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  1. Chris Paul with crazy game winner to put Clippers up 2-0 (VIDEO)

    Apr 23, 2013, 2:05 AM EDT

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    Chris Paul is a superstar. That right there is why you have superstars on your team. Paul got the ball out high with :13 seconds left in a tie game , had a very good and physical defender on him in Tony Allen, drove and was physical right back, got away with a pushoff but…

  2. Joakim Noah’s heart lifts Bulls to ugly win over Nets

    Apr 22, 2013, 11:49 PM EDT

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    Joakim Noah pushed Kris Humphries in the back, positioned himself between Humphries and C.J. Watson for a rebound and lunged out of bounds to save the ball as it took a sharp carom across the baseline. Noah’s heave was headed out of bounds on the sideline, but Kirk Hinrich jumped to save the ball, making…

  3. Kobe Bryant says he’s done tweeting during Lakers’ games

    Apr 22, 2013, 9:23 PM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant doesn’t want his tweeting to be a story. And it was — they were putting his tweets up on the broadcast during the game. Players and Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni were asked about Kobe’s comments after the game. (And before you tell me this was a “media driven” story, we have done just…

  4. Nets-Bulls Game 2 preview: Joakim Noah to play more

    Apr 22, 2013, 7:59 PM EDT

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    After hobbling through 13 minutes in a Game 1 loss to the Nets and taking one off day, Bulls center Joakim Noah (plantar fasciitis) is apparently ready for a bigger role. Noah will start Game 2 tonight and play 20 to 25 minutes, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Larger contributions from Noah…

  5. Report: Marc Gasol to win Defensive Player of the Year

    Apr 22, 2013, 7:26 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Houston Rockets

    Marc Gasol will be named Defensive Player of the Year, according to Chris Vernon of 92.9 FM ESPN in Memphis. The Grizzlies center – who averaged 7.8 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals per game – isn’t a typical recipient of this award. Only 1987 winner Michael Cooper had lower per-game averages in all three…

  6. Roy Hibbert and David Lee exchange pleasantries while declaring dislike for each other

    Apr 22, 2013, 6:58 PM EDT

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    Roy Hibbert and David Lee fought during a Pacers-Warriors game in February, and in the aftermath, Hibbert apologized. To be clear, Hibbert apologized “to the fans that were sitting courtside.” You can watch that video again just to be sure, but Hibbert did not apologize to Lee. Hibbert even took Lee’s season-ending hip injury as…

  7. Suns part ways with GM Lance Blanks

    Apr 22, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

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    The Suns have parted ways with GM Lance Blanks, the team announced on Monday via official release. The move doesn’t come as a huge surprise, considering that president of basketball operations Lon Babby was just given a two-year contract extension, and some organizational changes were obviously necessary in the wake of the dismal 25-57 season…

  8. James Harden: 29-point loss to Thunder ‘was definitely good for us’

    Apr 22, 2013, 6:26 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.

    A 120-91 loss to the Thunder in Game 1? No problem for the Rockets, says James Harden. “Losing like this was definitely good for us,” Harden said. ”Now, we know how to play. It’s a lot of guys’ first time here, even in the playoffs.” Call me crazy, but I think Game 1 was better…

  9. LeBron James makes bold statement that should scare opponents

    Apr 22, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

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    The Heat beat Milwaukee 110-87 in Game 1, only their second win by such a wide margin over a playoff team since the season began – and the other came way back in early November. Miami was clicking on all cylinders yesterday, clearly locked in for a long playoff run. It barely seemed fair how…

  10. PBT Extra: Talking first weekend of NBA playoffs, Kobe’s tweets

    Apr 22, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

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    Honestly, I’m not sure how Kobe Bryant tweeting during the Lakers Game 1 loss to the Spurs became a story, but it did. Kobe’s says he’s going to shut down the in-game tweets, but as part of our discussion on PBT Extra Kay Adams and I talk about Kobe tweeting (she likes it) and the…

  11. David Lee played through back pain last two weeks, did that impact hip?

    Apr 22, 2013, 5:16 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game One

    David Lee had the NBA’s longest active streak of regular season games played without a playoff appearance (577) — until Saturday night. He started his first playoff game, suited up for the Warriors against the Nuggets. He lasted three quarters, at the start of the fourth he took an awkward step and ended up tearing…

  12. It’s official: J.R. Smith is NBA Sixth Man of the Year

    Apr 22, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

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    The Knicks have the NBA’s scoring champion at forward in Carmelo Anthony. Now they have the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, too. As we told you would happen earlier in the day, the New York’s J.R. Smith has been named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year. His strong end of the season —…

  13. Grizzlies need to control the boards, increase the pace to bounce back in Game 2 against Clippers

    Apr 22, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

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    LOS ANGELES — After the Clippers took Game 1 from the Grizzlies by dominating the glass, that was the area that Memphis seemed most focused on improving for the next game of the series and beyond. Being on the wrong end of a 47-23 rebounding margin will do that. But it wasn’t the big men…

  14. How the KKK helped Earl “The Pearl” Monroe become a Knicks legend (and not a Pacer)

    Apr 22, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

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    If you talk about players I love to watch old footage of on YouTube, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe is near the top of the list. He had smooth one-on-one moves with a playground feel to his game that was very entertaining. He was a perfect fit in New York. Monroe has a new book coming…

  15. Mike D’Antoni talks Lakers offense, Kobe tweets

    Apr 22, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

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    The guy many Lakers fans seem to want to blame for all the Lakers woes this year — head coach Mike D’Antoni — went on the Dan Patrick show this morning. They talked about Lakers’ loss to the Spurs in Game 1 and what needs to change for them going through the rest of the…

  16. Chris Paul sounds like he’ll be a Clipper next year, but Bledsoe will not

    Apr 22, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

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    Nobody expects Chris Paul to leave the Clippers. It will become a sports talk radio thing in some cities as we move closer to July 1 when he becomes a free agent, but everybody knows he’s going to re-sign with the Clippers. He may ask for changes around the organization to go with his new…

  17. Allen Iverson’s friends are worried about him

    Apr 22, 2013, 12:40 PM EDT

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    There are still a lot of Allen Iverson fans out there, he remains an icon. There also are still a lot of people in the game who care about him. And they are worried about him. For the people who tweet me every time I write on Iverson and ask “why isn’t he back in…

  18. Kobe Bryant sits at home, but his tweets become the story

    Apr 22, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT

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    Even 1,300 miles away lying in bed, Kobe Bryant was still the story for the Lakers Sunday. Kobe watched the game just like you did… well, his house is bigger than yours and he had more painkillers in his system than you did (probably). But he watched it on television (recovering from a ruptured Achilles…

  19. Reports: Knicks’ J.R. Smith to be named Sixth Man of Year

    Apr 22, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

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    While there were some other deserving candidates out the there — we’re looking at you, Jarrett Jack — the race for NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year was essentially a two man race. One that the Knicks J.R. Smith has apparently won. It will not be official until later on Monday afternoon but multiple reports…

  20. Bad trend for Boston: Knicks’ veteran bench mattered, Celtics’ didn’t

    Apr 22, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Tyson Chandler, looking rusty after missing a lot of time with a bulging disc in his neck, wasn’t himself. The New York Knicks count on him to be a defensive force that owns the paint and get a few points off pick-and-rolls, but he wasn’t really doing either. So Mike Woodson turned to his bench…

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