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  1. NBA Playoffs: Maybe the Hawks can use more Horford in Game 3

    Apr 22, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic - Game Two

    Now the Orlando/Atlanta series moves on to Game 3 on a neutral court… wait, it’s in Atlanta? Interesting. We’ll see if anyone notices. Seriously, the Hawks fans will be into it if the Hawks are into it. And in it. Whether the Hawks are in it may depend in part on how much run Al…

  2. Texas’ Thompson declares for NBA draft, does Canada proud

    Apr 22, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Arizona v Texas

    Trivia time: Who was the last Canadian-born player drafted in the first round? No, not the shaggy-haired guy. If you answered Jamaal Magloire you are either Canadian or we should be worried about you. Or both. But you’d be right. For another few weeks anyway. Tristan Thompson, the freshman power forward out of Texas —…

  3. No Shaq for Game 3 Friday, but Game 4 could happen

    Apr 22, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Injured Boston Celtics O'Neal talks to teammate Allen during the first quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff series against the New York Knicks in Boston

    Welcome back to Shaq Watch 2011… Shaquille O’Neal has traveled with the team, he is in New York where maybe the bright lights will inspire him. But not for Game 3 Friday. He is out for that. Our man A. Sherrod Blakely from Comcast New England caught up with Shaq, but he wasn’t in the…

  4. Atlanta Hawks head home… is that an advantage?

    Apr 22, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    Atlanta is just an apathetic sports town. Always has been. I’m not going to try to explain it — Atlanta native Kevin Arnovitz laid it out better than I ever could hope to, and he doesn’t have all the answers — but I am here to pass along this tidbit: The Atlanta Hawks return home…

  5. NBA playoffs return to Manhattan, will New York like the show?

    Apr 22, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT

    Spike Lee

    The NBA playoffs return to the heart of New York, to Madison Square Garden Friday night after seven long years away and will be welcomed back like the prodigal son. Celebrities will ring the court — including Spike Lee in some all-orange disaster of an outfit — and profanity-laced chants will rain down on the…

  6. It’s not a joke setup, LeBron drinks a gallon of water a day during playoffs

    Apr 22, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Three

    I’m not going to do it. You insert your own jokes about LeBron James urinating during this post. I will not take part in your juvenile game. Much. During these playoffs, as he has done for years during the playoffs, LeBron James strives to drink a gallon of water a day. So you know what…

  7. Note to Bulls, Heat fans: First round sweeps don’t mean rings

    Apr 22, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Chicago Bulls

    Miami Heat and Chicago Bulls fans are pretty cocky today — their teams are on the verge of getting first round sweeps. That means extra rest, players can sit home and watch opposing playoff games and be annoyed by the NBA talking ball ads just like the rest of us. It just means more time…

  8. Irony alert: Player calls Garnett “coward” in anonymous column

    Apr 22, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    I love the premise of this article — there is not enough trash talk in the NBA. It’s part of ESPN’s “Player X” series where some athletes in different sports get to spout off anonymously on whatever topic they want. And this time around an NBA player — clearly a veteran — complains about the…

  9. Kings television deal could be reworked as part of Sacramento effort

    Apr 22, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    If it’s all about the television deal, Sacramento still has hope. Comcast is willing to talk. One of the key reasons the Kings owners — the Maloof brothers — reportedly wanted out of Sacramento was a bad television deal, something they could do much better with in the massive Southern California market. But an official…

  10. Gilbert Arenas no longer the backup point guard for Magic. Probably.

    Apr 22, 2011, 11:13 AM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas, Stan Van Gundy

    During the regular season, guys get minutes for all kinds of reasons that have nothing at all to do with their performance — guys with big contracts get run they no longer merit because the GM demands it, or young players are out on the court longer as they get on the job training. But…

  11. PBT Friday morning one liners

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:44 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum, Marco Belinelli

    How has Memphis hung around with San Antonio? One key way is limiting the corner three. A fantastic profile of Andrew Bynum at Sports Illustrated, including how he builds his own computers. One of my favorite things to read weekly — my man Anthony Macri’s coaches corner. This week he talks Bynum’s positioning and why…

  12. David Stern suggests replay official, challenges in NBA future

    Apr 22, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

    NBA Commissioner Stern speaks at the state of the league press conference during the NBA All-Star game weekend in Los Angeles

    I’d like to think David Stern is a huge PBT fan, read Ira Winderman’s post this week and said “that’s a good idea.” But that’s probably not how it went down. Still… Every year with the playoffs comes the rise in complaints from coaches, fans and players about officiating. Those complaints are usually misguided —…

