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  1. Celtics suck the fun out of Clippers style, earn the win

    Mar 13, 2012, 2:54 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics Avery Bradley slam dunks over the Los Angeles Clippers during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Teams have to learn how to win at the NBA level. How to play to their strengths, how to recognize the mismatch and exploit it, how to go to the counter when the first option is taken away. Boston knows how to do that — their depleted roster and aging bodies may not let them…

  2. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak sticks up for boss Jim Buss

    Mar 12, 2012, 11:54 PM EDT

    Mike Brown poses with Jerry Buss, Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak after a news conference in Los Angeles

    When somebody asks you how your boss is doing, what exactly are you going to say? True or not there is only one answer and it’s the one Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak gave it when he sat down with the Los Angeles Times for a lengthy interview. Jim Buss has become the guy Lakers fans…

  3. Why did Celtics win their first year together while Heat fell short, Clippers struggle?

    Mar 12, 2012, 10:19 PM EDT

    Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett

    The Boston Celtics have been the model. In 2008 they brought together a big three — Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen coming in to join Paul Pierce — and that first year they won a title. It was instant success, they were the team to beat in the NBA that season from day one. Last…

  4. Report: Blazers still interested in trading Raymond Felton to Lakers

    Mar 12, 2012, 9:08 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Golden State Warriors

    We told you last week that the Lakers and Trail Blazers were reportedly having “exploratory talks” involving a trade of the teams’ point guards. The proposed deal would have Raymond Felton heading to L.A., and Steve Blake would return to Portland, where he’s been a Blazer three separate times in the past, most recently in…

  5. Video: Howard Beck talks Knicks problems, D’Antoni’s hot seat

    Mar 12, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni

    Putting your finger on the one thing wrong with the Knicks right now is like putting your finger on the one thing wrong with Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It would take more fingers than you have. Howard Beck of the New York Times talked about that on NBC’s SportsTalk on Monday. Through it all,…

  6. Why won’t Orlando trade Howard? He killed the market.

    Mar 12, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard gestures during the first half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston

    Here’s a little different spin from the standard “the Magic aren’t going to trade Dwight Howard because they want to keep him” take: The Magic couldn’t trade him if they wanted because Howard never gave up his power over the situation. Here it is, from Ken Berger at CBSSports.com. “The player holds all the cards,”…

  7. Report: Magic working on three-team deal to get Monta Ellis

    Mar 12, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    I am starting this post off with a disclaimer: Take this actual report with a grain of salt. It is a long, long way from reality. I bring you this more as a way of discussing the mindset in Orlando. A report from Real GM (via IamaGM) has the Orlando Magic working hard on a…

  8. Remembering when Shumpert was part Doberman, part kitten

    Mar 12, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

    Iman Shumpert,  Ryan Anderson, Dwight Howard,  J.J. Redick

    Heading into the Bulls game against the Knicks Monday night — good luck New York getting your struggling offense going against the Bulls defense — J.J. Stankevitz at CSNChicago.com had a little fun digging through the past of Iman Shumpert. Shumpert comes out of Oak Park, a Chicago suburb, and so Stankevitz went and talked…

  9. Reports: Portland shopping Crawford to Clippers, Bobcats

    Mar 12, 2012, 3:56 PM EDT

    Jamal Crawford

    Jamal Crawford and his up-tempo, shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later style has not meshed with the grind it out ways of Nate McMillan in Portland. It hasn’t been fun for him. What could possibly be worse. Charlotte. On the other hand, he could land with everyone’s new favorite team the Clippers. There are a few different reports out there.…

  10. Report: Injured or not, Warriors may make run at Andrew Bogut

    Mar 12, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    Andrew Bogut may not be available until the playoffs at best. The Golden State Warriors are not making the playoffs. (Sorry Warriors fans, I know it’s mathematically possible, but you need to accept it. You can’t keep the same mediocre roster and expect different results.) Still, the Warriors are looking to make a run at…

  11. NBA Power Rankings: Bulls, Heat own top two spots. Again.

    Mar 12, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    The trade deadline could really shake up the power rankings… but probably not. 1. Bulls (34-9, last week ranked number 1). The Bulls keep winning while they are banged up — Joakim Noah is back Monday for the Knicks but Luol Deng and Richard Hamilton are out. Those wins are really impressive. But the big…

  12. Report: Brandon Jennings on the trade block “for right price”

    Mar 12, 2012, 1:31 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Atlanta Hawks, Game 1

    All you fans trying to dream up trade scenarios where your team can land a star point guard by just trading away a rack of shootaround basketballs — or Luke Walton — we have another name to consider. Brandon Jennings. They are rethinking everything in Milwaukee and injured center Andrew Bogut was already on the…

  13. Report: Howard likes Clippers, Heat. Please make this stop.

    Mar 12, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Another day, another report that the Orlando Magic are leaning heavily toward keeping Dwight Howard in their camp and trying to convince him to stay. This time it’s in a series of tweets of from Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated we hear that Dwight is staying and that he still has no interest in going…

  14. Serious neck injury forces Spurs’ T.J. Ford to retire

    Mar 12, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    T.J. Ford

    Last Wednesday night T.J. Ford left the Spurs game with what was described as a “neck stinger,” the latest in a line of neck injuries the point guard has battled through in his career. Those injuries were a lot more serious than had been let on — doctors had told him to stop playing and…

  15. Report: Carmelo Anthony didn’t want J.R Smith on Knicks

    Mar 12, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New York Knicks

    That sound you hear all over Manhattan is the Knicks imploding. There are a lot of issues around the Knicks right now — except, surprisingly, their defense — but a lot of the issues at the heart of the current five-game losing streak tie back to chemistry and team make up. The Knicks assembled pieces…

  16. Monday And-1 links: Cavaliers rumors, Kobe passed and more

    Mar 12, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    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). Byron Scott says he doesn’t want the Cavaliers to trade Ramon Sessions at the deadline. Consider this some “give us the first round pick or…

  17. Rockets’ Kyle Lowry out 2-4 weeks with bacterial infection

    Mar 12, 2012, 10:34 AM EDT

    Kyle Lowry

    It was all a little weird. First Kyle Lowry tweeted that he was in pain and going to get an MRI, but that came back negative. Yet he spent a couple days in the hospital and was missing games. Now we have an answer — bacterial infection. A pretty scary answer. He will be out…

  18. Clippers not likely to get Ray Allen, won’t risk long term for short

    Mar 12, 2012, 9:48 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    It’s pretty easy to picture the Clippers as a serious threat to the Thunder in the West if they added Ray Allen — the Celtics sharp shooter who takes on the Clippers Monday night. The Clippers have struggled with production from the two guard spot since Chauncey Billups went down with an Achilles tendon injury.…

  19. Lakers, Celtics talk then kill Gasol for Rondo; LA still looking

    Mar 12, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Pau Gasol

    Pau Gasol and Rajon Rondo have both traveled a similar path this season. Both were offered up in a trade for Chris Paul, and when that didn’t work out they became the names fans of the Lakers and Celtics talked about shopping. For their part, both teams said they wanted to keep the guy publically,…

  20. Markieff Morris is slipping out of the Suns’ rotation

    Mar 12, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets

    Markieff Morris, a rookie forward the Suns selected with the 13th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, began the season with a level of competence that was above expectations. But as this lockout-shortened season has worn on, while the Suns have finally started to find themselves by winning seven of their last nine games,…

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