• Nets rally to top Raptors in Game 1

    New York Post "The talk heading into this series was about how the Nets’ experience would overwhelm the Raptors’ youth. At least in Game 1, that turned out to be the case, as the Nets came away with a 94-87 win in Game 1 thanks to a late run inspired almost entirely by Paul Pierce, who was brought from Boston..." April 19

  • Blake Griffin dumps water on Warriors fan after fouling out

    Fansided "In the game, Blake Griffin is known as a pest, his flopping and flailing ways making him one of the least liked players in the league. But off the court, there hasn’t been anything revealing that paints Griffin as a bad guy. After seeing him dump a cup of water unsuspectingly on a Golden State..." April 19

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    cathalkelly @cathalkelly

    Paul Pierce, on if he'd ever played w/out a shot clock: 'I don't remember. Because I'm a dinosaur.'

  • Some GM’s think Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook to leave Thunder

    Fansided "Neither Kevin Durant nor Russell Westbrook can leave the Oklahoma City Thunder in free agency for the next few seasons, but that doesn’t mean a few NBA general managers aren’t convinced that one of them will be on the move down the road. Citing the difficulty of sharing the spotlight, according..." April 19

  • Cavaliers will not sign Carmelo Anthony as free agent

    Fansided "Assuming Carmelo Anthony exercises his player option and opts out of his contract with the New York Knicks this offseason, the small forward is sure to have his choice of suitors. One team mentioned to potentially be in the Anthony sweepstakes are that of the Cleveland Cavaliers, though most of..." April 19

  • Salary cap projected to rise $5M

    ESPN.com "The NBA has informed teams that it is projecting a rise in the salary cap of nearly $5 million for next season, which could aid clubs such as Chicago and Houston in their attempts to steal free agent-to-be Carmelo Anthony from the New York Knicks, according to sources familiar with the..." April 19

  • Klay Thompson doesn't regret talk

    ESPN.com "Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson said he didn't regret his now-famous "bull in the china shop" quotes regarding Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin said on a San Francisco radio station earlier this week. "At this point I don't really care. No regrets, it's fine," Thompson said..." April 19

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    Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps

    Masai Ujiri: "You know how I feel. I don't like them, but I apologize."

  • Emotion evident in Clippers-Warriors

    ESPN.com "Two days after Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson called out Clippers star Blake Griffin for flopping and playing out of control, L.A. coach Doc Rivers said he wants Griffin to keep doing what he's been doing this season, even if that includes flopping. "That's Klay's opinion; I don't..." April 19

  • Raptors GM Masai Ujiri screams ‘F— Brooklyn’ to crowd at rally before Game 1 vs. Nets

    Pro Basketball Talk "Raptors GM Masai Ujiri went above and beyond to hype up the crowd assembled outside before Toronto’s first home playoff game since 2008. But he may have let the excitement get the best of him. Yep — a spirited “F— Brooklyn!” was how Ujiri ended his remarks, and predictably, the crowd went..." April 19

  • Nash to Nowitzki: ‘What would you do if you were me? Would you come back?’ Dirk: ‘I’m not sure, bro.’ (VIDEO)

    Pro Basketball Talk "In the fourth installment of the fantastic Grantland documentary chronicling Steve Nash‘s season with the Lakers, we’re invited to a private conversation between Nash and his longtime friend and former teammate, Dirk Nowitzki. The greatness of this series lies in its honesty, and beginning at..." April 19

  • Spoelstra said no minute restriction on Wade, will be monitored

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "It's been nearly a month since Dwyane Wade has played more than 23 minutes in a game, but coach Erik Spoelstra said Saturday there will be no restriction with his All-Star guard when the Miami Heat open the NBA playoffs Sunday against the Charlotte Bobcats at AmericanAirlines Arena. That..." April 19

  • Luol Deng says Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters ‘love' each other

