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  1. McMillan is or is not still the frontrunner for Pistons job. Depends on whom you ask.

    May 14, 2013, 12:15 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Here are the two things we know for sure about the Detroit Pistons coaching search: 1) Phil Jackson is helping them out as a consultant. 2) They have talked to a lot of people so far: Nate McMillan, Lindsay Hunter, Mike Budenholzer, Darrell Walker and J.B. Bickerstaff. And that’s the ones we know of. After…

  2. Dwyane Wade reveals unsettling detail about his knee injury

    May 14, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Midway through the second quarter of the Heat’s Game 4 win over the Bulls, Dwyane Wade reaggravated an injury to his right knee that he’s been struggling to deal with all season long. We’ve seen the severity of the injury manifest itself in Wade’s game-to-game performances. He’s simply not been the explosive All-Star capable of…

  3. Knicks waiting for an orthopedic surgeon to fly in and diagnose Iman Shumpert’s knee

    May 14, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game Two

    Trailing the Pacers 2-1 in their second-round series, the Knicks need all the good news they can get. This is not it. Tina Cervasio of MSG Network: An orthopedic is flying in to evaluate Shumpert's left knee. Woodson says its swollen and "They will direct me…where to go w Iman" #Knicks — Tina Cervasio (@TinaCervasio)…

  4. Bulls’ Marquis Teague scores two for Heat. It was that kind of night. (VIDEO)

    May 14, 2013, 11:23 AM EDT

    Marquis Teague

    That pretty much sums up the Bulls night — the only bucket Marquis Teague made all game was one for the Heat. Chicago shot 25.7 percent Monday night and fell to Miami in a Game 4 that was just an unfortunate mess. The Bulls stars went cold (it was more than just the Heat defense)…

  5. Want to design the new Mavericks’ uniform? Mark Cuban would like you to try.

    May 14, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT

    Dallas uniforms

    After his fashion choices during the playoffs, it is clear Dwyane Wade should be the one to design the new Dallas Mavericks uniforms. But you can get the job, instead. Dallas is considering a uniform change in a couple years and owner Mark Cuban deiced to crowd source the new look. He went to his…

  6. Report: People close to Paul Pierce think Celtics don’t bring him back

    May 14, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce

    The video above from Sunday on Comcast Sportsnet New England, it is CSNNE’s Boston Celtics sideline reporter Greg Dickerson debating what a lot of Celtics fans are debating right now: Tear it down now or bring Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and the rest of the band back for one more year. The Celtics have until…

  7. Steve Ballmer “on a rampage,” playing Russian Roulette with Seattle’s NBA future

    May 14, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    steve_ballmer1

    It has been said throughout the Sacramento Kings saga that the presence of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in Seattle’s ownership team has been a big plus as they seek to buy and relocate the team. Worth $15 billion according to Forbes and ranked No. 51 on its billionaire list, he and Chris Hansen were called…

  8. Durant’s scoop layup to send game to OT (VIDEO)

    May 14, 2013, 3:12 AM EDT

    Thunder Grizzlies Basketball

    Kevin Durant is doing all he can. The best pure scorer in the game today is keeping Oklahoma City close to the Memphis Grizzlies. He did it by scoring 27 points, and adding 7 rebounds and 7 assists in Game 4. And by isolating with 10 seconds and driving to hit a scooping layup that…

  9. Grizzlies come from 17 down, take 3-1 series lead with Game 4 overtime win over Thunder

    May 14, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    The Thunder were going to need otherworldly performances out of Kevin Durant in every game they planned on winning against the Grizzlies in this series. And even then, there was no guarantee that victory would be theirs, considering the fact that they’d need at least one other person to step up and deliver an above…

  10. LeBron James’ monster dunk off turnover sums up Heat’s night (VIDEO)

    May 13, 2013, 11:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James grabs a rebound from Chicago Bulls' Butler during the second half of Game 4 in their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final game in Chicago, Illinois

