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  1. David Stern talks World Peace suspension, strong season

    Apr 25, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

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    NBA Commissioner David Stern wanted to crow about how well this NBA season has gone — television ratings are up and there has not been a step back in fan interest following the lockout. That was a big fear in some quarters going into the season. But instead, in his annual pre-playoffs conference call with…

  2. Lockout? What lockout? NBA gets strong television ratings

    Apr 25, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

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    When the lockout dragged on we kept hearing about how fans were going to stay away from the NBA this season. We had fans saying would not come back. Um, yes you did. The final numbers are in on the season and while the NBA didn’t see explosive growth the television ratings for the regular…

  3. Wednesday And-1 links: Taiwanese animation explains Metta World Peace

    Apr 25, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, smiles during a news conference in Los Angeles

    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. • Well, that bit of animation from Taiwan should explain everything perfectly. • If…

  4. Miami to sit LeBron, Bosh, Wade; Boston sits Allen, Rondo, Garnett

    Apr 24, 2012, 6:42 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    I feel bad for the people who purchased tickets to see the Celtics vs. the Heat before this season hoping for a meaningful late-season showdown. Anytime the offense is running through Dexter Pittman there is no showdown. Both teams are sitting numerous key players because the game has little meaning. Miami will sit LeBron James,…

  5. Tuesday’s key games: Jazz vs. Suns, Celtics seek home court

    Apr 24, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    Alvin Gentry, Steve Nash

    The playoff picture is coming into focus, and by the end of Tuesday night we may have a better picture. Or, we may not. But we’ll know a few more things about how the picture will clear up. Trust me, that makes sense. Here are the games that matter Tuesday night. Phoenix at Utah: This…

  6. PBT Extra: Talking MVP race, playoff race, Kevin Love’s haircut

    Apr 23, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

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    Go ahead and say it — I am the last person who should be talking about people’s haircuts. I’ll give you that one. I’ve been getting hairline jokes since college, you’re going to have to be more creative than that. But I mock Kevin Love‘s new one anyway, as did Ricky Rubio. In the first…

  7. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs close out season riding high

    Apr 23, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    This is it, our final power rankings of the season. Usually I’d have them ranked in the order I would rank championship contenders, but this year any of the top four could win a chip and I wouldn’t be surprised. Hard to rank teams at the end of the season with everyone coasting and resting…

  8. Monday And-1 links: Kevin Love shut down for season

    Apr 23, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    Kevin Love, Eduardo Najera

    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. • Kevin Love will sit out the final two games of the regular season…

  9. Kevin Durant says LeBron James should win MVP

    Apr 23, 2012, 10:21 AM EDT

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    Somehow I can see people trying to spin this into another sign that Kevin Durant walks on water and LeBron James is a horrible person, but here it goes. The MVP race is down to James and Durant — and Durant think LeBron should win it, he told the Oklahoman. “He deserves all the love…

  10. Andrew Bynum skipping Olympics… so who is in for USA?

    Apr 23, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    When Dwight Howard went under the knife and sacrificed his summer, the speculation began — who gets his spot on Team USA for the London Olympics this summer? It pretty much guaranteed that Knicks big man Tyson Chandler is in now. He was on the bubble before, but now he is a must as the…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Knicks, Heat win, can start thinking showdown

    Apr 23, 2012, 8:06 AM EDT

    Tristan Thompson, Amare Stoudemire

    What you missed while figuring out why ice cream causes brain freeze… Lakers 114, Thunder 106 (2OT): There was a game, too, not just an elbow. The Lakers got a win that can give them some confidence for a potential playoff meeting between these teams — but can they replicate this recipe for success? Our…

  12. Dwyane Wade suffers dislocated finger, don’t expect him back until playoffs

    Apr 22, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade listens to the national anthem before their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Miami

    Last night in the Heat’s loss to the lowly Washington Wizards, in a game where LeBron James and Chris Bosh sat out for rest, Dwyane Wade suffered a finger injury. The Heat later confirmed the injury as a dislocated finger, pending tests. The good news is that X-rays revealed no fracture. It’s just dislocated, and…

  13. LeBron, Bosh out for Heat… then Wade dislocates finger and LeBron may play

    Apr 21, 2012, 8:17 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Wade look on during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago

    LeBron James, as well as Chris Bosh, was supposed to get a night off Saturday against the Wizards. Which is like a night off anyway. But that’s not how it worked out. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra decided to sit LeBron and Bosh as part of his “maintenance” — read: resting — plan. While there is…

