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Russell Westbrook's Fashion Once Again Steals Show with Leather Shirt at Presser

Hold the phones; Russell Westbrook is sweeping the nation with another insane fashion statement. This one comes just after he hammered the Houston Rockets for 29 points in a 105-102 win to push his Oklahoma City Thunder to a 2-0 lead in their series.<p>A tweet from ESPN personality J.A. Adande shows …

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Celtics' offense struggles again with second half execution

The Celtics knew what needed to change going into Game 2 and couldn't adjust. Will an inability to execute the offense late in games be Boston's fatal flaw?<p>Game 1 was supposed to be the low point for the Boston Celtics.<p>Blowing a halftime lead in Madison Square Garden through sheer offensive …

Hidden Keys for Chicago Bulls to Win 1st-Round Series

Link to Media<p>The Chicago Bulls picked up an impressive Game 2 victory after being stomped by the Brooklyn Nets in the opening contest.<p>There are hidden keys for the Bulls to advance past Brooklyn in the first round of the playoffs.<p>Obvious keys include production from Joakim Noah, Luol Deng and …

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Stephen Curry (ankle) starts Game 3

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Point guard Stephen Curry is in Golden State's starting lineup for Game 3 against the Denver Nuggets on Friday night despite a …

Al Horford leads Hawks to Game 3 rout of Pacers

ATLANTA -- As Al Horford led a lumbering fast break, David West doled out a flagrant blow that sent the Atlanta center tumbling to the court.<p>This …

James Harden diagnosed with strep throat, should be OK for Friday

The Houston Rockets said James Harden is suffering from strep throat but should have their All-Star available Friday for Game 6.<p>The Houston Rockets said Thursday that guard James Harden has been suffering from strep throat, but he should be able to play in Friday's Game 6 against the Oklahoma City …

NBA Playoff Schedule 2013: Complete Viewing Guide for Friday Night's Games

Friday is shaping up to be one of the most exciting basketball nights of the season.<p>You've got four Game 6s, all of which come in a five-hour span across ESPN and ESPN2. The 2013 NBA playoffs have already been captivating, and it's only the first round.<p>As Zach Lowe of Grantland noted, all the early …

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Knicks hold off Celtics' rally, win first playoff series since 2000

BOSTON -- Twelve years without advancing in the playoffs. Two failed attempts to close out the Boston Celtics. Nineteen consecutive missed 3-pointers.<p>…

Is Brook Lopez the NBA Playoffs' Best Kept Secret?

Brook Lopez sits atop the 2013 NBA playoffs’ list of breakout players. Lopez’ performance this postseason, his first, is echoing his best regular season so far—the one that just ended.<p>It’s more than echoing, actually. Lopez is peaking right now, at the right time, putting up numbers that surpass …

Knicks target Game 3 for Amar'e

GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson has targeted Game 3 of the Knicks-Pacers series as the date for Amar'e Stoudemire's …

Melo plays through sore shoulder

BOSTON -- Carmelo Anthony said that his left arm "popped in and out" of his troublesome left shoulder late in the Knicks' Game 6 win over the Celtics.<p>…

Keys for Miami Heat to Beat Chicago Bulls in the Second Round

Link to Media<p>Somebody wake the Miami Heat up from their mini-vacation. Let them know that an actual challenge will await them.<p>Despite having a roster riddled with injuries, including to the former MVP for the entire season, the Chicago Bulls managed to win Game 7 on the road against the Brooklyn …

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In Praise of Nate Robinson, the NBA Playoffs' Surprising Scene-Stealer

The 5'9" Chicago Bulls point guard won't be the most valuable player in the NBA postseason, but thus far, he's its most entertaining.<p>AP / Alex Brandon<p>It's always fun to pull for the "little guy" in sports, and in basketball, this is something of a literal truth.<p>In a sport that prizes vertical …

Bulls close game with 10-0 run to stun Heat in Game 1

MIAMI -- Nate Robinson was spitting blood in the first half, then delivered the deepest cuts of the night in the final moments. And the Chicago Bulls …

