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  1. Blake Griffin the actor: playing a chicken on Sesame Street

    Apr 6, 2012, 1:33 PM EST

    Blake Griffin

    Someday James Lipton is going to pull out one of his little blue cards to ask Blake Griffin about this performance, where his motivation really came from. DeMarcus Cousins thinks he knows — he thinks Griffin is an actor and plays a little too much chicken on the court, too. I like that Griffin and…

  2. Mark Cuban would like to see NBA age limit increased, too

    Apr 6, 2012, 1:14 PM EST

    Mavericks owner Cuban waves to fans before the start of Mavericks versus 76ers NBA basketball game in Philadelphia

    A. Owners love the idea of a higher age limit in the NBA — it gives them more time to see how a player matures, allows more time to scout them so taking the player is less of a gamble, and it lets the NCAA do a couple years of marketing to create names for…

  3. Report: Dwight Howard signed with Magic to avoid trade to Lakers

    Apr 6, 2012, 12:24 PM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Reports had surfaced long before the trade deadline that Dwight Howard had ruled out going to the Lakers. Maybe it was a meeting with Kobe Bryant that rubbed him the wrong way (Kobe allegedly told Howard he would be the third option on offense). Maybe it was him not wanting to follow in Shaquille O’Neal’s…

  4. Doc Rivers was none to pleased with Celtics effort Thursday

    Apr 6, 2012, 11:59 AM EST

    Celtics forward Garnett and head coach Rivers react to a foul called on Garnett in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Atlanta.

    A lot of teams have done it this season — seen the Bulls did not have Derrick Rose suited up and relaxed. Played it cool. Only to find out the Bulls are pretty good without him. Boston did that Thursday — they came out without their usual fire and it caught up with them in…

  5. Friday And-1 links: Wade, LeBron and the pick-and-roll

    Apr 6, 2012, 11:28 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    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. • Miami is changing up some of its offensive sets to be better prepared…

  6. Have the 76ers tuned out Doug Collins?

    Apr 6, 2012, 10:58 AM EST

    Doug Collins, Lou Williams

    Philadelphia has lost four of its last six games — including a blowout 20-point loss to Toronto at home — and has surrendered its lead in the Atlantic division. The 76ers are just sliding backwards and have been since the All-Star break. Why? Former Sixers beat writer (now of ESPN) Kate Fagan has an interesting…

  7. Cousins accuses Blake Griffin of being “actor,” faking fouls

    Apr 6, 2012, 9:56 AM EST

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    DeMarcus Cousins and Blake Griffin were banging on each other pretty hard Thursday night in what Kings coach Keith Smart called a great football game. But Cousins was the one who ended up in foul trouble, playing just 18 minutes due to it (while Griffin had a double double and even hit key jumpers late).…

  8. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bulls win another without Rose

    Apr 6, 2012, 8:57 AM EST

    Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng

    What you missed while watching your kid freak out about the Easter Bunny… Knicks 96, Magic 80: The Knicks are feeling confident and finding their stride as the Magic are coming apart at the seams. The other key — Tyson Chandler is one of the few centers who can match up with Dwight Howard. It…

  9. Video: Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, a ball and a marriage proposal

    Apr 6, 2012, 8:29 AM EST

    Scott Skiles, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute

    If you’re going to ask for a young lady’s hand in marriage at a Bucks game, you go to the Cameroonian Prince. The Bucks defensive stopper Luc Richard Mbah a Moute helped a guy out with a marriage proposal before a recent Bucks game at the Bradley Center. It appears she said yes, and I’m sure…

  10. Orlando’s other problem: They are not good right now, get run by Knicks

    Apr 6, 2012, 2:39 AM EST

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    Orlando had already lost four in a row and looked a mess before its “Dwightmare” began on Thursday — when coach Stan Van Gundy threw Dwight Howard under the bus because Howard had spent the year trying to throw Van Gundy under the bus. It was a struggling team now distracted by a soap opera…

  11. Van Gundy, Howard, Magic GM meet and nothing is changing. For now.

    Apr 5, 2012, 10:25 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    This is how it is, so deal with it. I doubt Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith phrased it that way, but he and Dwight Howard and coach Stan Van Gundy sat down Thursday afternoon and talked — at least Van Gundy said they did — tweets Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel. Stan Van Gundy…

