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  1. Deng not with Bulls in Miami, don’t expect Hinrich to play either

    May 15, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Luol Deng

    At this point it is the status quo, but we are passing along the news anyway. Luol Deng is back in Chicago, not with the Bulls in Miami and he will not play in the win-or-go-home Game 5 for Chicago on Wednesday, coach Tom Thibodeau said, tweets Aggrey Sam of CNSChicago.com. Kirk Hinrich is “most…

  2. Dirk Nowitzki says he’d love for the Mavs to land Dwight Howard or Chris Paul in free agency

    May 15, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

    dirk nowitzki dwight howard

    The Mavericks missed the playoffs this season for the first time in 13 years, and if we’ve learned anything from Mark Cuban over time, it’s that mediocrity in Dallas won’t be tolerated for very long at all. Dirk Nowitzki is equally competitive, and doesn’t want to spend the twilight of his career playing for a…

  3. Erik Spoelstra will have none of your Dwyane Wade bashing

    May 15, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade rouses the crowd before Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final basketball playoff against the Chicago Bulls in Miami

    Dwyane Wade has not looked like himself these playoffs. The aggressive guard who we remember weaving through defenders like a shifty running back has become a straight-line driver who will resort to a pull-up jumper if you get in his way. His right knee is clearly bothering him. A lot. It hasn’t stopped the Heat…

  4. J.R. Smith tries to take blame for Knicks loss to Pacers

    May 15, 2013, 10:28 AM EDT

    J.R. Smith, Lance Stephenson

    One man does not win or lose an NBA playoff series. But J.R. Smith’s shooting woes — 7-of-22 in the Knicks Game 4 loss Tuesday night — are symptomatic of the Knicks problems in this series. Indiana is a good defensive team that has taken away the Knicks first option (Carmelo Anthony is not efficent…

  5. Eric Gordon played through bone spurs second half of season

    May 15, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    Eric Gordon missed the first 29 games of the season, skipping out of New Orleans to rehab his knee (following surgery) back in Los Angeles. That didn’t sit well with then Hornets/now Pelicans fans. When he did return, he was on a minutes/games restriction (for example, no back-to-backs until the very end of the season)…

  6. Pistons take next step with Brian Shaw

    May 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    Phil Jackson very clearly wanted Brian Shaw to become an NBA head coach in 2011. Two years later, the process of Jackson getting Shaw a head job is still very slowly moving forward. Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News two weeks ago: The Pistons have targeted a bevy of names to bring in, from former…

  7. Kawhi Leonard puts Harrison Barnes on a poster (VIDEO)

    May 15, 2013, 2:04 AM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard

    Kawhi Leonard isn’t a flashy player. In fact, the next time you see him make a fuss about anything on the floor or try to draw attention to himself will be the first time. Most of the time you see him doing the little things that make the Spurs offense work the way it needs…

  8. Tony Parker’s big game leads Spurs to game 5 victory over Warriors

    May 15, 2013, 1:03 AM EDT

    Spurs guard Parker drives on Warriors forward Barnes and guard Curry during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    One thing this series hasn’t had is a blowout. Game 5 changed that as the Spurs turned up their defensive pressure and got some key performances from some role players to rout the Warriors 109-91 and get within a game of advancing to the conference finals for the 2nd straight season. The star of the…

  9. Woman files sexual assault lawsuit against Nick Young

    May 15, 2013, 12:57 AM EDT

    Nick Young shirt

    A woman has filed a civil lawsuit in Los Angeles against recent Sixer and now free agent Nick Young, claiming the guard met the woman at a bar, drugged and raped her two years ago, reports CBS 2 in Los Angeles and TMZ (via CSNPhilly.com). The woman is seeking unspecified damages. This is not a criminal…

  10. C.J. Leslie will skip NBA Combine basketball drills due to minor injury

    May 14, 2013, 10:59 PM EDT

    Temple v North Carolina State

    North Carolina State’s C.J. Leslie – ESPN’s No. 47 NBA Draft prospect and DraftExpress’ No. 33 NBA Draft prospect – won’t participate in basketball drills at the NBA Combine due to a “minor sprained shooting hand,” according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: Leslie will participate in some athletic testing and interviews with team executives.…

