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  1. Thunder maintain West’s top playoff spot with blowout win over Warriors

    Apr 12, 2013, 2:16 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant has the ball bounce off his shoulder after he scored past the Denver Nuggets in their NBA basketball game in Denver

    The Warriors celebrated mightily after Tuesday night’s win over the Timberwolves, and rightfully so. The victory clinched a playoff spot for Golden State for the first time since 2007, and with only the difference between opening the postseason as the sixth or seventh seed hanging in the balance for their final few games, it’s perhaps…

  2. John Wall throws out first pitch at Nationals game, does much better this time

    Apr 12, 2013, 12:14 AM EST

    John Wall, first pitch

    It’s been almost two years since John Wall graced the mound at a Washington Nationals game, where he threw out one of the worst first pitches of all time, especially when taking his background as a professional athlete into consideration. While we all might have hoped for a similar performance when Wall got the opportunity…

  3. Bulls end Knicks’ win streak behind inspired play of Nate Robinson and Jimmy Butler

    Apr 12, 2013, 12:01 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Robinson goes the the basket against New York Knicks' Anthony during the overtime of their NBA basketball game in Chicago, Illinois

    On Dec. 18, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported the Knicks were considering waiving Nate Robinson. That same day, Butler scored six points to raise his season scoring average. Tonight, Robinson and Butler led the hard-playing, hard-charging, hard-celebrating Bulls to a 118-111 overtime win over the Knicks, whose 13-game win streak ended the same…

  4. Joakim Noah’s plantar fasciitis will bother him into playoffs

    Apr 11, 2013, 10:52 PM EST

    Florida Gulf Coast v Florida

    At this time of year, it can be difficult to tell which injuries are serious and which are listed by teams because they want to rest players and avoid fines. Joakim Noah has played only one game since March 21, so his injury definitely was serious, though it’s unclear to what degree the Bulls are…

  5. Jordan Hill might return from ‘season-ending’ surgery

    Apr 11, 2013, 9:17 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets' Koufos fouls Los Angeles Lakers' Hill during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Jordan Hill underwent what was deemed season-ending surgery in January, but if the Lakers advance deep enough in the playoffs, Hill might return this year. Dave McMenamin of ESPN: Hill will begin running with 70 percent of his body weight, according to the team. He will gradually increase the weight on the treadmill, barring any…

  6. PBT Extra: Should the Heat rest players? And Lakers or Jazz?

    Apr 11, 2013, 8:11 PM EST

    Kings Heat Basketball

    Today on PBT Extra, the topic of the day is should the Heat be resting players late in the season? Or any other team for that matter? I don’t have a problem with it, but frankly even if you do there is no good enforcement mechanism as teams will just feign injuries (which they are…

  7. Hornets’ Anthony Davis out for season with MCL sprain

    Apr 11, 2013, 7:39 PM EST

    Anthony Davis, Marcus Thornton

    The good news is this is not serious, and when the injury happened it looked like it could have been. New Orleans’ No. 1 pick Anthony Davis will be out for the season due to a sprained MCL plus a bone bruise in his left knee, suffered in the fourth quarter Wednesday night against the…

  8. Dwyane Wade says he will play Friday vs. Boston

    Apr 11, 2013, 6:29 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade

    The Celtics may be sitting guys — Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce will be out — but the Heat will be bringing back at least one star. Dwyane Wade, who has missed the last six Heat games with a bruised kneecap, told the press he would return Friday night, reports Tim Reynolds of the Associated…

  9. Thursday And-1 Links: LeBron focus of first NBA “BIG” playoff comercial (VIDEO)

    Apr 11, 2013, 5:47 PM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    Here is our regular 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 like the ancient Romans loved a good conquest…. • If you’re going to sell…

  10. Amar’e Stoudemire to help coach Canadian team in Israel this summer

    Apr 11, 2013, 4:50 PM EST

    New York Knicks forward Stoudemire shares a laugh with teammate and guard Smith after he entered their NBA game with the Portland Trail Blazers during the second quarter in New York

    Remember a couple few ago, when Amar’e Stoudemire signed with the Knicks — the then savior of the franchise —  and he drew the eyes of the the basketball world? At least the parts not focused on South Beach? At the time he had discovered his Hebrew roots through his mother and had studied up…

