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  1. Video: Bismack Biyombo with game-winning block for Bobcats

    Mar 13, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT

    Bismack Biyombo,  Chris Kaman

    I know, we should have a policy of running Bobcats video every time they win. I really need to work on that. For now, settle for my favorite play from Monday night — Bismack Biyombo with the game winning block. The Bobcats and Hornets had everything you would expect from two of the worst teams…

  2. Magic deny report Howard can decide fate of coach, GM

    Mar 13, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Stan Van Gundy

    It’s nothing new for a star player to have sway over who gets chosen as coach or in the front office. Magic Johnson pushed Paul Westhead out to door after they had won a title, and the Clippers were rumored to make that pitch to LeBron James a couple of years ago (but I’m sure…

  3. Report: Warriors owner kills Monta Ellis to Orlando

    Mar 13, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    Do the Orlando Magic want to acquire Monta Ellis in a desperate effort to prove to Dwight Howard how they want to keep him and put real talent around him? You bet they do. But it takes two teams to make a trade, and reports out of the Bay Area have consistently said they would…

  4. Report: Like Knicks fans, ‘Melo unhappy with D’Antoni

    Mar 13, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Jeremy Lin, Mike D'Antoni

    The scapegoats of the week in New York are Carmelo Anthony and Mike D’Antoni — clearly they are the reasons the Knicks have lost six in a row. And now, we bring you the next phase of the Knicks implosion — infighting and blaming the coach. From Marc Berman of the New York Post. There…

  5. Tuesday And-1 links: Rondo’s pregame meal? Sushi.

    Mar 13, 2012, 11:20 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Rajon Rondo celebrates during their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers in Los Angeles

    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). Rajon Rondo’s pregame meal? Sushi, of course. (I was in the locker room last night and can confirm this.) What would life be like if…

  6. Frustrated Derrick Rose criticizes referees, fine coming soon

    Mar 13, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Chicago Bulls

    Derrick Rose is a smart man, he knew as he was ripping the referees after the Bulls win over the Knicks Monday night that a fine would be forthcoming. But the man with the new big contract with the Bulls — not to mention a new big deal with Adidas — seemed to think the…

  7. Magic may want to land Ellis, but trade complicated, unlikely

    Mar 13, 2012, 10:33 AM EDT

    Monta Ellis, Chris Singleton

    It looks more and more like the Orlando Magic are going to go with the Jerry West philosophy and call Dwight Howard’s bluff — go ahead and leave us and that guaranteed $30 million on the table. (Which is not really $30 million, really, but we’ll get to that.) What’s more, they are trying to…

  8. Danny Ainge: “Rondo’s not being traded”

    Mar 13, 2012, 8:37 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo (9) shoots over Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Boston

    Danny Ainge was unequivocal as you can be in speaking with A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com before the Celtics took on the Clippers Monday night. “Rondo’s not being traded,” Danny Ainge, Boston’s president of basketball operations, told CSNNE.com prior to the Celtics facing the Los Angeles Clippers. “I don’t know how many times I have…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Another day, another Knicks loss

    Mar 13, 2012, 7:56 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Chandler is defended by Chicago Bulls' Asik, Gibson and Butler during their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    What you missed while getting Michael Jordan’s likeness shaved into your hair… Celtics 94, Clippers 85: The Celtics sucked all the fun out of Lob City, and it worked for them in our game of the night. Timberwolves 127, Suns 124: It was a shootout in the desert, and our own Brett Pollakoff was there.…

  10. Celtics suck the fun out of Clippers style, earn the win

    Mar 13, 2012, 2:54 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics Avery Bradley slam dunks over the Los Angeles Clippers during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Teams have to learn how to win at the NBA level. How to play to their strengths, how to recognize the mismatch and exploit it, how to go to the counter when the first option is taken away. Boston knows how to do that — their depleted roster and aging bodies may not let them…

  11. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak sticks up for boss Jim Buss

    Mar 12, 2012, 11:54 PM EDT

    Mike Brown poses with Jerry Buss, Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak after a news conference in Los Angeles

    When somebody asks you how your boss is doing, what exactly are you going to say? True or not there is only one answer and it’s the one Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak gave it when he sat down with the Los Angeles Times for a lengthy interview. Jim Buss has become the guy Lakers fans…

  12. Why did Celtics win their first year together while Heat fell short, Clippers struggle?

    Mar 12, 2012, 10:19 PM EDT

    Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    The Boston Celtics have been the model. In 2008 they brought together a big three — Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen coming in to join Paul Pierce — and that first year they won a title. It was instant success, they were the team to beat in the NBA that season from day one. Last…

  13. Video: Howard Beck talks Knicks problems, D’Antoni’s hot seat

    Mar 12, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni

    Putting your finger on the one thing wrong with the Knicks right now is like putting your finger on the one thing wrong with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It would take more fingers than you have. Howard Beck of the New York Times talked about that on NBC’s SportsTalk on Monday. Through it all,…

  14. Why won’t Orlando trade Howard? He killed the market.

    Mar 12, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Here’s a little different spin from the standard “the Magic aren’t going to trade Dwight Howard because they want to keep him” take: The Magic couldn’t trade him if they wanted because Howard never gave up his power over the situation. Here it is, from Ken Berger at CBSSports.com. “The player holds all the cards,”…

  15. Report: Magic working on three-team deal to get Monta Ellis

    Mar 12, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    I am starting this post off with a disclaimer: Take this actual report with a grain of salt. It is a long, long way from reality. I bring you this more as a way of discussing the mindset in Orlando. A report from Real GM (via IamaGM) has the Orlando Magic working hard on a…

  16. Remembering when Shumpert was part Doberman, part kitten

    Mar 12, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

    Iman Shumpert,  Ryan Anderson, Dwight Howard,  J.J. Redick

    Heading into the Bulls game against the Knicks Monday night — good luck New York getting your struggling offense going against the Bulls defense — J.J. Stankevitz at CSNChicago.com had a little fun digging through the past of Iman Shumpert. Shumpert comes out of Oak Park, a Chicago suburb, and so Stankevitz went and talked…

  17. Reports: Portland shopping Crawford to Clippers, Bobcats

    Mar 12, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    Jamal Crawford and his up-tempo, shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later style has not meshed with the grind it out ways of Nate McMillan in Portland. It hasn’t been fun for him. What could possibly be worse. Charlotte. On the other hand, he could land with everyone’s new favorite team the Clippers. There are a few different reports out there.…

  18. Report: Injured or not, Warriors may make run at Andrew Bogut

    Mar 12, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    Andrew Bogut may not be available until the playoffs at best. The Golden State Warriors are not making the playoffs. (Sorry Warriors fans, I know it’s mathematically possible, but you need to accept it. You can’t keep the same mediocre roster and expect different results.) Still, the Warriors are looking to make a run at…

  19. NBA Power Rankings: Bulls, Heat own top two spots. Again.

    Mar 12, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    The trade deadline could really shake up the power rankings… but probably not. 1. Bulls (34-9, last week ranked number 1). The Bulls keep winning while they are banged up — Joakim Noah is back Monday for the Knicks but Luol Deng and Richard Hamilton are out. Those wins are really impressive. But the big…

  20. Report: Brandon Jennings on the trade block “for right price”

    Mar 12, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 1

    All you fans trying to dream up trade scenarios where your team can land a star point guard by just trading away a rack of shootaround basketballs — or Luke Walton — we have another name to consider. Brandon Jennings. They are rethinking everything in Milwaukee and injured center Andrew Bogut was already on the…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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