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  1. Here we go again: Udonis Haslem calls Thunder’s Perkins “fake tough guy”

    Apr 5, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Our own Ira Winderman has the report: While both James and Haslem downplayed Westbrook’s foul as one of exuberance in the heat of the moment, Haslem pointedly took umbrage to Perkins’ shove against Wade. Recall, earlier this season Perkins derided James for drawing attention to Blake Griffin‘s highlight-of-the-season dunk on Perkins. Perkins also has a push-come-to-shove…

  2. Knicks coach wants J.R. Smith to be more professional – and pull up those pants

    Apr 5, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

    Woodson JR Smith

    Knicks coach Mike Woodson didn’t quite yell “get off my lawn” at J.R. Smith, but pretty much. Remember that Smith got ejected with 10.7 seconds left in the Knicks loss to the Pacers Tuesday, picking up a flagrant 2 foul for throwing Leandro Barbosa to the ground (the league did not fine him and reduced…

  3. Magic players divided on Van Gundy, so he made calculated play

    Apr 5, 2012, 4:57 PM EDT

    Magic head coach Van Gundy reacts during Game 3 of their NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference basketball game against Hawks in Atlanta

    Dwight Howard may want what he sees as a little ball of negativity — namely Stan Van Gundy — out of the way, but that’s not what all the other Magic players want. They are a house divided, something that will mean a quick exit from the playoffs. So, rather than have secret agendas, Van…

  4. Rockets GM Daryl Morey with a great discussion of clutch

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Daryl Morey

    One of the great debates in the NBA statistical community is the issue of clutch play. The conventional wisdom is that Kobe Bryant is awesome in the clutch — did you see the dagger jumper he hit over Randy Foye Wednesday — but the statistics say he misses far more than he makes in that…

  5. Iguodala thinks all great scorers should be great defenders

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Paul Pierce

    Andre Iguodala is using a lot of logic here. That’s never going to work. Iguodala is one of the game’s best wing defenders, and he told Sports Illustrated (via Ball Don’t Lie) that part of that comes from how he has been asked to be a go-to (or secondary) scorer over the years. And if…

  6. Magic’s Van Gundy says Dwight Howard asked to have him fired, Howard denies

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    Dwight Howard’s plans for bloodless coup just blew up — and just about everybody around the Magic will get hit with shrapnel. Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy confirmed rumors Thursday saying he knows that Dwight Howard went to management asking he be fired as coach, reports Howard Beck of the New York Times on twitter…

  7. Thursday And-1 links: Comparing Kobe and CP3

    Apr 5, 2012, 12:11 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant brushes past Los Angeles Clippers' Paul during their NBA preseason game in Los Angeles

    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. • Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul, compared by their fellow Olympians in Beijing and…

  8. Video: Thrilling end of Suns win… Nash will rip your heart out

    Apr 5, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Steve Nash, Earl Watson

    While you were watching the Heat and the Thunder and the abuse of Pau Gasol by Blake Griffin, Utah and Phoenix were putting on a show. Al Jefferson and Steve Nash were trading buckets at the end, but when it came down to the final shot Nash got the loose ball, split two defenders and…

  9. Video: LeBron, Wade comment on Westbrook’s hard foul

    Apr 5, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Wade talk before their NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Miami

    There is a great line at the end of the classic movie about the attack on Pearl Harbor “Tora Tora Tora” where the after the bombing Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto says, “I fear all we have done is to awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve.” (Yes, I know that is…

  10. Manu Ginobili and the dark cloud of the Spurs on the Western Conference horizon

    Apr 5, 2012, 10:56 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    If the Spurs are going to win the title this season it will be on the back of Manu Ginobili. That has become abundantly clear over the past six weeks or so. The Spurs are facing what can genuinely be considered their 14th consecutive season of championship contention, which is, in every way possible, completely…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Playoff impacts everywhere you look

    Apr 5, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett

    What you missed while getting drunk on peanut butter and jelly flavored vodka…. Heat 98, Thunder 93: Don’t read too much into “statements” before the playoffs start, but the Heat made one in one of our games of the night. Lakers 113, Clippers 108: The Clippers had the big highlights, but the Lakers will take…

  12. Kanye West raps about Kim Kardashian, slams Kris Humphries

    Apr 5, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

    VMAN21 Launch Party

    On his new track “Theraflu” Kanye West pretty much confirms the rumors that he and Kim Kardashian had a thing going on, and he slams Kris Humphries in the process. “And I’ll admit I fell in love with Kim, around the same time she had fell in love with him/Well that’s cool, baby girl do…

  13. Clippers get the highlights, Lakers take win and likely division

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:56 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    It’s simplistic, but not inaccurate, to see Wednesday night’s Lakers win over the Clippers like Andrew Bynum saw it. He was asked about Blake Griffin’s dunk on Pau Gasol (you can decide which one). “He can have the highlight, we’ll take the W,” Bynum said. But that W — a 113-108 win for the Lakers…

  14. Video: Blake Griffin just destroys Pau Gasol… twice

    Apr 5, 2012, 12:24 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Pau Gasol

    RIP Pau Gasol. Blake Griffin is a tough cover for anybody in the league, but particularly Gasol — Griffin plays an aggressive, attacking game using his great strength and athleticism. Gasol is smarter, more fundamental than you. (And spare me the Gasol is soft stuff, or did you not watch him defend Dwight Howard in…

  15. LeBron James, Miami Heat make their case at Thunder’s expense

    Apr 4, 2012, 11:57 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Bosh wait for a rebound with Oklahoma City Thunder's Ibaka during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    If this does end up being the NBA finals matchup, we are all in for a lot of fun. These teams are starting to develop a real dislike of each other. Miami and Oklahoma City got together for an intense, physical, playoff-style game Wednesday were LeBron James make his MVP case and the Heat got…

  16. David Stern says he expects deal to sell Hornets “soon”

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

    David-Stern-all-star-2012

    A whole lot of deals fall apart when they get close to people signing papers — and writing checks — but this one appears to have some legs. NBA Commissioner David Stern said a deal was “close” to sell the New Orleans Hornets and that he hoped to have good news for the NBA owners…

  17. David Stern comments about Kings arena situation with typical coded message

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:47 PM EDT

    team maloof with stern

    David Stern took a moment to address the Kings arena situation in Utah before Wednesday’s game against the Suns. Brian Smith of the Salt Lake Tribune has been a great resource for the Kings arena information and he brought this quote to print: Stern on how he feels about the Kings staying in Sacramento, compared…

  18. PBT Extra: Talking age limit — why the owners want two years

    Apr 4, 2012, 7:46 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    On today’s edition of PBT extra you can comment on my opinion that the owners want two years but that it’s not fair to the handful of players who are truly ready to make the leap from high school (I want a system like college baseball), or Andrew Bynum and him needing to grow up.…

  19. Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving out 7-10 days with sprained shoulder

    Apr 4, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving reacts after a turnover during the second quarter of the Cavaliers NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Cleveland

    As if losing 10 of their last 11 was not enough of a tank job, the Cavaliers will be without their soon-to-be Rookie of the Year. Kyrie Irving will be out 7-10 days with a sprained shoulder, the team announced Wednesday. From the Associated Press. Irving had returned after missing one game with the injury…

  20. John Calipari says he is not leaving Kentucky for the NBA

    Apr 4, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Kansas v Kentucky

    This has all the weight of a college player saying he will come back to school — he has to say it now, but things may be different in a couple months. Kentucky coach John Calipari said he is not leaving Kentucky to coach in the NBA, reports Andy Katz at ESPN. “Kentucky is the…

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