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  1. Race to MVP still has five players in the running

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 5

    Derrick Rose is not your MVP. Not yet anyway. Dwight Howard is still making his case, while LeBron James’ candidacy is limping like the Heat the last five games. But that could turn around. Right now, we don’t know who the MVP is. Which is a good thing. A real race down the stretch is…

  2. Report: Zydrunas Ilgauskas to retire after this season

    Mar 9, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

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    Zydrunas Ilgauskas is one of a large collection of big men that sit barely used on the Miami bench, clearly not having the trust of coach Erik Spoelstra. Big Z has played a total of 32 minutes in the Heat’s last five games, racking up 8 points. He told a Lithuanian paper that he is…

  3. Baron Davis leaves Cavaliers due to death in family

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v New York Knicks

    Baron Davis has looked pretty good in his three games with the Cavaliers, scoring 18 points a game on 47.5 percent shooting (60 points better than what he did for the Clippers). He’s also hitting 55.6 percent of his threes. But now he’s gone for a few games. Davis has left the team to be…

  4. Andrew Bogut plans to have elbow surgery after season

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Andrew Bogut’s shot has not been right this season. He shot 57.7 percent two years ago, 52 percent last season, then 48.3 percent this season. It’s all about his elbow, the one that bent in a way god never intended late last season. Bogut is still finishing at the rim at a very good 62.2…

  5. Tom Thibodeau had Obama in his corner for Bulls job

    Mar 9, 2011, 11:38 AM EDT

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    Don’t mess with Tom Thibodeau, the man has supporters in high places. The highest of places. The story goes back a few years. Thibodeau coached for a while at Harvard as a young assistant, and one of his charges was a younger Arne Duncan, co-captain of the team. Thibs impressed Duncan, and that paid off…

  6. Next up for Kobe on all-time scoring list? Shaq.

    Mar 9, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    Tuesday night in Atlanta, Kobe Bryant passed Moses Malone to move into sixth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Kobe has shot up the list since October, having this season already passed John Havlicek, Dominique Wilkins, Oscar Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Elvin Hayes. Next up: Shaq. You know Kobe is going to savor that one.…

  7. PBT Wednesday Morning One Liners

    Mar 9, 2011, 10:46 AM EDT

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    It’s tough to find a better cause than Hoops for St. Jude. Fantastic look at Kendrick Perkins the person (and very tall alter boy). If we look at history, how LeBron James does in the regular season doesn’t really tell us much about the playoffs. Michael Jordan says it officially for anyone who really thought…

  8. Heat fans start “we want Riley” chant during latest loss

    Mar 9, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

    Miami Heat Introduce LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade

    Heat fans have suddenly turned into Lakers fans. No, they’re not rooting for the Lakers, but they are showing the ridiculous level of impatience, the sense of entitlement, the acting like spoiled children. Apparently this team is not good enough. Maybe those fans would prefer the 47, 43 and 15-win teams of the three previous…

  9. Video: Andre Iguodala is scaring rims

    Mar 9, 2011, 9:07 AM EDT

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    Andre Iguodala had an off game by his recent standards. Oh, sure he had 16 points, 10 assists and 4 rebounds — but he had triple doubles the two games before this. He is clearly slacking. The Sixers didn’t need his quite as much Tuesday as they rolled past the Indiana Pacers, but he still…

  10. Warriors owner sheds light on potential Kings move to Anaheim

    Mar 9, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    Joe Lacob, Peter Guber

    Golden State could be one of the winners if the Sacramento Kings head to Anaheim — they would be the only Northern California team. Sacramento baseball fans grow up rooting for the Giants. That could be the Warriors, they could grab future generation of NBA fans in California’s capitol. Warriors owner Joe Lacob — in…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Lakers just keep on rolling

    Mar 9, 2011, 3:24 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Atlanta Hawks

    What you missed while laughing at the best mugshot ever…. The Trail Blazers handing the Heat their fifth consecutive loss was our game of the night. Lakers 101, Hawks 87: The Lakers defense remains the engine of a train that has now won eight in a row (heading against a desperate Miami team Thursday). The…

  12. Aaron Brooks not yet a fit for the Suns

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:22 AM EDT

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    The Suns and the Rockets are two teams on the outside looking in at the playoff picture in the Western Conference, but each is on the rise. Houston had won seven of eight, and Phoenix had won five of seven coming into Tuesday night’s head-to-head matchup. The game’s result, an exciting 113-110 home win for…

  13. Struggling Heat find better offense but forget to play defense, lose again

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:18 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Miami Heat

    Since roughly last July, Heat fans have been asking — for the last week begging — to get LeBron James and Dwyane Wade active in the offense at the same time. They needed that long-promised spark. Tuesday night — in a game were the Heat clearly were gripping at times and playing their stars big…

  14. NBA taking serious look at new concussion policy

    Mar 8, 2011, 9:04 PM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul left the court on a stretcher Sunday. He is still out due to a concussion. Last month, it was the Heat’s Mike Miller missing games (even though they said it was not a concussion). The NBA doesn’t have many formal policies regarding head injuries, something Milwaukee Bucks forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute…

  15. Quote of the day: Phil Jackson can’t pass up a dig at Miami

    Mar 8, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

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    “This is the NBA: No Boys Allowed. Big boys don’t cry. But if you’re going to do it, do it in the toilet where no one sees you.” —Phil Jackson, when asked Thursday night about the report that some Miami Heat players cried after their loss to the Bulls on Sunday (via Kevin Ding at…

  16. Are the Miami Heat the NBA’s Green Bay Packers?

    Mar 8, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    It’s national “Pile on the Miami Heat Week” after Sunday’s loss to Bulls. Somehow, one of the NBA’s best teams has become seen as a crying, soft collection of overpaid talent that can’t win when it matters. They’re doomed once the playoffs start, right? Just like the Green Bay Packers were doomed, Matt Scribbins of…

  17. Glen Davis to miss next two games

    Mar 8, 2011, 6:13 PM EDT

    Glen Davis

    Doc Rivers has announced that Celtics forward Glen “Big Baby” Davis will miss the next two games due to a lingering left knee injury that Davis said has been bothering him the whole season. CSNNE.com’s A. Sherrod Blakely has the full story: You can add Glen Davis to the list of Boston Celtics players getting…

  18. George Karl agrees to contract extension with Denver

    Mar 8, 2011, 5:44 PM EDT

    18th Annual ESPY Awards - Show

    We told you it was close last week, and apparently now close is a reality. George Karl has agreed to a three-year extension with the Denver Nuggets, according to a tweet from Chris Broussard of ESPN. The team has an option for a fourth year, Ken Berger of CBSSports adds. To get an idea just…

  19. Bobcats to get Tyrus Thomas, Stephen Jackson back Wednesday

    Mar 8, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

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    The last couple of games the Charlotte Bobcat offense has been… how can I put this in a family-friendly way… ugly. Phyllis Diller without plastic surgery ugly. Keanu Reeves doing Shakespeare ugly. No Gerald Wallace anymore and without Stephen Jackson and Tyrus Thomas due to injuries, the Bobcats just had no good way to generate…

  20. Trail Blazers ink Nate McMillan to two-year extension

    Mar 8, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Portland Trail Blazers - Game 6

    Nate McMillan has coached his… um, tie off this season. He came into the season with a healthy Brandon Roy (so we thought) and the big defensive force in the paint named Greg Oden that the team needed. This was a playoff team with some real upside. But the injury bug that hit some teams…

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