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Kurt Helin

  1. NBA draft lottery: Who needs to win this most?

    May 16, 2011, 10:09 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    Your team isn’t in the NBA draft lottery unless it needs help (or you used to do trades with Isiah Thomas). Everybody in it needs to win it. Especially this year, where the drop off from All-Star to “maybe he can be a rotation guy in a couple years” to “we’re hoping he can develop”…

  2. Can the Thunder slow down Dirk Nowitzki?

    May 16, 2011, 7:16 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks Nowitzki celebrates hitting a three-point shot in the second half against the Los Angeles Lakers during Game 3 of the NBA Western Conference semi-final basketball playoff in Dallas

    He has been the best player in the playoffs so far —26.5 points per game on 49.7 percent shooting, 60 percent from three. He destroyed Pau Gasol in the second round. And outside of hiring Jeff Gillooly, there may not be a good way for the Oklahoma City Thunder to slow down Dirk Nowitzki. Not…

  3. Doc Rivers would have waited on Kendrick Perkins trade

    May 16, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    Danny Ainge is out there selling it — he still stands behind the Kendrick Perkins trade. He has no choice, that was his baby. Doc Rivers, he would have waiting a while. That’s what Rivers told the Boston Globe. “Well, I would wait until after the year is over. I’ll put it that way. I…

  4. Nets owner Prokhorov about to enter Russian politics

    May 16, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov Introductory Press Conference

    What is the one thing that could make the NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations look simple? How about Russian politics? But that’s what Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is about to jump into, as part of a “pro-Kremlin” party (backing the existing leadership), according to the Associated Press. Mikhail Prokhorov said Monday he would head the…

  5. Report: Owners first asked for $45 million hard salary cap

    May 16, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

    billy-hunter

    When you enter a bargaining session, the first thing you ask for is your entire wish list. Everything you could possibly want. Some of the things on the list you need, some you’d be willing to give up. But come in asking for the moon. Like a $45 million hard salary cap if you are…

  6. Memphis’ Sam Young had a bad day

    May 16, 2011, 1:55 PM EDT

    YOUNG_SAM

    The Memphis Grizzlies did not have a great Sunday, with their fun run of a season coming to an end. But no Griz player had a worse Friday than Sam Young. First, for Game 6 Young lost his starting job to O.J. Mayo. Coach Lionel Hollins had seen the Thunder adjust and slow Zach Randolph,…

  7. Grizzlies now face expectations, but they have an answer

    May 16, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    Things are going to be different for the Memphis Grizzlies next season. They are moving from the Tuesday night game where the season ticket holder can’t give away his seats to a game people want to see. Zach Randolph has become a name sports fans know for more than his past — not basketball, fans,…

  8. Video: Taj Gibson was a highlight factory Sunday night

    May 16, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson celebrates after a basket against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    We already showed you how the Bulls Taj Gibson was not very welcoming to Chicago native Dwyane Wade Sunday night. But tat was not all Gibson did. He also had the most spectacular of the 19 offensive rebounds the Bulls grabbed in Game 1, a thunderous putback for two. Another case of the Heat defense…

  9. Ainge: Perkins trade not the reason team lost

    May 16, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Danny Ainge

    The moment the trade of Kendrick Perkins went through, you knew this is how it would go down — when the Celtics fell out of the playoffs the trade was going to be blamed. Danny Ainge was going to get blamed. Throw in an early second round exit and you have Ainge getting a lot…

  10. Yao Ming sues Chinese company to protect brand, name

    May 16, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Yao_autographs

    When you’re an international brand — and make no mistake, Yao Ming is an international brand — then you have to work internationally to protect it. Which explains why Yao is suing a Chinese sportswear company, as reported by the Associated Press (via SLAM). Xinhua News Agency reported Friday that the injured Houston Rockets center…

  11. PBT Monday morning one liners

    May 16, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    Kevin Arnovitz — one of the best in the business and a guy I miss seeing regularly at Clippers games — has the best breakdown I’ve read of what went wrong with the Heat Sunday. NBA Commissioner David Stern wrote a piece in the Sacramento Bee thanking the people of that city for their drive…

  12. Could Big Baby be on way out of Boston?

    May 16, 2011, 10:25 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Davis drives past Miami Heat's Bosh in their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in Miami

    Glen “Big Baby” Davis took some heat for his play at the end of the season. Coach Doc Rivers said that “scoring was too important to him” and that Davis needed to spend the offseason getting back to who he was — a grinder off the bench. Rebounding, defense and toughness. Glen Davis is also…

  13. Video: Taj Gibson returns the favor to Dwyane Wade

    May 16, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Bulls' Gibson celebrates after a dunk on the Heat during Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Finals playoff basketball game in Chicago

    Dwyane Wade dunks on a lot of people. Taj Gibson returned the favor two him during the Bulls Game 1 beat down of the Heat Sunday night. It was a transition play where C.J. Watson is leading the break but leaves it back for Gibson. You see Wade turn but it’s too late for him…

