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  1. Rockets GM Daryl Morey with a great discussion of clutch

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Daryl Morey

    One of the great debates in the NBA statistical community is the issue of clutch play. The conventional wisdom is that Kobe Bryant is awesome in the clutch — did you see the dagger jumper he hit over Randy Foye Wednesday — but the statistics say he misses far more than he makes in that…

  2. Iguodala thinks all great scorers should be great defenders

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Paul Pierce

    Andre Iguodala is using a lot of logic here. That’s never going to work. Iguodala is one of the game’s best wing defenders, and he told Sports Illustrated (via Ball Don’t Lie) that part of that comes from how he has been asked to be a go-to (or secondary) scorer over the years. And if…

  3. Magic’s Van Gundy says Dwight Howard asked to have him fired, Howard denies

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    Dwight Howard’s plans for bloodless coup just blew up — and just about everybody around the Magic will get hit with shrapnel. Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy confirmed rumors Thursday saying he knows that Dwight Howard went to management asking he be fired as coach, reports Howard Beck of the New York Times on twitter…

  4. Thursday And-1 links: Comparing Kobe and CP3

    Apr 5, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant brushes past Los Angeles Clippers' Paul during their NBA preseason game in Los Angeles

    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. • Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul, compared by their fellow Olympians in Beijing and…

  5. Video: Thrilling end of Suns win… Nash will rip your heart out

    Apr 5, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Steve Nash, Earl Watson

    While you were watching the Heat and the Thunder and the abuse of Pau Gasol by Blake Griffin, Utah and Phoenix were putting on a show. Al Jefferson and Steve Nash were trading buckets at the end, but when it came down to the final shot Nash got the loose ball, split two defenders and…

  6. Video: LeBron, Wade comment on Westbrook’s hard foul

    Apr 5, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Wade talk before their NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Miami

    There is a great line at the end of the classic movie about the attack on Pearl Harbor “Tora Tora Tora” where the after the bombing Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto says, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” (Yes, I know that is…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Playoff impacts everywhere you look

    Apr 5, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett

    What you missed while getting drunk on peanut butter and jelly flavored vodka…. Heat 98, Thunder 93: Don’t read too much into “statements” before the playoffs start, but the Heat made one in one of our games of the night. Lakers 113, Clippers 108: The Clippers had the big highlights, but the Lakers will take…

  8. Kanye West raps about Kim Kardashian, slams Kris Humphries

    Apr 5, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

    VMAN21 Launch Party

    On his new track “Theraflu” Kanye West pretty much confirms the rumors that he and Kim Kardashian had a thing going on, and he slams Kris Humphries in the process. “And I’ll admit I fell in love with Kim, around the same time she had fell in love with him/Well that’s cool, baby girl do…

  9. Clippers get the highlights, Lakers take win and likely division

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:56 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    It’s simplistic, but not inaccurate, to see Wednesday night’s Lakers win over the Clippers like Andrew Bynum saw it. He was asked about Blake Griffin’s dunk on Pau Gasol (you can decide which one). “He can have the highlight, we’ll take the W,” Bynum said. But that W — a 113-108 win for the Lakers…

  10. Video: Blake Griffin just destroys Pau Gasol… twice

    Apr 5, 2012, 12:24 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Pau Gasol

    RIP Pau Gasol. Blake Griffin is a tough cover for anybody in the league, but particularly Gasol — Griffin plays an aggressive, attacking game using his great strength and athleticism. Gasol is smarter, more fundamental than you. (And spare me the Gasol is soft stuff, or did you not watch him defend Dwight Howard in…

  11. LeBron James, Miami Heat make their case at Thunder’s expense

    Apr 4, 2012, 11:57 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Bosh wait for a rebound with Oklahoma City Thunder's Ibaka during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    If this does end up being the NBA finals matchup, we are all in for a lot of fun. These teams are starting to develop a real dislike of each other. Miami and Oklahoma City got together for an intense, physical, playoff-style game Wednesday were LeBron James make his MVP case and the Heat got…

  12. David Stern says he expects deal to sell Hornets “soon”

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

    David-Stern-all-star-2012

    A whole lot of deals fall apart when they get close to people signing papers — and writing checks — but this one appears to have some legs. NBA Commissioner David Stern said a deal was “close” to sell the New Orleans Hornets and that he hoped to have good news for the NBA owners…

  13. PBT Extra: Talking age limit — why the owners want two years

    Apr 4, 2012, 7:46 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    On today’s edition of PBT extra you can comment on my opinion that the owners want two years but that it’s not fair to the handful of players who are truly ready to make the leap from high school (I want a system like college baseball), or Andrew Bynum and him needing to grow up.…

