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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Gregg Popovich has Rick Adelman’s support for COY

    Mar 13, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    Coach of the Year may come down to whether you’re old school or new school this year. The expected favorite for the award is Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau, who has brought Chicago around to what may be the best win-total improvement, seed improvement, and clearly defensive improvement in the league this year, in only his…

  12. Report: Cavs could move Baron Davis again next season (if there is a next season)

    Mar 13, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cavaliers put quite a bit of extra salary into Baron Davis at the deadline, mostly to acquire the Clippers’ first round pick. But Davis is still a capable player when motivated, and could be a veteran difference maker on an up and coming team, if the Cavs really had anyone who was up and…

  13. Kobe Bryant injures ankle, may not play Monday vs. Magic

    Mar 13, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    It has not been a stellar 60 hours for Kobe Bryant. After going into hero mode versus the Heat, chucking up a few clangers and losing, Bryant then put himself through a grueling post-game workout for over an hour in front of the media, which probably made him feel better about himself, but also was…

  14. Lakers top Mavs: It’s time to celebrate the arrival of Andrew Bynum

    Mar 13, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    The Lakers and Mavericks did not play a terrific game Saturday night. Neither team shot better than 45 percent from the field, both were turnover-prone, neither could really get into their offensive flow, and both missed plenty of easy, open shots in spot-up situations. Kobe Bryant tried to do too much, again, this time on…

  15. Jordan reflects on ’91 championship team, and sees same future for Rose’s Bulls

    Mar 13, 2011, 1:15 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    The Chicago Bulls celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 1991 championship team Saturday night. Looking back on it, you could tell Michael Jordan still wishes he was living in that time when the world was his. It’ll always be that way for Jordan, looking back on when his body enabled him to dominate every living…

  16. Josh Powell arrested in traffic accident prior to Hawks game

    Mar 12, 2011, 10:31 PM EDT

    Atlant Hawks v Golden State Warriors

    Atlanta Hawks forward-center Josh Powell was arrested by Atlanta police prior to the Hawks’ game versus the Blazers. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Powell was arrested for failure to obey an authorized officer directing traffic, failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, and obstruction. Apparently Powell was trying to get around downtown Atlanta following the…

  17. Marcin Gortat looks forward to facing former teammate Dwight Howard

    Mar 12, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

    dwight-howard-marcin-gortat

    When the Suns host the Magic on Sunday, there will be a few interesting storylines to keep an eye on. The teams were involved in a six-player deal earlier this season, with key rotation players from both sides trading places. One of those players was Marcin Gortat, who played a minimal role behind Dwight Howard…

  18. Heat do not regress against Grizzlies, instead pulverize Memphis into oblivion

    Mar 12, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Miami Heat

    Sure, the Heat beat the Lakers on Thursday. But that was a desperation win for a team that was trying to stop the hemorrhage. Surely in their next game against Memphis, they would revert to the shaky, unreliable, fourth-quarter collapsing squad that has seemed so out of sync since the All-Star break, right? If anyone caught…

  19. Expect Perry Jones to join shallow draft class

    Mar 12, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Baylor Bears Perry Jones III Suspended

    No one’s really excited about the 2011 NBA Draft. It’s not a great class at its best, especially when compared to what the 2012 class of freshmen will look like, but the lockout is the real issue. Though there’s a small chance the drafted class may fall under the current rookie scale versus a revamped,…

  20. Steve Nash a game time decision Sunday against the Magic

    Mar 12, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    nash-game-time-decision-magic

    Steve Nash has been playing through the pain of a pelvic injury for a while, but after Thursday night’s blowout loss to the Nuggets — one in which he only attempted four shots — he said it’s gotten to the point where he can no longer do so until it improves. Nash said after practice…

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