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  1. After first quarter hit to the head, Dwyane Wade had to pass a concussion test to return against Bucks (VIDEO)

    Mar 16, 2013, 9:30 AM EST

    Dwyane Wade

    It was a scary moment in the early stages of the Heat’s 21st consecutive victory in Milawaukee on Friday, when Dwyane Wade took a hit to the head from the hip of Larry Sanders that sent him to the floor. Wade stayed down for a while, before eventually leaving to head to the locker room…

  2. Nuggets get 11th straight victory with comeback win over Grizzlies

    Mar 16, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Zach Randolph

    The Western Conference playoffs should be amazing this season, and two of the teams that will be as thickly involved as anyone clashed on Friday night in Denver. The Nuggets came away with their 11th straight victory, after bouncing back from a 10-point third quarter and erasing a double-digit deficit to beat a very good…

  3. Another day, another good defensive game, another Heat win

    Mar 16, 2013, 12:16 AM EST

    Miami Heat Chris Bosh is congratulated by LeBron James and Dwyane Wade during second half NBA game against Milwaukee Bucks in Milwaukee

    The storyline going into this game was that it was the Milwaukee Bucks back in 1972 that snapped the Lakers 33 game winning streak, and now they had the chance to snap the Heat’s streak at 20. That 1972 Bucks team had Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson. With all do respect to Monta Ellis and…

  4. Kobe plays with injured ankle, finishes scoreless as Lakers beat Pacers

    Mar 15, 2013, 10:38 PM EST

    Paul George, Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant surprised many by appearing in the Lakers starting lineup in Indiana on Friday, but the ankle injury he suffered on Wednesday in Atlanta proved to be too limiting for him to do any damage against the Pacers. Bryant played the entire first quarter, but went 0-4 from the field and asked out of…

  5. Kobe Bryant will be in the starting lineup Friday against Pacers

    Mar 15, 2013, 6:25 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    Despite being ruled “out indefinitely” by the Lakers after suffering the ankle injury at the end of the team’s loss in Atlanta on Wednesday, Kobe Bryant warmed up this afternoon and is expected to be in the starting lineup when L.A. faces the Pacers on Friday. Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni told reporters in Indiana…

  6. Did Warriors, Wizards turn down James Harden deals?

    Mar 15, 2013, 6:10 PM EST

    James Harden

    Whether you choose to believe this or not really comes down to how much you believe in ESPN’s Bill Simmons. But NBA trades do not work where a potential available player is only discussed with one team. If a GM is shopping — or even just testing the market — for a specific player then…

  7. Friday And-1 Links: Rajon Rondo is better on national television

    Mar 15, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like I like a good IPA. Which is a lot. • It’s not a…

  8. Clippers throw in towel on Trey Thompkins; sign DaJuan Summers

    Mar 15, 2013, 4:25 PM EST


    Trey Thompkins was a good second round gamble by the Clippers — a 6’10” forward out of Georgia with a world of potential as a guy who can play inside or out. Except he never lived up to that potential as a rookie (he only played in 24 games) then never saw the court this…

  9. Report: No Derrick Rose return Friday; it may be next week or not until next year

    Mar 15, 2013, 3:56 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose celebrates after teammate Luol Deng was fouled while shooting by Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Despite Tom Thibodeau teasing everyone by saying Derrick Rose’s return Friday night was “unlikely,” that understates the case, reports Aggrey Sam at Try “highly unlikely.” Oh, and the Bulls will not have Kirk Hinrich back either on Friday night against Golden State as he had a setback in his recovery from a stress fracture…

  10. PBT Podcast: Spurs, Blazers, Knicks, Bulls, Kobe’s injury, Heat’s win streak

    Mar 15, 2013, 2:41 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Atlanta Hawks

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I discuss Thursday night’s games, which included a throwback performance from Tim Duncan to lead the Spurs past the Mavericks, and a big night from Damian Lillard to get the Blazers a win over the shorthanded Knicks. We then discuss the injury situation surrounding New York,…

  11. Delonte West reportedly to suit up in D-League, with NBA teams watching

    Mar 15, 2013, 2:40 PM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Dallas Mavericks