  14. Friday And-1 links: Kevin Love’s new look is… interesting

    Apr 20, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    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. • Kevin Love has a porn-stache now. Apparently the effects of that concussion were…

  15. Video: Jones’ check on Noah; Wade’s shove of Rip

    Apr 20, 2012, 1:22 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade listens to the national anthem before their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Miami

    You can’t have a true rivalry until the teams really don’t like each other — and we may be there with the Bulls and the Heat. Thursday night’s game got a little chippy. Miami was trying to send a message — to themselves as much or more than the Bulls — that they could be…

  16. It’s not a playoff game, but Heat’s win over Bulls felt like one

    Apr 20, 2012, 12:26 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James moves against Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah in the first half of their NBA basketball game in Miami, Florida

    Tell me you don’t think the Eastern Conference Finals are going to be fun… that felt like a rivalry game. The Miami Heat’s 83-72 win over the Chicago Bulls is not an indication of how a playoff series between these teams plays out — not with Bulls MVP Derrick Rose and the Heat’s Chris Bosh…

  17. Dwyane Wade has banned girlfriend from sitting courtside

    Apr 19, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Gabriel Union

    Actress and model Gabrielle Union — who you also know as Dwyane Wade‘s girlfriend — was on Conan O’Brien’s show this week and…. damn, the girl is vicious. She yelled last week at Dick Bavetta “blow your whistle and you get your Viagra.” She’s insulted players about their weight. And that’s the stuff she admitted…

  18. Video: Dwyane Wade walks into pickup game in SOHO

    Apr 19, 2012, 5:04 PM EDT

    Miami Heat shooting guard Wade looks on from bench as Miami Heat plays against San Antonio Spurs during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Everything about this is so Wade — him shopping in Soho on his day off, him impeccably dressed and followed by a camera, him just jumping into a pickup game for fun and playing with some kids in the park. Of course, it will only confirm what you already think of the man. If you…

  19. D-Rose matters, but depth real key in Bulls/Heat showdown

    Apr 19, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Wade look on during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago

    Everyone will want to watch the Bulls and the Heat and discuss how this is a preview of the Eastern Conference finals. It’s not. Oh, these two teams will be there, you can bet on that. But after two rounds of the playoffs teams change and evolve — the Bulls and Heat that take the…

  20. Playing to stereotype, Heat to open nightclub in arena

    Apr 19, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    Miami fans arrive late, are there to be seen, and are on their iPhones the entire game planning where to go after — the basketball is an afterthought. If it’s a thought at all. Well, that’s the stereotype. It’s not true all the way around the block — check out the fans in the “cheap”…

  21. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It’s all about playoff positioning

    Apr 19, 2012, 9:28 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Jameer Nelson, Ryan Anderson and Glen Davis guard Boston Celtics Paul Pierce as he makes a shot in front of Orlando Magic Jason Richardson in the second half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    What you missed while realizing why you act the way you do at games… Thunder 108, Suns 97: The Thunder hung with the Spurs at the top of the conference, but at the expense of the Suns chances. Brett Pollakoff was at this game for PBT and tells us that James Harden is really, really…

  22. Video: Mike Miller’s baseball pass to Lebron at buzzer

    Apr 19, 2012, 8:27 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    It was a wild end to the first half in South Beach — the Raptors make a nice play to get the steal and the bucket in transition. Usually this is where you see the short inbounds pass, a guy dribble until just after the buzzer (so the shot doesn’t count on his stats) then…

  23. James Harden scores a career-high for the second time this season against the Suns

    Apr 19, 2012, 2:53 AM EDT

    James Harden, Sebastian Telfair

    Before the Suns faced the Thunder on Wednesday, Alvin Gentry had some high praise for Oklahoma City’s James Harden. Phoenix’s head coach said that he and his staff were talking about Harden in preparing for this matchup, and once they got past Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade, they were hard-pressed to name a two-guard in…

  24. Video: LeBron James torches the Nets

    Apr 18, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's forward Howard and guard Wade congratulate forward James after they took the lead over the New Jersey Nets in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Newark, New Jersey

    I’m kind of a sucker for those NBA.com “phantom” videos. So rather than another report on which team is trying to tank harder — the Warriors are still in the lead there — I thought we’d post the most recent, which is LeBron James torching the Nets. His performance in this game could help get…

  25. LeBron says it “would mean a lot” to win third MVP

    Apr 18, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    With games like his 17-point run at the end of the fourth quarter against the Nets Monday, and the fact he outplayed Kevin Durant last time they went head-to-head, LeBron James again appears to be one of the front runners for the MVP. It’s going to be Durant or LeBron (Tony Parker, Kobe Bryant and…

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