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  1. Report: Howard likes Clippers, Heat. Please make this stop.

    Mar 12, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Another day, another report that the Orlando Magic are leaning heavily toward keeping Dwight Howard in their camp and trying to convince him to stay. This time it’s in a series of tweets of from Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated we hear that Dwight is staying and that he still has no interest in going…

  2. Serious neck injury forces Spurs’ T.J. Ford to retire

    Mar 12, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    T.J. Ford

    Last Wednesday night T.J. Ford left the Spurs game with what was described as a “neck stinger,” the latest in a line of neck injuries the point guard has battled through in his career. Those injuries were a lot more serious than had been let on — doctors had told him to stop playing and…

  3. Report: Carmelo Anthony didn’t want J.R Smith on Knicks

    Mar 12, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New York Knicks

    That sound you hear all over Manhattan is the Knicks imploding. There are a lot of issues around the Knicks right now — except, surprisingly, their defense — but a lot of the issues at the heart of the current five-game losing streak tie back to chemistry and team make up. The Knicks assembled pieces…

  4. Monday And-1 links: Cavaliers rumors, Kobe passed and more

    Mar 12, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    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). Byron Scott says he doesn’t want the Cavaliers to trade Ramon Sessions at the deadline. Consider this some “give us the first round pick or…

  5. Rockets’ Kyle Lowry out 2-4 weeks with bacterial infection

    Mar 12, 2012, 10:34 AM EDT

    Kyle Lowry

    It was all a little weird. First Kyle Lowry tweeted that he was in pain and going to get an MRI, but that came back negative. Yet he spent a couple days in the hospital and was missing games. Now we have an answer — bacterial infection. A pretty scary answer. He will be out…

  6. Clippers not likely to get Ray Allen, won’t risk long term for short

    Mar 12, 2012, 9:48 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    It’s pretty easy to picture the Clippers as a serious threat to the Thunder in the West if they added Ray Allen — the Celtics sharp shooter who takes on the Clippers Monday night. The Clippers have struggled with production from the two guard spot since Chauncey Billups went down with an Achilles tendon injury.…

  7. Lakers, Celtics talk then kill Gasol for Rondo; LA still looking

    Mar 12, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Pau Gasol

    Pau Gasol and Rajon Rondo have both traveled a similar path this season. Both were offered up in a trade for Chris Paul, and when that didn’t work out they became the names fans of the Lakers and Celtics talked about shopping. For their part, both teams said they wanted to keep the guy publically,…

  8. Baseline to Baseline recaps: What kind of team are the Knicks?

    Mar 12, 2012, 4:07 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v New York Knicks

    What you missed while thinking if you are going to have two wives you may want to get off Facebook…. Lakers 97, Celtics 94: This rematch of a couple recent finals — which looked like those finals if you squinted really hard — was our game of the day. Sixers 106, Knicks 94: How this…

  9. Celtics Chris Wilcox out indefinitely with heart condition

    Mar 11, 2012, 9:07 PM EDT

    Chris Wilcox, Brandon Bass

    A second key Celtic bench player may be lost for the season due to a heart condition. Chris Wilcox, maybe the Celtics best big man off the bench this season, did not travel with the team to Los Angeles (a close loss to the Lakers on Sunday vs. game against the Clippers on Monday) due…

  10. Knicks’s J.R. Smith fined $25,000 for tweeting picture of woman

    Mar 10, 2012, 7:53 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    J.R Smith can get in trouble anywhere, not just China. Thursday J.R. Smith tweeted a picture of a scantily clad woman — model Tahiry Jose in a thong, with Smith commenting on the view of her backside — from his hotel room in Milwaukee. He took it down not long after, but that’s just not now…

  11. LeBron, Wade talk about passing off the game-winning shot

    Mar 10, 2012, 6:04 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    One week ago against the Jazz, LeBron James drove for a potential game-winning shot and when two defenders came to him he passed off to Udonis Haslem, who missed the shot. NBA fans screamed, “Why didn’t he take that shot? Why is he afraid of the big moment?” On Wednesday night in the final minute…

  12. Ricky Rubio may have torn ACL, would be done for season

    Mar 10, 2012, 12:56 AM EDT

    Rick Rubio

    It looked like just two knees colliding when it happened, but it appears something much more serious may have happened to Timberwolves rookie Ricky Rubio. With 16.4 seconds left in the game against the Lakers Friday night — and the Timberwolves up one —Rubio ran over to trap Kobe Bryant when the Lakers’ closer got…

  13. Video: Thunder with three blocks and a dunk

    Mar 9, 2012, 10:33 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook

    There are teams that execute better than the Oklahoma City Thunder, but there are none as athletic and long — and that leads to fun highlights. Like this one against the Cavaliers. Three Serge Ibaka blocks, one Kevin Durant block and a Russell Westbrook and James Harden fast break. It’s the most fun you’re going…

