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  1. Anatomy of a meltdown — it wasn’t Steve Blake, Lakers blew game before that

    May 17, 2012, 10:23 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Steve Blake, Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol

    The Lakers were up 7 points with 2 minutes to go. And lost. And by lost, I mean lost any real chance at the series. Do you really think the Lakers can win four of the next five games? The Thunder are the better team, the Lakers could not afford to give away a game,…

  2. Video: Kevin Durant’s game-winning bucket to beat Lakers

    May 17, 2012, 2:42 AM EST

    Kevin Durant

    The Lakers had this in the bag, up 7 with two minutes to go. But then the Thunder went and won a game that felt a lot like how the Lakers used to win games — a little bit of luck and some great shots. The last of the those shots is above. Kevin Durant…

  3. Lakers-Thunder Game 2: A Thunder magic trick, a Lakers disappearing act, and a change of the guard

    May 17, 2012, 1:40 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    In Game 1, everything went wrong for the Lakers, everything went right for the Thunder. Thunder won. In Game 2, for 46 minutes, at least some things went right for the Lakers, everything went wrong for the Thunder. The pace was slow. The defense was incredible for the Lakers. The Thunder weren’t hitting jumpers. A…

  4. Video: Lakers’ Metta World Peace gets “Punk’d”

    May 16, 2012, 6:36 PM EST

    Metta World Peace

    Who sits around and says, “let’s test the patience and restraint of Metta World Peace?” Well, the guys at “Punk’d.” They have World Peace’s publicist in on the deal and they trap World Peace in the parking lot (a common fear in LA), complete with annoying fans wanting photographs and a dim-witted person on the…

  5. Lakers-Thunder Game 2: Let’s try this again, Lakeshow

    May 16, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    So what do the Los Angeles Lakers need to do to improve in Game 2 vs. the Thunder? A brief list: 1. Do not be terrible 2. Defend jumpshots better 3. Have Pau Gasol act like an NBA player 4. Work the ball inside to draw more contact and get to the line 5. Again,…

  6. Lakers’ Bynum, Ebanks fined by league

    May 16, 2012, 2:32 PM EST

    Andrew Bynum, Andre Miller

    As if the Lakers didn’t have enough things going on… The Lakers Andrew Bynum and Devin Ebanks have been fined, the league office announced Wednesday. Bynum was fined $15,000 for not making himself available to the media following the Lakers practice on Tuesday. During the playoffs players have to make themselves available at designated times,…

  7. Kobe Bryant explains why “I don’t take charges”

    May 15, 2012, 9:49 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant played along side Derek Fisher for years, one of the better guards at drawing the charge in the league for many years. But you don’t see Kobe take them. Pretty much ever. And he said Tuesday there is a reason for that. From the Associated Press: “I learned from my predecessors, man,” Bryant…

  8. Video: 10 best crossover moves of the NBA season

    May 15, 2012, 6:02 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    Because you want to get prepared for the looking Chris Paul vs. Tony Parker point guard battle coming up Tuesday night, we bring you NBA.com’s 10 best crossover moves of the season. Paul is in here, along with Russell Westbrook, Jameer Nelson and others. I remember watching No. 1 on television at the time and…

  9. Thunder’s Perkins likely game-time call for Game 2 due to hip

    May 15, 2012, 11:28 AM EST

    Kendrick Perkins

    At some point in the Thunder’s first-round series against the Lakers Kendrick Perkins is going to play a key role — the Thunder’s best post defensive player needs to match up with Andrew Bynum. Something Perkins didn’t really do all that well in Game 1 as Bynum was the only Laker putting up efficient numbers.…

  10. Lakers-Thunder Game 1: Lakers suffer a Thundertality

    May 15, 2012, 1:24 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game One

    This was a beating. A smackdown. A trouncing. A demolition. A boat race. A blowout. A “hit ‘em in the head with a shovel and drag their team to an unmarked grave,” “nail ‘em with a 2X4, watch them stagger around and then slam the door on them on the way out,” downright unavoidable-to-say butt…

  11. Orlando is in trouble now because it’s not good at drafting

    May 14, 2012, 6:38 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    More and more research is showing, if you want to build a sustainable winner in the NBA you need to do it on draft day. Look at the teams still playing. Miami had to draft Dwyane Wade, which made it possible to bring in Shaq to get them one title (and LeBron James doesn’t come…

  12. Lakers-Thunder Western Conference Semifinals Preview: No longer a feel good story

    May 14, 2012, 4:42 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Matt Barnes

    Two years ago, the Oklahoma City Thunder faced the Los Angeles Lakers in the first-round of the 2010 NBA Playoffs. It was supposed to be a nice learning experience for a team on the rise, a quick lesson from the reigning champs as to how the playoffs work. Instead, the world was introduced to the…

