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  1. Dirk Nowitzki says he’d love for the Mavs to land Dwight Howard or Chris Paul in free agency

    May 15, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

    dirk nowitzki dwight howard

    The Mavericks missed the playoffs this season for the first time in 13 years, and if we’ve learned anything from Mark Cuban over time, it’s that mediocrity in Dallas won’t be tolerated for very long at all. Dirk Nowitzki is equally competitive, and doesn’t want to spend the twilight of his career playing for a…

  2. Andre Iguodala complains of politics in All-Defensive team choices, but Larry Sanders should have the biggest gripe

    May 14, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors - Game Six

    Andre Iguodala didn’t make the NBA’s All-Defensive first or second team, and shortly after voting was released, he tweeted: https://twitter.com/andre/status/334123189863079937 It’s easy to see why Iguodala would expect to make an All-Defensive team. Iguodala finished ahead of one first-team guard (Chris Paul) and both second-team guards (Avery Bradley and Mike Conley) in Defensive Player of…

  3. LeBron James, Joakim Noah headline NBA All-Defensive team

    May 13, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

    If you were anchoring your defense with one center in the NBA right now who would it be? For the past few years the answer was Dwight Howard, he was the perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate (voted on by the media) and NBA All-Defensive First Team, voted on by the coaches. But if…

  4. Kevin Durant: ‘I can do a lot more’

    May 13, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant falls to the floor against Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen in the final moments in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Anyway you slice it, Kevin Durant is doing a lot for the Thunder. Traditional stats say Durant is averaging 34.0 points, 10.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.6 steals in 44.3 minutes per game since Russell Westbrook’s injury. Advanced stats say Durant has 2.2 win shares for a team that has won five playoff games, which means…

  5. Vinny Del Negro expected to meet with Clippers’ owner next week

    May 8, 2013, 10:33 AM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    It’s expected that Vinny Del Negro’s days are numbered as the coach of the Clippers. After a first-round playoff exit it’s a matter of when the axe falls not if. The “when” may well be when Del Negro meets with Clippers owner Donald Sterling next week, reports Ken Berger at CBSSports.com. Vinny Del Negro is…

  6. Clippers confident Chris Paul will stay with team this summer. They should be.

    May 7, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Paul reacts during their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    Chris Paul and his agent are going to get calls — he is the best point guard in the NBA and he is an unrestricted free agent. He can go anywhere he wants this summer. Teams are going to take a shot. But they all know it’s a long shot. At best. The Clippers are…

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

    May 6, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

    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…

  8. LeBron James named MVP, misses becoming unanimous selection by a single vote

    May 5, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James reads the label on his Most Valuable Player trophy during a news conference held by the NBA and Miami Heat in Miami

    The news we’ve known about for a few days now became official on Sunday, as LeBron James was named the league’s Most Valuable Player for the fourth time in his career. There was no suspense surrounding the crowning of James, but there was some curiosity to see whether or not he might be a unanimous…

  9. In defense of Joey Crawford, Chris Paul may have actually deserved his Game 6 ejection (VIDEO)

    May 4, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    joey crawford chris paul

    We shouldn’t all know the names of certain NBA referees if they’re quietly going about their business of calling games consistently and professionally, without abusing their authority by ringing up players for quick and questionable technical fouls, or even ejections that fall along those same lines. Joey Crawford, however, is one of the biggest NBA…

  10. Clippers expected to take ‘about a week’ to make a decision on head coach Vinny Del Negro

    May 4, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Denver Nuggets

    Conventional wisdom said that unless the Clippers went deeper into the playoffs than they did a season ago after finishing this regular season with a franchise-best 56 wins, that the job of head coach Vinny Del Negro would be firmly placed in jeopardy. Del Negro entered this season in the final year of his contract,…

  11. Grizzlies advance to the second round with Game 6 win over Clippers

    May 4, 2013, 1:36 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies guard Allen and Memphis Grizzlies forward Randolph celebrate during the second half of NBA basketball action in Memphis

    It was more of exactly what we’ve seen over the last three games of this series between the Grizzlies and the Clippers in Game 6, and that meant the end of the season for Los Angeles. The particulars changed slightly, but the level of confidence from Memphis and disarray from the Clippers remained constant. The…

  12. LeBron James to be named 2013 MVP

    May 3, 2013, 6:25 PM EDT

    David Stern, LeBron James

    What has long been considered to be a foregone conclusion has now been confirmed by multiple outlets. LeBron James has been awarded the league’s Most Valuable Player award for the 2013 season, and will be presented the trophy in a press conference in Miami this Sunday. The Heat open the second round of the playoffs…

  13. Four Game 6s, who is most likely to force Game 7?

    May 3, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Smith reacts as the Indiana Pacers West walks across the court in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    This is going to be one wild night in the NBA — four first-round Game 6 showdowns. Four games where a team’s season hangs in the balance, and another has the chance to close out and advance to the second round. Who is most likely to force a Game 7? Let’s break it on down,…

