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  1. Kyle Lowry suggests Nene holds back John Wall

    Apr 1, 2013, 7:04 PM EDT

    Wizards players on the bench react in their NBA basketball game against the Knicks in New York

    John Wall had 18 points and 10 assists to help the Wizards beat the Raptors last night, even though Nene missed the game due to injury. Or if you ask Toronto point guard Kyle Lowry, maybe that was because Nene missed the game. “The floor is a little more spaced for him,” Lowry said of…

  2. Lawson likely out “weeks” with plantar fascia tear in heel

    Apr 1, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

    Tony Parker,Danny Green, Ty Lawson

    When the news leaked that Ty Lawson had a plantar fascia tear in right heel we told you this was not good news — Pau Gasol had just been out six weeks with a plantar fascia tear. There remains no official timetable with Lawson but in a story about the optimism around the Nuggets on…

  3. Knicks ready to celebrate 50 wins

    Apr 1, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    The Knicks are 46-26, and though a 4-6 finish to the season probably wouldn’t please them, they’re acting like it would be come with some positives. Ian Begley of ESPN: On the white board in a back corner of the Knicks’ locker room, “50” was written in blue marker, big enough for everyone to see.…

  4. Wizards making late-season push

    Apr 1, 2013, 5:21 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards' Wall brings ball up court past coach Wittman during NBA basketball game against Toronto Raptors in Washington

    Momentum is building in Washington, where the Wizards have won their last seven home games. A palpable sense of excitement surrounds the team, which is closing in on its goal. Though achieving the feat seemed unlikely as recently as weeks ago, the players openly talk about it now. Against all odds, the Wizards might somehow…

  5. Lawson thinks Denver could beat Miami in playoff series. Okay.

    Apr 1, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT

    Ty Lawson, Danilo Gallinari

    You want your players to be confident entering the playoffs — you don’t want to hear: “Are you high? There is no way we could beat the Thunder in seven games.” But that confidence can lead to some interesting statements. Like Ty Lawson saying not only could the Nuggets reach the NBA finals but could…

  6. NBA Power Rankings: The streak is dead, the Heat not so much…

    Apr 1, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

    350x-1

    Only two more power rankings after this, so we are starting to turn our view toward the playoffs. Which still feel like the Heat then everyone else. 1. Heat (58-15, last week ranked No. 1). A gutty performance by the Chicago Bulls ended the Heat win streak at 27. But that was a one-time performance,…

  7. Duncan, Leonard out Monday for Spurs against Grizzlies

    Apr 1, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    If you were hoping to get any read for a potential playoff matchup between the Spurs and Grizzlies out of Monday night’s matchup, think again. The Spurs announced that Tim Duncan and Kawhi Leonard will be out Monday night when the two teams face off. Both are listed as having sore knees. This is part…

  8. Speculation starting in Cleveland about Byron Scott’s security

    Apr 1, 2013, 1:09 PM EDT

    Byron Scott, Tristan Thompson

    Is Byron Scott doing enough with the Cleveland Cavaliers? Can you really tell with a roster that didn’t have a lot of talent and had to deal with injuries? The Cavaliers are not very good, not defensively (26th in NBA at 106.9 points per 100 possessions) and 20th in offense. They are on an eight-game…

  9. Manu Ginobili out 3-4 weeks with hamstring, could miss start of playoffs

    Apr 1, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    UPDATE 12:53 pm: The Spurs made it official on Monday afternoon announcing that Manu Ginobili will be out three to four weeks with a strained right hamstring. The NBA playoffs open on April 20 (exact date of a Spurs game obviously yet to be set) but that means he returns right around the start or…

  10. Keyon Dooling announces he is back, signed with Grizzlies

    Apr 1, 2013, 12:22 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Dooling celebrates a teammate's basket against the Miami Heat during Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    The Memphis Grizzlies have added some veteran depth for their run in the playoffs. As had been rumored, they are bringing 12-year NBA veteran Keyon Dooling on board — a guy with playoff experience who has been well liked and respected by teammates at every stop. Dooling himself made the announcement on twitter. I am…

