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  1. Your PBT Saturday Morning Opening Playoff Day Viewing Guide

    Apr 28, 2012, 9:21 AM EST

    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,…

  2. My (hypothetical) end of season awards ballot

    Apr 28, 2012, 8:01 AM EST

    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…

  3. Friday And-1 links: Video of World Peace taking his talents to bed

    Apr 27, 2012, 7:11 PM EST

    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…

  4. U.S. Attorney’s office opens investigation of NBA players union

    Apr 27, 2012, 3:43 PM EST

    NBPA Meet To Discuss Current CBA Offer

    The NBA players union just went from the frying pan — a call by president Derek Fisher for a review of all business practices that was rejected by the executive committee — to the fire. The United States Attorney’s Office in Manhattan has opened an investigation of the union, reports Bloomberg. Union Executive Director Billy…

  5. NBA Playoff Preview: L.A. Lakers vs. Denver Nuggets

    Apr 27, 2012, 12:07 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant smiles as he hands the ball back to a referee in Minneapolis

    SEASON RECORDS
 Lakers: 41-25 (3 seed) Nuggets: 38-28 (6 seed) SEASON SERIES
 The Lakers took three of the four regular season meetings from the Nuggets, with the only loss coming on New Year’s Day in Denver. All the games were close, however, with L.A.’s margin of victory never being greater than six points. KEY INJURIES…

  6. PBT Playoff Preview: Thunder vs. Mavericks

    Apr 27, 2012, 2:20 AM EST

    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…

  7. Team USA not adding players to pool despite injuries

    Apr 26, 2012, 7:07 PM EST

    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…

  8. Kobe Bryant to sit Thursday, Durant wins third scoring title

    Apr 26, 2012, 3:06 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant, after dropping 32 points on Wednesday night, was likely going to win the NBA scoring title. For Kobe Bryant to catch him, the Lakers star was going to have to score 38 in a meaningless game against the Kings Thursday. Which he is not going to do because Lakers coach Mike Brown said…

  9. Thursday And-1 links: First look at NBA playoff schedule

    Apr 26, 2012, 12:29 PM EST

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

    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. • A lot of things are still up in the air, but the NBA…

  10. James Harden cleared to by doctors, coach rests him

    Apr 25, 2012, 11:55 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

    James Harden, the victim of a Metta World Peace elbow on Sunday that left him with a concussion, was cleared by doctors in time to play for the Thunder on Wednesday night. However, coach Scott Brooks said the team decided to rest him Wednesday as a precaution. Harden sat out the Thunder’s last game of…

  11. Top 5 guys I want to take final shot in these playoffs

    Apr 25, 2012, 7:05 PM EST

    Roy Hibbert, Chris Paul

    I’m not a fan of trying to describe who is clutch in the NBA and who isn’t. Because defining clutch is impossible — any measure we put on it will miss the mark. We all kind of subscribe to the Justice Potter Steward “I know it when I see it” definition and even then we…

  12. David Stern talks World Peace suspension, strong season

    Apr 25, 2012, 5:54 PM EST

    David-Stern-all-star-2012

    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…

  13. Billy Hunter speaks regarding nepotism issue, tumult in union

    Apr 25, 2012, 4:25 PM EST

    Billy Hunter

    It’s been a mess. NBA players union president Derek Fisher wanted not just an audit but a full business review of the union’s practices, something he said he got approved by a quorum of the executive committee — the New York Times got the minutes of that call which said there was 5-0 vote in…

  14. Peers vote Clippers’ Reggie Evans dirtiest player in league

    Apr 25, 2012, 12:53 PM EST

    Reggie Evans, Jonas Jerebko

    Reggie Evans has long had a reputation as one of the league’s dirtiest players — just ask Chris Kaman. He can answer is a high-pitched voice. Sports Illustrated recently did its annual poll of NBA players (118 of them) and among the questions was “who is the dirtiest player in the NBA?” Evans won going…

