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  1. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers

    Apr 19, 2013, 9:52 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers players stand during a time out in an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    SEASON RECORDS Atlanta: 44-38, six seed in East Indiana: 49-32, third seed in East SEASON SERIES Tied at 2-2. The Hawks won the first two, the Pacers the final two. KEY INJURIES Atlanta: The Hawks will be without Zaza Pachulia (Achilles surgery) and Lou Williams (ACL). Indiana: Danny Granger is still out following left knee…

  2. Jay-Z makes reports official: “My job as an owner is over”

    Apr 19, 2013, 9:17 AM EDT

    Entertainers Jay-Z and Beyonce watch Brooklyn Nets play New York Knicks in NBA game in New York

    Jay-Z is out. We brought you the report a couple weeks ago that rapper/mogul Jay-Z was selling his sliver of a share of the Brooklyn Nets so he could get into the player agent game. (Jay-Z owns less than one percent of the Nets.) He seemed to confirm the sale in a song “Open Letter”…

  3. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Los Angeles Lakers vs. San Antonio Spurs

    Apr 19, 2013, 8:46 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan

    SEASON RECORDS San Antonio: 58-24, two seed in the West L.A. Lakers: 45-37, seven seed in the West SEASON SERIES The Spurs took two of the three regular season meetings between the tams, however the Lakers won the most important (and most recent) matchup to date, beating San Antonio this past Sunday to help secure…

  4. Seven NBA playoff story lines to watch

    Apr 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    After weeks of trying to predict seedings and matchups while watching teams rest their perfectly healthy superstars, the playoffs are finally upon us. In no particular order, here are the story lines we’ll be watching when the postseason tournament opens on Saturday. How much damage can the Lakers do without Kobe Bryant? L.A. opened the…

  5. Nuggets’ Faried “hopeful” to be back for Game 1 Saturday

    Apr 19, 2013, 2:33 AM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge 2013

    When Kenneth Faried went down with a sprained ankle last week it looked nasty. Like he’s going to be out for a while nasty. The good news was that the MRI didn’t find anything structurally wrong, but how fast could he really get back? How about Saturday? That’s what Faried is shooting for, the Nuggets…

  6. Amare Stoudemire not expected to play in first round

    Apr 19, 2013, 1:58 AM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Stoudemire shares a laugh with teammate and guard Smith after he entered their NBA game with the Portland Trail Blazers during the second quarter in New York

    This doesn’t really change anything for the Knicks — they have been without him for most of the season. But they could have used him. Don’t expect to see Amare Stoudemire in the first round of the playoffs. That word comes from Knicks coach Mike Woodson, who didn’t sound very optimistic, as reported by ESPNNewYork.com.…

  7. How hot is Vinny Del Negro’s seat? Well, if they lose to Memphis, very.

    Apr 18, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    There have been no shortage of people around the Clippers wondering if Vinny Del Negro really had the coaching chops to lead this team to new heights. And so far he has — they reached the second round of the playoffs last season for just the second time since coming to Los Angeles, then this…

  8. PBT Extra: Western Conference playoffs preview

    Apr 18, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Atlanta Hawks

    Today on PBT Extra the amazing Kay Adams and myself are taking a look at the first round of the NBA playoffs. This is your Western Conference preview (the East can be found right here). Out West there’s a lot of people in Los Angeles who think the Lakers have a shot against the Spurs,…

  9. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Milwaukee Bucks vs. Miami Heat

    Apr 18, 2013, 8:24 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James tries to pass around Milwaukee Bucks' Jennings in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    SEASON RECORDS Miami: 66-16, best record in the league and number one seed in the East Milwaukee: 38-44, eight seed in the East SEASON SERIES The Heat won three of the four matchups in the regular season, with one of the games in Miami going to overtime before the Heat secured one of those victories.…

  10. PBT Extra: Eastern Conference playoffs preview

    Apr 18, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    Kings Heat Basketball

