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  1. Nate Robinson rejects LeBron James at the rim (VIDEO)

    May 11, 2013, 5:30 PM EST

    Heat small forward James shoots over Chicago Bulls point guard Robinson during Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-finals basketball playoff series in Chicago

    Nate Robinson is listed at just 5’9″, but he’s been a big problem for opponents of the Bulls in these playoffs. We also know that height isn’t everything in his case, considering that Robinson is a three-time winner of the NBA’s slam dunk contest. LeBron James is listed at 6’8″, and is as athletic as…

  2. Preview: Thunder need Kevin Durant to continue to put up big numbers in Game 3 against the Grizzlies

    May 11, 2013, 2:30 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant sits on the bench during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff against Houston Rockets in Oklahoma

    As the series between the Thunder and the Grizzlies shifts to Memphis for Game 3, each team has signs it can point to over the first two games to instill confidence moving forward. We broke it all down here previously, and discussed it on the podcast, as well. But essentially, while each team had less-than-desirable…

  3. J.R. Smith to play in Game 3 after missing shootaround, Amar’e Stoudemire set to return

    May 11, 2013, 1:02 PM EST

    J.R. Smith

    UPDATE 7.44 p.m. ET: J.R. Smith is now expected to play in Game 3, according to multiple reports, including this one from the New York Post. 1:02 p.m. ET: New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith missed shootaround on Saturday and is questionable for Game 3 against the Pacers, according to the team’s official public relations…

  4. Bulls say LeBron flopped after being shoved by Nazr Mohammed

    May 11, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    APTOPIX Heat Bulls Basketball

    The play ultimately had little effect on the game’s final outcome, but it was the culmination of a series of physical actions from both sides. Early in the second quarter of the Heat’s Game 3 win over the Bulls, Nazr Mohammed fouled LeBron James hard near half court in an attempt to slow the Heat…

  5. Stephen Curry sprains ankle in Game 3 loss to Spurs (VIDEO)

    May 11, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors - Game Three

    Late in the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ Game 3 loss to the Spurs, Stephen Curry came down awkwardly as he came around a screen, tweaking his left ankle in the process. Curry was noticeably limping, but waved off his coach Mark Jackson in order to stay in for the remainder of the game. He…

  6. Bulls’ Nazr Mohammed ejected from Game 3 after shoving LeBron James to the floor (VIDEO)

    May 10, 2013, 9:15 PM EST

    APTOPIX Heat Bulls Basketball

    Things took a little longer to get heated between the Bulls and the Heat in Game 3 than they did in Game 2, but the first ejection of the night came much faster. Early in the second quarter with the Bulls holding a three-point lead, Nazr Mohammed committed a hard foul on LeBron James just…

  7. Report: Hawks targeting Stan Van Gundy as possible head coach, and yes, there’s a Dwight Howard connection

    May 10, 2013, 8:31 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    The Atlanta Hawks finished another underwhelming season under head coach Larry Drew, and while Drew is still under contract with the team through the end of June, it’s more than likely that the team will go in another direction next season. In addition to the coaching spot, the Hawks are going to need to rebuild…

  8. Mario Chalmers’ grab around the neck of Joakim Noah from Game 2 upgraded to a flagrant foul (VIDEO)

    May 10, 2013, 2:51 PM EST

    Chris Bosh, Mario Chalmers

    The fallout from the physical Game 2 between the Bulls and the Heat continues, as this shot to the neck of Joakim Noah delivered by Mario Chalmers in the third quarter has been reviewed by the league and upgraded to a flagrant foul. While the review is nice, these are the types of plays I…

  9. PBT Podcast: Are the Spurs in trouble?

    May 10, 2013, 2:34 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I break down all of the second round playoff series. We talk physicality in Bulls-Heat, J.R. Smith‘s impact in Knicks-Pacers, San Antonio’s defense in Warriors-Spurs, and try to figure out who has the advantage in Thunder-Grizzlies. We now have an embedded player where you can listen…

  10. Russell Westbrook says he hopes the play that injured him involving Patrick Beverley wasn’t dirty

    May 9, 2013, 10:34 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    Russell Westbrook met with the media in Oklahoma City on Thursday for the first time since suffering the torn lateral meniscus injury that required season-ending surgery. Most objective observers of the play that caused the injury, where the Rockets’ Patrick Beverley aggressively tried to get a steal as Westbrook was preparing to call for timeout,…

  11. Pau Gasol to be sidelined three months after undergoing knee procedure

    May 9, 2013, 9:49 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    As we told you on Wednesday, Pau Gasol underwent a procedure to remove scar tissue from his patellar tendons in both knees non-surgically. The procedure, called the FAST technique, was successfully completed Thursday morning, the Lakers announced via official release. Next week, Gasol will receive stem cell injections in order to help stimulate regeneration of…

  12. Suns introduce GM Ryan McDonough, who says his first order of business is to hire a new head coach

    May 9, 2013, 9:01 PM EST

    Ryan McDonough

    PHOENIX — The Suns held their introductory press conference to introduce new general manager Ryan McDonough on Thursday, who made it clear that cementing a strong candidate in the team’s head coaching position was the highest of priorities. Lindsey Hunter was placed into the interim role after Phoenix parted ways with Alvin Gentry 41 games…

  13. PBT Extra: Physical series keeping Derrick Rose out?

    May 9, 2013, 8:03 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    PBT’s Kurt Helin joins Kay Adams to break down all the action from the NBA playoffs. The series between Chicago and Miami has been physical, and Helin believes this physicality is another factor keeping Derrick Rose off the court.

