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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Video: Robin Lopez’ flagrant foul on Blake Griffin

    Apr 20, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    A referee holds back the Phoenix Suns' Lopez after a few Los Angeles Clippers players charged at him after a hard foul on their teammate Griffin during their NBA basketball game in Phoenix

    This foul rightfully got Robin Lopez ejected — any play on the ball was made after he made sure Blake Griffin was taken out of the play. It was excessive, he had to go for it and the flagrant II call was correct. But… it worked. Clipper blogger Steve Perin noted it at SBN —…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Suns stay alive, Rockets don’t in playoff chase

    Apr 20, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns players rally around Frye and give him high fives after he put the Suns up over the Los Angeles Clippers late in the fourth quarter during their NBA basketball game in Phoenix

    What you missed while cracking up at the Californian’s skit from Saturday Night Live (seriously, we all talk about traffic like that)…. Heat 83, Bulls 72: It was a physical, low scoring playoff-style game — and the fact the Heat won should give them some confidence. Suns 93, Clippers 90: Phoenix played desperate at the…

  5. Phoenix the league’s healthiest team

    Apr 19, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    Steve Nash, Earl Watson

    From Basketball Prospectus’ Kevin Pelton: In analyzing why the Phoenix Suns have exceeded expectations by staying in the playoff race through the season’s final week, the training room is a good place to start. There’s likely to be plenty of room, because the Suns are enjoying one of the healthiest seasons in NBA history. Combined,…

  6. 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…

  7. Report: Suns to go hard after Jamal Crawford this summer

    Apr 17, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    Would the addition of Jamal Crawford be enough to keep Steve Nash in Phoenix? We may find out as acquiring Crawford seems to be high on the Suns priority list, reports Chris Haynes at CSNNW.com. “Aside from Steve (Nash), he’s (Crawford) high if not the top free agent priority on their list,” the source said.…

  8. Thursday morning one liners: Grant Hill could return Friday

    Apr 12, 2012, 11:28 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    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. • Look for Grant Hill to return to the Suns Friday. They really could…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Close games and playoff races

    Apr 12, 2012, 9:35 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    What you missed while hiring a nude maid service…. Knicks 111, Bucks 107: In a must-win game for both teams, the Knicks got the stops and gutted out a win that likely sends them to the playoffs. Clippers 100, Thunder 98: On the ESPN studio show, injured Clippers guard Chauncey Billups said the key to…

  10. Who gets the most “hockey assists” in the NBA?

    Apr 11, 2012, 4:59 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Paul Pierce

    In the NBA, the guy who makes the pass to set up a shooter gets an assist. But often you will see a point guard drive and draw the defense, kick out to a guy at the arc, who will then see the defense rotate and make a pass to a second open shooter who…

  11. Grant Hill could return from knee injury next week

    Apr 10, 2012, 1:25 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    The Suns are trying to making a late push for the postseason, but have had to do so without Grant Hill, the team’s best defensive player, for the last eight games. He may, however, be ready to rejoin them for the final six of the regular season. Hill had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Fear Memphis, for they are a force

    Apr 10, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

    Caron Butler, Marc Gasol

    What you missed while marveling at Japanese beer technology. Grizzlies 94, Clippers 85: Why does everyone fear the Grizzlies right now? Because they have a huge front line with skill. Because they have very good wing players. Because they have depth. Because they have won 8 of 10 and that includes victories over the Lakers,…

  13. LeBron, Dragic named players of the week

    Apr 9, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Rockets Hornets Basketball

    From NBA.com: NEW YORK — The Miami Heat’s LeBron James and the Houston Rockets’ Goran Dragic today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, April 2, through Sunday, April 8. James led the Heat to a 3-1 week with averages of 30.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists…

  14. NBA Power Rankings: Who forgot to tell Spurs they are old?

    Apr 9, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, Stephen Jackson, Gary Neal

    Can you picture a San Antonio vs. Miami finals? It’s not that hard, if you try. 1. Spurs (40-14, last week ranked number 2). Eleven wins in a row and they are percentage points ahead of the Thunder (and one ahead of them in the loss column). Are they title contenders? They have four rings…

