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  1. Nene totally might have possibly gone to Houston if a trade that didn’t happen had happened. This is a thing, for some reason.

    Mar 3, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Nene nuggets

    I’m begging you to let this story die. No one’s happy with how the first Chris Paul trade fell apart. The NBA shouldn’t have owned the team, so that it wouldn’t have been in a position to turn down the trade as the owner (not the league; to say otherwise is basically twisting reality and…

  2. The Hawks and Celtics held ‘exploratory’ trade talks, Woj says. Don’t get excited.

    Mar 3, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    Yahoo’s Woj says that the Celtics and Hawks held “exploratory” trade talks about a swap but there’s nothing doing.This comes after a New York Daily News report indicated the two had held trade talks centered around Josh Smith for some package of the Boston Big 3. Woj says the Hawks don’t want to move Smith…

  3. Lamar Odom to skip D-League game, play for Mavs Saturday

    Mar 3, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    Lamar Odom, Evan Turner, Lavoy Allen

    That whole “Lamar Odom is going to play a game in the D-League to get his legs back before returning to the Mavericks” thing? Forget about it. He is coming straight to the Mavericks and will play Saturday when Dallas tries to stop its four-game losing streak when they take on the Jazz (who just…

  4. Blake Griffin says teams are allowed to be more physical with him than with others

    Mar 3, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    Blake Griffin had a tough outing against the Suns on Friday, and had to earn every single one of his 17 points and seven rebounds. Those numbers had little impact on the game, however, and his 4-of-14 shooting through three quarters were a true indication of just how much of a struggle it was for…

  5. Why you should and should not care about LeBron’s whole “passing in the clutch” thing

    Mar 3, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

    jamesheat

    To review, in last night’s game, the Miami Heat came from behind to lead the Utah Jazz, only to watch Al Jefferson take the lead with a hook shot. At that point, the Heat had time for one final possession. Remember when LeBron passed up the final shot and everyone gave him huge grief about…

  6. Suns shut down Blake Griffin, win ugly over the Clippers

    Mar 3, 2012, 3:39 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Channing Frye, Grant Hill

    As the starting lineups took the floor Friday night in Phoenix for a nationally televised contest between the Clippers and the Suns, the matchup that looked to be far and away the most favorable for L.A. was Channing Frye against Blake Griffin. Griffin, after all, leads the league in dunks, and is so athletically gifted…

  7. Video: With game on line LeBron passes. Again. Heat lose

    Mar 3, 2012, 2:05 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James walks off the court after the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah

    It was like reliving the All-Star Game. LeBron James was at the heart of a comeback from 18-points down for the Heat — he had 19 points in the second half and controlled a lot of the key plays. He had another great game. But with the Heat down one with 4.5 seconds left LeBron…

  8. Report: Kings trying hard to trade J.J. Hickson

    Mar 2, 2012, 10:43 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Cleveland Cavaliers

    When the Kings and Cavaliers made a trade that sent the athletic J.J. Hickson to Sacramento (and Omri Casspi to Cleveland), it seemed a great fit. The athletic wing seemed a guy who could fit in well with Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins. Hasn’t worked out that way at all. Hickson’s game has taken a…

  9. Doc Rivers none too thrilled with Celtics trade rumors

    Mar 2, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    You’ve heard all the rumors — the Celtics are going to blow up the roster, that they aggressively shopping Rajon Rondo, that the real interest is in Paul Pierce and Ray Allen — and probably a few more. The latest hot rumor is Kevin Garnett to Atlanta for Josh Smith. Celtics coach Doc Rivers has…

  10. Kyrie Irving out for Cavaliers Friday night

    Mar 2, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

    Cavaliers Irving reacts to making a three point basket in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    Consider this the “Ramon Sessions trade showcase” game now. Kyrie Irving is out for the Cavaliers Friday Night game hosting the Bulls Friday night. Officially the Cavaliers are only saying he is ill, according to the Plain Dealer’s Cavs twitter account. This moves Sessions into the starting lineup. He already has been drawing a lot…

