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  1. NBA Playoff Preview: Oklahoma City vs. Denver

    Apr 14, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Center Kendrick Perkins (5) And Denver Nuggets Center Nene (31) From Brazil Go Toe To Toe

    SEASON RECORDS Thunder: 55-27 (No. 4 seed) Nuggets 50-32 (No. 5 seed) SEASON SERIES Oklahoma City 3-1, including sweeping two games in April when the Nuggets were playing well and were everyone’s new second favorite team. KEY INJURIES Thunder: No significant injuries. Nuggets: Ty Lawson sprained his ankle in the season finale Wednesday and it…

  2. NBA Playoff Preview: Dallas vs. Portland

    Apr 14, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    SEASON RECORDS Mavericks: 57-25 (No. 3 seed) Trail Blazers: 48-34 (No. 6 seed) SEASON SERIES Tied 2-2, with Portland winning the most recent two games including one just two weeks ago (a game Tyson Chandler missed, so be careful about reading much into it). KEY INJURIES Mavericks: Roddy Beaubois sprained his foot in the season…

  3. We’ve got your Western Conference playoff schedule here

    Apr 14, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    I keep saying it because I believe it — one of the top four seeds in the West is going to get knocked off in the first round. Not sure who, but the Dallas/Portland and Oklahoma City/Denver matchups are going to be tough ones. (Sorry Cuban, but you know us Internet reporters…) Well, tough for…

  4. NBA Playoff Preview: Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans

    Apr 14, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol, Willie Green

    SEASON RECORDS Lakers: 57-25 (No. 2 seed) Hornets: 46-36 (No. 7 seed) SEASON SERIES Lakers sweep 4-0. KEY INJURIES Lakers: Andrew Bynum, he has a bone bruise in his surgically-repaired right knee due to a fall Tuesday night against San Antonio, he said he could play but the Lakers may be cautious with Game 1;…

  5. PBT’s NBA playoff previews — the first round

    Apr 14, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Media Day

    There is going to be a first-round upset. One of the top four seeds somewhere — probably in the deep Western Conference, but Boston may be a little nervous — is going to get beat. To help you better understand what is about to happen this weekend, we present ProBasketballTalk’s NBA Playoff previews for the…

  6. NBA Playoff Preview: San Antonio vs. Memphis

    Apr 14, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Shane Battier, Mike Conley

    SEASON RECORDS Spurs: 61-21 (No. 1 seed) Grizzlies: 46-36 (No. 8 seed) SEASON SERIES Tied: 2-2, with each team winning both games on their home court. Tony Parker missed one of the Spurs losses, Tim Duncan the other. KEY INJURIES Spurs: Manu Ginobili, the two guard from Argentina that is key to the Spurs chances…

  7. Video: Top 10 plays of the regular season (plus a few more)

    Apr 14, 2011, 9:03 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin Dunk

    What a regular season. There were amazing finishes, amazing passes, spectacular dunks. And there was Blake Griffin. So to close out the regular season, we bring you the top 10 plays of the regular season. Well, really the top 10 categories of the regular season, that way some extra plays could be squeezed in there.…

  8. NBA Playoff Preview: Orlando vs. Atlanta

    Apr 14, 2011, 4:53 AM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas, Jeff Teague

    SEASON RECORDS Magic: 52-30 (No. 4 seed) Hawks: 44-38(No. 5 seed) SEASON SERIES Hawks 3-1 KEY INJURIES Magic: J.J. Redick, missed 16 straight games with an abdomen issue but is expected back for playoffs; Gilbert Arenas’ knees are, well, still Gilbert Arenas’ knees, but more days off in playoffs should help him; Daniel Orton is…

  9. NBA Playoff Preview: Boston vs. New York

    Apr 14, 2011, 4:39 AM EDT

    Celtics' Pierce drives into defense of Knicks' Anthony during the first half of their NBA basketball game in New York

    SEASON RECORDS Celtics: 56-26 (No. 3 seed) Knicks: 42-40 (No. 6 seed) SEASON SERIES Celtics sweep 4-0, but know that two games were in December and one was a meaningless game played largely by substitutes on the last night of the season. So, three of the four have no real bearing on the playoff games…

  10. NBA Playoff Preview: Chicago vs. Indiana

    Apr 14, 2011, 4:19 AM EDT

    Josh McRoberts, Derrick Rose

    SEASON RECORDS Bulls: 62-20 (No. 1 seed in East) Pacers: 37-45 (No. 8 seed) SEASON SERIES Bulls 3-1, with the Pacers winning the most recent when Roy Hibbert and Tyler Hansbrough just took over. OFFENSE/DEFENSE RANKING (points per 100 possessions) Bulls: Off. 105.4 (12th in NBA); Def. 97.4 (1st in NBA) Pacers: Off. 101.8 (23rd…

  11. Season’s wild final night shows why playoffs will be must-watch

    Apr 14, 2011, 2:11 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Lakers

    It was the last game on the last night of the regular season — and nobody wanted it to end. Not the  fans in Sacramento, who were loud and would not leave at the end of a wild game. Wild in every way — the shots were wild, the setting was wild,  that this last…

