NBA LIVE On TNT: Denver Nuggets v Stephen Curry

DENVER (Sporting Alert) — The Denver Nuggets face elimination from the NBA playoff when they take on Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors in tonight’s Game 5 Western Conference First Round series at Pepsi Center in Colorado.

When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Where: Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado
TV Channel: TNT, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (Golden State), Altitude (Denver)

Golden State leads the seven game series 3-1 following the exciting 115-101 victory at Oracle Arena in Game 4 and a win Tuesday night would see them progressing to the Second Round.

“When they come down and just hit 3s when you’ve just crossed halfcourt, you can’t scheme around that. You can’t stop that,” Denver forward Kenneth Faried, who scored 15 points and seven rebounds said of the Warriors’ shooting streak in the last outing.

“We just have to find a way to not let them do that.”

He added though: “We do got them at home and I hope our crowd can get as loud as their crowd was. It was deafening.

“You really can’t hear much and their crowd really gets behind them. I respect that. Our crowd really gets behind us when we get going. Hopefully we can feed off ours and show them a thing or two.”

The Nuggets will be looking to Faried, Ty Lawson, Andre Iguodala and Andre Miller off the bench to help force a Game 6.

Nate Robinson starts: Chicago vs Brooklyn Live Stream on TNT Over Time

Brooklyn, New York (Sporting Alert) — Nate Robinson has been confirmed as the starter for Chicago a point guard for the injured guard Kirk Hinrich in tonight’s NBA Eastern Conference First Round Game 5 playoff series clash with Brooklyn at Barclays Center.

TV Channel: TNT, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, My9 (Brooklyn)
Watch Live Streaming on TNT Over Time
Game Time: 7 p.m. ET, Monday, April 29, 2013
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Robinson was very impressive in the Bulls’ 142-134 triple-overtime victory on Saturday after scoring 34 points in the win. He scored a stunning 23 points in the fourth quarter alone.

Chicago leads the seven game series 3-1.

Robinson starts for the injured Hinrich, who picked up a calf problem and was forced to wear a boot.

Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah are the other starters for the Chicago Bulls.

The Brooklyn Nets, which won the first game easily, were on course to take the victory on Saturday, but collapsed.

But instead of looking back at the disappointment, coach P.J. Carlesimo wants his team to look past that defeat and focus on Monday night’s game.

“I think they are very acutely aware of the mistakes that we made and I don’t think we need that for tomorrow (Monday),” Carlesimo said Sunday.

“I think (Monday) is more positive and I think it’s really important for us to be looking ahead, not backwards, tomorrow.

“They’ll be enough motivation. They’re not going to forget what happened on Saturday, but I don’t think we need it. We need to dwell on Monday, not Saturday.”

Meanwhile, despite being delighted about the fighting spirit of his team to pick up the win in the last outing, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has warned his players to quickly forget that game and get the next job done.

”Well, it’s one game,” Thibodeau said. ”I like the fact that we never quit on the game. That’s been the nature of the team all season.

“They’ll keep battling. Things weren’t going our way, but there was no give-in. They just kept going.”

He added: ”The thing is, you’ve got to win different ways. They make shots. Some of the plays were defended well. We knew that going in.

“You can’t let your guard down against them. They’re a great team. They’ve shown that all year. We know we’re going to have to play our best game tomorrow.”

Live on TNT Over Time: Lakers v San Antonio

LOS ANGELES (Sporting Alert) — The San Antonio Spurs are one win away from sweeping the Los Angeles Lakers in their Western Conference 1st round NBA playoff series and they are heavy favorites to do so on Sunday night in Game 4.

When: Sunday, April 28, 2013
Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
TV Channels: TNT, Fox Sports Southwest (San Antonio), Time Warner Cable SportsNet (Los Angeles)
Time: 7 p.m. ET
Live on TNT Over Time

San Antonio leads the series 3-0.

A banged up Lakers side will be without several key players, including Steve Nash, Steve Blake and Metta World-Peace, who all joined Kobe Bryant on the sideline because of injuries.

With Blake and Nash out, the bulk of the contribution is expected to come from Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol.

Gasol, meanwhile, will be wearing a splint for tonight’s contest after he tore a ligament in his right middle finger during Game 3.

