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  1. Trail Blazers ink Nate McMillan to two-year extension

    Mar 8, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Portland Trail Blazers - Game 6

    Nate McMillan has coached his… um, tie off this season. He came into the season with a healthy Brandon Roy (so we thought) and the big defensive force in the paint named Greg Oden that the team needed. This was a playoff team with some real upside. But the injury bug that hit some teams…

  2. Six degrees of NBA separation

    Mar 8, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    John Koncak

    You can thank me later when you waste the rest of your day on this site. How do you link two bad big-men contracts in the NBA: the legendary Jon Koncak of the Hawks and today’s Darko Milicic? You plug them in the new NBA 6 Degrees of Seperations site and find out they are…

  3. Stan Van Gundy defends Dwight Howard, invites fine from Stern

    Mar 8, 2011, 2:56 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Phoenix Suns

    That’s going to cost Stan Van Gundy. He probably thinks it’s money well spent. Monday, before Dwight Howard sat out the Magic’s loss due to a suspension for his 16th technical of the season, Magic coach Van Gundy came to Howard’s defense. Van Gundy went with the argument that has been used for Shaq, Kareem,…

  4. Deron Williams to miss next two games for birth of child

    Mar 8, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets' Deron Williams (C) drib

    It’s one of those little things we tend not to think about when breaking down trades — Deron Williams life was uprooted and he was shipped across the country while his wife was 8 months pregnant. If you’ve ever had a pregnant wife, you can imagine with me just how well this news might have…

  5. Atlanta nightclub sues LeBron James

    Mar 8, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Gucci Cocktail Party For Ffawn

    Pretty much wherever LeBron James goes, there is a party. In many cities where the Heat play, there are parties at clubs, ones where LeBron is paid to attend (and his friends end up making some money on the deal, think the show Entourage). But now the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that a deal over…

  6. Tracy McGrady not going to be part of rebuilding Detroit

    Mar 8, 2011, 12:41 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat

    Eminem may have gone all in for rebuilding Detroit, but don’t expect Tracy McGrady to join him. Not the city, the Pistons in McGrady’s case. McGrady has proven to be a solid, veteran point guard this season in Detroit. Think Ron Harper at the end of his career, a guy who played within himself and…

  7. Video: Did you know Blake Griffin is good at the ally-oop thing?

    Mar 8, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin Dunk

    We hadn’t put up a video of Blake Griffin dunking in more than a week, and if we didn’t do it today we could have been drummed out of the NBA bloggers union. (Sure, there’s a union, and we voted J.E. Skeets president.) Blake helped us out by putting up a sweet ally-oop against the…

  8. Chemistry proves difficult for Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    Mar 8, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    The lack of chemistry with the Heat is evident on the court. Not just on the end-of-game isolations, but the fact that Dwyane Wade and LeBron James really play next to each other not with each other most of the time. There is not the kind of interaction you see between elite players on other…

  9. Kevin Love gets it — team losses bigger than double-double streak

    Mar 8, 2011, 11:26 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Make no mistake — Kevin Love’s streak of 51 consecutive double-doubles is impressive. It shows not only desire and some skills, it shows a guy bringing it every night. In today’s NBA that is something that deserves some recognition. But the streak has not led to wins. The Timberwolves are 11-40 in those 51 games,…

  10. PBT Tuesday Morning One Liners

    Mar 8, 2011, 10:28 AM EDT

    West Team's Kevin Durant of Oklahoma Cit

    If you are hungry and in New York City and you go to the Olive Garden… you really need an intervention. That is a culinary sin. I’m looking at you, Gordon Hayward. If the Kings do move to Anaheim, the contract specifies that they be the “Anaheim…” Kings or Royals or Waves or whatever. The…

  11. The Knicks have found their starting center… Jared Jeffries?

    Mar 8, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT

    Jared Jeffries New York Knicks

    They tried Ronny Turiaf. They tried Timofey Mozgov. But finally, Mike D’Antoni has found his man. Jared Jeffries. Wait, Jared Jeffries? As in the guy the Knicks signed off the street a week ago is now locked in as their starting center? Yup. There was a thought he might get the job and D’Antoni told…

  12. Video: Kevin Love ties the double-double record

    Mar 8, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    kevin love rebound

    We’ll admit, we have questions about just how big a milestone this really is, but it is still an impressive accomplishment. Kevin Love had his 51st consecutive double-double Monday night, tying the NBA record. Here’s a little video of how it went down.

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Grizzlies are some big, tough bears

    Mar 8, 2011, 6:21 AM EDT

    tony allen

    What you missed while running the Iditarod… Grizzlies 107, Thunder 101: You can add the Oklahoma City Thunder to list of teams that would like to avoid the Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs. This was the kind of game the Thunder really could have used Kendrick Perkins because the Grizzlies had 15…

  14. Dwight Howard says Bulls are best in the East right now

    Mar 7, 2011, 11:50 PM EDT

    2011 NBA All-Star Game - Performances And Celebrities

    Dwight Howard said what a lot of people have been thinking (and was willing to go farther than we were) when he was on the Dan Patrick Show this morning (via CSN Chicago, they have the video clip where Howard talks about a range of topics). Patrick asked him who was the best team in…

  15. Kevin Love ties Moses Malone with record 51 straight double-doubles

    Mar 7, 2011, 10:08 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    With a three pointer from straight away in the third quarter Tuesday night, Kevin Love recorded his 51st consecutive double-double (at least 10 points and 10 rebounds). That tied Moses Malone for the all-time record. Well, all-time modern record (post NBA/ABA merger). Turns out Wilt Chamberlain did it 224 times back in the day. But…

  16. Shaq says he’s “85 percent,” could be back next week

    Mar 7, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

    Shaq_ref

    Danny Ainge has placed a big bet on Shaquille O’Neal. He went from the summer insurance plan to the guy who should be the starting center for the Celtics in the playoffs. If he’s healthy. The Celtics yesterday decided to stop guessing when he might be back, but Shaq himself told ESPNBoston — at his…

  17. Gerald Wallace feels “betrayed” by Bobcats

    Mar 7, 2011, 6:50 PM EDT

    Wallace_Gerald

    Gerald Wallace had spent the last six and a half seasons with the Charlotte Bobcats before he was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers at the trade deadline. Even though the former All-Star and relentless competitor went from a 26-win team to a 35-win team, he wasn’t happy about being traded. Earlier, he vented to…

  18. Ainge says the Kendrick Perkins trade makes Boston better

    Mar 7, 2011, 5:51 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

    I’ve heard plenty of Celtics fans tell me why I am wrong, but count me in the group that thinks trading away Kendrick Perkins will come back to haunt Boston. I’m not alone, Dan Shaughnessy ripped Ainge in Sports Illustrated when the trade went down. But Monday he gave Ainge a chance to defend the…

  19. Channing Frye likely out 2-3 weeks with dislocated shoulder

    Mar 7, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    Channing Frye

    Well, now who is going to hit the game winning shots for the Phoenix Suns? Channing Frye, who nailed two game winners last week, will be out about two to three weeks with a separated shoulder, the Suns announced Monday after Frye underwent an MRI. Frye is going to meet with an orthopedic surgeon still,…

  20. Erik Spoelstra on “crygate:” It’s the media’s fault. Of course.

    Mar 7, 2011, 4:19 PM EDT

    Spoelstra_cringe

    You would think after having been on this Heat superteam treadmill for about nine months now, Erik Spoelstra would have figured out that the media coverage is pretty intense. And that everything you say is going to be dissected for meaning (that may not be there). And that if you say guys are crying in…

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