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  1. Nets, Nuggets still not talking about Carmelo Anthony again

    Feb 14, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    When Mikhail Prokhorov pulled the Nets out of Carmelo Anthony chase, there were some around the NBA who said he was just acting and trying to come off as a bad ass at the negotiating table. He was trying to establish his presence and persona with a dramatic move. My thought: If you made $15…

  2. DeMarcus Cousins to rejoin Kings, be fined for fracas

    Feb 14, 2011, 4:43 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

    UPDATE 8:17 pm: The amount of the fine was one game’s salary for Cousins (about $41,000), according to Sam Amick at FanHouse. So, the Kings say it wasn’t a suspension, but he sat out one game and was docked one game’s pay. Hmmm. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…. 4:43…

  3. Spurs Popovich: “Winning is boring as hell”

    Feb 14, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Gregg Popovich has been coasting this year. He has rolled out the same starting five for 53 of the team’s 54 games (Manu Ginolbili had to miss a game so George Hill started). His rotations have been pretty much the same every night. He’s given the same speeches to the same players so many times…

  4. Paul Pierce’s MRI negative, he will play Wednesday

    Feb 14, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

    PPierce_celebrate

    The MRI on Paul Pierce’s left foot and ankle has come back negative, according to A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN New England (on twitter).  Pierce did have a big bag of ice on his sprained wrist Monday. Blakely adds that Pierce is expected to play Wednesday against the Nets despite the injuries. Before you ask…

  5. Kings Omri Casspi has a bill named after him in Israel

    Feb 14, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    Right now, an Israeli citizen living abroad cannot vote in Israel’s election. You want to vote, you have to be in the country. (For comparison, any United States citizen living abroad, no matter how long, can vote by absentee ballot.) That impacts Omri Casspi, the Sacramento Kings forward who is the first Israeli in the…

  6. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs still sitting pretty, Heat slip

    Feb 14, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Gregg Popovich

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, every team seemed to have a nice win and an ugly loss, balancing the karmic scales. 1. Spurs (45-9, Last Week #1). They are 5-2 on the rodeo road trip so far (still to come the Nets and Bulls). Their one loss this week was just one of those game…

  7. Where is all the trade chatter?

    Feb 14, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Utah Jazz, Game 6

    It’s 10 days until the NBA trade deadline, and usually right now the chatter among NBA teams about potential deals is ramping up to a huge wave fans everywhere just try to ride. This season, it’s a ripple in a pond. Mark Cuban said this is a pretty standard year. “Relative to other years in…

  8. With suspension over, Mayo has to adjust to improved Grizzlies

    Feb 14, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    Tuesday night, O.J. Mayo is back. The man has served his debt to the NBA, a 10 game suspension for testing positive for banned substance dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is over. He says he got it in his system by drinking an energy drink he bought at a convenience store. You can chose to believe that or…

  9. Lenny Kravitz: “Come on Get it” the All-Star trailer

    Feb 14, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

    Lenny Kravitz was in Los Angeles for the Grammys Sunday night, taking on the vital role of introducing Muse. Then going to the parties. But he’s hanging out for a week in the City of Angels because he will be performing at the NBA All-Star Game Sunday, performing his hit “Come and Get It.” Which…

  10. Rick Adelman thinking about retirement as the guard seems to be changing

    Feb 14, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Jerry Sloan walked away. At the end of the Lakers season, Phil Jackson is headed to Montana and his ranch. Larry Brown is without a job. Then there is Rick Adelman, who was drafted into the NBA in 1968 to play for the then San Diego Rockets. It’s now 43 years later and Adelman is…

  11. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Feb 14, 2011, 10:05 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat

    Remember, Chris Bosh returns to Toronto on Wednesday night. Adrian Smith was the MVP of the 1966 All-Star Game and got a Ford Galaxie convertible as the prize — which he still owns and drives. In case you didn’t notice, Derrick Rose played good defense on Chris Paul Sunday. Take that Nicolas Batum. Yes, Rajon…

  12. Players union trying to keep the “play in Europe” dream alive for lockout

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:48 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s another negotiating tactic. Kobe Bryant followed in the footsteps of Dirk Nowitzki and Brandon Jennings in saying he might play in Europe — Italy, in this case — if there is a lockout. Except there is a massive hurdle — they are all under contract to an NBA team. Any player under an NBA…

  13. Gilbert Arenas says his problem is he’s being too passive

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:08 AM EDT

    Arenas magic

    Magic fans, the most recent comments by Gilbert Arenas should worry you. Yes, you got a nice big-game win over the Lakers Sunday, but that does not totally erase the recent losses to the Bulls, Heat and Celtics. You need more consistent play, more wins over quality teams before we are convinced any corner was…

  14. You’ll never believe it, but Blake Griffin had a monster dunk

    Feb 14, 2011, 8:20 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    Is there a better way to start off your week than with a Blake Griffin dunk? Well, sure there is, but we’re not that kind of site. Best part of this all-oop from Sunday against the Raptors, watch Baron with the behind-the-back dribble for no particular reason. Which is very Baron. Of late he has…

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Force was not with the Suns on Star Wars night

    Feb 14, 2011, 12:51 AM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    What you missed while watching the story of Oedipus acted out by vegetables and voiced by Billy Dee Williams…. The Celtics holding on for a win over Miami and a Magic win over the Lakers were the games of the night. We threw is a bonus Wizards win over the Cavs story at no extra…

  16. Wizards end road drought with win over… Cleveland. Of course.

    Feb 13, 2011, 11:16 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Cleveland Cavaliers

    It’s been 310 days since the Wizards last won a road game. But after going 0-25 this season on the road, the Wizards are finally off the snide. Thankfully, they ran into the Cleveland Cavaliers on a back to back, who, after breaking their own horrendous streak against the Clippers, dutifully wilted. The Wizards actually…

  17. Celtics Paul Pierce to get MRI on foot

    Feb 13, 2011, 7:29 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 4

    Paul Pierce was not Paul Pierce on Sunday, shooting 0-for-10 from the field. We thought it was the wrist on his shooting hand that he sprained Saturday, combined with the fact the Heat’s perimeter defenders are pretty athletic. But it was more than that — Pierce said after the game he was going to get…

  18. Magic play some defense, Lakers miss some shots, Magic cruise

    Feb 13, 2011, 6:39 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol

    If you came into this game thinking the Lakers win in Boston was a mirage and they still can’t beat elite teams consistently, you watched this game and felt vindicated. You shouldn’t. If you believe that the Orlando Magic are elite despite recent losses to the Bulls, Heat and Celtics (and even Hornets), that they…

  19. LeBron James misses free throw as Celtics top Heat for third time

    Feb 13, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    If you hate LeBron James, as much of the Western world does, today was quite a day for you. After being largely the only reason the Miami Heat were even in the game against the Boston Celtics, James clanged the first of two free throws down two with ten seconds left, then failed to save…

  20. Mark Cuban talks about the trade deadline and executives waiting too long

    Feb 13, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets

    You’ll start to notice a pattern, eventually. In the month leading up to the trade deadline, there will be a lot of talk about two possible eventualities. A. “This trade deadline looks to be the most active in years, with several teams shopping star players!” Or… B. “This trade deadline looks unusually slow and I…

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