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  1. Perkins to debut Monday for Thunder, already throwing elbows in West

    Mar 14, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

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    Kendrick Perkins will make his debut as the center for the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday. The guy brought in to bring the defense and toughness along the back line that the Thunder have lacked will start in his first game for the Thunder and is not on minutes restriction, coach Scott Brooks said (via Royce…

  2. Carlos Boozer likely out Tuesday, back later in week

    Mar 14, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

    Carlos Boozer injured

    Carlos Boozer is a cagey veteran, he’d not going to get pinned down into some timeline of when he will come back from a sprained ankle then have to face questions when he doesn’t meet said deadline. Call it Andrew Bynum syndrome. So while Coach Tom Thibodeau was saying he expected Boozer back “probably within…

  3. NBC Sports Talk app (with PBT) launched for Android

    Mar 14, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

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    I’ve been waiting for this one myself. And pestering my bosses asking when it would happen. I use an Android phone (G2) and have been waiting while NBC put together this great app for the iPhone and the iPad that tracks this blog as well as ProFootballTalk, HardballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, ProGolfTalk, CollegeFootballTalk and Inside the Irish.…

  4. Tune in early to see if Heat can hang with Spurs late Monday

    Mar 14, 2011, 4:54 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs

    Last time the end of the game had all the suspense of a North Korean election. It was over before it started. Back on March 4, the Spurs walked out of the locker room draining threes while the Heat had just 12 first quarter points. Miami was down more than 20 less than 12 minutes…

  5. Trail Blazers ink Chris Johnson to deal for remainder of season

    Mar 14, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    Chris Johnson

    The Blazers want some extra depth at center. Hard to blame them. So they have inked D-League standout Chris Johnson to a deal for the rest of the season (Ridiculous Upside had this first and the Blazers confirmed it via press release). Johnson was up for a 10-day deal with the Blazers earlier this season,…

  6. Video: Nate Robinson clowning the Celtics

    Mar 14, 2011, 3:14 PM EDT

    Nate Robinson Marquis Daniels

    Boston is not going to miss Nate Robinson on the court that much, to be honest (he was traded to Oklahoma City at the deadline). Carlos Arroyo will do just fine, he’s not as explosive but much more steady. Off the court? Yea, they miss him. Nate was the class clown, as you can see…

  7. NBA Power Rankings: How about a Spurs vs. Bulls NBA finals?

    Mar 14, 2011, 2:54 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    It still feels like with the top six teams you could flip a coin week to week on who is playing the best at any given moment. This week the coin came up Spurs. 1. Spurs (54-12, Last Week #4). After a loss to the Lakers a week ago Sunday they put together three nice…

  8. Nuggets Raymond Felton: “We’re a better team (than the Knicks)”

    Mar 14, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    The Denver Nuggets have gone from being the team that concerned first-round playoff opponents because they had shot makers in Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to a team that concerns first-round playoff opponents because they play good defense. These Nuggets are a lot different than the old Nuggets (and by old we mean a month…

  9. Kobe Bryant game-time decision Monday night

    Mar 14, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Kobe Bryant played through a sprained ankle aggravated during the Lakers thumping of the Dallas Mavericks Saturday, but now that the ankle has had a couple days to really swell up and get sore, he is a game-time decision for Monday night’s big game against the Orlando Magic. So said Phil Jackson, and we trust…

  10. Brian Colangelo’s non-extension pulls back curtain on Raptors ownership

    Mar 14, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    bryan Colangelo

    Among the thousands of questions about how to rebuild the Toronto Raptors there is one central question that has to be answered first — should Bryan Colangelo be the one doing the rebuilding? There have been public comments about an extension being in the works for months, just as there have been rumors saying he…

  11. Tracy McGrady’s advice to owners: “Don’t lowball us”

    Mar 14, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    As the NFL’s labor situation devolves, the NBA players and owners are sitting back, watching and taking notes. For example, the NBA’s player union has passed out and gotten players to sign off on potentially decertifying the union. Whether or not they will play that card will depend on how well it goes for the…

  12. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Mar 14, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony

    Time to fill out your NCAA brackets (mine should be shot by noon on Thursday, based on past years). Of course, you can fill out those brackets right here at NBCSports.com. From the NY Daily News: If the Knicks are going to jack up ticket prices an average of 49 percent next season, they need…

  13. Report: Knicks will pick up option, may even extend Billups deal

    Mar 14, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks

    Chauncey Billups may not be the ideal point guard for a Mike D’Antoni offense, but he’s the best point the Knicks has had in a long time. So the Newsday report that the team plans on picking up the $14.2 million extension for Billups next season is not a surprise. (The Knicks could buy him…

  14. Report: Kurt Rambis done in Minnesota after season, team denies

    Mar 14, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

    Love_Rambis

    UPDATE March 14, 9:53 am: As should be expected and is basically standard operating procedure in these cases, Minnesota officials denied everything about the report, according to the Pioneer Press. GM David Kahn particularly smacked down the idea that Kelvin Sampson was a planned replacement. Kurt Rambis was much more direct. “I don’t comment on…

  15. Kevin Love’s double-double streak comes to an end at 53

    Mar 14, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Kevin Love 2

    The last time Kevin Love didn’t register a double-double? You were still dreaming about Thanksgiving dinner. It was Nov. 19 of last year. But as part of an anemic Timberwolves offensive performance against Golden State, Love ended up with just 6 points on 1-of-6 shooting and his double-double streak ended at 53. The Warriors David…

  16. Dwight Howard can still dunk with plenty of power

    Mar 14, 2011, 8:05 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    This dunk came just minutes into the Magic’s win over the Suns, but it pretty much sums up the game — Robin Lopez had no answer for Dwight Howard, and neither did any other Suns players. Including Marcin Gortat. Mostly just consider this a reminder that for all the steps to round out his game…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kevin Love’s streak comes to an end

    Mar 14, 2011, 5:40 AM EDT

    Kevin Love Sits

    What you missed while undergoing virtual dolphin therapy… Boston’s defense setting records against the Milwaukee offense was our game of the night. Warriors 100, Timberwolves 77: Kevin Love’s double-double streak comes to an end — he scored just 6 points on 1-of-6 shooting (he still had 12 boards). Against the usually soft-in-the-middle Warriors. Did not…

  18. Mix Celtics defense with Bucks offense and you get a serious whooping

    Mar 13, 2011, 11:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Arroyo

    The Milwaukee Bucks have the worst offense in the NBA (98.3 points per possession according to Hoopdata). The Boston Celtics have the second best defense in the NBA (97.5 points per 100 possessions). Combine the two with a pinch of end-of-season lethargy from the Bucks and you have a perfect storm — a game where…

  19. Zydrunas Ilgauskas admitted to hospital, will not play versus Spurs

    Mar 13, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    Zydrunas Ilgauskas was admitted to a Miami hospital for treatment of a foot infection Sunday and is expected to miss the Heat’s Monday night game against the San Antonio Spurs. Ilgauskas stepped on a nail in his home last Friday, which kept him out of Saturday’s game against the Grizzlies. And by game, I mean…

  20. Phil Jackson: Kobe is not Jordan, nobody is

    Mar 13, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant Michael Jordan

    Phil Jackson has been there, he has played golf with Michael Jordan. He has had dinners with Kobe Bryant. He has coached them both. He has won championships with both. His perspective on comparing the greatest player of his generation (if not all time) and his heir apparent may have the most insight. And he…

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