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  1. Clippers have no defense for Spurs; San Antonio now up 2-0

    May 18, 2012, 1:33 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Through two games the Spurs are shooting 51 percent overall against the Clippers and 46 percent from three. They have scored more than 25 points in six of the eight quarters. It feels like every shot they take is a wide open one. They have done pretty much whatever they wanted. The Clippers have no…

  2. Game 2 — where we see how fast the Clippers can learn

    May 17, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro

    Game 1 was a dominant Spurs performance that evoked memories of the championship teams in San Antonio — this version is more offense than defense, but the unselfish ball movement and team concepts were the same. The Clippers looked like a team still learning to play at that level. Thursday night in Game 2 we’ll…

  3. Tim Duncan reportedly hates Kevin Garnett

    May 17, 2012, 3:03 PM EDT

    tim duncan, Kevin Garnett

    I pointed this out on twitter earlier this week — if you read just one basketball story (not on PBT) this week, it should be Chris Ballard’s profile of Tim Duncan. This is what the best of sports writing looks like, and Ballard has killed it with a few pieces these playoffs. But I will…

  4. Spurs control Chris Paul, control Clippers, control Game 1

    May 16, 2012, 1:36 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan spreads his arms during a stop in play during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    Chris Paul is the beating heart of a Clippers offense, one based around him using his immense skill and basketball IQ to carve teams up. Ask Memphis. But behind Tony Parker, Danny Green and a team effort where San Antonio overloaded Paul’s side of the court they held CP3 in check — 3-for-13 shooting, 10…

  5. Video: Blake Griffin with chase down block on Kawhi Leonard

    May 15, 2012, 11:49 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin blocks the shot of San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    Blake Griffin‘s knee looks a whole lot better, doesn’t it? He looked a lot more like his old self in the first half Tuesday night against the Spurs, making plays like an alley-oop or a chase down block like the one above. Poor Kawhi Leonard had a couple shots blocked at the rim like that…

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

    May 15, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

    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…

  7. Playoff Preview: Los Angeles Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs

    May 15, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan. Blake Griffin

    SEASON RECORDS L.A. Clippers: 40-26 (5 seed) San Antonio 50-16 (1 seed) SEASON SERIES Spurs took it 2-1. The Clippers won the most recent game but Tony Parker did not play for San Antonio. KEY INJURIES Clippers: Blake Griffin will play but says he is about “75-80 percent” with a sprained left knee. Chris Paul…

  8. It’s official, Kyrie Irving is your NBA Rookie of the Year

    May 15, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    This race had about as much suspense as the fourth quarter of Game 1 of the Thunder/Lakers series, but now it is official: Kyrie Irving is your NBA Rookie of the Year. The announcement and presentation came Tuesday morning in Cleveland, where Irving had praised heaped upon him by his coach Byron Scott (via Jason…

  9. Blake Griffin says he is 75-80 percent, will play vs. Spurs

    May 15, 2012, 10:12 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Seven

    You knew Blake Griffin was hurting when he sat out much of the fourth quarter of Game 7 against the Grizzlies — the Clippers aren’t sitting their best big man down the stretch of a Game 7 unless they have to. Griffin landed awkwardly on a leap around the basket in Game 5 and played…

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

    May 14, 2012, 6:38 PM EDT

    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…

  11. Cousins, Lin, Wall, Irving head USA Select team roster

    May 14, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    The USA Select team is the team in waiting — guys invited to the USA Basketball training camp in Las Vegas this summer to push and test the guys actually going to London. The Select Team are the guys Mike Krzyzewski and friends want to see up close, to consider for future Olympics and World…

  12. Heat will be just fine with Bosh out… at least for a while

    May 14, 2012, 2:36 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh

    We don’t know yet how long Chris Bosh may be out with a strained abdominal muscle suffered in the Heat’s Game 1 win over the Pacers. We know it was serious enough to keep Bosh out of the second half Sunday, but until an MRI Monday we don’t know how long he’ll be out. Thing…

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

    May 13, 2012, 11:16 PM EDT

    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. NBA Playoffs: Clippers dominate 4th quarter, win Game 7

