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  1. Breaking down the seeding chase in the Eastern Conference

    Apr 2, 2013, 3:08 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony reacts after making a three-point shot against Boston Celtics during their NBA game in New York

    Unlike their friends in the West, there really is no playoff chase in the East. The top eight teams are pretty much locked in, starting with Miami as the one seed down to the Bucks, the current eight seed. The Sixers are six games back of the Bucks for that final playoff spot, so while…

  2. Steve Nash out for Lakers on Tuesday vs. Mavericks

    Apr 2, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

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    It what is the biggest must-win game of the season for the Lakers Tuesday night — at home against the Mavericks, the two teams chasing the Jazz for the final playoff spot in the West — they will be without one of their key off-season acquisitions. Steve Nash, who has been limited the last couple…

  3. Damian Lillard’s future goal: MVP

    Apr 2, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Hornets Trail Blazers Basketball

    At some point during the NBA award season, Damian Lillard is going to pick up the Rookie of the Year hardware. It is the biggest lock of the award season (even ahead of the inevitable LeBron MVP). The question with Lillard — who is older than most of his draft class after a four-year college…

  4. Kobe Bryant likes to remind Shaq who has more rings

    Apr 2, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    When Kobe Bryant got ring number five, he couldn’t hide his glee at having more rings than his rival Shaquille O’Neal — he talked about it in his press conference minutes after the game ended. Now, on the day the Lakers will retire Shaquille O’Neal’s jersey, Kobe told Marc Spears of Yahoo that he likes…

  5. Heat to rest LeBron, Wade, Chalmers vs. Knicks Tuesday

    Apr 2, 2013, 11:58 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James looks on next to teammate Dwyane Wade while their team plays the Orlando Magic during their NBA basketball game in Orlando

    This takes away some of the luster from one of Tuesday’s marquee games. It also thwarts any “we beat those red hot Heat” momentum the Knicks might try to build out of Tuesday night’s matchup. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers will all sit out for the Heat on Tuesday night when the Knicks…

  6. Okafor not opting out, will return to Wizards next year

    Apr 2, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

    Emeka Okafor, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

    Some guys entering the last year of their contract are willing to take a little haircut on their salary in the short term to get the security of a healthy-sized multi-year deal. For example, Andre Iguodala is expected to opt out of his $16.1 million contract for next season to seek a long-term deal (likely…

  7. John Wall admits a number of point guards are better than him, still wants to get paid

    Apr 2, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

    John Wall

    It remains one of the interesting questions of the NBA off-season: How much do the Wizards offer John Wall in a contract extension? The Wizards are going to make an offer and they’ve suggested it’s substantial. I think something close to Stephen Curry’s four year, $44 million seems about right. Since getting back and healthy…

  8. Caron Butler had the best tip-in of the season Monday (VIDEO)

    Apr 2, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

    Caron Butler

    You don’t see as many tip-ins in the NBA anymore, mostly because guys like Blake Griffin don’t tip the ball in so much as throw it down with authority. But on a Griffin missed jumper at the end of the half Monday night Caron Butler made an impressive tip-in play — he got to a…

  9. Bo Jackson has Derrick Rose’s back

    Apr 2, 2013, 10:06 AM EDT

    Bo Jackson

    Bo Jackson is a Chicago legend — the American League All-Star who hit a home run in the All-Star Game then in the off-season was running over linebackers as a member of the Los Angeles Raiders. He was one of the great American athletes ever. His Tecmo Bowl video-game self was the most unstoppable sports…

  10. Bucks’ Larry Sanders inadvertently elbows referee in head (VIDEO)

    Apr 2, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Larry Sanders

    It was the game’s opening tip, Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders is lined up for the jump ball, won it, and as he came down inadvertently elbowed referee Bill Kennedy in the head. Ouch. We need to add that Sanders leads the league in technicals with 14 (and he has a lot of ejections), but this didn’t…

  11. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Pacers look good, Clippers…. meh

