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  1. Video: Ty Lawson with overtime game winner for Nuggets

    Mar 6, 2012, 8:14 AM EDT

    Ty Lawson

    In case you haven’t noticed, Ty Lawson has been a force since the All Star break — last week he  averaged 20.7 points, 11.7 assists and 7 rebounds a game. Oh, and he had 4 turnovers. Total. All week. Then there is this — his overtime game winner against the Kings. Which looks a lot…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kevin Love outduels Blake Griffin

    Mar 6, 2012, 7:43 AM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love is fouled by Los Angeles Clippers forward Reggie Evans in Minneapolis

    What you missed while buying way more Girl Scout cookies than you really should… Thunder 95, Mavericks 92: Oklahoma City scored the final eight points to win another close contest, which was our game of the night. Timberwolves 95, Clippers 94: With all their mistakes late, I have no idea how the Timberwolves pulled this…

  3. Another close game, another Oklahoma City Thunder win

    Mar 6, 2012, 2:41 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Russell Westbrook

    Oklahoma City has been one of the best teams in close games all season — when games are within 3 points (either way) in the last three minutes, the Thunder were 13-3 coming into Monday night. Make that 14-3. Monday night they won another close one, this time beating the Dallas Mavericks 95-91 by scoring…

  4. Video: Sonny Weems with an impressive dunk contest… in Lithuania

    Mar 5, 2012, 11:53 PM EDT

    Ramunas Siskauskas (L) of CSKA vies with

    You remember Sonny Weems, right? Spent the couple seasons before this in Toronto, played for Denver before that. Like a lot of guys on the NBA fringe, he had a hard decision to make during the lockout and he decided to get paid and signed to play in Lithuania. Where he was part of their…

  5. Veterans say there are sometimes bounties in NBA

    Mar 5, 2012, 8:46 PM EDT

    barkley-sixers

    It’s not exactly the same as Gregg Williams and what is going on with the New Orleans Saints, but a couple of veteran players interviewed this week say the idea of bounties offered for hitting and hurting an NBA player are not unheard of. Cedric Maxwell, who played 11 seasons in the NBA (most famously…

  6. Keith Smart gets contract extension to stay as Kings’ coach

    Mar 5, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT

    Keith Smart

    Better not use the word “interim” around him anymore. Co-owner Joe Maloof said the other day the Kings did not plan to let coach Keith Smart go, they liked the job he had done since taking over seven games in for Paul Westphal as coach. Today that became official. The team announced that they are…

  7. Nets’ Lopez out 3 weeks with sprained ankle. Now what for Howard trade?

    Mar 5, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

    Brook Lopez

    We warned you that Brook Lopez’s ankle sprain early in the third quarter Sunday was pretty bad. You know it is not good when the coach will not address it after the game, saying they need to wait a day. The good news is that X-rays came back negative, but the bad news is that…

  8. Report: Nuggets put “Birdman” Chris Andersen on trade block

    Mar 5, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

    CAnderson_necktat

    At the San Francisco Chronicle, they have done a detailed team-by-team breakdown of trade options for the Warriors. For example, they say Golden State doesn’t want to do a Stephen Curry for Rajon Rondo swap with Boston (the Celtics wouldn’t do that one either). But when it got to Denver there was an interesting note:…

  9. Wilson Chandler, Nuggets still talking, not getting very far

    Mar 5, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

    Wilson Chandler, Kobe Bryant

    Here are the two key facts as we know them: First, Wilson Chandler can’t play for any NBA team but the Denver Nuggets this season. Since he returned from playing in China during the lockout, the deadline has passed for other teams to offer the restricted free agent a deal (something nobody did because everyone…

  10. Report: Portland’s Jamal Crawford “available”

    Mar 5, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    When we told you the Portland Trail Blazers might be looking to make big changes, we weren’t kidding. Raymond Felton is getting his tires kicked by the Lakers and likely other teams, as the point guard brought in has not fit as planned. Same can be said of Jamal Crawford, who also can be had…

