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  1. NBA Playoffs: Thunder play well, but Spurs win while still seeming unstoppable

    May 30, 2012, 12:10 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    The San Antonio Spurs have now played an even ten games in the NBA Playoffs and, amazingly, have won every one of them. The wins haven’t all been dominant — Tuesday night’s 120-111 victory ended up being one of their more difficult challenges this season — but it’s been astounding to watch the old, formerly…

  2. Video: Watch “old” Tim Duncan dunk on Serge Ibaka

    May 29, 2012, 10:33 PM EST

    Thunder power forward Nick Collison strips the ball away from San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan

    Serge Ibaka is not ready to be Defensive Player of the Year, but it’s not because of this. (It’s because of his iffy pick-and-roll defense and how he defends people in space. It’s a work in progress.) This would be the “old” but rejuvenated Tim Duncan throwing it down on Ibaka like it’s 1999. He…

  3. List of players’ favorite announcers: Chuck? Fine. Reggie? No.

    May 29, 2012, 9:25 PM EST

    DOVE Men+Care And Shaquille O'Neal Are Bringing His "Journey To Comfort" To NCAA Final Four Weekend By Caring For The Boys And Girls Club Of Southeast Louisiana - Day 1

    Most NBA players watch fewer NBA games on television than you do. Seriously. By far. They watch a lot of game in person in the arena, obviously. They watch tapes of games. But they don’t really sit around their home or hotel room glued to the television, listening to the broadcasters, as often as we…

  4. What would it mean for teams to win NBA Draft Lottery

    May 29, 2012, 7:59 PM EST

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    Fates will be decided by some bouncing balls and random numbers Wednesday. Not just the fate of lock No. 1 overall pick Anthony Davis (and guys like Andre Drummond, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Thomas Robinson and many more). It’s the fate of franchises (and general managers) that will be decided. What would it mean to the 14…

  5. Report: Wizards likely to keep Randy Wittman as coach

    May 29, 2012, 6:21 PM EST

    Randy Wittman

    This was unexpected when the season ended but has seemingly become more and more likely in recent weeks. The Wizards are “likely” going to keep Randy Wittman as coach next season, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. That follows what Michael Lee wrote in the Washington Post late last week: A source with knowledge of the…

  6. Dennis Rodman sentenced to 104 hours community service

    May 29, 2012, 5:33 PM EST

    Dennis Rodman

    UPDATE 5:33 pm: As expected Dennis Rodman was sentenced only to community service — 104 hours of it. But that’s all on four counts of contempt of court, part of his missing child support payments. Rodman also is on informal probation and was told he needs to keep up on his child support payments, which…

  7. Clippers to retain Vinny Del Negro as coach next season

    May 29, 2012, 5:11 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    Vinny Del Negro — who oversaw arguably the best Clippers season ever but left lingering doubts about whether he could take them any farther — will get a chance to prove he can. The Clippers announced Tuesday that they have picked up the option year on Del Negro’s contract. Chris Paul signed off on this,…

  8. Doc Rivers considering sitting Ray Allen to rest ankle

    May 29, 2012, 4:11 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    It’s not fun to watch. Ray Allen is one of the best pure shooters the game has ever seen, but trying to play through bone spurs in his ankle that likely needs surgery has left his flawless mechanics off balance. He was 1-7 in Game 1 and Boston needs him (or someone) to knock down…

  9. Tuesday And-1 links: Derek Fisher has no plans to retire

    May 29, 2012, 3:35 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Three

    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. • Derek Fisher says he has no plans to retire. I don’t think he’s…

  10. Report: Magic to make decision on new GM by end of week

    May 29, 2012, 2:55 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    First comes the new general manager. Then comes the decision on Dwight Howard. The first part of that decision could come by the end of the week, reports magicbasketballonline.com. A source close to the decision making process within the Orlando Magic organization has informed me that the team is close, and likely to name their…

