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  1. It's the Birdman's world…

    Mar 8, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Chris Anderson owns the paint, and JR Smith can finish on the break. In case you needed any reminders…

  2. Tyreke Evans now coaching, too

    Mar 8, 2010, 9:18 AM EDT

    The Sacramento Kings are now Tyreke Evans’ team.  Might as well have him do the coaching as well. Sam Amick notes the beginning of the takeover. Nocioni and Evans exchanged words during an official timeout midway through the fourth quarter, with the rookie taking exception with the veteran’s play. Nocioni – who took just two…

  3. Pau Gasol wants the damn ball

    Mar 8, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Maybe he should start That seems to work. Kobe Bryant was relatively pleased after the Lakers loss to Orlando, saying that after a couple of sloppy efforts the Lakers really turned it on in this one and were just a couple of breaks away from the win. Of course he thought that — he…

  4. Nuggets Karl undergoes surgery this morning

    Mar 8, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets coach George Karl will undergo surgery Monday morning to have a feeding tube put in his stomach. It is all part of his ongoing battle with throat cancer, and as usual Karl downplayed it when he talked to Chris Tomasson of Fanhouse. “I don’t think it’s a serious surgery,” Karl said of the…

  5. Barnes among those looking to get paid this summer

    Mar 8, 2010, 5:12 AM EDT

    Matt Barnes played some terrific defense in Orlando’s 96-94 victory over the Lakers, he stood toe-to-toe with one of the game’s fiercest competitors, and he pump faked a ball in Kobe’s face. That’s more than enough to dub Monday, March 8th, something of a Matt Barnes appreciation day, particularly among the internet’s sometimes vicious anti-Kobe…

  6. Przybilla shows Blazers centers don't need to be on the court to get injured

    Mar 8, 2010, 3:07 AM EDT

    You know those flower-shaped rough stickers your grandmother has on the floor of her shower so she doesn’t slip and fall? You might get Joel Przybilla some. Portland centers remain the most endangered species on the planet, proved again by the latest injury to Przybilla — who was already out for the season with an…

  7. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Mar 8, 2010, 1:45 AM EDT

    What happened Saturday while you were watching Sandra Bullock accept her award… Magic 96, Lakers 94: One regular season game never is a complete picture, but every once in a while one is a microcosm of a team. This defense-heavy game told us a lot about both teams. Orlando is a just a better team…

  8. Stuckey sits, undergoes more tests

    Mar 7, 2010, 10:03 PM EDT

    Nobody is quite sure what is wrong with Rodney Stuckey — just like Ray Allen’s jump shot, only a lot more serious. Two days after Stuckey collapsed on the bench during a game and was rushed to an area hospital, he did not suit up in the Pistons overtime win against the Rockets. As it…

  9. Orlando gives LA their shot, Lakers miss

    Mar 7, 2010, 8:20 PM EDT

    Kobe got his looks at the end. He hit some, he missed the last one, but he got his shots. Jump shots, that is. In what was a solid defensive game from both teams, the Magic had a plan — don’t let the Lakers get good shots inside, tempt them with open jumpers. It worked.…

  10. Odom goes Rick Ross, calls Matt Barnes a "Monkey"

    Mar 7, 2010, 7:50 PM EDT

    When 50 cent was feuding with Rick Ross (is there anybody 50 hasn’t feuded with?), Ross called him “a monkey.” Lamar Odom is a bit of a hip-hop historian, and he went there with Matt Barnes. After the Lakers 96-94 loss when Barnes was in Kobe’s face all game, Bryant was answering questions about Barnes…

  11. Why the Sixers won (in 15 seconds)

    Mar 7, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    We’ll have a little more to say about this game tonight in our Baseline to Baseline game recaps, but if you want to know why the Sixers won, this video pretty much sums it up. In 15 seconds.

  12. Shaun Livingston has accepted his fate

    Mar 7, 2010, 1:21 PM EDT

    Shaun Livingston is the Joe Theismann of the NBA — a guy remembered for the injury. Livingston was the number four pick by the Clippers, a guy with a rare court vision, great passing skills and a world of potential. Then came the landing on a layup back in 2007 (only watch the video if…

  13. Artest gets defensive about hair

    Mar 7, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    Ron Artest has really outdone himself this time. A man known for hair carvings as intense as his defense, has stepped it up for the Finals rematch Sunday. On Saturday afternoon he was fishing around on twitter for how to spell “defense” in Japanese and Hindi. Then he had those two things carved into his…

  14. NBA referees are biased

    Mar 7, 2010, 11:08 AM EDT

    Yes, NBA referees favor stars and swallow their whistles late in games. That has been the conventional wisdom from fans for years, with the NBA of course denying that. But that is the beauty of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference — those “geeks” that fans deride for their fancy stats (“You can’t measure heart,…

  15. Can Newark steal a team?

    Mar 7, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City did it. They got to host the Hornets for nearly two seasons after the disaster of Katrina, and they rallied around the team and made them feel at home. Games sold out and there was a passion in the marketplace. OKC showed they could be home to an NBA team. That way, when…

  16. Baseline to Baseline, your game recaps

    Mar 7, 2010, 9:23 AM EDT

    Our game recaps from Saturday, or what you missed while wondering why anyone would shoot a man in a chicken suit… Suns 113, Pacers 105: Who knew the Pacers had any fight in them? Earl Watson kept pushing Channing Frye in the third quarter and finally Frye had had enough and one of those NBA…

  17. Orlando is hot, and will serve its revenge that way

    Mar 7, 2010, 3:10 AM EDT

    Revenge is a dish best served in a loud arena in front of 18,000 angry, screaming fans. At least that’s the plan in Orlando Sunday. The fans there want a piece of the Lakers. The team that beat them in the Finals last June. And the Magic that take the court Sunday with a roster…

  18. Rafer Alston has left the building, and the Heat

    Mar 7, 2010, 1:53 AM EDT

    UPDATE 2:50 am: According to Chris Mannix, a source has told Sports Illustrated that Alston is now considering retirement.1: 53 am: Rafer Alston has disappeared from the Miami Heat. No David Copperfield needed to make it happen, Alston was happy to burn this bridge all on his own. He just up and left the team.…

  19. Spurs' cursed year continues, Parker breaks hand

    Mar 6, 2010, 10:56 PM EDT

    It hasn’t been a great year for the San Antonio Spurs. They’ve struggled to integrate new players. lacked the defensive intensity that marked their previous championship contention, and their core veterans have struggled to remain healthy. No one has more explicitly outlined those problems than Tony Parker, who has missed time with everything under the…

  20. LeBron sits out against Bucks

    Mar 6, 2010, 8:34 PM EDT

    LeBron James will not suit up tonight as the Cavaliers take on the Bucks, and he may sit out Monday’s game against the Spurs. The official reason from the Cavaliers is to give James some rest, according to Brian Windhorst’s twitter account (being run by Mary Schmitt Boyer for the night). James tweaked his right…

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