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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: When you talk contenders, Chicago wants to be mentioned

    Feb 25, 2011, 4:19 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls

    What you missed while out doing some naked joyriding… Bulls 93, Heat 89: We won’t know until May, really, if the Chicago Bulls are contenders. If they can hang with Miami and Boston for seven games. The defense definitely can, but the ball sticks too much on offense, leaving Derrick Rose to create one-on-three (or…

  2. Chris Bosh thinks Derrick Rose should be MVP

    Feb 25, 2011, 1:33 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls

    Chris Bosh better be careful or he is going to end up in LeBron James’ little black revenge book. Before the Heat took on the Bulls — and lost in large part due to Derrick Rose — Chris Bosh was asked by Bulls.com what he thought of the chances of Derrick Rose taking the MVP…

  3. PBT’s trade deadline report card

    Feb 24, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Introduce Carmelo Anthony

    In the last few days, nearly 10 percent of the players in the NBA got traded. Think about that. Apparently the NBA GMs have been watching their baseball counterparts too much. We won’t really know how all this will shake out for a few months, but what follows is our first impressions. And grades. We…

  4. Boston’s Danny Ainge learned from history, tries to avoid repeating it

    Feb 24, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

    When the Boston Celtics powerhouse teams of the ‘80s wound down, the wheels came off that franchise. There were a lot of factors; Len Bias was a big one. Current Celtics GM Danny Ainge — a member of those teams — has said the Celtics made a mistake trying to ride the wave all the…

  5. Rasheed Wallace is not coming back to the Celtics. Stop asking.

    Feb 24, 2011, 6:56 PM EDT

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    With the confusing series of Boston moves today that turned their front line from one of the league’s best to a question mark, a lot of people in Boston are asking what Danny Ainge has up his sleeve. They are asking: What about Rasheed Wallace? He walked away after the NBA finals Game 7 last…

  6. Sacramento Kings to Anaheim more than rumors; fans push back

    Feb 24, 2011, 6:02 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    Things are dire in Sacramento. Mayor Kevin Johnson (yes, that Kevin Johnson) said yesterday that the talk about the Kings moving to Anaheim was more than just rumors. Then today we learn that the Kings owners asked for, and likely will be granted (by a vote of the other owners), an extension past the March…

  7. Deron Williams says signing extension with Nets depends on next year

    Feb 24, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Avery Johnson, Billy King

    Deron Williams wants everyone to know he’s not angry about being traded to the Nets. In fact, the idea of being a franchise cornerstone is kind of growing on him. That doesn’t mean he’s signing an extension and staying, either. Mikhail Prokhorov, Billy King — you guys are on the clock. Build now. Improve this…

  8. NBA trade deadline rumors post (updated all day)

    Feb 24, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

    There are more rumors swirling around the NBA today then there were groupies swirling around All-Star Game parties last weekend in Los Angeles. Okay, we exaggerate; there could not possibly be that many. But there are a lot of rumors. So we are putting them here, new ones at the top, and updating this post…

  9. Shane Battier to Memphis for Thabeet trade becomes official

    Feb 24, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    SBattier

    UPDATE 4:10 pm: After everyone spent hours looking for a better deal, at the last second these two decided to hook up and make this deal a reality. Battier replaces O.J. Mayo as the guy on the wing with Rudy Gay (Memphis traded Mayo to Indiana, they get Josh McRoberts back to provide front line…

  10. Deadline shocker: Celtics trade Perkins, Robinson to Thunder for Green, Krstic

    Feb 24, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 6:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Boston has made a deadline deal that seems to weaken their defense as they head in the playoffs — and just made the Oklahoma City Thunder a much bigger threat in the West. Boston has traded Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to the Oklahoma City Thunder for forward Jeff Green and center Nenad Krstic, as…

  11. Dwight Howard rips Magic after ugly loss to Kings

    Feb 24, 2011, 12:18 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    I’m not sure what the low point of the season will be for the Orlando Magic will be, this may be like the LOST island where every time something impossible happens you think it can’t get crazier. Then you’re proven wrong. And Hurley becomes the voice of reason. But the Wednesday night Magic loss to…

  12. Trade Deadline Rumor Roundup (and Morning One Liners)

    Feb 24, 2011, 11:14 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Orlando Magic

    There are 8 million rumors out there in the naked city, too bad half of them all won’t make it…. But we round them up for you anyway. And throw in some other stuff at the end for fun. Because we’re good like that. The trade deadline is at 6 p.m. Eastern today. The Bulls…

  13. John Wall is one frustrated Wizard

    Feb 24, 2011, 10:28 AM EDT

    Jrue Holiday, John Wall

    “Until we find five guys that really want to fight, compete and care the whole time, it’s really going to be tough.” That was John Wall’s post-game comment after the Wizards got smoked by the Sixers Wednesday night. He’s frustrated. Good. He should be frustrated. If he were comfortable losing that would be a bigger…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Spurs remain kings of end game execution

