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  1. Nuggets, motivated by Bynum’s words, avoid elimination with Game 5 win over Lakers

    May 9, 2012, 3:47 AM EDT

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    The Nuggets were facing elimination heading into Tuesday’s Game 5 at Staples Center, and as if seeing their season come to an end wasn’t motivation enough, Lakers center Andrew Bynum provided them with a little something extra, courtesy of comments he made at one of the team’s practice sessions before this one. “Closeout games are…

  2. Deng, defense allow Bulls to defeat 76ers, keep season alive

    May 9, 2012, 12:47 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Deng goes to the basket against the Miami Heat during second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    Derrick Rose is out for the rest of the playoffs. Joakim Noah, who was a game-time decision, ended up not playing a minute. And it didn’t matter from the Chicago Bulls, who staved off elimination in Game 5 of their series with the Philadelphia 76ers thanks to a great performance from Luol Deng and some…

  3. Indiana’s talent wins out in fourth, series; Pacers win and advance

    May 8, 2012, 11:17 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

    It ended pretty much like everyone expected it to end, five games with the Pacers in control at the end. But at times it didn’t feel like it was supposed to — the Pacers looked like a team still learning how to win in the playoffs. Orlando played hard and gritty ball, they never stopped…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Hawks stay alive against Celtics thanks to presence of Al Horford, luck

    May 8, 2012, 11:06 PM EDT

    NBA: Playoffs-Boston Celtics at Atlanta Hawks

    There was a point at the end of the third quarter that it seemed like the Atlanta Hawks were going to crumble once again in the second half, but somehow they were able to overcome the turnovers and terrible offensive possessions that saw their 12 point lead with less than three minutes to go in…

  5. Winderman: Stern shouldn’t blame players for rash of injuries

    May 8, 2012, 9:15 PM EDT

    Rose injury

    For weeks now, as his players have blown out knees like NASCAR cars blow out engines, David Stern, make that Dr. David Stern, has been telling us this has nothing to do with his fiendishly concocted lockout-compacted schedule. Granted, the players signed off on that very schedule, so it’s not as it there isn’t dual…

  6. PBT Extra: Talking New York Knicks with Daily News’ Frank Isola

    May 8, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony shakes hands with interim head coach Mike Woodson after defeating the Portland Trail Blazers in their NBA basketball game in New York

    Frank Isola of the Daily News broke the story that the Knicks are talking to Mike Woodson about an extension to keep him on as coach (which Woodson denies but nobody believes him, keeping it quiet is exactly what Knicks management would want him to do). We have Frank on PBT Extra today talking Woodson,…

  7. Noah might play in Game 5, but Asik will start

    May 8, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    From ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell: DEERFIELD, Ill. – Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah shot free throws without a brace on his sprained left ankle at shootaround and is a game-time decision for Game 5 Tuesday against the Philadelphia 76ers. Omer Asik will start regardless of whether Noah, who was still walking with a limp, plays. The Bulls are down 3-1 in…

  8. Mike Brown says that stupid idea to intentionally lose Game 5 to get Metta World Peace back is stupid

    May 8, 2012, 5:36 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Here’s the situation: if the Lakers-Nuggets series goes to six games, Metta World Peace‘s suspension would end, and he would be able to appear in either Game 7 of the Lakers-Nuggets series or, more importantly, Game 1 of the Lakers-Thunder series if the Lakers ended up beating the Nuggets. Naturally, some people have been wondering…

  9. C.J. Miles and Raja Bell are not thrilled with Ty Corbin

    May 8, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    Ty Corbin did a lot of things right in his first full season as the Utah Jazz’s head coach. Even though the Jazz were swept in convincing fashion by the Spurs in the 1st round, the team did make the playoffs the year after Hall-of-Fame coach Jerry Sloan left mid-season and superstar point guard Deron…

