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  1. Bad news for Clippers: Caron Butler breaks hand, out for playoffs

    Apr 30, 2012, 4:36 AM EDT

    Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, Caron Butler

    When things went wrong for the Clippers for the first 39 minutes of Game 1 against Memphis, they went terribly wrong. They were able to come back from most of that and get the win. But one thing will linger — Caron Butler has a broken left hand and will be out at least a…

  2. Video: Rajon Rondo bumps official, gets ejected (and likely suspended)

    Apr 29, 2012, 10:55 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks - Game One

    Rajon Rondo has the right to be frustrated with this call by referee Marc Davis, it was a bad call. All the Celtics should be frustrated with their team’s play Sunday in a loss in Game 1. But you cannot bump an official. Ever. Under any circumstances. Rondo said after the game that he didn’t…

  3. Video: LeBron helps sell flagrant foul on Tyson Chandler

    Apr 29, 2012, 8:29 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat - Game One

    That is a foul. A hard playoff foul. Tyson Chandler leans in and sets a moving screen into LeBron James‘ back. But apparently LeBron has been spending more time with the players in Liverpool than we thought, because he sells that like a soccer flop. It was initially called a Flagrant 2 (with automatic ejection),…

  4. Maybe it won’t be so easy, Magic beat Pacers 81-77 in Game 1

    Apr 28, 2012, 11:25 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game One

    This was the dull series. This was going to be a sweep (as I predicted). The Orlando Magic without Dwight Howard were not going to be able to hang with an up-and-coming Indiana Pacers team. Well, unless Indiana helps them out with a terrible offensive performance. One where they looked young and in awe of…

  5. Iman Shumpert has torn ACL, done for playoffs

    Apr 28, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Iman Shumpert

    Iman Shumpert, the Knicks starting two guard and one of their key perimieter defenders, is done for the playoffs. He has a torn ACL in his left knee and his lateral meniscus, the team announced, and he will be out 6-8 months. Which sounds about right after you watch the video above — it actually…

  6. Derrick Rose’s injury punch to gut of Chicago, opens doors elsewhere

    Apr 28, 2012, 8:16 PM EDT

    Bulls Rose is helped off the court after getting hurt during their NBA quarter-final playoff game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Chicago

    Derrick Rose’s injury sucks. He is out for the playoffs with a torn ACL and there is no other word but sucks to do it justice. (Well, other words I can run here, anyway.) It also changes the playoff picture in the East completely. First and foremost, this just sucks for fans of basketball who…

  7. My (hypothetical) end of season awards ballot

    Apr 28, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James listens to the national anthem before their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Miami, Florida April 19

    It’s end of season award time and… well, I don’t have an official ballot. But not being official never stopped me before. So here would be my votes for the winners, plus some people I also would have put on the list. Note that the one exception is the Most Improved Player category, an award…

  8. Deron Williams wants to have deal in place before Olympics

    Apr 27, 2012, 11:48 PM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Deron Williams is going to London this summer — Team USA is bringing a crazy-good point guard lineup to the Olympics. Williams has told the Nets he is going to opt out and test the free agent market this summer, which means come July 1 he is going to have a lot of suitors. Come…

  9. Sacramento Mayor says new arena deal is dead

    Apr 27, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

    George Maloof, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof

    Can’t say this is really a surprise, but it kind of turns your stomach anyway. Talks to keep the deal for a new arena for the Kings in Sacramento has formally been pronounced dead, reports the Sacramento Bee. After two days of talks between city officials and the Maloof family, Mayor Kevin Johnson announced today…

  10. Friday And-1 links: Video of World Peace taking his talents to bed

    Apr 27, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    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. • Metta World Peace posted that video on his Web site. I pass it…

  11. Report: Nets’ Wallace to opt out of deal, become free agent

    Apr 27, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    Gerald Wallace

    As expected, the Nets poor trade for Gerald Wallace is coming home to roost. Wallace — for whom the Nets traded their first round pick in this deep draft (top three protected) — will seek free agency, according to the twitter of Stephen Bondy of the New York Daily News. Gerald Wallace says he’ll test…

  12. NBA Draft Lottery odds and draft order

    Apr 27, 2012, 4:53 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    You can call it the draft lottery if you want; I choose to call it the Anthony Davis Sweepstakes. The Draw for the Unibrow. After some coins were tossed and some ties broken, we have the NBA lottery odds and draft order for the June 28 draft. (Enjoy the irony of the future of so…

  13. U.S. Attorney’s office opens investigation of NBA players union

    Apr 27, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    The NBA players union just went from the frying pan — a call by president Derek Fisher for a review of all business practices that was rejected by the executive committee — to the fire. The United States Attorney’s Office in Manhattan has opened an investigation of the union, reports Bloomberg. Union Executive Director Billy…

  14. PBT Extra: Talking NBA playoff predictions for first round

    Apr 27, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' guard Chris Paul and forward Blake Griffin look back as the Phoenix Suns celebrate their win over the Clippers in their NBA basketball game in Phoenix

