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  1. Video: J.R. Smith’s amazing reverse dunk (with bonus Heat ally-oop)

    May 3, 2012, 11:09 PM EDT

    Knicks' Smith drives for dunk against Heat during Game 3 of their NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff series in New York

    To me this was the dunk of the night, an impressive, powerful reverse jam from J.R. Smith that ignited the Madison Square Garden faithful and inspired the Knicks to… well, it did get the crowd fired up. Smith had a couple of impressive dunks in this game. Then again, so did LeBron James and Dwyane…

  2. 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.…

  3. Bosh returns from birth of child, expected to play in Game 3

    May 3, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    From the AP: NEW YORK (AP) – Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh returned to New York hours after his wife gave birth and is preparing to play in Game 3 of his team’s Eastern Conference first-round series against the Knicks on Thursday night. Bosh left the team shortly after it arrived in New York on…

  4. LeBron ignores Reggie Miller’s comments on learning to win

    May 3, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward James shoots over New York Knicks defenders Chandler, Smith and Anthony in the second quarter of Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami

    There’s no way for LeBron to win — other than to actually win — so he made the smart move in not bashing a Hall of Famer. Here’s what happened: TNT analyst Reggie Miller was working the Heat’s Game 2 game when the topic of LeBron James in the offseason came up. After the Heat…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Bosh flies to Miami for birth of child; Will return for Game 3

    May 3, 2012, 11:16 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    UPDATE 11:16 am: Chris Bosh will make it back to New York for Game 3 Thursday night, reports David Aldridge of TNT and NBA.com. Here is his tweet. Told Chris Bosh will be back in NYC in time for Game 3 tonight. Bosh’s wife, Adrienne, gave birth to the couple’s child this am in Miami.…

  8. It’s official, Tyson Chandler named Defensive Player of Year

    May 2, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    As we reported was coming, the Knicks Tyson Chandler is your defensive player of the year. The league made it official Wednesday afternoon. Chandler deserved the award, as the anchor that lifted the Knicks from one of the worst in the league last year to 5th in points allowed per possession (98.4 points per 100…

  9. You can own Kobe Bryant’s mask. Why is another question.

    May 2, 2012, 11:54 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant wears a protective mask while warming up before their NBA game against the Washington Wizards in Washington

    After Dwyane Wade broke his nose in the All-Star Game, Kobe Bryant wore a mask for a couple weeks. He hated it. He had some good games with it on, but hated it. Said it felt like playing in a sauna. Tried a few different looks and styles, but was happy to ditch the thing…

  10. Wednesday And-1 links: Is Rondo as Celtics leader a good thing?

    May 2, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks - Game One

    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. • Rajon Rondo is the future leader of the Celtics. Is that a good…

  11. Report: USA to add players to candidate pool for Olympics

    May 2, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

    Demarcus Cousins

    Following a rash of injuries — and whatever happened to Lamar Odom — the original pool of 20 players USA Basketball was going to choose from to form its Olympic team this summer is down to 15. The waters are getting a little shallow with injuries to Derrick Rose, Chauncey Billups, LaMarcus Aldridge and Dwight…

  12. Report: Tyson Chandler to be named Defensive Player of Year

    May 1, 2012, 10:54 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat - Game One

    Tyson Chandler was considered one of the front runners for Defensive Player of the Year (he would have had my vote), so this tweet from Marc Spears of Yahoo comes as no surprise. Knicks center Tyson Chandler to be named NBA Defensive Player of the Year tomorrow at team practice facility, source tells YahooSports. No reason…

  13. Video: Mike Bibby loses shoe, Dwyane Wade “helps” him

    May 1, 2012, 11:49 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade scores past New York Knicks' Stoudemire and Chandler during Game 1 of their first round NBA playoff in Miami

    This was my favorite little moment from Tuesday night’s playoff action. Somehow little Mike Bibby ends up with a rebound and literally had to jump out of his shoe to get it. He was without his shoe. Dwyane Wade, remembering how much Bibby “helped” the Heat on their playoff run last year, decides to “help”…

