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  1. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Apr 11, 2011, 11:09 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Monty McCutchen

    Kobe Bryant picked up his 15th technical this season in a little tussle with Kendrick Perkins Sunday night. One more T in the season’s final two games and Kobe is suspended for one game. If he picks up 16 in the season’s final game he does not sit out the first playoff game — the…

  2. Celtics not intimidating teams this time around

    Apr 11, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    Be very, very careful reading much into the end of the regular season when trying to predict the playoffs. The Lakers stumbled the final games of the regular season, Boston took the final few weeks off and was 11-11 right before the playoffs. They were the teams in Game 7 of the finals. But one…

  3. Video: Carmelo Anthony’s game winner over Danny Granger

    Apr 11, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Did the Knicks want the play Miami more than Boston in the first round? If so, this shot pretty much ruined. New York’s win and Boston’s loss means these two are almost certainly on a collision course, and Boston’s size will be a big challenge for the Knicks. But that doesn’t make this shot any…

  4. Playoff seedings: The West is still a mess

    Apr 11, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    In these uncertain times, we know a couple things for sure. We know Chicago will win the Eastern Conference and take on the Indiana Pacers in the first round. We know Orlando will host Atlanta in another first-round matchup. We know the Spurs are the top team in the West. After that, we’ve got no…

  5. Warriors Monta Ellis taken to hospital after hard fall

    Apr 11, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT

    Monta Ellis injured

    Monta Ellis took a hard fall Sunday night late in the fourth quarter of the Warriors loss to Sacramento, in doing so he banged his head. He was unable to shoot the free throws he was owed, left the game and eventually was taken to an area hospital for further oberservations, according to Matt Steinmetz…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Start thinking Knicks vs. Celtics in the first round

    Apr 11, 2011, 1:57 AM EDT

    Danny Granger, Carmelo Anthony

    What you missed while avoiding the torpedo of truth…. The Miami Heat proving they can beat Boston (at least once) and the Bulls slipping past the Magic were our Games of the Day. Knicks 110, Pacers 109: Carmelo Anthony! Hold on, we’ll get back to him in a minute. Plenty of fans (and you can…

  7. Quote of the Day: Doc Rivers’ kids are avoiding him

    Apr 10, 2011, 9:53 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    Man after looking at this Boston heat score…when my dad comes home I’m going to stay my a** upstairs! He might be a little grumpy! Lol —Tweet from Austin Rivers, Duke-bound prep hoops star and son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers. My advice to Austin, don’t bring up the Kendrick Perkins trade for a…

  8. Might Hawks Josh Smith cost coach Larry Drew his job?

    Apr 9, 2011, 11:22 PM EDT

    Larry Drew and Josh Smith

    The Atlanta Hawks got their heads handed to them Saturday night by the Washington Wizards. A 32-point beatdown. That would be loss number four in a row. They are stumbling toward the playoffs, and this is not a team anybody has seen flip the switch. The last two of those losses were without Josh Smith…

  9. Nets Humphries done for season, Lopez may have surgery after it

    Apr 9, 2011, 9:16 PM EDT

    Kris Humphries

    Just wanted to update you on the health of your favorite New Jersey Nets… no, not Deron Williams. The other two you like. Sure, there are another two. The Nets are shutting down Kris Humphries for the season, proving that the Kardashian Effect is not all-powerful. Nets coach Avery Johnson explained all to the Star-Ledger.…

  10. “Just wait until Shaq gets back” is legitimate argument for Boston

    Apr 9, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    The Chicago Bulls made their statement Thursday. Right now, the Bulls are the better team. If Thursday had been Game 1 of a seven-game series the Celtics would be in trouble. After the game, Kevin Garnett talked about Boston having another gear for the playoffs. Their fans are counting on that. That those days off…

  11. Chicago Bulls wrap up top seed by knocking off last year’s top seed

    Apr 8, 2011, 11:33 PM EDT

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    One year ago, it was the Cleveland Cavaliers that were the East’s top seed (and had the league’s best record). The Cavs were considered a threat to win it all. The Bulls were struggling along at .500, with more talk about free agent plans than second round plans. Things can change a lot in a…

  12. Sonics fans kicked out of Howard Schultz book signing

    Apr 8, 2011, 9:02 PM EDT

    Seattle SuperSonics v Denver Nuggets

    Howard Schultz still doesn’t get it. Not even close. We need some background here, just to get everyone up to speed. Schultz is the CEO of Starbucks, so I’m already ticked at him about the whole Peet’s thing. But that’s my issue, he has bigger sins. Like buying the Sonics then in 2006 — with…