    The Morning Journal "Cavaliers forward Luol Deng keeps reading about how much Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters don’t care for each other. Some believe one of the talented guards must go. They can’t co-exist. Some contend they are almost mortal enemies. However, Deng saw no evidence of that behind closed doors in..." April 19

  • Pacers rule Andrew Bynum out for first round series against the Hawks

    CBSSports.com "The Indiana Pacers certainly weren't counting on him but if you were wondering whether or not Andrew Bynum would make his first playoff appearance since 2012, it won't happen in the first round against the Atlanta Hawks. Coach Frank Vogel informed the media before the series started that Bynum..." April 19

  • Raptors' Amir Johnson will be a key player in series against Nets

    Toronto Sun "Want to know if Toronto has a shot in this series? Check out how Amir Johnson is playing. It’s quite likely that Johnson’s health determines whether or not the Raptors can upend the Brooklyn Nets. Johnson, one of the NBA’s most under-appreciated impact players, makes everything work for..." April 19

  • After 'OK season,' Duncan ready for more

    San Antonio Express-News "Calling his play in the recently completed regular season “not great, but OK,” Tim Duncan declared he is ready to take on a bigger workload during the playoffs, which begin Sunday with Game 1 of a first-round series against Dallas. Duncan, the Spurs' big man who will turn 38 in a week, believes..." April 19

  • Phil Jackson to meet with Mike Woodson next week to decide his fate

    New York Post "Knicks coach Mike Woodson and Phil Jackson were ironing out a time to meet early next week to discuss his future, according to an NBA source familiar with the situation. Woodson was not invited to be part of the exit meetings with the Knicks’ 14 players that occurred Thursday and Friday, with..." April 19

  • Pro Sports Daily's 2014 NBA Playoff Preview
    PSD Staff, Featured Content Team

    Here we are in April, where we as fans get to see some familiar and not so familiar faces showcase what they’ve been working towards for 82 games. Big names will strive to add to their legacy, while rising stars will be looking to make their first big splash. April 19

  • Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes suspended 20 games for banned substance

    Yahoo! Sports "Memphis Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes will be suspended 20 games for testing positive for a banned substance and violating NBA's anti-drug policy, league sources told Yahoo Sports. The banned substance – Tamoxifen – was part of an athletic supplement that Calathes had been using, sources..." April 19

  • NBA holds drawings to decide lottery and draft order

    CBSSports.com "The NBA lottery and first round order is set. The NBA held random drawings on Friday to determine tiebreakers for the 2014 NBA Lottery and Draft order. Here are the results: · Utah (25-57) won a tiebreaker with Boston. · Brooklyn (44-38) won a tiebreaker with Washington. · Chicago (48-34)..." April 19

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    Mitch Lawrence @Mitch_Lawrence

    #Utah Jazz ready to pull the plug on Tyrone Corbin and go for a new coach, according to #Jazz exec.

  • NBA considering raising league’s age minimum from 19 to 20

    ESPN.com "Armed with majority support from owners and saying "we're ready to go," NBA commissioner Adam Silver made it clear that pushing back the league's age minimum to 20 is at the top of his priority list. The league's owners hosted NCAA president Mark Emmert to discuss the issue as part of their..." April 19

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    Los Angeles Lakers @Lakers

    Kupchak on Gasol: "Absolutely he's a priority. If you look at the free agents, there probably isn't anyone as good as Pau on the board."

  • Does Eric Bledsoe want to stay with Phoenix Suns?

    Fansided "Although they missed the playoffs, the Phoenix Suns turned things around this year, finishing with a record of 48-34. Despite playing in just 43 games of a meniscus injury, the acquisition of Eric Bledsoe was a huge reason for that turnaround. Most expect Bledsoe to re-sign with the Suns..." April 18

  • Showtime set to produce in-depth documentary on Kobe, 'MUSE'

    CBSSports.com "A lot of NBA players have tried their hands at documentaries. Chris Bosh had one or his 2010 free agency that to my knowledge never reached the light of day. Dwight Howard has done them. Carmelo Anthony. Amar'e Stoudemire, but all on personal levels, never with a big production. Steve Nash..." April 18

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    K.C. Johnson @KCJHoop

    Joakim Noah excused from practice for personal reasons. Thibodeau says he's in New York for "bereavement." Should be back Saturday.