    Apr 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Roy Hibbert

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wondering why UFO reports are down…. Pacers 109, Clippers 106:After the Clippers loss over the weekend coach Vinny Del Negro ripped the team for hits energy. He could have said the same thing after this one. Roy Hibbert showed up ready to…

  12. Three Stars of the Night: Roy Hibbert looks good (against Clippers defense)

    Apr 2, 2013, 4:02 AM EDT

    Roy Hibbert

    Honorable mention tonight goes to the fans of the Toronto Raptors for the reception they gave Jose Calderon, and to the Rockets Omer Asik who had 22 points and 18 rebounds in a win. Third Star: Rudy Gay (34 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists) He put up big numbers and did it shooting efficiently —…

  13. Mike Conley hits driving layup to beat Spurs (VIDEO)

    Apr 2, 2013, 1:01 AM EDT

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    For a Grizzlies team that could use a little confidence boost headed to the playoffs, this was it — they beat the Spurs on a dramatic last-second shot. They did it by creating a shot under pressure — what people thought they would struggle to do without Rudy Gay. The game was tied 90-90 with…

  14. Jose Calderon heads toward wrong locker room at halftime of Pistons-Raptors

    Apr 1, 2013, 11:48 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons' Calderon greets announcer Kuhn before playing Toronto Raptors in their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Jose Calderon spent 7.5 years with the Raptors, and when he returned to Toronto as a Piston tonight, Raptors fans gave him multiple standing ovations. Calderon, while high fiving fans at halftime, appeared to get caught up in the moment: The look on Calderon’s face when he realizes his gaffe is fantastic. The look on…

  15. Jason Maxiell out for season with detached retina, surgery

    Apr 1, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

    Maxiell_Jason

    A couple weeks ago, Pistons forward Jason Maxiell was noticed some blurry vision, got some eye drops from the team and thought that was that. Except it kept getting worse. Maxiell went to a specialist who found something more serious — a detached retina. That requires surgery and he had it Sunday, which means he…

  16. Maybe it’s contagious: Wizards play with Obama, his shot goes cold

    Apr 1, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

    Barack Obama

    Maybe it’s just something about the Wizards. The Wizards’ biggest names — John Wall, Bradley Beal, Nene and Emeka Okafor — got to play ball with Barack Obama Monday after the White House annual Easter egg roll event. And the Commander in Chief went ice cold, according to J. Michael at CSNWashington.com. He missed about…

  17. Kyle Lowry suggests Nene holds back John Wall

    Apr 1, 2013, 7:04 PM EDT

    Wizards players on the bench react in their NBA basketball game against the Knicks in New York

    John Wall had 18 points and 10 assists to help the Wizards beat the Raptors last night, even though Nene missed the game due to injury. Or if you ask Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry, maybe that was because Nene missed the game. “The floor is a little more spaced for him,” Lowry said of…

  18. Lawson likely out “weeks” with plantar fascia tear in heel

    Apr 1, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

    Tony Parker,Danny Green, Ty Lawson

    When the news leaked that Ty Lawson had a plantar fascia tear in right heel we told you this was not good news — Pau Gasol had just been out six weeks with a plantar fascia tear. There remains no official timetable with Lawson but in a story about the optimism around the Nuggets on…

  19. Knicks ready to celebrate 50 wins

    Apr 1, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    The Knicks are 46-26, and though a 4-6 finish to the season probably wouldn’t please them, they’re acting like it would be come with some positives. Ian Begley of ESPN: On the white board in a back corner of the Knicks’ locker room, “50” was written in blue marker, big enough for everyone to see.…

  20. Wizards making late-season push

    Apr 1, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards' Wall brings ball up court past coach Wittman during NBA basketball game against Toronto Raptors in Washington

    Momentum is building in Washington, where the Wizards have won their last seven home games. A palpable sense of excitement surrounds the team, which is closing in on its goal. Though achieving the feat seemed unlikely as recently as weeks ago, the players openly talk about it now. Against all odds, the Wizards might somehow…

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