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  1. Bulls win? Warriors in second round? Unpredictability has been hallmark of these playoffs

    May 7, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    Joakim Noah, Nate Robinson

    Legendary baseball statistician Bill James once said the big problem with the NBA is that the best team usually wins in the playoffs. He’s right, the NBA playoffs tend to follow form. And he’s right that we like unpredictability in the playoffs. Baseball has a long grind of a season, but in a seven game…

  2. LeBron James named MVP, misses becoming unanimous selection by a single vote

    May 5, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James reads the label on his Most Valuable Player trophy during a news conference held by the NBA and Miami Heat in Miami

    The news we’ve known about for a few days now became official on Sunday, as LeBron James was named the league’s Most Valuable Player for the fourth time in his career. There was no suspense surrounding the crowning of James, but there was some curiosity to see whether or not he might be a unanimous…

  3. James Harden says he’ll be active in recruiting free agents to join him in Houston

    May 4, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Houston Rockets

    The Rockets showed plenty of signs of being a legitimate playoff team for seasons to come, both with the way they reached the playoffs in James Harden‘s first year in Houston, and with the effort they gave in forcing their first round playoff series with the Thunder to reach six games before ultimately falling short.…

  4. PBT NBA Playoff Preview: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder

    May 4, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Tayshaun Prince, Kevin Durant

    SEASON RECORDS Memphis: 56-26, fifth seed in the West OKC: 60-22, one seed in the West PLAYOFF RECORDS Memphis: Beat the Los Angeles Clippers 4-2 OKC: Beat the Houston Rockets 4-2 SEASON SERIES Grizzlies took two of the three meetings. KEY INJURIES Russell Westbrook is out for the playoffs after undergoing surgery for a torn…

  5. Thunder find a little of their magic, came from behind to close out Rockets

    May 4, 2013, 3:16 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Six

    For a night, Oklahoma City showed some progress, found a little of the old magic, and that was something to celebrate. And that was something that was too much for the Rockets. We all know the Thunder are not themselves right now, that their biggest tests lie ahead (started Sunday against Memphis). But for a…

  6. Thunder-Rockets Game 6 preview: Kevin Durant continues to dominate Oklahoma City offense

    May 3, 2013, 8:57 PM EDT

    In the last three games, Kevin Durant has scored 115 points, drawn 32 fouls and committed three charges. Not only is he carrying the Thunder’s offense, he’s taking a beating to do it. That probably won’t change in Game 6 with Russell Westbrook out for the rest of the playoffs. Reggie Jackson showed signs of…

  7. Jeremy Lin to play in Game 6 for Rockets Friday night

    May 3, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin works against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the second half of their Game 1 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Patrick Beverly has played well in the absence of Jeremy Lin (20 points one game, 14 points 8 assists the other). The Rockets backup point guard ignored the boos and has been a key part of the Rockets making this a series again. But Lin will be back on Friday night for Game 6, according…

  8. Four Game 6s, who is most likely to force Game 7?

    May 3, 2013, 11:59 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks Smith reacts as the Indiana Pacers West walks across the court in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff NBA basketball game in Atlanta

    This is going to be one wild night in the NBA — four first-round Game 6 showdowns. Four games where a team’s season hangs in the balance, and another has the chance to close out and advance to the second round. Who is most likely to force a Game 7? Let’s break it on down,…

  9. Patrick Beverley called for a technical foul after Reggie Jackson’s aggressive attempt at a steal (VIDEO)

    May 2, 2013, 10:57 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets' Beverley smiles after being called for a foul while playing Oklahoma City Thunder in their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff in Oklahoma

    Patrick Beverley has become a household name for NBA fans during these playoffs, thanks to his involvement in the play that led to Russell Westbrook‘s season-ending torn meniscus injury. As the series between the Rockets and the Thunder shifted back to Oklahoma City for the first time since the incident, Beverley was targeted by fans…

  10. Scott Brooks lets Omer Asik steal the show from Kevin Durant and James Harden in Thunder’s Game 5 loss to Rockets

    May 2, 2013, 1:50 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder's coach Brooks shouts at an official during their NBA Western Conference basketball playoff against Houston Rockets in Oklahoma

    Kevin Durant has an attitude. Kevin McHale has a sense of humor. Scott Brooks has a job (for now). James Harden has an illness. And we have a Game 6. The Rockets beat the increasingly vulnerable-looking Thunder, 107-100, tonight. After taking a 3-0 series lead, Oklahoma City has lost two straight, but none more embarrassingly…

  11. Rockets-Thunder Game 5 preview: Patrick Beverly returns to Oklahoma City after Russell Westbrook injury

    May 1, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverly drives against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    After trying for a steal on the play that injured Russell Westbrook, Patrick Beverly has become disliked – in some cases, to extreme levels – among Thunder fans. So, now that the series has shifted back to Oklahoma City, nobody is taking any chances. Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle: Arena security stationed a police…

  12. PBT Extra: Talking Jason Collins’ NBA future, West playoff race

    Apr 30, 2013, 7:09 PM EDT

    FILE:  NBA Player Jason Collins Comes Out As Gay

    Obviously the big news of the NBA week is Jason Collins and his coming out as a gay man who happens to be an NBA player. Except right now he’s an old NBA player hoping to catch on with a team next season. Kay Adams and I talk about the chances of that. Then we…

