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  1. Denver goes to Oklahoma City, makes statement with 13th straight win

    Mar 20, 2013, 12:04 AM EDT

    Ty Lawson, Danilo Gallinari

    I’m dubious about regular season games making postseason statements; there is too much evidence just from the last few years that the results of regular season games are poor predictors of a playoff series. This win doesn’t mean the Nuggets will beat the Thunder in a playoff series. It means that they truly believe they…

  2. Looking at why the Grizzlies offense is better without Gay

    Mar 19, 2013, 9:49 PM EDT

    Marc Gasol

    After a lot of television talking heads though the Grizzlies ended their title chances by trading away Rudy Gay, they have simply been a better team. Memphis has gone 16-6 since the deal, and while some of that is they hit a soft patch in the schedule, a lot of it is they are playing…

  3. PBT Extra: Players fans of NBA lottery teams should watch in NCAA Tournament

    Mar 19, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

    West Virginia v Kansas

    NBA scouts have been watching NBA guys they may want to draft for a while now, attending practices and dissecting game tape. NBA fans, we put too much weight on the small sample size of the NCAA Tournament when forming our opinions, because we didn’t do all that background work. Today at PBT Extra, Kay…

  4. Cavs’ rookie Waiters out week at least, may need surgery

    Mar 19, 2013, 7:32 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Waiters goes to the basket against Chicago Bulls' Boozer during the first half of their NBA game in Chicago, Illinois

    Someday the Cavaliers may have a dangerous backcourt of Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, but we didn’t get to see much of it this year due to injury. The latest is Waiters, who had an MRI done on his left knee and loose fragments were found, reports the Associated Press. You didn’t exactly need to…

  5. Dwight Howard cut ties with cousin/manager. Is it a sign of maturity?

    Mar 19, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    When Dwight Howard was drafted and moved to Orlando, his parents had his first cousin Kevin Samples go with him in a big brother role. That eventually developed into Samples being Howard’s manager. He’s a guy that was in the middle of the Dwightmare in Orlando. Dwight Howard has now severed that business relationship, the…

  6. What are odds the Heat set new consecutive wins record? About 6/1.

    Mar 19, 2013, 5:46 PM EDT

    Heat guard Chalmers and center Bosh react ree-point basket during their NBA basketball game against the Celtics in Boston

    If the Miami Heat are going to set a new NBA record with 34 consecutive wins, it will happen April 9 in Miami against the Bucks. That’s 11 games and a few weeks away, what are the odds they can make it? How about 6/1? That’s the odds at Bovada, showing you the bookmakers know…

  7. Cuban thinks Nowitzki can be elite three more years. Dirk not so sure.

    Mar 19, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Mike Scott

    It took a while after he recovered from knee surgery during training camp, but Dirk Nowizki is back to being his old self. In his last five games he’s averaged 19.6 points per game on 50.7 percent shooting and 52.6 percent from three. He’s pulling down 9.2 boards a game, too. Basically, All-Star numbers. So…

  8. Andrew Bynum gets no slack from his former high school coach

    Mar 19, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum's hair, via Jordan Raanan on twitter.

    Andrew Bynum is not exactly the most popular sports figure in Philadelphia right now. To put it kindly. The man the Sixers traded Andre Iguodala for, the guy they planned to rebuild the roster around, has not played a game for them all season. He was injured, recovery times got pushed, back, and next he…

  9. Knicks injuries pile up: Chandler out week, Thomas 2-4 weeks

    Mar 19, 2013, 2:39 PM EDT

    New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler reacts after drawing a foul and scoring a basket against the Dallas Mavericks during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    Another day, another injured Knick. Or two. Before the season when we all joked about the Knicks old roster, particularly the bench, this was the concern. Old bodies break down more. The Knicks front line was already short with Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony sidelined with knee issues (although Anthony should be back this week…

  10. Celtics to sign D.J. White for the rest of the season

    Mar 19, 2013, 2:09 PM EDT

    D.J. White, Doc Rivers

    The Celtics will sign D.J. White after the expiration of his second 10-day contract, according to a report from Jessica Camerato of White has appeared in four games for Boston this season, averaging 2.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in seven minutes of action per game. He did not appear in the Celtics’ close loss to…

