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  1. Will Lakers, Clippers oppose Kings relocation to Anaheim?

    Mar 7, 2011, 9:46 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    Does the greater Los Angeles area really need more NBA teams than New Yorks has, and will have even after the Nets move to Brooklyn? More than Chicago? The Sacramento Kings are serious about a move to Anaheim and negotiations are ongoing. But according to Mitch Lawrence at the New York Post (via Eye On…

  2. Video: Zach Randolph drains the game winner to beat Mavs

    Mar 7, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Just moments before this play, Dirk Nowitzki hit what looked like the game-winning shot. But then Zach Randolph of the Grizzlies bested him. With a very Dirk-like shot — a high-arcing deep two pointer taken with a hand in his face. The shot Dirk has made a career out of. You can add Dallas to…

  3. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Andre Iguodala has got it going on. Again.

    Mar 7, 2011, 7:07 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, David Lee

    What you missed while staring at the earth’s two suns…. The Bulls beating the Heat and the Lakers thumping the Spurs were our two games of the day Sunday. In other action: Sixers 125, Warriors 117 (OT): Teams often exit Warriors games with gaudy statistics, so we’ll chalk Evan Turner’s 20 points up to that.…

  4. Chris Paul suffers concussion, leaves court on stretcher, but tests negative

    Mar 7, 2011, 12:19 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    That looked scary. It could have ended up much, much worse. In the third quarter us Sunday night Chris Paul drove the lane against the Cleveland Cavaliers, lost the ball, turned his head to find it as he slammed his head into the arm ad shoulders of Ramon Session. Paul collapsed to the floor and…

  5. Shaquille O’Neal now out “indefinitely”

    Mar 6, 2011, 10:35 PM EDT

    shaquille o'neal Celtics

    Shaquille O’Neal will be back in the Celtics lineup… sometime. Just as he was about to return from a right Achilles tendon injury, now he is having right foot soreness. Basically, the Celtics have stopped trying to guess when he will be back, reports A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England. “He (O’Neal) worked out…

  6. Spoelstra makes mistake in saying Heat players cry after loss

    Mar 6, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat

    There is no crying in basketball. Well, there is, but we don’t really talk about it. Basketball is an emotional game. Well, it is if you care. So not for Andray Blatche most nights. But if you are invested — as any professional player should be — there will be wild emotional highs (we all…

  7. Lakers send message to Spurs (and anyone else watching)

    Mar 6, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili

    Phil Jackson did not treat this like any other game. He spent extra time in film preparation for this game, according to ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave Miller (a former Hornet assistant coach). He sent Kobe Bryant back into the fourth quarter of a blowout, when Kobe usually has ice on his knees. With 3:11 left…

  8. What does another Miami Heat loss tell us? That Chicago is good.

    Mar 6, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Boozer

    For many this s going to be about Miami losing again in a close game against an elite team (87-86 to the Bulls). About the Heat players crying in the locker room afterward. About how the Heat are now 1-16 this season on shots to tie or win in the final 10 seconds of the…

  9. Facebook users like the NBA. A lot.

    Mar 6, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT

    NBA Facebook

    The NBA gets it. Twitter, Facebook, not ripping down videos off of YouTube. The NBA has embraced both the Web and social media. And that has put them light years ahead of the other major sports leagues in this arena. That was highlighted at the Sloan Sports Analytics Conference (and reported at TrueHoop, who killed…

  10. Time to see if the Lakers have figured out the Spurs puzzle

    Mar 6, 2011, 12:08 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan,  Kobe Bryant

    If it is not Lakers vs. Spurs in a May best-of-seven series to be the Western Conference champion, it will be a little disappointing. Sorry Mr. Cuban, Mr. Durant. It’s not personal, we do like you. You’re teams are entertaining and quite good. But Lakers/Spurs would match the two teams in the West best built…

  11. Video: Clippers Eric Bledsoe gets an and-one the hard way

    Mar 6, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe Clippers

    We bring you a Clippers highlight that does not involve Blake Griffin. Or a car. With Baron Davis gone and Eric Gordon out — again — more is falling to rookie Eric Bledsoe. And he’s struggled to fill that role, as you would expect of a rookie. But he shows flashes. He plays hard. He’s…

  12. Pat Riley is not coming back, nor should he. So stop asking.

    Mar 6, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    Miami Heat Introduce LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade

    Yes, the Miami Heat have some problems. They have the surging Chicago Bulls ready to pass them for second in the East if the Bulls defeat the Heat Sunday in Miami. They have struggled against the league’s better teams and were embarrassingly lapped by the Spurs a few nights back. They are 14-17 against teams…

