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  1. Jermaine O’Neal to be out two more weeks for Celtics

    Mar 2, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    As if there are not enough issues swirling around the Celtics right now…. Jermaine O’Neal — the best true center left on the Celtics roster — will be out at least two more weeks due to an injured left wrist that has bothered him since last season, the Boston Herald reports. After meeting with a…

  2. What was more impressive: Chamberlain’s 100 point game or Kobe’s 81?

    Mar 2, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Here is the statistic that most amazes me about Wilt Chamberlain’s 1962 season — he AVERAGED 50.4 points and 25.7 rebounds a game. Averaged. No player in the history of the league has been as physically superior to everyone around him as early Wilt. Notice I did not say his legendary 100-point game, which happened…

  3. Friday And-1 links: Ramon Sessions trade talk and more

    Mar 2, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

    Anthony Parker, Ramon Sessions

    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). Ramon Session trade rumors are still a hot topic. It may be close to the deadline when it happens but expect him to be moved.…

  4. Wilson Chandler will be with the Nuggets or no one

    Mar 2, 2012, 10:28 AM EDT

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    Quietly yesterday, the deadline passed for Wilson Chandler to play anywhere in the NBA except Denver. Chandler signed to play in China during the lockout, but he left before his team’s first round playoff series (against Stephon Marbury’s team) to try and negotiate a multi-year deal with an NBA deal. His Chinese team got swept…

  5. Making the advanced statistics movement relevant to players

    Mar 2, 2012, 9:21 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Joakim Noah, Luol Deng, Ronnie Brewer, Taj Gibson

    There is a fantastic, must read post over TrueHoop by Henry Abbott, timed to coincide with the start of the SLOAN Conference — THE sports statistics conference — going on at MIT in Boston this weekend. Abbott’s point is a good one: It’s one thing for a front office to have a bunch of advanced…

  6. Video: Dwyane Wade’s no look ally-oop to LeBron James

    Mar 2, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Miami Heats LeBron James shares a laugh with teammate Dwyane Wade during the fourth quarter of the Heats NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland

    LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were putting on a clinic in Portland on Thursday night. They combined for 71 points on just 55 shots, they were forces of nature on defense and the Trail Blazers really stood no chance. And in the open court, there is nothing like these two guys. That is one heck…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Another day, another Thunder comeback

    Mar 2, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Ryan Anderson

    What you missed while taking Google to court because their “street view” map option caught you urinating in your front yard…. Miami 107, Trail Blazers 93: This score doesn’t do justice to how much the Heat dominated this game, which we broke down as our game of the night. Thunder 105, Magic 102: Who says…

  8. Relentless Miami Heat wear down, blow out Trail Blazers

    Mar 2, 2012, 2:28 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    Portland came out with a real energy Thursday night — they were up for this one. Their All-Star, LaMarcus Aldridge, had a dozen first quarter points and the Blazers seemed to hit everything they put up. The Heat have been a juggernaut and for 12 minutes the Blazers matched it. But the Heat are relentless.…

  9. Video: David Stern talks Lin, lockout, more with Bob Costas

    Mar 1, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

    David Stern

    David Stern swung by Costas Tonight (on the NBC Sports Network) to do an interview that felt like old times — Bob Costas and Stern talking was a regular thing back in the NBA on NBC days. As you would expect, it’s a good interview. They covered everything from Jeremy Lin to the Hornets sale…

  10. Video: Wojnarowski talks Knicks potential (and trade deadline)

    Mar 1, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New York Knicks

    The Knicks scored 71 points  in the second half of Wednesday night’s win and they looked like what Knicks fans — and Mike D’Antoni — hoped to see: a powerful offense that can play a little defense. Yahoo Sports Adrian Wojnarowski was on NBC SportsTalk on Thursday and talked about the potential of these Knicks…

  11. Chris Bosh to miss next two Heat games for personal reasons

    Mar 1, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Miami Heat

    Our condolences go out to Chris Bosh, his grandmother has passed away. You are in our thoughts. Because of that, Bosh will be missing the Heat’s Thursday game against Portland and Friday against Utah. He is expected to return Sunday when the Heat travel to Los Angeles to take on the Lakers. The Heat will…

  12. Report: Pierce, Allen drawing more trade interest than Rondo

    Mar 1, 2012, 4:07 PM EDT

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    All the buzz today on your television and sports talk radio has been the idea that the Boston Celtics are ready to move Rajon Rondo. And they are — GM Danny Ainge isn’t “shopping” Rondo in the sense he is not calling around desperately trying to trade Rondo for a couple role players, the Celtics…

