Eastern Conference Playoff Preview Snapshots

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Everyone knows that the Eastern Conference is nowhere near as good as the Western Conference.  But that doesn’t mean that the first round of the East playoffs won’t be compelling. As everyone knows, all you need is one road team to win to make a series interesting. Can the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks rediscover their rhythm? Did the Boston Celtics build confidence with two late-season wins over Cleveland? Is Chicago’s Derrick Rose returning to form or just an accident waiting to happen again? Do

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SH Blog: West, East playoff races bring winner-take-all drama to final day

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The NBA regular season ends tomorrow, and as of now — even with most teams having played 81 of their 82 games — not a single first-round matchup is locked in. It’s an incredibly rare situation that promises to bring loads of drama both Tuesday night and especially Wednesday night, as the 2014-15 slate comes to a close. In the West, the complex playoff picture was reasonably summed up in one tweet on Tuesday morning from San Antonio’s star guard Manu Ginobili: So,

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Most Improved Player Rankings: Why Jimmy Butler should take home the award

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It’s that time of year again. After all of the laughs, other-worldly performances, and misguided declarations that someone was dead, we’ve arrived at the end of the season. It’s time to pick a winner for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award. As always, I told myself I wasn’t going to cry. As always, I lied to myself. (Sniffle) We saw a lot of improvement in the NBA this season. The Atlanta Hawks went from Eastern Conference Playoff Team With a Losing Record™ to The Spurs

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Brooklyn Nets lose control of their playoff hopes

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BROOKLYN – A string of poor play may cost the Brooklyn Nets a playoff spot in the pathetic Eastern Conference. Their inability over the last several games – and throughout the season as a whole – to consistently beat winning teams could end up being the back-breaker for this ballclub. Despite being without Joakim Noah, the Chicago Bulls outscored the Nets 30-15 in the third quarter and ran away with a 113-86 laugher that cost Brooklyn the eighth spot in the East,

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Tweet of the Night: Mike Wilbon again critical of the Chicago Bulls

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Mike Wilbon has not been a happy camper this season when it comes to the performance of the Chicago Bulls. The ESPN analyst has been putting the Bulls on blast through much of the season for one reason or another. He took a subtle shot against them earlier in the season, and a not-so-subtle shot here. Chicago has an overall record of 46-32 – good enough for a tie for third in the East – despite having various key players miss time

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SH Blog: Durant, Beverley undergo successful surgeries with months of recovery ahead; Rose returns to 5-on-5

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Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant underwent successful bone graft surgery on Tuesday morning for his ailing right foot, and the timetable of 4-to-6 months for his return to basketball activities remains in place. From the team’s official release: Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant underwent successful bone graft surgery today for the fifth metatarsal of his right foot, Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti announced. The procedure was performed by Dr. Martin O’Malley with Thunder medical personnel present at

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Most Improved Player Rankings: Jimmy Butler returns to the NBA

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Jimmy Butler shaved his head and wore No. 45 in his return with the Bulls last week. (We think). Last time we were all together in this space, I announced that Jimmy Butler was dead. That was evidently erroneous and inaccurate reporting. I apologize for that. I was just trying to honor a veteran. I know now that Jimmy is not dead. In fact, he only missed 11 games for the Chicago Bulls, then returned triumphantly last week against the

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Tweet of the Day: Responding to Cancer

For all of the perceived frustration with Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard — whether he clowns around too much or is really committed to winning on the court, he is truly a compassionate guy. That much is evident by his heart for kids and can be seen in his response to news that James Fisher, a young boy, had lost his fight with brain cancer.A video posted by Dwight Howard (@dwighthoward) on Mar 30, 2015 at 12:15pm PDTRest in peace lil

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