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  1. NBA Playoffs: Can Philly do more than keep it close in Miami?

    Apr 18, 2011, 5:43 PM EST

    Miami Heat's LeBron James gestures after being fouled in NBA basketball playoff action against the Philadelphia 76ers in Miami

    Prediction: LeBron James is going to break out in Game 2. LeBron had a quiet 21 points in Game 1, but was just 4-of-14 shooting. He was more passive than normal, early on in the game he was patiently waiting for the double team to come so he could pass out of it. Don’t expect…

  2. Nate McMillan fined $35,000 for ripping officials after Game 1

    Apr 18, 2011, 4:52 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Nate McMillan might as well have pulled out his checkbook while he was talking to the media after his Trail Blazers’ Game One loss to the Mavericks Saturday. The amount to write in — $35,000. That’s what the league announced. That’s pretty steep, but NBA Commissioner David Stern had warned that after last year (where…

  3. NBA admits officials blew it, but that won’t help Denver now

    Apr 18, 2011, 4:28 PM EST

    George Karl

    One day after a Kendrick Perkins tip in ended up being a key part of Oklahoma City’s win over Denver, the league has admitted the referees blew it. Never should have counted. I’m sure that makes George Karl feel so much better. You can see the video here, but let us set the stage: The…

  4. Shaq out for Game 2 of Celtcs vs. Knicks series

    Apr 18, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Shaq injured

    This isn’t a shock — the Celtics said he was out “indefinitely” and that usually means more than one game — but we thought we’d pass along the news: Shaquille O’Neal did not practice with the Celtics Monday and it out for sure for Tuesday’s Game 2, according to a tweet from A. Sherrod Blakely…

  5. Orlando loss casts shadow over Dwight Howard’s future

    Apr 18, 2011, 3:36 PM EST

    Dwight Howard dunks on Jrue Holiday

    Magic fans don’t want to draw the line connecting the dots. You can’t blame them. But the loss to Atlanta seemed to move those dots toward being in a straight line. And if things don’t change Dwight Howard could connect them himself and devastate the Orlando franchise. The starting point is here: every time Dwight…

  6. Kobe Bryant starts annual playoff pushing of Pau Gasol

    Apr 18, 2011, 2:23 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

    Every late April the weather starts to warm, flowers start to poke their heads out of the ground, birds undertake their migrations and Kobe Bryant starts pushing Pau Gasol to be more aggressive. It is one of the rights of spring. It started Sunday night, when Gasol struggled to score or defend the pick-and-roll, two…

  7. Dwight Howard named Defensive Player of Year. Again.

    Apr 18, 2011, 1:33 PM EST

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard, right, blocks a shot by Atlanta Hawks' Etan Thomas (36) during the first half of Game 1 of a first-round NBA playoff basketball series in Orlando, Fla

    UPDATE 1:33 pm: It’s official, Dwight Howard has a three-peat as the NBA Defensive Player of the Year. “I want to thank my teammates for allowing their men to get to the basket again, forcing me to block shots and pick up fouls, and sometimes technical fouls,” Howard joked at the press conference. Or half…

  8. Big Baby, Stoudemire take gentle verbal shots at each other

    Apr 18, 2011, 12:47 PM EST

    Amare Stoudemire

    Amare Stoudemire had 28 points, 11 rebounds and a few key baskets for the Knicks down the stretch in Game 1. (He might have had more if the Knicks hadn’t inexplicably stopped feeding him the ball.) Stoudemire looked like the force he was earlier in the season. It looked like Boston couldn’t really stop him.…

  9. Knicks’ Chauncey Billups “very questionable” for Game 2

    Apr 18, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

    Knicks Celtics Basketball

    UPDATE 12:20 pm: Billups sat out practice and Mike D’Antoni called him “very questionable” for Game 2 Tuesday, night, according to a tweet from Alan Hahn of Newsday. That could be real trouble for the Knicks. In that game and in the series. 8:11 am: The Knicks could have used Chauncey Billups at the end…

  10. Wade at shootaround, expected to play in Game 2 Monday

    Apr 18, 2011, 11:59 AM EST

    Dwyane Wade

    After Dwyane Wade missed Sunday’s practice due to a migraine headache, there were questions about if he would play in Game 2 Monday. Yes he is, according to a tweet from our man Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. Dwyane Wade at shootaround today, so it looks like a go tonight despite the migraine, but…

  11. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Apr 18, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls - Game One

    Roy Hibbert of the Pacers says no way the Bulls will sweep them. That sure felt like the Pacers best chance in Game 1, though. Shane Battier hits the game-winning three early in the day, his wife had their baby daughter that night. Damn, that’s a day. Congrats to him. Great story on why Matt Barnes…

  12. Harrison Barnes to return to North Carolina, not enter draft

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:12 AM EST

    Kentucky v North Carolina

    The Tarheels are going to be stacked next season. After an up and down freshman season, Harrison Barnes was considered a sure-fire lottery pick, but he announced that he is going to head back to North Carolina for his sophomore season (via Draft Express on Twitter). “Opportunities, both beneficial and life changing, can seem to…

