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  1. Phoenix the league’s healthiest team

    Apr 19, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    Steve Nash, Earl Watson

    From Basketball Prospectus’ Kevin Pelton: In analyzing why the Phoenix Suns have exceeded expectations by staying in the playoff race through the season’s final week, the training room is a good place to start. There’s likely to be plenty of room, because the Suns are enjoying one of the healthiest seasons in NBA history. Combined,…

  2. Video: Dwyane Wade walks into pickup game in SOHO

    Apr 19, 2012, 5:04 PM EDT

    Miami Heat shooting guard Wade looks on from bench as Miami Heat plays against San Antonio Spurs during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Everything about this is so Wade — him shopping in Soho on his day off, him impeccably dressed and followed by a camera, him just jumping into a pickup game for fun and playing with some kids in the park. Of course, it will only confirm what you already think of the man. If you…

  3. Report: Trail Blazers interested in Lakers’ Kupchak as GM

    Apr 19, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Mitch Kupchak

    The whispers have been all over Staples Center — Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak is not happy and wants out of working with Jim Buss. Kupchak is also the ultimate team player and would never say that publicly and disparage ownership. I’ll say I’ve heard the same rumors of his unhappiness from a couple second…

  4. Carmelo Anthony has a giant painting of himself hanging over his fireplace, because of course he does

    Apr 19, 2012, 4:23 PM EDT

    Carmelo Fireplace Painting

    From the always-hilarious Dan Devine of Yahoo! Sports’ Ball Don’t Lie Blog: Carmelo Anthony‘s wife, La La Anthony (née Vazquez), recently spoke with the New York Post about her reality TV show, her role in the upcoming film “Think Like a Man,” and the couple’s place in the Hell’s Kitchen section of Manhattan. The only piece of…

  5. Mike Woodson talks about starting Mike Bibby in the playoffs

    Apr 19, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

    Tyson Chandler, Mike Bibby, Carmelo Anthony

    From the NY Post’s Marc Berman: Don’t be shocked if [Mike Bibby] winds up starting playoff games, with all of Baron’s injuries. Woodson got him 36 minutes in Newark, no limits like with Baron. 8 assists, 1 turnover. That’s what Woody cares about. Bibby has played in 100 career playoff games. That matters to Woody.…

  6. Everyone denies report Dwight Howard called team owner about Van Gundy

    Apr 19, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Let us start with a good reminder for reading a lot of stories in today’s journalism world — every anonymous source has a motive. If someone “leaks” something to a reporter its because they are trying to spin the story for their own motives. With that, we bring you the updated report from Orlando’s WKMG’s…

  7. D-Rose matters, but depth real key in Bulls/Heat showdown

    Apr 19, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Wade look on during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago

    Everyone will want to watch the Bulls and the Heat and discuss how this is a preview of the Eastern Conference finals. It’s not. Oh, these two teams will be there, you can bet on that. But after two rounds of the playoffs teams change and evolve — the Bulls and Heat that take the…

  8. Wilson Chandler done for season with Nuggets

    Apr 19, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

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    Wilson Chandler arrived late and is leaving early. He missed the start of the NBA season after signing to play in China during the NBA lockout. When the Chinese season ended he signed on to play with the Denver Nuggets… but now he is out for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs.…

  9. Playing to stereotype, Heat to open nightclub in arena

    Apr 19, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    Miami fans arrive late, are there to be seen, and are on their iPhones the entire game planning where to go after — the basketball is an afterthought. If it’s a thought at all. Well, that’s the stereotype. It’s not true all the way around the block — check out the fans in the “cheap”…

  10. Knicks fans love J.R. Smith, but he likely bolts this summer

    Apr 19, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith attempts to dunk the ball in their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in New York

    When he is raining down threes like he did against Boston, it’s easy to love J.R. Smith’s game. So today, Knicks fans love him. He brings an edge off the bench that fans and teammates love. Thing is, Smith is going to keep taking those shots whether they are falling or not, and some days…

