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  1. NBA Playoff preview: Indiana vs. Orlando

    Apr 26, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    George Hill, Paul George, Roy Hibbert, Danny Granger, David West

    SEASON RECORDS
 Indiana 42-24 (3 seed) Orlando: 37-29 (6 seed) SEASON SERIES
 Orlando won the season series 3-1, but all four games were played with Dwight Howard in the lineup (he had 30 points in the last meeting) and before the wheels came off the bus in Orlando. Also, all the games were before the…

  2. Team USA not adding players to pool despite injuries

    Apr 26, 2012, 7:07 PM EDT

    Tyson-Chandler-and-Mike-Krzyzewski

    When USA Basketball announced the pool of players it would choose from to select who would represent the USA at the London Olympics this summer, there were 20 names. Now, there are 16 who can go. Dwight Howard (back), LaMarcus Aldridge (hip) and Chauncey Billups (Achilles) are out due to injury and surgery, while Lamar…

  3. ‘Melo, Stoudemire want Woodson back as Knicks coach

    Apr 25, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

    Mike Woodson

    Part of this is that players never say anything bad about a coach days away from handing out playoff minutes (well, unless you are Dwight Howard), but there is also a real groundswell behind Knicks Mike Woodson right now — the team is 16-6 under him as interim coach. After the season ends (meaning after…

  4. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs close out season riding high

    Apr 23, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    This is it, our final power rankings of the season. Usually I’d have them ranked in the order I would rank championship contenders, but this year any of the top four could win a chip and I wouldn’t be surprised. Hard to rank teams at the end of the season with everyone coasting and resting…

  5. Report: Dwight Howard will ask for trade this summer

    Apr 23, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    I’ll say this up front — take this report with a whole handful of salt. This situation is more complex and fluid that just simple ultimatums. But on ESPN, Stephen A. Smith said he has heard Howard will ask out this summer (via IamaGM.com). “The minute this season is over, according to what I am…

  6. Andrew Bynum skipping Olympics… so who is in for USA?

    Apr 23, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    When Dwight Howard went under the knife and sacrificed his summer, the speculation began — who gets his spot on Team USA for the London Olympics this summer? It pretty much guaranteed that Knicks big man Tyson Chandler is in now. He was on the bubble before, but now he is a must as the…

  7. Gerald Green only has part of his ring finger on his right hand. Wait, what?

    Apr 22, 2012, 2:57 PM EDT

    Gerald Green

    Things slip by you when you try and cover the entirety of this league. There’s this just so much to go on, so many stories, so many unbelievable events, personalities, and stories. Like the fact that Nets guard-forward Gerald Green is missing a significant portion of the ring finger on his right hand. Wait, what?…

  8. Report: The Nets plan to pursue Kevin Garnett in free agency

    Apr 21, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett calls out to his team mates as the Celtics take on the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of a NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Kevin Garnett‘s going to be a free agent this summer. That sounds weird just saying it. But if he doesn’t return to Boston, he’s going to have options. And one option keeps him in the Northeast, as both the New York Post and New Jersey Star-Ledger report that the Nets have interest in bringing in Garnett. What…

  9. Friday And-1 links: Kevin Love’s new look is… interesting

    Apr 20, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    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. • Kevin Love has a porn-stache now. Apparently the effects of that concussion were…

  10. Dwight Howard to have back surgery Friday; out for playoffs, Olympics

    Apr 19, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    And it’s official — the Orlando Magic are the team everyone wants to face in the first round. Dwight Howard will not be back for the playoffs because he is going to have surgery on the herniated disc in his back, his agent told Ric Bucher of ESPN. Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard will undergo…

  11. Everyone denies report Dwight Howard called team owner about Van Gundy

    Apr 19, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Let us start with a good reminder for reading a lot of stories in today’s journalism world — every anonymous source has a motive. If someone “leaks” something to a reporter its because they are trying to spin the story for their own motives. With that, we bring you the updated report from Orlando’s WKMG’s…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It’s all about playoff positioning

    Apr 19, 2012, 9:28 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Jameer Nelson, Ryan Anderson and Glen Davis guard Boston Celtics Paul Pierce as he makes a shot in front of Orlando Magic Jason Richardson in the second half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    What you missed while realizing why you act the way you do at games… Thunder 108, Suns 97: The Thunder hung with the Spurs at the top of the conference, but at the expense of the Suns chances. Brett Pollakoff was at this game for PBT and tells us that James Harden is really, really…

  13. Report: Dwight Howard not expected back for playoffs

    Apr 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    First, this report is believable because it’s hard to see how Dwight Howard could bounce back from a herniated disc in his back quickly enough to be a force in the playoffs. Second, it comes from WKMG’s Dave Pingalore, the guy that said Dwight Howard wanted Stan Van Gundy out the day before Van Gundy…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Suns rising while Rockets crash back to earth