  14. Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving out 7-10 days with sprained shoulder

    Apr 4, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving reacts after a turnover during the second quarter of the Cavaliers NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Cleveland

    As if losing 10 of their last 11 was not enough of a tank job, the Cavaliers will be without their soon-to-be Rookie of the Year. Kyrie Irving will be out 7-10 days with a sprained shoulder, the team announced Wednesday. From the Associated Press. Irving had returned after missing one game with the injury…

  15. John Calipari says he is not leaving Kentucky for the NBA

    Apr 4, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    This has all the weight of a college player saying he will come back to school — he has to say it now, but things may be different in a couple months. Kentucky coach John Calipari said he is not leaving Kentucky to coach in the NBA, reports Andy Katz at ESPN. “Kentucky is the…

  16. Derrick Rose returns to full practice, could play Thursday

    Apr 4, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose celebrates after teammate Luol Deng was fouled while shooting by Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    No, we mean it this time. He really could be back and playing. Derrick Rose returned to a full contact practice on Wednesday and he could return Thursday when the Bulls take on the Celtics, reports Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com. “I really don’t know. I felt good, but me playing tomorrow, I don’t know. I’m…

  17. JaVale McGee “shocked” Wizards traded him. He was alone.

    Apr 4, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

    Wilson Chandler, JaVale McGee

    The fact JaVale McGee did not know he was about to be traded pretty much sums up JaVale McGee. McGee spoke with Hoopsworld about the trade that sent him from Washington to Denver and said — while everybody else on the planet knew he was being shopped — he was surprised by the move. “I…

  18. As expected, Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger to declare for draft

    Apr 4, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    Ohio State Buckeyes forward Jared Sullinger sits on the court after the Buckeyes were defeated by the Kansas Jayhawks in the men's NCAA Final Four semi-final college basketball game in New Orleans

    No real surprise here — it was almost a surprise he went back for his sophomore year — but Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger is declaring for the NBA draft, reports ESPN. The team will make a formal announcement Wednesday afternoon. Sullinger is a lock top-10, maybe top 5 pick in the draft (DraftExpress currently has…

  19. Wednesday And-1 links: Nobody likes one-and-done rule

    Apr 4, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    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. • Some good thoughts on the one-and-done rule for college players — nobody likes…

  20. Another day, more rumors Howard wants Van Gundy gone

    Apr 4, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    I’ve been slow to say there is a fire, but there sure is a lot of smoke. Now there are more and more reports surfacing that Dwight Howard wants Stan Van Gundy gone at the end of the season, and in order to keep their star happy — and encourage him to sign an extension…

  21. Baseball’s Mariners say they don’t want NBA arena near them

    Apr 4, 2012, 10:26 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Seattle Mariners

    Seattle built the Mariners a lovely ballpark — Safeco Field — and now the Mariners don’t want a new NBA/NHL arena near their beautiful park. That’s the gist of a letter set to the city by the team, as reported by the Associated Press. The letter was sent from the team on Tuesday and signed…

  22. Bynum will “try” to play for Lakers, Mike Brown says everything is cool

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:26 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers coach Brown celebrates with Bynum during their NBA game against Boston Celtics in Los Angeles

    The Lakers survived the Nets — barely — without Andrew Bynum, but the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday would be another matter. Bynum said Tuesday he would try to go Wednesday despite his sprained ankle, reports Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register. Ding also adds that Bynum seemed to be walking around fairly well…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Turns out LeBron can score a lot

    Apr 4, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James drives to the basket as his team plays against the Philadelphia 76ers during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while watching Baylor win the national title and thinking Brittney Griner can flat out ball…. Heat 99, Sixers 93: The Heat needed a win and they had LeBron James in a scoring mood — those things go together like Oreos and milk for Miami. The result was James putting up a season…

  24. Video: Kobe Bryant should not be that open on game winner

    Apr 4, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Even Kobe Bryant‘s most ardent supporters have to admit he has put up some terrible shots at the end of games, highly contested fade-away threes. But this time he is the best option on the play and gets a shockingly open look. To set the stage: The Lakers are up one (because of an earlier…

  25. That didn’t take long: Let the Calipari to the Knicks rumors begin

    Apr 4, 2012, 1:55 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    In honesty, the buzz had started before Kentucky won the national championship, before the NCAA Tournament had even started. John Calipari — maybe the ultimate players’ coach — was going to be in the running for the New York Knicks job. Over at Yahoo Adrian Wojnarowski writes about how the job is a perfect setup…

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