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  1. Charles Barkley joins growing chorus annoyed with Blake Griffin flopping

    May 8, 2012, 3:24 PM EST

    Blake Griffin, lKenyon Martin

    After last night’s Memphis loss to the Clippers, I asked a couple Memphis players if the Clippers’ theatrics and flopping bothered them. Nobody would go near the topic. Well, Memphis coach Lionel Hollins called Chris Paul a flopper on national television, but even off the record the Memphis players would shake their heads to acknowledge…

  2. Tuesday And-1 links: Joe Johnson wants the rock more

    May 8, 2012, 11:09 AM EST

    Joe Johnson

    Here is our daily 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. • Joe Johnson wants more touches in the Hawks offense. He only had 8…

  3. Once again Clippers/Grizzlies play it close. Once again Clips have too much Chris Paul.

    May 8, 2012, 3:37 AM EST

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    Again it was physical and nasty game. Again it was close at the end. Again the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies fought like two evenly matched teams that just don’t like each other. This time it went all the way to overtime. And Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins said it was the same thing that…

  4. Lionel Hollins heaps praise on Chris Paul, but could he defend him?

    May 7, 2012, 10:12 PM EST

    Lionel Hollins

    Chris Paul is the reason the Clippers are up 2-1 on the Memphis Grizzlies going into Game 4. With Tony Allen slowed by a knee injury, Memphis has not been able to disrupt anything he wants to do. Could Memphis coach Lionel Hollins have slowed him back in the day? Hollins is a former NBA…

  5. The only series worth watching, Grizzlies try to get even with Clippers

    May 7, 2012, 6:32 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul celebrates with Griffin after Griffin scored against the Memphis Grizzlies during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    In a kind of washout of a first round of the NBA playoffs, the Clippers vs. Grizzlies has been the only series completely watchable for anyone other than diehard fans. (The Oklahoma City wins over Dallas were not bad, but that was a sweep.) This series saw Los Angeles come back from 27 down to…

  6. Can Jazz come back on Spurs? They will go big to try.

    May 7, 2012, 4:32 PM EST

    Jazz center Jefferson is defended by Spurs center Duncan, forward Leonard and guard Parker during their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff game in San Antonio

    Here is why I am convinced not even the Jazz think they are going to come back from 3-0 down to hand the Spurs a historic upset. Look at what Utah big man Al Jefferson said to the San Antonio Express-News. “I just think we’re playing against a team that is at its peak,” Jefferson…

  7. Video: Chris Paul’s son makes his Blake Griffin face

    May 6, 2012, 9:21 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul puts his arm around teammate Griffin during NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles

    The way he has been playing lately — all season, really — I didn’t think I could like Chris Paul more. Then he brought his son up to the podium with him after the Clippers Game 3 win, had him make his Blake Griffin face and… I like him more. And love his son.

  8. NBA Playoffs: Clippers pull off another comeback, take 2-1 series lead

    May 5, 2012, 8:27 PM EST

    Blake Griffin, Zach Randolph, and guard Tony Allen

    The Memphis Grizzlies have to be shaking their heads in disbelief right now. While the Grizzlies’ blown opportunity in Game 3 wasn’t nearly as disastrous as their historic Game 1 collapse, the fact of the matter is that Memphis could easily be up 3-o on the Clippers right now, but instead they find themselves down…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Can the Clippers assert themselves in Game 3?

    May 5, 2012, 3:37 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Two

    It’s as simple as this: if the Clippers hadn’t pulled off a miracle comeback in Game 1, they would be on the wrong side of a 2-0 deficit coming into Game 3. The Clippers have been dominated for 87 of the 96 minutes played in this series so far, and they desperately need to make…

  10. You’re not going to like this, but LeBron has been great in fourth quarters this season

    May 4, 2012, 5:26 PM EST

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Three

    We all saw the NBA finals last year. We all know the knock. We’ve all heard the jokes. Why would LeBron James be a great hockey player? There’s no fourth quarter. Funny. Except, this year LeBron James has been the best second quarter player in the NBA. Over at ESPN, the fantastic Tom Haberstroh had…

  11. Anthony Davis, James Harden added to Team USA training camp

    May 3, 2012, 6:59 PM EST

    Kentucky Wildcats' Davis goes to the hoop against Kansas Jayhawks' Withey during the second half of their men's NCAA Final Four championship college basketball game in New Orleans

    Anthony Davis could go straight from winning a national championship with Kentucky to winning an Olympic gold medal with Team USA. Davis, along with Oklahoma City guard James Harden, has been added to the pool of potential candidates that could be selected to represent the United States in London, USA Basketball President Jerry Colangelo announced.…

  12. Wall, Irving named to Team USA’s “Select Team”

    May 3, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    Cavaliers Irving reacts to making a three point basket in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    From Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer: CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will have a busy July representing team and country in Las Vegas. The presumptive NBA Rookie of the Year not only will lead the Cavs’ summer-league squad, but also help prepare the U.S. Olympic basketball club as it readies…