  12. Jazz owner, Karl Malone kiss and make up (figuratively)

    Apr 5, 2012, 9:52 PM EST

    Karl Malone

    Remember earlier this season when Jazz legend Karl Malone and Jazz owner Greg Miller were feuding over how the firing of Jerry Sloan went down and loyalty within the organization. Thing is the Sloan issue was a year old and Sloan himself had to tell them to shut up already. Well, if all of that…

  13. Derrick Rose says he is out Thursday, will play Sunday vs. Knicks

    Apr 5, 2012, 8:43 PM EST

    Derrick Rose

    Derrick Rose has said he will not play Thursday night as the Bulls take on the Celtics, but he will play Sunday when Chicago takes on the Knicks. That according to a tweet from K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Previously Coach Tom Thibodeau had said at his pregame media session (more than an hour…

  14. Stoudemire return date pushed back to April 13 at earliest

    Apr 5, 2012, 7:09 PM EST

    New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire waits to take a foul shot against the New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Not that anybody was really expecting Amare Stoudemire back soon anyway…. But the dates for Stoudemire’s return got pushed back a little bit more. According to Newsday, Stoudemire will be out 2-4 weeks from when he got the epidural shot in his back, not from the injury. That was last Thursday. So the earliest Stoudemire…

  15. Jazz GM O’Connor says team will not tank for pick

    Apr 5, 2012, 6:31 PM EST

    derrick-favors-jazz

    From the AP: SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Conspiracy theorists might think the Utah Jazz have an interesting dilemma Friday night against Golden State. A Utah win will knock the Warriors farther down the standings while keeping the Jazz within striking distance of postseason play – scenarios that could leave the Jazz going from two possible…

  16. Here we go again: Udonis Haslem calls Thunder’s Perkins “fake tough guy”

    Apr 5, 2012, 6:14 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Our own Ira Winderman has the report: While both James and Haslem downplayed Westbrook’s foul as one of exuberance in the heat of the moment, Haslem pointedly took umbrage to Perkins’ shove against Wade. Recall, earlier this season Perkins derided James for drawing attention to Blake Griffin‘s highlight-of-the-season dunk on Perkins. Perkins also has a push-come-to-shove…

  17. Knicks coach wants J.R. Smith to be more professional – and pull up those pants

    Apr 5, 2012, 6:03 PM EST

    Woodson JR Smith

    Knicks coach Mike Woodson didn’t quite yell “get off my lawn” at J.R. Smith, but pretty much. Remember that Smith got ejected with 10.7 seconds left in the Knicks loss to the Pacers Tuesday, picking up a flagrant 2 foul for throwing Leandro Barbosa to the ground (the league did not fine him and reduced…

  18. Magic players divided on Van Gundy, so he made calculated play

    Apr 5, 2012, 4:57 PM EST

    Magic head coach Van Gundy reacts during Game 3 of their NBA Playoffs Eastern Conference basketball game against Hawks in Atlanta

    Dwight Howard may want what he sees as a little ball of negativity — namely Stan Van Gundy — out of the way, but that’s not what all the other Magic players want. They are a house divided, something that will mean a quick exit from the playoffs. So, rather than have secret agendas, Van…

  19. Rockets GM Daryl Morey with a great discussion of clutch

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:50 PM EST

    Daryl Morey

    One of the great debates in the NBA statistical community is the issue of clutch play. The conventional wisdom is that Kobe Bryant is awesome in the clutch — did you see the dagger jumper he hit over Randy Foye Wednesday — but the statistics say he misses far more than he makes in that…

  20. Iguodala thinks all great scorers should be great defenders

    Apr 5, 2012, 2:28 PM EST

    Andre Iguodala, Paul Pierce

    Andre Iguodala is using a lot of logic here. That’s never going to work. Iguodala is one of the game’s best wing defenders, and he told Sports Illustrated (via Ball Don’t Lie) that part of that comes from how he has been asked to be a go-to (or secondary) scorer over the years. And if…

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