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  1. LeBron says nice things about Mike Brown hiring in Cleveland

    Apr 24, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    What did you expect him to say? When LeBron James was asked about his reaction to his former coach going back to his former team — Mike Brown has been hired as the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers — you knew LeBron was media savvy enough to say something supportive of the hire. So he…

  2. Have the Clippers got their December groove back?

    Apr 24, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers point guard Paul slaps hands with teammate Griffin during Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles, California

    There was a time in this NBA season, before the calendar turned to 2013, when we mentioned the Clippers in the same breath as Oklahoma City, San Antonio and even Miami. The Clippers rattled off 17 straight wins, not losing one game in December, they were defending and they looked like contenders. But then as…

  3. Ernie Grunfeld sticking with the plan for Wizards

    Apr 24, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

    Ernie Grunfeld

    The Wizards roster that was assembled over the last year was really a multi-year plan — Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza and Nene each had multiple years on their contracts. The Wizards were locking themselves in. So it shouldn’t be a shock that team president Ernie Grunfeld said the goal is to stick with the plan…

  4. It’s official: Mike Brown signs on to coach Cavaliers

    Apr 24, 2013, 10:05 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavilers v Boston Celtics

    You can go home again. If your home is Cleveland. Mike Brown and his family had already decided to move out of Los Angeles and go back to Cleveland before the opportunity to coach the Cavaliers fell in his lap, but now he has a job to go back to. The Cavaliers made it official…

  5. Celtics with long-distance alley-oop, Pierce to Green (VIDEO)

    Apr 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game One

    Paul Pierce and Jeff Green apparently have been watching Clipper games and wanted to get in on the act. The Celtics are not exactly know for bold, athletic plays but Pierce threw the half-court alley-oop and Green went up and finished it. Boston is going to have to find more easy buckets (such as transition…

  6. Warriors go on the offensive, dominate Nuggets to even the series

    Apr 24, 2013, 2:09 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game Two

    The Warriors had a lot of questions surrounding them heading into this game. How would they adjust to playing without David Lee? Who would start in his place? Would Stephen Curry find his offense? Would anyone else step up? In order, they answered those accordingly: not much, Jarrett Jack, YES, and YES. The Warriors put…

  7. Harrison Barnes wicked reverse dunk over Anthony Randolph (VIDEO)

    Apr 24, 2013, 2:03 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors' Harrison Barnes gets a backwards slam dunk on Denver Nuggets' Anthony Randolph in the fourth quarter of their second NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Denver, Colorado

    As part of the Golden State Warriors’ plan for Game 2 — “How about we just don’t miss any shots?” — Harrison Barnes took over for a while in the fourth quarter, putting up 10 points in the period. A couple of those came on dramatic dunks. Like the one above, which is an impressive,…

  8. Another anemic Celtics’ second half means Knicks win, up 2-0

    Apr 24, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony shoots over Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce during the fourth quarter in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    Meet the second game, same as the first game… If you thought the Boston Celtics couldn’t have a worse second half than their disasterous 25-point effort last Saturday in Game 1 against the Knicks, then you don’t know how anemic the Celtics offense can become. This time they blew a six point halftime lead by…

  9. Bucks play hard but all it takes is one Heat run. Miami wins, up 2-0.

    Apr 23, 2013, 11:19 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James throws the ball between his legs to keep it in play as the Heat met the Milwaukee Bucks in Miami

    The Milwaukee Bucks are hustling this series. Give them credit, they are giving a real playoff effort. Their problem is the Miami Heat are far more talented and when they give their best effort Miami runs away and hides. The Bucks effort meant Game 2 was a three-point game after three quarters, but the Heat…

  10. Dwyane Wade was in video game dunk mode Tuesday (VIDEO)

    Apr 23, 2013, 10:21 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Miami Heat - Game One

    The only thing that would have made these highlights better for Heat fans was if Dwyane Wade turned to the camera after one and said “Who looks old now, Charles Barkley? Who has lost a step now?” Wade looked like a guy who is healthy and has quite a hop in his step in Game…

  11. Tuesday And-1 links: OKC couldn’t seem to miss, neither could their fans

    Apr 23, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Here is our regular 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. • Everything seemed to be going in for Oklahoma City’s stars in Game 1.…

  12. PBT Extra: Durant’s tired of coming in second, and Lakers must-win

    Apr 23, 2013, 6:52 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Today on PBT Extra Kay Adams and I talk about the Grizzlies and Clippers — there will be a Game 5 but that was a game Memphis needed on Monday — as well as whether the Bulls or Nets look like teams that can threaten the Heat. Then we get into the good stuff: Kevin…

  13. Kendrick Perkins: Serge Ibaka losing Defensive Player of the Year to Marc Gasol ‘don’t make any sense’

    Apr 23, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT

    Serge Ibaka is exactly the type of player who would have won Defensive Player of the Year in previous seasons. He led the league in blocks per game, and a high mark in that stat is often a precursor to winning the award. But, as voters have smartly considered more factors than basic stats like…

  14. Report: Raptors must include another asset to trade Bargnani

    Apr 23, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Bargnani sits on the bench during their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Toronto

    In a lot of cities, the drafting of, then giving a large contract extension to, Andrea Bargnani would get a GM fired. In Toronto it appears Bryan Colangelo remains safe in his job. Of course, part of that job now is trying to trade Bargnani — a three-point shooting big man who can do little…

  15. Report: Cavaliers reach “handshake” deal to hire Mike Brown

    Apr 23, 2013, 3:41 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s a very different team than last time he was there, but it appears Mike Brown is returning to Cleveland. The Cavaliers have a deal in place to bring Mike Brown back as coach, replacing Byron Scott, who replaced Mike Brown three years ago (after Brown had led the Cavaliers to back-to-back 60-win seasons with…

  16. Kevin Durant: “I’m tired of being second… I’m done with it”

    Apr 23, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Kevin Durant is the second best basketball player walking planet earth right now. He leads the second best team in the NBA. He was second in the MVP voting last year and almost certainly will be again. He was the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft (behind Greg Oden and his unfortunate knees). Durant…

  17. Chris Bosh as a basketball-playing space prince who saves the galaxy. In animated form. (VIDEO)

    Apr 23, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh wears shoes with the Larry O'Brien trophy image on them. Photo via GQ.

    I present this with little comment… because I really have no idea what to say. Maybe it’s because I’m sober while watching it. The 11 minute animated film “Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse!” was made by Miami arts group Bleeding Palm for the Borscht Film Festival (thanks to Dan at Ball Don’t Lie…

  18. Mike Dunlap fired as Bobcats coach after one season

    Apr 23, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

    Mike Dunlap

    The Charlotte Bobcats were not going to win a lot of games this season if Red Auerbach and John Wooden rose from the dead to co-coach the team. There just wasn’t enough talent. But Mike Dunlap in his one year could not seem to reach what players he did have to the satisfaction of ownership…

  19. With David Lee out, Stephen Curry becomes even more important in Game 2

    Apr 23, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game One

    The playoffs are all about adjustments, but even though the Warriors find themselves down 1-0 to the Nuggets they really don’t have to change too much heading into this all important game two. Missing David Lee certainly hurts. When looking at the match ups in this series, he was one player who clearly had an…

  20. Celtics look to Garnett, Knicks look to ball movement to spark offenses in Game 2

    Apr 23, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York

    Game 1 of the Celtics vs. Knicks played to form — the Celtics’ physical and aggressive defense made it hard for the Knicks to score, but Boston struggled even more on offense putting up just 8 points in the fourth quarter and falling 85-78. But for the Celtics there was one real reason to be…

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