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  1. Sacramento mayor will make final pitch to NBA owners

    Apr 1, 2011, 10:11 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    It will be one final, desperate plea from Sacramento that will fall on deaf ears. But it’s going to happen. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has been granted the chance to speak to the NBA Board of Governors — made up of the NBA owners — when they meet April 14-15 in New York, he said…

  2. Video: Manu Ginobili with the playground fake on Kevin Garnett

    Apr 1, 2011, 9:05 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    There were not a lot of highlights for the Spurs out of the loss to the Celtics Thursday. San Antonio got it’s big three back, the Celtics still don’t have a center, yet Boston won with room to spare. But there was this. Manu Ginobili put on a playground move and Kevin Garnett totally bit.…

  3. Pistons sale negotiations stall out, leaving team in limbo

    Apr 1, 2011, 8:30 AM EST

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    This has happened twice now. First the representatives of Pistons owner Karen Davidson — who has tried to sell the team for the past 15 months after the passing of her husband Bill — entered into exclusive negotiations with Mike Ilitch to sell the team. But after he got a closer look at the books…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Boston, Lakers send some messages

    Apr 1, 2011, 7:54 AM EST

    Celtics

    What you missed while watching the Hangover 2 trailer…. Celtics 107, Spurs 97: The Celtics ultimately will go as Rajon Rondo goes. He’s been injured and slumping. He’s back, and if he is the Celtics are back with him. You know the Celtics are going to defend well (they still need a stabilizing presence in…

  5. Celtics center Nenad Krstic leaves game with knee injury

    Mar 31, 2011, 11:51 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

    UPDATE 11:51 pm: The Celtics announced that Krstic will undergo an MRI on his knee on Saturday, after the Celtics return to Boston. You can count him out for Friday night’s game against the Hawks in Atlanta for sure, as well as Sunday against Detroit. Somewhere in between there we should learn how long he…

  6. So when is it for Shaq? Ainge says he could pay Sunday.

    Mar 31, 2011, 8:55 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Boston Celtics

    Earlier today, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said Shaquille O’Neal might not really be ready to go for a while and his recovery could bleed into the playoffs. Then in the afternoon Celtics GM Danny Ainge went on WEEI radio and said that Shaq could be back this weekend or not long after, according to the…

  7. Kobe’s China smart car commercial. You read that right.

    Mar 31, 2011, 6:57 PM EST

    Kobe China

    I have no doubt that the BRABUS smart car is pretty roomy. I bet my six-foot frame would slide in quite comfortably. I still would have loved to see Kobe try to squeeze into the small smart car for the filming of this Chinese commercial (via Ball Don’t Lie). You can make your own jokes…

  8. Jordan sells shoe-inspiring Bentley to auto museum

    Mar 31, 2011, 5:58 PM EST

    Jordan Bentley

    The front of the Nike Air Jordan 21 was designed to look like the front of Michael Jordan’s customized Bentley Continental GT Coupe. Because, if you are Michael Jordan you can have a multinational corporation design a shoe based on your car. Jordan has now sold the car Volo Auto Museum, reports CSN Chicago. The…

  9. Kings’ relocation: Follow the television money to Anaheim

    Mar 31, 2011, 4:35 PM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    That lease deal the city of Anaheim approved and is now awaiting a Maloof signature is not a great one for the Kings. Not really close. They take on more debt — a $50 million loan — and don’t get all the luxury box money, and just a percentage of concessions, parking and other incomes.…

  10. Bobcats Stephen Jackson, Tyrus Thomas likely out Friday

    Mar 31, 2011, 3:25 PM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    Charlotte remains one game back but tied in the loss column with Indiana for the final playoff spot in the East, and with that the honor of getting crushed in the first round by the Chicago Bulls. Stephen Jackson, Charlotte’s leading scorer, will miss Friday’s game against Orlando due to a hamstring that continues to…

  11. Man charged in post-game attack on Dominique Wilkins

    Mar 31, 2011, 2:19 PM EST

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    Rashan S. Michel has been formally charged in the attack on former Atlanta Hawks player and current broadcaster (and team vice president) Dominique Wilkins, the Associated Press reports. Michel has been released after posting $1,000 bail. Michel, a former NBA referee and current owner of a clothing company, approached Wilkins while a live post-game television…

  12. Lakers privately admit they’d like to avoid Portland, Memphis

    Mar 31, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

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    Don’t be shocked if there is an upset in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs. The top four teams — the Spurs, Lakers, Mavericks and Thunder — are all a notch above the teams below them. But the teams below them are hot. They each create some matchup problems and have been exploiting…

