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  1. Garnett says offensive foul call not what cost Celtics game

    May 15, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers  v Boston Celtics - Game One

    Kevin Garnett gets it. Boston did not lose to the Philadelphia 76ers Monday night because of an illegal screen call with 10 seconds left, it was the 47:50 before that where the Celtics put themselves in a position to lose. The call just meant Paul Pierce didn’t get a shot at a bail out three.…

  2. Video: Evan Turner’s late-game layup keys Philly win

    May 15, 2012, 2:53 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers' Evan Turner drives to the basket past Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen during the second half of Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-finals playoff basketball series in Boston

    That was the play that made the difference. Evan Turner‘s impressive scoop layup with :40 left gave the Sixers a 76-75 lead over the Celtics, a lead that they would never relinquish. (Ray Allen would miss a jumper for Boston, Turner would sink a couple free throws, then Kevin Garnett would get called for an…

  3. Poise? Young Sixers have it, out execute Celtics down stretch to even series

    May 14, 2012, 10:45 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    In Game 1, the Boston Celtics turned up the defensive pressure late, the young 76ers wilted and Boston escaped with a tight win. Lesson learned. The Sixers were the poised team down the stretch Monday, with Jrue Holiday hitting a three, Evan Turner making a difficult scoop shot, all the Sixers playing good defense and…

  4. Video: Controversial moving pick call against Kevin Garnett

    May 14, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Garnett reacts after missing shot against Philadelphia 76ers during Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final playoff basketball series in Boston

    This is the play everybody is talking about in the wake of Boston’s 82-81 loss to Philadelphia. Even though this play did not decide the game. Sorry Celtics fans, it didn’t — Rajon Rondo‘s missed jumper, Ray Allen‘s missed jumper had you down 3 when this play took place. You already put yourself in a…

  5. Celtics’ Bradley leaves game with dislocated shoulder; returns in fourth

    May 14, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT

    Spencer Hawes, Elton Brand, Avery Bradley

    UPDATE 9:05 pm: Bradley returned in the second half and was playing key minutes in the fourth quarter. 8:13 pm: Celtics starting two guard Avery Bradley has been battling left shoulder dislocation issues all season including in Game 3 against the Atlanta Hawks. It happened again in Game 2 of the Celtics and Sixers series,…

  6. Bosh talks about injury, has no idea on timeline for return

    May 14, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    Chris Bosh was back in the Miami Heat facility on Monday, not taking part in practice for Game 2 against Indiana but showing support for his teammates and getting some rehab. To his credit, he didn’t duck the media like most guys when injured, he went out and answered questions for five minutes. The Heat…

  7. Orlando is in trouble now because it’s not good at drafting

    May 14, 2012, 6:38 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    More and more research is showing, if you want to build a sustainable winner in the NBA you need to do it on draft day. Look at the teams still playing. Miami had to draft Dwyane Wade, which made it possible to bring in Shaq to get them one title (and LeBron James doesn’t come…

  8. Soccer star Wynalda says NBA has as many floppers as soccer

    May 14, 2012, 6:04 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat - Game One

    You know you’re in trouble when a soccer player is saying you flop too much. David Stern, you listening? Three-time USA World Cup team member and one of the great scorers in American soccer history, Eric Wynalda (current analyst for the Fox Soccer Channel) was on the Dan Patrick Show and was talking flopping. That…

  9. David Stern talks flopping, doesn’t really say much

    May 14, 2012, 4:34 PM EDT

    David Stern

    David Stern has the politician’s gift of being able to talk about something without really saying anything. So it was when he got asked about the flopping by ABC’s Lisa Salters during Game 1 between the Heat and Pacers Sunday. Flopping was an issue in this series because Pacers coach Frank Vogel started working the…

  10. Sixers try to adjust to little problem of Celtics smallball in Game 2

    May 14, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Andre Iguodala, Spencer Hawes, Thaddeus Young

    It was a bit surprising in historical context — this is the Boston Celtics, the franchise of Bill Russell, the team who one a 2008 title thanks to their big front line — but it worked, and that’s all Doc Rivers cares about. In Game 1, Rivers went small in the fourth quarter with Kevin…

  11. Cousins, Lin, Wall, Irving head USA Select team roster

    May 14, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    The USA Select team is the team in waiting — guys invited to the USA Basketball training camp in Las Vegas this summer to push and test the guys actually going to London. The Select Team are the guys Mike Krzyzewski and friends want to see up close, to consider for future Olympics and World…

  12. Kevin Garnett: “I’d die out (on the court) if I had to.”

    May 14, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers  v Boston Celtics - Game One

    Professional athletes often speak in hyperbole, something we fans pick up and run with. We use war metaphors that really are not appropriate for sport — battle zones are real life and death; as seriously as we sometimes take them sports are entertainment. They are still games. Sometimes though, you think some guys mean it.…