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    Mark Medina @MarkG_Medina

    I'm told Lakers plan to keep Marshall. Pretty cheap team option (around $915,000)

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    Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers

    "I think the season has been a huge success for us,"#Sixers owner Josh Harris

  • Son: Craig Sager has leukemia

    ESPN.com "Veteran broadcaster Craig Sager has been diagnosed with leukemia and will start treatment Friday, his son confirmed. Sager, who has spent nearly 20 years covering the NBA as a sideline reporter for Turner Sports and TNT, is known for the bold suits he wears during broadcasts. He has been..." April 18

  • Ricky Rubio to push for bigger deal than Stephen Curry

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Now that his third NBA season is completed, Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio headed Thursday into his summer, an offseason that began road tripping with friends to Lawrence, Kan., of all places, and later will include training time split between Spain and Minneapolis as well as a Spanish..." April 18

  • Jason Kidd, Nets deny tanking

    ESPN.com "The Brooklyn Nets dismissed rampant speculation that they tanked down the stretch in order to set up a first-round playoff matchup with the Toronto Raptors. The Nets, who maintain that they were trying to make sure their veterans got rest and the team stayed healthy, lost four of their final..." April 18

  • Should Pacers trade Roy Hibbert if title bid flops?

    USA Today "This is make or break time for Roy Hibbert. The $58 million man is at a crossroads with the Indiana Pacers, a point in his alternatively inspiring and disappointing career when he's going to prove or disprove his worth to this organization moving forward. The playoffs, which begin Saturday..." April 18

  • Steve Nash: 'Can't rely on me'

    ESPN.com "As Steve Nash and Pau Gasol pondered their NBA futures following exit interviews with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, both expressed uncertainty about the months to come. Only their reasoning was vastly different. Nash, under contract with the Lakers for next season for $9.7 million, is..." April 18

  • Blake Griffin: Remark 'doesn't matter'

    ESPN.com "Yes, Blake Griffin heard that Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson called him "a bull in a china shop," adding to the familiar narrative that the All-Star forward plays a bit "out of control" for some people's tastes. No, Griffin will not punch back after the first volley in what promises..." April 18

  • Derrick Rose making 'great progress'

    ESPN.com "Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is progressing in his rehabilitation, and the team expects him to return at 100 percent, general manager Gar Forman said Thursday night. "He's making great progress," Forman said on ESPN Chicago 1000's "GameNight." "When he had the injury, we were very lucky that..." April 18

  • Kerr ‘absolutely expects’ Knicks coaching offer

    New York Post "Phil Jackson’s first real imprint on the Knicks organization will come when he names a new head coach or stuns the basketball world by retaining Mike Woodson. Among those waiting on the news is Steve Kerr, the former player and general manager-turned-broadcaster for TNT. According to a source..." April 18

  • Rodney Hood leaves Duke for draft

    ESPN.com "The 6-foot-8 Hood, who played just one season in Durham after transferring from Mississippi State, is considered a definitive first-rounder by many NBA executives and could wind up being taken in the lottery. Parker will likely be chosen in the top three picks of the June 26 draft. Hood..." April 18

  • Bucks' Antetokounmpo hopes to build on early success

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "A year ago, Giannis Antetokounmpo was a relatively unknown, raw basketball talent struggling with his family to get by in Greece. He was preparing for the NBA draft, hoping that he would have a chance to come to America and build a life and career for himself. To say the past season was a..." April 18

  • Noel ‘itching to get back' on the court

    Delco Times "Being a spectator for 82 games didn’t suit Nerlens Noel. So his plans for the summer months involve activity — and lots of it. The 76ers’ center, who sat out his first season to rehab his left knee, will get a rookie do-over in September. Between now and then, Noel said he’ll be a regular gym..." April 18

