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  1. Andrea Bargnani done for season in Toronto with elbow sprain

    Mar 13, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors' Bargnani sits on the bench during their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Toronto

    And this news will be greeted by a shrug from Raptors fans. After missing much of the season with an elbow injury he returned recently and played an uninspired 14 games. On the season Bargnani is averaging 12.7 points a game and is shooting 31 percent from three. Last Friday against the Lakers he tweaked…

  2. Are you ready for another return? Carmelo Anthony returns to Denver Wednesday.

    Mar 13, 2013, 9:49 AM EDT

    Knicks forward Anthony reacts to the Bulls missing a free throw attempt in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    This isn’t going to have the venom of Dwight Howard returning to Orlando Tuesday night. Certainly not the same as LeBron James first return to Cleveland. Time softens these things. But Wednesday Carmelo Anthony returns to Denver for the first time since he forced his way out a couple seasons ago. And he’s probably still…

  3. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Celtics’ off night makes Bobcats look good

    Mar 13, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT


    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while checking out what porn stars look like without makeup… Heat 98, Hawks 81: If Tuesday night was any indication, the Hawks should want to win enough games from here on out to avoid slipping to the eighth seed and getting the Heat…

  4. Three Stars of the Night: Dwight’s Return to Orlando

    Mar 13, 2013, 12:51 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Howard drives around Orlando Magic Vucevic in NBA action in Orlando, Florida

    It wasn’t a very competitive night of NBA games with blowouts littering scoreboards all across the league. But many of those games wouldn’t have seen the wide margins they did if it weren’t for some fantastic performances from guys who really went above and beyond what they’d normally provide on any given night. Without further…

  5. Ricky Rubio with the double behind-the-back dribble drive (VIDEO)

    Mar 13, 2013, 12:36 AM EDT

    Ricky Rubio, Cory Joseph

    It is so much fun to have the old Ricky Rubio back. He was missing the first couple months after his return from ACL surgery but on Tuesday night he dropped a triple-double on the Spurs — 21 points, 13 rebounds, 12 assists — and he dropped this move. The rare double behind-the-back dribble drive.…

  6. Dwight Howard answers Orlando boos with made free throws, Lakers win

    Mar 12, 2013, 11:38 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Tobias Harris, Jameer Nelson, Nikola Vucevic

    In the third quarter, some Magic fans were heckling Dwight Howard, tweeted Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. “You can’t win without Kobe,” the Magic fans said. “You’re right,” Howard responded. It’s true for this season (and maybe another one or two), but for one night back in Orlando Howard was enough. Howard had…

  7. Heat run win streak to 19 games by blowing out the Hawks

    Mar 12, 2013, 10:53 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Miami Heat

    The Heat ran their win streak to 19 games on Tuesday, after cruising to a 98-81 home win over the Hawks that turned out to be just as easy as expected. Atlanta is reeling, having lost three straight and six of its last seven games. Watching the Hawks play, it’s fairly obvious that there’s no…

  8. Brook Lopez posterizes brother Robin (VIDEO)

    Mar 12, 2013, 9:38 PM EDT

    Brook Lopez, Robin Lopez

    We bring you some Lopez on Lopez violence. Brook Lopez trailed the play up the court and got the ball out at the top of the key with no defender on him, so he attacked as the All-Star is known to do. Robin was slow to recognize and react to the play, as he is…

  9. As expected, Dwight Howard hears plenty of boos upon return to Orlando

    Mar 12, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers' Howard enters Amway Center before start of NBA basketball game against Orlando Magic for in Orlando

    It was what everyone expected, what Dwight Howard had to expect going when he  returned to the Amway Center Tuesday — Magic fans are still angry about how he forced his way out of town, they felt jilted and they looked at Tuesday as their cathartic outlet. Those fans didn’t miss an opportunity. And this was…

  10. Celtics will rest Paul Pierce Tuesday night vs. Bobcats

    Mar 12, 2013, 6:24 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    Doc Rivers has talked about getting his key players some rest down the stretch, something he has done in seasons past. Tuesday night it will be Paul Pierce’s turn, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at Pierce will sit out vs. the Bobcats, likely meaning the Celtics will lean heavily on Jeff Green. Pierce has started…

