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  1. Banged up Bulls Deng, Noah both still playing in Olympics

    May 11, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT

    Bulls' Noah shouts from the bench while they play against the 76ers during their NBA Eastern Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Philadelphia

    Luol Deng and his wrist, Joakim Noah and his ankle were two names near the top of the lengthy scroll of Chicago Bulls injuries that undid them in the first round of the playoffs. But those injuries are not keeping Noah or Deng out of the Olympics this summer. Both confirmed since the Bulls were…

  2. Quote of the Day: Wow, Carlos Boozer just doesn’t get it

    May 11, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

    Spencer Hawes, Carlos Boozer

    “I thought I played well, especially with the kind of season it was. We had the best record again in basketball, won our division again, had the top seed again, that’s all that matters, yo.” —Carlos Boozer, after the Bulls were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, via ESPN. Wow. I’d like to…

  3. Friday And-1 links: Report Ricky Rubio signs deal with Adidas

    May 11, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    ricky-rubio-rising-stars-challenge

    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. • There is a report that Ricky Rubio has signed a shoe deal with…

  4. Video: I just want a beard like Harden

    May 11, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

    james-harden

    Don’t we all want a beard like James Harden? Clever little song parody above (Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger”) saying what we are all thinking about the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year. We’re all a little jealous. Admit it. I still like what Nick Collison said best about Harden — he could survive a…

  5. Report: J.R. Smith thinking of picking up option with Knicks

    May 11, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith attempts to dunk the ball in their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in New York

    The lesson here: Never listen to what players tweet late at night. The Knicks’ J.R. Smith — after an unimpressive playoffs and dreadful Game 5 — fired back at his numerous critics on twitter and said he might not come back to the Knicks. Smith has a $2.5 million player option for next season. But…

  6. MRI shows no structural damage to Griffin’s knee; Paul, Griffin game-time calls

    May 11, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Clippers guard Paul and forward Griffin return to the court following an injury to Griffin against the Grizzlies during the second half of game five in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA playoffs in Memphis

    I’d be surprised if both are not out on the floor for a crucial Game 6, but officially both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are game-time decisions due to their injuries suffered in Game 5 Wednesday. Griffin had an MRI on his sprained left knee but it found no structural damage, tweeted Ramona Shelburne of…

  7. Kobe, Mike Brown say Gasol, Bynum had better step up now

    May 11, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers players Jordan Hill, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum sit on the bench shortly before their defeat by the Denver Nuggets in Denver

    Is there any upper echelon team in the NBA that can lay an egg like the Lakers? Denver came out at home in Game 6 with an energy that the Lakers just refused to match and they got their doors blown off. What was hard to swallow for Lakers fans was that Kobe Bryant spent…

  8. NBA Playoff Preview: Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers

    May 11, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

    Darren Collison, Dwyane Wade

    SEASON RECORDS Miami 46-20 (2 seed) Indiana 42-24 (3 seed) SEASON SERIES Miami Heat 3-1, although the Pacers won the last meeting (during Miami’s March slump) and in the second to last it took Dwyane Wade heroics in overtime to get the Heat the win in a game the Pacers rightfully think they could have…

  9. Video: Garnett “thanks” Hawks owner for calling him dirty

    May 11, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett celebrates during the final seconds of the fourth quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series against the Atlanta Hawks in Boston

    Kevin Garnett is Kevin Garnett — he was going to be fired up for Game 6 no matter what. But comments by the Hawks owner that KG is the dirtiest player in the league was just fuel for the Boston big man, who came out and dropped 28 on the Hawks to lead the Celtics…

  10. J.J. Redick opens up about “weird” season, Dwight Howard

    May 11, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    I’m not sure any word but “weird” does justice to the Orlando Magic season. It started with then Magic CEO Bob Vander Weide essentially drunk-dialing Dwight Howard and asking him to stay in Orlando. It didn’t seem like things could get more odd, but that was just the start, something that culminated in the day…

  11. Video: Iguodala’s game…. er, series-winning coast-to-coast drive

    May 11, 2012, 7:55 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala,

    That’s about as exciting an ending of a game as you are going to see. It started when rather than try to run out the clock and try to draw the foul himself with 7 seconds left, C.J. Watson (an 80.8 percent free throw shooter) passed the ball to Omer Asik, who tried to score…

  12. George Karl discusses Chris Andersen situation

    May 11, 2012, 2:00 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl watches his team play against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoffs in Denver

    The “Birdman” was at shootaround Thursday morning with his teammates. Chris Andersen, the Nuggets reserve big man, was there after police had come and searched his house that morning, taking a lot of computers and other equipment as part of an investigation by their Internet Crimes Against Children Division. We don’t know much, but we…

