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  1. Winderman: When bad teams tank, good teams get rest

    Apr 18, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade

    This is where the lockout grinder of a schedule has delivered us. Picking and choosing. With opponents. And with players. Wednesday night, when the Miami Heat host a very awful Toronto Raptors team, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will be given the night off as part of coach Erik Spoelstra’s late-season “maintenance” program. No particular…

  2. Jeremy Lin makes Time’s list of 100 most influential people

    Apr 18, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    Jeremy Lin isn’t as influential on the court as he was during the two weeks of Linsanity that gripped New York. He’s injured and even when he returns healthy the Knicks are Carmelo Anthony’s team now. But it doesn’t make his story any less inspirational or important. Which is why he made Time Magazine’s list…

  3. Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh to rest Wednesday vs. Raptors

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    Thursday night the Miami Heat have a showdown with the Chicago Bulls. If the Heat have dreams of catching the Bulls for the top seed in the East, that is a must win game. Plus, they could use the confidence boost after the Bulls’ bench beat them in overtime a week ago. To rest of…

  4. Wednesday’s And-1 links: Beasley’s future is “so blurry”

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

    Michael Beasley, Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Delfino

    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. • Michael Beasley says, “My future is so blurry.” Sometimes the chronic jokes just…

  5. Report: Dwight Howard not expected back for playoffs

    Apr 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    First, this report is believable because it’s hard to see how Dwight Howard could bounce back from a herniated disc in his back quickly enough to be a force in the playoffs. Second, it comes from WKMG’s Dave Pingalore, the guy that said Dwight Howard wanted Stan Van Gundy out the day before Van Gundy…

  6. Report: Boston almost traded Allen, Pierce at deadline

    Apr 18, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

    Since the All-Star break, the Celtics have been one of the best teams in basketball. It has been an amazing story — Kevin Garnett goes to the five, he and Rajon Rondo are beasts on the pick-and-roll, Avery Bradley emerges, Boston’s defense returns to legendary status and they are 21-9. Boston will win the Atlantic…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Knicks shot out all the lights in New York

    Apr 18, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    What you missed while tweeting your proposal to your girlfriend — for 12 hours…. Knicks 118, Celtics 110: Huge win for New York. It’s just not a blueprint easily replicated in the playoffs. The Knicks were on fire shooting against the best defense in the land — they shot 63.4 percent in the first half…

  8. Video: Carmelo Anthony puts up triple-double against Boston

    Apr 18, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    From the opening tip against the Celtics Carmelo Anthony was a man possessed, playing physical through contact but also with his head on a swivel and hitting open teammates. Plus, like every other Knick on Tuesday night, he couldn’t seem to miss. The Knicks are his team now and he is showing that he can…

  9. Luol Deng’s wrist injury could linger into next season

    Apr 18, 2012, 2:28 AM EDT

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

    Luol Deng is playing through a torn ligament in his left wrist — surgery now would mean missing the Bulls playoff run and he wants to be part of (and is essential to) what could be a special run. But he also has plans to play for Great Britain this summer as they host the…

  10. As expected, Kentucky’s five starters headed to NBA

    Apr 17, 2012, 11:42 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    It’s now official — Kentucky’s five young starters are headed to the NBA. Anthony Davis (the lock No. 1 overall pick in the draft), Terrence Jones, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Doran Lamb and Marquis Teague all sat beside John Calipari at a press conference Tuesday, said they loved being Wildcats but it was time to go after…

  11. Larry Brown to return to coaching at SMU

    Apr 17, 2012, 10:56 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    Larry Brown has been itching to get back into coaching, hanging around Villanova practices the past couple years and hoping for a chance. Oh, and living comfortably on all that money James Dolan paid him. Looks like he has found his chance… at SMU. That’s the report from ESPN, although the rumor this has been…

  12. Ray Allen sits out again for Boston Tuesday vs. New York

    Apr 17, 2012, 8:54 PM EDT

    Ray Allen

    UPDATE 8:55 pm: Or not. Despite earlier reports he would return Tuesday, Ray Allen sat out another game for the Celtics as they took on the Knicks. The report is his ankle is still swollen. Blame his calf muscles. 11:54 am: Ray Allen is back Tuesday — just in time to provide some punch off the…

  13. Video: Chris Mannix says LeBron will be MVP but that doesn’t matter

    Apr 17, 2012, 8:50 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James drives to the basket as his team plays against the Philadelphia 76ers during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    A poll of former MVPs had a slight lean toward Kevin Durant as your MVP this year, but Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated was on NBC’s SportsTalk on Tuesday and said LeBron James should be the man. And it doesn’t matter. Mannix is spot on here — anything less than a ring for the Heat…

  14. Video: LeBron James introduces Norris Cole to Jay-Z

    Apr 17, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Jay-Z, LeBron James

    “Hey, rook, come over here. I want you to meet Jay-Z.” There are perks to playing with LeBron James in Miami — this kind of thing simply does not happen at Bucks games. Or at Cleveland State. After LeBron scores the final 17 Heat points to get them a win Monday night, he waves Norris…

  15. Hayward says he wanted to fight West after “wet Willy”

    Apr 17, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

    Gordon Hayward

    We can debate, if you are so inclined, if the above is a true “wet Willy” as Delonte West did not wet his finger before sticking it in the ear of Gordon Hayward. There are schoolyard guidelines for such things. However, I think that may miss the point. I think we can agree it’s a…

  16. Sessions wants to return to Lakers, but it’s going to cost L.A.

    Apr 17, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Ramon Sessions will tell anyone who will listen he is enjoying his time as a Laker — he has come in and provided some quickness and playmaking at the point guard the team desperately needed under new coach Mike Brown. He said he really wants to return to the Lakers next season. Just not enough…

  17. John Wall admits he played too many charity games last summer

    Apr 17, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    John Wall

    John Wall seemed to be everywhere last summer (him and Kevin Durant). As summer rec leagues and charity games grew is stature during the lockout — players were not at Summer League, were not working out at team facilities, so they were finding games — Wall crisscrossed the country seeming to show up at everything…

  18. It’s official: Kobe Bryant out Tuesday night vs. Spurs

    Apr 17, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    We told you to expect this but Lakers coach Mike Brown made it official at the Lakers shootaround Tuesday — Kobe Bryant will miss his sixth straight game with a shin injury and will sit out the game against the Spurs, as reported by the Los Angeles Times and other sources. The rule of thumb…

  19. Coach K complains about one-and-done rule. Shocking.

    Apr 17, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    Michigan v Duke

    Know this about Mike Krzyzewski — he likes to be in control of things. He may not be obsessive and overbearing about it like some coaches, but he likes things done his way. And when it comes to college basketball and the one-and-done rule, he has no control. Nobody does. John Calipari may have figured…

  20. Playoff implications of Tuesday’s games

    Apr 17, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan,  Kobe Bryant

    Every night from here on out games will dramatically impact the playoffs — who gets in, who is on the outside looking in, and of course seedings. Let’s take a look at what’s on the line tonight. Pacers at 76ers: Indiana is quietly one of the hottest teams going (won nine of last 10) but…

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