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  1. Video: What the heck has gotten into Josh McRoberts?

    Apr 7, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    First there was this: Now from the Lakers loss to the Rockets we have this: Look, I know what to expect from McRoberts — hustle, fundamental solid play, some rebounds and hustle points. But spin move three pointers and steals for the breakaway dunk? Who does he think he is, Von Wafer? If Von Wafer…

  2. Ain’t no rest for the wicked: Spoelstra says no rest for Heat stars

    Apr 7, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    Erik Spoelstra

    Cue up Cage the Elephant… The Miami Heat looked tired Friday night, losing at home to a more physical and physically ready Memphis Heat team. Dwyane Wade even said after the game he had a feeling in shootaround his legs were tired and he wondered if the Heat were ready compete. So, with Miami tired…

  3. Andrew Bynum’s “two steps up, one step back” dance with maturity continues

    Apr 7, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    I remember seeing Andrew Bynum as a 17-year-old at Summer League — then held in Long Beach, California — just weeks after being drafted. Two things stuck out to me at those games and interviews: 1) He and his game were so immature. Raw doesn’t even do his game justice. This was raw like sharks…

  4. Lin plans to return for start of playoffs… if Knicks make it

    Apr 7, 2012, 10:42 AM EDT

    New York Knicks interim head coach Mike Woodson gives instructions to players during their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in New York

    The New York Knicks are going to have to get into the playoffs without Jeremy Lin, but once there they might get him back a little sooner than expected. While the official timetable has Lin returning in the second round, he is targeting the first round, reports the New York Post. He has surgery to…

  5. Spurs move percentage points ahead of Thunder into West’s top spot

    Apr 7, 2012, 8:30 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Stephen Jackson, Gary Neal

    It’s kind of been a foregone conclusion since a month into the season that the Thunder would be the top seed in the West and that all roads to the finals were going through Oklahoma City. But that road may have a detour now through San Antonio. The Spurs have now won 10 in a…

  6. Video: Aldridge drains overtime game winner for Blazers

    Apr 7, 2012, 2:13 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    It should never have come to this: The Mavericks had a foul to give at the end of overtime and for reasons nobody understands Jason Terry fouled Raymond Felton with 3.7 seconds left 40 feet from the basket as Felton was losing control of the ball and wasn’t a threat to score. It was a…

  7. Video: Montage of Blake Griffin’s poster dunks

    Apr 6, 2012, 11:15 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Channing Frye

    Want to play a fun game: How many of these are offensive fouls? That said, there is no doubt that Blake Griffin is one of the great physical forces in the game today. He attacks like no other. And for those of you saying “yea, but all he can do is dunk” I have two…

  8. Hedo Turkoglu out 3 weeks due to surgery for facial fractures

    Apr 6, 2012, 9:55 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic Hedo Turkoglu complains after he picked up second foul against New York Knicks in NBA basketball game in New York

    UPDATE 9:55 pm: Hedo Turkoglu will need surgery for a broken bone in his cheek he got from an inadvertent elbow from Carmelo Anthony Thursday night, the team announced. He will have the surgery on Saturday and will be re-evaluated right before the playoffs start. Again, we’d say this could have a big impact on…

  9. For now there is détente in Orlando, at least through playoffs

    Apr 6, 2012, 9:02 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    It looks like everyone is going to have to deal with each other through the end of the season in Orlando. But you can bet changes are coming this summer. Thursday coach Stan Van Gundy said Dwight Howard had gone to management and asked that he be fired. After practice Friday Howard told the press…

  10. NBC SportsTalk: The NBA week in review with Mannix, Woj

    Apr 6, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    Jeremy Lin, the Miami Heat, John Calipari and of course the circus in Orlando were the big stories of the week in the NBA. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, and Donny Marshall of CSNNE.com discuss all the big stories around the NBA. Sorry Kentucky fans, but Woj is spot on about…

  11. Cousins fined $25,000 for saying officials love Blake Griffin

    Apr 6, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Derrick Favors

    Everyone, including DeMarcus Cousins, should have known this was coming. Cousins criticized the officials, saying they and the league plays favorites with Griffin, and the league doesn’t like it when players suggest the league plays favorites. Of course we all know that doesn’t happen (*cough*). Cousins was fined $25,000 by the league for his comments…

  12. Report: Knicks permit former president Walsh to talk to other teams

    Apr 6, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

    Donnie Walsh

    Here is what you need to know about Donnie Walsh — he’s not the kind of guy who quietly sit around during retirement and watch Criminal Minds reruns. Even at age 71. Walsh was pushed aside in the Knicks front office but is under a consultant’s contract with them through June 30. Not that they…

  13. Isiah Thomas fired as coach at FIU, Knicks fans feel cold chill

    Apr 6, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    Remember back in 2010 Knicks owner James Dolan tried to hire former coach and franchise destroyer Isiah Thomas as a consultant, only to have the plan blow up because you can’t coach a college team and have direct ties to an NBA franchise. Friday Thomas was canned by Florida International University after three uninspiring seasons…

  14. Video: Future No. 1 pick Anthony Davis on Jimmy Kimmel Live

    Apr 6, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    Anthony Davis is reaping the rewards of being the best player in college basketball and leading his team to a national title. (Sure Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague had something to do with it, too, but it’s Davis’ boat). Among that, the chance to go on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show and talk about the…

  15. Greg Oden’s agent says center still wants to try comeback

    Apr 6, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    greg_oden

    It was accepted as conventional wisdom that after his third microfracture surgery earlier this year that Greg Oden was done. In the minds of most fans and team officials around the league he is done. But not in his own mind. That’s what Oden’s agent Chris Haynes told CSNNW.com. “No he’s not retiring. The only…

  16. Blake Griffin the actor: playing a chicken on Sesame Street

    Apr 6, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Someday James Lipton is going to pull out one of his little blue cards to ask Blake Griffin about this performance, where his motivation really came from. DeMarcus Cousins thinks he knows — he thinks Griffin is an actor and plays a little too much chicken on the court, too. I like that Griffin and…

  17. Mark Cuban would like to see NBA age limit increased, too

    Apr 6, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

    Mavericks owner Cuban waves to fans before the start of Mavericks versus 76ers NBA basketball game in Philadelphia

    A. Owners love the idea of a higher age limit in the NBA — it gives them more time to see how a player matures, allows more time to scout them so taking the player is less of a gamble, and it lets the NCAA do a couple years of marketing to create names for…

  18. Report: Dwight Howard signed with Magic to avoid trade to Lakers

    Apr 6, 2012, 12:24 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Reports had surfaced long before the trade deadline that Dwight Howard had ruled out going to the Lakers. Maybe it was a meeting with Kobe Bryant that rubbed him the wrong way (Kobe allegedly told Howard he would be the third option on offense). Maybe it was him not wanting to follow in Shaquille O’Neal’s…

  19. Doc Rivers was none to pleased with Celtics effort Thursday

    Apr 6, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Celtics forward Garnett and head coach Rivers react to a foul called on Garnett in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta.

    A lot of teams have done it this season — seen the Bulls did not have Derrick Rose suited up and relaxed. Played it cool. Only to find out the Bulls are pretty good without him. Boston did that Thursday — they came out without their usual fire and it caught up with them in…

  20. Friday And-1 links: Wade, LeBron and the pick-and-roll

    Apr 6, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    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. • Miami is changing up some of its offensive sets to be better prepared…

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