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  1. Lakers-Thunder Game 3: L.A. wins free throw contest by a lot, wins game by 3

    May 19, 2012, 3:15 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Three

    Forty-two free throws is a lot of free throw attempts. Forty-one free throws made is a lot of makes. The Lakers got one, made the other, and walked out of Staples with a win in Game 4, 99-96. We can talk about a lot of things. The way that the Lakers attacked the Thunder defensively,…

  2. Video: Russell Westbrook and Metta World Peace fight for loose ball, receive double technicals

    May 19, 2012, 3:12 AM EDT

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    Late in the second quarter of the Lakers’ Game 3 victory over the Thunder, Russell Westbrook hit the deck to secure a loose ball. Metta World Peace then attempted to reach in and grab it, hoping to get a jump-ball call from the official standing nearby. As with many physical plays involving World Peace, that’s…

  3. Sixers edge Celtics with (surprise!) balanced offense

    May 19, 2012, 1:08 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Jrue Holiday

    The Philadelphia 76ers’ 92-83 Game 4 win over the Boston Celtics may be remembered for many things: altogether brutal offensive play, defensive flurries, or even a pair of huge Andre Iguodala makes in the closing minutes of a game where points were precious. Or, more realistically, this is exactly the kind of game that might…

  4. Mike Brown emotional, angry over threats received by Steve Blake

    May 18, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    Lakers guard Steve Blake and his wife received some serious threats via Twitter after the Lakers’ Game 2 loss to Oklahoma City on Wednesday. It’s the negative part about the way social media works, where anonymous lunatics can lash out at those in the public eye without consequence. The events affected Blake and his family…

  5. Matt Bonner helps out boy who shaved Bonner’s likeness into head

    May 18, 2012, 8:12 PM EDT

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    It takes a special kind of person to get Matt Bonner’s likeness shaved into your head. First off, you have to be a redhead. And you have to be a bigger fan of Matt Bonner than anyone but his mom. And you have to have a life where you can walk around with Matt Bonner…

  6. Tim Duncan has been Roy Hibbert’s mentor

    May 18, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert, Tim Duncan

    Roy Hibbert hasn’t exactly been the Big Fundamental, but to the Heat he has been the Big Pain In The… you get the idea. Miami can’t match Hibbert’s size inside and with each game the 7’2” center grows in confidence. Last game he put up a monster line — 19 points, 18 boards and 5…

  7. Video: Kyrie Irving dresses like old man, schools some guys on playground

    May 18, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    We’ve all been beaten by “old man game,” just ask the Clippers what it’s like. But this is ridiculous. Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving teamed up with Pepsi Max to do a video where he dresses up like an old man, “Uncle Drew,” goes to the playground, gets in a game then just abuses…

  8. Is Game 3 must-win for the Lakers? Yes, yes it is.

    May 18, 2012, 3:53 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant

    One last time we can thank the lockout for the joys of a condensed schedule — the Lakers and Thunder are going to play the rare playoff back-to-back the next two nights. Which clearly favors the younger legs and better athletes of the Thunder. It’s going to be a lot harder for the Lakers to…

  9. Joakim Noah to work with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar this summer

    May 18, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Bulls' Noah shouts from the bench while they play against the 76ers during their NBA Eastern Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Philadelphia

    In recent years, a pilgrimage to Houston to work with Hakeem Olajuwon has become the Mecca of NBA players wanting to work on their post game. Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard and host of others have made the trek. But Joakim Noah is going another direction this summer — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. From Real GM:…

  10. Sixers’ season rests on matching energy, defense of Celtics

    May 18, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers  v Boston Celtics - Game One

    Boston’s veterans came out playing in another gear in Game 3, leaving the Sixers standing by the side of the road looking confused. Rajon Rondo got wherever he wanted on the court and was aggressive doing so on his way to 23 points and 14 assists. Kevin Garnett looked young and quick while Elton Brand…

  11. Larry Drew to return as Atlanta Hawks coach

    May 18, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Denver Nuggets

    It was one of the first questions for the Atlanta Hawks — what to do about GM Rick Sund and coach Larry Drew? Sund’s deal is up and Drew has a team option for next season. Looks like Drew will be back, tweets Sekou Smith of NBA.com. Hawks head coach Larry Drew has had third-year…

  12. Friday And-1 Links: Kareem still not good at “Jeopardy”

    May 18, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    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. • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar went back on a charity/celebrity Jeopardy event (after his classic flub…

  13. Andrew Bynum says Lakers know how to slow down Thunder

    May 18, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bynum drives past Oklahoma City Thunder's Perkins during Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference semi-finals in Oklahoma City

    The Los Angeles Lakers contained the Oklahoma City Thunder offense in Game 2 — Russell Westbrook shot 5-17, the Thunder shot just 42 percent as a team, they averaged just 90.6 points per 100 possessions in the game, and the Lakers slowed the game down to 85 possessions. And the Lakers still lost. That should…

  14. Miami Heat cancel Friday practice (so do Pacers)

    May 18, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    The Miami Heat will have a team meeting, which they clearly need. They will watch film from Game 3, which should turn their stomachs. However they will not take to the court for practice. And they will not meet with the media, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel and other reports. This is…

  15. Report: Patrick Ewing has “good chance” at Bobcats job

    May 18, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

    Patrick Ewing

    At some point Patrick Ewing is going to get a shot at being a head coach in the NBA. The current Magic assistant coach interviewed with the Charlotte Bobcats on Thursday and that might be the landing spot, according to Marc Berman New York Post. However, if Stan Van Gundy is out in Orlando (still…

  16. Video: LeBron James, Erik Spoelstra speak on Game 3 loss

    May 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Chalmers leave the court during their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff against Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis

    The Heat know how bad Game 3 went. They know how much trouble they are in. Whether they can do anything about that is another question. Here is what LeBron James and coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game, both basically saying they have to regroup. They do. The Heat had a team meeting Friday…

  17. Dwyane Wade’s leg injury back, that’s just one of his problems

    May 18, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    Dwyane Wade just had the worst playoff game of his career. Thursday night the Heat ran some sets just for Wade early yet he was scoreless in the first half and eventually finished the game 2-13 shooting with five turnovers to one assist. He was frustrated, which led to him jawing some at coach Erik…

  18. Blake Griffin suffers hip flexor injury to go with his collection

    May 18, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Blake Griffin’s defensive rotations have not exactly been lightning quick all season, but in Game 2 he seemed to be moving even slower while the Spurs pass the ball around like it’s a Globetrotter’s game. I assumed it was the sprained left knee he has been playing through since last series. Or the ankle he…

  19. One very large man tries to distract Garnett during free throws

    May 18, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    Well, you don’t see that every day. Thank God. Kevin Garnett was taking some third quarter free throws when one, um… ample man decided to distract Garnett with a little dance and some jelly shaking. Chris Webber notices it right away, and they brought the guy back on the TNT  broadcast later. The man is…

  20. Lakers Steve Blake gets death threats, attacks over twitter

    May 18, 2012, 8:11 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant and Blake celebrate beating Denver Nuggets at their NBA Western Conference playoff in Los Angeles

    The anonymity of the Internet can lead people to be real… jerks. (I’ll go with that on a family site.) And some people don’t need the anonymity. The Lakers Steve Blake missed a good-look three in the final seconds of Game 2 that would have given the Lakers a win in Oklahoma City. That shot…

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