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  1. Heat get some confidence, Kobe gets some fuel — everybody wins

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    Here is what you need to know about what Thursday night meant to the Lakers, and why Kobe Bryant has pushed his teams to two consecutive titles. Thirty minutes after the Heat defeated the Lakers 94-88 in a game where Kobe’s shot was off after the first quarter (8-21 overall after starting 4-4) and his…

  2. Amar’e Stoudemire picks up 16th technical, suspension pending

    Mar 10, 2011, 10:54 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New York Knicks

    Amar’e Stoudemire’s status for Sunday’s Knicks game against the Pacers is now in doubt as he picked up his 16th technical Thursday night, the number that triggers an automatic one-game suspension. Although, don’t be shocked if the league rescinds this one. Everyone’s favorite referee (*cough, cough*) Bennett Salvatore rushed in with 9:37 left in the…

  3. How Deron Williams almost became a Knick (instead of ‘Melo)

    Mar 10, 2011, 9:08 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Avery Johnson, Billy King

    If the Denver Nuggets front office had gotten their wishes — if they could have traded Carmelo Anthony to the New Jersey Nets for Derrick Favors and picks rather than to New York — then Deron Williams would be a Knick today. In one of the infinite alternate universes that is the reality, but in…

  4. Phil Jackson no fan of Heat’s “Xbox” style of play

    Mar 10, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    Phil Jackson

    Because it wouldn’t be a big game for the Lakers if Phil Jackson didn’t take one last dig at the opponent… In the pregame media gathering in Miami, Jackson said he was not really a fan of the “Xbox games or whatever those games are when you play 1-on-1” offense style that Erik Spoelstra put…

  5. Knicks may covet Marc Gasol, but he is playing it cool

    Mar 10, 2011, 6:56 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Knicks have become the ultimate leverage for free agents — flirt publically with the big market team trying to rebuild through free agency and watch your current team up their offer to keep you. Ask Rudy Gay how that works if you’re unsure. Marc Gasol of the suddenly hot Memphis Grizzlies is a guy…

  6. Marco Belinelli fined $10,000

    Mar 10, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Belinelli_Marco

    The NBA has announced that Marco Belinelli has been fined $10,000 after his flagrant-one foul on the Mavericks’ Shawn Marion was upgraded to a flagrant-two. The foul occurred in the third quarter. If it had been originally ruled a flagrant-two, Belinelli would have been ejected. Instead, Belinelli stayed in the game and scored six points…

  7. Chris Paul returns to practice

    Mar 10, 2011, 5:53 PM EDT

    Paul_Chris

    According to the Associated Press, New Orleans guard Chris Paul is back at practice, but has not yet been cleared to play. Paul suffered a mild concussion last Sunday, and is scheduled to undergo a neurological exam on Friday. Paul’s injury puts the Hornets in a tight spot. The dangers of playing with concussions are…

  8. Video highlights from the Lakers winning streak

    Mar 10, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    Don’t know if you’ve heard this, but the Lakers have won eight in a row… what, that got mentioned in the media already? They’re doing it with defense… that got mentioned too? Andrew Bynum? Kobe as facilitator? Lamar Odom is still very tall? All talked about already… Well then, just watch some video highlights. There’s…

  9. Pau Gasol can feel Chris Bosh’s pain

    Mar 10, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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    Chris Bosh wants the ball more. And he wants to be on the low block, not the elbow. He’s shooting more jumpers than ever before and he wants some shots at the rim. But also he wants some key touches go get in the flow of the game, not to be the guy watching Dwyane…

  10. Bulls coach says Carlos Boozer out a few days to a week

    Mar 10, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Carlos Boozer injured

    Carlos Boozer had some swelling in his ankle and will be out a few days to a week, according to Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. He is officially listed as day-to-day. That is the official line (as tweeted by K.C. Jones of the Chicago Tribune and Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald). Aggrey Sam of CSN…

  11. Lakers at Heat: Five things to watch

    Mar 10, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Miami wants Christmas in March. The Heat’s Christmas Day beat down of the Lakers was their signature win of the season. A few months later the Heat are just desperate for any win. Getting one against the Lakers would be that much more sweet. But to the dismay of the Heat and four-year-olds everywhere, Christmas…

  12. David Stern sends not so subtle message to Stan Van Gundy

    Mar 10, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    David Stern Press Conference

    Stan Van Gundy called NBA Commissioner David Stern a dictator. In so many words. He said Stern does not allow a diversity of opinions or people to express their thoughts. Stern is not amused. Hence his comments on ESPN Radio’s Colin Cowherd show Thursday. “I would just render a guess that we’re not going to…

  13. Dallas coach calls players “soft,” Jason Terry not too fond of that

    Mar 10, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Brown

    If you tuned out last night with Dallas up 7 and one minute to go, you missed one epic collapse. Just the fact the Hornets got three offensive rebounds in the final minute — not to mention 8 straight points — to get the win should tell you how Dallas played. How they lost to…

  14. This car dunk blows Blake Griffin’s away

    Mar 10, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    We all know it, the Blake Griffin car dunk was style over substance. Sizzle not steak. Jessica Alba to Scarlett Johansson. (Hey, Scarlett can actually act.) Well meet Guy Dupey, part of the And1 crew. He pulled off this car dunk in Poland that blows Griffin’s away. This my friends is steak with the sizzle. Blake,…

  15. Kobe on how the Lakers, Heat losing streaks are different

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:53 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Don’t know if you heard, but the Heat have lost five in a row. I think that made the news somewhere. Just like it did earlier this season when the Lakers lost four in a row. Or three in a row two other times. Now the Lakers have won 8 in a row heading into…

  16. Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Charlie Villanueva

    Well, that’s about as big an endorsement as you can get. The five time MVP. The guy with the statue outside the United Center. The one and only Michael Jordan says that Derrick Rose is the MVP, according to ESPN Chicago. “MVP of the season,” Jordan said about Rose after the Bulls’ 101-84 win over…

  17. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    Mar 10, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Did the Heat cry last night? An exhaustive breakdown of the Heat’s late-game failures. The conclusion: The Heat keep putting themselves in positions to fail, so they fail. It’s about the fundamentals — not holding a box out cost the Raptors a win. The Bulls are hot again in Chicago — the win over the…

  18. Kevin Love makes it dramatic in setting modern double-double record

    Mar 10, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love has made double-doubles automatic. He’s taken the drama out of getting them. So he added a little drama himself Wednesday by almost not playing due to a sore knee (he banged knees with an opponent last game and it swelled up), then playing with a balky brace on it. Didn’t matter. He got…

  19. Pat Riley says to “write off” idea he’ll replace Spoelstra

    Mar 10, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    Super Bowl XLIV

    Some people are not going to believe him. In part because he canned a guy in a situation like this before. In part because some want it to be true. But Pat Riley is not going to fire Erik Spoelstra and take over the team. Riley (and apparently half the NBA scouting fraternity) was at…

  20. Video: Wednesday night game winners (all in one place)

    Mar 10, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    What a night. Carmelo Anthony had the big shot to win it, Kevin Durant hit the big one to send it to overtime (where the Thunder won). Dirk Nowitzki missed his chance to joint them. The Jazz got one lucky tip in to get their win. It was a wild night of buzzer-beater finishes around…

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