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No need to panic in San Antonio

The Western Conference No. 1 seed San Antonio Spurs didn’t exactly tear it up down the stretch as they headed into the NBA Playoffs, even getting overtaken for top spot overall in the NBA by the Chicago Bulls on the last day of the regular season. And that indifferent play continued into Game 1 of their opening round playoff series Sunday, when they were stunned 101-98 by the No. 8 seed Memphis Grizzlies , a game in which the Spurs had been a 6.5-point home favorite. It was the first ever playoff win for the Grizzlies franchise. But the Spurs have no intention of making major changes or adjustments for Game 2 of the best-of-seven series Read More

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NBA Basketball News Bulls Pacers & Lakers Oklahoma

There are still some regular-season games to be played in the 2010-11 NBA campaign, but we do know which 16 teams will be playing in the NBA Playoffs . All the playoff matchups have yet to be decided, but we do know of a couple, and one of them pits the Chicago Bulls , the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, against the No. 8 seed Indiana Pacers . While the Pacers and their fans are undoubtedly very happy to be in the postseason, they’re probably not happy about facing the Bulls, the best team in the NBA since the New Year Read More

The NBA Playoffs open this weekend, and the defending champs are hurting. For NBA Finals’ MVP Kobe Bryant , the hurting is literal and figurative. After the Lakers’ 120-106 loss Sunday to the Oklahoma City Thunder , Bryant was probably happy to be suffering from various ailments, because it gave him an excuse to slip away from reporters, most of whom wanted to ask repetitive questions about why the 2010 NBA Champions seem to be collapsing at the worst possible time. Bryant has to go to the medical room after games to receive treatment on a number of injuries, most notably his surgically repaired right knee and arthritic right index finger. But usually that’s after dealing with the press. Not on Sunday, as Bryant skipped both talking with his teammates in the dressing room and the media scrum Read More

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Dwyane Wade expected back as Miami Heat chase Celtics, Bulls

The Miami Heat are hoping to have one third of their Big 3 back in the lineup when they host the Charlotte Bobcats at American Airlines Arena on Friday. Dwyane Wade said Thursday he’s optimistic he could return for Friday’s game after sitting out Wednesday’s 90-85 loss to the visiting Milwaukee Bucks. Wade has been bothered by a strained right thigh he suffered in last Sunday’s road win over the New Jersey Nets.”I’m optimistic I can play,” he said after sitting out Thursday’s practice, but working both before and after the session.Wade was certainly not very humble when questioned about whether his absence was felt in the Heat’s loss to Miami. He said without him, the Bucks were able to flood their perimeter defense toward LeBron James .”With Milwaukee, a team who really concentrates on the strong side, you need to have two guns,” he said. “Yeah, I could have been a difference, but things happen.” Read More


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NCAAB Championship Game Tonight

It all comes down to one night, when the (March) Madness comes to an end and a new College Basketball champion is crowned in Houston.The No. 3 seed Connecticut Huskies and the 8th-seeded Butler Bulldogs meet in the 2011 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Game on Monday at Reliant Stadium (9:23 pm ET, CBS).Butler (28-9 SU, 20-14-1 ATS), last year’s Cinderella team, bounced this year’s Cinderella right out of the Big Dance, crushing the hopes and dreams of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams with a 70-62 victory in their Final Four matchup on Saturday.The Bulldogs cashed as a 3.5–point favorite and the score crept over the total of 130. The Bulldogs know all about crushed dreams: Last season, the Bulldogs went all the way to the NCAA title game only to lose a 61-59 heartbreaker to the Duke Blue Devils. Guard Shelvin Mack scored 24 points for Butler on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor, but he was one of the few offensive standouts on either team, as both the Bulldogs and Rams shot less than 40 percent from the floor.

Meanwhile, Connecticut (31-9 SU, 22-12 ATS) is the last hope of the Big East conference, which sent a record 11 teams to the NCAA Tournament only to have just two (the Marquette Golden Eagles were the other) remaining going into the Sweet 16. UConn edged the Kentucky Wildcats 56-55 in the second Final Four game Saturday, cashing as a 2-point underdog. The score went well below the total of 138.5. The Huskies will be gunning for their third national championship. The Huskies’ defense has been huge during March Madness, limiting opponents to 59 points per game. Kentucky shot just 33.9 percent from the floor. The Huskies are a 3.5-point favorite and the over/under total is at 129 points in NCAAB Odds.

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