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  1. Dwight Howard tries to kill free agency rumors. Good luck with that.

    Apr 29, 2011, 10:10 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Six

    Give Dwight Howard this — he is trying. LeBron James made a half-hearted effort to stamp out the free agent rumor circus around him, but at first he seemed to enjoy the attention enough that he let the fire start and by the time he tried to put it out it was too late. Carmelo…

  2. Knicks may force D’Antoni to hire defensive coordinator

    Apr 29, 2011, 9:35 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v New York Knicks

    Everyone agrees that the Knicks didn’t play much defense last season. Whether you go points per game (28) or the superior points per possession (22) the Knicks were near the bottom of the league in defense. Part of that is that the roster is not exactly loaded with guys who think defense first and then…

  3. Western Conference Round 2 Playoff Preview: Los Angeles vs. Dallas

    Apr 29, 2011, 5:29 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    SEASON RECORDS Mavericks: 57-25 (No. 3 seed in Western Conference) Lakers: 57-25 (No. 2 seed) SEASON SERIES Lakers 2-1, and Los Angeles dominated the last two between these teams in March (during the Lakers post All-Star Game hot streak). PLAYOFF SERIES Mavericks: defeated the Portland Trailblazers 4-2 Lakers: defeated New Orleans Hornets 4-2 SERIES SCHEDULE…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Portland’s passion no match for Dallas execution

    Apr 29, 2011, 3:37 AM EST

    Trail Blazers Wallace celebrates against Mavericks during NBA playoff game in Portland, Oregon.

    Like Brandon Roy before him, Portland’s Gerald Wallace gave it everything he could on Thursday night. There was the 9-0 run by himself at the start, the playing through back pain, the great fourth quarter effort that culminated in 32 points (on 17 shots). But as it has been for most of this series, even…

  5. PBT’s second-round playoff previews

    Apr 29, 2011, 2:34 AM EST

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Now we get serious. Indiana, New Orleans and Portland made things interesting. The Knicks were entertaining. But now we get down to business. Now we are down to the eight best teams in the NBA and now contenders have to start facing off. Now everything gets more intense. Here are our previews for the second…

  6. Eastern Conference Round 2 Playoff Preview: Chicago vs. Atlanta

    Apr 29, 2011, 2:19 AM EST

    Bulls Pacers Basketball

    SEASON RECORDS Bulls: 62-20 (No. 1 seed in East) Hawks: 44-38(No. 5 seed) SEASON SERIES Bulls 2-1, all three games took place in a three-week span in March. The Hawks win was by three points at home, the Bulls two wins (one at home, one on the road) were by 18 and 33 points. PLAYOFF…

  7. NBA Playoffs: Atlanta wins ugly, but moves on to the second round

    Apr 29, 2011, 1:23 AM EST

    Jamal Crawford

    In all honesty, I would never wish repeat viewing of the Atlanta Hawks’ series-clinching victory over the Orlando Magic on my worst enemy. The on-court product was brutal. Neither team could convert any of their shots, the turnovers were many, and the execution on the whole was fairly awful. Atlanta’s 39.2 percent shooting from the…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Chris Paul goes cold, Lakers go on better for effort

    Apr 28, 2011, 11:38 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Six

    For five games, Chris Paul was playing like the best point guard in the game. He had played two super-human games to earn New Orleans two wins against the defending champions, and even in the losses he had been special. The Hornets needed him to do that. He was their only hope. And when he…

  9. Free agent Kenyon Martin likes Denver but likes winning more

    Apr 28, 2011, 9:26 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    Kenyon Martin is about to be a free agent at age 33. A guy who has had his big contract and is set financially (or at least should be). As a rookie he was on a Nets team that went all the way to the NBA finals and has never been that far again. That…

  10. Andre Iguodala excused from exit meeting with Sixers

    Apr 28, 2011, 8:36 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat

    It’s part of the end of season ritual in the NBA, whether you win a championship or have racked up the most Ping-Pong balls in the lottery. A day or two after your season ends you clean out the locker, then you have a meeting with the coach and usually the general manager. You all…

