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  1. Michael Jordan says Derrick Rose is the MVP

    Mar 10, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Charlie Villanueva

    Well, that’s about as big an endorsement as you can get. The five time MVP. The guy with the statue outside the United Center. The one and only Michael Jordan says that Derrick Rose is the MVP, according to ESPN Chicago. “MVP of the season,” Jordan said about Rose after the Bulls’ 101-84 win over…

  2. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    Mar 10, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Did the Heat cry last night? An exhaustive breakdown of the Heat’s late-game failures. The conclusion: The Heat keep putting themselves in positions to fail, so they fail. It’s about the fundamentals — not holding a box out cost the Raptors a win. The Bulls are hot again in Chicago — the win over the…

  3. Kevin Love makes it dramatic in setting modern double-double record

    Mar 10, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Kevin Love has made double-doubles automatic. He’s taken the drama out of getting them. So he added a little drama himself Wednesday by almost not playing due to a sore knee (he banged knees with an opponent last game and it swelled up), then playing with a balky brace on it. Didn’t matter. He got…

  4. Pat Riley says to “write off” idea he’ll replace Spoelstra

    Mar 10, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    Super Bowl XLIV

    Some people are not going to believe him. In part because he canned a guy in a situation like this before. In part because some want it to be true. But Pat Riley is not going to fire Erik Spoelstra and take over the team. Riley (and apparently half the NBA scouting fraternity) was at…

  5. Video: Wednesday night game winners (all in one place)

    Mar 10, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    What a night. Carmelo Anthony had the big shot to win it, Kevin Durant hit the big one to send it to overtime (where the Thunder won). Dirk Nowitzki missed his chance to joint them. The Jazz got one lucky tip in to get their win. It was a wild night of buzzer-beater finishes around…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Game winners everywhere, but the Clippers don’t need one

    Mar 10, 2011, 4:53 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, Mo Williams

    What you missed while trying to recreate the movie “Up”… Clippers 108, Celtics 103: Boston had a plan — Blake Griffin was not going to beat them. It’s one thing that Boston’s defense has done well in this “big three era” — take away an opponent’s favorite option (sometimes two or three). Griffin was swarmed…

  7. Video: Boozer leaves game after fall; team says ankle sprain, X-rays negative

    Mar 9, 2011, 11:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Boozer injured

    UPDATE 11:45 pm: Looks like we’re going to have to wait until Thursday for any definitive answers on Boozer’s leg. Here is what coach Tom Thibodeau told the Associated Press after the game: “X-ray was negative and we’ll have to wait and see (Thursday) what type of swelling he has,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. 10:33…

  8. Video: Blake Griffin goes Mars Blackmon to help USC tight end

    Mar 9, 2011, 7:35 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    USC tight end Jordan Cameron is like a lot of college football players right now — trying to get notice by scouts, to move up the draft board. He’s a gifted athlete — he played a couple of years of basketball at BYU, went to a juco then went to USC where he played a…

  9. Appreciating Ryan Anderson and in turn, Stan Van Gundy

    Mar 9, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

    Ryan Anderson

    Lost in the Rashard Lewis-Gilbert Arenas shuffle was an interesting development: Ryan Anderson, a young player (though one not exactly exploding with potential) still on his rookie deal, had a ready-made offensive game that could essentially make Lewis replaceable. Anderson isn’t capable of matching all of Lewis’ strengths — he still has a ways to…

  10. Damion James diagnosed with Grade 1 concussion, will miss two games

    Mar 9, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    nets-hawks

    It’s a good thing that the NBA appeares to be taking concussions very seriously, because head trauma has become a prevalent theme in recent weeks. The latest victim: New Jersey Nets rookie Damion James, who suffered a serious, Grade 1 concussion that will keep him sidelined for a few games. From Conor Orr of the…

  11. Mark Cuban has an eye on Ricky Rubio

    Mar 9, 2011, 4:55 PM EDT

    Spain v USA

    Ricky Rubio’s NBA relevance has gone from YouTube sensation to fanboy whimsy to actual draft pick to mythical figure, all with only one real constant: for all of the hype and criticism alike, Rubio has yet to play a single NBA game. It’s incredibly unclear when that might change, and if Rubio’s situation wasn’t tenuous…

  12. Are the Heat dribbling themselves into trouble?

    Mar 9, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh

    By my count today, there are 1,563,459 theories on what is wrong with the Heat, and twice as many stories about said theories. One of those jumped out at me — the Heat are dribbling too much. That’s what former Denver Nugget staffer and stats guru (he literally wrote the book), now ESPN staffer (and…

  13. Bulls owner predicts four championships for Derrick Rose

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:57 PM EDT

    derrick Rose bulls

    No pressure Derrick. It’s just that the owner of the Bulls Jerry Reinsdorf — who paragraphs before admitted he thought they might win one title with Michael Jordan back in the day — told the Chicago Sun Times you could win four. ‘‘If you don’t see something special in Derrick Rose, then you’re blind,’’ Reinsdorf…

  14. Race to MVP still has five players in the running

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 5

    Derrick Rose is not your MVP. Not yet anyway. Dwight Howard is still making his case, while LeBron James’ candidacy is limping like the Heat the last five games. But that could turn around. Right now, we don’t know who the MVP is. Which is a good thing. A real race down the stretch is…

  15. Report: Zydrunas Ilgauskas to retire after this season

    Mar 9, 2011, 1:06 PM EDT

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    Zydrunas Ilgauskas is one of a large collection of big men that sit barely used on the Miami bench, clearly not having the trust of coach Erik Spoelstra. Big Z has played a total of 32 minutes in the Heat’s last five games, racking up 8 points. He told a Lithuanian paper that he is…

  16. Baron Davis leaves Cavaliers due to death in family

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v New York Knicks

    Baron Davis has looked pretty good in his three games with the Cavaliers, scoring 18 points a game on 47.5 percent shooting (60 points better than what he did for the Clippers). He’s also hitting 55.6 percent of his threes. But now he’s gone for a few games. Davis has left the team to be…

  17. Andrew Bogut plans to have elbow surgery after season

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    andrew bogut

    Andrew Bogut’s shot has not been right this season. He shot 57.7 percent two years ago, 52 percent last season, then 48.3 percent this season. It’s all about his elbow, the one that bent in a way god never intended late last season. Bogut is still finishing at the rim at a very good 62.2…

  18. Tom Thibodeau had Obama in his corner for Bulls job

    Mar 9, 2011, 11:38 AM EDT

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    Don’t mess with Tom Thibodeau, the man has supporters in high places. The highest of places. The story goes back a few years. Thibodeau coached for a while at Harvard as a young assistant, and one of his charges was a younger Arne Duncan, co-captain of the team. Thibs impressed Duncan, and that paid off…

  19. Next up for Kobe on all-time scoring list? Shaq.

    Mar 9, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    Tuesday night in Atlanta, Kobe Bryant passed Moses Malone to move into sixth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Kobe has shot up the list since October, having this season already passed John Havlicek, Dominique Wilkins, Oscar Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Elvin Hayes. Next up: Shaq. You know Kobe is going to savor that one.…

  20. PBT Wednesday Morning One Liners

    Mar 9, 2011, 10:46 AM EDT

    perkinsthunder

    It’s tough to find a better cause than Hoops for St. Jude. Fantastic look at Kendrick Perkins the person (and very tall alter boy). If we look at history, how LeBron James does in the regular season doesn’t really tell us much about the playoffs. Michael Jordan says it officially for anyone who really thought…

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