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  1. Clippers have no defense for Spurs; San Antonio now up 2-0

    May 18, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Through two games the Spurs are shooting 51 percent overall against the Clippers and 46 percent from three. They have scored more than 25 points in six of the eight quarters. It feels like every shot they take is a wide open one. They have done pretty much whatever they wanted. The Clippers have no…

  2. Heat hit self-destruct button, Pacers steamroll to Game 3 win

    May 17, 2012, 11:13 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade walks during their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff against Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis

    The Miami Heat self-destructed, and Dwyane Wade hit the button. Wade, the 2006 finals MVP, was 2-for-13 shooting and had words with coach Erik Spoelstra as the Heat came apart at the seams and fell to a Pacers team growing in confidence with every minute. Game 3 finished 94-75 — which is pretty reflective of how…

  3. Nuggets GM reiterates they want to keep JaVale McGee

    May 17, 2012, 10:14 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    One of the more interesting questions of the summer is: How much would you pay JaVale McGee? He is a restricted free agent and Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri is already trying to scare off potential suitors suggesting they will match offers for him. Ujiri said Thursday he plans to re-sign McGee this summer. What is…

  4. PBT Extra: Talking Lakers/Thunder, Celtics/Sixers

    May 17, 2012, 8:50 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Three

    We’re far enough along in the playoffs now to start wondering beyond if the Sixers can come back on the Celtics and start to wonder how Boston matches up in the next round. The Sixers may still have a say in that, but you can start to think about the next round a little. Especially…

  5. Game 2 — where we see how fast the Clippers can learn

    May 17, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    Game 1 was a dominant Spurs performance that evoked memories of the championship teams in San Antonio — this version is more offense than defense, but the unselfish ball movement and team concepts were the same. The Clippers looked like a team still learning to play at that level. Thursday night in Game 2 we’ll…

  6. Have the Maloofs threatened the NBA’s billion dollar arena subsidy industry?

    May 17, 2012, 5:48 PM EDT

    team maloof with stern

    What do Faye Vincent, George Steinbrenner, and David Stern have in common? They’re each relevant characters in the relocation saga of the Maloof family, owners of the Sacramento Kings, who are increasingly becoming a liability for the NBA. That’s because Chris Lehane, executive director of arena group Think Big Sacramento and big-time political consultant to…

  7. Bucks’ Jon Brockman in a massive purple adult onesie

    May 17, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Brockman Swagga Suit

    Remember when we were debating between Nick Young’s shirt and Rajon Rondo’s jacket? Jon Brockman wins. How to explain that photo to the right … let’s say you were sitting around your living room thinking, “How could I take the Snuggie and make it more into a jumpsuit? And maybe put my college colors and…

  8. Grizzlies assistant Dave Joerger next interview for Bobcats

    May 17, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    Dave Joerger

    The Charlotte Bobcats continue to cast a wide net in their search for a new coach. After reportedly interviewing Patrick Ewing on Thursday, the next in line was called in, according to a tweet from Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. I’m told Grizzlies assistant Dave Joerger is next up for #Bobcats interview. Defensive specialist,…

  9. Winderman: LeBron’s comments on Lakers last play speak volumes

    May 17, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    LeBron James opened a window Thursday into how he views a game even when he’s not playing . . . And it’s remarkably similar to how he views it when he is. As he watched the closing seconds Game 2 of Lakers-Thunder from his Indianapolis hotel room, what caught James’ eye was not Kobe trying…

  10. Tim Duncan reportedly hates Kevin Garnett

    May 17, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    tim duncan, Kevin Garnett

    I pointed this out on twitter earlier this week — if you read just one basketball story (not on PBT) this week, it should be Chris Ballard’s profile of Tim Duncan. This is what the best of sports writing looks like, and Ballard has killed it with a few pieces these playoffs. But I will…

  11. Can Heat adjust to a Bosh-less world? Game 3 will tell.

    May 17, 2012, 1:29 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    In Game 2, Miami tried to do what they normally do, and it didn’t work. LeBron James and Dwyane Wayne found limited driving lanes because Chris Bosh was not there to pull a big man away from the basket with the threat of his outside shot. On the pick-and-roll both defenders could focus on Wade…

  12. Thursday And-1 links: Kobe, LeBron are powerful people

    May 17, 2012, 1:06 PM EDT

    APTOPIX NBA All Star Basketball

    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. • LeBron James and Kobe Bryant made Forbe’s list of the World’s most powerful…

  13. Tom Thibodeau: “There’s really no defense for [Rondo]“

    May 17, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    Tom Thibodeau is the greatest defensive coach of his generation. He was the guy who helped get the Celtics a ring in 2008 at as assistant, he is the head coach of a Bulls team that wins with the “double D” attack of defense and Derrick Rose (well, at least until Rose went down). So…

  14. LeBron James calls playing power forward “taxing”

    May 17, 2012, 11:56 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    LeBron James looked fatigued at the end of games. When he is fatigued he settles for jump shots rather than attack the rim. When he settles for jumpers everyone talks about how he will not take over at the end of games. LeBron admitted that he was fatigued at the end of Game 2 in…

  15. Talking one-on-one with Bulls GM Gar Forman

    May 17, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Chicago Bulls

    Bulls GM Gar Forman spoke with CSNChicago.com about the Bulls longer-than-expected offseason The highlights: • He says Derrick Rose‘s recovery is going well and he is hopeful the former MVP will be back next season. • Moves the Bulls make this summer will be looking at the long-term health of the franchise. • He will…

  16. Anatomy of a meltdown — it wasn’t Steve Blake, Lakers blew game before that

    May 17, 2012, 10:23 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Steve Blake, Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol

    The Lakers were up 7 points with 2 minutes to go. And lost. And by lost, I mean lost any real chance at the series. Do you really think the Lakers can win four of the next five games? The Thunder are the better team, the Lakers could not afford to give away a game,…

  17. Rudy Fernandez says Real Madrid in play if NBA teams don’t step up

    May 17, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez Nuggets

    For the past couple summers, Rudy Fernandez has had the Real Madrid card in his back pocket. Two years ago he tried to get Portland to release him so he could go play for the Spanish powerhouse, but that wasn’t happening. Instead they traded him to Denver. Fernandez played for Madrid during the lockout, but…

  18. Patrick Ewing gets turn in Bobcats interview chair Thursday

    May 17, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v San Antonio Spurs

    Mr. Ewing, Mr. Cho will see you now. We knew that Patrick Ewing, and Orlando Magic assistant coach, was among the number of good young coaches going to interview for the vacant Charlotte Bobcats coaching gig. Turns out, Ewing is up on Thursday, according to the AP. So far the Bobcats also have interviewed Mike…

  19. Video: Kevin Durant’s game-winning bucket to beat Lakers

    May 17, 2012, 2:42 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    The Lakers had this in the bag, up 7 with two minutes to go. But then the Thunder went and won a game that felt a lot like how the Lakers used to win games — a little bit of luck and some great shots. The last of the those shots is above. Kevin Durant…

  20. Lakers-Thunder Game 2: A Thunder magic trick, a Lakers disappearing act, and a change of the guard

    May 17, 2012, 1:40 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    In Game 1, everything went wrong for the Lakers, everything went right for the Thunder. Thunder won. In Game 2, for 46 minutes, at least some things went right for the Lakers, everything went wrong for the Thunder. The pace was slow. The defense was incredible for the Lakers. The Thunder weren’t hitting jumpers. A…

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