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  1. JaVale McGee dunks on Hamed Haddadi, bows to him afterward (VIDEO)

    Mar 12, 2013, 8:40 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee, Hasheem Thabeet

    One never knows exactly what goes through the mind of JaVale McGee on the court, but whatever it is, it makes for some entertaining highlights. This ridiculous one-handed finish off of the alley-oop pass from Corey Brewer was Clipper-like in both the amount of hangtime, as well as the complete posterization of his defender, Hamed…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Knicks take night off (except they had a game)

    Mar 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while you were hacking Donkey Kong to make Pauline the hero… Spurs 105, Thunder 93: The Spurs depth was too much for the Thunder — San Antonio made its big runs when it was bench-on-bench (mostly). Part of that was that the Thunder…

  3. Three Stars of the Night: Unlikely heroes edition

    Mar 12, 2013, 2:44 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs Stephen Jackson, Tim Duncan, and Tiago Splitter of Brazil celebrate after they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Most nights, we have the game’s biggest stars lighting up the scoreboard while leading their teams to victory. That wasn’t the case on Monday, as the leading scorers on the winning side of things were largely unheralded players. Third Star: Kosta Koufos (Game-high and career-high 22 points, 10 rebounds in win over Suns) Koufos isn’t…

  4. Knicks J.R. Smith ejected for foul on Harrison Barnes (VIDEO)

    Mar 12, 2013, 1:31 AM EDT

    New York Knicks' Smith walks off the floor after missing a shot in their NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in New York

    On the scale of Flagrant II fouls, J.R. Smith‘s on Harrison Barnes Monday was not as bad as many. But Joey Crawford and the referee corp saw the replay above and decided the foul was “unnecessary and excessive” — the threshold that has to be met for the Flagrant II and automatic ejection. As Mike…

  5. Spurs sure look like contenders in 12-point win over Thunder

    Mar 12, 2013, 12:21 AM EDT

    Tim Duncan

    There are two, slightly contradictory take aways from this game: 1) There are a lot of people that watched the Spurs look great in the regular season the last couple years but then look very beatable in the playoffs who think this Spurs team is like those. But there is a key difference — this…

  6. Ty Lawson finds Kenneth Faried for the alley-oop from beyond halfcourt (VIDEO)

    Mar 11, 2013, 11:53 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge 2013

    PHOENIX — The game between the Suns and the Nuggets has largely been sloppy and played without much intensity, and essentially devoid of any highlights. It’s partly due to Phoenix throwing out seemingly random lineups during the team’s player development phase it’s going through, and partly due to Denver being mentally checked out to start…

  7. Brandon Knight’s week gets worse, leaves game against Jazz with ankle sprain

    Mar 11, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

    Brandon Knight, Tyson Chandler, Jason Kidd

    Brandon Knight seems like a nice enough guy, but perhaps that wasn’t the case in a previous life. It’s been a rough season for Knight, with Sunday night’s obliteration at the hands of DeAndre Jordan leading the list of events that haven’t exactly gone his way. Players will always take embarrassment over injury, however, so…

  8. Lou Amundson says after Bulls deal ends he’s a Hornet

    Mar 11, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

    Lou Amundson

    Those 10-day contracts a bunch of teams are handing out are technically two-way streets — not only is the team seeing if the player is a fit for them, the player is checking out the team as well. Except that usually the player doesn’t really have another option and are willing to latch on regardless…

  9. Monday And-1 links: Should we be praising Brandon Knight for trying to make a play on DeAndre Jordan?

    Mar 11, 2013, 7:12 PM EDT

    DeAndre Jordan, Brandon Knight

    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. • Brandon Knight became a trending joke on twitter after the Clippers DeAndre Jordan…

  10. Clippers’ Caron Butler out a week with elbow strain

    Mar 11, 2013, 5:46 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    Caron Butler is not a guy to oversell injuries. So when he was grabbing his left elbow Sunday night and went straight to the locker room, then when teammates seemed concerned after the game, there was reason for Clippers fans to be a little worried. X-rays on Sunday night were negative but the MRI was…

