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  1. Did improper ankle taping delay Derrick Rose’s recovery?

    Apr 20, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Chicago Bulls

    Derrick Rose has taken a couple weeks to recover from his ankle problems. Part of that was the Bulls didn’t want or need to rush him back — they are still the top seed in the East, and what matters come the playoffs is a healthy Rose. Rose’s recovery has been slowed by fluid around…

  2. Friday And-1 links: Kevin Love’s new look is… interesting

    Apr 20, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    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. • Kevin Love has a porn-stache now. Apparently the effects of that concussion were…

  3. Rondo, Garnett, Pierce to sit out Friday Celtics game vs. Hawks

    Apr 20, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Pierce and Garnett react when the team was called for a technical foul against the Chicago Bulls during NBA basketball game in Chicago

    This is a surprise only because this game has meaning. Boston and Atlanta are an almost certain first-round playoff matchup and going into Friday night’s meeting the Hawks are half a game ahead of the Celtics for home court in that series. But both Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce are going to sit out Friday…

  4. Video: Bucks Larry Sanders loses his cool, earns ejection

    Apr 20, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

    Larry Sanders

    With playoff berths and seedings on the line, you felt a real sense of desperation from teams the last few days. The Bucks were one of those teams Thursday night — lose and they were pretty much toast in the East. But Larry Sanders went well over the line, turning a little scuffle into his…

  5. Even if you liked it, don’t expect shorter NBA season in future

    Apr 20, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

    David Stern, Adam Silver

    I heard this from casual NBA fans and people in the broader sports media a lot this year — the NBA should start around Christmas every year. Even though this year’s start was delayed by a foolish lockout, some fans liked the shorter regular season. The condensed schedule that wore on players led to it…

  6. Fisher asked to resign as players’ union president in fight for soul of organization

    Apr 20, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT

    billy-hunter, derek fisher

    During the NBA lockout there were rumors and reports of conflict between NBA players union president Derek Fisher and union executive director Billy Hunter. They pushed and pulled in different ways. But for the sake of the negotiations, they tried for the most part to present a unified front. But now those cracks have deepened…

  7. Video: Robin Lopez’ flagrant foul on Blake Griffin

    Apr 20, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    A referee holds back the Phoenix Suns' Lopez after a few Los Angeles Clippers players charged at him after a hard foul on their teammate Griffin during their NBA basketball game in Phoenix

    This foul rightfully got Robin Lopez ejected — any play on the ball was made after he made sure Blake Griffin was taken out of the play. It was excessive, he had to go for it and the flagrant II call was correct. But… it worked. Clipper blogger Steve Perin noted it at SBN —…

  8. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Suns stay alive, Rockets don’t in playoff chase

    Apr 20, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns players rally around Frye and give him high fives after he put the Suns up over the Los Angeles Clippers late in the fourth quarter during their NBA basketball game in Phoenix

    What you missed while cracking up at the Californian’s skit from Saturday Night Live (seriously, we all talk about traffic like that)…. Heat 83, Bulls 72: It was a physical, low scoring playoff-style game — and the fact the Heat won should give them some confidence. Suns 93, Clippers 90: Phoenix played desperate at the…

  9. Amare Stoudemire confirms he will play Friday for Knicks

    Apr 20, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    Now the real work of getting the Knicks ready for the playoffs begins. With the Bucks loss to the Pacers Thursday night the Knicks secured a spot in the playoffs — but if they are going to make any noise there they are going to have to get both Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire firing…

  10. Video: Jones’ check on Noah; Wade’s shove of Rip

    Apr 20, 2012, 1:22 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade listens to the national anthem before their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Miami

    You can’t have a true rivalry until the teams really don’t like each other — and we may be there with the Bulls and the Heat. Thursday night’s game got a little chippy. Miami was trying to send a message — to themselves as much or more than the Bulls — that they could be…

  11. It’s not a playoff game, but Heat’s win over Bulls felt like one

    Apr 20, 2012, 12:26 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James moves against Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    Tell me you don’t think the Eastern Conference Finals are going to be fun… that felt like a rivalry game. The Miami Heat’s 83-72 win over the Chicago Bulls is not an indication of how a playoff series between these teams plays out — not with Bulls MVP Derrick Rose and the Heat’s Chris Bosh…

  12. Dwight Howard to have back surgery Friday; out for playoffs, Olympics

    Apr 19, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    And it’s official — the Orlando Magic are the team everyone wants to face in the first round. Dwight Howard will not be back for the playoffs because he is going to have surgery on the herniated disc in his back, his agent told Ric Bucher of ESPN. Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard will undergo…

