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  1. Nene is banged up, so Kevin Seraphin is getting his chance

    Mar 22, 2013, 5:58 PM EDT

    Nene

    The Wizards are playing out the string — but playing it out pretty well. They are 9-7 since the All-Star break and have won four of five heading into Los Angeles to face the Lakers Friday. That’s what happens when you get your two key players — John Wall and Nene — back on the…

  2. Check out Carmelo Anthony’s “Game of Thrones” preview (VIDEO)

    Mar 22, 2013, 4:01 PM EDT

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    I’m late to the “Game of Thrones” phenomenon, but am trying to burn through old episodes in time to get caught up for the new season. Politics, wars, sex and dragons — what more can you want in a show? The Knicks Carmelo Anthony taped a promo for the new season where he gets to…

  3. In case you missed it, Nate Robinson threw one down Thursday (VIDEO)

    Mar 22, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Nate Robinson goes to the basket between Portland Trail Blazers' J.J. Hickson and LaMarcus Aldridge during their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    Nate Robinson can still get up and throw it down. I mean, we knew he could dunk — he won the Dunk Contest crown a couple times — but he’s getting older and he’s never been as big an in-game dunker. But he threw a big one down Thursday in the fourth quarter against Portland.…

  4. Philadelphia CEO rips team on twitter after disaster in Denver

    Mar 22, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

    Damien Wilkins, Evan Turner, Arnett Moultrie, Doug Collins

    Philadelphia was up 5 with :14 seconds left in the game — they were going to end the Nuggets 13-game winning streak and pick up a rare quality win. Until Corey Brewer hit a three. Then Evan Turner missed both free throws for Philly. Then Damien Wilkins (who had a really good game with 24…

  5. The Extra Pass: Pau Gasol returns just as Lakers need him

    Mar 22, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

    Sacramento Kings v Los Angeles Lakers

    In the fleeting moments this season when the Lakers have had their cover of the media guide starting five together — Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard — they have gone 0-5. That lineup could take the floor again Friday night against the Wizards — both Kobe Bryant and…

  6. PBT Podcast: Heat and Nuggets streaking, playoff seeding, and NCAA Tournament talk with CBT’s Rob Dauster

    Mar 22, 2013, 1:37 PM EDT

    Heat forward James reacts after making a basket during their NBA basketball game against the Celtics in Boston

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the two hottest teams in the league right now — the Miami Heat, who have won 24 consecutive games, and the Denver Nuggets, who are riding a 14-game winning streak of their own after coming back late to take care of…

  7. Nearly half of Cleveland poll respondents don’t want LeBron James signing with Cavaliers

    Mar 22, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer is running a poll asking Cleveland Cavaliers fans, “Do you want LeBron James to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers?” Currently, the voting is: Yes – 52 percent No – 35 percent Unsure – 13 percent In related news, 48 percent of poll respondents are liars (plus or minus the number of…

  8. Shabazz Muhammad is 20, not 19, which will hurt his NBA Draft stock

    Mar 22, 2013, 12:28 PM EDT

    UCLA v Arizona State

    UCLA forward Shabazz Muhammad is the subject of an article by Ken Bensinger of the Los Angeles Times that has the college-basketball world buzzing, and the piece also raises several questions that will affect Muhammad’s NBA Draft stock. Let’s start with the most tangible issue: According to the UCLA men’s basketball media guide, he was…

  9. P.J. Carlesimo questions Mark Cuban’s intelligence

    Mar 22, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    Mark Cuban, Deron Williams w

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was mostly mum about Deron Williams, who re-signed with the Nets rather than choosing his hometown Mavericks this summer, before the teams played Wednesday. But not everyone stayed quiet. Associated Press: Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo said he didn’t know if Williams was a little extra motivated against the team he…

  10. Might team pick up Von Wafer for playoffs? Maybe.

    Mar 22, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers, Game 7

    Von Wafer will bring a team someone not afraid to shoot the ball. And some of those shots will go in (he’s a career 42 percent shooter who hit 45.2 percent overall and 35.9 percent from three last season in Orlando). Now if you want defense or smart play or discipline, well… Von Wafer brings…

