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  1. NBA Playoffs: Bulls will improve in Game 2, can Pacers?

    Apr 18, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

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

    The Indiana Pacers came out of Game 1 — where they led until the final minute and almost pulled the upset — thinking that they can play with the Chicago Bulls. But can they? The Bulls can play much better than they did in game one — look for them to focus on tightening the…

  2. Rick Adelman let go as coach in Houston

    Apr 18, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

    rick adelman

    In a move that is not shocking — even though the thought of an NBA season without him on the sidelines is — Rick Adelman has been let go by the Houston Rockets, according to multiple reports. This was expected. Adelman’s deal was up and not expected to be renewed. The Rockets missed the playoffs…

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

    Apr 18, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 18, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 18, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 18, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 18, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    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…

  8. Kobe Bryant starts annual playoff pushing of Pau Gasol

    Apr 18, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 18, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 18, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    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.…

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

    Apr 18, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 18, 2011, 11:59 AM EDT

    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…

  13. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Apr 18, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 18, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 18, 2011, 8:50 AM EDT

    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…

  17. NBA Playoffs: Thunder barely outgun Nuggets

    Apr 18, 2011, 4:01 AM EDT

    nuggetsthunder1

    In a weekend full of high intensity, close games full of excitement, it was only fitting that the Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets provided one last fireworks show. The game was the equivalent of some sort of bizarre video game. You have expected a mythical creature to burst through the floor and battle the…

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

    Apr 18, 2011, 2:11 AM EDT

    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…

  19. Video: A look at the creative process behind LeBron’s playoff shoes

    Apr 18, 2011, 1:04 AM EDT

    Nike-LeBron-8-PS

    Pro Basketball Talk was in Miami for the release of the Nike LeBron 8 PS, the playoff series edition of LeBron James‘ signature shoe. In Part One of our three-part profile, we look at the concept behind designing a signature shoe series for one of the game’s top players. If you’re at all into sneaker…

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

    Apr 17, 2011, 11:28 PM EDT

    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…

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