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  1. Video: JaVale McGee swats away Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade

    Mar 31, 2011, 9:13 AM EST

    JaVale McGee block

    This is how you defend the rim. We keep telling you that in today’s NBA — with no handchecking on the perimeter — you have to have a guy who can protect the rim. Exactly like this. JaVale McGee is textbook on Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade. Not that it helped the Wizards in this…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Atlanta makes a playoff statement to Orlando

    Mar 31, 2011, 8:56 AM EST

    Josh Smith

    What you missed while eating out of your Death Star cookie jar… Orlando knocking off the Suns was our Game of the Night. Hawks 85, Magic 82: This was a preview of a first round playoff matchup in the east (Orlando is locked in at the four seed, Atlanta the five). These two teams met…

  3. Kendrick Perkins, Scott Brooks unfazed by Suns’ intentional foul strategy

    Mar 31, 2011, 4:07 AM EST

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    The Suns’ season has been virtually (if not yet mathematically) finished since at least last Friday’s home loss to the Hornets. But despite the losing of four straight and the fact that the team’s playoff chances have all but officially disappeared, Phoenix had largely battled in each game until the final buzzer was sounded. That…

  4. Referee reportedly tells Suns player “stop being a little b****” then ejects him

    Mar 31, 2011, 2:57 AM EST

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    The Suns were blown out by the Thunder on Wednesday, in a game that was relatively competitive through the first three quarters. It was a four point game just seconds into the fourth, before the Thunder took control behind 11 points from James Harden in the final period, which helped turn the game into a…

  5. Isiah Thomas doesn’t deny he helped get ‘Melo to New York

    Mar 31, 2011, 2:19 AM EST

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    It’s never easy to tell reality with Isiah Thomas. With him, the truth is messy and convoluted. You want to make it simple — “he was a terrible GM” — but reality is more complex (he made some very good draft picks and showed an eye for spotting talent out of college). So it is…

  6. Dominique Wilkins attacked by fan after Hawks game

    Mar 30, 2011, 11:49 PM EST

    Reebok Pump 20th Anniversary

    UPDATE  11:49 pm: The attacker turns out to be a former NBA referee (1997-2001), but apparently this was about money allegedly owed. Isn’t it always? From the Atlanta Journal Constitution: Rashan S. Michel, 36, was arrested and charged with one count of simple battery following the incident, Officer K.Y. Jones with Atlanta police told the…

  7. Video: John Wall throws punch at Big Z, leads to ejections

    Mar 30, 2011, 10:52 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Washington Wizards

    We already told you what happened, but you should see it for yourself (via our friends at CSNWashington.com) Zydrunas Ilgauskas had the ball in the high post guarded by John Wall (on a little scramble play, obviously that was not the regular matchup). Ilgauskas used his elbow to create a little space, Wall was trying…

  8. LeBron James says Derrick Rose is MVP

    Mar 30, 2011, 9:49 PM EST

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    I’m not sure there’s really an MVP debate, at least one where the outcome is in doubt. Derrick Rose is going to win it. Like it or not. Complain it’s about the narrative and not the play, or counter Rose is clearly the man leading the best team in the game, make no mistake about…

  9. John Wall, Juwan Howard, Zydrunas Ilgauskas all ejected

    Mar 30, 2011, 8:07 PM EST

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    John Wall, Juwan Howard, and Zydrunas Ilgauskas have all just been ejected from the Heat-Wizards game. The initial incident occurred when Ilgauskas was holding the ball in the high post. Wall was attempting to swipe at the ball, and Ilgauskas gave Wall two quick elbows to the face for his trouble. In retaliation, Wall fired…

  10. Noah to sit out Wednesday due to sprained ankle

    Mar 30, 2011, 7:46 PM EST

    Joakim Noah

    UPDATE 7:46 pm: It’s official, Noah will sit out the game against the Wolves — where he would have been handy against Kevin Love — due to the sprained ankle. Kurt Thomas starts in his place. 2:27 pm: Because God forbid we have all the Bulls players fully healthy for any extended stretch… Joakim Noah…

