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  1. Zach Randolph's big night in the city

    Feb 28, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Zach Randolph was Godzilla to New York’s Tokyo last night, leveling the Knicks with 31 points and 25 rebounds. All that from a guy who can’t jump. Randolph was pinned as a cornerstone of the Knicks’ mid-00’s failures and took out his aggression on his old club. The Knicks’ defense tends to elevate opponents stats…

  2. Shaq seeing another specialist, out indefinitely

    Feb 28, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

    The Cavs have released a statement concerning the health of injured center Shaquille O’Neal: “Cavaliers center Shaquille O’Neal underwent evaluation, including a”MRI, at Cleveland Clinic  Sports Health late Saturday afternoon upon the team’s return from Toronto, the results of which  confirmed a significant sprain to his right thumb. He will travel with Cavaliers Head Team …

  3. Where the heck did Wes Matthews come from?

    Feb 28, 2010, 11:41 AM EDT

    Wes Matthews fails to appear on most people’s lists of rookies making an impact this season. But Matthews has moved into the starting role, and shined in the Jazz’ beatdown of the Rockets Saturday night, scoring 18 points. His contributions off the box score are what have put him in this position. Matthews plays smart…

  4. Tyler Hasbrough may be donezough for the season

    Feb 28, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Some picks vanish in their first year because they were never that talented to begin with. Others because their coaches are the basketball equivalent of Dr. Doom, burying them in pursuit of their master plan. Some just don’t “get it” yet. And then there’s Tyler Hansbrough. One of the most celebrated players in college history…

  5. Al Jefferson picked up for DWI?

    Feb 28, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    UPDATE 12:05 pm: WCCO has confirmed and obtained a mugshot. It’s Jefferson. Sigh. 10:59 am: Darren Wolfson of the Star Tribune received a tip this morning that Al Jefferson was picked up on DUI charges this morning. He tweeted the tip and followed up with a link to the web booking of the person in…

  6. Small market success is built on its own rules

    Feb 28, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

    Let’s face it, it’s a big-market league. The Celtics and Lakers have won over 30 championships. The Knicks are a huge moneymaker despite being an abomination to effective sports management. The Clippers are profitable, people. It’s pretty obvious that the big boys run the game. There is a lot of discussion about revenue sharing adjustments…

  7. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Feb 28, 2010, 12:50 AM EDT

    What happened Saturday in the NBA: Nets 104 Celtics 96: Well, on one side of the coin it was the Boston apocalypse. On the other, the biggest win of the year for the Nets. When the Nets assembled this year’s roster, this is likely what they were thinking. Courtney Lee plugging in shots, Devin Harris…

  8. Lakers still laughing off Nuggets

    Feb 27, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    The Lakers haven’t been exactly awesome against the Western second place Nuggets this season. They’re 0-2 against Denver this season, and the games haven’t exactly been down to the wire. But still, the Lakers are nothing if (over-)confident. And despite the fact that we’re now entering the part of the season where they say the…

  9. Phil Jackson plays the pot calling kettle black

    Feb 27, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    In 2008, the Los Angeles Lakers completed one of the most one-sided trades in the history of the league, sending Kwame Brown and what was, at that point, complete unknown Marc Gasol to the Memphis Grizzlies (along with Javaris Crittenton…yeah) for franchise player Pau Gasol. Coaches and league personnel were flabbergasted at the questionable nature…

  10. Rookie of the Month versus Rookie of the Year

    Feb 27, 2010, 4:57 PM EDT

    Stephon Curry has had himself quite the month. 21 points, 5.4 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 1.6 steals. Wow! He’s played so well in fact, that some are starting to say he deserves some run for Rookie of the Year. Which is kind of like saying OK Go deserves consideration for a lifetime achievement award. Nice run,…

  11. The end is nigh, Nets beat Celtics

    Feb 27, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    Earlier, we told you of the sign that appeared in the Celtics’ locker room, proclaiming that individuals win games, but teams win championships. Today, at least, the Boston Celtics were neither individuals nor teams, apparently. The New Jersey Nets beat the Boston Celtics in Boston 104-96. This isn’t the end of the world for the…

  12. Noah sidelined again with plantar fasciitis

    Feb 27, 2010, 3:16 PM EDT

    Joakim Noah keeps trying to overcome his plantar fasciitis, one of the most painful, debilitating injuries in the NBA, and the injury keeps winning. Noah played 27 minutes in the Bulls’ overtime win over the Blazers, but came down and hurt his foot again drawing a foul in the extra session. Post-game, the Bulls announced…

