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  1. Joakim Noah to play for Bulls in Game 6, come off bench

    May 10, 2012, 7:22 PM EST

    Joakim Noah

    Joakim Noah has returned after spraining his ankle that kept him out for two games, bringing a lift to the Bulls as they try to keep their season going in Game 6 in Philadelphia (with the Sixers up 3-2). Noah has pushed himself back from a severely sprained ankle in Game 3 but it remains…

  2. Three Game 6s, who is going on to Game 7?

    May 10, 2012, 5:51 PM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Boston Celtics - Game Four

    Game 6 — it means somebody will be punching their ticket to the next round, but others are headed to a win-or-go-home Game 7. We’ve got three Game 6s tonight, a couple we didn’t expect to see. Who is going to push it to a Game 7? Here is a look at each of the…

  3. Miami Heat apologize for PA announcer’s “extinguished” joke

    May 10, 2012, 5:32 PM EST

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Four

    Our own Ira Winderman has the story: One lapse in judgment apparently led to another during the Miami Heat‘s opening-round NBA playoff series against the New York Knicks. A week after Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire injured his left hand when he struck it against a fire-extinguisher case following New York’s Game 2 loss at AmericanAirlines Arena, Heat public-address announcer Michael Baiamonte announced Stoudemire…

  4. Dwyane Wade is historically good at shot-blocking

    May 10, 2012, 5:14 PM EST

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade listens to the national anthem before their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Miami

    The Heat Index’s Tom Haberstroh has a great article up today on how Dwyane Wade‘s unprecedented shot-blocking (Wade is the only guard to average at least a block per game over the course of his career) impacts Miami’s defense. Because Wade can block just about anybody’s shot, including a 7-footer’s, the Heat are able to…

  5. Nuggets’ Andersen’s home searched in “Internet crimes against children” investigation

    May 10, 2012, 4:39 PM EST

    chris-andersen

    UPDATE: 4:39 pm: Andersen has been released from his duties with the team at this time and will not be at Game 6 against the Lakers, the Nuggets announced in a team statement.  The Denver Nuggets are aware of today’s media reports involving forward/center Chris Andersen. It involves a legal investigation and we are awaiting…

  6. Thunder’s Harden named Sixth Man of Year on Thursday

    May 10, 2012, 4:18 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    UPDATE 4:18 pm: The NBA has made it official, James Harden is your runaway winner of the Sixth Man of the Year award. Of the 118 ballots cast 115 had Harden No. 1, the other three had Philadelphia’s Lou Williams in the top spot. As I said below, those three people should have to explain…

  7. Kobe questionable for Game 6 Thursday due to stomach virus

    May 10, 2012, 2:55 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Look, it’s Kobe Bryant — he deals with injuries like Monty Python’s Black Knight (’tis just a flesh wound). But even he can be felled or at least slowed by illness. Kobe did not take part in the Lakers’ shootaround in Denver on Thursday and might not play in a crucial Game 6 because of…

  8. Will twitter help drive J.R. Smith away from Knicks? No, but money might.

    May 10, 2012, 1:48 PM EST

    Knicks' Smith shoots during their win over the Heat in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    We need to start this out with three background facts: 1. J.R. Smith is active on twitter (@TheRealJRSmith). 2. J.R. Smith has a $2.5 million option with the Knicks for next year that everyone knew he would not take — he was going to become a free agent and see what the market would offer.…

  9. Jameer Nelson has a decision to make — by Friday

    May 10, 2012, 12:43 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Indiana Pacers - Game Five

    Jameer Nelson has a life-changing decision to make and not much time left to make it. Nelson has a player option to make $7.8 million next season, or he can become a free agent. There would be some demand for him on the market — especially after a good playoffs where he averaged 15.6 points…

  10. Thursday And-1 links: Fun with Amar’e Stoudemire fouling out

    May 10, 2012, 12:19 PM EST

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Four

    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. • When Amare Stoudemire fouled out of Game 5 in Miami Wednesday, the Heat…

