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  1. Dahntay Jones tells Dan Patrick he was just making a basketball play

    Mar 15, 2013, 2:01 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Atlanta Hawks

    There’s not a lot new here in terms of substance — the night Kobe Bryant went down with a sprained ankle and was saying it was a dirty play by Dahntay Jones, Jones was on twitter defending himself. Then Jones went on the radio and defended himself. Friday he was on the Dan Patrick show…

  2. Report: Bucks discussed 5-year, $40 million deal with Redick

    Mar 15, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Dallas Mavericks

    The Milwaukee Bucks will be forced to reshape their backcourt this summer. Monta Ellis is the team’s leading scorer (19.4 points a game) but he remains a gunner, an inefficient scorer (shooting 41.9 percent overall and 24.1 percent from three). He is an unrestricted free agent. Brandon Jennings if four years younger, scores 18.2 points…

  3. Pau Gasol could be back with Lakers by next Monday

    Mar 15, 2013, 12:29 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Whether or not Kobe Bryant is going to be out for a while — he is officially a game-time decision in Indiana Friday and could play on his sprained ankle — the Lakers could use a little more offensive firepower. Say, like Pau Gasol. The Lakers skilled big man has been practicing with the team…

  4. Tony Allen states the obvious: Memphis better without Rudy Gay

    Mar 15, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT

    Tony Allen

    Remember when Memphis traded Rudy Gay, getting back Tayshaun Prince and Ed Davis, and the consensus among television talking heads was this was going to set Memphis way back because they gave up all that shot creation? What they gave up was inefficient shot creation. What this trade allowed Memphis to do was focus on…

  5. Knicks to ink Kenyon Martin for rest of season Friday

    Mar 15, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

    Kenyon Martin, Jason Kidd

    Thursday night Kenyon Martin was a starter for the Knicks, playing better than 30 minutes and scoring 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting. Not bad for a guy on a 10-day tryout contract. That ends Friday — Martin’s second 10-day contract is up and the Knicks will make it official and sign him for the rest…

  6. On Leno Cuban talks about how he can’t talk about Kobe

    Mar 15, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    kobe mark cuban

    Mark Cuban is right — some Lakers fans can get really touchy and defensive. Trust me, I had a Lakers blog for years and trying to have a smart, thoughtful conversation about the team can be challenging at time because some fans are zealots about the team beyond the point of rationality. A few weeks…

  7. Lin on Linsanity documentary: “Wow, that stuff actually happened to me”

    Mar 15, 2013, 10:44 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin, Darren Collison

    It must be a rather surreal experience to watch a documentary about yourself. It’s never going to happen to me, so I’m going to take Jeremy Lin’s word for it. There is a “Linsanity” documentary out and it was shown at South by Southwest in Austin, which isn’t terribly far from Houston so Lin went…

  8. Hawks say Pachulia’s Achilles injury a “serious concern”

    Mar 15, 2013, 10:10 AM EDT

    zaza pachulia

    Zaza Pachulia has missed six straight games due to a sore right Achilles. Which isn’t good. But what is a bigger concern is that he just went and saw his third doctor about it, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution. As a general rule, when you have to see three doctors about something it’s not a…

  9. Raymond Felton hears boos in Portland, then plays like he was still a Blazer

    Mar 15, 2013, 8:44 AM EDT

    Felton shoots during NBA basketball game in Portland, Oregon

    It was bound to be a rough night for Raymond Felton on his return to Portland — and not because Trail Blazers fans were going to boo him. Carmelo Anthony, the focus on the Knicks offense, was out getting his knee drained. Tyson Chandler, Felton’s quality pick-and-roll partner, was out with his own sore knee…

  10. Tim Duncan’s still got it, Mavs find out hard way (VIDEO)

    Mar 15, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Kendrick Perkins, Tim Duncan

    Tim Duncan is having a resurgent year — 16.6 points and 9.6 rebounds a game with a PER of 23.9. More importantly, he is anchoring a defense that is back to being top three in the NBA, which is why the Spurs are more of a contender now than they have been the past couple…

