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  1. Three Stars of the night: Carmelo’s hot hand continues

    Apr 4, 2013, 3:56 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd

    Welcome to the Atlantic Division version of Three Stars of the night. We don’t need your other five divisions, you can keep them. Third Star: Jonas Valanciunas (24 points, 10 rebounds) Coming into this season, there was a lot of hope in Toronto around Valanciunas, that the rookie could be a key part of their…

  2. Deron Williams dunks for the first time all season (VIDEO)

    Apr 3, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

    Deron Williams

    The dunk itself (via TheBrooklynGame.com) wan’t anything extra-special. But the fact that it was the first all season from Deron Williams for the Nets is something worth noticing. All it took was a minimal move and drive to the basket from Williams to make this a reality. The Cavs were more than complicit in the effort, by…

  3. Lakers set to fix mistake on Shaq’s retired jersey before Friday night’s game vs. Grizzlies

    Apr 3, 2013, 8:27 PM EDT

    shaq jersey staples

    When the Lakers retired the jersey of Shaquille O’Neal in a halftime ceremony on Tuesday, something appeared to be off with the replica that was unveiled on the wall of the Staples Center, hanging alongside the rest of the retired numbers of the all-time great Lakers. O’Neal’s name and number were incorrectly emblazoned on the…

  4. Seattle, Sacramento make cases; Stern says decision could take longer than expected

    Apr 3, 2013, 7:23 PM EDT

    *Jul 24 - 00:05*

    The news you actually care about out of Wednesday’s combined meeting of the NBA owners’ sale and relocation committees will leak out over the next few days. That’s when we’ll see which side gained an advantage (if any) and where the owners are leaning on the question of where the Kings will play next season…

  5. Wednesday And-1 links: LeBron, Kobe among the most clutch in the league

    Apr 3, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    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 Mark Cuban loves to tweak Phil Jackson…. • Does it really surprise you…

  6. PBT Extra: Talking Kobe, Shaq and is Cuban serious about Brittney Griner?

    Apr 3, 2013, 6:03 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban

    There was a lot of news out of the Lakers/Mavericks game Tuesday night and the irrepressible Kay Adams and I talk about it: The Mavs playoff chances are dead but with Kobe Bryant playing like this the Lakers are alive. Shaq and Kobe are just fine, the feud is done. And we talk about if…

  7. Bradley Beal to miss remainder of the season with stress fracture

    Apr 3, 2013, 4:58 PM EDT

    Bradley Beal

    A rough rookie season from an injury standpoint will finally come to an end for Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards, who will miss the remainder of the season with a stress injury to his right fibula, the team announced on Wednesday. Beal is expected to be sidelined from basketball activities for approximately six weeks.…

  8. Quote of the Day: D’Antoni on “We want Phil” chants

    Apr 3, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Golden State Warriors

    “He’s only won 58 rings. Why wouldn’t they?” —Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni, when asked what he thought of Lakers fans chanting “we want Phil” when Phil Jackson spoke at Shaquille O’Neal’s number retirement at Staples Center Tuesday night. The ovation and chant for Jackson was as loud as anything in Staples Center all night long…

  9. Who sits out for Spurs tonight? Parker, Leonard

    Apr 3, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

    Tony Parker

    I’m sure they are injured. Officially. I mean if this were a playoff game they’d be out there but David Stern set up the rules when he fined the Spurs for resting players earlier this year — the last couple weeks whenever a player is rested he is officially listed as injured. There isn’t a…

  10. The summer vacation where Stephen Curry remade his jumper

    Apr 3, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

    Stephen Curry, Monta Ellis

    Stephen Curry is the best pure shooter in the NBA today. We can debate the finer points of that if you want — Ray Allen still holds the crown for many — but Curry and his 45 percent from three and 44 percent shooting from 16 feet out to the arc is in the conversation.…

  11. NBA players’ reaction: They wouldn’t put up with Mike Rice’s crap

    Apr 3, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT

    Mike Rice

    Watch Mike Rice’s video rants against players that got the Rutgers basketball coach canned and the first reactions are about the power disparity in college athletics — the coaches have the power and the players can do little about it. It’s a key point made by my buddy Kay Adams (host of PBT Extra and…

