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  1. Knicks get the better of Heat as LeBron misses down the stretch

    Feb 28, 2011, 4:44 AM EST

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    Talk about a turnaround. From losing to the Cavaliers to beating the Heat, welcome to the Carmelo Anthony era. The Knicks did what you’d expect them to do for 3/4 of this game. They didn’t play defense, they took a lot of jumpshots, and they looked a step behind the Heat. Then all of a…

  2. Clippers buyout Rasual Butler, veteran buyout wave starts

    Feb 27, 2011, 10:15 PM EST

    rasual butler

    Rasual Butler is the first, but you are going to see a rush of these stories in the next few days, followed up with speculation about where they will land. Now is when teams try to negotiate buyouts of contracts for veterans that the team is not going to play. The player takes a little…

  3. It’s not always about Kobe, Lakers defense keys win over Thunder

    Feb 27, 2011, 7:20 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Thabo Sefolosha

    The end of the Lakers win over Oklahoma City was the latest Rorschach test for whether or not you think Kobe Bryant is a clutch player. Kobe scored seven of the Lakers final 10 points (all the others were Pau Gasol free throws) and he pushed the Lakers to a 90-87 win on the road.…

  4. The blog post about comparing the NBA and the Oscars

    Feb 27, 2011, 3:51 PM EST

    Oscar statues at the Kodak Theatre, whic

    You may have heard there’s an award show tonight. The Oscars are always a fun glance into the politics and business of the film industry. And they’re also a fascinating parallel to the MVP race in the NBA. Much like the golden statues, there are no guidelines drawn for the MVP voters. There’s no set…

  5. Dwight Howard has a technical problem

    Feb 27, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 5

    Friday night, Dwight Howard picked up technical foul number 15 on the season, helping extend his league lead. Once he gets his “frequent techicals rewards card” stamped one more time gets an automatic one-game suspension. It’s really a matter of when — he has averaged a technical every four games this season and the Magic…

  6. LeBron James and Daniel Gibson have stupidest feud ever

    Feb 27, 2011, 12:41 PM EST

    LeBron James (R) of Cleveland Cavaliers

    Let’s do a little exercise. I want you to make a list of every single thing in the world that you would consider worth fighting with a friend over. From the last coffee cup in the office kitchen, to politics, to wrapping paper, to the Oscars, to sharks. Once you’re done, continue. Now, where is…

  7. Blake Griffin introduces himself to Celtics, unsuspecting rim

    Feb 27, 2011, 11:26 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Clippers

    The advantage of throwing alley-oop passes to Blake Griffin is you don’t have to do it particularly well. Randy Foye took advantage of that Saturday in the Clippers loss to the Celtics. Griffin runs the floor harder than any big in the game and he is out on the break calling for the lob, and…

  8. Joel Przybilla unlikely to be bought out after conversation with ‘Cats

    Feb 26, 2011, 11:59 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Houston Rockets, Game 6

    Joel Przybilla was dished to Charlotte for Gerald Wallace in what was thought to be a cash dump. Seeing as how the Bobcats are going nowhere and just looking to finish out the year, get their draft picks and start over, Przybilla was high on the list of prospective buyout candidates. He’s a capable big…

  9. Kendrick Perkins out 2-3 weeks with MCL sprain

    Feb 26, 2011, 8:42 PM EST

    perkinsthunder

    Kendrick Perkins is going to join the Thunder and make the team a significantly tougher opponent defensively… eventually. Until then, well, not so much. OKBlitz.com reports today that Perkins will miss 2-3 weeks with a MCL sprain in his knee. Which is exactly what you want to hear about the guy you just traded two…

  10. Pistons fined, but did Rip Hamilton make his own bed?

    Feb 26, 2011, 4:39 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons  v Toronto Raptors

    Rip Hamilton and Chris Wilcox have been fined by the Pistons for missing shootaround in a “sleep-in” protest yesterday, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. No word on possible penalties for the other three Pistons who missed shootaround, nor those who were late. (Update: Austin Daye and Rodney Stuckey were both fined for being late.…

