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  1. Joakim Noah hopes to avoid foot surgery this summer

    May 17, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    Generally, the cure for plantar fasciitis is rest. As in stay off your foot for a while. Which really didn’t work for Joakim Noah in the playoffs. But now that the Bulls are eliminated there is a question about whether it is just rest and some treatment that he needs, or whether surgery is an…

  2. George Hill injury jeopardizes Pacers’ identity

    May 17, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

    George Hill, Roy Hibbert, D.J. Augustin

    The puzzle pieces have changed, but the picture of the sailboat they form has not. Under Frank Vogel, the Pacers have relied heavily on their starters. Between them, George Hill, Lance Stephenson, Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert excel in all areas of the court, offensively and defensively, and really balance each other. But…

  3. Memphis Grizzlies have new anthem: “We Don’t Bluff”

    May 17, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies fans celebrate during NBA basketball action against the Los Angeles Clippers in Memphis

    It was a throwaway line Zach Randolph said himself after a physical game early in the season against the Thunder and Kendrick Perkins, “I don’t bluff.” My first thought when I heard it was “wish I was playing poker against him.” But the line caught on to describe the them, and it’s now the chorus…

  4. Banged up Tyson Chandler says he’s “fine” for Game 6

    May 17, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game Five

    No big man is going to be battling in the paint with Roy Hibbert and the physical front line of the pacers and not get a little banged up. After the Knicks win in Game 5 center Tyson Chandler said his back and his knee were bothering him. But this isn’t the time of year…

  5. Grizzlies’ coach Hollins talks Spurs, contract with Dan Patrick (VIDEO)

    May 17, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies head coach Hollins talks with guard Allen late in the second half of Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City

    Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins is not under contract for next season. As much as the Brooklyn Nets would like to have a shot at Hollins, both sides expect he will come back to Memphis next season. Hollins talked about that on the Dan Patrick show Friday. He also talked about the San Antonio Spurs…

  6. Sale of Kings means needed front office, coaching changes

    May 17, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

    Keith Smart

    Whatever happened with the sale of the Kings, one thing was a lock — big front office changes and a coaching change were on the way. Now that the deal is done and the Kings will be staying in Sacramento, don’t expect it to be long before you see changes — Geoff Petrie and Keith…

  7. Nowitzki’s immortal one-legged fadeaway focus of new NBA Playoffs ad (VIDEO)

    May 17, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Mike Scott

    There are not a lot of iconic shots unique to players in the NBA. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Skyhook comes to mind. So does Dirk Nowitzki and the one-legged fadeaway jumper — a shot that gets big time treatment in the latest NBA playoff ad. You’ll see a lot of this one on your television…

  8. Knicks want to keep Chris Copeland this summer, but it isn’t that simple

    May 17, 2013, 11:58 AM EDT

    Chris Copeland

    If you need to know the value of Chris Copeland to the Knicks and their small-ball lineup, all you needed to do was watch Game 5 against the Pacers Thursday, when he had 13 points and four board, helping key a season-extending win for the Knicks. Even if coach Mike Woodson didn’t recognize Copeland’s value…

  9. Report: “Growing sentiment” Redick not returning to Bucks

    May 17, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Milwaukee Bucks - Game Three

    I didn’t know it could grow a lot more after J.J. Redick said he didn’t speak to his own coach during the playoffs, but I guess the sentiment he is gone from the Bucks has indeed grown. Redick is a free agent this summer that the Bucks would like to keep but has a lot…

  10. Kevin Durant says it was not a wasted year; has good perspective on hoops, life

    May 17, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Kobe Bryant said a couple years back that every year he does not win another NBA ring is a “wasted year of my life.” Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder came into this season thinking NBA title. They had made it to Game 5 of the NBA finals last season and they wanted to…

  11. Report: Hawks talk to Messina, would be first European born NBA coach

    May 17, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    CSKA Moscow's head coach Messina reacts during their Euroleague Basketball Final Four third place game against Barcelona at the O2 Arena in London

