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  1. Tony Parker to have “precautionary MRI” on his calf.

    May 22, 2013, 1:56 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    There is no need to panic Spurs fans. Not yet. Tony Parker has been playing through a sore calf for a while now and playing well — to the tune of 14 points and 18 assists in the Spurs overtime win Tuesday night. But after the game he was limping a little around the locker…

  2. Report: Mike Krzyzewski to return, coach Team USA in 2016 Olympics

    May 22, 2013, 1:09 PM EDT

    The U.S. head coach Krzyzewski watches his team against Spain during their men's gold medal  basketball match at the North Greenwich Arena in London during the London 2012 Olympic Games

    Looks like Kevin Love will not have to do any recruiting after all. After saying before, during and immediately after Team USA won the gold medal in London last summer that he was done as the head coach of the team, Mike Krzyzewski has had a change of heart. Coach K will be back to…

  3. Clippers’ owner basically admits Del Negro let go to keep Chris Paul happy

    May 22, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Denver Nuggets

    We said as much in our story telling you Vinny Del Negro was not coming back to the Clippers — this was what Chris Paul wanted. Clippers owner Donald Sterling personally liked Del Negro a lot and was his biggest supporter in the organization, so something had to override that. It was free agent to…

  4. LeBron says he isn’t afraid to challenge Hibbert at the rim. But watch for floaters anyway.

    May 22, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

    Heat's James prepares to dunk against the Bulls in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    If you want to know what happens when you to right at Indiana’s Roy Hibbert at the rim, watch the video above or ask Carmelo Anthony — Hibbert sent him back dramatically in Game 6 last round. It changed the momentum of the game that eventually sent the Knicks fishing for the summer. So, LeBron…

  5. Reports: Clippers, Bucks waiting to talk to Lionel Hollins for coaching jobs

    May 22, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Whenever the Memphis Grizzlies’ season ends — which could be sooner rather than later if they don’t start cutting off Tony Parker at the point of attack, but that’s another post — Lionel Hollins is going to be a popular guy. Hollins’ contract is up as coach of the end of this season, and while…

  6. Lakers GM Kupchak denies he, Howard talked about D’Antoni

    May 22, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni and Dwight Howard react on the sidelines as the Lakers trail the Los Angeles Clippers, and after Howard fouled out of the game, during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Who do you want to believe? Monday came a report from the very reliable Dave McMenamin at ESPNLosAngeles.com that in his exit interview Dwight Howard expressed frustration with coach Mike D’Antoni to GM Mitch Kupchak. Which isn’t hard to believe if you watched the Lakers at all this year. But when Kevin Ding of the…

  7. Kevin Love and Flip Saunders hitting it off

    May 22, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Damian Lillard

    NEW YORK – Kevin Love and Flip Saunders shared lunch yesterday, as both were headed to the NBA Draft lottery that night. They talk about the same issues that dominate their bi-daily conversations – leadership, expectations, workouts and, as Saunders put it, “more than anything, just about the vision that we have and how we…

  8. And with the No. 1 pick in the draft, the Cavaliers… trade it?

    May 22, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Dan Gilbert, Nick Gilbert

    The top pick in the NBA draft hasn’t been traded in two decades — elite talent wins in this league and you get that by being bad, winning the lottery and drafting it. But there is no elite talent in this year’s draft class. So…. It’s been said by people around the league for a…

  9. All 18 assists from Tony Parker Tuesday night (VIDEO)

    May 22, 2013, 8:12 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Tony Parker takes what you give him. If you want him to score, he can do that — he is quick getting to the rim, has a solid jumper and still has the best floater in the game. But if you take away his shot he will beat you with the pass. And he beat…

  10. Three things about Game 2: Tony Parker is that good but Randolph, Grizzlies figuring it out

    May 22, 2013, 2:57 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    That was more like what we expected out of this series — close, intense, physical. Well, it was close for the final 17 minutes (just ignore the first 36), but in the end the Spurs got the win and are up 2-0 in the series. Here are three takeaways from this game. • Yes, Tony…