  11. Chris Webber emerges as mentor for DeMarcus Cousins

    Mar 5, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Demarcus Cousins

    Chris Webber had All-Star years and put up big numbers on a contending team while in Sacramento — he’s looked back on as one of the team’s legendary players. Now. But there were plenty of rough spots at the time. He didn’t really want to be traded there initially (because they had been a consistent…

  12. D’Antoni says he is sticking with Lin as starter, usually closer

    Mar 5, 2012, 2:18 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin, Baron Davis,  J.R Smith

    The buzz is out there — as “Linsanity” fades and reality comes into play, Baron Davis could steal the Knicks starting point guard spot from Jeremy Lin. That idea may have been bolstered Sunday when Rajon Rondo put up a triple-double on Lin, while Lin shot 1-for-7 in the overtime. It’s not happening yet, coach…

  13. NBA Power Rankings: Bulls grab top spot by the horns

    Mar 5, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    Taj Gibson, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah,

    The top three are pretty much set, it’s just a matter of who is playing the best among them at this moment. Right now it’s Chicago. The bottom three are pretty much locked in, too, but the Bobcats have really grabbed hold of the last spot and made it their own. 1. Bulls (31-8, last…

  14. Baron Davis says playing for Clippers almost killed his love of the game

    Mar 5, 2012, 12:26 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

    Right now, the Los Angeles Clippers are the most entertaining team to watch in the NBA. They are athletic, fast paced, smart thanks to Chris Paul at the helm. They are learning to be contenders. There is a buzz around their games that is reminiscent of that other team in Staples Center — the building…

  15. Monday And-1 links: A couple rumors, Kobe’s mask, more

    Mar 5, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford, Pau Gasol

    Here is our daily 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). The Clippers and Timberwolves have some interest in Jamal Crawford of Portland and trade talks may follow. Crawford was brought in after the Brandon Roy…

  16. Report: Lakers, Trail Blazers discuss Raymond Felton trade

    Mar 5, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    The Lakers desperately need a true point guard. The Trail Blazers have been very unhappy with Raymond Felton this season — mostly because he’s looked heavy, is shooting 36.8 percent, 24.6 percent from three, and his turnovers are up. So while it may be odd to have two division rivals talking trade, the Lakers and…

  17. Video: Monta Ellis with circus layup against Toronto

    Mar 5, 2012, 10:08 AM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    Monta Ellis is one of the most entertaining scorers in the league and this 360 reverse layup from Sunday’s game against the Raptors is a must see. With the Warriors scoring just 28 points in the second half, it pretty much took shots like this for them to get buckets. And it’s nice to see…

  18. If Marcin Gortat can get 20 rebounds in a game, you’ll see him shoot three-pointers

    Mar 5, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    gortat-thumb-injury7

    Marcin Gortat has a deal with the Suns’ coaching staff this season: get 20 rebounds in a game, do what you like. As you’ll soon see, this is a very serious and important matter to Gortat — so much so that he believes there might have been a conspiracy to keep him from reaching that…

  19. Knicks’ Bill Walker out 4-6 weeks following elbow surgery

    Mar 5, 2012, 8:46 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    Through the first half of the season Bill Walker was getting a fair amount of run with the Knicks, but that had started to change in the last few weeks. First Carmelo Anthony returned and soaked up most of the minutes at the small forward spot. Then Steve Novak developed a real chemistry with Jeremy…

  20. Brook Lopez rolls ankle, leaves arena on crutches

    Mar 5, 2012, 8:10 AM EDT

    Brook Lopez, Landry Fields

    Brook Lopez has been back just five games after foot surgery — and his impact on the Nets has been clear. The Nets are 3-2 in those games including wins over New York and Dallas, with Lopez averaging 19.2 points per game. But now the Nets may be without him again for a stretch. Lopez…

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