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  1. Carmelo scores 50, but with LeBron and Wade out, meaning is diluted

    Apr 2, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony drives past Miami Heat's Battier in during NBA basketball game in Miami

    Carmelo Anthony scored 50 points to lead the Knicks to a 102-90 win over the Heat on Wednesday, but Miami played its best defense much earlier in the day. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers rested, saving the Heat (at least somewhat) from the annoying analysis about the Knicks owning Miami that would come…

  2. Gibson sprains knee, Bulls lose to Wizards. Not a good night for Chicago.

    Apr 2, 2013, 11:10 PM EDT

    Taj Gibson

    If the Bulls had designs on moving out of the six seed — and you know Tom Thibodeau wants to win every game with a white hot passion — this was not a good night. First, the Bulls fell to the Wizards 90-86 in a game where Chicago had no answer for John Wall (27…

  3. Kirk Hinrich got ejected? Kirk Hinrich got ejected (VIDEO)

    Apr 2, 2013, 9:47 PM EDT

    Kirk Hinrich, Nene

    Already without Derrick Rose (obviously), the Bulls lean more heavily than ever on Kirk Hinrich. Especially against a point-guard driven team like the Washington Wizards with John Wall. But Hinrich got ejected Tuesday night against the Wizards for arguing calls with the referees. The always fiery Hinrich… well something got under his skin. He was…

  4. Why are the Clippers vulnerable? Defense (or coaching)

    Apr 2, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    Before the season started what was the mantra about the Clippers on this site (and most others)? It’s all about the defense. With Chris Paul and Blake Griffin (who has a more diverse game than many fans give him credit for), plus Jamal Crawford off the bench, the Clippers were going to score points. A…

  5. Shaquille O’Neal on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”

    Apr 2, 2013, 6:18 PM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal

    Shaquille O’Neal was back in Los Angeles to have his jersey retired Tuesday night, so on Monday he swung by the set of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” to talk  about how he got pranked by Lou Amundson, how he begged Steve Jobs for an iPhone, and of course how many Peeps he could shove in his…

  6. Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton indicted for murder

    Apr 2, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

    Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Javaris Crittenton appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for an extradition hearing with attorney Brian Steel in downtown Los Angeles

    Back in August 2011 former NBA player Javaris Crittenton — you remember him, the other guy from the Gilbert Arenas gun incident — was arrested for his ties to a drive-by shooting that killed a mother of four in Atlanta. He was released on bond but the case had yet to go to trial. (In…

  7. Breaking down the playoff chase in the Western Conference

    Apr 2, 2013, 5:26 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Tim Duncan

    The West is a mess. A deep, complex, playoff question mark still with a whole lot of moving parts. Which is what makes playoff races fun. We’ve got just more than two weeks of regular season games left. We’re going to try to lay out the entire playoff picture for you, but it’s messy, so…

  8. Knicks legend Bill Bradley wonders if Carmelo, Knicks get it

    Apr 2, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

    Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony

    As we near the start of this NBA playoffs, the big question about Carmelo Anthony — and by proxy the Knicks — remains the one that was asked about him last season, and the one before that, and the one before that, and… Does he understand and is he willing to make the team play…

  9. Veteran NBA referee Greg Willard passes away

    Apr 2, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Frank Vogel, Greg Willard

    NBA referee Greg Willard, who worked in the NBA playoffs last year and one final preseason game this year, has passed away Monday due to pancreatic cancer. He was 54. Willard had worked nearly 1,500 NBA games since he entered the league in 1988 and had even done two NBA finals. He was diagnosed last…

  10. Breaking down the seeding chase in the Eastern Conference

    Apr 2, 2013, 3:08 PM EDT

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

    Unlike their friends in the West, there really is no playoff chase in the East. The top eight teams are pretty much locked in, starting with Miami as the one seed down to the Bucks, the current eight seed. The Sixers are six games back of the Bucks for that final playoff spot, so while…

