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  1. Cuban says new labor agreement forced Dallas changes

    May 8, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    Here’s the thing, he’s right. Mostly. Before the Dallas Mavericks were swept out of the playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Cuban went on the defensive talking to the media. He had heard the statements from the media and others saying he and his franchise gave up winning the title the day they didn’t re-sign…

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

    May 8, 2012, 11:09 AM EDT

    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 EDT

    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 EDT

    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 EDT

    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 EDT

    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. Monday And-1 links: I don’t think Charles Barkley used a gay slur

    May 7, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    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. • I did not see it live, but it did not sound to me…

  8. 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…

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

    May 6, 2012, 9:21 PM EDT

    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.

  10. 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…

  11. Video: Blake Griffin makes steal, beats buzzer against Griz

    May 6, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin dunks the ball over Memphis Grizzlies' Marreese Speights in the last second of the first half during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff game in Los Angeles

    In a game that was decided by one point, you can look back at a lot of little things and say “this was the key” to the Clippers taking a 2-1 series lead. But this steal and dunk by Blake Griffin at the end of the first half was a key couple of points. Memphis’…

  12. 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 —…

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

    May 5, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

    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…

  14. Caron Butler will start Game 3 with a broken hand, because he’s TuffJuice

    May 5, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, Caron Butler

    Caron Butler was supposed to be out 4-6 weeks with a fractured hand. Instead, he’s still got that broken hand, but he’s starting today against Memphis in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. Butler playing could be a big swing for the Clippers. They’ve shot the ball extremely well in this series, over 50%…

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

    May 5, 2012, 3:37 PM EDT

    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…

  16. Vinny Del Negro won’t rule out Caron Butler for Game 4

    May 4, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, Caron Butler

    This is a real long shot, but after watching his team try to slow Rudy Gay last game Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro is good with long shots. Del Negro said he would not rule out playing Caron Butler, the small forward with the broken hand that was supposed to be out at least another…

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

    May 4, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    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…

  18. Heat, Mavericks go opposite directions after last year’s finals

    May 4, 2012, 12:09 PM EDT

    Nowitzki LeBron James

    Last June, the Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat were the two teams left standing on top of the NBA mountain. They were the two teams that made, it, that advanced to the NBA finals. Dallas, as we all recall, came out on top. Last July, these two teams started traveling very different paths that lead…

  19. Video: Top 10 bloopers from NBA regular season

    May 4, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    The fine folks at NBA.com put together a blooper reel from this past season, and it seemed like the one thing that might make Mavericks and Knicks fans smile today. So here you go. I mean, it’s got Dwight Howard eating a cookie, Blake Griffin‘s airball free throws, Vince Carter‘s vintage travel and more. But…

  20. 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.…

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

    May 3, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    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…

  22. Thursday morning And-1 links: Plethora of playoff injury updates

    May 3, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    Ray Allen

    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. • Ray Allen says he feels good and will practice Thursday. I wouldn’t hold…

  23. Dallas’ Jason Kidd wins NBA Sportsmanship Award

    May 3, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

    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…

  24. Kentucky’s Davis draws comparisons to Griffin, Garnett

    May 3, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    May 30 the NBA Draft Lottery will take place in a state the NBA has abandoned, but most of the time we will be calling the draw the “Anthony Davis Sweepstakes” because Kentucky big man will be the first guy taken in the draft. This is a draft where GMs are saying there could be…

  25. Video: Clippers, Grizzlies threw down some big dunks

    May 3, 2012, 9:04 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v New York Knicks

    Win or lose — and this time it was lose to even the series — the Clippers throw down some huge dunks. DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin had theirs in Game 2 Wednesday. Not to be outdone, Rudy Gay put on a little show and joined the dunk party. It will be interesting to see…

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