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  1. Yes, Doc Rivers plans to play his four Celtics All-Stars at once

    Feb 4, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Doc Rivers has a strategic advantage come the All-Star Game — Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Four Celtics. Throw those four out at the same time and you have guys familiar with each other and guys who can run more complex offensive sets (or defensive help rotations) than the vanilla ones…

  2. PBT Friday morning one liners

    Feb 4, 2011, 10:22 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    Gilbert Arenas returns to Washington D.C. and the Verizon Center tonight. He will be booed. “At this point, it really doesn’t matter, because if they boo or cheer I’m gone the next night anyway,” Arenas said. Gilbert Arenas talks about why his ex goes public with dirty details and why all his sharks are dead.…

  3. Isiah Thomas still looms over the Knicks. Not figuratively, either.

    Feb 4, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    Not only does Knicks GM Donnie Walsh not have his contract extension picked up in spite of the team’s turn around on the court (and in payroll), but Walsh hasn’t even really talked about the situation with James Dolan, the Knicks owner. The two haven’t talked about the team, its resurgence or a contract. Nothing.…

  4. Suns Alvin Gentry: I lost a little respect for Kevin Garnett

    Feb 4, 2011, 9:04 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Remember a week ago when Kevin Garnett pulled a couple bush-league moves, tapping Channing Frye in the, um, groin area and stepping under him as he came down from a jump shot? Both moves intended to bully and intimidate. Both pretty cheap. He got ejected for it (but no suspension). Alvin Gentry remembers, and said…

  5. Video: Antonio McDyess with the game winning tip-in

    Feb 4, 2011, 8:31 AM EDT

    Antonio McDyess, Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Gary Neal

    The Spurs actually got all of their big three quality looks to get the win on the final possession — Manu Ginobili had a clean look at a three that clanged off, Tony Parker missed his trademark rainbow floater, and Tim Duncan missed an elbow fadeaway. But then there was Antonio McDyess. As Sebastian Pruiti…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Heat, Spurs win big showdowns. Well, big for February.

    Feb 4, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Antonio McDyess

    What you missed while wondering if Ronald Regan would have wanted a 400-pound cake… Heat 104, Magic 100: This game was all about the shooting. LeBron James owned this game from the start, putting up 23 points in the first quarter on his way to a season high 51. Thing is, they were not easy…

  7. Derrick Rose, Michael Beasley and the importance of pre-draft interviews

    Feb 3, 2011, 11:20 PM EDT

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    When we talk about draft picks we discuss athleticism, outside shot, basketball IQ, college success, vertical leap and the other things we as fans can see and measure. But maturity and passion for the game and the craft matter more in how a player develops. Competitiveness matters a lot. We can’t measure it, and a…

  8. Winderman: All-Star reserves show things still deeper out West

    Feb 3, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    Thursday’s lesson is simple and to the point. West? Good. East? Not so good. Granted All-Star selections are subjective. But after the All-Star reserves were announced Thursday night for the Eastern Conference, there sort of was a shrug, a “that’s about right” reaction. No righteous indignation. One can only muster so much outrage over the…

  9. Four Celtics but no Love among All-Star Game reserves

    Feb 3, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    David Stern has some work to do out West. The coaches’ selections for the seven All-Star Game reserves for each conference came out and the East went pretty much to form. Now David Stern gets to add one player to that list and he has some pretty clear choices. The Western Conference? That’s hard. You can…

  10. Do the Lakers have to beat the Spurs tonight?

    Feb 3, 2011, 6:49 PM EDT

    Lakers introduction

    If the Lakers lose tonight, there will be full-fledged panic on the part of Lakers fans. You should hear talk radio in Los Angeles today, where the idea of the Lakers trading for Carmelo Anthony is getting serious discussion. (Two quick thoughts here Lakers fans: 1. The Nuggets want draft picks, great young players and…

  11. Lakers owner Jerry Buss shows up to practice, but he’s not worried

    Feb 3, 2011, 4:56 PM EDT

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    The action — Lakers owner Jerry Buss showing up to watch a team practice for the first time in a couple years — speaks of concern and a guy looking to jump start his team. The words were those of someone not worried in the least. Buss did attend practice and spoke to ESPNLosAngeles’ Dave…

  12. Report: Rajon Rondo to be named to All-Star Game reserves

    Feb 3, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics

    Frankly, there’s not a lot of drama in this. It would be a much bigger story if Rajon Rondo did not get selected to play in the All-Star Game. Marc Spears of Yahoo tweeted Thursday that Rajon Rondo will be named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Game reserves. The entire list from both the East…

  13. Trevor Ariza’s sprained ankle has him out two weeks; Sasha Pavlovic signed

    Feb 3, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    Trevor Ariza

    UPDATE 4:12 pm: Not but a few minutes after we posted this did the report come out (via the Times-Picayune) that Ariza will be out about two weeks. To fill in the roster space, forward Sasha Pavlovic was signed by the Hornets to a 10-day deal. Pavlovic just came off a 10-day contract with the…

  14. Raptors’ Linas Kleiza has microfrature surgery, done for season

    Feb 3, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

    Linas Kleiza

    After being the leading scorer in EuroLeague last season and a good showing at the FIBA World Championships in Turkey last summer, we had high hopes for Linas Kleiza this season in Toronto. It hasn’t worked out that way. And now his season is over after the team reported that he had microfrature surgery and…

  15. NBA fines Knicks $200,000 for illegal workouts

    Feb 3, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

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    An NBA investigation concluded that some New York Knicks staffers had been conducting illegal workouts with potential draft picks and fined the team $200,000, according to the New York Times. Rodney Heard, the scout in question, has been fined $20,000. While that’s a fairly steep fine the Knicks did not lose any draft picks, which…

  16. Donnie Walsh isn’t worried about Donnie Walsh’s future

    Feb 3, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    The Beacon Theater Joins MSG Entertainment

    Some time before May 1 — so three months from now — New York Knicks owner James Dolan has to pick up (or not) the contract for Knicks GM Donnie Walsh for next year. Because Dolan never speaks to the media (not in four years) and because his decisions in the past have not all…

  17. D-League All-Star Game rosters announced

    Feb 3, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

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    Just a few hours before Blake Griffin wins the Dunk Contest on Feb. 19, a bunch of guys who want their NBA shot will get a turn in the spotlight. Sort of. The D-League All-Star game is part of the All-Star weekend festivities and is taking place next door to Staples Center at the NBA…

  18. Ron Artest says he doesn’t want to be traded, wants to win

    Feb 3, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

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    Ron Artest being traded or not remains a moot point — no other team is going to take on the three-years, $22 million left on his deal after this season. Still, for the record, despite the reports, Artest told media members at Lakers practice Wednesday he does not want to be traded (as reported by…

  19. Cuban reiterates (sort of) Mavs would be willing to trade for ‘Melo without extension

    Feb 3, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    You kind of have to read between the lines of the Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told the Sporting News. Well, not very hard. It’s actually obvious what he is really saying, he just doesn’t want to write David Stern another large check. Cuban can’t say Carmelo Anthony by name — that would be tampering —…

  20. Andre Miller would be fine if Portland wants to trade him

    Feb 3, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

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    Andre Miller is a little tired of living in the 1990s. Which is really what living in Portland is like. With the Trail Blazers realizing it’s time to rethink and restart the team building process everyone is on the trade block. That includes Miller, a quality veteran point guard who could help a lot of…

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