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  1. Lakers need big changes — which means trading a big man

    May 22, 2012, 11:34 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol walks off the court after a season-ending loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 5 of the NBA western conference semi-finals in Oklahoma City

    It’s obvious the Lakers need changes. Big changes. The Oklahoma City Thunder are younger, deeper, more athletic and just flat out better. And they are not going anywhere for a few years. That’s not to mention up-and-coming contenders like the Clippers in the West that are passing where the Lakers seem stuck on the side…

  2. Report: Knicks near long-term deal to keep Woodson as coach

    May 22, 2012, 10:51 AM EST

    New York Knicks coach Woodson reacts during Game 1 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference playoff against Miami Heat in Miami

    Looks like iso-Melo will be alive and well in New York. It’s not unexpected, but it appears the Knicks are nearing a long-term deal to keep Mike Woodson on as head coach, reports Al Iannazzone at Newsday. The Knicks officially are expected to remove the interim label from Mike’s title this week, according to multiple…

  3. Kevin Garnett calls Philadelphia fans “fair weathered”

    May 22, 2012, 9:30 AM EST

    Celtics' Garnett reacts after being called for a foul during their NBA Eastern Conference semi-final playoff basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia

    Apparently Kevin Garnett thought Sixer fans would not be fired up enough for Game 6 in Philadelphia Wednesday night. When asked to compare what had been a raucous Garden crowd Monday night to what awaited them in Philly on Wednesday KG decided to take a shot, reports John Finger at CSNPhilly.com. “Not even close,” Garnett said.…

  4. Your Thunder vs. Spurs Western Conference Finals schedule

    May 22, 2012, 8:05 AM EST

    Tony Parker, Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka

    For your DVR setting purposes (or, if you’re old, VCR), we bring you the schedule for the NBA Western Conference finals. Which right now, with the way the banged up Heat, aging Celtics, underdog Sixers and Pacers are playing feels a lot like an NBA finals. The series start next Sunday, which means the Spurs…

  5. Lakers-Thunder Game 5: Thunder all business in win over Lakers to advance to Conference Finals

    May 22, 2012, 2:10 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant

    The future is now. It can be said that the Thunder have done nothing more than advanced to the same position they reached last season before falling to another team from Texas in the Western Conference Finals. But this doesn’t feel that way. The Thunder exorcised their Mavericks demons in the first round, then took out…

  6. Video: Russell Westbrook’s insane, impossible scoop bank shot

    May 22, 2012, 12:26 AM EST

    Russell Westbrook

    One shot does not decide a game. There are always circumstances, things that might have gone differently. But one shot can spark a run and change the feeling of a game. All Game 5 Monday night the Lakers hung close. They would not go away. Kobe Bryant dropped 42. But you just had the feeling…

  7. Report: Dwight Howard still “desperately” wants trade

    May 21, 2012, 11:55 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    As the Orlando Magic look for a new coach and general manager, they need to be thinking guys who can rebuild a team and do it without Dwight Howard. Because it felt like he was going to be gone anyway. And now comes this from Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com — Howard may have won the…

  8. Brandon Bass? Yes, Brandon Bass leads Celtics to win, 3-2 series lead

    May 21, 2012, 10:49 PM EST

    Brandon Bass

    In Game 3, Doc Rivers went with a lot of small ball and not enough Brandon Bass, and after the loss said he regretted it. Well, that worked out well. Brandon Bass scored 18 of his 27 points in the third quarter — Bass alone outscore the Sixers 18-16 in the third — and that…

  9. Video: Stephen A. Smith impersonation from Saturday Night Live

    May 21, 2012, 9:11 PM EST

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    In case you haven’t seen it, Jay Pharoah did his impersonation of Stephen A. Smith, talking about LeBron James, during the Weekend Update “news” part of Saturday Night Live . I like it. Just a little exaggerated, but not much.

