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  1. NBA Power Rankings: Knicks climb up to No. 2

    Apr 8, 2013, 4:11 PM EDT

    Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd

    Welcome to the penultimate PBT power rankings for the season. If you win 12 games in a row you can get the No. 2 spot, but if you asked me to pick who wins a seven game series between the Thunder and Knicks it would look different than this ranking. Same with the Spurs. But…

  2. D’Antoni says Metta World Peace “80%, 90%” to play Tuesday

    Apr 8, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Metta World Peace had surgery two weeks ago to repair a torn meniscus in his knee and the doctors said at the time he would be out six weeks. Or, maybe two. Well, 18 days to be precise. On Monday World Peace went through some three on three drills and coach Mike D’Antoni said he…

  3. Pat Riley’s goal for Heat: 10-year run at top

    Apr 8, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

    Indiana v Syracuse

    When we think of the NBA in the 1960s we think of Bill Russell and the Celtics. In the 1980s it was the Lakers and Celtics in the Magic vs. Bird era. The 1990s are all Michael Jordan and the Bulls. Those teams didn’t win every year (well, the Russell Celtics pretty much did) but…

  4. Brooklyn’s Gerald Wallace: “My confidence is totally gone”

    Apr 8, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Gerald Wallace, Matt Barnes

    It’s been a rough season for Gerald Wallace. A guy who averaged 15 points a game every season from 2006 until last year (and last year he did hit that mark once traded to the Nets) is averaging 8 points a game on 40 percent shooting. The All-Star just three years ago has a PER…

  5. It’s official: Gary Payton, Bernard King in Hall of Fame

    Apr 8, 2013, 12:23 PM EDT

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    By the time the formal announcement is made, there is no suspense left in who makes the Naismith Hall of Fame. The news has leaked out. Occasionally incorrectly at first, but it leaks out. Still, it’s now official — NBA legends Gary Payton and Bernard King will enter the hall this September. Here is an…

  6. Kyrie Irving won’t discuss coach Byron Scott’s future

    Apr 8, 2013, 12:09 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving, Byron Scott

    It’s often the pattern with coaches who are in trouble that their players will come to their defense — “Don’t blame the coach, it’s us.” When Kyrie Irving was asked about the embattled coach Byron Scott in Cleveland, the answer didn’t exactly follow that pattern, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “Until that time comes I’m…

  7. Rick Adelman wins 1,000th game (VIDEO)

    Apr 8, 2013, 11:23 AM EDT

    Rick Adelman, Mary Kay Adelman

    Congratulation to Rick Adelman, who on Saturday became only the eighth coach in NBA history to reach 1,000 wins. He coached some amazing teams — he reached the finals twice with the Portland Trail Blazers and was the man in the salad days in Sacramento when they won 50 games or more five straight years.…

  8. Dwyane Wade likely to sit out until start of playoffs

    Apr 8, 2013, 10:52 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat

    With the streak over, the Heat don’t have much of anything to play for. They have locked up the best record in the East and have a 3.5 game lead over San Antonio for the best in the NBA. All that matters the rest of the way for the Heat is to be healthy and…

  9. Report: Hornets still looking to move Eric Gordon this summer

    Apr 8, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets' Gordon reacts after a call by officials while his team took on the Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in New Orleans

    At the trade deadline the New Orleans Hornets had some discussions about trades for shooting guard Eric Gordon, but nothing came of it. Not surprising — it’s not easy to move a guy on a max contract coming off knee surgery. But after an up and down season where he averaged 16.5 points on 40.2…

  10. King’s players frustrated with Smart’s random rotations

    Apr 8, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT

    Keith Smart

    Much earlier in the season, most teams go to a set rotation — guys know pretty much how many minutes they will get a night, when then will get rest, when they are going to come off the bench and so on. There are variations, but the outline is in place. Not so much in…

