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  1. James, Heat bounce back from loss, destroy Hornets

    Mar 29, 2013, 10:58 PM EDT

    Erik Spoelstra, Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Mike Miller

    NEW ORLEANS — The Heat’s 27-game winning streak may be over, but they aren’t ready to stop terrorizing the rest of the NBA quite yet. The Heat still own the league’s best record and have the league’s best player, and they were out to prove a point on Friday night. The Heat actually looked better…

  2. Kobe probable, Nash questionable for Lakers Saturday

    Mar 29, 2013, 10:21 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Bryant and point guard Nash of Canada after shaking hands after beating the Charlotte Bobcats during an NBA basketball game in Charlotte

    If you looked at the Lakers schedule before the season started and saw a Saturday night game, 73rd of the season, you might think that would be a good night to get Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash a little rest. It hasn’t worked out that way — the Lakers had a half-game lead over the…

  3. Amar’e Stoudemire hopes to be back in time for the playoffs

    Mar 29, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    Fashion's Night Out At SAKS Fifth Avenue

    It’s been almost three weeks since it was discovered that Amar’e Stoudemire would require knee surgery which would keep him out of the Knicks lineup for the rest of the regular season, at the very least. Stoudemire, speaking on a conference call to promote an upcoming documentary, said that the rehabilitation process is going well,…

  4. David Stern talks Jordan, television, race in the NBA

    Mar 29, 2013, 7:31 PM EDT

    David Stern

    Over the next 11 months (almost 10 now) until David Stern walks away as NBA Commissioner after 30 years on the job, we are going to be innundated with retrospective interviews and discussions of his time in office and the evolution of the NBA in that time. Along those lines, Stern spoke at a “Captains…

  5. Riley to Ainge: “STFU”

    Mar 29, 2013, 6:42 PM EDT

    Danny Ainge

    NEW ORLEANS — Well, Pat Riley just added a little more fuel to the Heat-Celtics rivalry that simply won’t die. After Celtics GM Danny Ainge recently called LeBron James‘ complaints about the hard fouls he takes “almost embarrassing,” the Heat President fired back with both barrels in a pre-game statement delivered to the Heat media by…

  6. Friday And-1 link: Heat fan’s lawsuit against Spurs dismissed

    Mar 29, 2013, 6:14 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    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 Superman loves Lois. • Remember the Miami Heat fan who sued the San…

  7. Former Laker A.C. Green had three championship rings stolen

    Mar 29, 2013, 4:47 PM EDT

    A.C Green

    You remember A.C. Green, right? He’s the physical power forward out of Oregon State who was drafted straight into the middle of Magic Johnson’s Showtime Lakers and picked up some rings as one of the game’s better role players. Or, maybe you know him the guy who played in a ridiculous 1,192 straight games. Or,…

  8. LeBron, Heat shrug at reaction to physical play complaints

    Mar 29, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James reacts after being fouled during the Heats NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland

    LeBron James’ timing was poor. His complaint that teams are overly physical in their fouls on him is not wildly out of line — LeBron is incredibly strong and if you are trying to foul him across the arms to take away the easy bucket you better be strong too or LeBron will have an…

  9. Zach Randolph, Lionel Hollins deny there is a rift between them

    Mar 29, 2013, 2:12 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v New York Knicks

    Rumors have been swirling that there is some kind of rift between Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and their star forward Zach Randolph. It was even hinted at during a recent Grizzlies broadcast. But the two say there is nothing to it. They both spoke to the Commercial Appeal. “Our relationship is fine,” Randolph said. “I…

  10. PBT Podcast: Lakers fading, Suns tanking, LeBron’s complaining

    Mar 29, 2013, 1:39 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the state of the Lakers following Thursday night’s loss to the Bucks. We look at how the latest injuries to Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash might affect the team with just nine regular season games remaining, and wonder if the injuries,…

  11. Ty Lawson out with plantar fascia tear in right heel

    Mar 29, 2013, 1:06 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets' Lawson celebrates game winning basket over Oklahoma City Thunder in NBA basketball game in Denver