  14. NBA executive announces he’s gay, hopefully league yawns

    May 16, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Rick Welts

    In an ideal world, the NBA (and basketball) is a meritocracy — how well you do as a player or coach or executive is based solely on how well you do your job. Skin color, religion, who you choose to sleep with, none of that should matter. But we know better — organized professional sports…

  15. Western Conference Finals Preview: Mavericks vs. Thunder

    May 16, 2011, 3:21 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant hands the ball to Dallas Mavericks head coach Carlisle in the closing seconds of the second half of their NBA basketball game in Dallas

    SEASON RECORDS Mavericks: 57-25 (No. 3 seed in Western Conference) Thunder: 55-27 (No. 4 seed) SEASON SERIES Dallas won the regular season series 2-1, but the most recent of the games was Jan. 6 — back before the Kendrick Perkins trade, and when Caron Butler was healthy. Nowitzki didn’t play in the Thunder win. So…

  16. Riley should remind Heat that no rebounds = no rings

    May 16, 2011, 1:03 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    The Miami Heat shot the ball just as well as the Chicago Bulls. It didn’t feel that way at all, but the Bulls shot 43.7 percent in Game 1 and the Heat shot 47.1 percent. Use effective field goal percentage to account for all the Bulls made threes and it is a nearly identical 49.4…

  17. NBA Playoffs: Bulls look like beasts of the East in Game 1

    May 15, 2011, 11:37 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    It was a line buried in PBT’s Game 1 preview but it ended up telling you all you needed to know — both of these teams can defend so it was about who got the easy buckets. For Chicago, that meant offensive rebounds — and they went out grabbed 19 of them, a full 41.7…

  18. As we all expected, Thunder needed Nick Collison to win

    May 15, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Nick Collison…. Like the old Sesame Street game and song, “One of these things is not like the others.” Collison may look out of place among those elite scorers, he averaged 21 minutes a game off the bench for the Thunder this past season. The classic veteran role players.…

  19. NBA Playoffs: Durant + Defense = Date with Dallas for Thunder

    May 15, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Seven

    No doubt, Kevin Durant was special Sunday. In the biggest game of his NBA career he remained undaunted through a slow start and hit 11 of his last 16 shots on his way to 39 points. He played smart, used back-door cuts to get easy baskets, and once he got rolling everything fell. But that’s…

  20. NBA Playoffs: Heat vs. Bulls Game 1 all about defense

    May 15, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Taj Gibson guards the Miami Heat's LeBron James during first quarter NBA basketball action in Miami

    There will be spectacular plays because this series features three of the most dynamic players in the league. Derrick Rose will break somebody’s ankle with a crossover, LeBron James will destroy someone in the open court. Bank on it. But highlights will not win this series. Defense will. That starts with Game 1 Sunday night…

  21. NBA Playoffs: Does Durant dominate Game 7 for Thunder?

    May 15, 2011, 10:53 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Kevin Durant has played on big stages before. Just this past summer he led Team USA to gold in the World Championships for example. But his first ever NBA Game 7 is maybe his biggest stage yet, and if the Thunder are going to advance they need more out of him. With Tony Allen and…

  22. Charles Oakley sues Vegas resort over “beat down”

    May 15, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    Charles Oakley

    There was a time when Charles Oakley was the enforcer. When he was Michael Jordan’s on-court bodyguard. But now the former Bull and Knick, and current Bobcats assistant coach, is suing a Las Vegas resort over an alleged beating by security guards last year. Oakley has filed a lawsuit against the Aria hotel at MGM…

  23. Agent says Wade closer to being a Bull than you think

    May 14, 2011, 7:43 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New Jersey Nets

    You conspiracy theorists who believe Tupac is alive, there was a guy on the grassy knoll and that aliens helped the Egyptians build the pyramids, you also believe LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade had it all mapped out two years ago. The Miami Heat master plan. That’s not how it worked. It was…

  24. Derrick Rose’s game evolves as playoffs go on

    May 14, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    derrick_rose

    Derrick Rose was special this season. He attacked the rim with a reckless abandon on his way to 24.1 points and 7.4 assists per game, carrying the Bulls offense all the way to the conference finals, picking up an MVP trophy along the way. He did it driving in a straight line. Literally. He is…

  25. NBA Playoffs: Determined Grizzlies won’t go quietly

    May 14, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

    O.J. Mayo, Zach Randolph, and Marc Gasol celebrate after the Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Oklahoma Thunder in Memphis

    From Games 2 through 5, Oklahoma City had kept the force of nature that can be Zach Randolph in check. They had packed the lane, threw multiple long defenders at him and never let him get comfortable. He shot just 32 percent in those four games. But it all changed Friday night, starting with Grizzlies coach Lionel…

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