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  1. McGrady says Rockets 22 game win streak was harder than Heat’s

    Mar 18, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

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    Is this really what it’s come to: we have to debate which 22-game win streak is better than another? Or harder? There have been three in the entire history of the NBA and we have pit them against each other? I’m not sure that was Tracy McGrady’s intent, but that’s how it came off in…

  2. Monday And-1 Links: Paternity suit against Michael Jordan dropped

    Mar 18, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    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 a good Guinness…. • We told you when it happened, to…

  3. Cavaliers’ Luke Walton to wear mask after broken nose

    Mar 18, 2013, 5:51 PM EDT

    Luke Walton

    If you haven’t seen a Cleveland Cavaliers game lately (and we can’t really blame you in you haven’t tuned in) you’ve missed Luke Walton playing well. In his last 10 games he’s averaged 20 minutes, four points and 5.5 assists per game. Walton was always a gifted passer for a forward (which is why he…

  4. Paul George says breakout year because he started preparing like Kobe

    Mar 18, 2013, 5:08 PM EDT

    Paul George

    Paul George is on his way to being named NBA Most Improved Player (probably). He’s averaging 17.6 points and 7.9 rebounds a game, he’s shooting 38 percent from three and has a PER of 17. He made the All-Star team this year. With Danny Granger out George had to take on a larger role in…

  5. Carmelo Anthony out, Chandler questionable for Knicks

    Mar 18, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Detroit Pistons - Previews

    Knicks fans, if you want some good news, Carmelo Anthony says his knee feels a lot better, the fluid is drained and he should be pain free when he starts playing again. But that will not be Monday night in Utah. Anthony is out, Frank Isola of the New York Daily News tweets. Carmelo is…

  6. NBA Power Rankings: Western teams jockey for position behind Heat.

    Mar 18, 2013, 3:26 PM EDT

    Kings Heat Basketball

    It’s Miami and then everyone else right now — but notice the next six teams in our weekly power rankings are from the West. That’s because the play of the second tier teams in the East has fallen off (Indiana, New York, Brooklyn) 1. Heat (51-14, last week ranked No. 1). What kind of concerns…

  7. Danny Granger cleared to practice, likely plays for Pacers next week

    Mar 18, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    The Pacers need some offensive firepower. While their defense has taken a step back the past couple weeks, it’s still good and they can get that side of the ball on track. But the offense can’t take mid-game five minute siestas, as it tends to do. Danny Granger — a healthy Danny Granger, not the…

  8. Coach Stephon Marbury? Yes. It happened in Beijing.

    Mar 18, 2013, 12:37 PM EDT

    Former NBA superstar Stephon Marbury cel

    Stephon Marbury is a basketball hero in Beijing — he helped his team, the Beijing Ducks — win a Chinese Basketball Association title. He has a statue of him in the city. And now he’s a coach there. The Ducks have been bounced from the CBA playoffs but Marbury will stick with the team and…

  9. The latest Derrick Rose update: There is no update

    Mar 18, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    The Chicago Bulls are home this week — Monday against Denver, Thursday against Portland and Saturday against Indiana — which has fueled speculation that Derrick Rose is likely back this week. If he is going to be back this season at all. For Monday night against the Nuggets, don’t bet on it. According to coach…

  10. Monta Ellis goes off for 25 in fourth quarter to earn Bucks win (VIDEO)

    Mar 18, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

    Monta Ellis, E'Twaun Moore

    Monta Ellis is a gunner — he gets you a lot of points but takes a whole lot of shots to do it. But when he gets on a run when those shots are falling, watch out. Ellis scored 25 fourth quarter points —  19 in the final six minutes — to lead the Milwaukee…

  11. Kenyon Martin says Clippers “can’t do it in the playoffs”

    Mar 18, 2013, 10:56 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul and Griffin wait for play to resume as the Clippers trail the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    The Los Angeles Clippers last four losses are to the Spurs, Thunder, Nuggets and Grizzlies. The teams they will have to beat in the playoffs. It doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. In the first months of this season the Clippers looked like a title contender, right now that is simply not the case. Their defense in…