  13. Dwight Howard may land a lot of places, but not with Knicks

    Mar 1, 2012, 2:47 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    Any time a superstar is on the move via free agency, there are a couple teams that just automatically come up in the conversation. Whether there is anything to it or not. Fans will bring it up, rumors will get flowing, logic be damned. Like Dwight Howard to the Knicks. New York already has a…

  14. Report: Odom meets with Cuban, will return to Mavs soon

    Mar 1, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

    Shawn Marion, Lamar Odom, Vince Carter

    Personal issues surrounding an illness with his father have kept Lamar Odom away from the Mavericks since before the All-Star break. But it’s more than just that — the entire fit with Dallas has been poor this season. Odom has not seemed happy and he is not one of those players who can compartmentalize his…

  15. Kobe thinks someone will score 100 points in a game again

    Mar 1, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Friday is the 50th anniversary of Wilt Chamberlain scoring 100 points in a game. A feat that is shrouded in legend and myth, but in actuality was a bit bogus as teammates fouled the opposing team at the end of a blowout game to stop the clock, send them to the line and get the…

  16. Hawks pick up Dampier as insurance for rest of season

    Mar 1, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT

    Erick Dampier

    Eric Dampier isn’t brining a lot to the Atlanta Hawks the rest of this season. But the journeyman center provides some depth at a ravaged position in Atlanta. The Hawks have picked up Dampier for the rest of the season, Marc Spears of Yahoo tweets. Right now Zaza Pachulia is the starting center while everyone…

  17. Newest New York Ranger says Jeremy Lin can punch him

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    This is why you should be reading ProHockeyTalk… The New York Rangers have a new enforcer, John Scott. (For you hoops fans wondering what an enforcer does, think Charles Oakley if the NBA let him fight.) Before he was a Ranger he played for the Chicago Blackhawks. He and some Blackhawk teammates had taken in…

  18. Magic try to bring in players like Nash not ship Howard out

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    Steve Nash Dwight Howard

    Orlando is not ready to trade Dwight Howard. They may not be by March 15, but they certainly are not right now. In fact, multiple reports have them working the phones trying to bring in more talent to put around Howard rather than ship him out. And they know to keep him they can’t just…

  19. Barack Obama knew about Jeremy Lin before you did

    Mar 1, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    President Barack Obama

    It’s part of being President of the United States — you get information before everyone else. Of course, most of that is about things like the nuclear capabilities of Iran and other such actually important matters. But he gets basketball information, too. Like about Jeremy Lin, the Harvard-graduate Knicks sensation. He told Grantland’s Bill Simmons…

  20. Wednesday And-1 links: The most miserable sports city in America is…

    Mar 1, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    georgia-atlanta

    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). What is the most miserable sports city in the United States? Forbes says it’s Atlanta — thanks Hawks for doing your part to get them…

  21. Clippers ask long-time fan Clipper Darrell to stop using that name

    Mar 1, 2012, 11:04 AM EDT

    clipper darrell

    This is about brand image and money getting in the way of passion. It’s about misguided loyalty. It’s about the Clippers still being the Clippers. You know Darrell Baily as Clipper Darrell — the most passionate, long-time fan the Clippers have ever had. The guy with the blue-and-red suit (and car to match). He was…

  22. Nowitzki leaves game with back pain, questionable for Friday

    Mar 1, 2012, 10:23 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    Dirk Nowitzki played just 10 minutes on Wednesday — scoring one point on one shot attempt — before heading to the locker room with back pain that kept him out the rest of the night. While this does not appear to be anything serious or long-term, his status for the Mavericks game Wednesday is up…

  23. Add neck pain to list of Kobe Bryant injuries

    Mar 1, 2012, 9:44 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant neck

    Arthritic finger? Check. Torn ligament in wrist? Check? Broken nose? Check. Knees that require fancy German blood procedure? Check. Sore neck? Add that to the list. Kobe Bryant has neck pain that is requiring special treatment as well, he told the Orange County Register. “Feels like it’s just constant throbbing at the base of my…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bulls look every bit the contender

    Mar 1, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Taj Gibson, Ronnie Brewer, Joakim Noah

    What you missed while realizing that it’s time to turn off the autocorrect on your phone before someone gets hurt…. Bulls 96, Spurs 89: That is why the Chicago Bulls are contenders. They played a fantastic game behind Derrick Rose, who had 29 points and made all the big plays at the end, including a…

  25. Kobe says not to blame Dwyane Wade for injury

    Mar 1, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    It isn’t the type of play you normally see in an All-Star Game, where there is normally as much defense played as you see in a 100-yard dash. At the start of the second half the All-Star Game both Dwyane Wade and LeBron James tried to pick up the defensive intensity and get the East…

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