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  1. Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman on long 2s: ‘You know what? Those numbers you can stick… alright? You know, all you analytical people that take that’

    Mar 4, 2014, 12:39 PM EDT

    Randy Witman

    In simple terms, there are four types of shots by location: Short 2s (at the rim) Long 2s (defined here as everywhere else inside the arc, which is a different definition than commonly used) Short 3s (corners) Long 3s (above the break) Here’s a breakdown of how many points per shot NBA teams score from…

  2. Jermaine O’Neal treating this season like it’s his last

    Mar 4, 2014, 10:27 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    Jermaine O’Neal has spent three careers in the NBA. He entered the league as its youngest player – undercutting Kobe Bryant by a few months – and spent four seasons in Portland buried on the bench. Then, he went to Indiana and made six straight All-Star games, even finishing third in 2004 MVP voting. Afterward,…

  3. Steve Nash maintains desire to return next season

    Mar 4, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    Steve Nash, Mike D'Antoni, Gary Vitti, Steve Blake

    Steve Nash’s season is over. At least, Mike D’Antoni thinks so. Nash hasn’t played in three weeks, and he’s played just 10 games all season. He’s also 40, the NBA’s oldest player. When you get that age, serious injuries aren’t viewed as potentially season-ending. They’re all viewed as potentially career-ending. Nash isn’t ready to retire,…

  4. Ty Lawson crossover breaks Corey Brewer’s ankles

    Mar 4, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Ty Lawson, J.J. Barea

    Ty Lawson seemed to lose balance slightly while crossing over Corey Brewer, but that’s nothing compared to what happens to Brewer. (hat tip: Ben Golliver of Point Forward)

  5. Extra Pass: The other side of LeBron James’ 61-point game

    Mar 4, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    CHRIS DOUGLAS-ROBERT, LEBRON JAMES

    When Carmelo Anthony scored 62 points against the Charlotte Bobcats, Bobcats coach Steve Clifford blamed his team. “We weren’t ready to play,” Clifford said. “We made mistakes that allowed him room. He got going.” When LeBron James scored 61 points against Charlotte a few weeks later, Clifford credited LeBron. “Tonight, we did the right things,”…

  6. LeBron James’ 61-point game re-ignites MVP race with Kevin Durant

    Mar 4, 2014, 12:02 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Miami Heat

    LeBron James could barely muster the strength to lift his head. He walked upcourt with his eyes to the ground, looked up to wave a dribbling Mario Chalmers ahead, and then dropped his eyes back to the court. The Miami Heat called timeout, and LeBron removed his facemask while dragging himself toward the bench. Spent…

  7. Jason Collins makes Brooklyn home debut

    Mar 3, 2014, 10:12 PM EDT

    Jason Collins

    When Jason Collins became the first openly gay athlete to play in any of the four major North American team sports, he got a nice ovation –  in Los Angeles. Since signing Collins, the Nets have played at the Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks. But tonight, the Nets returned to Brooklyn,…

  8. LeBron James breaks personal, Miami Heat single-game scoring records with 61 points

    Mar 3, 2014, 9:37 PM EDT

    LeBron

    By the numbers: 61 – Points LeBron James scored against the Bobcats tonight 56 – LeBron’s previous career high (set as Cleveland Cavalier in a 2005 loss to the Toronto Raptors) 56 – Miami Heat’s previous franchise record (set by Glen Rice in a 1995 win over the Orlando Magic 33 – Shots LeBron took, joining Kobe Bryant and…

  9. LeBron James wants to attend Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ jersey retirement – in Cleveland

    Mar 3, 2014, 9:06 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Zydrunas Ilgauskas rests his head on the shoulder of LeBron James in Cleveland

    LeBron James, to nobody’s surprise, is the all-time leading scorer in Cleveland Cavaliers history. Who’s No. 2? Zydrunas Ilgauskas, one of the most underrated of the previous generation of NBA players. Ilgauskas overcame serious injuries to claim the Cavaliers’ franchise record for games played and made two All-Star games. He possessed a nice touch around…

  10. Dwyane Wade sitting out Bobcats game

    Mar 3, 2014, 7:22 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat

    Dwyane Wade hasn’t played more than six straight games in 2014, and that won’t change tonight. Wade has played in each of Miami’s last six contests, averaging 21.4 points on 62 percent shooting with 5.8 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. If the Heat get this Wade in the playoffs, they’ll likely be…

  11. Ty Lawson returning for Nuggets tonight

    Mar 3, 2014, 6:20 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets Lawson celebrates a three-point shot against Golden State Warriors in their NBA Western Conference quarter-final basketball playoff in Denver

    The Denver Nuggets were 24-24 and hanging in the outside range of the playoff race when Ty Lawson broke his rib. The good news: Lawson is returning. Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post: Ty Lawson (rib) says he will return to action tonight be Minnesota. #Nuggets — Chris Dempsey (@dempseypost) March 3, 2014 He has…

  12. Report: Jason Collins to receive second 10-day contract from Brooklyn Nets

    Mar 3, 2014, 5:29 PM EDT

    Jason Collins, ZaZa Pachulia

    The Brooklyn Nets already made history. Now they’re going to make a roster move. The Nets signed Jason Collins to a 10-day contract, making him the first openly gay athlete to play in a major North American team sport. That contract expires Tuesday, so Brooklyn will reportedly give him another deal. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo…

  13. Chauncey Billups considering retirement

    Mar 3, 2014, 2:33 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups, Courtney Lee, Andre Drummond

