1:45 AM EDT, Sun April 20, 2014
Toronto Sun 1 hour ago
Raptors point guard Greivis Vasquez helps team stay close to Nets in Game 1

Raptors point guard Greivis Vasquez helps team stay close to Nets in Game 1

All season long Greivis Vasquez has told anyone who would listen he is not afraid of the big moment.
Nets Blog | ESPN New York 6 hours ago

Notebook: Shot-clock madness

TORONTO -- The first game of the Nets-Raptors series took on a bizarre twist when both shot clocks malfunctioned and went out. The Nets and Raptors played most of the second half without a shot clock and had to rely on the public address announcer to announce the time of the shot clock at intervals...
Toronto Sun 7 hours ago

Raptors all-star DeMar DeRozan fails to deliver in Game 1 of playoffs against Nets

In the uncomfortable silence of the losing locker room, DeMar DeRozan sat slumped in his chair, still dressed in his uniform, not moving, staring at a post-game statistics sheet.
Raptors HQ 7 hours ago

Rapid Recap: Nets Lock Down on D for 94 - 87 Win Over Raptors in Game One

The Toronto Raptors couldn't get their offense going this afternoon and dropped a 94 to 87 decision to the Brooklyn Nets in game one of their playoff series. Game 1 is officially in the books. The bad news, for fans of the Toronto Raptors at least, is that their team's first playoff action in six years...
New York Daily News 10 hours ago
Paul Pierce buries the Raptors as Nets take Game 1

Paul Pierce buries the Raptors as Nets take Game 1

Dubbed a "Dinosaur" on the front page of the local Toronto paper because of his age, Pierce buried the Raptors in Game 1 of the opening round, scoring nine of his 15 points in the final three minutes of a wild 94-87 victory that started with a profane insult from Toronto's GM and ended with a broken shot clock.
Toronto Sun 5 hours ago

Nets' Paul Pierce steps up late in Game 1 win over Raptors

The Truth hurts and when a game needs to be won, when an impression needs to be left in the opening round of a series, when a number gets called and stepping up is required, Paul Pierce delivers.
Nets Blog | ESPN New York 6 hours ago

Old man Pierce delivers playoff daggers

TORONTO -- Paul Pierce has played in 137 playoff games, pressure-packed Game 7’s and has experienced the intense spotlight of the NBA Finals. But he experienced a postseason first on Saturday in Toronto. The shot clocks malfunctioned and both the Nets and Raptors had to play most of the second half...
Chicago Sun-Times 1 hour ago

Tom Thibodeau unconcerned that Joakim Noah missed practice

Joakim Noah has said on several occasions that this was the toughest NBA season he’s ever gone through. It didn’t get any easier for the Bulls center last week. Noah returned to practice Saturday after missing practice Friday. The All-Star center flew to New York to mourn the passing of his mentor, Tyrone Green. Noah was unavailable for comment after practice Saturday, but he released a statement about Green’s passing. “I am saddened by the passing of Mr....
Nick Friedell / Chicago Bulls Blog | ESPN Chicago 2 hours ago

Noah, mentor shared special bond

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Joakim Noah could do no wrong in Tyrone Green's eyes. Green, Noah's beloved mentor who died earlier this week, knew his prized pupil wasn't perfect all the time -- but he loved him. He always saw the good in Noah's heart and defended him when people doubted the lanky big man running...
Nick Friedell / Chicago Bulls Blog | ESPN Chicago 12 hours ago

Noah practices, still mourning loss of mentor

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah was back at practice Saturday after being excused from Friday's practice for bereavement. Noah flew to New York to mourn the passing of his mentor, Tyrone Green. Noah did not speak to reporters after Saturday's practice, but he did release a statement...
Miami Herald 7 hours ago

Comparisons between LeBron James, Michael Jordan inevitable in Heat-Bobcats series

Although LeBron James and Michael Jordan won’t be on the court doing battle, the playoff series offers an opportunity to compare and contrast two of the NBA’s greatest ambassadors.
Heat Index | ESPN 6 hours ago

Are the Heat more vulnerable than ever?

MIAMI -- LeBron James has little interest in knowing the official human odometer reading. But the physical and psychological wear and tear accumulated from his championship journeys with the Miami Heat certainly have added up over the years. Considering three straight runs to the NBA Finals through...
Los Angeles Times 2 hours ago

Clippers' Blake Griffin makes a splash, but not on the court

Griffin spends most of the Clippers' Game 1 loss to the Warriors on the bench in foul trouble, and he fouls out in crunch time.There was less than a minute remaining, the score was tied, and where was the Clippers' most valuable player, biggest star and human billboard?
The Point Forward | SI.com 7 hours ago

Clippers’ Blake Griffin fouls out, douses Warriors fan with water

After fouling out of Game 1 against the Warriors, Clippers forward Blake Griffin spilled water on a Warriors fan seated courtside as he reacted to a JumboTron replay of his sixth foul. The water-logged fan’s companion immediately began laughing at him following the sequence, which ended with Griffin tossing his cup towards the sideline.

Kidd: D-Will 'set the tone' in Game 1

Coming off a subpar regular season by his standards, Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams said he was “motivated” going into the 2013-14 playoffs. It showed in Game 1 of his team’s first-round Eastern Conference postseason series with the Toronto Raptors. Deron Williams #8 PGBrooklyn Nets 2014 STATS GM64 PPG14.3 RPG2.6 APG6.1 FG%.450 FT%.801 Williams scored 11 of his team-high tying 24 points in the first quarter, galvanizing the Nets in their 94-87 victory over the Raptors on Saturday afternoon at Air Canada Centre.

Warriors vs. Clippers: Game 1 pre-tipoff notes

PrintAs expected, Jermaine O’Neal will replace Andrew Bogut (rib) in the Warriors’ starting lineup Saturday, and Clippers swingman Danny Granger (strained left hamstring) will be available after missing the past six games. Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said Draymond Green will get a lot of minutes, and Marreese Speights will see some time at center. The coach even mentioned Hilton Armstrong and Ognjen Kuzmic as the Warriors prepare to play without Bogut. “We’re going to keep on moving along as if he’s not here – as far as being on the basketball floor. He’s in serious...

Clippers reserves come up short against Warriors

Jamal Crawford and other backups score only 26 points in playoff loss.Jamal Crawford made a three-point basket from half court to beat the first-quarter buzzer, giving the Clippers a five-point lead, sending the crowd at Staples Center into a frenzy.
ESPN 9 hours ago
Video: Jamal Crawford Half-Court Buzzer-Beater #SCtop10

Watch: Jamal Crawford Half-Court Buzzer-Beater #SCtop10

Jamal Crawford buries the buzzer-beater to end the first quarter.

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