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  1. NBA Playoff preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz

    Apr 27, 2012, 5:27 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    SEASON RECORDS
 San Antonio 50-16 (1 seed) Utah: 36-30 (8 seed) SEASON SERIES
 San Antonio won the season series 3-1 and Utah’s only win was against the Spurs on a night the Big 3 rested. Not exactly an encouraging sign for the Jazz. KEY INJURIES San Antonio: The Spurs are (gulp) healthy going into the playoffs.…

  2. PBT Playoff Preview: Thunder vs. Mavericks

    Apr 27, 2012, 2:20 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Season Records: Oklahoma City (47-19, 2 seed) vs. Dallas (38-28, 7 seed) Season Series: OKC 3-1 Offense/Defense Rankings (points per 100 possessions): Offense: OKC 107.2 (2nd in NBA) vs. DAL 101.1 (20th in NBA) Defense: OKC 100 (9th in NBA) vs. DAL 98.6 (8th in NBA) Three Key Thunder: Kevin Durant: Durant just locked up…

  3. NBA Playoff Preview: Boston vs. Atlanta

    Apr 27, 2012, 1:47 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Jeff Teague

    SEASON RECORDS Hawks: 40-26 (No. 4 seed) Celtics: 39-27 (No. 5 seed) SEASON SERIES Boston won the first two games of a three-game regular season series by a total of five points. The Hawks’ victory came when the most was on the line, however, as Atlanta upended a short-handed Celtics team last Friday to give…

  4. PBT Playoff Preview: Chicago vs. Philadelphia

    Apr 27, 2012, 1:40 AM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    SEASON RECORDS: Chicago: 50-16 (1 seed) Philadelphia: 35-31 (8 seed) SEASON SERIES: Chicago won 2-1 OFFENSE/ DEFENSE RANKINGS (points per 100 possessions): Offense: Chicago 107.4 (5th in NBA), Philadelphia 103.9 (20th in NBA) Defense: Chicago 98.3 (2nd in NBA), Philadelphia 99.2 (3rd in NBA) THREE KEY BULLS: Derrick Rose: Last season’s MVP has had an…

  5. Here is your complete NBA first round playoff schedule

    Apr 27, 2012, 12:25 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Enough with the condensed schedule and the injuries and the tanking — let’s get it on with some real basketball. Playoff basketball. If you’re not pumped for this, go listen to some Linkin Park and come back. Yea, I didn’t know Linkin park was making new music either, but there you go. So you can…

  6. Bobcats lose 23rd straight, fall to Knicks to set record for futility

    Apr 26, 2012, 11:43 PM EDT

    Knicks Bobcats Basketball

    The Charlotte Bobcats are the worst team in NBA history. Charlotte fell to the Knicks by 20 points, 104-84, on a night when the Knicks basically gave their best players a night off. On a night the Bobcats should have played with desperation, they were passive and just missed good looks. It was their 23rd…

  7. NBA Playoff preview: Indiana vs. Orlando

    Apr 26, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    George Hill, Paul George, Roy Hibbert, Danny Granger, David West

    SEASON RECORDS
 Indiana 42-24 (3 seed) Orlando: 37-29 (6 seed) SEASON SERIES
 Orlando won the season series 3-1, but all four games were played with Dwight Howard in the lineup (he had 30 points in the last meeting) and before the wheels came off the bus in Orlando. Also, all the games were before the…

  8. PBT Extra: Previewing Celtics/Hawks with Jessica Camerato

    Apr 26, 2012, 8:13 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

    Jessica Camerato, who writes about the Celtics for CSNNE.com — and who you should be following on twitter @jcameratonba — called in to the PBT Studio BatPhone and broke down Celtics vs. Hawks in the first round. (Yes, we have a BatPhone, you got a problem with that?) She discusses the Celtics health (really, the…

  9. Team USA not adding players to pool despite injuries

    Apr 26, 2012, 7:07 PM EDT

    Tyson-Chandler-and-Mike-Krzyzewski

    When USA Basketball announced the pool of players it would choose from to select who would represent the USA at the London Olympics this summer, there were 20 names. Now, there are 16 who can go. Dwight Howard (back), LaMarcus Aldridge (hip) and Chauncey Billups (Achilles) are out due to injury and surgery, while Lamar…