  13. Dallas’ Jason Kidd wins NBA Sportsmanship Award

    May 3, 2012, 11:36 AM EST

    Jason Kidd

    Jason Kidd, who has a personal foundation dedicated to youth education efforts, has been voted the NBA Sportsmanship Award by his peers. He will be given the Joe Dumars trophy for his efforts. The NBA will make a $10,000 donation to The Jason Kidd Foundation, which is “dedicated to improving education among the youth, by…

  14. NBA Playoffs: Grizzlies survive Paul’s 29, even series at 1-1

    May 3, 2012, 12:49 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Two

    It wasn’t pretty, but the Memphis Grizzlies were able to bounce back from their heartbreaking Game 1 defeat and even up their 1st-round series with the Los Angeles Clippers before the series goes back to Los Angeles. Chris Paul was the best player on the floor on Wednesday night, as he was able to record…

  15. Does Game 2 of Clippers/Grizzlies look like first 40 or last 8 of Game 1?

    May 2, 2012, 5:22 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers

    Any discussion of Game 2 between the Clippers and Grizzlies has to start at the end of Game 1, when a 28-3 run by Los Angeles led to an improbable comeback win. It was devastating to Memphis. Can the Grizzlies put that behind them and bounce back? If the Grizzlies can, will the Clippers be…

  16. Tony Allen will play for Memphis in Game 2 Wednesday

    May 2, 2012, 1:34 PM EST

    Tony Allen

    There were questions about whether Grizzlies guard and defensive stopper Tony Allen would be available for Game 2 against the Clippers after he missed practice Tuesday and went to a doctor to have his knee looked at. But he is good to go, according to the Commercial Appeal. He told Grizzlies play-by-play broadcaster Pete Pranica…

  17. Wednesday And-1 links: Is Rondo as Celtics leader a good thing?

    May 2, 2012, 10:53 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks - Game One

    Here is our daily 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. • Rajon Rondo is the future leader of the Celtics. Is that a good…

  18. Report: USA to add players to candidate pool for Olympics

    May 2, 2012, 9:29 AM EST

    Demarcus Cousins

    Following a rash of injuries — and whatever happened to Lamar Odom — the original pool of 20 players USA Basketball was going to choose from to form its Olympic team this summer is down to 15. The waters are getting a little shallow with injuries to Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups, LaMarcus Aldridge and Dwight…

  19. Grizzlies’ Tony Allen misses practice; doctor to look at knee

    May 1, 2012, 4:11 PM EST

    tony allen

    Tony Allen is key to the Memphis Grizzlies against the Los Angeles Clippers — he spent little time guarding Chris Paul in Game 1, but you can bet as games go forward he will be a key part of their late-game defense (which had a few issues in Game 1, but not nearly as many…

  20. USA Basketball may look at new players after Rose injury

    Apr 30, 2012, 8:13 AM EST

    Rose injury

    Back in January USA Basketball released a list of 20 players, a pool from which the United States basketball team for the London Olympics would be chosen. But due to injuries, that list is down to 15. Derrick Rose’s ACL injury puts him on the shelf, along with Dwight Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Chauncey Billups.…

  21. NBA Playoffs: Clippers end game on 28-3 run, win 99-98

    Apr 30, 2012, 12:37 AM EST

    Blake Griffin, Zach Randolph

    With 9 minutes and 12 seconds remaining in Game 1 of the Grizzlies-Clippers series, O.J. Mayo hit a 3 to put the Grizzlies up by 24 points in front of their hometown crowd. The Grizzlies were doing everything perfectly: Mayo and Mike Conley were on fire from beyond the arc, the Clippers had no answers…

  22. My (hypothetical) end of season awards ballot

    Apr 28, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    Miami Heat's LeBron James listens to the national anthem before their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Miami, Florida April 19

    It’s end of season award time and… well, I don’t have an official ballot. But not being official never stopped me before. So here would be my votes for the winners, plus some people I also would have put on the list. Note that the one exception is the Most Improved Player category, an award…

  23. Friday And-1 links: Video of World Peace taking his talents to bed

    Apr 27, 2012, 7:11 PM EST

    Metta World Peace

    Here is our daily 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. • Metta World Peace posted that video on his Web site. I pass it…

  24. NBA Playoff preview: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Los Angeles Clippers

    Apr 27, 2012, 12:39 PM EST

    Dante Cunningham, Blake Griffin

    SEASON RECORDS
 Grizzlies: 41-25 (4 seed) Clippers: 40-26 (5 seed) SEASON SERIES
 Clippers took it 2-1, with each team winning the games on its home court. Memphis won the most recent meeting April 9, 94-85. KEY INJURIES Memphis: Nothing serious. L.A. Clippers: Chris Paul is playing through a strained groin. The Clippers need him to…

  25. Derrick Rose tops NBA jersey sales list, Jeremy Lin second

    Apr 26, 2012, 10:25 AM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose celebrates after teammate Luol Deng was fouled while shooting by Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The last time a lot of people wanted to wear a Bulls jersey was… oh, yea, back when the Bobcats owner played for them. Derrick Rose has a long way to go before he is mentioned in the same breath with Michael Jordan, but he is filling in that gap in some ways. For example,…

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