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  1. Lakers enter damage control around Magic’s Mike Brown statements

    May 12, 2012, 6:40 PM EST

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    See, and here’s the problem with having your franchise legend, former owner, and acting VP as an “analyst” on television. When Magic Johnson made comments regarding Mike Brown being fired if the Lakers were to lose Game 7 Saturday night, it set off more alarms than usual. Typically, a studio analyst making a comment like…

  2. In Game 7, can Lakers finally answer questions haunting them?

    May 12, 2012, 3:58 PM EST

    Lakers' Gasol, Bryant and Bynum react after losing to the Nuggets following their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff game in Los Angeles

    It’s a do-or-die Game 7, but the questions are the same one since Game 1. Can the Nuggets get the Lakers to play their up-tempo, scattered game? Can anyone on the Lakers stop Ty Lawson? Can the Lakers slow the game down, pound the ball inside to their big men and use their size and…

  3. What does Kobe Bryant expect from Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum?

    May 12, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol of Spain walk towards the bench for a time out after losing possession of the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant has just about had it with his teammates not showing up, and that’s pretty evident. When he refused to quit and played well with gastroenteritis in Game 6 and his teammates no-showed, you knew there would be consequences. Bryant has come too far and done too much to get that kind of performance from…

  4. LeBron James and an award we’ve made hollow

    May 12, 2012, 11:49 AM EST

    Miami Heat forward James reacts after his second quarter dunk against the New York Knicks during Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami

    For just about anyone else winning the NBA’s Most Valuable Award would be a good thing, with no downside. It’s an award that carries legitimate weight, not just in terms of current cultural cache, but longer-lasting greatness in the context of a player’s legacy. It should be cause for celebration. But for LeBron James, it’s…

  5. Magic Johnson thinks Mike Brown can’t survive a Game 7 loss

    May 12, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Magic Johnson

    It’s amazing when people tend to dismiss what Magic Johnson says about the Lakers. He’s arguably the greatest player in franchise history, is known as a close and personal friend of owner Jerry Buss, still holds an official positions inside the front office, has held an ownership stake in the team as recently as two…

  6. Where in the world is DeAndre Jordan?

    May 12, 2012, 9:04 AM EST

    Clippers' Jordan reacts during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff series against Grizzlies in Los Angeles

    Last summer, the Golden State Warriors were looking for a big man to put next to David Lee and forced the Clippers hand — would the Clippers match a four year, $48.2 million contract offer for DeAndre Jordan? How badly did the Clippers want to keep Jordan next to Blake Griffin? Badly enough to match…

  7. Video: Blake Griffin dives, DeAndre Jordan dunks

    May 12, 2012, 8:02 AM EST

    Clippers' Griffin slam dunks against Grizzlies during Game 6 of their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    When that play happened, it felt like a turning point. Blake Griffin was fighting through a knee injury and was not himself. DeAndre Jordan has been a ghost this series. But this might have been the play of the night and felt like the Clippers that fill up the highlight reels. The game was close…

  8. Grizzlies steal Clippers’ script — come from behind to win, force Game 7

    May 12, 2012, 1:26 AM EST

    Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Kenyon Martin, Blake Griffin

    In the first four games of this series, Chris Paul owned the fourth quarter, while at the same time the Grizzlies would get away from their game plan of pounding the Clippers inside with Zach Randolph. It’s why Los Angeles had a 3-1 series lead. There will be a Game 7 Sunday because that script…

  9. NBA admits blown call at end of Hawks loss to Celtics

    May 11, 2012, 10:31 PM EST

    Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett celebrates after regaining posession of the ball in front of Atlanta Hawks Al Horford during the second half of Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoff basketball series in Boston

    Sorry Hawks fans, this sucks. And there is no recourse. The NBA has admitted referees blew call in the final seconds Thursday that could have changed the outcome of the Hawks Game 6 loss to Boston that eliminated them. If you were watching the TNT broadcast you heard the announcing crew confused by the call…

  10. Eastern Conference playoff schedule. Set your DVR now.

    May 11, 2012, 8:35 PM EST

    Miami Heat's James and Wade look on during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago

    Because we know you plan your lives around the NBA playoffs just like we do, here is the schedule for the two Eastern Conference semifinals. At least as it stands right now. There is a whole lot of TBD in there for times. If you want to talk about the series, we have previewed both…

  11. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin to start for Clippers, may be limited

    May 11, 2012, 8:05 PM EST

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    They will be out there, how effective they are remains to be seen. Both Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will start for the Clippers despite suffering injuries in Game 5, coach Vinny Del Negro confirmed. However, he said he would monitor both and might limit their minutes depending on how they are moving and performing…

  12. Report: LeBron James to be named NBA MVP

    May 11, 2012, 7:32 PM EST

    Miami Heat forward James reacts after his second quarter dunk against the New York Knicks during Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami

    It’s not yet official, but this really isn’t a surprise either. LeBron James is going to be named the NBA MVP, a source has told the Associated Press. A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Miami’s LeBron James will be announced Saturday as the NBA’s MVP, the third time he’s won…

  13. Banged-up Clippers look to wrap up Grizzlies in Game 6

    May 11, 2012, 6:03 PM EST

    Clippers guard Paul and forward Griffin return to the court following an injury to Griffin against the Grizzlies during the second half of game five in the Western Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA playoffs in Memphis

    For Memphis, Game 6 is must win. For the Clippers, it isn’t that (they are up 3-2) but it’s about as close as you can get, because if they have to go win Game 7 on the road they face climbing K2. It’s a big mountain. Which makes Game 6 in Los Angeles on Friday…

  14. Chris Andersen’s attorney suggests Nugget being extorted

    May 11, 2012, 4:58 PM EST

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    The already strange Chris Andersen case has taken an new turn with the attorney for the Nuggets big man suggesting this is a case of extortion by a spurned female fan. Yesterday police from the Internet Crimes Against Children division searched Andersen’s Denver area home and took a number of computers and other devices as…

  15. NBA Playoffs Preview: Boston Celtics vs. Philadelphia 76ers

    May 11, 2012, 4:36 PM EST

    Spencer Hawes, Thaddeus Young, Kevin Garnett

    SEASON RECORDS Boston: 39-27 (No. 5 seed) Philadelphia: 35-31 (8 seed) SEASON SERIES Philadelphia took it 2-1, with the home team winning easily in each game. KEY INJURIES Celtics: Paul Pierce has a sprained knee that will not be right until this summer, Ray Allen is battling through ankle pain that may need surgery, and…

  16. Banged up Bulls Deng, Noah both still playing in Olympics

    May 11, 2012, 3:51 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

    Luol Deng and his wrist, Joakim Noah and his ankle were two names near the top of the lengthy scroll of Chicago Bulls injuries that undid them in the first round of the playoffs. But those injuries are not keeping Noah or Deng out of the Olympics this summer. Both confirmed since the Bulls were…

  17. Quote of the Day: Wow, Carlos Boozer just doesn’t get it

    May 11, 2012, 2:03 PM EST

    Spencer Hawes, Carlos Boozer

    “I thought I played well, especially with the kind of season it was. We had the best record again in basketball, won our division again, had the top seed again, that’s all that matters, yo.” —Carlos Boozer, after the Bulls were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs, via ESPN. Wow. I’d like to…

  18. Friday And-1 links: Report Ricky Rubio signs deal with Adidas

    May 11, 2012, 1:48 PM EST

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    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. • There is a report that Ricky Rubio has signed a shoe deal with…

  19. Video: I just want a beard like Harden

    May 11, 2012, 12:52 PM EST

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    Don’t we all want a beard like James Harden? Clever little song parody above (Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger”) saying what we are all thinking about the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year. We’re all a little jealous. Admit it. I still like what Nick Collison said best about Harden — he could survive a…

  20. Report: J.R. Smith thinking of picking up option with Knicks

    May 11, 2012, 12:36 PM EST

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith attempts to dunk the ball in their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in New York

    The lesson here: Never listen to what players tweet late at night. The Knicks’ J.R. Smith — after an unimpressive playoffs and dreadful Game 5 — fired back at his numerous critics on twitter and said he might not come back to the Knicks. Smith has a $2.5 million player option for next season. But…

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