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  1. LeBron James, Erik Spoelstra now BFFs. Sort of.

    Apr 7, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Detroit Pistons

    It has taken nearly 10 months, but LeBron James and Erik Spoelstra finally get each other. That timetable is understandable, I’ve been married for nine years and my wife still doesn’t get me half the time. Building a relationship takes time, and Spoelstra and James had to do it under the brightest of spotlights. Both…

  2. LeBron James’ mom arrested for assault at Miami hotel

    Apr 7, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    Police

    UPDATE 12: 50 pm: According to the Associated Press, this was indeed a confrontation with the valet at the hotel, and it took place around 4:30 in the morning. Nothing good happens at 4:30 in the morning. Apparently she slapped the valet after he dared turn her car off after it had idled for 30…

  3. Chris Paul had knee drained Tuesday

    Apr 7, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    The Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Chris Paul looked like, well, Chris Paul on Wednesday night. Houston’s Kyle Lowry was maybe the hottest point guard in the NBA the last few weeks and Paul dominated the matchup. The Hornets got the come-from-behind win. That came one day after Paul got fluid drained from his surgically-repaired left knee, according to the Times-Picayune.…

  4. Video: Suns’ Childress surprises sleepwalking Timberwolves

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:37 AM EDT

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    It is dangerous to make big, sweeping generalizations off of one play (or even one game). But the Timberwolves have mentally packed it in. They have lost a dozen in a row and are now half a game back of Cleveland for the worst record in the league. Think about that — Cleveland had a…

  5. Mavs’ Butler still hoping to return, “unlikely” for first round

    Apr 7, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

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    We’ve told you before that Dallas forward Caron Butler is busting his, um, hump to get back to the team this season. He suffered a ruptured patella tendon three months ago but will not give up the dream of being there for a playoff run. He won’t be back for the regular season, and now…

  6. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    Clippers Kings Basketball

    The Kings likely final game in Sacramento is nearly a sellout. Scottie Pippen gets his bust inside the United Center tonight. In his blog, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis said that “A new big three has announced its arrival – Wall, Crawford and Blatche.” He got one third of that right. (Tom Ziller pretty much hit…

  7. Jamal Crawford’s dogs lead to lawsuit with landlord

    Apr 7, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    It’s been a rough year for Jamal Crawford. On the court, his game has taken a step back as he has tried to get used to the concept of ball movement in Larry Drew’s offense and not just going isolation all the time. (To be fair, it seems most of the Hawks have struggled with…

  8. Referees union files unfair labor practice charge against NBA

    Apr 7, 2011, 9:37 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum, Leon Wood

    While we were all talking about the NBA players and owners labor strife, the referees union and league have been negotiating a deal (that deal is set to expire Sept. 1). And it has some serious tension. Like bring in the National Labor Relations Board tension. Adrian Wojnarowski has the details at Yahoo. The National…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Spurs get top seed, Heat slip back

    Apr 7, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Miami Heat

    What you missed while barking at a police dog…. Bucks 90, Heat 85: No Dwyane Wade in this one due to his thigh bruise, and the Heat are now 3-2 when he sits. It didn’t help that Chris Bosh floated around the perimeter this game (except during the Heat’s one fourth quarter run, not so…

  10. Video: Tyreke Evans does a bad thing to Gary Neal

    Apr 7, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Tyreke Evans

    I no longer believe those reports that Tyreke Evans feet are not 100 percent. Because they look pretty good and he looks plenty explosive on this dunk. A coast-to-coast play where the Spurs Gary Neal tries to slide in late and draw the charge — a good thought — but he ends up in the…

  11. Playoff picture starts to come into focus (Heat may not like it)

    Apr 7, 2011, 2:03 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Miami Heat

    Not everything is clear to me. Like how Rebecca Black has a career, for one. Or how Criminal Minds has been on television for so long. But the NBA playoff picture? That started to come into focus Wednesday and the Spurs like what they see. Miami, not so much. So here is a quick run…

  12. Quentin Richardson ejected from Magic-Bobcats game

    Apr 6, 2011, 9:37 PM EDT

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    From the AP: Orlando forward Quentin Richardson has been ejected from the Magic’s game at Charlotte after hitting the Bobcats’ Gerald Henderson in the face with both hands in a scuffle along the baseline. Henderson was trying to dribble out of pressure early in the fourth quarter of a tight game Wednesday night when Richardson…

  13. Dwight Howard gets technical (and suspension) for slow free throws

    Apr 6, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    Dwight Howard likely will be suspended for Sunday’s big showdown game against the Chicago Bulls because he takes to long with his free throws. Seriously. Let me explain. First, Howard already has 17 technical fouls this season. For the 16th and every other one after it a player gets a suspension. Howard has served one…

  14. Win Darko Milicic’s championship ring in a raffle

    Apr 6, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Darko Milicic Pistons

    First things first: Yes, Darko Milicic has a championship ring. Mock him if you want, but he was a rookie on a veteran Pistons team in the 2004 season and he wasn’t playing much (just 34 games). He played a total of 14 minutes in the playoffs and was a human victory cigar. He still…

  15. Wade out, James Jones to start against Bucks

    Apr 6, 2011, 6:55 PM EDT

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    Heat coach Erik Spolestra has announced that shooting guard Dwayne Wade will miss tonight’s Heat-Bucks game due to a sore thigh. Three-point marksman James Jones will start in Wade’s place. Jones obviously can’t replace Wade, but the Heat do play well when he is in the starting lineup — Mike Bibby, Udonis Haslem, and Zydrunas…

  16. Timofey Mosgov out 10-14 days with knee, ankle sprains

    Apr 6, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    According to Aaron J. Lopez of Nuggets.com, Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov is expected to miss the next the next 10-14 days with knee and ankle sprains. Mosgov, who the Nuggets received as part of the Carmelo Anthony trade, has played spot minutes since being traded. In March, Mosgov averaged 2.6 points and 1.8 rebounds in…

  17. Likely top pick Kyrie Irving makes it official, enters draft

    Apr 6, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

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    Kryie Irving is leaving Duke after his freshman year to enter the NBA draft. It’s official. This wasn’t really a surprise to anyone except delusional, hard-core Duke fans who refuse to believe anyone is going to leave their heaven-on-earth campus, but reality intrudes once again. Irving likely will be the top overall pick. Start trying…

  18. A few thoughts on the premiere of “The LeBrons”

    Apr 6, 2011, 5:36 PM EDT

    The LeBrons

    As we mentioned earlier, LeBron James‘ web series, “The LeBrons,” premiered today. Here are a few thoughts from the seven-minute premier episode: – “The LeBrons” is available for free on the internet, and doesn’t have any commercial breaks. How does it pay for itself? Blatant product placement! In the first episode, Nike, HP, Beats By Dre, and…

  19. LeBron James buys part of England’s Liverpool soccer club

    Apr 6, 2011, 4:54 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Miami Heat

    LeBron James now owns a piece of one of England’s legendary soccer clubs. James has reached a deal with Fenway Sports Group (FSG), the majority owner of Liverpool FC, essentially merging his marketing company into FSG’s marketing arm and being paid a part of the club for doing so, according to the Wall Street Journal.…

  20. Bucks claim “honors” as NBA’s most injured team. Congratulations!

    Apr 6, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Milwaukee Bucks

    Yes, we know. Your team would have done so much better if it weren’t for the injuries. Just know that there is always some team that had it worse. Unless you’re a Milwaukee Bucks fan. Over at Basketball Prospectus, friend-of-the-site Kevin Pelton did the heavy lifting and compiled the lists of man games lost to…

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