    Feb 24, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    gary neal

    Carmelo Anthony’s debut as a Knick was our game of the night. Spurs 109, Thunder 105: Fantastic effort by the Thunder on the second night of a back-to-back on the road, but it’s the little things in these games. Like Gary Neal stepping back to take a three in transition that was a bad decision…

  15. Video: Avery Johnson, Billy King talk getting Deron Williams

    Feb 24, 2011, 9:04 AM EDT

    Mavericks Johnson Fired  Basketball

    Nets coach Avery Johnson is excited. It’s a little tough to tell because he actually always talks like that, but he is. He should be, as should GM Billy King. They now have one of the games elite point guards in an increasingly guard-driven league. They have a cornerstone to start building around. But rather…

  16. Clippers trade Baron Davis to Cavaliers for Mo Williams

    Feb 24, 2011, 3:22 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    This is why they are the Cleveland Cavaliers. It’s about compounding mistakes. The Clippers and Cavaliers have agreed to a trade that sends point guard Baron Davis and a 2011 first-round pick to the Cavaliers for Mo Williams and Jamario Moon, according to Marc Spears at Yahoo. This is a huge win for the Clippers.…

  17. ‘Melo does what ‘Melo does, but old guy Toney Douglas saves Knicks

    Feb 24, 2011, 1:48 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New York Knicks

    Knicks fans, this is what you’re going to get from Carmelo Anthony. He had 27 points and one assist. He shot 10 of 25 on the night and you’re saying, “He had a poor shooting night.” Not really, he had a pretty average shooting night for himself — he is shooting 45.2 percent from the…

  18. Celtics Kendrick Perkins to miss next three games at least

    Feb 23, 2011, 10:58 PM EDT

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    Kendrick Perkins finally returned to the Celtics a dozen games ago, returning from his finals knee injury to anchor on the backline of the Celtics defense. Now he is out again for at least three more games. Perkins strained his MCL Tuesday night in the Celtics win over Golden State and will sit out the…

  19. Gerald Wallace to Portland has cooled off, may be dead

    Feb 23, 2011, 8:42 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Charlotte Bobcats, Game 3

    UPDATE 8:42 pm: According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo and other reports this trade has at the very least “cooled down” and may be dead. Woj suggests that, as he has done on other deals that reached the point of just needing a final approval, Bobcats owner Michael Jordan may have gotten cold feet. The…

  20. Mike Dunleavy’s broken thumb likely kills any trade hopes

    Feb 23, 2011, 6:57 PM EDT

    DUNLEAVY_MIKE

    Well, that was some unfortunate timing. Not that there is a good time to break your thumb, as the Indiana Pacers’ Mike Dunleavy did Tuesday night in a win over the Washington Wizards. The injury will have him out indefinitely, the team announced. Dunleavy was one of the key trade chips for the Pacers, as…

  21. Carmelo is in New York! (And Dolan wants you to know Isiah is not)

    Feb 23, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony James Dolan

    New York is buzzing over Carmelo Anthony. Like first date with Minka Kelly kind of buzzing. They are over-the-top giddy and can’t believe they landed this. Anthony himself is trying to play it cool while still getting the lay of the land in what can be the unpredictable world of the New York Knicks. Like…

  22. Jerry Sloan says no, he is not coming out of retirement

    Feb 23, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

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    You can almost picture Jerry Sloan taking this call from a reporter and in the middle of it yelling “you kids get off my lawn.” The old school coach who walked away two weeks ago told Chris Tomasson of FanHouse he is not returning to the Utah Jazz now that Deron Williams has been traded…

  23. Chauncey Billups reminds us of the human side of trades

    Feb 23, 2011, 4:47 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    When an NBA trade gets made, we start breaking it down on the court. Did the Nets get better? What do the Jazz do next? Same with the Nuggets and the Knicks and everyone else. But while we break down if Chauncey Billups is a good fit in the Knicks offense, Billups has to go…

  24. Video: Dwyane Wade can hit literally any shot

    Feb 23, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    Dwyane Wade, basketball magician. As proof, we submit this video from last night’s Heat destruction of the Kings. Falling, flip it up and it falls. Pretty much, that’s how the entire night went for the Heat — whatever they did worked and the Kings stood around looking dumbfounded.

  25. Chris Paul is no fan of the Deron Williams trade

    Feb 23, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New Orleans Hornets

    There was a lot of shock going around the league when news broke that the Jazz had traded Deron Williams to the New Jersey Nets. Fans, media and players were shocked — and that includes Deron Williams himself. Chris Paul was no fan of the deal, he wrote this on twitter: Utah traded DWill?? #EpicFail…

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