  11. Blake Griffin was dunking all over Lakers Sunday (VIDEO)

    Apr 8, 2013, 9:01 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin smiles after hitting a three-point shot against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Blake Griffin dunks on a lot of teams. Of course, it’s easy to say a lot of teams don’t have Dwight Howard protecting the rim and the Lakers shouldn’t allow this. The problem for the Lakers is their perimeter defense is so poor Howard is often trying to stop the guard driving in for a…

  12. Marty Blake, “godfather” of NBA scouting, dies

    Apr 8, 2013, 8:26 AM EDT

    Marty Blake

    In today’s world of the Internet and video, if a guy can play we find out about him no matter what small college he attended. But there was a time that if you were Karl Malone at Louisiana Tech or Scottie Pippen from Central Arkansas you could get missed. But Marty Blake, the NBA’s long…

  13. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Knicks win 12th straight, Clippers clinch first division title

    Apr 8, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Caron Butler, Blake Griffin, Robert Sacre, Chris Paul, Earl Clark

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching the two-hour season premiere of Mad Men … Knicks 125, Thunder 120: When the Knicks are knocking down threes they can beat anyone — and they hit 10 threes in the first half as they pulled away. But more impressive was…

  14. Three Stars of the Night: Three All-Stars lead teams to wins

    Apr 8, 2013, 12:31 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    This was a tough night to narrow the list to three, some guys with huge games miss the cut — Russell Westbrook with 36 points and a near triple-double, Nikola Vucevic with 21 points and 21 boards for the Magic. But there was a key theme to go with for the night — current or…

  15. Jeremy Lin thinks being Asian-American hurt college basketball scholarship offers

    Apr 7, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin, James Harden

    Jeremy Lin didn’t play college basketball on a scholarship — Harvard doesn’t offer athletic scholarships. Lin was a noted high school player — he led Palo Alto High School to the California state championship and won a number of state awards. But Stanford in his own back yard didn’t offer him a scholarship, nor did…

  16. LeBron in line to join select group of all-time greats if he wins fourth MVP

    Apr 7, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    David Stern, LeBron James

    LeBron James is favored by most to win the MVP award for his other-worldy play he’s displayed over the course of this season. Despite the stellar performances we’ve seen from Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony, no one has been as dominant as James, and honestly, it’s not that close. If James comes away with the…

  17. Clippers clinch first division title in team history with win over Lakers

    Apr 7, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Clippers forward Griffin grabs a rebound as Lakers forward Gasol defends during first half NBA game in Los Angeles

    Division titles don’t mean a whole lot in the NBA these days. But for a Clippers franchise that has been mired in mediocrity or worse for the better part of its existence, clinching the first Pacific Division championship in franchise history with a runaway 109-95 win over a Lakers team with more than any of…

  18. J.R. Smith drains the dagger three-pointer to seal Knicks’ win over Thunder (VIDEO)

    Apr 7, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    It seemed like there were a lot of plays kind of like this one Sunday afternoon in Oklahoma City, where the Knicks earned their 12th straight victory by outscoring the Thunder. Scramble plays in this game often seemed to end with the ball in a Knicks shooter’s hands, who would then launch an open long…

  19. Knicks look very much a contender out-scoring Thunder in OKC

    Apr 7, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT

    Raymond Felton, Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd

    What do you want from your title contender? A superstar to lead the team? How about Carmelo Anthony with 36 points and 12 rebounds — nine offensive? He took over the league’s scoring title race with that performance. Toughness inside? How about 19 offensive rebounds on one end and your big center Tyson Chandler contesting…

  20. Spencer Haywood told he made Hall of Fame, then told sorry, no you didn’t

    Apr 7, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    NBRPA Lunch With Champions

    It’s one thing not to make the cut for the Hall of Fame when you should clearly be in. It’s another to be told you are in, then find out you are not. Spencer Haywood was told he was in and his former agent released that information last Friday afternoon (we ran it here at…

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