  10. Video: Things to watch for Monday, Celtics “flexing” celebration

    May 21, 2012, 7:15 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Three

    If you haven’t noticed this post season, whenever a Celtics player makes a big play on the floor the bench gets up and celebrates by flexing. You’ll see it a little tonight in a key Game 5. If you see a lot of it the Pacers are in trouble.

  11. Lakers look to find their old selves, avoid Game 5 elimination by Thunder

    May 21, 2012, 6:34 PM EST

    Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook, Metta World Peace, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

    Two years ago, when they won the title in 2010, the Lakers were the team that came back and won games like the one they lost Saturday. Back then it was the Lakers closing on a 25-7 run and getting the defensive stops. It was Kobe Bryant hitting the big shots. It was their opponents…

  12. Magic CEO says it’s not Howard, it’s us that wanted Van Gundy out

    May 21, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Orlando Magic CEO Tony Martins tried to lay down a full field of cover for Dwight Howard on the day the Magic sent coach Stan Van Gundy and general manager Otis Smith packing. He essentially went with the “it’s not you, it’s me” line that always works so well when you tried to break off…

  13. Celtics, Sixers try to woo fickle lady momentum in Game 5

    May 21, 2012, 4:36 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    What part of Game 4 will we see repeated in Game 5? The start where the Celtics looked poised and crisp and raced out to a 14 point lead? Or the second half where the Sixers dominated the offensive glass, got fantastic bench play from Lavoy Allen (guarding Kevin Garnett) and Thaddeus Young, they had…

  14. Orlando Magic let go of coach Stan Van Gundy, GM Otis Smith

    May 21, 2012, 3:41 PM EST

    Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis

    And the “we will do anything to keep Dwight Howard happy” parade continues. The Orlando Magic have announced that they are parting ways with coach Stan Van Gundy as well as GM Otis Smith. Follow that link if you want to read the generic “he was great for us” quotes from the owner that just…

  15. Monday And-1 links: Would you play for Coach Brian Scalabrine?

    May 21, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    scalabrinedark

    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. • Coach Brian Scalabrine? Why not? • There are reports that Knicks guard J.R.…

  16. USA Select team officially announced, no surprises

    May 21, 2012, 2:10 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving reacts after a turnover during the second quarter of the Cavaliers NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Cleveland

    We told you already — via our man Matt Steinmetz at CSNBayArea.com — who would be on the USA Select team. But now it is official, USA Basketball announced it Monday. The USA Select team are the guys brought in to scrimmage and practice against the Team USA Squad going to London this year for…

  17. Jeremy Lin’s agent doesn’t know if guard will return to Knicks

    May 21, 2012, 1:52 PM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    The conventional wisdom is that the Knicks will not let Jeremy Lin go this summer. The point guard is a restricted free agent who can get up to $5 million in his next deal and he will — partially for his on-the-court skills as a guard but also because he is a marketing gold mine…

  18. Clippers next steps start with making Chris Paul happy

    May 21, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    The Clippers were eliminated, swept right out of the playoffs by the Spurs Sunday night. But it didn’t feel like a painful elimination as much as the start of a journey. Clippers fans stayed and cheered for minutes after what may have been the best season in franchise history. The players talked about the loss…

  19. Nate McMillan in Charlotte to interview for Bobcats job

    May 21, 2012, 12:08 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Nate McMillan will be an NBA coach somewhere next year if he wants to be. Every time an opening comes up, his name will be there after he did a strong job leading a Portland Trail Blazers team led by Brandon Roy. He will get a lot of interviews. First up is the Charlotte Bobcats,…

  20. Flopping, international goaltending rule targets of new NBA rules committee

    May 21, 2012, 11:22 AM EST

    David Stern

    No longer will all 30 NBA general managers be voting on rule changes. And really, why should the guys in charge of basketball operations teams be in charge of rule changes? That makes sense. Under the direction of David Stern, the NBA has put together a smaller committee made up of owners, GMs and coaches…

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