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  1. Lakers, Celtics talk then kill Gasol for Rondo; LA still looking

    Mar 12, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Pau Gasol

    Pau Gasol and Rajon Rondo have both traveled a similar path this season. Both were offered up in a trade for Chris Paul, and when that didn’t work out they became the names fans of the Lakers and Celtics talked about shopping. For their part, both teams said they wanted to keep the guy publically,…

  2. Markieff Morris is slipping out of the Suns’ rotation

    Mar 12, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets

    Markieff Morris, a rookie forward the Suns selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, began the season with a level of competence that was above expectations. But as this lockout-shortened season has worn on, while the Suns have finally started to find themselves by winning seven of their last nine games,…

  3. Baseline to Baseline recaps: What kind of team are the Knicks?

    Mar 12, 2012, 4:07 AM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v New York Knicks

    What you missed while thinking if you are going to have two wives you may want to get off Facebook…. Lakers 97, Celtics 94: This rematch of a couple recent finals — which looked like those finals if you squinted really hard — was our game of the day. Sixers 106, Knicks 94: How this…

  4. Report: Chris Paul has nasal fracture, will wear mask just like you know who

    Mar 11, 2012, 10:21 PM EDT

    cpmas

    It’s apparently a fad now. From the Los Angeles Times: Chris Paul warmed up for Sunday’s game against Golden State with a very familiar accessory. A Kobe mask. Paul was hit in the face during the first quarter of Friday’s game against San Antonio. A Clippers spokesman said that Paul received an X-ray on Saturday and it…

  5. Dwight Howard just wants to win. Which is why he’s refusing Chicago, still. Obviously. Because that makes sense.

    Mar 11, 2012, 9:40 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard Derrick Rose

    Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the Magic finally have a team they’re willing to trade with, who wants Dwight Howard. One problem, he doesn’t. Howard has long said that all that matters to him is winning. That that’s what’s important. Which is made clearly by the fact he doesn’t want to go to… Chicago?…

  6. Celtics Chris Wilcox out indefinitely with heart condition

    Mar 11, 2012, 9:07 PM EDT

    Chris Wilcox, Brandon Bass

    A second key Celtic bench player may be lost for the season due to a heart condition. Chris Wilcox, maybe the Celtics best big man off the bench this season, did not travel with the team to Los Angeles (a close loss to the Lakers on Sunday vs. game against the Clippers on Monday) due…

  7. Video: Kobe Bryant nails game-winner over Celtics, watch the game to see he is clutch

    Mar 11, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    In a game that, to be honest, wasn’t very well played, the Lakers pulled out another win over the Boston Celtics 97-4 in what is likely the end to the Big 3 vs. Big 3 matchup over the past four years (though Bynum was not a part of it for the first two years). It…

  8. The New York Knicks and a partisan divide

    Mar 11, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony looks on against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    The New York Knicks lost their fifth straight Sunday, falling 106-94 to the Philadelphia Sixers in a game where the Sixers largely toyed with the Knicks for the fourth quarter. It’s not a surprise, downing sub-.500 teams by double-digits is kind of what Philly does this season. That’s their bread and butter. But of course,…

  9. Celtics-Lakers: 5 Things to Watch

    Mar 11, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol drives between Boston Celtics Brandon Bass and Celtics Jermaine O'Neal in the first half of their NBA basketball game at TD Garden in Boston

    With the Lakers and Celtics renewing their epic rivalry this afternoon, it’s time to look ahead at what we’re witnessing when the two face-off at Staples Arena at 3:30 p.m. EST. It’s the NBA’s oldest, best, and most celebrated rivalry and despite the turning point both teams are facing in their history. Here are five…

  10. Andrew Bogut’s elbow is as good as it’s going to get.’

    Mar 11, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Milwaukee Bucks

    Andrew Bogut‘s not angry with Milwaukee for not contending. He’s not demanding superstar talent alongside him or clamoring for the bright lights of a bigger city and the sponsorship money that comes with it. He’s not even requesting a trade. He’s just fine if it happens. And the reason for that is he just doesn’t…

