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  1. Tony Parker scrimmages in practice, could be in lineup Friday

    Mar 21, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT

    Tony Parker

    When Tony Parker sprained his ankle he was supposed to be out for a month (although the buzz was always it could be shorter than that). How about 20 days? Parker could be back in the Spurs lineup Friday night against the Jazz, tweets Jeff McDonald of the Express News. Spurs finishing up practice with…

  2. Derrick Rose on his return date: “Nobody knows but God”

    Mar 21, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Another day, another Derrick Rose update that is basically no update. Rose is “highly unlikely” to play Thursday night against Portland, coach Tom Thibodeau said after shootaround. Which is the nice way of saying “You’d have a better shot hitting on Kate Upton.” Then Rose spoke to the media, speaking openly for five minutes, and…

  3. Doc Rivers blames basketball gods for loss to Hornets

    Mar 21, 2013, 3:17 PM EDT

    Doc Rivers

    Anthony Davis’ tip-in with 0.3 seconds left gave the Hornets an 87-86 win over the Celtics last night. You might think the play was a combination of Davis’ length, leaping ability and timing. According to Boston coach Doc Rivers, you’d be wrong. He says Davis’ basket was preordained by “the basketball gods,” who didn’t like…

  4. Lionel Hollins is not watching NCAA Tournament with you

    Mar 21, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

    Lionel Hollins

    Every year the NCAA Tournament brings out the NBA snobbery of some people — they pick apart the flaws and execution errors of the college teams, laugh at the mockery that is the “amateur” system the NCAA enforces, and generally act above it all. Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins is one of those guys. He’s not…

  5. Kobe Bryant tells his teammates not to expect passes from him unless they demand the ball

    Mar 21, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Nick Collison

    What do Kobe Bryant and Gilbert Arenas have in common? According to Antawn Jamison, both will shoot when triple-teamed. The difference between Kobe and Arenas? According to Jamison, Bryant will pass if yelled at and Arenas will shoot regardless. “Kobe will tell you, he’s like, ‘Look, you guys as my teammates, yell at me. Let…

  6. Dirk Nowitzki’s lack of shots becoming extreme

    Mar 21, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

    Mavericks' Nowitzki reacts after Thunder's Sefolosha hit a basket to give the Thunder a four point lead in the the second half of their NBA basketball game in Dallas

    Mike James has taken more shots than Dirk Nowitzki in two of the Dallas Mavericks’ last three games, both losses. That’s 37-year-old Mikes James, who hasn’t averaged nine points per game in the last six years. Nowitzki has averaged more than 16 points per game in each of the last 14 years. But Nowitzki has…

  7. Jordan says off-season changes likely coming to Bobcats

    Mar 21, 2013, 12:52 PM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    It goes without saying that when your team is 16-52, and that’s an improvement over the season before, changes need to be made. Welcome to the world of Charlotte Bobcats fans. Sitting with a group of season ticket holders in Charlotte Wednesday night, Bobcats owner Michael Jordan said everything would be re-evaluated and changes likely…

  8. Andrew Bynum has his knee surgeries. So that’s done.

    Mar 21, 2013, 11:52 AM EDT

    76ers Bynum Basketball

    Andrew Bynum’s knees were not right all season, he will not play one minute of one game. So how much are teams willing to gamble that this solved the problem? First things first, Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports Radio tweets that Bynum’s knee surgery to clean up everything following his previous surgery…

  9. Royce White leaving D-League team, will be in Houston but not on Rockets

    Mar 21, 2013, 11:31 AM EDT

    Royce White

    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. White had been playing with the Rio Grand Valley Vipers of the D-League and after a slow start had been putting up decent…

  10. Andre Drummond remains out, but did go through full practice

    Mar 21, 2013, 10:37 AM EDT

    Andre Drummond

    UPDATE 3:01 pm: Just to make me look bad, Andre Drummond went through a full practice on Thursday, tweets Keith Langlois of He described Drummond as “upbeat.” There is officially still no timetable for his return. Everyone will want to wait a day and see how his back and body respond to the workout.…

