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  1. Are Miami Heat secretly rooting for Sixers to beat Celtics?

    May 25, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Spencer Hawes, Elton Brand, Andre Iguodala, Evan Turner, Paul Pierce

    Sports tradition calls for you to say, “We’re just happy to be here, both teams present challenges and we will just try to be ready.” That’s… organic fertilizer from male cows. NBA players and coaches have preferences. And like the rest of us in life what they are rooting for is the easiest path to…

  2. Stat of the day: LeBron had some monster playoff games

    May 25, 2012, 5:16 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James reacts after a missed play against the Indiana Pacers during the first quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Indianapolis

    With the Heat down 2-1 to the Indiana Pacers and no Chris Bosh on the horizon, LeBron James channeled his Cleveland self and, along with Dwyane Wade, carried the Heat into the Eastern Conference finals. For LeBron’s legions of detractors it does not matter, because nothing he does will matter until he wins rings. Plural.…

  3. How do the Thunder deal with Tony Parker?

    May 25, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs head coach Popovich talks to Parker during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    We can sometimes overanalyze what happened in a regular season game when trying to look at a playoff matchp. It’s like comparing Suzanne Collins and José Saramago novels, technically they are the same art form but one of these things is not like the other. However, the Feb. 4 meeting of the Spurs and Thunder…

  4. NBA Draft Player Preview: Austin Rivers

    May 25, 2012, 3:26 PM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Duke

    This is the first of PBT’s review of players in the 2012 NBA draft, we will be running these regularly up through draft day, with plenty of other content to follow. Austin Rivers is not a guy sliding under the radar in this draft — he’s the son of former NBA player and Celtics coach…

  5. Derrick Rose approaching rehab just like you expect him to

    May 25, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Chicago Bulls

    Derrick Rose is approaching rehab of his knee like he attacks the rim — with energy and undivided focus. Did you expect otherwise? Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was on ESPN Radio in Chicago Friday and was asked about Rose’s recovery from knee surgery (transcription via ESPNChicago.com). “He has a great support system,” Thibodeau said on…

  6. Jeff Van Gundy thrashes Magic management

    May 25, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Jeff Van Gundy is sticking up for his brother, Stan, who got fired because Dwight Howard didn’t like him. Sure, both the Magic and Howard deny that, but does anybody believe them? Jeff Van Gundy doesn’t. And the current ABC color analyst got on a roll ripping the Magic CEO Alex Martins and how they…

  7. Friday And-1 links: Wade’s pink pants were… interesting

    May 25, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

    Dwyane-Wade-gets-fancy

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Dwyane Wade wore pink pants to the game on Friday. Yea… not working…

  8. Report: Celtics Avery Bradley to have surgery Friday

    May 25, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

    Spencer Hawes, Elton Brand, Avery Bradley

    If you need surgery, and there is a four-month recovery you need to get through, you don’t put it off. Boston guard Avery Bradley is to undergo surgery Friday to repair his injured left shoulder, tweets Steve Bulpett of the Boston Herald. That has been confirmed by Doc Rivers. So no, he’s probably not available…

  9. Video: Top 10 dunks of NBA season

    May 25, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin dunks the ball over Memphis Grizzlies' Marreese Speights in the last second of the first half during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff game in Los Angeles

    Let’s be honest, you’re not doing any work today. You’re already planning your early escape for the three-day weekend. You’re planning to grill a porterhouse and drink a nice Stone IPA. Well, I am. You may just run off to Vegas for the weekend. Since you’re not working, how about just watching NBA.com’s compilation of…

  10. Magic soap opera continues, they say no decision on Howard

    May 25, 2012, 11:24 AM EDT

    Sprint NBA All Star Celebrity Game

    What’s the best name for the soap opera going on in Orlando right now: As the Magic Turn? The Bold and the Magic? The Days of our Magic? I give up on the name, but I feel like every Magic story now should have melodramatic music playing in the background while you read it to…

  11. PBT Extra: Previewing the Western Conference finals

    May 25, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka

    San Antonio vs. Oklahoma City comes with great storylines — the young gunslingers trying to take the crown away from the grizzled veterans. Russell Westbrook vs. Tony Parker. Brains vs. athleticism (although really, both teams have both). Above is a preview of the finals with myself and Tiffany. For a more detailed one, you can…

  12. Knicks J.R. Smith arrested while in South Beach

    May 25, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    The Knicks J.R. Smith was arrested in South Beach when the car in which he was a passenger was pulled over by officers and they discovered an outstanding bench warrant for not having a valid driver’s license. There are not a lot of details, but according to the Associated Press Smith was in a car…

  13. Report: Jerry Sloan to interview with Bobcats Friday

    May 25, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    I’ll admit that the thought of 70-year-old Jerry Sloan’s old-school ways coaching a young Bobcats roster strikes me as a poor fit. I’ll admit that to see Sloan wanting back in the game so bad that he’s not picky about the job he’ll take is a little sad. But Sloan, the long time Utah Jazz…

  14. Video: Watch Dwyane Wade carve up Pacers defense

    May 25, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Indianapolis

    It was the Dwyane Wade show Thursday night. He was knocking down jump shots, which opened up his driving lanes to the rim. He had 41 points and pushed the Heat to a win and into the next round. It was a virtuoso performance and there was nothing the Pacers could do about it (especially…

  15. Playoff Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

    May 25, 2012, 2:54 AM EDT

    duncan-parker

    SEASON RECORDS San Antonio 50-16 (1 seed) Oklahoma City 47-19 (2 seed) SEASON SERIES San Antonio took the season series 2-1, however Manu Ginobili missed all of them (which might worry Thunder fans), the games were in March and earlier, bottom line these teams are different now. OFFENSE/DEFENSE RANKINGS (points per 100 possession)
 San Antonio:…

  16. Those Deron Williams for Pau Gasol trade rumors? Kill them.

    May 25, 2012, 1:36 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol walks off the court after a season-ending loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 5 of the NBA western conference semi-finals in Oklahoma City

    After the Lakers were eliminated from the playoffs, Lakers fans took to the Internet like locust trying to find a way to trade Pau Gasol and make their team better. About the same time came word that Deron Williams had the Lakers on his list of teams he would consider. So, a Gasol or Deron…

  17. NBA Playoffs: Heat advance to the Eastern Conference Finals behind Wade’s 41 points

    May 24, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

    Heat Pacers Game 6

    Exactly one week ago, Dwyane Wade was held to five points on 2-13 shooting as the Pacers mauled the at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse to take a 2-1 series lead. Tonight, Wade flipped script on the Pacers, and ended their season in the process as the Heat won game 6 by a final score of…

  18. Report: Magic to start shopping Dwight Howard before draft

    May 24, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    It sounds more and more like Orlando’s ownership and upper management, after spending a year trying to convince Dwight Howard to stay, are done. They want him, he can sign on and stay, but they are done catering to his whims. Well, now that Stan Van Gundy is gone. Orlando will start listening to offers…

  19. Celtics Avery Bradley needs surgery; 4 months recovery

    May 24, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    Not only is Avery Bradley out for the Celtics for the rest of these playoffs, he could be lost to them up to the start of next training camp. Bradley likely needs shoulder surgery on his bad left shoulder, Celtics GM and decision maker Danny Ainge confirmed that to ESPNBoston.com (via CSNNE.com). “We’ll probably find…

  20. Thursday And-1 links: Dirk Nowitzki thinks Popovich is the best

    May 24, 2012, 7:19 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Tradition says you say your coach is the best in the league, but…

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