  11. Spurs need overtime in Game 2 to beat Grizzlies, take a 2-0 series lead

    May 22, 2013, 1:32 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    The Spurs looked every bit as dominant through three quarters of Game 2 against the Grizzlies as they did in completing a rout of their opponent in the first game of the series. Memphis couldn’t score, Tony Parker was carving up the Grizzlies’ defense on the way to a career-high 18 assists, and San Antonio…

  12. Tony Allen flops on flagrant foul from Manu Ginobili that helped Grizzlies force overtime in Game 2 (VIDEO)

    May 22, 2013, 12:45 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Late in the fourth quarter of Game 2 between the Spurs and the Grizzlies, San Antonio was clinging to a four-point lead with under 30 seconds remaining. Manu Ginobili was double-teamed by Zach Randolph and Tony Allen, and lost the ball to Randolph, who flipped it ahead to Allen for what was sure to be…

  13. Cavaliers bask in another lottery victory

    May 21, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT

    NBA Draft Lottery Basketball

    Two years ago, Nick Gilbert made famous his catch phrase – “What’s not to like?” – when his father’s Cavaliers won the NBA Draft lottery with Nick as the team’s on-stage representative. Since, Nick has been asked many times, “What’s not to like?” by interviewers who expect a response without considering that the phrase is…

  14. Kevin Love ready to lobby Mike Krzyzewski to return as Team USA’s coach in 2016 Olympics

    May 21, 2013, 11:13 PM EDT

    Kevin Love, Andrei Kirilenko

    NEW YORK – If Mike Krzyzewski is unsure whether to return as USA Basketball’s coach for the 2016 Olympics, would Kevin Love try to convince the Duke coach to return? “Of course,” Love said. Love said he’s been in “constant contact” with Men’s National Team Director Sean Ford about Krzyzewski’s status. “I’ve really enjoyed my…

  15. One terrible sequence sums up one terrible half by Grizzlies (VIDEO)

    May 21, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    That sequence — seven missed shots inside five feet in a row — pretty much sums up the first half for Memphis. Tony Allen has his shot rejected blocked. But he got the ball back then missed a bunny. Zach Randolph came in and missed a tip in (he was 1-of-10 shooting in the first…

  16. For second time in three years Cavaliers win NBA draft lottery

    May 21, 2013, 9:18 PM EDT

    Dan Gilbert, Nick Gilbert

    You need some luck if you’re going to build a winner through the lottery (just ask the Thunder). Cleveland has gotten it’s share luck lately. Or, it’s just Karma balancing itself out, if you prefer. For the second time in three years the Cleveland Cavaliers have got the balls to bounce their way and have…

  17. For fun, here are the top 10 dunks of the second round (VIDEO)

    May 21, 2013, 8:08 PM EDT

    Tayshaun Prince, Reggie Jackson

    While the defensive minded teams are left (not so coincidentally) and that has some fans missing the flavor of the day in the NBA playoffs (Curry?), there have been some good plays. So for a little fun, here are the top 10 dunks of the second round of the NBA playoffs as compiled by the…

  18. It’s official: Michael Jordan says Bobcats to become Hornets again

    May 21, 2013, 7:44 PM EDT

    Charlotte Hornets logo

    UPDATE 7:44 pm: Michael Jordan stepped on stage and made it official. Saying he wanted to “bring the buzz back” to Charlotte, he confirmed that the Bobcats will change their names to the Hornets. The goal is to have that in place by the start of the 2014-15 season (they will play one last season…

  19. PBT Extra: Eastern Conference Finals preview time

    May 21, 2013, 6:54 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game One

    And then there were four… With the NBA down to the final four in the conference finals, today Kay Adams and I talk about the Heat and the Pacers. The central matchup to me is Roy Hibbert and Chris Bosh — how much of a disruptive force can Hibbert be defensively if he is watching…

  20. It’s official, Colangelo out as Raptors GM, moves to business side

    May 21, 2013, 5:28 PM EDT

    Dwayne Casey

    Bryan Colangelo is still going to collect a paycheck from the Raptors. But he’s not going to have sway over the basketball side of the operations — and that’s what matters most to Raptors fans. Tim Leiweke, the new CEO of Raptors owner Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, confirmed previous reports Tuesday on a conference…

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