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  1. Video: Tony Parker, Kevin Durant talk Game 2

    May 30, 2012, 11:04 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs Tony Parker gets past Oklahoma City Thunder Kevin Durant in Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference finals in San Antonio

    The Spurs made their adjustments after Game 1, came out and dropped 120 on the Thunder in Game 2. Then to a man the Spurs came to the podium and said just what Tony Parker does above — “we just had a good game as a team.” Just kind of “aw, shucks.” Durant, he’s not…

  2. Report: Wizards shopping Rashard Lewis, Andray Blatche

    May 30, 2012, 10:35 AM EST

    Andray Blatche Wizards

    Cue Henny Youngman: Take our bad contracts — please. The Wizards need to remake their roster and they are actively trying to get rid of their two biggest remaining contract errors one way or another, reports the Washington Post. The Wizards can buy out Rashard Lewis for “just” $13.7 million before July 1. They also…

  3. Report: Lamar Odom “desperately” wants to be Laker again

    May 30, 2012, 10:06 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant And Phil Jackson Address The Media

    And Dallas fans are shaking their heads…. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith reportedly said on a recent radio broadcast that Lamar Odom “desperately” wants to be a Laker again and that he and his agent will speak to Lakers management about it. (Hat tip to LakersNation.com.) Because of the bombastic source, please sprinkle the rumor liberally…

  4. Pau Gasol denies he wants to play for Bulls

    May 30, 2012, 9:44 AM EST

    gasol-nuggets-game-7

    Tuesday it was sources close to the Lakers big man saying that said he wanted to be traded to Chicago. Which wasn’t very likely to happen, and we warned you the rumor was “wild,” but that’s what the sources said. Then, somebody asked Pau Gasol himself. From the Los Angeles Times. “My position is still…

  5. Video: Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker stick daggers in Thunder

    May 30, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    There were moments in the fourth quarter when the Thunder looked like a team that could make a comeback. They were cutting off the lane, forcing contested jumpers, getting some points in transition. There seemed to be hope. Faint hope down 7 with 1:30 left to go, but we saw what the Thunder did to…

  6. Expect Ray Allen to play Wednesday night in Game 2

    May 30, 2012, 8:04 AM EST

    Ray Allen

    Doc Rivers may have thought about sitting Ray Allen, may have talked about it with the media, but you didn’t really expect it to happen, did you? Officially the call will be made on game day, as Rivers told A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. Allen doesn’t want any part of that, he wants to play.…

  7. Thunder find some answers, still have many more questions

    May 30, 2012, 2:16 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    If you were looking for them, there were glimmers of hope for the Oklahoma Thunder in this series from Game 2. Their “big three” showed up — Kevin Durant had 31, James Harden 30 and Russell Westbrook 27. There was a run, early in the fourth quarter, when the Thunder were able to clog the…

  8. NBA Playoffs: Thunder play well, but Spurs win while still seeming unstoppable

    May 30, 2012, 12:10 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    The San Antonio Spurs have now played an even ten games in the NBA Playoffs and, amazingly, have won every one of them. The wins haven’t all been dominant — Tuesday night’s 120-111 victory ended up being one of their more difficult challenges this season — but it’s been astounding to watch the old, formerly…

  9. Video: Watch “old” Tim Duncan dunk on Serge Ibaka

    May 29, 2012, 10:33 PM EST

    Thunder power forward Nick Collison strips the ball away from San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan

    Serge Ibaka is not ready to be Defensive Player of the Year, but it’s not because of this. (It’s because of his iffy pick-and-roll defense and how he defends people in space. It’s a work in progress.) This would be the “old” but rejuvenated Tim Duncan throwing it down on Ibaka like it’s 1999. He…

  10. List of players’ favorite announcers: Chuck? Fine. Reggie? No.

    May 29, 2012, 9:25 PM EST

    DOVE Men+Care And Shaquille O'Neal Are Bringing His "Journey To Comfort" To NCAA Final Four Weekend By Caring For The Boys And Girls Club Of Southeast Louisiana - Day 1

