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  1. Report: Suns to pursue Deron Williams. What, is Magic Johnson unavailable?

    Jun 2, 2012, 9:00 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    The New York Daily News reports that if Steve Nash leaves the Suns in free agency, the Suns will make a bid for Deron Williams. “If they lose Steve, then they plan to go after Deron, hard,” said a person with knowledge of the Suns’ plans. “They know he loves golf and they’re going to…

  2. Video: This should get you suitably excited for Thunder-Spurs Game 4

    Jun 2, 2012, 7:30 PM EST

    No words necessary. Get your popcorn. Via @calebjsaenz on Twitter.

  3. Celtics-Heat Game 4: Celtics can survive a LeBron onslaught, can Heat survive another Rondomination?

    Jun 2, 2012, 5:42 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    Here’s the secret to this series, and the Celtics’ postseason in general. Kevin Garnett getting points off the pick and pop and in the post over Ronny Turiaf and yelling and barking and cursing is nice. Paul Pierce getting an inefficient number of points per FGA is fine. Ray Allen hitting some in-between freezeouts is…

  4. LaMarcus Aldridge was hospitalized with deadly blood virus

    Jun 2, 2012, 3:23 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    This is scary. As Kevin Garnett would say, “really [expletive] scary.” Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge found himself in the hospital this week with a potentially deadly blood virus. He wrote about it in his blog on trailblazers.com (hat tip to Blazers Edge). On Saturday I came down with a blood virus. I quickly…

  5. Report: Warriors targeting Iguodala, Gay, Granger, unicorns, hippogriffs

    Jun 2, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Warriors logo

    The Warriors at this point might as well put up a big neon sign outside their offices that read “TRADE MARKET FLEA SALE TODAY!” Ever since they went into tank mode, they have made it known that their players are available for trade and that they want a small forward in return. And by landing…

  6. The New Orleans Hornets and a matter of serendipity, not conspiracy

    Jun 2, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    Dell Demps

    Maybe they’re right. Maybe the league, in the face of unfathomable depths of reason to avoid the concept like the plague (which I have outlined here), really did rig the 2012 NBA Lottery in order to help the Hornets after a rough year, or dot the i’s on the sale of the team to Tom…

  7. Thunder-Spurs Game 4: Let’s get serious

    Jun 2, 2012, 11:00 AM EST

    Manu Ginobili, Kendrick Perkins

    Seriously, this is the most serious of seriousness. This is the business. This game is monstrous. All those games before that were big? No, this one is big. BIG. Like, those commercials big. Thunder-Spurs Game 4 is going to have dramatic ramifications either way. If the Spurs win, the Thunder’s Game 3 win is meaningless…

  8. Kevin Garnett was explicitly pleased with the fans in Game 3

    Jun 2, 2012, 9:30 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    The Boston crowd is renown as one of the best in the league. And despite some late arrivals in Game 3, the atmosphere was electric and helped carry the Celtics to a win and a slice off the Heat’s series lead. Garnett was always meant to play in front of fans like this, in arenas…

  9. Video: Kevin Garnett’s “Army/Navy style” knuckle pushups

    Jun 2, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    I’m not sure that pushup form would have been approved my Mr. Loveless, my freshman PE teacher, but it worked for Kevin Garnett. And the Celtics players and fans ate it up. KG brought real energy in the paint, he brought the early post position (and great finishes off impressive passes from Rajon Rondo when…

  10. Miami flips the switch to off for Game 3, can they turn it back on?

    Jun 2, 2012, 2:40 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics - Game Three

    Let’s give all due credit to the Boston Celtics — staring in the face of a must win night they brought it like you expect of a veteran, battle-tested team. Kevin Garnett was fantastic in the paint, Rajon Rondo controlled the flow. Their defensive intensity was stepped up. Boston won 101-91. But this was another…

  11. Rondo gets some help, LeBron doesn’t so Celtics win Game 3

    Jun 2, 2012, 12:23 AM EST

    Heat Celtics Basketball

    Rajon Rondo didn’t put up 44 points in Game 3 because he didn’t have to — he had help this time. But if the Heat were going to win Friday night LeBron James would have needed to put up huge numbers because his teammates didn’t bother to show up until the fourth quarter. The result…

  12. Clippers reach “agreement in principle” to keep GM Olshey

    Jun 1, 2012, 11:03 PM EST

    Neil Olshey

    Every time there has been a general manager vacancy lately, it seems Clippers’ Neil Olshey’s name has come up. With good reason. Not only did he stick with it and pull off the trade for Chris Paul, before that he had taken steps to change the culture in the Clippers locker room and build around…

  13. Tim Duncan is your NBA Playoffs all time blocks leader

    Jun 1, 2012, 8:15 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Three

    There were not a lot of highlights for the Spurs in Game 3 against Thunder, it was a rout. However, at one point Tim Duncan passed Kareem Abdul-Jabar for most blocks ever in the playoffs. It’s an impressive accomplishment — 477 blocks in the playoffs alone. It’s something KAJ congratulated Duncan for on twitter the…

  14. Is this Kevin Garnett’s last season? Ever?

    Jun 1, 2012, 7:24 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    For the past four regular seasons, Kevin Garnett has been the same — good, maybe All-Star good. His offense is solid and he is still the anchor of the Boston defense. These playoffs have been no different and he has played well, stepping up his game at points the Celtics have needed it. Is Garnett…

  15. Report: Randy Wittman near two-year deal to coach Wizards

    Jun 1, 2012, 5:42 PM EST

    Randy Wittman

    We’ve been telling you that it looked like the Wizards were leaning toward keeping Randy Wittman as coach. Now Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo came through with a few details. The Washington Wizards are finalizing details on a two-year contract for interim coach Randy Wittman to become head coach, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. An announcement…

  16. Friday And-links: Brandon Roy to the Lakers? Doubt it.

    Jun 1, 2012, 5:12 PM EST

    Brandon Roy

    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 are no shortage of rumors that Brandon Roy wants to make a…

  17. David Stern shrugs at NBA Draft Lottery conspiracy

    Jun 1, 2012, 4:36 PM EST

    David Stern, Tom Benson

    Even David Stern gets how you can draw the connections. In 2010 the widow of long-time Wizards owner Abe Pollin is on the stage when her team wins the lottery in a Hollywood story. In 2011 it was the Cavaliers — who had lost LeBron James — that won the lottery. Then this year the…

  18. Pau Gasol thinks Spain can win gold medal in London

    Jun 1, 2012, 3:40 PM EST

    Pau Gasol Spain

    The conventional wisdom is that the gold medal game Aug. 12 in London will see the USA vs. Spain. Kobe Bryant vs. Pau Gasol. Kevin Love vs. Marc Gasol. The world’s two best teams facing off. Pau thinks Spain can win it. Of course, he said that to FIBA.com in a very Pau Gasol way.…

  19. Video: Metta World Peace becomes “Metta Man”

    Jun 1, 2012, 3:17 PM EST

    Metta World Peace

    This has been out there for a few days, but it is just too oddly fantastic not to bring it to you. This is Metta World Peace‘s new mental health public service announcement. And nothing says mental health like riding a skateboard to dunk a curling stone while wearing a cape. No James Hardens were…

  20. You know Boston will not go gently against Heat in Game 3

    Jun 1, 2012, 1:58 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Two

    We have written the epitaph for the “big three” era in Boston too many times to be sure that this time is really the end. If feels like it. The Heat are up 2-0 despite a monster game from Rajon Rondo in Game 2. If the more athletic Heat split the pair of games at…

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