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  1. For second time in a week, Clippers beat Thunder. Hmmm….

    Apr 17, 2012, 2:41 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

    When the Clippers beat Oklahoma City Thunder last Wednesday, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were 2-for-12 shooting in the fourth quarter. In the second half Monday night, Durant and Westbrook were a combined 1-for-13 shooting and the Clippers pulled away with an 18-4 run in the fourth quarter to win 92-77. The OKC loss combined…

  2. Could Miami catch Chicago for top spot in East? Maybe. But not likely.

    Apr 16, 2012, 11:25 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's forward Howard and guard Wade congratulate forward James after they took the lead over the New Jersey Nets in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Newark, New Jersey

    A few days ago, this seemed impossible. It’s still not likely. Unless you think the Heat can start to find those higher gears we think they have but haven’t seen in a while. Still, after the Heat came back to beat the Nets Monday night on the strength of LeBron James scoring the final 17…

  3. Report: Anthony Davis, other Kentucky stars to declare for draft Tuesday

    Apr 16, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

    Final Four Kentucky Kansas Basketball

    Not even the most die-hard Kentucky fan — say, Ashley Judd — really thought Anthony Davis or the rest of the top players on Kentucky were coming back for another year. That will become reality Tuesday when Davis (the lock No. 1 overall pick and likely franchise player) as well as Terrence Jones, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist,…

  4. Derrick Rose, Luol Deng both sitting out for Bulls Monday

    Apr 16, 2012, 8:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Two

    Chicago has a lot of guys who are just tired and banged up — guys who need rest going into the playoffs. Luol Deng may be chief among those, as he has looked exhausted recently. Well, both Deng and Derrick Rose are out Monday for the Bulls as they take on the Washington Wizards, reports…

  5. Jazz nickname staying in Utah, David Stern says

    Apr 16, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

    David Stern

    The New Orleans Hornets are going to change their name to something actually fitting for the city. New owner (pending the rubber stamp from the league) Tom Benson echoed that again Monday. How about something like… Jazz? That was the New Orleans teams’ name until it left for that other jazz music hotbed of Salt…

  6. Dwyane Wade, Deron Williams out for Heat vs. Nets Monday

    Apr 16, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat

    Not that it is going to make much difference in the final outcome, but the Nets will be without Deron Williams and the Heat will be without Dwyane Wade Monday night when Miami and New Jersey clash. Williams was a surprise late scratch due to a calf injury, tweets Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel.…

  7. Quote of the Day: Deron Williams feels bad for John Wall

    Apr 16, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

    John Wall, Deron Williams

    “I don’t want to put anybody down but he’s not playing with the smartest guys in the world.” — Deron Williams, talking about the challenges John Wall is facing in Washington. Pretty spot on there, but you get the feeling the Wizards are finally trying to turn that corner with some recent moves. Still a…

  8. Don’t expect Kobe back for Lakers vs. Spurs Tuesday

    Apr 16, 2012, 5:36 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Normally, this kind of game — the two seed Spurs vs. the three seed Lakers — is the kind of contest where we try to gain clues about what would happen if they met in the second round of the playoffs. But this time, the game may be hard to read. For one, Kobe Bryant…

  9. Former MVPs think Durant edges out LeBron this year

    Apr 16, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    It’s going to come down to LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant. That is your MVP race and it is going to be close. Chris Tomasson at Fox Sports Florida decided to ask 11 former MVPs who would get their vote. Fun idea. Durant won five votes to four (with two abstentions). “I think that this…

  10. New Orleans to host 2014 NBA All-Star Game

    Apr 16, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 4:30 pm: Break out the beads, David Stern has made it official — the 2014 NBA All-Star Game will be in New Orleans. “There is no better place to celebrate and showcase the NBA than in New Orleans, a city with a rich tradition of hosting major events that is second-to-none,” Stern said. “Our…

  11. Video: ‘Melo stretches acting chops on “Nurse Jackie”

    Apr 16, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    WARNING: If you are easily offended by language do not push play. This is a cable show, they don’t have to censor. Carmelo Anthony was on Nurse Jackie — the Showtime show about a pill-popping nurse played by Mrs. Soprano (who would probably prefer to be known as Edie Falco) — and had to extend…

  12. Mikki Moore signs with Warriors. Finally he is back.

    Apr 16, 2012, 2:53 PM EDT

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    Haven’t we all just been waiting for Mikki Moore to get back in the league? Well, it’s finally happened. With David Lee down for the season and Andris Biedrins out with a concussion the Warriors have added Moore through the end of the regular season, reports Matt Steimnetz at CSNBayArea.com. (We shouldn’t make fun of…

  13. NBA Power Rankings: Rose or no Rose, Bulls back on top

    Apr 16, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Deng goes to the basket against the Miami Heat during second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    In our penultimate power rankings, the Bulls grab the top spot. They have been the best team in the league in the regular season, but there remain questions about them in the playoffs. 1. Bulls (45-14, last week ranked number 1). Huge win over the Heat last week — a little for the standings but…

  14. Video: ESPN’s great new Michael Jordan ad (without MJ)

    Apr 16, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    There are more than 3,000 people in the United States named Michael Jordan. You have to bet this happens to them a lot. Fantastic ad from ESPN.

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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