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  1. Ginobili will play for Spurs Wednesday, McGrady will not

    Apr 17, 2013, 1:31 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    For a few minutes in the final game of the season, the Spurs are going to roll out most of their A-List team and get them a little run. Manu Ginobili will return to play some limited run for the Spurs Wednesday night when they take on Minnesota in an otherwise meaningless game (the Spurs…

  2. Suns players irritated by playing for Suns

    Apr 17, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT

    Luis Scola, Dante Cunningham, Ricky Rubio

    The Suns have gone from a team trending downward with no direction featuring the awesome play of Steve Nash to a team trending downward with no direction. They haven’t had a winning season since Amar’e Stoudemire played for them, and their 25-56 record guarantees the second-worst mark in franchise history, behind only the 16-66 team…

  3. Rasheed Wallace retires from NBA. Again. But he means it now.

    Apr 17, 2013, 12:45 PM EDT

    rasheed wallace knicks

    Coach Mike Woodson basically begged Rasheed Wallace to come out of retirement and play for the Knicks this season — and for 20 games it worked. He averaged 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 14.6 minutes per game giving them solid play off the bench and letting Tyson Chandler and other bigs get some rest.…

  4. Marcus Smart surprisingly (foolishly?) returning to Oklahoma State

    Apr 17, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT

    Marcus Smart

    Marcus Smart will return to Oklahoma State for his sophomore season, according to John Helsley of The Oklahoman. Smart’s decision is rather curious. He nearly certainly would have been a top-10 pick and had No. 1 overall potential this year. The point guard needs work – especially his jump shot and his ability to take…

  5. Carmelo Anthony to win first scoring title, Durant to sit out rather than chase him

    Apr 17, 2013, 11:26 AM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony battles for position against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant in the second half in their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    It has happened before. On April 9, 1978, Denver Nuggets'; guard David Thompson dropped 73 points in the final game of the season in an effort to win the NBA scoring title  (he failed, it still went to George Gervin). On April 24, 1994, the Spurs’ David Robinson dropped 71 on the hapless Los Angeles…

  6. What all the games mean Wednesday: For Lakers, just win and you’re in

    Apr 17, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    Just as David Stern planned (or at least wished for his final regular season finale as commissioner) the battle for playoff seedings — and maybe even a playoff spot — will come down to the final games on the final day of the regular season. Which is tonight. It’s going to make for some dramatic…

  7. DeAndre Jordan throws down alley-oop Lillard has no chance of stopping (VIDEO)

    Apr 17, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan

    There are better front lines in the NBA (hello Memphis!) but there is no front line that runs the court better than the Los Angeles Clippers. Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan spring up and down the court, and that means occasionally in transition they get matched up on a guy who has no chance physically…

  8. Chauncey Billups with between legs assist to Blake Griffin (VIDEO)

    Apr 17, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

    Chauncey Billups

    Chauncey Billups is back. After missing 11 of the  last 12 games with a groin injury, Billups was back on the floor trying to get some rhythm back before the playoffs. It sure looked like he had is mojo back on this play, where he makes the nifty between-the-legs pass to Blake Griffin. And Griffin…

  9. PBT’s NBA season awards: LeBron for MVP is the easy one

    Apr 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Heat's James prepares to dunk against the Bulls in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    In the NBA, reputations are made and broken in the playoffs — but that is like a different season completely. The NBA gives out its awards based on the regular season. And this season a couple awards are obvious, but a couple could go a lot of different directions. Here are PBT’s awards for the…

  10. Clippers keep dream of three seed alive with easy win over Blazers

    Apr 17, 2013, 1:55 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

    In the last couple weeks the Clippers have hit a playoff stride — they had won five games in a row coming into Tuesday night and they were motivated because they still had playoff seeding to play for. On the other side the Trail Blazers had lost 11 in a row and have looked like…

