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  1. Coach Silas, Tyrus Thomas had altercation as Bobcats’ season crumbles

    Apr 18, 2012, 6:07 PM EDT

    Paul Silas

    Paul Silas — at age 68 — may be the toughest guy in the Bobcats locker room. He’s almost certainly the toughest minded. Which explains why the team has just 7 wins this season. Sunday after another Bobcats loss, Silas and Tyrus Thomas got into an altercation, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Silas, 68, had…

  2. LeBron says it “would mean a lot” to win third MVP

    Apr 18, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    With games like his 17-point run at the end of the fourth quarter against the Nets Monday, and the fact he outplayed Kevin Durant last time they went head-to-head, LeBron James again appears to be one of the front runners for the MVP. It’s going to be Durant or LeBron (Tony Parker, Kobe Bryant and…

  3. Sixers CEO uses Twitter to ask fans who team should keep

    Apr 18, 2012, 4:57 PM EDT

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    The 76ers have some tough offseason decisions to make – do you re-sign Spencer Hawes? Do you see what the market will offer for Andre Iguodala (again)? Elton Brand is entering the last year of his deal, can you move him? Every day, Sixers fans are playing GM on Twitter anyway, so Sixers CEO Adam…

  4. Delonte West fined $25,000 for “wet Willy” on Hayward

    Apr 18, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    We kind of expected  a fine was coming for the above stupidity by Delonte West. West has been fined $25,000 for giving Gordon Hayward a “wet Willy,” according to a tweet from Utah Jazz announcer David Locke. There is no suspension, and this was not suspension worthy – especially since Hayward showed restraint and walked…

  5. Popovich says Ginobili has same competitive fire as Kobe, Jordan

    Apr 18, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT

    Spurs Ginobili shoots past Celtics Stiemsma in the first half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    If you remember Spike Lee’s “Kobe Doin’ Work” film, you remember Kobe Bryant praising Manu Ginobili. — “That’s a bad boy right there.” It was respect. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has more than respect for the Argentinian. Popovich was talking with Marc Spears of Yahoo about Ginobili (via IamaGM.com) and how he is the key to…

  6. Video: TNT and Linkin Park get you fired up for playoffs

    Apr 18, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT

    Chester Bennington

    The fine folks at TNT have cut the new Linkin Park single into a playoffs promo — this should get you fired up for the postseason. I’m beyond pumped now. I’m ready to go shove J.J. Barea to the ground…. wait, bad example. But you get the idea. After a hectic roller-coaster season of a…

  7. Mike Woodson’s big hurdle: Fitting Amare Stoudemire back in

    Apr 18, 2012, 2:40 PM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony

    If your biggest problem is how to fit a six-time All-Star who gives you 18 and 8 a night back into the lineup, you should be feeling pretty good about yourself. But this is the New York Knicks, a team with a rabid fan base and a small margin for error, so even something like…

  8. Warriors make it official: Stephen Curry done for season

    Apr 18, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    stephen curry

    This was not a surprise in the least, but now it is official — Stephen Curry is shut down for the season by the Warriors, reports Matt Steinmetz at CSNBayArea.com. Curry played in just 26 games for the Warriors this season, battling an ankle issue that plagued him at the end of last season as…

  9. Winderman: When bad teams tank, good teams get rest

    Apr 18, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade

    This is where the lockout grinder of a schedule has delivered us. Picking and choosing. With opponents. And with players. Wednesday night, when the Miami Heat host a very awful Toronto Raptors team, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh will be given the night off as part of coach Erik Spoelstra’s late-season “maintenance” program. No particular…

  10. Jeremy Lin makes Time’s list of 100 most influential people

    Apr 18, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    Jeremy Lin isn’t as influential on the court as he was during the two weeks of Linsanity that gripped New York. He’s injured and even when he returns healthy the Knicks are Carmelo Anthony’s team now. But it doesn’t make his story any less inspirational or important. Which is why he made Time Magazine’s list…

  11. Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh to rest Wednesday vs. Raptors

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    Thursday night the Miami Heat have a showdown with the Chicago Bulls. If the Heat have dreams of catching the Bulls for the top seed in the East, that is a must win game. Plus, they could use the confidence boost after the Bulls’ bench beat them in overtime a week ago. To rest of…

  12. Wednesday’s And-1 links: Beasley’s future is “so blurry”

    Apr 18, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

    Michael Beasley, Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Delfino

    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. • Michael Beasley says, “My future is so blurry.” Sometimes the chronic jokes just…

  13. Report: Dwight Howard not expected back for playoffs

    Apr 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    First, this report is believable because it’s hard to see how Dwight Howard could bounce back from a herniated disc in his back quickly enough to be a force in the playoffs. Second, it comes from WKMG’s Dave Pingalore, the guy that said Dwight Howard wanted Stan Van Gundy out the day before Van Gundy…

  14. Report: Boston almost traded Allen, Pierce at deadline

    Apr 18, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

    Since the All-Star break, the Celtics have been one of the best teams in basketball. It has been an amazing story — Kevin Garnett goes to the five, he and Rajon Rondo are beasts on the pick-and-roll, Avery Bradley emerges, Boston’s defense returns to legendary status and they are 21-9. Boston will win the Atlantic…

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Knicks shot out all the lights in New York

    Apr 18, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    What you missed while tweeting your proposal to your girlfriend — for 12 hours…. Knicks 118, Celtics 110: Huge win for New York. It’s just not a blueprint easily replicated in the playoffs. The Knicks were on fire shooting against the best defense in the land — they shot 63.4 percent in the first half…

  16. Video: Carmelo Anthony puts up triple-double against Boston

    Apr 18, 2012, 8:53 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    From the opening tip against the Celtics Carmelo Anthony was a man possessed, playing physical through contact but also with his head on a swivel and hitting open teammates. Plus, like every other Knick on Tuesday night, he couldn’t seem to miss. The Knicks are his team now and he is showing that he can…

  17. Luol Deng’s wrist injury could linger into next season

    Apr 18, 2012, 2:28 AM EDT

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

    Luol Deng is playing through a torn ligament in his left wrist — surgery now would mean missing the Bulls playoff run and he wants to be part of (and is essential to) what could be a special run. But he also has plans to play for Great Britain this summer as they host the…

  18. As expected, Kentucky’s five starters headed to NBA

    Apr 17, 2012, 11:42 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    It’s now official — Kentucky’s five young starters are headed to the NBA. Anthony Davis (the lock No. 1 overall pick in the draft), Terrence Jones, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Doran Lamb and Marquis Teague all sat beside John Calipari at a press conference Tuesday, said they loved being Wildcats but it was time to go after…

  19. Larry Brown to return to coaching at SMU

    Apr 17, 2012, 10:56 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    Larry Brown has been itching to get back into coaching, hanging around Villanova practices the past couple years and hoping for a chance. Oh, and living comfortably on all that money James Dolan paid him. Looks like he has found his chance… at SMU. That’s the report from ESPN, although the rumor this has been…

  20. Ray Allen sits out again for Boston Tuesday vs. New York

    Apr 17, 2012, 8:54 PM EDT

    Ray Allen

    UPDATE 8:55 pm: Or not. Despite earlier reports he would return Tuesday, Ray Allen sat out another game for the Celtics as they took on the Knicks. The report is his ankle is still swollen. Blame his calf muscles. 11:54 am: Ray Allen is back Tuesday — just in time to provide some punch off the…

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