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  1. Nets’ Deron Williams wrist hurts but he will play in London

    Mar 3, 2011, 9:49 AM EST

    Deron Williams presser

    UPDATE March 3, 9:49 am: Deron Williams says he is is playing this weekend in London, he told Sekou Smith of NBA.com. “I’m playing,” he said after the Nets wrapped up their Thursday morning practice at the arena. “I’m definitely playing tomorrow.” Debate the wisdom of that if you want, but he is going. March…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Chicago gives one up to Atlanta

    Mar 3, 2011, 9:36 AM EST

    Bulls Hawks Basketball

    What you missed because you have tiger blood…. Atlanta 83, Chicago 80: Chicago was going to win ugly — this was not a pretty game as both teams struggled to score. However, the Bulls raced out to a 14-0 lead to start the game and held that lead for the first 47:31 of this game,…

  3. Video: Paul Pierce dunks on Channing Frye. Yes, that Paul Pierce.

    Mar 3, 2011, 8:58 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 4

    Don’t tell Channing Frye, but Paul Pierce still has some hops. Actually you don’t need to tell Frye, he found out the hard way. Frye tried to challenge Pierce, and might have been successful if Pierce had dunked with his right hand, his shooting hand. But Pierce switched to his left and the result was…

  4. Celtics Glen Davis suffers patella tendon strain, MRI Thursday

    Mar 3, 2011, 3:50 AM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Boston Celtics

    And the Celtics have another big man go down to injury. How long and how severe we find out Thursday. Glen “Big Baby” Davis suffered a patella tendon strain Wednesday night while taking a fourth quarter shot attempt against the Phoenix Suns. He will have an MRI Thursday to determine the severity of the injury,…

  5. Kevin Durant turns ankle, leaves game; calls injury a “tweak”

    Mar 2, 2011, 10:54 PM EST

    West Team's Kevin Durant of Oklahoma Cit

    UPDATE 11:41 pm: Durant left the arena wearing a protective boot on his ankle, but that was primarily for precautionary reasons and he said the injury was not that serious, according Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman. “Just a little tweak,” he said. “I did it before. Just gotta see how I feel in the morning.”…

  6. LeBron James tweets he’s “at WAR besides my Soldiers”

    Mar 2, 2011, 10:06 PM EST

    LeBron James

    The worst enemy to LeBron James’ image is LeBron James. James sent out this tweet today and probably thought nothing of it: 20+ games left in phase 2. I’m ReFOCUSED! No prisoners, I have no friends when at WAR besides my Soldiers. But the condemnation on twitter was fast and furious — athletes using military…

  7. Tyreke Evans has no idea who Sergio Rodriguez is

    Mar 2, 2011, 6:58 PM EST

    Sergio_Rodriguez_sacramento

    Sergio Rodriguez played in 39 games for the Sacramento Kings, averaging 13.3 minutes and 6.0 points per game. Basketballvalue.com confirms that Tyreke Evans and Rodriguez were, at times, on the court together. As you see in the video below, apparently Rodriguez didn’t make much of an impression during his brief time on the court together…

  8. Celtics officially announce Troy Murphy signing

    Mar 2, 2011, 6:44 PM EST

    Troy Murphy

    The Boston Celtics have officially announced the signing of veteran forward Troy Murphy, who was recently bought out of his contract by the Golden State Warriors. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed by the team. Murphy was drafted by the Warriors in 2001, and the former Notre Dame star has established himself…

  9. Mavericks “closing in” on a deal with Corey Brewer

    Mar 2, 2011, 6:15 PM EST

    Corey Brewer Sweater

    According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, the Dallas Mavericks are closing in on a multi-year deal with swingman Corey Brewer, who was recently bought out by the New York Knicks. The deal is expected to be in the “7-8 million range.” According to Stein, Dallas’ ability to pay Brewer more than the Spurs or Celtics…

  10. Derrick Rose says he did pitch LeBron last summer

    Mar 2, 2011, 5:26 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 5

    I know, I know. We’re all trying to move on forget the Summer or LeBron ever happened, just like we’re trying to forget that night we broke out the bottle of Mescal. Best if it just isn’t discussed anymore. But Derrick Rose wants to make it clear that he did, too, reach out to LeBron.…

