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  1. Wild rumor: Pau Gasol wants to play for Chicago Bulls

    May 29, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol walks off the court after a season-ending loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 5 of the NBA western conference semi-finals in Oklahoma City

    Take this rumor with some salt Bulls fans. In fact, you may want to take the entire Morton’s Salt facility off the Kennedy Expressway. Lakers fans can just ignore. It’s know the Lakers are going to shop Pau Gasol around this summer as they look to revamp their roster. With that background we bring you…

  2. Video: Dwyane Wade’s touchdown pass (plus other highlights)

    May 29, 2012, 8:04 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade gestures to the crowd before the start of play against the Boston Celtics during Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoff series in Miami

    It’s always a highlight show when the Miami Heat take the court. Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals was no different, including Dwyane Wade‘s touchdown pass to LeBron James. Which is trouble for Boston — they aren’t scoring a lot of points in this series and when the Heat are racking up easy baskets…

  3. Doc Rivers, Celtics teed off about technical fouls

    May 29, 2012, 1:37 AM EDT

    Celtics Heat Basketball

    Let’s just get this out of the way up front — Boston did not lose this game because they got five technical fouls. Their problems in this series are much larger than that and it only amounted to three Heat points anyway. But still — five technicals. It was enough to get referees names (Ed…

  4. Miami’s athletic defense is biggest hurdle for Boston to clear

    May 29, 2012, 1:08 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Pierce is defended by Miami Heat's Wade and James in Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoff series in Miami

    It wasn’t the technical fouls. It wasn’t the officiating period (Miami shot 23 free throws, Boston 21). It’s not about fatigue. It’s not something being more physical can solve. It is not something zone defense is going to solve. The core problem the Boston Celtics have to overcome against the Miami Heat is something very…

  5. No surprises in Game 1 as Heat cruise to win over Celtics

    May 29, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    lebron-game1-celtics

    The first game of the Eastern Conference Finals went largely as expected. With LeBron James and Dwyane Wade combining for 54 points, and with the Celtics offense being wildly inconsistent, Miami cruised to a 93-79 victory that seemed to see Boston’s worst fears in facing the Heat in this series become reality. James got going…

  6. Ramon Sessions says it’s very different being a Laker

    May 28, 2012, 9:49 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Ramon Sessions spent the first five-and-a-half years in the NBA’s small markets — Milwaukee, Minnesota, Cleveland (post LeBron era). It means half-empty arenas, meaningless games (Sessions didn’t see the playoffs his first five years) and some level of anonymity. Then he got traded to the Lakers. ESPN’s John Hollinger once said that Lakers players don’t…

  7. Monday And-1 links: You could own a shirt like Westbrooks’

    May 28, 2012, 7:46 PM EDT

    russell-westbrook-shirt

    Here is our daily 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. And as the son of a veteran, thanks to all of you serving our…

  8. Kevin Garnett feels Chris Bosh’s pain… he had that injury

    May 28, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Garnett and Miami Heat Bosh compete for the ball in their NBA basketball game in Boston

    Chris Bosh was back, working on the court on Sunday. But the Heat are downplaying it, calling it a “mild” workout and not to expect Bosh back soon from his strained abdomen. Don’t expect to see him this round against the Celtics. Kevin Garnett feels for him. Not that the ultimate competitor wants him back…

  9. NBA Draft profile: Washington’s Terrence Ross

    May 28, 2012, 5:36 PM EDT

    Terrence Ross

    Not a lot of people watched Terrence Ross last season. Because not a lot of people watched the Pac-12 last season. That’s not East Coast bias, I’m on the West Coast and I found Pac-12 ball almost unwatchable. But there is talent there. Meet Terrence Ross, the swingman from the University of Washington who is…

  10. The Flaming Lips record a “Thunder Up” Anthem

    May 28, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Harvest Music Festival

