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  1. Playing to stereotype, Heat to open nightclub in arena

    Apr 19, 2012, 12:43 PM EST

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    Miami fans arrive late, are there to be seen, and are on their iPhones the entire game planning where to go after — the basketball is an afterthought. If it’s a thought at all. Well, that’s the stereotype. It’s not true all the way around the block — check out the fans in the “cheap”…

  2. Knicks fans love J.R. Smith, but he likely bolts this summer

    Apr 19, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith attempts to dunk the ball in their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in New York

    When he is raining down threes like he did against Boston, it’s easy to love J.R. Smith’s game. So today, Knicks fans love him. He brings an edge off the bench that fans and teammates love. Thing is, Smith is going to keep taking those shots whether they are falling or not, and some days…

  3. Thursday And-1 links: LeBron, Wade in large foam statues

    Apr 19, 2012, 11:17 AM EST

    big3miamiheat

    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’s big three as depicted in gigantic foam statues (picture to the right).…

  4. Doc Rivers is coach players most want to play for. Stan Van Gundy, not so much

    Apr 19, 2012, 10:36 AM EST

    Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers watches his team in Boston

    Across the board, players say they like playing for coaches who once played in the NBA. It’s not a requirement, but players feel it gives the coach an understanding of what they go through. So it shouldn’t be a shock that Doc Rivers tops Sports Illustrated’s annual poll of players on the question of coach…

  5. Kobe Bryant expects to play Friday vs. Spurs

    Apr 19, 2012, 9:44 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    If you’re wondering just how often the Lakers play the Spurs down the stretch, the answer was three times in the final 17 days of the season. What will be different about the third of those meetings Friday is that Kobe Bryant is expected to play. He has missed seven games with a shin injury…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It’s all about playoff positioning

    Apr 19, 2012, 9:28 AM EST

    Orlando Magic's Jameer Nelson, Ryan Anderson and Glen Davis guard Boston Celtics Paul Pierce as he makes a shot in front of Orlando Magic Jason Richardson in the second half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    What you missed while realizing why you act the way you do at games… Thunder 108, Suns 97: The Thunder hung with the Spurs at the top of the conference, but at the expense of the Suns chances. Brett Pollakoff was at this game for PBT and tells us that James Harden is really, really…

  7. Video: Mike Miller’s baseball pass to Lebron at buzzer

    Apr 19, 2012, 8:27 AM EST

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    It was a wild end to the first half in South Beach — the Raptors make a nice play to get the steal and the bucket in transition. Usually this is where you see the short inbounds pass, a guy dribble until just after the buzzer (so the shot doesn’t count on his stats) then…

  8. James Harden scores a career-high for the second time this season against the Suns

    Apr 19, 2012, 2:53 AM EST

    James Harden, Sebastian Telfair

    Before the Suns faced the Thunder on Wednesday, Alvin Gentry had some high praise for Oklahoma City’s James Harden. Phoenix’s head coach said that he and his staff were talking about Harden in preparing for this matchup, and once they got past Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade, they were hard-pressed to name a two-guard in…

  9. Video: Iguodala pulls the chair on Lou Williams. Literally.

    Apr 19, 2012, 12:31 AM EST

    Andre Iguodala

    Philadelphia has been slumping toward the playoffs, so when they cruised to a pretty comfortable win over the Cavaliers Wednesday night, they had a little fun. Like when Andre Iguodala flipped the seat up as Lou Williams takes a seat. Thanks to CSNPhilly.com for the video. This stuff is funny when you win. With the…

  10. Rajon Rondo sits out Wednesday night with back injury

    Apr 18, 2012, 10:35 PM EST

    Doc Rivers, Rajon Rondo

    It looked like a pretty nasty fall when it happened — in the second half of the Celtics loss to the Knicks Rajon Rondo took a hard fall. Contacted in the air, he landed flat on his back. He played after that but sat out Wednesday’s Celtics game against the Magic, and Doc Rivers said…

  11. PBT Extra: We talk Sessions, Pacers, Calipari and Top Chef

    Apr 18, 2012, 10:13 PM EST

    TV host Padma Lakshmi of the show "Top Chef"  arrives for the Bravo Media 2012 Upfront Presentation in New York

