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  1. Granger agrees with Bird that Pacers played soft. LeBron doesn’t see it that way.

    May 23, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James dribbles against Indiana Pacers' Granger in the first quarter during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Miami

    Larry Bird was pissed after the Heat came out in Game 5 Tuesday and steamrolled his Pacers. The team president broke out probably the biggest insult you can use in professional sports. Bird said the Pacers played soft. Wednesday, the Pacers agreed. “I agree with his assessment. We did play soft,” Indiana’s Danny Granger said…

  2. Philly needs to contain Rondo to force Game 7 against Boston

    May 23, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics guard Rondo drives to the basket past Philadelphia 76ers guard Turner during the first quarter of Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series in Boston

    There are a lot of things worth watching in Game 6 between the Celtics and Sixers. For one, Kevin Garnett has invited the considerable wrath of Philadelphia down on him, one of his tricks for self-motivation. It will be loud and angry in the building. All eyes will be on Brandon Bass to see if…

  3. Report: Deron Williams has Lakers on his list (behind Nets)

    May 23, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    A Deron Williams and Kobe Bryant backcourt, with Andrew Bynum in the paint. That team could be very dangerous. Apparently, Deron Williams has thought about it. In an article where he says the Lakers and Magic need to do a Bynum for Dwight Howard swap, Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated drops some interesting knowledge about…

  4. LeBron, Ibaka lead NBA All-Defensive team voting

    May 23, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    Few things can be counted on for a consistent laugh like the NBA All-Defensive team voting. It is always a laugh. This year it didn’t disappoint — somebody voted for Carlos Boozer. Yes, that Carlos Boozer. For his defense. But no complaint about the top vote getter, LeBron James. He was a defensive force this…

  5. Clippers targeting wing players in free agency

    May 23, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul puts his arm around teammate Griffin during NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles

    It’s still odd to think of the Clippers as a team that could enter next season as a contender — this has been the worst franchise in the league for decades. But Blake Griffin started to change the culture and perception around the team, then Chris Paul arrived before the season and added rocket fuel…

  6. Report: Allen Iverson to attend Game 6 in Philly against Boston

    May 23, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson Sixers

    Allen Iverson — one of the most beloved Sixers — will be in the building in Philly Saturday night for what should an intense Game 6 against the Boston Celtics. It’s a game where the Sixers need to play with the fire that Iverson always brought to the court. Iverson’s attendance was first reported by…

  7. Report: Scott Skiles has coaching job but still covets Orlando

    May 23, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

    Scott Skiles

    Scott Skiles has an NBA coaching job. All he has to do is figure out how to make a Brandon Jennings/Monta Ellis backcourt work. And figure out how that backcourt is not going to become a major defensive liability. All while everyone knows he is a lame duck in the last year of his deal.…

  8. And-1 links: Adam Morrison is looking better than ever

    May 23, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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    After a one day hiatus, we return 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’s Adam Morrison to the right, going with the…

  9. Video: Wade, Spoelstra talk physical Heat/Pacers series

    May 23, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Things between the Pacers and Heat have gotten chippy, like a good playoff series should. They don’t like each other. The Pacers came in with a “nobody respects us” chip on their shoulder and stood up to the Heat. Indy got under Miami’s skin. The Heat responded with a couple of blistering wins and some…

  10. Danny Granger sprains ankle, status up in air for Game 6

    May 23, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers' Granger grabs his ankle after he was injured in the second quarter of play against the Miami Heat during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Miami

    This much was clear from Miami’s thrashing of the Indiana Tuesday night — with Danny Granter the Pacers may not win but without him they are doomed. Granger sprained his ankle just 3:11 into the third quarter when he landed on LeBron James’ foot following a three-point jumpshot attempt. He rolled his ankle and instantly…

  11. Jerry Sloan to interview for Charlotte Bobcats coaching job

    May 23, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    Jerry Sloan really does desperately want back into coaching. So much so he’s willing to take on what is arguably the worst job in the NBA right now — the Charlotte Bobcats — and will interview for the spot, the former Jazz coach told the Salt Lake Tribune. (The Charlotte Observer also had the story.)…

  12. Players invited to NBA Draft Combine named

    May 23, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    Sixty guys with a dream. The names for the NBA Draft Combine to take place in Chicago have been released. These are the guys who will be measured, weighed and in most cases put through drills to test their speed, agility and shooting. I say in most cases because, like the NFL draft combine, some…

  13. Larry Bird calls Pacers “soft” after blowout loss to Heat

    May 23, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    Former NBA player Bird attends premiere of Magic Bird in New York

