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  1. Report: No serious damage to Stoudemire’s hand, he’s still out

    May 1, 2012, 3:27 PM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire waits to take a foul shot against the New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    The good news — Amare Stoudemire did not do any serious damage to his hand fron punching a fire extinguisher, tweets Frank Isola of the New York Daily News. Good news for Amar’e: no ligament or tendon damage in his left hand, according to Knicks source. Out for Game 3 and likely series For Knicks…

  2. No Rondo, but Boston still dangerous against Hawks in Game 2

    May 1, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

    Celtics forward Garnett sits on the court in the closing minutes of their loss to the Hawks during Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    It can happen. For one game, the Boston Celtics can beat the Atlanta Hawks while Rajon Rondo sits at the hotel, suspended for bumping an official. It would Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett would need to bounce back with huge games, it would mean the Celtics bench would have to step up. But it could…

  3. Gregg Popovich named NBA Coach of the Year

    May 1, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    The announcement came Tuesday afternoon with a press conference to follow where Gregg Popovich will be uncomfortable answering media questions. Spurs headman Gregg Popovich has been named NBA Coach of the Year. Mike Monroe of the Express-News was first with the report but the league has now confirmed it. And it’s a good call. When…

  4. Is Deron Williams leaning toward re-signing with Nets?

    May 1, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    Deron Williams is going to test the free agent market, except for him it’s not much of a test. We know what the market is for him — D-Will is a max player who will get multiple max offers. Dallas, Indiana, any team that has max contract space this summer will reach out with the…

  5. Video: Mike Bibby loses shoe, Dwyane Wade “helps” him

    May 1, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade scores past New York Knicks' Stoudemire and Chandler during Game 1 of their first round NBA playoff in Miami

    This was my favorite little moment from Tuesday night’s playoff action. Somehow little Mike Bibby ends up with a rebound and literally had to jump out of his shoe to get it. He was without his shoe. Dwyane Wade, remembering how much Bibby “helped” the Heat on their playoff run last year, decides to “help”…

  6. LeBron’s custom mouthpiece nod to title aspirations

    May 1, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    lebron-mouthguard

    Maybe you noticed it Monday night, LeBron’s custom mouthpiece. There is a screen grab to the right (courtesy SLAM) of his message. “XVI” For those of you who only think of Roman numerals when trying to figure out what number Super Bowl we are up to, that is 16. The number of playoff wins needed…

  7. Sorry to tell you this but playoff injuries not due to schedule

    May 1, 2012, 10:46 AM EDT

    Rose injury

    Derrick Rose rips up his ACL on a non-contact play. Hours later, the Knicks’ Iman Shumpert tears his ACL on another non-contact play. Two major injuries that happen just after a lockout-induced, compressed NBA schedule where a lot of guy missed games… kind of thing that makes you draw connections in your head. Don’t. They…

  8. Report: Amare Stoudemire “almost certain” to miss Game 3

    May 1, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Knicks forward Stoudemire leaves the American Airlines Arena with his hand in a sling after his team's loss to the Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami

    Let that be a lesson to our young readers — do not punch metal and glass objects. Actually, you probably didn’t need that reminder. Amare Stoudemire did. He slammed his fist into a metal and glass fire extinguisher case out of frustration as he walked down the hall to the locker room after the Knicks…

  9. Who will be Bobcats next coach? Does Ewing get his shot?

    May 1, 2012, 8:14 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v San Antonio Spurs

    The Charlotte Bobcats do not have a lot of talent on their roster. It’s a small market team with an owner who is not spending — not big on coaches or players. They have cap space and a good spot in this year’s lottery, but this is a team as far away from being good…

  10. This year Thunder closing out close wins, up 2-0 on Mavericks

    May 1, 2012, 2:53 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder- Game Two

    Last season in the Western Conference Finals, the Mavericks and Thunder played each other close, but when it came time to execute under pressure at the end it was Dallas making the plays. Dirk Nowitzki was a legendary player who could not seem to miss. This year the torch has been passed. For the second…

  11. Third quarter run by Indiana evens series with Orlando

    May 1, 2012, 12:47 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    For the first 27 minutes, Game 2 of the Indiana game against Orlando looked like Game 1 — the Pacers raced out to an early lead but then their offense went cold while the Magic got some inspired play and had the lead. Then the Magic went on a 25-5 run in to close out…

  12. Knicks Stoudemire injures hand after loss… punching fire extinguisher?

    May 1, 2012, 12:37 AM EDT

    Knicks forward Stoudemire leaves the American Airlines Arena with his hand in a sling after his team's loss to the Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami

    May 1, 12:37 am: Amare Stoudemire tweeted this: I am so mad at myself right now, I want to apologize to the fans and my team, not proud of my actions, headed home for a new start April 30, 11:01 pm: This is the most intensity Amare Stoudemire has shown all playoffs. Frustrated after he…

