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  1. Michael Beasley says he’s stopped listening to everybody, including his coaches

    Apr 6, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    PHOENIX — Michael Beasley put together a stellar performance for the second straight game on Friday, pouring in 25 points on 12-17 shooting to keep the Suns within striking distance during their closer-than-expected loss to the Warriors. The effort against Golden State came after a 13-point outing in 17 minutes of playing time during a…

  2. Blake Griffin says Clippers shouldn’t hang division title banner at Staples Center

    Apr 6, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    lakers banners

    The Clippers are having one of their best seasons in franchise history, but unless it ends in the team’s first NBA title, Blake Griffin is among those who aren’t interested in putting up any banners at the Staples Center to commemorate the accomplishment. Having already reached the 50-win mark for the first time ever, the…

  3. Warriors one win from clinching a playoff spot after coming from 18 points down get win over Suns

    Apr 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Phoenix Suns

    PHOENIX — The Warriors are one win from clinching a playoff spot for the first time since 2007, thanks to an effort which saw them come from 18 points down on the road to get a 111-107 win over the Suns on Friday. Phoenix got off to a hot start behind 15 first quarter points…

  4. Jason Kidd drains 3/4 court shot off the glass (VIDEO)

    Apr 5, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    Normally, I’m not a huge fan of shots from half-court and beyond. It’s not because they’re not fun to see go down, because they are. It’s just that often times there’s more luck than skill involved, given the percentages. This one from Jason Kidd, however, was pretty amazing, The high-arcing, 3/4 court shot he launched…

  5. Mark Jackson says Warriors can’t afford to rest players to finish the regular season

    Apr 5, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

    Mark Jackson, Stephen Curry, Jarrett Jack

    PHOENIX — With only seven games remaining in the regular season, and in light of recent injuries to the likes of Tony Parker and Danilo Gallinari which could materially affect the results of the Western Conference playoffs, it might be tempting for teams to be cautious with their key players, and even consider resting them…

  6. PBT Podcast: Injuries affecting the West playoff picture, and will the Lakers get in?

    Apr 5, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Denver Nuggets

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the playoff picture with less than two weeks remaining in the regular season. We begin with Thursday night’s games, where the Nuggets got a costly win over the Mavericks, considering that Danilo Gallinari was lost likely for the season with a…

  7. Thunder take down Spurs, close the gap for top playoff position in the West

    Apr 5, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant drives against the San Antonio Spurs defense of guard Tony Parker of France and forward Tim Duncan in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    The Spurs have been known to rest their top players when their head coach feels the timing is just right, but Thursday night in Oklahoma City there was good reason for Gregg Popovich to see what his team was capable of against the Thunder while playing at full strength. San Antonio started the game with…

  8. Nuggets lose Gallinari, but Iguodala’s game-winner gives them win over Mavericks

    Apr 5, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    Danilo Gallinari, Chris Kaman, Shawn Marion

    Andre Iguodala‘s driving layup with under three seconds remaining gave the Nuggets their 19th consecutive home victory on Thursday, 95-94 over a Mavericks team that had plenty of chances. The win was a good one for Denver, considering the circumstances. The Nuggets, already without starting point guard Ty Lawson due to a plantar fascia injury,…

  9. Danilo Gallinari leaves game with knee injury (VIDEO)

    Apr 4, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Denver Nuggets

    This did not look good. At all. With 4:16 remaining in the second quarter Thursday night in Denver, Danilo Gallinari went to the floor on the baseline after his left knee appeared to buckle after he came to a jump stop on a drive to the basket. Gallinari appeared to be in a lot of…

  10. Grant Hill says there’s a ‘strong chance’ he’ll retire after this season

    Apr 4, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

    Grant Hill Clippers

    Grant Hill joined the Clippers last summer, after the one-year offer that was presented by the Suns was inferior to the two-year deal he received from Los Angeles. That second year may not end up mattering much after all, since Hill says he’s leaning toward retiring at the conclusion of this season. From Paul Coro…

  11. J.J. Redick latest to receive warning for flopping (VIDEO)

    Apr 4, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Dallas Mavericks

    J.J. Redick became the latest player to receive a warning for violating the NBA’s anti-flopping rule, the league announced on Thursday. Redick’s blatant attempt at fooling the officials occurred during the Bucks’ 109-99 loss to the Thunder on March 30. What makes this one so bad is that it worked to perfection. The referee didn’t…

  12. Ryan Hollins ejected for placing headlock on Goran Dragic (VIDEO)

    Apr 4, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Often times when a play like this occurs, it’s a result of a lot of little things that have gone on through the course of a game that finally have come to a boiling point for a particular player. It’s just hard to see that being the case here, considering that Ryan Hollins played all…

  13. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Carmelo’s 40 points lead Knicks to 10th straight victory

