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  1. Quote of the Day: Kevin Garnett doesn’t really love rebounding

    Mar 7, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    “I like nothing about it. It’s something I have to do, it’s something I’m decent at and something I know how to do.” —Kevin Garnett talking rebounding on the day he passes Shaquille O’Neal to move into 12th on the NBA’s all-time rebounding list, as reported by Paul Flannery ‏of WEEI in Boston. KG is…

  2. Atlantic Division lead in balance as Celtics face 76ers

    Mar 7, 2012, 8:04 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo

    If the NBA playoffs started today, Philadelphia would be the Atlantic Division winners and four seed taking on the Pacers. Boston and New York would be the seven and eight seeds and get the Bulls and the Heat in the first round. Boston and New York need to move up — and the easiest way…

  3. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Bobcats and Pistons both won. Seriously.

    Mar 7, 2012, 4:02 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    What you missed while playing a sport where you use stun guns on your opponents… Pistons 88, Lakers 85 (OT): This is why I can’t take the Lakers seriously as a contender — because after each of their big wins this year they turned around the next game and laid an egg (beat Boston lost…

  4. Mark Cuban still has Odom’s back. That will not change.

    Mar 7, 2012, 1:40 AM EDT

    Lamar Odom

    Mark Cuban has worked hard to change the culture around the Dallas Mavericks into a place players want to be. A place where they are comfortable and can thrive in part because they know management has their back. It hasn’t worked that way for Lamar Odom — he has not played well since coming to…

  5. Dwyane Wade tweaks ankle, does not return to game

    Mar 6, 2012, 11:09 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    On the bright side, if you were going to tweak your ankle, this was the game to do it. Dwyane Wade suffered what the team is calling a “tweak” to his ankle in the second quarter and he did not return to the game. Thing is, he didn’t have to push it because the Heat…

  6. Happy 40th Birthday Shaq (here are some career higlights)

    Mar 6, 2012, 7:58 PM EDT

    O'NEAL

    A bit of a clown at times? Sure. Did he get the most he could have out of his talents? No. But still one of the most dominant centers ever to play the game? For sure. One of the most entertaining players ever to come through the NBA? No doubt. Happy 40th birthday, Shaquille O’Neal.…

  7. Kenneth Faried works harder at his job than you do at yours

    Mar 6, 2012, 6:59 PM EDT

    Kenneth Faried, Kurt Thomas

    David Thorpe — Executive Director of the Pro Training Center and ESPN analyst — has a saying: Energy is a skill. You need to have an elite level skill — rebounding, shooting, defending — to really impact an NBA game. But hustle, being a true energy guy, can do that, too. A guy who just…

  8. Bulls catch break: Hamilton day-to-day with shoulder bruise

    Mar 6, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls

    There was a lot of worry around the Chicago Bulls when Richard Hamilton left the game Monday night — he had missed more than half of the Bulls games this season and this latest shoulder injury seemed like it could be one that kept him out a while. But the Bulls catch a break. Here…

  9. Andray Blatche says all the boos wearing on him, Wizards

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:53 PM EDT

    Ray Allen, Andray Blatche

    It can’t be fun coming to work knowing that 15,000 people (or however many people are actually showing up for Wizards games now) are going to boo you. It would make you second-guess yourself. Which is exactly what Andray Blatche said is happening after another Wizards loss Monday. He gets boos every time he pretty…

  10. Knicks ticket prices to go up again next season

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:25 PM EDT

    Madison Square Garden

    The “cheap” seats at Madison Square Garden are about to get less so. Last year ticket prices for New York Knicks games jumped a whopping 49 percent as the renovation of Madison Square Garden’s lower bowl (combined with a team actually worth seeing) changed the economics of one of the NBA’s legendary buildings. James Dolan…

  11. Video: Was Blake Griffin’s takedown of Luke Ridnour dirty?

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:11 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

    Blake Griffin is a chippy player. Which he needs to be — he’s a big man who is physical and other teams respond with physicality. If he didn’t push back and hold his ground (both physically and in terms of intimidation) he’d be swept aside. But there is a line there with being chippy and…

  12. One way or another, Raptors cutting ties with Anthony Carter

    Mar 6, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

    Carter_Anthony

    This isn’t going to help his trade value. Not that there was a whole lot to begin with. Toronto is either going to trade Anthony Carter or release the veteran point guard after the trade deadline, reports Doug Smith at the Toronto Star. The Raptors are going to try to either move the veteran guard…

  13. Kidd says Mavericks’ title should mean more respect from refs

    Mar 6, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin defends Dallas Mavericks point guard Jason Kidd in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    I just expect more out of the champions, out of a veteran team like this. After another Dallas lost on Monday night where they ran some terrible execution on plays in the final couple of minutes, Jason Kidd pulled out the card most used by struggling teams without a good answer — it’s the referees’…

