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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Suns stay alive, Rockets don’t in playoff chase

    Apr 20, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns players rally around Frye and give him high fives after he put the Suns up over the Los Angeles Clippers late in the fourth quarter during their NBA basketball game in Phoenix

    What you missed while cracking up at the Californian’s skit from Saturday Night Live (seriously, we all talk about traffic like that)…. Heat 83, Bulls 72: It was a physical, low scoring playoff-style game — and the fact the Heat won should give them some confidence. Suns 93, Clippers 90: Phoenix played desperate at the…

  2. Amare Stoudemire confirms he will play Friday for Knicks

    Apr 20, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire

    Now the real work of getting the Knicks ready for the playoffs begins. With the Bucks loss to the Pacers Thursday night the Knicks secured a spot in the playoffs — but if they are going to make any noise there they are going to have to get both Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire firing…

  3. Video: Jones’ check on Noah; Wade’s shove of Rip

    Apr 20, 2012, 1:22 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade listens to the national anthem before their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Miami

    You can’t have a true rivalry until the teams really don’t like each other — and we may be there with the Bulls and the Heat. Thursday night’s game got a little chippy. Miami was trying to send a message — to themselves as much or more than the Bulls — that they could be…

  4. It’s not a playoff game, but Heat’s win over Bulls felt like one

    Apr 20, 2012, 12:26 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James moves against Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    Tell me you don’t think the Eastern Conference Finals are going to be fun… that felt like a rivalry game. The Miami Heat’s 83-72 win over the Chicago Bulls is not an indication of how a playoff series between these teams plays out — not with Bulls MVP Derrick Rose and the Heat’s Chris Bosh…

  5. Dwight Howard to have back surgery Friday; out for playoffs, Olympics

    Apr 19, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    And it’s official — the Orlando Magic are the team everyone wants to face in the first round. Dwight Howard will not be back for the playoffs because he is going to have surgery on the herniated disc in his back, his agent told Ric Bucher of ESPN. Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard will undergo…

  6. Dwyane Wade has banned girlfriend from sitting courtside

    Apr 19, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Gabriel Union

    Actress and model Gabrielle Union — who you also know as Dwyane Wade‘s girlfriend — was on Conan O’Brien’s show this week and…. damn, the girl is vicious. She yelled last week at Dick Bavetta “blow your whistle and you get your Viagra.” She’s insulted players about their weight. And that’s the stuff she admitted…

  7. Boston to add Sean Williams for playoffs

    Apr 19, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

    Sean Williams

    From ESPN.com’s Marc Stein: With Jermaine O’Neal lost to season-ending wrist surgery, Boston decided to bring in Sean Williams as an extra big. The 25-year-old Williams is a great athlete and talented shot blocker, but his personal issues have kept him from living up to his considerable potential so far. Williams was dismissed from the…

  8. Cavaliers decline to keep Lester Hudson for the remainder of the season

    Apr 19, 2012, 5:42 PM EDT

    Lester Hudson

    From the Akron-Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd: #Cavs not renewing Lester Hudson’s contract for final week of season. His second 10 day contract expired after last night’s game Hudson gave the Cavs some minutes and some scoring while Kyrie Irving was out with an injury, but he didn’t exactly set the world on fire during his stint…

  9. Video: If you text during a game, you will get hit in the head by a basketball

    Apr 19, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

    Texting Fan Nailed

    That’s what happened to this Nets fan sitting courtside, who was bonked in the head by a loose ball while texting. Not only did he have to suffer the physical pain of a basketball to the head, but he ended up getting called out by Marv Albert on-air, which is the ultimate form of shaming.…

  10. Phoenix the league’s healthiest team

    Apr 19, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    Steve Nash, Earl Watson

    From Basketball Prospectus’ Kevin Pelton: In analyzing why the Phoenix Suns have exceeded expectations by staying in the playoff race through the season’s final week, the training room is a good place to start. There’s likely to be plenty of room, because the Suns are enjoying one of the healthiest seasons in NBA history. Combined,…