  13. Doc Rivers says Shaq may not return until playoffs

    Mar 31, 2011, 1:06 PM EST

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    Okay Boston fans, now you can start to really worry. Doc Rivers pushed the timeline back for Shaq’s return from an Achilles tendon injury again, this time maybe as far back as the start of the playoffs, friend of the site A. Sherrod Blakely reports at CSN New England. (He also notes the Celtics have…

  14. LeBron joins long list of big men complaining about lack of foul calls

    Mar 31, 2011, 12:54 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    LeBron James is one of the NBA’s strongest men — if you’re going to foul him and not give up the and-1, you better make it a good one. And even if you do foul him, no call may be made as he just powers through you. James joined a long, storied list of the…

  15. Jazz’s Al Jefferson says everything good with him, coach

    Mar 31, 2011, 12:28 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Dallas Mavericks

    After he was benched the entire fourth quarter a few nights ago — where he had good seats to watch Derrick Favors lead a comeback — Al Jefferson waived off reporters and was clearly frustrated. Since he didn’t even get put back in for overtime when other players did, the reasoning seemed clear. But it’s…

  16. Man arrested for attacking Dominique Wilkins tweets about it

    Mar 31, 2011, 12:02 PM EST

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    Rashan S. Michel handled his business poorly. He attacked Hawks legend and broadcaster Dominique Wilkins in Philips Arena after the game and, based on Michel’s mug shot, Wilkins got the best of it. Michel, a former NBA referee who now has a custom clothing business, has said Wilkins owed him money for some suits and…

  17. Dwight Howard says Magic are tired, need some days off

    Mar 31, 2011, 11:08 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Boston is slumping as they try to get guys healthy for the playoffs. San Antonio has lost four straight as guys sit trying to get healthy and rested for the playoffs. Dwight Howard looked around the Orlando locker room after his team lost to Atlanta Wednesday and told the Orlando Sentinel maybe there is something…

  18. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    Mar 31, 2011, 10:45 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    Fascinating stat (prior to Wednesday night): Ty Lawson and Raymond Felton as a Nuggets backcourt had outscored their opponents 463 to 365 (via ESPN’s Tom Haberstroh). But two point guards won’t work. Cleveland got its signature win over Miami. Don’t think that changes anything. J.J. Barea is dating a former Ms. Universe. She’s basically as…

  19. Free throw shooting: It’s not about where you’re from, it’s about height

    Mar 31, 2011, 10:09 AM EST

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    Fascinating bit of research we want to point you to over at Basketball-Prospectus that shows the numbers back up what you already knew — big men do not shoot free throws as well as smaller players. But, don’t go thinking foreign players are better at it than Americans. Kevin Pelton crunched the numbers a few…

  20. Video: JaVale McGee swats away Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade

    Mar 31, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

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    This is how you defend the rim. We keep telling you that in today’s NBA — with no handchecking on the perimeter — you have to have a guy who can protect the rim. Exactly like this. JaVale McGee is textbook on Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Not that it helped the Wizards in this…

  21. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Atlanta makes a playoff statement to Orlando

    Mar 31, 2011, 8:56 AM EST

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    What you missed while eating out of your Death Star cookie jar… Orlando knocking off the Suns was our Game of the Night. Hawks 85, Magic 82: This was a preview of a first round playoff matchup in the east (Orlando is locked in at the four seed, Atlanta the five). These two teams met…

  22. Isiah Thomas doesn’t deny he helped get ‘Melo to New York

    Mar 31, 2011, 2:19 AM EST

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    It’s never easy to tell reality with Isiah Thomas. With him, the truth is messy and convoluted. You want to make it simple — “he was a terrible GM” — but reality is more complex (he made some very good draft picks and showed an eye for spotting talent out of college). So it is…

  23. Dominique Wilkins attacked by fan after Hawks game

    Mar 30, 2011, 11:49 PM EST

    Reebok Pump 20th Anniversary

    UPDATE  11:49 pm: The attacker turns out to be a former NBA referee (1997-2001), but apparently this was about money allegedly owed. Isn’t it always? From the Atlanta Journal Constitution: Rashan S. Michel, 36, was arrested and charged with one count of simple battery following the incident, Officer K.Y. Jones with Atlanta police told the…

  24. Video: John Wall throws punch at Big Z, leads to ejections

    Mar 30, 2011, 10:52 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    We already told you what happened, but you should see it for yourself (via our friends at CSNWashington.com) Zydrunas Ilgauskas had the ball in the high post guarded by John Wall (on a little scramble play, obviously that was not the regular matchup). Ilgauskas used his elbow to create a little space, Wall was trying…

  25. LeBron James says Derrick Rose is MVP

    Mar 30, 2011, 9:49 PM EST

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    I’m not sure there’s really an MVP debate, at least one where the outcome is in doubt. Derrick Rose is going to win it. Like it or not. Complain it’s about the narrative and not the play, or counter Rose is clearly the man leading the best team in the game, make no mistake about…

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