  11. Stoudemire wants Nash to join him in New York. Shocking.

    May 10, 2012, 10:58 AM EST

    Steve Nash Amare Stoudemire

    Amare Stoudemire had 7 shots in Game 5 against the Heat Thursday when the Knicks were eliminated from the playoffs. Carmelo Anthony had 31. Heck, Mike Bibby had 7 shots. So is it really a surprise that Stoudemire loves the idea of Steve Nash coming to play for the Knicks? Stoudemire has his best seasons…

  12. Hawks co-owner calls Garnett dirtiest player in the league

    May 10, 2012, 10:32 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks - Game Five

    Hawks co-owner Michael Gearon Jr. has learned that in today’s world no place is “off the record.” In a world of cell phone cameras nothing done in public is hidden. Gearon was speaking at a charity event in Atlanta that had nothing to do with the Hawks on Wednesday. Maybe he thought this wouldn’t be…

  13. Don’t look for Knicks to make many offseason moves, just big one

    May 10, 2012, 9:09 AM EST

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Four

    Before the first jump ball tipped off the season on Christmas, this was the season everyone thought the Knicks would take a step forward. Maybe only to the second round of the playoffs, but they were going to be good. At least the third best team in the East. Instead, they had to fight their…

  14. Quote of the Day: Lil’ Wayne says Kobe Bryant is the GOAT

    May 10, 2012, 8:26 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Five

    “He’s inspired not only songs, but he’s inspired me in life in general just the way he attacks things, the way he never backs down, the way he fights through injury. …. I believe he’s the greatest player to touch a basketball.” —Lil’ Wayne, being interviewed at Staples Center during Game 5 of the playoff…

  15. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin injured; both expected to play Game 6

    May 10, 2012, 3:50 AM EST

    Blake Griffin injury

    Please, no more injuries in these playoffs. The Clippers Blake Griffin and Chris Paul both suffered injuries in Los Angeles’ Game 5 loss to Memphis Wednesday — Griffin has a sprained knee after a fall under the basket, Paul aggravated a groin injury going for a rebound. Both will be re-evaluated on Thursday once the…

  16. Grizzlies impose their will, take game 5 from Clippers

    May 10, 2012, 1:01 AM EST

    Zach Randolph

    With their backs to the wall, the Memphis Grizzlies played the exact game they needed to play to beat the Clippers, and now find themselves one road win away from a Game 7 on their home floor, where they were 26-7 in the regular season and are now 2-1 in the playoffs. The Grizzlies pounded…

  17. Knicks return to iso ‘Melo, get knocked out of playoffs by Heat

    May 9, 2012, 10:51 PM EST

    New York Knicks' Anthony is guarded by Miami Heat's James during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference first round basketball playoff series in Miami

    This year was supposed to be different for New York, and it certainly was unlike any season you can remember — Linsanity, injuries, Mike D’Antoni out and Mike Woodson in, a return to ‘Melo ball not seen since Denver. But it ended like every Knicks playoff series since 2000 — without the team advancing past…

  18. NBA Playoffs: Can Memphis keep its season alive?

    May 9, 2012, 9:09 PM EST

    Blake Griffin, lKenyon Martin

    Through the first four games of the Grizzlies-Clippers series, Memphis has outscored the Clippers by one point. However, thanks to two one-point losses and an overtime loss in game 4, they find themselves in a 3-1 hole and on the brink of elimination coming into tonight’s game. Memphis has shown they have what it takes…

  19. Denver may have used laptop in a time out… so what?

    May 9, 2012, 8:16 PM EST

    George Karl

    In the playoffs, sometimes people — teams, fans, media — can focus and become obsessed about the little things, the meaningless things, and not the things that really matter. For example, if the Lakers want to talk about why they lost Game 5 to Denver they can talk about Andrew Bynum’s defensive rotations (or lack…

  20. Grizzlies coach backs off CP3 flopping charge, Clippers defend it

    May 9, 2012, 7:01 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul puts his arm around teammate Griffin during NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles

    On national television Monday night, Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said, “Chris (Paul) does a good job of flopping.” After the game when I asked a couple Grizzlies players about it, there was a nod of acknowledgment followed by a refusal to discuss the topic. It felt like they were under orders (and frustrated after an…

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