  14. Magic GM says 6 to 8 teams pushing for Dwight Howard

    Mar 6, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Apparently there are a number of teams in the “rent-a-Howard” market. The latest news on the Dwight Howard trade front is that while teams are lining up for a shot to get him even if it is for just the rest of this season, right now there is no movement. We cannot emphasize this enough…

  15. Tuesday And-1 links: Kyrie Irving will not play for Australia

    Mar 6, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT

    Cavaliers Irving reacts to making a three point basket in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    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). Kyrie Irving is not going to be on Team USA in London in 2012, but he had a standing offer from Australia (he was born…

  16. One potential landing spot for Chris Kaman: Indiana Pacers

    Mar 6, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

    Chris Kaman, Nene

    Officially, the New Orleans Hornets “remain open” to trading Chris Kaman, reports the Times-Picayune. What that really means is they are going to trade Chris Kaman before the deadline. The question is where. One possible answer is Indiana, according to the Indianapolis Star. The Pacers have an All-Star center in Roy Hibbert but the depth…

  17. Rip Hamilton injures shoulder, could be out a while

    Mar 6, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    Richard Hamilton

    Well, on the up side the Bulls are used to playing without Richard Hamilton in the lineup. And they may be for a while — Rip injured his shoulder in the Bulls win Monday over the Pacers. There are not a lot of details but what Aggrey Sam found out for CSNChicago.com doesn’t make it…

  18. NBA owners to discuss ads on jerseys at next meeting

    Mar 6, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    WNBA Sue Bird Ad jersey

    It’s common in Europe — when you picture a Manchester United jersey you picture the AON on the chest. Same with any soccer or basketball team, the sponsors’ name where we expect to see the team name is expected. What about ads on NBA jerseys? Patches somewhere promoting whatever company shelled out the bucks? The…

  19. Video: Ty Lawson with overtime game winner for Nuggets

    Mar 6, 2012, 8:14 AM EDT

    Ty Lawson

    In case you haven’t noticed, Ty Lawson has been a force since the All Star break — last week he  averaged 20.7 points, 11.7 assists and 7 rebounds a game. Oh, and he had 4 turnovers. Total. All week. Then there is this — his overtime game winner against the Kings. Which looks a lot…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kevin Love outduels Blake Griffin

    Mar 6, 2012, 7:43 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers forward Reggie Evans in Minneapolis

    What you missed while buying way more Girl Scout cookies than you really should… Thunder 95, Mavericks 92: Oklahoma City scored the final eight points to win another close contest, which was our game of the night. Timberwolves 95, Clippers 94: With all their mistakes late, I have no idea how the Timberwolves pulled this…

  21. Another close game, another Oklahoma City Thunder win

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:41 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook

    Oklahoma City has been one of the best teams in close games all season — when games are within 3 points (either way) in the last three minutes, the Thunder were 13-3 coming into Monday night. Make that 14-3. Monday night they won another close one, this time beating the Dallas Mavericks 95-91 by scoring…

  22. Video: Sonny Weems with an impressive dunk contest… in Lithuania

    Mar 5, 2012, 11:53 PM EDT

    Ramunas Siskauskas (L) of CSKA vies with

    You remember Sonny Weems, right? Spent the couple seasons before this in Toronto, played for Denver before that. Like a lot of guys on the NBA fringe, he had a hard decision to make during the lockout and he decided to get paid and signed to play in Lithuania. Where he was part of their…

  23. Veterans say there are sometimes bounties in NBA

    Mar 5, 2012, 8:46 PM EDT

    barkley-sixers

    It’s not exactly the same as Gregg Williams and what is going on with the New Orleans Saints, but a couple of veteran players interviewed this week say the idea of bounties offered for hitting and hurting an NBA player are not unheard of. Cedric Maxwell, who played 11 seasons in the NBA (most famously…

  24. Keith Smart gets contract extension to stay as Kings’ coach

    Mar 5, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT

    Keith Smart

    Better not use the word “interim” around him anymore. Co-owner Joe Maloof said the other day the Kings did not plan to let coach Keith Smart go, they liked the job he had done since taking over seven games in for Paul Westphal as coach. Today that became official. The team announced that they are…

  25. Nets’ Lopez out 3 weeks with sprained ankle. Now what for Howard trade?

    Mar 5, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

    Brook Lopez

    We warned you that Brook Lopez’s ankle sprain early in the third quarter Sunday was pretty bad. You know it is not good when the coach will not address it after the game, saying they need to wait a day. The good news is that X-rays came back negative, but the bad news is that…

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