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  1. Video: A rim’s ode to Blake Griffin

    Feb 7, 2011, 7:30 PM EST

    Blake Griffin Dunk

    A rap about Blake Griffin, from the point of view of a terrified rim? Yep, it exists. Surprisingly good use of AutoTune? Check. Multiple references to Optimus Prime? Check. A pie to the face? Check. This is pretty much everything you could ask an NBA-related YouTube video to be, and it looks like it was…

  2. LeBron’s effect on ratings dramatic

    Feb 7, 2011, 6:33 PM EST

    Gucci Cocktail Party For Ffawn

    The Sports Business Journal just released a report comparing this season’s local TV ratings for NBA teams to the ratings from last season, and one thing is clear: People like to watch LeBron James play basketball. The Heat’s average rating is currently 5.4; that’s the third-highest average rating in the league (behind the Spurs and…

  3. Is DeMarcus Cousins abandoning his strengths?

    Feb 7, 2011, 5:58 PM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins

    Joe Treutlein of Draft Express thinks so: To say Cousins has undergone a dramatic role change in the NBA would be somewhat of an understatement. At the college level, Cousins was a dominant player in a variety of ways, utilizing his massive size, strength, and length to punish the opposition on the glass and finishing…

  4. Warkentien’s new contract with Knicks ends July 1

    Feb 7, 2011, 5:11 PM EST

    Mark Walkenstein

    And we thought the hiring of Mark Warkentien director of pro personnel was a sign of stability coming to the New York Knicks. Silly us. We should know better. Warkentien’s contract ends July 1, according to Frank Isola at the New York Daily News. If you’re paranoid — and if you live in New York…

  5. Jerry Sloan signs a one-year extension to stay with Jazz

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

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    It’s not a surprise, really more of a formality, but it’s still one nice piece of stability in the otherwise tumultuous world of the NBA. Jazz coach Jerry Sloan has signed a one-year extension to continue coaching the Jazz, according to Scott Howard-Cooper at NBA.com. “I’ve already signed a contract for next year,” he said…

  6. Pau Gasol is not turning into Kevin Garnett anytime soon

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:05 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s amazing how many people want Pau Gasol to be something he’s not. He is not a traditional, back-to-the-basket, power game center (and some Lakers fans criticized him for it). He doesn’t have a big ego and demand the ball, he gently reminds guys he’d like to touch the ball more (he gets criticized for…

  7. Spurs sign three-point specialist Steve Novak from D-League

    Feb 7, 2011, 3:13 PM EST

    Steve Novak

    Well, that didn’t take long. We told you Friday former Maverick (and Clipper and Rocket) Steve Novak was headed to the D-League’s Reno Bighorns to try and play his way back into an NBA contract. Monday we learned that the San Antonio Spurs are about to pick up Novak, according to Jonathan Givony of Draft…

  8. Good news: Marquis Daniels let out of hospital

    Feb 7, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

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    Some good news, the Celtics Marquis Daniels has been released and come home from the hospital. According to the official Celtics twitter account, “He was reported to have been joking and in good spirits.” Daniels collapsed early in the second quarter Sunday in the Celtics victory over the Magic. Daniels was trying to post up…

  9. Video: Watch Kevin Love learn he is an All-Star

    Feb 7, 2011, 2:31 PM EST

    Kevin Love

    Fun little video from the people at Recording NBA History: They were inside the Timberwolves locker room when Kevin Love learned he will be an NBA All-Star this season. Kurt Rambis gives the news… and you wonder how much the cameras in the room changed the amount of ribbing Love would have taken from teammates.…

  10. NBA Power Rankings: Antonio McDyess’ tip keeps Spurs on top

    Feb 7, 2011, 2:06 PM EST

    Antonio McDyess, Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Gary Neal

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where the Heat and Mavericks are hot, but are they really better than the Spurs and Celtics 1. Spurs (42-8, Last Week #1). They are on the annual rodeo road trip (a rodeo kicks them out of their arena for a couple weeks) and early on they got a quality…

