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  1. Nike designer mocks Derrick Rose’s injury, connects it to signing with Adidas, because people are terrible

    Apr 29, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Update: The designer, who built LeBron’s shoes, I might add, has apologized on Twitter.   Wow!Twitterverse I do apologize.It was really just tongue n cheek! Never meant any harm or disrespect! — Jason Petrie (@sevenzro1) April 29, 2012 Saturday night after Derrick Rose tore his ACL and was rendered out for the season, a Nike designer…

  2. It is no longer ‘inconceivable’ that Jeremy Lin could play in the first round

    Apr 29, 2012, 12:04 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Lin pumps his fist from the bench as teammates score during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    The New York Times reports Saturday that Knicks guard Jeremy Lin began one-on-one drills before the Knicks’ demolition loss to the Heat in Game 1. Mike Woodson has repeatedly said that Lin is out for the entire first-round with swelling in his sore knee. From the New York Times: The Knicks have not officially changed…

  3. Heat 100 Knicks 67: Heat drown Knicks in their own tears

    Apr 28, 2012, 9:22 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat - Game One

    That got ugly fast, and then Iman Shumpert went down. So it was essentially the worst day for the Knicks. It could have been worse, but it would have taken some dark magic. The Heat destroyed the Knicks 100-67, outscoring them 57-29 in the second and third quarters. It was total annihilation. After Tyson Chandler…

  4. Video: Knicks’ Iman Shumpert suffers knee injury in Game 1 vs. Heat

    Apr 28, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    The injury news for the league keeps getting worse. After Derrick Rose‘s injury against the Sixers, Knicks guard Iman Shumpert went down with a nasty looking injury in the third quarter of Game 1 vs. the Heat. Shumpert’s knee appeared to buckle off of no contact on a routine jump landing, and he immediately crumpled…

  5. Video: Derrick Rose suffers torn ACL, out for the season

    Apr 28, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Update: Via Bulls PR: “Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) and he is out for the remainder of the season.” If you want more details, Aggrey Sam has them at CSNChicago.com. This is terrible for everyone who loves basketball. The Bulls still  might win this season but it changes the entire…

  6. Video: Celtics talk about another run with the Big 4

    Apr 28, 2012, 3:11 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

    Garnett saying the hard times builds character is odd, but understandable. This team genuinely still loves playing together, which is impressive after five years together. It’s talked about as if this is the last ride for this team, but were they to win the title, who’s to say they wouldn’t return to defend? Rondo talking…

  7. Quote of the Day: Blake Griffin might not make it

    Apr 28, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Blake Griffin has heard the playoffs are quite physical. “If it gets any more [physical], I might not make it,” he said today, half-kidding. — Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) April 28, 2012 Haha, it’s funny, because he may wind up with a collapsed lung and everyone will still think he’s faking. Haha, that’s funny… wait, no…

  8. Your PBT Saturday Morning Opening Playoff Day Viewing Guide

    Apr 28, 2012, 9:21 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    It’s time. The NBA Playoffs begin Saturday as 16 teams begin their challenge for a championship. OK, only about seven of them think they actually have a chance. But still. Here’s what’s on tap today. 1 p.m. EST: Philadelphia 76ers at Chicago Bulls. The Sixers actually do really match up better with Chicago than Miami,…

  9. NBA Playoff Preview: Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks

    Apr 27, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony and Heat's James embrace after their NBA basketball game in New York

    SEASON RECORDS
 Miami 46-20 (2 seed) New York: 36-30 (7 seed) SEASON SERIES
 Miami won the season series 3-0, though the Knicks did hang around for a while in those games. Horseshoes and hand grenades, and all that. KEY INJURIES Miami: Mike Miller has an injured “everything you could ever possibly imagine” but is probable for…

  10. NBA Playoff preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz

    Apr 27, 2012, 5:27 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    SEASON RECORDS
 San Antonio 50-16 (1 seed) Utah: 36-30 (8 seed) SEASON SERIES
 San Antonio won the season series 3-1 and Utah’s only win was against the Spurs on a night the Big 3 rested. Not exactly an encouraging sign for the Jazz. KEY INJURIES San Antonio: The Spurs are (gulp) healthy going into the playoffs.…

  11. Lakers get huge double overtime win over Thunder…. without Harden

    Apr 22, 2012, 9:47 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Russell Westbrook

    The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday, 112-106. In five years, that’s all that will remain from this game, in searched box scores. Those are the facts. But what happened is such a bigger story. I’ve been sitting here struggling to find a way to accurately portray this game. Can you deny…

  12. Metta World Peace ejected for Flagrant Two elbow to James Harden’s head

    Apr 22, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    It was not calculated. It was intentional. It was excessive. And man, was it brutal. In the second quarter of the Thunder’s game against Oklahoma City, Ron Artest/Metta World Peace drove for a dunk and slammed it home. He began to celebrate by pounding his head. James Harden wound up behind him. And then… Good…