  14. Lakers offensive system not the problem, it’s the shooters

    Mar 9, 2012, 9:06 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers are frustrated. They are talking about wanting to run more triangle sets and less of Mike Brown’s east-to-west motion offense. I’ve said it’s less about the offense than the execution — the Lakers need to be an inside-out team, but are you when Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol combined take just 1.7 more…

  15. Orlando’s Turkoglu suspended one game for touching referee

    Mar 9, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

    Hedo Turkoglue

    We told you earlier today we expected this to come down, now it is official. Orlando forward Hedo Turkoglu has been suspended one game for making contact with an official, the league has announced. He will sit Sunday when the Magic take on the Pacers. During Thursday night’s game against the Bulls, Turkoglu disagreed with…

  16. The time Robert Parish refused to put up with Michael Jordan

    Mar 9, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    robert parish Bulls

    There is a fantastic story up at ESPNBoston.com looking at the end of the first “Big Three” in Boston — Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish. McHale and Bird finished their careers as Celtics, but people often forget that Parrish spent two years in Charlotte then went on to the 1996-97 Chicago Bulls —…

  17. Boston might trade one of “Big Three” but price is steep

    Mar 9, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Ray Allen, Nick Young

    Danny Ainge likes to tell the story about how when he was a Celtic Red Auerbach said he could have traded Boston’s legendary “big three” of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parish at the end of their careers but didn’t — and that Ainge wouldn’t make the mistake. Ainge felt holding on to them…

  18. Wizards might trade you McGee… if you take Blatche, too

    Mar 9, 2012, 3:38 PM EDT

    Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee

    UPDATE 7:38 PM: It’s not just McGee you can have if you take on Blatche, Michael Lee of the Washington Post tweets. Source just told me wizards have informed teams they can have any player except John Wall if they are willing to take Andray Blatche That is how bad the Wizards want Blatche out…

  19. Video: Dwight Howard scouts Bulls imitating Shaq, Barkley

    Mar 9, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

    Sprint NBA All Star Celebrity Game

    Dwight Howard was joking around before his team went out and beat the Bulls Thursday night and gave his scouting report on the team — while doing an imitation of Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley. Watch this or we’ll just give you another Dwight Howard trade rumor. Don’t make us do that. We feel like…

  20. Best prospect you won’t see in Tournament: Damian Lillard

    Mar 9, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Julian Demalleville

    Don’t you go sleeping on Weber State — they have sent eight guys to the NBA, most recently Lance Allred and Eddie Gill. And they have a lottery-level prospect this year in point guard Damian Lillard. However, those of you who like to do your NBA draft scouting during the NCAA Tournament are out of…

  21. Report: Magic a house divided on Dwight Howard trade

    Mar 9, 2012, 12:58 PM EDT

    Magic's Howard meditates just before the tip-off of their NBA basketball game with the New York Knicks in New York

    We all keep waiting for some kind of definitive decision from the Orlando Magic — are they going to keep or trade Dwight Howard? Maybe the reason we don’t have that answer is that the Magic are still divided on what they want to do, or what kind of trade package they want back. That’s…

  22. Bucks put Bogut on trade block, but you have to take Stephen Jackson too

    Mar 9, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut, Mario Chalmers, Shane Battier

    For a long time, Andrew Bogut was untouchable as a trade piece in Milwaukee — there just are not a lot of quality big men in the NBA and when healthy Bogut was a borderline All-Star. But he hasn’t really been healthy for several years — first his major elbow injury two years ago and…

  23. Richard Hamilton’s shoulder may not be right by playoffs

    Mar 9, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

    Richard Rip Hamilton

    At the end of the Bulls loss to the Magic Thursday night you saw how much Chicago misses Richard Hamilton — Chicago shot 2-for-10 in the final five minutes with Kyle Korver going an uncharacteristic 0-for-5. They needed another reliable scorer on the floor. Rip can be that scorer, but a shoulder injury has him…

  24. Friday And-1 links: Zach Randolph, trade rumors and more

    Mar 9, 2012, 11:20 AM EDT

    zach-randolph-game-6

    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). Zach Randolph is aiming to be back in the Grizzlies lineup next Tuesday against the Lakers. He has been out since Jan. 1 since tearing…

  25. Celtics don’t expect to make big move at trade deadline

    Mar 9, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    Avery Bradley, Mickael Pietrus, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen

    The rumors swirling around the Boston Celtics are of radical changes — Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen have all had their names come up in trade scenarios — but in the end it may all be a lot of words with no action. Well, it is an election year, we should expect a…

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