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  1. Quote of the Day: Kobe Bryant is a winning winner who wins

    May 19, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    “I don’t give a [expletive] what you say,” Bryant told Yahoo! Sports late Friday. “If I go out there and miss game winners, and people say, ‘Kobe choked, or Kobe is seven for whatever in pressure situations.’ Well, [expletive] you. “Because I don’t play for your [expletive] approval. I play for my own love and…

  2. Kobe says controlling the pace will be key for Lakers in Game 4 vs. Thunder

    May 19, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

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    The Lakers’ Game 3 win over the Thunder on Friday was gritty, hard-fought, and earned largely at the free throw line. With the game slowed and the clock stopped is where L.A. did most of its damage offensively, scoring 41 of the team’s 99 points from the foul line on 42 attempts. The free throw…

  3. How the Sixers defense stopped Boston cold down the stretch… again

    May 19, 2012, 2:08 PM EST

    Thaddeus young

    In Game 2, it was this masterpiece that sealed the deal for the Sixers. In Game 4, it was the Sixers once again shutting down the lauded Boston clutch offense on a key late possession to steal the win. Andre Iguodala‘s jumpers were masterful. Lou Williams‘ offense was crazytown. The Sixers momentum was huge. But…

  4. Clippers-Spurs Game 3: Clippers have to find something, anything to save themselves with

    May 19, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    We’ve reached a point where you pretty much have to say that if the Los Angeles Clippers are going to make their Western Conference Semifinals series into a competitive contest, they’re going to need San Antonio to hurt itself. They’re going to need mistakes, mental breakdowns, missed shots, and some good old fashioned luck. They’re…

  5. Video: Andre Iguodala buries Celtics at end of game

    May 19, 2012, 11:57 AM EST

    Andre Iguodala

    For years, Philly fans have been asking Andre Iguodala to step up. Well, here you go. Down the stretch he knocked down a beautiful stepback jumper and then a dagger three to secure the Sixers Game 4 win, tying the series up at 2-2. Both are strong, confident plays from a guy who can step…

  6. Greg Oden had the German procedure Kobe had done on his knees

    May 19, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Charlotte Bobcats

    Greg Oden needs a break. A good break. He needs something, anything, with his health to go right. After so many knee surgeries I’ve lost count, Oden needs something to go his way to change his career and give him a second third fourth chance at living up to his potential. Everything that’s happened has…

  7. Lakers-Thunder Game 3: L.A. wins free throw contest by a lot, wins game by 3

    May 19, 2012, 3:15 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Three

    Forty-two free throws is a lot of free throw attempts. Forty-one free throws made is a lot of makes. The Lakers got one, made the other, and walked out of Staples with a win in Game 4, 99-96. We can talk about a lot of things. The way that the Lakers attacked the Thunder defensively,…

  8. Video: Russell Westbrook and Metta World Peace fight for loose ball, receive double technicals

    May 19, 2012, 3:12 AM EST

    artest-westbrook

    Late in the second quarter of the Lakers’ Game 3 victory over the Thunder, Russell Westbrook hit the deck to secure a loose ball. Metta World Peace then attempted to reach in and grab it, hoping to get a jump-ball call from the official standing nearby. As with many physical plays involving World Peace, that’s…

  9. Sixers edge Celtics with (surprise!) balanced offense

    May 19, 2012, 1:08 AM EST

    Andre Iguodala, Jrue Holiday

    The Philadelphia 76ers’ 92-83 Game 4 win over the Boston Celtics may be remembered for many things: altogether brutal offensive play, defensive flurries, or even a pair of huge Andre Iguodala makes in the closing minutes of a game where points were precious. Or, more realistically, this is exactly the kind of game that might…

  10. Mike Brown emotional, angry over threats received by Steve Blake

    May 18, 2012, 10:11 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    Lakers guard Steve Blake and his wife received some serious threats via Twitter after the Lakers’ Game 2 loss to Oklahoma City on Wednesday. It’s the negative part about the way social media works, where anonymous lunatics can lash out at those in the public eye without consequence. The events affected Blake and his family…