  13. Garnett, Garden ghosts lift Celtics past Hawks into second round

    May 11, 2012, 12:08 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    Pretty? Who cares about pretty? Survive and advance. Game 6 Thursday night was the kind of scrappy, weird game that the Celtics just always seem to win at home. The kind of game where the ghosts of Celtics teams past that haunt the Garden seem to help them. The kind of games where it takes…

  14. Kobe Bryant to play in Game 6… as if you expected otherwise

    May 10, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

    kobe-game-3-nuggets

    Yes, Kobe Bryant was sick with a stomach virus all day that had him vomiting and staying in his hotel room, and running to the bathroom probably more than he wants to admit. But of course he is playing in Game 6. What did you expect? Here is the pregame quote from Mike Brown, via…

  15. PBT Extra: Talking Knicks’ future, Jordan or Kobe, and sushi

    May 10, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony celebrates after a three point shot late in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' win in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series against the Heat in New York

    When I opened up the doors looking for twitter questions for today’s PBT Extra, I knew that the Knicks were going to be the hot topic. So I discuss how I expect them to go after Steve Nash (which is iffy, both for fit and money issues) but not make many other big changes. We…

  16. Joakim Noah to play for Bulls in Game 6, come off bench

    May 10, 2012, 7:22 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    Joakim Noah has returned after spraining his ankle that kept him out for two games, bringing a lift to the Bulls as they try to keep their season going in Game 6 in Philadelphia (with the Sixers up 3-2). Noah has pushed himself back from a severely sprained ankle in Game 3 but it remains…

  17. Three Game 6s, who is going on to Game 7?

    May 10, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    Game 6 — it means somebody will be punching their ticket to the next round, but others are headed to a win-or-go-home Game 7. We’ve got three Game 6s tonight, a couple we didn’t expect to see. Who is going to push it to a Game 7? Here is a look at each of the…

  18. Nuggets’ Andersen’s home searched in “Internet crimes against children” investigation

    May 10, 2012, 4:39 PM EDT

    chris-andersen

    UPDATE: 4:39 pm: Andersen has been released from his duties with the team at this time and will not be at Game 6 against the Lakers, the Nuggets announced in a team statement.  The Denver Nuggets are aware of today’s media reports involving forward/center Chris Andersen. It involves a legal investigation and we are awaiting…

  19. Thunder’s Harden named Sixth Man of Year on Thursday

    May 10, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    UPDATE 4:18 pm: The NBA has made it official, James Harden is your runaway winner of the Sixth Man of the Year award. Of the 118 ballots cast 115 had Harden No. 1, the other three had Philadelphia’s Lou Williams in the top spot. As I said below, those three people should have to explain…

  20. Kobe questionable for Game 6 Thursday due to stomach virus

    May 10, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Look, it’s Kobe Bryant — he deals with injuries like Monty Python’s Black Knight (’tis just a flesh wound). But even he can be felled or at least slowed by illness. Kobe did not take part in the Lakers’ shootaround in Denver on Thursday and might not play in a crucial Game 6 because of…

  21. Will twitter help drive J.R. Smith away from Knicks? No, but money might.

    May 10, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Knicks' Smith shoots during their win over the Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    We need to start this out with three background facts: 1. J.R. Smith is active on twitter (@TheRealJRSmith). 2. J.R. Smith has a $2.5 million option with the Knicks for next year that everyone knew he would not take — he was going to become a free agent and see what the market would offer.…

  22. Jameer Nelson has a decision to make — by Friday

    May 10, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

    Jameer Nelson has a life-changing decision to make and not much time left to make it. Nelson has a player option to make $7.8 million next season, or he can become a free agent. There would be some demand for him on the market — especially after a good playoffs where he averaged 15.6 points…

  23. Thursday And-1 links: Fun with Amar’e Stoudemire fouling out

    May 10, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Four

    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. • When Amare Stoudemire fouled out of Game 5 in Miami Wednesday, the Heat…

  24. Stoudemire wants Nash to join him in New York. Shocking.

    May 10, 2012, 10:58 AM EDT

    Steve Nash Amare Stoudemire

    Amare Stoudemire had 7 shots in Game 5 against the Heat Thursday when the Knicks were eliminated from the playoffs. Carmelo Anthony had 31. Heck, Mike Bibby had 7 shots. So is it really a surprise that Stoudemire loves the idea of Steve Nash coming to play for the Knicks? Stoudemire has his best seasons…

  25. Hawks co-owner calls Garnett dirtiest player in the league

    May 10, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks - Game Five

    Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. has learned that in today’s world no place is “off the record.” In a world of cell phone cameras nothing done in public is hidden. Gearon was speaking at a charity event in Atlanta that had nothing to do with the Hawks on Wednesday. Maybe he thought this wouldn’t be…

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