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  1. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin injured; both expected to play Game 6

    May 10, 2012, 3:50 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin injury

    Please, no more injuries in these playoffs. The Clippers Blake Griffin and Chris Paul both suffered injuries in Los Angeles’ Game 5 loss to Memphis Wednesday — Griffin has a sprained knee after a fall under the basket, Paul aggravated a groin injury going for a rebound. Both will be re-evaluated on Thursday once the…

  2. Grizzlies impose their will, take game 5 from Clippers

    May 10, 2012, 1:01 AM EDT

    Zach Randolph

    With their backs to the wall, the Memphis Grizzlies played the exact game they needed to play to beat the Clippers, and now find themselves one road win away from a Game 7 on their home floor, where they were 26-7 in the regular season and are now 2-1 in the playoffs. The Grizzlies pounded…

  3. Knicks return to iso ‘Melo, get knocked out of playoffs by Heat

    May 9, 2012, 10:51 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony is guarded by Miami Heat's James during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round basketball playoff series in Miami

    This year was supposed to be different for New York, and it certainly was unlike any season you can remember — Linsanity, injuries, Mike D’Antoni out and Mike Woodson in, a return to ‘Melo ball not seen since Denver. But it ended like every Knicks playoff series since 2000 — without the team advancing past…

  4. NBA Playoffs: Can Memphis keep its season alive?

    May 9, 2012, 9:09 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, lKenyon Martin

    Through the first four games of the Grizzlies-Clippers series, Memphis has outscored the Clippers by one point. However, thanks to two one-point losses and an overtime loss in game 4, they find themselves in a 3-1 hole and on the brink of elimination coming into tonight’s game. Memphis has shown they have what it takes…

  5. Denver may have used laptop in a time out… so what?

    May 9, 2012, 8:16 PM EDT

    George Karl

    In the playoffs, sometimes people — teams, fans, media — can focus and become obsessed about the little things, the meaningless things, and not the things that really matter. For example, if the Lakers want to talk about why they lost Game 5 to Denver they can talk about Andrew Bynum’s defensive rotations (or lack…

  6. Grizzlies coach backs off CP3 flopping charge, Clippers defend it

    May 9, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul puts his arm around teammate Griffin during NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles

    On national television Monday night, Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said, “Chris (Paul) does a good job of flopping.” After the game when I asked a couple Grizzlies players about it, there was a nod of acknowledgment followed by a refusal to discuss the topic. It felt like they were under orders (and frustrated after an…

  7. USA Basketball wants to know if Aldridge is in or out

    May 9, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    LaMarcus Aldridge, Marcus  Camby

    LaMarcus Aldridge is on the list of players that USA Basketball is considering for the Olympics this summer — a big man with an outside shot is a valuable asset in the international game. Aldridge is also going to have surgery on his hip May 10. The short end of his recovery time from this…

  8. Report: Magic interview Adonal Foyle for GM position

    May 9, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

    Foyle

    The Orlando Magic have a general manager, Otis Smith, but his hold on the position is as firm as Gary Busey’s hold on reality. Now comes a report that the Magic have already started to look at a replacement. From the twitter of Jarrod N. Rudolph, who writes for Real GM and is very connected…

  9. Greg Oden opens up about injuries, alcoholism, unfulfilled promise

    May 9, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

    greg_oden

    If you read one thing today, it should be the story about Greg Oden by Mark Titus at Grantland. It is fantastic. Click the link. Go read it, I’ll wait. Oden is an enigma, the poster child for the Blazers history of flamed out draft choices, the guy drafted before Kevin Durant, the guy with…

  10. Paul Allen says he’s not selling Blazers in open letter to fans

    May 9, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    Paul Allen

    This was not a good season to be a Blazers fan. They went into the season as a dark horse contender and ended it as a team that is rebuilding from the front office to the roster. Owner Paul Allen admitted in an open letter to fans it was his toughest year of the 24…

  11. Can Knicks be more than one-and-done against Heat?

    May 9, 2012, 2:33 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony celebrates in the win over Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    The last two games, the Heat did not bring their “A” game, and they still won one game against the Knicks and lost the other by two points. Conventional wisdom says Miami comes home Wednesday night, crank up the defensive pressure again and just run away and hide from the Knicks. That could happen. But…

  12. USA Basketball given extension to submit Olympic roster

    May 9, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT

    NBC London Olympics logo

    USA Basketball faced a challenge — the deadline to submit their Olympic roster was June 18. That is before the NBA finals will be over (most likely), it is well before USA Basketball opens training camp on July 6 in Las Vegas. But the USA has gotten an extension, reports the USA Today. The deadline…

  13. Wednesday And-1 links: Hangin’ with Clyde Frazier

    May 9, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Walt-Frazier

    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 god is a bullet, have mercy on us everyone… • Don’t you just want to sit and have…

  14. PBT Poll: Which was worse, Nick Young’s shirt or Rajon Rondo’s jacket?

    May 9, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Nick Young shirt

    I really should not be commenting on other people’s fashion choices, but Nick Young and Rajon Rondo have made some interesting ones in the last couple days that cannot be ignored. Chris Paul of the Clippers dragged Nick Young into the interview room after the Clippers Monday night win not because of his 1-4 shooting…

  15. Report: Blazers interview former Hornets GM Bower

    May 9, 2012, 11:55 AM EDT

    trail blazers logo

    Portland finally seems serious about getting a full time GM in, rather than just having Chad Buchanan do the job and calling him interim. Former Hornets GM Jeff Bower got an interview last week, reports Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated. The Portland Trail Blazers’ year-long search for a new general manager has continued in earnest,…

  16. Video: Kobe Bryant’s ridiculous scoop layup Tuesday

    May 9, 2012, 11:20 AM EDT

    Lakers guard Kobe Bryant looks for an offensive rebound between Denver Nuggets  Al Harrington  and JaVale McGee

    Tuesday night was one of those nights when the rest of the Lakers were passive at times, other guys were just missing shots so Kobe Bryant tries to step into the void for the Lakers. He’ll take that on. It leads to 43 points, but on a night when he is 9-21 shooting from beyond…

  17. David Stern says NBA not shortening its season again

    May 9, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    NBA And Players Representatives Meet To Discuss Possible Settlement

    Some people really liked it. Some casual basketball fans liked an NBA season that started on Christmas rather than Halloween and had more games — and more meaningful games — every night leading into the end of season playoff races. Television ratings were up (slightly but up). It’s not happening again. Because it’s about money.…

  18. Magic say Dwight Howard either signs extension or “decisions will be made”

    May 9, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Maybe the Orlando Magic learned a lesson from the disaster that was last season. Heading into this summer the Magic’s top priority is to get Dwight Howard to sign a long-term extension with the team, but CEO Alex Martins — the guy who worked hard to buddy up to Howard last season — sounded more…

  19. This Kings offseason looks too much like last Kings offseason

    May 9, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    One year ago right now, the biggest concern for Sacramento Kings fans was that the team’s owners — the Maloof family — were going to pack up and move the Kings as soon as they could. That issue overshadowed the on the court questions about the young core of the team and how they would…

  20. Video: Wild end to Hawks win over Celtics

    May 9, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

    Celtics' Rondo looks at head coach Rivers as he walks off the court during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    What an ending. Boston was down one point with 10 seconds to go, all Atlanta had to do was get the ball in, hit their free throws and get out with a win. But Rajon Rondo steals an inbounds pass, then since they don’t have any timeouts, Boston goes directly into a play. Kevin Garnett comes…

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