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  1. Sixers tie NBA record with 26th consecutive loss, this one at hands of Rockets

    Mar 27, 2014, 11:03 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Houston Rockets

    The last time the Philadelphia 76ers won a basketball game we were going to spend the next four days talking about how Peyton Manning was going to carve up the Seahawks defense. We had nine more days of hype until the Sochi Winter Olympics opened (and one Olympic ring didn’t). Since Jan. 29 the Philadelphia…

  2. Thursday And-1 Links: Carmelo Anthony wants to mentor DeMarcus Cousins

    Mar 27, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Carmelo Anthony

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Carmelo Anthony told the Sacramento Bee he wants to help mentor DeMarcus Cousins.…

  3. Syracuse freshman point guard Tyler Ennis to enter NBA Draft

    Mar 27, 2014, 5:28 PM EDT

    Syracuse v Dayton

    Apparently Jim Boeheim’s selfish advice wasn’t heeded. Syracuse’s freshman point guard Tyler Ennis — projected to be taken in the middle of the first round of the NBA Draft, maybe late lottery — announced on Thursday he is turning pro and entering this June’s draft. “I’d like to thank Coach Boeheim, the coaching staff, my…

  4. Report: With Phil Jackson in charge, Metta World Peace hopes for return to Knicks

    Mar 27, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

    New York Knicks vs Los Angeles Clippers

    When rebuilding the Knicks, I’m sure Phil Jackson will turn to a 34-year-old wing with arthritic knees and a declining skill set.

  5. Gregg Popovich on why Patty Mills didn’t play more last year: “He was a little fat ass”

    Mar 27, 2014, 3:34 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich, Patty Mills

    Gregg Popovich has reached the “I don’t care what people think” phase of his career… actually that might have started Day 3 of his tenure in San Antonio, but the coach is taking it to new levels lately. Patty Mills has taken on a bigger role with the Spurs this season, in part because of…

  6. Bucks to shut down Ersan Ilyasova for rest of season

    Mar 27, 2014, 2:47 PM EDT

    Ersan Ilyasova

    Ersan Ilyasova, who has battled foot and ankle issues all season for the Milwaukee Bucks, has now seen a doctor and gotten the word. The Bucks are shutting down Ilyasova for the rest of the season, the team announced Tuesday. He will not require surgery, but he needs rehabilitation. The injuries took a tool on…

  7. LaMarcus Aldridge will return to Trail Blazers lineup Thursday

    Mar 27, 2014, 1:26 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Portland Trail Blazers

    LaMarcus Aldridge returns to a Blazers team that is 3-8 in their last 11 and is just 2 games up on falling out of the playoffs completely. They need him.

  8. As you should have expected, Mark Jackson denies he wants out of Golden State

    Mar 27, 2014, 11:55 AM EDT

    Mark Jackson

    And now come the denials…. In a report about Mark Jackson demoting assistant coach Brian Scalabrine (apparently for arguing with another assistant coach who has deeper, longer ties with Jackson) Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported that last summer Jackson had kicked the tires on other coaching jobs in Brooklyn and with the Los Angeles…

  9. LeBron says he’s “kung fu master” after flagrant foul for elbow to Roy Hibbert’s head (VIDEO)

    Mar 27, 2014, 9:15 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    LeBron James was the aggressor on Wednesday night and that put him in the center of the action — and the controversy postgame. At the heart of it was the flagrant foul LeBron earned for his fourth quarter drive that ended up with an elbow across the face of Roy Hibbert, a blow that sent the Pacers’…

  10. The Extra Pass: Six NCAA Sweet 16 match-ups NBA fans should pay attention to

    Mar 27, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

    Julius Randle

    Your bracket has gone the way of the Dodo, so now you can just watch the NCAA Tournament to root for teams trying on the glass slipper… and to see players your team may try to draft this June. There are a few match ups in the Sweet 16 that should interest NBA fans —…

  11. Wednesday NBA grades: The Indiana Pacers we remember reappeared

    Mar 27, 2014, 3:33 AM EDT

    Roy Hibbert

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while hating on the idea of Monopoly “house rules”…. Indiana Pacers. It wasn’t pretty, but what mattered was the fight in the team. And the win over Miami, but more than that the fight it took from them to get there. Indiana had been slogging through the season,…

  12. Lance Stephenson ejected after getting in Dwyane Wade’s face (VIDEO)

    Mar 27, 2014, 12:19 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Indiana Pacers

    Lance Stephenson is who he is because he plays with emotion, with a chip on his shoulder. But what he did against the Heat was stupid. It started in the third quarter when Stephenson and Dwyane Wade picked up a double technical for a little shoving match (seen below). Frankly, the double tech on that was…

  13. Ray Allen has flu, doubtful to play vs. Pacers Wednesday

    Mar 26, 2014, 5:59 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's Allen celebrates a three point shot against the Indiana Pacers during Game 7 of their NBA Eastern Conference final basketball playoff in Miami

