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  1. Do Clippers have chemistry issues? Depends who you ask.

    Apr 5, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Clippers

    We need to acknowledge that this is a historic season for the Los Angeles Clippers — it is the franchise’s first time ever to 50 wins and first time ever it will win the Pacific Division. Some luck in the draft, some aggressive moves by management and owner Donald Sterling writing bigger checks has changed…

  2. Wizards’ 1978 championship trophy was buried in a closet

    Apr 5, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT

    Larry O'Brien trophy

    If you’re a franchise with a Larry O’Brien trophy — whether you have enough to fill a room like the Celtics or just one like the Mavericks — you should display it (or them) proudly. They do not come easily. So when Ted Leonsis bought the Washington Wizards, he has the logical question of where…

  3. Magic Johnson talks about his son coming out, homophobia in a mature way many can’t

    Apr 5, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT

    Magic Johnson

    I wish every child who wants to come out as gay/lesbian could have a father as understanding as Magic Johnson. In case you missed it because you don’t watch/read TMZ  and other celebrity sites, Magic Johnson’s 20-year-old son E.J. was filmed walking down the street holding hands with his boyfriend in a public coming out.…

  4. It’s official: Nuggets’ Gallinari out for season with torn ACL

    Apr 5, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    This was expected, pretty much from the moment we saw the injury and certainly after initial leaks came out about his ACL. But now it is official: Denver’s Danilo Gallinari is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, the team announced. He will have surgery soon and that’s when a timetable…

  5. DeAndre Jordan: Fans who question his devotion to improving free throws are ‘idiots’

    Apr 5, 2013, 4:05 PM EDT

    Knicks guard Kidd holds on to Clippers center Jordan from going to the basket during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    DeAndre Jordan, a career 43 percent free-throw shooter, is shooting 39 percent from the line this season. Via Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles TImes: “Yeah, I’m aware of it, but I also work on it,” Jordan said. “I could understand it if I just didn’t work on my free-throw shooting and I’m just going…

  6. Phil Jackson returns to Madison Square Garden… Mike Woodson doesn’t need to worry

    Apr 5, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers - Game One

    There will not be “We Want Phil” chants at Madison Square Garden on Friday night (or certainly not ones with the volume and passion Lakers fans showed Tuesday where the chants could be heard in the Lakers locker room). But Phil Jackson is returning to New York and MSG Friday night to celebrate the 30th…

  7. Bradley Beal admits obvious: Shouldn’t have played through bad ankles

    Apr 5, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards

    Bradley Beal — after a solid and promising rookie campaign — is out for the remainder of the season with a stress injury to his right fibula. The stress fracture came about because Beal played through injuries to both ankles and was trying to compensate. So Beal, you want to have a do over that?…

  8. PBT Podcast: Injuries affecting the West playoff picture, and will the Lakers get in?

    Apr 5, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Denver Nuggets

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the playoff picture with less than two weeks remaining in the regular season. We begin with Thursday night’s games, where the Nuggets got a costly win over the Mavericks, considering that Danilo Gallinari was lost likely for the season with a…

  9. Anthony Davis’ bulk-up diet: Pizza. A lot of pizza.

    Apr 5, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

    Monty Williams, Anthony Davis

    Anthony Davis is on every man’s dream diet. The Hornets rookie has improved and been impressive as the season has worn on — 15.5 points a game on 52.8 percent shooting with 9.9 rebounds and 1.6 blocks a game in his last 15 contests — but there are things he needs to work on. One…

  10. Iguodala says playoffs will help decide if he opts out of contract

    Apr 5, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    Smart money says Andre Iguodala will opt out this summer, forgoing the last year of his deal to get longer, more secure one (even if he takes a haircut on his one-year salary. Iguodala is set to make $16.1 million next season but said the other day he plans to opt out at the end…

  11. Dr. Jack Ramsay likely to retire from broadcasting after season

    Apr 5, 2013, 11:41 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 2:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    It will sound strange next season to listen to one of the ESPN national radio broadcasts of an NBA game and not hear the voice and smart commentary of Dr. Jack Ramsay. It will be stranger yet just not to have him around the game — he’s been involved with the NBA as a coach,…

