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  1. Celtics win three quarters, Knicks own fourth to take Game 1

    Apr 20, 2013, 6:35 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

    Basketball is about how you adapt and how you finish. The first 24 minutes Saturday’s Game 1 between Boston and New York went exactly how the Celtics want this first round series to unfold — Boston shot 53.6 overall and 4-10 from three, Jeff Green had 20 points on 10 shots, Avery Bradley had 11…

  2. Paul Pierce, Carmelo Anthony speak on Boston Marathon bombing before Game 1 (VIDEO)

    Apr 20, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Carmelo Anthony

    Before the Knicks and Celtics tipped off the postseason at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Paul Pierce and Carmelo Anthony stood together at center court, and each spoke briefly on the tragic Boston Marathon bombings that occurred earlier this week. Anthony sent along prayers and condolences on behalf of the Knicks organization, while Pierce thanked…

  3. Seven players whose teams need them to step up big in the postseason

    Apr 20, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    Jeff Green Since his 43-point game in mid-March (excluding Boston’s season finale, when regular players rested), Green has averaged 20.0, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. By any eye test, he’s looked excellent. But in that span, the Celtics have been outscored by 3.6 points per 100 possession with him on the court and…

  4. Byron Scott: “I don’t think I got a fair shake”

    Apr 20, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    When Byron Scott took the Cleveland Cavaliers job in 2010 they didn’t know yet if LeBron James would stay or go — although he had to know “go” was a good possibility the way things had shaken out the season before. Scott, a veteran coach with a hard-nosed style, was in charge of a rebuilding…

  5. Don’t sleep on the Grizzlies and Hawks, or what we can learn by focusing on teams’ playoff rotations

    Apr 20, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Atlanta Hawks

    As the playoffs approach, teams’ regular-season statistics will inevitably be used to compare teams. Occasionally, these numbers will be filtered in some way, but for the most part, full-year statistics will be used. But what difference does it make now how the Grizzlies played with Rudy Gay, how the Lakers played with Kobe Bryant or…

  6. Stan Van Gundy reportedly not interested in current head coaching openings

    Apr 20, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    Despite how things ended for him in Orlando, or maybe in part because of just how honest he was publicly while dealing with the whole Dwight Howard situation in his final season has head coach there, Stan Van Gundy remains one of the more well-respected head coaches in the league, and an intriguing name that’s…

  7. Steve Nash hopes to return to Lakers lineup for Sunday’s playoff opener

    Apr 20, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    Steve Nash has missed the Lakers’ last eight games due to a combination of a hip and hamstring injury, but said after practicing fully on Friday for the first time in weeks that he hopes to be able to go in Game 1 of his team’s first round playoff matchup against the Spurs on Sunday.…

  8. Top 10 game-winners of NBA regular season (VIDEO)

    Apr 20, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Smith is surrounded by team mates after making a last second shot to beat Charlotte Bobcats in their NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    You got your J.R. Smith. You got your Kyrie Irving from the next area code. You got your Joe Johnson crossover and step back. And you got your ridiculous Monta Ellis shot. You’ve got the best game winners of the regular season to get you ready for later today, when the playoffs start and all…

  9. Rookie Fournier to start for Denver, Faried not likely to play

    Apr 20, 2013, 8:01 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    This is how deep the Denver Nuggets are — they’ve been hiding rookie Evan Fournier on their bench all season. He only got in sporadically during the season as the rookie worked on his game and getting stronger and used to the NBA speed (things he talked about needing to do back at Summer League).…

  10. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers

    Apr 20, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    Los Angles Clippers Griffin drives to the basket between Memphis Grizzlies Randolph and Gasol of Spain, during the first half of NBA basketball action in Memphis

    SEASON RECORDS Memphis: 56-26, fifth seed in the West L.A. Clippers: 56-26, fourth seed in the West thanks to winning the Pacific Division SEASON SERIES Clippers took three of the four meetings. KEY INJURIES None. OFFENSE/DEFENSE RANKINGS (points per 100 possession) Grizzlies: offense 101.7 (18th in NBA), defense 97.4 (2nd in NBA) Clippers: offense 107.7 (4th in NBA),…

