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  1. Kobe, Mike Brown say Gasol, Bynum had better step up now

    May 11, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers players Jordan Hill, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum sit on the bench shortly before their defeat by the Denver Nuggets in Denver

    Is there any upper echelon team in the NBA that can lay an egg like the Lakers? Denver came out at home in Game 6 with an energy that the Lakers just refused to match and they got their doors blown off. What was hard to swallow for Lakers fans was that Kobe Bryant spent…

  2. NBA Playoff Preview: Miami Heat vs. Indiana Pacers

    May 11, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

    Darren Collison, Dwyane Wade

    SEASON RECORDS Miami 46-20 (2 seed) Indiana 42-24 (3 seed) SEASON SERIES Miami Heat 3-1, although the Pacers won the last meeting (during Miami’s March slump) and in the second to last it took Dwyane Wade heroics in overtime to get the Heat the win in a game the Pacers rightfully think they could have…

  3. Video: Garnett “thanks” Hawks owner for calling him dirty

    May 11, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett celebrates during the final seconds of the fourth quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series against the Atlanta Hawks in Boston

    Kevin Garnett is Kevin Garnett — he was going to be fired up for Game 6 no matter what. But comments by the Hawks owner that KG is the dirtiest player in the league was just fuel for the Boston big man, who came out and dropped 28 on the Hawks to lead the Celtics…

  4. J.J. Redick opens up about “weird” season, Dwight Howard

    May 11, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    I’m not sure any word but “weird” does justice to the Orlando Magic season. It started with then Magic CEO Bob Vander Weide essentially drunk-dialing Dwight Howard and asking him to stay in Orlando. It didn’t seem like things could get more odd, but that was just the start, something that culminated in the day…

  5. Video: Iguodala’s game…. er, series-winning coast-to-coast drive

    May 11, 2012, 7:55 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala,

    That’s about as exciting an ending of a game as you are going to see. It started when rather than try to run out the clock and try to draw the foul himself with 7 seconds left, C.J. Watson (an 80.8 percent free throw shooter) passed the ball to Omer Asik, who tried to score…

  6. Nuggets blow out Lakers to force a Game 7

    May 11, 2012, 2:17 AM EDT

    kobe-game6-nuggets

    Denver more than held serve on its home court in Thursday night’s Game 6 against the Lakers; the team made a statement. Facing their second elimination game of the series, the Nuggets made sure this one was never in doubt, opening the game on a 13-0 run and leading by as many as 28 points…

  7. George Karl discusses Chris Andersen situation

    May 11, 2012, 2:00 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl watches his team play against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoffs in Denver

    The “Birdman” was at shootaround Thursday morning with his teammates. Chris Andersen, the Nuggets reserve big man, was there after police had come and searched his house that morning, taking a lot of computers and other equipment as part of an investigation by their Internet Crimes Against Children Division. We don’t know much, but we…

  8. Garnett, Garden ghosts lift Celtics past Hawks into second round

    May 11, 2012, 12:08 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    Pretty? Who cares about pretty? Survive and advance. Game 6 Thursday night was the kind of scrappy, weird game that the Celtics just always seem to win at home. The kind of game where the ghosts of Celtics teams past that haunt the Garden seem to help them. The kind of games where it takes…

  9. NBA Playoffs: 76ers hold on, end Chicago’s season

    May 10, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

    Boozer Attempt

    Normally, when an 8-seed upsets a 1-seed, like the Golden State Warriors did in 2007 or the Memphis Grizzlies did last year, NBA fans are generally thrilled for an underdog team that beat the odds and prevailed. This time, however, it’s hard to feel anything but a sense of melancholy for the Chicago Bulls, who…

  10. Kobe Bryant to play in Game 6… as if you expected otherwise

    May 10, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

    kobe-game-3-nuggets

    Yes, Kobe Bryant was sick with a stomach virus all day that had him vomiting and staying in his hotel room, and running to the bathroom probably more than he wants to admit. But of course he is playing in Game 6. What did you expect? Here is the pregame quote from Mike Brown, via…