  11. Matt Bonner helps out boy who shaved Bonner’s likeness into head

    May 18, 2012, 8:12 PM EST

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    It takes a special kind of person to get Matt Bonner’s likeness shaved into your head. First off, you have to be a redhead. And you have to be a bigger fan of Matt Bonner than anyone but his mom. And you have to have a life where you can walk around with Matt Bonner…

  12. Tim Duncan has been Roy Hibbert’s mentor

    May 18, 2012, 6:28 PM EST

    Roy Hibbert, Tim Duncan

    Roy Hibbert hasn’t exactly been the Big Fundamental, but to the Heat he has been the Big Pain In The… you get the idea. Miami can’t match Hibbert’s size inside and with each game the 7’2” center grows in confidence. Last game he put up a monster line — 19 points, 18 boards and 5…

  13. Video: Kyrie Irving dresses like old man, schools some guys on playground

    May 18, 2012, 5:47 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    We’ve all been beaten by “old man game,” just ask the Clippers what it’s like. But this is ridiculous. Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving teamed up with Pepsi Max to do a video where he dresses up like an old man, “Uncle Drew,” goes to the playground, gets in a game then just abuses…

  14. Is Game 3 must-win for the Lakers? Yes, yes it is.

    May 18, 2012, 3:53 PM EST

    Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant

    One last time we can thank the lockout for the joys of a condensed schedule — the Lakers and Thunder are going to play the rare playoff back-to-back the next two nights. Which clearly favors the younger legs and better athletes of the Thunder. It’s going to be a lot harder for the Lakers to…

  15. Joakim Noah to work with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar this summer

    May 18, 2012, 3:12 PM EST

    Bulls' Noah shouts from the bench while they play against the 76ers during their NBA Eastern Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Philadelphia

    In recent years, a pilgrimage to Houston to work with Hakeem Olajuwon has become the Mecca of NBA players wanting to work on their post game. Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard and host of others have made the trek. But Joakim Noah is going another direction this summer — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. From Real GM:…

  16. Sixers’ season rests on matching energy, defense of Celtics

    May 18, 2012, 2:45 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers  v Boston Celtics - Game One

    Boston’s veterans came out playing in another gear in Game 3, leaving the Sixers standing by the side of the road looking confused. Rajon Rondo got wherever he wanted on the court and was aggressive doing so on his way to 23 points and 14 assists. Kevin Garnett looked young and quick while Elton Brand…

  17. Larry Drew to return as Atlanta Hawks coach

    May 18, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Denver Nuggets

    It was one of the first questions for the Atlanta Hawks — what to do about GM Rick Sund and coach Larry Drew? Sund’s deal is up and Drew has a team option for next season. Looks like Drew will be back, tweets Sekou Smith of NBA.com. Hawks head coach Larry Drew has had third-year…

  18. Friday And-1 Links: Kareem still not good at “Jeopardy”

    May 18, 2012, 1:40 PM EST

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    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. • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar went back on a charity/celebrity Jeopardy event (after his classic flub…

  19. Andrew Bynum says Lakers know how to slow down Thunder

    May 18, 2012, 1:14 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bynum drives past Oklahoma City Thunder's Perkins during Game 2 of the NBA Western Conference semi-finals in Oklahoma City

    The Los Angeles Lakers contained the Oklahoma City Thunder offense in Game 2 — Russell Westbrook shot 5-17, the Thunder shot just 42 percent as a team, they averaged just 90.6 points per 100 possessions in the game, and the Lakers slowed the game down to 85 possessions. And the Lakers still lost. That should…

  20. Miami Heat cancel Friday practice (so do Pacers)

    May 18, 2012, 12:36 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    The Miami Heat will have a team meeting, which they clearly need. They will watch film from Game 3, which should turn their stomachs. However they will not take to the court for practice. And they will not meet with the media, according to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel and other reports. This is…

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