  11. Does Dwight Howard already have one eye on the door?

    Feb 7, 2011, 12:57 PM EST

    NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

    This is where we are now. When a player is a couple years away from free agency — as Dwight Howard is in 2012 — there will be stories about how if the team doesn’t win a title he is gone. The stories have started about Chris Paul as well, all in the wake of…

  12. Peja Stojakovic to make Dallas debut Monday night

    Feb 7, 2011, 12:25 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v New Orleans Hornets

    Smart move by the Dallas Mavericks, making Peja Stojakovic active for a scrimmage in his first game. That way there is no pressure on him. Stojakovic will make his debut as a Dallas Mavericks on Monday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to Earl K. Sneed of Mavs.com. Stojakovic was signed by the Mavericks Jan.…

  13. Rick Adelman not worried about next season, next contract

    Feb 7, 2011, 12:01 PM EST

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    Houston is at a crossroads — the plan of a team based around Yao Ming crumbled around the big man’s ankles and they have to figure out what is next. With that, they have done the smart thing and not offered any contract extensions to the six potential free agents on the roster. Flexibility, that’s…

  14. Why is Gilbert Arenas struggling? Because it’s cold outside.

    Feb 7, 2011, 11:31 AM EST

    Gilbert Arenas, Stan Van Gundy

    You know what was wrong with Gilbert Arenas Sunday? Why he was limping around and shooting 0-7 from the floor in Orlando’s loss to Boston? It was cold outside, he told CBSSports’ Ken Berger. “Cities that are high on the map, I have trouble with,” Arenas said. “Like (Boston) during the winter. But as soon…

  15. Marquis Daniels injury fallout: Celtics to recall Avery Bradley from D-League

    Feb 7, 2011, 10:26 AM EST

    Avery-Bradley

    Marquis Daniels frightening collapse Sunday turns out to be about a bruised spinal column that is going to keep him out a month at least maybe more. To fill in his spot on the roster, the Celtics will recall Avery Bradley from the Maine Red Claws of the D-League, according to a tweet from Gary…

  16. PBT Monday morning one liners

    Feb 7, 2011, 10:09 AM EST

    Ray Allen

    Ray Allen will be one of the contestants in the three-point contest All-Star weekend. Great piece by a Celtics fan and father talking about Kevin Garnett the role model: “He’s a jerk but he’s our jerk.” Linas Kleiza has denied a Greek report that he in part blamed the Raptors medical staff for his season-ending…

  17. Your Monday morning cup of coffee, er, Blake Griffin dunk

    Feb 7, 2011, 8:44 AM EST

    Blake Griffin Dunk

    What’s a Monday morning without a Blake Griffin dunk? It’s like Boston without a Dunkin Donuts run, or New York without an H&H Bagels. We could go with a couple from the Miami Heat game. You should check out the big Windmill dunk. But the best was this put-back dunk. Nobody on the Heat puts…

  18. Stephen Jackson is not changing just because of your little fines

    Feb 7, 2011, 8:12 AM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    Stephen Jackson has lost $172,000 this season in fines and unpaid salary for his 11 technicals and one suspension. That is supposed to be a deterrent. Jackson laughs at your deterrent. And he is going to keep berating refs for their lousy calls, as he told the Associated Press. “No, I get techs because I…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: So that Dwyane Wade guy is pretty good

    Feb 7, 2011, 12:27 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Miami Heat

    What you missed while watching the Black Eyed Peas reenact Tron (that is what they were doing, right?)… The Celtics beating the Magic was the game of the day (and we’re just now sure how good Orlando really is). Heat 97, Clippers 79: Both teams started this game out looking sloppy — poor shooting, lots…

  20. Celtics Marquis Daniels collapses on court in game, taken to hospital; has bruised spine.

    Feb 6, 2011, 9:36 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics

    UPDATE #2 9:36 pm: Celtics team physician, Dr. Brian McKeon, said after the game that the team (and Daniels’ previous teams) were aware of spinal issues and that this was a more severe reaction of things that had happened before. UPDATE 5:23 pm: Marquis Daniels has a bruised spinal cord, Danny Ainge and the team…

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