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  1. Byron Scott: Cavaliers’ rebuild right on schedule; Tristan Thompson supports him

    Apr 5, 2013, 10:51 AM EDT

    Byron Scott, Tristan Thompson

    The Cavaliers are in their third season since losing LeBron James to the Heat, and Cleveland’s records – 19-63, 21-45 and now 22-52 – have fluctuated between various stages of bad. Byron Scott, who has coached the Cavaliers during this rebuild, doesn’t see that as a problem. Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal: Scott…

  2. Brittney Griner can’t compete physically with NBA players

    Apr 5, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Brittney Griner, Kiara Etienne, Kristina Higgins, Mariah Chandler

    Mark Cuban’s declaration that he’d consider drafting Brittney Griner has drawn plenty of attention. But idea is completely preposterous, though I suspect Cuban knew that when he made his look-at-me statement. (To to be fair, I’ve certainly indulged him.) Without question, Griner is a dominant women’s basketball player capable of great things in her sport.…

  3. Tony Parker leaves game with shin injury, Popovich “very concerned”

    Apr 5, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Stephen Jackson

    Tony Parker was a shadow of himself Thursday night — two points on 1-of-6 shooting — and it got so bad, he was hobbling so much, that Gregg Popovich pulled him after just a couple minutes of play in the fourth quarter. Parker has an assortment of bumps and bruises (he missed time with a…

  4. Report: Nuggets Gallinari has ACL tear, done for season

    Apr 5, 2013, 8:39 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    This is just terrible news — Danilo Gallinari‘s knee injury suffered Thursday night appears to be a torn ACL that will end the season for Denver’s second leading scorer. It will take a Friday MRI to confirm but things are not good, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. “The doctor indicated that the ligament…

  5. Three Stars of the Night: A lot of Durant. And Boozer.

    Apr 5, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard

    Three games on Thursday night, three teams picked up wins, we’re going to honor one guy from each team. It’s just that simple. Third Star: Andre Miller (23 points, 7 assists) More responsibility falls on him with Ty Lawson out and he was up to it on Thursday night. He was the guy providing offense…

  6. Thunder take down Spurs, close the gap for top playoff position in the West

    Apr 5, 2013, 1:21 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant drives against the San Antonio Spurs defense of guard Tony Parker of France and forward Tim Duncan in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    The Spurs have been known to rest their top players when their head coach feels the timing is just right, but Thursday night in Oklahoma City there was good reason for Gregg Popovich to see what his team was capable of against the Thunder while playing at full strength. San Antonio started the game with…

  7. Nuggets lose Gallinari, but Iguodala’s game-winner gives them win over Mavericks

    Apr 5, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    Danilo Gallinari, Chris Kaman, Shawn Marion

    Andre Iguodala‘s driving layup with under three seconds remaining gave the Nuggets their 19th consecutive home victory on Thursday, 95-94 over a Mavericks team that had plenty of chances. The win was a good one for Denver, considering the circumstances. The Nuggets, already without starting point guard Ty Lawson due to a plantar fascia injury,…

  8. Nate Robinson’s game winner lifts Bulls over Nets

    Apr 4, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets

    It’s not all about that last shot. But that’s still an impressive last shot. If this is a potential four/five seed matchup in in the East — and it would be if the playoffs started tomorrow — it exposed the Nets need to find a way to get Deron Williams making plays and winning them…

  9. Danilo Gallinari leaves game with knee injury (VIDEO)

    Apr 4, 2013, 10:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Denver Nuggets

    This did not look good. At all. With 4:16 remaining in the second quarter Thursday night in Denver, Danilo Gallinari went to the floor on the baseline after his left knee appeared to buckle after he came to a jump stop on a drive to the basket. Gallinari appeared to be in a lot of…

  10. Grant Hill says there’s a ‘strong chance’ he’ll retire after this season

    Apr 4, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

    Grant Hill Clippers

    Grant Hill joined the Clippers last summer, after the one-year offer that was presented by the Suns was inferior to the two-year deal he received from Los Angeles. That second year may not end up mattering much after all, since Hill says he’s leaning toward retiring at the conclusion of this season. From Paul Coro…

