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  1. Dwyane Wade reveals unsettling detail about his knee injury

    May 14, 2013, 12:14 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade

    Midway through the second quarter of the Heat’s Game 4 win over the Bulls, Dwyane Wade reaggravated an injury to his right knee that he’s been struggling to deal with all season long. We’ve seen the severity of the injury manifest itself in Wade’s game-to-game performances. He’s simply not been the explosive All-Star capable of…

  2. Grizzlies come from 17 down, take 3-1 series lead with Game 4 overtime win over Thunder

    May 14, 2013, 1:50 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    The Thunder were going to need otherworldly performances out of Kevin Durant in every game they planned on winning against the Grizzlies in this series. And even then, there was no guarantee that victory would be theirs, considering the fact that they’d need at least one other person to step up and deliver an above…

  3. Luol Deng officially day-to-day, but seems doubtful for remainder of the series vs. Heat

    May 13, 2013, 12:01 AM EST

    Luol Deng

    Luol Deng has been dealing with complications from a spinal tap he underwent late in the Bulls first round series against the Nets. Now that we’re approaching Game 4 of his team’s series against the Heat, things don’t seem to be improving quickly enough that a return to the court would seem likely anytime soon.…

  4. Report: Derrick Rose won’t return against Heat, but did ‘strongly consider’ coming back before the series

    May 12, 2013, 10:17 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    Consider this the latest installment to the Derrick Rose non-update update series, although if you’ve clicked through this far, we’ll assume you have at least a moderate interest level in the ongoing saga. Rose met the media at the beginning of the second round of the playoffs, and continued to say his return was “up…

  5. J.R. Smith, Kenyon Martin miss Knicks practice due to illness

    May 12, 2013, 6:47 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    J.R. Smith and Kenyon Martin both missed the Knicks’ practice on Sunday, a day after the team’s Game 3 loss to the Pacers. Smith was still recovering from the illness that caused him to miss shootaround on Saturday, and Martin was now under the weather, as well. “Kenyon’s kind of coming down with [illness], too,”…

  6. Nazr Mohammed won’t be fined or suspended for his Game 3 shove of LeBron James

    May 12, 2013, 5:13 PM EST

    APTOPIX Heat Bulls Basketball

    Nazr Mohammed was ejected in the second quarter of the Heat’s Game 3 win over the Bulls after delivering a two-handed shove to LeBron James which sent the MVP to the floor. The play occurred after Mohammed committed a hard foul on James before wrapping him up just past half court, and after James drew…

  7. Kevin Durant says Serge Ibaka’s shooting problems are ‘all in his mind’

    May 12, 2013, 3:46 PM EST

    Serge Ibaka, Kevin Durant

    The Thunder are going to need to get Kevin Durant some help on the offensive end of the floor if they’re going to have any chance to win three of the next four games against the Grizzlies to advance to the Conference finals. Serge Ibaka isn’t traditionally known as one of OKC’s main options offensively,…

  8. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau fined $35K for comments made after Game 3 loss to Heat

    May 12, 2013, 2:17 PM EST

    Tom Thibodeau

    Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has been fined $35,000 for comments he made about the officiating following his team’s Game 3 loss to the Heat, the lague announced on Sunday via official release. And really, this wasn’t a question of “if,” but more a question of “when” and “how much.” Thibodeau ripped the officiating…

  9. Tony Parker, dealing with bruised calf injury, says he’ll ‘definitely’ play in Game 4

    May 12, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Tony Parker, Stephen Curry

    Stephen Curry wasn’t the only one who suffered an injury late in the Spurs’ Game 3 win over the Warriors. Tony Parker, who was spectacular for San Antonio on Friday with 25 first half points on the way to a game high 32, suffered a bruised calf at some point during the fourth quarter. He…

  10. Stephen Curry ‘optimistic’ he’ll be ready to play in Game 4 despite ankle injury

    May 11, 2013, 10:31 PM EST

    Warriors' Curry regains control of the ball in front of Spurs' Green during Game 3 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game in Oakland

    Stephen Curry suffered a sprained left ankle late in the fourth quarter of his team’s Game 3 loss to the Spurs. It wasn’t severe enough to immediately force him out of the game, but he was noticeably limping, both on the court and in the tunnels of the arena afterward. Curry didn’t speak to reporters…

  11. Grizzlies take 2-1 series lead with Game 3 win over Thunder

    May 11, 2013, 9:00 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    It was by no means a beautiful effort from the Grizzlies in Game 3 against the Thunder, but they’ll take the effectiveness of it over the aesthetics. Memphis held Oklahoma City to 36.4 percent shooting, and survived a late run thanks to some key missteps by the Thunder down the stretch. As a result, the…

  12. Thunder’s Reggie Jackson converts acrobatic fast break layup in Game 3 against Grizzlies (VIDEO)

    May 11, 2013, 7:10 PM EST

    Thunder Grizzlies Basketball

    Besides a couple of drives to the basket from Kevin Durant that resulted in uncontested dunks, or seeing him drain clean looks from three-point distance, there weren’t a lot of offensive highlights from the Thunder in Game 3 against the Grizzlies. OKC’s starting point guard, Reggie Jackson, changed that trend with this fast break drive…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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,…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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.

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