  11. Steve Nash out for Lakers on Tuesday vs. Mavericks

    Apr 2, 2013, 2:03 PM EDT

    SPO-BKN-NBA--WIZARDS-LAKERS

    It what is the biggest must-win game of the season for the Lakers Tuesday night — at home against the Mavericks, the two teams chasing the Jazz for the final playoff spot in the West — they will be without one of their key off-season acquisitions. Steve Nash, who has been limited the last couple…

  12. Damian Lillard’s future goal: MVP

    Apr 2, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Hornets Trail Blazers Basketball

    At some point during the NBA award season, Damian Lillard is going to pick up the Rookie of the Year hardware. It is the biggest lock of the award season (even ahead of the inevitable LeBron MVP). The question with Lillard — who is older than most of his draft class after a four-year college…

  13. Kobe Bryant likes to remind Shaq who has more rings

    Apr 2, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

    Kobe Shaquille O'Neal Lakers

    When Kobe Bryant got ring number five, he couldn’t hide his glee at having more rings than his rival Shaquille O’Neal — he talked about it in his press conference minutes after the game ended. Now, on the day the Lakers will retire Shaquille O’Neal’s jersey, Kobe told Marc Spears of Yahoo that he likes…

  14. Heat to rest LeBron, Wade, Chalmers vs. Knicks Tuesday

    Apr 2, 2013, 11:58 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James looks on next to teammate Dwyane Wade while their team plays the Orlando Magic during their NBA basketball game in Orlando

    This takes away some of the luster from one of Tuesday’s marquee games. It also thwarts any “we beat those red hot Heat” momentum the Knicks might try to build out of Tuesday night’s matchup. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers will all sit out for the Heat on Tuesday night when the Knicks…

  15. Okafor not opting out, will return to Wizards next year

    Apr 2, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

    Emeka Okafor, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

    Some guys entering the last year of their contract are willing to take a little haircut on their salary in the short term to get the security of a healthy-sized multi-year deal. For example, Andre Iguodala is expected to opt out of his $16.1 million contract for next season to seek a long-term deal (likely…

  16. John Wall admits a number of point guards are better than him, still wants to get paid

    Apr 2, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

    John Wall

    It remains one of the interesting questions of the NBA off-season: How much do the Wizards offer John Wall in a contract extension? The Wizards are going to make an offer and they’ve suggested it’s substantial. I think something close to Stephen Curry’s four year, $44 million seems about right. Since getting back and healthy…

  17. Caron Butler had the best tip-in of the season Monday (VIDEO)

    Apr 2, 2013, 10:43 AM EDT

    Caron Butler

    You don’t see as many tip-ins in the NBA anymore, mostly because guys like Blake Griffin don’t tip the ball in so much as throw it down with authority. But on a Griffin missed jumper at the end of the half Monday night Caron Butler made an impressive tip-in play — he got to a…

  18. Bo Jackson has Derrick Rose’s back

    Apr 2, 2013, 10:06 AM EDT

    Bo Jackson

    Bo Jackson is a Chicago legend — the American League All-Star who hit a home run in the All-Star Game then in the off-season was running over linebackers as a member of the Los Angeles Raiders. He was one of the great American athletes ever. His Tecmo Bowl video-game self was the most unstoppable sports…

  19. Bucks’ Larry Sanders inadvertently elbows referee in head (VIDEO)

    Apr 2, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Larry Sanders

    It was the game’s opening tip, Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders is lined up for the jump ball, won it, and as he came down inadvertently elbowed referee Bill Kennedy in the head. Ouch. We need to add that Sanders leads the league in technicals with 14 (and he has a lot of ejections), but this didn’t…

  20. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Pacers look good, Clippers…. meh

    Apr 2, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Roy Hibbert

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wondering why UFO reports are down…. Pacers 109, Clippers 106:After the Clippers loss over the weekend coach Vinny Del Negro ripped the team for hits energy. He could have said the same thing after this one. Roy Hibbert showed up ready to…

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