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Dan Feldman

  1. Steve Nash: ‘I’m not myself’

    Apr 21, 2013, 10:51 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Steve Nash – who left his last two games, March 28 and March 30, with injuries – shot just 6-of-15 and had only three assists in the Lakers’ Game 1 loss to the Spurs today. He was a big reason the Lakers posted a dismal offensive rating of 82.7, which was slightly lower when Nash…

  2. Derrick Rose ‘most likely out,’ for playoffs, ‘but you never know’

    Apr 21, 2013, 3:54 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets - Game One

    Derrick Rose has no stated plans to return this season, but neither he nor the Bulls have said he won’t. So, you’ll continue to see non-news news like this from Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau. Via Luke Stuckmeyer of CSN Chicago: “Most likely out, but you never know. The playoffs are stretched out too, so you…

  3. David Lee out for season, spelling big problems for Warriors against Nuggets

    Apr 21, 2013, 1:28 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game One

    Warriors forward David Lee is out for the season after tearing his right hip flexor against the Nuggets, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com: The Warriors were already in a hole after losing Game 1 to Denver, and they just sunk a lot deeper. Not only is Lee – who averaged 18.5 points and 11.2…

  4. Deron Williams dunks, Nets throttle limping Bulls

    Apr 20, 2013, 11:43 PM EDT

    BKN-BULLS-NETS

    Deron Williams made a pair of free throws as the Barclays Center fans chanted “M-V-P!” On the Bulls’ next possession, Williams stole the ball, sprinted down the court and – the same player who didn’t dunk until April – delivered a reverse slam. More than we’ve realized, this is a different Deron Williams. Frankly, and…

  5. Seven players whose teams need them to step up big in the postseason

    Apr 20, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    Jeff Green Since his 43-point game in mid-March (excluding Boston’s season finale, when regular players rested), Green has averaged 20.0, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. By any eye test, he’s looked excellent. But in that span, the Celtics have been outscored by 3.6 points per 100 possession with him on the court and…

  6. Don’t sleep on the Grizzlies and Hawks, or what we can learn by focusing on teams’ playoff rotations

    Apr 20, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Atlanta Hawks

    As the playoffs approach, teams’ regular-season statistics will inevitably be used to compare teams. Occasionally, these numbers will be filtered in some way, but for the most part, full-year statistics will be used. But what difference does it make now how the Grizzlies played with Rudy Gay, how the Lakers played with Kobe Bryant or…

  7. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets

    Apr 19, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets

    SEASON RECORDS Oklahoma City: 60-22, first seed in East Houston: 45-37, eighth seed in East SEASON SERIES The Thunder won 2-1, though that doesn’t truly capture how much they dominated the series. Oklahoma City won by 22 and 30, and Houston won by just three. KEY INJURIES Oklahoma City: Kevin Martin and Kendrick Perkins haven’t…

  8. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls

    Apr 19, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets center Lopez is fouled by Chicago Bulls forward Deng in front of Bulls center Mohammed in the second half of their NBA basketball game in New York

    SEASON RECORDS Brooklyn: 49-33, fourth seed in East Chicago: 45-37, fifth seed in East SEASON SERIES The Bulls won 3-1, but one win came by one and another came by two. KEY INJURIES Chicago: Derrick Rose is out until he’s not, and at this point, the Bulls can’t really worry about him. They can, however,…

  9. O.J. Mayo opts to become a free agent this summer

    Apr 18, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

    John Salmons, O.J. Mayo

    Squeezed by the market last off-season, O.J. Mayo signed relatively modest two-year contract containing a player option for the second season with the Mavericks last summer in order to rehabilitate his stock, and that’s what he did. After a much more successful season than his previous two, Mayo has declined his player option for just…

  10. Three Stars of the Night whose seasons are over

    Apr 18, 2013, 2:23 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Miami Heat

    Pau Gasol (17 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists), John Henson (28 points and 16 rebounds), Zach Randolph (25 points and 19 rebounds), Chris Paul (25 points, 11 assists and no turnovers) and Gerald Green (34 points) will have at least a chance to make their mark in the playoffs, but we’re honoring three players…

  11. Stephen Curry on verge of breaking Ray Allen’s single-season 3-point record

    Apr 17, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry

    Stephen Curry will likely break Ray Allen’s record for 3-pointers in a season (269) when the Warriors play the Trail Blazers tonight – Curry has 268, and he’s made at least two 3-pointers in 65 of his 77 games – but that’s not the most remarkable aspect of Curry’s outside shooting. Curry is shooting 3-pointers,…

  12. Suns players irritated by playing for Suns

    Apr 17, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT

    Luis Scola, Dante Cunningham, Ricky Rubio

    The Suns have gone from a team trending downward with no direction featuring the awesome play of Steve Nash to a team trending downward with no direction. They haven’t had a winning season since Amar’e Stoudemire played for them, and their 25-56 record guarantees the second-worst mark in franchise history, behind only the 16-66 team…

  13. Marcus Smart surprisingly (foolishly?) returning to Oklahoma State

    Apr 17, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT

    Marcus Smart

    Marcus Smart will return to Oklahoma State for his sophomore season, according to John Helsley of The Oklahoman. Smart’s decision is rather curious. He nearly certainly would have been a top-10 pick and had No. 1 overall potential this year. The point guard needs work – especially his jump shot and his ability to take…