  11. Lakers tell players to cool it with “external chatter”

    Mar 11, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett and Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol compete for the ball in Boston

    The Lakers held an informal meeting that developed out of a film session following their back-to-back losses to Detroit and Washington, ESPN reports. During the conversation, assistant coaches for the team asked players to refrain from “external chatter,” whatever that is, presumably about potential trades. From ESPN LA: “It wasn’t an airing out session,” Brown…

  12. LeBron comes up big, then not so much vs. Pacers, but that’s OK, DWade’s got him

    Mar 11, 2012, 3:07 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat

    There’s this quote that’s hangs in the Spurs’ locker room. “When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it…

  13. Funny story, Gerald Green may have had the best in-game alley-oop ever

    Mar 10, 2012, 10:58 PM EDT

    Gerald Green

    You’re seriously not going to believe this. It was so good I’m not even going to set it up for you. Just watch. Note that his head is above the rim. Note that’s a windmill. Off an alley-oop. In a game. That’s absurd. Ridiculous. Ill. Nasty. Incredible. Disgusting. Fantastic. Other adjectives. I’m so glad Gerald…

  14. Marcus Camby shoves Kevin Saraphin, ejected in near-brawl

    Mar 10, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns

    You know what will help the Blazers get their feet under them? This. OK, so that probably wont’ help them get their feet under them. There’s been a lot of talk about Marcus Camby potentially being unhappy in the Blazers’ locker room. This probably will not help the estimation of where he’s at mentally. That’s…

  15. Knicks’s J.R. Smith fined $25,000 for tweeting picture of woman

    Mar 10, 2012, 7:53 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard J.R. Smith reacts after hitting a three-point shot against the Dallas Mavericks in the first half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    J.R Smith can get in trouble anywhere, not just China. Thursday J.R. Smith tweeted a picture of a scantily clad woman — model Tahiry Jose in a thong, with Smith commenting on the view of her backside — from his hotel room in Milwaukee. He took it down not long after, but that’s just not now…

  16. LeBron, Wade talk about passing off the game-winning shot

    Mar 10, 2012, 6:04 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    One week ago against the Jazz, LeBron James drove for a potential game-winning shot and when two defenders came to him he passed off to Udonis Haslem, who missed the shot. NBA fans screamed, “Why didn’t he take that shot? Why is he afraid of the big moment?” On Wednesday night in the final minute…

  17. The crazy schedule could really mess with playoff seeding

    Mar 10, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Chicago Bulls - Game Five

    Our own Ira Winderman writing at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel points out that changes this week to remove divisional opponent record from tie-breaker procedures for playoff seeding don’t go far enough. Because the imbalanced schedule impacts record as well. But if the Board wanted to carry out the process to its natural conclusion in the…

  18. Andrea Bargnani might be back this weekend. Maybe not. But could be. Theoretically.

    Mar 10, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors Andrea Bargnani reacts after hitting a shot during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    Funny cycle. Team is stingy and non-committal with information regarding updates on player’s return from injury. Fans get anxious, rail on writer for not providing updates on player they are interested in regarding return from injury. Writer responds by asking team about player’s return from injury. Team is stingy and non-committal with information regarding updates…

  19. Ricky Rubio suffers torn ACL

    Mar 10, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio shoots a free throw during their NBA game against Los Angeles Clippers

    Both Chris Mannix of SI.com and Jerry Zgoda of the Star-Tribune report that Ricky Rubio suffered a torn ACL as previously indicated by Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski during the Wolves’ loss to the Lakers last night. Well, hell. The news is devastating for the Timberwolves and basketball fans, as Rubio’s play had electrified the league and…

  20. The fall of the Portland Trail Blazers

    Mar 10, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Charlotte Bobcats

    Every person is going to have their individual sticking point. The one thing that they’ll point to, keep coming back to. For most, it will be Brandon. If Brandon Roy’s knees had held up, if he he had meniscus left in just one of his knees, it would have been different. Others will go to…

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