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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

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

    May 7, 2013, 2:17 PM EST

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    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…

  6. 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…

  7. Joakim Noah defends Derrick Rose, says critics should ‘shut up’

    May 7, 2013, 12:27 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards

    After the Bulls stunned the Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Monday, Joakim Noah fielded a question about how proud he was of his team, considering all they’ve been able to accomplish so far without the services of their All-Star and MVP point guard, Derrick Rose. Noah wasn’t exactly pleased with…

  8. LeBron James to wear MVP edition of his LeBron X from Nike in Game 1 vs. Bulls (PHOTOS)

    May 6, 2013, 7:12 PM EST

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    Nike Basketball has celebrated LeBron James winning his fourth career Most Valuable Player award by hooking him up with a special and very colorful MVP edition of his signature shoe, the LeBron X. From the official release: “The vibrant LEBRON X MVP shoe fuses the unique colorways and designs of each style in the LEBRON X  series,…

  9. Derek Fisher fined for his role in double flop against the Rockets (VIDEO)

    May 6, 2013, 6:33 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Fisher defends against Houston Rockets' Harden during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff in Oklahoma

    Derek Fisher has been fined $5,000 for violating the league’s anti-flopping rules, it was announced on Monday. The play in question occurred during the second quarter of the Rockets’ win over the Thunder in Game 5 of their first round playoff series. This was the hilarious “double flop” achieved in perfect synchronization by both Fisher…

  10. Marco Belinelli fined $15K for ‘obscene gesture’ made in celebration during Game 7 win over Nets (VIDEO)

    May 6, 2013, 5:34 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets - Game Seven

    Marco Belinelli has been fined $15,000 for “making an obscene gesture” during the Bulls’ Game 7 win over the Nets, the league announced on Monday via official release. The offending incident occurred with 4:52 left in the game, and can be seen in the video clip above. For those newer fans of the game, Belinelli was…

  11. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat

    May 6, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Miami Heat's James drives against Chicago Bulls' Deng in first half NBA game in Miami

    SEASON RECORDS Chicago: 45-37, five seed in the East Miami: 66-16, one seed in the East, best record in the NBA PLAYOFF RECORDS Chicago: Beat the Brooklyn Nets 4-3 Miami: Swept the Milwaukee Bucks 4-0 SEASON SERIES The teams split the four meetings with two wins apiece. The Bulls snapped the Heat’s 27-game winning streak…

  12. Thunder take Game 1 from Grizzlies thanks to late jumper from Kevin Durant (VIDEO)

    May 5, 2013, 4:24 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Kevin Durant hit a pull-up jumper with 11.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter to help send the Thunder to a 93-91 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. Durant took control of things in the fourth quarter, where he scored 12 of his game high 35 points. This was a great win…

  13. LeBron James named MVP, misses becoming unanimous selection by a single vote

    May 5, 2013, 3:27 PM EST

    Miami Heat's LeBron James reads the label on his Most Valuable Player trophy during a news conference held by the NBA and Miami Heat in Miami

    The news we’ve known about for a few days now became official on Sunday, as LeBron James was named the league’s Most Valuable Player for the fourth time in his career. There was no suspense surrounding the crowning of James, but there was some curiosity to see whether or not he might be a unanimous…

  14. Pacers’ Jeff Pendergraph first to be fined $5K for flopping in the playoffs (VIDEO)

    May 5, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

    Hawks forward Smith is blocked by Pacers Pendergraph in the first half of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    Jeff Pendergraph of the Pacers has become the first player to be fined for a flop in the playoffs, thanks to his falling down while defending Josh Smith during Game 5 of Indiana’s first round series against the Hawks. There are no more warnings for flopping in the postseason, remember, and any offense is immediately…

  15. P.J. Carlesimo out as Nets head coach

    May 5, 2013, 1:23 PM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Brooklyn Nets

    The Nets wasted no time in addressing the interim status of P.J. Carlesimo. Less than 24 hours after being eliminated in Game 7 of the first round of the playoffs by the Chicago Bulls, Brooklyn announced that Carlesimo will not be retained for next season, and that they will begin the search for a new…

