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Kurt Helin

  1. Stumbling to the playoffs in the East

    Mar 19, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Atlanta Hawks

    Interesting post put up at Hoopdata, simply looking at playoff team’s records since the All-Star Break (coming into Saturday’s games). What you notice is some team’s stumbling to the finish line in the East. Chicago 11-3 Philadelphia 10-4 Boston 8-5 Orlando 8-5 New York 7-7 Miami 6-7 Indiana 6-9 Atlanta 5-9 We knew the Bulls…

  2. Kings move update: Anaheim may float bonds to upgrade arena

    Mar 19, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    honda-center-of-anaheim

    When the Maloof brothers asked the other NBA owners for more time to declare whether or not they were moving the Sacramento Kings this off-season, it was obviously to give them time to finish negotiations on the many facets of the deal still needing to be done. Like getting upgrades to the Honda Center in…

  3. Deron William’s wrist hit again; he may sit rest of season

    Mar 19, 2011, 12:55 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Larry Sanders

    Deron Williams had two injured wrists when he was traded from Utah to New Jersey. He’s played through the pain and said it would take weeks of rest (around a month) for his wrists to get right. It is altering his shot — he is hitting just 32.7 percent of his shots since coming to the…

  4. Could Clippers embarrassing owner drive Blake Griffin away?

    Mar 19, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    We’ve all been there — working for a boss so bad you started plotting your way out from the first day you were on the job. We’ve all got the horror stories. Clipper GM Neil Olshey has said Blake Griffin will be a Clipper forever. You can bet that is the desire of the front…

  5. Video: Jameer Nelson’s game winning three for Orlando

    Mar 19, 2011, 10:46 AM EDT

    Jameer Nelson, Orlando Magic

    Orlando was in a dogfight, a defensive struggle with the reborn Denver Nuggets. We’ll we’re going to call it a defensive struggle, you could also call it night of the ugly offense with missed shots (both teams shot under 40 percent) and turnovers for everyone. Bottom line, it was 82-82 with 5.2 seconds left when…

  6. How did our Friday NCAA prospects to watch do?

    Mar 19, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    kyrie-irving

    Today you should check out our Thursday prospects column again, basically everyone on that list is playing again on Saturday. But here’s a quick recap of Friday, first. Kyrie Irving, 6’2” guard, Duke: Well, that was impressive. He played just 20 minutes in his first game in three months, and he scored 14 points on…

  7. Jason Kidd admits he might retire if there is a lockout

    Mar 19, 2011, 8:02 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Phoenix Suns

    Father time has not been able to stop Jason Kidd. At 38 he has transformed his game, become one of the more deadly three-point shooters around, and he can still lead a team. He has said he wants to play until he’s 40. But a lockout that wipes out all of next season could change…

  8. Maloofs throw support behind GM Petrie amid swirling rumors

    Mar 18, 2011, 11:30 PM EDT

    George Maloof, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof

    You know how when you move it’s time to go through the closet and do a little pruning? Like throwing out the Neil Diamond sequin shirt that seemed like such a good idea when you were drinking in Vegas. You know, just pare down and clean up your life a little. Rumors have been making…

  9. Pistons start tallest back court in 24 years

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Indiana Pacers

    Detroit coach John Kuester’s random lottery starting lineups got interesting Friday night. They didn’t have Richard Hamilton to choose from as he left to be with his family after the passing of his grandmother. So the starting backcourt was 6’8” Tracy McGrady at the point and 6’11” Austin Daye at the two. That’s the tallest…

  10. Former Heat player Tim James to be honored for military service

    Mar 18, 2011, 7:46 PM EDT

    tim-james-draft

    Back in 1999, Tim James was drafted 25th overall out of the University of Miami by the hometown Heat. It seemed like the start of a perfect story. But it didn’t pan out that way. James played four games for the Heat as a rookie, spent the next season with the Charlotte Hornets and the…

  11. Michael Redd likely to return to Bucks next week

    Mar 18, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

    MRedd

    Michael Redd is close to a second comeback from a second devastating knee surgery and he could rejoin the Milwaukee Bucks next week. In January 2009 he tore the ACL and MCL in the left knee in a game. He rehabbed for nearly a year and returned the Bucks last season, played 18 games then…

  12. Is Doc Rivers ready to walk away from Boston after season?

    Mar 18, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

    Image (1) Rivers_Nicholson-thumb-250x166-12903.jpg for post 2332

    Doc Rivers almost left the Boston Celtics last season, but after coming within a quarter of an NBA title, and with the core of his team back, he decided to return and make another run at it. But will he walk away this summer? A lot of people in the coaching fraternity think he will,…