  10. Five reasons these are not last year’s Spurs, they are contenders

    Apr 26, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    Last season, the Spurs won 61 games, went into the playoffs as the top seed thought of as contenders, then got unceremoniously bounced in the first round because they could not handle the big, athletic front line of the Memphis Grizzlies. This season, the Spurs are again entering the playoffs as the top seed and…

  11. The one where Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol buy a race horse

    Apr 26, 2012, 5:16 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    I feel like this story should start “Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol walk into a bar…” But in reality they were walking into a charity event, and it’s not a joke. Kobe and Gasol have partnered up as part owners of a race horse. Here is the story from the Associated Press: Bryant and Gasol…

  12. David Lee becomes third Warrior to have surgery this week

    Apr 26, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Golden State Warriors

    If the Warriors are healthy next season they are going to be dangerous. But it’s a big “if.” David Lee will have surgery this week to repair a torn abdominal muscle, reports Matt Steinmetz at CSNBayArea.com. Lee had already sat about the Warriors previous seven games due to the same injury. Lee averaged 20 points…

  13. Turner admits what we all knew: Sixers prefer Bulls to Heat

    Apr 26, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

    Evan Turner, Tobias Harris

    If the Philadelphia 76ers beat a not very impressive Pistons team Thursday night in the last game of the regular season, and if the Knicks lose to the Bobcats…. Okay, that’s not happening. But in theory it could, and if both those things happen the 76ers would move into the seven seed in the East…

  14. Kobe Bryant to sit Thursday, Durant wins third scoring title

    Apr 26, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant, after dropping 32 points on Wednesday night, was likely going to win the NBA scoring title. For Kobe Bryant to catch him, the Lakers star was going to have to score 38 in a meaningless game against the Kings Thursday. Which he is not going to do because Lakers coach Mike Brown said…

  15. Video: Top 10 plays from soon to be ROY Kyrie Irving

    Apr 26, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

    Cavaliers Irving reacts to making a three point basket in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    Kyrie Irving is the run-away Rookie of the Year. There were points where we thought Ricky Rubio could be in the conversations, but really from the start Irving showed up ready and with more skill than we got to see during his injured college career. This turned out to be a great No. 1 pick…

  16. Report: Kings will listen to offers for Tyreke Evans

    Apr 26, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans, Wesley Johnson

    Tyreke Evans was the NBA Rookie of the Year, and attacking combo guard who seemed to have a bright future as an anchor for a rebuilding Sacramento Kings team. But his game has stagnated. Part of that is due to injuries (he is now healthy again), part of it is how he fits in and…

  17. Thursday And-1 links: First look at NBA playoff schedule

    Apr 26, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony and Heat's James embrace after their NBA basketball game in New York

    Here is our daily 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. • A lot of things are still up in the air, but the NBA…

  18. Winderman: Heat can’t fly under radar against Knicks

    Apr 26, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    Heat? What Heat? LeBron? LeBron who? No, the Heat have not exactly flown under the radar this season, but when you think back to the glare of last season, it sure seems that way. Until now. Until what is possibly to come next. It would be easy enough to remain somewhat off the grid if…

  19. Knicks GM wants to bring back Woodson (who dined with Isiah)

    Apr 26, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT

    IL: Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls

    While rumors are floating around that Knicks owner James Dolan will still make a big money run at Phil Jackson, the best coach for that team may well be the guy doing the job right now. And general manager Glen Grunwald — fresh off having the interim tag ripped off his title — likes the…

  20. Derrick Rose tops NBA jersey sales list, Jeremy Lin second

    Apr 26, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose celebrates after teammate Luol Deng was fouled while shooting by Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The last time a lot of people wanted to wear a Bulls jersey was… oh, yea, back when the Bobcats owner played for them. Derrick Rose has a long way to go before he is mentioned in the same breath with Michael Jordan, but he is filling in that gap in some ways. For example,…

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