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  1. Suns part ways with GM Lance Blanks

    Apr 22, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

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    The Suns have parted ways with GM Lance Blanks, the team announced on Monday via official release. The move doesn’t come as a huge surprise, considering that president of basketball operations Lon Babby was just given a two-year contract extension, and some organizational changes were obviously necessary in the wake of the dismal 25-57 season…

  2. James Harden: 29-point loss to Thunder ‘was definitely good for us’

    Apr 22, 2013, 6:26 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard James Harden directs his team against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half of their Game 1 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    A 120-91 loss to the Thunder in Game 1? No problem for the Rockets, says James Harden. “Losing like this was definitely good for us,” Harden said. ”Now, we know how to play. It’s a lot of guys’ first time here, even in the playoffs.” Call me crazy, but I think Game 1 was better…

  3. LeBron James makes bold statement that should scare opponents

    Apr 22, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Miami Heat - Game One

    The Heat beat Milwaukee 110-87 in Game 1, only their second win by such a wide margin over a playoff team since the season began – and the other came way back in early November. Miami was clicking on all cylinders yesterday, clearly locked in for a long playoff run. It barely seemed fair how…

  4. PBT Extra: Talking first weekend of NBA playoffs, Kobe’s tweets

    Apr 22, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

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    Honestly, I’m not sure how Kobe Bryant tweeting during the Lakers Game 1 loss to the Spurs became a story, but it did. Kobe’s says he’s going to shut down the in-game tweets, but as part of our discussion on PBT Extra Kay Adams and I talk about Kobe tweeting (she likes it) and the…

  5. David Lee played through back pain last two weeks, did that impact hip?

    Apr 22, 2013, 5:16 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game One

    David Lee had the NBA’s longest active streak of regular season games played without a playoff appearance (577) — until Saturday night. He started his first playoff game, suited up for the Warriors against the Nuggets. He lasted three quarters, at the start of the fourth he took an awkward step and ended up tearing…

  6. It’s official: J.R. Smith is NBA Sixth Man of the Year

    Apr 22, 2013, 3:12 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    The Knicks have the NBA’s scoring champion at forward in Carmelo Anthony. Now they have the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, too. As we told you would happen earlier in the day, the New York’s J.R. Smith has been named the NBA Sixth Man of the Year. His strong end of the season —…

  7. Grizzlies need to control the boards, increase the pace to bounce back in Game 2 against Clippers

    Apr 22, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Clippers - Game One

    LOS ANGELES — After the Clippers took Game 1 from the Grizzlies by dominating the glass, that was the area that Memphis seemed most focused on improving for the next game of the series and beyond. Being on the wrong end of a 47-23 rebounding margin will do that. But it wasn’t the big men…

  8. How the KKK helped Earl “The Pearl” Monroe become a Knicks legend (and not a Pacer)

    Apr 22, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Earl Monroe New York Knicks

    If you talk about players I love to watch old footage of on YouTube, Earl “The Pearl” Monroe is near the top of the list. He had smooth one-on-one moves with a playground feel to his game that was very entertaining. He was a perfect fit in New York. Monroe has a new book coming…

  9. Mike D’Antoni talks Lakers offense, Kobe tweets

    Apr 22, 2013, 1:58 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Golden State Warriors

    The guy many Lakers fans seem to want to blame for all the Lakers woes this year — head coach Mike D’Antoni — went on the Dan Patrick show this morning. They talked about Lakers’ loss to the Spurs in Game 1 and what needs to change for them going through the rest of the…

  10. Chris Paul sounds like he’ll be a Clipper next year, but Bledsoe will not

    Apr 22, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe, Jerryd Bayless

    Nobody expects Chris Paul to leave the Clippers. It will become a sports talk radio thing in some cities as we move closer to July 1 when he becomes a free agent, but everybody knows he’s going to re-sign with the Clippers. He may ask for changes around the organization to go with his new…

