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  1. Rip Hamilton: “I was just dumbfounded at the situation”

    May 16, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah, Richard Hamilton

    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was looking for answers. No Derrick Rose, no Luol Deng, no consistent offense, he needed points. He finally got some Wednesday night from Richard Hamilton (but you can call him Rip) — 15 points in 35 minutes. He was a team best +12 on the night. The veteran who had been…

  2. Lindsey Hunter interviews with Suns’ new GM for team’s head coaching job

    May 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Lindsey Hunter, Michael Beasley

    When the Phoenix Suns formally introduced Ryan McDonough as their new GM last week, he made it known that hiring a head coach was at the very top of his list of priorities. It didn’t seem as though interim head coach Lindsey Hunter, who guided the team to just a 12-29 record, would be strongly…

  3. Grizzlies advance to Conference finals for first time in team history after Game 5 win over Thunder

    May 16, 2013, 1:54 AM 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.

    The Memphis Grizzlies have punched a ticket to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history, thanks to closing out the Thunder 88-84 with a Game 5 victory in Oklahoma City. The Thunder were going to need a superstar performance out of Kevin Durant in order to extend this series, and just…

  4. Tayshaun Prince dunks on pretty much half the Thunder (VIDEO)

    May 16, 2013, 1:38 AM EDT

    Tayshaun Prince, Reggie Jackson

    Tayshaun Prince was channeling his 2004 self all of a sudden on Thursday night for a play (actually, for a lot of this series), running baseline-to-baseline on this play, getting out on the fast break and just throwing it down over Reggie Jackson and Serge Ibaka and it felt like half the Thunder. That is aggressive.…

  5. Feisty Bulls refuse to go quietly, but Heat comeback closes out series

    May 15, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT

    Heat's James drives past Bulls' Joakim Noah during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final basketball playoff in Miam

    You knew the Bulls were not just going concede the series to the Heat. Well, maybe you didn’t think that when Miami raced out to a 22-4 lead to open Game 5 Wednesday, but these Bulls quit as often as a T-1000 Terminator. All playoffs they have had reasons to give up because of injuries,…

  6. Norris Cole with the huge dunk down the lane in Heat’s Game 5 win over Bulls (VIDEO)

    May 15, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

    Heat's Cole celebrates after scoring the go ahead basket against the Bulls during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final basketball playoff in Miami

    The Heat eliminated the Bulls from the playoffs in Game 5 not only because they’re by far the better (and healthier) team, but also because they can get random big plays from just about anyone on the roster. This drive and dunk from Norris Cole that he threw down midway through the fourth quarter was…

  7. Nate McMillan interviews with Hawks for head coaching job

    May 15, 2013, 9:57 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Nate McMillan interviewed with the Atlanta Hawks for their head coaching job on Wednesday, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. McMillan has also interviewed with the Bucks and the Pistons, and remains in the running for each of those vacant positions, as well. The Hawks still have their current head coach…

  8. Seattle group releases statement; forced to wait, hope for expansion

    May 15, 2013, 8:42 PM EDT

    Seattle skyline

    It hurt. For the second time in five years the NBA fans of Seattle feel like they had a team ripped away from them. This time it came when the NBA’s Board of Governors voted to reject the relocation of the Kings to Seattle. That essentially killed the bid of the Chris Hansen/Steve Ballmer group…

  9. Tim Duncan shoves Richard Jefferson, then stares him down (VIDEO)

    May 15, 2013, 8:18 PM EDT

    tim duncan richard jefferson spurs

    In a rare show of an emotion other than being incredulous at every foul call that has ever gone against him, Tim Duncan gave Richard Jefferson a solid shove to claim the courtside traction pad at some point during Game 5, and then sat on the scorer’s table to stare him down afterward. This probably…

  10. Owners vote to officially reject relocation of Kings to Seattle

    May 15, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT

    Kings Sale Basketball

    This was the expected outcome after a committee of owners unanimously recommended to kill the move — and while Seattle upped their bid to try and buy the team, it was not enough. The NBA owners voted Wednesday to reject an application to move the Kings to Seattle, something announced by NBA Commissioner David Stern.…