  12. Who’s winning the race to open a new Kings arena?

    Apr 3, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

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    While Sacramento’s fight to keep their Kings could extend all the way to the NBA’s Board of Governors meeting on April 18-19, this week will prove pivotal as both Sacramento and Seattle are set to give their best pitch to the BOG’s joint committees tasked with reviewing the matter today in New York. League insiders…

  13. Kenyon Martin throws down all over Birdman (VIDEO)

    Apr 3, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

    Chris Andersen, Kenyon Martin

    We can pick apart the flaws in Kenyon Martin‘s game if you want, but his ability to go strong to the rim and finish was not really in question. But for verification, ask Chris Andersen. The Birdman got dunked on by Martin during the Knicks win over the Heat Tuesday in what may have been…

  14. Sacramento, Seattle groups make formal pitch to owners Wednesday

    Apr 3, 2013, 12:47 PM EDT

    Seattle SuperSonics v Denver Nuggets

    The decision on where the Kings tip off their games next season will partially be decided in a Manhattan hotel conference on Wednesday. Groups representing both the Seattle group that has a deal to purchase the Kings with plans to move them north, and the Sacramento group looking to keep the Kings in town, are…

  15. Mark Cuban calls Phil Jackson “first housewife of the Lakers”

    Apr 3, 2013, 11:41 AM EDT

    Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Jackson speaks during a ceremony to retire jersey #34 in honor of former Los Angeles Lakers player O'Neal during their NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Los Angeles

    Mark Cuban understands marketing. He understands (and admits) how good stars like Shaquille O’Neal and Phil Jackson are for the league. But that doesn’t mean he could resist taking a dig at his old rival Tuesday night when Jackson was in Staples Center to honor Shaquille O’Neal at his number retirement. “I have great respect…

  16. Heat not worried about Knicks if they meet in playoffs

    Apr 3, 2013, 11:10 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Miami Heat

    The New York Knicks have won three of four games when they have faced the Miami Heat this season. On Tuesday night, an on-fire Carmelo Anthony dropped 50 on Miami (and didn’t get one of those buckets in the paint, it was all jumpers). It gives Knicks fans hope — trust me, some of them…

  17. Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony drops 50 on Heat (VIDEO)

    Apr 3, 2013, 9:20 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony shoots over Miami Heat forward Battier during NBA basketball game in Miami

    I don’t care who else is or isn’t on the court — scoring 50 points in an NBA game is balling. Carmelo Anthony was balling against the Heat when he dropped 50 on Tuesday night to lead the Knicks to their ninth straight win. The most amazing part — he didn’t take one shot in…

  18. Cuban says he’d consider drafting Brittney Griner

    Apr 3, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Brittney Griner

    Mark Cuban knows marketing. He also knows that the players picked in the second half of the second round of the NBA draft almost never stick, so it’s a good time to take some big risks. In a wide ranging pregame conversation before his Mavericks lost to the Lakers Tuesday night, Cuban said that he…

  19. Lakers retire Shaquille O’Neal’s number (VIDEO)

    Apr 3, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Former Los Angeles Lakers' O'Neal speaks during ceremony to retire jersey #34 in his honor during halftime of NBA basketball game against Dallas Mavericks in Los Angeles

    We already told you that the Lakers had retired Shaquille O’Neal’s jersey on Tuesday in a nice halftime ceremony. But a video is worth 1,000 words (or something like that) so we thought you should see it for yourself. Above are the highlights of the ceremony and including Shaq’s speech. Below is a little “Shaq…

  20. Three Stars of the Night: A triple-double, a near triple-double and very much not a triple-double

    Apr 3, 2013, 3:09 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony reacts after scoring against Miami Heat during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    Well-rounded games are easy to appreciate, but it takes a special effort to impress with no variety. Carmelo Anthony had that special effort. Third Star: John Wall (27 points, 8 rebounds, 9 assists) Prior to March 12, Wall had posted 25 points, nine assists and five rebounds just three times in his career. Since March…

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