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  1. Jeff Green, Celtics put up fight but LeBron, Heat get another win

    Mar 19, 2013, 12:20 AM EST

    Celtics' Green drives to the basket past Heat's Haslem in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Boston

    This felt like a playoff game. Like last year’s Eastern Conference finals — it was chippy, there were some big highlights, and there was a very loud crowd fully into the game. It was a game that went down to the final seconds. And just like last year’s playoffs the Miami Heat beat the Boston…

  2. Avery Bradley with amazing chase down block on Cole (VIDEO)

    Mar 18, 2013, 10:54 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    The Celtics came out against the streaking Heat on Monday night like it was a playoff game. The crowd certainly sounded like it was. Boston had guys like Jeff Green who stepped up big time. And then there was this ridiculous chase-down block by Avery Bradley. He ran down Norris Cole and makes a great…

  3. LeBron James destroys Jason Terry with the alley-oop dunk (VIDEO)

    Mar 18, 2013, 9:31 PM EST

    LeBron James

    When LeBron James is streaking down the lane on a break opportunity, and there’s only one defender back who finds himself on the wrong end of a three-on-one situation, the best thing to do is to just get out of the way. Jason Terry had a momentary lapse in judgment, however, and was absolutely demolished…

  4. Andrew Bynum to have both knees operated on, done for season

    Mar 18, 2013, 8:03 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers introduce Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson

    Andrew Bynum — the guy Philadelphia traded Andre Iguodala for — may never play a game in a 76ers uniform. He’s not going to this year. Multiple reports including CSNPhilly.com have have confirmed that Bynum is going to undergo surgery on both knees to clean up remaining debris giving him problem. Bynum made the decision…

  5. Kevin Garnett misses shootaround, likely out vs. Heat Monday

    Mar 18, 2013, 7:43 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    UPDATE 7:35pm EST: What was only likely earlier today is now official. From Doc Rivers: Garnett out tonight for #Celtics — gary washburn (@GwashburnGlobe) March 18, 2013 However, in a bit of a surprise it’s not Garnett’s strained abductor that is keeping him out tonight but rather his bout with the flu: Doc says the…

  6. McGrady says Rockets 22 game win streak was harder than Heat’s

    Mar 18, 2013, 7:18 PM EST

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    Is this really what it’s come to: we have to debate which 22-game win streak is better than another? Or harder? There have been three in the entire history of the NBA and we have pit them against each other? I’m not sure that was Tracy McGrady’s intent, but that’s how it came off in…

  7. Monday And-1 Links: Paternity suit against Michael Jordan dropped

    Mar 18, 2013, 6:37 PM EST

    Michael Jordan

    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 love a good Guinness…. • We told you when it happened, to…

  8. Cavaliers’ Luke Walton to wear mask after broken nose

    Mar 18, 2013, 5:51 PM EST

    Luke Walton

    If you haven’t seen a Cleveland Cavaliers game lately (and we can’t really blame you in you haven’t tuned in) you’ve missed Luke Walton playing well. In his last 10 games he’s averaged 20 minutes, four points and 5.5 assists per game. Walton was always a gifted passer for a forward (which is why he…

  9. Paul George says breakout year because he started preparing like Kobe

    Mar 18, 2013, 5:08 PM EST

    Paul George

    Paul George is on his way to being named NBA Most Improved Player (probably). He’s averaging 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds a game, he’s shooting 38 percent from three and has a PER of 17. He made the All-Star team this year. With Danny Granger out George had to take on a larger role in…

  10. Carmelo Anthony out, Chandler questionable for Knicks

    Mar 18, 2013, 4:03 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Detroit Pistons - Previews

    Knicks fans, if you want some good news, Carmelo Anthony says his knee feels a lot better, the fluid is drained and he should be pain free when he starts playing again. But that will not be Monday night in Utah. Anthony is out, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News tweets. Carmelo is…

