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  1. Cavaliers bring out big gun… well Baron Davis, for Heat

    Mar 29, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    There has been less hype, maybe there will be less venom when the Heat return to Cleveland for the second time this Tuesday. The game was not even a sell out hours before tip off. Maybe it will be more basketball and less circus. We can hope, anyway. But make no mistake the Cavs want…

  2. Video: Making of those NBA time-travel commercials

    Mar 29, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    KEVIN-DURANT-NEW-NBA

    Interesting video posted by our friends at Dime Magazine (via TrueHoop), a look behind those NBA time-travel ads (with Steve Nash here, but they were done with Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and more). Which frankly, are not my favorite. You get the chance to go back in time and you use it to tell some…

  3. Starters ride the pine in Utah, which makes Al Jefferson mad

    Mar 29, 2011, 12:54 PM EDT

    Al Jefferson, Zach Zarba

    Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin went with the kids. He went with the hot hand. The Utah Jazz starters had trailed the Washington Wizards by as many as 12 points, so when the youth movement — led by rookie Derrick Favors and his 9 fourth quarter points on 4-of-4 shooting — made a comeback they got…

  4. Jermaine O’Neal back practicing with Celtics, may play this week

    Mar 29, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

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    One of the O’Neals is ready to return to Boston. Jermaine O’Neal will return from knee surgery to Boston practices this week and said he hopes to be playing center Thursday night against the Spurs in a battle of the slumping superpowers. Doc Rivers said fat chance he’ll play that soo our man A. Sherrod…

  5. Ricky Rubio rumors: Lockout remains key issue

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    You have to admire the unrelenting optimism in Minnesota that Ricky Rubio is going to play with the team next season. But even that Midwestern, can-do optimism knows limits — the lockout is strangling that hope right out of Wolves fans. Check out this note from the Pioneer Press where — like only in the…

  6. Somebody get Ray Allen the ball. The man can shoot.

    Mar 29, 2011, 10:57 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

    Boston’s offense is off. In their last 10 games, Boston’s offense has averaged 104 points per 100 possessions, down from their 106.4 points per 100 for the season (based on the Knickerblogger numbers). Ray Allen is part of that — he is shooting 44.3 percent in the last 10 games, down from 49.3 percent for…

  7. Sacramento tells Anaheim to back off, Maloofs get ticked

    Mar 29, 2011, 10:11 AM EDT

    George Maloof, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof

    As always, it’s about the money. It’s always about the money. The latest noise in the seemingly inevitable move of the Kings out of Sacramento to Anaheim is that the Sacramento City Manager sent a letter, vaguely threatening legal action, if Anaheim did not back off its efforts to lure the Kings. The Sacramento Bee…

  8. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    Mar 29, 2011, 9:43 AM EDT

    The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show

    The big story in Philly: Lou Williams and some others Sixers went to the Lil’ Wayne concert Saturday night before a noon-tipoff Sunday against the Kings. And the Sixers lost and some fans are blaming the night out (even though Jrue Holiday went and played well). This is mostly about Williams off shooting day, and…

  9. Video: Vintage Carmelo Anthony night gets Knicks win

    Mar 29, 2011, 9:02 AM EDT

    New York Knicks Introduce Carmelo Anthony

    That was vintage Carmelo Anthony Monday night. His team needed a win and he put up 39 points hitting shots with a man in his face all night. He controlled the offense and the game in the second half. Watch the video. The flip side is he shot a pedestrian 46.1 percent, he took the…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Ugly or not, Knicks and Pacers will take wins

    Mar 29, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    What you missed while you were stealing a 600-pound bronze moose statue… Knicks 113, Magic 106 (OT): The Kicks were desperate for a win. The Magic were without Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick which meant heavy doses of Gilbert Arenas (who was 1-of-7 from three). Dwight Howard fouled out. That meant a streak breaking win…

  11. LeBron James not worried about return trip to Cleveland

    Mar 28, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    In December, LeBron James got the reception you’d expect from the fans in Cleveland. Then he and his new Heat teammates destroyed the Cavaliers as you’d expect. Tuesday night, LeBron returns to Cleveland and while he does not expect a warm greeting with roses thrown on the path he walks, he doesn’t think it will…

  12. NBA Power Rankings: Celtics, Spurs drop at regular season’s end

    Mar 28, 2011, 12:59 PM EDT

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    At the top would be every lazy sports columnist’s dream finals matchup — the Lakers versus the Bulls in Phil Jackson’s final year. (Well, final year for now, anyway). But do you really think the recent struggles of the Celtics and Spurs tell you much about those teams in the playoffs? 1. Lakers (53-20, LW…