  11. Clippers know team they have been recently isn’t good enough

    Mar 15, 2013, 3:02 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers' Paul and Griffin wait for play to resume as the Clippers trail the San Antonio Spurs during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    More and more it feels like they are just not there yet. The Clippers are 6-4 in their last 10, and as it has been with the Clippers the second half of the season you can’t say that is bad. They keep scoring points, they keep having highlights, they keep getting wins and having moments…

  12. Damian Lillard leads Blazers to win over shorthanded Knicks

    Mar 15, 2013, 2:21 AM EDT

    Damian Lillard, Isaiah Thomas

    The Knicks limped into Portland on Thursday, and were forced to give it a go against the Blazers without their two All-Stars. The result was pretty much what you would have expected. New York was dropped by the Blazers 105-90, thanks to a stellar 26 point, 10 rebound performance from Damian Lillard, the runaway candidate…

  13. Tim Duncan with more luck than skill on lefty tip-in (VIDEO)

    Mar 14, 2013, 11:33 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    It’s better to be lucky than good sometimes. Even when you are Tim Duncan and already really, really good. Duncan had a throwback night — 28 points, 19 rebounds — to lead the Spurs to a win over Dallas, but it wasn’t all basketball art. Nifty pass by Tiago Splitter, who is having an underrated…

  14. Throwback performance from Tim Duncan leads Spurs to win over Mavericks

    Mar 14, 2013, 11:25 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    It wasn’t necessarily a surprise that a Spurs team with the best record in the Western Conference would bounce back from an embarrassing, blowout loss to one of the league’s bottom-feeders that they suffered in Minnesota on Tuesday. The performance from Tim Duncan that led them there, however, was definitely a bit unexpected. Duncan was…

  15. Carmelo Anthony has knee drained, Knicks say he’s questionable Sunday against Clippers

    Mar 14, 2013, 8:32 PM EDT

    New York Knicks' Anthony grimaces as he leaves the court after injuring himself when falling at midcourt during the second quarter of their NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers

    Carmelo Anthony told reporters after the Knicks were blown out in Denver on Wednesday that he would be heading back to New York to get his knee drained, and that procedure was completed on Thursday. From the team’s PR: Carmelo Anthony had a soft tissue fluid collection of his posterior right knee aspirated today in…

  16. Gilbert Arenas says he’s happy in China, no plans for NBA return

    Mar 14, 2013, 7:43 PM EDT

    Gilbert Arenas china

    Gilbert Arenas was not going to be back in the NBA. His body was past the point he could put up with the long grind of an NBA season and produce enough that a team would choose him over a young prospect that could develop. Plus, there is the baggage. But if there is a…

  17. PBT Extra: Talking Kobe’s ankle, Lakers playoffs, and Memphis

    Mar 14, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Atlanta Hawks

    If you’re talking NBA on Thursday you’re talking Kobe Bryant, his ankle and what it all could mean for the Lakers playoff chances. That’s where Kay Adams and I start our conversation. I think their chances of making the playoffs is still pretty good — not because the loss of Kobe doesn’t hurt them (their…

  18. League says Kobe was fouled, refs missed it

    Mar 14, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

    Lakers Hawks Basketball

    The NBA’s league office agrees with Kobe Bryant. Not that it does any good. Kobe said after the game that Dahntay Jones intentionally stepped under him, didn’t give him room to land and that led to Kobe getting a sprained ankle. Kobe said Jones should have been called for a foul. The league issued a…

  19. Manu Ginobili pretty excited about Argentinian pope

    Mar 14, 2013, 4:33 PM EDT

    VATICAN-POPE-MASS-SISTINE

    Until Wednesday, if you asked people from Argentina about God, you probably got an answer about Lionel Messi. But now Argentina is buzzing because Buenos Aires native and Cardinal Jorge Mario Begoglio is now Pope Francis, the head of the Catholic Church worldwide. Among those pretty excited is Argentina’s greatest basketball player Manu Ginobili, who…

  20. At what point do fans of lottery team root for upset win?

    Mar 14, 2013, 4:00 PM EDT

    Jrue Holiday

    It happens every year after the All-Star break (if not earlier in some places) — fans of struggling teams start to root for their team to lose. They want a top draft spot and the best way to get that is to hope for better lottery odds. Fans root for their team to lose so…

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