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Kurt Helin

  1. Grizzlies, Zach Randolph in “serious” contract talks

    Mar 21, 2011, 9:20 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Memphis Grizzlies

    Some of the best teams in he West would like to avoid the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoff because Memphis has one of the biggest, most dangerous front lines in basketball with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Two guys who just happen to be free agents this summer (although Gasol is…

  2. Video: Roddy Beaubois brings a little flair to Dallas

    Mar 21, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v New Orleans Hornets

    Roddy Beaubois is starting to find a groove, getting his minutes up and looking more comfortable. Which is a good thing for the Mavericks. And he’s still got that flair Dallas needs. As evidence, we bring you a highlight from Dallas’ route of Golden State Sunday. Enjoy.

  3. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Carmelo Anthony was better but the Knicks were not

    Mar 21, 2011, 2:29 AM EDT

    Chauncey Billups

    What you missed while thinking the Big East was overrated… Bucks 100, Knicks 95: Just when you thought things really could not get uglier for the Knick, we bring you the start to Sunday’s game. New York was dismal in the first quarter putting up just 9 points and shooting just 16 percent — the…

  4. Bulls sign Jannero Pargo, John Lucas as insurance

    Mar 20, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Chicago Bulls

    The Chicago Bulls had a couple of roster spots open, so they filled them Sunday with a couple of point guards just to have some practice depth behind Derrick Rose. Veteran journeyman Jannero Pargo (who was with the Bulls last season) and John Lucas III (who has been with the Bulls on a 10-day contract…

  5. Kevin Love leaves game with groin injury, does not return

    Mar 20, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love was jinxed by his own team. Before the game, Love was honored by the Timberwolves and owner Glen Taylor for his 53-game double-double streak. Then he came out and had no points and just 3 rebounds in his first 14 minutes. Then he injured his groin and had to leave the game, not…

  6. Heat’s Mario Chalmers MRI shows sprained knee, out 2 weeks

    Mar 20, 2011, 4:43 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Miami Heat

    When teammates had to help him off the court Saturday night, it looked like it could be much worse. So the news that Miami starting point guard Mario Chalmers will be out two weeks with a sprained knee, while not good, is not what many feared after he went down. Chalmers had an MRI Sunday…

  7. Lakers Bynum suspended two games for flagrant foul

    Mar 20, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    Andrew Bynum’s flagrant foul on Minnesota’s Michael Beasley has led to a two game suspension by the league, one of the harshest penalties this season. We told you about Bynum being ejected Friday night, and he deserved to be tossed. Bynum was late on his rotation (not that Matt Barnes did a lot to slow…

  8. Sixth man of the year, Lamar Odom or Jason Terry?

    Mar 20, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    With a month to go, it looks like the sixth man of the year is a two-man race: Jason Terry and Lamar Odom. Glen “Big Baby” Davis, George Hill and the often over looked Thaddeus Young of the Sixers deserve some votes, some consideration. But they are all a step behind your two leaders. So…

  9. Larry Brown now talking about return to college coaching

    Mar 20, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    You’d think Larry Brown’s time as an NBA coach is done after leaving Charlotte earlier this season, but can you really ever underestimate a front office bringing in a guy off the coaching carousel? I think some teams probably made calls to see if Cotton Fitzsimmons was available this summer. But Larry Brown isn’t waiting…

  10. Stoudemire wants return to D’Antoni offense after Knicks struggles

    Mar 20, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    At first, we took it as a sign that Mike D’Antoni was not a rigid, my-way-or-the-highway coach. He adjusted his system, putting in more isolatons and post up plays and scaling back some on the up-tempo, pick-and-roll offense. Except, it’s not really working. The team is struggling, and that includes an ugly loss to the…

  11. Blake Griffin’s trio of slam dunks

    Mar 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, J.J. Hickson

    Blake Griffin was flying high and throwing it down with authority again Saturday afternoon at Staples Center. We’re not going to hold it against him that the dunks came against the Cleveland Cavaliers. They still count. And you NCAA fans can imagine how good Oklahoma would be if Blake Griffin were in his senior season…

  12. Heat come out of big test with incomplete grade

    Mar 20, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Miami Heat

    This was to be the big test. We were going to finally really figure some things out about the Miami Heat. They had 11 consecutive games against quality teams – every one of them headed to the playoffs. Plenty of contenders in the mix. Finally we would see the Heat against the best. They finished…

  13. Rondo admits to injured hand during slump, re-aggravates it

    Mar 20, 2011, 8:03 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    And now we know what has been going on. During Rajon Rondo’s two-week slump he has been battling an injury to the pinky finger on his right hand — that’s his shooting hand — he admitted to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England. Rondo has shot 37.8 percent in his last 10 games because…

  14. Kings waive Luther Head; Nets sign Sundiata Gaines

    Mar 19, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Sundiata Gaines Nets

    Because on a Saturday night, rather than heading to the local pub with your friends for some curry and chips and a nice pint (wait, what is this, London?) you were searching the Web for minor basketball transactions. That’s why were hear for you. First, the Kings have waived guard Luther Head, according to CSN…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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