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  1. Video: Top 10 dunks of NBA season

    May 25, 2012, 11:49 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin dunks the ball over Memphis Grizzlies' Marreese Speights in the last second of the first half during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff game in Los Angeles

    Let’s be honest, you’re not doing any work today. You’re already planning your early escape for the three-day weekend. You’re planning to grill a porterhouse and drink a nice Stone IPA. Well, I am. You may just run off to Vegas for the weekend. Since you’re not working, how about just watching NBA.com’s compilation of…

  2. Magic soap opera continues, they say no decision on Howard

    May 25, 2012, 11:24 AM EST

    Sprint NBA All Star Celebrity Game

    What’s the best name for the soap opera going on in Orlando right now: As the Magic Turn? The Bold and the Magic? The Days of our Magic? I give up on the name, but I feel like every Magic story now should have melodramatic music playing in the background while you read it to…

  3. PBT Extra: Previewing the Western Conference finals

    May 25, 2012, 10:18 AM EST

    Tony Parker, Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka

    San Antonio vs. Oklahoma City comes with great storylines — the young gunslingers trying to take the crown away from the grizzled veterans. Russell Westbrook vs. Tony Parker. Brains vs. athleticism (although really, both teams have both). Above is a preview of the finals with myself and Tiffany. For a more detailed one, you can…

  4. Knicks J.R. Smith arrested while in South Beach

    May 25, 2012, 9:55 AM EST

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    The Knicks J.R. Smith was arrested in South Beach when the car in which he was a passenger was pulled over by officers and they discovered an outstanding bench warrant for not having a valid driver’s license. There are not a lot of details, but according to the Associated Press Smith was in a car…

  5. Report: Jerry Sloan to interview with Bobcats Friday

    May 25, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    I’ll admit that the thought of 70-year-old Jerry Sloan’s old-school ways coaching a young Bobcats roster strikes me as a poor fit. I’ll admit that to see Sloan wanting back in the game so bad that he’s not picky about the job he’ll take is a little sad. But Sloan, the long time Utah Jazz…

  6. Video: Watch Dwyane Wade carve up Pacers defense

    May 25, 2012, 8:09 AM EST

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers in Game 6 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Indianapolis

    It was the Dwyane Wade show Thursday night. He was knocking down jump shots, which opened up his driving lanes to the rim. He had 41 points and pushed the Heat to a win and into the next round. It was a virtuoso performance and there was nothing the Pacers could do about it (especially…

  7. Playoff Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

    May 25, 2012, 2:54 AM EST

    duncan-parker

    SEASON RECORDS San Antonio 50-16 (1 seed) Oklahoma City 47-19 (2 seed) SEASON SERIES San Antonio took the season series 2-1, however Manu Ginobili missed all of them (which might worry Thunder fans), the games were in March and earlier, bottom line these teams are different now. OFFENSE/DEFENSE RANKINGS (points per 100 possession)
 San Antonio:…

  8. Those Deron Williams for Pau Gasol trade rumors? Kill them.

    May 25, 2012, 1:36 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

    After the Lakers were eliminated from the playoffs, Lakers fans took to the Internet like locust trying to find a way to trade Pau Gasol and make their team better. About the same time came word that Deron Williams had the Lakers on his list of teams he would consider. So, a Gasol or Deron…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Heat advance to the Eastern Conference Finals behind Wade’s 41 points

    May 24, 2012, 11:36 PM EST

    Heat Pacers Game 6

    Exactly one week ago, Dwyane Wade was held to five points on 2-13 shooting as the Pacers mauled the at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse to take a 2-1 series lead. Tonight, Wade flipped script on the Pacers, and ended their season in the process as the Heat won game 6 by a final score of…

  10. Report: Magic to start shopping Dwight Howard before draft

    May 24, 2012, 9:23 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    It sounds more and more like Orlando’s ownership and upper management, after spending a year trying to convince Dwight Howard to stay, are done. They want him, he can sign on and stay, but they are done catering to his whims. Well, now that Stan Van Gundy is gone. Orlando will start listening to offers…