  11. NBA Power Rankings: Western teams jockey for position behind Heat.

    Mar 18, 2013, 3:26 PM EST

    Kings Heat Basketball

    It’s Miami and then everyone else right now — but notice the next six teams in our weekly power rankings are from the West. That’s because the play of the second tier teams in the East has fallen off (Indiana, New York, Brooklyn) 1. Heat (51-14, last week ranked No. 1). What kind of concerns…

  12. Danny Granger cleared to practice, likely plays for Pacers next week

    Mar 18, 2013, 2:12 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    The Pacers need some offensive firepower. While their defense has taken a step back the past couple weeks, it’s still good and they can get that side of the ball on track. But the offense can’t take mid-game five minute siestas, as it tends to do. Danny Granger — a healthy Danny Granger, not the…

  13. Coach Stephon Marbury? Yes. It happened in Beijing.

    Mar 18, 2013, 12:37 PM EST

    Former NBA superstar Stephon Marbury cel

    Stephon Marbury is a basketball hero in Beijing — he helped his team, the Beijing Ducks — win a Chinese Basketball Association title. He has a statue of him in the city. And now he’s a coach there. The Ducks have been bounced from the CBA playoffs but Marbury will stick with the team and…

  14. The latest Derrick Rose update: There is no update

    Mar 18, 2013, 12:10 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    The Chicago Bulls are home this week — Monday against Denver, Thursday against Portland and Saturday against Indiana — which has fueled speculation that Derrick Rose is likely back this week. If he is going to be back this season at all. For Monday night against the Nuggets, don’t bet on it. According to coach…

  15. Monta Ellis goes off for 25 in fourth quarter to earn Bucks win (VIDEO)

    Mar 18, 2013, 11:28 AM EST

    Monta Ellis, E'Twaun Moore

    Monta Ellis is a gunner — he gets you a lot of points but takes a whole lot of shots to do it. But when he gets on a run when those shots are falling, watch out. Ellis scored 25 fourth quarter points —  19 in the final six minutes — to lead the Milwaukee…

  16. Kenyon Martin says Clippers “can’t do it in the playoffs”

    Mar 18, 2013, 10:56 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul and Griffin wait for play to resume as the Clippers trail the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The Los Angeles Clippers last four losses are to the Spurs, Thunder, Nuggets and Grizzlies. The teams they will have to beat in the playoffs. It doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. In the first months of this season the Clippers looked like a title contender, right now that is simply not the case. Their defense in…

  17. Kobe Bryant expected to sit out Monday vs. Suns

    Mar 18, 2013, 10:34 AM EST

    Lakers guard Bryant jogs onto the floor prior to the start of an NBA basketball game against Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis

    Kobe Bryant tried to play on his sprained ankle Friday night, because he’s Kobe. But that led to 12 minutes of playing, 0-4 shooting as he had no elevation or separation from defenders, and then the next morning his ankle was worse. So he sat out Sunday night, a Lakers win over the Kings at…

  18. Jason Kidd works out with Clippers shooting coach, knocks down threes

    Mar 18, 2013, 8:45 AM EST

    Jason Kidd

    When Jason Kidd entered the league he didn’t have much of an outside shot — he was a fantastic talent but he was not a guy you feared from three. That has changed over time. Part of the reason is Bob Thate, who was the shooting coach for the Nets when Kidd was there. Now Thate…

  19. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Clippers dust off what’s left of the Knicks

    Mar 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    Clippers center Jordan dunks the ball uncontested against the Knicks during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while making the case for the 68th team, the one left out of the NCAA Tournament, because they really had a shot to win it all…. Heat 108, Raptors 91: The Heat tied the second longest winning streak in NBA history with this…

  20. Nowitzki, Westbrook exchange big dunks (VIDEO)

    Mar 18, 2013, 2:48 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks' Nowitzki shoots free throw as Oklahoma City Thunder's Sefolosha watches during NBA basketball game in Dallas

    It’s good to Dirk Nowitzki throw down like that again. Well, I guess again. He’s never really been known for his dunks, but back in the day he did throw a few down. Here he runs the floor, gets the feed and shows he can finish. Russell Westbrook? Nobody ever really questioned his ability to…

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