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  1. Darko expected to start tonight

    Mar 3, 2010, 3:01 PM EDT

    Consider it a showcase for the European scouts whose teams will be bidding on his services for next season — Darko Milicic is expected to be in the starting lineup for the Timberwolves tonight against Dallas. The reason for the sudden promotion is Al Jefferson is serving a two-game suspension for a drunk driving arrest.…

  2. Noah to miss three weeks

    Mar 3, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    Despite all the advances of modern medicine, there remains but one cure for plantar fasciitis: rest. That’s what Joakim Noah is about to get — the Bulls are shutting him down for three weeks of rest. Noah has been bothered by plantar fasciitis in his left foot for some time now. Plantar fasciitis is the…

  3. Nets to break ground on new arena next week

    Mar 3, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    No. Sleep. To Brooklyn. The New Jersey Nets will hold a ground breaking ceremony next Thursday for the new Barclays Center in New Jersey, according to Nets Daily. That will come just a couple weeks after the last of the major legal hurdles was cleared. If you’ve never been to a ground breaking ceremony, man…

  4. Maybe LeBron has a plan for the summer

    Mar 3, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

    The conventional wisdom is that LeBron James has yet to decide where he is going to play next year. He’ll decide this summer after seeing how far Cleveland can get in the playoffs, and weighing what other big free agents do. Or, maybe he has a plan. That’s what Chris Douglas-Roberts hinted to northjersey.com. Douglas-Roberts,…

  5. Kevin Martin faces old team tonight

    Mar 3, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT

    Kevin Martin is tearing it up as a Rocket — in his last two games he has scored 60 points combined on 62 percent shooting and has hit 7 of 10 from beyond the arc. Take that Geoff Petrie. He also loves his new point guard partner, Aaron Brooks, the guy who Martin said, “is…

  6. Thabeet adjusts to life in the D-League

    Mar 3, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

    On the court, the game is still the same. As Coach Norman Dale taught us, the basket is 10 feet high and the free throw line is 15 feet away from it, whether you play in Madison Square Garden or North Dakota. On the court, Hasheem Thabeet showed some of the flashes of promise that…

  7. Crisis in China: Yao's baby could be American

    Mar 3, 2010, 11:12 AM EDT

    Want to know what the celebrity gossip is in China? Of course you do, who doesn’t? One of my goals in life was always to be a Chinese gossip columnist, so here goes: Yao Ming’s baby could be born in America — and that would be a national disgrace. Yao and his wife Ye Li…

  8. Reggie Evans: NBA's dirtiest player

    Mar 3, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    You’ll get no argument from Chris Kaman. Sports Illustrated polled 173 NBA players — secret ballot, of course, that’s how we do things in America — and found that Toronto’s Reggie Evans is considered the dirtiest player in the NBA (winning 21 percent of the vote). If you want to know why, check out the…

  9. Phil Jackson likes Jordan the owner

    Mar 3, 2010, 9:47 AM EDT

    In what can only be described as the opposite of a stunning revelation, Phil Jackson has said good things about Michael Jordan. This time it was about Jordan the team owner. “I think it’s a great opportunity for him,” Jackson said before the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday. “I think…

  10. You can never get enough Durant dunking

    Mar 3, 2010, 9:24 AM EDT

    If there is one thing that if fun to watch, it is Oklahoma City in transition.

  11. Cleveland, Ilgauskas start inevitable dance

    Mar 3, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

    Like the guy in the red uniform that beams down with Captain Kirk and Spock to the planet, we all know how some things are going to end. (Poorly for that guy.) Same with the the Zydrunas Ilgauskas courtship. The Boston Celtics — desperate to add anyone, to the point they are seriously talking to…

  12. Knicks think LeBron isn't coming

    Mar 3, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    The smart money has always been on LeBron staying in Cleveland. That’s about as exciting as rose bush pruning, but it’s the truth. We in the media don’t write about it much because speculation of him shaking up the NBA with a move is a lot more fun — and gets a lot more hits.…

  13. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Mar 3, 2010, 2:19 AM EDT

    Our game recaps from Tuesday, or what you missed while reading Free Darko…. Celtics 105, Pistons 100: Boston did what they do on defense — Detroit was just 2-18 from three point range and turned the ball over one of every five times down the court. The Celtics also shot the ball much better than…