  11. League sends last season’s financial data to union. Baby steps.

    Mar 30, 2011, 6:59 PM EST

    NBA & NBA Players Association Announce New CBA

    At this point, any little step towards the NBA owners and players union actually sitting down and having a serious conversation should be taken as a good sign. So, in that vein, we tell you that the owners have sent the union the league financials from last season, as Ken Berger at CBSSports.com reports. The…

  12. Should the “rip” move be legal?

    Mar 30, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Kevin Durant

    Kevin Durant may be the nicest superstar in the NBA, and he certainly has the most squeaky-clean public image. He doesn’t say the wrong things, he’s a quiet assassin on the court, he’s young, he’s exciting to watch, and he plays for a small-market team with great fans. In fact, the only time you’ll ever…

  13. The good ol’ days: When John Salley got punched by teammates

    Mar 30, 2011, 5:10 PM EST

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    Turns out, the old Detroit Bad Boys were pretty bad. John Salley was being interviewed and telling stories over at Pistons.com (via Piston Powered) and he had some great tales. Including the time as a rookie he got punched by his own teammates in practice. “OK, now it’s the next day. Rick Mahorn and Sid…

  14. Elgin Baylor’s lawsuit against Donald Sterling shot down by jury

    Mar 30, 2011, 4:19 PM EST

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    Clippers Donald Sterling is still a despicable human being. A man with a laundry list of offenses of offenses from the serious (racial housing discrimination) to just screwing up his NBA team. This has not changed. But he has won key court battle. A jury Wednesday rejected a $2 million lawsuit brought by former Clippers…

  15. Spurs, Celtics slouching towards playoffs; count them out at your own peril

    Mar 30, 2011, 3:38 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    Back at the All-Star break, a Celtics vs. Spurs finals seemed like a good bet. Sure, it made the guys who count the profits at ABC/Disney nervous — you know they want Lakers/Heat, and they really don’t want the Spurs — but the Celtics and Spurs were playing the best basketball by far. That matchup…

  16. Video: Cooking for LeBron, he eats better than you

    Mar 30, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

    Gucci Cocktail Party For Ffawn

    I love cooking shows. Love. Them. Honestly, when basketball isn’t on my television, it’s a cooking show. Maybe some cool old-school Iron Chef (from Japan, the American version is a poor imitation), maybe just Jamie Oliver cooking at home. I miss the Two Fat Ladies. As cooking videos go, this one is not going to…

  17. Carlos Boozer was Prince’s landlord. This is what it sounds like when Doves cry.

    Mar 30, 2011, 1:09 PM EST

    Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival 2008 - Day 2

    So just we have the roles understood: Carlos Boozer plays the role of Ralph Furley the cranky landlord, and Prince plays Jack Tripper, the renter who has crazy shenanigans happening around him all the time. And since we’re talking Prince, no doubt there were plenty of rotating women to complete the Three’s Company circle. Turns…

  18. Grant Hill likes Phoenix but keeping his free agent options open

    Mar 30, 2011, 12:06 PM EST

    Sacramento Kings v Phoenix Suns

    Grant Hill is nearing retirement — and if there is one thing you can find plenty of in Phoenix it’s retirees. Warm, dry weather is easy on the joints, you know. Plus, lots of places you can have dinner at 5 and still make it home for Jeopardy. Hill will be a free agent at…

  19. Wizards’ rookie Booker done for season with crack in foot

    Mar 30, 2011, 11:38 AM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Washington Wizards

    Trevor Booker had developed into a fun little surprise in Washington. The rookie out of Clemson dropped 26 and 13 on Toronto a couple weeks ago and had a double-double against Denver earlier in the week. Plus he was just fun pounding away inside, which seemed a good balance with John Wall. And it looks…

  20. PBT Wednesday morning one liners

    Mar 30, 2011, 11:02 AM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Orlando Magic

    It’s cool because he gets to use the phrase “Magic Nuggets.” But Tom Ziller also has an interesting plan — what if the NBA did away with conferences and just took the best 16 teams and threw them in a bracket? Here’s what it looks like. And it looks pretty good. Eddy Rivera over at…

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