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  1. Marcus Thornton should scare you

    Apr 8, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    If you’re going to dunk over someone in this league, not many better than defensive stalwart Gerald Wallace. Marcus Thornton is a rookie who does not respect his elders.

  2. Trevor Ariza is playing like a Laker again

    Apr 8, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    The expectations around Trevor Ariza this season bordered on the ludicrous. The kind of standards we are holding the Lost finale too — but that show had better live up to it, we’ve all been strung along for long enough. We want answers. Ones that make sense. But back to Ariza. Last year he was…

  3. Cuban: Admitting you missed a call is the first step

    Apr 8, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Nobody has been as been as critical — or paid as steep a price for that criticism — for criticizing NBA referees as Mark Cuban. Well, Tim Donaghy is right there, but we stopped listening to anything he had to say a while ago. Yesterday the NBA made what can be seen as an empty…

  4. Tracy McGrady wants to play for Orlando. Or anyone, really.

    Apr 8, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Note to team owners: When he retires, you may not want to make Vince Carter your general manager. Tracy McGrady’s comeback stint in New York has been so impressive that the lowly Knicks don’t want him back, but VC has talked to him about coming to Orlando. That’s what he told the Orlando Sentinel. Vince…

  5. Baron Davis wants Clippers to be his team, his beard's team

    Apr 8, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    For two seasons now, Baron Davis has been the square peg in the round hole of the Clippers. Davis thrived in the wide-open system of Don Nelson — remember that Baron leading the charge against Dallas? — but has struggled in the, slow-it-down, button down world of Mike Dunleavy, the former coach and general manager…

  6. Quote of the day, concussion edition

    Apr 8, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    “One of the doctors asked me to say the months backwards. I can’t do that on a regular day.” –Carmelo Anthony, on what happened back in the locker room after he suffered a concussion during the Nuggets comeback win against the Thunder Wednesday night. Anthony returned to the game after having to leave due to…

  7. Five Kentucky players declare for NBA, maybe all first rounders

    Apr 8, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    How did Kentucky not win a national title again? Everybody knew that the Wildcats were loaded with talent, something that became evident when five Kentucky players declared for the NBA draft. And all five may well go in the first round. A couple were no brianers. Point guard John Wall is likely going to be…

  8. Baseline to Baseline, where back-to-backs do good teams wrong

    Apr 8, 2010, 3:28 AM EDT

    What you missed while watching the season premiere of Top Chef Masters…Nuggets 98, Thunder 94: Carmelo Anthony is Chumbawamba — he gets knocked down, but gets up again, you’re never going to keep him down. Thunder were up by 13, then the legs started getting heavy in the second night of a back-to-back and the…

  9. Chris Paul done for season with finger injury

    Apr 7, 2010, 9:37 PM EDT

    It has just not been Chris Paul’s year. He has played in a career low 45 games due to injury, the Hornets will miss the playoffs, and when Paul has been in he’s been good, but not quite CP3 good. The bar is set high for this man. And now his season is over —…

  10. Al Harrington era ends in New York, he will have surgery

    Apr 7, 2010, 6:29 PM EDT

    Was there ever really an Al Harrington era in New York? If so, it is over. He is done for the season and will undergo shoulder surgery on Thursday, something Alan Hahn of Newsday had first. Harrington has a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder and was told surgery likely but couldn’t damage it…

  11. NBA admits referees blew call at end of Thunder/Jazz, as if it had a choice

    Apr 7, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    The NBA has admitted today what everybody watching the game realized last night — C.J. Miles fouled Kevin Durant on the finals shot in overtime of Utah’s one point win against Oklahoma City. Joel Litvin, NBA President, League and Basketball Operations, released this statement: “On the final play of last night’s Oklahoma City-Utah game, the…

  12. Chris Bosh undergoes surgery

    Apr 7, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

    Forget the playoff chase, it’s not likely Chris Bosh will be around for the playoffs. Bosh stayed in Cleveland and had surgery to repair the displaced nasal fracture he suffered from an inadvertent elbow from Antawn Jamison last night. He will remain in the hospital Wednesday night. Dr. Paul Marks, who performed the surgery, is…

  13. Evan Turner is going to the NBA. In other news, pizza is tasty.

    Apr 7, 2010, 3:54 PM EDT

    At a 4 p.m. (EDT) press conference today Ohio State’s Evan Turner will announce that he will declare for the NBA Draft. He should also announce that pizza is delicious and Scarlett Johansson is good looking, because those equally shocking news. Turner is likely to go second overall, although some say he should go ahead…