  11. Allen Iverson’s friends are worried about him

    Apr 22, 2013, 12:40 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    There are still a lot of Allen Iverson fans out there, he remains an icon. There also are still a lot of people in the game who care about him. And they are worried about him. For the people who tweet me every time I write on Iverson and ask “why isn’t he back in…

  12. Kobe Bryant sits at home, but his tweets become the story

    Apr 22, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT

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    Even 1,300 miles away lying in bed, Kobe Bryant was still the story for the Lakers Sunday. Kobe watched the game just like you did… well, his house is bigger than yours and he had more painkillers in his system than you did (probably). But he watched it on television (recovering from a ruptured Achilles…

  13. Reports: Knicks’ J.R. Smith to be named Sixth Man of Year

    Apr 22, 2013, 11:24 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Smith celebrates scoring past Washington Wizards during their NBA basketball game in Manhattan

    While there were some other deserving candidates out the there — we’re looking at you, Jarrett Jack — the race for NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year was essentially a two man race. One that the Knicks J.R. Smith has apparently won. It will not be official until later on Monday afternoon but multiple reports…

  14. Bad trend for Boston: Knicks’ veteran bench mattered, Celtics’ didn’t

    Apr 22, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Kenyon Martin, Courtney Lee, Jeff Green

    Tyson Chandler, looking rusty after missing a lot of time with a bulging disc in his neck, wasn’t himself. The New York Knicks count on him to be a defensive force that owns the paint and get a few points off pick-and-rolls, but he wasn’t really doing either. So Mike Woodson turned to his bench…

  15. Kendrick Perkins leads fast break, throws alley-oop pass to Ibaka (VIDEO)

    Apr 22, 2013, 10:09 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Perkins takes a free throw against Milwaukee Bucks during their NBA basketball game in Milwaukee

    You knew things were going Oklahoma City’s way when this happened. After Russell Westbrook makes an athletic play to make a steal, Kendrick Perkins picks up the loose ball and takes off on the fast break. So he can dribble, we learned. Then as they got close to the rim he threw the alley-oop to…

  16. Bucks’ Dalembert says he might switch sides to play for Heat next season

    Apr 22, 2013, 9:49 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol, Samuel Dalembert

    Pretty much every NBA player about to be a free agent talks in vague terms about keeping their options open. They are going to go where the most money comes from and they don’t want to limit those choices. But have you ever heard a player on one side of a playoff series say he…

  17. Before Game 1, Gregg Popovich helped a reporter with a crossword puzzle

    Apr 22, 2013, 9:23 AM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    Gregg Popovich doesn’t care about the public perception of him as a curmudgeon. He honestly doesn’t care what people think. Period. But he’s not a curmudgeon. He can by curmudgeonly, but there is a lot more to him than that one side. A really good profile of Pops by Joe Posnanski at NBC got at…

  18. Paul George with as good a chase-down block as you will see (VIDEO)

    Apr 22, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Indiana Pacers - Game One

    Paul George had a heck of an afternoon — he had 23 points as part of his first career playoff triple-double leading the Pacers to a Game 1 win. And he also did that to Shelvin Mack, who will now have nightmares of a flying Paul George night after night. Hat tip to The Point…

  19. Thunder turn Game 1 against Rockets into a laugher

    Apr 22, 2013, 12:54 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Durant , Ibaka of Congo, and Perkins share a light moment on the bench late in the game against the Houston Rockets in Oklahoma City

    The Thunder led 13-2 before the Rockets tied the game at 38, but Oklahoma City responded with a 14-1 run late in the first half. Houston hung around the fringe of striking distance before the Thunder made another 13-2 run midway through the second half. The Rockets – and the Western Conference – are trying…

  20. Cavaliers reach out to Phil Jackson, Mike Brown

    Apr 22, 2013, 12:07 AM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    The Cavaliers seem intent on hiring a former Lakers coach, and their search has most prominently included two with very different experiences in Los Angeles. One was fired after 1-4 start to his second season. The other won five championships. Dan Gilbert met with Mike Brown on Sunday night, according to WKYC Channel 3, and…

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