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  1. Monday And-1 links: Cavaliers to target Tony Allen this summer

    May 6, 2013, 7:02 PM EST

    Tony Allen

    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 like Mario Batali loves orange clogs. • The Cavaliers need to improve their defense…

  2. Deron Williams and Jerry Sloan open to working together again

    May 6, 2013, 5:24 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets guard Williams reacts after Chicago Bulls were fouled late in fourth quarter of Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in New York

    Deron Williams and Jerry Sloan went 262-174 and won four playoff series in five-plus seasons together. Since their much-publicized split, Williams has gone 71-77 and won zero playoff series, and Sloan hasn’t coached in the NBA. Williams obviously wants to return to winning more often than not, and Sloan sounds like he wants to return…

  3. P.J. Carlesimo talks being fired by Nets (VIDEO)

    May 6, 2013, 12:57 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets - Game Seven

    P.J. Carlesimo was up front with Dan Patrick — if the Nets had beaten the Bulls in Game 7 it would not have changed his fate, just the timing. The Nets were going to let P.J. Carlesimo go at the end of this season either way. They want to go a new direction. The Nets,…

  4. Bulls win over Nets cements Thibodeau as one of league’s best tacticians

    May 6, 2013, 12:31 PM EST

    Tom Thibodeau

    When Mikhail Prokhorov bought the Brooklyn Nets he wanted a splashy name as head coach. They had a conversation with then Boston assistant Tom Thibodeau, a guy seen as a defense-first coach, but the only full interview they did was with former Mavericks coach Avery Johnson. He was their man. Except Johnson got canned midway…

  5. Nets to talk to Phil Jackson, Sloan, Shaw among others for coach

    May 6, 2013, 10:28 AM EST

    Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

    You get the impression that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov still wants a big name as coach of the Brooklyn Nets. That was what they wanted a few years ago, so they went with Avery Johnson over top assistants at the time such as Tom Thibodeau. How’d that work out for them? The first names that…

  6. Joakim Noah leads Bulls to Game 7 win over Nets

    May 4, 2013, 11:17 PM EST

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    Immediately after the final buzzer sounded in the Bulls 99-93 Game 7 win over the Nets on Saturday, Joakim Noah walked toward center court, screaming with excitement and popping his road red Bulls jersey. He had every right to do so, considering his inspired performance was the main reason behind his team’s victory — one…

  7. Deron Williams throws the bounce pass from beyond half court to find Gerald Wallace for the slam (VIDEO)

    May 4, 2013, 9:30 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Washington Wizards in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    There weren’t a lot of positives in the first half of Game 7 for the Brooklyn Nets against the Chicago Bulls, but this play in the game’s early minutes was one of the prettiest we saw. Deron Williams loads up and fires the one-handed bounce pass from well beyond half court, and it finds Gerald…

  8. Bulls-Nets Game 7: Who’s tougher? (Probably the team with a player in the hospital and another who can barely walk)

    May 4, 2013, 2:00 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls - Game Six

    Generally, I’d be inclined to say a team that fights back from a 3-1 series deficit is tougher than the team blowing the advantage. But this Bulls-Nets series feels much, much different. No matter what happens at 8 p.m. tonight, Chicago showed its toughness by putting together a strong season without Derrick Rose and winning…

  9. Nate Robinson crosses up Kris Humphries. Wickedly. (VIDEO)

    May 3, 2013, 11:16 AM EST

    Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls - Game Six

    Kris Humphries had to know he was in trouble when getting back in transition he did the right thing — stop the ball — but that meant he had to cover Nate Robinson on the perimeter. But Nate crossed Humphries up something serious with a little hesitation crossover. That is wicked. Especially considering Nate had…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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,…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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,…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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