  11. Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri not happy with Andre Iguodala’s All-Defensive team snub

    May 14, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets' Iguodala drives past Golden State Warriors' Curry during their NBA Western Conference quarter-final basketball playoff in Denver

    Andre Iguodala said politics were to blame for his being left off both the first and second All-Defensive teams this year. The reigning Executive of the Year, Nuggets VP of basketball operations Masai Ujiri, took it a step further. From Ben Hochman of the Denver Post: “It’s mind-boggling to me,” Ujiri said in a statement…

  12. Knicks predictably drop Game 4 to Pacers, fall behind 3-1

    May 14, 2013, 10:28 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    George Hill tried to call timeout as he was falling out of bounds, but the official didn’t realize and instead called a foul Amar’e Stoudemire, who protested to no avail. Sorry, Knicks, nobody is stopping this runaway series – at least not since Frank Vogel made that mistake in Game 2. The Pacers beat New…

  13. PBT NBA Draft Preview: Has Shabazz Muhammad slid into a real value pick?

    May 14, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

    Shabazz Muhammad

    For the next five weeks PBT will be profiling likely first-round draft picks in the upcoming NBA Draft. Tonight we look at UCLA’s star from last season. If you looked at the early 2013 NBA draft projections that came out right after the 2012 draft, Shabazz Muhammad was in everybody’s top three. He was the…

  14. Preview: Knicks can shoot their way out of 2-1 hole to Pacers

    May 14, 2013, 7:04 PM EDT

    Knicks forward Anthony gets past Indiana Pacers forward George during the second half of an NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    The Knicks have fundamental problems against the Pacers, primarily rebounding. It’s virtually impossible for New York to re-invent itself this deep into the playoffs, and consequently, a big and physical Indiana team will likely continue holding an advantage on the glass. But that doesn’t mean the Knicks are doomed, and there’s a simple way form…

  15. New Sixers GM Hinkie says Bynum just another free agent

    May 14, 2013, 6:53 PM EDT

    Sam-Hinkie_headshot_rd

    Don’t throw good money after bad. It is good advice in Las Vegas — you’re not going to win that money back on one big roulette bet — and it’s good advice for NBA general managers. Who do their fair share of gambling. Like pushing all your chips in on Andrew Bynum last summer. New…

  16. Shumpert to play Tuesday for Knicks after MRI shows no structural damage

    May 14, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    It’s all good for Iman Shumpert. Or at least good enough for him to play in a crucial Game 4 for the Knicks Tuesday night. After getting an MRI and having the orthopedic surgeon who did the surgery on Shumpert’s left knee take a look at everything, there is no structural damage, reports the New…

  17. Pau Gasol confirms he won’t play for Spanish national team at Eurobasket this summer

    May 14, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

    Olympics Day 4 - Basketball

    After undergoing a procedure in both knees just last week, and with an announced recovery time of three months before he could return to basketball-related activities, most weren’t expecting Pau Gasol to be ready in time to join the Spanish national team for Eurobasket this summer. On Tuesday, Gasol confirmed it by posting an open…

  18. PBT Extra: Talking healthy Bulls, bright future in Memphis

    May 14, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 5

    Monday night’s Heat win in Chicago wasn’t fun for anyone. Not Bulls fans, obviously, who really had nothing to cheer for after the team opened the game 1-of-12 shooting. Heat fans will take the win but it wasn’t pretty, and for those of us who are just fans of the game that wasn’t enjoyable to…

  19. Amir Johnson does not have a second career in baseball waiting

    May 14, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays

    Is this worse than John Wall’s epic first pitch? (To be fair, he got better the next time.) I think not this so because as bad as Amir Johnson‘s first pitch was — and you can see in the video above, it was terrible — he redeems himself by asking for a do-over, then launching…

  20. Judge sets June trial for Kobe, his mom, to argue about stuff he left in his room

    May 14, 2013, 2:52 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Vanessa Bryant

    UPDATE 2:52 pm: So we get to hear about this for another month. Lucky us. Tuesday a judge set a June 17 trial date for deciding whether Kobe Bryant‘s mother can auction off some Kobe memorabilia in her possession. The judge also the two sides to sit down and try to come to an agreement…

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