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  1. He’s not shut down, Kyrie Irving could return this season

    Mar 25, 2013, 9:46 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    At this point in the season, with most teams having about a dozen games to go, if a key player is injured on a struggling team, he is usually just shut down for the season. There is no reason to risk more injury for meaningless games. Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving is out with a sore shoulder…

  2. PBT Extra: Talking coaches who could be gone next season

    Mar 25, 2013, 8:21 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Clippers - Game Four

    With the end of the season will come a number of coaches getting fired — Scott Skiles is already out in Milwaukee and Jim Boylan will not stick around, Keith Smart will be gone as the ownership changes one way or another with the Kings, and expect changes in Phoenix. But what about the bigger…

  3. Dwyane Wade to sit out Monday, miss second straight game

    Mar 25, 2013, 6:48 PM EDT

    Dwyade Wade

    The Miami Heat are focused on the playoffs and being healthy now, not the 26-game winning streak… plus if you’re going to rest a guy against the two worst teams in the league is the time to do it. Dwyane Wade will be out for the Heat on Monday night against Orlando, the team announced.…

  4. Monday And-1 links: NBA Grateful Dead T-Shirts? Better than a “box of rain.”

    Mar 25, 2013, 5:18 PM EDT

    Clippers GD

    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 I love fried chicken and waffles…. • I know what T-shirt Luke Walton…

  5. NBA Power Rankings: Streakers go to front of the line

    Mar 25, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Kings Heat Basketball

    Obviously the Heat are undefeated in their last 10 games, but in the East the Brooklyn Nets are the only team with a better than .500 record in their last 10 games. Which is why after the Heat the next five spots on this list come from the Western Conference. 1. Heat (54-14, last week…

  6. George Karl wants to end conference lines in NBA playoffs

    Mar 25, 2013, 3:55 PM EDT

    George Karl

    The NBA playoffs are mostly seeded in a way fans understand, with the exception of a division winner being guaranteed a top-four seed but not home-court advantage. But if were up to Nuggets coach George Karl, the post-season would throw everyone for a major loop (at least until we got used to Commissioner Karl’s new…

  7. Randy Wittman (basically): I’m funny how, I mean, funny like I’m a clown?

    Mar 25, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT

    Randy Wittman, Trevor Ariza, Nene

    One might say the Wizards, who started the season 40-12 and 4-28, were a bit of a circus. One probably shouldn’t say that to Washington coach Randy Wittman, though. J. Michael of CSNWashington.com: Coach Randy Wittman just went ballistic on a local TV reporter comparing franchise to a circus The exact question: “the circus was…

  8. Royce White returning to D-League after reportedly leaving without Rockets’ permission

    Mar 25, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

    Rockets White Basketball

    Just four days ago, Kurt wrote, “The saga of Royce White likely ends for this season this way — him on a practice floor in Houston working out, not on the Rockets active roster, not on any roster.” But the saga of Royce White has not ended this season. The latest turn, according to Adrian…

  9. Sacramento reaches terms on new arena deal. All part of the plan.

    Mar 25, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

    Kevin Johnson

    In the bid to buy the Kings, the Seattle group — led by Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer — are largely working quietly, behind the scenes to make their case. Outside of setting up a place where fans could show their support by getting on a list to buy season tickets, and releasing…

  10. Chris Kaman: ‘I’m not much of a Dwyane Wade fan’

    Mar 25, 2013, 2:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    While Dwyane Wade was proving himself the best player on a championship team during the 2006 NBA Finals – better than even Shaquille O’Neal – a sizable group of detractors were bemoaning Wade getting every foul call in his favor. Apparently, Chris Kaman was in that group. Kaman on BaD Radio 104.1 FM The Ticket,…

  11. Kevin Garnett likely out Tuesday when Celtics play Knicks

    Mar 25, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    Kevin Garnett had an MRI on his injured ankle and the good news nothing showed up that was all that alarming. However, it’s serious enough that Doc Rivers said he is almost certainly out on Tuesday when the Celtics play the Knicks and it could be more games than that, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at…