    Two seasons ago Ettore Messina was part of Mike Brown’s Los Angeles Lakers staff during the lockout season, but he left this season (good timing) to be the head coach of CSKA Moscow. Now he could be coming back to the NBA — and sitting in the big chair. The Hawks are talking to the…

  12. Warriors come back on court, Curry thanks fans after loss (VIDEO)

    May 17, 2013, 8:12 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors - Game Six

    There was a great moment in Golden State after the Spurs had eliminated the Golden State Warriors from the playoffs. As the game was winding down the fans had stayed and chanted — this is a passionate fan base long starved for much to cheer about. So the players came back out of the tunnel…

  13. Spurs ramp up defense to beat Warriors, advance to Western Conference Finals

    May 17, 2013, 2:12 AM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard

    The Warriors had a great run, but their magic ran out. In a hard fought, defense driven effort the Spurs defeated the Warriors 94-82 to advance to their 2nd consecutive Western Conference Finals. Golden State battled all night, trying to stave off elimination but simply didn’t have enough. Stephen Curry scored 22 points, but never found…

  14. Report: Deal struck to sell Kings to Sacramento group

    May 17, 2013, 1:55 AM EDT

    Kings Sale Basketball

    Just more than 24 hours after the NBA rejected a plan to move the Sacramento Kings to Seattle — essentially killing a sale of the team to a Seattle group — the Maloof family has reached a deal to sell the Kings to a Sacramento group that had put a counter offer before the league.…

  15. Warriors’ Harrison Barnes face plants, eventually leaves game with headaches (VIDEO)

    May 17, 2013, 1:12 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors - Game Six

    That hurts to watch. Golden State’s rookie Harrison Barnes was coming from the weak side to contest a Boris Diaw shot, Barnes leapt and Diaw decided to go under for the reverse. It wasn’t intentional, but the end result was Diaw undercut Barnes, took his legs out, and Barnes face planted on the hardwood. He…

  16. Small ball, no George Hill, enough for Knicks to win, stave off elimination

    May 16, 2013, 11:37 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Chris Copeland celebrates a basket in the second half with his teammate Carmelo Anthony during the Knicks' 85-75 win over the Indiana Pacers' in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series in New York

    The Knicks didn’t solve the Pacers defense Thursday night. New York made some good little runs — with George Hill out for Indiana Raymond Felton was getting into the lane and making things happen more often, plus Chris Copeland showed why he should get more run — but overall the Knicks scored a pedestrian 85…

  17. NBA Draft Combine Day 1: Not a good day for Shabazz Muhammad

    May 16, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

    UCLA v Arizona State

    Thursday and Friday in Chicago is the NBA Draft Combine, where 60 invited players — guys likely or at least in the mix to be drafted — get measured, tested, go through interviews with teams, and occasionally run drills. It’s a place where a guy can get noticed, although mostly it is just part of…

  18. George Hill out for Pacers Thursday with concussion

    May 16, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers guard Hill reacts after scoring while New York Knicks center Chandler walks behind him during the second half of an NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    George Hill — Indiana’s starting point guard who has given them 14 points a game these playoffs and is another long defender in their scheme — is out for the Pacers Thursday night in Game 5 against the Knicks due to a concussion, the team announced (via Mike Wells of the Indy Star). Hill took…

  19. PBT Extra: Heat vulnerability, how Memphis is the “it” team

    May 16, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

    Heat's Wade drives past Bulls' Gibson during the sceond quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final basketball playoff in Miami

    Time for another PBT Extra, where Kay Adams and I are talking about what the Bulls showed us about the Heat — is Miami vulnerable? How much more Dwyane Wade to they need when it comes time to face Indiana? And, Kay’s dad loves the Grizzlies these playoffs. He’s got a lot of company lately.

  20. Nerlens Noel says he hopes to be able to play around Christmas

    May 16, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

    Marshall v Kentucky

    Fans of whichever team wins the lottery next week may have to wait until Christmas to unwrap their present. Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel is the leading candidate to be the No. 1 pick in the draft. Yes, the same Noel who blew out his ACL last season. He was at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago…

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