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  1. And-1 links: Adam Morrison is looking better than ever

    May 23, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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    After a one day hiatus, we return 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. • That’s Adam Morrison to the right, going with the…

  2. Video: Wade, Spoelstra talk physical Heat/Pacers series

    May 23, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Things between the Pacers and Heat have gotten chippy, like a good playoff series should. They don’t like each other. The Pacers came in with a “nobody respects us” chip on their shoulder and stood up to the Heat. Indy got under Miami’s skin. The Heat responded with a couple of blistering wins and some…

  3. Danny Granger sprains ankle, status up in air for Game 6

    May 23, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers' Granger grabs his ankle after he was injured in the second quarter of play against the Miami Heat during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Miami

    This much was clear from Miami’s thrashing of the Indiana Tuesday night — with Danny Granter the Pacers may not win but without him they are doomed. Granger sprained his ankle just 3:11 into the third quarter when he landed on LeBron James’ foot following a three-point jumpshot attempt. He rolled his ankle and instantly…

  4. Jerry Sloan to interview for Charlotte Bobcats coaching job

    May 23, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    Jerry Sloan really does desperately want back into coaching. So much so he’s willing to take on what is arguably the worst job in the NBA right now — the Charlotte Bobcats — and will interview for the spot, the former Jazz coach told the Salt Lake Tribune. (The Charlotte Observer also had the story.)…

  5. Players invited to NBA Draft Combine named

    May 23, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    Sixty guys with a dream. The names for the NBA Draft Combine to take place in Chicago have been released. These are the guys who will be measured, weighed and in most cases put through drills to test their speed, agility and shooting. I say in most cases because, like the NFL draft combine, some…

  6. Larry Bird calls Pacers “soft” after blowout loss to Heat

    May 23, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    Former NBA player Bird attends premiere of Magic Bird in New York

    Larry Bird is never a guy to pull punches. After the Pacers got run out of the building by the Heat Tuesday night the Indiana team president didn’t hold back speaking to Mike Wells of the Indy Star (via twitter). Larry Bird: “I can’t believe my team went soft. S-O-F-T. I’m disappointed. I never thought…

  7. Video: Heat’s two flagrant fouls courtesy Haslem, Pittman

    May 23, 2012, 1:34 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Haslem flagrantly fouls Indiana Pacers' Hansbrough in the second quarter during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Miami

    Miami came out with some real fire in Game 5. The kind of passion we have expected of them from throughout the playoffs… and the last finals for that matter. Apparently it took the Pacers getting under their skin to do it. But Miami crossed the line a couple of times. There was the flagrant…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Heat destroy Pacers, take 3-2 series lead

    May 23, 2012, 12:20 AM EDT

    Heat Pacers Game 5

    The Miami Heat are just one road loss away from facing a Game 7 in the 2nd round of the NBA Playoffs, but they sure did look like a championship team on Tuesday night, when they absolutely dominated the Indiana Pacers en route to a 115-83 win. There’s really only one way to describe this…

  9. Update: Police say OKC shooting not tied to Thunder game; Arrests made

    May 22, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder- Game One

    UPDATE #4, May 23,  11:26 AM: Police have made a second arrest in the case, a 17-year-old minor. The first arrest was of 19-year-old Rodney Hill. No charges have been filed but both are being held on the complaint of shooting with intent to kill. UPDATE #3 9:45 PM: Oklahoma City Police have made an arrest…

  10. PBT Extra: Talking Magic, Celtics, Durant in clutch, and Lakers

    May 22, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Five

    We were all over the map today on PBT Extra — from Stan Van Gundy’s firing and what it means to the Magic, to the Lakers next steps. As for Durant being clutch, he is good late in games. He’s also great in first, second and third quarters. The best players at the end of…

  11. Ben Wallace drives something out of Batman’s garage

    May 22, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Ben Wallace Batman Car

    If you didn’t already love Ben Wallace, an NBA Champion, a true class act, one of the best defensive players of his generation, and a guy who always left it all out on the court, you should after seeing what he’s driving around. CSN Chicago has the scoop from SB Nation’s Evan Dunlap: According to basketball-reference.com,…

  12. Video: James Harden and Manu Ginobili are similar, awesome

    May 22, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

    This video, uploaded to YouTube by “antisocial215,” uses clips of Spurs and Thunder swingmen Manu Ginobili and James Harden to show just how similar their beautiful games are — both are left-handed, deceptively athletic, good shooters and ball-handlers, and both use their superior basketball IQ and on-court grace to do some absolutely gorgeous things on…

  13. Quote of the Day: Metta World Peace takes responsibility for his play, calls Mike Brown fat

    May 22, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, holds a news conference in Los Angeles, California

    From the Los Angeles Times’ Mark Medina: Metta on Mike Brown: “It was a drastic change and took getting used to. But at the same time, we should still be up 3-2. Mike wasn’t out there guarding Kevin. That was me. Mike didn’t miss three point shot. I missed it. Mike didn’t come in out of…

  14. Jerry Sloan would be interested in Magic coaching job

    May 22, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    Fox Sports Florida’s Chris Tomasson has an interesting article up today about one legendary coach who might be willing to fill the Orlando Magic’s coaching vacancy: Jerry Sloan once coached temperamental star Karl Malone for 15 years. Perhaps his next challenge could be another such guy, Dwight Howard. Sloan told FOX Sports Florida on Tuesday…

  15. Can Heat duplicate blueprint of Game 4? Don’t bet on it.

    May 22, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Game 4 was what Heat fans expected this team to look like — LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were each an unstoppable force and played well off each other, the Heat played suffocating defense, and a role player (Mario Chalmers in the first half, Udonis Haslem in the second) stepped up. But can they duplicate…

  16. Video: Warriors owner Joe Lacob talks move to San Francisco

    May 22, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

    Joe Lacob, David Stern, Ed Lee, Peter Guber

    The Golden State Warriors pulled out the dog and pony for a show on what they hope will be the new home of their team in five years — Piers 30/32 in San Francisco. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was there, David Stern was there, the wind off the bay was there as always. The…

  17. Point guards Irving, Rubio lead NBA All-Rookie team

    May 22, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving reacts after a turnover during the second quarter of the Cavaliers NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Cleveland

    The NBA is evolving into more of a point-guard league — if you can’t touch a quick ball handler on the perimeter they are going to carve up any defense. With the rules enforced as they are, Tony Parker can’t guard Tony Parker. So no shock that the two guys on top of the NBA…

  18. Deron Williams makes it clear he has made no decision

    May 22, 2012, 3:09 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    Brooklyn, to lead the Nets into New York. Dallas, to come back home and partner with the big German. Maybe somewhere else unexpected. There are a lot of options in front of Deron Williams. But when he was seen in Russia this week the Brooklyn speculation started up again (because the Nets are owned by…

  19. LeBron calls Danny Granger’s tactics, technicals “stupid”

    May 22, 2012, 2:53 PM EDT

    Ed Malloy, LeBron James, Danny Granger

    It took a few games, but now we’re getting some real playoff passion and disgust for the other team going. For three straight games Danny Granger has gotten in the face of either LeBron James or Dwyane Wade, in an effort to show he and the Pacers were not going to back down from the…

  20. Delonte West hoping to re-sign with Dallas

    May 22, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

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    It’s going to be an interesting summer in Dallas. Can they lure Deron Williams back to his home town? Can they find a way to trade for Dwight Howard (not likely)? If those plans fall through, what does Mark Cuban have up his sleeve? Whatever happens Delonte West wants to be a part of it.…

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