  13. Gerald Green only has part of his ring finger on his right hand. Wait, what?

    Apr 22, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

    Gerald Green

    Things slip by you when you try and cover the entirety of this league. There’s this just so much to go on, so many stories, so many unbelievable events, personalities, and stories. Like the fact that Nets guard-forward Gerald Green is missing a significant portion of the ring finger on his right hand. Wait, what?…

  14. Dwyane Wade suffers dislocated finger, don’t expect him back until playoffs

    Apr 22, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade listens to the national anthem before their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Miami

    Last night in the Heat’s loss to the lowly Washington Wizards, in a game where LeBron James and Chris Bosh sat out for rest, Dwyane Wade suffered a finger injury. The Heat later confirmed the injury as a dislocated finger, pending tests. The good news is that X-rays revealed no fracture. It’s just dislocated, and…

  15. Five things to watch: Thunder-Lakers

    Apr 22, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Matt Barnes

    The playoff race is heating up and with the Lakers battling for the division and the third seed and the Thunder haggling with the Spurs over the top seed in the West, Sunday’s game is the rare late season meeting with meaning. The Lakers need to get a win to lock in no-worse than fifth…

  16. Tyreke Evans is not cool with how the Kings have handled him

    Apr 22, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Tyreke Evans

    SI.com reports: Tyreke Evans‘ agent, Arn Tellem, made a rare appearance tonight to express his concerns about the former Rookie of the Year’s role. He met with Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie, Evans’ brother, Reggie, and another Tellem rep as well. Source close to Evans says he’s frustrated with how marginalized he’s become. Evans’ reps are…

  17. Video: Avery Bradley can steal the ball and tie his shoes at the same time, almost

    Apr 21, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    OK, this is just nuts. Avery Bradley‘s shoelaces came untied Friday night against the Hawks. So he stopped to tie them while the Hawks were bringing the ball up-court. And then he made a steal. In the middle of tying his shoes. What in good gravy is that? That takes a crazy amount of concentration…

  18. Marcus Camby admits the players believe in a ‘Blazers Curse’

    Apr 21, 2012, 2:43 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Charlotte Bobcats

    The Blazers have an… unfortunate history, when it comes to injuries. (That’s like saying the Titanic had an unfortunate problem with icebergs.) It’s not just Sam Bowie or Greg Oden. It’s Brandon Roy and even rookies and second-year men who have fallen. Have any sort of negative pattern and the word “curse” starts popping up…

  19. Report: The Nets plan to pursue Kevin Garnett in free agency

    Apr 21, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett calls out to his team mates as the Celtics take on the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of a NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Kevin Garnett‘s going to be a free agent this summer. That sounds weird just saying it. But if he doesn’t return to Boston, he’s going to have options. And one option keeps him in the Northeast, as both the New York Post and New Jersey Star-Ledger report that the Nets have interest in bringing in Garnett. What…

  20. Quote of the Day: Kobe is still Kobe

    Apr 21, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Classic Kobe quote when asked if it was important to win the Pacific Division: “It’s important to win anything. Anything and everything.” — Dave McMenamin (@mcten) April 21, 2012 And that is what makes him different from those around him. It’s not the sentiment. That can be prodded from almost any professional athlete. It’s that…

  21. Mayor Kevin Johnson talks about meeting with Maloofs to try and raise arena deal from the dead

    Apr 21, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Kevin Johnson

    The drama continues in Sacramento as a late-week meeting between Kevin Johnson and the Maloof family re-opens discussions on a solution for the Kings to stay in their home. Mayor Kevin Johnson spoke with reporters prior to the King’s game against the Thunder, and spoke of how he reached out to set up the meeting,…

  22. Stan Van Gundy says the Magic assume Dwight Howard is “50-50″ for the playoffs

    Apr 15, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The Magic can’t seem to get a string of good things going for them. They managed to survive all this drama throughout the season with Dwight Howard demanding a trade, then rescinding the request, then changing his mind twice before signing a waiver, and subsequently getting into an awkward situation where his coach admitted that…

  23. Miami edges New York with execution; can the Knicks sustain going one-on-one?

    Apr 15, 2012, 4:53 PM EDT

    LeBron James Carmelo Anthony

    It was a battle of very successful, very flawed approaches, when you think about it. The Miami Heat edged the New York Knicks with a closing round flurry Sunday, 93-85. The Heat looked like the much better team in the first and fourth quarters, New York the more complete and hungrier squad in the 2nd…

  24. Why don’t more stars want to be like Tim Duncan?

    Apr 15, 2012, 1:17 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    In Saturday’s New York Times, Harvey Araton has a piece on Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich, comrades in court action, and how different they stand from the modern generation of market-chasing, self-aggrandizing drama queens that currently permeate the landscape. Let’s start here: I’m an NBA modernist. I don’t go for the “back in my day…”…

  25. Kevin Durant goes off in a line for a ridiculous line

    Apr 15, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    The new-ish trendy element to judge a player is efficiency. We’ve learned over time that a lot of guys, not all, but a lot of guys can drop 30+ if they shoot it 27-plus times. So every scoring effort is weighed against how many shots it took to get there. After all, if you’re just…

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