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  1. PBT Friday morning one liners

    Apr 15, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Heat James and Wade celebrate with their team from the bench against the Raptors during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Goodbye and good luck, Joe Tait. More than Cleveland will miss you. As the minutes of the big three go up in Miami in the playoffs, who gets squeezed out? The cost of playoff tickets in New York is insane. But then again, the cost of everything in New York is insane. San Diego State’s Kawhi Leonard…

  2. NCAA wants to do away with testing NBA draft waters

    Apr 15, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    For an organization that is supposed to look out for the best interest of student athletes, the NCAA really comes off as a money-grubbing pawn of school presidents and coaches, student-athletes be damned. Right now, there are a number of college basketball players testing the NBA waters — they declare for the NBA draft but…

  3. Nuggets call out Thunder as “cocky,” Thunder confused

    Apr 15, 2011, 9:45 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Center Kendrick Perkins (5) And Denver Nuggets Center Nene (31) From Brazil Go Toe To Toe

    Kevin Perkins was supposed to bring more than just defense and rebounding to Oklahoma City, he was supposed to bring some snarl. Call it attitude or swagger or whatever you want, he was supposed to bring a little of that “it” championship teams have to the Thunder. The Nuggets have a word for it —…

  4. Billionaire makes last-minute run to keep Kings in Sacramento

    Apr 15, 2011, 9:07 AM EDT

    Lakers Kings Basketball

    It’s a Hail Mary. But if you’re going to call a Hail Mary, having a billionaire making the toss helps. That’s what happened in the saga of the Kings potential move out of Sacramento on Thursday. The Maloof brothers, the owners of the Kings, made their case for needing to pack up their franchise and…

  5. With the Bulls, it’s about this year. And the five after that.

    Apr 15, 2011, 12:01 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Chicago Bulls

    This season wasn’t supposed to be about the Bulls. It was about the flash of the Heat and the intensity of the Celtics making one more run. It was about the Lakers out West. The Bulls were going to be good, no doubt, but not good enough. Then they started defending like mad men, executing…

  6. How they win it all — path to the ring for the top seeds

    Apr 14, 2011, 9:22 PM EDT

    Lakers Ring Ceremony Basketball

    Boston’s Glen Davis has a great name for it: The Campaign for Champagne. This year more than any other in recent memory, the path to the championship seems open for a number of teams. The Lakers have the last two titles, but they are flawed, inconsistent and often bored. Boston and San Antonio are old, Chicago and…

  7. How they can win it all: San Antonio Spurs

    Apr 14, 2011, 9:02 PM EDT

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    Two teams executed what they wanted to do this season better than any other — the Chicago Bulls on defense, the San Antonio Spurs on offense. Yet, when the talk of a title came up it was always the Lakers out of the West, Miami and Boston in the East. “I think we’ve been a…

  8. How they can win it all: The Los Angeles Lakers

    Apr 14, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

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    As the two-time defending champions, the Lakers rightfully began the regular season as the favorites to win a third straight title. Despite the team’s predictable ups and downs that come with having a veteran-heavy club that’s been to the Finals three straight years, they remain the favorites in most people’s eyes as the playoffs are…

  9. How they can win it all: The Boston Celtics

    Apr 14, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Chicago Bulls

    Let’s just get this myth out of the way: It’s not about Kendrick Perkins. Would Perkins help Boston right now? Damn straight. Would I have made that deal? No. Has Danny Ainge set himself up as a scapegoat? Yup. And he might want to think about spending the summer outside the city if Boston doesn’t…

  10. Ginobili has right elbow sprain, doubtful for Game 1 Sunday

    Apr 14, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    Tuesday night against the Lakers, Gregg Popovich sat his three big stars and there were people saying that he was just tanking to make sure the Spurs avoided the Lakers in the second round. He played them Wednesday night, to get them some run, and showed why it’s a good idea to sit them. MRI…