    When the Dallas Mavericks cut Delonte West this preseason for “conduct detrimental to the team” no NBA team jumped in and picked him up. This is a guy who is 29 years old and averaged 9.6 points a game last season, he was a solid NBA bench and role player. You have to be quite…

  12. Dahntay Jones tells Dan Patrick he was just making a basketball play

    Mar 15, 2013, 2:01 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Atlanta Hawks

    There’s not a lot new here in terms of substance — the night Kobe Bryant went down with a sprained ankle and was saying it was a dirty play by Dahntay Jones, Jones was on twitter defending himself. Then Jones went on the radio and defended himself. Friday he was on the Dan Patrick show…

  13. Report: Bucks discussed 5-year, $40 million deal with Redick

    Mar 15, 2013, 12:59 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Dallas Mavericks

    The Milwaukee Bucks will be forced to reshape their backcourt this summer. Monta Ellis is the team’s leading scorer (19.4 points a game) but he remains a gunner, an inefficient scorer (shooting 41.9 percent overall and 24.1 percent from three). He is an unrestricted free agent. Brandon Jennings if four years younger, scores 18.2 points…

  14. Pau Gasol could be back with Lakers by next Monday

    Mar 15, 2013, 12:29 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Whether or not Kobe Bryant is going to be out for a while — he is officially a game-time decision in Indiana Friday and could play on his sprained ankle — the Lakers could use a little more offensive firepower. Say, like Pau Gasol. The Lakers skilled big man has been practicing with the team…

  15. Tony Allen states the obvious: Memphis better without Rudy Gay

    Mar 15, 2013, 12:04 PM EST

    Tony Allen

    Remember when Memphis traded Rudy Gay, getting back Tayshaun Prince and Ed Davis, and the consensus among television talking heads was this was going to set Memphis way back because they gave up all that shot creation? What they gave up was inefficient shot creation. What this trade allowed Memphis to do was focus on…

  16. Knicks to ink Kenyon Martin for rest of season Friday

    Mar 15, 2013, 11:38 AM EST

    Kenyon Martin, Jason Kidd

    Thursday night Kenyon Martin was a starter for the Knicks, playing better than 30 minutes and scoring 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Not bad for a guy on a 10-day tryout contract. That ends Friday — Martin’s second 10-day contract is up and the Knicks will make it official and sign him for the rest…

  17. On Leno Cuban talks about how he can’t talk about Kobe

    Mar 15, 2013, 11:19 AM EST

    kobe mark cuban

    Mark Cuban is right — some Lakers fans can get really touchy and defensive. Trust me, I had a Lakers blog for years and trying to have a smart, thoughtful conversation about the team can be challenging at time because some fans are zealots about the team beyond the point of rationality. A few weeks…

  18. Lin on Linsanity documentary: “Wow, that stuff actually happened to me”

    Mar 15, 2013, 10:44 AM EST

    Jeremy Lin, Darren Collison

    It must be a rather surreal experience to watch a documentary about yourself. It’s never going to happen to me, so I’m going to take Jeremy Lin’s word for it. There is a “Linsanity” documentary out and it was shown at South by Southwest in Austin, which isn’t terribly far from Houston so Lin went…

  19. Hawks say Pachulia’s Achilles injury a “serious concern”

    Mar 15, 2013, 10:10 AM EST

    zaza pachulia

    Zaza Pachulia has missed six straight games due to a sore right Achilles. Which isn’t good. But what is a bigger concern is that he just went and saw his third doctor about it, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution. As a general rule, when you have to see three doctors about something it’s not a…

  20. Raymond Felton hears boos in Portland, then plays like he was still a Blazer

    Mar 15, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    Felton shoots during NBA basketball game in Portland, Oregon

    It was bound to be a rough night for Raymond Felton on his return to Portland — and not because Trail Blazers fans were going to boo him. Carmelo Anthony, the focus on the Knicks offense, was out getting his knee drained. Tyson Chandler, Felton’s quality pick-and-roll partner, was out with his own sore knee…

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