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  1. Rose is “sick and tired of people trying to take cheap shots”

    Apr 16, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Derrick Rose looked more like he had been in a Blackhawks playoff game than a relatively meaningless, end-of-the-regular season Bulls game. Rose drove the lane in the fourth quarter and journeyman forward Charlie Villanueva gave Rose a hard foul — right across the bridge of his nose. Rose was bloodied, Villanueva got a flagrant foul…

  2. Monday morning one liners: Beasley may not see qualifying offer

    Apr 16, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    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. • Don’t expect Michael Beasley to get a qualifying offer from Minnesota, writes Timberwolves…

  3. New push to get Maloofs to sell Kings a long shot. At best.

    Apr 16, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

    Kings Arena Basketball

    There is really nothing the Maloof family can do now to salvage its reputation. Not in Sacramento, not with any person using logic looking at the situation. As Tom Ziller pointed out at Sactown Royalty, the family had an economist at a press conference in New York last week talking about what a bad deal…

  4. Tax time: Just a reminder that Jordan was at heart of “jock tax”

    Apr 16, 2012, 10:13 AM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    Send your taxes in — they have to be postmarked (or e-filed) by Tuesday, April 17. Which is a pain for you and me, but our taxes are not complicated at all compared to those of professional athletes. I’m not saying feel sorry for them — they make a lot of money and hire people…

  5. Golden State shuts down David Lee for season

    Apr 16, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Golden State Warriors

    If Golden State finishes with one of the seven worst records in the NBA, they get to keep their top pick. If not, the Utah Jazz get it (via the New Jersey Nets, who got it from Golden State in the Marcus Williams trade). As of Monday Morning, Golden State has the ninth worst record…

  6. Kobe says he’ll be back “well before the playoffs”

    Apr 16, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant missed his fifth straight game Sunday due to a shin injury, but told this to ABC sideline reporter Heather Cox (via the Orange County Register): “I’ll definitely be back well before the playoffs.” Um, how would you define “well before?” The Lakers have just five games remaining before the playoffs begin. Four of…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Lakers win fourth in a row without Kobe

    Apr 16, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    What you missed while going on Craigslist to try and find the guy who got you pregnant at that Motorhead concert…. Heat 93, Knicks 85: This potential first-round matchup proved that the Heat’s three stars — they accounted for all but 20 of the Heat’s points on the day — were better than the Knicks…

  8. Marc Gasol has hyperextended knee, MRI Monday

    Apr 16, 2012, 1:43 AM EDT

    Kenneth Faried, Marc Gasol

    What makes the Memphis Grizzlies the team nobody wants to face in the playoffs is their size up front (and the balance they have with wing players like Rudy Gay). But they got a scare with one of those big men — Marc Gasol left the Grizzlies game Sunday with 7:02 left in the fourth…

  9. Video: Derrick Rose jumper sends Bulls into OT vs. Pistons

    Apr 15, 2012, 11:54 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    You can argue if you want the Bulls should not have had to work this hard to put the Pistons away, but there are just days like that in the NBA. Plus, the Pistons will put up a fight at home, have a few quality players and are really the best bad team in the…

  10. Stan Van Gundy says the Magic assume Dwight Howard is “50-50″ for the playoffs

    Apr 15, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The Magic can’t seem to get a string of good things going for them. They managed to survive all this drama throughout the season with Dwight Howard demanding a trade, then rescinding the request, then changing his mind twice before signing a waiver, and subsequently getting into an awkward situation where his coach admitted that…

  11. Miami edges New York with execution; can the Knicks sustain going one-on-one?

    Apr 15, 2012, 4:53 PM EDT

    LeBron James Carmelo Anthony

    It was a battle of very successful, very flawed approaches, when you think about it. The Miami Heat edged the New York Knicks with a closing round flurry Sunday, 93-85. The Heat looked like the much better team in the first and fourth quarters, New York the more complete and hungrier squad in the 2nd…

  12. Why don’t more stars want to be like Tim Duncan?

    Apr 15, 2012, 1:17 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    In Saturday’s New York Times, Harvey Araton has a piece on Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich, comrades in court action, and how different they stand from the modern generation of market-chasing, self-aggrandizing drama queens that currently permeate the landscape. Let’s start here: I’m an NBA modernist. I don’t go for the “back in my day…”…

  13. Kevin Durant goes off in a line for a ridiculous line

    Apr 15, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    The new-ish trendy element to judge a player is efficiency. We’ve learned over time that a lot of guys, not all, but a lot of guys can drop 30+ if they shoot it 27-plus times. So every scoring effort is weighed against how many shots it took to get there. After all, if you’re just…

  14. Blake Griffin says his game not about intimidation

    Apr 15, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Pau Gasol

    It looks intimidating. When Blake Griffin flies in and dunks over Pau Gasol or Kendrick Perkins or Timofey Mozgov or any one of many of his victims, it looks intimidating. More than just the dunks, Griffin’s game plays to his physical strengths. He plays a power game. But he says it’s not about intimidation. “Intimidating,…

  15. Carmelo Anthony hosts Trayvon Martin family in New York

    Apr 14, 2012, 9:50 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v New York Knicks

    Carmelo Anthony was one of a number of NBA players to come out in support of the family of Trayvon Martin in the aftermath of his shooting death. And ESPN NY reports that when Martins’s family visited Madison Square Garden, Anthony went the extra mile for them. Anthony met privately in the Knicks’ locker room…

  16. Kobe Bryant can run again, but is a long way from playing

    Apr 14, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    You will not be seeing the Black Mamba much for the remainder of the season. As Kobe Bryant coninues to deal with a painful shin injury, the Lakers are expected to be extremely cautious with him in advance of the NBA playoffs. What had started as a relatively minor injury has brought up talk that…

  17. Report: Dwight Howard out two weeks, re-evaluated for playoffs

    Apr 14, 2012, 4:24 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    It doesn’t look promising, but Dwight Howard is going to sit out the next couple of weeks and try to rest and rehab the herniated disc in his back, then be re-evaluated right before the playoffs start, according to a report from ESPN. Without Howard the Magic will still make the playoffs — the nine-seed…

  18. New owner will mean new name, logo for Hornets soon

    Apr 14, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    “Hornets” is not a name that fits with New Orleans. It was a leftover from when George Shinn moved his team from Charlotte — a city nicknamed “the hornets’ nest” — but “Hornets” goes together with the spirit of New Orleans about as much as tacos go with gumbo. New Hornets owner Tom Benson is…

  19. Wizards go over a quarter’s worth of time without a field goal against the Knicks. Gross.

    Apr 14, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    The Wizards went 12:09 without a field goal against the Knicks Friday night. Twelve minutes. Tuhwellve-oh-nine. That’s just sad. Sad, sad, sad, sad, sad. But Knicks fans didn’t find it sad. They found it funny. And chant-worthy. From FoxSports.com: At one point toward the end of the run, with the Wizards still stuck on 47…

  20. Video: In other news, Russell Westbrook is not human

    Apr 14, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    Oh, good gravy. It’s the extension that sells this one. Grabs it at the furthest point of the cockback, and then the total follow through in one motion. That is not basketball. That is violent art with some props.

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