    Apr 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony reacts after scoring against Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while choosing sides in the battle between Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi … Knicks 95, Hawks 82: The Knicks extended their league-best winning streak to 10 games on Wednesday, thanks to a dominant offensive performance from Carmelo Anthony for the second straight…

  14. Deron Williams dunks for the first time all season (VIDEO)

    Apr 3, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    The dunk itself (via TheBrooklynGame.com) wan’t anything extra-special. But the fact that it was the first all season from Deron Williams for the Nets is something worth noticing. All it took was a minimal move and drive to the basket from Williams to make this a reality. The Cavs were more than complicit in the effort, by…

  15. Lakers set to fix mistake on Shaq’s retired jersey before Friday night’s game vs. Grizzlies

    Apr 3, 2013, 8:27 PM EDT

    shaq jersey staples

    When the Lakers retired the jersey of Shaquille O’Neal in a halftime ceremony on Tuesday, something appeared to be off with the replica that was unveiled on the wall of the Staples Center, hanging alongside the rest of the retired numbers of the all-time great Lakers. O’Neal’s name and number were incorrectly emblazoned on the…

  16. Bradley Beal to miss remainder of the season with stress fracture

    Apr 3, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

    Bradley Beal

    A rough rookie season from an injury standpoint will finally come to an end for Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards, who will miss the remainder of the season with a stress injury to his right fibula, the team announced on Wednesday. Beal is expected to be sidelined from basketball activities for approximately six weeks.…

  17. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Knicks continue streaking, shorthanded Heat take care of Spurs

    Apr 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while trying to avoid seeing the replay of Kevin Ware’s horrific injury in the Elite Eight. Heat 88, Spurs 86: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Mario Chalmers all sat out of this one for Miami due to various injuries, but the Heat managed…

  18. Heat beat Spurs without LeBron and Wade thanks to game-winning three from Chris Bosh (VIDEO)

    Mar 31, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    The big story before tip-off in San Antonio was the fact that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Mario Chalmers would all be held out Sunday night against the Spurs due to various injuries. By the time the game was over, the Heat had come away with an unexpected 88-86 victory, thanks to the last-second heroics…

  19. Andrew Bynum not expected to give Sixers special consideration in free agncy

    Mar 31, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

    After the Sixers traded for Andrew Bynum last summer, who was coming off of an All-Star season as a member of the L.A. Lakers, the franchise expected to be even better than it was the year before, which concluded with Philadelphia advancing into the second round of the playoffs. It didn’t turn out that way…

  20. Cavaliers get Kyrie Irving back Sunday against Hornets

    Mar 31, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    Kyrie Irving will return to the Cavaliers’ lineup against the Hornets, the team announced on Sunday. Irving has missed his tam’s last eight games with a shoulder injury, and despite Cleveland riding a seven game losing streak and already having been eliminated from playoff contention with just 11 regular season games remaining, the team is…

  21. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade both out for Heat vs. Spurs

    Mar 31, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT

    Dwayne Wade, LeBron James

    A possible NBA Finals preview between the Heat and the Spurs on Sunday in San Antonio will now be nothing more than a regular season contest featuring at least one team playing mostly with its reserves. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Mario Chalmers will all be out for the Heat due to injury, the team…

  22. Kobe plans to decide on retirement date this summer

    Mar 31, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant will enter the 2013-14 season in the final year of his current Lakers contract, one that will pay him over $30 million for next season. Bryant and the Lakers could come to terms on an extension this summer, but before doing so, Bryant would first need to decide that he wishes to continue…

  23. Carlos Boozer accidentally punches referee below the belt (VIDEO)

    Mar 31, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Boozer reacts after being called for a foul in their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    This looked at lot worse than it was. After converting a shot in the lane and drawing a foul call on Dirk Nowitzki, Carlos Boozer was excited. So excited, in fact, that he failed to notice referee Danny Crawford standing right next to him. Boozer went for the celebratory fist pump, which ended up accidentally…

  24. DeMarcus Cousins attempts two three-pointers in final seconds of loss to Lakers, fails miserably (VIDEO)

    Mar 31, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins ranks 11th out of 12 Sacramento Kings players in three-point shooting percentage this season. He’s 4-21 from beyond the arc, good for a mark of 19 percent. This is a relevant statistic in light of the events that took place on the Kings’ final meaningful offensive possession during Saturday night’s 103-98 home loss…

  25. Bulls’ hard foul on LeBron upgraded to a flagrant

    Mar 31, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James holds his face after a play as Chicago Bulls' Boozer looks on, during their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    After the Bulls snapped the Heat’s 27-game winning streak, LeBron James wasn’t pleased with the physical way that Chicago played him defensively, and lamented the lack of flagrant fouls called on two specific plays. Those comments apparently made their way to the league office, where at least one play from that game was reviewed, and…

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