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  1. NBA Playoff preview: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers

    Apr 27, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT

    Dante Cunningham, Blake Griffin

    SEASON RECORDS
 Grizzlies: 41-25 (4 seed) Clippers: 40-26 (5 seed) SEASON SERIES
 Clippers took it 2-1, with each team winning the games on its home court. Memphis won the most recent meeting April 9, 94-85. KEY INJURIES Memphis: Nothing serious. L.A. Clippers: Chris Paul is playing through a strained groin. The Clippers need him to…

  2. NBA Playoff Preview: L.A. Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets

    Apr 27, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant smiles as he hands the ball back to a referee in Minneapolis

    SEASON RECORDS
 Lakers: 41-25 (3 seed) Nuggets: 38-28 (6 seed) SEASON SERIES
 The Lakers took three of the four regular season meetings from the Nuggets, with the only loss coming on New Year’s Day in Denver. All the games were close, however, with L.A.’s margin of victory never being greater than six points. KEY INJURIES…

  3. Knicks finally figured out who they are… but is that enough?

    Apr 27, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony and Lin celebrate beating Orlando Magic in their NBA basketball game in New York

    The Knicks tried on more identities than a 14-year-old Upper West Side girl this season. They started the season as a seven seconds or less running team, but that didn’t really work without a point guard. Then they were the Linsanity team where that system did work with a bunch of shooters and Jeremy Lin…

  4. Ray Allen “probable” for playoff series vs. Atlanta

    Apr 27, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

    Ray Allen, Rajon Rondo, Iman Shumpert, Tyson Chandler

    Ray Allen has sat out nine straight games with bone spurs in his ankles, but veterans suck it up around playoff time, right? Right. Doc Rivers expects Allen back, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com. Rivers characterized the likelihood of Allen being available for Sunday’s Game 1 matchup with Atlanta as “probable.” “In football terms,…

  5. Video: Brad Miller’s emotional exit from final NBA game

    Apr 27, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

    Brad Miller, Hassan Whiteside

    Brad Miller‘s 14-year NBA career as one of the more reliable big men in the game came to an emotional end Thursday night in Minnesota. It was great of the fans there to recognize the moment and give Miller a standing ovation. The center with a deft outside touch, he is a two-time All-Star who…

  6. NBA Playoff Preview: Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks

    Apr 27, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony and Heat's James embrace after their NBA basketball game in New York

    SEASON RECORDS
 Miami 46-20 (2 seed) New York: 36-30 (7 seed) SEASON SERIES
 Miami won the season series 3-0, though the Knicks did hang around for a while in those games. Horseshoes and hand grenades, and all that. KEY INJURIES Miami: Mike Miller has an injured “everything you could ever possibly imagine” but is probable for…

  7. Bird denies report he is “100% percent” not returning to Pacers

    Apr 27, 2012, 9:08 AM EDT

    NCAA Championship Game: Michigan State Spartans v North Carolina Tar Heels

    UPDATE 9:07 am: Well, that didn’t take long. I said you could bet Bird would deny the latest report he is not coming back and he has to the Indy Star. “Once again, no decision has been made,” Bird said by phone Thursday evening. “I’ll sit down with my owner at the end of the…

  8. NBA Playoff preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz

    Apr 27, 2012, 5:27 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    SEASON RECORDS
 San Antonio 50-16 (1 seed) Utah: 36-30 (8 seed) SEASON SERIES
 San Antonio won the season series 3-1 and Utah’s only win was against the Spurs on a night the Big 3 rested. Not exactly an encouraging sign for the Jazz. KEY INJURIES San Antonio: The Spurs are (gulp) healthy going into the playoffs.…

  9. PBT Playoff Preview: Thunder vs. Mavericks

    Apr 27, 2012, 2:20 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Season Records: Oklahoma City (47-19, 2 seed) vs. Dallas (38-28, 7 seed) Season Series: OKC 3-1 Offense/Defense Rankings (points per 100 possessions): Offense: OKC 107.2 (2nd in NBA) vs. DAL 101.1 (20th in NBA) Defense: OKC 100 (9th in NBA) vs. DAL 98.6 (8th in NBA) Three Key Thunder: Kevin Durant: Durant just locked up…

  10. NBA Playoff Preview: Boston vs. Atlanta

    Apr 27, 2012, 1:47 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Jeff Teague