  13. Video: Monta Ellis, putting on a show

    Mar 28, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Golden State Warriors

    There may be no more entertaining player in the league right now than Monta Ellis. Night in, night out, the guy is putting on a show. There are still a lot of issues for Golden State to work out if they want to be good, but right now they are at least fun to watch.…

  14. Report: Toronto open to moving Andrea Bargnani

    Mar 28, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

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    This season confirmed what we already really knew in Toronto: You can’t build around Andrea Bargnani. He can score, if you don’t mind your big men hanging out on the perimeter. He can fit in on the right team as a second (or better yet third) option. But that is not apparently happening in Toronto,…

  15. UNC’s Barnes says he is not thinking about NBA. Sure kid.

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:53 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Third Round - Charlotte

    There is no worse time to ask a college player about his NBA future than right after his team was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament. Any player you would actually want to draft should be emotionally crushed because he was invested in the team. So we enter North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes. The Des Moines Register…

  16. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard caved — he had his beard trimmed. He was the first Magic player to do so since they decided to grow playoff beards as a team. Fortunately for all of us, Stan Van Gundy is not playing along. If — really, when at this point — the Kings move to Anaheim, the Lakers…

  17. Other key Knicks shooting worse since ‘Melo’s arrival

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:07 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Dallas Mavericks

    Since Carmelo Anthony arrived with the Knicks, their offense overall has gotten nominally better. They had averaged 109.8 points per 100 possessions, now that is up to 110.4. But they haven’t looked good doing it. (And the slightly better offense doesn’t make up for the much worse defense, especially in the fourth quarter. Which is…

  18. Latest Shaq timetable: April 3. Or 5. Somewhere in there.

    Mar 28, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    Shaq_dunk

    Last we heard, Shaquille O’Neal might have been back by April 1. Nope. He had a shot to ease pain in his foot and has been wearing a boot, which should come off later this week, but Doc Rivers told the Boston Globe not to expect the big man back that fast. Think April 3.…

  19. Nets Quinton Ross done for season with herniated disk

    Mar 28, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

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    Quinton Ross has barely touched the court lately for the Nets — just four minutes total in the team’s last seven games — but now it is official, he is done for the season. He has a herniated disk in his back and the Nets are shutting him down, reports the New York Post. “Unfortunately…

  20. Video: Lou Williams three sends game to overtime for Sixers

    Mar 28, 2011, 8:18 AM EDT

    Louis Williams,  Hilton Armstrong

    There was a time, early in the season, when we wondered when the Sixers would start executing and making plays a the end of game and win a few close ones. Well, they are doing it quite well now. Even if it didn’t come out as planned here. Watch Lou Williams execute here, knocking down…

  21. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Heat were setting records (but not playing defense)

    Mar 28, 2011, 7:30 AM EDT

    Chris Bosh, Miami Heat

    What you missed while watching the last days of Spring Training… The Spurs falling to the Grizzlies (and picking up another injury in the process) plus the Mavericks knocking off (and out?) the Suns are our games of the night. Heat 125, Rockets 119: We got to see a little bit of history from Miami’s…

  22. Calipari still regrets not drafting Kobe Bryant. Ya think?

    Mar 25, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

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    John Calipari knows talent. Think what you will of him as a person or coach, the guy knows how to spot and recruit young talent. So back in 1996 when he was the brand new coach of the Nets and he worked out a high school senior named Kobe Bryant before the draft, any chance…

  23. Sundiata Gaines to miss rest of season with fractured hip

    Mar 25, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Sundiata Gaines Nets

    Just last week, the Nets signed Sundiata Gaines through the remainder of this season and into the next one (whenever that is). Now Gaines is out for the rest of the season with a fractured hip, the team reported on twitter. Gaines will be on crutches for six-to-eight weeks and then begin rehab. Gaines jammed…

  24. Report: Lakers, Clippers lack votes to block Kings Anaheim move

    Mar 25, 2011, 2:34 PM EDT

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    The Honda Center in Anaheim is 34 miles away from Staples Center, which means it may take 30 minutes and it may take two-and-a-half hours to drive there on Los Angeles freeways. But it’s close enough that the Lakers and Clippers do not want the Kings moving to Anaheim. It just appears they can’t do…

  25. Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol lead NBA fundraising effort for Japan

    Mar 25, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

    Rescue Work Continues in Japan As Nuclear Threat Looms

    Every time Derrick Rose scores this weekend, the people of Japan win. A little. Rose leads a number of NBA stars who will be donating $1,000 for every point scored to Direct Relief’s Japan Relief and Recovery Fund. That is money that goes to support the immediate health needs of people devastated by the earthquake…

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