  11. Knicks’ Tyson Chandler could return Tuesday against Heat

    Apr 1, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks

    The Knicks are on an eight-game winning streak heading into a game with the Heat Tuesday — the Knicks can lock up that season series and gain another measure of confidence should the two meet in the playoffs. And it looks like the Knicks may have their shot-blocking, defensive anchor of a center Tyson Chandler…

  12. Sixers sign Justin Holiday for season. Yes, Jrue’s brother.

    Apr 1, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

    Justin Holiday

    Would you want your brother on your team? Sure, so long as he doesn’t tell mom everything going on during road trips. Just the PG version. Sixers All-Star Jrue Holiday is going to get his brother on the team — the Sixers have signed Justin Holiday for the rest of this season. Justin, like his…

  13. Brandon Roy has been practicing, hopes to return this week

    Apr 1, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    Brandon Roy played in the first five games of the season for the Timberwolves, but since then the knee issues that forced his retirement a couple seasons ago have returned and kept him on the sidelines. It’s been part of an injury-plagued season in Minnesota. But Roy wants to get back on the court for…

  14. Report: UCLA tried to get Phil Jackson to lead coach search, then blew him off

    Apr 1, 2013, 10:53 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    At this point, anytime somebody tells Phil Jackson they “just want to think about it over the weekend” he should assume the deal is dead and move on to whatever is next. It happened to him when discussing returning to the Los Angeles Lakers as coach this year. And now it happened with UCLA. That…

  15. Raymond Felton drains half-court buzzer beater (VIDEO)

    Apr 1, 2013, 10:13 AM EDT

    Raymond Felton

    Other players — Carmelo Anthony, Chris Copeland — had more points on Sunday but Raymond Felton was the driving force in the Knicks win over Boston. He was the guy breaking down the defense and creating shots. And he was the guy leading the first half barrage of threes that gave New York 65 first…

  16. Watch Andre Drummond airball two free throws (VIDEO)

    Apr 1, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    Ouch. Andre Drummond has had a very promising rookie season — the Pistons’ big man has looked like he could be the second best player out of this past draft class at points this year (behind Anthony Davis, and yes better than Damian Lillard down the line). He is athletic, gets to the rim and…

  17. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Knicks continue streaking, shorthanded Heat take care of Spurs

    Apr 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while trying to avoid seeing the replay of Kevin Ware’s horrific injury in the Elite Eight. Heat 88, Spurs 86: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Mario Chalmers all sat out of this one for Miami due to various injuries, but the Heat managed…

  18. Three Stars of the Night: Luol Deng looking playoff ready

    Apr 1, 2013, 12:30 AM EDT

    Luol Deng

    Today there were some guys with really nice stat lines that just get an honorable mention. There was Paul Pierce (24 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists), who was one of the only Celtics to show up. For the Knicks Carmelo Anthony (24 points, 10 rebounds) had a good line but it was really Raymond Felton…

  19. Heat beat Spurs without LeBron and Wade thanks to game-winning three from Chris Bosh (VIDEO)

    Mar 31, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    The big story before tip-off in San Antonio was the fact that LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Mario Chalmers would all be held out Sunday night against the Spurs due to various injuries. By the time the game was over, the Heat had come away with an unexpected 88-86 victory, thanks to the last-second heroics…

  20. Andrew Bynum not expected to give Sixers special consideration in free agncy

    Mar 31, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Newly-acquired Philadelphia 76ers player Bynum smiles during a news conference at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia

    After the Sixers traded for Andrew Bynum last summer, who was coming off of an All-Star season as a member of the L.A. Lakers, the franchise expected to be even better than it was the year before, which concluded with Philadelphia advancing into the second round of the playoffs. It didn’t turn out that way…

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