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  1. Rookie Fournier to start for Denver, Faried not likely to play

    Apr 20, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    This is how deep the Denver Nuggets are — they’ve been hiding rookie Evan Fournier on their bench all season. He only got in sporadically during the season as the rookie worked on his game and getting stronger and used to the NBA speed (things he talked about needing to do back at Summer League).…

  2. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers

    Apr 20, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    Los Angles Clippers Griffin drives to the basket between Memphis Grizzlies Randolph and Gasol of Spain, during the first half of NBA basketball action in Memphis

    SEASON RECORDS Memphis: 56-26, fifth seed in the West L.A. Clippers: 56-26, fourth seed in the West thanks to winning the Pacific Division SEASON SERIES Clippers took three of the four meetings. KEY INJURIES None. OFFENSE/DEFENSE RANKINGS (points per 100 possession) Grizzlies: offense 101.7 (18th in NBA), defense 97.4 (2nd in NBA) Clippers: offense 107.7 (4th in NBA),…

  3. New Yorkers sharing? Knicks, Nets could co-host 2015 All-Star Game.

    Apr 19, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Brooklyn Nets

    The Brooklyn Nets have a sweet new arena in the Barclay Center. Madison Square Garden — home to the New York Knicks — just underwent a dramatic and expensive remodel. At this year’s All-Star Game, David Stern said there were just two bids to host the 2015 edition of the mid-season game — the Knicks…

  4. Check out all the PBT playoff series previews

    Apr 19, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

    If there is one thing we can guarantee about the NBA Playoffs — besides incessant TNT promos for their shows — is this: There is going to be a first-round upset. One of the top four seeds  — some of them have very difficult matchups that will test them, we’re looking at you Clippers —…

  5. Here are your 2013 NBA Draft lottery odds (and draft order)

    Apr 19, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Grant Gilbert

    Wednesday night when the games ended (and frankly for a while before that) it was time for half the NBA to start thinking about the upcoming draft. Friday the league broke the ties and made it official — here is your 2013 NBA Draft lottery odds. And for everyone in the playoffs, the draft order…

  6. The Hype: One fan suing Derrick Rose for not playing. Also, one fan needs a life.

    Apr 19, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose in D Rose Short and Family Story Tee

    There is a fan in Chicago suing Derrick Rose for not playing this season because he claims that Rose’s absence caused him to go into depression and gain weight. Michelle Beadle and Chris Mannix of NBC’s show The Crossover think what you and I did — are you kidding me? Bulls fans have a right…

  7. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets

    Apr 19, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets

    SEASON RECORDS Oklahoma City: 60-22, first seed in East Houston: 45-37, eighth seed in East SEASON SERIES The Thunder won 2-1, though that doesn’t truly capture how much they dominated the series. Oklahoma City won by 22 and 30, and Houston won by just three. KEY INJURIES Oklahoma City: Kevin Martin and Kendrick Perkins haven’t…

  8. Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk declares for NBA draft

    Apr 19, 2013, 4:59 PM EDT

    WCC Basketball Tournament - Championship Saint Mary's v Gonzaga

    This was expected, it’s just strange to think of Gonzaga as a place players leave early to get to the NBA. This was expected and now it is official, Gonzaga’s star center Kelly Olynyk has declared for the NBA draft reports the Spokane Spokesman-Review. He’s considered a late lottery, mid-first round pick, with DraftExpress having…

  9. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls

    Apr 19, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets center Lopez is fouled by Chicago Bulls forward Deng in front of Bulls center Mohammed in the second half of their NBA basketball game in New York

    SEASON RECORDS Brooklyn: 49-33, fourth seed in East Chicago: 45-37, fifth seed in East SEASON SERIES The Bulls won 3-1, but one win came by one and another came by two. KEY INJURIES Chicago: Derrick Rose is out until he’s not, and at this point, the Bulls can’t really worry about him. They can, however,…

  10. Joakim Noah will not start Saturday, sounds like a guy who may not play all series

    Apr 19, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    It’s not that the Chicago Bulls plans have to change dramatically if Joakim Noah is out during the playoffs, they are still going to try and be physical and grind the Nets down. They just aren’t going to be as good at it. Noah sounds like a guy who is not going to play. Not…

  11. Fantastic read looks at contradictions that make up Popovich

    Apr 19, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Gregg Popovich is simply the best coach in basketball. But he comes with inherent contradictions — he is both the curmudgeonly guy who has no use for Craig Sager between quarters and the guy players love and would run through a wall for. He is the guy who was perfectly happy coaching at no-scholarship, below…

  12. PBT Podcast: Playoff preview edition

    Apr 19, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    In this episode of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss all eight of the first round playoff matchups. We take an especially close look at the Knicks and the Celtics, the Bulls and the Nets, the Spurs and the Lakers, the Clippers and the Grizzlies, and the Warriors and the Nuggets.…

  13. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Golden State Warriors vs. Denver Nuggets

    Apr 19, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Ty Lawson, Stephen Curry

    SEASON RECORDS Denver: 57-25 third in the West Golden State: 47-35 sixth in the West SEASON SERIES The Nuggets won the season series 3-1, which included two 11 point victories and a double overtime win in their first match up of the season. The Warriors lone win was by a single point when David Lee dominated with…

  14. Report: Cavaliers may move quickly to sign Mike Brown. Why exactly?

    Apr 19, 2013, 12:47 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Are there really a lot of teams clamoring for the services of Mike Brown? We told you yesterday that the Cleveland Cavaliers were considering bringing back Mike Brown to coach the team after the firing of Byron Scott. I could see that. Despite what Lakers fans think, Brown is a solid NBA coach. The real…

  15. Sixers will consider Bynum return but have bigger issues to deal with

    Apr 19, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers introduce Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson

    The Philadelphia 76ers gambled and lost. They traded Andre Iguodala to get back Andrew Bynum and rebuild their roster around an elite big man. Problem was, he’s an elite big man with terrible knees that never saw the court. And the aftermath of that decision is just beginning to come to down on the team.…

  16. Top 10 dunks of NBA regular season (VIDEO)

    Apr 19, 2013, 11:54 AM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Brandon Knight

    Among the things this NBA regular season gave us, there were some just ridonkulous dunks. (And yes, that’s a word. They used it on “How I Met Your Mother” and everything.) Just flat out crazy stuff. So here you go. On the day before the playoffs start let’s take a little trip down memory lane…

  17. Stephen Jackson says disagreement with Popovich over how good a player S-Jax is

    Apr 19, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT

    Stephen Jackson

    You’ve seen the Spurs play and you know how it works — everyone fits in their role on the team. Even Tim Duncan and Tony Parker — they have a bigger role with more touches but it is still a role, a cog in the machine. Stephen Jackson was not fitting that role so he…

  18. Looking at the possible first round upsets in the NBA playoffs

    Apr 19, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Heat's Bosh and Bulls' Boozer await a rebound from a Miami free throw in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    There are some first round series in the NBA playoffs, like the one between the Heat and the Bucks, for example, that are nothing more than foregone conclusions. But there are others where the lower seed has a more than legitimate shot at beating a higher-seeded team winning and advancing, at least in theory. In…

  19. 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…

  20. 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”…

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