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  1. Shorthanded Bulls scrap, but Nets have enough to force Game 7

    May 3, 2013, 12:26 AM EST

    Bulls' Robinson goes to the basket against Nets' Johnson and Williams during the second half of Game 6 in their NHL Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball game in Chicago

    This is how unprepared the Nets were for this moment, a playoff Game 7 on their home court in Brooklyn in their first year in the city: They already had a Rihanna concert scheduled for Saturday night in the Barclay center. Thanks to Deron Williams and friends, Rihanna and crew will have to come back…

  2. Bulls-Nets Game 6 preview: Chicago’s injury report reaching ridiculous levels

    May 2, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

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    No Derrick Rose. No Kirk Hinrich. Maybe no Luol Deng. Maybe no Taj Gibson. A reduced Joakim Noah. The Bulls don’t have much left besides their 3-2 lead over the Nets, and that might no longer be enough of an advantage to advance over a more talented Brooklyn team. The loss of Hinrich is particularly…

  3. Hinrich out for Bulls Thursday night. Deng, Gibson game-time decisions.

    May 2, 2013, 1:07 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Kirk Hinrich, the feisty point guard that sparked the three Bulls wins against the Nets with his defense on Deron Williams, will be out for the Bulls Thursday night for Game 6. So tweets K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. Just to add to the fun, Luol Deng and Taj Gibson are sick, neither went…

  4. Joe Johnson will play in Game 6; Hinrich status up in air

    May 1, 2013, 4:15 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets - Game Two

    Joe Johnson and Joakim Noah should get together at mid court during warm-ups Thursday and swap recovery from plantar fasciitis tips. The two are battling through the painful foot injury these playoffs to be out on the court. Johnson, who had 22 points in Game 5, will be out on the court for a huge…

  5. Nets win Game 5 over Bulls with unbelievably good offense

    Apr 29, 2013, 11:58 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets' Williams, Lopez and Wallace tap hands as Chicago Bulls' Robinson walks off the court in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball playoff game in New York

    On Saturday, the Pacers posted an offensive rating of 70.2 in their Game 3 loss to the Hawks. Tonight, the Nets bested that offensive rating – on possessions they missed a shot. Let me repeat that. Every time the Nets began a possession by missing a shot, their offense performed better than Indiana’s did overall…

  6. Bulls-Nets Game 5 preview: More Nate Robinson time

    Apr 29, 2013, 6:50 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Nate Robinson celebrates with team-mates during overtime in Game 4 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets  in Chicago, Illinois

    The Nets can’t beat a full-strength Bulls team. They can’t beat a Bulls team with Derrick Rose out. They can’t beat a Bulls team with Joakim Noah playing more than 13 minutes. Can they beat the Bulls without Kirk Hinrich? Has the bar finally dropped low enough for the Nets to clear it? They better,…

  7. Kirk Hinrich out for Bulls in Game 5 Monday night

    Apr 29, 2013, 12:51 PM EST

    Kirk Hinrich

    Kirk Hinrich has been a key reason the Chicago Bulls have a 3-1 lead over the Brooklyn Nets in their first-round playoff series. After a Game 1 Nets win where Deron Williams did pretty much as he pleased against the Bulls defense (22 points on 9-of-15 shooting), coach Tom Thibodeau switched Hinrich onto Williams and…

  8. Nate Robinson, Joe Johnson exchange clutch shots to send Game 4 into its second overtime (VIDEO)

    Apr 27, 2013, 9:32 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Nate Robinson goes to the basket against Brooklyn Nets' Keith Bogans during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    The Bulls rode Nate Robinson‘s hot hand to a triple-overtime victory over the Nets in Game 4, and Robinson actually did his best to try to end this game after the first overtime session. Robinson scored 23 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter, but this, um, less than sane shot with two seconds…

  9. Bulls win 3OT thriller thanks to Nate Robinson, Nazr Mohammed. Up 3-1 on Nets.

    Apr 27, 2013, 6:59 PM EST

    Nate Robinson

    The Nets had this. Deron Williams was his old self and Brooklyn up 14 in the fourth quarter against a Chicago team with no good offense. This series was going to be even and a best of three. Then Nate Robinson happened — a 23-point fourth quarter explosion in the fourth quarter led a dramatic…

  10. Bulls-Nets Game 4 preview: Can either team generate offense?

    Apr 27, 2013, 12:30 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

    The teams with worse offensive ratings than the Bulls and Nets in these playoffs are a combined 0-11. Part defensive struggle, part offenses struggling, this series is the Eastern Conference’s answer to the high-flying Nuggets-Warriors matchup. While Stephen Curry is bombing 3-pointers and Ty Lawson is dishing assists, Joakim Noah and Joe Johnson are comparing…

  11. Gerald Wallace: ‘I don’t have a clue what my role is on this team’

    Apr 26, 2013, 3:30 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets - Game Two

    If Gerald Wallace wasn’t doubting himself before, he surely is now. The Nets outscored Chicago by 10 in the fourth quarter of Game 3, Brooklyn’s best quarter since the first half of Game 1 – all with Wallace on the bench. Where does that leave Wallace now? Via Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily…

  12. Bulls, Nets make Nets’ offense stink

    Apr 26, 2013, 12:56 AM EST

    Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

    Joakim Noah scored his first point and on the next possession, in his 27th minute, he closed hard to marginally, if at all, bother a wide-open corner 3-point attempt. Tonight, that was plenty. The Bulls – with lots of help from Brooklyn – crippled the Nets’ offense and watched one more airball as time expired,…

