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  1. 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…

  2. 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.

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.…

  8. 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…

  9. 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,…

  10. Kyrie Irving apologizes for skipping out on Cavs fan appreciation event

    Apr 16, 2013, 2:31 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving, Norris Cole

    Monday night was the Cavaliers final home game of the season and the team’s annual “fan appreciation night” event. The Cavs were taking on the Miami Heat and that guy they used to all hate but now a bunch of them want back. Not that it mattered, the Heat rested everybody of consequence including the…

  11. 81 games into season, Carlesimo says Blatche not in shape

    Apr 16, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets

    Andre Blatche is having the best season of his career — sure, he’s scored more than his 10.1 points a game but he has been an efficient center off the bench for the Nets behind Brook Lopez. Look at it this way, his PER jumped from a “maybe he should be in the D-League” 10.7…

  12. As expected, UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad declares for draft

    Apr 16, 2013, 12:58 PM EDT

    Shabazz Muhammad

    While his stock has fallen in the last few months — he’s gone from a guy considered in the top three to a guy DraftExpress has going No. 9 overall right now — this was still expected. UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad has declared for the NBA draft, the school announced on Tuesday. “I am so thankful…

  13. What both games Tuesday mean for playoff seedings

    Apr 16, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro, Matt Barnes, Lamar Odom, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin

    It’s a slow night in the NBA, made a little bit slower by the fact the league has rightfully cancelled Indiana’s game in Boston Tuesday night in the wake of the tragedy at the end of the Boston Marathon. But that game wouldn’t impact the standings — the Pacers are locked in as the three…

  14. Pistons owner says he expects playoffs next year; quiet on Dumars, Frank

    Apr 16, 2013, 11:46 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons head coach Frank talks with Pistons players during their NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Auburn Hills

    It’s not hard to see some serious potential in Detroit — rookie Andre Drummond is the real deal and paired with Greg Monroe could form the best front line in basketball in a couple years. Add in some young backcourt guys like Brandon Knight and Kyle Singler who could have a role, and you’ve got…

  15. Rick Carlisle rips O.J. Mayo’s inconsistent performances

    Apr 16, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

    O.J. Mayo

    With Dirk Nowitzki out at the start of the season, a lot of responsibility fell on the shoulders of O.J. Mayo in Dallas. Faced with that he put up 16.4 points a game on 46.2 percent shooting overall and 41.6 percent from three (both percentages a career best). Not bad. But he was still O.J.…

  16. Harrison Barnes, Dion Waiters threw down huge dunks Monday (VIDEO)

    Apr 16, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    Harrison Barnes, Nando de Colo

    There were a couple of monster dunks on Monday we thought you’d enjoy. Above, that is Harrison Barnes (who we know can throw down) driving and then throwing it down over the Spurs Aron Baynes. I want Barnes to enter the dunk contest next year, then see if he can get some big man to just…

  17. Jeremy Lin wants Rockets to finish strong no matter the team’s place in the standings

    Apr 16, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin, James Harden

    PHOENIX — The Rockets aren’t overly concerned with playoff seeding as they look ahead to their final game of the regular season, and maybe that’s a good thing considering the hit the team took on the chin from the Suns in Phoenix on Monday. Houston was unable to match the intensity of their opponent from…

  18. Ty Lawson drains game winning pull-up jumper to beat Bucks (VIDEO)

    Apr 16, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

    Ty Lawson

    In the playoffs, there will be situations late in games (or sometimes just late in the shot clock on a regular possession) where you just need a guy to create a shot and make it happen for you. That is why the Nuggets need a healthy Ty Lawson to be dangerous in the playoffs. Lawson…

  19. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Jazz win keeps playoff dream alive

    Apr 16, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    Al Jefferson, Ricky Rubio, Greg Stiemsma

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching the news out of Boston with horror and yet were reminded of the heroism of both first responders and everyday Americans who did what they could to help…. Jazz 96, Timberwolves 80: Utah needed to win to keep its playoffs hopes…

  20. Playoff seeding roundup: Jazz win means playoff race will go to final games on final day

    Apr 16, 2013, 2:02 AM EDT

    Paul Millsap, Randy Foye, Derrick Favors, Marvin Williams

    We’re going to be talking about who gets in the playoffs — and what seed they are going to be —down to the final games on the final day of the regular season. It’s all because on Monday night the Utah Jazz beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, the struggling Suns upset the Rockets, and Golden State…

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