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  1. PBT Extra: Talking Spurs dominance, Thunder chances

    May 30, 2012, 7:44 PM EST

    Spurs center Duncan and guard Ginobili celebrate in NBA Western Conference basketball finals in San Antonio, Texas

    We are sticking in the Western Conference for today’s PBT Extra (we’ll be doing the East tomorrow) as Tiffany and I discuss what makes the Spurs work, and how I said Russell Westbrook was key to the Thunder’s chances before te series and how he has not really lived up to the job asked of…

  2. Even Doc Rivers is hurt for the Celtics. It’s that bad.

    May 30, 2012, 6:44 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Boston Celtics - Game Seven

    Jeff Green. Chirs Wilcox. Avery Bradley. Jermaine O’Neal. Ray Allen. Paul Pierce. And now Doc Rivers? Come on Basketball Gods, show some mercy. The Celtics have lost four players to season ending surgery and have a couple of key guys dragging injured bodies through the playoffs. And now you can add Doc Rivers to the…

  3. Deron Williams denies Nets must get Howard to keep him

    May 30, 2012, 6:29 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    UPDATE 6:29 pm: Deron Williams has come out and denied the report that it’s Dwight Howard-or-bust if the Nets want to keep him. Williams took to twitter to answer the claim. I would love to know who Adrian Wojnarowski source is bc he knows more about what I’m thinking then I do, maybe they can…

  4. Warriors counting on shark’s tooth, tokens to bring lottery luck

    May 30, 2012, 6:27 PM EST

    lacob guber Warriors

    Golden State may have more riding on the NBA Draft Lottery than any team on the board. And they are counting on superstition to bail them out. The math for the Warriors is simple: they are currently the 7 seed and if they are in that spot or higher after the lottery they get to…

  5. Celtics, Heat Game 2: Boston needs to get some buckets

    May 30, 2012, 5:27 PM EST

    Boston Celtics' Rondo, Garnett, Allen and Pierce speak during a timeout during Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoff series in Miami

    Everyone is focused on Rajon Rondo’s comment that those driving Heat players — particularly Dwyane Wade and LeBron James — “have to hit the deck, too.” Because Boston had a big problem in Game 1 and Boston’s mindset when they have a problem is to fix it by tightening up their fantastic defense. But the…

  6. Larry Bird says he wants to return to Pacers next season

    May 30, 2012, 4:41 PM EST

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

    It was the conventional wisdom that after this season Larry Bird would walk away from his job in Indiana. He had to be coaxed back last year and with the Pacers on solid footing for the future he could step away leaving the team in a good spot as an up-and-comer in the East. But…

  7. More and more reports Stan Van Gundy will take a year off

    May 30, 2012, 4:26 PM EST

    Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    Stan Van Gundy is a family man. Which is a cliché but it’s true. I remember back in his Heat days Van Gundy was with his then younger children, taking notes during a Summer League game (back when that was still in Long Beach). He was stealing time with them where he could. Being an…

  8. Raptors’ draft pick Valanciunas starts buyout talks in Lithuania

    May 30, 2012, 2:52 PM EST

    2011 NBA Draft

    Next season it’s going to be like the Raptors got two lottery picks added to the roster. One is the pick they land in Wednesday night’s draft lottery (Toronto has a 3.5 percent chance of landing the top pick and Anthony Davis). The other is last year’s No. 5 overall pick Jonas Valanciunas, who spent…

  9. Report: Patrick Ewing out of Bobcats coaching search

    May 30, 2012, 1:28 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v San Antonio Spurs

    Usually, being friends with the head of the company is the best way to get a job. But it was just the opposite for Patrick Ewing. The legendary Knicks player and now long-time assistant coach is near the top of the list of guys who should get a seat in the big chair soon (along…

  10. DeShawn Stevenson has an ATM in his kitchen. No lie.

    May 30, 2012, 1:03 PM EST

    Stevenson ATM

    We mock NBA players for the way they go through money like it was water, the way they own a Bentley and an Escalade — and that’s just at their summer home in LA. We act as if we were millionaires at age 23 we would have been prudent and invested our money wisely, when…

  11. Video: Tony Parker, Kevin Durant talk Game 2

    May 30, 2012, 11:04 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs Tony Parker gets past Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant in Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference finals in San Antonio

    The Spurs made their adjustments after Game 1, came out and dropped 120 on the Thunder in Game 2. Then to a man the Spurs came to the podium and said just what Tony Parker does above — “we just had a good game as a team.” Just kind of “aw, shucks.” Durant, he’s not…

  12. Report: Wizards shopping Rashard Lewis, Andray Blatche

    May 30, 2012, 10:35 AM EST

    Andray Blatche Wizards

    Cue Henny Youngman: Take our bad contracts — please. The Wizards need to remake their roster and they are actively trying to get rid of their two biggest remaining contract errors one way or another, reports the Washington Post. The Wizards can buy out Rashard Lewis for “just” $13.7 million before July 1. They also…