  13. Dwyane Wade has banned girlfriend from sitting courtside

    Apr 19, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Gabriel Union

    Actress and model Gabrielle Union — who you also know as Dwyane Wade‘s girlfriend — was on Conan O’Brien’s show this week and…. damn, the girl is vicious. She yelled last week at Dick Bavetta “blow your whistle and you get your Viagra.” She’s insulted players about their weight. And that’s the stuff she admitted…

  14. Video: Dwyane Wade walks into pickup game in SOHO

    Apr 19, 2012, 5:04 PM EDT

    Miami Heat shooting guard Wade looks on from bench as Miami Heat plays against San Antonio Spurs during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Everything about this is so Wade — him shopping in Soho on his day off, him impeccably dressed and followed by a camera, him just jumping into a pickup game for fun and playing with some kids in the park. Of course, it will only confirm what you already think of the man. If you…

  15. Report: Trail Blazers interested in Lakers’ Kupchak as GM

    Apr 19, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Mitch Kupchak

    The whispers have been all over Staples Center — Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak is not happy and wants out of working with Jim Buss. Kupchak is also the ultimate team player and would never say that publicly and disparage ownership. I’ll say I’ve heard the same rumors of his unhappiness from a couple second…

  16. Everyone denies report Dwight Howard called team owner about Van Gundy

    Apr 19, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Let us start with a good reminder for reading a lot of stories in today’s journalism world — every anonymous source has a motive. If someone “leaks” something to a reporter its because they are trying to spin the story for their own motives. With that, we bring you the updated report from Orlando’s WKMG’s…

  17. D-Rose matters, but depth real key in Bulls/Heat showdown

    Apr 19, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

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

    Everyone will want to watch the Bulls and the Heat and discuss how this is a preview of the Eastern Conference finals. It’s not. Oh, these two teams will be there, you can bet on that. But after two rounds of the playoffs teams change and evolve — the Bulls and Heat that take the…

  18. Wilson Chandler done for season with Nuggets

    Apr 19, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

    Wilson+Chandler+Atlanta+Hawks+v+Denver+Nuggets+Ym_wkv-B6Cgl

    Wilson Chandler arrived late and is leaving early. He missed the start of the NBA season after signing to play in China during the NBA lockout. When the Chinese season ended he signed on to play with the Denver Nuggets… but now he is out for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs.…

  19. Playing to stereotype, Heat to open nightclub in arena

    Apr 19, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    Miami fans arrive late, are there to be seen, and are on their iPhones the entire game planning where to go after — the basketball is an afterthought. If it’s a thought at all. Well, that’s the stereotype. It’s not true all the way around the block — check out the fans in the “cheap”…

  20. Knicks fans love J.R. Smith, but he likely bolts this summer

    Apr 19, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith attempts to dunk the ball in their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in New York

    When he is raining down threes like he did against Boston, it’s easy to love J.R. Smith’s game. So today, Knicks fans love him. He brings an edge off the bench that fans and teammates love. Thing is, Smith is going to keep taking those shots whether they are falling or not, and some days…

  21. Thursday And-1 links: LeBron, Wade in large foam statues

    Apr 19, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

    big3miamiheat

    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. • Miami’s big three as depicted in gigantic foam statues (picture to the right).…

  22. Doc Rivers is coach players most want to play for. Stan Van Gundy, not so much

    Apr 19, 2012, 10:36 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers watches his team in Boston

    Across the board, players say they like playing for coaches who once played in the NBA. It’s not a requirement, but players feel it gives the coach an understanding of what they go through. So it shouldn’t be a shock that Doc Rivers tops Sports Illustrated’s annual poll of players on the question of coach…

  23. Kobe Bryant expects to play Friday vs. Spurs

    Apr 19, 2012, 9:44 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    If you’re wondering just how often the Lakers play the Spurs down the stretch, the answer was three times in the final 17 days of the season. What will be different about the third of those meetings Friday is that Kobe Bryant is expected to play. He has missed seven games with a shin injury…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It’s all about playoff positioning

    Apr 19, 2012, 9:28 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Jameer Nelson, Ryan Anderson and Glen Davis guard Boston Celtics Paul Pierce as he makes a shot in front of Orlando Magic Jason Richardson in the second half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    What you missed while realizing why you act the way you do at games… Thunder 108, Suns 97: The Thunder hung with the Spurs at the top of the conference, but at the expense of the Suns chances. Brett Pollakoff was at this game for PBT and tells us that James Harden is really, really…

  25. Video: Mike Miller’s baseball pass to Lebron at buzzer

    Apr 19, 2012, 8:27 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    It was a wild end to the first half in South Beach — the Raptors make a nice play to get the steal and the bucket in transition. Usually this is where you see the short inbounds pass, a guy dribble until just after the buzzer (so the shot doesn’t count on his stats) then…

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