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  1. In event of a lockout, Nowitzki says he wants to play in Germany. Except, he can’t.

    Jan 31, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    UPDATE 2:33 pm: Interesting follow up on this from Tom Ziller at SB Nation: FIBA is trying to leave itself some wiggle room. FIBA is saying that so long as a player is under a valid contract he cannot go play overseas without a Letter of Clearance. However, if the entire 2011-12 season were canceled,…

  2. NBA Power Rankings: How would you feel about a Spurs/Celtics NBA finals?

    Jan 31, 2011, 2:29 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Kobe Bryant

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where we’re thinking that the finals could be Spurs and Celtics because no teams are executing anywhere near their level right now in crunch time. 1. Spurs (40-7). They are now 7.5 games ahead of the second place Lakers in the Western Conference (and 4 ahead of Boston for the…

  3. John Wall and the cupboard of Doritos

    Jan 31, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v New York Knicks

    NBA players — even with all that money and all those professional trainers and nutritionists at their fingertips — fall into some bad eating habits like the rest of us. Coming out of college — where they had buffets of food in the dining hall and coaches trying to get them to bulk up for…

  4. Golden State is looking to trade for an elite wing. Good luck with that.

    Jan 31, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT

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    Warriors’ fans: The most important thing is that they are looking. Golden State’s ownership is talking trades and looking at brining in a real ace — one true top-flight guy that can anchor the franchise. Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry are both very good, David Lee is nice in the middle, but this team is…

  5. Former Cavs head coach Mike Brown could be Pacers summer target

    Jan 31, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavilers v Boston Celtics

    For the rest of this season, Frank Vogel will be the guy with the audition to be the next head coach of the Pacers. He’s the interim head coach and if he can get this squad to show real improvement he’ll get to come back and sit in the big chair next season. The more…

  6. Don’t go throwing Roddy Beaubois in Dallas trade rumors

    Jan 31, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    roddybeaubois

    Whenever Dallas comes up in a trade rumor the next month, the other team will be asking about Roddy Beaubois, the second-year guard. Mark Cuban told ESPNDallas don’t bother, he’s not available unless you’re sending a legitimate superstar back. The Mavs have at least had internal discussions regarding several players such as Charlotte’s Stephen Jackson,…

  7. Not so fast with those Jason Williams to the Grizzlies rumors

    Jan 31, 2011, 9:56 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Denver Nuggets

    You know those reports about the Memphis Grizzlies wanting to bring in Jason Williams once the Magic waived the veteran point guard? Well, that part is true, Memphis wants him. The question is does Williams want Memphis? The Grizzlies were going to claim Williams off waivers but he asked them not to and they obliged,…

  8. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Jan 31, 2011, 9:38 AM EDT

    Boobie Gibson

    Daniel Gibson is going to miss a game or two for the Cavaliers due to a left quad injury. Rather than having a bobblehead night promotion, the Cavs are almost at the point where one lucky fan will get to play backup point guard for a night. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was at the Bucks…

  9. Time for your Monday Blake Griffin highlight package

    Jan 31, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Mondays suck. Not much we can do about that, sorry. But to help get you through the day we present a trio of Blake Griffin highlights from the Clippers game against the Charlotte Bobcats over the weekend. That and some strong coffee will make Monday feel a little less sucky. While the three-quarter court ally-oop…

  10. Knicks to hire former Nuggets GM — and not just for the ‘Melo connections

    Jan 31, 2011, 8:33 AM EDT

    Mark Walkenstein

    It seems to be a move about Carmelo Anthony in the short term, but this could be about the long-term future of the Knicks front office. Knicks GM Donnie Walsh is close to hiring former Nuggets GM Mark Warkentien as a consultant, Adrian Wojnarowski reports at Yahoo. You know, the job that was going to…

  11. Quote of the Day: Kevin Garnett doesn’t like anything Lakers

    Jan 31, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    “You got a better chance of catching Bin Laden.” —Kevin Garnett to a Lakers ballboy who asked for his autograph on a ball, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo (via twitter). Not very cool, but very KG. Andrew Bogut tweeted later that KG said worse to a Bucks ballboy. Don’t worry, when asked about this…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Other teams besides the Heat, Celtics and Lakers played Sunday, too

    Jan 31, 2011, 1:11 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    What you missed while falling asleep during the Pro Bowl…. Our man Matt Moore gave you breakdowns on the big games Sunday with the Heat beating the Thunder and the Celtics knocking off the Lakers. Suns 104, Hornets 102: The Suns were the better team for 47:40 but in those final 20 seconds they almost…

  13. Celtics Lakers: Choose your own finish as Celtics out-draw Lakers late

    Jan 30, 2011, 10:29 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    The talk this week was all about clutch. And in the closing minutes, the Celtics were a clutch beast of unstoppable force, coming together for the most cohesive showing in a big game setting they’ve shown this season, right when they needed it most, at the same time as the Lakers came unraveled, possession by…

  14. Kevin Durant calls Chris Bosh “a fake tough guy”

    Jan 30, 2011, 7:07 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Kevin Durant and Chris Bosh had some words today in the Thunder’s loss to the Heat, and then spoke some even stronger words to the press post-game. In the first quarter, the two were involved in a small altercation of words that resulted in double technicals for both stars. Bosh says the altercation was the…

  15. Heat out-star Thunder as Eddie House does a dance

    Jan 30, 2011, 5:09 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    In a game that was pretty fantastic from start to finish, the Miami Heat closed out the Thunder with a combination of star power and savvy play. Dwyane Wade was brilliant with 30 points and 9 rebounds (but also 9 turnovers), and LeBron James made the play that encapsulates his career. With the clock winding…

  16. Pacers coach Jim O’Brien fired

    Jan 30, 2011, 12:57 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    UPDATE 1:22 p.m. EST: The Indianapolis Star reports that assistant coach Frank Vogel will be named interim coach. Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star as well as Yahoo! Sports are reporting that Pacers coach Jim O’Brien has been fired. The report comes just days after his job was said to be safe for the remainder…

  17. As long as you’re not Kevin Garnett, Stu Jackson probably had discipline for you this weekend

    Jan 30, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    New Official NBA Ball Unveiled

    The NBA today fined Doc Rivers $15,000 for failing to leave the court in a “timely manner” following his ejection from the Suns game last Friday. Josh Smith was fined $25,000 for making an obscene gesture in the Hawks’ fracas-filled game against New York Friday. The fines come a day after Jackson suspended both Marvin…

  18. Blake Griffin and the greatest missed dunk ever

    Jan 30, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    We’ve seen a lot of great highlights from Blake Griffin. But last night we dodged a bullet. Had Blake Griffin nailed this one, it would have been devastating to the game of basketball. Every dunk from then after would have been a disappointment. No alley-oop would ever match it. We’d just be going through the…

  19. The greatest Dallas Maverick 80’s video game mashup of the year

    Jan 30, 2011, 9:05 AM EDT

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    I’m ready to declare the Dallas Mavericks’ promotional team the best of the year. Hot on the heels of the Rick Carlisle Roll, comes this gem of a video from the second best team in the Southwest. The fact that Tyson Chandler is relevant again is a major feather in the cap of the Mavericks…

  20. 10 things about Modern Celtics-Lakers XX

    Jan 29, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    There are regular-season games, there are important regular-season games, and then there is Celtics-Lakers. On Sunday the two contenders will meet for the 20th time since the start of the 2007-2008 season, when the rivalry was truly renewed as Andrew Bynum emerged and the Lakers became good enough to justify trading for Pau Gasol, and…

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