  • D-League could be major part of NBA raising age limit, sources say

    Sporting News "In the dispute over what should be done about age limits for players coming out of college basketball and entering the draft, expect the NBA's D-League to become a major battlefield. According to multiple sources, a proposed plan that is circulating now would see the age limit extended from..." April 18

  • Pistons' Greg Monroe admits team had chemistry issues

    Michigan Live "Greg Monroe, on the day his fourth NBA season ended and perhaps the occasion of his final Detroit Pistons game, was asked what the team needs to do to reverse its fates in the short term. "Um. ... I mean. ... Ahm. ... Well, um." He was saved by an offer to restrict the answer to personnel,..." April 18

  • Rejuvenated Wade hungers for victory entering postseason

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "To say Sunday's playoff opener against the Charlotte Bobcats at AmericanAirlines Arena could be a breakthrough stands as the height of hyperbole. The Miami Heat, after all, have won the past 16 meetings. Yet to Dwyane Wade, Game 1 of the best-of-seven series could bring him something he has..." April 18

  • Pau Gasol: 'This could be my last day, maybe' with the Lakers

    Los Angeles Times "Pau Gasol spent his final day ever at the Lakers' training facility on Thursday, yet again. Trade rumors never managed to whisk him off to seemingly every NBA team the last few years. So now Gasol has all the leverage, becoming a free agent in July. "I'll be in charge of my future and my..." April 18

  • Freshman Parker leaving Duke to enter draft

    ESPN.com "Duke Blue Devils freshman Jabari Parker is passing up his final three years of eligibility to enter the NBA draft. The 6-foot-8 Parker, a consensus first team All-America selection, joins Corey Maggette, Luol Deng, Kyrie Irving and Austin Rivers as Blue Devil freshmen to enter the draft after..." April 18

  • Carmelo's mixed message: 'I want to come back, but I also want to win'

    Newsday "Carmelo Anthony wore a red baseball cap with the letters "NY" on the front and talked about wanting to remain a Knick. But Anthony also sounded tormented about not being in the playoffs for the first time in his 11-year career He called it "embarrassing" and "a failure," and said he wants to..." April 18

  • Klay Thompson calls out Blake Griffin

    ESPN Los Angeles "The trash talking between the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors has started -- even before their first-round playoff series became official late Wednesday night. Earlier in the day, Warriors guard Klay Thompson called Clippers forward Blake Griffin out for flopping and playing..." April 18

  • Source says Adelman won't return as Wolves coach

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "There is no chance — zero — of Rick Adelman returning as Timberwolves head coach next season, according to one of the team’s decision-makers. Look for an announcement to that effect soon. Two college coaches mentioned as candidates to replace Adelman, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Iowa State’s..." April 17

  • Former Pistons star Grant Hill not interested in team's GM job now

    Detroit News "Former Pistons star Grant Hill and former team executive Scott Perry are targets for Detroit’s general manager job, ESPN reported. Hill, though, has told people close to him he won't consider a front-office position this close to retirement, but down the line when his children get older, he..." April 17

  • James Young leaving Kentucky for NBA Draft

    CBSSports.com "This one always seemed automatic. Kentucky freshman James Young is one-and-done at Kentucky, opting officially on Thursday to leave school after one year and pursue an NBA career. “My time at Kentucky has been special to me, something I'll always treasure, but I feel that I'm ready to take the..." April 17

  • Nuggets’ Shaw: “I definitely want to have (Kenneth Faried) back.”

    Denver Post "If there was any doubt as to which side of the Kenneth Faried fence Nuggets coach Brian Shaw currently sits, there isn’t any more. He sits squarely on the Faried side. He does not want to see Faried traded at any time. Shaw wants his burgeoning star power forward back with the team next..." April 17