  12. Report: NBA teams eyeing Iowa State’s Hoiberg as coach

    Mar 25, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

    Iowa State Cyclones head coach Hoiberg coaches team against Notre Dame Fighting Irish during NCAA tournament basketball game in Dayton

    NBA teams are hesitant to pluck coaches out of the college ranks to take their NBA head jobs — even elite college coaches like Rick Pitino and John Calipari have struggled in NBA jobs. NBA coaching is different, starting with you just can’t recruit Anthony Davis or Gorgui Dieng to your team. But a number…

  13. Can Jazz or Mavericks catch the Lakers for the eighth seed?

    Mar 25, 2013, 12:33 PM EDT

    SPO-BKN-NBA--WIZARDS-LAKERS

    The Los Angeles Lakers are back in a more familiar place — the team being chased rather than the team playing catch-up. Granted, the Lakers aren’t really used to being chased for the eighth seed, but still it’s better to be the team being chased than the other way around. Both the Dallas Mavericks and…

  14. Dwyane Wade asks LeBron how Heat could win without Wade, while Bosh is Bosh (VIDEO)

    Mar 25, 2013, 11:25 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat

    Dwyane Wade sat out the Heat’s win over the Bobcats on Sunday because of a “sore right knee,” which is really the case guy needing some rest more than a big knee issue. Erik Spoelstra is going to get his stars some nights off down the stretch, streak or no streak (don’t be shocked if…

  15. Pistons’ Bynum could be shut down for season due to hand

    Mar 25, 2013, 11:09 AM EDT

    Will Bynum

    Will Bynum has had his moments for the Detroit Pistons this season — as a designated scorer coming off the bench he’s averaging 9.3 points a game but has had 13 games with more than 15 points including 23 against the Trail Blazers recently. But he has been playing through pain in his hand since…

  16. Kevin Love admits he may not come back this season

    Mar 25, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

    Kevin Love

    At this point, why bother? Back on January 3, Kevin Love re-broke the finger that he had broken during the preseason. The second time meant surgery, but Love hoped to be back for the final 15 or 20 games of the regular season. But the Timberwolves now have 14 games left and Love is going…

  17. Greg Smith throws down on Tiago Splitter (VIDEO)

    Mar 25, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Houston Rockets

    Tiago Splitter ends up on the wrong end of a lot of dunks. Which means he’s a guy defending the rim who doesn’t shirk away from his duties. That’s admirable. But he still gets dunked on a lot, which is what happened with Greg Smith on Sunday. The Rockets’ Smith was open at the elbow to…

  18. Report: UNLV’s Bennett to declare for NBA draft

    Mar 25, 2013, 8:42 AM EDT

    Mountain West Basketball Tournament - Championship - UNLV v New Mexico

    This isn’t a surprise, in fact it was expected. At least we’re not going to go through the silly “of course I’m coming back… wait, I changed my mind” dance. UNLV forward Anthony Bennett will go pro next season, reports CBSSports.com. Sources told CBSSports.com that the 6-foot-8 Canadian forward, who averaged 16.1 points and 8.1…

  19. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Heat continue streaking, Harden hits the game-winner to beat the Spurs

    Mar 25, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Houston Rockets

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while watching FGCU celebrate their trip to the Sweet 16 a thousand times. Nets 102, Suns 100: The Nets were without Joe Johnson in this one, but early in the third quarter, when Brooklyn had increased its lead to 16 points, it seemed…

  20. James Harden’s leaning game winner to beat Spurs (VIDEO)

    Mar 25, 2013, 1:47 AM EDT

    Spurs Rockets Basketball

    James Harden is a superstar. And it’s not just the beard. When he was traded from being the Thunder’s super-sub there was no question he was good, but there was a question about whether he could be a No. 1, franchise cornerstone guy. Yes, yes he is. Ask the Spurs. He had 18 of his…

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