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  1. Lakers players frustrated with Mike Brown’s offense, should be frustrated with themselves

    Mar 8, 2012, 12:39 PM EDT

    Metta World Peace, Rodney Stuckey

    It’s not the offense, it’s the execution. It’s the players. But that’s not the way everyone sees it. What everyone does agree on is Wednesday night’s ugly Laker loss to the Wizards — where Los Angeles was up 21 in the third quarter to one of the worst teams in the league and came from…

  2. Thursday And-1 links: Derrick Rose Don’t Dance

    Mar 8, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Three

    Here is our daily 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). This is why the Internet is brilliant — the Derrick Rose Don’t Dance tumblr. Among the things that will factor into Dwight Howard’s decision making…

  3. More and more it sounds like Magic may not trade Howard

    Mar 8, 2012, 11:09 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Let’s be up front about the strategy: If you were the Orlando Magic and you planned to trade Dwight Howard, you would be smart to say publicly and to teams that call you were not going to make a trade. Make some team go James Dolan crazy and offer you too much for your star.…

  4. Stephen Jackson would love to play for Bulls, but really just wants to play

    Mar 8, 2012, 10:29 AM EDT

    Stephen Jackson

    Stephen Jackson is one name that is going to come up in a lot of trade rumors in the next week for two reasons: One, the guy has a long history of being able to put the ball in the basket, and at the end of the day that is still the name of the…

  5. Video: Nick Young with the worst layup you will ever see

    Mar 8, 2012, 9:34 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Miami Heat

    Few things make me literally laugh out loud at an NBA game — except the Kiss Cam, that’s ALWAYS funny — but this did. I feel bad for Nick Young, who knows how to score the rock and is now going to see this video all over the place for a while… but this is…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Night of the living game-winning shot

    Mar 8, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

    Trevor Booker

    What you missed while realizing you figured out who is going to win the Darwin Award this year…. Sixers 103, Celtics 71: This battle for the top spot in the Atlantic division — and the four seed at least in the playoffs, allowing a team to avoid Miami and Chicago in the first round —…

  7. LeBron, Wade try to recruit Peyton Manning to Dolphins

    Mar 8, 2012, 8:25 AM EDT

    Indianapolis Colts Release Peyton Manning - News Conference

    Well, if Peyton Manning comes to Miami it’s not like he is joining a super team… But the guys from Miami’s existing super team — the Miami Heat — made their pitch to get Manning to take his talents to South Beach. First Dwyane Wade tweeted this: I’m just gonna put it out thr..peyton that…

  8. Video: Kyrie Irving with the coast-to-coast game winner

    Mar 8, 2012, 2:11 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving reacts after a turnover during the second quarter of the Cavaliers NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Cleveland

    It’s March Madness time, so you can’t think of a play like this and not think Tyus Edney. With the game on the line in Denver, Cleveland inbounds the ball in the back court to soon-to-be Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving and he drives the length of the court, gets past Arron Afflalo and…

  9. Video: Jordan Farmar with game-winning three to beat Clippers

    Mar 8, 2012, 12:54 AM EDT

    Kris Humphries, Jordan Farmar

    In looking at Derrick Rose‘s game winner for the Bulls Wednesday, I questioned the wisdom of Milwaukee not doubling him and making any other Bull beat you. The Clippers did that — they started to gravitate toward Deron Williams and if he had gone to shoot two or three defenders would have been there to…

  10. Video: Derrick Rose with game-winning dagger against Bucks

    Mar 8, 2012, 12:12 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    How do you stop that? What you see above is Derrick Rose with the wicked crossover on Brandon Jennings to create space then the step-back jumper to give Chicago a 106-104 win. The Bucks decided not to trap Rose and make him pass the ball — make any other Bull beat them but the reigning…

  11. Evan Turner, Sixers defend first place in Atlantic Division

    Mar 7, 2012, 11:49 PM EDT

    Evan Turner

    The winner of this contest was going to have the lead the Atlantic Division when the final horn sounded, so we expected a game with a playoff feel. Instead, we got another lockout game — Boston looked tired and flat on the second night of a road back to back and got routed by Philadelphia,…

  12. Pau Gasol remaining calm as trade deadline approaches

    Mar 7, 2012, 8:46 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    Over the next week, Pau Gasol’s name is going to come up a lot in rumored trade talks. Most of which have little if any foundation, but the rumors will be out there. Gasol said it doesn’t bother him anymore. He’s moved past it. Here is what he said, via the Los Angeles Daily News.…

  13. Knicks without Tyson Chandler Wednesday due to hamstring

    Mar 7, 2012, 7:34 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    The Knicks were already having some issues on defense and this is going to make it worse. Tyson Chandler, the Knicks center is out Wednesday night against the Spurs with a hamstring injury that happened during the loss to Dallas the night before. The announcement came as a surprise, there was no word after the…

  14. It’s not all offense, the Knicks defense has taken step back, too

    Mar 7, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler react to a call in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Boston

    We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the Knicks offense and how they have faired trying to integrate Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire with Jeremy Lin (and throw in J.R. Smith to spice things up). It’s been inconsistent — some games Anthony seems to want to work off the ball, then there was the…

  15. Steve Nash may “oversee” Canadian national hoops program

    Mar 7, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Canada will not be one of the teams competing this summer in London during the Olympic basketball tournament. They didn’t qualify. They didn’t come close, really. So they are turning to a model they know and the best basketball player the nation has ever produced — Steve Nash — to turn it around. And no,…

  16. Reports: Minnesota making push get Crawford from Portland

    Mar 7, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford, Pau Gasol

    There are a lot of trade rumors going to fly around the next week, but when you look at them ask yourself this: Do they help both teams? Teams only do deals they think get them closer to a goal. Portland we know is looking to move Jamal Crawford and get something for him before…

  17. Report: Rasheed Wallace works out for Heat, but will he play?

    Mar 7, 2012, 3:27 PM EDT

    rasheed_wallace

    Rasheed Wallace is clearly flirting with the idea of a return to the NBA. But as anyone who has met a girl in a bar can tell you, flirting is a long way from actually doing something about it. Wallace worked out for the Heat recently, reports Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida on twitter.…

  18. March Madness: The other reason the trade market is slow

    Mar 7, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Kentucky v Tennessee

    While there is a lot of talk — from the likely rumors about Jamal Crawford being moved out of Portland to the ridiculous ones about Rajon Rondo being moved out of Boston — there is not a lot of action, and it feels like less buzz than normal just a week before the NBA trade…

  19. Jason Kidd fined $25,000 for criticizing officials

    Mar 7, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

    Mavericks guard Kidd watches from the bench against the Spurs  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    We told you yesterday about veteran Mavericks guard Jason Kidd saying the referees didn’t respect Dallas as champions and they were not getting the calls. Wednesday he got a call — from the league office informing him of his $25,000 fine for his comments. Nothing shocking here, the league doesn’t like players smacking the officials.…

  20. Timberwolves frustrated with physical play against Rubio

    Mar 7, 2012, 1:12 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio shoots a free throw during their NBA game against Los Angeles Clippers

    Welcome to the NBA, Ricky Rubio. And welcome to having good players again, Minnesota Timberwolves. When you have a good player like Rubio, other teams will target him and do what they can to knock him off his game. Literally, if they can. Other teams are finding that when Rubio has space he picks them…

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