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  1. Report: Magic ‘targeting’ Thunder, Spurs executives

    May 27, 2012, 11:24 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Now this is more like it. No more Shaq nonsense. No more ridiculousness. The Magic are reportedly in pursuit of interviews for three members from the Spurs-Thunder tree for their open GM position. From Yahoo! Sports: Thunder vice president and assistant general manager Troy Weaver and Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey have been targeted, and…

  2. Video: Larry Bird and Magic Johnson remind you what everyone’s playing for

    May 26, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Larry Bird Magic Johnson

    ESPN’s rafters commercials have been really good. The Kevin Durant one held the promise of future, the Paul Pierce one held the reminder of glory for a franchise that hasn’t seen a title since 2008. The new “A Champion Will Rise” commercials speak to the league’s history, and feature two of the greatest to ever…

  3. Video: San Antonio Mayor welcomes Charles Barkley to San Antonio… with rings

    May 26, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    2010 NBA All-Star T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Charles Barkley is well known for not liking San Antonio. It’s just not his kind of town. Like a lot of towns in Texas, the people that like San Antonio love it, those that don’t are very “meh” on it. Very few hate it. It’s hard to hate it. It’s a livable city. (Note: For…

  4. How do the Thunder deal with Tony Parker?

    May 25, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs head coach Popovich talks to Parker during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    We can sometimes overanalyze what happened in a regular season game when trying to look at a playoff matchp. It’s like comparing Suzanne Collins and José Saramago novels, technically they are the same art form but one of these things is not like the other. However, the Feb. 4 meeting of the Spurs and Thunder…

  5. PBT Extra: Previewing the Western Conference finals

    May 25, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

    Tony Parker, Kendrick Perkins, Serge Ibaka

    San Antonio vs. Oklahoma City comes with great storylines — the young gunslingers trying to take the crown away from the grizzled veterans. Russell Westbrook vs. Tony Parker. Brains vs. athleticism (although really, both teams have both). Above is a preview of the finals with myself and Tiffany. For a more detailed one, you can…

  6. Playoff Preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

    May 25, 2012, 2:54 AM EDT

    duncan-parker

    SEASON RECORDS San Antonio 50-16 (1 seed) Oklahoma City 47-19 (2 seed) SEASON SERIES San Antonio took the season series 2-1, however Manu Ginobili missed all of them (which might worry Thunder fans), the games were in March and earlier, bottom line these teams are different now. OFFENSE/DEFENSE RANKINGS (points per 100 possession)
 San Antonio:…

  7. Thursday And-1 links: Dirk Nowitzki thinks Popovich is the best

    May 24, 2012, 7:19 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    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. • Tradition says you say your coach is the best in the league, but…

  8. Video: “The Kobe That We Used To Know” Gotye parody

    May 24, 2012, 5:46 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant walks off the court after a season-ending loss to Oklahoma City Thunder during Game 5 of the NBA western conference semi-finals in Oklahoma City

    You didn’t have to hog the ball. You’re triple-teamed so kick it out to either Blake or Sessions. I know that they don’t shoot so well, but you’re really not the Kobe that we used to know. Brilliant. That’s some good Gotye parody. It’s a viscious circle with Kobe Bryant. It’s not that he doesn’t…

  9. Kevin Durant, LeBron James head All-NBA Teams

    May 24, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    Here’s the problem with nitpicking the All-NBA teams — there are no bad players on any of the first three. You can argue if you want (and as I would) that LaMarcus Aldridge deserves a spot on the third team more than Carmelo Anthony or Dirk Nowitzki, but that doesn’t make the guys on the…

  10. Video: Russell Westbrook talks beating Lakers, thinking Spurs

    May 23, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    Russell Westbrook joined Erik Kuselias and Adrian Wojnarowski on NBC’s SportsTalk today to discuss how the Lakers didn’t talk that much trash, how the Thunder don’t think they’ve accomplished anything yet and how the Spurs make you think the game. The Spurs and Thunder tip off the Western Conference finals Sunday in San Antonio. The…

  11. USA’s Olympic basketball schedule released

    May 23, 2012, 4:39 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    In just a little over two months, Team USA will tip off the defense of its gold medal at the London Olympics. Man, that is coming up fast. We got our first look at the schedule for the Games and Team USA’s toughest games of pool play will come at the beginning and end of…

  12. LeBron, Ibaka lead NBA All-Defensive team voting

    May 23, 2012, 2:24 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    Few things can be counted on for a consistent laugh like the NBA All-Defensive team voting. It is always a laugh. This year it didn’t disappoint — somebody voted for Carlos Boozer. Yes, that Carlos Boozer. For his defense. But no complaint about the top vote getter, LeBron James. He was a defensive force this…

  13. And-1 links: Adam Morrison is looking better than ever

    May 23, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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    After a one day hiatus, we return 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. • That’s Adam Morrison to the right, going with the…

