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  1. Three Stars of the Night: Youth is served

    Mar 6, 2013, 2:19 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Darius Morris

    It’s an exciting time in the NBA when some of the league’s fresher faces are able to dominate the headlines at times and, more importantly, lead their respective teams to victory. On a light three-game slate in the Association, we had one of the younger guys playing a key role in all three contests. Third…

  2. Russell Westbrook scores 37, leads Thunder to easy win over Lakers

    Mar 6, 2013, 1:37 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Westbrook looks on during a timeout against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    The last time the Thunder played the Lakers, they turned the ball over just nine times, and Russell Westbrook struggled offensively, finishing with just 17 points on 6-22 shooting. Oklahoma City dropped that one on Jan. 27 in Los Angeles, so Tuesday night at home, the team corrected itself in those two areas — in…

  3. Matt Barnes says there’s a double standard on NBA fines/suspensions

    Mar 5, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v Los Angeles Clippers

    Is Matt Barnes saying anything we weren’t all thinking? When the word came down that Serge Ibaka was not getting suspended for his foul hitting Blake Griffin in the crotch the NBA twitterverse did a collective, “Really?” I don’t think Ibaka intentionally hit Griffin in a place no man wants to be hit, he was…

  4. Blake Griffin references his time traveling Kia ads in response to hit from Serge Ibaka

    Mar 5, 2013, 9:19 PM EDT

    ibaka griffin

    If you watch even a little bit of NBA basketball, there’s no way you haven’t seen one of the Kia ads featuring Blake Griffin going back in time to give his younger self various tidbits of helpful information that will prepare him for the future that Griffin is dealing with now. Griffin has always been…

  5. LeBron, Wade wonder publicly why Serge Ibaka was not suspended

    Mar 5, 2013, 8:26 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James and Wade react after a play against the Boston Celtics during the first half in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs in Boston

    When the news was released today that Serge Ibaka would be fined $25,000 for his below-the-belt hit on Blake Griffin during the Thunder’s win over the Clippers on Sunday, it wasn’t a shock that a suspension wasn’t handed down, but it was a bit of a surprise. The league hasn’t been afraid to retroactively drop…

  6. Dwight Howard says he could have sat out season until now

    Mar 5, 2013, 7:28 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    In Chicago, where Derrick Rose is both the present and the future, he has yet to set foot on the court as he recovers from an ACL injury. Neither Rose nor the Bulls want to risk the long-term for some regular season games, even if it costs the Bulls a season. Dwight Howard went a…

  7. League downgrades J.J. Barea’s foul on Ray Allen, no fine/suspension

    Mar 5, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

    Ray Allen, J.J. Barea

    J.J. Barea may have body checked Ray Allen to the ground, but it wasn’t done in a “unnecessary and excessive” way. At least if you ask the league. Allen may feel differently. Barea’s foul on Allen was downgraded from a flagrant 2 to a flagrant 1 by the league — that means there will be…

  8. Improved Lakers get measuring stick game against Thunder

    Mar 5, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers

    There was a time not so long ago when the up-and-coming Thunder were measuring their improvement against the Lakers. Now, it’s the Western Conference champion Thunder that are the measuring stick and the Lakers who want to see where they stand after a run of better play. The two face off Tuesday night in Oklahoma…

  9. Thunder’s Ibaka fined $25K, not suspended, for blow to Griffin

    Mar 5, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Clippers

    When you see the play above most people who are not Thunder faithful thought Serge Ibaka punched Blake Griffin in the groin and should have been ejected. But he wasn’t, it was ruled a flagrant 1 foul, and Ibaka went on to make key plays down the stretch (including drawing Griffin’s sixth foul) that helped…

  10. Could Flip Saunders replace David Kahn as Minnesota GM next year?

    Mar 5, 2013, 3:19 PM EDT

    File photo of Washington Wizards coach Saunders during an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    We told you earlier today that former Minnesota coach (and current ESPN analyst) Flip Saunders is working with a group of investors looking to buy the Timberwolves. In this scenario and Saunders would take over basketball operations (owner Glenn Taylor has had the team on the market for a while looking for an owner who…