  11. Video: Dwyane Wade walks into pickup game in SOHO

    Apr 19, 2012, 5:04 PM EDT

    Miami Heat shooting guard Wade looks on from bench as Miami Heat plays against San Antonio Spurs during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Everything about this is so Wade — him shopping in Soho on his day off, him impeccably dressed and followed by a camera, him just jumping into a pickup game for fun and playing with some kids in the park. Of course, it will only confirm what you already think of the man. If you…

  12. Report: Trail Blazers interested in Lakers’ Kupchak as GM

    Apr 19, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Mitch Kupchak

    The whispers have been all over Staples Center — Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak is not happy and wants out of working with Jim Buss. Kupchak is also the ultimate team player and would never say that publicly and disparage ownership. I’ll say I’ve heard the same rumors of his unhappiness from a couple second…

  13. Carmelo Anthony has a giant painting of himself hanging over his fireplace, because of course he does

    Apr 19, 2012, 4:23 PM EDT

    Carmelo Fireplace Painting

    From the always-hilarious Dan Devine of Yahoo! Sports’ Ball Don’t Lie Blog: Carmelo Anthony‘s wife, La La Anthony (née Vazquez), recently spoke with the New York Post about her reality TV show, her role in the upcoming film “Think Like a Man,” and the couple’s place in the Hell’s Kitchen section of Manhattan. The only piece of…

  14. Mike Woodson talks about starting Mike Bibby in the playoffs

    Apr 19, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

    Tyson Chandler, Mike Bibby, Carmelo Anthony

    From the NY Post’s Marc Berman: Don’t be shocked if [Mike Bibby] winds up starting playoff games, with all of Baron’s injuries. Woodson got him 36 minutes in Newark, no limits like with Baron. 8 assists, 1 turnover. That’s what Woody cares about. Bibby has played in 100 career playoff games. That matters to Woody.…

  15. Everyone denies report Dwight Howard called team owner about Van Gundy

    Apr 19, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Let us start with a good reminder for reading a lot of stories in today’s journalism world — every anonymous source has a motive. If someone “leaks” something to a reporter its because they are trying to spin the story for their own motives. With that, we bring you the updated report from Orlando’s WKMG’s…

  16. D-Rose matters, but depth real key in Bulls/Heat showdown

    Apr 19, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Wade look on during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago

    Everyone will want to watch the Bulls and the Heat and discuss how this is a preview of the Eastern Conference finals. It’s not. Oh, these two teams will be there, you can bet on that. But after two rounds of the playoffs teams change and evolve — the Bulls and Heat that take the…

  17. Wilson Chandler done for season with Nuggets

    Apr 19, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

    Wilson+Chandler+Atlanta+Hawks+v+Denver+Nuggets+Ym_wkv-B6Cgl

    Wilson Chandler arrived late and is leaving early. He missed the start of the NBA season after signing to play in China during the NBA lockout. When the Chinese season ended he signed on to play with the Denver Nuggets… but now he is out for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs.…

  18. Playing to stereotype, Heat to open nightclub in arena

    Apr 19, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    Miami fans arrive late, are there to be seen, and are on their iPhones the entire game planning where to go after — the basketball is an afterthought. If it’s a thought at all. Well, that’s the stereotype. It’s not true all the way around the block — check out the fans in the “cheap”…

  19. Knicks fans love J.R. Smith, but he likely bolts this summer

    Apr 19, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith attempts to dunk the ball in their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in New York

    When he is raining down threes like he did against Boston, it’s easy to love J.R. Smith’s game. So today, Knicks fans love him. He brings an edge off the bench that fans and teammates love. Thing is, Smith is going to keep taking those shots whether they are falling or not, and some days…

  20. Thursday And-1 links: LeBron, Wade in large foam statues

    Apr 19, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

    big3miamiheat

    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. • Miami’s big three as depicted in gigantic foam statues (picture to the right).…

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