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  1. Ricky Rubio rumors: Lockout remains key issue

    Mar 29, 2011, 11:40 AM EST

    Ricky Rubio Barcelona

    You have to admire the unrelenting optimism in Minnesota that Ricky Rubio is going to play with the team next season. But even that Midwestern, can-do optimism knows limits — the lockout is strangling that hope right out of Wolves fans. Check out this note from the Pioneer Press where — like only in the…

  2. Somebody get Ray Allen the ball. The man can shoot.

    Mar 29, 2011, 10:57 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Boston Celtics

    Boston’s offense is off. In their last 10 games, Boston’s offense has averaged 104 points per 100 possessions, down from their 106.4 points per 100 for the season (based on the Knickerblogger numbers). Ray Allen is part of that — he is shooting 44.3 percent in the last 10 games, down from 49.3 percent for…

  3. Sacramento tells Anaheim to back off, Maloofs get ticked

    Mar 29, 2011, 10:11 AM EST

    George Maloof, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof

    As always, it’s about the money. It’s always about the money. The latest noise in the seemingly inevitable move of the Kings out of Sacramento to Anaheim is that the Sacramento City Manager sent a letter, vaguely threatening legal action, if Anaheim did not back off its efforts to lure the Kings. The Sacramento Bee…

  4. PBT Tuesday morning one liners

    Mar 29, 2011, 9:43 AM EST

    The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show

    The big story in Philly: Lou Williams and some others Sixers went to the Lil’ Wayne concert Saturday night before a noon-tipoff Sunday against the Kings. And the Sixers lost and some fans are blaming the night out (even though Jrue Holiday went and played well). This is mostly about Williams off shooting day, and…

  5. Video: Vintage Carmelo Anthony night gets Knicks win

    Mar 29, 2011, 9:02 AM EST

    New York Knicks Introduce Carmelo Anthony

    That was vintage Carmelo Anthony Monday night. His team needed a win and he put up 39 points hitting shots with a man in his face all night. He controlled the offense and the game in the second half. Watch the video. The flip side is he shot a pedestrian 46.1 percent, he took the…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Ugly or not, Knicks and Pacers will take wins

    Mar 29, 2011, 8:52 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    What you missed while you were stealing a 600-pound bronze moose statue… Knicks 113, Magic 106 (OT): The Kicks were desperate for a win. The Magic were without Jameer Nelson and J.J. Redick which meant heavy doses of Gilbert Arenas (who was 1-of-7 from three). Dwight Howard fouled out. That meant a streak breaking win…

  7. Quote of the day: Van Gundy defends D’Antoni

    Mar 28, 2011, 7:38 PM EST

    Mike D'Antoni

    “As a coach, you don’t worry about that stuff too much because it goes with the business and we all will face a lot of criticism at times. That’s the way it goes. The rest of us all know tha tMike’s a hell of a coach. In that profession, we all know how good Mike…

  8. Jameer Nelson to miss Knicks game with knee injury

    Mar 28, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

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    According to Ken Berger of CBS, Gilbert Arenas will start at point guard for the Magic tonight in the place of Jameer Nelson, who is out with a sprained right knee. The Magic are playing on the road against the free-falling New York Knicks, who desperately need a win. Ronny Turiaf is also injured, which…

  9. Derek Fisher receives retroactive flagrant-2 foul for incident with Chris Kaman

    Mar 28, 2011, 5:01 PM EST

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    During the Lakers’ 112-104 win over the Clippers on Friday, things got a little heated between Derek Fisher and Chris Kaman. In the game’s final 30 seconds, and with its ultimate result having already been decided, Kaman went to set a screen away from the ball, beyond the three-point line on Fisher. That’s when the…

  10. NBA season-ticket holders to receive refunds plus interest if games are lost due to work stoppage

    Mar 28, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    nba-tickets-thunder

    As the seemingly inevitable lockout looms over the NBA this summer, the very real possibility that the league could cancel games may be on the minds of its many season-ticket holders. Individual and business customers alike may be thinking about holding onto that money, while waiting to see if in fact there will be a…

  11. LeBron James not worried about return trip to Cleveland

    Mar 28, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    LeBron James

    In December, LeBron James got the reception you’d expect from the fans in Cleveland. Then he and his new Heat teammates destroyed the Cavaliers as you’d expect. Tuesday night, LeBron returns to Cleveland and while he does not expect a warm greeting with roses thrown on the path he walks, he doesn’t think it will…

  12. Winderman: Battier a big loss for Rockets in playoff race

    Mar 28, 2011, 1:47 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    The reasoning might have been right, but perhaps the target was wrong. Few approaches at the NBA trading deadline are considered as egregious as trading away your team’s chances at a playoff berth. So when Michael Jordan traded away (although “gave away” would be closer to the truth) Gerald Wallace to the Trail Blazers at…

  13. NBA Power Rankings: Celtics, Spurs drop at regular season’s end

    Mar 28, 2011, 12:59 PM EST

    Jackson_ring

    At the top would be every lazy sports columnist’s dream finals matchup — the Lakers versus the Bulls in Phil Jackson’s final year. (Well, final year for now, anyway). But do you really think the recent struggles of the Celtics and Spurs tell you much about those teams in the playoffs? 1. Lakers (53-20, LW…

  14. Video: Monta Ellis, putting on a show

    Mar 28, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Golden State Warriors

    There may be no more entertaining player in the league right now than Monta Ellis. Night in, night out, the guy is putting on a show. There are still a lot of issues for Golden State to work out if they want to be good, but right now they are at least fun to watch.…

  15. Report: Toronto open to moving Andrea Bargnani

    Mar 28, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

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    This season confirmed what we already really knew in Toronto: You can’t build around Andrea Bargnani. He can score, if you don’t mind your big men hanging out on the perimeter. He can fit in on the right team as a second (or better yet third) option. But that is not apparently happening in Toronto,…

  16. UNC’s Barnes says he is not thinking about NBA. Sure kid.

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:53 AM EST

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Third Round - Charlotte

    There is no worse time to ask a college player about his NBA future than right after his team was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament. Any player you would actually want to draft should be emotionally crushed because he was invested in the team. So we enter North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes. The Des Moines Register…

  17. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard caved — he had his beard trimmed. He was the first Magic player to do so since they decided to grow playoff beards as a team. Fortunately for all of us, Stan Van Gundy is not playing along. If — really, when at this point — the Kings move to Anaheim, the Lakers…

  18. Other key Knicks shooting worse since ‘Melo’s arrival

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:07 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Dallas Mavericks

    Since Carmelo Anthony arrived with the Knicks, their offense overall has gotten nominally better. They had averaged 109.8 points per 100 possessions, now that is up to 110.4. But they haven’t looked good doing it. (And the slightly better offense doesn’t make up for the much worse defense, especially in the fourth quarter. Which is…

  19. Latest Shaq timetable: April 3. Or 5. Somewhere in there.

    Mar 28, 2011, 9:32 AM EST

    Shaq_dunk

    Last we heard, Shaquille O’Neal might have been back by April 1. Nope. He had a shot to ease pain in his foot and has been wearing a boot, which should come off later this week, but Doc Rivers told the Boston Globe not to expect the big man back that fast. Think April 3.…

  20. Nets Quinton Ross done for season with herniated disk

    Mar 28, 2011, 8:54 AM EST

    Ross_Quinton

    Quinton Ross has barely touched the court lately for the Nets — just four minutes total in the team’s last seven games — but now it is official, he is done for the season. He has a herniated disk in his back and the Nets are shutting him down, reports the New York Post. “Unfortunately…

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