• Mavs coach Rick Carlisle and owner Mark Cuban upset over Game 3 calls

    ESPN Dallas "Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle made pointed comments criticizing officials for letting the Houston Rockets get away with what he considered to be illegal physical play during Friday's Game 3. "Look, referees miss calls, but there's just a lot of physical stuff going on out there that just..." April 25

  • Screwy voting system helped Kawhi Leonard win Defensive POY

    CBSSports.com "San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard won the 2014-2015 Defensive Player. He has now won DPOY and Finals MVP within 10 months of each. An incredible accomplishment, and well-earned. Had Leonard played in all 82 games, or even 72, I would have thought him a shoo-in. He is without a doubt the most..." April 25

  • Derrick Rose says former version of himself is 'not there anymore'

    ESPN Chicago "Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose believes he is a better player than he has ever been despite the fact he has missed so much time over the past three seasons. And he is also convinced that his team has "something special" as it gets set for what it hopes will be a long postseason..." April 25

  • LeBron James on why Kevin Love gets criticized

    Pro Basketball Talk "LeBron James was riffing on Kevin Love when he went down a path he immediately realized was incorrect. “He’s been highly criticized this year for I don’t know why,” LeBron said. “I know why. I know why. I know.” Suddenly, it felt as if the room full of reporters all asked the follow-up..." April 25

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    Marcus Thompson @ThompsonScribe

    According to a couple sources, the explanation the Warriors received was that Curry would’ve gotten the foul if he had missed the 3

  • People are convinced Tom Thibodeau will be fired at the end of the season

    Pro Basketball Talk "All throughout the season, the writing has been on the wall for the Bulls and Tom Thibodeau. There’s been some bitterness between them since the Bulls abruptly let go Thibodeau’s top assistant, Ron Adams, and since then, he and general manager Gar Forman have butted heads over minutes limits for..." April 25

  • Rick Carlisle: Trade for Rajon Rondo 'a risk worth taking'

    ESPN Dallas "The results of the Rajon Rondo trade were far from what the Dallas Mavericks hoped, but coach Rick Carlisle nevertheless considers the deal "a risk worth taking." Rondo's tenure with the Mavs all but officially ended Wednesday, when the team announced that he'd be out indefinitely with a..." April 24

  • Parker to play in Game 3

    My San Antonio "The Spurs announced at Friday’s shootaround that starting point guard Tony Parker will play tonight in Game 3 of their first-round series with the L.A. Clippers in Game 3. “I didn’t doubt he was going to (play),” teammate Tim Duncan said. “I’m glad he’s feeling better and ready to rock. He..." April 24

  • Adam Silver says he's 'on the fence' about whether to change rules that allow intentional fouling strategy

    Pro Basketball Talk "Fouling poor free throw shooters away from the ball grinds the game to a halt, and isn’t at all aesthetically pleasing. But it’s legal under the rules, so it has continued to be a topic of debate, even at this early stage of the postseason. Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich used it extensively..." April 24

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    Early fave for OKC job clearly Billy Donovan but word in coaching circles is that Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina is on Thunder's list

  • Devin Harris to play for Mavericks in key Game 3 in Dallas

    Dallas Morning News "Devin Harris has been declared good to go for the game after missing Game 2 with a big-toe injury on his left foot. He will be part of a point-guard-by-committee that will include J.J. Barea and Raymond Felton. " April 24

  • Kevin Love: I know Cavs have my back

    ESPN.com "LeBron James marched down the court holding up three fingers on each of his hands in celebration and Kevin Love giddily skipped behind him in the same direction Thursday night. Love had just hit a 3-pointer off a James pass in the final minute of the Cleveland Cavaliers' 103-95 Game 3 win over..." April 24

  • Dirk Nowitzki: Focus is on who’s here and next Mavericks game and not ‘frustrating’ Rondo saga

