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  1. Winderman: Heat charging fans to line up on wrong side of velvet rope

    Mar 16, 2011, 9:41 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Miami Heat

    On a day when LeBron James revealed a bracket on his website that has Duke as his choice, after he previously said he thought Ohio State would win the NCAA Tournament, apparently the rules have changed. Based on a Wednesday announcement from the Miami Heat, that has become abundantly clear. Upon announcing that the team…

  2. Milwaukee’s love affair with the jumper killing their offense

    Mar 16, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    Milwaukee’s offense is just awful. Dead last in the league in points scored per possession (98.2 points per 100 possessions according to Hoopdata) but beyond the numbers it just comes off a team floating through the game. Bango seems the only Buck attacking the rim some nights. Which is odd for a team with Brandon…

  3. Tyreke Evans cleared to practice; return 1-2 weeks away

    Mar 16, 2011, 7:12 PM EDT

    Tyreke Evans

    The Kings may get Tyreke Evans back for the final few weeks of the season. He has been cleared by doctors to practice and his return to the team should come in one to two weeks, according to CSN Bay Area. Evans has been battling plantar fasciitis in his left foot all season. Three weeks ago…

  4. Bulls expect Noah back Thursday, Boozer less likely

    Mar 16, 2011, 5:32 PM EDT

    Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah

    You wouldn’t know it by their 9-1 record in the last 10, but the Bulls are battling injuries. Thursday night (while you are watching your NCAA bracket self destruct), the Bulls expect to get Joakim Noah back. He was ill and missed their last game, but he practiced with the team Wednesday and is expected…

  5. Grant Hill fires back at Fab Five

    Mar 16, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    Jalen Rose and Grant Hill came from very different places. Still do. In the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary about Michian’s Fab Five, Jalen Rose (a member of that team and current ESPN NBA analyst) said this about Duke and Grant Hill (now of the Phoenix Suns). “Schools like Duke didn’t recruit players like me.…

  6. NBA playoff picture slowly starting to come into focus

    Mar 16, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls

    At this point, nothing would really surprise me when the NBA playoffs start in a month. Well, Indiana winning the NBA title — heck, more than one game — would surprise me. So that is not totally true. But it’s hard to remember a more wide-open year. Every potential contender has enough strengths that you…

  7. Dajuan Wagner considering an NBA comeback

    Mar 16, 2011, 2:51 PM EDT

    Dejuan Wagner

    There was a time when Dajuan Wagner was going to be part of the future of Cavaliers basketball (the year before LeBron James became that future). He was going to be at the core of the Cavaliers big plans. Dajuan Wagner, the No. 6 overall pick of the 2002, the New Jersey high school hoops…

  8. Raptors main owners may sell stake in team

    Mar 16, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

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    The ownership of the Toronto Raptors is an interesting mess. There is a seven-person board that directs Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (which owns the Raptors, the NHL’s Maple Leafs and other sporting entities). The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan owns Two thirds of that. But the pension plan has announced it may sell its shares,…

  9. Tracy McGrady admits he really wasn’t into practice. Shocking.

    Mar 16, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    Tracy McGrady,  Charlie Villanueva,  Greg Monroe

    When a bunch of nerdy guys got together in a room at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, Tracy McGrady took a beating. In a discussion of guys who most wasted the talent they had, former Rockets coach (and current ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy) as well as Rockets GM Daryl Morey listed McGrady. He…

  10. Derrick Rose, Tom Thibodeau confident about Bulls chances

    Mar 16, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls

    Did you check out the NBA standings today? That would be the Chicago Bulls on top of the Eastern Conference. And considering they have a softer schedule than the Celtics from here on out, they may well end the season as the No. 1 seed. For all the Celtics veterans and the Heat’s hype, Chicago…

  11. Video: Tyler Hansbrough is beasting — and dunking

    Mar 16, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

    Tyler Hansbrough

    In case you haven’t missed it, Tyler Hansbrough is balling right now. Five straight games with 20 or more points. A couple double-doubles in there. He dropped 30 on what passes for the Knicks interior defense Tuesday night. (If his little brother can channel some of this Notre Dame could go a long way in…

  12. New York’s pick-up game defense neutralizes improved offense

    Mar 16, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    Win three in a row, lose three in a row. Beat the Heat, get swept on a home-and-home by the Pacers. Getting a read on the New York Knicks with Carmelo Anthony is hard because they are so erratic. They are 6-6 since the trade drama ended and have looked both like the team nobody…

  13. Donald Sterling sounds out of touch, disinterested at trial

    Mar 16, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

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    Clippers owner Donald Sterling did not sound like a cold hearted, penny pinching, racist on the witness stand of a trail Tuesday. He sounded clueless and disinterested, however. Elgin Baylor — Lakers legend and Clipper employee for more than two decades — is suing Sterling for age discrimination for Baylor’s firing as team general manager…

  14. PBT Wednesday morning one liners

    Mar 16, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    Rudy Fernandez goggles

    Portland started it to mock Rudy Fernandez, but expect to see a lot of three point goggles during the NCAA tournament. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo smacks David Stern around. He’s right about one thing for sure — why hasn’t Stern (and the other owners) put pressure on Clippers owner Donald Sterling to pay his coaches…

  15. Timberwolves push back — say Rambis is safe and Rubio is coming

    Mar 16, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT

    Love_Rambis

    We’ve passed along two recent reports about the Minnesota Timberwolves, neither of them particularly good for the franchise: One that coach Kurt Rambis may be let go at the end of the season, the other that Ricky Rubio seems to be leaning toward staying in Europe another season. Wolves management is pushing back on those…

  16. Should the Celtics be worried about their defense?

    Mar 16, 2011, 9:31 AM EDT

    Nenad Krstic foul

    This season, every contender has shown a chink in their armor. We talked about the Spurs defense struggling lately. Miami and Los Angeles have had ugly losses to weak teams. Chicago is untested and unproven in the playoff cauldron. And Boston’s defense may be a concern. Ever since the Kendrick Perkins trade there was the…

  17. Danny Granger beats the Knicks at the buzzer

    Mar 16, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    Danny Granger

    The Knicks aren’t exactly known for their defense, so maybe it’s not a huge surprise that they allowed the Indiana Pacers, a team that ranks just 23rd in offensive efficiency, to put up 63 second-half points en route to a victory over New York on Tuesday. But the way the Knicks allowed this game to…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Your Chicago Bulls are on top of the East

    Mar 16, 2011, 3:06 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose 3

    What you missed while pouring out a 40 for Nate Dogg… Bulls 98, Wizards 79: And with that score, the Bulls move into first place in the Eastern Conference. The game itself was pretty much all Bulls, they took an early lead on a 20-5 run (despite Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah being out), although…

  19. Jimmer Fredette’s family wants the Knicks to draft him

    Mar 15, 2011, 11:11 PM EDT

    Jimmer Fredette

    Jimmer Fredette is one of the must-watch players in the NCAA tournament. Maybe the must-watch player. We can get into how he will fit in the NBA, but he is a special college player who is averaging 28.5 points per game and is hitting 40.4% from three. And all that while he uses a ridiculous…

  20. Delonte West back Wednesday, says he will not be 100% all season

    Mar 15, 2011, 9:48 PM EDT

    Delonte West

    The good news is Delonte West is expected to return to Boston Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers. That sigh of relief you just heard was a very tired Rajon Rondo, happy to hear the cavalry is coming over the hill. He needed some backup help at the point. But it’s not all good news,…

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