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  1. Mavs’ Delonte West to be out for “a while” with broken finger

    Feb 16, 2012, 12:15 PM EST

    Casey Smith, Delonte West

    It was gruesome when it happened. Midway through the second quarter of the Mavericks latest win, Delonte West reached in and strip the ball and broke the ring finger on his right hand. Let’s just say you could see bone and blood was gushing. Not a pretty sight. You could tell because of Vince Carter’s…

  2. Thursday And-1 links: “Linsane in the Membrane”

    Feb 16, 2012, 11:45 AM EST

    Sacramento Kings v New York Knicks

    Here is our daily 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). “Linsane in the Membrane” — Jeremy Lin gets the Cypress Hill treatment. And it works. Best Lin song yet (via PBT’s own @HPbasketball) Here is…

  3. Shumpert, Williams headline All-Star Dunk Contest field

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:53 AM EST

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    Blake Griffin will not be back to defend his All-Star Dunk Contest crown, and you can bet no Kia cars will be on the court this time. He wasn’t the only big name to stay away — all the stars are staying home. There are some quality dunkers in the field but all the names…

  4. Report: J.R. Smith deciding between Knicks, Clippers

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:06 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Bobcats

    Wednesday in China, J.R. Smith hopped on a plane and said “zai zian” to the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association where he played during the lockout. His team is out of the playoffs and he is on his way home. The only question is, where is that plane going to land? New…

  5. Report: Miami would like to add Hornets’ Chris Kaman

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:48 AM EST

    Chris Kaman, Nene

    It’s maybe the one puzzle piece missing from the Miami Heat roster — a classic, true center who can body up guys like Dwight Howard in the playoffs and provide some defense and rebounding in the paint. A guy like Chris Kaman with the Hornets. Who happens to be available via trade. Which brings us…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: There are days the Magic look good

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:14 AM EST

    Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia

    What you missed while realizing your Valentine’s Day could have gone worse…. Knicks 100, Kings 85: The perfect storm that is Jeremy Lin continues, and it is our game of the night. Hawks 101, Suns 99: Our own Brett Pollakoff was at this game and filed a report. But that doesn’t mean we won’t give…

  7. Video: The emergence of Jeremy Lin

    Feb 16, 2012, 8:20 AM EST

    Sacramento Kings v New York Knicks

    Jeremy Lin is an amazing story, and a perfect storm of things had to come together to make Linsanity a reality. But it did, it’s been a fun ride, and the folks at NBA.com did a good job putting this video montage of the rise of Lin together. Good stuff. Check it out.

  8. Josh Smith plays like an All-Star in Hawks’ win over the Suns

    Feb 16, 2012, 2:42 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Phoenix Suns

    After the reserves for the 2012 NBA All-Star game were announced last week, and after Josh Smith was once again left off of the Eastern Conference squad for the eighth consecutive season, he sounded off. Smith said politics were to blame for him not being named to the team, and that he apparently “didn’t know…

  9. Plans for Seattle NBA arena to be announced Thursday

    Feb 16, 2012, 1:24 AM EST

    Seattle SuperSonics v Denver Nuggets

    Seattle fans are dreaming of the Kings becoming the Sonics (it’s not likely, smart money has them staying put in Sacramento), but it’s not really about the occupant of an arena just yet… If you build it, some team will come. Seattle sports fans want a new home for an NBA (and NHL) team built.…

  10. Perfect storm continues for Jeremy Lin, Knicks cruise to win

    Feb 15, 2012, 11:02 PM EST

    Knicks' Lin walks up-court during game against Kings in New York's Madison Square Garden

    Linsanity is now 7-0. For the sensation that is Jeremy Lin to be unleashed — from the wins to the mania that gripped New York and spilled over into popular culture — it takes more than just the fantastic play of Lin. Although that is certainly the catalyst. But it takes a perfect storm of…

  11. Kevin Garnett out Wednesday with hip flexor injury

    Feb 15, 2012, 9:16 PM EST

    Kevin Garnett

    Earlier on Wednesday, Kevin Garnett went through shootaround and was upgraded to “probable” to play that night against the Pistons. He sounded like a go. But when push came to shove, the Celtics decided to give him the night off. He is out for a game, a decision made less than an hour before tip-off…

