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  1. Lakers-Thunder Western Conference Semifinals Preview: No longer a feel good story

    May 14, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Matt Barnes

    Two years ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder faced the Los Angeles Lakers in the first-round of the 2010 NBA Playoffs. It was supposed to be a nice learning experience for a team on the rise, a quick lesson from the reigning champs as to how the playoffs work. Instead, the world was introduced to the…

  2. Metta World Peace won’t be fist-bumping Harden because he’s a reserve, apparently

    May 13, 2012, 11:16 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    Metta World Peace will not be reaching out to James Harden in Game 1 regarding that whole “elbowing him in the head and knocking him unconscious” bit that happened last month. From the L.A. Times: World Peace has not spoken to Harden since elbowing him in the second quarter of the Lakers 114-106 double-overtime victory…

  3. Lakers survive and advance, eliminate Nuggets in Game 7

    May 13, 2012, 2:26 AM EDT

    gasol-nuggets-game-7

    It wasn’t easy for the Lakers in Game 7, just as it wasn’t easy for them the entire series. But in the end, L.A. was at full strength for the first time this postseason, and played to its strengths for much of the night, ending Denver’s season 96-87 at Staples Center on Saturday, and advancing…

  4. In Game 7, can Lakers finally answer questions haunting them?

    May 12, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

    Lakers' Gasol, Bryant and Bynum react after losing to the Nuggets following their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff game in Los Angeles

    It’s a do-or-die Game 7, but the questions are the same one since Game 1. Can the Nuggets get the Lakers to play their up-tempo, scattered game? Can anyone on the Lakers stop Ty Lawson? Can the Lakers slow the game down, pound the ball inside to their big men and use their size and…

  5. Video: I just want a beard like Harden

    May 11, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

    james-harden

    Don’t we all want a beard like James Harden? Clever little song parody above (Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger”) saying what we are all thinking about the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year. We’re all a little jealous. Admit it. I still like what Nick Collison said best about Harden — he could survive a…

  6. Nuggets blow out Lakers to force a Game 7

    May 11, 2012, 2:17 AM EDT

    kobe-game6-nuggets

    Denver more than held serve on its home court in Thursday night’s Game 6 against the Lakers; the team made a statement. Facing their second elimination game of the series, the Nuggets made sure this one was never in doubt, opening the game on a 13-0 run and leading by as many as 28 points…

  7. Thunder’s Harden named Sixth Man of Year on Thursday

    May 10, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    UPDATE 4:18 pm: The NBA has made it official, James Harden is your runaway winner of the Sixth Man of the Year award. Of the 118 ballots cast 115 had Harden No. 1, the other three had Philadelphia’s Lou Williams in the top spot. As I said below, those three people should have to explain…

  8. USA Basketball given extension to submit Olympic roster

    May 9, 2012, 1:54 PM EDT

    NBC London Olympics logo

    USA Basketball faced a challenge — the deadline to submit their Olympic roster was June 18. That is before the NBA finals will be over (most likely), it is well before USA Basketball opens training camp on July 6 in Las Vegas. But the USA has gotten an extension, reports the USA Today. The deadline…

  9. Report: Dwyane Wade up in air about London Olympics

    May 8, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    Team USA has already lost some guys who would have played key roles at the London Olympics — Dwight Howard in the middle and Derrick Rose at the point. Now another key contributor could drop out, reports David Aldridge at NBA.com (via Hoopshype). Dwyane Wade sounded slightly less than 100 percent certain he’ll be in…

  10. Video: Metta World Peace tells Conan he has not called Harden

    May 8, 2012, 12:08 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    Metta World Peace went on the Conan O’Brien Show Monday night, his first sit down interview since his seven game suspension for the elbow to the head of James Harden on the second to last game of the regular season. World Peace said he had not contacted Harden yet because the two could — actually,…

  11. Dirk Nowitzki: “We need some guys that can make plays”

    May 7, 2012, 9:37 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks' Nowitzki walks off the court during a timeout against the Oklahoma City Thunder during their NBA Western Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Dallas

    We already talked about this over the weekend — Oklahoma City sweeping Dallas out of the playoffs was the end result of moves owner Mark Cuban made last summer. (Well, that and Oklahoma City is a very good team.) They didn’t have enough support for Dirk Nowitzki anymore (and the big German didn’t play to…

  12. Mavericks change of business models came to roost on court

    May 6, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Cuban reacts during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Dallas

    The old model wasn’t going to work anymore. Mark Cuban has read the new CBA that the owners and players signed off on after the lockout, and he saw the increasingly punitive taxes and penalties on big spending teams. He looked at his business model of the last decade — which was to win by…