  12. Kobe Bryant expected to sit out Monday vs. Suns

    Mar 18, 2013, 10:34 AM EDT

    Lakers guard Bryant jogs onto the floor prior to the start of an NBA basketball game against Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis

    Kobe Bryant tried to play on his sprained ankle Friday night, because he’s Kobe. But that led to 12 minutes of playing, 0-4 shooting as he had no elevation or separation from defenders, and then the next morning his ankle was worse. So he sat out Sunday night, a Lakers win over the Kings at…

  13. Jason Kidd works out with Clippers shooting coach, knocks down threes

    Mar 18, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

    Jason Kidd

    When Jason Kidd entered the league he didn’t have much of an outside shot — he was a fantastic talent but he was not a guy you feared from three. That has changed over time. Part of the reason is Bob Thate, who was the shooting coach for the Nets when Kidd was there. Now Thate…

  14. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Clippers dust off what’s left of the Knicks

    Mar 18, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Clippers center Jordan dunks the ball uncontested against the Knicks during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while making the case for the 68th team, the one left out of the NCAA Tournament, because they really had a shot to win it all…. Heat 108, Raptors 91: The Heat tied the second longest winning streak in NBA history with this…

  15. Nowitzki, Westbrook exchange big dunks (VIDEO)

    Mar 18, 2013, 2:48 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks' Nowitzki shoots free throw as Oklahoma City Thunder's Sefolosha watches during NBA basketball game in Dallas

    It’s good to Dirk Nowitzki throw down like that again. Well, I guess again. He’s never really been known for his dunks, but back in the day he did throw a few down. Here he runs the floor, gets the feed and shows he can finish. Russell Westbrook? Nobody ever really questioned his ability to…

  16. Three Stars of the night: Durant, Ellis show how to close out games

    Mar 18, 2013, 2:24 AM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    While you were hopping from Irish pub to Irish pub Sunday, the NBA was putting a pretty solid slate of eight games. We had some surprise good performances and some from the usual suspects. Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook, we’re sorry. On Selection Sunday you were the bubble guys who got cut from Three Stars.…

  17. Blake Griffin finishes monster one-handed alley-oop in Clippers’ win over Knicks

    Mar 17, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    We showed you DeAndre Jordan getting loose for a windmill jam on a fast break early in the Clippers’ win over the Knicks, and as it turned out, that was only the beginning of the highlight show. Blake Griffin got his share of dunks along the way, none more exciting than this one-handed throwdowm off…

  18. Kobe Bryant out Sunday against Kings, Pau Gasol experiences soreness in his foot

    Mar 17, 2013, 8:45 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol listens to Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago

    UPDATE 8:45 p.m. ET: Kobe Bryant will not play tonight, according to Lakers PR via multiple reports. Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports that the ankle is too sore for Bryant to even test it out. 9:30 a.m. ET: The updates on the injury front for the Lakers were anything but encouraging on Saturday. While the…

  19. Derek Fisher returns to Dallas for the first time since requesting his release from Mavericks

    Mar 17, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Dallas Mavericks

    The Thunder will take on the mavericks in Dallas on Sunday, and it marks the first time that Derek Fisher will return to face his former team. Fisher signed to play with the Mavericks at the beginning of December, as the team was struggling with its point guard rotation. Fisher appeared in nine games and…

  20. Larry Sanders fined $50K for using ‘a derogatory and offensive term’ and publicly criticizing officials

    Mar 17, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    Larry Sanders

    Larry Sanders of the Milwaukee Bucks has been fined $50,000 for “using a derogatory and offensive term and publicly criticizing the officials,” the league announced on Sunday via official release. The incident occurred with 2:44 remaining the Bucks’ home loss to the Heat on Friday, when Sanders directed the language to the referees and was…

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