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  1. Jazz plan to get more physical with Tony Parker in Game 2

    May 2, 2012, 5:38 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    The AP’s Paul J. Weber: The Jazz are mapping a more physical game plan for All-Star Tony Parker after the Spurs point guard shredded them for 28 points in Game 1. Jazz point guard Devin Harris said his counterpart will likely be in for a ”hard foul or two” after Parker slashed into Utah’s big and bruising frontcourt without…

  2. Does Game 2 of Clippers/Grizzlies look like first 40 or last 8 of Game 1?

    May 2, 2012, 5:22 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers

    Any discussion of Game 2 between the Clippers and Grizzlies has to start at the end of Game 1, when a 28-3 run by Los Angeles led to an improbable comeback win. It was devastating to Memphis. Can the Grizzlies put that behind them and bounce back? If the Grizzlies can, will the Clippers be…

  3. It’s official, Tyson Chandler named Defensive Player of Year

    May 2, 2012, 4:22 PM EST

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    As we reported was coming, the Knicks Tyson Chandler is your defensive player of the year. The league made it official Wednesday afternoon. Chandler deserved the award, as the anchor that lifted the Knicks from one of the worst in the league last year to 5th in points allowed per possession (98.4 points per 100…

  4. MRI confirms Hawks’ Smith has sprained knee, doubtful for Game 3

    May 2, 2012, 3:24 PM EST

    Josh Smith

    The Boston Celtics just won a game in this series without one of their key players, now the Hawks have to try and do it. An MRI confirmed what has earlier been thought — Hawks forward Josh Smith has a sprained left knee and is doubtful for Game 3 in Boston, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.…

  5. Shaquille O’Neal to get doctorate in education this weekend

    May 2, 2012, 2:04 PM EST

    2nd Annual Cartoon Network Hall Of Game Awards - Arrivals

    It’s fun to clown on Shaquille O’Neal, whether it be for his nomadic career or “Kazaam” or his performance this season on Inside the NBA on TNT. It’s a target rich environment. But Shaq deserves some praise for this — he has continued his education through his playing days up to now and this Saturday…

  6. Tony Allen will play for Memphis in Game 2 Wednesday

    May 2, 2012, 1:34 PM EST

    Tony Allen

    There were questions about whether Grizzlies guard and defensive stopper Tony Allen would be available for Game 2 against the Clippers after he missed practice Tuesday and went to a doctor to have his knee looked at. But he is good to go, according to the Commercial Appeal. He told Grizzlies play-by-play broadcaster Pete Pranica…

  7. Stoudemire says “great chance” he is back Sunday for Game 4

    May 2, 2012, 12:58 PM EST

    Knicks forward Stoudemire leaves the American Airlines Arena with his hand in a sling after his team's loss to the Heat in Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami

    While nobody else has seemed nearly as optimistic, Amare Stoudemire thinks he could be back on the court soon. Whether or not that is a good thing for the Knicks is up for debate. But Stoudemire said he thinks he could return Sunday. Here is a tweet from Al Iannazzone of Newsday. Stoudemire said he…

  8. Knicks better without Stoudemire? No, but different.

    May 2, 2012, 12:35 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Amare Stoudemire is out, having lost his fight with a fire extinguisher in Miami. Which has a number of Knicks faithful saying it is a blessing in disguise — Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony were not working well together. The Knicks played some of their best ball this season with a small-ball lineup where Anthony was…

  9. You can own Kobe Bryant’s mask. Why is another question.

    May 2, 2012, 11:54 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant wears a protective mask while warming up before their NBA game against the Washington Wizards in Washington

    After Dwyane Wade broke his nose in the All-Star Game, Kobe Bryant wore a mask for a couple weeks. He hated it. He had some good games with it on, but hated it. Said it felt like playing in a sauna. Tried a few different looks and styles, but was happy to ditch the thing…

  10. Wednesday And-1 links: Is Rondo as Celtics leader a good thing?

    May 2, 2012, 10:53 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks - Game One

    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. • Rajon Rondo is the future leader of the Celtics. Is that a good…

