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  1. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Feb 7, 2011, 10:09 AM EDT

    Ray Allen

    Ray Allen will be one of the contestants in the three-point contest All-Star weekend. Great piece by a Celtics fan and father talking about Kevin Garnett the role model: “He’s a jerk but he’s our jerk.” Linas Kleiza has denied a Greek report that he in part blamed the Raptors medical staff for his season-ending…

  2. Your Monday morning cup of coffee, er, Blake Griffin dunk

    Feb 7, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin Dunk

    What’s a Monday morning without a Blake Griffin dunk? It’s like Boston without a Dunkin Donuts run, or New York without an H&H Bagels. We could go with a couple from the Miami Heat game. You should check out the big Windmill dunk. But the best was this put-back dunk. Nobody on the Heat puts…

  3. Stephen Jackson is not changing just because of your little fines

    Feb 7, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    Stephen Jackson has lost $172,000 this season in fines and unpaid salary for his 11 technicals and one suspension. That is supposed to be a deterrent. Jackson laughs at your deterrent. And he is going to keep berating refs for their lousy calls, as he told the Associated Press. “No, I get techs because I…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: So that Dwyane Wade guy is pretty good

    Feb 7, 2011, 12:27 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Miami Heat

    What you missed while watching the Black Eyed Peas reenact Tron (that is what they were doing, right?)… The Celtics beating the Magic was the game of the day (and we’re just now sure how good Orlando really is). Heat 97, Clippers 79: Both teams started this game out looking sloppy — poor shooting, lots…

  5. Celtics Marquis Daniels collapses on court in game, taken to hospital; has bruised spine.

    Feb 6, 2011, 9:36 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics

    UPDATE #2 9:36 pm: Celtics team physician, Dr. Brian McKeon, said after the game that the team (and Daniels’ previous teams) were aware of spinal issues and that this was a more severe reaction of things that had happened before. UPDATE 5:23 pm: Marquis Daniels has a bruised spinal cord, Danny Ainge and the team…

  6. Video: Kobe Bryant’s first All-Star Game

    Feb 6, 2011, 9:15 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan

    With the end of the Super Bowl fans attention will turn to… well for a few days the breakdown of that game and the ticket fiasco. But after the sports world’s attention drifts to the NBA and the All-Star Game. We’ve talked about the starters, the reserves and there will be a lot more talk…

  7. Shaq could be out until All-Star break

    Feb 6, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    balance bracelets Shaquille O'Neal

    Shaquille O’Neal couldn’t play against Orlando Sunday, when Boston could have used him to match up on Dwight Howard. He will not suit up Monday against the Bobcats, either. And the Celtics might shut him down until the All-Star break, Doc Rivers said before Sunday’s game, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of Comcast New England…

  8. Boston looks like a title contender in win. Orlando? We’re not sure.

    Feb 6, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Celtics

    The big news out of this game is the situation involving Marquis Daniels injury — he had to be taken off the court on a stretcher — which we cover in detail here and will follow going forward. Boston is a title contender in the NBA — that’s never been in question and why was…

  9. LeBron to refs: “I got a Super Bowl party to go to”

    Feb 6, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    LeBron James is a man who likes a good party. And Super Bowl Sunday is really about parties — ones that start long before the game kicks off under a massive video screen. Which is why the Heat had a noon tip-off against the Clippers Sunday, so fans could come to the game and still…

  10. Video: Get out of Al Thornton’s way

    Feb 6, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    Al Thornton

    Al Thornton can get up. As proof, we bring you this. We should add that apparently Zaza Pachulia is not intimidating anyone from going to the rim. But this is one of the better dunks of the season. It might even crack Blake Griffin‘s top 10.

  11. Rockets suspend Aaron Brooks for walking off court

    Feb 6, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Aaron Brooks

    Aaron Brooks is getting a time out for acting like a four year old. Midway through the fourth quarter of the Rockets overtime win against Memphis Saturday night, Aaron Brooks was subbed out by Rockets coach Rick Adelman. Brooks walked past the bench and straight to the locker room. Not because of injury but because…

  12. Can you picture Kendrick Perkins with the Miami Heat?

    Feb 5, 2011, 5:57 PM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins

    It’s a little difficult to picture Kendrick Perkins’ scowl next to anything except Kevin Garnett’s scowl. But how about next to LeBron James’ scowl? Perkins was 8th on our list of the 25 top free agents and there is going to be a lot of interest in him — in an NBA where you can’t…