  11. Did LeBron James deserve technical for staredown after dunk?

    Mar 19, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

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

    LeBron James had one of the dunks of the year on Monday night (there are a lot of candidates this season), a huge throwdown over Jason Terry (the video is below). And by the way, credit to Terry for trying to make the play rather than just getting out of the way. But when you…

  12. D’Antoni says Kobe “probably” plays on Friday vs. Wizards

    Mar 19, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Atlanta Hawks

    The Lakers caught a break with the schedule this week. Kobe Bryant was out of Monday night’s ugly Lakers loss due to a sprained ankle, but the team is off until Friday when they face Washington (in Los Angeles). Then they are off again until the next Monday. So will Kobe Bryant play Friday or…

  13. Report: Wizards expected to offer John Wall max extension

    Mar 19, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Washington Wizards

    Has John Wall earned a max contract extension? Apparently the Wizards front office thinks he has and will offer one come July. Wall is eligible for a contract extension this summer and it was always likely the Wizards were going to offer one, the question was for how much? Wall said recently he thought he…

  14. Controversial tip-in calls cost Bulls in overtime, Thibodeau is rightfully ticked

    Mar 19, 2013, 11:13 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Noah reacts to a call by the referee during their NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Chicago

    To my eye — and by the NBA rulebook as I read it — there were two illegal tip-ins in the final minute of overtime between the Bulls and Nuggets Monday night. Only one was reviewed on video. Only one got overturned. The Bulls lost by one point and Tom Thibodeau has every right to…

  15. JaVale McGee with huge throwdown dunk over Noah (VIDEO)

    Mar 19, 2013, 10:16 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee

    JaVale McGee can throw down with the best of him (he probably should have beat Blake Griffin in the dunk contest a few years back, I will take his dunk on two baskets over the car dunk every time). Which brings us to this dunk by McGee on Monday night that is just monster. They…

  16. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Refs make Nuggets/Bulls ending interesting

    Mar 19, 2013, 8:37 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls coach Thibodeau argues with referee Mauer during their NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Chicago

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while wishing you were as well traveled as this dog… Heat 105, Celtics 103: This felt like a playoff game — it was chippy, emotional and the crowd was into it. Jeff Green took over for the Celtics with 43 points, giving the…

  17. LeBron James knocks down game-winning jumper (VIDEO)

    Mar 19, 2013, 7:55 AM EDT

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

    All night long LeBron James had been a bull, putting his head down and charging to the rim, getting his buckets at the rim. Jeff Green put up a great effort, but he can’t stop LeBron alone (nobody can). LeBron is fast, strong and you have to respect his driving ability. But then with the game…

  18. Fatigue catches up with shorthanded Lakers in blowout loss to Suns

    Mar 19, 2013, 2:41 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Robert Sacre, Metta World Peace

    PHOENIX — The Lakers haven’t won both games of a back-to-back set all season long, and thanks to Kobe Bryant missing his second straight game with an ankle injury, along with Mike D’Antoni refusing to expand his rotation beyond the seven remaining healthy players he trusts, L.A. continued that tradition as it suffered a 99-76…

  19. Three Stars of the night: Once again, LeBron tops Green

    Mar 19, 2013, 1:56 AM EDT

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

    On a night with some big games and big lines — Stephen Curry had 30 points and just misses out — two of our three stars come from one game. One of the best, most entertaining games of the season. We couldn’t leave either of these guys off. Third Star: Wilson Chandler (35 points, 9…

  20. Atlanta cheerleader taken off court on stretcher after fall

    Mar 19, 2013, 12:44 AM EDT

    Mavericks Hawks Basketball

    It’s hard to tell exactly what happened from the video (below) — an Atlanta Hawks cheerleader dancing between quarters did a kick as part of the routine, he plant foot slips and she falls with her head hitting the floor. The game was delayed briefly as she had to be carted off the court with…

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