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  1. Report: Lawrence Frank tells Pistons “pick up my extension or let me go”

    Apr 18, 2013, 10:21 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons head coach Frank talks with his players during their NBA game against the Toronto Raptors in Auburn Hills

    Lawrence Frank job as the Pistons coach was already in trouble. There were serious questions about whether Frank the right guy to coach a developing team. The Pistons owner said he expected to make the playoffs this season and what he got instead was a 29-win season. Which followed a 25-win season. And while this…

  2. Lakers GM Kupchak makes it clear: D’Antoni will be back next season

    Apr 18, 2013, 9:31 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni chats to Pau Gasol of Spain and Dwight Howard during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Bad news for those Lakers fans who have chosen to scapegoat coach Mike D’Antoni for the Lakers disappointing season: He’s going to be back next season. That’s not my opinion, that comes straight from Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, speaking to the Los Angeles Times. “Yeah, he’s back. I think he’s done a great job,” Kupchak…

  3. Who can knock off Miami? NBA playoff power rankings

    Apr 18, 2013, 8:49 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Tim Duncan

    If you want to hold the Larry O’Brien trophy — the one that goes to the NBA champions each June — you’re going to have to pry it out of Miami’s cold, dead hands. Good luck. They are the defending champs. They had the best regular season record in the NBA despite coasting to start…

  4. Stephen Curry breaks Ray Allen’s record for most threes in a season (VIDEO)

    Apr 18, 2013, 8:19 AM EDT

    Stephen Curry, Jarrett Jack

    His ankles finally healthy, Stephen Curry has proven not only to be as good a pure shooter as there is in the game, but maybe one of the best ever. With the two threes above, Curry tied then broke Ray Allen‘s record for most three pointers in a season. Curry finished the season with 272…

  5. Set your DVRs: The complete NBA playoff first round schedule

    Apr 18, 2013, 2:56 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Dwight Howard

    It is time to get serious. Finally. No more guys sitting out with “injuries” that exist only so David Stern won’t fine teams for resting players. No more talk of real injuries that actually have wrecked some of the fun of the season. No more Derrick Rose talk… oh, I guess that doesn’t end. But…

  6. Lakers get in, earn seven seed with overtime win over Rockets

    Apr 18, 2013, 2:48 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers had made the playoffs before they even tipped off against the Rockets on Wednesday, thanks to the Jazz losing in Memphis earlier in the evening. The only question for L.A. was whether they’d finish as the seven or eight seed, with the seven being preferable since it would mean avoiding a first round…

  7. Three Stars of the Night whose seasons are over

    Apr 18, 2013, 2:23 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Miami Heat

    Pau Gasol (17 points, 20 rebounds and 11 assists), John Henson (28 points and 16 rebounds), Zach Randolph (25 points and 19 rebounds), Chris Paul (25 points, 11 assists and no turnovers) and Gerald Green (34 points) will have at least a chance to make their mark in the playoffs, but we’re honoring three players…

  8. Denver wins, earns West No. 3 seed; Clippers get home court

    Apr 18, 2013, 2:03 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala

    While everybody was watching the overtime drama to see how the bottom half of the Western Conference would play out, there were a lot of questions in the middle of the conference as well: Could Denver hold on to the three seed? Could the Clippers hold off the Grizzlies and have home court in the…

  9. They’re all set: Here are your playoff matchups

    Apr 18, 2013, 1:26 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    We’ve got a lot more stuff coming from PBT about how we got here — looking at the games tonight — and breaking down these matchups. And of course, we should have the series schedules up later tonight, once the league sends them out. But for now here are the NBA first round playoff matchups.…

  10. Derrick Williams throws down in-game 360 dunk (VIDEO)

    Apr 18, 2013, 12:30 AM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    Derrick Williams is one of those guys in Minnesota that next season — when the team is healthy and playing together *knocks on wood* — could take a big step for ward next season. This season he moved up to a solid NBA player (11.8 points a game), but the former No. 2 pick could…

  11. Eastern Conference playoff matchups are set, Bulls get the five seed after beating Wizards

    Apr 17, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau, Jimmy Butler, Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson

    There were still a couple of playoff positions in play on the final night of the regular season in the Eastern Conference, but the Bulls made sure that they ended up with the more advantageous first round matchup. By taking care of the Wizards 95-92, Chicago locked up the five seed in the East, and…

  12. NBA players reportedly among those defrauded in $18 million scam

    Apr 17, 2013, 9:26 PM EDT

    AP Money Found

    Despite the perception of some, plenty of NBA players are smart about their money. Like anyone who makes seven or eight digits, the smart players want to put that money to work to make more money (I’m told, I don’t exactly know that first hand). They are looking for investments. And like a number of…

  13. The T-Mac In Winter

    Apr 17, 2013, 7:09 PM EDT

    File photo of Tracy McGrady of the Qingdao DoubleStar Eagles driving the ball to the basket next to a U.S. All-Star team player during their basketball match in Qingdao

    SAN ANTONIO — Tracy McGrady is a shockingly young man. He will not turn 34 until May. He’s younger than, among others, Adrian Beltre, Tom Brady, Bradley Cooper and Kate Hudson. He’s too young to be President (not that this seems an especially viable career option) and he’s younger than all but one of the…

  14. Wizards plan to target re-signing Martell Webster

    Apr 17, 2013, 6:50 PM EDT

    Martell Webster, Michael Beasley

    Martell Webster, at age 26, had his best season as a pro — 11.4 points a game on 44.2 percent shooting overall and 42.2 percent from three, 3.9 rebounds a game, all those numbers were career highs or close to it. The swingman who was a Wizards starter is a free agent this summer and…

  15. Nerlens Noel to Dan Patrick: “‘With my hair, I’m seven feet” tall

    Apr 17, 2013, 5:41 PM EDT

    Marshall v Kentucky

    Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel is very likely the No. 1 pick in this draft and certainly a Top 3 choice. As has been said by many, this is a draft full of risks and gambles so you might as well gamble on the 6’10” guy with the crazy wingspan who can jump out of the…

  16. Michael Jordan’s trainer thinks MJ was poisoned for “flu game”

    Apr 17, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan Scottie Pippen Flu Game

    We all know the legend of the Michael Jordan flu game (or if you’re young, you’ve seen the images in Gatorade commercials. It was Game 5 of the 1997 NBA finals and the Bulls and Jazz were tied 2-2. The night before Game 5 Jordan got sick and by game time the next day he…

  17. Why we’ll miss him: A video compilation of Rasheed Wallace yelling “Ball Don’t Lie”

    Apr 17, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Rasheed Wallace reacts to a referee's call against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of their NBA game in Chicago

    In terms of injury and game on the court, maybe it was time for Rasheed Wallace to hang it up and retire. Again. But we’re still going to miss him, one of the great unconventional personalities of the game. And we’re going to miss him complaining about every foul ever called on him then yelling…

  18. Sixers players sound ready for disappointing season to end

    Apr 17, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT

    Spencer Hawes

    Some teams have packed it in already. The Portland Trail Blazers decided to play their young guys a lot more rather than chance a final playoff spot and have lost 12 in a row. The Cleveland Cavaliers are disinterested, and unfortunately that group includes Kyrie Irving. But they aren’t the only teams that can’t wait…

  19. Report: Phil Jackson “itching” to return to NBA, but not only as coach

    Apr 17, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Jackson speaks during a ceremony to retire jersey #34 in honor of former Los Angeles Lakers player O'Neal during their NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Los Angeles

    NBA coaching is a grind — a lot of time spent in dark film rooms making game plans, lots of travel and odd hours, a lot of stress and a lot of drama. When he left the Lakers and the NBA a couple years ago, Jackson seemed done with that grind. But after a couple…

  20. Stephen Curry on verge of breaking Ray Allen’s single-season 3-point record

    Apr 17, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry

    Stephen Curry will likely break Ray Allen’s record for 3-pointers in a season (269) when the Warriors play the Trail Blazers tonight – Curry has 268, and he’s made at least two 3-pointers in 65 of his 77 games – but that’s not the most remarkable aspect of Curry’s outside shooting. Curry is shooting 3-pointers,…

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