  11. PBT Extra: Talking NBA end-of-season awards heading into home stretch

    Mar 12, 2013, 5:50 PM EDT

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James reacts after he scored against the New York Knicks in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Between the midway point in the season and now is when guys who tend to win post season awards separate themselves. Well, except for Damian Lillard and Rookie of the Year, he’s pretty much gone Secretariat at the Belmont on that race. But MVP, Coach of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and Sixth…

  12. Michael Jordan is giving top golf pros advice

    Mar 12, 2013, 4:42 PM EDT

    Quail Hollow Championship- Pro Am

    When you’re Michael Jordan you get to play rounds of golf with Tiger Woods, Luke Donald, Ernie Ells and pretty much anyone else you want to. Because you’re Michael Jordan. And he talks to them. About winning. And golf. Over at Golf World Tim Rosaforte got some of golf’s biggest names talk about it, and…

  13. Derrick Rose has no return date, says he just needs to feel “normal”

    Mar 12, 2013, 3:36 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    Some people want there to be a conspiracy — Derrick Rose isn’t playing yet for the Bulls because he’s mad at management about the roster, or it’s adidas, or he’s in Rome voting on the new pope. Well, we can rule out the last one for sure because Rose was in Sacramento with the Bulls…

  14. Knicks may make roster move but Rasheed Wallace is safe

    Mar 12, 2013, 2:59 PM EDT

    Rasheed Wallace

    Rasheed Wallace has played 20 games for the Knicks this season and after foot surgery is not likely going to make it back with the team this season. The Knicks are toying with the idea of adding some depth to their banged-up roster as they enter the final stretch of the season, but with a…

  15. Kobe Bryant talks Lakers drama, Howard, MVP race

    Mar 12, 2013, 2:42 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Dwight Howard hugs Kobe Bryant after they defeated the Chicago Bulls during their NBA game in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant was on the Dan Patrick Show Tuesday and it sounded at points like a cheesy corporate on leadership styles, but then when it comes to advice to Dwight Howard heading into Orlando it is “go kill ’em.” Aside that Kobe talks Derrick Rose, retirement, and yoga. Kobe’s not a yoga guy.

  16. Dennis Rodman heads to Vatican, wants to meet with new pope

    Mar 12, 2013, 2:17 PM EDT

    Dennis Rodman, George Stephanopoulos

    Dennis Rodman, international ambassador? Apparently, that’s how he pictures himself. Fresh off a trip to North Korea — where he looked the fool upon his return singing the praises of Kim Jung Un to anyone who would listen — he now plans to go to the Vatican and meet with the new Pope. Once they…

  17. After everything else, Pistons had to take cold shower after loss to Jazz

    Mar 12, 2013, 1:17 PM EDT

    Brandon Knight, Andre Drummond

    I’m not sure what the Pistons players did in their past lives to deserve this karma, but it must have been something. Not only have they lost six in a row, not only is star rookie Andre Drummond still out, not only did Brandon Knight get dunked on then sprained his ankle and will be…

  18. Dwight Howard returns to Orlando, which will be fine without him

    Mar 12, 2013, 12:47 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Dwight Howard

    Tuesday night will be cathartic for some Magic fans — Dwight Howard returns to Orlando and they will get to lustily boo the guy who left them. The guy they feel screwed them and the franchise over. Magic fans can sing “Forget You” at the top of their lungs. They can boo the Lakers as…

  19. Andre Iguodala hasn’t decided about picking up option for next season

    Mar 12, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Jeff Adrien, Wilson Chandler, Jeffery Taylor

    At the end of this season, Andre Iguodala can walk away from the Nuggets. He has an early termination option, he can get out of his deal and become a free agent. He could re-sign a longer deal with the Nuggets. Or he could stay put for another season and make a cool $16.2 million…

  20. Russell Westbrook tried to draw foul on halfcourt shot mid-game (VIDEO)

    Mar 12, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Charlotte Bobcats

    Hey Russell Westbrook, you realize you’re pretty much never going to get that call, right? He tried. Westbrook was coming up the court with just under 2:30 left in the second quarter and Gary Neal steps up to apply some early pressure. And Westbrook — who was in a gunner mode for long stretches of…

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