  13. Derrick Rose’s surgery successful, could be 8 month rehab

    May 14, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT

    76ers Bulls Basketball

    The good news is it went well. Derrick Rose had successful knee surgery on Saturday to repair his torn ACL, reports Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com. Rose also received platelet-rich plasma therapy during the operation in hopes of speeding recovery. The question now is how long he will be out. Rose was told it will be…

  14. Heat say Bosh out “indefinitely” with strained abdominal muscle

    May 14, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh injured

    The results from the MRI are in and it is not good. Chris Bosh will be out “indefinitely” with a strained abdominal muscle suffered in the first half of the Heat’s Game 1 win over the Indiana Pacers Sunday, the Heat have announced. The reason for no timeline is that these injuries are very hard…

  15. Monday And-1 links: Is Vinny Del Negro the right guy for Clippers?

    May 14, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro, Blake Griffin

    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. • How much respect does Vinny Del Negro deserve for the job he’s done…

  16. Nuggets, Lawson to work on contract extension this summer

    May 14, 2012, 10:42 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson celebrates hitting a three-point basket against the Los Angeles Lakers in Denver

    Ty Lawson is at the heart of the Denver Nuggets’ future. That much was clear as the Nuggets played gutty, fun basketball and pushed the Lakers to seven games — Lawson averaged 19 points a game on 51.4 percent shooting and added 7 assists per game as the point guard. After his fourth year in…

  17. Bynum thinks Lakers will win title if they focus on defense

    May 14, 2012, 9:34 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Seven

    There is very little Lakers fans can take away from Los Angeles’ seven-game series win over Denver that should make them think they have much of a shot against Oklahoma City. Everything Denver did to the Lakers in transition OKC can do as well and with better athletes. But Andrew Bynum thinks there is a…

  18. New documentary includes look at game Dream Team lost

    May 14, 2012, 9:11 AM EDT

    1992-dreamteam

    We remember the original Dream Team — the pros sent to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics including Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and others — just rolling teams. The won the Olympic gold medal by an average of nearly 20 points a game and had the opposing teams asking for autographs afterward. But…

  19. Video: Wade, LeBron put on show with dunk, block

    May 14, 2012, 8:04 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Wade look on during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago

    LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were putting on a show against the Pacers on Sunday, they combined for 64 points and both were strong on the defensive end as well in the Heat win. They were what you expect superstars to be in the playoffs during Game 1. That includes plays like the alley-oop above…

  20. Heat will be just fine with Bosh out… at least for a while

    May 14, 2012, 2:36 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    We don’t know yet how long Chris Bosh may be out with a strained abdominal muscle suffered in the Heat’s Game 1 win over the Pacers. We know it was serious enough to keep Bosh out of the second half Sunday, but until an MRI Monday we don’t know how long he’ll be out. Thing…

  21. Report: Kyrie Irving to be named Rookie of the Year

    May 14, 2012, 1:05 AM EDT

    Cavaliers Irving reacts to making a three point basket in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    Here’s another NBA postseason award we all knew was coming it was just a matter of when…. Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will be named the NBA Rookie of the Year on Tuesday, something first reported by Marc Stein at ESPN and confirmed by the Associated Press among others. The voting should be almost a…

  22. Video: “Nervous” LeBron James accepts third MVP award

    May 12, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    As we told you was coming, LeBron James officially became the winner of the NBA MVP for the third time, the official announcement came down on Saturday. What you see above are some highlights of his acceptance speech. James said he was nervous and then went on to thank his mother, Gloria, for all she…

  23. Pacers coach Frank Vogel fined for planting seed in refs’ heads

    May 12, 2012, 7:57 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel complains to an official during the second quarter of Game 1 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoffs against the Orlando Magic in Indianapolis

    There will be no working the referees through the media before the series starts. That is what the NBA essentially said when it came down Saturday with a $15,000 fine for Pacers coach Frank Vogel less than a day before his team opens the second round against the Heat. Vogel started trying to plant a…

  24. In Game 7, can Lakers finally answer questions haunting them?

    May 12, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

    Lakers' Gasol, Bryant and Bynum react after losing to the Nuggets following their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff game in Los Angeles

    It’s a do-or-die Game 7, but the questions are the same one since Game 1. Can the Nuggets get the Lakers to play their up-tempo, scattered game? Can anyone on the Lakers stop Ty Lawson? Can the Lakers slow the game down, pound the ball inside to their big men and use their size and…

  25. Where in the world is DeAndre Jordan?

    May 12, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

    Clippers' Jordan reacts during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff series against Grizzlies in Los Angeles

    Last summer, the Golden State Warriors were looking for a big man to put next to David Lee and forced the Clippers hand — would the Clippers match a four year, $48.2 million contract offer for DeAndre Jordan? How badly did the Clippers want to keep Jordan next to Blake Griffin? Badly enough to match…

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