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  1. Top 5 guys I want to take final shot in these playoffs

    Apr 25, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert, Chris Paul

    I’m not a fan of trying to describe who is clutch in the NBA and who isn’t. Because defining clutch is impossible — any measure we put on it will miss the mark. We all kind of subscribe to the Justice Potter Steward “I know it when I see it” definition and even then we…

  2. Metta World Peace says “I didn’t lose it,” calls elbow “brutal”

    Apr 25, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Ron Artest

    Metta World Peace is not going to be on the court with the Lakers until Game 7 of the first round or somewhere in the second round (if the Lakers advance that far), but he is still practicing with the team. After the Lakers Wednesday practice, World Peace spoke with reporters for the first time…

  3. David Stern talks World Peace suspension, strong season

    Apr 25, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

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    NBA Commissioner David Stern wanted to crow about how well this NBA season has gone — television ratings are up and there has not been a step back in fan interest following the lockout. That was a big fear in some quarters going into the season. But instead, in his annual pre-playoffs conference call with…

  4. Billy Hunter speaks regarding nepotism issue, tumult in union

    Apr 25, 2012, 4:25 PM EDT

    Billy Hunter

    It’s been a mess. NBA players union president Derek Fisher wanted not just an audit but a full business review of the union’s practices, something he said he got approved by a quorum of the executive committee — the New York Times got the minutes of that call which said there was 5-0 vote in…

  5. Rumor: Knicks may make $50 million offer to Phil Jackson

    Apr 25, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire may want Mike Woodson back — especially ‘Melo — but that likely is not what Knicks ownership is thinking in terms of who coaches the Knicks next year. Check out this rumor from the Journal Times in Racine. If the New York Knicks don’t advance beyond the first round of…

  6. Lockout? What lockout? NBA gets strong television ratings

    Apr 25, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

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    When the lockout dragged on we kept hearing about how fans were going to stay away from the NBA this season. We had fans saying would not come back. Um, yes you did. The final numbers are in on the season and while the NBA didn’t see explosive growth the television ratings for the regular…

  7. Larry Brown takes shots at Jordan, Bobcats; Jordan fires back

    Apr 25, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

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    So much for keeping everything civil in the Tar Heel family. Larry Brown was let early last season when it was clear the Charlotte Bobcats were not responding to him. Probably because he told Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace he didn’t think the team had enough talent to compete. (Paul Silas stepped in and has…

  8. He’s out. No, he’s in. No, wait, Hawks’ Horford is out vs. Celtics.

    Apr 25, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

    Al Horford

    First came Al Horford himself saying that he didn’t think he could go in the first round of the playoffs when his Hawks take on the Celtics. Then, less than 24 hours later, he said he got clearance from a doctor to play 15 minutes a game. Then Wednesday comes this from Michael Cunningham of…

  9. Sasha Vujacic wants to return to NBA next season

    Apr 25, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

    Sasha Vujacic

    Sasha Vujacic was one of those guys who decided rather than sit and hope the lockout ended well he would go play overseas and get paid. He landed in Turkey, with no opt-out clause, and stayed the entire season there. Now, he wants to come back to the states. From Sportando, who got it from…

  10. Peers vote Clippers’ Reggie Evans dirtiest player in league

    Apr 25, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    Reggie Evans, Jonas Jerebko

    Reggie Evans has long had a reputation as one of the league’s dirtiest players — just ask Chris Kaman. He can answer is a high-pitched voice. Sports Illustrated recently did its annual poll of NBA players (118 of them) and among the questions was “who is the dirtiest player in the NBA?” Evans won going…

  11. ‘Melo, Stoudemire want Woodson back as Knicks coach

    Apr 25, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

    Mike Woodson

    Part of this is that players never say anything bad about a coach days away from handing out playoff minutes (well, unless you are Dwight Howard), but there is also a real groundswell behind Knicks Mike Woodson right now — the team is 16-6 under him as interim coach. After the season ends (meaning after…

  12. Wednesday And-1 links: Taiwanese animation explains Metta World Peace

    Apr 25, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, smiles during a news conference 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. • Well, that bit of animation from Taiwan should explain everything perfectly. • If…

  13. Next step in spin control: Questions raised about Fisher’s audit law firm

    Apr 25, 2012, 10:22 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    Right now, it’s all about spin. It’s all about trying to make the other guy look like they are in the wrong when it comes to Derek Fisher vs. Billy Hunter over the NBA players union. Clearly someone who back Fisher pointed Bloomberg to its story about $4.8 million being paid to relatives of Billy…

  14. Kobe can take NBA scoring title from Durant… if he wants it

    Apr 25, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Kevin Durant

    When Kobe Bryant steps on the court Thursday night against the Sacramento Kings, we will know exactly how many points he needs to score to win one of the closest NBA scoring title races ever over Kevin Durant. Both men say they don’t want it. Both men say all they want is a ring. Both…

  15. Video: Wild ending in New Orleans win over Golden State

    Apr 25, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets

    When you pay good money for an NBA ticket, you can only hope the game ends with a dramatic… goaltending call? That’s what happened to Warriors fans. With the game inside 8 seconds left and tied 81-81, Golden State’s Charles Jenkins‘ drove the lane and put up a layup that Gustavo Ayon cleanly blocked. The…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Jazz in, Clippers fall to Hawks

    Apr 25, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    What you missed while thinking that if this cow tells the others what is going on at McDonald’s there is going to be a revolt…. Jazz 100, Suns 87: And the Jazz are in the playoffs while the Suns can start worrying about where Steve Nash will play next season. Our man Brett Pollakoff broke…

  17. Jazz clinch last playoff spot in the West, eliminate Suns

    Apr 25, 2012, 2:04 AM EDT

    Derrick Favors, Marcin Gortat

    The Jazz clinched the final playoff spot in the West on Tuesday, and knocked the Suns out of the postseason picture at the same time. In a game that was essentially a must-win for both teams if they were to keep their playoff hopes alive, Utah was too tough at home, especially inside, and were…

  18. Video: Ridiculous shot from Estonian league playoffs

    Apr 25, 2012, 1:53 AM EDT

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    I know you don’t need the highlights because you saw this play when it happened — you never miss a moment of the Estonian League playoffs. Who does? But I thought I’d post it here anyway. Just in case. The bucket is by Latvian guard  Armands Škele and it is probably the best/craziest/luckiest shot you will see…

  19. League rescinds 13th technical on Cousins, who plays Tuesday

    Apr 24, 2012, 10:54 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Russell Westbrook

    A couple days ago we told you that unless Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins got his 13th technical and unless the league rescinded it he would be sitting out Tuesday night. After review, the league decided that the double technical when Cousins went face to face with Bismack Biyombo really shouldn’t have been one. The league made…

  20. League takes safe middle ground with 7 game World Peace suspension

    Apr 24, 2012, 9:29 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    In the end, David Stern and the NBA played it down the middle. They played it safe. Seven games for Metta World Peace’s dangerous elbow to the head of another player, one that left James Harden with a concussion. Don’t say mild concussion — there are no mild brain bruises. Seven games is safe, defensible.…

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