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  1. Ray Allen to play for Celtics Friday in Game 3

    May 4, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT

    Ray Allen

    Ray Allen is back for Boston. Allen is a go for Game 3, A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com confirmed it on twitter, something a number of reporters were speculating would happen after they saw Allen go through warmups. Allen is a creature of habit — few in the NBA are more religious about their pregame shooting…

  2. Howard says he talked with Van Gundy “a bunch” recently

    May 4, 2012, 6:16 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    Yes, I’m sure their real tight. Probably get together for a barbeque with their families after the season. Pound a few beers and talk about the good times. Anyway… Dwight Howard went for a walk in Beverly Hills today, and if you do that and are a celebrity you can get accosted by TMZ’s cameras.…

  3. You’re not going to like this, but LeBron has been great in fourth quarters this season

    May 4, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Three

    We all saw the NBA finals last year. We all know the knock. We’ve all heard the jokes. Why would LeBron James be a great hockey player? There’s no fourth quarter. Funny. Except, this year LeBron James has been the best second quarter player in the NBA. Over at ESPN, the fantastic Tom Haberstroh had…

  4. With Josh Smith out due to injury, Hawks need someone to step up in Game 3 against Celtics

    May 4, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

    Ivan Johnson and Paul Pierce

    The Boston Celtics picked up a solid victory without Rajon Rondo in the lineup earlier this week in Atlanta, evening their series against the Hawks at one game apiece. One has to wonder, then, what might happen on Friday night now that momentum is in the favor of the Celtics, the game will be in…

  5. Nuggets look to run way back into series with Lakers

    May 4, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, Kenneth Faried

    The Lakers present nearly every team they face with a matchup dilemma — do you put your biggest players out there and try to match their front line size, or do you go small and try to run them out of the building. Denver is down 0-2 to the Los Angeles heading into a must-win…

  6. New York post columnist “jokes” Nets should be “New York N——s”

    May 4, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    YouTube 2012 Upfronts Presentation

    I’m not going to pretend to know New York Post columnist Phil Mushnick. All I know is he has been a columnist at the Post forever and a day, and that you don’t write for the post unless you have an edge. But I have no idea about him as a person. I did see…

  7. Bulls vs. Sixers Game 3 likely sets tone for rest of series

    May 4, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Bulls' Gibson walks off the court as the 76ers celebrate a basket during Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference quarter-final playoff in Chicago

    Does anybody really know what to expect for Game 3 between the Bulls and Sixers? Would it surprise you to see the Bulls and their defense return to form, shut down the Sixers and scrape out an ugly, gritty win? Would it surprise you to see Lou Williams have one of those nights he can’t…

  8. Magic’s Ryan Anderson named NBA’s Most Improved Player

    May 4, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Ryan Anderson

    UPDATE 1:40 pm: It’s official, Ryan Anderson is your NBA’s Most Improved Player. As I said below, Anderson deserves some kudos for continuing good production this season as his minutes jumped from bench guy to starter. Not everyone can do that. Whether or not you think that should make him MIP depends on how you…

  9. Woodson thinks Amare Stoudemire will play Sunday

    May 4, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Three

    Not sure this really helps much, but it’s not like things are going to get worse. Amare Stoudemire took part in drills with the Knicks Friday morning and coach Mike Woodson expects him to play in Game 4 Sunday, tweets Howard Beck at the New York Times. Woodson was able to catch passes, dunk and…

  10. Should Knicks open up the bank account to get Phil Jackson?

    May 4, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    One year later, the New York Knicks are in exactly the same place — about to be swept out of the playoffs in the first round. At the end of a roller coaster year in New York where there was “Linsanity”, where Mike D’Antoni was out and Mike Woodson was in, where Steve Novak and…

  11. Heat, Mavericks go opposite directions after last year’s finals

    May 4, 2012, 12:09 PM EDT

    Nowitzki LeBron James

    Last June, the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat were the two teams left standing on top of the NBA mountain. They were the two teams that made, it, that advanced to the NBA finals. Dallas, as we all recall, came out on top. Last July, these two teams started traveling very different paths that lead…

  12. Friday And-1 links: Jeremy Lin has a jersey made of fruit roll-ups

    May 4, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin fruit roll up jersey

    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. • Jeremy Lin has a special jersey made out of fruit roll-ups. Yes, I’m…

  13. Luol Deng still fully committed to Olympics before surgery

    May 4, 2012, 10:44 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat

    This summer, Luol Deng will be the face of British basketball. The Olympics are coming to London and that means Great Britain got a spot in the Olympic basketball tournament along with powers like the United States and Spain. Deng is going to be out in front of that parade. Which means the potential wrist…

  14. Video: Top 10 bloopers from NBA regular season

    May 4, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    The fine folks at NBA.com put together a blooper reel from this past season, and it seemed like the one thing that might make Mavericks and Knicks fans smile today. So here you go. I mean, it’s got Dwight Howard eating a cookie, Blake Griffin‘s airball free throws, Vince Carter‘s vintage travel and more. But…

  15. Seventeen international players declare for draft, you should care about a few

    May 4, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

    CSKA Moscow's Nenad Krstic (L) vies with

    This draft is not deep with international talent. It’s deep, loaded with homegrown talent here in the states, but this is not a deep year on for the players from overseas. Still, 17 players declared for the draft the NBA announced, and you should get to know a few of them. Like Evan Fournier, the…

  16. NBA Playoffs: Thunder dominate Mavericks, take 3-0 series lead

    May 4, 2012, 12:38 AM EDT

    Durant Game 3

    Here’s the thing about losing close games, like the kind of games the Mavericks got in Game 1 and Game 2 of this series: you don’t get them back. The points don’t carry over. The 7th-seeded Mavericks came far closer to beating Oklahoma City on their home floor — twice — than anybody expected they…

  17. Hawks’ Stackhouse picks Heat to win NBA title. Bet his teammates love that.

    May 4, 2012, 12:04 AM EDT

    Jerry Stackhouse

    Sure, he’s saying what a lot of players are thinking. But you’re not supposed to say it. If you’re an NBA team in the playoffs and someone asks you who is going to win the title you name your team. So, for example, if you’re Jerry Stackhouse and you’re asked, you pick the Hawks. That’s…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Knicks compete early, but Heat roll late to take 3-0 series lead

    May 3, 2012, 11:10 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James

    The Heat took command of their first round playoff series with the Knicks, winning Game 3 in New York 87-70 to take a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. Matt Moore and I discussed. Matt Moore: Ugly, ugly, grotesque basketball Thursday and it looked like the Knicks could do the improbable without Amar’e Stoudemire, relying…

  19. Video: J.R. Smith’s amazing reverse dunk (with bonus Heat ally-oop)

    May 3, 2012, 11:09 PM EDT

    Knicks' Smith drives for dunk against Heat during Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    To me this was the dunk of the night, an impressive, powerful reverse jam from J.R. Smith that ignited the Madison Square Garden faithful and inspired the Knicks to… well, it did get the crowd fired up. Smith had a couple of impressive dunks in this game. Then again, so did LeBron James and Dwyane…

  20. PBT Extra: Talking first round of NBA playoffs so far

    May 3, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers, Rajon Rondo

    We learn in today’s edition of PBT Extra that Tiffany Simons is not a Celtics fan, we peak ahead to the idea of a Bulls vs. Celtics second round, and we talk about why the Lakers may want to hold off celebrating their easy wins over Denver so far. What, you don’t think Andrew Bynum…

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