  11. Pacers likely without David West all weekend due to back

    Mar 22, 2013, 11:10 AM EDT

    David West

    The Pacers have enough trouble scoring points (20th ranked offense), so this is bad news. David West, the Pacers second leading scorer on the season at 17.3 points per game, likely will be out this weekend for two games due to a bad back, tweets Mike Wells of the Indy Star. That would be Friday…

  12. Kenneth Faried, JaVale McGee with huge blocks (VIDEO)

    Mar 22, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

    Thaddeus Young, Kenneth Faried

    There were a lot of highlights out of the Nuggets’ dramatic comeback on Thursday night, most centered around the comeback itself. But there were others. Like when Kenneth Faried chased down Thaddeus Young and denied a dunk that most players just would have surrendered. Then there is Arnett Moultrie trying to spin from the post…

  13. Jason Kidd could retire after this season

    Mar 22, 2013, 10:08 AM EDT

    New York Knicks guard Kidd looks down during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Utah

    Jason Kidd turns 40 on Saturday. Carmelo Anthony nicknamed him “middle age.” The 18-year veteran and future Hall of Famer is coming off the bench for the Knicks but still plays a key role — 27 minutes a game, spacing the floor and giving them 6.6 points and some savvy, veteran play. The Knicks play…

  14. Watch Denver’s dramatic comeback to keep streak alive (VIDEO)

    Mar 22, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    Damien Wilkins, Andre Iguodala, Corey Brewer

    The Nuggets know drama. Down 7 points inside two minutes and 5 points with :14 left the Nuggets found a way to pull it out and extend the streak to 14. They did it with the three ball and key free throws. They also did it because the 76ers helped them out. A lot. But…

  15. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Nuggets streak, Bulls slide

    Mar 22, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching Harvard bust your bracket. Nuggets 101, Sixers 100 At a certain point, a winning streak takes on a life of its own, to the point where it seemingly can’t be stopped. That certainly seems to be the case with the Miami…

  16. Three Stars of the Night: Corey Brewer more exciting than NCAAs

    Mar 22, 2013, 2:11 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets' Brewer celebrates beating the Philadelphia 76ers during their NBA basketball game in Denver, Colorado

    Only three games — and not the high-quality games we are used to on the Thursday night showcase stage due to the NCAA Tournament — so we’ve got one guy from each team that notched a victory. Third Star: Tyreke Evans (21 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds) The Kings won this game with a 13-2…

  17. Nuggets run win streak to 14 straight games with late comeback over Sixers

    Mar 22, 2013, 12:56 AM EDT

    Corey Brewer

    This was the type of game that shows how win streaks usually come to an end. The heavily-favored team comes out with a lack of energy, the underdogs pounce early, and the home team lets its opponent hang around longer than it should, and is unable to put it together in time to keep the…

  18. Rick Adelman may quit as Timberwolves coach if wife’s health issues persist

    Mar 21, 2013, 11:47 PM EDT

    Rick Adelman

    Rick Adelman is one of the best veteran head coaches in the NBA, and is currently presiding over a young and promising Minnesota Timberwolves squad that will be extremely compelling once all of its players are at full strength. Injuries to Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, and many others in Minnesota have essentially made this a…

  19. Jerry West says Lakers would ‘have a chance against anyone’ in the playoffs

    Mar 21, 2013, 10:08 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Statue Unveiling At STAPLES Center

    Now that the Lakers making the playoffs seems much more like an eventuality than a faint possibility, it’s only natural that the pundits will begin lining up to assess the team’s chances once the postseason begins. Jerry West was first in line apparently, and said that he believes the Lakers would be a dangerous playoff…

  20. New potential owner for Kings takes lead in Sacramento group

    Mar 21, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    Clippers Kings Basketball

    A few weeks back, David Stern was clear in saying that the Sacramento group had to sweeten its offer to buy the Kings if they wanted to stay in contention with the Seattle bid. It’s a negotiation, that statement didn’t catch the leaders in Sacramento off guard. The question was what were they going to…

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