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  1. Pat Riley is not coming back, nor should he. So stop asking.

    Mar 6, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    Miami Heat Introduce LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade

    Yes, the Miami Heat have some problems. They have the surging Chicago Bulls ready to pass them for second in the East if the Bulls defeat the Heat Sunday in Miami. They have struggled against the league’s better teams and were embarrassingly lapped by the Spurs a few nights back. They are 14-17 against teams…

  2. Clippers Eric Gordon re-injures wrist, will miss games

    Mar 6, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Eric Gordon injured

    All the flashes going off every time Blake Griffin goes up for a dunk blinded people to the fact the Clippers desperately missed Eric Gordon. He was the outside balance to Griffin, and it was Gordon that was the Clippers leading scorer (23.7 a game). The Clippers had gone 4-14 after Gordon went down Jan.…

  3. Spurs keep winning, keep saying Lakers are team to beat

    Mar 5, 2011, 9:15 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers

    I’m done believing the Spurs. I’m not alone on this bandwagon — “the Spurs are the best team in basketball” bandwagon. Just not the Spurs players. They keep saying the Lakers are the best, like they did again before the two teams face off Sunday. Look what they told Fran Blinebury of NBA.com. “They have…

  4. To win big, does a team need to lose big first?

    Mar 5, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    It’s tough spot to be — right in the middle of the NBA pack. If you are the Indiana Pacers right now, or the Memphis Grizzlies, or a host of other teams, you are in a difficult spot. You’re good, probably good enough to make the playoffs but not really be a top three seed.…

  5. It’s official, Dwight Howard suspended game for 16th technical

    Mar 5, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Chicago Bulls

    We told you last night this was coming, today the NBA league office worked on Saturday to make it a reality. Dwight Howard has been suspended for Monday’s Magic game against the Trail Blazers after picking up his 16th technical foul this season, announced Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President and disciplinarian. League rules call…

  6. Carlos Arroyo on move from Heat to Celtics

    Mar 5, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

    Carlos Arroyo Heat

    Our man Ira Winderman said it best on twitter: If you can’t beat them, join them. Carlos Arroyo, cut loose by the Heat last week to make room for Mike Bibby, will now join the Boston Celtics. He has to pass the standard physical, but he is expected to join the team in Milwaukee Sunday,…

  7. Earl Monroe says Carmelo Anthony can wear No. 15 if he wants

    Mar 5, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony James Dolan

    When PBT talked to him last week, Knicks legend Earl “The Pearl” Monroe was raving about these New York Knicks. He likes what he sees. He likes what Carmelo Anthony brings. And if Anthony wants to unretired Monroe’s No. 15 jersey, Monroe is good with that, he told the New York Post. Anthony wears No. 7…

  8. Can being too good, too young end up holding a player back?

    Mar 5, 2011, 11:59 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    Right now, as you read this (well, so long as you read it Saturday afternoon), some of the brightest minds in the NBA are on the campus of MIT. And some bloggers are there, too (including our own Rob Mahoney). It’s the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, discussing the latest in advanced metrics — that…

  9. Just how good are the Lakers? Ask again in a week.

    Mar 5, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Has anyone figured out these Lakers? Last year’s Lakers had the swagger and game of a champion from the start (despite some in-season lapses). These Lakers are much harder to figure out — they beat the Celtics in Boston, but lose to the Cavaliers. Pau Gasol is Black Swan and White Swan. Andrew Bynum’s focus…

  10. Video: Dwight Howard is stronger than the Bulls

    Mar 5, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    Dwight Howard has developed a nice arsenal of post moves. But his best asset remains that he is just stronger than you. Which Omer Asik learned the hard way. Asik played a good game overall — his defense and 13 boards were a key part of the Bulls win — but on this play he…

  11. Mikhail Prokhorov’s sales job on Deron Williams begins

    Mar 5, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets' Deron Williams (C) drib

    Job one: get superstar player to start building around. Check. Job two: Convince said superstar to sign extension (and lure other stars to team). Working on it. Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has traded for Deron Williams, but keeping him is another matter. So, he flew him to London (with the rest of the team) and…

  12. Game of the Night: The Heat get destroyed

    Mar 5, 2011, 12:28 AM EDT

    Parker Bibby

    The Heat’s recent losses have almost all come down to the wire. The team’s seeming inability to execute in late-game situations is a major concern, but the losses could still be explained away. The Heat’s previous 7 losses had come by an average of less than four points, and they hadn’t lost a game that…

  13. Video: Top Dunks from February

    Mar 4, 2011, 11:28 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin car dunk

    We may be four days late with this video, but it’s Friday night, did you really want to read a breakdown of the Nets/Raptors game? As one might expect, this has plenty of dunks from the All-Star Weekend Dunk Contest, but the good news is they didn’t put Blake Griffin’s Car Dunk number one. No,…

  14. Welcome to suspension time: Dwight Howard picks up 16th technical

    Mar 4, 2011, 9:50 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 5

    Take a seat, Dwight Howard. It took exactly one week for Dwight Howard to pick up his 16th technical — which means an automatic one game suspension. The league will review it but I’d sit Howard from your fantasy team Monday night when they take on the Portland if I were you. Howard picked up…

  15. Things were a little different for the NBA in London

    Mar 4, 2011, 8:08 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v New Jersey Nets

    In a lot of ways the NBA’s debut in London felt and looked like a regular NBA game (especially on television back home). Deron Williams broke Sonny Weems ankles on the crossover. DeMar DeRozan showed off a developing all-around game. The Raptors played no defense. Empty seats easy to spot in the crowd. Just like…

  16. Kevin Durant will play Friday night against Hawks

    Mar 4, 2011, 7:28 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant dunks

    UPDATE 7:28 pm: Kevin Durant will start for the Thunder against the Hawks Friday. He did not miss a game. Recently twisted ankles, where things are a little more loose, are the most likely to be quickly re-injured. Hopefully Durant can get through this uninjured and playing at his usual level. 3: 44 pm: Kevin…

  17. Sorry to do this to you, but the “Khloe & Lamar” promo is here

    Mar 4, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    AXE Music "One Night Only" Concert Series Featuring Weezer

    Because there is not enough of a crossover between sports and entertainment, we bring you this… The “Khloe & Lamar” trailer. Which Eric Freeman at Ball Don’t Lie found for all of us. We are not sure why or if we should even thank him. We’re afraid to ask how he found it at all.…

  18. Should Thursday’s wild Jazz/Nuggets ending been even wilder?

    Mar 4, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

    Jazz/Nuggets ending

    Every time you thought the Denver Nuggets had put away the Utah Jazz Thursday night, they came back to life like Freddy or Jason or Michael or any of your favorite horror movie killing machines. All we needed was a Jamie Lee Curtis scream and we were ready to go. And the Jazz should have…

  19. Flip Saunders to coach Wizards Friday despite death of his mother

    Mar 4, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Flip Saunders

    Our condolences go out to Wizards coach Flip Saunders, whose mother passed away Friday morning. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Saunders will still coach the team Friday night when it takes on the Minnesota Timberwolves, according to a tweet from Michael Lee of the Washington Post. Saunders will miss Sunday’s game against…

  20. Nets, Raptors about to tip off in London as Olympics precursor

    Mar 4, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    toronto raptors london

    The NBA is in London. Right now. The land of HP Sauce and The Kings Speech is getting a real NBA game. Well, it’s not like they are getting the NBA’s best product, they are getting the Nets against the Raptors (tip off at 3 p.m. Eastern Friday on NBA TV). They did not get…

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