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  1. Has Evan Turner pushed to the top overall pick prospect?

    Mar 12, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

    What does March Madness mean for an NBA fan? Showcasing draft picks. That’s what. And with conference play in full swing, we’re in the grips of a tidal wave of surge for Ohio State standout Evan Turner as a number one overall prospect, even over uber-prospect John Wall, who has been projected as the top…

  2. The problem with peaking now

    Mar 12, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

    The Orlando Sentinel has a small piece today talking about the spectacular play of the Orlando Magic as of late. They’ve been dominant, beating great teams and annihilating bad ones. They’ve been consistent, efficient, and productive. They’re firing on all cylinders. In news that should stun absolutely no one, Stan Van Gundy is less than…

  3. Like it or not, OKC's working out pretty well

    Mar 12, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    Clay Bennett is a weaselly, lying, no-good, rotten son-of-a-gun. Trying to find someone who disagrees with that sentiment, at heart, would be pretty difficult. He said he would commit his due diligence in attempts to keep the Seattle Sonics in Seattle, he instead never had such plans, and cavorted off to Oklahoma, leaving a 40-year…

  4. Tyreke Evans is all kinds of special, in case you didn't notice

    Mar 11, 2010, 9:41 AM EDT

    From the Sacramento Bee: “It would seem easy for one to be a bit conceited with 5,000 cutouts of his face throughout the stands. But that’s not Evans’ personality. And he was ready for the ribbing he took from his teammates. “It looked pretty ugly,” said forward Carl Landry with a laugh.” Tyreke Evans is…

  5. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Mar 11, 2010, 12:38 AM EDT

    What happened Wednesday night, while you were saving up for your jetpack… Bobcats102 Sixers 87: Some defenses execute well at a systemic level. Others, at an individual level. But the best defenses operate at both. And that takes talent and effort in symphony. The Bobcats have got the horns and woodwinds in perfect harmony, so…

  6. Nets just want you to know they're already forgetting this year

    Mar 10, 2010, 10:06 PM EDT

    We’ve seen some great franchise rehabs over the past few decades. The Trailblazers reformed themselves into a young, talented core of versatile players while becoming largely transparent in personality, save for Greg Oden in between limping. The Pacers have shed themselves of the Malice at the Palace imagery by submarining into epic mediocrity. But the…

  7. Why are the Bobcats pissing everyone off?

    Mar 10, 2010, 8:33 PM EDT

    A few weeks ago, Stephen Jackson got into it post-game with Paul Pierce after a Bobcats loss to the Celtics. Jackson made references to the Celtics not respecting the Bobcats as men. Okay, no big deal. The Celtics have quite the history of being pompous and abrasive. That kind of thing is their bag, baby.…

  8. Should the Mavs forget about homecourt before they even start?

    Mar 8, 2010, 12:53 PM EDT

    Eddie Sefko isn’t so much with the “Mavs can do it!” camp regarding the Mavs overcoming the Lakers for top seed in the West. All I can say is that they in no way should start getting a fast pulse over the prospects of catching the Lakers for the No. 1 seed in the Western…

  9. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Mar 8, 2010, 1:45 AM EDT

    What happened Saturday while you were watching Sandra Bullock accept her award… Magic 96, Lakers 94: One regular season game never is a complete picture, but every once in a while one is a microcosm of a team. This defense-heavy game told us a lot about both teams. Orlando is a just a better team…

  10. Spurs' cursed year continues, Parker breaks hand

    Mar 6, 2010, 10:56 PM EDT

    It hasn’t been a great year for the San Antonio Spurs. They’ve struggled to integrate new players. lacked the defensive intensity that marked their previous championship contention, and their core veterans have struggled to remain healthy. No one has more explicitly outlined those problems than Tony Parker, who has missed time with everything under the…

  11. Avery Johnson is playing footsie with the Hornets

    Mar 4, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Avery Johnson, or, “The Little General” as he’s known in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 circles, has been out of the coaching gig for a bit. A nice comfy studio gig and no reporters questioning his every small-ball lineup. But Sam Amico writing for Pro Basketball News brings word that Johnson’s agent will be…

  12. The Bobcats have become Mr. Grumpy Pants

    Mar 4, 2010, 10:24 AM EDT

    The Bobcats really did look like this was going to be the year. A playoff appearance, some silencing of the incessant critics who said this team was not only horrible, but would be horrible for the next five years, maybe a slight reprieve of all the negativity that’s devoured them pretty much since inception. And…

