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  1. Hawks need to match Pacers physicality, get out and run in Game 2

    Apr 24, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks head coach Drew talks to players at timeout during NBA first round playoff basketball game against Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis

    This series is better than you think it is. Which judging by the Internet buzz isn’t saying much. You all think this is vanilla ice cream in a cup. And not the good stuff, you think this is ice milk. This series is more entertaining than that. The Pacers with Paul George and David West…

  2. Rockets-Thunder Game 2 preview: Houston looks to adjust selfish offense after Oklahoma City rout

    Apr 24, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard James Harden directs his team against the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half of their Game 1 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Every higher seed in the NBA playoffs won its first game, but none did so more impressively than the Thunder, who beat the Rockets by 29. One game doesn’t make a postseason, or even a series, but Oklahoma City’s victory is promising. Last year, the Heat led the playoffs in wins by such a margin.…

  3. Despite earlier statement, Louisville’s Russ Smith to skip NBA draft

    Apr 24, 2013, 3:41 PM EDT

    Michigan v Louisville

    Young men have the right to change their mind. Louisville guard Russ Smith has. Not long after the NCAA Tournament said he was going to pull a George Costanza and leave on a high note, walking away after the Cardinals won the NCAA title and entering the NBA draft. But now he’s changed his mind,…

  4. Lakers will try to adjust the way they attack in the post for Game 2 against Spurs

    Apr 24, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan,  Pau Gasol

    The Lakers did a lot of things right in Sunday’s loss to the Spurs in Game 1 of the playoffs, but most of that was on the defensive end of the floor. L.A. held the Spurs to just 91 points on 37.6 percent shooting, and essentially matched them in rebounds and blocked shots. Where the Lakers…

  5. Report: Brian Shaw, Mike Malone early frontrunners for 76ers coaching job

    Apr 24, 2013, 2:52 PM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    UPDATE  2:51 p.m.: Clearly the 76ers are looking at some of the league’s top assistants to fill Doug Collins’ shoes. So you can add Golden State’s Mike Malone to the list with Brian Shaw of Indiana, reports Dei Lynam at CSNPhilly.com. Both are up and coming top assistants considered bright minds who make their head coaches…

  6. Report we all expected: J.R. Smith to test free agency

    Apr 24, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    John Starks, J.R. Smith

    Strike when the iron is hot. It’s not just advice for blacksmiths; it applies to NBA free agency as well. The iron is never going to be hotter for J.R. Smith, the freshly minted NBA Sixth Man of the Year. He averaged 18.9 points per game and was one of the key reasons the Knicks…

  7. The Extra Pass: Lakers and Warriors forced to juggle lineups, Knicks do so by choice

    Apr 24, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Warriors’ starters last night – Harrison Barnes, Andrew Bogut, Stephen Curry, Jarrett Jack and Klay Thompson – played one minute together during the regular season. The Lakers’ Game 1 starters – Steve Blake, Pau Gasol, Dwight Howard, Steve Nash and Metta World Peace – had never before shared the court. Such is life without…

  8. Marc Gasol officially named NBA Defensive Player of Year

    Apr 24, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies Marc Gasol of Spain protests a foul during Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles

    This was the right call — and it’s a call that might not have been made a decade ago. Marc Gasol was officially named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday. He was the frontrunner for the award, with LeBron James coming in second and Serge Ibaka of the Thunder in third. It’s…

  9. LeBron says nice things about Mike Brown hiring in Cleveland

    Apr 24, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    What did you expect him to say? When LeBron James was asked about his reaction to his former coach going back to his former team — Mike Brown has been hired as the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers — you knew LeBron was media savvy enough to say something supportive of the hire. So he…

  10. Have the Clippers got their December groove back?

    Apr 24, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers point guard Paul slaps hands with teammate Griffin during Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles, California

    There was a time in this NBA season, before the calendar turned to 2013, when we mentioned the Clippers in the same breath as Oklahoma City, San Antonio and even Miami. The Clippers rattled off 17 straight wins, not losing one game in December, they were defending and they looked like contenders. But then as…

  11. Ernie Grunfeld sticking with the plan for Wizards

    Apr 24, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

    Ernie Grunfeld

    The Wizards roster that was assembled over the last year was really a multi-year plan — Emeka Okafor, Trevor Ariza and Nene each had multiple years on their contracts. The Wizards were locking themselves in. So it shouldn’t be a shock that team president Ernie Grunfeld said the goal is to stick with the plan…

  12. It’s official: Mike Brown signs on to coach Cavaliers

    Apr 24, 2013, 10:05 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavilers v Boston Celtics

    You can go home again. If your home is Cleveland. Mike Brown and his family had already decided to move out of Los Angeles and go back to Cleveland before the opportunity to coach the Cavaliers fell in his lap, but now he has a job to go back to. The Cavaliers made it official…

  13. Celtics with long-distance alley-oop, Pierce to Green (VIDEO)

    Apr 24, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game One

    Paul Pierce and Jeff Green apparently have been watching Clipper games and wanted to get in on the act. The Celtics are not exactly know for bold, athletic plays but Pierce threw the half-court alley-oop and Green went up and finished it. Boston is going to have to find more easy buckets (such as transition…

  14. Warriors go on the offensive, dominate Nuggets to even the series

    Apr 24, 2013, 2:09 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Denver Nuggets - Game Two

    The Warriors had a lot of questions surrounding them heading into this game. How would they adjust to playing without David Lee? Who would start in his place? Would Stephen Curry find his offense? Would anyone else step up? In order, they answered those accordingly: not much, Jarrett Jack, YES, and YES. The Warriors put…

  15. Harrison Barnes wicked reverse dunk over Anthony Randolph (VIDEO)

    Apr 24, 2013, 2:03 AM EDT

    Golden State Warriors' Harrison Barnes gets a backwards slam dunk on Denver Nuggets' Anthony Randolph in the fourth quarter of their second NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Denver, Colorado

    As part of the Golden State Warriors’ plan for Game 2 — “How about we just don’t miss any shots?” — Harrison Barnes took over for a while in the fourth quarter, putting up 10 points in the period. A couple of those came on dramatic dunks. Like the one above, which is an impressive,…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.…

  20. 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…

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