Bernucca: Any of East’s four teams could reach the NBA Finals


Did the Boston Celtics take the bait? After the Celtics easily handled the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 3, reclaiming home-court advantage and the upper hand in their series with a convincing win, Sixers coach Doug Collins tried to plant a seed of overconfidence in Gang Green. “I think they are looking at that other series a little bit,” Collins said. “I think they see Chris Bosh being out (for Miami). They see a tremendous opportunity for themselves.” Whether Boston did or didn’t, it


News, Notes, and Rumors from Around the NBA: March 24, 2012.


The Los Angeles Clippers re-signed free agent forward Bobby Simmons, whose second 10-day contract with the Clippers expired on March 18, the team announced Saturday. In 13 games played for the Clippers this season, Simmons has tallied 3.5 points and 2.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 37.1 percent from behind the three-point line. Carmelo Anthony’s shot is officially lost. But after his 6-for-15 performance in Toronto, he said it was his rhythm that is missing. “I’m looking for it,” he said. “So


Fantasy Spin: Friday Mar. 2

Kevin Love

It was a Thunder-ous statement in Orlando.  Kevin Durant had 38 points, Russell Westbrook 29 as OKC rallied to win. KD poured in 18 in the fourth quarter alone. Dwight Howard, the subject of countless trade rumors, scored 33 in defeat. I’m chalking up a quiet night for Serge Ibaka to his covering Ryan Anderson on the perimeter. It’s hard to block a 3-pointer. Elsewhere MIN @ PHO: Kevin Love was back with a double-double (23 & 10) and Luke Ridnour had


Notes from around the NBA: February 26, 2012


Roster for tonight’s game:Lebron James MiamiKevin Durant OklahomaCarmelo Anthony New YorkBlake Griffin LA ClippersDwight Howard OrlandoAndrew Bynum LA LakersDerrick Rose ChicagoKobe Bryant LA LakersDwyane Wade MiamiChris Paul LA ClippersChris Bosh MiamiKevin Love MinnesotaRoy Hibbert IndianaRussell Westbrook OklahomaPaul Pierce BostonDirk Nowtzki DallasDeron Williams New JerseyMarc Gasol MemphisLuol Deng ChicagoLaMarcus Aldridge PortlandAndre Iguodala PhiladelphiaTony Parker San AntonioRajon Rondo BostonSteve Nash PhoenixJoe Johnson AtlantaThere’s a rumor circulating involving Howard, where the deal actually will come down March 1. It goes something like this: The Magic send Howard, SF Hedo Turkoglu and Nelson to the Lakers; the Magic receive Bynum and Gasol. The salaries are close to matching up, making