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  1. PBT Podcast: Russell Westbrook’s injury, and a look at the rest of the first round playoff matchups

    Apr 26, 2013, 3:06 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook looks on during a timeout against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the devastating news surrounding Russell Westbrook and his need to undergo knee surgery which will keep him out indefinitely. We discuss how this might change the landscape of the Western Conference playoffs, before breaking down the rest of the ongoing playoff…

  2. J.R. Smith turned down more from Lakers to be Knick. Will he leave money on table again?

    Apr 26, 2013, 2:52 PM EST

    New York Knicks' Smith celebrates scoring past Washington Wizards during their NBA basketball game in Manhattan

    J.R. Smith can opt out after this season and become a free agent. And he will. We knew that already but his father basically confirmed that to the New York Post. Then threw in an interesting tidbit — Smith had a bigger offer on the table from the Lakers but took the Knicks deal anyway.…

  3. Nuggets need to get back to basics to beat the Warriors in crucial game 3

    Apr 26, 2013, 2:17 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game Two

    Even though the series is tied at one game a piece, the Nuggets have been thoroughly outplayed by the Warriors in the first two games. Golden State has had the better game plan and has made the better adjustments. The Nuggets, meanwhile, have been very good in some areas but not able to play their…

  4. More Lakers injury fun: World Peace has knee drained, will play Game 3

    Apr 26, 2013, 1:30 PM EST

    World Peace knee

    Lakers trainer Gary Vitti is going to need more than a room off the side of the locker room, he needs his own wing. To add to the injuries expected to keep the top four Lakers out of a crucial Game 3 Friday night, Metta World Peace had his knee drained on Thursday. Teams try…

  5. Stephen Curry a “game time decision” for Game 3 versus Nuggets

    Apr 26, 2013, 1:26 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game Two

    Stephen Curry returned to the game after spraining his ankle, helping to lead his Warriors to a win over the Nuggets that evened the series at one game a piece. Right after the injury he was seen on the bench using a giant rubber band to keep his ankle loose enough for him to be…

  6. Russell Westbrook to undergo knee surgery, out indefinitely

    Apr 26, 2013, 1:07 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a break on the court against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Russell Westbrook will undergo surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and will be out indefinitely, the Thunder announced on Friday. The injury occurred with 5:34 to play in the second quarter of the Thunder’s Game 3 win over the Rockets, and as seen in the video clip above, there will…

  7. Report: Kahn to be out, Flip Saunders to be in for Minnesota

    Apr 26, 2013, 12:18 PM EST

    File photo of Washington Wizards coach Saunders during an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    We told you there were rumors of this a couple months ago, possibly part of an ownership shift, but now it appears to be reality. The era of David Kahn could be ending in Minnesota, with Flip Saunders coming in to replace him, reports Steve Aschburner at NBA.com. Saunders, 58, has been negotiating a contract…

  8. J.J. Redick says he hasn’t spoken to coach since playoffs started

    Apr 26, 2013, 11:51 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Three

    The Bucks are a much better team when the backcourt is J.J. Redick paired with either Monta Ellis or Brandon Jennings. Redick and Ellis are +5.9 per 48 minutes, Redick and Jennings are -10.2 , and Jennings and Ellis are -3.2 on the season. One slashing guard, one pure shooter with a good hoops IQ…

  9. Zach Randolph was full on Ze-Bo in Grizzlies win (VIDEO)

    Apr 26, 2013, 10:51 AM EST

    Zach Randolph, Blake Griffin

    For the first couple games of the series against the Clippers, Zach Randolph battled foul trouble in somewhat tightly called games, he had an athletic defender in Blake Griffin on him, then backing up Griffin was a Los Angeles defense that had sagged into the paint and was daring Memphis to win the game with…

  10. Dwyane Wade says knee “not even close” to full strength

    Apr 26, 2013, 10:11 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Three

    Dwyane Wade didn’t look right during Miami’s 104-91 Game 3 win over the Bucks Thursday. He was grimacing in pain. He shot 1-for-12 and had six turnovers (although he did have 11 assists and nine rebounds). He was not the same guy on the defensive end. And it comes back to that knee he was…