  11. Terrence Ross finishes half-court alley-oop (VIDEO)

    Apr 17, 2013, 1:39 AM EDT

    Raptors guard Ross goes high for a dunk over Atlanta Hawks guards in Atlanta

    You remember Terrence Ross, right? The guy who won the dunk contest at the All-Star Game? The contest we all panned after the fact? Well, we may not have liked the exhibition but he won it because he can throw it down, something he got to show off against a porous Hawks transition defense on…

  12. Raptors blow out lackluster, disinterested Hawks team

    Apr 16, 2013, 11:16 PM EDT

    Raptors forward Gay drives around Hawks forward Scott in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    Toronto has been playing solid basketball of late — if you don’t bring a genuine effort against them you are in trouble. Like getting blown out 113-96 kind of trouble, which is what happened to the Hawks on Tuesday night. The loss drops the Hawks to the six seed in the East, tied with the…

  13. Kobe Bryant’s injury gets Taiwanese animation treatment (VIDEO)

    Apr 16, 2013, 8:59 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Bryant watches free throws at end of game against Portland Trail Blazers during NBA game in Portland

    It’s not a real cultural event anymore until we get the Taiwanese animation version of it. So, Kobe Bryant‘s Achilles injury is real now. For Kobe haters, this should be a lot of fun. If Kobe ever sees it, he’ll just use it as fuel to come back earlier.

  14. Tuesday And-1 links: Dennis Rodman is heading back to North Korea

    Apr 16, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    Retired U.S. NBA basketball player Rodman is welcomed by Son, Vice Chairman of North Korea's Olympic Committe, as he arrives in Pyongyang

    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. • It’s his life so I pass this along without comment: Dennis Rodman has…

  15. Owners to postpone vote on Kings fate, nothing this week

    Apr 16, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

    Clippers Kings Basketball

    And the anguish of waiting for Sacramento and Seattle fans will go on. And on. The NBA Board of Governors (the owners) will meet this Thursday and Friday in New York and while they will discuss in some detail the proposed sale of the Kings to a Seattle group with plans to move the team…

  16. Tracy McGrady signs with San Antonio Spurs for playoffs

    Apr 16, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    Tracy McGrady is back in the NBA. A couple days after the Spurs cut loose veteran swingman Stephen Jackson, they have turned around and signed McGrady to a deal and he will join the team for its playoff run, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. McGrady played this season and China and has been cleared…

  17. The other time NBA teams didn’t all play the same number of games

    Apr 16, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

    pbt bill sharman

    The Celtics-Pacers game last night was cancelled and won’t be made up in light of the bombings at the Boston Marathon. According to STATS: this the first time in NBA history that not every team has played the same number of games. There are obviously more pressing issues related to the Boston tragedy, but I…

  18. Steve Nash out for Lakers final game, hopes to be ready for playoffs

    Apr 16, 2013, 4:25 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    If the Lakers are going to make the playoffs, they are going to have to do it without Steve Nash. That shouldn’t be as surprise, Nash hasn’t set foot on a court since the calendar flipped to April due to a hamstring issue. But it was hoped, with Kobe Bryant out, he could come back.…

  19. Knicks sign veteran Quentin Richardson for playoff run

    Apr 16, 2013, 3:37 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Orlando Magic - Game Three

    We expected the New York Knicks would fill the last empty roster spot they had for the playoffs — not to get any meaningful minutes, but to give the Knicks another practice body and maybe a situation player. They went with veteran swingman Quentin Richardson. The team announced the signing Tuesday. We last saw Richardson…

  20. Doc Rivers was on way to Boston Marathon route when explosions occurred

    Apr 16, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Houston Rockets

    Doc Rivers was one of many Bostonians soaking in Patriot’s Day — Boston’s own holiday celebrating it’s historic past and it’s future. Rivers lives not far from where the Boston Marathon ends and he had decided to head over there Monday afternoon. That’s when the bombs went off. Rivers recounted his story to the media,…

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