  11. PBT Extra: Talking Knicks’ future, Jordan or Kobe, and sushi

    May 10, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony celebrates after a three point shot late in the fourth quarter of the Knicks' win in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series against the Heat in New York

    When I opened up the doors looking for twitter questions for today’s PBT Extra, I knew that the Knicks were going to be the hot topic. So I discuss how I expect them to go after Steve Nash (which is iffy, both for fit and money issues) but not make many other big changes. We…

  12. Quote of the day: Frank Vogel hopes the Heat don’t get too many whistles

    May 10, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Vogel

    From our own Ira Winderman, here are some fighting words from Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel, whose team will meet the reigning Eastern Conference Champion Miami Heat in Round 2 of the NBA Playoffs on Sunday: “It’ll be very interesting to see how the referees officiate the series and how much flopping they reward. .…

  13. Joakim Noah to play for Bulls in Game 6, come off bench

    May 10, 2012, 7:22 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    Joakim Noah has returned after spraining his ankle that kept him out for two games, bringing a lift to the Bulls as they try to keep their season going in Game 6 in Philadelphia (with the Sixers up 3-2). Noah has pushed himself back from a severely sprained ankle in Game 3 but it remains…

  14. Three Game 6s, who is going on to Game 7?

    May 10, 2012, 5:51 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    Game 6 — it means somebody will be punching their ticket to the next round, but others are headed to a win-or-go-home Game 7. We’ve got three Game 6s tonight, a couple we didn’t expect to see. Who is going to push it to a Game 7? Here is a look at each of the…

  15. Miami Heat apologize for PA announcer’s “extinguished” joke

    May 10, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Four

    Our own Ira Winderman has the story: One lapse in judgment apparently led to another during the Miami Heat‘s opening-round NBA playoff series against the New York Knicks. A week after Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire injured his left hand when he struck it against a fire-extinguisher case following New York’s Game 2 loss at AmericanAirlines Arena, Heat public-address announcer Michael Baiamonte announced Stoudemire…

  16. Dwyane Wade is historically good at shot-blocking

    May 10, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade listens to the national anthem before their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Miami

    The Heat Index’s Tom Haberstroh has a great article up today on how Dwyane Wade‘s unprecedented shot-blocking (Wade is the only guard to average at least a block per game over the course of his career) impacts Miami’s defense. Because Wade can block just about anybody’s shot, including a 7-footer’s, the Heat are able to…

  17. Nuggets’ Andersen’s home searched in “Internet crimes against children” investigation

    May 10, 2012, 4:39 PM EDT

    chris-andersen

    UPDATE: 4:39 pm: Andersen has been released from his duties with the team at this time and will not be at Game 6 against the Lakers, the Nuggets announced in a team statement.  The Denver Nuggets are aware of today’s media reports involving forward/center Chris Andersen. It involves a legal investigation and we are awaiting…

  18. Thunder’s Harden named Sixth Man of Year on Thursday

    May 10, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    UPDATE 4:18 pm: The NBA has made it official, James Harden is your runaway winner of the Sixth Man of the Year award. Of the 118 ballots cast 115 had Harden No. 1, the other three had Philadelphia’s Lou Williams in the top spot. As I said below, those three people should have to explain…

  19. Kobe questionable for Game 6 Thursday due to stomach virus

    May 10, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Look, it’s Kobe Bryant — he deals with injuries like Monty Python’s Black Knight (’tis just a flesh wound). But even he can be felled or at least slowed by illness. Kobe did not take part in the Lakers’ shootaround in Denver on Thursday and might not play in a crucial Game 6 because of…

  20. Will twitter help drive J.R. Smith away from Knicks? No, but money might.

    May 10, 2012, 1:48 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

    We need to start this out with three background facts: 1. J.R. Smith is active on twitter (@TheRealJRSmith). 2. J.R. Smith has a $2.5 million option with the Knicks for next year that everyone knew he would not take — he was going to become a free agent and see what the market would offer.…

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