Tweet of the Night: Matt Barnes, Patrick Patterson and Jalen Rose share thoughts on Durant

Kevin Durant

KD has to completely take over or Memphis is moving on. I think Memphis is to strong, Z-Bo is a killa
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Matt Barnes
Batman can't do it without Robin..
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Patrick Patterson
So many folks will be back peddling after slandering Westbrook these past few seasons. #NBAPlayoffs
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JALEN ROSE
Love him or hate him, but the absence of Russell Westbrook – or “Robin” as Patrick Patterson put it - proved to be the demise of Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder against the Memphis Grizzlies in the Conference semifinals. Without the dominant but sometimes frustrating point guard, too much was asked of Durant, who was asked to create for himself and his teammates practically every time down the floor. The pressure seemed to finally weigh down on

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StatBox Playoff Breakdown- Grit & grind Grizzlies begin with defense and end with victories

Marc Gasol

It’s no fun to talk about the struggled of the hurting, reeling, futile Chicago Bulls. They shot roughly 25 percent and scored 65 points without three leading players (if you include Derrick Rose). It almost seems like the Heat feel bad for the Bulls. A more interesting story is of a long-overlooked franchise seizing its window of opportunity to advance further than it ever has before: the hard-nosed Memphis Grizzlies. With Russell Westbrook out for Oklahoma City, Memphis knows it can move on

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SH Blog: Chandler calls out Knicks style of play, Metta says D’Antoni wasn’t respected enough

Tyson Chandler

Are the New York Knicks suffering from a selfish brand of basketball? When you think of this team, you primarily think of Carmelo Anthony as the team’s offense. That has always been the case (save for a brief period of Linsanity) for any team that ‘Melo has been a part of. And then, of course, you have J.R. Smith, who is known as volume-shooter number two on the team. So you have to figure that when Tyson Chandler is calling out

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SH Blog: Raptors, Sixers decide on GMs; Hollins declines credit for stopping Durant

lionelhollins

The Warriors knocked off the Spurs today to knot their series back up, 2-2. And they did it with Steph Curry on a balky ankle. Tomorrow night, the Thunder and Bulls will try to even up their series as well. If you know who’s going to win each of these series, you could probably make a fortune. The NBA future is about as unclear as it ever gets right about now. For a couple teams, though, the future is getting a

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SH Blog: Amar’e Eyes Game 3 Return; So Does Derrick Rose? Paul George Earns His Stripes

Amare-Stoudemire

The second round of the NBA playoffs have kicked off with a bang. And after what was a rather drama-less first round has become  quite the opposite as we watch the final eight contend for the title. Most notably, the Chicago Bulls shocked the Miami Heat in Game 1 Monday night — on the road no less — and the Indiana Pacers came into Madison Square Garden and punked the Knicks Sunday afternoon. Did you know the Bulls are 9-8 against the Heat

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SH Blog: Rose addresses Steve Kerr’s commentary on playing status, Nets contact Phil Jackson for coaching job

Derrick Rose

Can Derrick Rose still come back this season to help the Chicago Bulls against the Miami Heat in the Conference semifinals? Much has been made of why he – despite being cleared to play by doctors some time ago – has still been unavailable to play for the team. Perhaps there wouldn’t have been so much scrutiny on the point guard, who is still in the process of recovering from the torn ACL he suffered in last season’s playoffs, had he

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Bernucca: Melo Needs to Take a Pass on Hero Ball

Melo-AS13

Here’s the bottom line on Carmelo Anthony’s recent play. Using the measuring stick of points per shot, it is his worst four-game stretch of the postseason since the first four playoff games of his career. Furthermore, when compared alongside other worst four-game stretches of contemporary solo superstars, it is near the bottom. Following Sunday’s loss to Indiana in the Eastern Conference semifinals opener, the Knicks are 1-3 in their last four games, including 0-2 at home. Their only win saw them nearly

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Grizzlies-Thunder Preview: Five Key Factors

john-hollinger

That photograph (screen shot, to be exact) to your left is the key factor in this series. Russell Westbrook will be walking to the arena on crutches, watching either from behind the bench at home or in a luxury box when the games move to Memphis. And you know what Mike Conley needs to do? Send a thank you note to Patrick Beverly. Let me tell you a story: The year before the Donnie Walsh era in New York began, I was

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