  11. Celtics Avery Bradley needs surgery; 4 months recovery

    May 24, 2012, 8:02 PM EST

    Avery Bradley, Nolan Smith

    Not only is Avery Bradley out for the Celtics for the rest of these playoffs, he could be lost to them up to the start of next training camp. Bradley likely needs shoulder surgery on his bad left shoulder, Celtics GM and decision maker Danny Ainge confirmed that to ESPNBoston.com (via CSNNE.com). “We’ll probably find…

  12. Thursday And-1 links: Dirk Nowitzki thinks Popovich is the best

    May 24, 2012, 7:19 PM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki

    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. • Tradition says you say your coach is the best in the league, but…

  13. How about a real Orlando GM target: Lakers’ Mitch Kupchak

    May 24, 2012, 6:13 PM EST

    Mitch Kupchak

    We all had our laugh, time to get serious about the Orlando Magic general manager search. How about this for a start, from Ken Berger at CBSSports.com — Mitch Kupchak of the Lakers. So while there have been no public indications that Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak will be available or wants to leave Los Angeles,…

  14. Video: “The Kobe That We Used To Know” Gotye parody

    May 24, 2012, 5:46 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant walks off the court after a season-ending loss to Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 5 of the NBA western conference semi-finals in Oklahoma City

    You didn’t have to hog the ball. You’re triple-teamed so kick it out to either Blake or Sessions. I know that they don’t shoot so well, but you’re really not the Kobe that we used to know. Brilliant. That’s some good Gotye parody. It’s a viscious circle with Kobe Bryant. It’s not that he doesn’t…

  15. Shaq denies interest in Magic GM job. Can we let this die now?

    May 24, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    2nd Annual Cartoon Network Hall Of Game Awards - Arrivals

    It was a bad idea when we first heard about it. Then came the secondary spin that it’s not that the Orlando Magic wanted Shaquille O’Neal as their general manager, it was more he wanted the job but they were just being curtious. Now the idea is dead. Shaq released a statement denying interest: “When…

  16. Pacers can’t be soft in Game 6 or Heat will eliminate them

    May 24, 2012, 4:34 PM EST

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    Miami does not have Udonis Haslem Thursday night, suspended for his hard foul on Tyler Hansbrough last game. Danny Granger will be out on the court for Indiana but playing with an ankle he described as swollen like a small softball. These are serious setbacks for both teams and how they deal with it —…

  17. Danny Granger to play in Game 6 despite swollen ankle

    May 24, 2012, 3:08 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers' Granger grabs his ankle after he was injured in the second quarter of play against the Miami Heat during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference second round basketball playoff series in Miami

    Danny Granger‘s ankle is swollen up “like a small softball” and if this were the regular season he’s be sitting. But it’s not and he is going to go out there and play in Game 6 Thursday night, an elimination game for the Pacers who trail 3-2 in the series. How well he can still…

  18. Kevin Durant, LeBron James head All-NBA Teams

    May 24, 2012, 2:39 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    Here’s the problem with nitpicking the All-NBA teams — there are no bad players on any of the first three. You can argue if you want (and as I would) that LaMarcus Aldridge deserves a spot on the third team more than Carmelo Anthony or Dirk Nowitzki, but that doesn’t make the guys on the…

  19. Does Steve Nash have any interest in playing for the Knicks?

    May 24, 2012, 1:37 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    In New York, it has just kind of assumed that Steve Nash wants to come there. Because New Yorkers assume everyone wants to come there, play there — that everyone wishes they were New Yorkers. Not the case. And it may not be the case with Steve Nash. In a twitter discussion yesterday, Jared Zwerling…

  20. Spoelstra, Heat frustrated by hard fouls to Wade, LeBron

    May 24, 2012, 12:57 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Tyler Hansbrough followed through with a hard foul on Dwyane Wade in Game 5 that got ball but on the follow through got Wade’s face and drew blood. Hansbrough will be playing in Game 6. Udonis Haslem followed through on a hard foul on Hansbrough in that game — two hands that got ball but…

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