    Apr 17, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

    Luis Scola, Kosta Koufos, Kenneth Faried

    What you missed while watching the holographic Tupac set from Coachella… Clippers 92, Thunder 77: Oklahoma City scored just 25 points in the second half. It’s the kind of game that makes you go hmmmm….. Nuggets 104, Rockets 102: In the first half, the Rockets were playing with a sense of desperation on defense. How…

  15. NBA Power Rankings: Rose or no Rose, Bulls back on top

    Apr 16, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Deng goes to the basket against the Miami Heat during second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    In our penultimate power rankings, the Bulls grab the top spot. They have been the best team in the league in the regular season, but there remain questions about them in the playoffs. 1. Bulls (45-14, last week ranked number 1). Huge win over the Heat last week — a little for the standings but…

  16. Stan Van Gundy says the Magic assume Dwight Howard is “50-50” for the playoffs

    Apr 15, 2012, 9:20 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    The Magic can’t seem to get a string of good things going for them. They managed to survive all this drama throughout the season with Dwight Howard demanding a trade, then rescinding the request, then changing his mind twice before signing a waiver, and subsequently getting into an awkward situation where his coach admitted that…

  17. Why don’t more stars want to be like Tim Duncan?

    Apr 15, 2012, 1:17 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    In Saturday’s New York Times, Harvey Araton has a piece on Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich, comrades in court action, and how different they stand from the modern generation of market-chasing, self-aggrandizing drama queens that currently permeate the landscape. Let’s start here: I’m an NBA modernist. I don’t go for the “back in my day…”…

  18. Report: Dwight Howard out two weeks, re-evaluated for playoffs

    Apr 14, 2012, 4:24 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    It doesn’t look promising, but Dwight Howard is going to sit out the next couple of weeks and try to rest and rehab the herniated disc in his back, then be re-evaluated right before the playoffs start, according to a report from ESPN. Without Howard the Magic will still make the playoffs — the nine-seed…

  19. Dwight Howard suffers herniated disc in back, may miss rest of regular season

    Apr 13, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    The Orlando Magic announced Friday night that Dwight Howard who has missed several games with a back injury has suffered a herniated disc in his back. From the AP: Magic spokesman Joel Glass said Howard was examined by Dr. Robert Watkins after Howard flew out there earlier Friday for a second opinion for what had…

  20. Dwight Howard out Friday, maybe much longer

    Apr 13, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Glen Davis

    UPDATE 11:10 pm: Dwight Howard could be out longer than anyone thought — the specialist in Los Angeles diagnosed him with a herniated disc in his back. UPDATE 2:30 pm: Dwight Howard has flown to Los Angeles where he will get a second opinion on his back problems, reports the Orlando Sentinel. He has had…

  21. Charles Barkley says Bulls best in East, plus much more

    Apr 12, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

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    Before you think about mocking Charles Barkley’s picks, remember this — he was picking the Mavericks last season long before conventional wisdom came around to them. So when Barkley says that the Chicago Bulls are the best in the East, we shouldn’t just dismiss it as the usual Barkley bombast. Here are his quotes from…

  22. Playoff shakeout: What the chase looks like with two weeks left

    Apr 12, 2012, 1:29 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose LeBron James

    Two weeks from today — April 26 — is the final day of the regular season. It came up on us all sneaky fast. You can thank the lockout for that, too. Let’s take a look at how the playoff races and seedings shake out with two weeks left: Eastern Conference Chicago and Miami will…

  23. Report: Magic could turn to Donnie Walsh to calm storm

    Apr 12, 2012, 10:24 AM EDT

    Donnie Walsh

    We all know the Dwight Howard soap opera in Orlando is simply on hiatus, set to return this summer and into next season — until he is traded or signs an extension. The crux of Howard’s hesitation with staying in Orlando is clearly this — he does not trust the Magic front office to build…

  24. Magic expect to have Dwight Howard back Friday night

    Apr 11, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v New York Knicks

    Dwight Howard didn’t play for Orlando Tuesday night and they lost to the lowly Wizards. That says just about all you need to know about how good they are without Howard (and why ownership is so desperate to keep him). Expect Howard to suit up Friday night when the Magic take on the Hawks in…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Celtics smack Heat around. Again.

    Apr 11, 2012, 9:19 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    What you missed while eating a pizza stuffed with hot dogs in the crust (no, that does not come with a free side of angioplasty)… Bulls 98, Knicks 86: Derrick Rose missed another game — that is now 23 this season — but the Bulls were the better team and got the win in our…

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