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  1. Report: Spurs to go hard after Nicolas Batum this summer

    Apr 24, 2012, 12:12 PM EST

    Nicolas Batum, Greg Stiemsma

    Nicolas Batum is a restricted free agent that the Trail Blazers do not want to give up this summer — but that’s going to cost them. A lot of teams covet him. Smart teams. Like the San Antonio Spurs. They are going to come after him this summer reports Chris Haynes at CSNNW.com. The number…

  2. Tuesday And-1 links: James Harden listed as day-to-day

    Apr 24, 2012, 11:25 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    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. • The official status of James Harden is day-to-day and he is undergoing tests…

  3. Wizards to keep Ernie Grunfeld around a couple more years

    Apr 24, 2012, 10:28 AM EST

    Randy Wittman

    Ernie Grunfeld will be charged with cleaning up his own mess. The team president will stay as the man guiding the Wizards ship for at least a couple more years, reports CSNWashington.com (the Washington Post broke the story). Grunfeld has been with the team since 2003 and now will be with them through the summer…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Playoff picture starts to clear up

    Apr 24, 2012, 9:33 AM EST

    New Jersey Nets Armon Johnson and Anthony Morrow leave court for final time after NBA basketball game loss to Philadelphia 76ers in Newark

    What you missed while watching a cat fight off a black bear…  Sixers 105, Nets 87: With this win Philadelphia both spoiled the Nets final home game in New Jersey after 35 years and clinched themselves a playoff spot (likely the eight seed) in the East. They controlled the game pretty much the whole way,…

  5. Ray Allen admits he has bone spurs in troublesome ankle

    Apr 24, 2012, 8:56 AM EST

    Ray Allen, Nick Young

    Ray Allen has missed 13 games with a sore ankle and now his availability for the playoffs starting this weekend is coming into question. Allen admitted Monday that he is battling bone spurs in his ankle, which is adding to the problem, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com. “The other day when it swelled,” Allen…

  6. Quote of the Day: Why the Bobcats can’t talk trash

    Apr 24, 2012, 8:03 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Phoenix Suns

    “Biyombo told me, ‘This is my house,’ I told him, ‘You have 7 wins. It’s everybody’s house.’” —Memphis’ Rudy Gay, regarding some words with Charlotte’s Bismack Byyombo during the two team’s contest last Friday night. Memphis won, mostly because Charlotte is historically bad. You can see why it is so hard for Charlotte players to talks…

  7. Video: Tony Allen with the old Statue of Liberty fake pass

    Apr 24, 2012, 2:19 AM EST

    Tony Allen

    Tony Allen, bringing a little And 1 tour to the NBA hardwood, having some fun against the Cavaliers. This was my favorite highlight of Monday night. And the touching ceremonies in New Jersey, but mostly this. Thanks to NBA nba247365.com for sending this along.

  8. New Jersey Governor tells Nets “good riddance”

    Apr 24, 2012, 2:10 AM EST

    Chris Christie

    New Jersey governor Chris Christie knows how to play the political game. It’s about knowing your constituents. After 35 years in the state, the Nets are leaving New Jersey for Brooklyn, their last game in The Garden State was Monday night. Which they fittingly lost. While we’ve all known this exodus has been coming for…

  9. Spurs cruise past Trail Blazers, earn top seed in West

    Apr 23, 2012, 11:57 PM EST

    Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    San Antonio wanted to wrap up the top seed in the West so they held nothing back Monday — they came into Portland and played all the big names, they came in with a real focus on the job. The blew the doors of the Trail Blazers. The Spurs led by 13 after one quarter…

  10. Sixers win, they are in playoffs, Bucks are out in East

    Apr 23, 2012, 10:42 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers' Brand battles for rebound with New Jersey Nets' Petro and Morrow in their NBA basketball game in Newark