  14. The other time NBA teams didn’t all play the same number of games

    Apr 16, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

    pbt bill sharman

    The Celtics-Pacers game last night was cancelled and won’t be made up in light of the bombings at the Boston Marathon. According to STATS: this the first time in NBA history that not every team has played the same number of games. There are obviously more pressing issues related to the Boston tragedy, but I…

  15. Otto Porter leaving Georgetown for NBA Draft

    Apr 15, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast v Georgetown

    Otto Porter is the latest player to declare for the NBA Draft, leaving Georgetown with two years of eligibility remaining. Porter makes a strong case for the No. 2 pick behind Nerlens Noel, but Evan Turner might hurt Porter’s case. Turner was also a do-it-all college player who lacked elite athleticism, and that deficiency has…

  16. Solomon Jones: Knicks starter by night, free-agent-to-be by day

    Apr 15, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

    Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony, Solomon Jones

    The Knicks started Solomon Jones yesterday. Today, they waived him. Jones played just two game with New York, but he will go down in Knicks history, according to Adam Reisinger: Solomon Jones finishes his stint in NY with the worst PER in Knicks history (minimum 15 minutes played): -5.7 Why would the Knicks do this?…

  17. Alex Len to declare for NBA Draft

    Apr 15, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

    2013 NIT Championship - Semifinals

    Maryland center Alex Len will declare for the NBA Draft, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Len is a likely lottery pick – ESPN ranks him eighth and Draft Express ranks him 11th on their board – for one big reason: He’s 7-foot-1. Teams often favor height in the draft, because the tall players…

  18. Trey Burke declares for NBA Draft

    Apr 14, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    Trey Burke, John Beilein

    Michigan point guard Trey Burke considered turning pro last season. After returning to school, he was the best player in college basketball and led Michigan to the national-championship game. So, it should be no surprise he declared for the NBA Draft this time. Burke said he heard he might be picked in the top 15,…

  19. Trevor Booker wants to show his talent – with Wizards or new team

    Apr 14, 2013, 12:19 PM EDT

    Trevor Booker, Serge Ibaka

    Trevor Booker has more double-doubles (2) than 30-minute games (1) this season. He’s been in and out of the Wizards’ rotation, a difficult situation for a 25-year-old entering the final year of his rookie contract. Via Ben Standig of CSN Washington: “Right now they’ve got me as a role player,” Booker said before Friday’s home…

  20. Knicks sign Solomon Jones, not James Singleton

    Apr 12, 2013, 12:21 PM EDT

    Solomon Jones

    The Knicks finally realized 38-year-old Rasheed Wallace, 39-year-old Marcus Camby and 40-year-old Kurt Thomas might not hold up for a full season as the team’s backup bigs. After initial reports they would waive Thomas and sign James Singleton, the Knicks will actually do something about their old and injured frontcourt. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:…

  21. Bulls end Knicks’ win streak behind inspired play of Nate Robinson and Jimmy Butler

    Apr 12, 2013, 12:01 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Robinson goes the the basket against New York Knicks' Anthony during the overtime of their NBA basketball game in Chicago, Illinois

    On Dec. 18, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported the Knicks were considering waiving Nate Robinson. That same day, Butler scored six points to raise his season scoring average. Tonight, Robinson and Butler led the hard-playing, hard-charging, hard-celebrating Bulls to a 118-111 overtime win over the Knicks, whose 13-game win streak ended the same…

  22. Joakim Noah’s plantar fasciitis will bother him into playoffs

    Apr 11, 2013, 10:52 PM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast v Florida

    At this time of year, it can be difficult to tell which injuries are serious and which are listed by teams because they want to rest players and avoid fines. Joakim Noah has played only one game since March 21, so his injury definitely was serious, though it’s unclear to what degree the Bulls are…

  23. Jordan Hill might return from ‘season-ending’ surgery

    Apr 11, 2013, 9:17 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets' Koufos fouls Los Angeles Lakers' Hill during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Jordan Hill underwent what was deemed season-ending surgery in January, but if the Lakers advance deep enough in the playoffs, Hill might return this year. Dave McMenamin of ESPN: Hill will begin running with 70 percent of his body weight, according to the team. He will gradually increase the weight on the treadmill, barring any…

  24. Kobe Bryant tells Pau Gasol how to play without him

    Apr 10, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant

    The Lakers have struggled to get the most from Pau Gasol this season, so, as is often the case when the Lakers struggle, Kobe Bryant took matters into his own hands. Case in point, Kobe’s conversation with Gasol during last night’s game against the Hornets. Via Melissa Rohlin of the Los Angeles Times: “I basically…

  25. Three Stars of the Night: Small forward edition

    Apr 10, 2013, 2:17 AM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony dribbles down the court past Washington Wizards guard Martell Webster in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Manhattan, New York

    One of these players won’t make the All-NBA first team. Third Star: Kevin Durant (21 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals) Durant just missed his fourth tripe-double, but he still had half of Oklahoma City’s assists in a win over the Jazz. Maybe Durant shouldn’t have passed so much. He shot 60 percent (6-of-10)…

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