    You’re getting a double dose of Kay Adams, myself and PBT Extra today — we take a quick look at the first round playoff matches in each conference. We start in the East, where Miami advancing to the second round is as close to a lock as you can get, and the Pacers should smother…

  11. Report: Mike Brown returning to Cavaliers? It could happen.

    Apr 18, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Three years ago, the Cleveland Cavaliers fired Mike Brown after back-to-back 60-win seasons in one of the series of desperate moves they made to convince LeBron James not to leave the Cavaliers. Now they may be bringing Brown back. Thursday the Cavaliers fired Byron Scott after three seasons where the talent and defense never seemed…

  12. Marcin Gortat says lack of character in younger players a big problem for the Suns

    Apr 18, 2013, 6:12 PM EDT

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    PHOENIX — Marcin Gortat was among the veteran Suns players who weren’t at all happy with the way this season went in Phoenix. Along with Goran Dragic and Jared Dudley, Gortat is a holdover from better times the team experienced while playing with the likes of Steve Nash and Grant Hill, two of the game’s…

  13. Joakim Noah’s still hurting foot could be key to Bulls/Nets

    Apr 18, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    The Chicago Bulls are a trendy upset pick over the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs (if the five seed beating the four is really an upset). The theory goes that the size of the Bulls front line — Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson — can protect the paint and the…

  14. NBA announces anti-flopping rules for the playoffs

    Apr 18, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

    Reggie Evans; Amir Johnson

    The NBA instituted an anti-flopping policy at the beginning of the season aimed at cutting down the amount of acting players do to garner the favor of the officials. The punishments for violating the league’s rules against flopping were extremely minor, with a player getting a warning for a first offense, followed by a $5,000…

  15. It’s official: The New Orleans Pelicans live. So long Hornets.

    Apr 18, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT

    new-orleans-pelicans-logo1

    Log on to the old New Orleans Hornets Web site today and you are redirected to a new site with a dramatic change: As of today, they are the New Orleans Pelicans. The change was announced earlier this season to mixed reviews — people in New Orleans seemed to like it while people outside the…

  16. O.J. Mayo opts to become a free agent this summer

    Apr 18, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

    John Salmons, O.J. Mayo

    Squeezed by the market last off-season, O.J. Mayo signed relatively modest two-year contract containing a player option for the second season with the Mavericks last summer in order to rehabilitate his stock, and that’s what he did. After a much more successful season than his previous two, Mayo has declined his player option for just…

  17. In shock to nobody, Lawrence Frank fired in Detroit

    Apr 18, 2013, 2:28 PM EDT

    Lawrence Frank

    I officially got off the “Lawrence Frank knows how to build a team” train earlier this season, when Andre Drummond was showing real promise but was being held back so Jason Maxiell could get more minutes. Despite what owner Tom Gores thought, this was not a playoff team, it was a team that needed to…

  18. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Boston Celtics vs. New York Knicks

    Apr 18, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    SEASON RECORDS New York:54-28, second seed in East Boston: 41-40, seven seed in East (the odd number of games is due to the cancelled one the day after the Boston Marathon tragedy, it did not impact the standings) SEASON SERIES The Knicks won the regular season 3-1, but both these teams went through seasons within…

  19. As owners meet in New York, Stern says vote on Kings fate weeks away

    Apr 18, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner David Stern listens at a news conference before the All Star slam dunk competition during the NBA basketball All-Star weekend in Houston

    Over the next two days in Manhattan — in between expensive dinners and reports on the NBA’s efforts to get a marketing foothold in India — the owners are going to hash out the fate of the Sacramento Kings. In a lot of detail. But they will not vote on it. We’ve told you about…

  20. Byron Scott fired as coach of Cleveland Cavaliers

    Apr 18, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    Byron Scott, Tristan Thompson

    This had been a hot rumor the final weeks of the season, and now apparently it has come to pass. The Cleveland Cavaliers have fired Byron Scott as coach, reports the well-connected Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal (since confirmed by multiple sources). Owner Dan Gilbert has been unhappy with the Cavs’ lack of defensive…

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