  12. Report: Kobe Bryant, Vanessa working on reconciliation

    Feb 15, 2012, 7:11 PM EST

    vanessa-bryant

    Yesterday, on Valentine’s day, Kobe Bryant was greeted outside the Lakers locker room by Vanessa — the woman in the process of divorcing him — and she was wearing holiday-appropriate red pumps. Now comes this report from TMZ (via NBC’s own Off The Bench): … and now TMZ can confirm the two are working on…

  13. Lakers send Devin Ebanks down to D-League

    Feb 15, 2012, 6:09 PM EST

    Ebanks_Devin

    From the Lakers’ official Twitter feed: BREAKING: The Los Angeles Lakers have assigned forward Devin Ebanks to their @nbadleagueaffiliate, the Los Angeles @DFenders. This could mean nothing, but it could mean something significant for the Lakers as well: Gilbert Arenas-to-LA rumors have been swirling for about a week now, although the team has said it doesn’t have…

  14. NBA announces All-Star Three-Point Shootout lineup

    Feb 15, 2012, 5:24 PM EST

    anthony morrow

    The NBA has just announced the lineup for this year’s 3-point shooting contest at All-Star Weekend in Orlando. It is part of the Saturday night events Feb. 25 (along with the Dunk Contest and the tedious Skills Contest). Here are your contestants: James Jones: The defending champion. Jones has seen his minutes go way down this…

  15. Video: Stephen Colbert discusses Linsanity

    Feb 15, 2012, 5:09 PM EST

    Jeremy Lin

    Above, you’ll see popular late-night comedian/host Stephen Colbert discuss the rise of “Linsanity,” and discuss some possible products that Lin could endorse. Keep in mind that this is from Colbert’s February 13th show, meaning it was taped before Lin beat the Raptors with a game-winning 3 and took Linsanity to new heights. Enjoy, everyone.

  16. Warriors front office takes heat because Jeremy Lin got away

    Feb 15, 2012, 4:35 PM EST

    Knicks guard Lin smiles during player introductions before the start of the Knicks' NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Minneapolis

    At the time, Golden State was letting go a little-used guard who spent time in the D-League to clear the way for a $10 million a year offer to DeAndre Jordan, the big-time center the Warriors needed (and still need). Now, they are the team that had Jeremy Lin and didn’t realize what they had.…

  17. Irving expected to play against Pacers tonight

    Feb 15, 2012, 4:07 PM EST

    kyrie-irving-suns

    From the Akron-Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd: Rookie Kyrie Irving has been medically cleared following his concussion and will be in the starting lineup tonight for the Cavs when they host the Indiana Pacers. Irving suffered the concussion Feb. 7 at Miami and missed three games as a result. The Cavs went 1-2 without him. Irving…

  18. Sacramento City Council takes unanimous step toward key arena vote

    Feb 15, 2012, 3:19 PM EST

    kings purple

    One vote down to bring a new arena to Sacramento, one more critical vote to go. Tuesday, the Sacramento City Council voted unanimously to continue finalizing proposals with private parking companies, who will in turn provide $200 million or more toward a new Entertainment and Sports Complex. For that money, the winning bidder will have…

  19. Gym Class Heroes, J. Cole headline pre All-Star Game concert

    Feb 15, 2012, 2:58 PM EST

    Gym Class Heroes

    Not very subtle, Orlando. The performers for a pre-NBA All-Star Game concert were leaked by the New York Daily News — later confirmed by the league — and we learn that one is Gym Class Heroes, who along with Neon Hitch will do their single “Get you’re a** back home.” This message is directed at…

  20. Bobcats on pace for one of worst seasons in NBA history

    Feb 15, 2012, 2:29 PM EST

    Paul Silas

    In a sense, the Charlotte Bobcats catch a break — because of the lockout shortened, 66-game season we can’t compare them directly with the worst team in NBA history, the 9-win 72-73 Philadelphia 76ers. If the Bobcats win less than 9 games, they can claim an asterisk because of this season. But they are that…

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