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  1. Another anemic Celtics’ second half means Knicks win, up 2-0

    Apr 24, 2013, 12:17 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony shoots over Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce during the fourth quarter in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    Meet the second game, same as the first game… If you thought the Boston Celtics couldn’t have a worse second half than their disasterous 25-point effort last Saturday in Game 1 against the Knicks, then you don’t know how anemic the Celtics offense can become. This time they blew a six point halftime lead by…

  2. Bucks play hard but all it takes is one Heat run. Miami wins, up 2-0.

    Apr 23, 2013, 11:19 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James throws the ball between his legs to keep it in play as the Heat met the Milwaukee Bucks in Miami

    The Milwaukee Bucks are hustling this series. Give them credit, they are giving a real playoff effort. Their problem is the Miami Heat are far more talented and when they give their best effort Miami runs away and hides. The Bucks effort meant Game 2 was a three-point game after three quarters, but the Heat…

  3. Dwyane Wade was in video game dunk mode Tuesday (VIDEO)

    Apr 23, 2013, 10:21 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Miami Heat - Game One

    The only thing that would have made these highlights better for Heat fans was if Dwyane Wade turned to the camera after one and said “Who looks old now, Charles Barkley? Who has lost a step now?” Wade looked like a guy who is healthy and has quite a hop in his step in Game…

  4. Tuesday And-1 links: OKC couldn’t seem to miss, neither could their fans

    Apr 23, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Here is our regular 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. • Everything seemed to be going in for Oklahoma City’s stars in Game 1.…

  5. PBT Extra: Durant’s tired of coming in second, and Lakers must-win

    Apr 23, 2013, 6:52 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Today on PBT Extra Kay Adams and I talk about the Grizzlies and Clippers — there will be a Game 5 but that was a game Memphis needed on Monday — as well as whether the Bulls or Nets look like teams that can threaten the Heat. Then we get into the good stuff: Kevin…

  6. Kendrick Perkins: Serge Ibaka losing Defensive Player of the Year to Marc Gasol ‘don’t make any sense’

    Apr 23, 2013, 5:49 PM EDT

    Serge Ibaka is exactly the type of player who would have won Defensive Player of the Year in previous seasons. He led the league in blocks per game, and a high mark in that stat is often a precursor to winning the award. But, as voters have smartly considered more factors than basic stats like…

  7. Report: Raptors must include another asset to trade Bargnani

    Apr 23, 2013, 5:07 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Bargnani sits on the bench during their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Toronto

    In a lot of cities, the drafting of, then giving a large contract extension to, Andrea Bargnani would get a GM fired. In Toronto it appears Bryan Colangelo remains safe in his job. Of course, part of that job now is trying to trade Bargnani — a three-point shooting big man who can do little…

  8. Report: Cavaliers reach “handshake” deal to hire Mike Brown

    Apr 23, 2013, 3:41 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s a very different team than last time he was there, but it appears Mike Brown is returning to Cleveland. The Cavaliers have a deal in place to bring Mike Brown back as coach, replacing Byron Scott, who replaced Mike Brown three years ago (after Brown had led the Cavaliers to back-to-back 60-win seasons with…

  9. Kevin Durant: “I’m tired of being second… I’m done with it”

    Apr 23, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Kevin Durant is the second best basketball player walking planet earth right now. He leads the second best team in the NBA. He was second in the MVP voting last year and almost certainly will be again. He was the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft (behind Greg Oden and his unfortunate knees). Durant…

  10. Chris Bosh as a basketball-playing space prince who saves the galaxy. In animated form. (VIDEO)

    Apr 23, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh wears shoes with the Larry O'Brien trophy image on them. Photo via GQ.