    Larry Bird is never a guy to pull punches. After the Pacers got run out of the building by the Heat Tuesday night the Indiana team president didn’t hold back speaking to Mike Wells of the Indy Star (via twitter). Larry Bird: “I can’t believe my team went soft. S-O-F-T. I’m disappointed. I never thought…

  14. Video: Heat’s two flagrant fouls courtesy Haslem, Pittman

    May 23, 2012, 1:34 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Haslem flagrantly fouls Indiana Pacers' Hansbrough in the second quarter during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Miami

    Miami came out with some real fire in Game 5. The kind of passion we have expected of them from throughout the playoffs… and the last finals for that matter. Apparently it took the Pacers getting under their skin to do it. But Miami crossed the line a couple of times. There was the flagrant…

  15. Update: Police say OKC shooting not tied to Thunder game; Arrests made

    May 22, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder- Game One

    UPDATE #4, May 23,  11:26 AM: Police have made a second arrest in the case, a 17-year-old minor. The first arrest was of 19-year-old Rodney Hill. No charges have been filed but both are being held on the complaint of shooting with intent to kill. UPDATE #3 9:45 PM: Oklahoma City Police have made an arrest…

  16. PBT Extra: Talking Magic, Celtics, Durant in clutch, and Lakers

    May 22, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Five

    We were all over the map today on PBT Extra — from Stan Van Gundy’s firing and what it means to the Magic, to the Lakers next steps. As for Durant being clutch, he is good late in games. He’s also great in first, second and third quarters. The best players at the end of…

  17. Can Heat duplicate blueprint of Game 4? Don’t bet on it.

    May 22, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Game 4 was what Heat fans expected this team to look like — LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were each an unstoppable force and played well off each other, the Heat played suffocating defense, and a role player (Mario Chalmers in the first half, Udonis Haslem in the second) stepped up. But can they duplicate…

  18. Video: Warriors owner Joe Lacob talks move to San Francisco

    May 22, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

    Joe Lacob, David Stern, Ed Lee, Peter Guber

    The Golden State Warriors pulled out the dog and pony for a show on what they hope will be the new home of their team in five years — Piers 30/32 in San Francisco. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was there, David Stern was there, the wind off the bay was there as always. The…

  19. Point guards Irving, Rubio lead NBA All-Rookie team

    May 22, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving reacts after a turnover during the second quarter of the Cavaliers NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Cleveland

    The NBA is evolving into more of a point-guard league — if you can’t touch a quick ball handler on the perimeter they are going to carve up any defense. With the rules enforced as they are, Tony Parker can’t guard Tony Parker. So no shock that the two guys on top of the NBA…

  20. Deron Williams makes it clear he has made no decision

    May 22, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    Brooklyn, to lead the Nets into New York. Dallas, to come back home and partner with the big German. Maybe somewhere else unexpected. There are a lot of options in front of Deron Williams. But when he was seen in Russia this week the Brooklyn speculation started up again (because the Nets are owned by…

  21. LeBron calls Danny Granger’s tactics, technicals “stupid”

    May 22, 2012, 2:53 PM EDT

    Ed Malloy, LeBron James, Danny Granger

    It took a few games, but now we’re getting some real playoff passion and disgust for the other team going. For three straight games Danny Granger has gotten in the face of either LeBron James or Dwyane Wade, in an effort to show he and the Pacers were not going to back down from the…

  22. Delonte West hoping to re-sign with Dallas

    May 22, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

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    It’s going to be an interesting summer in Dallas. Can they lure Deron Williams back to his home town? Can they find a way to trade for Dwight Howard (not likely)? If those plans fall through, what does Mark Cuban have up his sleeve? Whatever happens Delonte West wants to be a part of it.…

  23. Warriors to make plans for San Francisco move formal

    May 22, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    Warriors logo

    Everyone has known for a year that the Golden State Warriors new ownership wanted to move the team out of Oakland to a new arena in San Francisco. It was no surprise when word leaked over the weekend that a plan was well along in the works. At a press conference Tuesday the Warriors will…

  24. Clippers taking their time with coach Vinny Del Negro

    May 22, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    It is a question Clippers management has been asking itself since the day after they traded for Chris Paul: Is Vinny Del Negro the right coach to lead this team as a contender? The Clippers have an option on Del Negro for next season but are not making any quick decisions, GM Neil Olshey told…

  25. Lakers need big changes — which means trading a big man

    May 22, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol walks off the court after a season-ending loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 5 of the NBA western conference semi-finals in Oklahoma City

    It’s obvious the Lakers need changes. Big changes. The Oklahoma City Thunder are younger, deeper, more athletic and just flat out better. And they are not going anywhere for a few years. That’s not to mention up-and-coming contenders like the Clippers in the West that are passing where the Lakers seem stuck on the side…

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