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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Jazz in, Clippers fall to Hawks

    Apr 25, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    What you missed while thinking that if this cow tells the others what is going on at McDonald’s there is going to be a revolt…. Jazz 100, Suns 87: And the Jazz are in the playoffs while the Suns can start worrying about where Steve Nash will play next season. Our man Brett Pollakoff broke…

  2. Jazz clinch last playoff spot in the West, eliminate Suns

    Apr 25, 2012, 2:04 AM EDT

    Derrick Favors, Marcin Gortat

    The Jazz clinched the final playoff spot in the West on Tuesday, and knocked the Suns out of the postseason picture at the same time. In a game that was essentially a must-win for both teams if they were to keep their playoff hopes alive, Utah was too tough at home, especially inside, and were…

  3. Video: Ridiculous shot from Estonian league playoffs

    Apr 25, 2012, 1:53 AM EDT

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    I know you don’t need the highlights because you saw this play when it happened — you never miss a moment of the Estonian League playoffs. Who does? But I thought I’d post it here anyway. Just in case. The bucket is by Latvian guard  Armands Škele and it is probably the best/craziest/luckiest shot you will see…

  4. League rescinds 13th technical on Cousins, who plays Tuesday

    Apr 24, 2012, 10:54 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Russell Westbrook

    A couple days ago we told you that unless Sacramento’s DeMarcus Cousins got his 13th technical and unless the league rescinded it he would be sitting out Tuesday night. After review, the league decided that the double technical when Cousins went face to face with Bismack Biyombo really shouldn’t have been one. The league made…

  5. League takes safe middle ground with 7 game World Peace suspension

    Apr 24, 2012, 9:29 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    In the end, David Stern and the NBA played it down the middle. They played it safe. Seven games for Metta World Peace’s dangerous elbow to the head of another player, one that left James Harden with a concussion. Don’t say mild concussion — there are no mild brain bruises. Seven games is safe, defensible.…

  6. Metta World Peace suspended seven games for elbow to Harden

    Apr 24, 2012, 7:59 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    UPDATE 10:06 pm: Metta World Peace issued his own statement on his Web site (coincidentally named RonArtest.com): “I apologize to the Oklahoma City Thunder fans and the OKC organization. I look forward to getting back on the floor with my teammates and competing for the Lakers fans.” 7:59 pm: The NBA came down fairly hard…

  7. Miami to sit LeBron, Bosh, Wade; Boston sits Allen, Rondo, Garnett

    Apr 24, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    I feel bad for the people who purchased tickets to see the Celtics vs. the Heat before this season hoping for a meaningful late-season showdown. Anytime the offense is running through Dexter Pittman there is no showdown. Both teams are sitting numerous key players because the game has little meaning. Miami will sit LeBron James,…

  8. Golden State makes Bob Myers general manager

    Apr 24, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

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    From the day that Golden State brought in Bob Myers, he was the general manager apparent. He was going to work with existing GM Larry Riley for a while, but it was going to be his job. Well, now it is, the warriors made it official. Here is the tweet from Ken Berger at CBSSports.com.…

  9. Knicks take interim tag off Glen Grunwald as general manager

    Apr 24, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New York Knicks

    Glen Grunwald has been doing the job since last June anyway, so the Knicks have decided to make it official. Gone is the interim tag Grunwald had in front of general manager, reports Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated (via Sulia). First in NY, where the Knicks removed the ‘interim’ status of Glen Grunwald and announced…

  10. If Fisher steps out at union, could Chris Paul take his place?

    Apr 24, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    It’s an ugly situation. The NBA players union executive committee has asked union president Derek Fisher to resign. He has refused. There are questions of nepotism in the union, Fisher pushed for an audit but executive director Billy Hunter got the committee to kill that and ask Fisher to step down. It’s a mess. If…

  11. Report: NBA players union paid $4.8 million to director’s family members, their firms

    Apr 24, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Hunter and Fisher of the NBA speak during news conference to reject NBA's latest offer in New York

    And now we see what is at the heart of the current NBA players union fight — nepotism concerns. This is already a fight where union president Derek Fisher pushed for an audit and Executive Director Billy Hunter got the union executive committee to call off the audit and call for Fisher to resign. And…

  12. Coach of ’72-73 Sixers says Bobcats have less talent

    Apr 24, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    Derrick Brown, Gerald Henderson, Kemba Walker

    Until this year, the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers were the model of futility — 9-73. A .110 winning percentage. A team led by Fred Carter and John Block (when Block was healthy) that had a lot of role-playing veterans on the downside of their career. But if Charlotte loses its final two games — at Orlando…

  13. Harden not yet cleared to play; no word on World Peace suspension

    Apr 24, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    As of Tuesday afternoon, it looks like the concussion suffered at the elbow of Metta World Peace will keep James Harden out Tuesday night. He sat out Tuesday’s shootaround and continued to undergo the battery of tests needed to get cleared after suffering a concussion under the new league policy, according to NBA.com. Coach Scott…

  14. Vinny Del Negro says Clippers not “flop city.” Video suggests otherwise.

    Apr 24, 2012, 2:05 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin

    When Reggie Evans sold a foul like there was a sniper in the grassy knoll at Staples Center (you can see the video above, where a flagrant 2 was rightly reduced to a personal foul) it brought up a discussion of the Clippers and flopping. As in they do it a lot. As in people…

  15. Tuesday’s key games: Jazz vs. Suns, Celtics seek home court

    Apr 24, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    Alvin Gentry, Steve Nash

    The playoff picture is coming into focus, and by the end of Tuesday night we may have a better picture. Or, we may not. But we’ll know a few more things about how the picture will clear up. Trust me, that makes sense. Here are the games that matter Tuesday night. Phoenix at Utah: This…

  16. Video: Kevin Garnett talks about naysayers, adversity

    Apr 24, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Celtics forward Garnett grins after a jump shot in the closing minutes in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta

    Early in this season the Boston Celtics could not find their flow — their once proud defense was pedestrian and their offense wasn’t getting it done. There have been plenty of people ready to bury them, to blow up the team. Now they enter the playoffs as the team nobody wants to play early on,…

  17. Report: Spurs to go hard after Nicolas Batum this summer

    Apr 24, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

    Nicolas Batum, Greg Stiemsma

    Nicolas Batum is a restricted free agent that the Trail Blazers do not want to give up this summer — but that’s going to cost them. A lot of teams covet him. Smart teams. Like the San Antonio Spurs. They are going to come after him this summer reports Chris Haynes at CSNNW.com. The number…

  18. Tuesday And-1 links: James Harden listed as day-to-day

    Apr 24, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    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. • The official status of James Harden is day-to-day and he is undergoing tests…

  19. Wizards to keep Ernie Grunfeld around a couple more years

    Apr 24, 2012, 10:28 AM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    Ernie Grunfeld will be charged with cleaning up his own mess. The team president will stay as the man guiding the Wizards ship for at least a couple more years, reports CSNWashington.com (the Washington Post broke the story). Grunfeld has been with the team since 2003 and now will be with them through the summer…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Playoff picture starts to clear up

    Apr 24, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets Armon Johnson and Anthony Morrow leave court for final time after NBA basketball game loss to Philadelphia 76ers in Newark

    What you missed while watching a cat fight off a black bear…  Sixers 105, Nets 87: With this win Philadelphia both spoiled the Nets final home game in New Jersey after 35 years and clinched themselves a playoff spot (likely the eight seed) in the East. They controlled the game pretty much the whole way,…

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