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  1. “Linsanity” came when Lin stopped trying to play for others

    Feb 13, 2012, 5:23 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin shakes hands with MInnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love before game

    Just go out and play. Let God and the universe take care of the rest of it. That is the battle Jeremy Lin says he fights daily now — not trying to live up to the expectations of others, not trying to control everything, but just going out and playing basketball. Lin — a devoutly…

  2. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs advancing, Heat still on top

    Feb 13, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    I’m beginning to wonder: Will the Eastern Conference Finals be the real NBA finals this year? Feels that way some days. 1. Heat (21-7, last week ranked 1) The Magic and Knicks combined to shoot 85 threes against the Heat in two nights. The Heat’s defensive energy does that to teams, makes them settle (although…

  3. Video: The rise of Jeremy Lin

    Feb 13, 2012, 2:41 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    Because you can’t get enough Jeremy Lin…. Great video looking back at his rapid rise from obscurity to the king of New York basketball, a guy who crosses John Wall and puts up 38 on the Lakers. Hat tip to SLAM.

  4. Steve Nash doesn’t know if he will be traded or not

    Feb 13, 2012, 1:07 PM EDT

    Suns guard Nash looks to drive on Mavericks center Mahinmi during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Will Steve Nash still be a Phoenix Sun on March 16? Probably. Steve Nash has not requested a trade and said he’s not going to, and the Suns have said they will not trade him unless he requests to be moved. But the Suns are at a crossroads. Nash becomes a free agent at the…

  5. Stoudemire, ‘Melo return and things change for Jeremy Lin

    Feb 13, 2012, 12:49 PM EDT

    Knicks guard Lin smiles during player introductions before the start of the Knicks' NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Minneapolis

    It is the sentence I never expected to type and nobody ever expected to read: Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony are about to be back in the Knicks lineup, but how do they blend them in? It should be a no brainer fitting the Knicks two best players back in with their new point guard…

  6. Why the bottleneck on NBA trades? Calendar and Howard.

    Feb 13, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    We’re a couple months into the NBA season, and there have been very few trades. Before the season we had some biggies — Chris Paul to the Lakers, er, Clippers — but once the season started, that has dried up. And you can expect things to stay pretty much dry past the All-Star game at…

  7. Monday And-1 links: The (largely) Jeremy Lin edition

    Feb 13, 2012, 11:25 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Lin is congratulated by teammates Jordan and Fields after win against Timberwolves in Minneapolis

    Here is our daily 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). The picture you have been waiting to see — the couch in Landry Field’s place where Jeremy Lin slept. The real question: Why all the…

  8. Ben Wallace to set NBA record for most games by undrafted player

    Feb 13, 2012, 10:55 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Clippers

    Sorry Jeremy Lin, but Ben Wallace is about to become the NBA’s new king of the overlooked players. When  entered the game for the Pistons late in the first quarter Sunday against Washington it was his 1,054 game, tying him with Avery Johnson for the most games ever played by an undrafted player since the…

  9. Video: “Nick of Time,” the latest Jeremy Lin tribute song

    Feb 13, 2012, 10:26 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    Well, it’s better than half the stuff on the Grammys last night. (Which is the very definition of damning with faint praise.) Jeremy Lin is inspiring “Lin-sanity” all through New York, and that is including the city’s musicians. There was already “Lining,” which was worse than just about everything on the Grammys, but was the…

  10. LeBron, heckler reportedly had words in Washington

    Feb 13, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    LeBron James’ talent may have moved to South Beach, but he still fills the arenas. However, the sound he hears in those arenas is a lot different than he heard a few years ago. Then he was the wunderkind carrying the Cavaliers on his back, now he is the villain leader of the Heat. He…

  11. Report: Chris Paul leading Clippers J.R. Smith recruitment

    Feb 13, 2012, 8:07 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    J.R. Smith is expected back in the United States this week an NBA free agent. His team in China has been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and the season ends this week. And the Clippers want him. Badly. Especially now that their starting two guard is gone for the season. The Clippers are not alone…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Miami crushes faith in Atlanta

