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  1. NBA Draft Combine Day 1: Not a good day for Shabazz Muhammad

    May 16, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

    UCLA v Arizona State

    Thursday and Friday in Chicago is the NBA Draft Combine, where 60 invited players — guys likely or at least in the mix to be drafted — get measured, tested, go through interviews with teams, and occasionally run drills. It’s a place where a guy can get noticed, although mostly it is just part of…

  2. George Hill out for Pacers Thursday with concussion

    May 16, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers guard Hill reacts after scoring while New York Knicks center Chandler walks behind him during the second half of an NBA Eastern Conference second round playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    George Hill — Indiana’s starting point guard who has given them 14 points a game these playoffs and is another long defender in their scheme — is out for the Pacers Thursday night in Game 5 against the Knicks due to a concussion, the team announced (via Mike Wells of the Indy Star). Hill took…

  3. PBT Extra: Heat vulnerability, how Memphis is the “it” team

    May 16, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

    Heat's Wade drives past Bulls' Gibson during the sceond quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final basketball playoff in Miami

    Time for another PBT Extra, where Kay Adams and I are talking about what the Bulls showed us about the Heat — is Miami vulnerable? How much more Dwyane Wade to they need when it comes time to face Indiana? And, Kay’s dad loves the Grizzlies these playoffs. He’s got a lot of company lately.

  4. Nerlens Noel says he hopes to be able to play around Christmas

    May 16, 2013, 5:02 PM EDT

    Marshall v Kentucky

    Fans of whichever team wins the lottery next week may have to wait until Christmas to unwrap their present. Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel is the leading candidate to be the No. 1 pick in the draft. Yes, the same Noel who blew out his ACL last season. He was at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago…

  5. Preview: Knicks’ season could end against Pacers tonight

    May 16, 2013, 4:59 PM EDT

    New York's Anthony moves on Indiana's George during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis.

    The Knicks had their best regular season since 1994-95, their first scoring champion since 1984-85 and their only playoff-series victory since 20020. Their season, whether or not it sends in Game 5 against the Pacers tonight, should be viewed as a success and praised. New York overachieved, at one point playing like the best team…

  6. Dirk Nowitzki plans to take a ‘significant pay cut’ in next contract with the Mavericks

    May 16, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dirk Nowitzki has played all 15 of his NBA seasons with the Dallas Mavericks, and has amassed quite a fortune while doing so. Not counting endorsements, the 11-time All-Star has pulled in $204 million in career earnings, which puts him fifth all-time in that category in league history. As a result, when it’s time for…

  7. It’s official: Doc Rivers will return as Celtics coach

    May 16, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers looks on in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in New York

    Was there really any doubt? You didn’t really buy into the insane notion he would leave the Celtics to coach the Clippers, did you? Doc Rivers will be back to coach the Boston Celtics next season. GM Danny Ainge confirmed that to Gary Washburn the Boston Globe (via A. Sherrod Blakely at A league…

  8. Thunder enter summer with one big goal: Get healthy

    May 16, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant walks with his head down after a teammate fouled a Memphis Grizzlies player in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoffs in Oklahoma City.

    It’s this simple: If Russell Westbrook were playing the Oklahoma City Thunder would be on their way to the NBA Finals. Instead, there was disappintment as they fell in the second round to a very good Memphis Grizzlies team 4-1. This was not some blowout, Memphis was just +18 for the entire series. No game…

  9. Knicks head coach Mike Woodson says he’s ‘expecting to win’ Game 5 vs. Pacers

    May 16, 2013, 2:23 PM EDT

    Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony

    The Knicks are facing elimination Thursday night, trailing three games to one in their playoff series against the Pacers. New York hopes that returning to play at Madison Square Garden, where the team was 31-10 during the regular season, may help them snap out of their offensive funk and force a Game 6 back in…

  10. Preview: Warriors need better performances from Curry and Thompson to hold off elimination against Spurs

    May 16, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    A closeout game is always the hardest win to get in a series. This is especially true when battling on the road and even more so when that road environment is one of the most raucous in the league. The Spurs, then, have their hands full when they visit Oracle Arena in Oakland and try to…

  11. The Extra Pass: Spurs relying on lineups that aren’t working

    May 16, 2013, 1:41 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs head coach Popovich reacts during the second half of their NBA Western Conference quarterfinal playoff basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Antonio