The star forward admits that they face an uphill task in coming back, but said the Lakers, who are 0-7 all-time in Game 4 when trailing 3-0 in a best-of-seven series, haven’t given up just yet.

“We’re wounded, (but) we’ve just got to stay positive and give ourselves a chance,” Gasol said.

“It’s been really difficult to play at this level of playoff basketball without your roster healthy, without four or five key players in your rotation … I’m proud of us because we’ve been fighting so much.”

Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni says despite the injuries he thinks his team can still surprise.

“You can’t do something that everybody will talk about if everybody expects you to do it,” D’Antoni said. “Nobody expects us to do it. We’re going to show up, going to try to do it.

“Why not? We’ve got good guys, and they’ve battled since February to get us in this position. Now we’re in another big hole, and we’re going to try to dig out little by little.”

Spurs on the other hand will not allow Los Angeles to build any confidence, adding that he and some of his teammates who are carrying knocks would love to get some rest.

“I think it’s very important for us as a team to finish (Sunday),” said Parker.

“Especially with Tiago (Splitter) being hurt now, and waiting for Boris to get back — me, Manu (Ginobili), T.D., we can always use some rest.”

With Splitter out for 7-10 days with an ankle injury, San Antonio has confirmed that Aron Baynes will start at center against the Lakers.

Game 4: Memphis Grizzlies vs LA Clippers Live and Starting Teams

Memphis, Tennessee (Sporting Alert) — The following are the confirmed starters for the Memphis Grizzlies and the Los Angeles Clippers in tonight’s NBA first round playoff Game 4 contest at FedExForum.

Watch Memphis Grizzlies vs LA Clippers Game 4 Live on TNT Overtime

When: 4:30 PM ET, Saturday, April 27, 2013
Where: FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee
TV: 4:30 p.m. ET, TNT

The LA Clippers lead the seven game series 2-1.

Chauncey Billups, who has been bothered by a groin injury seems to have shaken off the problem and will join Chris Paul in the starting lineup at shooting guard for the Clippers.

Blake Griffin is also good to go, despite concerns over his injury, while Caron Butler and DeAndre Jordan complete the starters for the traveling Clippers, who won both the opening games at Staples Center.

The strong bench includes Jamal Crawford, Eric Bledsoe, Lamar Odom and Matt Barnes.

Paul admitted to making careless mistakes that led to easy points for Memphis in Game 3 said: “I mean especially me.

“I had five turnovers and our turnovers led to 17 of their points.

“I just got to be more aggressive you know what I mean?” he said ahead of the game. “I’ve just got to be more aggressive.

“I played 30 some minutes and didn’t shoot one free throw. Something ain’t right.”

Meanwhile, Memphis has confirmed that injured guard Kenyon Dooling will not feature in tonight’s game.

However, Zach Randolph, who led the Grizzlies with a team high 27 points and 11 rebounds in the last game, Mike Conley, Tony Allen and Marc Gasol, the new NBA Defensive Player of the Year are all good to go from the start.

“We got to be ready ourselves,” Randolph said. “We got to play defense and match the energy.”

Brooklyn Nets at Chicago Bulls: Game 4 Live on TNT Overtime

Chicago, Illinois (Sporting Alert) — The Brooklyn Nets started the series very strong, but suffered back-to-back defeats in the next two games to trail the Chicago Bulls 2-1 in their NBA first round playoff series.

Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets Game 4 Live on TNT Overtime

On Saturday, the Nets will be hoping to steal a game at the United Center after giving one up at home in Game 4.

Deron Williams, Joe Johnson and Brook Lopez have all been confirmed, while Gerald Wallace and Reggie Evans will join them as the visitors look to make up for the disappointing 79-76 defeat in Game 3 on Thursday.

Kris Humphries and Jerry Stackhouse are both on the bench and will part some part today.

The Chicago Bulls have also confirmed their starting team with star center Joakim Noah in the starting team, after appearing to have recovered enough from his foot injury.

Chicago is not expected to limit his minutes either.

The rest of the starting team includes Kirk Hinrich, Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng, who collected 21 points and 10 rebounds in Game 3 and Carlos Boozer.

Point guard Nate Robinson will bring the energy from off the bench.