  11. Cuban thinks Nowitzki can help recruit stars to play in Dallas

    Apr 11, 2013, 3:52 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban reacts during their NBA basketball game against Oklahoma City Thunder in Dallas

    He’s no John Calipari, but is Dirk Nowitzki enough of a recruiter — is the chance to play with him enough of a draw — that elite free agents will come to Dallas to play and win with him? Mark Cuban is counting on it. This summer — and likely next summer — Dallas is…

  12. John Wall to throw out first pitch for Nationals. Hopefully it goes better than last time.

    Apr 11, 2013, 3:22 PM EST

    John Wall, first pitch

    With his play in the last month, John Wall is gaining a measure of redemption for a rough first couple seasons in the NBA — he is starting to look like the player everyone expected. But he has some other redemption to get as well — like for the first time he threw out a…

  13. J.R. Smith loses $48 K lawsuit over unpaid jewelry bill

    Apr 11, 2013, 2:39 PM EST

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

    What is it with NBA players not paying for their chains? Seriously, add this to the rookie seminar for the guys coming in the league — pay your bills. A day after DeJuan Blair got busted for not paying his bill, a judge ruled in favor of a jewelry store in Southern California that had…

  14. Kobe fantastic in win over Blazers, but teammates still stress team play

    Apr 11, 2013, 2:12 PM EST

    Bryant passes against Claver and Pavlovic during NBA basketball game in Portland, Oregon

    How Kobe Bryant functions within the structure of the Lakers’ offense will always be a hot-button topic. Even when the Lakers win the game. Last night Kobe was brilliant in the Lakers’ win over the Trailblazers, a win that kept the team in control of their own destiny to the playoffs. His 47 point, 8…

  15. Garnett, Pierce out for Celtics against Heat Friday. Are too many players getting rested?

    Apr 11, 2013, 1:18 PM EST

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    Should NBA stars be rested at the end of the season? It’s been a topic this year, in part because the Heat have been doing it and some fans will look for any excuse to rip the Heat. In part it’s because David Stern fined the San Antonio Spurs $250,000 earlier in the season for…

  16. Martell Webster could be shut down for season due to ab injury

    Apr 11, 2013, 11:59 AM EST

    Martell Webster, Michael Beasley

    Martell Webster took himself out of Wednesday night’s Wizards loss to a shell of the Heat roster. Webster had been playing through an abdominal injury but appeared to aggravate it. With just three games left in the season, that could be it for Webster, reports J. Michael at “It’s super-sore. It’s one of those…

  17. Report: Sixers hope Doug Collins walks at end of season

    Apr 11, 2013, 11:16 AM EST

    Doug Collins

    It’s pretty clear the Sixers are done with Doug Collins and Doug Collins is pretty done with the 76ers. This fits the Collins burnout pattern — three seasons with the Bulls, three seasons with Detroit, two with Washington, now three in Philly. But of course, it’s not going to be that simple because there is…

  18. Anthony Davis tweaks knee near end of Hornets loss, apparently okay

    Apr 11, 2013, 10:48 AM EST

    Anthony Davis, Marcus Thornton

    New Orleans fans were holding their breath near the end of the fourth quarter Wednesday night. With 5:45 left in the game Anthony Davis — the former No. 1 overall pick and promising rookie — tried to draw a charging foul as Marcus Thornton drove the lane. The resulting collision had Thornton falling on and…

  19. Tobias Harris hits three to force overtime vs. Bucks (VIDEO)

    Apr 11, 2013, 10:21 AM EST

    Tobias Harris

    Way back in Summer League, PBT was trying to tell you that Tobias Harris could play. He was on the Bucks roster but with them having a few veterans and trying to make the playoffs, Scott Skiles (then Jim Boylan) buried him on the bench. Harris was traded to Orlando where young guys get the…

  20. Warriors’ owner guarantees championship. Someday.

    Apr 11, 2013, 9:40 AM EST

    Joe Lacob

    When Joe Lacob and Peter Guber bought the Golden State Warriors they had one clear task — change the franchise’s culture. The Warriors had been to the playoffs once in the last 19 years — this was a corporate culture that had come to accept losing as part of doing business and it started with…

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