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  1. Danny Ainge fined $25,000 for tossing the towel

    May 6, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT

    Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge got caught up in the heat of the moment and forgot that at the NBA League Office, this is fining season. Ainge has been fined $25,000 by the league for throwing a town in the air to distract the Cavalier’s JJ Hickson at the free throw line during the Celtics…

  2. Amare Stoudemire earning some extra offseason cash

    May 6, 2010, 12:21 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire is a force of nature, and when Steve Nash is feeding him passes on the pick-and-roll he is an unstoppable one. That combo, that play is the most pure thing in the NBA right now. Now is the time to look like a force of nature, what with Stoudemire able to — and…

  3. Celtics benched Nate Robinson, saved themselves a cool $2 million

    May 6, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

    Nate Robinson came over to the Celtics with some hype bordering on the delusional — this was going to be the guy to change the Boston bench, provide that much-needed scoring punch, change the dynamics. The reality is that Nate Robinson was Nate Robinson — he scores a lot some days but he shoots a…

  4. Dallas learning from playoffs: Cuban says Beaubois could start next year

    May 6, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    Rodrigue Beaubois is a little ball of energy. When he was on the court the energy of the Dallas Mavericks changed — they attacked with penetration. Their tempo increased. They broke down defenses. And it was all done with a little flair. Then throughout the playoffs, Beaubois sat. And sat. And when he got his…

  5. Mark Jackson now being picky about NBA coaching gig he wants

    May 6, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    Mark Jackson wants a team to take a leap of faith on him, to pluck him out of the broadcasting booth and with no coaching experience put him at the head of an NBA bench. Well, he doesn’t want just any team to take that leap, it turns out. Not Philadelphia, as the Philadelphia Inquirer…

  6. Kirk Snyder headed to play in prison leagues

    May 6, 2010, 10:07 AM EDT

    Kirk Snyder, who spent four years in the NBA with four different teams trying to find a role as a shooting guard, will now be balling in the prison leagues. Yesterday Snyder was sentenced to three years in an Ohio prison, as reported by WCPO in Ohio (via Slam). Kirk Snyder, 26, is convicted of…

  7. Meet cranky Gregg Popovich

    May 6, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    Two losses on the road, two games where the Spurs had chances to make a mark and instead watched the Suns do that, watched the Suns make the big plays. It has all left Gregg Popovich a little testy. Get past the cliches of the Suns in this video to get to Pops, he was…

  8. Calipari is not going to Chicago, he's negotiating with Kentucky

    May 6, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    John Calipari is not going to be the next Chicago Bulls coach. It’s not very hard to get there, to follow the trail of media stories and derive a motive here. In an often murky world of leaks and rumors, this story shakes out as pretty straight forward. First, Yahoo reports, based on a source,…

  9. Dwyane Wade not thrilled about the idea of Pat Riley as coach

    May 6, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    Pat Riley suggested the other day that if a free agent superstar would be swayed to come to Miami if he would coach, then he’d likely do it. Somebody forgot to ask the current superstar. Well, not the New York Post, they asked Dwyane Wade what he thought, and Riley the coach did not exactly…

  10. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs Game 2: Ignore the shiny superstars, this one's about the reserves

    May 6, 2010, 12:34 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan had 29 points and 10 boards, the Spurs had an effective field goal percentage of 55.1%, and George Hill and Richard Jefferson combined for 32 points (including a 18-10 double-double). It just wasn’t enough. San Antonio made runs and they pressed Phoenix repeatedly, but every lineup the Suns put on the floor had…

  11. If there's such a thing as Twitter torture, Chris Bosh is doing it to Raptors fans

    May 5, 2010, 10:51 PM EDT

    Seriously, Chris, they bought your jerseys and everything. A day after Raptors’ star free agent Chris Bosh showed up at Staples for a Lakers playoff game, and less than a week after asking people via Twitter where he should go and then if he should “go,” Bosh is at it again, making headlines and knifing…

  12. Just a reminder: Become a PBT fan on Facebook

    May 5, 2010, 10:33 PM EDT

    We know you want to get your basketball news and opinion right in the middle of updates from your friends about the great restaurants they are going to while you have to work for a living. Life’s not fair. At least we can help you with the basketball part — become a fan of ProBasketballTalk…

  13. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs Game 2: Somehow, Phoenix finds a way to negate Duncan's advantage in the paint

    May 5, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

    Although the Suns aren’t exactly stacked with defenders that can handle Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, no single Spurs player stands as a bigger threat to what Phoenix hopes to accomplish than Tim Duncan. If TD is playing his best basketball, the Spurs would likely win this series even, regardless of a George Hill disappearance.…

  14. Antoine Walker working out for NBA comeback. No, seriously.

    May 5, 2010, 8:14 PM EDT

    Antoine Walker needs money. Desperately. And the NBA pays very well. So, you can guess what he’s thinking. We’re all thinking this is a bad and sad idea. But he’s thinking money. Walker is working out with the University of Louisville because one can always dream of a comeback. The Associated Press has the details…

  15. NBA Playoffs, Cavaliers Celtics: Garnett and Perkins are banged up but will go for Game 3

    May 5, 2010, 5:52 PM EDT

    Nobody left on a playoff team is really healthy right now. Well, Kosta Koufos is, although that isn’t really doing anybody any good. But the Celtics had team heartbeat Kevin Garnett and the guy who has to defend Shaquille O’Neal (Kendrick Perkins) banged up, and that could be trouble. Both are sore, but both will…

  16. As per usual, strange things are afoot in the voting for the All-Defensive teams

    May 5, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Award voting will never be a perfect process, if only because there are so many different perspectives involved. That said, selections to the All-Defense first and second teams provide particularly unique challenges, as voters are not only asked to weigh certain contributions (scoring, playmaking, etc.) against others (defense, leadership, etc.) as they are in MVP…

  17. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Jazz: As if the Jazz don't have enough problems, Kobe is back

    May 5, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    At one point in the first round, Kobe Bryant was showing all the leaping ability of Ron Artest. You could hardly tell them apart… well, except for the hair. And the build. And the fluidity of motion. Okay, so it wasn’t that bad. But it wasn’t good either. Oklahoma City was blanketing him with very…

  18. NBA Playoffs, Suns v. Spurs Game 2: Phoenix will again be without Robin Lopez

    May 5, 2010, 3:23 PM EDT

    According to the Phoenix Suns’ official Twitter feed, Robin Lopez has been ruled out for Game 2 tonight. Not that the Suns really needed him in Game 1, as Tim Duncan was held to a nice, but manageable 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting. Some of those points came off of freebie transition opportunities, and all-in-all…

  19. NBA All-Defense Team filled with playoff participants. Coincidence?

    May 5, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Defense wins championships. Or, at least you gets you into the playoffs. That’s the one easy takeaway from the announcement of the NBA All-Defensive teams. There are no shocks on here, everyone belongs, which is what you get when the coaches vote and not media members paid by teams who have their own agendas. Of…

  20. Sergio Rodríguez may choose Europe over the NBA

    May 5, 2010, 2:21 PM EDT

    Sergio Rodríguez is going to have options. The New York Knicks hold the restricted free agent rights to a guy a number of teams see as a potential quality backup point guard. The Knicks may well want to keep him, but if another team makes a healthy offer he could end up in Orlando or…

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