  13. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Mar 4, 2010, 1:24 AM EDT

    What happened Wednesday, while you were celebrating your new Ghostbusters prints… Celtics 104 Bobcats 80: Or, “How The Celtics Got Their Groove Back.” The Bobcats hung for a half, giving the Celtics all they could handle. Then the Celtics broke it open and never looked back. 35 points total for the Cats in the second…

  14. Magic tell Barnes to chill with his Twitter profanity

    Mar 3, 2010, 10:01 PM EDT

    Some players really like Twitter. It’s a way to communicate with their friends and family, expand their brand, and generally talk about when they’re going to take their pre-game nap. But sometimes, players also tend to go a little too far. It should come as no surprise that Matt Barnes is one of those guys.…

  15. Celtics taking on interesting variations of former selves

    Mar 3, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

    The Celtics defined their 07-08 championship run with high-character players who understood their role built around the big three. That was what made the 2008 team so dominant, the perfect management of ego and talent. A combination so brilliantly naturally dynamic even Doc Rivers couldn’t screw it up. But since then, they’ve started to take…

  16. Please welcome the flood of LeBron speculation

    Mar 3, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    There have been discussions of it for years. It’s slowly been increasing; a major article here, a random rumor there. But now, with July and the free agency period just four months away, we’ve finally come to it. Everyone and their momma has an idea on what LeBron’s going to do. Now, to be clear,…

  17. LeBron James files to switch jersey numbers out of MJ respect

    Mar 1, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

    LeBron James is good to his word. James said earlier in the season that he would change his number (#23) out of respect for Michael Jordan after he entered the Hall of Fame. Tonight Brian Windhorst reports that James has filed for that change to be effective next season. James is switching to #6, which…

  18. Good to know Tracy McGrady is completely delusional about LeBron

    Mar 1, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

    Tracy McGrady is getting lots and lots of attention in New York for a guy who is barely able to get time because of injury. But good for him! He’s been quieted by Houston, and now he’s out and wants to soak it in a bit. Good to be chatty, and the media loves them…

  19. Shaq to have surgery, likely out until playoffs

    Mar 1, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    UPDATE 10:57 am: According to Windhorst’s oracle-like twitter account, Shaq is out of surgery, and everything is fine. Except the part where he is out for eight weeks, but we knew that was coming. 3/1 8:28 am: Shaq had this to say on his twitter account Monday morning: going into surgery today on my thumb,…

  20. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Mar 1, 2010, 12:07 AM EDT

    What happened Sunday, while drowning your tears in maple syrup… Lakers 95 Nuggets 89: Maybe one day in May, we’ll get to see these two teams play at full strength for a full 48. As it was, like we told you, it was a tale of two halves. The Nuggets’ first half, and the Lakers…

  21. Wolves suspend Jefferson two games for DUI

    Feb 28, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT

    Well, hey, at least Kevin Love will finally get the minutes he deserves. The Wolves today suspended Al Jefferson two games for his early morning DUI arrest. Jefferson will lose $293,000 because of the arrest which general manager David Kahn described as disappointing. Jefferson has a court date the day after the Wolves last game…

  22. Lakers bring the effort (eventually), leave Nuggets in dust

    Feb 28, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

    For two and a half quarters, the Lakers played sloppy, uninspired, lifeless basketball. They turned the ball over. They failed to convert inside. They blew assignments. They gave up about a million free throws. And then they started trying. And talent, as always, won out again. The Lakers blew past the Nuggets in the fourth…

  23. Report: LeBron wants to be a Laker

    Feb 28, 2010, 5:56 PM EDT

    Roland Lazenby is pretty plugged in to Laker culture. He recently released a book on Jerry West (see Kurt’s talk with him here and here). Today he releases what will likely be considered a bombshell in some circles. From HoopsHype: “The greatest NBA free agent of all time, LeBron James, is quietly making overtures to…

  24. How many different ways can the Spurs own the Suns?

    Feb 28, 2010, 3:31 PM EDT

    The Suns have won their fair share of regular season games against the Spurs over the past five years. It’s not like they’ve never won against the Spurs. It just feels like it. Jason Richardson missed a wide-open (and I mean WIDE OPEN) breakaway dunk to tie, and Steve Nash randomly passed up on a…

  25. What's on the line for Lakers-Nuggets?

    Feb 28, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    The Lakers have two results possible from this game. Awesome and ‘meh.’ For everything their detractors may claim, the Lakers are still the best team in the league, 1-6. Their only weak link in their starting five is a veteran stalwart who’s known for hitting some of the most clutch shots in the history of…

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