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  1. Appreciating Ryan Anderson and in turn, Stan Van Gundy

    Mar 9, 2011, 6:09 PM EST

    Ryan Anderson

    Lost in the Rashard Lewis-Gilbert Arenas shuffle was an interesting development: Ryan Anderson, a young player (though one not exactly exploding with potential) still on his rookie deal, had a ready-made offensive game that could essentially make Lewis replaceable. Anderson isn’t capable of matching all of Lewis’ strengths — he still has a ways to…

  2. Damion James diagnosed with Grade 1 concussion, will miss two games

    Mar 9, 2011, 5:42 PM EST

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    It’s a good thing that the NBA appeares to be taking concussions very seriously, because head trauma has become a prevalent theme in recent weeks. The latest victim: New Jersey Nets rookie Damion James, who suffered a serious, Grade 1 concussion that will keep him sidelined for a few games. From Conor Orr of the…

  3. Mark Cuban has an eye on Ricky Rubio

    Mar 9, 2011, 4:55 PM EST

    Spain v USA

    Ricky Rubio’s NBA relevance has gone from YouTube sensation to fanboy whimsy to actual draft pick to mythical figure, all with only one real constant: for all of the hype and criticism alike, Rubio has yet to play a single NBA game. It’s incredibly unclear when that might change, and if Rubio’s situation wasn’t tenuous…

  4. Are the Heat dribbling themselves into trouble?

    Mar 9, 2011, 4:10 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh

    By my count today, there are 1,563,459 theories on what is wrong with the Heat, and twice as many stories about said theories. One of those jumped out at me — the Heat are dribbling too much. That’s what former Denver Nugget staffer and stats guru (he literally wrote the book), now ESPN staffer (and…

  5. Bulls owner predicts four championships for Derrick Rose

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:57 PM EST

    derrick Rose bulls

    No pressure Derrick. It’s just that the owner of the Bulls Jerry Reinsdorf — who paragraphs before admitted he thought they might win one title with Michael Jordan back in the day — told the Chicago Sun Times you could win four. ‘‘If you don’t see something special in Derrick Rose, then you’re blind,’’ Reinsdorf…

  6. Race to MVP still has five players in the running

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:22 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 5

    Derrick Rose is not your MVP. Not yet anyway. Dwight Howard is still making his case, while LeBron James’ candidacy is limping like the Heat the last five games. But that could turn around. Right now, we don’t know who the MVP is. Which is a good thing. A real race down the stretch is…

  7. Report: Zydrunas Ilgauskas to retire after this season

    Mar 9, 2011, 1:06 PM EST

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    Zydrunas Ilgauskas is one of a large collection of big men that sit barely used on the Miami bench, clearly not having the trust of coach Erik Spoelstra. Big Z has played a total of 32 minutes in the Heat’s last five games, racking up 8 points. He told a Lithuanian paper that he is…

  8. Baron Davis leaves Cavaliers due to death in family

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:42 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v New York Knicks

    Baron Davis has looked pretty good in his three games with the Cavaliers, scoring 18 points a game on 47.5 percent shooting (60 points better than what he did for the Clippers). He’s also hitting 55.6 percent of his threes. But now he’s gone for a few games. Davis has left the team to be…

  9. Andrew Bogut plans to have elbow surgery after season

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

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    Andrew Bogut’s shot has not been right this season. He shot 57.7 percent two years ago, 52 percent last season, then 48.3 percent this season. It’s all about his elbow, the one that bent in a way god never intended late last season. Bogut is still finishing at the rim at a very good 62.2…

  10. Tom Thibodeau had Obama in his corner for Bulls job

    Mar 9, 2011, 11:38 AM EST

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    Don’t mess with Tom Thibodeau, the man has supporters in high places. The highest of places. The story goes back a few years. Thibodeau coached for a while at Harvard as a young assistant, and one of his charges was a younger Arne Duncan, co-captain of the team. Thibs impressed Duncan, and that paid off…