  14. PBT Extra: Talking Magic, Celtics, Durant in clutch, and Lakers

    May 22, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Five

    We were all over the map today on PBT Extra — from Stan Van Gundy’s firing and what it means to the Magic, to the Lakers next steps. As for Durant being clutch, he is good late in games. He’s also great in first, second and third quarters. The best players at the end of…

  15. Video: James Harden and Manu Ginobili are similar, awesome

    May 22, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

    This video, uploaded to YouTube by “antisocial215,” uses clips of Spurs and Thunder swingmen Manu Ginobili and James Harden to show just how similar their beautiful games are — both are left-handed, deceptively athletic, good shooters and ball-handlers, and both use their superior basketball IQ and on-court grace to do some absolutely gorgeous things on…

  16. Quote of the Day: Metta World Peace takes responsibility for his play, calls Mike Brown fat

    May 22, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

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

    From the Los Angeles Times’ Mark Medina: Metta on Mike Brown: “It was a drastic change and took getting used to. But at the same time, we should still be up 3-2. Mike wasn’t out there guarding Kevin. That was me. Mike didn’t miss three point shot. I missed it. Mike didn’t come in out of…

  17. Lakers-Thunder Game 5: Thunder all business in win over Lakers to advance to Conference Finals

    May 22, 2012, 2:10 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant

    The future is now. It can be said that the Thunder have done nothing more than advanced to the same position they reached last season before falling to another team from Texas in the Western Conference Finals. But this doesn’t feel that way. The Thunder exorcised their Mavericks demons in the first round, then took out…

  18. Video: Russell Westbrook’s insane, impossible scoop bank shot

    May 22, 2012, 12:26 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    One shot does not decide a game. There are always circumstances, things that might have gone differently. But one shot can spark a run and change the feeling of a game. All Game 5 Monday night the Lakers hung close. They would not go away. Kobe Bryant dropped 42. But you just had the feeling…

  19. Lakers look to find their old selves, avoid Game 5 elimination by Thunder

    May 21, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

    Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook, Metta World Peace, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol

    Two years ago, when they won the title in 2010, the Lakers were the team that came back and won games like the one they lost Saturday. Back then it was the Lakers closing on a 25-7 run and getting the defensive stops. It was Kobe Bryant hitting the big shots. It was their opponents…

  20. Lakers-Thunder Game 4: The scapegoating of Pau Gasol

    May 20, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

    kobe-game-3-thunder

    Someone has to go down for this. It might as well be Pau Gasol, I suppose. Because it sure isn’t going to be Kobe Bryant. When the Lakers lost to the Thunder Saturday night, blowing a nine-point fourth quarter lead to do down 3-1 in their Western Conference Semifinals series with OKC, it was Kevin…

  21. Something weird was up with the court at Staples Saturday, but the arena says situation normal

    May 20, 2012, 10:07 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Three

    You know those situations where you know something is wrong, but there’s no physical evidence to suggest as such? We’ve got one of those. Saturday night during Lakers-Thunder Game 4, there was something wrong with the court. The most notable example came before the half, when Russell Westbrook, a pretty agile guy, turned to run…

  22. Westbrook, Durant find the perfect balance in Game 4 win over Lakers

    May 20, 2012, 5:16 AM EDT

    westbrook-game 4

    During the Thunder’s playoff run last season — one that ended in a loss in the Conference Finals to the eventual champion Mavericks — there were constant questions about whether or not Russell Westbrook was a good long-term fit to play alongside Kevin Durant. One year later, now on the verge of taking down the…

  23. Lakers-Thunder Game 4: Kevin Durant and a new era dawning

    May 20, 2012, 3:17 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant

    Things change. It’s inevitable. And on Saturday night, you have to wonder if the guard changed officially in the Western Conference, and the NBA. 103-100, Thunder over Lakers. Kobe Bryant was the closer. The dagger. The Black Mamba. As recently as Friday night, he was the ultimate clutch weapon (as long as we’re only talking…

  24. Video: Kevin Durant hits the game-winning three to beat Lakers in Game 4

    May 20, 2012, 2:40 AM EDT

    Durant-game-4

    As Russell Westbrook led the charge offensively for the Thunder in their Game 4 win over the Lakers — finishing with a brilliant 37 points on 15-of-26 shooting — Kevin Durant seemed pleased to let that happen. But once the Thunder had made it all the way back from a deficit that hung at around…

  25. Lakers-Thunder Game 3: L.A. wins free throw contest by a lot, wins game by 3

    May 19, 2012, 3:15 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Three

    Forty-two free throws is a lot of free throw attempts. Forty-one free throws made is a lot of makes. The Lakers got one, made the other, and walked out of Staples with a win in Game 4, 99-96. We can talk about a lot of things. The way that the Lakers attacked the Thunder defensively,…

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