    I present this with little comment… because I really have no idea what to say. Maybe it’s because I’m sober while watching it. The 11 minute animated film “Adventures of Christopher Bosh in the Multiverse!” was made by Miami arts group Bleeding Palm for the Borscht Film Festival (thanks to Dan at Ball Don’t Lie…

  11. Mike Dunlap fired as Bobcats coach after one season

    Apr 23, 2013, 2:19 PM EDT

    Mike Dunlap

    The Charlotte Bobcats were not going to win a lot of games this season if Red Auerbach and John Wooden rose from the dead to co-coach the team. There just wasn’t enough talent. But Mike Dunlap in his one year could not seem to reach what players he did have to the satisfaction of ownership…

  12. With David Lee out, Stephen Curry becomes even more important in Game 2

    Apr 23, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game One

    The playoffs are all about adjustments, but even though the Warriors find themselves down 1-0 to the Nuggets they really don’t have to change too much heading into this all important game two. Missing David Lee certainly hurts. When looking at the match ups in this series, he was one player who clearly had an…

  13. Celtics look to Garnett, Knicks look to ball movement to spark offenses in Game 2

    Apr 23, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Boston Celtics in the first quarter of Game 1 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York

    Game 1 of the Celtics vs. Knicks played to form — the Celtics’ physical and aggressive defense made it hard for the Knicks to score, but Boston struggled even more on offense putting up just 8 points in the fourth quarter and falling 85-78. But for the Celtics there was one real reason to be…

  14. Shane Battier gets truck load of free Bud Light

    Apr 23, 2013, 12:11 PM EDT

    Bucks Heat Basketball

    What is the best kind of beer? Free beer. And Shane Battier just got a truckload of it. Literally. Back during the Heat’s 27-game winning streak Steve Aschburner of NBA.com wrote about the superstitions of the Heat players, because if “Bull Durham” taught us one thing it’s that you don’t mess with a streak. Shane…

  15. Vinny Del Negro gets vote of confidence from management

    Apr 23, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    Vinny Del Negro just got the dreaded vote of confidence. His team is now up 2-0 in the first round over Memphis but there is still plenty of talk about the Clippers needing to get deep into the playoffs — such as the Western Conference finals — or his job could be in jeopardy. Of…

  16. Knicks to get Pablo Prigioni back in starting lineup

    Apr 23, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

    Pablo Prigioni

    In the face of Boston’s defense taking away their first option on Saturday, the New York Knicks offense often reverted to a lot of Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith isolation. Which isn’t good. The Knicks still won, but that was more about the inept Celtics offense in the fourth than what the Knicks offense started…

  17. Report: Pistons interested in Nate McMillan as coach

    Apr 23, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    After Nate McMillan was fired from the Portland Trail Blazers, he was still getting paid for a few years. He hasn’t jumped back into the coaching game because he hasn’t needed to, so he worked with Team USA this summer at the London Olympics and has enjoyed a little time off with family. But the…

  18. Pacers’ Paul George wins Most Improved Player Award

    Apr 23, 2013, 10:14 AM EDT

    Paul George

    Paul George made a leap this season and people noticed. With Danny Granger basically lost for the year due to knee issues, George took on a larger scoring role with the Pacers — he used 23.5 percent of their possessions when on the court — averaging 17.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.…

  19. Phil Jackson tweets about Chris Paul’s shot, Jordan’s push off of Russell

    Apr 23, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    When Chris Paul made the game-winning shot Monday night to beat the Grizzlies 93-91, a lot of people pointed out on twitter that Paul got room to get that shot off by pushing off on Tony Allen to create space. They are right. Allen and Paul were physical on that play but CP3 was smart…

  20. Jamal Crawford’s wild run of 10 straight points vs. Grizzlies (VIDEO)

    Apr 23, 2013, 8:11 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Crawford goes to the basket against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles, California

    There is a reason Jamal Crawford was in the running for Sixth Man of the Year — the guy can flat out score the basketball. And be impressive doing it. In the second quarter Monday night he rattled off 10 straight points, with a variety of amazing moves and shots. And it’s not like he’s…

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