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  1. Eastern Conference playoff matchups are set, Bulls get the five seed after beating Wizards

    Apr 17, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau, Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson

    There were still a couple of playoff positions in play on the final night of the regular season in the Eastern Conference, but the Bulls made sure that they ended up with the more advantageous first round matchup. By taking care of the Wizards 95-92, Chicago locked up the five seed in the East, and…

  2. Jeremy Lin wants Rockets to finish strong no matter the team’s place in the standings

    Apr 16, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin, James Harden

    PHOENIX — The Rockets aren’t overly concerned with playoff seeding as they look ahead to their final game of the regular season, and maybe that’s a good thing considering the hit the team took on the chin from the Suns in Phoenix on Monday. Houston was unable to match the intensity of their opponent from…

  3. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Knicks wrap up two seed in the East, Lakers stay in playoff hunt with win over Spurs

    Apr 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while planning for your digital afterlife … Heat 105, Bulls 93: The outcome of this game was no surprise, but the fact that the Bulls put up a fight after falling behind big in the second quarter showed why they’ll be a tough…

  4. Jarrett Jack fined $25K for verbal abuse of an official after loss to Lakers

    Apr 14, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Jarrett Jack

    Jarrett Jack has been fined $25,000 for “verbal abuse of a game official,” the league announced on Sunday via official release. The incident occurred at the end of the Warriors’ close loss to the Lakers on Friday, the same game in which Kobe Bryant went down with a torn Achilles injury that ended his season.…

  5. Kenneth Faried is carried from the court after suffering ankle injury (VIDEO)

    Apr 14, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Less than three minutes into the Nuggets’ win over the Blazers on Sunday, another one of Denver’s starters had to be carried off the floor after suffering what appeared to be a serious injury. As seen in the video clip above, Kenneth Faried rolled his ankle on an attempt to elevate towards the basket, thanks…

  6. Rasheed Wallace may return for Knicks this week

    Apr 14, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

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    Rasheed Wallace hasn’t played a game for the Knicks since mid-December due to a stress fracture that later required surgery, but he may be ready to come back just in time for New York’s trip to the postseason. From Marc Berman of the New York Post: Rasheed Wallace could play for the first time since…

  7. Bulls put up a fight before Heat eventually cruise to victory

    Apr 14, 2013, 4:32 PM EDT

    Heat's Wade moves against Bulls' Hinrich in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Chicago’s performance in Miami on Sunday was yet another in a long series of them that makes you believe that no team would look forward to playing the Bulls in a seven-game series. The Heat eventually cruised to a 105-93 victory, exacting some minor measure of revenge on the Bulls for beating Miami in Chicago…

  8. SNL parodies origin of NBA on NBC theme song, ‘Roundball Rock’ (VIDEO)

    Apr 14, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    NBA on NBC

    It’s an obscure topic for sketch comedy in 2013, considering that the broadcast partnership between the NBA and NBC ended in 2002. But it turned out to be gold once executed by the cast of Saturday Night Live. SNL takes us back to 1990, and gives us an idea of what the initial meeting between…

  9. Kobe’s trainer says heavy minutes had nothing to do with his injury

    Apr 14, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni; Kobe Bryant

    In the hours following the devastating injury to Kobe Bryant, it was immediately fashionable (and on the surface, even logical) to pin the blame for it firmly on the shoulders of Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni. Bryant had been playing an insane amount of minutes recently in an attempt to drag his team into the…

  10. Heat to face Bucks in first round of the playoffs

    Apr 14, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks' Jennings looks in as Miami Heat's James tries to avoid Bucks' Moute in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    Even with only two or three games left in the regular season, most first round playoff matchups remain unconfirmed, and are likely to be in flux until the final standings have been cemented. Thanks to a combination of events on Saturday, we know of at least one playoff series that is officially set: The Miami…

  11. After complaining about it previously, LeBron says he’s looking forward to physical play from the Bulls

    Apr 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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

    The Heat will host the Bulls on Sunday, in what will be the NBA’s lone nationally televised contest of the day. It’s a revenge game for Miami of sorts, after the Bulls snapped the Heat’s 27-game winning streak in Chicago back on March 27. It isn’t known at this point whether the Heat, who have…

  12. Clippers move closer to home court advantage in first round of playoffs with win over Grizzlies

    Apr 13, 2013, 11:27 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Marc Gasol

    The Clippers got a huge win in terms of their possible playoff position on Saturday, by rolling into Memphis and taking down the Grizzlies 91-87. The victory puts L.A. in the driver’s seat for home court advantage in a potential first round matchup against these same Grizzlies, and gives the team a chance of moving…