  13. Report: Lamar Odom “desperately” wants to be Laker again

    May 30, 2012, 10:06 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    And Dallas fans are shaking their heads…. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith reportedly said on a recent radio broadcast that Lamar Odom “desperately” wants to be a Laker again and that he and his agent will speak to Lakers management about it. (Hat tip to LakersNation.com.) Because of the bombastic source, please sprinkle the rumor liberally…

  14. Pau Gasol denies he wants to play for Bulls

    May 30, 2012, 9:44 AM EST

    gasol-nuggets-game-7

    Tuesday it was sources close to the Lakers big man saying that said he wanted to be traded to Chicago. Which wasn’t very likely to happen, and we warned you the rumor was “wild,” but that’s what the sources said. Then, somebody asked Pau Gasol himself. From the Los Angeles Times. “My position is still…

  15. Video: Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker stick daggers in Thunder

    May 30, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    There were moments in the fourth quarter when the Thunder looked like a team that could make a comeback. They were cutting off the lane, forcing contested jumpers, getting some points in transition. There seemed to be hope. Faint hope down 7 with 1:30 left to go, but we saw what the Thunder did to…

  16. Expect Ray Allen to play Wednesday night in Game 2

    May 30, 2012, 8:04 AM EST

    Ray Allen

    Doc Rivers may have thought about sitting Ray Allen, may have talked about it with the media, but you didn’t really expect it to happen, did you? Officially the call will be made on game day, as Rivers told A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. Allen doesn’t want any part of that, he wants to play.…

  17. Thunder find some answers, still have many more questions

    May 30, 2012, 2:16 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    If you were looking for them, there were glimmers of hope for the Oklahoma Thunder in this series from Game 2. Their “big three” showed up — Kevin Durant had 31, James Harden 30 and Russell Westbrook 27. There was a run, early in the fourth quarter, when the Thunder were able to clog the…

  18. Video: Watch “old” Tim Duncan dunk on Serge Ibaka

    May 29, 2012, 10:33 PM EST

    Thunder power forward Nick Collison strips the ball away from San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan

    Serge Ibaka is not ready to be Defensive Player of the Year, but it’s not because of this. (It’s because of his iffy pick-and-roll defense and how he defends people in space. It’s a work in progress.) This would be the “old” but rejuvenated Tim Duncan throwing it down on Ibaka like it’s 1999. He…

  19. List of players’ favorite announcers: Chuck? Fine. Reggie? No.

    May 29, 2012, 9:25 PM EST

    DOVE Men+Care And Shaquille O'Neal Are Bringing His "Journey To Comfort" To NCAA Final Four Weekend By Caring For The Boys And Girls Club Of Southeast Louisiana - Day 1

    Most NBA players watch fewer NBA games on television than you do. Seriously. By far. They watch a lot of game in person in the arena, obviously. They watch tapes of games. But they don’t really sit around their home or hotel room glued to the television, listening to the broadcasters, as often as we…

  20. What would it mean for teams to win NBA Draft Lottery

    May 29, 2012, 7:59 PM EST

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    Fates will be decided by some bouncing balls and random numbers Wednesday. Not just the fate of lock No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis (and guys like Andre Drummond, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Thomas Robinson and many more). It’s the fate of franchises (and general managers) that will be decided. What would it mean to the 14…

  21. Report: Wizards likely to keep Randy Wittman as coach

    May 29, 2012, 6:21 PM EST

    Randy Wittman

    This was unexpected when the season ended but has seemingly become more and more likely in recent weeks. The Wizards are “likely” going to keep Randy Wittman as coach next season, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. That follows what Michael Lee wrote in the Washington Post late last week: A source with knowledge of the…

  22. Dennis Rodman sentenced to 104 hours community service

    May 29, 2012, 5:33 PM EST

    Dennis Rodman

    UPDATE 5:33 pm: As expected Dennis Rodman was sentenced only to community service — 104 hours of it. But that’s all on four counts of contempt of court, part of his missing child support payments. Rodman also is on informal probation and was told he needs to keep up on his child support payments, which…

  23. Clippers to retain Vinny Del Negro as coach next season

    May 29, 2012, 5:11 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    Vinny Del Negro — who oversaw arguably the best Clippers season ever but left lingering doubts about whether he could take them any farther — will get a chance to prove he can. The Clippers announced Tuesday that they have picked up the option year on Del Negro’s contract. Chris Paul signed off on this,…

  24. Doc Rivers considering sitting Ray Allen to rest ankle

    May 29, 2012, 4:11 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    It’s not fun to watch. Ray Allen is one of the best pure shooters the game has ever seen, but trying to play through bone spurs in his ankle that likely needs surgery has left his flawless mechanics off balance. He was 1-7 in Game 1 and Boston needs him (or someone) to knock down…

  25. Tuesday And-1 links: Derek Fisher has no plans to retire

    May 29, 2012, 3:35 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    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. • Derek Fisher says he has no plans to retire. I don’t think he’s…

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