    This is not good for Denver. Ty Lawson is engine of the Nuggets up-tempo, ball distributing offense and the guy they can count on to create shots for himself and others in the halfcourt late in games. He has a plantar fascia tear in right heel, the team announced. He will not play against Brooklyn…

  12. Report: Grizzlies to add backup point guard for playoff push

    Mar 29, 2013, 11:53 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Dooling celebrates a teammate's basket against the Miami Heat during Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    Thursday night, venerable NBA columnist Peter Vecsey tweeted that we should look for the Grizzlies to sign Keyon Dooling for a playoff push. Memphis basically has nobody behind Tony Allen at the two spot (Jerryd Bayless gets the minutes behind Mike Conley at the point). But the Grizzlies are apparently considering more than just Dooling.…

  13. Playoffs are coming but Rockets not slowing down pace

    Mar 29, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Houston Rockets

    The Houston Rockets play at the fastest pace in the NBA 98.8 possessions per game (via Hoopdata). And while it’s not yet a mathematical lock, we can say the Rockets are going to the playoffs — they are the seven seed in the West, three full games up on the eight seed Lakers and 3.5…

  14. Danilo Gallinari warned for epically bad flop (VIDEO)

    Mar 29, 2013, 10:56 AM EDT

    Danilo Gallinari, Zach Randolph

    Among the flops people have been warned/fined for this season, Danilo Gallinari may nave my new favorite. And the league did officially warn him on Thursday for this beauty during the Nuggets loss to the Hornets Monday that snapped their 15-game win streak. New Orleans’ Robin Lopez had set a high pick then sort of…

  15. Reggie Evans: Teammate’s insult inspired strong month

    Mar 29, 2013, 10:12 AM EDT

    P.J. Carlesimo, Joe Johnson, Reggie Evans, Reggie Evans

    Reggie Evans’ 22-point, 26-rebound performance against the Trail Blazers stood above the rest, but it was only one game during an excellent month. In March, Evans has averaged 7.3 points (56 percent shooting) and 15.5 rebounds per game. What prompted such an uptick? Evans, via Stefan Bondy of New York Daily News (hat tip: Devin…

  16. Gerald Henderson says he wants to re-sign with Bobcats

    Mar 29, 2013, 9:39 AM EDT

    Gerald Henderson, Tobias Harris, Maurice Harkless, Kyle O'Quinn, Jameer Nelson

    Gerald Henderson, in his fourth year, is having his best season, and it’s good timing. This summer, he’ll be a free agent, likely a restricted one. Coming off his rookie-scale deal, Henderson has his first chance to secure a big medium contract. But he hinted he’s not thinking about only money. Henderson, via Rick Bonnell…

  17. 76ers valiantly, foolishly, charmingly believe they can make the playoffs

    Mar 29, 2013, 9:10 AM EDT

    Lavoy Allen, Ersan Ilyasova

    John Hollinger’s NBA Playoff Odds run a simulation 5,000 times to predict the final standings of the NBA season. In two or fewer of those simulations, the Philadelphia 76ers make the playoffs. Philadelphia – six games back with 11 games remaining – is so unlikely to make the playoffs, its odds appears as 0.0 percent,…

  18. Bucks mascot Bango scares Dwight Howard (VIDEO)

    Mar 29, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    I don’t have quite Zach Lowe‘s mascot obsession, but I like them more than most — and Bango is my favorite. The Bucks mascot is daring and funny. And on Thursday, he scared Dwight Howard as the Lakers center entered the building. It’s funny. But I really want to see him try that with Kobe…

  19. Rockets Omer Asik fined $5,000 for flopping (VIDEO)

    Mar 29, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Omer Asik

    Back in December, the NBA warned Rockets center and defensive anchor Omer Asik about flopping when he embellished a minor contact with Tim Duncan to draw a foul. Three months later Asik was up to his old tricks and this time he’s going to pay for it. The league announced Thursday Asik will be fined…

  20. Three Stars of the Night: Larry Sanders, DeMarcus Cousins focus on the game instead of the officials

    Mar 29, 2013, 1:48 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Larry Sanders

    There are some very good players in the league who let their emotions get the best of them more often than not, and as a result, they have a bad reputation where the officials are concerned. But sometimes, these guys simply play their games to perfection, and dominate in the process. That’s what we saw…

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