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  1. NBA Playoffs: Bulls win game 1 vs. 76ers, but Rose injured

    Apr 28, 2012, 3:59 PM EDT

    Rose injury

    Everything was going perfectly for the Bulls in Game 1 of their series against the Philadelphia 76ers. Philadelphia was having no luck scoring on the Bulls’ defense, Lou Williams was never able to get anything going, Derrick Rose was approaching a triple-double, and new addition Rip Hamilton had 19 points on 6-7 shooting from the…

  2. Video: Celtics talk about another run with the Big 4

    Apr 28, 2012, 3:11 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

    Garnett saying the hard times builds character is odd, but understandable. This team genuinely still loves playing together, which is impressive after five years together. It’s talked about as if this is the last ride for this team, but were they to win the title, who’s to say they wouldn’t return to defend? Rondo talking…

  3. Quote of the Day: Blake Griffin might not make it

    Apr 28, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Blake Griffin has heard the playoffs are quite physical. “If it gets any more [physical], I might not make it,” he said today, half-kidding. — Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) April 28, 2012 Haha, it’s funny, because he may wind up with a collapsed lung and everyone will still think he’s faking. Haha, that’s funny… wait, no…

  4. Your PBT Saturday Morning Opening Playoff Day Viewing Guide

    Apr 28, 2012, 9:21 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    It’s time. The NBA Playoffs begin Saturday as 16 teams begin their challenge for a championship. OK, only about seven of them think they actually have a chance. But still. Here’s what’s on tap today. 1 p.m. EST: Philadelphia 76ers at Chicago Bulls. The Sixers actually do really match up better with Chicago than Miami,…

  5. My (hypothetical) end of season awards ballot

    Apr 28, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James listens to the national anthem before their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Miami, Florida April 19

    It’s end of season award time and… well, I don’t have an official ballot. But not being official never stopped me before. So here would be my votes for the winners, plus some people I also would have put on the list. Note that the one exception is the Most Improved Player category, an award…

  6. Deron Williams wants to have deal in place before Olympics

    Apr 27, 2012, 11:48 PM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Deron Williams is going to London this summer — Team USA is bringing a crazy-good point guard lineup to the Olympics. Williams has told the Nets he is going to opt out and test the free agent market this summer, which means come July 1 he is going to have a lot of suitors. Come…

  7. Sacramento Mayor says new arena deal is dead

    Apr 27, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

    George Maloof, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof

    Can’t say this is really a surprise, but it kind of turns your stomach anyway. Talks to keep the deal for a new arena for the Kings in Sacramento has formally been pronounced dead, reports the Sacramento Bee. After two days of talks between city officials and the Maloof family, Mayor Kevin Johnson announced today…

  8. Friday And-1 links: Video of World Peace taking his talents to bed

    Apr 27, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    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. • Metta World Peace posted that video on his Web site. I pass it…

  9. Report: Nets’ Wallace to opt out of deal, become free agent

    Apr 27, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    Gerald Wallace

    As expected, the Nets poor trade for Gerald Wallace is coming home to roost. Wallace — for whom the Nets traded their first round pick in this deep draft (top three protected) — will seek free agency, according to the twitter of Stephen Bondy of the New York Daily News. Gerald Wallace says he’ll test…

  10. NBA Draft Lottery odds and draft order

    Apr 27, 2012, 4:53 PM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    You can call it the draft lottery if you want; I choose to call it the Anthony Davis Sweepstakes. The Draw for the Unibrow. After some coins were tossed and some ties broken, we have the NBA lottery odds and draft order for the June 28 draft. (Enjoy the irony of the future of so…

  11. U.S. Attorney’s office opens investigation of NBA players union

    Apr 27, 2012, 3:43 PM EDT

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    The NBA players union just went from the frying pan — a call by president Derek Fisher for a review of all business practices that was rejected by the executive committee — to the fire. The United States Attorney’s Office in Manhattan has opened an investigation of the union, reports Bloomberg. Union Executive Director Billy…

