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  1. PBT Extra: Talking Knicks in playoffs, Clippers and Kings

    Apr 4, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd

    As always, some good questions from Kay Adams today, starting with the fact we need to keep some perspective on what the Clippers have done this season. Then comes the question Knicks fans will snap at me for (regardless of my answer): Is this season a failure if they don’t reach the Eastern Conference Finals?…

  2. J.J. Redick latest to receive warning for flopping (VIDEO)

    Apr 4, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Dallas Mavericks

    J.J. Redick became the latest player to receive a warning for violating the NBA’s anti-flopping rule, the league announced on Thursday. Redick’s blatant attempt at fooling the officials occurred during the Bucks’ 109-99 loss to the Thunder on March 30. What makes this one so bad is that it worked to perfection. The referee didn’t…

  3. Byron Scott looks to be in a lot of trouble in Cleveland

    Apr 4, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost 10 games in a row and look like a team that has thrown in the towel on the season. Well, not Kyrie Irving, but watch the Cavs play and they have the energy of a three-toed sloth. They got throttled by a Nets team Wednesday that was missing two starters.…

  4. Shane Battier: ‘There’s no doubt that in our lifetime, there will be a woman NBA player’

    Apr 4, 2013, 6:12 PM EDT

    Shane Battier, Udonis Haslem

    Mark Cuban’s look-at-me claim that he’d draft Brittney Griner has mostly been met with skepticism for the idea, but Shane Battier says just because Griner might not make the NBA, that doesn’t mean no woman will. Via Tom Haberstroh of ESPN: “There’s no doubt that in our lifetime, there will be a woman NBA player,”…

  5. Kevin Durant acting like he wants scoring title

    Apr 4, 2013, 5:56 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant drives past Milwaukee Bucks' Daniels during their NBA basketball game in Milwaukee

    Kevin Durant said Carmelo Anthony “can have” the scoring title, but Durant’s actions say otherwise, at least according to David Thorpe of ESPN ($): More importantly, he seems solely focused on winning another scoring title, which is driving his number of contested shots up and his field goal percentage down. But lately Durant has become…

  6. Report: Gary Payton elected to basketball Hall of Fame

    Apr 4, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

    Gary Payton

    The Hall of Fame is going to fit Gary Payton like a glove. Payton seemed likely to make the cut out of this year’s Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame finalists — and he should, he was one of the greatest point guards of his generation. This was a no-brainer. But with the Hall sometimes you…

  7. Kevin Durant says Carmelo Anthony can have scoring title

    Apr 4, 2013, 4:08 PM EDT

    US forward Carmelo Anthony (R) celebrate

    With two weeks left in the NBA season, Kevin Durant is on the verge of his fourth consecutive NBA scoring title — he is averaging 28.3 points a game. But with 90 points in his last two games (on 60 percent shooting), Carmelo Anthony has moved close to taking the lead — he’s at 28.1…

  8. UConn coach Auriemma tells Cuban not to draft Brittney Griner

    Apr 4, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Brittney Griner

    It was a relatively small comment by Mark Cuban on a night of big things — Dallas losing to the Lakers, Shaq’s number being retired — but it has taken on a life of its own. A debate of its own. Mark Cuban simply said he’d consider drafting Baylor women’s basketball star Brittney Griner. It…

  9. LeBron, Wade, Allen, Chalmers all out for Heat Friday

    Apr 4, 2013, 2:58 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    Can Chris Bosh and the end of the Heat bench beat the Charlotte Bobcats? Tune in Friday and find out, because the Heat are going to face the Bobcats without LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and Mario Chalmers, coach Erik Spoelstra said on Thursday. As part of the NBA world after David Stern fined…

  10. Nuggets new “Italian celebration” has people talking (VIDEO)

    Apr 4, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets forward Gallinari reacts after making a shot during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    What are NBA fans talking about on Thursday? besides Knicks hot streak and where the Kings will play next season? The NBA twittersphere was buzzing about the new “Italian celebration” of the Nuggets. We saw it Wednesday night after a big Danilo Gallinari three  ball that helped sink the Jazz. First Gallinari does a little…

