long lobbied for more transparency regarding referees.

Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 6:29 pm

Pacers GM tweets about Vogel’s job status

Frank Vogel’s job as coach of the Indiana Pacers is “safe,” according to general manager Kevin Pritchard.

Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 6:27 pm

D’Antoni’s brother hired as coach at Marshall

The Marshall Thundering Herd have filled their coaching vacancy with NBA assistant Dan D’Antoni, athletic director Mike Hamrick announced Thursday.

Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 6:22 pm

Oscar Robertson: Melo should bolt Knicks

If Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson were advising Carmelo Anthony, he’d tell him to leave the New York Knicks this summer.

Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 6:01 pm

Grizzlies’ Conley wins sportsmanship award

Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley has won the NBA’s Joe Dumars Trophy for sportsmanship.

Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 5:44 pm

Mavs cruise past Spurs to even series 1-1

Monta Ellis scored 21 points and the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a 113-92 victory over San Antonio on Wednesday night, snapping a 10-game skid against the Spurs and evening their first-round series at a game apiece.

Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 12:33 pm

Heat hold off pesky Bobcats for 2-0 lead

Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97

Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 11:56 am

Inside Hoops - United States

Heat edge Bobcats for 2-0 series lead

LeBron James scored 32 points and added eight assists, Chris Bosh scored 20 points and the Miami Heat held on to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 101-97 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the teams’ Eastern Conference first-round series.
Dwyane Wade scored 15 points, plus had a steal in the final seconds to help [...]

Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 2:39 am

Video: DeMar DeRozan does work in Nets-Raptors Game 2

Tuesday in Toronto, the Raptors beat the Brooklyn Nets 100-95 to tie their first round playoff series at one win apiece. In the win, DeMar DeRozan shot 9-of-21, with 12-of-14 free throws, finishing with 30 points. He did commit six turnovers; still, the all-star stepped up and helped his squad squeeze out a much-needed victory. [...]

Posted on 23 April 2014 @ 7:55 pm

No, Phil Jackson is not going to name himself new Knicks coach

The coaching search is on in New York, and the best possible candidate has already been eliminated.
Phil Jackson won’t be hiring himself to coach the Knicks.
Two days after firing Mike Woodson, Jackson reiterated Wednesday that he won’t be returning to the bench, despite the fact that even fiancee Jeanie Buss told him he should.
But Jackson, [...]

Posted on 23 April 2014 @ 6:42 pm

Video: Bradley Beal helps Wizards beat Bulls in Game 2

Tuesday in Chicago, the Washington Wizards beat the Bulls 101-99 in overtime to take a 2-0 series lead. Wizards guard Bradley Beal shot 9-of-20 for 26 points, 7 rebounds and two steals in the win. John Wall is the star guard in the Wizards backcourt, but Beal is on the rise. Here are some video [...]

Posted on 23 April 2014 @ 6:38 pm

Warriors still pursuing new arena in San Francisco — but it will not be waterfront

Here’s the San Francisco Chronicle with a report on the Warriors and their San Francisco arena plans:

The Golden State Warriors have abandoned their plan to build an arena on Piers 30-32 just south of the Bay Bridge and instead have purchased a site in San Francisco’s burgeoning Mission Bay to hold a new 18,000-seat venue.
The [...]

Posted on 23 April 2014 @ 6:20 pm

Wizards head home with 2-0 first round series lead on Bulls

Here’s the Washington Post reporting on the Wizards, who have played two NBA playoff games against the Bulls, both in Chicago, and won both. Nice position to be in:
The Washington Wizards had to wait six years to get back to the postseason. But they only needed two games to really get introduced to playoff basketball, [...]

Posted on 23 April 2014 @ 5:20 pm

Former NBA player Eric Williams says he is broke and homeless, reports TMZ

Here’s TMZ.com reporting on Eric Williams, who played for the Boston Celtics and other teams in the NBA, and later made some appearances on the TV show “VH1 Basketball Wives.” We have no idea if this report is accurate or not. TMZ tends to be good at knowing when former pro athletes are struggling, though. [...]

Posted on 23 April 2014 @ 4:16 pm

NBA - United States

Grizzlies’ Conley claims NBA Sportsmanship Award

Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies is the recipient of the Joe Dumars Trophy presented to the 2013-14 NBA Sportsmanship Award winner, the NBA announced today. Conley becomes the first Grizzlies player to receive the honor.

Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 1:40 pm

Heat extend deal, commit to Miami through 2040

Saying they reaffirm the team’s commitment to the city, the Miami Heat announced Wednesday night that they have agreed to extend their partnership with Miami-Dade County another 10 years through 2040.

Posted on 24 April 2014 @ 1:29 am

Ten Before Tip: NBA news from Wednesday

? Bobcats center Al Jefferson is expected to play despite dealing with a strained left plantar fascia. Jefferson wore a protective boot before the morning shootaround. The training staff has kept him off his feet since Sunday’s Game 1 loss.

Posted on 23 April 2014 @ 11:47 pm

Clippers, Warriors prepare for intense Game 3

Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson sat on the scorer’s table at Oracle Arena on Wednesday morning. He gazed around the building and tried to envision what it will look and sound like when the Warriors host the Los Angeles Clippers for Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Thursday night.

Posted on 23 April 2014 @ 11:20 pm

Pacers head to Atlanta after breaking loose

The Indiana Pacers headed south Wednesday, finally carrying themselves with a swagger befitting the No. 1 seed.

Posted on 23 April 2014 @ 11:15 pm

Stephenson, Turner involved in practice fight before Game 1

Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner were unified on three points Wednesday.

Posted on 23 April 2014 @ 11:09 pm

Bobcats’ Jefferson to start despite sore foot

Al Jefferson is in Charlotte’s starting lineup for Game 2 of the Bobcats’ Eastern Conference first-round series against the Miami Heat.

Posted on 23 April 2014 @ 10:26 pm


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