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  1. Video: Trailer for Kevin Durant’s “Thunderstruck” movie

    Jun 7, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

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    Let’s be honest here: This movie is going to suck. And we’re still going to see it. If you remember, Kevin Durant spent time filming a movie last offseason, one with the very original premise of two people’s skills/personalities getting switched. Never been done before. But this is different because it’s got basketball. Gotta love…

  2. J.R. Smith says he wants to stay with Knicks if money is same

    Jun 7, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Knicks' Smith shoots during their win over the Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    J.R. Smith has a $2.5 million option with the Knicks, and at that price New York could use his firepower off the bench (erratic though it may be). The question for him is simply this: How much can he make elsewhere? He is a New Jersey native and loves NYC, but like the rest of…

  3. Boston is making this playoff run without practices

    Jun 7, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers, Paul Pierce

    This is how you handle a veteran team that knows what is needed in the playoffs. Doc Rivers gets it. Boston is making a longer playoff run than everyone not wearing green-tinted glasses expected, and they are doing it without traditional practices. From the New York Times. Rajon Rondo joked last week that he thought…

  4. Video: Metta World Peace plays television weatherman in Vancouver

    Jun 7, 2012, 2:02 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, holds a news conference in Los Angeles, California

    There is a whole reality show based around Metta World Peace making weird little cameos that needs to be made. This is easily my favorite video of the week. World Peace came to Vancouver and did the weather in his own way. “Victoria, she sounds hot. But she’s actually cold, it’s 14 degrees.” Hat tip…

  5. Heat-Celtics Game 6: It has to be LeBron/Wade show for Heat to survive

    Jun 7, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Wade react after a play against the Boston Celtics during the first half in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    In all the schadenfreude over watching the Miami Heat lose and seem to unravel, one thing seems to be consistently overlooked — the Boston Celtics are a really good defensive team. They were second in the league in points allowed per possession, they blow up pick-and-rolls, they are tough to score on in isolation. They…

  6. Boston mayor loves Celtics stars “KJ,” “Hondo.” Whaaaat?

    Jun 7, 2012, 11:45 AM EDT

    john-havlicek

    I didn’t know Boston actually elected Mayor Quimby. The video above is Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, saying that he thinks they get great play out of “KJ” and that “Hondo” is the real inspiration. KJ? I thought he was the mayor of Sacramento now and a little past his prime. Hondo? Boston could certainly use…

  7. Report: Brian Shaw leading candidate to become Magic coach

    Jun 7, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    No, this does not mean Phil Jackson is coming as some kind of magical consultant to solve all the Magic’s problems. It simply means Brian Shaw is a coach whose time has come — he is the frontrunner to land the Orlando Magic job, reports the Orlando Sentinel as part of an entire article ripping…

  8. Don’t expect Lakers to land Deron Williams or Lamar Odom

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:58 AM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    When Lakers’ fans dream, they dream big. With it clear they needed some changes to the roster after getting bounced in the second round for the second consecutive year, they thought big moves, not tweaks. One of those big moves — get free agent Deron Williams. He fills a need at the point guard spot…

  9. Video: Popovich, Westbrook, Durant talk Thunder Game 5 win

    Jun 7, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant raises the western conference championship trophy after his team defeated the San Antonio Spurs in Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    There wasn’t much for Gregg Popovich to say after Game 5 other than to admit that the better team won. Kevin Durant just continues to be his humble self. Russell Westbrook just continues to make interesting fashion choices.

  10. Meet the “good job, good effort” kid. He was being genuine.

    Jun 7, 2012, 9:11 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Twitter was all over it as soon as the moment above was aired — “good job, good effort” quickly became a punch line, the joking t-shirt, an email signature line, a sarcastic joke among basketball fans. But it wasn’t a joke to 9-year-old Jack Meyer who was saying it. In a cynical world where we…

  11. San Antonio Spurs: Time is not on their side. No it isn’t.

    Jun 7, 2012, 8:48 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    For a stretch of 20 games, 10 of those in the playoffs, no team has played a more pure, more beautiful brand of basketball in recent years than what the San Antonio Spurs did. It was Hall of Fame talent being selfless — Tony Parker would get in the lane and score or kick to…

  12. Chris Bosh may start, will see more minutes in Game 6

    Jun 7, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    We don’t know how Chris Bosh was really feeling in the fourth quarter of Game 5, we don’t really know what the doctor’s orders were on him. We just know that the Heat were getting outplayed and coach Erik Spoelstra decided not to go there — he kept his third best player on the bench…

  13. Kevin Durant: Preordained

    Jun 7, 2012, 2:48 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Six

    It was always going to be like this. Build your skill set in the comfort of a rebuilding team with low expectations. Take the next step as an exciting bad team in a new environment with a surprisingly rabid crowd. Make the jump to the playoffs and put a shock on the champs, showing that…

  14. Video: Durant gets assist on dagger, then hugs his mother

    Jun 7, 2012, 1:56 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Wanda Pratt

    You can argue that Derek Fisher‘s three or some other particular shot was the dagger, but the one shot that forever put this game out of reach for the Thunder was Kendrick Perkins dunk when he rolled to the basket, nobody noticed or cared and Kevin Durant hit him with the pass. Then first thing…

  15. Thunder-Spurs Game 6: Oklahoma City proves it’s ready, advances to finals

    Jun 7, 2012, 12:16 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant drives to the basket against San Antonio Spurs' Ginobili and Parker during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA Western Conference basketball finals in Oklahoma City

    Since the 1999 season, only three teams have represented the Western Conference in the NBA finals — the Dallas Mavericks, the Los Angeles Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs. In the first round of the 2012 playoffs, the Thunder crushed Dallas. In the second round they showed they were well ahead of the Lakers. And…

  16. Everyone denies report Phil Jackson talking to Orlando front office

    Jun 6, 2012, 10:59 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    UPDATE 10:59 pm: Everyone who should be involved in these conversations about Phil Jackson to Orlando says they have no idea what we are all talking about. From the AP: However, Jackson’s longtime agents, Todd and Brian Musburger, said Wednesday that the Magic has never contacted them about Jackson. And a league source familiar with…

  17. Video: Russell Westbrook’s monster first half dunk

    Jun 6, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    San Antonio owned the first half of Game 6 in Oklahoma City — except for this play. Nobody on the Spurs stopped the ball and so Westbrook went all the way in and played Superman. Monster dunk.

  18. PBT Extra: Talking Celtics-Heat with Zach Lowe of SI

    Jun 6, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Today on PBT Extra it was time to talk but what has been and also what’s coming up in the Boston-Miami series as we head to a Game 6 Thursday that could see the Heat golfing on Friday. To break it down I bring in Zach Lowe a reporter/blogger with Sports Illustrated who runs their…

  19. Report: Raptors ready to trade No. 8 pick, more for swingman

    Jun 6, 2012, 8:18 PM EDT

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    Toronto has some players in place, a coach, but they also have a distinct need — they want an established front line wing player. They have set their sights high. And they will give up their No. 8 overall pick to get it. So reports Marc Stein at ESPN. And that’s why the Raptors have…

  20. NBA Draft Combine going on right now in Chicago

    Jun 6, 2012, 6:43 PM EDT

    Pat Riley

    Right now, just about every NBA decision maker — save four, and they sent key personnel — is in Chicago for the annual NBA Draft Combine. A chance to watch guys shoot, run around cones, work out and interview guys likely to be drafted by teams. You can watch it yourself Thursday and Friday on…

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