    This pretty much sums up Monday night for the Bulls. Nate Robinson can’t handle the aggressive trap the Heat have put on him (for a couple of games now), the Heat steal the ball and on the fast break is on. Then there is LeBron James to finish. Miami went on to win this game…

  11. Bad shooting night for Bulls dooms them in game Game 4. And series.

    May 13, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Four

    To steal an old Chick Hearn phrase, the Bulls couldn’t throw a pea in the ocean. With their season hanging in the balance, Chicago hit just 25.7 percent of their shots Monday night. Just a hair better than one in four shots went in. It wasn’t great Miami defense (although it was good), it was…

  12. Monday And-1 links: Andre Drummond to work out with Hakeem

    May 13, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    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 like Chicagoans love to boo LeBron James… • Detroit rookie big man Andre Drummond…

  13. Preview: Durant can do more but will need more help for OKC to even series with Memphis

    May 13, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    When you hear GMs — or sometimes television pundits or Internet bloggers — talking about a team needing an identity, this series is exactly why. The Thunder have had to scramble under pressure to develop a new identity without Russell Westbrook, to figure out how they can generate baskets outside Kevin Durant. The result was…

  14. Report: NBA to open up discussions of new TV contract this summer

    May 13, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

    guy watching television

    The iron is not going to be hotter for sports rights television deals. In a world where we DVR “Mad Men” and “Game of Thrones” to watch whenever our schedule suits us, sports remains appointment viewing — you will find out what happens if you wait. And in the case of the NBA you get…

  15. Report: Jerry Sloan meets with Bucks to discuss coaching job

    May 13, 2013, 4:34 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    How do you think Brandon Jennings and Jerry Sloan would get along? It could happen. Sloan, the long time coach of the Jazz who retired a couple years ago mid-season, met with Bucks management to discuss the job, reports Sam Amick at USA Today. According to two people with knowledge of the situation, the former…

  16. PBT Draft preview: Is Trey Burke the next Lillard? He’ll be an impact rookie.

    May 13, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT

    Trey Burke

    For the next five weeks PBT will be profiling likely first-round draft picks in the upcoming NBA Draft. We start with one of the more household names in this draft. If you are looking for the next Damian Lillard — not in terms of style of play, but in terms of a rookie who could…

  17. LeBron James, Joakim Noah headline NBA All-Defensive team

    May 13, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

    If you were anchoring your defense with one center in the NBA right now who would it be? For the past few years the answer was Dwight Howard, he was the perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate (voted on by the media) and NBA All-Defensive First Team, voted on by the coaches. But if…

  18. Knicks assistant Darrell Walker to interview with Pistons

    May 13, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Darrell Walker

    The Pistons have interviewed Nate McMillan, Mike Budenholzer, Lindsey Hunter and J.B. Bickerstaff, and Detroit isn’t slowing what has become a pretty wide-reaching search. Marc Stein of ESPN: Sources say that Knicks assistant coach Darrell Walker will soon get an interview for the position vacated by Lawrence Frank. Walker went 56-113 (.331) as a head…

  19. Preview: Bulls defense solving Heat bigger issues than referees

    May 13, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

    The Chicago Bulls have much, much bigger issues right now than the referees. You couldn’t tell that from the talk around Chicago or even at times from coach Tom Thibodeau. It’s about the foul calls, it’s about LeBron James the flopper. For the coach and his $35,000 rant, that was simply him trying to influence…

  20. Kevin Durant: ‘I can do a lot more’

    May 13, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant falls to the floor against Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen in the final moments in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Anyway you slice it, Kevin Durant is doing a lot for the Thunder. Traditional stats say Durant is averaging 34.0 points, 10.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.6 steals in 44.3 minutes per game since Russell Westbrook’s injury. Advanced stats say Durant has 2.2 win shares for a team that has won five playoff games, which means…

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