  13. Is Stephen Curry the Warriors best path to improvement?

    Apr 8, 2011, 5:56 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    This season the Golden State Warriors were better than the year before. They have won 35 games this season, it was 26 last season. Their offensive production remained identical — 108.1 points per 100 possessions both seasons — but their defense got a little better (110.7 points per 100 possessions this season compared to 111.7…

  14. Nets get $50,000 slap on wrist for Jay-Z talking to Kentucky

    Apr 8, 2011, 4:55 PM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game - Performances And Celebrities

    We told you before that the league was looking into the case of Nets minority owner (and music empire mogul) Jay-Z having contact with the Kentucky Wildcats after the team won to advance to the final four. Team personnel cannot have contact with college players (that’s why Isiah Thomas can’t be an official Knicks consultant…

  15. Just to be clear, Phil Jackson is not coming back

    Apr 8, 2011, 3:26 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Phil Jackson played it smart. If he didn’t make another clear statement that this would be his last season coaching, he was going to be asked at every playoff press conference if he was returning next season. Now he’ll only be asked it every other press conference. Becuase when he sat down with a handful…

  16. Pistons officially sold to Tom Gores

    Apr 8, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT

    tom-gores

    Tom Gores, who grew up in Michigan and is the billionaire founder of an equity firm, has reached a deal to purchase the Detroit Pistons. Gores has been in negotiations to buy the team for months, and now Bernie Smilovitz at the Detroit NBC news affiliate broke the story and the Pistons have confirmed the…

  17. Start the John Calipari rumors. Up first: New York Knicks.

    Apr 8, 2011, 1:51 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Kentucky v UConn

    Every time there is a high profile coaching opening in the NBA this summer, Kentucky coach John Calipari’s name will come up. Usually from an anonymous source. A source that probably is one of Calipari’s people (or CAA). But know that Calipari’s name will attach itself to job openings like a fly to… well, you…

  18. Dwyane Wade to play Friday night for Heat

    Apr 8, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    After missing one game due to a bruised thigh bruise, Dwyane Wade should be back Friday night to take on Charlotte. Our man Ira Winderman, writing for the Sun Sentinel, sums it up well in a tweet. Erik Spoelstra said Dwyane Wade (thigh) is “probable” for tonight against the Bobcats. In Heat parlance that means…

  19. Andrew Bogut to have another elbow surgery, season over

    Apr 8, 2011, 12:39 PM EDT

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    Andrew Bogut’s elbow just was never right this season. Which shouldn’t be a shock after the gruesome injury he suffered a year ago. The fact he pushed back to play 65 games through pain is a credit to his desire to be there for the team. But with him not right — and other players…

  20. Knicks go without Stoudemire, Billups returns Friday night

    Apr 8, 2011, 12:23 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    It’s a lot like going to a Broadway show and finding out all the understudies will be on stage that night. There’s not going to be a lot of star power in New Jersey tonight. Amar’e Stoudemire will sit out for the Knicks, according to a tweet from Steve Adamek of the Bergin Record. Stoudemire…

  21. Video: Derrick Rose carves up the Celtics

    Apr 8, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Chicago Bulls

    Is there anything more fun to watch in the NBA right now than Derrick Rose carving up a defense? I’ll come clean: as a guy who grew up in L.A. a Laker fan, watching him do it to the Celtics makes me enjoy it just a little bit more. But when he came to play…

  22. PBT Friday morning one liners

    Apr 8, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    How the Golden State Warriors are Barack Obama. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra talks distractions. What could he possibly be referring to? There’s some real concern in Boston about these Celtics. I’d say we said the same thing last year heading into the playoffs, but this feels different, doesn’t it? In the NBA, the iPad is everywhere.…

  23. Irate Allen Iverson asks police, “Do you know who I am?”

    Apr 8, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    Any time you pull out the “Do you know who I am?” card with the police, you’re being ass. Meet Allen Iverson. Iverson was the passenger in a Lamborghini he owns that changed lanes without signaling around 6 p.m. in Atlanta on March 30. We’ll let CNN tell the story from there (via Tom Ziller…

  24. Deron Williams to have wrist surgery, done for season

    Apr 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    NBA London 2011 -  New Jersey Nets v Toronto Raptors

    We knew he was playing through wrist pain since his trade to New Jersey, but it may have been worse than we knew. Deron Williams will undergo right wrist surgery to remove bone fragments and scar tissue and is will be out the rest of the season, the team announced Friday. He has had his…

  25. Scottie Pippen now immortalized at United Center

    Apr 8, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    Scottie Pippen Statue

    It was fitting. Michael Jordan is soaring high, larger than life outside the United Center. Now, inside the building and in full color, Scottie Pippen has his eyes on everything. The Bulls unveiled a bust of Pippen at halftime of their trouncing of Boston Thursday night. The statue of the Bulls legend will be displayed…

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