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  1. How Monday’s games impact the playoff picture

    Apr 15, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz's Burks, Millsap, Hayward, Williams and Favors walk onto the court after a timeout during their NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Salt Lake City

    Sunday some things got settled — the Knicks locked themselves in the two seed in the East, for example — and now with 11 games on the slate for Monday night a few more things will get settled. So here’s a rundown of what to watch for Monday night (all times listed are Eastern). WESTERN…

  2. Who’s next as 76ers head coach? How about some Curry? Or Mike Brown?

    Apr 15, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

    Mike Brown

    Doug Collins is stepping down. Oh, he could be back with the Sixers next season in some kind of front office role or as a consultant — the two sides will find some kind of buyout and graceful exit for him — but he will not be grinding the players in practice and storming the…

  3. Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel declares for draft, could go No. 1

    Apr 15, 2013, 11:34 AM EDT

    Marshall v Kentucky

    We didn’t get to see Nerlens Noel in the NCAA Tournament because: 1) Kentucky sucked this year and didn’t make it (they were bounced in the first round of the NIT); 2) He had already blown out his ACL and was done for the season. Yet he shows enough potential, and this is a down…

  4. Timberwolves owner says he hasn’t decided if GM Kahn will be back

    Apr 15, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

    davidkahn

    We have taken our fair share of shots at Timberwolves’ GM David Kahn over the years, and he made some bad gambles this year (Brandon Roy), but the disappointment of this season in Minnesota is not on him — injuries to Ricky Rubio (miss half of season after ACL), Kevin Love (broke his hand twice)…

  5. Dirk Nowitzki’s 25,000th point came on a very Nowitzki shot (VIDEO)

    Apr 15, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Mike James

    Outside of scoring this on a one-legged fade-away from the elbow, this was about the most Dirk Nowitzki way to get his 25,000 point. He’s 20 feet out from the rim, faces up on Robin Lopez, takes a couple jab steps to create just enough space, then takes a rainbow-arc jumper that finds the bottom…

  6. Another report says Dwight Howard plans to remain a Laker

    Apr 15, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Howard dunks the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers during their NBA game in Portland

    Some people — and yesterday that group included some national television NBA pundits — will not let facts get in the way of some good speculation. Any word leaked out of Dwight Howard’s camp has always been that he would stay a Laker. But that hasn’t stopped some people from speculating he might go to…

  7. Mavs reach .500, Dirk Nowitzki takes razor to beard (VIDEO)

    Apr 15, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Back in February some Dallas Mavericks started growing beards — they were not going to shave until they got to .500. Finally, they got their Sunday night with a win in New Orleans — and it didn’t take a minute in the locker room for Dirk Nowitzki to pull out the razor and get that…

  8. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Knicks wrap up two seed in the East, Lakers stay in playoff hunt with win over Spurs

    Apr 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while planning for your digital afterlife … Heat 105, Bulls 93: The outcome of this game was no surprise, but the fact that the Bulls put up a fight after falling behind big in the second quarter showed why they’ll be a tough…

  9. It wasn’t pretty but Howard lifts Lakers within step of playoffs

    Apr 15, 2013, 1:53 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace, Steve Blake, Jodie Meeks

    LOS ANGELES — Maybe it was every Laker knowing they had to step up their game with Kobe Bryant sidelined. Maybe it was the desperation of a Lakers team trying to salvage something from a train wreck season, playing much harder than a Spurs team Gregg Popovich described as “floating” through the game Maybe it…

  10. Three Stars of the night: Harden, Iguodala, Howard set their teams up for playoffs

    Apr 15, 2013, 1:07 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan,Tiago Splitter, Danny Green

    With teams busting it for playoff position tonight we feature three guys that helped their team big time Sunday night and got them in better playoff position. Third Star: James Harden (29 points, 9 assists) Houston controls its own destiny — win out and they get the six seed (and don’t have to face the…