  11. Mavericks Beaubois has hand surgery, likely done for season

    Mar 21, 2013, 10:05 AM EDT

    Rodrigue Beaubois

    The injury bug that has plagued Roddy Beaubois career has not gone away. The Mavericks reserve point guard fractured his left hand last Thursday in a game against Oklahoma City and Wednesday had surgery to repair it, reports ESPN Dallas. The odds of him returning this season are “extremely slim” according to the report. After…

  12. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Night of wild finishes all over NBA map

    Mar 21, 2013, 9:19 AM EDT

    Marc Gasol, Kevin Durant

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while reading the oral history of Ace of Bass’ one hit…. Heat 98, Cavaliers 95: Crazy game. I mean certifiable, off its meds kind of game. Starting with a 40-minute delay at the start to fix a coolant leak in the scoreboard that…

  13. Blake Griffin throws alley-oop to DeAndre Jordan. Twice. (VIDEO)

    Mar 21, 2013, 8:30 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan

    Wednesday night was the kind of game for the Clippers where they are at their Lob City best — when they are destroying lesser competition. Blake Griffin‘s handles have gotten a lot better this season — he didn’t come into the league as a guy who could get the ball and lead the break (or…

  14. LeBron’s return to Cleveland Tuesday sparks more crazy “return in 2014” speculation

    Mar 21, 2013, 2:15 AM EDT

    A Cleveland Cavaliers fan interrupts play during their NBA basketball game against Miami Heat in Cleveland

    If you don’t think some Cavaliers fans are a little bit over the top about the slim possibility of LeBron James returning to Cleveland in 2014, you didn’t see the shirt of the guy who ran on the court in the fourth quarter Wednesday night of the Heat’s dramatic win in Cleveland. The fool disrupted…

  15. Hornets sink the Celtics with Anthony Davis tip-in (VIDEO)

    Mar 21, 2013, 1:45 AM EDT

    Anthony Davis

    Anthony Davis has had an up and down rookie season. Injuries — an early season concussion and later a sprained ankle — have kept him out of games entirely. When he has been healthy, he’s found himself on the bench in crunch time of close games as head coach Monty Williams has decided to play…

  16. Three Stars of the Night: Go big or go home

    Mar 21, 2013, 1:34 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

    A couple Hawks – Al Horford (26 points and 15 rebounds) and Jeff Teague (27 points and 11 rebounds) – played well as Atlanta jockeys for playoff positioning with the Bucks, but we’re less concerned with the bottom half of the Eastern Conference playoff picture than a vintage performance by an all-time great, helping a…

  17. Marc Gasol’s game-winning tip lifts Grizzlies over Thunder (VIDEO)

    Mar 20, 2013, 11:57 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies center Gasol of Spain celebrates his game winning two-point basket against the Oklahoma City Thunder during overtime of NBA basketball action in Memphis, Tennessee

    On a night of barn burner games none ended in a more dramatic fashion than Oklahoma City and Memphis. First, there only was overtime because of a Jerryd Bayless three at the end of regulation on a great stop move where Reggie Jackson bit on the pump fake. Then in overtime it was back-and-forth and…

  18. Heat, Cavaliers enter Twilight Zone; Miami emerges with 24th straight win. Barely.

    Mar 20, 2013, 11:03 PM EDT

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

    Strangest. Game. Ever… or at least this season. Rod Serling should have done the play-by-play. In the end, Miami escaped Cleveland with a 98-95 win that extends their winning streak to 24 games. That’s what the history books will show. But like life, this game was not about the results, it was about the journey.…

  19. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s backflip-to-bellyflop from “Splash” (VIDEO)

    Mar 20, 2013, 7:32 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    I know you guys tuned in to watch the first episode of “Splash” — the celebrity diving show on ABC — to see how Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would do. I’m sure it had nothing to do with Katherine Webb. Nope, you’re better than that. You wanted to see how a 65-year-old, 7’2″ guy would do diving.…

  20. Wednesday And-1 links: Kiki Vandeweghe takes job with league office

    Mar 20, 2013, 6:38 PM EDT

    Kiki Vandeweghe rests

    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 more than Batman likes high-tech gadgets…. • Former NBA player, coach and GM Kiki…

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