  11. When asked about thrown item, Mark Cuban throws expletives

    Apr 28, 2011, 6:44 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    Note to self: Remember to ask Mark Cuban new questions. Remember back at Game 3 of the Portland/Dallas series when Mavericks owner Mark Cuban got hit with a projectile thrown from the stands by a Blazers fan? And we all smiled and moved on. Well the Portland Tribune decided there should be more information on…

  12. NBA Playoffs: Portland’s offense had better turn up soon

    Apr 28, 2011, 6:02 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    Dallas is the team in control here. Not just because they are up 3-2 in games, but because they have controlled play for all but one quarter in recent games and for most of this series. Dallas has shot better, rebounded better and defended better. Portland had Brandon Roy in the hot tub time machine…

  13. NBA Playoffs: Hawks look for close out, Magic look for threes

    Apr 28, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic - Game Five

    The dynamics of this series — the dynamics that put the Atlanta up 3-1 and give them to close out Orlando on Thursday night at home in Game 6 — have not changed. Atlanta will largely single-cover Dwight Howard and he will put up impressive numbers. Hedo Turkoglu will stink. Jamal Crawford will again have…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Nobody closes out on the road like the Lakers

    Apr 28, 2011, 3:40 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    Back in the 2009 NBA finals, the Los Angeles Lakers closed out the Orlando Magic in Game 5 on the road. Last playoffs on their way to the finals, the Lakers closed out Oklahoma City, Utah and Phoenix all on the road. Thursday night, they are back in that situation — they can close out…

  15. Shaq to practice on Friday, and then…

    Apr 28, 2011, 2:49 PM EST

    Shaq_dunk

    Finally there are no more delays, no more reasons to put it off, Shaquille O’Neal is going to practice with the Boston Celtics on Friday, according to a tweet from Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. Two days before the first game against the Heat. And then…. Depends on how it goes. Doc Rivers was…

  16. Turkoglu’s disaster of a playoffs traced back to Phoenix

    Apr 28, 2011, 1:41 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Back in 2009, Hedo Turkoglu was in his element, aggressively running the pick-and-roll. Dwight Howard was still the center of the Magic’s offensive solar system, Turkoglu was setting the table and knocking down threes. He pushed the Magic to the finals. This season, he is pushing them out in the first round. Orlando has to…

  17. Grant Hill lays career-crushing ankle problems on Pistons medical staff

    Apr 28, 2011, 1:11 PM EST

    Grant Hill #33

    Some people just have forgotten or do not realize how good Grant Hill was. How explosive, how devastating on the crossover and attacking the rim. Follow this link to some video highlights. Then ankle injuries robbed him of that explosiveness. He’s come back and become a solid player with some old-man game knowledge, but he…

  18. Heat need to start Chalmers, Anthony against Celtics

    Apr 28, 2011, 12:51 PM EST

    Mike Bibby, Josh Smith, Marvin Williams

    The numbers do not lie — the Miami Heat’s starting five with Mike Bibby and Zydrunas Ilgauskas was outscored by 39 points in the first round. By the 76ers starting five. Every game — including Game 5 — the Heat would fall behind quickly, but in four of the games the Heat’s substitutes stabilized them,…

  19. Nick Young says Wizards not getting home town discount

    Apr 28, 2011, 11:26 AM EST

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    When Gilbert Arenas was sent off to Orlando, Nick Young got thrust into a starting role. Young would have gotten his chance anyway, he was already looking better than Arenas in preseason. Young went on to average 17.4 points per game on 44.1 percent shooting, he got to the line and he shot 38.7 percent…

  20. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    Apr 28, 2011, 10:55 AM EST

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Fantastic story from ESPN’s Rick Reilly (seriously) on Chris Paul and the murder of his grandfather. LeBron James called knocking off the 76ers “finishing off their breakfast.” The quote that spawned 1,000 food metaphors around the Web. Lunch is going to be a lot tougher to swallow, by the way. LeBron should talk food with…

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