    Feb 13, 2012, 2:10 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    What you missed while wondering what the heck Nicki Minaj was doing at the Grammys…. Celtics 95, Bulls 91: No Derrick Rose but the Bulls made a late rally and a game of it, in our game of the day. Lakers 94, Raptors 92: The Lakers are still a disorganized mess at the end of…

  13. Report: Gilbert Arenas works out for Lakers

    Feb 12, 2012, 10:34 PM EDT

    Arenas magic

    How desperate are the Lakers for a point guard? Well, they’ve talked about bringing in Allen Iverson. And now they have worked out Gilbert Arenas. That’s what Adrian Wojnarowski reports at Yahoo Sports. In a search to find some scoring for their floundering offense, Los Angeles Lakers officials attended a private workout for guard Gilbert…

  14. Celtics outlast Bulls without Rose, mostly because Rondo is awesome

    Feb 12, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics

    Rajon Rondo had 32 points, 15 assists, and 10 rebounds. You’re pretty much not going to beat the Celtics without  a Derrick-Rose when that happens, and the Bulls did not Sunday, as they lost 95-91 in Boston. Was it a good win? Yes and no. The Celtics lead throughout, and only really allowed two significant…

  15. Kobe Bryant nails game-winner to get big win over… Raptors? PS: Don’t look at his line, go directly to count the rings.

    Feb 12, 2012, 6:33 PM EDT

    Lakers' Bryant smiles in overtime of their NBA basketball game against the Celtics at TD Garden in Boston

    Here, look, we’ll split this post into two sides of the coin. The first part will be glass half-full, the second part will be glass half-empty. Glass half-full:  The Lakers recovered from early losses in their Grammy’s road trip to finish 3-3 with a win over the Raptors 94-92 Sunday. They were able to fend…

  16. Derrick Rose will see a specialist Monday for back spasms he’s had for weeks. Wait, what?

    Feb 12, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Paul Pierce

    Derrick Rose missed Sunday’s game against the Bulls with back spasms he’s been dealing with. But the bigger concern may be why they haven’t gone away. So Rose will be seeing a specialist on Monday, he told reporters before Chicago’s game against Boston. Via CSN Chicago: Rose will see a specialist Monday when the Bulls…

  17. Derrick Rose ruled out for Sunday’s game against Boston

    Feb 12, 2012, 2:32 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat

    Derrick Rose may be able to quietly slink to the bench prior to a Friday night game against the Charlotte Bobcats without much notice, but ducking out of the lineup due to injury before a nationally televised Sunday matinee against the kind-of-rival Boston Celtics? That’s another matter entirely. Chicago’s recent blowouts of the Nets and…

  18. Dwight Howard goes on rant about fourth quarter touches, even after the Magic win

    Feb 12, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Let me tell you how bad Dwight Howard‘s post-game rant in Milwaukee was. I don’t have enough room to block all the important quotes. I’m sitting here, staring at this mass of text, and that’s usually my format. Gentle intro, segue to blockquote, blockquote, discussion of blockquote, tangential remarks, unnecessarily snarky finish, the end. But…

  19. Report: Lakers have had interest in Allen Iverson. Because that will solve everything.

    Feb 12, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Allen Iverson

    Some of you may have varying opinions on Stephen A. Smith, but I would advise you to consider the following before passing judgment on the value of a rumor sourced from him. If you ever watch SAS work a room full of All-Stars, it’s just about the most fascinating thing you’ll ever see. He’s one…

  20. Metta World Peace doesn’t like that Mike Brown relies on stats that prove Metta World Peace is playing badly

    Feb 12, 2012, 9:32 AM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    Tricky thing about stats. Some of them, you can get away from. “Well, yeah, he had six turnovers, but most of those were drops by his teammates.” Or “Well, yeah, that one player named after a snake shot 28 times and only hit 11, but the offense was stagnant, he had to keep them afloat.”…

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