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  1. New Jersey Governor tells Nets “good riddance”

    Apr 24, 2012, 2:10 AM EDT

    Chris Christie

    New Jersey governor Chris Christie knows how to play the political game. It’s about knowing your constituents. After 35 years in the state, the Nets are leaving New Jersey for Brooklyn, their last game in The Garden State was Monday night. Which they fittingly lost. While we’ve all known this exodus has been coming for…

  2. Spurs cruise past Trail Blazers, earn top seed in West

    Apr 23, 2012, 11:57 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    San Antonio wanted to wrap up the top seed in the West so they held nothing back Monday — they came into Portland and played all the big names, they came in with a real focus on the job. The blew the doors of the Trail Blazers. The Spurs led by 13 after one quarter…

  3. Sixers win, they are in playoffs, Bucks are out in East

    Apr 23, 2012, 10:42 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers' Brand battles for rebound with New Jersey Nets' Petro and Morrow in their NBA basketball game in Newark

    Congratulations Philadelphia 76ers, you made the playoffs. As your reward, I’d like you to meet Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. At least they are going to the dance. The 76ers went in and beat the New Jersey Nets 105-87, spoiling the party for the Nets last ever game in New Jersey. The win secures…

  4. Now Al Horford says he will be back for playoffs

    Apr 23, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Remember when earlier today we passed along the note that Hawks center Al Horford told Marc Spears of Yahoo that he was not going to play in the first round of the playoffs against the Celtics? Well…. never mind. Horford met with a doctor then contacted Spears again with a change of mind. Al Horford…

  5. DeMarcus Cousins has 13 technicals, could be out Tuesday

    Apr 23, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins has improved a number of areas of his game this year. His relationship with the referees is not one of them. Sunday night Cousins picked up his 13th technical foul of the season, when he went face to face with Bismack Biyombo and they got called for double technical. Cousin’s reaction to have…

  6. PBT Extra: Talking MVP race, playoff race, Kevin Love’s haircut

    Apr 23, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

    ArCrSI_CEAAVc0n

    Go ahead and say it — I am the last person who should be talking about people’s haircuts. I’ll give you that one. I’ve been getting hairline jokes since college, you’re going to have to be more creative than that. But I mock Kevin Love‘s new one anyway, as did Ricky Rubio. In the first…

  7. Lots of lottery odds to be decided last week of season, too

    Apr 23, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    We keep talking about the teams talking playoffs — who gets home court, Boston or Atlanta, or can Phoenix catch Utah and get the last spot in the West — but there is a tight race among teams who have long forgotten about the playoffs. A lot of lottery odds are still to be decided…

  8. Sixers coach Collins fined $15,000 for abuse of referee

    Apr 23, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

    Doug Collins, Kevin Fehr

    Philadelphia picked up a big, hard-fought, playoff style overtime win over the Pacers Saturday night. With it the Sixers likely put themselves in the playoffs (they need one more win, but play the Nets Monday so that should be the win they need). Coach Doug Collins was in playoff form and let the officials know what…

  9. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs close out season riding high

    Apr 23, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    This is it, our final power rankings of the season. Usually I’d have them ranked in the order I would rank championship contenders, but this year any of the top four could win a chip and I wouldn’t be surprised. Hard to rank teams at the end of the season with everyone coasting and resting…

  10. Metta World Peace tweets apology to Harden for elbow

    Apr 23, 2012, 2:55 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s not exactly a traditional apology like your mother used to make your say to your Aunt when you said at age 10 you hated her cooking, but clearly the gravity of what Metta World Peace did has hit him. Here is what he tweeted Sunday evening. As I’ve said, I don’t think this was…

  11. Hawks’ Horford says he doesn’t expect to return for playoffs

    Apr 23, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

    Al Horford

    The path for Atlanta to beat Boston in the first round of the playoffs just got harder. The Hawks are going to have to do it without their best player, center Al Horford. He had been out for much of the season with a torn pectoral muscle. The hope was that he could return for…

  12. Nets 35 years in New Jersey comes to end tonight

    Apr 23, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

    julius-erving

    There is a history lost tonight. It is Dr. J flying through the air. It is the ABA. It is Jason Kidd leading a team to consecutive NBA finals. It is a string of hard luck breaks. For 35 years they have been the New Jersey Nets. Tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark will…

  13. Report: Lou Williams to opt out of deal, become free agent

    Apr 23, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

    Shelvin Mack, Lou Williams

    If James Harden were not James Harden and the runaway winner for Sixth Man of the Year, Lou Williams could win that award. He comes off the bench to lead Philadelphia in scoring — the first bench guy to lead a team in scoring since Dell Curry (or as Stephen calls him, pops) — and…

  14. Monday And-1 links: Kevin Love shut down for season

    Apr 23, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Kevin Love, Eduardo Najera

    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. • Kevin Love will sit out the final two games of the regular season…

  15. Report: Dwight Howard will ask for trade this summer

    Apr 23, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    I’ll say this up front — take this report with a whole handful of salt. This situation is more complex and fluid that just simple ultimatums. But on ESPN, Stephen A. Smith said he has heard Howard will ask out this summer (via IamaGM.com). “The minute this season is over, according to what I am…

  16. Kevin Durant says LeBron James should win MVP

    Apr 23, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

    NBA/

    Somehow I can see people trying to spin this into another sign that Kevin Durant walks on water and LeBron James is a horrible person, but here it goes. The MVP race is down to James and Durant — and Durant think LeBron should win it, he told the Oklahoman. “He deserves all the love…

  17. NBA playoff picture: East pretty much set, West not so much

    Apr 23, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    There are just four days of NBA games left and a lot is left to be decided in the playoffs. Well, at least in the Western Conference. The East is pretty much locked up, and although the cement has not fully dried on all the games, we have a pretty good idea what the matchups…

  18. Video: Clippers Reggie Evans with terrible soccer flop

    Apr 23, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Reggie Evans

    If you ever see the Clippers Reggie Evans in person your first thought is that he is an absolute tank of a man. He is one of the handful of guys you see in an NBA locker room and think he could play in the NFL. Which makes the blatant flop above all the more…

  19. Andrew Bynum skipping Olympics… so who is in for USA?

    Apr 23, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    When Dwight Howard went under the knife and sacrificed his summer, the speculation began — who gets his spot on Team USA for the London Olympics this summer? It pretty much guaranteed that Knicks big man Tyson Chandler is in now. He was on the bubble before, but now he is a must as the…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Knicks, Heat win, can start thinking showdown

    Apr 23, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    Tristan Thompson, Amare Stoudemire

    What you missed while figuring out why ice cream causes brain freeze… Lakers 114, Thunder 106 (2OT): There was a game, too, not just an elbow. The Lakers got a win that can give them some confidence for a potential playoff meeting between these teams — but can they replicate this recipe for success? Our…

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