  11. Next up for Kobe on all-time scoring list? Shaq.

    Mar 9, 2011, 11:22 AM EST

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    Tuesday night in Atlanta, Kobe Bryant passed Moses Malone to move into sixth on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Kobe has shot up the list since October, having this season already passed John Havlicek, Dominique Wilkins, Oscar Robertson, Hakeem Olajuwon and Elvin Hayes. Next up: Shaq. You know Kobe is going to savor that one.…

  12. PBT Wednesday Morning One Liners

    Mar 9, 2011, 10:46 AM EST

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    It’s tough to find a better cause than Hoops for St. Jude. Fantastic look at Kendrick Perkins the person (and very tall alter boy). If we look at history, how LeBron James does in the regular season doesn’t really tell us much about the playoffs. Michael Jordan says it officially for anyone who really thought…

  13. Heat fans start “we want Riley” chant during latest loss

    Mar 9, 2011, 10:06 AM EST

    Miami Heat Introduce LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade

    Heat fans have suddenly turned into Lakers fans. No, they’re not rooting for the Lakers, but they are showing the ridiculous level of impatience, the sense of entitlement, the acting like spoiled children. Apparently this team is not good enough. Maybe those fans would prefer the 47, 43 and 15-win teams of the three previous…

  14. Video: Andre Iguodala is scaring rims

    Mar 9, 2011, 9:07 AM EST

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    Andre Iguodala had an off game by his recent standards. Oh, sure he had 16 points, 10 assists and 4 rebounds — but he had triple doubles the two games before this. He is clearly slacking. The Sixers didn’t need his quite as much Tuesday as they rolled past the Indiana Pacers, but he still…

  15. Warriors owner sheds light on potential Kings move to Anaheim

    Mar 9, 2011, 8:54 AM EST

    Joe Lacob, Peter Guber

    Golden State could be one of the winners if the Sacramento Kings head to Anaheim — they would be the only Northern California team. Sacramento baseball fans grow up rooting for the Giants. That could be the Warriors, they could grab future generation of NBA fans in California’s capitol. Warriors owner Joe Lacob — in…

  16. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Lakers just keep on rolling

    Mar 9, 2011, 3:24 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Atlanta Hawks

    What you missed while laughing at the best mugshot ever…. The Trail Blazers handing the Heat their fifth consecutive loss was our game of the night. Lakers 101, Hawks 87: The Lakers defense remains the engine of a train that has now won eight in a row (heading against a desperate Miami team Thursday). The…

  17. Aaron Brooks not yet a fit for the Suns

    Mar 9, 2011, 2:22 AM EST

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    The Suns and the Rockets are two teams on the outside looking in at the playoff picture in the Western Conference, but each is on the rise. Houston had won seven of eight, and Phoenix had won five of seven coming into Tuesday night’s head-to-head matchup. The game’s result, an exciting 113-110 home win for…

  18. Struggling Heat find better offense but forget to play defense, lose again

    Mar 9, 2011, 12:18 AM EST

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh, Miami Heat

    Since roughly last July, Heat fans have been asking — for the last week begging — to get LeBron James and Dwyane Wade active in the offense at the same time. They needed that long-promised spark. Tuesday night — in a game were the Heat clearly were gripping at times and playing their stars big…

  19. NBA taking serious look at new concussion policy

    Mar 8, 2011, 9:04 PM EST

    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul left the court on a stretcher Sunday. He is still out due to a concussion. Last month, it was the Heat’s Mike Miller missing games (even though they said it was not a concussion). The NBA doesn’t have many formal policies regarding head injuries, something Milwaukee Bucks forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute…

  20. Quote of the day: Phil Jackson can’t pass up a dig at Miami

    Mar 8, 2011, 8:30 PM EST

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    “This is the NBA: No Boys Allowed. Big boys don’t cry. But if you’re going to do it, do it in the toilet where no one sees you.” —Phil Jackson, when asked Thursday night about the report that some Miami Heat players cried after their loss to the Bulls on Sunday (via Kevin Ding at…

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