    Most NBA players watch fewer NBA games on television than you do. Seriously. By far. They watch a lot of game in person in the arena, obviously. They watch tapes of games. But they don’t really sit around their home or hotel room glued to the television, listening to the broadcasters, as often as we…

  11. What would it mean for teams to win NBA Draft Lottery

    May 29, 2012, 7:59 PM EST

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    Fates will be decided by some bouncing balls and random numbers Wednesday. Not just the fate of lock No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis (and guys like Andre Drummond, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Thomas Robinson and many more). It’s the fate of franchises (and general managers) that will be decided. What would it mean to the 14…

  12. Report: Wizards likely to keep Randy Wittman as coach

    May 29, 2012, 6:21 PM EST

    Randy Wittman

    This was unexpected when the season ended but has seemingly become more and more likely in recent weeks. The Wizards are “likely” going to keep Randy Wittman as coach next season, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. That follows what Michael Lee wrote in the Washington Post late last week: A source with knowledge of the…

  13. Dennis Rodman sentenced to 104 hours community service

    May 29, 2012, 5:33 PM EST

    Dennis Rodman

    UPDATE 5:33 pm: As expected Dennis Rodman was sentenced only to community service — 104 hours of it. But that’s all on four counts of contempt of court, part of his missing child support payments. Rodman also is on informal probation and was told he needs to keep up on his child support payments, which…

  14. Clippers to retain Vinny Del Negro as coach next season

    May 29, 2012, 5:11 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    Vinny Del Negro — who oversaw arguably the best Clippers season ever but left lingering doubts about whether he could take them any farther — will get a chance to prove he can. The Clippers announced Tuesday that they have picked up the option year on Del Negro’s contract. Chris Paul signed off on this,…

  15. Doc Rivers considering sitting Ray Allen to rest ankle

    May 29, 2012, 4:11 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    It’s not fun to watch. Ray Allen is one of the best pure shooters the game has ever seen, but trying to play through bone spurs in his ankle that likely needs surgery has left his flawless mechanics off balance. He was 1-7 in Game 1 and Boston needs him (or someone) to knock down…

  16. Tuesday And-1 links: Derek Fisher has no plans to retire

    May 29, 2012, 3:35 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    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. • Derek Fisher says he has no plans to retire. I don’t think he’s…

  17. Report: Magic to make decision on new GM by end of week

    May 29, 2012, 2:55 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    First comes the new general manager. Then comes the decision on Dwight Howard. The first part of that decision could come by the end of the week, reports magicbasketballonline.com. A source close to the decision making process within the Orlando Magic organization has informed me that the team is close, and likely to name their…

  18. Thunder/Spurs Game 2: The rise of Westbrook, Harden

    May 29, 2012, 1:41 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    I said going into this series Russell Westbrook was the key to Oklahoma City’s chances against the Spurs — he needs to attack off the pick-and-roll, get into the lane and finish. Or kick it out. But he needs to disrupt the Spurs defense and put a lot of points on the board in the…

  19. Report: Clippers GM Olshey interviews with Trail Blazers

    May 29, 2012, 12:34 PM EST

    Neil Olshey

    The rumor has been the Portland Trail Blazers first choice to fill their permanent general manager seat is one current GM from Los Angeles. But this is not the one we were thinking of. From the twitter of Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. Also, league sources say Clippers GM Neil Olshey met with Portland owner Paul…

  20. Rajon Rondo says Heat “have to hit the deck, too”

    May 29, 2012, 11:47 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    If you are going to beat the Heat, you have to turn them into jump shooters. If Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are getting dunks and layups you are in trouble. Even Ronny Turiaf makes his dunks. You have to push them out away from the hoop. Boston didn’t do that in Game 1, Miami…

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