  13. Warriors reserve Charlie Bell arrested for DUI

    Feb 5, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Charlie Bell

    Charlie Bell really hasn’t been part of the rotation in Golden State — he has played in just two of the last 10 games for a total of 7 minutes — and this is not going to help endear him to the coaches and front office. Bell was arrested early Friday morning (late Thursday night)…

  14. Walsh gets a win, Knicks hire former Nugget GM Warkentien

    Feb 5, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

    Mark Walkenstein

    In a week where he needed one, Knicks president of basketball operations Donnie Walsh got a win. The Knicks have hired former Nuggets GM Mark Warkentien as their director of pro personnel, the team announced Saturday. Since he was expected to be hired as a consultant so this is a much more entrenched position within…

  15. Report: Knicks sitting pretty in Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes

    Feb 5, 2011, 7:57 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    It’s good to be the Knicks right now. Sure on the court too, where they are the best they’ve been in a decade. But we were talking in the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, where the Knicks appear to have all the winning numbers. A new report by Marc Spears of Yahoo confirms that. Several sources told…

  16. The Cavaliers can’t lose them all… can they?

    Feb 5, 2011, 3:20 AM EDT

    J.J. Hickson, Marc Gasol, Sam Young

    It’s just become hard to watch. What forward J.J. Hickson said after Friday’s loss to the Grizzlies — number 23 in a row — summed the desperation up well. “They say you can’t win ‘em all, but in the same light, you can’t lose ‘em all either,” Hickson said. “So, if we stay (focused), I…

  17. The Jimmer Fredette in the NBA debate rages on

    Feb 4, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    BYU v Kansas State

    Want to start a fight in a room full of NBA scouts? All you need are two words: Jimmer Fredette. The BYU scoring machine divides them (like it seems to divide the commenters on this site). There are those that think he can be another Stephen Curry at the NBA level. There are those that…

  18. Video: Gary Neal’s insane buzzer beater

    Feb 4, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    Gary Neal

    The Spurs beat the Lakers by one point. Remember that as you watch how Gary Neal ended the first quarter with a fluke-yet-impressive H-O-R-S-E shot for two. Yes, the game would have played out differently at the end if the score had been different, but you get the point. This mattered. Right now, everything seems…

  19. Deron Williams returns Friday against Denver

    Feb 4, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    A couple days ago Deron Williams didn’t play, saying his wrist hurt if he tried to shoot the ball. Friday, he is good to go. Or good enough, anyway. Williams will return to the court when the Jazz are at the Nuggets Friday night, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. He went through morning shootaround…

  20. Start your planning early, the top 25 free agents of 2011

    Feb 4, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

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    Today, we’re not thinking about lockouts and franchise tags. Today, just for today, we’re going to pretend that the owners and players are not so stupid as have a protracted lockout during a recession killing the momentum the league is building this season. A man can dream, can’t he? Along those lines, right about now…

  21. Just how good was LeBron James on Thursday?

    Feb 4, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    Did you see it? Did you see just how fantastic LeBron James was last night? If you didn’t, you missed the best regular season performance of this season and maybe the last few. Our man Matt Moore (writing for CBSSports) did the research on just how amazing he was. James took 25 shots and only…

  22. Wade believes Heat can win it all with or without home court

    Feb 4, 2011, 12:29 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    As you are reading this Friday afternoon, the Miami Heat are 2.5 games back of the Boston Celtics for the top seed in the East. The Chicago Bulls are just half a game back of Miami. The Celtics (after falling in Game 7 of the finals on the road last season) are making a push…

  23. Video: Golden State’s 70-foot ally-oop

    Feb 4, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    Dorell Wright Ally-Oop

    You may not believe this, but players other than Blake Griffin finish impressive ally-oop passes too. I mean it. Just because you never get to see the highlights doesn’t mean it’s not happening. As proof, we give you Stephen Curry‘s 70-foot pass Thursday night to Dorell Wright. Just like Keith Smart drew it up. Great…

  24. Andre Miller is not on the Blake Griffin All-Star Bandwagon

    Feb 4, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    Blake Griffin — the rookie highlight package of the Clippers — is in the All-Star Game. Kevin Love and his video game stats are out. LaMarcus Aldridge in Portland is out as well. Andre Miller, the Trail Blazers point guard, thinks that’s a travesty, as Jason Quick reported in the Oregonian. “It’s all publicity and…

  25. Yes, Doc Rivers plans to play his four Celtics All-Stars at once

    Feb 4, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Doc Rivers has a strategic advantage come the All-Star Game — Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Four Celtics. Throw those four out at the same time and you have guys familiar with each other and guys who can run more complex offensive sets (or defensive help rotations) than the vanilla ones…

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