  14. New York fights harder, plays better, but Heat still win, up 2-0

    Apr 30, 2012, 11:56 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward James reacts after his second quarter dunk against the New York Knicks during Game 2 of their first round NBA Eastern Conference basketball playoff in Miami

    Carmelo Anthony played better, dropping 30 in Game 2. Tyson Chandler was back to being himself after having the flu and was far more aggressive at both ends. He had a real impact on the game. It didn’t matter. The Miami Heat led most of the game, took charge when LeBron James went on a…

  15. Teams bounce back from playoff blowouts, but can Knicks?

    Apr 30, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat - Game One

    NBA playoff history is filled with teams who got blown out one game who bounced back the next game and won. Games and series can take dramatic swings. But after watching Game 1, when the Heat rolled the Knicks behind a big game from LeBron James, you have to wonder if the Knicks can do…

  16. Winderman: NBA should adopt NHL’s “hockey central” foul review

    Apr 30, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat - Game One

    No sooner did the forearms of Tyson Chandler meet the force of LeBron James then the referees in Game 1 of Heat-Knicks huddled to come up with what has been the consensus answer for flagrant fouls this season: Assume the worst and allow the video to sort it out. With all Flagrant Foul 2 calls…

  17. 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.…

  18. Jerry Colangelo is rethinking adding players to USA roster after Rose injury

    Apr 29, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT

    US Kevin Durant (C) celebrates with his

    Jerry Colangelo had said last week that despite the injury to Dwight Howard, Team USA would not be changing its list of invitees for camp. They were going to stick with their guys. That plan lasted right up until the 1:20 mark of the fourth quarter of Saturday’s Game 1 between Chicago and Philadelphia. After…

  19. Video: LeBron helps sell flagrant foul on Tyson Chandler

    Apr 29, 2012, 8:29 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat - Game One

    That is a foul. A hard playoff foul. Tyson Chandler leans in and sets a moving screen into LeBron James‘ back. But apparently LeBron has been spending more time with the players in Liverpool than we thought, because he sells that like a soccer flop. It was initially called a Flagrant 2 (with automatic ejection),…

  20. It is no longer ‘inconceivable’ that Jeremy Lin could play in the first round

    Apr 29, 2012, 12:04 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Lin pumps his fist from the bench as teammates score during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    The New York Times reports Saturday that Knicks guard Jeremy Lin began one-on-one drills before the Knicks’ demolition loss to the Heat in Game 1. Mike Woodson has repeatedly said that Lin is out for the entire first-round with swelling in his sore knee. From the New York Times: The Knicks have not officially changed…

  21. Heat 100 Knicks 67: Heat drown Knicks in their own tears

    Apr 28, 2012, 9:22 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat - Game One

    That got ugly fast, and then Iman Shumpert went down. So it was essentially the worst day for the Knicks. It could have been worse, but it would have taken some dark magic. The Heat destroyed the Knicks 100-67, outscoring them 57-29 in the second and third quarters. It was total annihilation. After Tyson Chandler…

  22. Derrick Rose’s injury punch to gut of Chicago, opens doors elsewhere

    Apr 28, 2012, 8:16 PM EDT

    Bulls Rose is helped off the court after getting hurt during their NBA quarter-final playoff game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Chicago

    Derrick Rose’s injury sucks. He is out for the playoffs with a torn ACL and there is no other word but sucks to do it justice. (Well, other words I can run here, anyway.) It also changes the playoff picture in the East completely. First and foremost, this just sucks for fans of basketball who…

  23. Your PBT Saturday Morning Opening Playoff Day Viewing Guide

    Apr 28, 2012, 9:21 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    It’s time. The NBA Playoffs begin Saturday as 16 teams begin their challenge for a championship. OK, only about seven of them think they actually have a chance. But still. Here’s what’s on tap today. 1 p.m. EST: Philadelphia 76ers at Chicago Bulls. The Sixers actually do really match up better with Chicago than Miami,…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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