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  1. 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…

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

    Apr 30, 2012, 8:13 AM EDT

    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.…

  3. NBA Playoffs: Thunder hold onto home-court advantage thanks to Durant’s last-second jumper

    Apr 29, 2012, 12:37 AM EDT

    Durant Marion

    It certainly wasn’t easy, but the Oklahoma City Thunder managed to eke out a 1-0 series lead over the Dallas Mavericks after a back-and-forth final period that ended with Kevin Durant nailing a game-winner with 1.5 seconds left to play. The Mavericks had plenty of chances to win — Shawn Marion did a great job…

  4. 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…

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

    Apr 27, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT

    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…

  6. 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…

  7. Kobe Bryant to sit Thursday, Durant wins third scoring title

    Apr 26, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant, after dropping 32 points on Wednesday night, was likely going to win the NBA scoring title. For Kobe Bryant to catch him, the Lakers star was going to have to score 38 in a meaningless game against the Kings Thursday. Which he is not going to do because Lakers coach Mike Brown said…

  8. Top 5 guys I want to take final shot in these playoffs

    Apr 25, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

    Roy Hibbert, Chris Paul

    I’m not a fan of trying to describe who is clutch in the NBA and who isn’t. Because defining clutch is impossible — any measure we put on it will miss the mark. We all kind of subscribe to the Justice Potter Steward “I know it when I see it” definition and even then we…

  9. David Stern talks World Peace suspension, strong season

    Apr 25, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

    David-Stern-all-star-2012

    NBA Commissioner David Stern wanted to crow about how well this NBA season has gone — television ratings are up and there has not been a step back in fan interest following the lockout. That was a big fear in some quarters going into the season. But instead, in his annual pre-playoffs conference call with…

  10. Kobe can take NBA scoring title from Durant… if he wants it

    Apr 25, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Kevin Durant

    When Kobe Bryant steps on the court Thursday night against the Sacramento Kings, we will know exactly how many points he needs to score to win one of the closest NBA scoring title races ever over Kevin Durant. Both men say they don’t want it. Both men say all they want is a ring. Both…

  11. Kevin Durant says LeBron James should win MVP

    Apr 23, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

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    Somehow I can see people trying to spin this into another sign that Kevin Durant walks on water and LeBron James is a horrible person, but here it goes. The MVP race is down to James and Durant — and Durant think LeBron should win it, he told the Oklahoman. “He deserves all the love…

  12. 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…

  13. Lakers get huge double overtime win over Thunder…. without Harden

    Apr 22, 2012, 9:47 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Russell Westbrook

    The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder Sunday, 112-106. In five years, that’s all that will remain from this game, in searched box scores. Those are the facts. But what happened is such a bigger story. I’ve been sitting here struggling to find a way to accurately portray this game. Can you deny…

  14. Five things to watch: Thunder-Lakers

    Apr 22, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Matt Barnes

    The playoff race is heating up and with the Lakers battling for the division and the third seed and the Thunder haggling with the Spurs over the top seed in the West, Sunday’s game is the rare late season meeting with meaning. The Lakers need to get a win to lock in no-worse than fifth…

  15. LeBron says it “would mean a lot” to win third MVP

    Apr 18, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    With games like his 17-point run at the end of the fourth quarter against the Nets Monday, and the fact he outplayed Kevin Durant last time they went head-to-head, LeBron James again appears to be one of the front runners for the MVP. It’s going to be Durant or LeBron (Tony Parker, Kobe Bryant and…

  16. Sixers CEO uses Twitter to ask fans who team should keep

    Apr 18, 2012, 4:57 PM EDT

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    The 76ers have some tough offseason decisions to make – do you re-sign Spencer Hawes? Do you see what the market will offer for Andre Iguodala (again)? Elton Brand is entering the last year of his deal, can you move him? Every day, Sixers fans are playing GM on Twitter anyway, so Sixers CEO Adam…

  17. Video: Chris Mannix says LeBron will be MVP but that doesn’t matter

    Apr 17, 2012, 8:50 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James drives to the basket as his team plays against the Philadelphia 76ers during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    A poll of former MVPs had a slight lean toward Kevin Durant as your MVP this year, but Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated was on NBC’s SportsTalk on Tuesday and said LeBron James should be the man. And it doesn’t matter. Mannix is spot on here — anything less than a ring for the Heat…

  18. John Wall admits he played too many charity games last summer

    Apr 17, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    John Wall

    John Wall seemed to be everywhere last summer (him and Kevin Durant). As summer rec leagues and charity games grew is stature during the lockout — players were not at Summer League, were not working out at team facilities, so they were finding games — Wall crisscrossed the country seeming to show up at everything…

  19. For second time in a week, Clippers beat Thunder. Hmmm….

    Apr 17, 2012, 2:41 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

    When the Clippers beat Oklahoma City Thunder last Wednesday, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook were 2-for-12 shooting in the fourth quarter. In the second half Monday night, Durant and Westbrook were a combined 1-for-13 shooting and the Clippers pulled away with an 18-4 run in the fourth quarter to win 92-77. The OKC loss combined…

  20. Former MVPs think Durant edges out LeBron this year

    Apr 16, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    It’s going to come down to LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant. That is your MVP race and it is going to be close. Chris Tomasson at Fox Sports Florida decided to ask 11 former MVPs who would get their vote. Fun idea. Durant won five votes to four (with two abstentions). “I think that this…

  21. 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…”…

  22. Kevin Durant goes off in a line for a ridiculous line

    Apr 15, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    The new-ish trendy element to judge a player is efficiency. We’ve learned over time that a lot of guys, not all, but a lot of guys can drop 30+ if they shoot it 27-plus times. So every scoring effort is weighed against how many shots it took to get there. After all, if you’re just…

  23. Video: Blake Griffin throws it down over Serge Ibaka

    Apr 12, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Griffin dunks the ball over Oklahoma City Thunder's Ibaka during their second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Wednesday night the Clippers were more than just a highlight factory, they were a team that started to live up to all that promise and found a way to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder in Kevin Durant‘s house. It was a quality win. But of course, there were highlights, too. Like Chris Paul’s game winner.…

  24. NBA Summer League returning to Las Vegas

    Apr 10, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

    jeremy-lin-nba-summer-league

    After a lockout-induced one-year hiatus, the NBA’s Summer League will return to Las Vegas this July 13-22 at the Thomas & Mack Center and the COX Pavilion on the campus of UNLV. From the official release: “Launched in 2004 as the Las Vegas Summer League, the inaugural event featured six NBA teams (Boston Celtics, Cleveland…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Boston is hot, the Sixers not so much

    Apr 9, 2012, 3:30 AM EDT

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    What you missed while buying a small town for yourself… Knicks 100, Bulls 99 (OT): It took some huge threes by Carmelo Anthony and some missed late free throws by Derrick Rose and Luol Deng, but the Bulls got a key win in their playoff chase. Celtics 103, Sixers 79: Paul Pierce was hot early…

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