Posted Date: April 21, 2014

Three-Pointers: Spurs correct course just in time to best Mavericks in Game 1

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Dallas dabbled in all sorts of defensive coverages but couldn't quite stop Tim Duncan. (D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)

Dallas dabbled in all sorts of defensive coverages but couldn’t quite stop Tim Duncan. (D. Clarke Evans/NBAE/Getty Images)

Up is down, black is white and the Mavericks nearly won a game with defense. Game 1 of this Western Conference series hardly went by the book, as two of the best offensive teams in basketball traded stops en route to a 90-85 Spurs win.  

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Posted Date: April 20, 2014

Video: Bobcats’ Josh McRoberts throws down poster dunk on Heat’s Chris Andersen

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Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts threw down a poster dunk over Heat forward/center Chris “Birdman” Andersen during Miami’s 99-88 home victory in Game 1 on Sunday.

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Posted Date: April 21, 2014

TNT’s Charles Barkley slams Pacers as ‘wussies’ after Game 1 loss to Hawks

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Indiana’s demoralizing Game 1 loss to Atlanta has earned the team a tongue-lashing from outspoken TNT commentator Charles Barkley.

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Posted Date: April 20, 2014

Spurs’ Gregg Popovich to TNT’s Craig Sager: ‘We want your fanny back on the court’

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Ornery Spurs coach Gregg Popovich delivered a heartfelt message of support to TNT sideline reporter Craig Sager during Game 1 against the Mavericks on Sunday.

Sager, who announced recently that he is battling acute myeloid leukemia, was replaced on the sideline by his son, Craig Sager, Jr. After taking two questions prior to the fourth quarter, Popovich turned to the camera and expressed his best wishes to Sager.

“You did a great job, but I’d rather have your dad standing here,” Popovich said to the younger Sager. “Craig, we miss you. You’ve been an important part of all of this for a long time, doing a great job. We want your fanny back on the court, and I promise I’ll be nice. Get back here. Good luck.”

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Posted Date: April 20, 2014

NBA admits referees missed late foul during Warriors’ Game 1 win over Clippers

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The NBA acknowledged Sunday that its referees missed a crucial foul call during the closing minute of the Warriors’ 109-105 road victory over the Clippers in Game 1 on Saturday.

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