    Of the 35 most-used lineups in the playoffs, just three have negative net ratings and belong to teams that are still playing. All three belong to the Spurs. Tony Parker–Danny Green–Kawhi Leonard–Tim Duncan–Tiago Splitter: 70 minutes Offensive rating: 103.5 Defensive rating: 108.9 Net rating: –5.4 Tony Parker-Manu Ginobili-Danny Green-Kawhi Leonard-Tim Duncan: 36 minutes Offensive rating:…

  12. Nick Young takes to Instagram to respond to sexual assault lawsuit filed against him

    May 16, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT

    Nick Young, Issiah Thomas

    Nick Young is currently facing a sexual assault lawsuit that a woman recently filed, alleging that some very ugly things occurred two years ago. It’s worth noting that this is not a criminal complaint, and we won’t jump to conclusions either way until the case is resolved. But it is unfortunate that anyone can file…

  13. LeBron says win over Bulls might have been the toughest closeout game of his career

    May 16, 2013, 12:34 PM EDT

    lebron postgame

    It’s no secret that the Bulls gave everything they had against the Heat, and that Chicago team will be remembered as one of the hardest-fighting in recent memory, especially considering all of the injuries they dealt with throughout the course of the postseason. The Heat had the utmost respect for their opponent, and couldn’t stop…

  14. Knicks might revert to their better-rebounding lineup, their small lineup

    May 16, 2013, 12:33 PM EDT

    Mike Woodson, Steve Novak, Pablo Prigioni, J.R. Smith, Kenyon Martin

    The Knicks started Kenyon Martin in place of Pablo Prigioni in Game 4 against the Pacers, an apparent attempt to match Indiana’s size. But once again, New York was torched on the glass and lost by double digits. So, Mike Woodson is looking for solutions where he’d already found them. Adam Zagoria of Asked…

  15. Nate Robinson hit LeBron in face, which became a thing on twitter (VIDEO)

    May 16, 2013, 11:44 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Five

    That was a pretty minor play in this game — in the fourth quarter the Heat were on a fast break and, as they have done all series long, the Bulls tried to go with the “Euro foul” out at midcourt before the play developed to break it up. Except, nothing is minor when Nate…

  16. Phil Jackson compares how Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant treated teammates

    May 16, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

    File photo of Lakers' Bryant yells out in the 4th quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Nuggets

    One thing that made Michael Jordan so great was his ability to make his teammates better. Like all superstars, Jordan attracted attention on the court, and that gave the Bulls’ other players room to operate. But unlike, say, Magic Johnson, Jordan didn’t necessarily excel at setting up those open teammates, at least relative to his…

  17. Report: Clippers consider keeping Vinny Del Negro

    May 16, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Denver Nuggets

    Vinny Del Negro always had one big advantage in keeping the Clippers head coaching job. And no, it wasn’t that the team won a club record 56 games this season. It’s that owner Donald Sterling likes him. A lot. That open secret is worth noting as the fate of Del Negro’s contract is in Sterling’s…

  18. Finger-giving Heat fan apologizes, says she’s distressed

    May 16, 2013, 10:50 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Remember Filomena Tobias? The woman who flipped off Joakim Noah will soon have her 15 minutes of fame run out, but she’s making one more public stand by speaking through her attorney. Via Gossip Extra: “Ms. Tobias has been a devoted Miami Heat fan for as long as she can remember, and like many other…

  19. Tony Allen gets technical foul for throwing shirt on court (VIDEO)

    May 16, 2013, 10:21 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies head coach Hollins talks with guard Allen late in the second half of Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City

    You see this move all the time — a shooter is about to take three from in front of the opposing bench so one of the players on that bench yells to try and distract the shooter. Actually, Vinny Del Negro does that pretty often, and it’s kind of embarrassing when a coach does it,…

  20. 76ers receive permission to interview Kelvin Sampson

    May 16, 2013, 10:14 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Houston Rockets

    New 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie reached out to his former bosses in Houston and received permission to interview Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson, according to John Mitchell of The (Philadelphia) Inquirer. Sampson has already interviewed with the Bobcats and Bucks, and the Pistons, another team with an opening, showed interest when they previously had an…

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