  14. Thaddeus Young done for season

    Apr 7, 2010, 3:28 PM EDT

    As much as he seems to want it, what is the point of bringing Thaddeus Young back this season? The Sixers apparently don’t see it, and are shutting him down. That is what Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting on twitter, echoing what coach Eddie Jordan has hinted at recently. Young has been working hard and…

  15. Cuban: "We know we can kill anybody"

    Apr 7, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

    We know for a fact Mark Cuban watches every Dallas Mavericks game. He sees how they are playing. He’s smart. He can’t be impressed. But he has an interesting theory, one he expounded upon on Jason Terry’s radio show (via ESPNDallas) as to why the Mavericks can win the West. “Half the teams are sucking…

  16. Cincinnati's Lance Stephenson declares for draft, scouts say "really?"

    Apr 7, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Yesterday, our own John Krolik talked about the dark side of the draft, the side of big egos and bad advice and kids jumping into the draft when they are not ready. Meet Lance Stephenson, the Cincinnati shooting guard who has decided to go one-and-done and declare for the NBA draft. The University of Cincinnati…

  17. Manu Ginobili, your daily reminder he is en fuego

    Apr 7, 2010, 12:49 PM EDT

    We’ve been giving Manu Ginobili all kinds of love on this blog lately. But how can you not. The man has been single handedly trying to carry the Spurs and remind Argentina that they have another worldwide phenomenon besides Messi. Watch the man and be amazed.

  18. Earl Baron, savior du jour in New York

    Apr 7, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    In the future, everybody will be the savior of the Knicks franchise for 15 minutes. Earl Baron, come on down, your 15 minutes have begun. Mike D’Antoni tried his most radical lineup yet against the Boston Celtics Tuesday night — a traditional one. Baron, a 7-footer called up from the D-League started at center, allowing…

  19. New Orleans Hornets may go up for sale, finally

    Apr 7, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

    David Stern was trying to convince George Shinn to sell the Hornets back when personal hatred of the owner — and it was white-hot rage and hatred — drove the fans away and the team out of Charlotte. Now, finally, in another city, that sale may happen, according to Jason Reid of the Times-Picayune. In…

  20. Elton Brand benched, and he doesn't like it

    Apr 7, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    If Elton Brand and Eddie Jordan fight, is there a good guy we should be rooting for? Do we pull for the overpaid player who is putting up pedestrian numbers this season? Or the coach on his way out the door after instituting and offensive system that has left a team with talent wallowing in…

  21. Tyrus Thomas dislocates thumb

    Apr 7, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    He wasn’t seeing a ton of court time anyway — less than 15 minutes a game the last four for Larry Brown. But now he may miss more time. He dislocated his left thumb late in the Bobcats win over the Heat Tuesday night. The Bobcats have a back-to-back so not likely Thomas will play…

  22. Nuggets players uplifted by visit to George Karl

    Apr 7, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    Right now, the Denver Nuggets could use some team bonding experiences. This is a team that is .500 in their last 10 games, looks like they could get bounced in the first round and is just a shell of the team that others used to fear. Tuesday the team took maybe the ultimate bonding experience…

  23. Jazz, Thunder previous meeting was a traveshamockery, too

    Apr 7, 2010, 8:51 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant was fouled. Final shot in overtime last night, Thunder down one, C.J Miles fouled Durant. No question. It may have just been the balancing of the karmic scales. Let’s take you back to last year, barely. New Year’s Eve, Jazz and Thunder locked in another close one. We’ll let Ross Siler of the…

  24. Relive Jazz vs Thunder

    Apr 7, 2010, 8:38 AM EDT

    It was one of the best games of the season, so good even the 100-year-old woman with 1.3 million grandchildren loved it. Experience it one more time.

  25. Portsmouth means a chance for seniors, something to do for scouts

    Apr 7, 2010, 7:50 AM EDT

    I think of Portsmouth and I think of breakfast at Friendly Toast and the beer sampler at Portsmouth Brewery. Or getting a late snack at the Friendly Toast after having too many Portsmouth Brewery samplers. But that’s me. For a lot of college seniors with dreams of playing in the NBA, Portsmouth means the Portsmouth…

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