  11. Despite what his agent says,reportedly Doug Collins will not return to Philly

    Apr 14, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

    Doug Collins

    Despite what his agent said hours before, Doug Collins is not returning to the Philadelphia 76ers. Sunday night Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported Collins told Philly ownership he would not return. Collins, 62, has one year left on a four-year deal, but has told management he won’t return in that job. Collins’ possible return…

  12. Jarrett Jack fined $25K for verbal abuse of an official after loss to Lakers

    Apr 14, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Jarrett Jack

    Jarrett Jack has been fined $25,000 for “verbal abuse of a game official,” the league announced on Sunday via official release. The incident occurred at the end of the Warriors’ close loss to the Lakers on Friday, the same game in which Kobe Bryant went down with a torn Achilles injury that ended his season.…

  13. Kenneth Faried is carried from the court after suffering ankle injury (VIDEO)

    Apr 14, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge 2013

    Less than three minutes into the Nuggets’ win over the Blazers on Sunday, another one of Denver’s starters had to be carried off the floor after suffering what appeared to be a serious injury. As seen in the video clip above, Kenneth Faried rolled his ankle on an attempt to elevate towards the basket, thanks…

  14. Trey Burke declares for NBA Draft

    Apr 14, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    Trey Burke, John Beilein

    Michigan point guard Trey Burke considered turning pro last season. After returning to school, he was the best player in college basketball and led Michigan to the national-championship game. So, it should be no surprise he declared for the NBA Draft this time. Burke said he heard he might be picked in the top 15,…

  15. Rasheed Wallace may return for Knicks this week

    Apr 14, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

    rasheed wallace knicks

    Rasheed Wallace hasn’t played a game for the Knicks since mid-December due to a stress fracture that later required surgery, but he may be ready to come back just in time for New York’s trip to the postseason. From Marc Berman of the New York Post: Rasheed Wallace could play for the first time since…

  16. Bulls put up a fight before Heat eventually cruise to victory

    Apr 14, 2013, 4:32 PM EDT

    Heat's Wade moves against Bulls' Hinrich in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Chicago’s performance in Miami on Sunday was yet another in a long series of them that makes you believe that no team would look forward to playing the Bulls in a seven-game series. The Heat eventually cruised to a 105-93 victory, exacting some minor measure of revenge on the Bulls for beating Miami in Chicago…

  17. Dominique Wilkins’ advice to Kobe Bryant: Be patient

    Apr 14, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

    Reebok Pump 20th Anniversary

    Not many people can relate what Kobe Bryant is going through — an elite NBA player who tears his Achilles and is going to attempt a comeback in his mid-30s. Dominique Wilkins is one. On a January night in 1992, a 32-year-old Wilkins (who was averaging 28.1 points and 7 rebounds a game that season)…

  18. SNL parodies origin of NBA on NBC theme song, ‘Roundball Rock’ (VIDEO)

    Apr 14, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    NBA on NBC

    It’s an obscure topic for sketch comedy in 2013, considering that the broadcast partnership between the NBA and NBC ended in 2002. But it turned out to be gold once executed by the cast of Saturday Night Live. SNL takes us back to 1990, and gives us an idea of what the initial meeting between…

  19. Sunday playoff scenarios: Knicks can clinch East’s two seed

    Apr 14, 2013, 12:24 PM EDT

    Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd

    A bunch of games on Sunday could have a big impact on playoff seedings — and for the Lakers and Jazz, who makes the playoffs. Let’s take a quick look around the league at what is at stake. EASTERN CONFERENCE The big game is Pacers visiting the Knicks — the Knicks win and they lock…

  20. Trevor Booker wants to show his talent – with Wizards or new team

    Apr 14, 2013, 12:19 PM EDT

    Trevor Booker, Serge Ibaka

    Trevor Booker has more double-doubles (2) than 30-minute games (1) this season. He’s been in and out of the Wizards’ rotation, a difficult situation for a 25-year-old entering the final year of his rookie contract. Via Ben Standig of CSN Washington: “Right now they’ve got me as a role player,” Booker said before Friday’s home…

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