    The Flaming Lips, an alternative rock band formed in Oklahoma that has won 3 Grammy Awards, have just released a song called “Thunder Up” that can be listened to for free on soundcloud.com. The band is made up of huge Thunder fans, and they have expressed their love for the team in the past. If…

  11. Can we stop with Iverson to Knicks (or anywhere) rumors?

    May 28, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Six

    People don’t want to hear it, but Allen Iverson’s time in the NBA is done. Maybe if a couple years ago he had not been a cancer in Memphis and Philly, if he had been able to accept a reserve role and be a sixth/seventh man, he might be coming off a bench on a…

  12. Wade says Celtics, Heat matchup “inevitable.” Really?

    May 28, 2012, 3:04 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade moves past Boston Celtics' Garnett during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    There is something fitting about the aging powerhouse Celtics taking on the new team on the block, the Heat, for the right to go to the NBA finals. Sure, the Heat were there last year but this feels like a “passing the torch” moment. Which Wade gets but then says something odd about it. From…

  13. Duncan makes it clear he is not leaving Spurs after season

    May 28, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

    Spurs center Duncan scores on Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Durant in San Antonio, Texas

    Not that you really had any doubt… Tim Duncan will be a free agent come July 1, and after his rebound performance this season and through the playoffs, a few teams around the league would have interest if they could get him at a fair price. Don’t bother. Here is what Duncan told Johnny Ludden…

  14. Chris Bosh opens up about crying last year, injuries now

    May 28, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Miami Heat

    Chris Bosh clearly just wants another shot at it. He and the Heat came within two games of winning an NBA championship last season, he helped them get there by being the most consistent Heat player through the playoffs (including outplaying Kevin Garnett in the second round). If there was ever any doubt to Bosh’s…

  15. Ricky Rubio caught Spurs/Thunder from luggage carousel

    May 28, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Rubio at airport

    Timberwolves guard of the future Ricky Rubio didn’t want to miss Russell Westbrook vs. Tony Parker. No matter what. That photo you see to the right was tweeted by Minnesota’s Rubio Sunday night.  I don’t miss the #NBAPlayoffs even if I have to pick up my bro @marcrubiovives and @ainonacohi at the airport. As Kelly Dwyer…

  16. Rockets say they want to keep Lowry and Dragic. Good luck.

    May 28, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

    Kyle Lowry

    We told you this was coming at the same time that Kyle Lowry sounded like a guy who didn’t like his coach and wanted out of Houston — the team would deny this is the case. They have to. You can’t get value trading a guy who everyone knows wants out and you want to…

  17. Report: Brian Shaw to interview with Bobcats this week

    May 28, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    This was expected once the Pacers were eliminated from the playoffs. Pacers lead assistant coach and former Phil Jackson right hand man Brian Shaw is going to interview for the Charlotte Bobcats coaching job this week, reports ESPN. They also plan to meet with Lakers assistant Quin Snyder in Chicago before the NBA pre-draft camp…

  18. Chris Bosh works out on court, still not ready for Game 1

    May 28, 2012, 10:40 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Chris Bosh is not walking through that door… yet. The Heat’s big man who is key to their offensive spacing — and in the Eastern Conference finals could help cover Kevin Garnett — is still officially “out indefinitely” with a strained abdomen and will not dress for Game 1 against Boston Monday. However, Bosh was…

  19. Video: Manu Ginobili’s monster fourth quarter for Spurs

    May 28, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    When the game was on the line, Oklahoma City just did not have an answer for the herky-jerky style of Manu Ginobili. He had 11 of the Spurs 39 points in the fourth quarter as the Spurs found a system that worked — going small — and came from behind to win Game 1. Ginobili…

  20. British officials ticked Bulls tried to dissuade Deng from Olympics

    May 28, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat

    From the start, Luol Deng has been clear about what he wants to do — his wrist may need surgery but he was going to play through it and be part of Great Britain’s Olympic basketball team, the way he played through it for the Bulls at the end of the season. Even if that…

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