NBA Playoffs 2013: Monday night action in GIFs

Monday night marked the start of two 2nd round series. The Bulls faced off against the Heat and the Warriors challenged the Spurs. Miss anything? Catch up on the night's action in GIFs.<p>The Miami Heat were massive favorites against the Chicago Bulls as their second round series started. The Bulls …

NBA Playoff Picks: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder, Game 2

The Memphis Grizzlies and Oklahoma City Thunder have gone above the betting total in 14 of their last 20 overall meetings, which is important to consider when making your NBA playoff picks Tuesday, as the two teams face off at Chesapeake Energy Arena.<p>NBA handicappers will find that the Thunder are …

The One Key Thing for Game 2 of Bulls vs. Heat

<i>The One Thing</i> is a prediction-and-preview show that will tell hardcore NBA fans what to pay attention to for every matchup in the playoffs. These are every series' most intriguing storylines that you won't want to miss.<p>NBA analyst JR Jackson has spent all season watching NBA action, and he picked a …

NBA Playoffs 2013: Picks and Predictions for Wednesday's Games

While Round 2 of the 2013 NBA playoffs doesn’t offer as many games on a day-to-day basis as the action-packed first round, it’s often more exciting and anything seems possible.<p>The Chicago Bulls certainly proved that on Monday, besting the heavily favored Miami Heat in South Beach with one of the …

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NBA Playoff Picks: Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat, Game 2

The Miami Heat are 2-0 against the spread after opening a playoff series with a loss since the arrival of MVP LeBron James, which is important to consider when making your NBA picks on Wednesday as they take on the Chicago Bulls at AmericanAirlines Arena.<p>Sports bettors will find that the Heat are …

Miami Heat's biggest ever NBA playoff victory obliterates Chicago Bulls in Game Two

<b>Miami Heat 115-78 Chicago Bulls</b><i><br>Best-of-seven series tied 1-1</i><p>Miami Heat rebounded from their Game One upset to crush the Chicago Bulls 115-78 in a …

NBA Playoffs 2013: Non-Stars Having Major Impact Thus Far

Link to Media<p>When it comes to the NBA playoffs, we often glue our eyes to the stars and place them on a pedestal above the rest. As seems to be the case with every passing postseason, however, some of the less notable players have stepped up in a significant manner.<p>The question is, which non-stars …

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Here's The Profane Tirade That Got A Chicago Bulls Player Fined $25,000

Chicago melted down in the fourth quarter. Both Joakim Noah and Gibson got ejected in quick succession.<p>Gibson, on his way out, appeared to unleash a string of F-bombs at the official.<p>Here's the video (the Gibson part starts at the 50-second mark):<p>Marv Albert called it. You can here him say, "He's …

Luol Deng's Spinal Tap Ordeal Continues as Wounded Chicago Bulls Fight on

Right now, the Chicago Bulls are, among other things, a walking, talking bundle of basketball cliches. They play hard, they play as a team, they play for each other, they play for their coach and they play for the love of the game.<p>In these playoffs, they have shown resilience through all manner of …

Rose, Deng, Hinrich out of G3

Derrick Rose, Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich will miss Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Friday morning.<p>…

J.R. Smith Active for Knicks' Game 3 vs. Pacers Despite Illness

After a dominant 105-79 Game 2 permanence, the New York Knicks looked to have all the momentum heading into Game 3 with the Indiana Pacers. But New York J.R. Smith has fallen ill, according to Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com.<p><b>UPDATE: Saturday, May 11, at 7:09 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo</b><p>According to ESPN …

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Roy Hibbert takes control as Pacers rough up Knicks

INDIANAPOLIS — Roy Hibbert spent most the season being the Indiana Pacers' fourth scoring option behind Paul George, David West and George Hill.<p>The 7-2 center was fine with that. His mind was strictly on the defensive end.<p>"As long as I'm defending and rebounding, I'm okay with that," Hibbert said …

Tom Thibodeau Fined $35,000 by NBA for Criticizing Officials of Game 3 vs. Heat

Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau's wallet is officially $35,000 lighter.<p>Per K.C. Johnson of the <i>Chicago Tribune</i>, the NBA has fined Coach Thibs $35,000 for his postgame comments about the officials following a Game 3 loss to the Miami Heat.<p>Game 3 saw three technical fouls called between the …

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