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  1. 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…

  2. 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.…

  3. 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,…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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.…

  15. 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…

  16. Trail Blazers ink Chris Johnson to deal for remainder of season

    Mar 14, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    Chris Johnson

    The Blazers want some extra depth at center. Hard to blame them. So they have inked D-League standout Chris Johnson to a deal for the rest of the season (Ridiculous Upside had this first and the Blazers confirmed it via press release). Johnson was up for a 10-day deal with the Blazers earlier this season,…

  17. Video: Nate Robinson clowning the Celtics

    Mar 14, 2011, 3:14 PM EDT

    Nate Robinson Marquis Daniels

    Boston is not going to miss Nate Robinson on the court that much, to be honest (he was traded to Oklahoma City at the deadline). Carlos Arroyo will do just fine, he’s not as explosive but much more steady. Off the court? Yea, they miss him. Nate was the class clown, as you can see…

  18. NBA Power Rankings: How about a Spurs vs. Bulls NBA finals?

    Mar 14, 2011, 2:54 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    It still feels like with the top six teams you could flip a coin week to week on who is playing the best at any given moment. This week the coin came up Spurs. 1. Spurs (54-12, Last Week #4). After a loss to the Lakers a week ago Sunday they put together three nice…

  19. Nuggets Raymond Felton: “We’re a better team (than the Knicks)”

    Mar 14, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Denver Nuggets

    The Denver Nuggets have gone from being the team that concerned first-round playoff opponents because they had shot makers in Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to a team that concerns first-round playoff opponents because they play good defense. These Nuggets are a lot different than the old Nuggets (and by old we mean a month…

  20. Kobe Bryant game-time decision Monday night

    Mar 14, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Kobe Bryant played through a sprained ankle aggravated during the Lakers thumping of the Dallas Mavericks Saturday, but now that the ankle has had a couple days to really swell up and get sore, he is a game-time decision for Monday night’s big game against the Orlando Magic. So said Phil Jackson, and we trust…

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