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  1. Carmelo Anthony trips over own feet, tweaks knee, leaves game (VIDEO)

    Mar 4, 2013, 9:43 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony lies on the court after injuring himself while falling at midcourt during the second quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers

    UPDATE 11:58 pm: Carmelo Anthony said after the game this had been nothing new — his knee had been bothering him for a few weeks and this was more just a mold aggravation of what has already been going on. The good news is that no tests are scheduled and this is not some serious…

  2. Aaron Brooks waived by Kings, signs with Houston

    Mar 4, 2013, 8:52 PM EDT

    Aaron Brooks, Goran Dragic, Michael Beasley

    Aaron Brooks was just not part of the future in Sacramento — Isaiah Thomas and Tyreke Evans are your ball handlers there, Brooks was just not fitting in the mix. The Rockets are hoping he can fit in the mix there off the bench. Sacramento waived Aaron Brooks right before the March 1 deadline and…

  3. Kyrie Irving returns to Cavaliers Monday vs. Knicks

    Mar 4, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    After missing three games with a hyperextended knee, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving returned Monday to the Cavaliers lineup, just in time to face Raymond Felton and the Knicks. Irving injured his knee in practice and tried to play through it, but it was clear he wasn’t himself when Jrue Holiday just dominated him in…

  4. Monday And-1 links: Highlights from the MIT SLOAN advanced statistics conference

    Mar 4, 2013, 6:47 PM EDT

    MIT campus

    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 like the guys at MIT like beer. Because all guys like beer. • Last…

  5. Good news for Wizards: It’s just a sprain for Bradley Beal

    Mar 4, 2013, 5:42 PM EDT

    Bradley Beal

    There are not a lot of positives for Wizards fans to take out of this season, it’s really about hope for the future. So when you see John Wall making key plays and knocking down jumpers in the final minutes to beat the 76ers Sunday, you take that as a positive. And when you see…

  6. Kobe says he would have smacked Ibaka in the mouth after a foul like Griffin’s

    Mar 4, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    There are times it sounds like Kobe Bryant is channeling Dalton from “Roadhouse” — “pain don’t hurt.” With the Lakers having an off day after a win over the Hawks — and before a much tougher test with Thunder Tuesday — Kobe was asked about Sunday’s other talked about play at Staples Center where Serge…

  7. New ad pushes Charlotte to bring back Hornets name

    Mar 4, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    Charlotte Hornets logo

    That ad is showing up on television now in the Charlotte area, sponsored by a local hardware business, as reported in the Charlotte Observer (hat tip to Eye on Basketball). The sentiment is much larger than that — when Michael Jordan bought the Bobcats he was peppered with questions about changing the team name. The…

  8. NBA Power Rankings: It’s Miami then everyone else

    Mar 4, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

    Kings Heat Basketball

    Not much change at the top of the rankings this week, the Heat can’t seem to lose (the only real shift was the Clippers jumping the Pacers after beating them). The interesting question going forward is how far will the Spurs tumble without Tony Parker for a month. And if they tumble here, do they…

  9. Report: Rockets, Pacers to play first ever NBA preseason game in Philippines

    Mar 4, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

    SM Mall of America Philippines

    David Stern himself put it this way All-Star weekend: “…we’re going to be doing lots of exhibition traveling, I have no doubt, this coming preseason.” How about to the Philippines? There is a report out of interaksyon.com that the SM Mall of Asia Arena will host the first ever NBA preseason game in the basketball-crazy…

  10. Wizards’ John Wall with sweet 360 layup (VIDEO)

    Mar 4, 2013, 2:06 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Washington Wizards

    This play kind of got overlooked in the Sunday crush of Kobe and LeBron and Russell Westbrook, but John Wall can still make plays that have you turning your head. The Wizards still need a lot more from John Wall — they need him to be aggressive, especially late in games like he was Sunday.…

