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  1. PBT Extra: What is going on with Miami? How about Chicago?

    Apr 2, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    Today’s episode of PBT extra features a discussion about what is going on with the Miami Heat, how long can the Bulls hold off playing Derrick Rose, and are the Celtics and Spurs really contenders? On the last question, I’m not sold. I think things need to go perfectly for them and the elite teams…

  2. Once Hornets are sold, team could get new name, identity

    Apr 2, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    The Charlotte Hornets was a fitting name — in 1775, just prior to the American Revolution, Lord Cornwallis referred to Charlotte as “a hornet’s nest of rebellion” and the people of that city have worn that rebellious badge proudly ever since. The New Orleans Hornets… that name is just the leftover a team moved there…

  3. NBA Power Rankings: Top spot now Thunderstruck

    Apr 2, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook celebrates with small forward Kevin Durant during their NBA basketball game against Chicago Bulls in Oklahoma City

    There can’t be any question about the Thunder in the top spot after the last 8 days, but there are questions about the Heat and the Bulls in the East. And the Celtics and Spurs as spoilers. 1. Thunder (40-12, last week ranked number 2). They beat the Heat, Bulls and Lakers in the last…

  4. Grant Hill says he will push to be back this season with Suns

    Apr 2, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Phoenix Suns

    The questions here are: Why? And what happens when they are eliminated from the chase? But for now, Suns swingman Grant Hill said he is pushing hard to get back to the team following knee surgery last week. He wants to help their long shot playoff push, reports the Arizona Republic. Hill’s expectation to return…

  5. Draft entrants update: Syracuse’s Fab Melo headed to NBA

    Apr 2, 2012, 2:07 PM EDT

    Big East Basketball Tournament - Syracuse v UCONN

    With the college season winding down — and the NCAA putting a ridiculous time pressure on students thinking about declaring for the draft — we’re seeing a lot of guys say they are in or out of the draft. Here is a roundup of recent big names to make their announcement. • Fab Melo of…

  6. Reggie Miller, Don Nelson lead Basketball Hall of Fame class

    Apr 2, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    Reggie Miller

    I’m going to try — to really, really try — not to turn this into a “we need a separate NBA Hall of Fame” rant. Even though we do. I don’t want to go there because there are some deserving people getting into the Hall of Fame as part of this year’s class. Reggie Miller,…

  7. Pietrus had Grade III concussion, likely out until playoffs

    Apr 2, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    Mickael Pietrus

    The unfortunate, ugly fall that Mickael Pietrus took back on March 26 resulted in a Grade III concussion — the highest, most serious grade — and he likely will be out until the playoffs if not longer. Pietrus swung by the Celtics locker room on Sunday — the first time since the incident — but…

  8. Monday And-1 links: More Howard/Van Gundy drama. Great.

    Apr 2, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    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. • The rumors are out there that there will be a coaching change in…

  9. Knicks withheld Lin knee injury until after playoff ticket money was due

    Apr 2, 2012, 10:54 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    Technically the decision to have surgery on his knee fell to Jeremy Lin himself — and he made it official when he decided Saturday to have the procedure that will keep him out six weeks, until the start of the playoffs (at best). But everyone in the Knicks organization had known what the ultimate outcome…

  10. Nicolas Batum dunks off his own head, basket waved off

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

    Nicolas Batum, Greg Stiemsma

    Here is your chance to learn a little NBA rules trivia: This did not count due to offensive goaltending — and that’s the right call. Portland’s Nicolas Batum dunked the ball on Sunday and while it went through the rim the ball did not go through the bottom of the net because it hit his…

  11. Stephon Marbury’s L.A. home sold at foreclosure auction

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:25 AM EDT

    China Marbury

    Stephon Marbury has been having a lot of success in China — he just won a ring, taking the Beijing Ducks to their first ever title. He’s a star with his own shoe line there. He is happy and not coming back to the NBA, J.R. Smith told the New York Post. Good for Marbury.…

  12. Jason Kidd would like to be a general manager when he retires

    Apr 2, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

    Mavericks guard Kidd watches from the bench against the Spurs  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Jason Kidd is not ready to retire after this season. He will be 40 next season but has played solidly this season — 5.9 points and 5.2 assists per game with a PER of 12.4. He might be reduced to being a backup — especially if he returns to Dallas and they fulfill their goal…

  13. Jordan denies report he’ll sell Bobcats if they continue to suck

    Apr 2, 2012, 8:13 AM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    When NBA owners put their teams on the market, there are billionaires waiting in the wings who would love to snatch up one of these toys. Often guys who also want to move the teams. We’re looking at you, Larry Ellison. So whenever Michael Jordan does sell the Bobcats there will be a market —…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Rockets playoff hopes take punch to gut

    Apr 2, 2012, 2:39 AM EDT

    Courtney Lee, Paul George

    What you missed while reading the book “Cooking with Poo”…. Thunder 92, Bulls 78: The Oklahoma City Thunder have rolled over everybody lately (that’s going to be good for them in the power rankings Monday) and their athleticism overwhelmed the Chicago in our game of the day. Celtics 91, Heat 72: Does Boston have one…

  15. Everything is no big deal to the Miami Heat, including blowout to Boston Celtics

    Apr 2, 2012, 2:21 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers

    There is no “maybe this is a good thing” here for the Miami Heat. There should be no “just the wake up call they needed.” This team, with the aspirations it has, should not be looking for wake-up calls. They should be looking for toe tags. Miami’s 91-72 loss to the Celtics on Sunday should…

  16. Video: Westbrook’s ridiculous half-court alley-oop to Durant

    Apr 2, 2012, 12:46 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    Just in case you hadn’t seen this during the game, or on pretty much every highlight show since then, here is Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant connecting on a ridiculous half-court alley-oop pass as part of the clinic they put on against the Bulls on Sunday. It’s plays like this that remind you just how…

  17. Bynum leaves Lakers game with “moderate” ankle sprain

    Apr 1, 2012, 11:45 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum, Gary Vitti

    Well, at least now Andrew Bynum has a good excuse for not being Mike Brown’s huddle… Bynum sprained his ankle late in the first quarter of the Lakers game Monday against the Warriors when he landed on teammate Josh McRoberts’ foot. Bynum left the game and went back to the locker room soon after it…

  18. Boston would like to state for the record that they are not too old, are still a contender, and you should not mess with them

    Apr 1, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    In Boston’s 92-71 win over Miami on Sunday, the Celtics opened the game and took their will to live. Rajon Rondo decided from the outset to destroy the Heat and did so, slicing in-between and through the Heat. There’s a lot to be said about Miami’s effort, cohesion, and generally disturbing level of terribleness. But…

  19. Thunder show off against Bulls as a question of athleticism comes into play

    Apr 1, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    Derrick was out, and had he played, this would have been a totally different game. Let’s just get that out in front right now. There is just no way to understate the impact that Derrick Rose, last season’s MVP, might have had on the Thunder’s 92-78 win vs. the Bulls on Sunday. This team is…

  20. Andrew Bynum has very little respect for Mike Brown’s… huddles

    Apr 1, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Andrew Bynum had the big blow-up with Mike Brown a few weeks ago where he tossed up a three, and then pouted about being benched for the three and poor defensive rotations. And on Sunday, after a disappointing win, if there is such a thing, over the New Orleans Hornets, reporters asked Bynum about Mike…

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