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  1. Report: Clippers GM Olshey interviews with Trail Blazers

    May 29, 2012, 12:34 PM EDT

    Neil Olshey

    The rumor has been the Portland Trail Blazers first choice to fill their permanent general manager seat is one current GM from Los Angeles. But this is not the one we were thinking of. From the twitter of Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. Also, league sources say Clippers GM Neil Olshey met with Portland owner Paul…

  2. Rajon Rondo says Heat “have to hit the deck, too”

    May 29, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    If you are going to beat the Heat, you have to turn them into jump shooters. If Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are getting dunks and layups you are in trouble. Even Ronny Turiaf makes his dunks. You have to push them out away from the hoop. Boston didn’t do that in Game 1, Miami…

  3. Video: Coaches Spoelstra, Rivers talk about Game 1

    May 29, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra watches Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series against the Miami Heat in Indianapolis

    Boston has some changes to make after getting handled easily in Game 1. Doc Rivers talks above about taking away the layups Miami got — the Celtics players talked about being more physical. What Rivers really needs to do is find a way to get more points on the board because this isn’t Philadelphia and…

  4. Jerry West says Warriors need veteran role players

    May 29, 2012, 10:22 AM EDT

    Jerry West

    I feel like every story we right this summer about the Warriors will contain the sentence “If Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut can remain healthy…” That would make them a lot better (especially defensively with Bogut), but it’s just the first step. The next one is to bring in some veteran role players so they…

  5. Philadelphia to extend contract of coach Doug Collins

    May 29, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

    DCollins_Sixers

    There was a time in the middle of the season when the Philadelphia 76ers were slumping and the report was the young team had tuned out its old coach Doug Collins. But during the playoffs, when they advanced to the second round, they were clearly on he same page. With that, Collins is expected to…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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