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  1. 81 games into season, Carlesimo says Blatche not in shape

    Apr 16, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets

    Andre Blatche is having the best season of his career — sure, he’s scored more than his 10.1 points a game but he has been an efficient center off the bench for the Nets behind Brook Lopez. Look at it this way, his PER jumped from a “maybe he should be in the D-League” 10.7…

  2. As expected, UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad declares for draft

    Apr 16, 2013, 12:58 PM EDT

    Shabazz Muhammad

    While his stock has fallen in the last few months — he’s gone from a guy considered in the top three to a guy DraftExpress has going No. 9 overall right now — this was still expected. UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad has declared for the NBA draft, the school announced on Tuesday. “I am so thankful…

  3. What both games Tuesday mean for playoff seedings

    Apr 16, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro, Matt Barnes, Lamar Odom, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin

    It’s a slow night in the NBA, made a little bit slower by the fact the league has rightfully cancelled Indiana’s game in Boston Tuesday night in the wake of the tragedy at the end of the Boston Marathon. But that game wouldn’t impact the standings — the Pacers are locked in as the three…

  4. Pistons owner says he expects playoffs next year; quiet on Dumars, Frank

    Apr 16, 2013, 11:46 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons head coach Frank talks with Pistons players during their NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Auburn Hills

    It’s not hard to see some serious potential in Detroit — rookie Andre Drummond is the real deal and paired with Greg Monroe could form the best front line in basketball in a couple years. Add in some young backcourt guys like Brandon Knight and Kyle Singler who could have a role, and you’ve got…

  5. Rick Carlisle rips O.J. Mayo’s inconsistent performances

    Apr 16, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

    O.J. Mayo

    With Dirk Nowitzki out at the start of the season, a lot of responsibility fell on the shoulders of O.J. Mayo in Dallas. Faced with that he put up 16.4 points a game on 46.2 percent shooting overall and 41.6 percent from three (both percentages a career best). Not bad. But he was still O.J.…

  6. Harrison Barnes, Dion Waiters threw down huge dunks Monday (VIDEO)

    Apr 16, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Harrison Barnes, Nando de Colo

    There were a couple of monster dunks on Monday we thought you’d enjoy. Above, that is Harrison Barnes (who we know can throw down) driving and then throwing it down over the Spurs Aron Baynes. I want Barnes to enter the dunk contest next year, then see if he can get some big man to just…

  7. Jeremy Lin wants Rockets to finish strong no matter the team’s place in the standings

    Apr 16, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin, James Harden

    PHOENIX — The Rockets aren’t overly concerned with playoff seeding as they look ahead to their final game of the regular season, and maybe that’s a good thing considering the hit the team took on the chin from the Suns in Phoenix on Monday. Houston was unable to match the intensity of their opponent from…

  8. Ty Lawson drains game winning pull-up jumper to beat Bucks (VIDEO)

    Apr 16, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

    Ty Lawson

    In the playoffs, there will be situations late in games (or sometimes just late in the shot clock on a regular possession) where you just need a guy to create a shot and make it happen for you. That is why the Nuggets need a healthy Ty Lawson to be dangerous in the playoffs. Lawson…

  9. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Jazz win keeps playoff dream alive

    Apr 16, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    Al Jefferson, Ricky Rubio, Greg Stiemsma

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching the news out of Boston with horror and yet were reminded of the heroism of both first responders and everyday Americans who did what they could to help…. Jazz 96, Timberwolves 80: Utah needed to win to keep its playoffs hopes…

  10. Playoff seeding roundup: Jazz win means playoff race will go to final games on final day

    Apr 16, 2013, 2:02 AM EDT

    Paul Millsap, Randy Foye, Derrick Favors, Marvin Williams

    We’re going to be talking about who gets in the playoffs — and what seed they are going to be —down to the final games on the final day of the regular season. It’s all because on Monday night the Utah Jazz beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, the struggling Suns upset the Rockets, and Golden State…