  16. David Lee says there’s ‘zero’ chance that he could play a significant role for Warriors against Spurs

    May 5, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game One

    When the news broke that David Lee was active and expected to play for the Warriors in Game 6 against the Nuggets, it was somewhat shocking, to say the least. Lee was supposed to be out for the season, after suffering a torn hip flexor muscle in Game 1 of the series. Lee didn’t do…

  17. Knicks targeting Game 3 return for Amar’e Stoudemire

    May 5, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    New York Knicks' Stoudemire celebrates a basket against the Charlotte Bobcats during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Amar’e Stoudemire has been out of the Knicks lineup since undergoing knee surgery in early March. The timetable for his return was said to be up to eight weeks, and should his rehabilitation continue to progress, we could see him as scheduled, and early as Game 3 of New York’s second round playoff series against…

  18. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Indiana Pacers vs. New York Knicks

    May 5, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony, David West

    SEASON RECORDS Indiana: 49-32, three seed in the East New York: 54-28, two seed in the East. PLAYOFF RECORDS Indiana: Beat the Atlanta Hawks 4-2 New York: Beat the Boston Celtics 4-2 SEASON SERIES The teams split the season series, each winning two games apiece. KEY INJURIES Amar’e Stoudemire has been out for the Knicks…

  19. Joakim Noah leads Bulls to Game 7 win over Nets

    May 4, 2013, 11:17 PM EST

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    Immediately after the final buzzer sounded in the Bulls 99-93 Game 7 win over the Nets on Saturday, Joakim Noah walked toward center court, screaming with excitement and popping his road red Bulls jersey. He had every right to do so, considering his inspired performance was the main reason behind his team’s victory — one…

  20. Deron Williams throws the bounce pass from beyond half court to find Gerald Wallace for the slam (VIDEO)

    May 4, 2013, 9:30 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Washington Wizards in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    There weren’t a lot of positives in the first half of Game 7 for the Brooklyn Nets against the Chicago Bulls, but this play in the game’s early minutes was one of the prettiest we saw. Deron Williams loads up and fires the one-handed bounce pass from well beyond half court, and it finds Gerald…

  21. James Harden says he’ll be active in recruiting free agents to join him in Houston

    May 4, 2013, 8:00 PM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Houston Rockets

    The Rockets showed plenty of signs of being a legitimate playoff team for seasons to come, both with the way they reached the playoffs in James Harden‘s first year in Houston, and with the effort they gave in forcing their first round playoff series with the Thunder to reach six games before ultimately falling short.…

  22. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

    May 4, 2013, 6:30 PM EST

    Tayshaun Prince, Kevin Durant

    SEASON RECORDS Memphis: 56-26, fifth seed in the West OKC: 60-22, one seed in the West PLAYOFF RECORDS Memphis: Beat the Los Angeles Clippers 4-2 OKC: Beat the Houston Rockets 4-2 SEASON SERIES Grizzlies took two of the three meetings. KEY INJURIES Russell Westbrook is out for the playoffs after undergoing surgery for a torn…

  23. In defense of Joey Crawford, Chris Paul may have actually deserved his Game 6 ejection (VIDEO)

    May 4, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    joey crawford chris paul

    We shouldn’t all know the names of certain NBA referees if they’re quietly going about their business of calling games consistently and professionally, without abusing their authority by ringing up players for quick and questionable technical fouls, or even ejections that fall along those same lines. Joey Crawford, however, is one of the biggest NBA…

  24. Clippers expected to take ‘about a week’ to make a decision on head coach Vinny Del Negro

    May 4, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Denver Nuggets

    Conventional wisdom said that unless the Clippers went deeper into the playoffs than they did a season ago after finishing this regular season with a franchise-best 56 wins, that the job of head coach Vinny Del Negro would be firmly placed in jeopardy. Del Negro entered this season in the final year of his contract,…

  25. Luol Deng remains hospitalized, is ruled out for Game 7 between Bulls and Nets

    May 4, 2013, 12:45 PM EST

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    Luol Deng remained hospitalized Saturday morning, and has been ruled out for Game 7 in Brooklyn between the Bulls and the Nets, reports ESPN Chicago. Deng missed Game 6 with what was originally thought to be a severe case of the flu, but it turned out he was dealing with something far more serious. He…

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