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

    May 6, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    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…

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

    May 3, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 29, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 27, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 27, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 26, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    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…

  7. Bulls, Nets make Nets’ offense stink

    Apr 26, 2013, 12:56 AM EDT

    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,…

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

    Apr 25, 2013, 7:22 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 25, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 22, 2013, 11:49 PM EDT

    BKN-BULLS-NETS

    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…

  11. Deron Williams dunks, Nets throttle limping Bulls

    Apr 20, 2013, 11:43 PM EDT

    BKN-BULLS-NETS

    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…

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

    Apr 19, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    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,…

  13. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers

    Apr 19, 2013, 9:52 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers players stand during a time out in an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    SEASON RECORDS Atlanta: 44-38, six seed in East Indiana: 49-32, third seed in East SEASON SERIES Tied at 2-2. The Hawks won the first two, the Pacers the final two. KEY INJURIES Atlanta: The Hawks will be without Zaza Pachulia (Achilles surgery) and Lou Williams (ACL). Indiana: Danny Granger is still out following left knee…

  14. Joakim Noah’s still hurting foot could be key to Bulls/Nets

    Apr 18, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah

    The Chicago Bulls are a trendy upset pick over the Brooklyn Nets in the first round of the playoffs (if the five seed beating the four is really an upset). The theory goes that the size of the Bulls front line — Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, Taj Gibson — can protect the paint and the…

  15. Who can knock off Miami? NBA playoff power rankings

    Apr 18, 2013, 8:49 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Tim Duncan

    If you want to hold the Larry O’Brien trophy — the one that goes to the NBA champions each June — you’re going to have to pry it out of Miami’s cold, dead hands. Good luck. They are the defending champs. They had the best regular season record in the NBA despite coasting to start…

  16. 81 games into season, Carlesimo says Blatche not in shape

    Apr 16, 2013, 1:55 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets

    Andre Blatche is having the best season of his career — sure, he’s scored more than his 10.1 points a game but he has been an efficient center off the bench for the Nets behind Brook Lopez. Look at it this way, his PER jumped from a “maybe he should be in the D-League” 10.7…

  17. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Jazz win keeps playoff dream alive

    Apr 16, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    Al Jefferson, Ricky Rubio, Greg Stiemsma

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching the news out of Boston with horror and yet were reminded of the heroism of both first responders and everyday Americans who did what they could to help…. Jazz 96, Timberwolves 80: Utah needed to win to keep its playoffs hopes…

  18. Joakim Noah’s plantar fasciitis will bother him into playoffs

    Apr 11, 2013, 10:52 PM EDT

    Florida Gulf Coast v Florida

    At this time of year, it can be difficult to tell which injuries are serious and which are listed by teams because they want to rest players and avoid fines. Joakim Noah has played only one game since March 21, so his injury definitely was serious, though it’s unclear to what degree the Bulls are…

  19. Baseline-to-baseline recaps: Heat set franchise record for wins, Lakers remain in playoff position

    Apr 11, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while waiting for Microsoft Office to come to your mobile devices … Lakers 113, Trail Blazers 106: Kobe Bryant scored 47 points to out-duel rookie Damian Lillard, who finished with 38. Bryant dragged his team to victory for the second straight night, and…

  20. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Knicks’ streak reaches 13

    Apr 10, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony celebrates with teammates during their NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards in Manhattan, New York

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wondering what to do with five tons of Nutella… Lakers 104, Hornets 96 ; & Thunder 90, Jazz 80: We combine these two because together they put the Lakers in as the eight seed in the West and in control of their…

  21. In case you missed them: Nate Robinson’s and Andre Iguodala’s game winners (VIDEO)

    Apr 5, 2013, 11:11 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    Just three games on Thursday but two of them came down to the final seconds and saw game winners. Andre Iguodala had the ball in his hand at the end for the Nuggets (that’s going to happen with Ty Lawson out) and he shows off a sweet crossover and move to hit the shot in…

  22. Nate Robinson’s game winner lifts Bulls over Nets

    Apr 4, 2013, 11:55 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Brooklyn Nets

    It’s not all about that last shot. But that’s still an impressive last shot. If this is a potential four/five seed matchup in in the East — and it would be if the playoffs started tomorrow — it exposed the Nets need to find a way to get Deron Williams making plays and winning them…

  23. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Night of wild finishes all over NBA map

    Mar 21, 2013, 9:19 AM EDT

    Marc Gasol, Kevin Durant

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while reading the oral history of Ace of Bass’ one hit…. Heat 98, Cavaliers 95: Crazy game. I mean certifiable, off its meds kind of game. Starting with a 40-minute delay at the start to fix a coolant leak in the scoreboard that…

  24. Three Stars of the Night: Go big or go home

    Mar 21, 2013, 1:34 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

    A couple Hawks – Al Horford (26 points and 15 rebounds) and Jeff Teague (27 points and 11 rebounds) – played well as Atlanta jockeys for playoff positioning with the Bucks, but we’re less concerned with the bottom half of the Eastern Conference playoff picture than a vintage performance by an all-time great, helping a…

  25. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Refs make Nuggets/Bulls ending interesting

    Mar 19, 2013, 8:37 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls coach Thibodeau argues with referee Mauer during their NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Chicago

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wishing you were as well traveled as this dog… Heat 105, Celtics 103: This felt like a playoff game — it was chippy, emotional and the crowd was into it. Jeff Green took over for the Celtics with 43 points, giving the…

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