  13. Celtics face 'win or blow-up' scenario

    Feb 27, 2010, 2:54 PM EDT

    It was all worth it. You have to tell yourself that, Celtics fan or no. The offseason that brought Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett to Boston next to Paul Pierce was a success, because it brought a banner, and there’s nothing that can be done to refute that. The NBA’s ultimate prize is worth the…

  14. Celtics post ridiculously obvious sign in locker room

    Feb 27, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    They have All-Star appearances, MVPs, All-NBA marks, franchise records, places in history, and an NBA title. Yet apparently they still needed to be reminded of cliche platitudes to perform to a level befitting their salary. Today the Celtics found a new sign in their locker room (via the Boston Globe), that said: “INDIVIDUALS WIN GAMES…

  15. Kidd did more than just draw the tech last night

    Feb 27, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    Kurt’ already broken down the questionable, yet slightly awesome ethics of Jason Kidd’s draw of a technical on Mike Woodson. What we haven’t done is tell you that Kidd was a huge reason for the Mavs’ thriller win last night beyond the tech. Kidd had a triple-double, which isn’t stunning, it was the 104th 3D…

  16. Stern issues statement on MJ's purchase of 'Cats

    Feb 27, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    Can we interest you in a formality? Perhaps a stock, canned statement from the league pertaining to a fairly obvious development in a predictable process? It’ll go lovely on the mantle next to that Razorback bobblehead of your father’s. Yes, we do deliver. Commissioner Stern has released a statement regarding Michael Jordan’s purchase (along with…

  17. Failed Bobcats bidder may not be done with NBA yet

    Feb 27, 2010, 12:34 PM EDT

    George Postolos’ bid to become an NBA owner was foiled late last night as Michael Jordan rallied investors to become majority owner. But that doesn’t mean the Texas businessman (and former Rockets CEO) is done with his ownership pursuits. In a statement to the pres (via the Charlotte Observer), Postolos said: “I remain committed to…

  18. Durant extends latest 25+ scoring streak to one game

    Feb 27, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant did it again. Durant scored 25 points in the Thunder’s thriller laugher abject demolition of the Wolves Friday night, extending his latest streak of games of 25 point or more to one. It is the longest such streak for him since his streak ended two days ago. After the Spurs ended the fun…

  19. With Wade out again, Miami may be bleeding itself out

    Feb 27, 2010, 10:09 AM EDT

    Our own Ira Winderman’s Tweet confirms the bummer for Heat fans. Dwyane Wade will miss Saturday’s game against the Bucks with his injured calf, and Sunday is “iffy.” It will be the fourth game Wade has missed with this injury, and the Heat are 1-2 without the man they call Flash. What’s worse, the team…

  20. Andrew Bogut is entering the top tier

    Feb 27, 2010, 8:35 AM EDT

    Andrew Bogut has been thought of as a nice player for a couple of years. A big man with touch, but who suffered on a poor team and lacked the necessary components to be part of a winning formula. This year, all that’s changing. Bogut’s points are up significantly (16.2 from 11.7), and he’s averaging…

  21. Larry Bird has vote of confidence, for some reason

    Feb 25, 2010, 9:29 AM EDT

    Larry Bird received a vote of confidence from the Indiana Pacers’ top offices today, in a move that guarantees the Pacers will be nowhere near above .500 and yet never get a significant draft pick for years to come. Bird’s reluctance to properly detonate the Pacers has been seen primarily as an avoidance caused by…

  22. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Feb 25, 2010, 1:11 AM EDT

    What happened Wednesday night, while falling flat on your face in a gigantic dinosaur suit… Mavericks 101 Lakers 96: So many Mavericks played well. Jason Kidd constantly pushed the tempo, but knew not to press the Lakers’ transition defense. Brendan Haywood provides the kind of toughness critics have said they have lacked for years. Jason…

  23. In case there was any question left, the Kobe draft-and-trade was filthy as you thought

    Feb 24, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

    Jerry West could not be more iconic. Literally. It is not possible for him to be more iconic in the National Basketball Association. So there’s a lot of leeway given to him for all he’s given to the game.  And today, Dime Magazine found out just how much he’s gotten away with over the years,…

  24. Butler out for Mavs against Lakers

    Feb 24, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

    Via the Dallas Morning News, Caron Butler will miss tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers with a bad reaction to medication, causing illness. It’s an unfortunate miss for Butler, as one of the advantages of the trade for Butler and Haywood were the matchups against the Lakers. Butler provides a long two-guard to put…

  25. Dennis Rodman retires from coaching after two games and $80,000

    Feb 24, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    The Eastern Basketball League is a winter league that plays on weekends. It exists, I promise. It’s got a Wikipedia page and everything. It’s legit. Or as legit as it can be. Turns out, in an attempt to garner some interest and ticket sales, the owner of the Elmira Bulldogs (they have a logo and…

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