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  1. What does it take to beat Miami? Three keys… then pray a lot

    Mar 26, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James celebrates a basket against Detroit Pistons during NBA game in Miami

    As we watch the Heat during this streak of 27 straight wins, we keep thinking, “Sure the Heat are good, but somebody can beat them one night and end this run.” It’s almost happened a couple times and the Heat have three games this week — at Chicago, against New Orleans (who just ended Denver’s…

  2. Stephen Curry breaks Steve Nash’s ankles, drains three (VIDEO)

    Mar 26, 2013, 11:42 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Golden State Warriors

    When Stephen Curry has it going there may not be a more entertaining player to watch in the NBA. And he had it going against the Lakers Monday — 25 points, 10 assists and spearheading the Warriors win over the Lakers. Maybe the most memorable play is this one, where a little move leaves Steve…

  3. Rudy Gay doesn’t want to be shut down for season

    Mar 26, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors Rudy Gay reacts against the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Oakland

    Yesterday we told you how Rudy Gay could get shut down for the season due to a lingering back problem, something the coaching staff and front office was discussing. Gay wants no part of that. Speaking with the Toronto Sun he said plans to keep working to get his back healthy and get back on…

  4. Kobe Bryant’s double-pump reverse dunk vs. Warriors (VIDEO)

    Mar 26, 2013, 10:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Golden State Warriors

    There weren’t a lot of moments the Lakers can be happy with from their loss to the Warriors — the better team won that game handily and it was not the guys in purple. The game felt like a microcosm of the entire Lakers season — their defense wasn’t good, injuries (Metta World Peace‘s knee)…

  5. One way or another World Peace may be a free agent this summer

    Mar 26, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

    Metta World Peace, Kobe Bryant

    If you don’t think Metta World Peace matters to the Lakers rotations, you didn’t watch the second half of their loss to Golden State Monday night. He tweaked his left knee and spent much of the second half in the locker room getting treatment, he didn’t play. Without him the Lakers defense takes a step…

  6. Watch all 47 of John Wall’s points (VIDEO)

    Mar 26, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    John Wall, Jerryd Bayless

    John Wall was getting to his spots and getting his shots — he was 6-of-7 shooting from the two elbow areas — and when that is falling everything else opens up. combine that with getting to the line and you get a career 47 points from Wall on the night. And you can see all…

  7. Harrison Barnes gets snarky with Warriors fans

    Mar 26, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    Harrison Barnes

    Most athletes and coaches make nothing but mundane comments after games. They just watched the same game as everyone else, and although the athletes and coaches often have more nuanced observations, they rarely offer to share those insights. So, the insiders often end up providing basic, fact-based quotes that could come from anyone. For an…

  8. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: One streak continues, another dies

    Mar 26, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    John Wall

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while being jealous of the guy with the best job in journalism…. Heat 108, Magic 94: This felt like a lot of the Heat’s recent wins — start slow, crank up defensive pressure, follow LeBron James to a win. That formula worked again…

  9. Three Stars of the night: We believe edition

    Mar 26, 2013, 1:32 AM EDT

    John Wall

    There are some players everyone believes in , and other players whose teammates believe in them. And then there are those players who completely believe in themselves – even when others might not. Third Star: Kobe Bryant (35 points, 8 rebounds) Arguably, no player believes in himself more than Kobe, who shot 11-for-27 against the…

  10. Lack of energy, lack of Lawson ends Denver’s streak in New Orleans

    Mar 26, 2013, 1:30 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis , Wilson Chandler, Kosta Koufos

    It didn’t take long into Monday night’s contest to know this was not the Nuggets night. Maybe it was the early 7-0 Hornets run, or the 15-3 run in the middle of the first quarter, or the Nuggets 33 percent shooting in the first quarter, or… you get the idea. Denver was having one of…

  11. LeBron, Heat follow familiar pattern to 27th straight victory

    Mar 25, 2013, 11:33 PM EDT

    Mario Chalmers, LeBron James

    There are some more interesting tests ahead on the schedule this week — Chicago, a New Orleans team that just ended the Nuggets win streak, then San Antonio. Games where the Heat can’t just coast along and flip a switch. But they did follow that pattern again Monday — and it worked again. The Heat…

  12. He’s not shut down, Kyrie Irving could return this season

    Mar 25, 2013, 9:46 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    At this point in the season, with most teams having about a dozen games to go, if a key player is injured on a struggling team, he is usually just shut down for the season. There is no reason to risk more injury for meaningless games. Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving is out with a sore shoulder…

  13. PBT Extra: Talking coaches who could be gone next season

    Mar 25, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    With the end of the season will come a number of coaches getting fired — Scott Skiles is already out in Milwaukee and Jim Boylan will not stick around, Keith Smart will be gone as the ownership changes one way or another with the Kings, and expect changes in Phoenix. But what about the bigger…

  14. Dwyane Wade to sit out Monday, miss second straight game

    Mar 25, 2013, 6:48 PM EDT

    Dwyade Wade

    The Miami Heat are focused on the playoffs and being healthy now, not the 26-game winning streak… plus if you’re going to rest a guy against the two worst teams in the league is the time to do it. Dwyane Wade will be out for the Heat on Monday night against Orlando, the team announced.…

  15. Monday And-1 links: NBA Grateful Dead T-Shirts? Better than a “box of rain.”

    Mar 25, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

    Clippers GD

    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 I love fried chicken and waffles…. • I know what T-shirt Luke Walton…

  16. NBA Power Rankings: Streakers go to front of the line

    Mar 25, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Kings Heat Basketball

    Obviously the Heat are undefeated in their last 10 games, but in the East the Brooklyn Nets are the only team with a better than .500 record in their last 10 games. Which is why after the Heat the next five spots on this list come from the Western Conference. 1. Heat (54-14, last week…

  17. George Karl wants to end conference lines in NBA playoffs

    Mar 25, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

    George Karl

    The NBA playoffs are mostly seeded in a way fans understand, with the exception of a division winner being guaranteed a top-four seed but not home-court advantage. But if were up to Nuggets coach George Karl, the post-season would throw everyone for a major loop (at least until we got used to Commissioner Karl’s new…

  18. Randy Wittman (basically): I’m funny how, I mean, funny like I’m a clown?

    Mar 25, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT

    Randy Wittman, Trevor Ariza, Nene

    One might say the Wizards, who started the season 40-12 and 4-28, were a bit of a circus. One probably shouldn’t say that to Washington coach Randy Wittman, though. J. Michael of Coach Randy Wittman just went ballistic on a local TV reporter comparing franchise to a circus The exact question: “the circus was…

  19. Royce White returning to D-League after reportedly leaving without Rockets’ permission

    Mar 25, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

    Rockets White Basketball

    Just four days ago, Kurt wrote, “The saga of Royce White likely ends for this season this way — him on a practice floor in Houston working out, not on the Rockets active roster, not on any roster.” But the saga of Royce White has not ended this season. The latest turn, according to Adrian…

  20. Sacramento reaches terms on new arena deal. All part of the plan.

    Mar 25, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

    Kevin Johnson

    In the bid to buy the Kings, the Seattle group — led by Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer — are largely working quietly, behind the scenes to make their case. Outside of setting up a place where fans could show their support by getting on a list to buy season tickets, and releasing…

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