  13. Allen Iverson to start training to return to Turkey

    Mar 18, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    Allen Iverson left Turkey for a very sound medical reason — he had a lesion growing on his calf. For the past several months he’s been receiving treatment for it — shots of an anti-inflammatory drug around the lesion. It has worked and Iverson is ready to get back on the court, reports Ric Bucher…

  14. Danny Ainge most concerned that Celtics get healthy, rested

    Mar 18, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    There’s Rajon Rondo’s slump. There’s Shaquille O’Neal’s health and skills. There’s getting the No. 1 seed in the East. There’s a couple tough road trips ahead. There’s plenty of things that Celtics GM Danny Ainge could worry about. But what he is most worried about is getting the Celtics healthy and rested headed into the…

  15. Best bench lineups in NBA? Stats say look at contenders.

    Mar 18, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    Depth can matter more in the regular season than the playoffs, when rotations tighten and stars get extra minutes because games are not as stacked up on top of each other. But depth does matter in getting top seeds and home court, and it does matter in giving a coach matchup flexibility in the playoffs.…

  16. J.J. Redick’s MRI shows only abdominal strain, still out Friday

    Mar 18, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Image (1) nba_redick-thumb-250x185-6977.jpg for post 3009

    Magic sharpshooter J.J. Redick has missed the last four games for the team, so they decided to have an MRI done and make sure his abdominal muscle strain really was only a strain. And it is, the MRI came back negative, reports Josh Robins of Orlando Sentinel (via twitter). Redick still will sit out Orlando’s…

  17. Lakers GM: We’re not moving Andrew Bynum. For anybody.

    Mar 18, 2011, 1:42 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    Back at the trade deadline, plenty of Lakers fans were willing to ship Andrew Bynum out the door in a trade. In March, as he has gotten healthy, he has averaged 12.6 points, on 64.2 percent shooting, plus 14.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. Now, those same Lakers fans would never dream of moving…

  18. Mike D’Antoni to Knicks fans: “take some Prozac”

    Mar 18, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    From the second they gave up a lot of depth to bring in Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks past Spider-man the Musical as the thing with the most unrealistic expectations in New York. If they were a playoff team with one superstar in Amar’e Stoudemire, adding a second instantly made them a threat to Boston, Miami…

  19. Antawn Jamison confirms he is done for the season

    Mar 18, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Antawn Jamison

    This was expected — why would veteran Antawn Jamison rush his recovery to return for the final week of this Cavaliers season? — but it became official Thursday: Jamison is done for the season, he confirmed to the Plain Dealer. Speaking for the first time since surgery to repair the left little finger he fractured…

  20. NCAA to NBA: Prospects to watch Friday

    Mar 18, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Joevan Catron Kyle Irving Duke v Oregon

    Hope after one day your bracket is better than mine, which now should be used to line birdcages. The St. Johns and Louisville losses hurt me, got to stop picking teams from cities I like just because they’re from cities I like. And big favorites. Oh well…. We’re supposed to be watching for some NBA…

  21. PBT Friday morning one liners

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    JaVale McGee’s All-Star Dunk Contest double dunk reenacted — with peeps. (via Unsilent) Deadspin charted the possessions from the movie Hoosiers and broke it all down. Ronnie Price could return to the Jazz this weekend after missing 15 games. Our own John Korlik, at Cavs the Blog, has some interesting thoughts on DeMarcus Cousins. The…

  22. How did our Thursday NCAA prospects to watch do?

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    Brandon Knight Kentucky

    How a potential NBA draftee does in the NCAA tournament rarely makes or breaks them — scouts have been watching these guys game after game for a season or two. One good or bad game isn’t going to change their opinion. However, some GMs and coaches see fewer games, but they see the tournament ones.…

  23. Video: Derrick Rose celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with monster jam

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Deron Williams

    I have not delved into Derrick Rose’s ancestry, but for one day at least he and the rest of the Bulls were Irish, wearing the green and everything Thursday night against the Nets. Rose decided to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a huge dunk off a give-and-go from the top of the key. Just watch…

  24. JaVale McGee does not care what you think of his triple-double

    Mar 18, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Washington Wizards

    JaVale McGee got his first career triple-double against the Bulls Tuesday night — 12 rebounds, 12 blocked shots and 11 points. And he has taken heat for it. He got there because the Wizards — down 18 points on their way to a big loss — left their starting center in and ran 3 minutes…

  25. Video: Toney Douglass goes downtown

    Mar 18, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v New York Knicks

    The Knicks’ Toney Douglas was channeling Downtown Freddie Brown, or Petula Clark, or somebody, but he was dialed in from downtown Thursday. He had five three pointers in the first half, was 9-of-12 from three total and helped lead the Knicks to a franchise record 20 three pointers on the night. And you thought Douglass…

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