  11. Why the Bobcats won the trade deadline in their own special way

    Feb 26, 2011, 1:41 PM EST

    Denver Nuggets v Portland Trail Blazers

    “Blow it up!” Smart fans in Charlotte have been begging for that for years. They saw what many did. A roster ballooned full with veterans too old to develop, of marginal talent and ability, meshed together with some poor draft picks in an untenable salary situation that kept trying to reinvent itself by giving away…

  12. Game 2 of the Melo era in New York did not go as planned

    Feb 26, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Whoops. Days after the Knicks downed the Bucks in Madison Square Garden to kick off the Carmelo Anthony era in, well, decent style if not glamor, things have taken a turn for the worse.  The Knicks were beaten by the Cavaliers Friday night before they meet the Heat on Sunday. Yes, the Cavaliers. Yes, those…

  13. Pistons officially have no respect left for John Kuester

    Feb 26, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    IL: Detroit Pistons v Chicago Bulls

    Yesterday, the Pistons staged a “sleep-in protest” of John Kuester, with five pistons skipping practice.   Kuester responded by benching those players for last night’s game against the Sixers, and wound up playing just six players. In a shocker, the Pistons lost by a healthy margin. But that wasn’t the surprising part. Kuester was ejected…

  14. Dwight Howard tells Kevin Durant “not in my house”

    Feb 26, 2011, 8:12 AM EST

    NBA: Orlando Magic at Los Angeles Clippers

    Winning at the trade deadline is a very different thing than winning your next game. Everything that the Thunder are hoping to get defensively with Kendrick Perkins the Magic already have in Dwight Howard. As evidence, we bring you Dwight shutting down Durant as he drives to the hole Friday night. We have yet to…

  15. Mike Fratello to coach Ukrainian national team

    Feb 25, 2011, 8:59 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Miami Heat

    The Czar (of the telestrator) is headed to the old Soviet bloc. Mike Fratello, the former NBA coach and current TNT color commentator, will coach the Ukrainian national team at the European Championships this summer, according to the Associated Press. Hopefully they like slow it down, grind it out, defensive basketball that Fratello was known…

  16. Mike Dunleavy to miss 6-8 weeks with thumb injury

    Feb 25, 2011, 7:33 PM EST

    Mike Dunleavy

    Mike Dunleavy is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after undergoing successful surgery on his left thumb. Dunleavy suffered the injury when the Pacers played the Wizards last Tuesday. Dunleavy has never lived up to his billing as a #3 overall pick, but this injury will hurt the Pacers’ chances of making the playoffs. Dunleavy was…

  17. Carmelo’s move may make CBA negotiations nastier

    Feb 25, 2011, 7:06 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony James Dolan

    Utah Jazz owner Greg Miller talked about it when he tried to explain to a shaken fan base why he felt he had to trade Deron Williams away. His argument: it’s a new era of stars congregating in big markets. The players have taken control of the process in a way they have not before.…

  18. George Karl calls Carmelo bad at defense, Carmelo is unhappy

    Feb 25, 2011, 5:28 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    In an interview taped before last night’s Celtics/Nuggets game on TNT, George Karl was enthusiastic about how the new-look Nuggets would be playing defense now that they didn’t have to “handle what Carmelo gives you” on the defensive end. Anthony apparently noticed, and tweeted the following last night: Damn, are u serious. Some people never…

  19. Blake Griffin, selling you some Kias (and it worked)

    Feb 25, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Blake Griffin almost didn’t do the car dunk. Because there was a lot of paperwork to get done. Seriously. See Kia knew they wanted to do a commercial out of it so Blake’s people and Kia’s people (and a bunch of lawyers) got together and drew up the papers well in advance. Then it dawned…

  20. The Nets have a cornerstone, now the building starts

    Feb 25, 2011, 3:58 PM EST

    Deron Williams presser

    There is — for the first time in recent memory — a palpable buzz about a New Jersey Nets game Friday. That’s what bringing in a superstar can do. And the Nets got a superstar in Deron Williams. Knicks fans flip out at the idea, but the Nets got the better player, they bested the…

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