  11. Thunder/Spurs Game 2: The rise of Westbrook, Harden

    May 29, 2012, 1:41 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    I said going into this series Russell Westbrook was the key to Oklahoma City’s chances against the Spurs — he needs to attack off the pick-and-roll, get into the lane and finish. Or kick it out. But he needs to disrupt the Spurs defense and put a lot of points on the board in the…

  12. Report: Clippers GM Olshey interviews with Trail Blazers

    May 29, 2012, 12:34 PM EST

    Neil Olshey

    The rumor has been the Portland Trail Blazers first choice to fill their permanent general manager seat is one current GM from Los Angeles. But this is not the one we were thinking of. From the twitter of Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. Also, league sources say Clippers GM Neil Olshey met with Portland owner Paul…

  13. Rajon Rondo says Heat “have to hit the deck, too”

    May 29, 2012, 11:47 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game One

    If you are going to beat the Heat, you have to turn them into jump shooters. If Dwyane Wade and LeBron James are getting dunks and layups you are in trouble. Even Ronny Turiaf makes his dunks. You have to push them out away from the hoop. Boston didn’t do that in Game 1, Miami…

  14. Video: Coaches Spoelstra, Rivers talk about Game 1

    May 29, 2012, 10:48 AM EST

    Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra watches Game 6 of the NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series against the Miami Heat in Indianapolis

    Boston has some changes to make after getting handled easily in Game 1. Doc Rivers talks above about taking away the layups Miami got — the Celtics players talked about being more physical. What Rivers really needs to do is find a way to get more points on the board because this isn’t Philadelphia and…

  15. Jerry West says Warriors need veteran role players

    May 29, 2012, 10:22 AM EST

    Jerry West

    I feel like every story we right this summer about the Warriors will contain the sentence “If Stephen Curry and Andrew Bogut can remain healthy…” That would make them a lot better (especially defensively with Bogut), but it’s just the first step. The next one is to bring in some veteran role players so they…

  16. Philadelphia to extend contract of coach Doug Collins

    May 29, 2012, 9:41 AM EST

    DCollins_Sixers

    There was a time in the middle of the season when the Philadelphia 76ers were slumping and the report was the young team had tuned out its old coach Doug Collins. But during the playoffs, when they advanced to the second round, they were clearly on he same page. With that, Collins is expected to…

  17. Wild rumor: Pau Gasol wants to play for Chicago Bulls

    May 29, 2012, 8:44 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

    Take this rumor with some salt Bulls fans. In fact, you may want to take the entire Morton’s Salt facility off the Kennedy Expressway. Lakers fans can just ignore. It’s know the Lakers are going to shop Pau Gasol around this summer as they look to revamp their roster. With that background we bring you…

  18. Video: Dwyane Wade’s touchdown pass (plus other highlights)

    May 29, 2012, 8:04 AM EST

    Miami Heat's Wade gestures to the crowd before the start of play against the Boston Celtics during Game 1 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoff series in Miami

    It’s always a highlight show when the Miami Heat take the court. Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals was no different, including Dwyane Wade‘s touchdown pass to LeBron James. Which is trouble for Boston — they aren’t scoring a lot of points in this series and when the Heat are racking up easy baskets…

  19. Doc Rivers, Celtics teed off about technical fouls

    May 29, 2012, 1:37 AM EST

    Celtics Heat Basketball

    Let’s just get this out of the way up front — Boston did not lose this game because they got five technical fouls. Their problems in this series are much larger than that and it only amounted to three Heat points anyway. But still — five technicals. It was enough to get referees names (Ed…

  20. Miami’s athletic defense is biggest hurdle for Boston to clear

    May 29, 2012, 1:08 AM EST

    Boston Celtics' Pierce is defended by Miami Heat's Wade and James in Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoff series in Miami

    It wasn’t the technical fouls. It wasn’t the officiating period (Miami shot 23 free throws, Boston 21). It’s not about fatigue. It’s not something being more physical can solve. It is not something zone defense is going to solve. The core problem the Boston Celtics have to overcome against the Miami Heat is something very…

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