  11. Matt Barnes flagrantly fouls Zach Randolph, and Randolph loves it (VIDEO)

    Apr 26, 2013, 8:43 AM EST

    Zach Randolph, Lamar Odom

    Any time two of the game’s more physical players are involved in a hard foul situation, there’s always the possibility that either could explode. Thankfully, after Matt Barnes committed a flagrant foul on Zach Randolph during the fourth quarter of the Grizzlies’ Game 3 win over the Clippers, we saw exactly the opposite. Barnes caught…

  12. David Stern says league has no interest in eliminating ‘Hack-a-Shaq’

    Apr 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    The ability for teams to intentionally foul players away from the ball who are poor free throw shooters — originally labeled “Hack-a-Shaq” for when it was used extensively against Shaquille O’Neal — is a perfectly legal strategy. But it’s also an excruciating one to watch that grinds things to a halt, and that most observers…

  13. Dominant Zach Randolph leads Grizzlies to Game 3 win over Clippers

    Apr 26, 2013, 1:42 AM EST

    Blake Griffin, Zach Randolph

    Zach Randolph didn’t have much of an effect at all on the first two games of the Grizzlies playoff series against the Clippers in Los Angeles. In a must-win Game 3 situation once the series shifted to Memphis, he was the reason the Grizzlies stayed alive. Randolph finished with a game high 27 points and…

  14. Bulls, Nets make Nets’ offense stink

    Apr 26, 2013, 12:56 AM EST

    Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

    Joakim Noah scored his first point and on the next possession, in his 27th minute, he closed hard to marginally, if at all, bother a wide-open corner 3-point attempt. Tonight, that was plenty. The Bulls – with lots of help from Brooklyn – crippled the Nets’ offense and watched one more airball as time expired,…

  15. Miami brings workmanlike effort, that’s enough to win, lead Bucks 3-0

    Apr 25, 2013, 11:02 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Three

    This was just a better team taking care of business. You knew the Milwaukee Bucks would come out with a lot of fire in front of the home crowd and they did, leading by as many as 10 in the first half. But for the Heat this was a professional outing, like a game in…

  16. Taj Gibson puts Kris Humphries on a poster (VIDEO)

    Apr 25, 2013, 10:08 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Gibson reacts to a referee's call during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Chicago

    This dunk from Taj Gibson during the first quarter of Game 3 between the Bulls and the Nets was pretty spectacular, considering where he took off and the force with which he threw it down. The fact that Kris Humphries decided to jump to try to contest just made it that much more exciting. [via…

  17. Ray Allen passes Reggie Miller for most playoff threes (VIDEO)

    Apr 25, 2013, 9:41 PM EST

    Ray Allen

    Ray Allen, who already passed Reggie Miller to become the all-time regular season three-point leader, passed Miller for the playoff record with that three. That was Allen’s 321st three pointer in the post season. With Miami, Allen is just deadly on the corner three — he shot 45 percent from the corners this season. He…

  18. LeBron on not winning Defensive Player of the Year: ‘It sucks.’

    Apr 25, 2013, 7:46 PM EST

    LeBron James listens to a question at a news conference during media day at the Miami Heat's home arena in Miami, Florida

    LeBron James finished second in the Defensive Player of the Year balloting this season, losing out to Memphis Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol. Jams finished second in the voting with 12 less first place votes than Gasol, and ahead of the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka. Gasol was a fine choice, considering he was the anchor to…

  19. Nets-Bulls Game 3 preview: Still about Joakim Noah

    Apr 25, 2013, 7:22 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets - Game Two

    Joakim Noah, it seems, will decide this series. Battling plantar fasciitis, he played 13 minutes in Game 1, and the Nets won by 17. He played 25 minutes in Game 2, and the Bulls won by eight. More than just his quality play, Noah inspires the Bulls. In Game 2, their bench went wild and…

  20. Report: Nets near deal to extend GM Billy King’s contract

    Apr 25, 2013, 6:39 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets Press Conference Announcing Firing Of Head Coach Avery Johnson

    The Brooklyn Nets are happy with the work of Billy King. Shake your head if you want, the Nets are about to extend the contract of their general manager, reports Adrian Wojnarowskiof Yahoo Sports. The Brooklyn Nets are finalizing a multiyear contract extension with general manager Billy King, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. A formal…

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