  15. With Kobe out, Suns hand Lakers worst loss of the season

    Apr 8, 2012, 2:57 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant was a late scratch on Saturday in Phoenix, but his absence wasn’t the reason for the Lakers’ 125-105 loss to the Suns, the team’s worst of the season. It was the defense, or more specifically, the lack thereof that enabled Phoenix to set season highs in total points (125) and points in a…

  16. Video: Thrilling end of Suns win… Nash will rip your heart out

    Apr 5, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Steve Nash, Earl Watson

    While you were watching the Heat and the Thunder and the abuse of Pau Gasol by Blake Griffin, Utah and Phoenix were putting on a show. Al Jefferson and Steve Nash were trading buckets at the end, but when it came down to the final shot Nash got the loose ball, split two defenders and…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Playoff impacts everywhere you look

    Apr 5, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett

    What you missed while getting drunk on peanut butter and jelly flavored vodka…. Heat 98, Thunder 93: Don’t read too much into “statements” before the playoffs start, but the Heat made one in one of our games of the night. Lakers 113, Clippers 108: The Clippers had the big highlights, but the Lakers will take…

  18. Report: Steve Nash wants a three-year deal this summer

    Apr 4, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    Suns guard Nash looks to drive on Mavericks center Mahinmi during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Steve Nash will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and whether he stays in Phoenix or chooses to try his luck playing for a contender somewhere else, he will be looking to sign a three-year deal to do so. From Marc Stein of ESPN.com: Nash, who turned 38 in February, also told ESPN.com in…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Turns out LeBron can score a lot

    Apr 4, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's James drives to the basket as his team plays against the Philadelphia 76ers during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while watching Baylor win the national title and thinking Brittney Griner can flat out ball…. Heat 99, Sixers 93: The Heat needed a win and they had LeBron James in a scoring mood — those things go together like Oreos and milk for Miami. The result was James putting up a season…

  20. NBA Power Rankings: Top spot now Thunderstruck

    Apr 2, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook celebrates with small forward Kevin Durant during their NBA basketball game against Chicago Bulls in Oklahoma City

    There can’t be any question about the Thunder in the top spot after the last 8 days, but there are questions about the Heat and the Bulls in the East. And the Celtics and Spurs as spoilers. 1. Thunder (40-12, last week ranked number 2). They beat the Heat, Bulls and Lakers in the last…

  21. Grant Hill says he will push to be back this season with Suns

    Apr 2, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Phoenix Suns

    The questions here are: Why? And what happens when they are eliminated from the chase? But for now, Suns swingman Grant Hill said he is pushing hard to get back to the team following knee surgery last week. He wants to help their long shot playoff push, reports the Arizona Republic. Hill’s expectation to return…

  22. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Rockets playoff hopes take punch to gut

    Apr 2, 2012, 2:39 AM EDT

    Courtney Lee, Paul George

    What you missed while reading the book “Cooking with Poo”…. Thunder 92, Bulls 78: The Oklahoma City Thunder have rolled over everybody lately (that’s going to be good for them in the power rankings Monday) and their athleticism overwhelmed the Chicago in our game of the day. Celtics 91, Heat 72: Does Boston have one…

  23. With this season done, will Jeremy Lin be a Knick next season?

    Apr 1, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    Now what, Jeremy Lin? I don’t mean the next six weeks — that is surgery and rehab for the torn meniscus in his knee. He’ll work hard with the hopes of joining the Knicks in the playoffs. But by the time he is back and able to really help, it may well be too late.…

  24. Dallas’ gunner Jason Terry says Heat on his free agent radar

    Mar 30, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

    Jason Terry

    Miami is becoming the team where veterans who are willing to play for less want to go to win a ring. You can add Dallas’ Jason Terry to the list. The Mavericks’ second leading scorer is a free agent this summer — he didn’t get a contract extension as part of Dallas’ effort to free…

  25. Grant Hill to have minor knee surgery, may miss rest of season

    Mar 30, 2012, 8:05 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    In a blow to the already fading playoff hopes of the Phoenix Suns, they are going to be without Grant Hill for most if not all of the rest of the season. Hill is set to have his knee scoped out on Friday, reports Paul Coro at the Arizona Republic. A magnetic resonance imaging test…

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