  10. Report: Crawford to opt out of contract, become unrestriced free agent

    May 8, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    From HoopsWorld’s Alex Kennedy: Jamal Crawford will opt-out this summer, source confirms. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent. Wolves, Nets, Suns among potential suitors. Crawford, the 2010 6th Man of the Year and the NBA’s all-time leader in four-point plays, is a combo guard who can get hot at any time and pour in points…

  11. Video: Shawn Kemp performs Shakespeare. Yes, we’re serious.

    May 8, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

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    When you woke up this morning, undoubtedly your first thought was “I wonder what it would be like to hear Shawn Kemp perform Shakespeare’s St. Crispin’s Day speech?” Sorry, we can’t bring that to you. But how about Shawn Kemp and Seattle Times columnist Steve Kelly doing some “Taming of the Shrew.” As interpreted like…

  12. Charles Barkley joins growing chorus annoyed with Blake Griffin flopping

    May 8, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, lKenyon Martin

    After last night’s Memphis loss to the Clippers, I asked a couple Memphis players if the Clippers’ theatrics and flopping bothered them. Nobody would go near the topic. Well, Memphis coach Lionel Hollins called Chris Paul a flopper on national television, but even off the record the Memphis players would shake their heads to acknowledge…

  13. Reiterating what we already knew, Lin out for Heat series

    May 8, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    Injured New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin reacts during pregame ceremonies before the Knicks play against the Miami Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoffs in Miami

    Yesterday, Knicks coach Mike Woodson said Jeremy Lin was very doubtful for Game 5 and it looked like some of the point guard duties for the Knicks would fall to Carmelo Anthony. And some to Mike Bibby. So of course, Woodson had to be asked about it again on Tuesday, and this time he tried…

  14. Report: Knicks working on contract extension for Woodson; coach denies

    May 8, 2012, 2:40 PM EDT

    New York Knicks coach Woodson reacts during Game 1 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference playoff against Miami Heat in Miami

    UPDATE 2:40 pm: As should have been expected, Mike Woodson denied that these talks are going on. From ESPNNewYork.com: “That’s not true, not at all,” he said after practice Tuesday. As we have discussed before, what has been officially discussed and what has been actually discussed via second and third parties to smooth the way…

  15. Stephen Curry calls latest ankle surgery a “relief”

    May 8, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Stephen Curry wanted to get back on the court this season, but five weeks of rehab on his recurring sprained ankle could not get it done. He had to go back under the knife. Curry didn’t talk with the media through the rehab process or after the surgery in April, that was until last weekend…

  16. Four 3-1 series, do we see four series closeouts Tuesday? No.

    May 8, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    Four games — every one of them featuring a team up 3-1 in a best-of-seven series. Tuesday night could see four series close out in the NBA playoffs. Not likely. We’re not sure who, but someone will push the series forward to a Game 6. One team will lose some days off to rest. That…

  17. Steve Nash named GM of Canadian national team

    May 8, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash is moving into a front office job. Well, not yet in the NBA. He’ll be courted as a free agent this summer and land in New York or Dallas or stay in Phoenix, but he’ll play a few more years. Instead, he is taking over a front office role with the Canadian basketball…

  18. Cuban says new labor agreement forced Dallas changes

    May 8, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    Here’s the thing, he’s right. Mostly. Before the Dallas Mavericks were swept out of the playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Cuban went on the defensive talking to the media. He had heard the statements from the media and others saying he and his franchise gave up winning the title the day they didn’t re-sign…

  19. Tuesday And-1 links: Joe Johnson wants the rock more

    May 8, 2012, 11:09 AM EDT

    Joe Johnson

    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. • Joe Johnson wants more touches in the Hawks offense. He only had 8…

  20. Report: Dwyane Wade up in air about London Olympics

    May 8, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    Team USA has already lost some guys who would have played key roles at the London Olympics — Dwight Howard in the middle and Derrick Rose at the point. Now another key contributor could drop out, reports David Aldridge at NBA.com (via Hoopshype). Dwyane Wade sounded slightly less than 100 percent certain he’ll be in…

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