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  1. Kobe, Pau Gasol likely to return to Lakers lineup Friday

    Mar 20, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT

    Pau Gasol Kobe Bryant

    Friday night, the Lakers may finally have a full healthy roster. Kobe Bryant is expected to play following his ankle sprain and now it looks like Pau Gasol will be back from his foot injury. Coach Mike D’Antoni said as much after practice Wednesday which means the entire core of the team should be able…

  2. For Heat, win streak can be part of team’s legacy

    Mar 20, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT

    Erik Spoelstra; LeBron James

    Ten, 15 years from now, what are we going to think about with this era of the Miami Heat? What will we be saying about LeBron James? Dwyane Wade? A lot of that will be determined by how many rings this Heat core can rack up — it’s not likely to reach the numbers of…

  3. Coach Frank calls Pistons “disheartening to watch”

    Mar 20, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

    Lawrence Frank

    It’s been a rough season for the Pistons, but the last few weeks in particular have been very tough — they have lost nine games in a row, the most recent a 37-point drubbing at the hands of the Nets. They are without Andre Drummond (back issues) and without any real spark. In their last…

  4. LeBron James savoring big dunk over Jason Terry

    Mar 20, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT

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

    LeBron James has had his share of big dunks in the NBA… and a few other people’s shares. To the point he doesn’t linger over them much. Usually. But the Celtics Jason Terry was dismissive of the Heat and their winning streak before the two teams met Monday night, so LeBron seemed pretty happy to…

  5. Ten prospects NBA fans should watch in NCAA Tournament

    Mar 20, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT

    WCC Basketball Tournament - Championship Saint Mary's v Gonzaga

    We fans place a lot more weight in evaluating players on what they do in the NCAA Tournament than do NBA teams scouting the draft. They have already watched the tape on every game the guy has played this season and likely been to some practices. Then later they will measure him at the combine…

  6. Royce White says he thinks Stern, NBA GMs want him gone

    Mar 20, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

    Royce White

    Royce White is playing in the D-League now, playing his way into game shape and starting to look better in recent games, according to reports. He is averaging 9.6 points on 41.6 percent shooting plus 5.6 rebounds a game. Not exactly numbers that scream he needs to be called up to the Rockets right now.…

  7. DeMarcus Cousins had angry words for Kings announcer

    Mar 20, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins needs to develop a thicker skin. Soon. The Kings picked up one of their better wins of the year Tuesday, dominating the fourth quarter to knock off the Clippers. In a season filled with losses on the court and bigger concerns off it, this was the kind of game the Kings and their…

  8. Carmelo Anthony “probable” for return Wednesday

    Mar 20, 2013, 11:57 AM EDT

    Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony

    The Knicks are getting a healthy body back — that itself almost feels like a miracle. Maybe the Knicks are shipping in the team drinking water from Lourdes. Carmelo Anthony is “probable” for return Wednesday night when the Knicks take on Orlando, the team announced. Anthony missed a couple games with irritation in his knee,…

  9. George Hill says he didn’t mean to disrespect to Pacers fans

    Mar 20, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT

    George Hill

    George Hill says he didn’t want to insult Pacers fans, he just wants to see more of them. The Los Angeles Lakers came to Indiana last Friday and, as happens most places the Lakers visit, there were a lot of L.A. fans in the building. The Lakers are one of the NBA’s handful of national…

  10. Chris Paul may have had the flop of the year (VIDEO)

    Mar 20, 2013, 10:58 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    I know the video quality is not great, but that video does a great job of getting you to see what is my new favorite flop of the year. Chris Paul kind of makes contact with DeMarcus Cousins on Tuesday night then tries to sell a flop with some Keanu Reeves doing Shakespeare bad acting. Whoa.…

  11. Three Kentucky stars say they likely return. Well, they say that now.

    Mar 20, 2013, 10:27 AM EDT

    Florida v Kentucky

    Here is a sentence we will be retyping a lot over the next few weeks: Never believe what a college player says about his future in the minutes after he is eliminated from the NCAA Tournament. In the emotion of the moment they almost always say they will return, then upon reflection in a few…

  12. Highlights of Nuggets carving up Thunder defense (VIDEO)

    Mar 20, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    Danilo Gallinari nuggets

    That would be 13 wins in a row for the Nuggets, and we don’t want that streak to get lost in the news about that other streak. So, here is some video of the Nuggets knocking down shots and having their way with the Thunder defense Tuesday. Ty Lawson had another good game for Denver…

  13. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Clippers lose, fall to fourth

    Mar 20, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    Isaiah Thomas, Chris Paul

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while rethinking everything you knew about Star Wars…. Nuggets 114, Thunder 104: Denver won their 13th game in a row and in doing so made a statement that come the playoffs they are not to be dismissed. The Thunder went cold for the…

  14. Three Stars of the Night: Fourth quarter heroes edition

    Mar 20, 2013, 2:31 AM EDT

    Toney Douglas, Chris Paul

    There were people who put up bigger numbers on each of their teams, but these three players had the big fourth quarters that got their teams the win Tuesday night. So yes, that means guys like Kevin Durant with big lines (34 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists) miss the cut. That’s life. Third Star: Monta…

  15. Chris Paul with the spin move, behind-the-back, half-court alley-oop pass (VIDEO)

    Mar 20, 2013, 1:38 AM EDT

    Chris Paul, Isaiah Thomas

    The Clippers are a nightly highlight show. And Chris Paul is the ringmaster — he knows how to set up the show, keep it moving, and entertain the crowd by himself when he needs to. And against the Kings Tuesday he did a little of that — he made a beautiful move at halfcourt that…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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