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  1. Chris Bosh opens up about crying last year, injuries now

    May 28, 2012, 1:37 PM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Miami Heat

    Chris Bosh clearly just wants another shot at it. He and the Heat came within two games of winning an NBA championship last season, he helped them get there by being the most consistent Heat player through the playoffs (including outplaying Kevin Garnett in the second round). If there was ever any doubt to Bosh’s…

  2. Ricky Rubio caught Spurs/Thunder from luggage carousel

    May 28, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    Rubio at airport

    Timberwolves guard of the future Ricky Rubio didn’t want to miss Russell Westbrook vs. Tony Parker. No matter what. That photo you see to the right was tweeted by Minnesota’s Rubio Sunday night.  I don’t miss the #NBAPlayoffs even if I have to pick up my bro @marcrubiovives and @ainonacohi at the airport. As Kelly Dwyer…

  3. Rockets say they want to keep Lowry and Dragic. Good luck.

    May 28, 2012, 12:12 PM EST

    Kyle Lowry

    We told you this was coming at the same time that Kyle Lowry sounded like a guy who didn’t like his coach and wanted out of Houston — the team would deny this is the case. They have to. You can’t get value trading a guy who everyone knows wants out and you want to…

  4. Report: Brian Shaw to interview with Bobcats this week

    May 28, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Brian Shaw

    This was expected once the Pacers were eliminated from the playoffs. Pacers lead assistant coach and former Phil Jackson right hand man Brian Shaw is going to interview for the Charlotte Bobcats coaching job this week, reports ESPN. They also plan to meet with Lakers assistant Quin Snyder in Chicago before the NBA pre-draft camp…

  5. Chris Bosh works out on court, still not ready for Game 1

    May 28, 2012, 10:40 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Chris Bosh is not walking through that door… yet. The Heat’s big man who is key to their offensive spacing — and in the Eastern Conference finals could help cover Kevin Garnett — is still officially “out indefinitely” with a strained abdomen and will not dress for Game 1 against Boston Monday. However, Bosh was…

  6. Video: Manu Ginobili’s monster fourth quarter for Spurs

    May 28, 2012, 10:25 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    When the game was on the line, Oklahoma City just did not have an answer for the herky-jerky style of Manu Ginobili. He had 11 of the Spurs 39 points in the fourth quarter as the Spurs found a system that worked — going small — and came from behind to win Game 1. Ginobili…

  7. British officials ticked Bulls tried to dissuade Deng from Olympics

    May 28, 2012, 9:58 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat

    From the start, Luol Deng has been clear about what he wants to do — his wrist may need surgery but he was going to play through it and be part of Great Britain’s Olympic basketball team, the way he played through it for the Bulls at the end of the season. Even if that…

  8. Eastern Confernence finals preview: Celtics vs. Heat

    May 28, 2012, 8:50 AM EST

    LeBron James, Kevin Garnett

    SEASON RECORDS Miami 46-20 (No. 2 seed) Boston: 39-27 (No. 5 seed) SEASON SERIES Boston won the season series 3-1. In their second to final game before the playoffs the Heat did not play any of their big three against the Celtics, so toss that one out. KEY INJURIES Celtics: Starting two guard Avery Bradley…

  9. Quote of the Day: “I want some nasty”

    May 28, 2012, 8:02 AM EST

    Utah Jazz fans cheer as San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich watches the action during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City, Utah

    The best part of this Gregg Popovich in-game pep talk to his team is really the way he snarls that last line. He started the speech (before that video clip above) with the line “Are we having fun yet?” His Spurs were down 9 going into the fourth and he hadn’t seen the fight from them…

  10. Popovich reaches into toolbox, makes adjustments, Spurs win Game 1

    May 28, 2012, 12:18 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs Tim Duncan celebrates in the final seconds of Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder in San Antonio

    There’s a reason the Spurs haven’t lost a game since before you sent your taxes in (19 in a row now) — they can adapt and take what you give them. Gregg Popovich is the master of adjustments and this roster is a huge toolbox of options for him to choose from. He and the…

  11. Josh Childress sets dubious free throw record

    May 27, 2012, 3:42 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors vs Phoenix Suns

    Josh Childress, the former Hawk sixth man who bolted for Greece and was coaxed back to the NBA by Phoenix, wasn’t impressive this season and fell out of the rotation with the Suns (at least until Grant Hill got injured). But that didn’t stop him from setting a dubious record this season, something pointed out…

  12. Eastern Conference finals schedule (starts Monday)

    May 27, 2012, 11:38 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    The Boston Celtics don’t mind the short two-day turnaround until the start of the Eastern Conference finals. At least that’s what they are saying now. We’ll see what they are saying Monday night after the game. So you can set your DVR and not miss a moment, following is the schedule for the Eastern Conference…