  13. Taj Gibson puts Kris Humphries on a poster (VIDEO)

    Apr 25, 2013, 10:08 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Gibson reacts to a referee's call during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Chicago

    This dunk from Taj Gibson during the first quarter of Game 3 between the Bulls and the Nets was pretty spectacular, considering where he took off and the force with which he threw it down. The fact that Kris Humphries decided to jump to try to contest just made it that much more exciting. [via…

  14. Nets-Bulls Game 3 preview: Still about Joakim Noah

    Apr 25, 2013, 7:22 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets - Game Two

    Joakim Noah, it seems, will decide this series. Battling plantar fasciitis, he played 13 minutes in Game 1, and the Nets won by 17. He played 25 minutes in Game 2, and the Bulls won by eight. More than just his quality play, Noah inspires the Bulls. In Game 2, their bench went wild and…

  15. Report: Nets near deal to extend GM Billy King’s contract

    Apr 25, 2013, 6:39 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets Press Conference Announcing Firing Of Head Coach Avery Johnson

    The Brooklyn Nets are happy with the work of Billy King. Shake your head if you want, the Nets are about to extend the contract of their general manager, reports Adrian Wojnarowskiof Yahoo Sports. The Brooklyn Nets are finalizing a multiyear contract extension with general manager Billy King, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. A formal…

  16. Are Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson ‘the greatest shooting backcourt in the history of the game,’ as Mark Jackson says?

    Apr 25, 2013, 4:44 PM EST

    Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson

    Warriors point guard Stephen Curry just completed the best 3-point shooting season of all time (3.6 3-pointers made per game, 45.3 3-point percentage), and Golden State shooting guard Klay Thompson had a pretty good year outside the arc, too (2.6, 40.1). Mark Jackson even called them “the greatest shooting backcourt in the history of the…

  17. Wednesday And-1 links: Plenty of playoff injury, playing time notes

    Apr 24, 2013, 6:13 PM EST

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    Here is our regular 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. Consider this the playoff injury update edition (with a few other things thrown in…

  18. Joakim Noah’s heart lifts Bulls to ugly win over Nets

    Apr 22, 2013, 11:49 PM EST

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    Joakim Noah pushed Kris Humphries in the back, positioned himself between Humphries and C.J. Watson for a rebound and lunged out of bounds to save the ball as it took a sharp carom across the baseline. Noah’s heave was headed out of bounds on the sideline, but Kirk Hinrich jumped to save the ball, making…

  19. Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul get Jordan playoff edition shoes

    Apr 21, 2013, 11:00 AM EST

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    Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, and Blake Griffin are among the stars representing Jordan Brand who are getting new-look, player exclusive versions of their signature shoes. From the official release: The Air Jordan XX8 worn primarily by Russell Westbrook this season will feature a team-inspired white (home) or black (away) upper with photo blue and tour yellow…

  20. Jerry Stackhouse sings national anthem before playing in Nets’ Game 1 win over Bulls (VIDEO)

    Apr 21, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Jerry Stackhouse

    Jerry Stackhouse didn’t have a lot to do with the Nets’ crushing of the Bulls on Saturday, playing just 12 minutes while going 0-for-3 from the field to finish with zero points and two rebounds. He did plenty for his team before the game, however, when he took the microphone at center court and sang…

  21. Deron Williams dunks, Nets throttle limping Bulls

    Apr 20, 2013, 11:43 PM EST

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    Deron Williams made a pair of free throws as the Barclays Center fans chanted “M-V-P!” On the Bulls’ next possession, Williams stole the ball, sprinted down the court and – the same player who didn’t dunk until April – delivered a reverse slam. More than we’ve realized, this is a different Deron Williams. Frankly, and…

  22. Seven players whose teams need them to step up big in the postseason

    Apr 20, 2013, 3:15 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    Jeff Green Since his 43-point game in mid-March (excluding Boston’s season finale, when regular players rested), Green has averaged 20.0, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. By any eye test, he’s looked excellent. But in that span, the Celtics have been outscored by 3.6 points per 100 possession with him on the court and…

  23. Top 10 game-winners of NBA regular season (VIDEO)

    Apr 20, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    New York Knicks' Smith is surrounded by team mates after making a last second shot to beat Charlotte Bobcats in their NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    You got your J.R. Smith. You got your Kyrie Irving from the next area code. You got your Joe Johnson crossover and step back. And you got your ridiculous Monta Ellis shot. You’ve got the best game winners of the regular season to get you ready for later today, when the playoffs start and all…

  24. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Brooklyn Nets vs. Chicago Bulls

    Apr 19, 2013, 4:20 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets center Lopez is fouled by Chicago Bulls forward Deng in front of Bulls center Mohammed in the second half of their NBA basketball game in New York

    SEASON RECORDS Brooklyn: 49-33, fourth seed in East Chicago: 45-37, fifth seed in East SEASON SERIES The Bulls won 3-1, but one win came by one and another came by two. KEY INJURIES Chicago: Derrick Rose is out until he’s not, and at this point, the Bulls can’t really worry about him. They can, however,…

  25. Looking at the possible first round upsets in the NBA playoffs

    Apr 19, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

    Heat's Bosh and Bulls' Boozer await a rebound from a Miami free throw in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami

    There are some first round series in the NBA playoffs, like the one between the Heat and the Bucks, for example, that are nothing more than foregone conclusions. But there are others where the lower seed has a more than legitimate shot at beating a higher-seeded team winning and advancing, at least in theory. In…

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