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  1. Doc Rivers confirms Rondo is human – and don’t call it a slump

    Mar 15, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    Deron Williams outplayed Rajon Rondo last night. Pretty badly. D-Will is one of the games elite point guards so there is no shame in him getting the better of a player, but Rondo didn’t look elite in his 1-for-10 shooting (with nine assists). As noted over by our man A. Sherrod Blakely at CSN New…

  2. ‘Melo wants you to know he is too a team player

    Mar 15, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Dallas Mavericks

    It’s been pretty hard to miss the glee coming out of the Rocky Mountains — Denver is 8-2 since the Carmelo Anthony trade and they are all too happy to tell you about how they are more of a team, how they are playing defense, how the sun shine feels warmer and how the bluebird…

  3. Nene says he wants to stay a Nugget forever. If they pay up.

    Mar 15, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets

    After playing most of the season under the cloud of the Carmelo Anthony trade situation, the sun has broken through in Denver. And like flowers everywhere, the Nuggets are blooming in the spring. Their defense is better. Their offense is better. Their energy is better. They are winning. It’s a fun place to play. Nene…

  4. Is the Spurs defense becoming something to worry about?

    Mar 15, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Miami Heat

    Monday night’s blowout win showcased what Miami can do on defense. They dominated the usually efficient Spurs offense — fighting for spots on the floor that the spurs like, sticking with shootings at the arc, generally just throwing them off their game. But at the other end of the floor Spurs defense may be as…

  5. Steve Nash likely to return Wednesday against New Orleans

    Mar 15, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Without Steve Nash the last two games, the Suns offense has looked like the preverbal chicken with its head cut off. Sure, plenty of running around but without any direction or understanding. It was ugly. The Suns, who average 109.4 points per 100 possessions on the season, were under 100 for both games. Wednesday they…

  6. Players had to cover coach’s cancer surgery because Clippers wouldn’t

    Mar 15, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    City of Hope's Music and Entertainment Industry's Spirit of Life Gala

    The Clippers — behind the force of nature that is Blake Griffin — are on the precipice of being good. Maybe very good. Only the Thunder are a young team as well positioned to grow into a contender as the Clippers. Los Angeles has a franchise player, a good number two in Eric Gordon, quality…

  7. Governor admits Louisiana has to pay Hornets $7 million

    Mar 15, 2011, 11:53 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    Part of the deal the Hornets have with the state of Louisiana (which owns their arena) is that if the Hornets do not meet certain revenue benchmarks, the state has to make them up. Gov. Bobby Jindal said Monday the state will have to pay the team about $7 million this season, the Times-Picayune reports.…

  8. Ricky Rubio sounds like a guy going to put off NBA debut

    Mar 15, 2011, 11:26 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    Despite what Timberwolves brass has insisted, it has never made sense for Ricky Rubio to leave Barcelona and come to the NBA next season. Because it doesn’t make sense to walk into a likely lockout that could cost games. Why leave one of the top teams in Europe, Barcelona, where you are a rock star,…

  9. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    Mar 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers

    Fascinating post at Magic Basketball: How much does rest factor into getting wins (and have the Bulls been a little lucky in that regard)? The physics of the bank shot. Tim Duncan did not write this. Fun story about the ties between Phil Jackson and Tom Thibodeau. The Wizards are trying to create a college-like…

  10. Lakers Derek Fisher, Shannon Brown go on NBC’s Minute to Win It

    Mar 15, 2011, 10:21 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns, Game 3

    When you play for the NBA champions in a city that is one of the world’s media capitals, certain doors open for you that would not otherwise. Like the chance to go on a national prime time game show to embarrass yourself a little and to raise money for your favorite charity. That’s just what…

  11. Greg Oden admits he is a long way from returning

    Mar 15, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Portland Trail Blazers

    Greg Oden is going to make another run at it. Say what you want about him, it’s not lack of effort in rehab that has kept him off the court. But in a video interview at Blazers.com (via Eye on Basketball) Oden admitted that he is a long way from being back on the court…

  12. Video highlight of the night: Nets fan in a pink shirt

    Mar 15, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v New Jersey Nets

    Trying to describe this clip really doesn’t do it justice. Let’s just say this is one happy Nets fan after Deron Williams dagger three against the Celtics. And he’s wearing a pink shirt. Of all the things last night — Nets winning, Lakers handling the Magic, NCAA tournament — this guy was the meme of…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Back-to-backs not sitting well with Boston

    Mar 15, 2011, 2:41 AM EDT

    Deron Williams

    What you missed while checking out the Cheezsculpture at South By Southwest… The Heat returning the beat down favor to the Spurs was our game of the night. Nets 88, Celtics 79: When the winning team shoots 39.7 percent, you got yourself one ugly game. The first half the Nets shot 32 percent, the Celtics had…

  14. Heat have best defensive game of season, rout Spurs

    Mar 14, 2011, 11:40 PM EDT

    Tony Parker Miami Heat San Antonio Spurs

    Since the first day of training camp — really, from the first day Miami’s triad of stars aligned — it’s been about the Heat defense. That was the question, the answer would determine how far they could go. Ten days ago, the Spurs beat the Heat by 30 when Miami’s defense couldn’t stop the Spurs…

  15. Suns’ union rep Jared Dudley “90 percent sure” there will be a lockout

    Mar 14, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    jared-dudley-lockout

    The NBA Players’ Association distributed a “lockout handbook” to its members last week, in an effort to provide information on the labor talks and to warn players to be smart with their finances as the strong possibility of a work stoppage looms over the league’s 2011-12 season. Jared Dudley is the union rep for the…

  16. Derrick Rose: Thanks for all that added pressure Mr. Jordan

    Mar 14, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    derrick Rose bulls

    Michael Jordan was throwing all sorts of bouquets at Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls over the weekend. Jordan said Rose was his MVP. Or when Jordan said this at the United Center over the weekend. “You guys are in store for a lot of other championships… don’t be surprised if you have six more…

  17. Perkins to debut Monday for Thunder, already throwing elbows in West

    Mar 14, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

    perkinsthunder

    Kendrick Perkins will make his debut as the center for the Oklahoma City Thunder Monday. The guy brought in to bring the defense and toughness along the back line that the Thunder have lacked will start in his first game for the Thunder and is not on minutes restriction, coach Scott Brooks said (via Royce…

  18. Carlos Boozer likely out Tuesday, back later in week

    Mar 14, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

    Carlos Boozer injured

    Carlos Boozer is a cagey veteran, he’d not going to get pinned down into some timeline of when he will come back from a sprained ankle then have to face questions when he doesn’t meet said deadline. Call it Andrew Bynum syndrome. So while Coach Tom Thibodeau was saying he expected Boozer back “probably within…

  19. NBC Sports Talk app (with PBT) launched for Android

    Mar 14, 2011, 5:29 PM EDT

    android_apps

    I’ve been waiting for this one myself. And pestering my bosses asking when it would happen. I use an Android phone (G2) and have been waiting while NBC put together this great app for the iPhone and the iPad that tracks this blog as well as ProFootballTalk, HardballTalk, ProHockeyTalk, ProGolfTalk, CollegeFootballTalk and Inside the Irish.…

  20. Tune in early to see if Heat can hang with Spurs late Monday

    Mar 14, 2011, 4:54 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v San Antonio Spurs

    Last time the end of the game had all the suspense of a North Korean election. It was over before it started. Back on March 4, the Spurs walked out of the locker room draining threes while the Heat had just 12 first quarter points. Miami was down more than 20 less than 12 minutes…

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