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  1. Derek Fisher has moved on from Lakers trade, embracing his new role in Oklahoma City

    Mar 30, 2012, 2:47 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Russell Westbrook

    Derek Fisher returned to Staples Center on Thursday as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, his first time back since the deadline day deal the Lakers made to trade him away exactly two weeks ago. The return was a triumphant one, with his new team thrashing his old one 102-93, behind strong performances from…

  2. “New” Lakers still not as good as same ol’ Thunder

    Mar 30, 2012, 2:43 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Matt Barnes

    This was supposed to be a statement game for the “new” Lakers — new coach, new system, new emphasis on defense and now a new point guard to organize it all. The Thunder, they didn’t change much of anything from last year. Well, the game was a statement all right — the Thunder are much…

  3. Heat, Mavs remind us they are not the same Heat, Mavs teams

    Mar 30, 2012, 12:11 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Wade is congratulated by teammate Chalmers after he scored against Dallas Mavericks during their NBA game in Miami

    It was, by definition, a rematch of the NBA finals from last June. It sure didn’t feel like it. Because these are the same franchises and the same uniforms, but they are not the same teams. The Miami Heat got a comfortable win, 106-85, playing with more energy than we have seen in recent weeks.…

  4. Video: Lakers pay tribute to Derek Fisher

    Mar 29, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    Derek Fisher returned to Staples Center Thursday night, his first time back since being traded away two weeks ago to the day. After both teams were introduced and just before tip-off, the Lakers honored him with this video tribute, and the fans immediately jumped to their feet and responded with a loud, long standing ovation.…

  5. Video: Steve Nash says “anything is possible” with free agency

    Mar 29, 2012, 9:03 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash was a guest on NBC’s SportsTalk on Thursday and talked about the Suns and their push for the playoffs… But that’s not what most of you care about. You want to know about what jersey Nash is going to put on next season. Nash stuck to his script — he’ll looks hard at…

  6. Video: The Nuggets’ bizarre pregame screaming ritual

    Mar 29, 2012, 7:50 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    Honestly, I have no idea what to make of this. But it amuses me. Thank you so much Dan Devine from Ball Don’t Lie for finding this, um, nugget. Here is the description of what is going on from Nuggets.com. When the pregame clock goes under 4 minutes, Nuggets equipment manager Sparky Gonzalez shouts “3:59,…

  7. Jeremy Lin to be on minute watch when he returns

    Mar 29, 2012, 6:53 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Lin and team mate Anthony sit on the bench in Toronto

    Jeremy Lin has sat out the last two games for the Knicks and is questionable for Friday night due to a sore right knee. When he does come back, he’s going to be playing limited minutes, Mike Woodson said, via Al Iannazzone of Newsday on Sulia. Since the knee issues came from “overuse,” Mike Woodson…

  8. Paul Allen denies report he is listening to offers to sell Blazers

    Mar 29, 2012, 4:53 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 4:53 pm: As we expected, Paul Allen has quickly denied the report. From his twitter account. It is absolutely false that I have entertained offers for @pdxtrailblazers. Unnamed sources are wrong as usual. Why don’t reporters check? Because whether or not you are actually selling the team, you would say you are not. Any…

  9. North Carolina’s Barnes, Henson, Marshall enter NBA draft

    Mar 29, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

    North Carolina Tar Heels forward Harrison Barnes slaps hands with teammate Stilman White in the first half against the Kansas Jayhawks in their men's NCAA Midwest Regional basketball game in St. Louis

    North Carolina is going to be a very different team next year as four-fifths of its starting lineup will be in in the NBA. John Henson, Harrison Barnes and Kendall Marshall all will leave the university as underclassmen and enter the NBA draft, North Carolina has announced. (The fourth starter to leave is senior Tyler…

  10. Steve Nash says he would “definitely listen” to offer from Heat

    Mar 29, 2012, 4:05 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    This summer the courting of free agent Steve Nash is going to get out of control. He could well end up deciding to play for the Suns, but first pretty much every contending team — whether they can afford to bring him in or not — will be linked to him. If not outright reach…