  12. PBT Extra: Talking NBA playoff predictions for first round

    Apr 27, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' guard Chris Paul and forward Blake Griffin look back as the Phoenix Suns celebrate their win over the Clippers in their NBA basketball game in Phoenix

    Yesterday I talked Celtics and Hawks with Jessica Camerato of CSNNE.com, today Tiffany and I look around at the rest of the league as we head into the first round of the playoffs, I think the best first-round matchup is the Clippers vs. Grizzles, but there are going to be some other fun series. Also,…

  13. Is Miami’s year a failure without a ring? Wade says yes, LeBron no

    Apr 27, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    Well, this plays pretty much right into the conventional wisdom. Most of us think that the Heat are title contenders this season and anything short of winning the banner means the year is not a success. Or man Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel put just that question to Dwyane Wade and LeBron James —…

  14. Photos: adidas Crazy Light 2, world’s lightest basketball shoe

    Apr 27, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    Electricity-G59166-Profile

    Earlier this week, adidas unveiled its second incarnation of the lightest basketball shoe out there: The adizero Crazy Light 2. This time, it came in at just 9.5 ounces, which is lighter than the previous version and 10 percent lighter than the nearest competitor’s basketball shoe. Here are some additional details on it, from the…

  15. PBT’s NBA Playoffs first-round previews

    Apr 27, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    Larry O'Brien trophy

    This is what we’ve been waiting for. Through the desert of the lockout  and “how u” jokes. It’s the emotion and beauty of these playoff games that made us hope everyone would come to their senses and not kill the season. This is what we powered through a condensed, roller-coaster season to get to. The…

  16. NBA Playoff preview: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers

    Apr 27, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT

    Dante Cunningham, Blake Griffin

    SEASON RECORDS
 Grizzlies: 41-25 (4 seed) Clippers: 40-26 (5 seed) SEASON SERIES
 Clippers took it 2-1, with each team winning the games on its home court. Memphis won the most recent meeting April 9, 94-85. KEY INJURIES Memphis: Nothing serious. L.A. Clippers: Chris Paul is playing through a strained groin. The Clippers need him to…

  17. NBA Playoff Preview: L.A. Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets

    Apr 27, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant smiles as he hands the ball back to a referee in Minneapolis

    SEASON RECORDS
 Lakers: 41-25 (3 seed) Nuggets: 38-28 (6 seed) SEASON SERIES
 The Lakers took three of the four regular season meetings from the Nuggets, with the only loss coming on New Year’s Day in Denver. All the games were close, however, with L.A.’s margin of victory never being greater than six points. KEY INJURIES…

  18. Knicks finally figured out who they are… but is that enough?

    Apr 27, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony and Lin celebrate beating Orlando Magic in their NBA basketball game in New York

    The Knicks tried on more identities than a 14-year-old Upper West Side girl this season. They started the season as a seven seconds or less running team, but that didn’t really work without a point guard. Then they were the Linsanity team where that system did work with a bunch of shooters and Jeremy Lin…

  19. Ray Allen “probable” for playoff series vs. Atlanta

    Apr 27, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

    Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Iman Shumpert, Tyson Chandler

    Ray Allen has sat out nine straight games with bone spurs in his ankles, but veterans suck it up around playoff time, right? Right. Doc Rivers expects Allen back, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com. Rivers characterized the likelihood of Allen being available for Sunday’s Game 1 matchup with Atlanta as “probable.” “In football terms,…

  20. Video: Brad Miller’s emotional exit from final NBA game

    Apr 27, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

    Brad Miller, Hassan Whiteside

    Brad Miller‘s 14-year NBA career as one of the more reliable big men in the game came to an emotional end Thursday night in Minnesota. It was great of the fans there to recognize the moment and give Miller a standing ovation. The center with a deft outside touch, he is a two-time All-Star who…

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