  11. Nicolas Batum off-the-backboard alley-oop to Meyers Leonard (VIDEO)

    Mar 5, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

    Meyers Leonard

    If the Miami Heat do something like this, we all just kind of expect it. But when the Portland Trail Blazers are doing a bit of showtime it catches your attention — this is Nicolas Batum going off the backboard to Meyers Leonard for the dunk. Pretty impressive. Blazers coach Terry Stotts was less than…

  12. Rodman thrown out of New York hotel bar due to Kim Jung Un talk

    Mar 5, 2013, 2:29 PM EDT

    Retired U.S. NBA basketball player Rodman is welcomed by Son, Vice Chairman of North Korea's Olympic Committe, as he arrives in Pyongyang

    In case you missed it, Dennis Rodman was in North Korea last week doing a little basketball diplomacy and meeting with one of the world’s true old-school (and I don’t mean that in a good way) dictators in Kim Jong Un. Since his return Rodman has been doing the talk-show circuit talking about what a…

  13. Knicks make it official, give Kenyon Martin second 10-day contract

    Mar 5, 2013, 1:09 PM EDT

    Golden State Warriors v New York Knicks

    In 10 days, the Knicks are going to have to make a decision on Kenyon Martin — keep him or cut him. But they have another 10 days after offering him his second 10-day contract on Tuesday, reports Frank Isola of Newsday, via twitter. This had been expected. Martin has gotten on the court for…

  14. Wizards’ Martell Webster, Garrett Temple do good job on national anthem (VIDEO)

    Mar 5, 2013, 12:52 PM EDT

    American Flag Wave

    This was from a Wizards charity game Monday night, and I have to say that while they were having fun with it Martell Webster and Garrett Temple did a good job on the national anthem. Those of us sports fans who go to a lot of events live have heard a ton of renditions of…

  15. Report: Nuggets to chase after Kyle Korver this summer

    Mar 5, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

    Kyle Korver

    The Denver Nuggets score more points in the paint than any team in the NBA, which is a good thing for them. But it is born in part out of necessity — they are the NBA’s worst shooting team from 16 feet out to the three-point line (32.4 percent) and the league’s third-worst shooting three…

  16. Flip Saunders fronting group looking to buy Timberwolves

    Mar 5, 2013, 11:27 AM EDT

    Flip Saunders

    Last year Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glenn Taylor said he was looking to sell the franchise — but he wasn’t going to sell it to just anyone. He wanted an investor or group of investors who were committed to keeping the team in Minnesota. Sort of the anti-Maloofs. Apparently there is a group stepping forward, and…

  17. Bullets, feces found when former NBAer Robert Swift vacates home

    Mar 5, 2013, 10:42 AM EDT

    Robert Swift

    If you read PBT’s And-1 links then you already know former NBA player Robert Swift was being forclosed on and getting kicked out of his Seattle area home (which the bank sold to another family). Except Swift was squatting there, refusing to leave. Well, he’s out. But the interesting/disturbing part is what he left behind…

  18. Jordan asks judge to dismiss “shameless” paternity lawsuit

    Mar 5, 2013, 9:50 AM EDT

    Michael Jordan

    Michael Jordan wisely did not comment last week when a story leaked about a woman suing Michael Jordan in a paternity lawsuit for her 16-year-old son saying Jordan was the father. But you knew Jordan’s lawyers would not stay quiet for long — and they fired back with what may well be a winning shot.…

  19. Jeremy Lin, Rockets in Taiwan highlights eight NBA preseason overseas games next fall

    Mar 5, 2013, 9:29 AM EDT

    Knicks Lin talks during a new conference before the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    David Stern may be stepping away next February, but his quest to make the NBA the dominant global brand for basketball is not going away. Still, he knows how to make a splash and the NBA is going to do that overseas in Stern’s final slate of overseas preseason games. At the top of the…

  20. Monta Ellis with high degree of difficulty spinning layup (VIDEO)

    Mar 5, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

    Monta Ellis, Randy Foye

    Monta Ellis was putting on a show for part of Monday night, leading his Bucks to a win over the Jazz (he got a little help in the overtime with eight points by J.J. Redick), but this was the best highlight of the group. Ellis remains a very entertaining player to watch. Not efficient. Not…

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