  13. New York fights harder, plays better, but Heat still win, up 2-0

    Apr 30, 2012, 11:56 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward James reacts after his second quarter dunk against the New York Knicks during Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami

    Carmelo Anthony played better, dropping 30 in Game 2. Tyson Chandler was back to being himself after having the flu and was far more aggressive at both ends. He had a real impact on the game. It didn’t matter. The Miami Heat led most of the game, took charge when LeBron James went on a…

  14. Is next season the season John Wall breaks out?

    Apr 30, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

    John Wall

    I’ll admit, I was fooled. I saw John Wall crisscrossing the country looking phenomenal in the wide-open, no-defense rec leagues and charity games last summer and thought he could translate that to the NBA. I thought he looked healthy. When left open his jumper fell, when given room to use his athletic gifts he was…

  15. Video: Donny Marshall talks Bulls, Celtics without point guards

    Apr 30, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Chicago Bulls

    Donny Marshall — former NBA player and current Comcast New England broadcaster who Celtics fans know well — was on NBC’s SportsTalk with my man Russ Thaler talking NBA playoffs. Specifically, how do the Bulls and Celtics move on without their point guards. He does not sound optimistic about the Celtics in Game 2.

  16. Thunder’s Collison discusses who could survive a zombie apocalypse

    Apr 30, 2012, 7:19 PM EDT

    Nick Collison, DeAndre Jordan

    Oklahoma City’s Nick Collison is blogging for GQ and decided to take on your questions via twitter and answer them online. He gets the questions you’d expect — what’s the best part of being in the NBA (camaraderie in the locker room) and the worst (being away from family)? How do you deal with the…

  17. Monday And-1 links: Did Mayweather win big on Clippers?

    Apr 30, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

    Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. of the U.S. works on his timing with his uncle and trainer Roger Mayweather during a media workout at his gym in Las Vegas

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • That would be the first ad for the Brooklyn Nets. Enjoy. • Did…

  18. Lakers backup center Jordan Hill charged with choking family member

    Apr 30, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT

    Jordan Hill

    UPDATE #2 5:26 PM: Jordan Hill has released an official statement on the charges, via Mike Trudell at Lakers.com. “I’m saddened to learn of the accusations that were filed against me today. At this time I cannot comment further other than to say that my attorneys are working to gather all the facts and evidence…

  19. Celtics’ Rajon Rondo suspended for Game 2 against Atlanta

    Apr 30, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks - Game One

    It’s not a shock, but it is a blow. Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo will be suspended for Game 2 of their playoff series against the Hawks Tuesday night, the league announced. Celtics president Danny Ainge had confirmed the suspension to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com minutes before the league made it official “Rondo has…

  20. Teams bounce back from playoff blowouts, but can Knicks?

    Apr 30, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat - Game One

    NBA playoff history is filled with teams who got blown out one game who bounced back the next game and won. Games and series can take dramatic swings. But after watching Game 1, when the Heat rolled the Knicks behind a big game from LeBron James, you have to wonder if the Knicks can do…

  21. Paul Silas out as Bobcats coach. Is that really a surprise?

    Apr 30, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

    Paul Silas

    After leading a Bobcats team to the worst winning percentage in NBA history, the Charlotte Bobcats announced they are not bringing back coach Paul Silas, team president Rod Higgens said. Yes, real shocker there. Charlotte went 7-59 under Silas last season, and while he certainly deserves some blame the fact is that  owner Michael Jordan…

  22. Bulls bosses not coming down on Thibodeau for Rose injury

    Apr 30, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

    Combination photo of Bulls' Rose getting injured on a play in Chicago

    You want to know why Derrick Rose was still on the court with his team up 12 and less than two minutes to go in a playoff game Saturday? Go watch the Clippers comeback on the Grizzlies from Sunday night. This is the playoffs, not some random mid-season Tuesday night game in Sacramento. You don’t…

  23. Video: All the buckets of Clippers dramatic comeback

    Apr 30, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Mike Conley

    How did the Clippers do it? They went on a 28-3 run to close out Sunday night’s game and steal a dramatic 99-98 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. If you want to see how they did it, above you can see all the baskets of that run. There are some easy buckets inside and Nick…

  24. Video: Jeremy Lin tapes message for New York high school

    Apr 30, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Lin pumps his fist from the bench as teammates score during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    The students at the historic Stuyvesant High School in New York knew who they wanted as their graduation speaker — Jeremy Lin. He’s the idol of the smart set in New York now. And this is a pretty big honor as Stuyvesant is a New York public school known for the math and science but…

  25. USA in Olympics group play with France, Argentina

    Apr 30, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

    Argentina FIBA Americas Basketball

    We all expect that it will come down to the USA vs. Spain for the gold medal at the London Olympics this summer. But Team USA is going to get a few tests on the way. FIBA conducted the draw for group play in the Olympics and the United States certainly ended up in the…

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