  13. Blazer fan throws projectile, hits Mark Cuban with it

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Three

    Come on Portland, this is why we love Mark Cuban. You want another faceless owner who sits in a luxury box with his friends and views the team as an investment? We need passionate, committed owners. Ones willing to sit with the fans and tell them what is on their mind. Cuban was sitting near…

  14. Video: LeBron James stumbling, bumbling assist to Wade

    Apr 22, 2011, 9:07 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward James grimaces on the floor while playing against Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia

    There are no style points in the NBA. It’s wins and losses, it’s results. And at the end of the day this is an assist for LeBron James and two points for Dwyane Wade that the team needed in going up 3-0 on the Philadelphia 76ers. Whether or not James is stumbling, it’s still pretty…

  15. NBA Playoffs: Aggressive Trail Blazers make a series out of it

    Apr 22, 2011, 3:30 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Portland Trail Blazers - Game Three

    Portland just came out aggressive. Finally. Sometimes it’s not about the Xs and Os, it’s about energy and execution. Portland had that in the Rose Garden. Credit the home crowd (always one of the best in the league). Credit desperation. Credit Everclear. (The band, not the drink.) Whatever it was Portland came out far more…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Miami rebounds stop Sixers from rebounding

    Apr 21, 2011, 11:59 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers loss

    The NBA playoffs are a game of adjustments. After two games of getting burned by Chris Bosh and LeBron James, Philadelphia coach Doug Collins turned up the defensive pressure by bringing more help over to the strong side (where the ball is) faster. The 76ers tried hard to stop whichever of Miami’s triad had the…

  17. NFL issues could help motivate NBA labor deal

    Apr 21, 2011, 9:37 PM EDT

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    It’s hard to be optimistic about the NBA labor situation — and I am by nature and optimist — but today there were a few rays of light into the darkness. It comes from David Stern, talking to the Associated Press, discussing the mess that is the NFL labor situation. “It seemed that at the…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Now or never for 76ers in Game 3

    Apr 21, 2011, 5:49 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    The Philadelphia 76ers are a pretty good team who could pose a threat to some upper echelon Eastern Conference teams in the first round. Miami is not one of them. The Sixers lack the ability to pound the Heat inside where they are soft. Philly also relies on getting out and running a little, getting…

  19. Frustrated J.R. Smith says he likely wont re-sign with Nuggets

    Apr 21, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    Nuggets guard Smith celebrates a three-point shot in their NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Denver

    They are frustrated in Denver. They have not been able to solve the Oklahoma City Thunder puzzle and are now down 2-0 in their first round playoff series. J.R. Smith’s frustration boiled over Thursday, to the point he says he may choose not to re-sign with the Nuggets this summer, he told Benjamin Hochman at…

  20. Blazers coach feels for Brandon Roy, but he’s a role player

    Apr 21, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    UPDATE 3:48 pm: After practice on Thursday, Roy apologized for his complaints about playing time, according to the Associated Press. He said it came from a place of frustration. Which is a place it is understandable Roy inhabits. If he weren’t frustrated, he’d be a cyborg. But that still does not change what  Nate McMillan…

  21. Your daily Shaq update: Maybe Game 4, maybe not

    Apr 21, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game One

    UPDATE 3:42 pm: From the Department of Redundancy Department, we have an update on our update: Shaq traveled with the team to New York, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England. Based on what Doc Rivers said before, that makes Shaq questionable for Game 4 on Easter Sunday. Which is a lot better…

  22. It’s official, Kevin Love is NBA’s Most Improved Player

    Apr 21, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    We told you this was coming, but it is now official, Minnesota’s Kevin Love is the NBA’s Most Improved Player. We also told you we were down with that — Love improved his shooting percentage from all over the court, his rebounding percentage and the consistency of his effort. Coach Kurt Rambis (who was not…

  23. Lamar Odom’s reality show not affecting his game

    Apr 21, 2011, 1:58 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    I’ll be up front: I don’t like to criticize other media members for their opinions. Sports should be a fun debate and if we disagree about things, so what. The vast majority of people I’ve met in this business are good people, serious and passionate, who realize we have some cool jobs. And I like…

  24. Wizards make it official: They will go red, white and blue next season

    Apr 21, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

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    Ted Leonsis wants his teams in the nation’s capital adorned in national colors — he did it to the NHL’s Capitals, and we knew it was going to happen with the Wizards. Thursday they made it official, according to CSN Washington. “The updating of the Wizards brand has been a priority we have focused on…

  25. Pacers Darren Collison says he thinks he can play Thursday

    Apr 21, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Indiana has played Chicago tough. They’ve been in it. Now they head home for Game 3 Thursday night. The question was would they be in it without Darren Collison, who sprained an ankle when he stepped back into the foot of a cameraman on the baseline last game. Turns out they may not have to,…

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