    Yesterday I talked Celtics and Hawks with Jessica Camerato of CSNNE.com, today Tiffany and I look around at the rest of the league as we head into the first round of the playoffs, I think the best first-round matchup is the Clippers vs. Grizzles, but there are going to be some other fun series. Also,…

  15. Is Miami’s year a failure without a ring? Wade says yes, LeBron no

    Apr 27, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    Well, this plays pretty much right into the conventional wisdom. Most of us think that the Heat are title contenders this season and anything short of winning the banner means the year is not a success. Or man Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel put just that question to Dwyane Wade and LeBron James —…

  16. PBT’s NBA Playoffs first-round previews

    Apr 27, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    Larry O'Brien trophy

    This is what we’ve been waiting for. Through the desert of the lockout  and “how u” jokes. It’s the emotion and beauty of these playoff games that made us hope everyone would come to their senses and not kill the season. This is what we powered through a condensed, roller-coaster season to get to. The…

  17. NBA Playoff preview: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers

    Apr 27, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT

    Dante Cunningham, Blake Griffin

    SEASON RECORDS
 Grizzlies: 41-25 (4 seed) Clippers: 40-26 (5 seed) SEASON SERIES
 Clippers took it 2-1, with each team winning the games on its home court. Memphis won the most recent meeting April 9, 94-85. KEY INJURIES Memphis: Nothing serious. L.A. Clippers: Chris Paul is playing through a strained groin. The Clippers need him to…

  18. Knicks finally figured out who they are… but is that enough?

    Apr 27, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony and Lin celebrate beating Orlando Magic in their NBA basketball game in New York

    The Knicks tried on more identities than a 14-year-old Upper West Side girl this season. They started the season as a seven seconds or less running team, but that didn’t really work without a point guard. Then they were the Linsanity team where that system did work with a bunch of shooters and Jeremy Lin…

  19. Ray Allen “probable” for playoff series vs. Atlanta

    Apr 27, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

    Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Iman Shumpert, Tyson Chandler

    Ray Allen has sat out nine straight games with bone spurs in his ankles, but veterans suck it up around playoff time, right? Right. Doc Rivers expects Allen back, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com. Rivers characterized the likelihood of Allen being available for Sunday’s Game 1 matchup with Atlanta as “probable.” “In football terms,…

  20. Video: Brad Miller’s emotional exit from final NBA game

    Apr 27, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

    Brad Miller, Hassan Whiteside

    Brad Miller‘s 14-year NBA career as one of the more reliable big men in the game came to an emotional end Thursday night in Minnesota. It was great of the fans there to recognize the moment and give Miller a standing ovation. The center with a deft outside touch, he is a two-time All-Star who…

  21. Bird denies report he is “100% percent” not returning to Pacers

    Apr 27, 2012, 9:08 AM EDT

    NCAA Championship Game: Michigan State Spartans v North Carolina Tar Heels

    UPDATE 9:07 am: Well, that didn’t take long. I said you could bet Bird would deny the latest report he is not coming back and he has to the Indy Star. “Once again, no decision has been made,” Bird said by phone Thursday evening. “I’ll sit down with my owner at the end of the…

  22. Here is your complete NBA first round playoff schedule

    Apr 27, 2012, 12:25 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Enough with the condensed schedule and the injuries and the tanking — let’s get it on with some real basketball. Playoff basketball. If you’re not pumped for this, go listen to some Linkin Park and come back. Yea, I didn’t know Linkin park was making new music either, but there you go. So you can…

  23. Bobcats lose 23rd straight, fall to Knicks to set record for futility

    Apr 26, 2012, 11:43 PM EDT

    Knicks Bobcats Basketball

    The Charlotte Bobcats are the worst team in NBA history. Charlotte fell to the Knicks by 20 points, 104-84, on a night when the Knicks basically gave their best players a night off. On a night the Bobcats should have played with desperation, they were passive and just missed good looks. It was their 23rd…

  24. NBA Playoff preview: Indiana vs. Orlando

    Apr 26, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    George Hill, Paul George, Roy Hibbert, Danny Granger, David West

    SEASON RECORDS
 Indiana 42-24 (3 seed) Orlando: 37-29 (6 seed) SEASON SERIES
 Orlando won the season series 3-1, but all four games were played with Dwight Howard in the lineup (he had 30 points in the last meeting) and before the wheels came off the bus in Orlando. Also, all the games were before the…

  25. PBT Extra: Previewing Celtics/Hawks with Jessica Camerato

    Apr 26, 2012, 8:13 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

    Jessica Camerato, who writes about the Celtics for CSNNE.com — and who you should be following on twitter @jcameratonba — called in to the PBT Studio BatPhone and broke down Celtics vs. Hawks in the first round. (Yes, we have a BatPhone, you got a problem with that?) She discusses the Celtics health (really, the…

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