  15. Next step in spin control: Questions raised about Fisher’s audit law firm

    Apr 25, 2012, 10:22 AM EST

    Derek Fisher, Billy Hunter

    Right now, it’s all about spin. It’s all about trying to make the other guy look like they are in the wrong when it comes to Derek Fisher vs. Billy Hunter over the NBA players union. Clearly someone who back Fisher pointed Bloomberg to its story about $4.8 million being paid to relatives of Billy…

  16. Kobe can take NBA scoring title from Durant… if he wants it

    Apr 25, 2012, 9:57 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant Kevin Durant

    When Kobe Bryant steps on the court Thursday night against the Sacramento Kings, we will know exactly how many points he needs to score to win one of the closest NBA scoring title races ever over Kevin Durant. Both men say they don’t want it. Both men say all they want is a ring. Both…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Jazz in, Clippers fall to Hawks

    Apr 25, 2012, 7:59 AM EST

    Blake Griffin

    What you missed while thinking that if this cow tells the others what is going on at McDonald’s there is going to be a revolt…. Jazz 100, Suns 87: And the Jazz are in the playoffs while the Suns can start worrying about where Steve Nash will play next season. Our man Brett Pollakoff broke…

  18. League takes safe middle ground with 7 game World Peace suspension

    Apr 24, 2012, 9:29 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    In the end, David Stern and the NBA played it down the middle. They played it safe. Seven games for Metta World Peace’s dangerous elbow to the head of another player, one that left James Harden with a concussion. Don’t say mild concussion — there are no mild brain bruises. Seven games is safe, defensible.…

  19. Metta World Peace suspended seven games for elbow to Harden

    Apr 24, 2012, 7:59 PM EST

    Metta World Peace

    UPDATE 10:06 pm: Metta World Peace issued his own statement on his Web site (coincidentally named RonArtest.com): “I apologize to the Oklahoma City Thunder fans and the OKC organization. I look forward to getting back on the floor with my teammates and competing for the Lakers fans.” 7:59 pm: The NBA came down fairly hard…

  20. If Fisher steps out at union, could Chris Paul take his place?

    Apr 24, 2012, 4:47 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    It’s an ugly situation. The NBA players union executive committee has asked union president Derek Fisher to resign. He has refused. There are questions of nepotism in the union, Fisher pushed for an audit but executive director Billy Hunter got the committee to kill that and ask Fisher to step down. It’s a mess. If…

  21. Report: NBA players union paid $4.8 million to director’s family members, their firms

    Apr 24, 2012, 3:25 PM EST

    Hunter and Fisher of the NBA speak during news conference to reject NBA's latest offer in New York

    And now we see what is at the heart of the current NBA players union fight — nepotism concerns. This is already a fight where union president Derek Fisher pushed for an audit and Executive Director Billy Hunter got the union executive committee to call off the audit and call for Fisher to resign. And…

  22. Harden not yet cleared to play; no word on World Peace suspension

    Apr 24, 2012, 2:27 PM EST

    Metta World Peace

    As of Tuesday afternoon, it looks like the concussion suffered at the elbow of Metta World Peace will keep James Harden out Tuesday night. He sat out Tuesday’s shootaround and continued to undergo the battery of tests needed to get cleared after suffering a concussion under the new league policy, according to NBA.com. Coach Scott…

  23. Tuesday And-1 links: James Harden listed as day-to-day

    Apr 24, 2012, 11:25 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    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. • The official status of James Harden is day-to-day and he is undergoing tests…

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

    Apr 23, 2012, 4:02 PM EST

    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…

  25. Report: Lou Williams to opt out of deal, become free agent

    Apr 23, 2012, 12:23 PM EST

    Shelvin Mack, Lou Williams

    If James Harden were not James Harden and the runaway winner for Sixth Man of the Year, Lou Williams could win that award. He comes off the bench to lead Philadelphia in scoring — the first bench guy to lead a team in scoring since Dell Curry (or as Stephen calls him, pops) — and…

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