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  1. PBT Extra: Eastern Conference playoffs preview

    Apr 18, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    Kings Heat Basketball

    You’re getting a double dose of Kay Adams, myself and PBT Extra today — we take a quick look at the first round playoff matches in each conference. We start in the East, where Miami advancing to the second round is as close to a lock as you can get, and the Pacers should smother…

  2. Report: Mike Brown returning to Cavaliers? It could happen.

    Apr 18, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Three years ago, the Cleveland Cavaliers fired Mike Brown after back-to-back 60-win seasons in one of the series of desperate moves they made to convince LeBron James not to leave the Cavaliers. Now they may be bringing Brown back. Thursday the Cavaliers fired Byron Scott after three seasons where the talent and defense never seemed…

  3. Marcin Gortat says lack of character in younger players a big problem for the Suns

    Apr 18, 2013, 6:12 PM EDT

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    PHOENIX — Marcin Gortat was among the veteran Suns players who weren’t at all happy with the way this season went in Phoenix. Along with Goran Dragic and Jared Dudley, Gortat is a holdover from better times the team experienced while playing with the likes of Steve Nash and Grant Hill, two of the game’s…

  4. Joakim Noah’s still hurting foot could be key to Bulls/Nets

    Apr 18, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    The Chicago Bulls are a trendy upset pick over the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs (if the five seed beating the four is really an upset). The theory goes that the size of the Bulls front line — Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson — can protect the paint and the…

  5. NBA announces anti-flopping rules for the playoffs

    Apr 18, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

    Reggie Evans; Amir Johnson

    The NBA instituted an anti-flopping policy at the beginning of the season aimed at cutting down the amount of acting players do to garner the favor of the officials. The punishments for violating the league’s rules against flopping were extremely minor, with a player getting a warning for a first offense, followed by a $5,000…

  6. It’s official: The New Orleans Pelicans live. So long Hornets.

    Apr 18, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT

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    Log on to the old New Orleans Hornets Web site today and you are redirected to a new site with a dramatic change: As of today, they are the New Orleans Pelicans. The change was announced earlier this season to mixed reviews — people in New Orleans seemed to like it while people outside the…

  7. O.J. Mayo opts to become a free agent this summer

    Apr 18, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

    John Salmons, O.J. Mayo

    Squeezed by the market last off-season, O.J. Mayo signed relatively modest two-year contract containing a player option for the second season with the Mavericks last summer in order to rehabilitate his stock, and that’s what he did. After a much more successful season than his previous two, Mayo has declined his player option for just…

  8. In shock to nobody, Lawrence Frank fired in Detroit

    Apr 18, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

    Lawrence Frank

    I officially got off the “Lawrence Frank knows how to build a team” train earlier this season, when Andre Drummond was showing real promise but was being held back so Jason Maxiell could get more minutes. Despite what owner Tom Gores thought, this was not a playoff team, it was a team that needed to…

  9. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks

    Apr 18, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    SEASON RECORDS New York:54-28, second seed in East Boston: 41-40, seven seed in East (the odd number of games is due to the cancelled one the day after the Boston Marathon tragedy, it did not impact the standings) SEASON SERIES The Knicks won the regular season 3-1, but both these teams went through seasons within…

  10. As owners meet in New York, Stern says vote on Kings fate weeks away

    Apr 18, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner David Stern listens at a news conference before the All Star slam dunk competition during the NBA basketball All-Star weekend in Houston

    Over the next two days in Manhattan — in between expensive dinners and reports on the NBA’s efforts to get a marketing foothold in India — the owners are going to hash out the fate of the Sacramento Kings. In a lot of detail. But they will not vote on it. We’ve told you about…

  11. Byron Scott fired as coach of Cleveland Cavaliers

    Apr 18, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    Byron Scott, Tristan Thompson

    This had been a hot rumor the final weeks of the season, and now apparently it has come to pass. The Cleveland Cavaliers have fired Byron Scott as coach, reports the well-connected Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal (since confirmed by multiple sources). Owner Dan Gilbert has been unhappy with the Cavs’ lack of defensive…

  12. It’s official, Doug Collins out as 76ers head coach

    Apr 18, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Doug Collins

    This isn’t a surprise. Not to you — we told you this was coming a week ago. And not to the Sixers organization — coach Doug Collins said he let the organization know his plans just after Christmas. But now it is official — Doug Collins has resigned as the head coach of the Philadelphia…

  13. Report: Lawrence Frank tells Pistons “pick up my extension or let me go”

    Apr 18, 2013, 10:21 AM EDT

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

    Lawrence Frank job as the Pistons coach was already in trouble. There were serious questions about whether Frank the right guy to coach a developing team. The Pistons owner said he expected to make the playoffs this season and what he got instead was a 29-win season. Which followed a 25-win season. And while this…

  14. Lakers GM Kupchak makes it clear: D’Antoni will be back next season

    Apr 18, 2013, 9:31 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni chats to Pau Gasol of Spain and Dwight Howard during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Bad news for those Lakers fans who have chosen to scapegoat coach Mike D’Antoni for the Lakers disappointing season: He’s going to be back next season. That’s not my opinion, that comes straight from Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, speaking to the Los Angeles Times. “Yeah, he’s back. I think he’s done a great job,” Kupchak…

  15. Who can knock off Miami? NBA playoff power rankings

    Apr 18, 2013, 8:49 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Tim Duncan

    If you want to hold the Larry O’Brien trophy — the one that goes to the NBA champions each June — you’re going to have to pry it out of Miami’s cold, dead hands. Good luck. They are the defending champs. They had the best regular season record in the NBA despite coasting to start…

  16. Stephen Curry breaks Ray Allen’s record for most threes in a season (VIDEO)

    Apr 18, 2013, 8:19 AM EDT

    Stephen Curry, Jarrett Jack

    His ankles finally healthy, Stephen Curry has proven not only to be as good a pure shooter as there is in the game, but maybe one of the best ever. With the two threes above, Curry tied then broke Ray Allen‘s record for most three pointers in a season. Curry finished the season with 272…

  17. Set your DVRs: The complete NBA playoff first round schedule

    Apr 18, 2013, 2:56 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard

    It is time to get serious. Finally. No more guys sitting out with “injuries” that exist only so David Stern won’t fine teams for resting players. No more talk of real injuries that actually have wrecked some of the fun of the season. No more Derrick Rose talk… oh, I guess that doesn’t end. But…

  18. Lakers get in, earn seven seed with overtime win over Rockets

    Apr 18, 2013, 2:48 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers had made the playoffs before they even tipped off against the Rockets on Wednesday, thanks to the Jazz losing in Memphis earlier in the evening. The only question for L.A. was whether they’d finish as the seven or eight seed, with the seven being preferable since it would mean avoiding a first round…

  19. Three Stars of the Night whose seasons are over

    Apr 18, 2013, 2:23 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Miami Heat

    Pau Gasol (17 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists), John Henson (28 points and 16 rebounds), Zach Randolph (25 points and 19 rebounds), Chris Paul (25 points, 11 assists and no turnovers) and Gerald Green (34 points) will have at least a chance to make their mark in the playoffs, but we’re honoring three players…

  20. Denver wins, earns West No. 3 seed; Clippers get home court

    Apr 18, 2013, 2:03 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    While everybody was watching the overtime drama to see how the bottom half of the Western Conference would play out, there were a lot of questions in the middle of the conference as well: Could Denver hold on to the three seed? Could the Clippers hold off the Grizzlies and have home court in the…

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