    Chauncey Billups has been a star, a role player and a buried bench player. He’s played for winners and losers. He’s been young and old. He’s seen it all, and as one of the NBA’s smartest players, he’s learned it all. So, he knows where his career is headed. Billups, who recently had knee surgery,…

  14. DeMar DeRozan wants to know where he’d get picked in 2009 re-draft

    Mar 3, 2014, 12:30 PM EDT

    Warriors Raptors Basketball

    Imagining how previous NBA drafts would play out in hindsight is always fun, an instant debate starter for basketball fans. I’m sure we’ve all wasted a countless hours analyzing questions like: Carmelo Anthony or Chris Bosh No. 3 behind LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in 2004? Do half the top-eight picks in 2013 remain in…

  15. Carmelo Anthony liked ‘Melo to Chicago’ sign at Knicks-Bulls game

    Mar 3, 2014, 11:30 AM EDT

    Carlos Boozer, Carmelo Anthony, Jimmy Butler

    (video via CSN Chicago) Asked what he thought of a “Melo to Chicago” sign in the stands during the Knicks’ loss to the Bulls on Sunday, Carmelo Anthony didn’t simply pass on the question like most in his situation would have. “It was a good sign,” Melo said with a laugh. “It was a good…

  16. Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown unsure whether his team will win again this season

    Mar 3, 2014, 11:00 AM EDT

    Brett Brown

    On Jan. 30, the Milwaukee Bucks held a 6.5-game “lead” over the Philadelphia 76ers for the NBA’s worst record. The Bucks seemed primed to run away with the league’s best lottery odds. Never underestimate the 76ers, though. Since, Philadelphia has ripped off a 14-game losing streak – the NBA’s worst skid of the season –…

  17. Evan Turner playing point guard for Pacers

    Mar 3, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

    Evan Turner, Chris Johnson

    With starting point guard George Hill out injured the last two games, the Indiana Pacers have undertaken an interesting experiment: using Evan Turner at point guard. Turner, a wing by trade, played point guard at Ohio State and dabbled at the position in Philadelphia. In Indiana, he was expected to take Danny Granger’s minutes as…

  18. Phil Jackson on returning to Lakers (‘I don’t think so’) and coaching Rockets (‘I mean. Um’)

    Mar 3, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    Memorial Service For Los Angeles Lakers Owner Dr. Jerry Buss

    Only one thing will end rumors of Phil Jackson returning to coaching: His death. But Jackson is still kicking, answering questions at age 68 about when and where he might coach next. Of course, the Lakers – with whom he was a candidate before they ultimately hired Mike D’Antoni – came up first. Jackson’s 11…

  19. Pistons deny interest in Isiah Thomas

    Mar 3, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Isiah Thomas

    Breath easy, Pistons fans. Isiah Thomas – reported to be a top contender to replace Joe Dumars as Detroit’s general manager – is not being considered, the team says. David Mayo of MLive: A spokesman for Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores called a report that the team is wooing Isiah Thomas as its next general…

  20. Jimmy Butler runs length of court through stands during play

    Mar 2, 2014, 6:30 PM EDT

    Iman Shumpert, Jimmy Butler

    Leaping over a row of seats to save a loose ball isn’t easy, but players typically get a running start on the court first. Getting back onto the court, starting with no momentum and in a crowd, can prove a little more difficult. The Bulls’ Jimmy Butler definitely found a creative solution in Chicago’s win…

  21. Mark Cuban wants elite basketball prospects in the D-League, not college

    Mar 2, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    The NCAA treats top-level basketball players terribly. A cartel system keeps their compensation artificially low and binds them to needlessly restrictive rules. But there’s no great alternative. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban wants to change that. Cuban, via Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com: “I think what will end up happening — and this is my opinion,…

  22. Bobcats waive Ben Gordon after deadline for him to join playoff roster

    Mar 2, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

    Ersan Ilyasova, Ben Gordon

    A year ago, the Charlotte Bobcats tried to trade Ben Gordon – and apparently couldn’t. A week ago, they tried to buy out Gordon – and apparently couldn’t. But they could waive him. Bobcats news release: Charlotte Bobcats President of Basketball Operations Rod Higgins announced today that the team has requested waivers on guard Ben…

  23. Report: Pistons considering hiring Isiah Thomas as general manager

    Mar 2, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

    Isiah Thomas

    Isiah Thomas, as general manager of the New York Knicks, built loser after loser, pulverized the team’s cap structure and exposed Madison Square Garden to an eight-digit sexual-harassment lawsuit. Just the man who deserves another chance to run a team. That’s reportedly the logic of Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores, who could be weeks from…

  24. Scott Brooks not concerned with Thunder contesting lowest rate of jumpers in NBA

    Feb 27, 2014, 4:30 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving, Serge Ibaka

    After hearing Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brook say he’s “concerned about making sure that every shot is contested,” NBA.com’s John Schumann tested the numbers. Turns out, the numbers say the Thunder contest the lowest percentage of jumpers in the NBA. First, the definition Schumann uses: SportVU defines a jump shot as any shot out…

  25. Report: Bulls and Cavaliers interested in Jimmer Fredette

    Feb 27, 2014, 2:31 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Sacramento Kings

    Jimmer Fredette, who will soon be bought out by the Sacramento Kings, doesn’t run an offense well, and he’s too small to play shooting guard regularly – though he defends both backcourt positions poorly, anyway. There’s a reason the Kings didn’t pick up the fourth-year option on his rookie contract and are buying him out…

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