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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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”…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.…

  10. 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…

  11. 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),…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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,…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. Is Miami’s year a failure without a ring? Wade says yes, LeBron no

    Apr 27, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    Well, this plays pretty much right into the conventional wisdom. Most of us think that the Heat are title contenders this season and anything short of winning the banner means the year is not a success. Or man Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel put just that question to Dwyane Wade and LeBron James —…

  19. NBA Playoff Preview: Miami Heat vs. New York Knicks

    Apr 27, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Knicks' Anthony and Heat's James embrace after their NBA basketball game in New York

    SEASON RECORDS
 Miami 46-20 (2 seed) New York: 36-30 (7 seed) SEASON SERIES
 Miami won the season series 3-0, though the Knicks did hang around for a while in those games. Horseshoes and hand grenades, and all that. KEY INJURIES Miami: Mike Miller has an injured “everything you could ever possibly imagine” but is probable for…

  20. 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…

  21. Team USA not adding players to pool despite injuries

    Apr 26, 2012, 7:07 PM EDT

    Tyson-Chandler-and-Mike-Krzyzewski

    When USA Basketball announced the pool of players it would choose from to select who would represent the USA at the London Olympics this summer, there were 20 names. Now, there are 16 who can go. Dwight Howard (back), LaMarcus Aldridge (hip) and Chauncey Billups (Achilles) are out due to injury and surgery, while Lamar…

  22. Five reasons these are not last year’s Spurs, they are contenders

    Apr 26, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    Last season, the Spurs won 61 games, went into the playoffs as the top seed thought of as contenders, then got unceremoniously bounced in the first round because they could not handle the big, athletic front line of the Memphis Grizzlies. This season, the Spurs are again entering the playoffs as the top seed and…

  23. Turner admits what we all knew: Sixers prefer Bulls to Heat

    Apr 26, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

    Evan Turner, Tobias Harris

    If the Philadelphia 76ers beat a not very impressive Pistons team Thursday night in the last game of the regular season, and if the Knicks lose to the Bobcats…. Okay, that’s not happening. But in theory it could, and if both those things happen the 76ers would move into the seven seed in the East…

  24. Winderman: Heat can’t fly under radar against Knicks

    Apr 26, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    Heat? What Heat? LeBron? LeBron who? No, the Heat have not exactly flown under the radar this season, but when you think back to the glare of last season, it sure seems that way. Until now. Until what is possibly to come next. It would be easy enough to remain somewhat off the grid if…

  25. Derrick Rose tops NBA jersey sales list, Jeremy Lin second

    Apr 26, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose celebrates after teammate Luol Deng was fouled while shooting by Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The last time a lot of people wanted to wear a Bulls jersey was… oh, yea, back when the Bobcats owner played for them. Derrick Rose has a long way to go before he is mentioned in the same breath with Michael Jordan, but he is filling in that gap in some ways. For example,…

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