  11. Thursday And-1 links: LeBron, Wade in large foam statues

    Apr 19, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

    big3miamiheat

    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. • Miami’s big three as depicted in gigantic foam statues (picture to the right).…

  12. Doc Rivers is coach players most want to play for. Stan Van Gundy, not so much

    Apr 19, 2012, 10:36 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers watches his team in Boston

    Across the board, players say they like playing for coaches who once played in the NBA. It’s not a requirement, but players feel it gives the coach an understanding of what they go through. So it shouldn’t be a shock that Doc Rivers tops Sports Illustrated’s annual poll of players on the question of coach…

  13. Kobe Bryant expects to play Friday vs. Spurs

    Apr 19, 2012, 9:44 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    If you’re wondering just how often the Lakers play the Spurs down the stretch, the answer was three times in the final 17 days of the season. What will be different about the third of those meetings Friday is that Kobe Bryant is expected to play. He has missed seven games with a shin injury…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It’s all about playoff positioning

    Apr 19, 2012, 9:28 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Jameer Nelson, Ryan Anderson and Glen Davis guard Boston Celtics Paul Pierce as he makes a shot in front of Orlando Magic Jason Richardson in the second half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    What you missed while realizing why you act the way you do at games… Thunder 108, Suns 97: The Thunder hung with the Spurs at the top of the conference, but at the expense of the Suns chances. Brett Pollakoff was at this game for PBT and tells us that James Harden is really, really…

  15. Video: Mike Miller’s baseball pass to Lebron at buzzer

    Apr 19, 2012, 8:27 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    It was a wild end to the first half in South Beach — the Raptors make a nice play to get the steal and the bucket in transition. Usually this is where you see the short inbounds pass, a guy dribble until just after the buzzer (so the shot doesn’t count on his stats) then…

  16. James Harden scores a career-high for the second time this season against the Suns

    Apr 19, 2012, 2:53 AM EDT

    James Harden, Sebastian Telfair

    Before the Suns faced the Thunder on Wednesday, Alvin Gentry had some high praise for Oklahoma City’s James Harden. Phoenix’s head coach said that he and his staff were talking about Harden in preparing for this matchup, and once they got past Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade, they were hard-pressed to name a two-guard in…

  17. Video: Iguodala pulls the chair on Lou Williams. Literally.

    Apr 19, 2012, 12:31 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    Philadelphia has been slumping toward the playoffs, so when they cruised to a pretty comfortable win over the Cavaliers Wednesday night, they had a little fun. Like when Andre Iguodala flipped the seat up as Lou Williams takes a seat. Thanks to CSNPhilly.com for the video. This stuff is funny when you win. With the…

  18. Rajon Rondo sits out Wednesday night with back injury

    Apr 18, 2012, 10:35 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers, Rajon Rondo

    It looked like a pretty nasty fall when it happened — in the second half of the Celtics loss to the Knicks Rajon Rondo took a hard fall. Contacted in the air, he landed flat on his back. He played after that but sat out Wednesday’s Celtics game against the Magic, and Doc Rivers said…

  19. PBT Extra: We talk Sessions, Pacers, Calipari and Top Chef

    Apr 18, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT

    TV host Padma Lakshmi of the show "Top Chef"  arrives for the Bravo Media 2012 Upfront Presentation in New York

    We were taking your twitter questions yesterday (@basketballtalk) and today I answer a bunch of them with Tiffany on this edition of PBT Extra. Our topics and the best deadline pickups, the Pacers, Kevin McHale, John Calipari and Iron Chef vs. Top Chef. Things to watch for — me calling Kyle Lowry Kyrie Irving (I…

  20. Video: LeBron James torches the Nets

    Apr 18, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's forward Howard and guard Wade congratulate forward James after they took the lead over the New Jersey Nets in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Newark, New Jersey

    I’m kind of a sucker for those NBA.com “phantom” videos. So rather than another report on which team is trying to tank harder — the Warriors are still in the lead there — I thought we’d post the most recent, which is LeBron James torching the Nets. His performance in this game could help get…

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