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  1. LeBron, Durant, Kobe headline All NBA First Team

    May 23, 2013, 1:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Even before the season tipped off you had a pretty good sense that LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Chris Paul would be All-NBA First Team — they are dominant players at or entering their peak. But Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan continue to defy father time. The two veterans round out the All NBA Team…

  2. Spurs need overtime in Game 2 to beat Grizzlies, take a 2-0 series lead

    May 22, 2013, 1:32 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    The Spurs looked every bit as dominant through three quarters of Game 2 against the Grizzlies as they did in completing a rout of their opponent in the first game of the series. Memphis couldn’t score, Tony Parker was carving up the Grizzlies’ defense on the way to a career-high 18 assists, and San Antonio…

  3. Spurs/Grizzlies preview: Game 2 will be closer, but will that be enough for Memphis?

    May 21, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    Game 2 is not going to look like Game 1. Memphis is not going to get its doors blown off from the opening tip as happened in their Game 1 loss. You can expect better pick and roll defense out of Memphis. You can also expect better ball movement and more Zach Randolph. You can…

  4. Spurs show they have too much offense for Grizzlies to handle in Game 1 destruction

    May 19, 2013, 10:01 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs guard Green shoots against Memphis Grizzlies guard Conley during the first half of Game 1 of their NBA Western Conference final playoff basketball game in San Antonio

    In getting to the Western Conference Finals, the Grizzlies played two teams that couldn’t put together solid execution on the offensive end of the floor anywhere near consistently over the course of those playoff series. A lot of the credit for that goes to the Memphis defense, of course. But in the first round, the…

  5. Spurs have changed a lot since 2011 loss to Grizzlies

    May 19, 2013, 7:11 PM EDT

    Kawhi Leonard, Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Boris Diaw, Tim Duncan

    When the Spurs started the 2010-11 season with a 17-3 record – on their way to a conference-best 61-21 finish – Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated profiled a team that no longer resembled previous San Antonio squads. Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili had played together under Gregg Popovich since the 2002-03 season, and…

  6. Western Conference Finals preview: Grizzlies vs. Spurs

    May 19, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Zach Randolph

    SEASON RECORDS Memphis: 56-26, fifth seed in the West San Antonio: 58-24, second seed in the West PLAYOFF RECORDS Memphis: Beat the Clippers 4-2 in the first round. Beat the Thunder 4-1 in the second round. San Antonio: Beat the Lakers 4-0 in the first round. Beat the Warriors 4-2 in the second round. SEASON…

  7. Nuggets executive Masai Ujiri not happy with Andre Iguodala’s All-Defensive team snub

    May 14, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets' Iguodala drives past Golden State Warriors' Curry during their NBA Western Conference quarter-final basketball playoff in Denver

    Andre Iguodala said politics were to blame for his being left off both the first and second All-Defensive teams this year. The reigning Executive of the Year, Nuggets VP of basketball operations Masai Ujiri, took it a step further. From Ben Hochman of the Denver Post: “It’s mind-boggling to me,” Ujiri said in a statement…

  8. Andre Iguodala complains of politics in All-Defensive team choices, but Larry Sanders should have the biggest gripe

    May 14, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Golden State Warriors - Game Six

    Andre Iguodala didn’t make the NBA’s All-Defensive first or second team, and shortly after voting was released, he tweeted: https://twitter.com/andre/status/334123189863079937 It’s easy to see why Iguodala would expect to make an All-Defensive team. Iguodala finished ahead of one first-team guard (Chris Paul) and both second-team guards (Avery Bradley and Mike Conley) in Defensive Player of…

  9. Grizzlies come from 17 down, take 3-1 series lead with Game 4 overtime win over Thunder

    May 14, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Four

    The Thunder were going to need otherworldly performances out of Kevin Durant in every game they planned on winning against the Grizzlies in this series. And even then, there was no guarantee that victory would be theirs, considering the fact that they’d need at least one other person to step up and deliver an above…

  10. Monday And-1 links: Andre Drummond to work out with Hakeem

    May 13, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    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 Chicagoans love to boo LeBron James… • Detroit rookie big man Andre Drummond…

  11. LeBron James, Joakim Noah headline NBA All-Defensive team

    May 13, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

    If you were anchoring your defense with one center in the NBA right now who would it be? For the past few years the answer was Dwight Howard, he was the perennial Defensive Player of the Year candidate (voted on by the media) and NBA All-Defensive First Team, voted on by the coaches. But if…

  12. Carmelo Anthony has played 105 of his 108 minutes against Paul George and/or Roy Hibbert

    May 12, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Indiana Pacers - Game Three

    During the regular season, Paul George manned the perimeter and Roy Hibbert patrolled the interior to help the Pacers finish first in defensive rating. Only the Grizzlies, with Marc Gasol and Tony Allen, had two players place higher in Defensive Player of the Year voting than Indiana did with George (eighth) and Roy Hibbert (tenth).…

  13. Grizzlies take 2-1 series lead with Game 3 win over Thunder

    May 11, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Three

    It was by no means a beautiful effort from the Grizzlies in Game 3 against the Thunder, but they’ll take the effectiveness of it over the aesthetics. Memphis held Oklahoma City to 36.4 percent shooting, and survived a late run thanks to some key missteps by the Thunder down the stretch. As a result, the…

  14. Mike Conley with the elbow jumper dagger vs. Thunder

    May 8, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    Mike Conley

    It’s not a spectacular play, but it was clutch. Mike Conley was huge for the Grizzlies all night — 26 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists — but none bigger than that jump shot. The Thunder are going to make it tough to get the ball to Marc Gasol or Zach Randolph, especially late in games,…

  15. Preview: Grizzlies’ ability to make adjustments will determine their fate in Game 2 against the Thunder

    May 7, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley shoots against Oklahoma City Thunder defenders in the first half of their Game 1 NBA Western Conference semi-final playoff basketball game in Oklahoma City

    There were plenty of stretches where the Grizzlies played just fine, especially defensively, in their Game 1 loss to the Thunder. Overall, the problem for Memphis was that they continually went away from what’s made them successful to this point in the postseason. There’s a short list of adjustments the Grizzlies need to make in…

  16. Thunder take Game 1 from Grizzlies thanks to late jumper from Kevin Durant (VIDEO)

    May 5, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Kevin Durant hit a pull-up jumper with 11.1 seconds left in the fourth quarter to help send the Thunder to a 93-91 victory in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. Durant took control of things in the fourth quarter, where he scored 12 of his game high 35 points. This was a great win…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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,…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. Dominant Zach Randolph leads Grizzlies to Game 3 win over Clippers

    Apr 26, 2013, 1:42 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Zach Randolph

    Zach Randolph didn’t have much of an effect at all on the first two games of the Grizzlies playoff series against the Clippers in Los Angeles. In a must-win Game 3 situation once the series shifted to Memphis, he was the reason the Grizzlies stayed alive. Randolph finished with a game high 27 points and…

  25. LeBron on not winning Defensive Player of the Year: ‘It sucks.’

    Apr 25, 2013, 7:46 PM EDT

    LeBron James listens to a question at a news conference during media day at the Miami Heat's home arena in Miami, Florida

    LeBron James finished second in the Defensive Player of the Year balloting this season, losing out to Memphis Grizzlies big man Marc Gasol. Jams finished second in the voting with 12 less first place votes than Gasol, and ahead of the Thunder’s Serge Ibaka. Gasol was a fine choice, considering he was the anchor to…

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