  13. Bulls’ Rip Hamilton suspended one game for elbow he landed to the head of DeMar DeRozan (VIDEO)

    Apr 13, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls shooting guard Hamilton questions a call against the Charlotte Bobcats during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    Rip Hamilton has been suspended one game for “throwing an elbow and making contact with the face of” DeMar DeRozan during Chicago’s loss in Toronto on Friday, according to an official release. The incident, which can be seen in the video clip above, occurred with 5:33 remaining in the third quarter. Hamilton received a flagrant-two foul…

  14. Nate Robinson briefly loses his mind while trying to illegally steal a jump ball (VIDEO)

    Apr 13, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls Nate Robinson picks up a loose ball under Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry in Toronto

    During the fourth quarter of the Bulls’ loss to the Raptors on Friday, Nate Robinson found himself in a jump ball situation against Rudy Gay. Given the fact that Gay is listed at 6’8″ and Robinson is listed at 5’9,” Nate realized that he probably wasn’t going to win the tap, so he came up…

  15. Pacers head coach Vogel leads league in technical fouls, calls $22K in fines ‘money well spent’

    Apr 13, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Frank Vogel, Greg Willard

    If you had to name the head coaches who lead the league in technical fouls, the two names tied for second on that list with seven apiece might be among those you’d think of first. The man at the top of the list, however, isn’t exactly a household name, and therefore probably wouldn’t come to…

  16. Kobe Bryant has surgery, timetable for return expected to be 6-9 months

    Apr 13, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant will have surgery to repair the torn left Achilles tendon he suffered on Friday, and is expected to need 6-9 months to recover, Lakers trainer Gary Vitti told reporters at the team’s practice facility on Saturday. From Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles: Vitti said Bryant would be immobilized up to a month…

  17. Report: Tyrone Corbin will be back as Jazz head coach next season, whether team makes the playoffs or not

    Apr 13, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    It’s been an interesting, up and down season for the Utah Jazz. The team has nine players who can become free agents after this season, yet for the most part, head coach Tyrone Corbin has done a decent job of getting his guys to come together, especially when you consider how close they are to…

  18. Phil Jackson weighs in on Kobe Bryant’s injury

    Apr 13, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder

    When Kobe Bryant went down with what in all likelihood is a torn Achilles injury with three minutes to play in the Lakers’ win over the Warriors on Friday, it wasn’t his first injury of the night. As seen in the video clip above, Bryant suffered minor injuries to his knee and his foot over…

  19. LeBron, Kobe, Durant get Elite versions of their signature shoes

    Apr 13, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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    For the second straight season, Nike Basketball is rolling out premium versions of its signature shoes for LeBron James and Kevin Durant. The Elite series features lighter and stronger materials, along with some design tweaks that are most noticeable in the KD V Elite, which goes from a high to a low version for the…

  20. Kobe Bryant meets the media after suffering torn Achilles injury (VIDEO)

    Apr 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    We don’t think of Kobe Bryant as being vulnerable to season-ending injuries, considering his will to win and the amount of minutes he’s demanded to play down the stretch of the regular season. But after suffering a likely torn Achilles on Friday against the Warriors, he’s likely done for whatever remains of this Lakers season.…

  21. Kobe Bryant suffers torn Achilles in Lakers’ win over Warriors (VIDEO)

    Apr 13, 2013, 2:50 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    Late in the Lakers’ win over the Warriors on Friday, Kobe Bryant left the game with what was later diagnosed as an Achilles tear that will keep him sidelined for the rest of the season. You can see the injury take place in the video clip above, though there really isn’t all that much to…

  22. Kobe Bryant suffers ‘probable torn Achilles,’ will undergo MRI to confirm

    Apr 13, 2013, 2:02 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers kept their playoff hopes alive with a come from behind win over the Warriors on Friday, but likely lost their best player in the process. Kobe Bryant exited the game with 3:08 to play, after suffering the injury and then hitting two free throws to tie the game at 109 before he limped…

  23. Nets clinch home court advantage in first round of playoffs with win over Pacers

    Apr 13, 2013, 12:15 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Indiana Pacers

    The Nets made it more difficult on themselves than it needed to be, but when it was all over in Indiana on Friday, Brooklyn came away with a 117-109 win over the Pacers that clinched home court advantage for them in the first round of the playoffs. Brooklyn led by as many as 24 points…

  24. PBT Podcast: Bulls, Warriors, Lakers, Jazz, and thoughts on teams resting players

    Apr 12, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss last night’s games, which included the Bulls snapping the Knicks’ 13-game winning streak. We discuss the Bulls’ playoff chances, and wonder whether or not they can win a series against a first round opponent that will be either Brooklyn or Indiana.…

  25. Amar’e Stoudemire discusses meaning behind his teardrop tattoo (VIDEO)

    Apr 12, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

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    Amar’e Stoudemire is the subject of an hour-long EPIX Original Documentary entitled Amar’e Stoudemire: In The Moment that will premiere on April 19, the eve of the NBA playoffs. The video clip above is the most interesting of those released in advance, and features Stoudemire discussing the meaning of the teardrop tattoo he has on his face below…

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