    SEASON RECORDS Hawks: 40-26 (No. 4 seed) Celtics: 39-27 (No. 5 seed) SEASON SERIES Boston won the first two games of a three-game regular season series by a total of five points. The Hawks’ victory came when the most was on the line, however, as Atlanta upended a short-handed Celtics team last Friday to give…

  11. PBT Playoff Preview: Chicago vs. Philadelphia

    Apr 27, 2012, 1:40 AM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    SEASON RECORDS: Chicago: 50-16 (1 seed) Philadelphia: 35-31 (8 seed) SEASON SERIES: Chicago won 2-1 OFFENSE/ DEFENSE RANKINGS (points per 100 possessions): Offense: Chicago 107.4 (5th in NBA), Philadelphia 103.9 (20th in NBA) Defense: Chicago 98.3 (2nd in NBA), Philadelphia 99.2 (3rd in NBA) THREE KEY BULLS: Derrick Rose: Last season’s MVP has had an…

  12. Here is your complete NBA first round playoff schedule

    Apr 27, 2012, 12:25 AM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Enough with the condensed schedule and the injuries and the tanking — let’s get it on with some real basketball. Playoff basketball. If you’re not pumped for this, go listen to some Linkin Park and come back. Yea, I didn’t know Linkin park was making new music either, but there you go. So you can…

  13. Bobcats lose 23rd straight, fall to Knicks to set record for futility

    Apr 26, 2012, 11:43 PM EDT

    Knicks Bobcats Basketball

    The Charlotte Bobcats are the worst team in NBA history. Charlotte fell to the Knicks by 20 points, 104-84, on a night when the Knicks basically gave their best players a night off. On a night the Bobcats should have played with desperation, they were passive and just missed good looks. It was their 23rd…

  14. NBA Playoff preview: Indiana vs. Orlando

    Apr 26, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    George Hill, Paul George, Roy Hibbert, Danny Granger, David West

    SEASON RECORDS
 Indiana 42-24 (3 seed) Orlando: 37-29 (6 seed) SEASON SERIES
 Orlando won the season series 3-1, but all four games were played with Dwight Howard in the lineup (he had 30 points in the last meeting) and before the wheels came off the bus in Orlando. Also, all the games were before the…

  15. PBT Extra: Previewing Celtics/Hawks with Jessica Camerato

    Apr 26, 2012, 8:13 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

    Jessica Camerato, who writes about the Celtics for CSNNE.com — and who you should be following on twitter @jcameratonba — called in to the PBT Studio BatPhone and broke down Celtics vs. Hawks in the first round. (Yes, we have a BatPhone, you got a problem with that?) She discusses the Celtics health (really, the…

  16. Team USA not adding players to pool despite injuries

    Apr 26, 2012, 7:07 PM EDT

    Tyson-Chandler-and-Mike-Krzyzewski

    When USA Basketball announced the pool of players it would choose from to select who would represent the USA at the London Olympics this summer, there were 20 names. Now, there are 16 who can go. Dwight Howard (back), LaMarcus Aldridge (hip) and Chauncey Billups (Achilles) are out due to injury and surgery, while Lamar…

  17. Five reasons these are not last year’s Spurs, they are contenders

    Apr 26, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    Last season, the Spurs won 61 games, went into the playoffs as the top seed thought of as contenders, then got unceremoniously bounced in the first round because they could not handle the big, athletic front line of the Memphis Grizzlies. This season, the Spurs are again entering the playoffs as the top seed and…

  18. The one where Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol buy a race horse

    Apr 26, 2012, 5:16 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    I feel like this story should start “Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol walk into a bar…” But in reality they were walking into a charity event, and it’s not a joke. Kobe and Gasol have partnered up as part owners of a race horse. Here is the story from the Associated Press: Bryant and Gasol…

  19. David Lee becomes third Warrior to have surgery this week

    Apr 26, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Golden State Warriors

    If the Warriors are healthy next season they are going to be dangerous. But it’s a big “if.” David Lee will have surgery this week to repair a torn abdominal muscle, reports Matt Steinmetz at CSNBayArea.com. Lee had already sat about the Warriors previous seven games due to the same injury. Lee averaged 20 points…

  20. Turner admits what we all knew: Sixers prefer Bulls to Heat

    Apr 26, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

    Evan Turner, Tobias Harris

    If the Philadelphia 76ers beat a not very impressive Pistons team Thursday night in the last game of the regular season, and if the Knicks lose to the Bobcats…. Okay, that’s not happening. But in theory it could, and if both those things happen the 76ers would move into the seven seed in the East…

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