  11. Carmelo Anthony says he’s back, will play Monday night

    Mar 11, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

    New York Knicks forward Anthony reacts after being fouled by the Atlanta Hawks in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Not exactly the news the struggling Golden State Warriors wanted to hear. Carmelo Anthony will return to the Knicks lineup Monday night against Golden State, Howard Beck reports at the New York Times. The Knicks are listing Anthony as probable, but Anthony was more definitive, saying, “I will play tonight.” Anthony participated fully in the…

  12. Report: NBA Summer league could add NCAA Tournament style format

    Mar 11, 2013, 5:03 PM EDT

    summer league

    One of my favorite parts of the NBA calendar is the Summer League in Las Vegas. And not because it’s in Las Vegas (my in-laws live there, which sucks the fun right out of that city). No, it’s getting a chance to see young players up close, see guys playing with jobs (domestic and overseas)…

  13. NBA Power Rankings: After the Heat it gets interesting

    Mar 11, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers guard Stephenson is guarded by Heat forward Andersen and Battier during their NBA game at the American Airlines Arena in Miami

    Going to be an interesting week out West — Thunder and Spurs on Monday, while the Grizzlies play the Clippers and Nuggets this week. Those games don’t foreshadow playoff outcomes as much as hint at seedings — if Denver can get home court in the first round whoever has to face them is in trouble.…

  14. Philippine Basketball Association bans Renaldo Balkman for life after choking incident

    Mar 11, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

    Renaldo Balkman

    Former NBA player Renaldo Balkman is going to get paid to play basketball somewhere in the future, but it’s not going to be in the Philippines. After snapping —  first shoving then choking a Perton Blaze teammate who was just trying to calm Balkman down during a recent Philippine Basketball Association game — PBA commissioner…

  15. Kyrie Irving out 3-4 weeks with sprained shoulder

    Mar 11, 2013, 2:58 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    Apparently the basketball injury gods were not done with Kyrie Irving yet. Irving left Sunday night’s game with the Raptors after a collision and now the Cavaliers have announced he will be out three to four weeks with a sprained shoulder the team announced. The injury happened with just a couple minutes left in the…

  16. The Extra Pass: How the Lakers took advantage of Carlos Boozer’s defense

    Mar 11, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls' Boozer reacts after being called for a foul in their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    The Lakers’ win over the Bulls on Sunday was a real workmanlike effort that showed improved dedication on the defensive side of the ball and growing chemistry. The Lakers really seem to be hitting their stride at the right time as they make an end of the season push to qualify for the playoffs. The…

  17. Paul Millsap has bruised quad, patella; may sit out Monday

    Mar 11, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Jazz have lost 7-of-8 and fallen out of the playoffs in the West. So, just what they need is a key player to go out. But it looks like the Jazz will be without Paul Millsap Monday and maybe a little longer. He did not take part in shootaround Monday as the Jazz get…

  18. Dwight Howard apologizes to Orlando for how exit went down

    Mar 11, 2013, 1:19 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    This isn’t going to change anything. It isn’t going to change that Dwight Howard has a home in Bel Air (an expensive Los Angeles enclave) and is wearing a Los Angeles Lakers jersey this season. It isn’t going to change the reaction Howard is going to get when he returns to Orlando on Tuesday. But…

  19. DeMarcus Cousins, your suspension is coming for elbowing Mike Dunleavy in head

    Mar 11, 2013, 12:59 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Scott Foster, Mike Dunleavy

    DeMarcus Cousins is going to get suspended for that. If there is one thing the Serge Ibaka nut shot on Blake Griffin made clear, it’s that the NBA league office takes prior offenses and any pattern of problems into account when dishing out punishments. This would be Cousins fourth suspension-worthy incident from the league this…

  20. Heat win over Pacers wasn’t statement game — the streak is the statement

    Mar 11, 2013, 11:44 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Miami Heat

    Regular season matchups are terrible predictors of post-season series. Last year the Celtics had taken three of four regular season games from the Heat but fell in the playoffs. The season before the Lakers had taken two of three late in the season from the Mavericks only to get swept out of the playoffs. And…

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