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  1. Bulls management supports Tom Thibodeau’s big minutes for players like Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah

    Apr 25, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau

    Tom Thibodeau has a reputation for sensibly assessing analytics, traditional scouting and other factors to create logical basketball gameplans. The Bulls coach also has a reputation for maniacally demanding his players compete until their bodies fall apart. At first glance, Thibodeau he been nearly infallible in his third season as head coach: Year 1: Win…

  2. Your Lakers injury update. You’re going to need time to get through all of it.

    Apr 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    I strained a hamstring just watching the Lakers lose to the Spurs Wednesday night. Like Odysseus just trying to get home, the basketball gods are not done throwing obstacles in the Lakers way. And obstacles in this case are more injuries. So here is a rundown of the Lakers injuries as of postgame Wednesday night.…

  3. Spurs have little trouble with Lakers on the way to 2-0 series lead

    Apr 25, 2013, 1:35 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    The necessary adjustments the Lakers needed to make in order to have a shot in Game 2 against the Spurs were only going to work if they were able to turn in a similar defensive performance that held the Spurs to 37.6 percent shooting in Game 1 of the series. Since San Antonio used a…

  4. James Harden with tomahawk dunk (VIDEO)

    Apr 25, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard James Harden takes a defensive position against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City

    James Harden was an absolute beast Wednesday night — 36 points and 11 boards. He was aggressive and attacking his former teammates and it was almost enough to even the series. Almost. But he did create a few highlights, like this drive and tomahawk dunk. Notice how Kendrick Perkins thinks about challenging it and decides…

  5. Jeremy Lin questionable for Game 3 against Thunder after sitting second half of Game 2 with chest injury

    Apr 24, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard Lin drives against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook during their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    The Rockets battled back from a 15-point fourth quarter deficit before eventually dropping Game 2 to the Thunder, and they did so without one of their most important players. Jeremy Lin played 20 first half minutes on Wednesday, but the pain in his chest was too much to bear to return to play in the…

  6. Hawks have no answers for Pacers offense, now are down 2-0

    Apr 24, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Indiana Pacers - Game Two

    The Atlanta Hawks have a problem. Well, right now they have a lot of problems, but one is bigger than the others — they cannot stop the Indiana Pacers offense. That would be the Pacers offense that was 19th in the NBA in points per possession this past season (or if you prefer the offense…

  7. Rockets play much better, but Thunder escape with the win for a 2-0 series lead

    Apr 24, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverly drives against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    After dropping Game 1 of their first round playoff series to the top seeded Thunder by 29 points, there weren’t many who believed the Rockets would be able to compete for more than short stretches the rest of the series. But thanks to some key adjustments, Houston gave the Thunder all they could handle in…

  8. Gerald Green (on Josh Smith), Roy Hibbert have huge dunks for Pacers (VIDEOS)

    Apr 24, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

    Gerald Green

    The Pacers offense was in attack mode in the first half against the Hawks on Wednesday night and the Hawks couldn’t stop them. Which is an issue for the Hawks because the Pacers offense isn’t that good. But that’s another post for another day. Gerald Green we know can dunk and he attacked the rim…

  9. Jerry West says criticism of Mike D’Antoni “grossly unfair”

    Apr 24, 2013, 6:58 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    For a whole lot of Lakers fans (and some in the media) Mike D’Antoni has been the scapegoat for this Lakers season. Jerry West doesn’t get that. The current part owner of the Warriors went on Los Angeles radio — Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley on ESPN LA 710 radio — and said D’Antoni hasn’t…

  10. Wednesday And-1 links: Plenty of playoff injury, playing time notes

    Apr 24, 2013, 6:13 PM EDT

    BKN-BULLS-NETS

    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. Consider this the playoff injury update edition (with a few other things thrown in…

  11. Hawks need to match Pacers physicality, get out and run in Game 2

    Apr 24, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks head coach Drew talks to players at timeout during NBA first round playoff basketball game against Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis

    This series is better than you think it is. Which judging by the Internet buzz isn’t saying much. You all think this is vanilla ice cream in a cup. And not the good stuff, you think this is ice milk. This series is more entertaining than that. The Pacers with Paul George and David West…

  12. Rockets-Thunder Game 2 preview: Houston looks to adjust selfish offense after Oklahoma City rout

    Apr 24, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard James Harden directs his team against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half of their Game 1 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Every higher seed in the NBA playoffs won its first game, but none did so more impressively than the Thunder, who beat the Rockets by 29. One game doesn’t make a postseason, or even a series, but Oklahoma City’s victory is promising. Last year, the Heat led the playoffs in wins by such a margin.…

  13. Despite earlier statement, Louisville’s Russ Smith to skip NBA draft

    Apr 24, 2013, 3:41 PM EDT

    Michigan v Louisville

    Young men have the right to change their mind. Louisville guard Russ Smith has. Not long after the NCAA Tournament said he was going to pull a George Costanza and leave on a high note, walking away after the Cardinals won the NCAA title and entering the NBA draft. But now he’s changed his mind,…

  14. Lakers will try to adjust the way they attack in the post for Game 2 against Spurs

    Apr 24, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan,  Pau Gasol

    The Lakers did a lot of things right in Sunday’s loss to the Spurs in Game 1 of the playoffs, but most of that was on the defensive end of the floor. L.A. held the Spurs to just 91 points on 37.6 percent shooting, and essentially matched them in rebounds and blocked shots. Where the Lakers…

  15. Report: Brian Shaw, Mike Malone early frontrunners for 76ers coaching job

    Apr 24, 2013, 2:52 PM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    UPDATE  2:51 p.m.: Clearly the 76ers are looking at some of the league’s top assistants to fill Doug Collins’ shoes. So you can add Golden State’s Mike Malone to the list with Brian Shaw of Indiana, reports Dei Lynam at CSNPhilly.com. Both are up and coming top assistants considered bright minds who make their head coaches…

  16. Report we all expected: J.R. Smith to test free agency

    Apr 24, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    John Starks, J.R. Smith

    Strike when the iron is hot. It’s not just advice for blacksmiths; it applies to NBA free agency as well. The iron is never going to be hotter for J.R. Smith, the freshly minted NBA Sixth Man of the Year. He averaged 18.9 points per game and was one of the key reasons the Knicks…

  17. The Extra Pass: Lakers and Warriors forced to juggle lineups, Knicks do so by choice

    Apr 24, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Warriors’ starters last night – Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut, Stephen Curry, Jarrett Jack and Klay Thompson – played one minute together during the regular season. The Lakers’ Game 1 starters – Steve Blake, Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Metta World Peace – had never before shared the court. Such is life without…

  18. Marc Gasol officially named NBA Defensive Player of Year

    Apr 24, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies Marc Gasol of Spain protests a foul during Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles

    This was the right call — and it’s a call that might not have been made a decade ago. Marc Gasol was officially named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday. He was the frontrunner for the award, with LeBron James coming in second and Serge Ibaka of the Thunder in third. It’s…

  19. LeBron says nice things about Mike Brown hiring in Cleveland

    Apr 24, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    What did you expect him to say? When LeBron James was asked about his reaction to his former coach going back to his former team — Mike Brown has been hired as the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers — you knew LeBron was media savvy enough to say something supportive of the hire. So he…

  20. Have the Clippers got their December groove back?

    Apr 24, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers point guard Paul slaps hands with teammate Griffin during Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles, California

    There was a time in this NBA season, before the calendar turned to 2013, when we mentioned the Clippers in the same breath as Oklahoma City, San Antonio and even Miami. The Clippers rattled off 17 straight wins, not losing one game in December, they were defending and they looked like contenders. But then as…

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