  13. The history of Celtics vs. 76ers in Game 7s

    May 26, 2012, 6:18 PM EST

    julius-erving-larry-bird-basketball-wallpaper-85-ap_gallery-image_523

    Saturday night will be the sixth time the Philadelphia and Boston have met in a Game 7. These are two of the NBA’s legendary franchises and located less than a six-hour train ride apart. They are natural rivals and this Game 7 Saturday in the Eastern Conference semifinals is just the next chapter in that…

  14. Boston vs. Philadelphia Game 7: First team to 80 wins?

    May 26, 2012, 10:55 AM EST

    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

    Game 7. It’s usually when even veterans get tight, playing like they are afraid to make a mistake. It means in Game 7 the offensive numbers plummet — but I don’t know that they can much more in Boston vs. Philadelphia. This has been a series about which team could find enough offense against a…

  15. GM Grunwald sees “no scenario” where Lin is not a Knick

    May 25, 2012, 11:35 PM EST

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

    Jeremy Lin is a priority for the Knicks. They would like to sign him using his Bird rights, meaning they still would have their mid-level exception to use on another player (say… Steve Nash?). But under the way the new CBA is actually written they don’t have Lin’s Bird rights (because they got him off…

  16. Isiah Thomas: “I definitely want to be in basketball again”

    May 25, 2012, 8:59 PM EST

    Isiah Thomas

    Knicks fans all over the globe just felt a cold chill go down their spine. Isiah Thomas is out of a job after getting fired from Florida International University. So what is next? ESPNChicago.com asked him. “I definitely want to be in basketball again whether it be coaching or as a general manager,” Thomas said…

  17. As expected, Knicks retain Woodson with multiyear contract

    May 25, 2012, 6:37 PM EST

    Mike Woodson

    I hope you like iso ‘Melo Knicks fans. The New York Knicks announced late Friday that coach Mike Woodson has been given a multiyear contract extension to continue as coach of the team. The details of the years and money are not yet known. This move was expected after Woodson turned the team around to…

  18. Heat coach Spoelstra fined $25,000 for criticizing officials

    May 25, 2012, 6:09 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    You want to read a $25,000 quote? “The league does not have a problem with hard fouls on our two main guys. In nine games now there’s been over a dozen hard fouls to the face, some of the tomahawk variety, some have drawn blood. They don’t have a problem with it so we don’t…

  19. Are Miami Heat secretly rooting for Sixers to beat Celtics?

    May 25, 2012, 5:40 PM EST

    Spencer Hawes, Elton Brand, Andre Iguodala, Evan Turner, Paul Pierce

    Sports tradition calls for you to say, “We’re just happy to be here, both teams present challenges and we will just try to be ready.” That’s… organic fertilizer from male cows. NBA players and coaches have preferences. And like the rest of us in life what they are rooting for is the easiest path to…

  20. Stat of the day: LeBron had some monster playoff games

    May 25, 2012, 5:16 PM EST

    Miami Heat's James reacts after a missed play against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Indianapolis

    With the Heat down 2-1 to the Indiana Pacers and no Chris Bosh on the horizon, LeBron James channeled his Cleveland self and, along with Dwyane Wade, carried the Heat into the Eastern Conference finals. For LeBron’s legions of detractors it does not matter, because nothing he does will matter until he wins rings. Plural.…

  21. How do the Thunder deal with Tony Parker?

    May 25, 2012, 4:55 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs head coach Popovich talks to Parker during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    We can sometimes overanalyze what happened in a regular season game when trying to look at a playoff matchp. It’s like comparing Suzanne Collins and José Saramago novels, technically they are the same art form but one of these things is not like the other. However, the Feb. 4 meeting of the Spurs and Thunder…

  22. NBA Draft Player Preview: Austin Rivers

    May 25, 2012, 3:26 PM EST

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Duke

    This is the first of PBT’s review of players in the 2012 NBA draft, we will be running these regularly up through draft day, with plenty of other content to follow. Austin Rivers is not a guy sliding under the radar in this draft — he’s the son of former NBA player and Celtics coach…

  23. Derrick Rose approaching rehab just like you expect him to

    May 25, 2012, 2:27 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Chicago Bulls

    Derrick Rose is approaching rehab of his knee like he attacks the rim — with energy and undivided focus. Did you expect otherwise? Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was on ESPN Radio in Chicago Friday and was asked about Rose’s recovery from knee surgery (transcription via ESPNChicago.com). “He has a great support system,” Thibodeau said on…

  24. Jeff Van Gundy thrashes Magic management

    May 25, 2012, 1:43 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Jeff Van Gundy is sticking up for his brother, Stan, who got fired because Dwight Howard didn’t like him. Sure, both the Magic and Howard deny that, but does anybody believe them? Jeff Van Gundy doesn’t. And the current ABC color analyst got on a roll ripping the Magic CEO Alex Martins and how they…

  25. Friday And-1 links: Wade’s pink pants were… interesting

    May 25, 2012, 1:10 PM EST

    Dwyane-Wade-gets-fancy

    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. • Dwyane Wade wore pink pants to the game on Friday. Yea… not working…

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