  13. Clippers Eric Gordon re-injures wrist, will miss games

    Mar 6, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Eric Gordon injured

    All the flashes going off every time Blake Griffin goes up for a dunk blinded people to the fact the Clippers desperately missed Eric Gordon. He was the outside balance to Griffin, and it was Gordon that was the Clippers leading scorer (23.7 a game). The Clippers had gone 4-14 after Gordon went down Jan.…

  14. Spurs keep winning, keep saying Lakers are team to beat

    Mar 5, 2011, 9:15 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers

    I’m done believing the Spurs. I’m not alone on this bandwagon — “the Spurs are the best team in basketball” bandwagon. Just not the Spurs players. They keep saying the Lakers are the best, like they did again before the two teams face off Sunday. Look what they told Fran Blinebury of NBA.com. “They have…

  15. To win big, does a team need to lose big first?

    Mar 5, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    It’s tough spot to be — right in the middle of the NBA pack. If you are the Indiana Pacers right now, or the Memphis Grizzlies, or a host of other teams, you are in a difficult spot. You’re good, probably good enough to make the playoffs but not really be a top three seed.…

  16. It’s official, Dwight Howard suspended game for 16th technical

    Mar 5, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    We told you last night this was coming, today the NBA league office worked on Saturday to make it a reality. Dwight Howard has been suspended for Monday’s Magic game against the Trail Blazers after picking up his 16th technical foul this season, announced Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President and disciplinarian. League rules call…

  17. Carlos Arroyo on move from Heat to Celtics

    Mar 5, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

    Carlos Arroyo Heat

    Our man Ira Winderman said it best on twitter: If you can’t beat them, join them. Carlos Arroyo, cut loose by the Heat last week to make room for Mike Bibby, will now join the Boston Celtics. He has to pass the standard physical, but he is expected to join the team in Milwaukee Sunday,…

  18. Earl Monroe says Carmelo Anthony can wear No. 15 if he wants

    Mar 5, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony James Dolan

    When PBT talked to him last week, Knicks legend Earl “The Pearl” Monroe was raving about these New York Knicks. He likes what he sees. He likes what Carmelo Anthony brings. And if Anthony wants to unretired Monroe’s No. 15 jersey, Monroe is good with that, he told the New York Post. Anthony wears No. 7…

  19. Can being too good, too young end up holding a player back?

    Mar 5, 2011, 11:59 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    Right now, as you read this (well, so long as you read it Saturday afternoon), some of the brightest minds in the NBA are on the campus of MIT. And some bloggers are there, too (including our own Rob Mahoney). It’s the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, discussing the latest in advanced metrics — that…

  20. Just how good are the Lakers? Ask again in a week.

    Mar 5, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Has anyone figured out these Lakers? Last year’s Lakers had the swagger and game of a champion from the start (despite some in-season lapses). These Lakers are much harder to figure out — they beat the Celtics in Boston, but lose to the Cavaliers. Pau Gasol is Black Swan and White Swan. Andrew Bynum’s focus…

  21. Video: Dwight Howard is stronger than the Bulls

    Mar 5, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    Dwight Howard has developed a nice arsenal of post moves. But his best asset remains that he is just stronger than you. Which Omer Asik learned the hard way. Asik played a good game overall — his defense and 13 boards were a key part of the Bulls win — but on this play he…

  22. Mikhail Prokhorov’s sales job on Deron Williams begins

    Mar 5, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets' Deron Williams (C) drib

    Job one: get superstar player to start building around. Check. Job two: Convince said superstar to sign extension (and lure other stars to team). Working on it. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has traded for Deron Williams, but keeping him is another matter. So, he flew him to London (with the rest of the team) and…

  23. Video: Top Dunks from February

    Mar 4, 2011, 11:28 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin car dunk

    We may be four days late with this video, but it’s Friday night, did you really want to read a breakdown of the Nets/Raptors game? As one might expect, this has plenty of dunks from the All-Star Weekend Dunk Contest, but the good news is they didn’t put Blake Griffin’s Car Dunk number one. No,…

  24. Welcome to suspension time: Dwight Howard picks up 16th technical

    Mar 4, 2011, 9:50 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 5

    Take a seat, Dwight Howard. It took exactly one week for Dwight Howard to pick up his 16th technical — which means an automatic one game suspension. The league will review it but I’d sit Howard from your fantasy team Monday night when they take on the Portland if I were you. Howard picked up…

  25. Things were a little different for the NBA in London

    Mar 4, 2011, 8:08 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v New Jersey Nets

    In a lot of ways the NBA’s debut in London felt and looked like a regular NBA game (especially on television back home). Deron Williams broke Sonny Weems ankles on the crossover. DeMar DeRozan showed off a developing all-around game. The Raptors played no defense. Empty seats easy to spot in the crowd. Just like…

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