  11. Report: Amare Stoudemire may need offseason back surgery

    Mar 29, 2012, 3:29 PM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire waits to take a foul shot against the New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    For now, Amare Stoudemire is having non-surgical procedures done for the bulging disc in his back — including an epidural — in hopes he can come back for the playoffs with the Knicks. But come this summer he may need surgery after all, reports the New York Post. It is a possibility he will need…

  12. LeBron James will play Thursday, as if you expected otherwise

    Mar 29, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heats LeBron James looks on during their NBA basketball game against his former team the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland

    LeBron James had a dislocated finger on his left (non-shooting) hand, an elbow stinger, a sore neck and an assortment of other bumps and bruises that come with an NBA season. All of which led to reports that LeBron might sit out a game or two, starting Thursday against the Mavericks. You remember them, beat…

  13. Quote of the Day: Cousins learns from Jedi master Duncan

    Mar 29, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan DeMarcus Cousins

    “S*** you’re good.” —DeMarcus Cousins, 21, to Tim Duncan, 35, quote via the Sacramento Bee. Yes, yes he is. I could tell you how you could learn a lot from Duncan, but if I have to tell you…. In fairness, Cousins is playing well lately, now that Paul Westphal is gone and Keith Smart is…

  14. Calling Garnett “old” or pretty much anything motivates him

    Mar 29, 2012, 1:24 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett calls out to his team mates as the Celtics take on the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of a NBA basketball game in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    Kevin Garnett is fired up. We all pretty much expect that, but if you have any questions just watch his postgame interview form Wednesday. He always seems pumped to play the guy he was traded for in Al Jefferson — KG dropped 23 and 10 on the Jazz — but Garnett tried to blow that…

  15. Kevin Durant talks flag football, backpacks with Jimmy Kimmel

    Mar 29, 2012, 12:37 PM EDT

    Durant points after dunk during NBA basketball game in Portland

    Oklahoma City was in town a little early to take on the Lakers Thursday night and apparently everybody didn’t just want to hang out at Derek Fisher‘s house. So Kevin Durant decided to  swing by the Jimmy Kimmel Live show and chat. They talk flag football, backpacks and life in the OKC. Not the most…

  16. Stan Van Gundy says it’s “absurd” to think Kentucky beats an NBA team

    Mar 29, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic's head coach Stan Van Gundy directs his team during their NBA basketball game against Miami Heat in Miami

    Charles Barkley said it, so we should just assume it was absurd to begin with. But it got a lot of play. Barkley said he thought Kentucky could beat the Raptors or Bobcats. In case you wanted some thoughts besides mine on why that idea is absurd, I bring you Magic coach Stan Van Gundy.…

  17. Thursday And-1 links: Just a reminder the Bulls are good

    Mar 29, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau

    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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • The Chicago Bulls are 12-5 in games Derrick Rose has missed this season.…

  18. In case you missed it, Kevin Love is in Beast Mode

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:49 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    Last night against the Bobcats, Kevin Love dropped 40 points and grabbed 19 rebounds. A good night by anyone’s standards, but for Love that was just his third highest total this month. Those kinds of numbers are almost becoming routine — he’s had nine straight double-doubles and had more than 20 points in 14 of…

  19. Nets’ Shelden Williams out at least a week with eye injury

    Mar 29, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT

    shelden williams

    It was a fluke, an innocent play midway through the second quarter of an eventual Nets victory. The Nets Shelden Williams gets the ball out by the three-point line, guarded by Tyler Hansbrough, and turns and face up. Hansbrough attempts to poke the ball free but catches Williams in the eye. Williams left the game…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Fear Kevin Love

    Mar 29, 2012, 9:17 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Eduardo Najera

    What you missed while tweeting pictures of your food rather than eating it… Knicks 108, Magic 86: It was pretty much a perfect storm for the Knicks, and they need more like it. We broke it all down here. Minnesota 88, Bobcats 83: Kevin Love is in full on NBA2K12 beast mode — he had…

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