    May 13, 2012, 4:19 PM EDT

    Clips Griz Game 7

    Through 27 quarters of basketball, the Memphis Grizzlies and Los Angeles Clippers played each other to an absolute standstill. The two teams had traded blows throughout the playoffs, and the Clippers came into the final quarter of Game 7 with a 1-point lead in a hostile arena. Then, after 36 minutes of profoundly ugly basketball,…

  15. Banged up Bulls Deng, Noah both still playing in Olympics

    May 11, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT

    Bulls' Noah shouts from the bench while they play against the 76ers during their NBA Eastern Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Philadelphia

    Luol Deng and his wrist, Joakim Noah and his ankle were two names near the top of the lengthy scroll of Chicago Bulls injuries that undid them in the first round of the playoffs. But those injuries are not keeping Noah or Deng out of the Olympics this summer. Both confirmed since the Bulls were…

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

    May 10, 2012, 4:18 PM EDT

    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…

  17. Charles Barkley joins growing chorus annoyed with Blake Griffin flopping

    May 8, 2012, 3:24 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, lKenyon Martin

    After last night’s Memphis loss to the Clippers, I asked a couple Memphis players if the Clippers’ theatrics and flopping bothered them. Nobody would go near the topic. Well, Memphis coach Lionel Hollins called Chris Paul a flopper on national television, but even off the record the Memphis players would shake their heads to acknowledge…

  18. Spurs sweep Jazz in Game 4: the Plague moves on as the youngsters have a lot to learn

    May 7, 2012, 11:16 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    Thank God that’s over with. Spurs win 87-81. The Spurs swept the Jazz Monday night in a contest where the Spurs controlled the entire game. The Jazz made a late run based mostly on the hustle of DeMarre Carroll, but it fell short went the Spurs picked off a pass and Manu Ginobili daggered the…

  19. LeBron says no asterisk after this year’s NBA champion

    May 7, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks - Game Four

    It was a shortened, condensed NBA season, followed by a playoffs so far filled with blowouts — of both knees and games. Everything has felt different. So, should this year’s champion have an asterisk after it? LeBron James says no, reports ESPN. “I don’t think that’s right to say,” James said. “I’m not going to…

  20. Jazz-Spurs Game 3: The Jazz have a bad case of the Spurs plague

    May 6, 2012, 12:53 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    This thing is over. 102-90 Spurs. The exact same thing we’ve seen for the first two games replicated only with a little bit of excitement from Derrick Favors who showed out against the Spurs. Tony Parker is just too much. Let’s start there. The Spurs can space the floor so well on offense that you can’t…

  21. Jazz-Spurs Game 3 Preview: Can home save the Jazz?

    May 5, 2012, 4:57 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    Utah doesn’t need to just win against the Spurs in Game 3 in Utah Saturday. They need to outright dominate in order to make a statement that they aren’t going to be pushed over. Because at this rate, they’re headed for a sweep in short order. The Jazz had some positive things going in Game…

  22. Magic’s Ryan Anderson named NBA’s Most Improved Player

    May 4, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Ryan Anderson

    UPDATE 1:40 pm: It’s official, Ryan Anderson is your NBA’s Most Improved Player. As I said below, Anderson deserves some kudos for continuing good production this season as his minutes jumped from bench guy to starter. Not everyone can do that. Whether or not you think that should make him MIP depends on how you…

  23. Friday And-1 links: Jeremy Lin has a jersey made of fruit roll-ups

    May 4, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin fruit roll up jersey

    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. • Jeremy Lin has a special jersey made out of fruit roll-ups. Yes, I’m…

  24. Thursday morning And-1 links: Plethora of playoff injury updates

    May 3, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    Ray Allen

    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. • Ray Allen says he feels good and will practice Thursday. I wouldn’t hold…

  25. Kentucky’s Davis draws comparisons to Griffin, Garnett

    May 3, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

    Final Four - Louisville v Kentucky

    May 30 the NBA Draft Lottery will take place in a state the NBA has abandoned, but most of the time we will be calling the draw the “Anthony Davis Sweepstakes” because Kentucky big man will be the first guy taken in the draft. This is a draft where GMs are saying there could be…

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