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  1. Preview: Pacers must take back paint to even series with Heat

    May 24, 2013, 1:12 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James drives through Indiana Pacers' defense during their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff in Miami

    In their Thursday press availabilities, the tones between the Heat and Pacers were different. Indiana may have lost Game 1 but there was an optimistic “we can beat these guys” vibe around the team. Miami may be up 1-0 but there was more of a “that was not us, we can play a lot better”…

  2. Raptors prepared to triple Masai Ujiri’s salary

    May 24, 2013, 12:51 PM EDT

    Masai Ujiri

    The Raptors’ pursuit of Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri is kicking into high gear. Toronto received permission to speak with Ujiri, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports: Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment CEO Tim Leiweke is aggressively pursuing Ujiri to become the Raptors’ general manager and plans to present an offer that will pay…

  3. Pelicans’ Greivis Vasquez will have surgery on both ankles

    May 24, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

    Greivis Vasquez, Jae Crowder, Vince Carter

    If I’d had a vote, Greivis Vasquez would have gotten mine for Most Improved Player award — the third-year guard averaged 13.9 points and 9 assists per game for the then Hornets (now Pelicans) this past season, playing smart basketball along the way for a team that was grooming Anthony Davis and waiting for Eric…

  4. Report: Mavericks going to make run at Jarrett Jack, Jerryd Bayless

    May 24, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game Five

    The Mavericks top off-season goal is to try and sign Dwight Howard. Have fun with that, knowing what we do about Howard it should be a quick and decisive process. But they need more than just a big man. It was evident this season the Mavs need better point guard play, and somebody who can…

  5. Pacers’ Vogel says Heat have more “intelligent” plan vs. Hibbert than Knicks

    May 24, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game One

    Roy Hibbert made life difficult in the paint for the Knicks in the second round — we’ve all seen Hibbert block Carmelo Anthony’s shot at the rim but that is just the tip of the iceberg. He altered and blocked all kinds of shots inside and owned the paint. The Miami heat scored 60 points…

  6. Report: Clippers interested in Nate McMillan as coach

    May 24, 2013, 8:50 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    It’s a little tough to predict where the Clippers’ coaching search might lead because hiring a coach is a task owner Donald Sterling takes on personally. He has for a long time. He was the guy charmed by Vinny Del Negro and hired him when the basketball operations people wanted to go another direction (and…

  7. Warriors’ Landry faces tough decision: Should he stay or should he go now?

    May 24, 2013, 8:10 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors - Game Four

    You get this sense with the Warriors — guys like playing there now. You could feel the team chemistry when you watch them play. They liked each other, they were having fun together. And that was fun to watch. Carl Landry wants to stay a part of that. But the NBA is a business. Landry…

  8. Report: Knicks’ J.R. Smith played end of season with fluid in his knee

    May 24, 2013, 7:21 AM EDT

    J.R. Smith

    J.R. Smith struggled in the playoffs. Well, he looked great the first couple games but he really struggled after returning from a one-game suspension for an elbow to the head of Boston’s Jason Terry in the first round. Against the Pacers he averaged 14 points a game but on just 29 percent shooting. His play…

  9. Carlesimo reiterates what we all know: The Nets aren’t winning a title

    May 24, 2013, 7:01 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Brooklyn Nets

    Veteran coach P.J. Carlesimo has landed on his feet. After the Brooklyn Nets let him walk when the season ended he strolled over to ESPN and has landed a job as an analyst (essentially taking the Flip Saunders job). Carlesimo held a conference call on Thursday to talk all things NBA, but much of the…

  10. PBT Draft preview: Victor Oladipo may be the hottest prospect in the draft

    May 23, 2013, 11:33 PM EDT

    Temple v Indiana

    For the next few weeks PBT will be profiling likely first-round draft picks in the upcoming NBA Draft. Today we talk about Indiana’s wingman. ESPN’s well connected Chad Ford put it this simply in a chat Wednesday: “Oladipo is the guy that GMs love in this draft.” Victor Oladipo was one of those guys with…