  13. James Harden sparks Thunder comeback to eliminate Dallas

    May 5, 2012, 11:12 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    I’d say that the torch in the West has been passed, but that’s not what it felt like. It felt like James Harden and the Oklahoma City Thunder grabbed the torch and ran off with it. Harden scored seven in a row — and had 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter —…

  14. Friday And-1 links: Jeremy Lin has a jersey made of fruit roll-ups

    May 4, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin fruit roll up jersey

    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. • Jeremy Lin has a special jersey made out of fruit roll-ups. Yes, I’m…

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

    May 3, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

    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.…

  16. Dallas will figure out how to close out Game 3 or its season will close out

    May 3, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    It was what made Dallas’ run to the championship last year so special — at the end of games they always seemed to make the right play, Dirk Nowitzki always seemed to hit the shot. In two games against Oklahoma City, it has been the opposite. In Game 2, Nowitzki had a wide-open look at…

  17. Should Olympic basketball be under-23 like soccer?

    May 2, 2012, 8:10 AM EDT

    Olympics Day 16 - Basketball

    This summer, the United States will send it’s best 12 best basketball players to London to represent our nation in the Olympic Games. Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban hates the idea, and he’s not alone. This summer will be the 20th anniversary of the original Dream Team and for some the bloom is off the rose.…

  18. Video: Durant, Harden take Kate Upton to work for a day

    May 1, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    Google & Hollywood Reporter Host An Evening Celebrating The White House Correspondents' Weekend - Red Carpet

    You would think “Take a Supermodel to Work Day” would be pretty much the perfect day (way better than taking your 7-year-old daughter to work), especially with Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue cover model Kate Upton, but… Fun video from the folks at Skullcandy, working with Kevin Durant and James Harden. Plus, Upton in a bikini.…

  19. This year Thunder closing out close wins, up 2-0 on Mavericks

    May 1, 2012, 2:53 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder- Game Two

    Last season in the Western Conference Finals, the Mavericks and Thunder played each other close, but when it came time to execute under pressure at the end it was Dallas making the plays. Dirk Nowitzki was a legendary player who could not seem to miss. This year the torch has been passed. For the second…

  20. Thunder’s Collison discusses who could survive a zombie apocalypse

    Apr 30, 2012, 7:19 PM EDT

    Nick Collison, DeAndre Jordan

    Oklahoma City’s Nick Collison is blogging for GQ and decided to take on your questions via twitter and answer them online. He gets the questions you’d expect — what’s the best part of being in the NBA (camaraderie in the locker room) and the worst (being away from family)? How do you deal with the…

  21. Video: World Peace jokes about Lakers “pass it to Kobe” offense

    Apr 30, 2012, 9:16 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Ron Artest

    Metta World Peace has a lot of time on his hands right now, what with the seven game suspension for elbowing James Harden‘s head and all. So, he’s been putting up videos on the Web. Like this one, joking about the Lakers offense. I’m willing to bet Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol found this a…

  22. My (hypothetical) end of season awards ballot

    Apr 28, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    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. NBA Playoff Preview: L.A. Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets

    Apr 27, 2012, 12:07 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant smiles as he hands the ball back to a referee in Minneapolis

    SEASON RECORDS
 Lakers: 41-25 (3 seed) Nuggets: 38-28 (6 seed) SEASON SERIES
 The Lakers took three of the four regular season meetings from the Nuggets, with the only loss coming on New Year’s Day in Denver. All the games were close, however, with L.A.’s margin of victory never being greater than six points. KEY INJURIES…

  24. PBT Playoff Preview: Thunder vs. Mavericks

    Apr 27, 2012, 2:20 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Season Records: Oklahoma City (47-19, 2 seed) vs. Dallas (38-28, 7 seed) Season Series: OKC 3-1 Offense/Defense Rankings (points per 100 possessions): Offense: OKC 107.2 (2nd in NBA) vs. DAL 101.1 (20th in NBA) Defense: OKC 100 (9th in NBA) vs. DAL 98.6 (8th in NBA) Three Key Thunder: Kevin Durant: Durant just locked up…

  25. James Harden cleared to by doctors, coach rests him

    Apr 25, 2012, 11:55 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

    James Harden, the victim of a Metta World Peace elbow on Sunday that left him with a concussion, was cleared by doctors in time to play for the Thunder on Wednesday night. However, coach Scott Brooks said the team decided to rest him Wednesday as a precaution. Harden sat out the Thunder’s last game of…

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