  11. New Yorkers sharing? Knicks, Nets could co-host 2015 All-Star Game.

    Apr 19, 2013, 9:59 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Brooklyn Nets

    The Brooklyn Nets have a sweet new arena in the Barclay Center. Madison Square Garden — home to the New York Knicks — just underwent a dramatic and expensive remodel. At this year’s All-Star Game, David Stern said there were just two bids to host the 2015 edition of the mid-season game — the Knicks…

  12. Check out all the PBT playoff series previews

    Apr 19, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heat Victory Parade And Rally

    If there is one thing we can guarantee about the NBA Playoffs — besides incessant TNT promos for their shows — is this: There is going to be a first-round upset. One of the top four seeds  — some of them have very difficult matchups that will test them, we’re looking at you Clippers —…

  13. Here are your 2013 NBA Draft lottery odds (and draft order)

    Apr 19, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

    Grant Gilbert

    Wednesday night when the games ended (and frankly for a while before that) it was time for half the NBA to start thinking about the upcoming draft. Friday the league broke the ties and made it official — here is your 2013 NBA Draft lottery odds. And for everyone in the playoffs, the draft order…

  14. The Hype: One fan suing Derrick Rose for not playing. Also, one fan needs a life.

    Apr 19, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose in D Rose Short and Family Story Tee

    There is a fan in Chicago suing Derrick Rose for not playing this season because he claims that Rose’s absence caused him to go into depression and gain weight. Michelle Beadle and Chris Mannix of NBC’s show The Crossover think what you and I did — are you kidding me? Bulls fans have a right…

  15. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets

    Apr 19, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets

    SEASON RECORDS Oklahoma City: 60-22, first seed in East Houston: 45-37, eighth seed in East SEASON SERIES The Thunder won 2-1, though that doesn’t truly capture how much they dominated the series. Oklahoma City won by 22 and 30, and Houston won by just three. KEY INJURIES Oklahoma City: Kevin Martin and Kendrick Perkins haven’t…

  16. Gonzaga center Kelly Olynyk declares for NBA draft

    Apr 19, 2013, 4:59 PM EDT

    WCC Basketball Tournament - Championship Saint Mary's v Gonzaga

    This was expected, it’s just strange to think of Gonzaga as a place players leave early to get to the NBA. This was expected and now it is official, Gonzaga’s star center Kelly Olynyk has declared for the NBA draft reports the Spokane Spokesman-Review. He’s considered a late lottery, mid-first round pick, with DraftExpress having…

  17. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls

    Apr 19, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets center Lopez is fouled by Chicago Bulls forward Deng in front of Bulls center Mohammed in the second half of their NBA basketball game in New York

    SEASON RECORDS Brooklyn: 49-33, fourth seed in East Chicago: 45-37, fifth seed in East SEASON SERIES The Bulls won 3-1, but one win came by one and another came by two. KEY INJURIES Chicago: Derrick Rose is out until he’s not, and at this point, the Bulls can’t really worry about him. They can, however,…

  18. Joakim Noah will not start Saturday, sounds like a guy who may not play all series

    Apr 19, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    It’s not that the Chicago Bulls plans have to change dramatically if Joakim Noah is out during the playoffs, they are still going to try and be physical and grind the Nets down. They just aren’t going to be as good at it. Noah sounds like a guy who is not going to play. Not…

  19. Fantastic read looks at contradictions that make up Popovich

    Apr 19, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Gregg Popovich is simply the best coach in basketball. But he comes with inherent contradictions — he is both the curmudgeonly guy who has no use for Craig Sager between quarters and the guy players love and would run through a wall for. He is the guy who was perfectly happy coaching at no-scholarship, below…

  20. PBT Podcast: Playoff preview edition

    Apr 19, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    In this episode of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss all eight of the first round playoff matchups. We take an especially close look at the Knicks and the Celtics, the Bulls and the Nets, the Spurs and the Lakers, the Clippers and the Grizzlies, and the Warriors and the Nuggets.…

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