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  1. After giving back most of a 26-point lead, Knicks get Game 6 victory to close out Celtics

    May 3, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony celebrates after hitting a shot against Celtics during the fourth quarter of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference semifinal playoff basketball series in Boston

    In each of the first three games of the series between the Knicks and the Celtics, all of which were New York victories, Boston managed to put together a horrific half of offensive basketball. The trend that subsided for two games returned for Game 6 back in Boston, and that was more than enough for…

  2. Thunder-Rockets Game 6 preview: Kevin Durant continues to dominate Oklahoma City offense

    May 3, 2013, 8:57 PM EDT

    In the last three games, Kevin Durant has scored 115 points, drawn 32 fouls and committed three charges. Not only is he carrying the Thunder’s offense, he’s taking a beating to do it. That probably won’t change in Game 6 with Russell Westbrook out for the rest of the playoffs. Reggie Jackson showed signs of…

  3. Report: Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer speaks with Pistons about head-coaching vacancy

    May 3, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT

    Mike Budenholzer

    Mike Budenholzer is often named one of those assistants who is long overdo to become a head coach. The only reason he’s not always named in those discussions is because of an operating theory he’d rather succeed Gregg Popovich with the Spurs than pursue other openings. But what if an organization that, once upon a…

  4. LeBron James to be named 2013 MVP

    May 3, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT

    David Stern, LeBron James

    What has long been considered to be a foregone conclusion has now been confirmed by multiple outlets. LeBron James has been awarded the league’s Most Valuable Player award for the 2013 season, and will be presented the trophy in a press conference in Miami this Sunday. The Heat open the second round of the playoffs…

  5. Carlos Delfino out for playoffs

    May 3, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Three

    The Rockets, with two straight wins over Oklahoma City, have momentum in their first-round series. But down 3-2, their backs are still against the wall. Consider them pressed a little tighter. Jason Friedman of Carlos Delfino has a fractured bone in right foot. Out for the playoffs. Delfino has been having a nice series,…

  6. Possible Top 10 draft pick Alex Len out 4-6 months after ankle surgery

    May 3, 2013, 5:28 PM EDT

    Alex Len

    Maryland center Alex Len had been moving up draft boards — big men always move up the board and Len is 7’1” and skilled, with a good touch around the basket. DraftExpress had him going No. 7. I say had because news came out Friday that Len had ankle surgery that will sideline him into…

  7. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor takes team off market

    May 3, 2013, 4:54 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner David Stern Announces Retirement

    For a while now, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has had the team on the market, but a sale would only happen under a specific set of circumstances. Taylor wanted the new group to take a minority interest at first and work under him. And they had to promise not to move the team out of…

  8. Luol Deng says it wasn’t flu, rather spinal tap kept him out of Game 6

    May 3, 2013, 4:28 PM EDT

    Luol Deng, Joakim Noah

    If Gregg Popovich were Luol Deng’s coach, he may have written on Thursday night’s lineup card “DNP — Spinal Tap.” And we all would have turned the jokes up to 11. But Tom Thibodeau and the Bulls play things closer to the vest, so the official word as to why Deng was sent home before…

  9. Knicks/Celtics Game 6 all about ‘Melo, New York

    May 3, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett, Jeff Green

    We know exactly what we are going to get from the Boston Celtics in Game 6 Friday night — they are going to defend hard, Kevin Garnett is going to crash the boards and get his points, Paul Pierce will create looks for himself. They will scrap, that’s what champions on the verge of elimination…

  10. Kevin Durant on Royce White: “Who’s that?”

    May 3, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant sits on the bench during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff against Houston Rockets in Oklahoma

    Remember after the Rockets took Game 5 from the Thunder — forcing tonight’s Game 6 in Houston — Rockets draft pick Royce White (who has not played with the team all season) took to twitter to taunt Durant, saying “y’all are looking SHAAAKYY BAAAABYY.” I would say Kevin Durant fired back on Friday, but that…

