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  1. Video: LeBron helps sell flagrant foul on Tyson Chandler

    Apr 29, 2012, 8:29 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat - Game One

    That is a foul. A hard playoff foul. Tyson Chandler leans in and sets a moving screen into LeBron James‘ back. But apparently LeBron has been spending more time with the players in Liverpool than we thought, because he sells that like a soccer flop. It was initially called a Flagrant 2 (with automatic ejection),…

  2. NBA Playoffs: Thunder hold onto home-court advantage thanks to Durant’s last-second jumper

    Apr 29, 2012, 12:37 AM EDT

    Durant Marion

    It certainly wasn’t easy, but the Oklahoma City Thunder managed to eke out a 1-0 series lead over the Dallas Mavericks after a back-and-forth final period that ended with Kevin Durant nailing a game-winner with 1.5 seconds left to play. The Mavericks had plenty of chances to win — Shawn Marion did a great job…

  3. 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…

  4. Maybe it won’t be so easy, Magic beat Pacers 81-77 in Game 1

    Apr 28, 2012, 11:25 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game One

    This was the dull series. This was going to be a sweep (as I predicted). The Orlando Magic without Dwight Howard were not going to be able to hang with an up-and-coming Indiana Pacers team. Well, unless Indiana helps them out with a terrible offensive performance. One where they looked young and in awe of…

  5. 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…

  6. Iman Shumpert has torn ACL, done for playoffs

    Apr 28, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    Iman Shumpert

    Iman Shumpert, the Knicks starting two guard and one of their key perimieter defenders, is done for the playoffs. He has a torn ACL in his left knee and his lateral meniscus, the team announced, and he will be out 6-8 months. Which sounds about right after you watch the video above — it actually…

  7. Derrick Rose’s injury punch to gut of Chicago, opens doors elsewhere

    Apr 28, 2012, 8:16 PM EDT

    Bulls Rose is helped off the court after getting hurt during their NBA quarter-final playoff game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Chicago

    Derrick Rose’s injury sucks. He is out for the playoffs with a torn ACL and there is no other word but sucks to do it justice. (Well, other words I can run here, anyway.) It also changes the playoff picture in the East completely. First and foremost, this just sucks for fans of basketball who…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. NBA Playoffs: Bulls win game 1 vs. 76ers, but Rose injured

    Apr 28, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

    Rose injury

    Everything was going perfectly for the Bulls in Game 1 of their series against the Philadelphia 76ers. Philadelphia was having no luck scoring on the Bulls’ defense, Lou Williams was never able to get anything going, Derrick Rose was approaching a triple-double, and new addition Rip Hamilton had 19 points on 6-7 shooting from the…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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,…

  14. My (hypothetical) end of season awards ballot

    Apr 28, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James listens to the national anthem before their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Miami, Florida April 19

    It’s end of season award time and… well, I don’t have an official ballot. But not being official never stopped me before. So here would be my votes for the winners, plus some people I also would have put on the list. Note that the one exception is the Most Improved Player category, an award…

  15. Deron Williams wants to have deal in place before Olympics

    Apr 27, 2012, 11:48 PM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Deron Williams is going to London this summer — Team USA is bringing a crazy-good point guard lineup to the Olympics. Williams has told the Nets he is going to opt out and test the free agent market this summer, which means come July 1 he is going to have a lot of suitors. Come…

  16. Sacramento Mayor says new arena deal is dead

    Apr 27, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

    George Maloof, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof

    Can’t say this is really a surprise, but it kind of turns your stomach anyway. Talks to keep the deal for a new arena for the Kings in Sacramento has formally been pronounced dead, reports the Sacramento Bee. After two days of talks between city officials and the Maloof family, Mayor Kevin Johnson announced today…

  17. Friday And-1 links: Video of World Peace taking his talents to bed

    Apr 27, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    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. • Metta World Peace posted that video on his Web site. I pass it…

  18. Report: Nets’ Wallace to opt out of deal, become free agent

    Apr 27, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    Gerald Wallace

    As expected, the Nets poor trade for Gerald Wallace is coming home to roost. Wallace — for whom the Nets traded their first round pick in this deep draft (top three protected) — will seek free agency, according to the twitter of Stephen Bondy of the New York Daily News. Gerald Wallace says he’ll test…

  19. NBA Draft Lottery odds and draft order

    Apr 27, 2012, 4:53 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    You can call it the draft lottery if you want; I choose to call it the Anthony Davis Sweepstakes. The Draw for the Unibrow. After some coins were tossed and some ties broken, we have the NBA lottery odds and draft order for the June 28 draft. (Enjoy the irony of the future of so…

  20. U.S. Attorney’s office opens investigation of NBA players union

    Apr 27, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    The NBA players union just went from the frying pan — a call by president Derek Fisher for a review of all business practices that was rejected by the executive committee — to the fire. The United States Attorney’s Office in Manhattan has opened an investigation of the union, reports Bloomberg. Union Executive Director Billy…

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