    We were taking your twitter questions yesterday (@basketballtalk) and today I answer a bunch of them with Tiffany on this edition of PBT Extra. Our topics and the best deadline pickups, the Pacers, Kevin McHale, John Calipari and Iron Chef vs. Top Chef. Things to watch for — me calling Kyle Lowry Kyrie Irving (I…

  12. Video: LeBron James torches the Nets

    Apr 18, 2012, 7:30 PM EST

    Miami Heat's forward Howard and guard Wade congratulate forward James after they took the lead over the New Jersey Nets in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Newark, New Jersey

    I’m kind of a sucker for those NBA.com “phantom” videos. So rather than another report on which team is trying to tank harder — the Warriors are still in the lead there — I thought we’d post the most recent, which is LeBron James torching the Nets. His performance in this game could help get…

  13. Coach Silas, Tyrus Thomas had altercation as Bobcats’ season crumbles

    Apr 18, 2012, 6:07 PM EST

    Paul Silas

    Paul Silas — at age 68 — may be the toughest guy in the Bobcats locker room. He’s almost certainly the toughest minded. Which explains why the team has just 7 wins this season. Sunday after another Bobcats loss, Silas and Tyrus Thomas got into an altercation, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. Silas, 68, had…

  14. LeBron says it “would mean a lot” to win third MVP

    Apr 18, 2012, 5:26 PM EST

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    With games like his 17-point run at the end of the fourth quarter against the Nets Monday, and the fact he outplayed Kevin Durant last time they went head-to-head, LeBron James again appears to be one of the front runners for the MVP. It’s going to be Durant or LeBron (Tony Parker, Kobe Bryant and…

  15. Sixers CEO uses Twitter to ask fans who team should keep

    Apr 18, 2012, 4:57 PM EST

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    The 76ers have some tough offseason decisions to make – do you re-sign Spencer Hawes? Do you see what the market will offer for Andre Iguodala (again)? Elton Brand is entering the last year of his deal, can you move him? Every day, Sixers fans are playing GM on Twitter anyway, so Sixers CEO Adam…

  16. Delonte West fined $25,000 for “wet Willy” on Hayward

    Apr 18, 2012, 4:21 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    We kind of expected  a fine was coming for the above stupidity by Delonte West. West has been fined $25,000 for giving Gordon Hayward a “wet Willy,” according to a tweet from Utah Jazz announcer David Locke. There is no suspension, and this was not suspension worthy – especially since Hayward showed restraint and walked…

  17. Popovich says Ginobili has same competitive fire as Kobe, Jordan

    Apr 18, 2012, 3:38 PM EST

    Spurs Ginobili shoots past Celtics Stiemsma in the first half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    If you remember Spike Lee’s “Kobe Doin’ Work” film, you remember Kobe Bryant praising Manu Ginobili. — “That’s a bad boy right there.” It was respect. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has more than respect for the Argentinian. Popovich was talking with Marc Spears of Yahoo about Ginobili (via IamaGM.com) and how he is the key to…

  18. Video: TNT and Linkin Park get you fired up for playoffs

    Apr 18, 2012, 3:14 PM EST

    Chester Bennington

    The fine folks at TNT have cut the new Linkin Park single into a playoffs promo — this should get you fired up for the postseason. I’m beyond pumped now. I’m ready to go shove J.J. Barea to the ground…. wait, bad example. But you get the idea. After a hectic roller-coaster season of a…

  19. Mike Woodson’s big hurdle: Fitting Amare Stoudemire back in

    Apr 18, 2012, 2:40 PM EST

    Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony

    If your biggest problem is how to fit a six-time All-Star who gives you 18 and 8 a night back into the lineup, you should be feeling pretty good about yourself. But this is the New York Knicks, a team with a rabid fan base and a small margin for error, so even something like…

  20. Warriors make it official: Stephen Curry done for season

    Apr 18, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

    stephen curry

    This was not a surprise in the least, but now it is official — Stephen Curry is shut down for the season by the Warriors, reports Matt Steinmetz at CSNBayArea.com. Curry played in just 26 games for the Warriors this season, battling an ankle issue that plagued him at the end of last season as…

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