NBA Live on TNT OverTime: San Antonio v LA Angeles Lakers; McGrady inactive

San Antonio, Texas (Sporting Alert) — Tracy McGrady remains inactive for the San Antonio Spurs in tonight’s NBA Western Conference first round Game 2 playoff game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Watch Live Streaming: San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers: TNT Overtime

April 24, 2013 @ 9:30 PM ET |
AT&T Center – San Antonio, Texas

It was believed that McGrady, who was only snapped up by the Spurs days prior to the start of the playoffs, would have been on the roster for tonight’s contest, but Spurs coach Greg Popovich confirmed that the 33-year-old would be inactive.

San Antonio confirmed starters are Tony Parker, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter.

Manu Ginobili, who was crucial in the first game, Gary Neal and DeJuan Blair are amongst the players on the bench.

Boris Diaw remains out with a lumbar facet sprain and is expected to miss the entire series against the Lakers.

Meanwhile, Jordan Hill starts on the bench for the Los Angeles Lakers after returning from surgery for a torn labrum he suffered in late January.

After practicing earlier today, veteran point guard Steve Nash starts for the Lakers, with Steve Blake and Metta World-Peace also in the lineup.

Big men, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol compete the starters for the game here at the AT&T Center.

Oklahoma City Thunder vs Houston Rockets Live on TNT Online Player

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Oklahoma City Thunder take on LA Lakers on TNT

OKLAHOMA CITY (Sporting Alert) — Oklahoma City will be looking to turn the tables on the Los Angeles Lakers when the two teams meet in a Western Conference game here at Chesapeake Energy Arena Tuesday night.

The Game in Live on TNT at 9:30 p.m ET
Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
Leading Players Stats

Points Rebounds Assists
LAL Bryant 27.0 Howard 9.0 Bryant 5.0
OKC Durant 28.0 Durant 7.0 Westbrook 7.0

The Lakers (30-30) beat the Thunder (43-16) 105-96 when the two sides last met, but OKC has won two of the last three meetings this season.

Los Angeles, still harboring playoff hopes, finally reached the .500 mark for the first time in 2013 after edging the Atlanta Hawks 99-98 on Sunday.

Kobe and his fellow teammates will need to keep the winning streak going to avoid missing out at playing in the postseason and beating the Thunder on Tuesday is one game they would like to take.

The Lakers have won two in a row and five of its last six. They are 10-19 on the road.

Oklahoma City, in the meantime, has won four of five and has the second-best record in the Western Conference.

The Thunder are coming off a 108-104 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Centre on Sunday to shake off the 105-103 defeat to the Denver Nuggets.

LA Lakers vs LA Clippers Teams Live on TNT

LOS ANGELES (Sporting Alert) — The Los Angeles Lakers are desperate to stop the LA Clippers from running over them with their dominant free scoring and head coach Mike D’Antoni knows just what his team must do tonight.

Watch The LA Lakers vs LA Clippers Live on TNT, At 10:30 ET

“The biggest key for LA Lakers is keeping the Clippers out of transition and cutting off easy buckets,” D’Antoni said on Lakers.com. “[We] would prefer half court.”

The Clippers (38-17) are coming off a 106-96 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night for its third win a row and the Chris Paul led squad is hoping to build on those win with another at Staple Center.

Los Angeles Lakers suffered a 105-95 defeat to Clippers on Nov. 2 and then another narrow 107-102 loss again on Jan. 4 and are currently miles behind their city rivals.

However, Kobe Bryant, who is coming off a 1-for-8 performance in the win over the Phoenix Suns isn’t worried about the Clippers being so far ahead of them.

Bryant is also not worried about getting the stick from Clippers pair Paul and Blake Griffin, who will be teammates of his at All-Star weekend.

“I’m not worried about that. They can’t tell me nothing, anyway,” Bryant said.

Meanwhile, Clippers veteran guard Chauncey Billups said: “I think for the city, us being where we are and being a much better team than we have traditionally been and the Lakers kind of having a down season at this point.

“It’s probably a big game for the city.”

LA Lakers vs LA Clippers Starting Teams

Los Angeles Lakers – Steve Nash – G; Kobe Bryant – G;  Metta World Peace – F; Dwight Howard – C

Los Angeles Clippers – Chris Paul – G; Chauncey Billups – G; Caron Butler – F; Blake Griffin – F;  DeAndre Jordan – C