Playoffs Day 9: Rivals Sixers, Celtics win, inch toward first playoff meeting in 10 years

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We’re not gonna get excited about Melo cracking open a 40 and the Knicks fighting off elimination, OK? Win again Wednesday night in Miami. That will make you the lead of the playoffs roundup. Here’s what everyone should be excited about: the 76ers and Celtics look like they will be playing each other in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Thirty years ago, this was the best rivalry in all of sports. Here’s all you need to know about how much these teams hated each

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Five Factors: Nuggets-Lakers Playoff Preview

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Like the June gloom, there is one thing you can count on in May in Los Angeles — panic from Lakers Nation. And all it usually takes is one loss. This year, the panic is beginning already with Metta World Peace suspended for the first six games of the series, further depleting a roster that is not as deep as last year when Lamar Odom was bringing a little of everything off the bench. Lest we forget, those deeper Lakers

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Tonight’s best game: Lakers at Spurs

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The San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Lakers did not play each other one single time in December, January, February or March. They’ve played twice in April, and strangely have blown each other out on the other’s home court.The series will get even more interesting as Kobe Bryant is set to return for the Lakers (40-23) from a seven-game absence to face the Spurs for the first time this season in Friday’s best game. Bryant leads the league in scoring with 28.1 points

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Tweet of the Day: Emiliano Carchiano

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Kobe Bryant is back. The will play tonight in the game against the Spurs
@SportandoBasket
Emiliano Carchia
Now this will be a game to watch. Following a Lakers win without Kobe Bryant that snapped an 8-game winning streak for the Spurs, they returned to the Staples Center and returned fire, crushing them 112-91. Tony Parker had a field day on Ramon Sessions, scoring 29 points and dishing out 13 assists. The series returns to San Antonio, in a matchup we may very well see in the playoffs. Kobe is finally returning, and everyone knows how much

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Tonight’s best game: Denver at L.A. Lakers

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With the news that Kobe Bryant would sit out another game, the Los Angeles Lakers will turn to their big men looking for another stellar performance. If Andrew Bynum can have a repeat of his 16 points and league-high 30 rebounds as he did against San Antonio, the Lakers may be equipped for success, even if he continues his quest to shoot threes or act rebellious in various ways. The Lakers (37-22) look to build upon a two-game winning streak without their leading scorer

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D-League sets record with 50 call-ups

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The D-League had a record 50 players called up to the NBA this season, the league announced Tuesday. The D-League also set a record with 64 NBA player assignments. The records are pleasant news for the D-League but not surprising given the abbreviated NBA training camps and the proliferation of injuries in this truncated 66-game season. The previous records were 40 call-ups in the 2009-10 season and 56 assignments in the 2010-11 campaign. All 30 NBA teams currently have at least one player

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Spurs lose to Jazz while three starters rest; Thunder beat Bucks; Grizzlies beat Clippers

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As the truncated season winds down, teams are jockeying for playoff positioning and home-court advantage. One of those teams should be the San Antonio Spurs. But coach Gregg Popovich is playing a different game. Popovich, the silver-haired, long-tenured guru who is among the frontrunners for Coach of the Year Award, decided to sit out three of his top three players – Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili – for the second time this season. The result was the same as the last time

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Russell Westbrook leads Thunder past Lakers amid Derek Fisher’s return; Heat beats Mavericks in finals rematch

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Derek Fisher returned to the Staples Center for the first time since being swapped for Jordan Hill at the trade deadline two weeks ago. Los Angeles showed its appreciation for him in a big way – playing a tribute video just before tip-off followed by a rousing ovation from the crowd. Perhaps inspired by the exciting atmosphere, he picked the perfect time to snap out of a personal funk, too. Coming into the game averaging just 3.8 points on 22.7% shooting since joining his new

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