    Dallas Morning News "Typical Dirk Nowitzki. With a critical Game 3 tonight that most likely will determine the Mavericks’ playoff fate — and the cloud of the Rajon Rondo sage having not yet cleared — the longtime face of the organization clearly understood that he needed to speak. “It’s been a frustrating couple..." April 24

  • 16h
    Jonathan Givony @DraftExpress

    Barcelona SG Mario Hezona will enter the draft, according to his agency @Wasserman. Potential top-5 pick. DX Profile: http://t.co/zbvMjY6rcV

  • NBA Announces First Game in Africa

    Sportsnaut "For the first time ever, the NBA is going to take its talents to Africa. The Association announced on Wednesday that it will play its first-ever exhibition game on the continent on August 1st in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game will feature Team Africa, led by South Sudanese native Luol..." April 24

  • Spurs' Leonard named NBA Defensive Player of Year

    Fox Sports "San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard named was NBA Defensive Player of Year on Thursday. Leonard, who led the league in steals at 2.31 per game, edged Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green in the voting. Leonard finished with 333 points and Green had 317." April 24

  • Warriors, down 20 in fourth, steal Game 3 victory from Pelicans

    San Francisco Chronicle "The Warriors have astronomical goals this season, but even they admitted that their goal in coming to the Big Easy was to steal one of two games. The heist won’t have to wait until Saturday. The Warriors were seemingly blown away Thursday night by a Smoothie King Center crowd with four years..." April 24

  • Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler combine for 58 points, Bulls send Bucks to brink of elimination

    Chicago Sun-Times "The collision course has always seemed inevitable. Since the Eastern Conference playoff seedings were set, few were expecting it to be anything other than Bulls-Cleveland Cavaliers in Round 2. Thursday was just one step closer. Not an easy step, but definitely one step closer. Thanks to..." April 24

  • LeBron James, Kevin Love guide Cavaliers to a 3-0 series lead after 103-95 win over Celtics

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "With their backs up against the wall, the Boston Celtics put together one valiant, aggressive effort in trying to avoid a 0-3 first-round deficit. However, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers were too much down the stretch, picking up a gritty 103-95 road win on Thursday night at the TD..." April 24

  • How Much Longer Can The Clippers Survive With This Bench?

    Deadspin.com "Being in a 1-1 series tie with the San Antonio Spurs isn’t the worst position for the Los Angeles Clippers to find themselves in. The team has shown plenty of positive signs throughout the first two games of this series—Blake Griffin is dunking on fools! Chris Paul is in Playoff Mode! DeAndre..." April 24

  • Rick Carlisle: Rajon Rondo won’t wear a Mavericks’ jersey again

    Dallas Morning News "Rick Carlisle, who probably knows better than anybody else, couldn’t have been more succinct or clear when asked if he ever believes Rajon Rondo will wear a Mavericks uniform again. “No, I don’t.” And with that, the experiment that had been been bubbling ever since the December trade that..." April 24

  • Mavericks' Chandler Parsons 'frustrated' after aggravating knee injury

    ESPN.com "Mavericks small forward Chandler Parsons has no regrets about playing in Game 1 of his team's series against the Houston Rockets despite aggravating a right knee injury that will require surgery. Parsons played 37 minutes in the loss despite excruciating pain in the knee, which prompted him to..." April 24

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    Jon Rothstein @JonRothstein

    UConn's Kevin Ollie has removed himself from consideration for the OKC head coaching position, sources told @CBSSports. Story coming.

  • 1d
    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    We know Knicks & Lakers will chase LaMarcus Aldridge come July, but at least two teams in Texas believe they have shot at him: Spurs & Mavs

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    Dan McCarney @danmccarneySAEN

    Parker listed as questionable for Game 3 tmw against the Clippers with tightness in his right Achilles.

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    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Hinrich said he's playing.

