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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

Clippers-Warriors Preview (Yahoo Sports)

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, puts up a shot as Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan defends during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 19, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)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. We’ve got to do our part.” The Warriors will indeed need to regain more than their homecourt prowess if they want to pull off another upset in the first round of the playoffs. Blake Griffin and the Clippers crushed Golden State 138-98 in Los Angeles on Monday night to even the best-of-seven series at a game apiece.

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 9:47 pm

Kidd not worried about Pierce matchup vs Raptors (Yahoo Sports)

Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson, front left, battles with Brooklyn Nets' Paul Pierce, right, as Kevin Garnett, rear, defends during the first half of Game 2 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn)Jason Kidd never appears worries about anything, certainly not about someone like Paul Pierce. Even if Pierce’s matchup was completely one-sided in Toronto’s favor in Game 2. He couldn’t get his shot to fall, couldn’t keep his man off the boards, and the Raptors targeted the Pierce matchup as one they could exploit. Yet Kidd is not concerned as his Brooklyn Nets prepare to host the Raptors in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round series Friday night.

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 9:30 pm

Wizards back home with 2-0 lead over Bulls (Yahoo Sports)

Washington Wizards guard John Wall, left, and Bradley Beal celebrate the Wizards' 101-99 win as Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich walks off the court after missing two free throws during the overtime period of Game 2 in an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series Tuesday, April 22, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)The Chicago Bulls failed to score for more than seven minutes. This was the final 3:53 of regulation and the first 3:45 of overtime in Game 2 of a playoff series. Chicago got to the postseason by being stingy. Yet, so far at least, the Washington Wizards have out-defensed the defense-minded Bulls.

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 9:26 pm

Jackson seeking Knicks coach, says it won’t be him (Yahoo Sports)

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 18: Phil Jackson addresses the media during his introductory press conference as President of the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on March 18, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)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. ”Jeanie Buss was here with the Board of Governors last week and stayed through the weekend, and tried to encourage me to coach the team.

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 9:25 pm

Thunder-Grizzlies Preview (Yahoo Sports)

Memphis Grizzlies head coach David Joerger shouts to his team in the second quarter of Game 2 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Monday, April 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)The Grizzlies are happy to be back in Memphis, where they finished the regular season by winning a franchise-record 14 straight games. It’s time for the Grizzlies to protect the place they call the Grindhouse. ”But we’re happy with our position, I can tell you that much.” The Grizzlies evened this first-round Western Conference series by winning 111-105 in overtime at Oklahoma City on Monday. Being the visitor Thursday night in a hostile arena for Game 3 isn’t a concern for the Thunder, who went 25-16 away from Oklahoma City for the NBA’s second-best road record in the regular season.

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 9:10 pm

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NBA Draft 2014: The Top 50 Big Board and Where Every Player Could Land – Bleacher Report


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NBA Draft 2014: The Top 50 Big Board and Where Every Player Could Land
Bleacher Report
The 2014 NBA draft field is beginning to take shape with deadlines coming and going for prospects in the NCAA. Next up is the NBA combine, which takes place in Chicago and runs from May 14-18. The NBA lottery goes down on May 20, and the NBA …
2014 NBA Draft big board: Top 50 prospectsFanSided

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Posted on 24 April 2014 | 10:15 am

LaMarcus Aldridge has taken over the NBA playoffs and Dwight Howard’s … – USA TODAY


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LaMarcus Aldridge has taken over the NBA playoffs and Dwight Howard's
USA TODAY
He's here, in the NBA playoffs, where the Blazers have won consecutive road games to take a 2-0 lead on the Houston Rockets. Aldridge is here, and while he's here after two seasons away from the playoffs, he's making sure we know it. That meant 43
Howard Beck's Predictions for Wednesday's NBA Playoff MatchupsBleacher Report
Portland forward LaMarcus Aldridge's historic run of 40-point games continuesSportingNews.com
Trail Blazers vs. Rockets Game 2, NBA playoffs 2014: Game time, TV schedule SB Nation
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Posted on 24 April 2014 | 6:28 am

NBA playoffs 2014, Mavericks vs. Spurs final score: Dallas crushes San Antonio … – SB Nation


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NBA playoffs 2014, Mavericks vs. Spurs final score: Dallas crushes San Antonio
SB Nation
Who would've thought that the best 8-seed in NBA history might come to play? The Dallas Mavericks crushed the San Antonio Spurs, capitalizing on a slew of mistakes in a 113-92 win, knotting the series up at 1-1 as the series heads north to San Antonio.
NBA Playoffs 2014, Mavericks at Spurs live stream: Watch Game 2 onlineFanSided
Nowitzki sets tone for Game 2 winESPN
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Posted on 24 April 2014 | 4:43 am