  11. Celtics deny Nets permission to speak with head coach Doc Rivers

    May 23, 2013, 11:20 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 6:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Nets are looking to hire a big name with a strong track record to fill their vacant head coaching position, after parting ways with interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo following a season that ended with a first round playoff loss in seven games at the hands of the Bulls. Brooklyn reached out to Phil…

  12. Report: Cavaliers considering Otto Porter with No. 1 pick

    May 23, 2013, 8:39 PM EDT

    Otto Porter Jr.,

    Most likely, the Cleveland Cavaliers will take Nerlens Noel with the No. 1 overall pick. When you think about their needs, a big man who can run the floor and defend the rim fits that. Of course, Noel is a project, a couple years away from really contributing much at all to an NBA team.…

  13. Roy Hibbert believes Shane Battier’s knee to his groin in Game 1 was intentional

    May 23, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

    Shane Battier, Roy Hibbert

    Late in the first quarter of the Heat’s overtime Game 1 win over the Pacers, Shane Battier drove into the lane and challenged Roy Hibbert on a layup attempt. Battier’s form was more than a little unorthodox as he went up for the shot, leading with his right knee that caught Hibbert squarely below the…

  14. PBT Extra: Talking Heat/Pacers, and why Indy might be optimistic

    May 23, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game One

    Today Kay Adams and I are talking what everyone else is — Heat vs. Pacers. I feel bad for Paul George because the Pacers wouldn’t have been in the game at the end if not for him, but that’s not what anyone will remember. And of course, we talk sitting Roy Hibbert a little —…

  15. Mike Krzyzewski must replace Nate McMillan as Team USA assistant

    May 23, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT

    Nate McMillan Mike D'Antoni

    Mike Krzyzewski will return as Team USA’s head basketball coach, but he must replace both his NBA assistants. Not only is Mike D’Antoni moving on, so will Nate McMillan, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports. McMillian, via Spears: “It was a great experience with Coach K,” McMillan said. “Jerry Colangelo did a great…

  16. If Phil Jackson could have any player to start a team it would be… Bill Russell

    May 23, 2013, 5:16 PM EDT

    Bill Russell Red

    It’s all about the rings. For Phil Jackson — out promoting his book “Eleven Rings” — it’s always been about the hardware. It’s about building a real team around the stars he was given, about managing the egos, about having a team that didn’t seem fazed by the biggest stages. So when Time Magazine asked…

  17. Sixers GM Hinkie missed draft lottery… maybe to talk to Brian Shaw?

    May 23, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    If the Philadelphia 76ers had beaten the odds and won the NBA Draft Lottery Tuesday it would have made new GM Sam Hinkie’s life a little easier. But he would have heard about it on the phone, he wasn’t in New York. And he wasn’t at home in front of his television with a beer,…

  18. You are not tuning in to watch Spurs vs. Grizzlies

    May 23, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    The network suits at TNT have to be happy they have the rights to the Eastern Conference finals — they got the Heat and LeBron James to showcase. Indiana may be a small market to go against them (you know the network was pulling for the Knicks last round) but at least they have crossover…

  19. Dwight Howard reportedly adds Hawks and Warriors to his free agent list

    May 23, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    As the Dwight Howard free agency news cycle rolls on, the latest report has him expanding the list of teams he’ll consider signing with this summer. It’s been previously reported that Howard is most intrigued by the Houston Rockets, thanks in no small part to a young star already in place there in the form…

  20. Pablo Prigioni wants to stay in NBA

    May 23, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    Pablo Prigioni, D.J. Augustin

    Pablo Prigioni reportedly was considering returning to Spain in part because his wife wanted to go back, but the Knicks guard is making intentions clear now. Marc Berman of the New York Post: “If I can choose, I prefer to play in the United States and stay in the NBA,’’ Prigioni said on Argentine radio.…

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