  11. PBT Extra: Talking Knicks in playoffs, Clippers and Kings

    Apr 4, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd

    As always, some good questions from Kay Adams today, starting with the fact we need to keep some perspective on what the Clippers have done this season. Then comes the question Knicks fans will snap at me for (regardless of my answer): Is this season a failure if they don’t reach the Eastern Conference Finals?…

  12. J.J. Redick latest to receive warning for flopping (VIDEO)

    Apr 4, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Dallas Mavericks

    J.J. Redick became the latest player to receive a warning for violating the NBA’s anti-flopping rule, the league announced on Thursday. Redick’s blatant attempt at fooling the officials occurred during the Bucks’ 109-99 loss to the Thunder on March 30. What makes this one so bad is that it worked to perfection. The referee didn’t…

  13. Byron Scott looks to be in a lot of trouble in Cleveland

    Apr 4, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost 10 games in a row and look like a team that has thrown in the towel on the season. Well, not Kyrie Irving, but watch the Cavs play and they have the energy of a three-toed sloth. They got throttled by a Nets team Wednesday that was missing two starters.…

  14. Shane Battier: ‘There’s no doubt that in our lifetime, there will be a woman NBA player’

    Apr 4, 2013, 6:12 PM EDT

    Shane Battier, Udonis Haslem

    Mark Cuban’s look-at-me claim that he’d draft Brittney Griner has mostly been met with skepticism for the idea, but Shane Battier says just because Griner might not make the NBA, that doesn’t mean no woman will. Via Tom Haberstroh of ESPN: “There’s no doubt that in our lifetime, there will be a woman NBA player,”…

  15. Kevin Durant acting like he wants scoring title

    Apr 4, 2013, 5:56 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant drives past Milwaukee Bucks' Daniels during their NBA basketball game in Milwaukee

    Kevin Durant said Carmelo Anthony “can have” the scoring title, but Durant’s actions say otherwise, at least according to David Thorpe of ESPN ($): More importantly, he seems solely focused on winning another scoring title, which is driving his number of contested shots up and his field goal percentage down. But lately Durant has become…

  16. Report: Gary Payton elected to basketball Hall of Fame

    Apr 4, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

    Gary Payton

    The Hall of Fame is going to fit Gary Payton like a glove. Payton seemed likely to make the cut out of this year’s Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame finalists — and he should, he was one of the greatest point guards of his generation. This was a no-brainer. But with the Hall sometimes you…

  17. Kevin Durant says Carmelo Anthony can have scoring title

    Apr 4, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

    US forward Carmelo Anthony (R) celebrate

    With two weeks left in the NBA season, Kevin Durant is on the verge of his fourth consecutive NBA scoring title — he is averaging 28.3 points a game. But with 90 points in his last two games (on 60 percent shooting), Carmelo Anthony has moved close to taking the lead — he’s at 28.1…

  18. UConn coach Auriemma tells Cuban not to draft Brittney Griner

    Apr 4, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Brittney Griner

    It was a relatively small comment by Mark Cuban on a night of big things — Dallas losing to the Lakers, Shaq’s number being retired — but it has taken on a life of its own. A debate of its own. Mark Cuban simply said he’d consider drafting Baylor women’s basketball star Brittney Griner. It…

  19. LeBron, Wade, Allen, Chalmers all out for Heat Friday

    Apr 4, 2013, 2:58 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    Can Chris Bosh and the end of the Heat bench beat the Charlotte Bobcats? Tune in Friday and find out, because the Heat are going to face the Bobcats without LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers, coach Erik Spoelstra said on Thursday. As part of the NBA world after David Stern fined…

  20. Nuggets new “Italian celebration” has people talking (VIDEO)

    Apr 4, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets forward Gallinari reacts after making a shot during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    What are NBA fans talking about on Thursday? besides Knicks hot streak and where the Kings will play next season? The NBA twittersphere was buzzing about the new “Italian celebration” of the Nuggets. We saw it Wednesday night after a big Danilo Gallinari three  ball that helped sink the Jazz. First Gallinari does a little…

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