  11. Mavericks coach Carlisle says “patience has worn thin” with Lamar Odom

    Mar 2, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT

    Shawn Marion, Lamar Odom, Vince Carter

    Lamar Odom was given away for virtually nothing by the Lakers to the defending champion Mavericks before the season even began, after Odom expressed a desire to be dealt once his name surfaced in legitimate trade rumors. With Odom being the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, this seemed like an absolute steal for Dallas…

  12. The Knicks are winning, but now they can’t sleep

    Mar 2, 2012, 6:04 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v New York Knicks

    From Newsday’s Al Iannazzone: GREENBURGH, N.Y. — The Knicks don’t just play in the city that never sleeps, they have become the team that has trouble sleeping. All the excitement that Jeremy Lin has generated around New York and inside Madison Square Garden has given some Knicks players a rush of adrenaline that has stayed with them long after…

  13. Stein: Lakers may be interested in Kirk Hinrich. Laker fans, you may now be depressed.

    Mar 2, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Atlanta Hawks

    From ESPN.com’s Marc Stein: Keep an eye on Atlanta Hawks guard Kirk Hinrich. If the Lakers can’t make a splashy move for the elite point guard they crave — a long shot at best at this point — and can’t swing a deal for top fallback choice Ramon Sessions, taking Hinrich and his $8.1 million salary…

  14. Video: Why you don’t want to fall asleep on the Clippers plane

    Mar 2, 2012, 4:26 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

    The Clippers may well be the most entertaining team in the league to watch on the court. They have a lot of fun off it as well, and this video lets you in on some of it. Well, it’s not fun for you if you fall asleep on their team plane. But it’s fun for…

  15. Owner says Smart will return as Kings coach next season

    Mar 2, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    Keith Smart has seemed to make a connection with the Kings players. That has not translated to winning yet — since he took over and the team has gone 10-18. But you are seeing better energy and play out of DeMarcus Cousins, you are seeing better defense, you’re seeing a respectable team starting to form.…

  16. Hawks’ Joe Johnson to miss at least two more games

    Mar 2, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    Apparently Joe Johnson was not ready to come back yet. The Hawks’ leading scorer been battling knee tendonitis that kept him out of two games before the All-Star Game as well as that game itself (the coaches voted him in as a replacement). He came back for the Hawks first game after the break and…

  17. Russell Westbrook day-to-day, may miss Saturday’s game

    Mar 2, 2012, 2:07 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Jameer Nelson

    In case you missed it, Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook rolled his ankle near the end of the Thunder’s dramatic come-from-behind win over the Magic on Thursday night. (And if you did miss it, why? That was a fantastic game, best game of the night.) After the game, reporters said Westbrook was noticeably limping, not…

  18. Suns owner’s comments suggest no Steve Nash trade coming

    Mar 2, 2012, 1:56 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    I know it feels like beating a dead horse, but every day there seems to be more and more people talking about a Steve Nash trade — to the Knicks, to the Lakers (you really think the Suns would do that?), to just about anywhere. And we keep telling you every sign out of Phoenix…

  19. Report: Allen Iverson is not broke because a friend was smart

    Mar 2, 2012, 1:11 PM EDT

    90040781SD036_Memphis_Grizz

    Someone in Allen Iverson’s inner circle was a true friend to the man. We reported recently on a judge ordering Iverson to pay more than $850,000 to a jewelry store for goods received, and the judge needing to go into his bank account and get what they could. If that happened to you or me,…

  20. Magic front office still feels time is on their side

    Mar 2, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Right now, the Orlando Magic are heeding the advice of the Rolling Stones. They think time is on their side (yes it is). With the NBA trade deadline now less than two weeks away, the Dwight Howard saga remains in the same groove it has been for months — the Magic are trying to convince…

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