  11. Arizona’s Derrick Williams declares for lockout, err, draft

    Apr 14, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    For a lot of the country, people who didn’t get to see Derrick Williams before he started shredding Duke and others in the NCAA, the Arizona forward was a revelation. (Out here in Pac-10 country, we knew he was special. Of course, we didn’t know how good Landry Fields really was a year ago…) So…

  12. Chris Bosh sees Boston as tougher test than Chicago

    Apr 14, 2011, 4:43 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    Chris Bosh is not alone on this. As we started talking to people around the league in preparation for playoff previews, there are a lot of doubters about the Bulls. Oh, they’re good and everyone knows it. But a lot of people think the Bulls have some things to learn about playoff basketball. Things the…

  13. Shaq remains a question mark for playoff opener Sunday

    Apr 14, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

    shaquille o'neal Celtics

    Shaquille O’Neal is going to suit up again for the Boston Celtics. Maybe Sunday. Maybe not. But he will again one day. We promise. As for now, he remains a question mark for Sunday’s playoff opener against the New York Knicks, according to A. Sherrod Blakely at CSN New England. When asked when he would…

  14. NBA Playoff Preview: Oklahoma City vs. Denver

    Apr 14, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Center Kendrick Perkins (5) And Denver Nuggets Center Nene (31) From Brazil Go Toe To Toe

    SEASON RECORDS Thunder: 55-27 (No. 4 seed) Nuggets 50-32 (No. 5 seed) SEASON SERIES Oklahoma City 3-1, including sweeping two games in April when the Nuggets were playing well and were everyone’s new second favorite team. KEY INJURIES Thunder: No significant injuries. Nuggets: Ty Lawson sprained his ankle in the season finale Wednesday and it…

  15. NBA Playoff Preview: Dallas vs. Portland

    Apr 14, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    SEASON RECORDS Mavericks: 57-25 (No. 3 seed) Trail Blazers: 48-34 (No. 6 seed) SEASON SERIES Tied 2-2, with Portland winning the most recent two games including one just two weeks ago (a game Tyson Chandler missed, so be careful about reading much into it). KEY INJURIES Mavericks: Roddy Beaubois sprained his foot in the season…

  16. How they can win it all: The Orlando Magic

    Apr 14, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    I’m going to get a few jokes out of the way before we start this, okay? I want to give the Magic their due. I do. And I will. I just have to get a few of these out of the way. See, I’ll even use bullets to keep it short. How the Magic can…

  17. First Look: LeBron’s Playoff Edition Shoes

    Apr 14, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

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    Like most of the NBA’s superstars, LeBron James will be breaking out a new edition of his signature shoes for the postseason. Nike will release the LeBron 8 PS globally on April 16th, the final version in a series of three LeBron 8 styles. The latest edition is 1.5 ounces lighter than its predecessor, and…

  18. We’ve got your Western Conference playoff schedule here

    Apr 14, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    I keep saying it because I believe it — one of the top four seeds in the West is going to get knocked off in the first round. Not sure who, but the Dallas/Portland and Oklahoma City/Denver matchups are going to be tough ones. (Sorry Cuban, but you know us Internet reporters…) Well, tough for…

  19. NBA Playoff Preview: Los Angeles Lakers vs. New Orleans

    Apr 14, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol, Willie Green

    SEASON RECORDS Lakers: 57-25 (No. 2 seed) Hornets: 46-36 (No. 7 seed) SEASON SERIES Lakers sweep 4-0. KEY INJURIES Lakers: Andrew Bynum, he has a bone bruise in his surgically-repaired right knee due to a fall Tuesday night against San Antonio, he said he could play but the Lakers may be cautious with Game 1;…

  20. How they can win it all: The Dallas Mavericks

    Apr 14, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Washington Wizards

    Of all of this year’s contending teams, the Dallas Mavericks are perhaps the most improbable champions. Their trials begin in the first round, as the Mavs are rewarded for winning the West’s No. 3 seed with a tough matchup against the Portland Trailblazers. Should they take care of business against Portland, Dallas would likely have…

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