  13. Tony Parker says he will play in native France if lockout lasts

    Apr 18, 2011, 9:45 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    There have been plenty of players saying they would consider playing in Europe if the NBA lockout that is coming this summer drags out into 2012. A lot of those you may not want to take seriously. The Spurs Tony Parker going back to play in his native France? That you should take seriously. Parker…

  14. Video: Shane Battier, Ray Allen drop game-winning threes

    Apr 18, 2011, 8:50 AM EST

    Boston Celtics Allen reacts after hitting the game-winning shot against the New York Knicks in Boston

    You expect this kind of thing from Ray Allen. I’m not sure of the exact number, but I think Sunday was clutch game winning three number 142,684 in his career. But Shane Battier is a little quieter, a guy better known for his defense than clutch shooting. He’s a career 38 percent shooter from three…

  15. Lakers, Spurs losses shouldn’t have fans nervous. Yet.

    Apr 18, 2011, 2:11 AM EST

    New Orleans Hornets Chris Paul drives through the defense of Los Angeles Lakers Derek Fisher and Lamar Odom during Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference first round playoff basketball game in Los Angeles

    This is not a changing of the guard in the West. Not yet. The day is coming when Oklahoma City and maybe New Orleans or Memphis are going to be whooping the Lakers and Spurs in the playoffs and it will not be an upset. There will be a passing torch (or more likely, the…

  16. Heat’s Wade misses practice with migraine, questionable for Game 2

    Apr 17, 2011, 11:28 PM EST

    Miami Heat v New Jersey Nets

    There was mocking by teammates and rulings from the league office when Dwyane Wade played a few games with sunglasses this season. But those glasses were there for a reason — Wade suffers from migraines and bright lights can trigger or aggravate it. The kind of bright lights Wade plays under in the NBA. Now…

  17. Grizzlies reach extension with Zach Randolph

    Apr 17, 2011, 10:35 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    Sunday morning you saw how valuable Zach Randolph is to Memphis as he had 25 points and 14 rebounds in a big Game 1 win over San Antonio. Sunday night they paid him for it. Memphis has reached a four-year contract extension with Randolph worth at least $66 million, according to the Commercial Appeal. The…

  18. Spurs Ginobili out for Game one, after that who knows

    Apr 17, 2011, 1:15 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    Again, this is why you don’t play your stars in meaningless late regular season games. Manu Ginobili will be out for Game 1 of the Spurs first round series against the Grizzlies due to a sprained right elbow. Which sucks. But it may not hurt them that much this series. What they need is a…

  19. Who is the leader of the Bucks? That was part of the problem.

    Apr 17, 2011, 11:59 AM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks' Brandon Jennings waits to enter the game against Toronto Raptors in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    The Bucks had a lot of problems this year. They started with injuries which pushed the team’s offense on a downward spiral that ended at a point where they couldn’t throw a pea in the ocean (to steal an old Chick Hearn line). The Bucks could defend, as all Scott Skiles teams do, but their…

  20. Nate McMillan on his way to fine after venting about refs

    Apr 17, 2011, 10:41 AM EST

    Nate McMillan

    In the fourth quarter Saturday, the Dallas Mavericks shot 19 free throws, the Portland Trail Blazers 2. That was key to the Dallas win. After the game Blazers coach Nate McMillan sounded like a guy who wanted to avoid getting a fine for questioning the officiating, but he couldn’t help himself, as reported in the…

  21. Video: Derrick Rose carving up the Indiana Pacers

    Apr 17, 2011, 8:15 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Rose passes ball around Indiana Pacers' Hibbert during Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round playoff basketball game in Chicago

    The Pacers seemed to knock down every outside shot they took. Yet that was not enough because Derrick Rose went MVP on them. Part of the fun of him is not just the scoring but how he gets there. Oh, just watch for yourself.

  22. Shaq out “indefinitely” for Boston

    Apr 16, 2011, 2:03 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    One of the keys to Boston being in this in June — one of the reasons that Kendrick Perkins could be traded — was that Shaquille O’Neal could do the job in the middle. The Celtics will not have Shaq for game one against New York and maybe longer, Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge told…

  23. Hawks coach Larry Drew begins quest to save his job tonight

    Apr 16, 2011, 11:36 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Denver Nuggets

    Larry Drew’s seat got hot fast in Atlanta. Which is on one way unfair — they gave him the exact same team that had been making the playoffs, getting to the second round and getting crushed and expected him to turn that water into wine. Not happening. But those were the expectations because the Hawks…

  24. Warriors set front office up for future, which leaves coach in limbo

    Apr 16, 2011, 11:10 AM EST

    Keith Smart, Larry Riley

    Last summer, before he even took control of the team, new Warriors owner Joe Lacob started to make changes — Don Nelson was out, Keith Smart was in for a year (it was a one-year contract) and they went out and got David Lee. The Warriors got 10 games better. But now Lacob is starting…

  25. This year, can an underdog win the NBA title?

    Apr 16, 2011, 3:25 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

    Bill James, the legendary baseball statistician, has said the problem with the NBA is the best team almost always wins. In baseball, the summer-long 162-game season gives you the best teams in each division, but the best-of-seven playoff series involves a lot of luck and favors hot pitchers and bullpens. In the NFL the playoffs…

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