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  1. Did Jared Dudley get his 9th dunk of the season? His teammates vote ‘no.’

    Apr 2, 2011, 3:20 AM EDT

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    With the Suns all but mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, all that’s left to work towards this season are things that may, to the outside world, seem frivolous. But despite the fact that the season will end for Phoenix on April 13, Jared Dudley still has something to accomplish. Dudley is an intelligent, high-energy player…

  2. Matt Barnes suspended for one game

    Apr 1, 2011, 10:42 PM EDT

    Matt Barnes

    UPDATE 10:42 pm: Lakers coach Phil Jackson spoke about Barnes and said it’s all good to come to the aid of a teammate, but you better know the situation. “He’s definitely got to check that stuff at the door in the playoffs,” Jackson said. “You can’t play short-handed in the playoffs.” Asked if he was…

  3. Mike Bibby has made Heat’s defense much worse

    Apr 1, 2011, 8:16 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Miami Heat

    In Atlanta, there are a lot of Hawks fans nodding their heads. The Miami Heat’s defense is much worse when Mike Bibby is on the floor. Not just worse, much worse. Tom Haberstroh crunched the numbers for the Heat Index at ESPN. When point guard Mike Bibby has been on the floor for the Heat,…

  4. Mo Evans thinks a CBA deal won’t get done before July 1st

    Apr 1, 2011, 5:54 PM EDT

    Maurice Evans

    With the regular season winding down, the threat of an impending lockout becomes more and more real. The current CBA is set to expire on June 30th, and Maurice Evans, a vice president of the NBA Players association, told HoopsHype’s Chris Thomasson that he doesn’t think a new agreement will be reached by then: Could…

  5. Juwan Howard plans to appeal $35,000 fine

    Apr 1, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

    Juwan Howard Melee

    The fallout from Wednesday’s Heat-Wizards fracas that led to three ejections and a one-game suspension for John Wall continues. According to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Heat forward plans to appeal the $35,000 fine he received for pushing JaVale McGee after John Wall and Zyrundas Ilgauskas were both issued flagrant-2 fouls: “I…

  6. Jason Terry calls Matt Barnes soft as “toilet paper”

    Apr 1, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    The fight — well, what passes for a fight in the NBA, Jason Terry pushed Steve Blake, they bumped chests, Matt Barnes came flying in to play protector, there was a lot more pushing  — was Thursday night, but the war of words has continued into Friday. Mark Cuban blasted Chris Webber over calling the…

  7. Mark Cuban fires back at Chris Webber over “soft” comment

    Apr 1, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

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    After the Mavs were laid to waste by the Lakers last night — and after they pulled out a classic NHL maneuver and started being physical once the game was out of reach — Chris Webber went on TNT and ripped the Mavs. He called them “soft.” We linked to it in our Morning One…

  8. Celtics Krstic out at least two games, to undergo MRI

    Apr 1, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

    When the Boston Celtics take the floor in Atlanta Friday night, Jermiane O’Neal will be the starting center. But he has been off with knee surgery since January, now playing on the second night of a back-to-back. He can’t be counted on for big minutes. So who follows him? Good question. It will not be…

  9. ESPN pulls Jalen Rose off air after DUI arrest, coverup

    Apr 1, 2011, 2:54 PM EDT

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    We told you about Jalen Rose getting a DUI a couple days ago, an incident that had taken place several weeks before. Turns out, Rose didn’t tell his employer ESPN either, so they have yanked him off the air, according to the USA Today. “Jalen has accepted full responsibility for his actions. Both parties are…

  10. Their fans may but Spurs are not going to panic

    Apr 1, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    For the first time since Tim Duncan came to San Antonio, the Spurs have lost five games in a row. Right before the playoffs. In the season when it looked like they had found the fountain of youth, when they were back to being elite. The season maybe they could get one for the thumb.…

  11. Lockout might keep Marcin Gortat from being hammer for Poland

    Apr 1, 2011, 1:32 PM EDT

    Marcin Gortat, VInce Carter

    Poland, like many countries this summer, will be playing in a tournament trying to earn a spot in the 2012 Olympics. In this case, it is EuroBasket 2011, where the Polish team is a long shot but at least they are in the dance and can dream like VCU. Except Poland may not have its…

  12. NBA Draft and the Final Four, here’s a few guys to watch

    Apr 1, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Arizona v Connecticut

    Your bracket is toast. Don’t lie to me and say you had Butler in the Final Four, let alone VCU. You’re not winning any money in the office pool this year, that is going to the guy three cubicles over who hasn’t watched a college hoops game in years and made his picks based on…

  13. Dennis Rodman to have jersey retired by Pistons Friday

    Apr 1, 2011, 11:46 AM EDT

    Dennis Rodman

    This is overdue. That doesn’t mean there isn’t drama. There is always drama when Dennis Rodman is involved. The former Piston rebounding and defensive machine that was a key part of the Pistons’ Bad Boy title teams will have his No. 10 retired by the Pistons in a ceremony Friday night. The only concern was…

  14. Report: Duke’s Kyrie Irving likely to enter NBA draft

    Apr 1, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

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    Duke’s Kyrie Irving missed most of the college season with a foot injury, came back in the NCAA Tournament and quickly established himself as the best player on the Blue Devil team again. That was good enough for scouts — he is pretty much the consensus No. 1. He’s the one guy in this draft…

  15. PBT Friday morning one liners

    Apr 1, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Miami Heat

    Denver’s Gary Forbes talks about living with diabetes. Chris Webber ripped the Mavs and called them “soft” on the TNT broadcast after their loss to the Lakers Thursday. Breaking down the Lakers improved defense of late, which dominated the Mavs last night. The Sixers are making their playoff push and Evan Turner got a DNP-CD…

  16. Sacramento mayor will make final pitch to NBA owners

    Apr 1, 2011, 10:11 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    It will be one final, desperate plea from Sacramento that will fall on deaf ears. But it’s going to happen. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has been granted the chance to speak to the NBA Board of Governors — made up of the NBA owners — when they meet April 14-15 in New York, he said…

  17. Video: Manu Ginobili with the playground fake on Kevin Garnett

    Apr 1, 2011, 9:05 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    There were not a lot of highlights for the Spurs out of the loss to the Celtics Thursday. San Antonio got it’s big three back, the Celtics still don’t have a center, yet Boston won with room to spare. But there was this. Manu Ginobili put on a playground move and Kevin Garnett totally bit.…

  18. Pistons sale negotiations stall out, leaving team in limbo

    Apr 1, 2011, 8:30 AM EDT

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    This has happened twice now. First the representatives of Pistons owner Karen Davidson — who has tried to sell the team for the past 15 months after the passing of her husband Bill — entered into exclusive negotiations with Mike Ilitch to sell the team. But after he got a closer look at the books…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Boston, Lakers send some messages

    Apr 1, 2011, 7:54 AM EDT

    Celtics

    What you missed while watching the Hangover 2 trailer…. Celtics 107, Spurs 97: The Celtics ultimately will go as Rajon Rondo goes. He’s been injured and slumping. He’s back, and if he is the Celtics are back with him. You know the Celtics are going to defend well (they still need a stabilizing presence in…

  20. Celtics center Nenad Krstic leaves game with knee injury

    Mar 31, 2011, 11:51 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

    UPDATE 11:51 pm: The Celtics announced that Krstic will undergo an MRI on his knee on Saturday, after the Celtics return to Boston. You can count him out for Friday night’s game against the Hawks in Atlanta for sure, as well as Sunday against Detroit. Somewhere in between there we should learn how long he…

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