  11. Knicks curiously move away from using two point guards

    May 15, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics - Game Six

    With Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni at their disposal, the Knicks successfully implemented sets during the regular season that took advantage of having two point guards on the floor. Still, New York used one or fewer point guard more often than not. With at least two point guards: +264 in 43 percent minutes…

  12. Poetry corner at PBT: “Where are you Derrick Rose?”

    May 15, 2013, 5:48 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose takes a break on the bench during the warm up before the team's NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Chicago

    As the Bulls get eliminated from the playoffs Wednesday night (sorry Bulls fans, but you know it’s coming), we bring you this bit of poetry — in a video form. Because we know you’re not actually going to read poetry. You hated it in high school/college and you’re not going start reading it now. Not…

  13. Why do the Knicks keep playing Jason Kidd?

    May 15, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT

    D.J. Augustin, Jason Kidd

    Jason Kidd has scored exceptionally during the playoffs. There are many ways to evaluate scoring, but here’s how five players rank by one measure: Jason Kidd: 73 Carmelo Anthony: 24 Stephen Curry: 23 Kevin Durant: 21 LeBron James: 17 That’s how many points each player has scored during the 2013 playoffs, as a percentage of…

  14. Mike Woodson on Knicks struggles: “Blame it on me”

    May 15, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    J.R. Smith did the manly thing and said to blame him for the Knicks struggles against the Pacers. And certainly his shooting slump (exacerbated by the Pacers stout defense) isn’t helping matters. But Mike Woodson is a stand up coach; he’s not going to let the Sixth Man of the Year throw himself under the…

  15. Who is more likely to force Game 6: Chicago or Oklahoma City?

    May 15, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Durant reacts after a missed point against the Memphis Grizzlies during overtime of Game 4 in the Western Conference semi-finals of the NBA playoffs in Memphis

    There are two teams on the brink of elimination Wednesday night: The Chicago Bulls at the hands of the Miami Heat, and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the hands of the Memphis Grizzlies. Both the Bulls and Thunder are down 3-1 in their series, lose and they can make tee times for Thursday morning. Let’s…

  16. Preview: Thunder look to avoid elimination in Game 5 vs. Grizzlies

    May 15, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Zach Randolph

    After Memphis took care of business at home with two close victories over the Thunder, the Grizzlies lead the best-of-seven series three games to one as it shifts to Oklahoma City for Game 5 on Wednesday. Every game in the series has been close in the closing minutes, so we should expect nothing less in…

  17. LeBron second highest paid athlete in America, Kobe fourth

    May 15, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    The answer is $56.5 million. If you wondered how much money LeBron James made last year, there is the answer to your query. That is the second most of any athlete in the United States, according to Sports Illustrated and its annual Top 50 earners report that came out Wednesday. LeBron trailed only Floyd Mayweather…

  18. Jason Kidd, who hasn’t scored in eight straight playoff games: ‘I’m not a guy who’s going to score’

    May 15, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

    Jason Kidd

    The play of Jason Kidd is one of several areas of concern for the Knicks, who are now on the wrong side of a three games to one series deficit against the Pacers. He remains the preferred choice at point guard for Mike Woodson off the bench, despite going through struggles on the offensive end…

  19. There’s mutual interest in bringing Kyle Korver back in Atlanta

    May 15, 2013, 12:49 PM EDT

    Kyle Korver

    Can anyone use a veteran three-point specialist wing player, one who shot 45.7 percent from deep last season? A lot of teams can. In a league where floor spacing is more crucial than ever Kyle Korver has real value and he’s going to have a number of suitors as a free agent this summer. But…

  20. Dwyane Wade a game-time decision for Game 5 vs. Bulls

    May 15, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    UPDATE 6:55 p.m. ET: Wade told reporters before the game that he will play in Game 5. It’s worth monitoring his minutes and his usage to see just how much he’s able to give while playing with the lingering injury. 12:30 p.m. ET:Dwyane Wade participated in shootaround for the Heat Wednesday morning, but is listed…

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