  13. Delfino dunks on Durant? Delfino dunks on Durant. (VIDEO)

    Apr 30, 2013, 10:57 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Three

    Even before Russell Westbrook went down, I thought there would be one game this series where the young and improving Houston Rockets would put it all together well enough to beat the Thunder. The kind of game where James Harden and crew would make plays the Thunder could not stop. Such as Carlos Defino on…

  14. Kevin Durant & Thunder solve Rockets’ gameplan; Chandler Parsons comes up big in Rockets’ win

    Apr 30, 2013, 1:31 AM EDT

    Serge Ibaka, Kevin Durant

    Chandler Parsons stood on the court and said, “It’s unbelievable.” Moments ago, Serge Ibaka laid on the same court court and covered his eyes with both hands before making his body limp as two of his teammates tried to pick him. A few feet away, Reggie Jackson, knocked to the ground, sat up and reached…

  15. Rockets-Thunder Game 4 preview: Kevin Durant to rest more

    Apr 29, 2013, 9:22 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Three

    With Russell Westbrook out, the Thunder put a huge load Kevin Durant’s back during their Game 3 win. Durant played all but 44 seconds, and his 30 shots were more than twice as many as any teammate. But Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks plans to give Durant a break – even if one isn’t as…

  16. Thunder ball boy under investigation for ‘death threats’ sent to Patrick Beverley following injury to Russell Westbrook

    Apr 28, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    When it was learned that Russell Westbrook would be lost for the rest of the playoffs due to a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee that required surgery, there were sure to be some Thunder fans upset with the way one of their team’s best players was injured. Westbrook collided with Patrick Beverley of…

  17. Kevin Durant scores 41, Thunder take 3-0 lead, but Rockets show how Russell Westbrook’s injury could hurt Oklahoma City later

    Apr 28, 2013, 1:44 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Houston Rockets - Game Three

    Kevin Durant swarmed Jeremy Lin as the Rockets point guard tried to call timeout early in the second quarter, hacking at the ball and Lin until a official granted the timeout. That play – intentionally similar to the one where Patrick Beverly injured Russell Westbrook in Game 3 – aggravated Lin’s chest injury, and he…

  18. Rockets-Thunder Game 3 preview: Russell Westbrook’s injury a series changer

    Apr 27, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a break on the court against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    The Rockets are down, but Russell Westbrook is out. Westbrook tore his meniscus and will require surgery. He’s out for the rest the Thunder’s first-round series and longer, giving Houston a much better chance of winning games in these playoffs. But winning the series? That’s still a tall order, especially already down 0-2. The Thunder’s…

  19. Westbrook officially out for playoffs following knee surgery

    Apr 27, 2013, 3:27 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook looks on during a timeout against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Russell Westbrook underwent successful surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee on Saturday, Oklahoma City officially announced. He will make a full recovery. That’s the good news if you’re an Oklahoma City Thunder fan. He will be out for these entire playoffs. That’s the bad news. The question of his return really…

  20. Bulls-Nets Game 4 preview: Can either team generate offense?

    Apr 27, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Chicago Bulls - Game Three

    The teams with worse offensive ratings than the Bulls and Nets in these playoffs are a combined 0-11. Part defensive struggle, part offenses struggling, this series is the Eastern Conference’s answer to the high-flying Nuggets-Warriors matchup. While Stephen Curry is bombing 3-pointers and Ty Lawson is dishing assists, Joakim Noah and Joe Johnson are comparing…

  21. Russell Westbrook injury throws race in West wide open

    Apr 26, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a break on the court against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    The Oklahoma City Thunder were already no lock to make the NBA finals. They were a slight favorite to make a return trip to the big stage but the Spurs (if healthy, and they are starting to look it) have always been a threat, plus there were the Grizzlies and Clippers as dark horses (just…

  22. Patrick Beverley says there was no intent to injure Russell Westbrook

    Apr 26, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Two

    When the news broke that Russell Westbrook would be out indefinitely after needing to undergo surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus he suffered in the Thunder’s Game 3 win over the Rockets, all eyes turned to Patrick Beverley, and the play where Westbrook was injured. Beverley ended up knocking knees with Westbrook, on a…

  23. PBT Podcast: Russell Westbrook’s injury, and a look at the rest of the first round playoff matchups

    Apr 26, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook looks on during a timeout against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the devastating news surrounding Russell Westbrook and his need to undergo knee surgery which will keep him out indefinitely. We discuss how this might change the landscape of the Western Conference playoffs, before breaking down the rest of the ongoing playoff…

  24. Russell Westbrook to undergo knee surgery, out indefinitely

    Apr 26, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook takes a break on the court against the Houston Rockets in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    Russell Westbrook will undergo surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and will be out indefinitely, the Thunder announced on Friday. The injury occurred with 5:34 to play in the second quarter of the Thunder’s Game 3 win over the Rockets, and as seen in the video clip above, there will…

  25. Rockets play much better, but Thunder escape with the win for a 2-0 series lead

    Apr 24, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverly drives against Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook in the second half of their Game 2 NBA Playoffs basketball game in Oklahoma City.

    After dropping Game 1 of their first round playoff series to the top seeded Thunder by 29 points, there weren’t many who believed the Rockets would be able to compete for more than short stretches the rest of the series. But thanks to some key adjustments, Houston gave the Thunder all they could handle in…

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