  11. Jeremy Lin to play in Game 6 for Rockets Friday night

    May 3, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin works against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the second half of their Game 1 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Patrick Beverly has played well in the absence of Jeremy Lin (20 points one game, 14 points 8 assists the other). The Rockets backup point guard ignored the boos and has been a key part of the Rockets making this a series again. But Lin will be back on Friday night for Game 6, according…

  12. PBT Podcast: Breaking down every playoff series

    May 3, 2013, 1:57 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Carmelo Anthony

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss every one of the ongoing playoff series. We start by looking at all four of Friday night’s Game 6 matchups, before looking ahead to Saturday’s Game 7 between the Nets and the Bulls, and then to the one second round series…

  13. Toddler with pants down strolls through Rockets’ postgame show (VIDEO)

    May 3, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

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    You read the headline, what more do you need me to tell you? Our corporate brothers at Comcast Sportsnet Houston was doing the postgame show after Game 5, talking about Jeremy Lin (who will play in Game 6 against the Thunder Friday) when a toddler with his pants down wanders through the shot. Just play…

  14. Kobe Bryant, mother locked in court battle over memorabilia sale

    May 3, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Earlier this week we told you about plans by an auction house to sell off a bunch of Kobe Bryant’s memorabilia from high school — a Lower Merion game-worn jersey and more. Stuff the auction house got from Kobe’s mother. But Kobe Bryant has gone to court to block this. And you thought you’re relationship…

  15. Four Game 6s, who is most likely to force Game 7?

    May 3, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Smith reacts as the Indiana Pacers West walks across the court in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    This is going to be one wild night in the NBA — four first-round Game 6 showdowns. Four games where a team’s season hangs in the balance, and another has the chance to close out and advance to the second round. Who is most likely to force a Game 7? Let’s break it on down,…

  16. Nate Robinson crosses up Kris Humphries. Wickedly. (VIDEO)

    May 3, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls - Game Six

    Kris Humphries had to know he was in trouble when getting back in transition he did the right thing — stop the ball — but that meant he had to cover Nate Robinson on the perimeter. But Nate crossed Humphries up something serious with a little hesitation crossover. That is wicked. Especially considering Nate had…

  17. Noah says he will not play for France this summer unless fully healthy

    May 3, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah is guarded by Brooklyn Nets' Reggie Evans during the first half of Game 6 in their NHL Eastern Conference quarterfinals basketball game in Chicago, Illinois

    There were guys last summer who played through injuries to be part of the Olympics and it came back to haunt them this season. Nene, for example, played through plantar fasciitis to be part of Brazil’s team in London, but he missed a chunk of the Wizards’ season. Joakim Noah has been fighting through plantar…

  18. Report: Sixers players grew tired of Doug Collins. Shocking, I know.

    May 3, 2013, 10:08 AM EDT

    Doug Collins

    Doug Collins is old school as a coach — long practices, a strong personality, a lot of tough love. That wears on players. And Collins. There’s a reason he doesn’t last anywhere longer than three years. That includes Philadelphia, where he stepped down as coach after this season. And not shockingly, the Sixers players were…

  19. Stephen Curry goes off in third quarter, sparks Warriors win (VIDEO)

    May 3, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry drives past falling Denver Nuggets Corey Brewer during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Oakland

    Is there a more entertaining player to watch in the NBA than Stephen Curry? And when he’s hot, he’s unstoppable. Which the Nuggets found out — again — in the third quarter when Curry dropped 14 points and 3 assists on them, sparking a 33-20 quarter when the Warriors pulled away. Denver never led again,…

  20. Jarrett Jack rejected Warriors’ extension talks

    May 3, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game Five

    Jarrett Jack will hit free agency this summer as the third-place finisher in Sixth Man of the Year voting, a key cog in the Warriors’ upset of the Nuggets and a player in line for a raise. Jack made $5.4 million this season, arguably the best of his career. At 29, he’s really seemed to…

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