2014 NBA Playoffs: Recapping Wednesday, April 23 1st-Round Action – Bleacher Report


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2014 NBA Playoffs: Recapping Wednesday, April 23 1st-Round Action
Bleacher Report
There are three games left to play on Wednesday evening before the NBA playoff teams switch venues for Game 3. Here's what Tuesday's slate of games looks like: Charlotte Bobcats vs. Miami Heat: 7 p.m. ET, TNT (Heat lead series, 1-0); Dallas Mavericks vs.
NBA playoffs 2014, Bobcats vs. Heat final score: LeBron James leads Miami to SB Nation
NBA Playoffs 2014, Heat vs. Bobcats live stream: Watch Game 2 onlineFanSided
NBA Playoffs: Heat go up 2-0, hold off Bobcats 101-97SportingNews.com
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Posted on 24 April 2014 | 3:20 am

Gregg Popovich wins 2014 NBA Coach of the Year award – CBSSports.com


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Gregg Popovich wins 2014 NBA Coach of the Year award
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The NBA announced Tuesday that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has won the 2014 Red Auerbach NBA Coach of the Year award. Popovich joins Don Nelson and Pat Riley as the only three-time winners of the award. The Spurs finished with a franchise-best …
Spurs' Popovich wins NBA Coach of the YearYahoo Sports
Popovich Named NBA Coach of the YearBleacher Report
Gregg Popovich wins NBA Coach of the Year AwardUSA TODAY
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Posted on 24 April 2014 | 1:45 am

Why Does This NBA Player Have Emoji Tattoos? – Mashable


Why Does This NBA Player Have Emoji Tattoos?
Mashable
Atlanta Hawks power forward Mike Scott (32) has the ball stripped away by Indiana Pacers power forward Luis Scola (4) as he drives to the basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Atlanta. Scott also has emoji tattoos.

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Posted on 24 April 2014 | 1:38 am

2014 NBA playoffs: Wizards’ work pays off with 2-0 series lead coming home – Washington Post


Washington Post

2014 NBA playoffs: Wizards' work pays off with 2-0 series lead coming home
Washington Post
That's right, Wall's first three years resulted in just 19 road victories. This season alone the Wizards were 22-19 on the road and now 2-0 in the playoffs. The Wizards are just the third team in NBA history to win the first two games on the road in
2014 NBA Playoffs: Wizards Tickets Up 88% In Past Week, Now Have Highest Forbes
NBA Playoff scores, results and highlights from Tuesday's action: The Wizards SB Nation
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Posted on 23 April 2014 | 10:41 pm

Suns’ Goran Dragic wins NBA’s Most Improved Player Award – SI.com


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Suns' Goran Dragic wins NBA's Most Improved Player Award
SI.com
Suns guard Goran Dragic was named the 2013-14 Most Improved Player on Wednesday after leading Phoenix to the NBA's biggest turnaround this season. Dragic, 27, powered the Suns to a 23-win improvement (48-34), averaging a career-best 20.3 points …
Goran Dragic is NBA's most improvedESPN
SunsSuns' Dragic wins Kia Most Improved Player awardNBA.com
Goran Dragic Wins 2013-14 NBA Most Improved Player AwardBleacher Report
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Posted on 23 April 2014 | 5:23 pm

The NBA Is Destroying The NHL In The Battle For Postseason Cable TV Ratings – Forbes


The NBA Is Destroying The NHL In The Battle For Postseason Cable TV Ratings
Forbes
Those fears appear to have been unfounded as hockey viewership is up big this year, but even with that success the NHL is still way behind the NBA in terms of postseason viewership. Through the first week of NHL postseason play, the league's narrative

Posted on 23 April 2014 | 4:15 pm

Frank Vogel ‘coaching for his job’ – ESPN


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Frank Vogel 'coaching for his job'
ESPN
All of Bird's moves, sources said, were made with the intent to get the team at least one step further and back to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2000, when Bird was the coach. Lance Stephenson acknowledged Wednesday that he and Turner got
NBA Rumors: Indiana Pacers' Frank Vogel now 'coaching for his job'FanSided
Report: Frank Vogel 'Coaching for His Job' During 2014 NBA PlayoffsBleacher Report
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Posted on 23 April 2014 | 3:24 pm