  13. Metta World Peace won’t be fist-bumping Harden because he’s a reserve, apparently

    May 13, 2012, 11:16 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    Metta World Peace will not be reaching out to James Harden in Game 1 regarding that whole “elbowing him in the head and knocking him unconscious” bit that happened last month. From the L.A. Times: World Peace has not spoken to Harden since elbowing him in the second quarter of the Lakers 114-106 double-overtime victory…

  14. Lakers survive and advance, eliminate Nuggets in Game 7

    May 13, 2012, 2:26 AM EST

    gasol-nuggets-game-7

    It wasn’t easy for the Lakers in Game 7, just as it wasn’t easy for them the entire series. But in the end, L.A. was at full strength for the first time this postseason, and played to its strengths for much of the night, ending Denver’s season 96-87 at Staples Center on Saturday, and advancing…

  15. In Game 7, can Lakers finally answer questions haunting them?

    May 12, 2012, 3:58 PM EST

    Lakers' Gasol, Bryant and Bynum react after losing to the Nuggets following their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff game in Los Angeles

    It’s a do-or-die Game 7, but the questions are the same one since Game 1. Can the Nuggets get the Lakers to play their up-tempo, scattered game? Can anyone on the Lakers stop Ty Lawson? Can the Lakers slow the game down, pound the ball inside to their big men and use their size and…

  16. LeBron James and an award we’ve made hollow

    May 12, 2012, 11:49 AM EST

    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

    For just about anyone else winning the NBA’s Most Valuable Award would be a good thing, with no downside. It’s an award that carries legitimate weight, not just in terms of current cultural cache, but longer-lasting greatness in the context of a player’s legacy. It should be cause for celebration. But for LeBron James, it’s…

  17. Video: I just want a beard like Harden

    May 11, 2012, 12:52 PM EST

    james-harden

    Don’t we all want a beard like James Harden? Clever little song parody above (Maroon 5’s “Moves Like Jagger”) saying what we are all thinking about the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year. We’re all a little jealous. Admit it. I still like what Nick Collison said best about Harden — he could survive a…

  18. Nuggets blow out Lakers to force a Game 7

    May 11, 2012, 2:17 AM EST

    kobe-game6-nuggets

    Denver more than held serve on its home court in Thursday night’s Game 6 against the Lakers; the team made a statement. Facing their second elimination game of the series, the Nuggets made sure this one was never in doubt, opening the game on a 13-0 run and leading by as many as 28 points…

  19. Thunder’s Harden named Sixth Man of Year on Thursday

    May 10, 2012, 4:18 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    UPDATE 4:18 pm: The NBA has made it official, James Harden is your runaway winner of the Sixth Man of the Year award. Of the 118 ballots cast 115 had Harden No. 1, the other three had Philadelphia’s Lou Williams in the top spot. As I said below, those three people should have to explain…

  20. Greg Oden opens up about injuries, alcoholism, unfulfilled promise

    May 9, 2012, 3:37 PM EST

    greg_oden

    If you read one thing today, it should be the story about Greg Oden by Mark Titus at Grantland. It is fantastic. Click the link. Go read it, I’ll wait. Oden is an enigma, the poster child for the Blazers history of flamed out draft choices, the guy drafted before Kevin Durant, the guy with…

  21. USA Basketball given extension to submit Olympic roster

    May 9, 2012, 1:54 PM EST

    NBC London Olympics logo

    USA Basketball faced a challenge — the deadline to submit their Olympic roster was June 18. That is before the NBA finals will be over (most likely), it is well before USA Basketball opens training camp on July 6 in Las Vegas. But the USA has gotten an extension, reports the USA Today. The deadline…

  22. Mike Brown says that stupid idea to intentionally lose Game 5 to get Metta World Peace back is stupid

    May 8, 2012, 5:36 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Here’s the situation: if the Lakers-Nuggets series goes to six games, Metta World Peace‘s suspension would end, and he would be able to appear in either Game 7 of the Lakers-Nuggets series or, more importantly, Game 1 of the Lakers-Thunder series if the Lakers ended up beating the Nuggets. Naturally, some people have been wondering…

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

    May 8, 2012, 11:09 AM EST

    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…

  24. Report: Dwyane Wade up in air about London Olympics

    May 8, 2012, 9:51 AM EST

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    Team USA has already lost some guys who would have played key roles at the London Olympics — Dwight Howard in the middle and Derrick Rose at the point. Now another key contributor could drop out, reports David Aldridge at NBA.com (via Hoopshype). Dwyane Wade sounded slightly less than 100 percent certain he’ll be in…

  25. Video: Metta World Peace tells Conan he has not called Harden

    May 8, 2012, 12:08 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    Metta World Peace went on the Conan O’Brien Show Monday night, his first sit down interview since his seven game suspension for the elbow to the head of James Harden on the second to last game of the regular season. World Peace said he had not contacted Harden yet because the two could — actually,…

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