  14. Why are there no games tonight? Blame the Lakers.

    May 9, 2013, 7:21 PM EST

    empty staples center

    We’re two games into each series of the conference semifinals, all of which are competitive and saw the higher-seeded team lose home court advantage. The NBA says it’s the first time since the league went to a 16-team playoff format in 1984 that all four series are tied after two games. So why is the…

  15. Matt Barnes looking for a payday in free agency after career-best season with the Clippers

    May 9, 2013, 12:12 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Throughout his 10-year NBA career, Matt Barnes has always been more of an agitator than an asset. There’s a reason Barnes has played for nine different teams during that span, and had never been able to secure a long-term deal at any time when given multiple chances at free agency. Besides his underwhelming numbers, Barnes…

  16. Klay Thompson shoots the Warriors past the Spurs to win Game 2, even the series

    May 9, 2013, 12:58 AM EST

    Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the San Antonio Spurs during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    In many ways, Game 2 between the Warriors and the Spurs was similar to Game 1. Golden State got out to a large lead behind one of its guards shooting the lights out, and San Antonio was stuck playing from behind the rest of the way. The first game of the series saw the Spurs…

  17. LeBron James, Joakim Noah pick up double technicals in Game 2 (VIDEO)

    May 8, 2013, 8:20 PM EST

    LeBron James, Joakim Noah

    Saying that the play during the first half of Game 2 between the Heat and the Bulls was a bit chippy would be a severe understatement. Miami seemed to want to come out with more of a tough-guy persona after dropping Game 1, and the Bulls were more than happy to engage in a physical…

  18. Pau Gasol to undergo procedure to relieve tendonosis in both knees

    May 8, 2013, 7:22 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Pau Gasol will undergo a procedure on aimed at relieving the tendonosis he’s been suffering from in both knees, the Lakers announced on Wednesday via official release. A probe will be inserted into each knee, and will direct ultrasonic energy to eliminate scar tissue without damaging healthy tissue. The timetable for Gasol’s recovery will be…

  19. Kevin Durant says Thunder won’t panic after Game 2 loss to Grizzlies

    May 8, 2013, 3:23 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant is seen in the second half of their Game 1 NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game against Memphis Grizzlies in Oklahoma City

    Kevin Durant was brilliant in the Thunder’s Game 2 loss to the Grizzlies on Tuesday, just as he was in his team’s win in the first game of the series on Sunday. His consistency through the first two games of the series, despite the varying results, was likely the reason for the calm demeanor he…

  20. LeBron says he ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if he spent time guarding Nate Robinson

    May 8, 2013, 1:36 PM EST

    LeBron James, Nate Robinson, Ken Mauer

    After the Heat were stunned by the Bulls in Game 1 on Monday, the team seems to have come to the realization that it can’t afford even one more breakdown defensively, at least in terms of how they gameplan for their opponent for the rest of this series. Chicago’s defensive intensity presents very real problems…

  21. Mike Conley outshines Kevin Durant as Grizzlies take Game 2 from the Thunder

    May 8, 2013, 1:50 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    There were multiple areas that the Grizzlies needed to focus on in terms of adjustments heading into Game 2 against the Thunder. The one they needed the most was made, in the form of point guard Mike Conley returning to, and then exceeding the stellar form he displayed for much of the second half of…

  22. Iman Shumpert throws down a monster putback slam in Game 2 against the Pacers (VIDEO)

    May 7, 2013, 8:02 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Incredible play here by Iman Shumpert, who skied over everyone to throw down just a monster of a putback slam during the second quarter of Game 2 between the Knicks and the Pacers. A lot had to go just right for this dunk to even become possible — the shot had to carom off of the…

  23. Preview: Grizzlies’ ability to make adjustments will determine their fate in Game 2 against the Thunder

    May 7, 2013, 6:47 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley shoots against Oklahoma City Thunder defenders in the first half of their Game 1 NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game in Oklahoma City

    There were plenty of stretches where the Grizzlies played just fine, especially defensively, in their Game 1 loss to the Thunder. Overall, the problem for Memphis was that they continually went away from what’s made them successful to this point in the postseason. There’s a short list of adjustments the Grizzlies need to make in…

  24. Suns name Ryan McDonough as team’s new GM

    May 7, 2013, 2:17 PM EST

    ryan mcdonough celtics suns gm

    The Suns have named Ryan McDonough as the team’s new general manager, the club announced on Tuesday. McDonough, 33, served as assistant general manager for the Boston Celtics for the past three seasons. “Ryan distinguished himself among an impressive group of candidates for our GM position,” said Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby.  “His natural leadership…

  25. LeBron says he’s ‘not stunned’ by Game 1 loss to Bulls

    May 7, 2013, 1:01 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game One

    When we previewed the series between the Heat and the Bulls, we had the Rest or Rust question as one of our keys to watch. We also were as dismissive of it as possible, considering just how dominant Miami had been over the last three months, winning 41 times in 43 games. Well, after dropping…

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