  • More signs Phil Jackson stalling his big Knicks move until 2016

    New York Post "Tuesday’s 45-minute State of Zen address established two elements of patience — team president Phil Jackson is not trading his draft pick for a veteran if the Knicks are picking in the top three, and he still has modest expectations for 2015-16 despite cap space and a No. 2 lottery..." April 23

  • Kevin Durant posts statement on Instagram about Scott Brooks firing

    Larry Brown Sports "Kevin Durant posted a note on Instagram Wednesday in which he expressed his feelings about the Oklahoma City Thunder’s firing of coach Scott Brooks. Though Durant said he supported the team’s decision to make the move, he acknowledged how difficult it is. “Today was tough for me. While I..." April 23

  • Warriors have devised plan for Pelicans' Davis

    CSN Bay Area "New Orleans star Anthony Davis is 22 years old and already a Top-5 player in the NBA. He's 6-foot-10 but plays a foot taller. He covers so much ground on defense it's like a great centerfielder patrolling the basketball court. His defense may be the biggest reason the Warriors, even with a 2-0..." April 23

  • Raptors’ DeRozan, Lowry not delivering in playoffs

    Sportsnet.ca "There will be time, once this season is over, for a complete dissection and the proper spreading of blame, if needed. That’s when Masai Ujiri will finally have to saddle up and figure out if his Toronto Raptors team is a player away from being really good, or farther away from contending than..." April 23

  • Report: Thunder have pursued Kevin Ollie for a year

    Pro Basketball Talk "Thunder general manager Scott Presti went out his way to say he didn’t fire Scott Brooks due to this season. But if this season – which was marred by injuries and ended outside the playoffs – wasn’t the excuse to dump Brooks, why did Brooks get to coach it in the first place? Maybe because..." April 23

  • Sam Presti confident the Thunder will keep Enes Kanter moving forward

    The Oklahoman "The firing of Scott Brooks ruled the Thunder headlines on Wednesday. But during Sam Presti’s press conference discussing the decision and impending coaching search, he also briefly delved into another move that is key for this franchise moving forward — Enes Kanter’s free agency. Kanter is..." April 23

  • Thunder to Target Billy Donovan

    Yahoo! Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder has fired head coach Scott Brooks, a league source told Yahoo Sports. Thunder general manager Sam Presti traveled to meet Brooks near his California home on Wednesday and delivered the news, sources told Yahoo Sports. Presti's decision wasn't a reflection of the job..." April 22

  • Magic, Nuggets Expected To Have Interest In Scott Brooks

    Real GM Basketball "Scott Brooks will become a top candidate for the head coaching vacancies of the Orlando Magic and Denver Nuggets. Brooks was fired by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday." April 22

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    Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine

    ESPN sources says Mavs are ruling out Rajon Rondo indefinitely after back injury he sustained in Game 2

  • Buckeyes freshman D'Angelo Russell declares for NBA draft

    ESPN.com "Ohio State freshman D'Angelo Russell has decided to go pro, declaring for the NBA draft Wednesday. "This was a hard decision because I knew I could come back and play with my teammates who I love, and to be coached by coach Thad Matta again would have been awesome, but at the same time I wanted..." April 22

  • Thunder fire head coach Scott Brooks after seven seasons

    Fox Sports "The Oklahoma City Thunder have fired head coach Scott Brooks after seven seasons. Thunder general manager Sam Presti traveled to meet Brooks in California on Wednesday to deliver the news in person, Yahoo Sports/FOX Sports 1 NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski reported. "This is an extremely..." April 22

  • Rajon Rondo Planned To Sign Max Contract With Lakers Before Mavs' Trade

    Real GM Basketball "Rajon Rondo had planned on signing with the Los Angeles Lakers as a free agent in the summer when it became clear that he no longer had a future with the Boston Celtics, according to sources. Rondo expected a maximum contract to be signed. When the Dallas Mavericks traded for Rondo, he was..." April 22

