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  1. Knicks are no playoff lock, Mike D’Antoni warns

    Jan 19, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Phoenix Suns

    Life is good when you’re a New York Knick and you are winning. And they are winning, more than nearly everyone expected. We thought we here at PBT were a little optimistic saying in our season preview they would win 38 this season. Right now, the Knicks are on pace for 44-45 wins. Their point…

  2. Anthony Morrow should be back with Nets this weekend… if he’s still a Net then

    Jan 19, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT

    anthony morrow

    Anthony Morrow’s hamstring will have kept him out of the lineup for 17 games as of Wednesday night. If you don’t think that has impacted the Nets, you haven’t watched Stephen Graham play the two guard. But Morrow is expected to return this weekend to the team, maybe by Friday night, according to the twitter…

  3. Caron Butler hopes to be back for the playoffs

    Jan 19, 2011, 12:37 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs, Game 3

    The Dallas Mavericks have missed Caron Butler. It’s been hard to tell because they missed Dirk Nowitzki so much for the nine games he was out, then he returns and they miss Tyson Chandler for two games due to the flu — and not so coincidentally their defense turns into, um, organic fertilizer while he…

  4. Magic GM on Celtics: “They act tough. They’re not really tough.”

    Jan 19, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Charlotte Bobcats

    To borrow a line from Inigo in The Princess Bride, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” The word of the day is tough. As in who is tough in the NBA? Magic General Manager Otis Smith does not think the Boston Celtics qualify, as he…

  5. If not ‘Melo, Nets may eye Andrei Kirilenko this summer

    Jan 19, 2011, 10:26 AM EDT

    Andrei Kirilenko

    The New Jersey Nets are in full-out Carmelo Anthony mode. They move to Brooklyn in two years and see the Knicks as their rivals and competition. They also see a resurgent Knicks led by Amar’e Stoudemire and feel the need to counter that with their own star. Someone who can be the marque name to…

  6. The other Clipper keys: DeAndre Jordan and Baron Davis

    Jan 19, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Blake Griffin is a walking highlight factory. And not just for his dunks anymore, people are figuring out he can play the game. Eric Gordon has become the outside to Griffin’s inside for the Clippers. He’s the guy knocking down key threes — just like he did for Team USA when they were winning the…

  7. Dunk of the night: Let’s not forget Josh Smith can throw it down

    Jan 19, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    The Atlanta Hawks can be so much fun in transition, you wonder why they play at the 23rd fastest pace in the league? In transition you get you get to see Atlanta create chances with their athleticism. Two parts of this dunk are impressive. Of course, there is Josh Smith of the Hawks running the…

  8. Washington General’s coach has advice for Cavaliers

    Jan 19, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT

    Cavaliers Lakers Basketball

    And so it has come to this. In an effort to find someone who had more experience at losing basketball games than the Cleveland Cavaliers this season, someone who might have wisdom to pass along, the Cleveland Plain Dealer turned to the losingest basketball coach ever. Red Klotz. The man behind the Washington Generals. The…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where teams can’t hit the three but keep shooting them anyway

    Jan 19, 2011, 2:09 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Miami Heat

    What you missed while wondering if banning a Dire Straits song makes any sense… Hawks 93, Heat 89 (OT): These two teams combined to take 61 shots from three on the night even though combined they made just 14 (23 percent). That kind of sums up this game — a lot of bad decisions and…

  10. Second MRI review shows Marcus Camby with meniscus tear, surgery next

    Jan 19, 2011, 12:27 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns, Game 5

    When the official report came back on Marcus Camby’s MRI saying it was clean, we told you that the Blazers were wary and wanted their own team doctor to take a look at the films. Turns out, with good reason. A second review revealed partial medial meniscus tear in Camby’s left knee, and he will…

  11. Report: The holdup isn’t ‘Melo, it’s the Nuggets and Nets

    Jan 18, 2011, 9:48 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony Smiles

    While we’ve all been waiting (and waiting, and waiting…) for Carmelo Anthony to make up his mind — New York or New Jersey? — the Associated Press reports we’ve all had it wrong. He’s not the holdup — it’s the Nets and Nuggets. A person with knowledge of the proposed Carmelo Anthony trade says the…

  12. George Karl calls ‘Melo “distracted” during practice. Can’t imagine why.

    Jan 18, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets

    At some point, all of the insanity surrounding Carmelo Anthony and his  proposed trade had to catch up with him. That point may have been today. Nuggets coach George Karl called Anthony “very distracted” during today’s practice, reports Chris Tomasson of FanHouse. “If Melo plays distracted, I can’t play him as many minutes,” Karl, whose…

  13. Wizards getting trade calls about Kirk Hinrich

    Jan 18, 2011, 6:49 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    Around this time of year, a month before the trade deadline, you’d be hard pressed to find an NBA player who wasn’t asked about in trade talks. But some of those are more interesting, more likely to be moved than others. On of those is Kirk Hinrich — a quality guard owed $8 million next…

  14. If you push Blake Griffin, the Clippers are pushing back

    Jan 18, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Opposing teams have been trying to knock Blake Griffin off his game. Literally. As Griffin has emerged as an NBA star and powerhouse offensive force, other teams have started to combat his physical presence with some physical play of their own. Teams have been trying to push Griffin around. The Clippers noticed and as a…

  15. Joakim Noah may be back earlier than expected

    Jan 18, 2011, 4:09 PM EDT

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    Maybe, finally, the Bulls will get healthy. Joakim Noah gets the pins out his thumb next week (things that sound painful include…) and he says on Bulls.com he hopes to be back sooner rather than later. The original planned return date was late February (right after the All-Star Game) but things may happen earlier. “I’m…

  16. Shocking: Blazers get good injury news. Marcus Camby’s MRI negative. But hold on…

    Jan 18, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    Things you thought you’d never see have come to pass — good injury-related news for the Trail Blazers. What’s next? Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes! The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria! Marcus Camby…

  17. Lockout could cost $1 billion in television ad revenue. Billion. With a “B.”

    Jan 18, 2011, 2:56 PM EDT

    NBA TNT Barkley

    You think you don’t want a lockout because you don’t want to miss Kwame Brown getting to shoot more, imagine how much the suits at ABC/ESPN and Turner Broadcasting (TNT) are dreading it. A lockout could cost $1 billion in ad revenue, according to Ad Age (via the legendary Nate Jones). That is billion. As…

  18. League to rescind one Rondo assist from Monday — because it wasn’t

    Jan 18, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Rajon Rondo had 13 assists on the score sheet after the Celtics won in dramatic fashion over the Magic on Monday… except he only really had 12. Zach Lowe of Sports Illustrated pointed it out this morning (caught first by Mark at Sham Sports): On the Celtics first play of the game Monday night Rondo…

  19. Paul Silas is crazy — he wants Kwame Brown to shoot

    Jan 18, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

    Kwame Brown layup

    Phil Jackson got about as much production as anyone has out of Kwame Brown when he was with the Lakers. He did it by limiting his role — focus only on rebounding and defense in the paint. Don’t shoot unless it’s a dunk. Stay out of Kobe’s way. Pretty much every coach Brown has had…

  20. Bosh out; LeBron and Wade likely in for Heat Tuesday

    Jan 18, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Miami Heat

    Chris Bosh is out for the Miami Heat Tuesday night against the Hawks, the result of a sprained ankle suffered against the Bulls. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are officially game time decisions, neither took part in shootaround, but according to a tweet from our own Ira Winderman (of the Sun Sentinel) both are expected…

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