    I don’t need to remind you that Ray Allen makes big plays for the Heat in big games. But he will not be taking part in Wednesday’s big showdown with Indiana. Ray Allen (stomach virus) did not participate in this morning’s shootaround and is listed as doubtful for tonight’s #HEATgame.— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) March 26,…

  14. Pau Gasol to miss at least two more games due to vertigo

    Mar 26, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Pau Gasol never came out of the locker room for the second half of the Lakers win Sunday over the Magic, then took three IV bags of fluid and spent the night in the hospital. The official diagnosis was vertigo, and it kept Gasol out of the Lakers beat down of the Knicks on Tuesday…

  15. PBT Extra: Previewing Heat vs. Pacers Wednesday showdown

    Mar 26, 2014, 3:55 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    The first thing to know: This Wednesday night showdown between the Miami Heat and Indiana Pacers is not going to be a great preview of the Eastern Conference Finals. Yes, I still think they meet in the ECF (the odds of it in my mind have gone from 99.9% down to 90%, but I still…

  16. Danny Ainge says there are “no game changers” in this draft. In short term he’s right.

    Mar 26, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT

    Towson v Kansas

    The 2014 NBA Draft Class — assuming that Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid and the rest of the young stars declare — has been hyped as the best thing since 2003. That may turn out to be an overreaction. After the three players mentioned above were eliminated the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament, some in…

  17. Watch Lakers 51 points on Knicks in third quarter (VIDEO)

    Mar 26, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Boston Celtics

    Knicks fans, you should not watch this. That is all the Lakers’ buckets from their third quarter, 51-point explosion on the Knicks Tuesday night. What the Lakers did to blow out the Knicks was hustle and share the ball. Nothing more. This is the NBA, give guys an open shot and they will knock it…

  18. LaMarcus Aldridge could return to Portland lineup Thursday. They need him. Desperately.

    Mar 26, 2014, 1:06 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Portland Trail Blazers

    The Portland Trail Blazers are 3-8 in their last 11, have lost three in a row now and hit a new low in a loss to Orlando on Tuesday. They are sliding down the Western Conference standings and look like the team everyone wants to face in the first round of the playoffs. Except they…

  19. Fred Carter says current Sixers worse than his 1973 9-win team

    Mar 26, 2014, 9:36 AM EDT

    fred-carter-philadelphia-sixers-1973

    Fred Carter was the best player on arguably the worst team ever. He was the team MVP of the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers went 9-73, the worst record of any NBA team for a full season (remember the Bobcats were 7-50 I’m the lockout year, which worked out to a worse winning percentage). That Sixers team…

  20. Watch Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki trade buckets

    Mar 26, 2014, 9:19 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki , Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant and Dirk Nowitizki put on a real show Tuesday night, one that couldn’t be contained in regulation. Durant finished with 43 points (on 27 shots) as he was getting to the basket and knocking down threes, generally looking like the best scorer in the game. Nowitzki finished with 32 points (on 23 shots) and…

  21. Tuesday NBA grades: Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Durant in a duel

    Mar 26, 2014, 2:53 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks

    Our quick look around the NBA, or what you missed while breaking down the science of the three point shot… Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks. It wasn’t perfect — he had 6 turnovers and shot 2-of-8 from three. But when they needed him vintage Dirk Nowitzki showed up for Dallas scoring 7 of his team-high 32…

  22. Too much Dirk Nowitzki in overtime lifts Mavericks over Thunder

    Mar 26, 2014, 12:45 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks

    When Kevin Durant is putting on the kind of show that will win him the MVP award, as he was doing Tuesday night, the Thunder are very hard to beat. Dallas did just that though. They did it behind a vintage night from Dirk Nowitzki (well, except he continued to struggle from three going 2-of-8),…

  23. Tuesday And-1 Links: Dwyane Wade to play vs. Pacers

    Mar 25, 2014, 7:18 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Dwyane Wade is expected to play Wednesday night in the Heat/Pacers showdown, meaning…

  24. Quote of the Day: Kobe admits he thought Shaq was lazy

    Mar 25, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' center Shaquille O'Neal (L) la

    “It used to drive me crazy that he was so lazy. You got to have the responsibility of working every single day. You can’t skate through s—-.” Kobe Bryant talking about Shaquille O’Neal in a profile of him in the latest edition of The New Yorker.  You should go read the entire article, this is…

  25. Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson to undergo neck surgery, is officially done for season

    Mar 25, 2014, 3:55 PM EDT

    Ryan Anderson

    Ryan Anderson has been out of the Pelicans’ lineup since January 3 due to a herniated disc in his neck, an injury suffered in a game against the Celtics. Conventional treatments were not getting the injury to heal, so he will undergo surgery next month to fix the problem, the team announced Tuesday. As you…

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