  11. JaVale McGee, outspoken mother to get reality show

    Apr 4, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    You wanted more JaVale McGee, you got him. McGee is one of the NBA’s best athletes but is as capable of making a head-scratching decision on the court as he is making your jaw drop with this athleticism. His mother — a former college player at USC — is an outspoken defender of her son.…

  12. Brandon Knight’s rough month continues, blows open lay-up (VIDEO)

    Apr 4, 2013, 1:11 PM EDT

    Brandon Knight, Kemba Walker

    Been a rough stretch recently for the Pistons’ Brandon Knight. First, he was on the wrong end of DeAndre Jordan’s big dunk. Then he sprained his ankle. The Pistons have won just two of their last 15 games. But they were in it late against the Celtics on Wednesday night when after a steal Knight…

  13. Walt Frazier says these Knicks remind him of champion ’73 Knicks

    Apr 4, 2013, 12:55 PM EDT

    Walt-Frazier

    When you first think of the Knicks championship teams you flash to Willis Reed coming out of the tunnel for Game 7 of the 1970 finals. But the 1973 team was different — it was a team that battled some injuries during the season but came together late for a run through the playoffs. Knicks…

  14. Doc Rivers says Garnett could return to Celtics Sunday

    Apr 4, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    UPDATE 12:29 am: Doc Rivers spoke with reporters after Kevin Garnett returned to practice on Thursday. Rivers said Garnett may go through shootaround but will not play Friday night. However, he said Garnett may go Sunday. As we said before, this is all good for Boston — their defense is elite when KG is on…

  15. Chris Bosh’s home burglarized, $340 K in goods stolen

    Apr 4, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh wears shoes with the Larry O'Brien trophy image on them. Photo via GQ.

    This just sucks. The Miami area home of Chris Bosh was broken into and burglarized while he was out at celebrating his birthday, according to NBCMiami.com (hat tip to The Big Lead). The home of Miami Heat player Chris Bosh was robbed and $340,000 worth of watches, rings and purses were taken, Miami Beach Police…

  16. Watch all of Carmelo’s 40 points against Hawks (VIDEO)

    Apr 4, 2013, 11:10 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony reacts after making a three-point shot against Boston Celtics during their NBA game in New York

    Carmelo Anthony has 90 points on 35-of-60 shooting (60 percent) over the last two games — he’s long been one of the best scorers in the game and when he gets a hot hand he’s almost unstoppable. Against the Heat it was just ridiculous as he didn’t have a basket in the paint — he…

  17. Taj Gibson reportedly didn’t tear MCL

    Apr 4, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls forward Gibson drives against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Collison during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Taj Gibson recently injured the same knee that kept him out 10 games earlier this season, but the Bulls received some good – or at least non-terrible – news. Nick Friedell of ESPN: An MRI on the left knee of Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson showed no tear of the same sprained MCL that caused…

  18. Kenneth Faried finishes half-court alley-oop from Andre Miller (VIDEO)

    Apr 4, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

    Kenneth Faried

    The veteran Andre Miller may throw the best lob pass in the NBA right now. Chris Paul is right there, but Miller has a great court sense and is so accurate with his passes. Kenneth Faried can finish. If your nickname is “manimal” you better know how to dunk with authority. Combine them and you…

  19. Ryan Hollins ejected for placing headlock on Goran Dragic (VIDEO)

    Apr 4, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Often times when a play like this occurs, it’s a result of a lot of little things that have gone on through the course of a game that finally have come to a boiling point for a particular player. It’s just hard to see that being the case here, considering that Ryan Hollins played all…

  20. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Carmelo’s 40 points lead Knicks to 10th straight victory

    Apr 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony reacts after scoring against Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while choosing sides in the battle between Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi … Knicks 95, Hawks 82: The Knicks extended their league-best winning streak to 10 games on Wednesday, thanks to a dominant offensive performance from Carmelo Anthony for the second straight…

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