  11. Video: Charles Barkley wins Emmy, gets champagne shower

    May 2, 2012, 10:25 AM EST

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Charles Barkley won an Emmy. That may be the seventh sign of apocalypse itself, but it happened. Best studio analyst/personality. Congrats to him. He was on the TNT set when the awards were handed out, and Kenny Smith decided to have some fun celebrating with Barkley. And it’s pretty funny. By the way, amazing how…

  12. Report: USA to add players to candidate pool for Olympics

    May 2, 2012, 9:29 AM EST

    Demarcus Cousins

    Following a rash of injuries — and whatever happened to Lamar Odom — the original pool of 20 players USA Basketball was going to choose from to form its Olympic team this summer is down to 15. The waters are getting a little shallow with injuries to Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups, LaMarcus Aldridge and Dwight…

  13. Hawks’ Josh Smith sprains knee, questionable for Game 3

    May 2, 2012, 8:46 AM EST

    Hawks forward Smith reacts after a shot in the first half during their game against the Celtics in Game One of their NBA Eastern Conference Playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    The Hawks have enough trouble after a Celtics team without Rajon Rondo evened the series Tuesday night, now they may have to go without one of their two best players. Josh Smith left the court with 4:20 remaining after a collision with Kevin Garnett (video is below) and did not return. While this is not…

  14. Should Olympic basketball be under-23 like soccer?

    May 2, 2012, 8:10 AM EST

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    This summer, the United States will send it’s best 12 best basketball players to London to represent our nation in the Olympic Games. Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban hates the idea, and he’s not alone. This summer will be the 20th anniversary of the original Dream Team and for some the bloom is off the rose.…

  15. Lakers take Game 2 behind Kobe’s 38, but Denver shows some signs of life

    May 2, 2012, 2:10 AM EST

    kobe-game-2-nuggets

    The Lakers took Game 2 from the Nuggets 104-100 on Tuesday, and took a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven first-round series in the process. Kobe Bryant was spectacular for the majority of the night, and finished with 38 points. Andrew Bynum had a career playoff high of 27 points, to go along with nine rebounds…

  16. Video: Paul Pierce does “Tebow” after sinking Atlanta

    May 2, 2012, 1:10 AM EST

    Celtics forward Pierce reacts in the closing seconds of their come from behind win against the Hawks in Atlanta

    Great news — doing the “Tebow” pose is not a dead craze! Paul Pierce did it after a pair of free throws that were key to the Celtics beating Atlanta — I’m not sure you can have dagger free throws but if you can that is what they look like. The Celtics went on to…

  17. Report: Tyson Chandler to be named Defensive Player of Year

    May 1, 2012, 10:54 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat - Game One

    Tyson Chandler was considered one of the front runners for Defensive Player of the Year (he would have had my vote), so this tweet from Marc Spears of Yahoo comes as no surprise. Knicks center Tyson Chandler to be named NBA Defensive Player of the Year tomorrow at team practice facility, source tells YahooSports. No reason…

  18. Paul Pierce wills Boston Celtics to victory, ties series with Atlanta Hawks

    May 1, 2012, 10:49 PM EST

    paul pierce

    The Atlanta Hawks looked like a solid basketball team for about 35 minutes of Tuesday night’s game against the Boston Celtics, the team in danger of falling behind 2-0 in the seven-game series when they were forced to play without their starting backcourt. The Celtics looked like they’d return to Boston in a hole after…

  19. NBA Playoffs: 76ers take home-court advantage from Rose-less Bulls

    May 1, 2012, 10:47 PM EST

    Andre Iguodala, Louis Williams

    It’s been a very tough 49:09 of basketball for the Chicago Bulls, who finished the regular season with the Eastern Conference’s best record. At the end of Game 1, which the Bulls were winning comfortably, Derrick Rose awkwardly landed after a jump-stop and blew out his ACL, which ended Rose’s season and probably effectively ended…

  20. PBT Extra: Talking Rose-less Bulls with Aggrey Sam

    May 1, 2012, 9:45 PM EST

    Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, Ronnie Brewer, Joakim Noah

    The biggest story of the playoffs so far is still Derrick Rose‘s knee injury — it has radically altered a title contender. So what’s the team’s mood? When will people back off Tom Thibodeau? How far can they go now? We asked all these things of a guy you should be reading anyway, Aggrey Sam…

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