  14. Blake Griffin day-to-day with ankle sprain; Chris Paul has bruised thumb but will play Game 6

    May 1, 2013, 4:57 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Containing Zach Randolph proved a problem for a fully healthy Blake Griffin, Z-Bo dominated that match-up in games 3 and 4. Then in a practice before Game 5 Griffin jumped and came down on the foot of Lamar Odom, twisting and spraining Griffin’s ankle. He tried to give it a go in Game 5 but…

  15. Vinny Del Negro rips DeAndre Jordan after Clippers’ loss

    May 1, 2013, 10:54 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Five

    We said this before the season and we said it before the start of the playoffs — the fate of the Clippers really hinged on two things: 1) Playing good defense (they allowed the Grizzlies more than 100 points In Game 5 and had a defensive rating of 111.3). 2) DeAndre Jordan needed to play…

  16. Clippers lose Blake Griffin, then lose to Grizzlies in Game 5

    May 1, 2013, 2:52 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers Jordan, Griffin, and Billups watch their team lose to Memphis Grizzlies during Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    Blake Griffin would have needed to be at full strength and then some if the Clippers were to have a shot at winning Game 5 and reversing the recent trends that the Grizzlies had established in the previous two games of the series in Memphis. A high ankle sprain suffered by Griffin in practice on…

  17. Chris Paul says Game 5 against Grizzlies is ‘win or go home’

    Apr 30, 2013, 1:57 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro, Matt Barnes, Lamar Odom, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin

    After watching how the first four games of the playoffs have unfolded between the Clippers and the Grizzlies, it’s easy to see why teams put so much stock in having home court advantage. Championship teams will win anywhere, of course, and will find a way to impose their will no matter the venue. But in…

  18. Ten players to make you restructure NBA’s 50 All-Time greatest

    Apr 30, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Back in 1996 — the year the baby crawling on the ceiling in “Trainspotting” gave us all nightmares — the Association released its list of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players. It was undoubtedly a strong list. Nobody on the list is weak. We could quibble around the edges about who should have gotten in, but…

  19. Grizzlies pull away in Game 4 to even series with Clippers at two games apiece

    Apr 27, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    The Grizzlies imposed their will on the the Clippers for the second straight game of the series, and as a result, we’re all tied at two games apiece. Memphis got monster performances from both Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol that allowed the team to pull away for a convincing 104-83 Game 4 win over the…

  20. Russell Westbrook injury throws race in West wide open

    Apr 26, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a break on the court against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    The Oklahoma City Thunder were already no lock to make the NBA finals. They were a slight favorite to make a return trip to the big stage but the Spurs (if healthy, and they are starting to look it) have always been a threat, plus there were the Grizzlies and Clippers as dark horses (just…

  21. Dominant Zach Randolph leads Grizzlies to Game 3 win over Clippers

    Apr 26, 2013, 1:42 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Zach Randolph

    Zach Randolph didn’t have much of an effect at all on the first two games of the Grizzlies playoff series against the Clippers in Los Angeles. In a must-win Game 3 situation once the series shifted to Memphis, he was the reason the Grizzlies stayed alive. Randolph finished with a game high 27 points and…

  22. Have the Clippers got their December groove back?

    Apr 24, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers point guard Paul slaps hands with teammate Griffin during Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles, California

    There was a time in this NBA season, before the calendar turned to 2013, when we mentioned the Clippers in the same breath as Oklahoma City, San Antonio and even Miami. The Clippers rattled off 17 straight wins, not losing one game in December, they were defending and they looked like contenders. But then as…

  23. Vinny Del Negro gets vote of confidence from management

    Apr 23, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    Vinny Del Negro just got the dreaded vote of confidence. His team is now up 2-0 in the first round over Memphis but there is still plenty of talk about the Clippers needing to get deep into the playoffs — such as the Western Conference finals — or his job could be in jeopardy. Of…

  24. Phil Jackson tweets about Chris Paul’s shot, Jordan’s push off of Russell

    Apr 23, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    When Chris Paul made the game-winning shot Monday night to beat the Grizzlies 93-91, a lot of people pointed out on twitter that Paul got room to get that shot off by pushing off on Tony Allen to create space. They are right. Allen and Paul were physical on that play but CP3 was smart…

  25. Jamal Crawford’s wild run of 10 straight points vs. Grizzlies (VIDEO)

    Apr 23, 2013, 8:11 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers shooting guard Crawford goes to the basket against the Memphis Grizzlies during Game 2 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles, California

    There is a reason Jamal Crawford was in the running for Sixth Man of the Year — the guy can flat out score the basketball. And be impressive doing it. In the second quarter Monday night he rattled off 10 straight points, with a variety of amazing moves and shots. And it’s not like he’s…

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