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  1. Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire out vs. Jazz

    Mar 9, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    UPDATE: 7:20 p.m. ET: Carmelo Anthony is out for this one, according to multiple reports. The news is far worse for Amar’e Stoudemire, however, who will miss at least the next six weeks after an MRI taken on Saturday revealed the need for knee surgery. 2:00 p.m. ET: Carmelo Anthony has missed the Knicks’ last…

  2. Brandon Jennings wants big money, Bucks to improve to keep him this summer

    Mar 9, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Dallas Mavericks

    Brandon Jennings has never lacked for self-confidence. Jennings is a restricted free agent next summer — meaning the Milwaukee Bucks have the power because they can match any offer the young point guard gets — but he was the one trying to play hardball Friday. Jennings said that this summer he not only wants a…

  3. Raptors coach Casey says he told team to foul when leading by three at the end of regulation. They did not.

    Mar 9, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Amir Johnson, Dwane Casey

    LOS ANGELES — It’s a great debate in NBA circles, and it’s one that makes for interesting conversation while breaking down what-if scenarios after the fact. To foul or not to foul, when leading by three and the other team has possession of the ball in the game’s final seconds? The Raptors were faced with…

  4. Kobe’s three huge three-pointers and game-winning overtime dunk against the Raptors (VIDEO)

    Mar 9, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant slam dunks against the Toronto Raptors during their NBA basketball overtime win in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — This video, via the NBA’s YouTube page, is simply titled, “The Greatness of Kobe Bryant.” That about sums it up. The Lakers had no business beating the Raptors the way they defended for most of the night, but Bryant made sure that after his teammates helped close the gap, he would personally…

  5. Marco Belinelli hits the game-winning three to beat the Jazz (VIDEO)

    Mar 9, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Marco Belinelli reacts to making the game winning 3-point shot against the Utah Jazz during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago, Illinois

    A crazy sequence on the Bulls’ final possession ended with a three-pointer from the corner by Marco Belinelli that turned out to be the game-winner, sending Chicago past Utah 89-88. To say the Bulls were fortunate here would be a bit of an understatement. Trailing by two with 18 seconds remaining, Belinelli pushes the ball…

  6. Kobe leads Lakers to thrilling overtime win over Raptors with a series of amazing shots

    Mar 9, 2013, 3:53 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Rudy Gay

    LOS ANGELES — Kobe Bryant doesn’t know where the energy comes from, or even how he’s able to find the physical strength to do what he does late in games, and at this late stage of his career as he plays into his 17th season. But as long as it keeps coming, so will the…

  7. Kobe misses a three, steals the rebound, then drives for two-handed dunk (VIDEO)

    Mar 9, 2013, 3:08 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Bryant slam dunks against the Toronto Raptors during NBA game in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — This was just the beginning for Kobe Bryant during Friday night’s thrilling comeback win in overtime against the Raptors. With the Lakers trailing by double digits for most of the game to this point, Bryant took it upon himself to begin to get things turned around. Late in the third quarter, after…

  8. David Stern says Sacramento group needs to up offer for Kings

    Mar 8, 2013, 11:58 PM EDT

    David Stern

    Of late there has been growing momentum for Sacramento in its fight to keep the Kings. Mayor Kevin Johnson has helped bring together a bid led by 24 Hour Fitness founder Mark Mastrov (who was second in the bidding for the Warriors a couple years ago) and supermarket magnate Ron Burkle. The plan calls for…

  9. Deron Williams sets NBA record by hitting nine three-pointers in first half against Wizards

    Mar 8, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Washington Wizards in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Deron Williams put himself in the NBA record book on Friday, and he did so before the first half of the game between the Nets and the Wizards was anywhere close to being finished. Williams knocked down nine three-pointers by halftime , including hitting 7-7 from beyond the arc before the end of the first…

  10. J.R. Smith swings an elbow at the head of Thabo Sefolosha (VIDEO)

    Mar 8, 2013, 9:34 PM EDT

    Woodson JR Smith

    This went unnoticed during Thursday night’s closer-than-expected contest between the Knicks and the Thunder, but you can bet that the league will be reviewing it in the days that follow. With about 5:20 remaining in the fourth quarter, J.R. Smith takes an aggressive swing with his right elbow to the head of Thabo Sefolosha. Thankfully…

