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  1. Danny Ainge most concerned that Celtics get healthy, rested

    Mar 18, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    There’s Rajon Rondo’s slump. There’s Shaquille O’Neal’s health and skills. There’s getting the No. 1 seed in the East. There’s a couple tough road trips ahead. There’s plenty of things that Celtics GM Danny Ainge could worry about. But what he is most worried about is getting the Celtics healthy and rested headed into the…

  2. Best bench lineups in NBA? Stats say look at contenders.

    Mar 18, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    Depth can matter more in the regular season than the playoffs, when rotations tighten and stars get extra minutes because games are not as stacked up on top of each other. But depth does matter in getting top seeds and home court, and it does matter in giving a coach matchup flexibility in the playoffs.…

  3. J.J. Redick’s MRI shows only abdominal strain, still out Friday

    Mar 18, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

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    Magic sharpshooter J.J. Redick has missed the last four games for the team, so they decided to have an MRI done and make sure his abdominal muscle strain really was only a strain. And it is, the MRI came back negative, reports Josh Robins of Orlando Sentinel (via twitter). Redick still will sit out Orlando’s…

  4. Lakers GM: We’re not moving Andrew Bynum. For anybody.

    Mar 18, 2011, 1:42 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    Back at the trade deadline, plenty of Lakers fans were willing to ship Andrew Bynum out the door in a trade. In March, as he has gotten healthy, he has averaged 12.6 points, on 64.2 percent shooting, plus 14.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. Now, those same Lakers fans would never dream of moving…

  5. Mike D’Antoni to Knicks fans: “take some Prozac”

    Mar 18, 2011, 1:03 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    From the second they gave up a lot of depth to bring in Carmelo Anthony, the Knicks past Spider-man the Musical as the thing with the most unrealistic expectations in New York. If they were a playoff team with one superstar in Amar’e Stoudemire, adding a second instantly made them a threat to Boston, Miami…

  6. Antawn Jamison confirms he is done for the season

    Mar 18, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Antawn Jamison

    This was expected — why would veteran Antawn Jamison rush his recovery to return for the final week of this Cavaliers season? — but it became official Thursday: Jamison is done for the season, he confirmed to the Plain Dealer. Speaking for the first time since surgery to repair the left little finger he fractured…

  7. NCAA to NBA: Prospects to watch Friday

    Mar 18, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Joevan Catron Kyle Irving Duke v Oregon

    Hope after one day your bracket is better than mine, which now should be used to line birdcages. The St. Johns and Louisville losses hurt me, got to stop picking teams from cities I like just because they’re from cities I like. And big favorites. Oh well…. We’re supposed to be watching for some NBA…

  8. PBT Friday morning one liners

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    JaVale McGee’s All-Star Dunk Contest double dunk reenacted — with peeps. (via Unsilent) Deadspin charted the possessions from the movie Hoosiers and broke it all down. Ronnie Price could return to the Jazz this weekend after missing 15 games. Our own John Korlik, at Cavs the Blog, has some interesting thoughts on DeMarcus Cousins. The…

  9. How did our Thursday NCAA prospects to watch do?

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    Brandon Knight Kentucky

    How a potential NBA draftee does in the NCAA tournament rarely makes or breaks them — scouts have been watching these guys game after game for a season or two. One good or bad game isn’t going to change their opinion. However, some GMs and coaches see fewer games, but they see the tournament ones.…

  10. Video: Derrick Rose celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with monster jam

    Mar 18, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Deron Williams

    I have not delved into Derrick Rose’s ancestry, but for one day at least he and the rest of the Bulls were Irish, wearing the green and everything Thursday night against the Nets. Rose decided to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a huge dunk off a give-and-go from the top of the key. Just watch…

  11. JaVale McGee does not care what you think of his triple-double

    Mar 18, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Washington Wizards

    JaVale McGee got his first career triple-double against the Bulls Tuesday night — 12 rebounds, 12 blocked shots and 11 points. And he has taken heat for it. He got there because the Wizards — down 18 points on their way to a big loss — left their starting center in and ran 3 minutes…

  12. Video: Toney Douglass goes downtown

    Mar 18, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v New York Knicks

    The Knicks’ Toney Douglas was channeling Downtown Freddie Brown, or Petula Clark, or somebody, but he was dialed in from downtown Thursday. He had five three pointers in the first half, was 9-of-12 from three total and helped lead the Knicks to a franchise record 20 three pointers on the night. And you thought Douglass…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It’s raining threes in New York

    Mar 18, 2011, 3:33 AM EDT

    Shawne Williams

    What you missed while watching your bracket go up in flames…. Knicks 120, Grizzlies 99: This was an offensive showcase for the Knicks. They knocked down a franchise record 20 threes, led by Toney Douglas who had five in the first half and finished 9-of-12 from deep for the game. The Knicks scored at a…

  14. Artest has ideas on exciting “Grey Poupon, caviar” Lakers fans

    Mar 17, 2011, 10:52 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Victory Parade

    We told you that the Lakers are the worst fans in the NBA. Well, that’s what GQ said, actually. We’re not so sure. We don’t remember the Lakers needing to do a “Fan Up” campaign like in Miami. Or having the general level of disinterest seen in Atlanta. Or… well, you get the idea. Ron…

  15. Still hope in Sacramento, so fans keep fighting

    Mar 17, 2011, 9:33 PM EDT

    Clippers Kings Basketball

    The Sacramento Kings are close to becoming the Anaheim Royals. It’s about money. It’s always about money. It’s luxury boxes and television markets and ways to pay off debts. It’s not about the fans — the fans in Sacramento that have been loyal to this team and are about to be screwed over. But those…

  16. Scottie Pippen to get statue inside United Center

    Mar 17, 2011, 8:29 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    Michael Jordan has the iconic statue outside the building, Scottie Pippen one inside. Yea, that sounds about right. The Bulls announced that they would honor Pippen with a statue, to be unveiled next month when the Celtics are in town. The statue will be on the 100-level concourse inside the building. “Words really can’t express…

  17. Rashard Lewis wants to avoid surgery, may miss season anyways

    Mar 17, 2011, 6:53 PM EDT

    Rashard Lewis Wizards

    Washington Wizards forward Rashard Lewis has missed the last five games with a sore right knee, and according to Michael Lee of the Washington Post, he won’t be back in action any time soon: Rashard Lewis will leave for New York on Thursday to meet with another specialist and receive a third opinion on the…

  18. Derrick Rose, Messi, Katy Perry selling you some shoes

    Mar 17, 2011, 5:51 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose 3

    Adidas has a new ad campaing, “all in.” We bring it to you to see Derrick Rose (and Katy Perry, and Beckham, and Messi, and Notre Dame football, and…). Interesting to see that Adidas realized where Rose is headed in terms of stardom. Plus, we just think it’s got a good look. The commercial. The…

  19. Blake Griffin is not gonna take it. No, he ain’t gonna take it. Anymore.

    Mar 17, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    Blake Griffin, you want to know how you’ve really made it? When opposing bloggers — like Liberty Ballers Wednesday night — write things like this about you: Griffin flopped and bitched the entire night en route to a disappointing 14 points, 8 rebounds and 6 fouls. Both Elton Brand and the Sixers’ team defense/gameplan deserve…

  20. Dwight Howard went off again, must be on an MVP ballots

    Mar 17, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Charlotte Bobcats, Game 3

    I don’t labor under the illusion that Dwight Howard is going to win the MVP. Derrick Rose seems to be pulling ahead in that race and if the Bulls keep winning (especially if they get the top spot in the East) he will be a deserving recipient. But Dwight Howard needs to be on the…

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