    Congratulations Philadelphia 76ers, you made the playoffs. As your reward, I’d like you to meet Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls. At least they are going to the dance. The 76ers went in and beat the New Jersey Nets 105-87, spoiling the party for the Nets last ever game in New Jersey. The win secures…

  11. Now Al Horford says he will be back for playoffs

    Apr 23, 2012, 8:17 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    Remember when earlier today we passed along the note that Hawks center Al Horford told Marc Spears of Yahoo that he was not going to play in the first round of the playoffs against the Celtics? Well…. never mind. Horford met with a doctor then contacted Spears again with a change of mind. Al Horford…

  12. DeMarcus Cousins has 13 technicals, could be out Tuesday

    Apr 23, 2012, 6:56 PM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins has improved a number of areas of his game this year. His relationship with the referees is not one of them. Sunday night Cousins picked up his 13th technical foul of the season, when he went face to face with Bismack Biyombo and they got called for double technical. Cousin’s reaction to have…

  13. PBT Extra: Talking MVP race, playoff race, Kevin Love’s haircut

    Apr 23, 2012, 5:56 PM EST

    ArCrSI_CEAAVc0n

    Go ahead and say it — I am the last person who should be talking about people’s haircuts. I’ll give you that one. I’ve been getting hairline jokes since college, you’re going to have to be more creative than that. But I mock Kevin Love‘s new one anyway, as did Ricky Rubio. In the first…

  14. Lots of lottery odds to be decided last week of season, too

    Apr 23, 2012, 5:03 PM EST

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    We keep talking about the teams talking playoffs — who gets home court, Boston or Atlanta, or can Phoenix catch Utah and get the last spot in the West — but there is a tight race among teams who have long forgotten about the playoffs. A lot of lottery odds are still to be decided…

  15. Sixers coach Collins fined $15,000 for abuse of referee

    Apr 23, 2012, 4:51 PM EST

    Doug Collins, Kevin Fehr

    Philadelphia picked up a big, hard-fought, playoff style overtime win over the Pacers Saturday night. With it the Sixers likely put themselves in the playoffs (they need one more win, but play the Nets Monday so that should be the win they need). Coach Doug Collins was in playoff form and let the officials know what…

  16. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs close out season riding high

    Apr 23, 2012, 4:02 PM EST

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    This is it, our final power rankings of the season. Usually I’d have them ranked in the order I would rank championship contenders, but this year any of the top four could win a chip and I wouldn’t be surprised. Hard to rank teams at the end of the season with everyone coasting and resting…

  17. Metta World Peace tweets apology to Harden for elbow

    Apr 23, 2012, 2:55 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s not exactly a traditional apology like your mother used to make your say to your Aunt when you said at age 10 you hated her cooking, but clearly the gravity of what Metta World Peace did has hit him. Here is what he tweeted Sunday evening. As I’ve said, I don’t think this was…

  18. Hawks’ Horford says he doesn’t expect to return for playoffs

    Apr 23, 2012, 1:34 PM EST

    Al Horford

    The path for Atlanta to beat Boston in the first round of the playoffs just got harder. The Hawks are going to have to do it without their best player, center Al Horford. He had been out for much of the season with a torn pectoral muscle. The hope was that he could return for…

  19. Nets 35 years in New Jersey comes to end tonight

    Apr 23, 2012, 1:01 PM EST

    julius-erving

    There is a history lost tonight. It is Dr. J flying through the air. It is the ABA. It is Jason Kidd leading a team to consecutive NBA finals. It is a string of hard luck breaks. For 35 years they have been the New Jersey Nets. Tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark will…

  20. Report: Lou Williams to opt out of deal, become free agent

    Apr 23, 2012, 12:23 PM EST

    Shelvin Mack, Lou Williams

    If James Harden were not James Harden and the runaway winner for Sixth Man of the Year, Lou Williams could win that award. He comes off the bench to lead Philadelphia in scoring — the first bench guy to lead a team in scoring since Dell Curry (or as Stephen calls him, pops) — and…

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