  11. Three Stars of the Night: Give me your Point Guards

    Apr 16, 2013, 1:29 AM EDT

    Stephen Curry

    I’m a sucker for point guards. The guys who can balance scoring and dishing; who can control the game’s flow like they do the ball in their hands. Tonight there were several worthy performances of making out list, including fantastic nights from Kevin Durant, Luis Scola, Gerald Henderson, and Greg Monroe. But, tonight, I’m going…

  12. NBA players react, express concern after marathon tragedy in Boston

    Apr 15, 2013, 11:02 PM EDT

    A runner and race officials react to an explosion during the Boston Marathon

    Just like you and me, NBA players were horrified and sickened by what happened in Boston Monday when bombs were planted and went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. The blasts left three dead (one an 8-year-old child) and more than 100 injured. A lot of NBA players took to twitter to…

  13. PBT Extra: Lakers adapt to playing without Kobe… for a while

    Apr 15, 2013, 9:07 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Today on PBT Extra Kay Adams and I talking the big story in the NBA — Kobe Bryant and his torn Achilles injury. We talk about when he could come back and the silly idea that Mike D’Antoni’s playing time is the reason for this. If you think anybody other than Kobe himself was in…

  14. NBA cancels Tuesday night Celtics’ game in Boston in wake of marathon tragedy

    Apr 15, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

    Runners continue to run towards the finish line as an explosion erupts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon

    This is simply the right thing to do. The NBA has cancelled the Indiana Pacers visit to the TD Garden in Boston scheduled for Tuesday night in the wake of the terrible tragedy Monday at the Boston Marathon. The game will not be replayed at a later date. This game will not impact the final…

  15. NBA Power Rankings: Heat end rankings where they ended last season

    Apr 15, 2013, 7:43 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Mike Miller, Mario Chalmers

    For the final power rankings of the year my criteria are simple: Who do I think is most likely to win a seven game series between the teams right now. It is essentially a playoff rankings. 1. Heat (64-16, last week ranked No. 1). For a couple games this week the Heat rolled out their…

  16. Duncan, Parker, Leonard out for Spurs Monday vs. Warriors

    Apr 15, 2013, 7:14 PM EDT

    Tony Parker, Tim Duncan

    How important is getting the No. 1 overall seed to Spurs coach Gregg Popovich? “No team would turn it down, but it’s not necessary to win a championship,” Popovich said Sunday before his team went out and lost to the Lakers. “Teams win championships with the best record, with not the best record. If you’re…

  17. No fracture, just sprain for Nuggets’ Faried. He’s out at least two games.

    Apr 15, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT

    Kenneth Faried

    This is good news, but that doesn’t mean we’re going to see Kenneth Faried back on the court soon. It looked a lot worse, but the MRI did not find broken bones, the Nuggets announced. #Nuggets F @KennethFaried35 had MRI today on left ankle. No fracture. Sprain of anterior talofibular ligament. Will miss next 2…

  18. Knicks to sit Anthony, Chandler Martin Monday night

    Apr 15, 2013, 3:38 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    With nothing left to play for — the Knicks have locked up the second seed in the East and will face the Celtics in the first round of the playoffs starting this weekend — some key players are going to get rest. Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler and Kenyon Martin will all be out for the…

  19. Otto Porter leaving Georgetown for NBA Draft

    Apr 15, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast v Georgetown

    Otto Porter is the latest player to declare for the NBA Draft, leaving Georgetown with two years of eligibility remaining. Porter makes a strong case for the No. 2 pick behind Nerlens Noel, but Evan Turner might hurt Porter’s case. Turner was also a do-it-all college player who lacked elite athleticism, and that deficiency has…

  20. Solomon Jones: Knicks starter by night, free-agent-to-be by day

    Apr 15, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

    Iman Shumpert, Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony, Solomon Jones

    The Knicks started Solomon Jones yesterday. Today, they waived him. Jones played just two game with New York, but he will go down in Knicks history, according to Adam Reisinger: Solomon Jones finishes his stint in NY with the worst PER in Knicks history (minimum 15 minutes played): -5.7 Why would the Knicks do this?…

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