  12. Tony Allen: ‘I ain’t thinking about free agency. I’m thinking about a championship.’

    Apr 5, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT

    Tony Allen, Luke Ridnour

    Tony Allen, who’s 31 years old and making $3.3 million this year, will become a free agent this summer. In all likelihood, this will be his last chance to secure a relatively big contract, though he says he’s not thinking that way. Via Ronald Tillery of Memphis Commercial Appeal: “I’m bleeding blue right now, so…

  13. In case you missed them: Nate Robinson’s and Andre Iguodala’s game winners (VIDEO)

    Apr 5, 2013, 11:11 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    Just three games on Thursday but two of them came down to the final seconds and saw game winners. Andre Iguodala had the ball in his hand at the end for the Nuggets (that’s going to happen with Ty Lawson out) and he shows off a sweet crossover and move to hit the shot in…

  14. Byron Scott: Cavaliers’ rebuild right on schedule; Tristan Thompson supports him

    Apr 5, 2013, 10:51 AM EDT

    Byron Scott, Tristan Thompson

    The Cavaliers are in their third season since losing LeBron James to the Heat, and Cleveland’s records – 19-63, 21-45 and now 22-52 – have fluctuated between various stages of bad. Byron Scott, who has coached the Cavaliers during this rebuild, doesn’t see that as a problem. Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal: Scott…

  15. Brittney Griner can’t compete physically with NBA players

    Apr 5, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Brittney Griner, Kiara Etienne, Kristina Higgins, Mariah Chandler

    Mark Cuban’s declaration that he’d consider drafting Brittney Griner has drawn plenty of attention. But idea is completely preposterous, though I suspect Cuban knew that when he made his look-at-me statement. (To to be fair, I’ve certainly indulged him.) Without question, Griner is a dominant women’s basketball player capable of great things in her sport.…

  16. Tony Parker leaves game with shin injury, Popovich “very concerned”

    Apr 5, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Stephen Jackson

    Tony Parker was a shadow of himself Thursday night — two points on 1-of-6 shooting — and it got so bad, he was hobbling so much, that Gregg Popovich pulled him after just a couple minutes of play in the fourth quarter. Parker has an assortment of bumps and bruises (he missed time with a…

  17. Report: Nuggets Gallinari has ACL tear, done for season

    Apr 5, 2013, 8:39 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    This is just terrible news — Danilo Gallinari‘s knee injury suffered Thursday night appears to be a torn ACL that will end the season for Denver’s second leading scorer. It will take a Friday MRI to confirm but things are not good, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. “The doctor indicated that the ligament…

  18. Three Stars of the Night: A lot of Durant. And Boozer.

    Apr 5, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard

    Three games on Thursday night, three teams picked up wins, we’re going to honor one guy from each team. It’s just that simple. Third Star: Andre Miller (23 points, 7 assists) More responsibility falls on him with Ty Lawson out and he was up to it on Thursday night. He was the guy providing offense…

  19. Thunder take down Spurs, close the gap for top playoff position in the West

    Apr 5, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant drives against the San Antonio Spurs defense of guard Tony Parker of France and forward Tim Duncan in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    The Spurs have been known to rest their top players when their head coach feels the timing is just right, but Thursday night in Oklahoma City there was good reason for Gregg Popovich to see what his team was capable of against the Thunder while playing at full strength. San Antonio started the game with…

  20. Nuggets lose Gallinari, but Iguodala’s game-winner gives them win over Mavericks

    Apr 5, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    Danilo Gallinari, Chris Kaman, Shawn Marion

    Andre Iguodala‘s driving layup with under three seconds remaining gave the Nuggets their 19th consecutive home victory on Thursday, 95-94 over a Mavericks team that had plenty of chances. The win was a good one for Denver, considering the circumstances. The Nuggets, already without starting point guard Ty Lawson due to a plantar fascia injury,…

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