  14. Ricky Davis headed to Turkey

    Mar 2, 2010, 9:40 PM EDT

    Ricky Davis, a 12-year NBA veteran who spent most of this season (and all of last) with the Clippers is headed to Turkey to earn a paycheck. He’ll be joining Turk Telekom Ankara for the rest of the season, according to Turkish papers (well, the translation of Turkish papers as we do not speak Turkish).…

  15. Thumbgate: Did Davis intentionally hurt Shaq?

    Mar 2, 2010, 7:22 PM EDT

    Like it was the Zapruder film, Cavaliers and Celtics fans have been poring over the footage from the thumb injury to Shaquille O’Neal. And, as they always do (for some odd reason), the conspiracy freaks have found a new cause: Glen Davis intentionally hurt Shaq’s thumb. Well, at least it’s something to distract the conspiracy…

  16. Come see the Nets, we'll do your taxes

    Mar 2, 2010, 6:41 PM EDT

    The worst job in America is waiting tables at the Denny’s in Hollywood from midnight until 4 am, when you are just slammed because all the drunk but broke hipsters show up to order “Moons over my Hammy” then realize they don’t have money left for a tip. Second worst, marketing manager for the New…

  17. Gilbert Arenas says he would play for Wizards again

    Mar 2, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas is going to return to the NBA next year — teams are amazingly forgiving of sins if a player can score a lot of points. And Arenas can still score a lot of points. And he’d be happy to do that for the Wizards, according to AP. In his first interview since pleading…

  18. Jordan takes big gamble on Bobcats

    Mar 2, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan’s gambling penchant is almost as legendary as his game. But his move last Friday is the biggest financial gamble of his life — he bought an NBA franchise. Like a lot of small market teams, the Charlotte Bobcats are losing money, with ticket sales and sponsorship revenue down in this economy. The Bobcats…

  19. Mo Evan's shot, it rocks, it rocks

    Mar 2, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Sorry about the headline, but Charles Barkley is stuck in my head, and that’s the only headline I could come up with. However, Mo Evans shot last night for the Hawks does rock.

  20. Brand out with Achilles injury

    Mar 2, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    Elton Brand is not boarding the team charter today for travel and a game in Atlanta Wednesday, due to right Achilles tendonitis, according to the merged Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News Web site. He had been listed as day-to-day with a sore calf (apparently Bill Belichick is handling the Sixers injury report now) but the…

  21. Nocioni suspended two games for DUI

    Mar 2, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Andres Nocioni will not be in uniform tonight when Sacramento takes on Oklahoma City, instead he will be serving the first game of his two-game suspension handed down by the league. Nocioni was arrested in Sacramento for a DUI on Nov. 5 and last week pled no contest to the charge. His attorney said at…

  22. Granger struggles with personal issue

    Mar 2, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    For the Indiana Pacers to be just average, Danny Granger has to be miles above average. And lately he has been — shooting 49% (eight points above his season average) in his last five games, and he has two 30 point outbursts in that time. But Granger — maybe the league’s most underrated player —…

  23. Arenas "freaking out" says very shadowy source

    Mar 2, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    It’s the kind of headline that draws us bloggers like moths to a flame, but before reading the next line, please take a generous amount of salt: Gilbert Arenas is freaking out. That’s what ESPN the Magazine is reporting, through it’s new Player X column — a column written anonymously by an “NBA Star.” (You…

  24. Finley asks out of San Antonio, overestimates value

    Mar 2, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    San Antonio didn’t have plans to let Michael Finley go, he wanted out. He asked out. He bounced the idea off teammates for a few weeks then, according to the San Antonio Express News, went and talked to the man. When Finley finally presented his request to Popovich, the coach was caught unaware. “I was…

  25. Denver desperate to add a big

    Mar 2, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Coach George Karl likes to say that the Nuggets are half a body short of the Lakers. Presumably that is a very big body that could spend some time covering Andrew Bynum or Pau Gasol. Now they are looking at what is left at the bottom of the barrel to fill that role. According to…

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