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  1. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    Mar 24, 2011, 10:46 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Victory Parade

    Behind the scenes at a Ron Artest video shoot… complete with Oompa-Loompas. Trying to make sense of the Heat’s role players and fit. (Great work by our own John Krolik.) Jerry West agrees with Mike D’Antoni — Knicks fans need to calm down. Jermaine O’Neal could return to the Celtics next week. (Shaq remains day-to-day,…

  2. Orlando Magic growing NHL-style playoff beards

    Mar 24, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Playoff beards are an NHL tradition — you let it go as long as your team stays alive. So by the finals the guys look like Canadians who opted to be lumberjacks rather than hockey players (oh he’s a lumberjack and he’s okay, he sleeps all night and he works all day). Now Orlando is…

  3. Video: JaVale McGee blocks Blake Griffin into the third row

    Mar 24, 2011, 9:08 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee from the Washington Wizards

    One night after he completed what still might be the block of the year, JaVale McGee put up one that could challenge it. In part part just because he was swatting Blake Griffin. Consider it some Dunk Contest payback. The impressive part of this is really that McGee gets just burned on the pump fake…

  4. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where Boston got dominated along the front line

    Mar 24, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

    What you missed while mourning Elizabeth Taylor… Grizzlies 90, Celtics 87: This is why teams out west would like to avoid Memphis in the first round (even without Rudy Gay) — Memphis outscored Boston 52-26 in the paint. Memphis grabbed the offensive rebound on 25 percent of their missed shots. The vaunted Boston front line…

  5. Popovich says Duncan may only miss 4-5 games

    Mar 24, 2011, 12:30 AM EDT

    Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan

    Basically, we have no idea when Tim Duncan is coming back. After spraining his ankle Monday night Duncan himself said two weeks. Then after looking at the MRI the team said it was between a grade 1 and 2 sprain, which would mean more like three weeks. The official diagnosis was expected when the swelling…

  6. Tom Thibodeau’s social life is worse than yours

    Mar 23, 2011, 10:29 PM EDT

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    As a professional blogger, I am required by law to work in my mother’s basement and never see the light of day. Even though my parents’ house has never had a basement. Still, it’s the law. But even still, my social life blows Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau’s out of the water. At least that’s what…

  7. Jimmy Fallon challenges Dwight Howard to random object shooting contest

    Mar 23, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Howard Free Throws

    I’ll admit it, we bought my toddler daughter one of those mini basketball hoops and I’ve spent time trying to shoot rocks, charcoal briquettes, golf balls and anything else I can get my hands on through it. Consider this the adult version of that — Jimmy Fallon and Dwight Howard trying to shoot Shamrock Shakes…

  8. Coming lockout might help Celtics retain Doc Rivers

    Mar 23, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game

    As we told you last weekend, the general consensus within the coaching community is that Doc Rivers walks away from the Celtics after this season and becomes a helicopter dad that Mike Krzyzewski doesn’t know how to get rid of. (Rivers’ son Austin is a Duke recruit that starts in the fall.) But what if…

  9. Abdul-Jabbar says Howard has “blind spots” in his game

    Mar 23, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard is having a phenomenal season. The 25-year old center is scoring 3.3 more points per 40 minutes than he did a year ago, is the key player on one of the five best defenses in the NBA, is still a monster on the boards, and has a decent chance at winning his first…

  10. Redd hoping to return this weekend

    Mar 23, 2011, 4:57 PM EDT

    MRedd

    Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Michael Redd, who has missed all of this season due to knee injuries and has only played in 51 games over the last three seasons, is hoping to return to game action this weekend after going through his “first practice in 14 months” on Tuesday (h/t: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel): He was…

  11. Former All-Star Mark Aguirre falls at gym, in serious condition

    Mar 23, 2011, 4:49 PM EDT

    Mark Aguirre Mavericks

    Mark Aguirre, the former Piston player and Dallas Mavericks All-Star, fell at the gym Wednesday and is listed in serious condition, according to the Dallas Morning News. Reports coming to Mavericks officials after practice was that he “was OK” the paper reports, but there were few details. Apparently he collapsed while running on a treadmill…

  12. Love to miss at least two games with injured groin

    Mar 23, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    According to the Associated Press, All-Star forward Kevin Love will miss Minnesota’s upcoming two-game road trip due to an injured left groin. Love suffered the injury against Utah and played through it in Los Angeles, but was only able to play 14 minutes in the Timberwolves’ recent home loss to the Kings. Love will stay…

  13. Celtics assistant Frank “consultant” in Tennessee job search. Right.

    Mar 23, 2011, 3:29 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    And now the spin starts…. Yesterday we told you how Celtics lead assistant coach Lawrence Frank was an early front-runner in the search for a new head coach at Tennessee. Frank used to be an assistant coach there before going on to the NBA. Now the spin comes back that university officials were only talking…

  14. Even in the NBA right place, right time gets you a job

    Mar 23, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Sundiata Gaines, Stephen Curry

    We live in a fantasy world where we like to believe that making it to the NBA is a meritocracy — only the very best get there because of skill and effort, not luck. But why should the NBA be any different than where you work? You’re telling me the hierarchy at your office is…

  15. Lakers resurgence reminds us bigger is better

    Mar 23, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Utah Jazz, - Game 4

    Why, every year, do people fall for this? Back in December Lakers fans were freaking out — and the rest of the league hoped they were right — because something seemed off about the Lakers. They weren’t bad, but the two-time defending champions were not dominating everyone, were not focused, were not defending, were not…

  16. Heat’s Anthony breaks nose in two places, will not miss time

    Mar 23, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

    JAnthony_jumper

    Joel Anthony thinks he’s a hockey player. The Heat’s shot blocking center off the bench (the Heat have about 48 centers on the bench at last count) broke his nose in two when Miami faced Atlanta after being head-butted by Zaza Pachulia, reports Michael Wallace of ESPN on twitter. Pachulia head butted Wallace and caused…

  17. Tiago Splitter, your time is now

    Mar 23, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

    Reggie Williams,  Al Thornton, Tiago Splitter

    Tiago Splitter has come along slowly this season. More slowly than one expects of a guy who was the best center in Europe the past couple seasons to come along. He came to San Antonio with fanfare and was expected to be the guy Tim Duncan has needed with him up front,. Instead he has…

  18. Video: C.J. Watson does his best Derrick Rose imitation at rim

    Mar 23, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Phoenix Suns

    Derrick Rose has an ability to knife through the defense and find a way to get off a shot when none seems to exist that is second to none. Bulls backup point guard C.J. Watson has been watching that all season and apparently it has rubbed off a little. Take a look at this shot…

  19. Timberwolves players say blame them, not Kurt Rambis

    Mar 23, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Love_Rambis

    Any time a team racks up as few wins as the Timberwolves have the last couple years, the coach is in trouble. Any time a bad team seems to get worse — the Wolves are 4-11 since the All-Star Game — the coach is in trouble. We’re looking at you, Kurt Rambis. Sure, we should…

  20. Among the Knicks problems: all that depth they traded away

    Mar 23, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New York Knicks

    Despite what some people on the island of Manhattan believed, the deal to get Carmelo Anthony was not a steal. This wasn’t purchasing Manhattan itself from the Native American Lenape people for trinkets. The Knicks are not coming together as fast as expected, and part of the reason is there is no depth around the…

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