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  1. Derrick Rose not playing Game 3. Shocking. Deng, Hinrich also out.

    May 10, 2013, 12:22 PM EDT

    Heat Bulls Basketball

    I can’t believe it — after missing 96 games Derrick Rose decided not to come back in the middle of a physical, intense playoff series to be guarded by Lebron James. Shocking. Who could have possibly seen such a thing coming? Despite all logic and all evidence to the contrary, some weak reports started to…

  2. Grant Hill would like to remind you doctors cleared him to play so he came back early

    May 9, 2013, 5:36 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Washington Wizards

    “Derrick Rose has been cleared by the team doctors, what is his problem?” “Derrick Rose owes it to his teammates to come back.” (That would be Steve Kerr talking on TNT during the Bulls Game 2 loss). The pressure from the public and media on Rose to return from his ACL surgery a year ago…

  3. Matt Barnes looking for a payday in free agency after career-best season with the Clippers

    May 9, 2013, 12:12 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Throughout his 10-year NBA career, Matt Barnes has always been more of an agitator than an asset. There’s a reason Barnes has played for nine different teams during that span, and had never been able to secure a long-term deal at any time when given multiple chances at free agency. Besides his underwhelming numbers, Barnes…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Report: Suns waiting to pick GM because they want Grant Hill to take job

    May 7, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

    Grant Hill Clippers

    This would be a very Suns thing to do: Look past the guys who have worked hard in this role to earn the job and give it to the name guy you like who has no experience. The Phoenix Suns are in the process of hiring a new general manager for a team that needs…

  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. Doc, Garnett, Pierce to Clippers for Griffin is your idiotic trade rumor of the day

    May 6, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

    Already we have reached the point where ridiculous trade proposals get put out there and need to be shot down…. I never watch First Take on ESPN, but according to the way people reacted on twitter apparently we need to talk about a trade Stephen A. Smith threw out there: The proposal allegedly being discussed…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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,…

  12. Blake Griffin and Zach Randolph wrestle to the floor in Game 6 (VIDEO)

    May 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Blake Griffin came off the bench and played just 14 minutes of the Clippers’ season-ending loss to the Grizzlies on Friday, but still managed to get into it with Zach Randolph one last time. The two got tangled up in the third quarter, and once they went to the ground, Randolph put his hand directly…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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,…

  16. Damian Lillard named Rookie of the Year in unanimous vote

    May 1, 2013, 7:27 PM EDT

    adidas x Damian Lillard ROY

    We’ve essentially known this for quite some time, but it became official on Wednesday: Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers was named as the 2012-13 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year. Lillard’s selection was a unanimous one, as he received all 121 first place votes. The last unanimous winner of the award was Blake…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. Zach Randolph was full on Ze-Bo in Grizzlies win (VIDEO)

    Apr 26, 2013, 10:51 AM EDT

    Zach Randolph, Blake Griffin

    For the first couple games of the series against the Clippers, Zach Randolph battled foul trouble in somewhat tightly called games, he had an athletic defender in Blake Griffin on him, then backing up Griffin was a Los Angeles defense that had sagged into the paint and was daring Memphis to win the game with…

  25. Matt Barnes flagrantly fouls Zach Randolph, and Randolph loves it (VIDEO)

    Apr 26, 2013, 8:43 AM EDT

    Zach Randolph, Lamar Odom

    Any time two of the game’s more physical players are involved in a hard foul situation, there’s always the possibility that either could explode. Thankfully, after Matt Barnes committed a flagrant foul on Zach Randolph during the fourth quarter of the Grizzlies’ Game 3 win over the Clippers, we saw exactly the opposite. Barnes caught…

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