  12. We’ve got your Eastern Conference playoff schedule right here

    Apr 13, 2011, 10:58 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony stands near Celtics' Pierce in third quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Earlier today we teased you with just the first games from the Eastern Conference playoffs — giving you time to rearrange your book club meeting Sunday night so as not to miss the Knicks and Celtics. Now, here are the full scheduled dates for the first round. However, the times on some of these games…

  13. Knicks to start Turiaf at center in playoffs against Boston

    Apr 13, 2011, 9:53 PM EDT

    Ronny Turiaf, Mike D'Antoni

    Mike D’Antoni looks across the court at the Boston Celtics and knows that Shaquille O’Neal is going to lineup at center come Sunday night when the playoff series opens. He’s countering with Ronny Turiaf, who will start for the Knicks at center in the series, D’Antoni announced Wednesday, according to ESPNNewYork.com. “Because I think we…

  14. Kobe fined $100K for “distasteful term” used toward referee

    Apr 13, 2011, 6:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant’s emotional use of a derogatory slang term toward gays aimed at a referee Tuesday night — caught and shown to a national television audience — has led to a hefty fine from David Stern and the league office. “Kobe Bryant’s comment during last night’s game was offensive and inexcusable,” Stern said in a…

  15. Pistons’ Villanueva suspended five games for losing it on court

    Apr 13, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Charlie Villanueva

    Charlie Villanueva earned this one. The Pistons reserve has been suspended five games, the league announced, after security — and eventually the police — had to keep him from going after Cleveland’s Ryan Hollins after a foul Monday night. Villanueva will sit out the Pistons season finalie against the 76ers Wednesday, as well as the…

  16. Lakers’ Bynum suffers bone bruise, is ready to go for playoffs

    Apr 13, 2011, 5:19 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Andrew Bynum holds his knee after falling during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles

    Lakers fans have never been so happy to hear the words “bone bruise” before. An MRI on Lakers center Andrew Bynum’s right knee — the one surgically repaired last summer and tweaked last night in a game against the Spurs — shows only a bone bruise, according to a release by the team. He will…

  17. Tom Gores isn’t buying Pistons, his equity firm is

    Apr 13, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Tom Gores

    Piston fans, there is just never going to be another owner like Bill Davidson. The storybook ending of a drawn-out, sloppy sale of the team after his death is that Michigan-raised billionaire Tom Gores bought the Pistons and that things will now start back on the path to the glory days. Except, it’s not really…

  18. Bang the drum slowly: Tonight may be last game in Sacramento

    Apr 13, 2011, 3:47 PM EDT

    Clippers Kings Basketball

    Ron Artest reacted like a lot of people — he didn’t really want to believe it could happen. When the former Kings star was asked about he and the Lakers heading up to Sacramento for what may well be the final game ever for the Kings in Sacramento, Artest kept saying the move was not…

  19. Kobe responds to reaction surrounding his gay slur

    Apr 13, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Last night, in a moment of frustration after receiving a technical foul, Kobe Bryant uttered a word toward referee Bennie Adams that is a derogatory slang word for homosexuals. It was caught clearly by television cameras on the nationally broadcast game, creating an instant firestorm debate on twitter that has spilled over into a national…

  20. Wolves’ Kahn loves his roster, not sure why Rambis can’t win with it

    Apr 13, 2011, 2:26 PM EDT

    Love_Rambis

    David Kahn puts the audacity of hope to the test unlike any other general manager. After two seasons at the helm — where Minnesota has won a combined 32 games — Kahn had this to say at a press conference Wednesday (via Canis Hoopus‘ twitter feed): We’re ahead of where we thought we’d be with…

  21. Looming NBA lockout wipes out Summer League

    Apr 13, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    summer league

    Despite the 111-degree temperatures (in the shade), ball-hogging guards and utter lack of help defense, there is something uniquely compelling about the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. It was the hope of rookies, the hustle of guys trying to impress scouts, a chance to fall in love with the guys who will be at…

  22. Dates, times set for Eastern Conference playoffs first games

    Apr 13, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    While the West is still trying to figure out who plays whom, the Eastern Conference has moved on to when. At least for the first games. The league has released the dates and times for the first games of those four series. Chicago and Indiana will tip off at noon Saturday (11 a.m. in Chicago)…

  23. New York vs. Boston in another sport, Pierce says this could be fun

    Apr 13, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce Knicks

    New York and Boston do not like each other. Their baseball rivalry can at times dominate the sport (and your television, even if you’re just trying to get other scores). The Bruins and Rangers are original six, old-school hockey rivals. I wouldn’t be shocked if the New York Philharmonic and Boston POPS have street fights…

  24. LeBron returns to top of NBA jersey sales pile

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Apparently, a lot of you wanted a LeBron James Miami Heat jersey. Sure, you talked about his massive ego and how the decision was handled and how this reflected on him as a person — then a bunch of you went out and purchased a No. 6 Miami Heat jersey. Which means in one sense…

  25. PBT Wednesday one liners

    Apr 13, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New Orleans Hornets

    Keith Bogans tends to take a lot of heat as the Bulls starting shooting guard, but look at the other coaches that gave him big run: Doc Rivers, Gregg Popovich and Stan Van Gundy. Coincidence? Owner Glen Taylor has some tough choices to make in Minnesota. The Raptors ownership/front office situation is a sticky mess.…

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