  11. Josh Smith says he expects his friend Dwight Howard to stay in L.A.

    Mar 4, 2013, 12:47 PM EDT

    Josh Smith, Dwight Howard

    It doesn’t make for great talk radio or arguing talking heads on television, but the smart money has always been that Dwight Howard will re-sign with the Lakers this summer (he is an unrestricted free agent). The Lakers can offer the most money, Howard likes living in Los Angeles and it would be another blow…

  12. JaVale McGee fronts Nuggets Harlem Shake video (in Predator mask)

    Mar 4, 2013, 12:20 PM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, JaVale McGee

    Another day, another Harlem Shake video from the NBA…. Today it’s the Denver Nuggets, and if you’re going to put a Nugget in front of this dance it has to be JaVale McGee. In a Predator mask. After that, does anything seem quite as crazy? Compare these to the  Heat, Raptors, and Inside the NBA versions…

  13. LeBron did tweak his knee Sunday, expects to play Monday

    Mar 4, 2013, 11:58 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v New York Knicks

    It was just one of those plays — LeBron James was going up for the alley-oop and the Knicks J.R. Smith was playing free safety, watching the ball and going up to swat the play away. They collided and LeBron came down awkwardly on his left leg. He instantly started to grab for his knee.…

  14. Sixers GM says another surgery possible for Andrew Bynum

    Mar 4, 2013, 10:53 AM EDT

    76ers Bynum Basketball

    Sixers GM Tony DiLeo is the guy trying to answer maybe the most difficult question in the NBA this summer: How big and how long a contract should you offer Andrew Bynum? Before your answer, watch the interview above with Dei Lynam of CSNPhiully.com where DiLeo admits having arthroscopic surgery is on the table for…

  15. LeBron basically shrugs, ignores Magic’s Slam Dunk offer

    Mar 4, 2013, 10:35 AM 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

    Magic Johnson’s offer of $1 million to LeBron James to do the 2014 All-Star Saturday Dunk Contest was a blatant publicity stunt. First, if you were serious Magic you would have made the donation to his charity, LeBron needs another $1 million in his pocket about as much as Magic does. Second, you think Magic…

  16. Danny Granger reports “above average” soreness in knee

    Mar 4, 2013, 10:11 AM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Danny Granger

    Sunday night, in the Pacers win over the Bulls that may have been the dagger shot in them winning the central division, Danny Granger played eight minutes in the first half. He didn’t see the court in the second half. This was the second straight game Granger didn’t see the court in the second half.…

  17. Kobe Bryant hits game winner over Josh Smith (VIDEO)

    Mar 4, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Los Angeles Lakers

    This shot was made out top. The Lakers were down 1 with time running down in the game and Kobe Bryant was working the pick-and-roll with Dwight Howard. Off the switch on that Kobe got Al Horford on him and Kobe knew he had them. Horford can’t stop Kobe off the dribble — the Hawks…

  18. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Kobe pushes Lakers to .500

    Mar 4, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v Los Angeles Lakers

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching the wildest ending to a high school state championship game you will ever see… Lakers 99, Hawks 98: It took a phenomenal performance down the stretch from Kobe Bryant, after the Lakers gave back all of a 16-point third quarter lead…

  19. Three Stars of the Night: Kobe, LeBron, Westbrook spark wins

    Mar 4, 2013, 4:06 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, DeShawn Stevenson

    Some very familiar names on top of the three stars list to NBA fans tonight. Sorry to overlook Chandler Parsons dropping 32 out of the blue, or Carmelo Anthony getting 32 in a losing cause, or David West putting up an impressive 31 against the Bulls defense. But these guys had big games and sparked…

  20. Kobe Bryant dunking like it’s the 1990s again (VIDEO)

    Mar 4, 2013, 1:39 AM EDT

    Tony Parker

    Kobe Bryant has had a spring in his step this season and Josh Smith found out all about it. More than at the rim, when Smith was trailing and Kobe was dunking, Smith learned the lesson out hight when Kobe blew by him. Then Kobe elevated to throw down and there was nothing Smith could…

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