  11. Rudy Fernandez attacked by fans in Lithuania, says he is “fine”

    Mar 8, 2013, 8:50 PM EDT

    BASKET-EURL-ESP-REALMADRID-ALBABERLIN

    Sports fans willing to go too far in support of their team are not confined to college football tailgate parties… You remember Rudy Fernandez, the solid two guard who didn’t enjoy the NBA and wanted to get back to Europe as fast as he could? Well he is back in his native Spain playing for…

  12. Knee pain? Flu? Kyrie Irving playing Friday night anyway.

    Mar 8, 2013, 6:56 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    On Wednesday Kyrie Irving was saying he had to play through knee pain. Friday morning Cavs coach Byron Scott was saying Irving had a flu bug that had been going around the team and kept Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller out of games. Despite it all Irving is going to suit up against the Grizzlies…

  13. Friday And-1 links: Is Andrew Bynum the new Jeff Ruland?

    Mar 8, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

    76ers Bynum Basketball

    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. • A lot of our younger readers read the headline of this story and…

  14. Report: Celtics were closer than you think to trading Paul Pierce

    Mar 8, 2013, 5:04 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    The idea of Paul Pierce in an Dallas Mavericks uniform just seems… wrong. Yet apparently it was closer to happening than we knew. Celtics GM Danny Ainge was listening to offers and talking about maybe blowing up Boston and restarting, but the conventional wisdom was he wouldn’t go through with it. But he almost did,…

  15. George Karl talks Nuggets hot streak with Dan Patrick (VIDEO)

    Mar 8, 2013, 4:11 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets head coach Karl speaks with the referee during their NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Portland

    Well, this interview went a lot better than JaVale McGee on Inside the NBA. Nuggets coach George Karl talks about beating the Clippers for their seventh straight win and was pretty up front about their strategy — they got lucky Jamal Crawford was out and they did not want to double Blake Griffin on the…

  16. Tom Thibodeau on Derrick Rose: “He’s not quite there yet”

    Mar 8, 2013, 3:53 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose listens to coach Tom Thibodeau during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago

    The return of Derrick Rose is close. He reportedly has been cleared by doctors to play but he doesn’t feel ready yet, he wants to be able to dunk off his left foot. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau sides with Rose (wise move). He said that Rose is close but not there yet, reports the Associated…

  17. Kyrie Irving likely out Friday but due to flu not knee

    Mar 8, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    A day after some eyebrows were raised about the condition of Kyrie Irving’s knee, he likely is going to sit out Friday night against the Grizzlies. But he is out because of the flu, not the knee. Cavaliers coach Byron Scott passed along the news at the team’s shootaround to Jason Lloyd of the Akron…

  18. Report: NBA, union near deal to allow HGH testing

    Mar 8, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

    needle, syringe, drug

    The NBA needs to be testing for human growth hormone. Ask around the league and the first response of most people is that performance-enhancing drugs are not an issue in the NBA. I tend to be skeptical the league is that clean. But if it is or isn’t, there has to be testing. And there…

  19. Renaldo Balkman issues statement apologizing for choking incident

    Mar 8, 2013, 1:32 PM EDT

    Renaldo Balkman

    As to be expected, Renaldo Balkman issued an apology for the incident above, where he went berserk and choked a teammate. Here is the statement (via SLAM): “I, Renaldo Balkman, would like to apologize to my teammates, the fans, the entire Philippines Basketball association, and the entire Perton Blaze Boosters organization. I would especially like to…

  20. Report: Doctors clear Rose to play, he wants to dunk off left foot first

    Mar 8, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose in D Rose Short and Family Story Tee

    There is this sense among some in Chicago that Derrick Rose could be back playing already but he is choosing not to because he sees the roster and doesn’t want to kill himself for no chance. Rose’s brother certainly fanned those flames. But anyone who ever talked to Rose, who has seen how competitive he…

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