  11. Billups out Wednesday, day-to-day after that

    Mar 2, 2011, 4:09 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    You had a feeling when a guy as hard core as Chauncey Billups used the word “severe” to describe his thigh bruise Tuesday night, he might not be playing Wednesday. He is officially out for Hornets game Wednesday, the Knicks announced at shootaround, according to a tweet from Alan Hahn of Newsday. He is questionable…

  12. Earl “The Pearl” Monroe sees something familiar in these Knicks

    Mar 2, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Earl Monroe New York Knicks

    Earl Monroe is not just another New Yorker. He’s a Knick legend. The Pearl. Black Magic. His playground nickname of “Jesus” lives on in He Got Game. He’s a champion. He is still involved in promoting New York basketball (keep reading, we’ll get to The People’s Games). But in other ways, he is just like…

  13. Coach Flip Saunders to miss Wednesday night’s Wizards game

    Mar 2, 2011, 2:49 PM EST

    Flip Saunders

    Wizards coach Flip Saunders will not be on the Wizards bench when they host the Golden State Warriors. He has gone to be with his ailing mother in Ohio, according to Frank Hanrahan of CSN Washington. Assistant coach Randy Wittman will take over in the big chair as the Wizards try to snap a six-game…

  14. Tyson Chandler tweaks ankle against Sixers, out two games

    Mar 2, 2011, 2:11 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    UPDATED: March 2, 2:11 pm: The good news is that X-rays on Chandler’s ankle were negative. But the bad news is he will be out at least two more games, according to the Dallas Morning News. Those games are against the Pacers and the surging Grizzlies. That Grizzlies game starts a four-games-in-five-nights stretch for Dallas,…

  15. Winderman: It’s time for built-in buyouts in NBA contracts

    Mar 2, 2011, 1:17 PM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Miami Heat

    One of the prime sticking points in the negotiations for a new NBA collective-bargaining agreement is maximum contract length. Currently, players can be signed for up to six seasons. Management wants far shorter terms. Based on the machinations at the buyout deadline, the players certainly are fueling management’s argument. Even with time left on the…

  16. Phil Jackson: Artest runs the offense better than Kobe

    Mar 2, 2011, 12:58 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Now it is time once again for one of Phil Jackson’s favorite mind games: subtle — and not so subtle – messages to players through the media. What would we do all day if it weren’t for them? Today it is Kobe’s turn to be sent a message. Which is rare because Kobe ignore such…

  17. Dwight Howard says he loves Orlando. Right now, anyway.

    Mar 2, 2011, 12:23 PM EST

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    Note to Dwight Howard — if you don’t want people speculating about your future, don’t say things like this. We told you yesterday of the reports that the New Jersey Nets planned to go after Howard when he became a free agent, or before. Of course, Howard was asked about that before the game Tuesday…

  18. Agent confirms Rasual Butler headed to Bulls

    Mar 2, 2011, 11:47 AM EST

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    The Bulls are going to get a little more depth at the wing — as expected Rasual Butler will sign with Chicago once he clears waivers. Butler’s agent Andy Miller confirmed that to CSN Chicago’s Aggrey Sam Wednesday. Butler was bought out by the Los Angeles Clippers as they want to give minutes to younger…

  19. PBT Wednesday Morning One Liners

    Mar 2, 2011, 11:32 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Oklahoma City Thunder

    From Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald: “In games when the Heat was tied or trailed by one, two or three, with less than 30 seconds left, Miami has made just 4 of 22 shots from the field, and only one in a win ( Eddie House’s three-pointer at Oklahoma City).” The teams with the…

  20. Corey Brewer sweepstakes a crowded one

    Mar 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

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    Everyone knew that Troy Murphy was going to get a buyout and that Mike Bibby was going to do whatever it took to get out of Washington. But Corey Brewer being bought out by the Knicks was a surprise. He came to the Knicks as part of the Carmelo Anthony deal, we assumed because the…

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