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  1. Full list of underclassmen who declared for NBA draft

    May 3, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    There were no real last minute surprises when the NBA released its list of the 49 underclassmen from colleges who made themselves eligible for the NBA draft (17 international players also declared, we’ll look at them later). We know the big names coming out because they are ready — hello Anthony Davis — but the…

  2. Both Stoudemire, Lin out for Game 3, doubtful for Game 4

    May 3, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Knicks guard Lin celebrates after his long pass hit Knicks forward Stoudemire for a layup against the Cavaliers in New York

    The Cavalry will not be charging over that hill. The New York Knicks will not have Amare Stoudemire or Jeremy Lin for Game 3 Thursday — something we knew already — but both are now officially listed as doubtful for Game 4 Sunday as well. Stoudemire is in doubt because his hand lost a fight…

  3. LeBron ignores Reggie Miller’s comments on learning to win

    May 3, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward James shoots over New York Knicks defenders Chandler, Smith and Anthony in the second quarter of Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami

    There’s no way for LeBron to win — other than to actually win — so he made the smart move in not bashing a Hall of Famer. Here’s what happened: TNT analyst Reggie Miller was working the Heat’s Game 2 game when the topic of LeBron James in the offseason came up. After the Heat…

  4. Thursday morning And-1 links: Plethora of playoff injury updates

    May 3, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    Ray Allen

    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. • Ray Allen says he feels good and will practice Thursday. I wouldn’t hold…

  5. Video: Amare Stoudemire “just wanted to make some noise”

    May 3, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    Knicks forward Stoudemire leaves the American Airlines Arena with his hand in a sling after his team's loss to the Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami

    Amare Stoudemire talks about how he was frustrated and just wanted to make some noise, but that turned into a bloody left hand, a busted up fire extinguisher case and him being out for at least Game 3 and maybe more. You get the feeling how hard he is pushed to get back for Game…

  6. Dallas’ Jason Kidd wins NBA Sportsmanship Award

    May 3, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

    Jason Kidd

    Jason Kidd, who has a personal foundation dedicated to youth education efforts, has been voted the NBA Sportsmanship Award by his peers. He will be given the Joe Dumars trophy for his efforts. The NBA will make a $10,000 donation to The Jason Kidd Foundation, which is “dedicated to improving education among the youth, by…

  7. Bosh flies to Miami for birth of child; Will return for Game 3

    May 3, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    UPDATE 11:16 am: Chris Bosh will make it back to New York for Game 3 Thursday night, reports David Aldridge of TNT and NBA.com. Here is his tweet. Told Chris Bosh will be back in NYC in time for Game 3 tonight. Bosh’s wife, Adrienne, gave birth to the couple’s child this am in Miami.…

  8. Kentucky’s Davis draws comparisons to Griffin, Garnett

    May 3, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    May 30 the NBA Draft Lottery will take place in a state the NBA has abandoned, but most of the time we will be calling the draw the “Anthony Davis Sweepstakes” because Kentucky big man will be the first guy taken in the draft. This is a draft where GMs are saying there could be…

  9. Pacers jokingly protect players from fire extinguishers

    May 3, 2012, 10:12 AM EDT

    pacers-fire-extinguisher

    The Indiana Pacers staff was having a little fun at the expense of Amare Stoudemire and the Knicks by taping over the fire extinguisher in the Amway Center in Orlando, with the message “please do not hit.” This photo was tweeted out by Austin Croshere, the former Pacers player and current analyst for Fox Sports Indiana.…

  10. Pistons’ Ben Wallace reportedly on fence about retirement

    May 3, 2012, 9:28 AM EDT

    Ben Wallace, Jordan Williams

    Early in the season, Ben Wallace was saying this is it. Last season, his 15th, was going to be the veteran big man’s last one in the NBA. But as the season wore on that stance seemed to soften. Right now, he is on the fence about what to do, according to long time teammate…

  11. Video: Clippers, Grizzlies threw down some big dunks

    May 3, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v New York Knicks

    Win or lose — and this time it was lose to even the series — the Clippers throw down some huge dunks. DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin had theirs in Game 2 Wednesday. Not to be outdone, Rudy Gay put on a little show and joined the dunk party. It will be interesting to see…

  12. Video: Big Baby shows off some high-stepping dance moves

    May 3, 2012, 1:55 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    Glen Davis was one of the few Magic players who showed up on Wednesday night, making some plays and putting up 18 points. And, showing off some high-stepping dance moves. In Game 4, some of his Magic teammates are going to need to show off their dance moves or Orlando will have time to take…

  13. NBA Playoffs: Grizzlies survive Paul’s 29, even series at 1-1

    May 3, 2012, 12:49 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Two

    It wasn’t pretty, but the Memphis Grizzlies were able to bounce back from their heartbreaking Game 1 defeat and even up their 1st-round series with the Los Angeles Clippers before the series goes back to Los Angeles. Chris Paul was the best player on the floor on Wednesday night, as he was able to record…

  14. Pacers make this series look like we all expected, win Game 3

    May 2, 2012, 11:23 PM EDT

    Leandro Barbosa, Indiana Pacers

    The Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic have played 12 quarters in this series. The first six the Magic seemed to control. But the last six have been all Pacers, which is what we expected. They are the longer, deeper, more talented team, and it showed Wednesday night. Danny Granger showed up looking like an All-Star…

  15. Spurs 114 Jazz 83: Warning, violent basketball destruction of one team by another

    May 2, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    Hmmm. How can I properly express to you the beatdown of the Spurs’ 114-83 win over the Jazz? Imagine a Hummer driving over a camel. Or Godzilla stepping on a power transformer, only with fewer fireworks. It was kind of like a train running over a cart of moldy peaches. Or a buzzsaw ripping through…

  16. Expect Suns to match any offer for Robin Lopez

    May 2, 2012, 9:34 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Suns already have a center — Marcin Gortat will get the bulk of the minutes at the five next year. But that doesn’t mean they are letting Robin Lopez walk. Suns president Lon Babby was talking with the media on Wednesday and when the topic of restricted free agent Lopez came up, this was…

  17. Kirilenko to Nets rumor out there, refuted by other sources

    May 2, 2012, 7:16 PM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko

    7:15 pm: The rumor started out of Europe, but here in the United States everybody denies it. Here is what Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News tweeted that echoed the consensus. It has been reiterated: No truth to there being a deal with Nets and Kirilenko and no discussions about next season. Of course…

  18. Nick Young and Gilbert Arenas maintain strong friendship

    May 2, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Nick Young

    From SI’s Chris Mannix, with a tip of the hat to The Basketball Jones and the DC Sports Bog: Lately, [Young and Arenas] have been seeing each other plenty. In Memphis, the Clippers are staying at a hotel across the street from the arena, the same hotel Arenas moved into when he got to town.…

  19. Jazz plan to get more physical with Tony Parker in Game 2

    May 2, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    The AP’s Paul J. Weber: The Jazz are mapping a more physical game plan for All-Star Tony Parker after the Spurs point guard shredded them for 28 points in Game 1. Jazz point guard Devin Harris said his counterpart will likely be in for a ”hard foul or two” after Parker slashed into Utah’s big and bruising frontcourt without…

  20. Does Game 2 of Clippers/Grizzlies look like first 40 or last 8 of Game 1?

    May 2, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers

    Any discussion of Game 2 between the Clippers and Grizzlies has to start at the end of Game 1, when a 28-3 run by Los Angeles led to an improbable comeback win. It was devastating to Memphis. Can the Grizzlies put that behind them and bounce back? If the Grizzlies can, will the Clippers be…

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