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  1. Spurs have all the answers in win over Jazz

    Apr 29, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

    The San Antonio Spurs beat the Utah Jazz 106-91 Sunday in Game 1 of their first round series, behind 28 points and 8 assists from Tony Parker. The Spurs have taken a 1-0 lead in their best-of-seven series. For San Antonio, it was a way to wipe clean the memories of last year’s embarrassing first-round…

  2. NBA Playoff preview: San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz

    Apr 27, 2012, 5:27 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    SEASON RECORDS
 San Antonio 50-16 (1 seed) Utah: 36-30 (8 seed) SEASON SERIES
 San Antonio won the season series 3-1 and Utah’s only win was against the Spurs on a night the Big 3 rested. Not exactly an encouraging sign for the Jazz. KEY INJURIES San Antonio: The Spurs are (gulp) healthy going into the playoffs.…

  3. Five reasons these are not last year’s Spurs, they are contenders

    Apr 26, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    Last season, the Spurs won 61 games, went into the playoffs as the top seed thought of as contenders, then got unceremoniously bounced in the first round because they could not handle the big, athletic front line of the Memphis Grizzlies. This season, the Spurs are again entering the playoffs as the top seed and…

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

    Apr 26, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Apr 25, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

    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…

  6. Jazz clinch last playoff spot in the West, eliminate Suns

    Apr 25, 2012, 2:04 AM EDT

    Derrick Favors, Marcin Gortat

    The Jazz clinched the final playoff spot in the West on Tuesday, and knocked the Suns out of the postseason picture at the same time. In a game that was essentially a must-win for both teams if they were to keep their playoff hopes alive, Utah was too tough at home, especially inside, and were…

  7. 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…

  8. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It’s all about playoff positioning

    Apr 19, 2012, 9:28 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Jameer Nelson, Ryan Anderson and Glen Davis guard Boston Celtics Paul Pierce as he makes a shot in front of Orlando Magic Jason Richardson in the second half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    What you missed while realizing why you act the way you do at games… Thunder 108, Suns 97: The Thunder hung with the Spurs at the top of the conference, but at the expense of the Suns chances. Brett Pollakoff was at this game for PBT and tells us that James Harden is really, really…

  9. Delonte West fined $25,000 for “wet Willy” on Hayward

    Apr 18, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    We kind of expected  a fine was coming for the above stupidity by Delonte West. West has been fined $25,000 for giving Gordon Hayward a “wet Willy,” according to a tweet from Utah Jazz announcer David Locke. There is no suspension, and this was not suspension worthy – especially since Hayward showed restraint and walked…

  10. Hayward says he wanted to fight West after “wet Willy”

    Apr 17, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT

    Gordon Hayward

    We can debate, if you are so inclined, if the above is a true “wet Willy” as Delonte West did not wet his finger before sticking it in the ear of Gordon Hayward. There are schoolyard guidelines for such things. However, I think that may miss the point. I think we can agree it’s a…

  11. Tuesday morning one liners: Rip Hamilton says he’s back

    Apr 17, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls

    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. • Richard Hamilton got some real burn for the Bulls Monday night, the first…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Suns rising while Rockets crash back to earth

    Apr 17, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

    Luis Scola, Kosta Koufos, Kenneth Faried

    What you missed while watching the holographic Tupac set from Coachella… Clippers 92, Thunder 77: Oklahoma City scored just 25 points in the second half. It’s the kind of game that makes you go hmmmm….. Nuggets 104, Rockets 102: In the first half, the Rockets were playing with a sense of desperation on defense. How…

  13. Delonte West gives Gordon Hayward a “wet Willy.” You read that right.

    Apr 17, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

    delonte

    This may be the most bizarre way to get a technical foul I have ever seen. After a diligent search it turns out the words “wet Willy” do not appear in the NBA rule book, but the referees decided to “T” Delonte West up anyway for sticking his finger in Gordon Hayward‘s ear during the…

  14. Video: Nowitzki, Millsap force multiple overtimes

    Apr 17, 2012, 8:07 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) reacts after hitting a three point shot during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz  in Salt Lake City, Utah

    It took three overtimes for the Jazz to beat the Mavericks 123-121 on Monday, a win that kept Utah’s playoff hopes alive (they are half a game back of 8 seed Phoenix) and dropped Dallas down to the 7 seed. It was a huge game and a big win for the Jazz. But it was…

  15. Monday morning one liners: Beasley may not see qualifying offer

    Apr 16, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Michael Beasley

    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. • Don’t expect Michael Beasley to get a qualifying offer from Minnesota, writes Timberwolves…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. Millsap calls Spurs resting big three “slap in the face”

    Apr 10, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

    Note to Paul Millsap: It was nothing personal. He would do this against anyone. Spurs coach Gregg Popovich rested his big three — Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili — on Monday night when the Spurs took on the Jazz. Popovich didn’t care about the Spurs 11-game winning streak or the paying fans in…

  19. 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,…

  20. Popovoch decides to sit Duncan, Parker, Ginobili Monday vs. Jazz

    Apr 9, 2012, 8:15 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    Not one. Not two. But three. In a very Gregg Popovich move, the Spurs coach will set all of his big three — Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili — Monday night when San Antonio takes on Utah in the second game of a home-and-home and back-to-back, according to a tweet from Mike Monroe…

  21. Monday And-1 links: Lowry returns, Pietrus getting closer

    Apr 9, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    Kevin McHale, Kyle Lowry

    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. • After missing 15 games with a bacterial infection, Kyle Lowry was back in…

  22. Jazz GM O’Connor says team will not tank for pick

    Apr 5, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    derrick-favors-jazz

    From the AP: SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Conspiracy theorists might think the Utah Jazz have an interesting dilemma Friday night against Golden State. A Utah win will knock the Warriors farther down the standings while keeping the Jazz within striking distance of postseason play – scenarios that could leave the Jazz going from two possible…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Mayo sticks dagger in Thunder

    Apr 3, 2012, 2:58 AM EDT

    O.J. Mayo

    What you missed while watching Kentucky win the national title they seemed destined to win…. Memphis 94, Oklahoma City 88: Apparently the Thunder are not comfortable on top of my (and everybody’s) power rankings. This was always a dangerous letdown game for the Thunder — they beat the Heat, Lakers and Bulls in the eight…

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