  • Tony Ressler Finalizing Deal To Buy Hawks

    Hoops Rumors "Private equity mogul Tony Ressler is finalizing a deal with Hawks controlling owner Bruce Levenson to buy the team for a price of less than $1 billion, sources tell Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports (Twitter links). Ressler’s bidding group reportedly includes Grant Hill. Brokerage firm founder..." April 22

  • Jae Crowder on Cavs: 'Nobody on their team is intimidating'

    CBSSports.com "Despite playing tough in both games, the Boston Celtics are down 0-2 in the first round of the playoffs against the Cleveland Cavaliers. During the regular season the Celtics used intelligent hard-nosed play to win and while this effort has carried over to the playoffs, the Cavaliers are just..." April 22

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    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Mirotic doing some set shooting. Hinrich in full lather post practice. I'd guess Hinrich back for Game 3 and Mirotic out but back for Game 4

  • Phil Jackson: All-Star game was important to Melo, not Knicks

    Larry Brown Sports "Had the New York Knicks known in November what we all know now, they likely would have shut Carmelo Anthony down long before February. But apparently Carmelo was gung-ho to play in the All-Star Game. Phil Jackson spoke on Tuesday about how he had to reassure Anthony about the current state of..." April 22

  • Report: Knee injury to keep Mavs' Parsons out of 1st round

    The Score "Things are going from bad to worse for the Dallas Mavericks. The team is heading back home down 2-0 in their Western Conference quarterfinal against the rival Houston Rockets, Rajon Rondo appears to already have one foot out the door, and now it sounds like Chandler Parsons will not be..." April 22

  • Josh Smith's partnership with Dwight Howard flourishing as Rajon Rondo unravels with Mavs

    Yahoo! Sports "Josh Smith felt like a teenager again, ferocious and free and forever young. He had broken down Dallas' defense, a soft, vulnerable underbelly reduced to rubble. These were old times, tossing those lobs into the air, watching Dwight Howard slam through passes. Old AAU teammates in Atlanta,..." April 22

  • How Rajon Rondo's time with the Mavericks turned into a disaster

    SB Nation "The playoffs were always the silver lining with the Dallas Mavericks' acquisition of Rajon Rondo. Maybe the first few months wouldn't go great. Maybe the offense would struggle to find a role for his ball-dominating style. Mybe the team would stumble into the playoffs in the process. But Rondo has..." April 22

  • Hornets Forward Cody Zeller Undergoes Successful Surgery

    NBA.com "Charlotte Hornets forward Cody Zeller underwent successful surgery today to repair a tendon in his right shoulder, as well as remove a bone spur and scar tissue. The procedure was completed by Hornets Team Physician Dr. Marcus Cook at Novant Orthopedic Hospital in Charlotte. Zeller's recovery time..." April 22

  • Bucks president says team could leave if arena deal isn't reached 'in next 10 days'

    Sporting News "The Bucks are in a 2-0 playoff hole, but the city the franchise calls home may have a bigger issue on its hands. Bucks President Peter Feigin said a financing deal from the City of Milwaukee for a new arena must be finalized in the next ten days, according to the Milwaukee..." April 22

  • Dwyane Wade Undecided On $16M Option For 15-16

    Real GM Basketball "Dwyane Wade said he is in no rush to decide on his player option for the 2015-16 season, worth about $16 million. "I signed my deal the way I did for a reason ... and the organization did it for a reason," Wade said. "It's my option. I'll decide when the time is right." April 22

  • Blazers’ Batum says he wrote “We don’t lose to Spanish players,” was intended as joke

    Pro Basketball Talk "It was meant to be an internal joke that got out and blown way out of proportion. That according to Portland’s Nicolas Batum, who told CSNNW.com he was the one who wrote the “We don’t lose to Spanish players” line on a motivational card in the team locker room. Batum, who is French and says he..." April 22

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    RaptorsMR @RaptorsMR

    Kyle Lowry (left shin contusion) is expected to practice tomorrow and play Friday at Washington. #raptors #rtz