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  1. Carlesimo admits benching Lopez against Grizzlies was mistake

    Feb 26, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT

    Brook Lopez, P.J. Carlesimo

    Brook Lopez was in a mini-slump following All-Star Weekend in Houston. That happens. The players are pulled 50 different directions during the day and then there are parties every night. But a week after that game, on Sunday night, the Nets were locked in a low-scoring affair with the Memphis Grizzlies, a team with a…

  2. Shannon Brown not happy about recent string of DNP-CDs

    Feb 26, 2013, 11:20 AM EDT

    Shannon Brown, Jared Dudley

    The Suns are unquestionably in a rebuilding mode, and after trying (but mostly failing) to win games during the first half of the season by putting the players on the floor who would give them the best chance to do so, the team is now focused on the future and developing its young talent. That…

  3. Denver dunk party includes Faried over Howard (VIDEO)

    Feb 26, 2013, 9:11 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Combine the Nuggets fast pace (second in the league only to the Rockets) with the Lakers consistently poor transition defense and you have a dunk party. And it was one heck of a dunk party the Nuggets were throwing down on Monday night. But the best one was Kenneth Faried‘s alley-oop over Dwight Howard. That…

  4. Mavericks front office “agitated” Fisher joins Thunder

    Feb 26, 2013, 8:41 AM EDT

    Derek Fisher, Eric Bledsoe

    It has become official — Derek Fisher has joined the Oklahoma City Thunder for a playoff run. Again. After trading Eric Maynor OKC decided it don’t fully trust Reggie Jackson to run the backup point guard spot so the re-signed the veteran guard. That has the Mavericks pretty ticked. Remember Fisher started the season with…

  5. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Boston gets best win of the year

    Feb 26, 2013, 7:59 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, DeMarre Carroll

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of yesterday’s NBA games. Or, what you missed while talking about Anne Hathaway’s nipples…. Nuggets 119, Lakers 108: On the second night of a back-to-back the Lakers looked old and slow next to a Nuggets team that ran right past them, exploited the Lakers transition defense and scored a ridiculous 78…

  6. Nuggets run Lakers off court in easy win

    Feb 26, 2013, 1:20 AM EDT

    Anthony Randolph, Andre Iguodala, Corey Brewer

    When you are trying to explain why a team needs an identity, this game is a case study. The Lakers identity is still forming, and when you combine that with tired legs on a back-to-back (at altitude in Denver) you get sloppy. The Nuggets know exactly who they are — they are athletic, balanced and…

  7. Three Stars of the Night: Old Man for Rivers

    Feb 26, 2013, 12:43 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce, DeMarre Carroll

    The Celtics were already pretty old to start the season. When Rajon Rondo tore his ACL, they got older. When rookie forward Jared Sullinger went out for the season, they were about as young as a men’s rec league team. Older doesn’t necessarily mean worse, of course. Doc Rivers called it when the injuries happened…

  8. Report: Bulls’ Taj Gibson could be out two weeks with sprained knee

    Feb 25, 2013, 10:34 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls forward Gibson drives against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Collison during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City

    Because the Bulls haven’t had enough injury issues this season… Sixth man and defensive stopper off the bench Taj Gibson could miss a couple of weeks with a sprained knee, reports the Chicago Tribune. He likely will be out for a couple of weeks. He suffered the injury in the fourth quarter of their blowout…

  9. Amir Johnson, Toronto Raptors make Harlem Shake video. We bring it to you anyway.

    Feb 25, 2013, 9:12 PM EDT

    Image (1) Raptors_logo-thumb-250x221-14966.gif for post 2867

    I’m not sure what the official rule is for when a meme jumps the shark, but when a professional sports team mascot is in on it you are already past that point. But here it is anyway. I like Amir Johnson taking charge here, and that Dwane Casey took part. If this were the Lakers…

  10. In case you missed it, Derrick Rose is dunking (VIDEO)

    Feb 25, 2013, 7:32 PM EDT

    76ers Bulls Basketball

    People have been parsing out that video all day, taken before the Bulls got crushed by the Thunder Sunday night. Derrick Rose put in about 90 minutes of work before the game, which is pretty common. He’s going full-out in practice. But reading much into this dunk in practice — “he didn’t go all out…

  11. Monday And-1 links: Rip Hamilton has a heck of a birthday cake

    Feb 25, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

    Rip Hamilton's birthday cake

    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 more than old critics like slamming Seth McFarlane. • Richard Hamilton may have had…

  12. Doc Rivers is thinking more about rest than playoff seeds

    Feb 25, 2013, 5:36 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    As we move into the final quarter of the season, we’re going to see the experienced coaches with veteran teams — Gregg Popovich, for example — rest some players. After what David Stern did to the Spurs earlier this season we may have a lot of guys “injured” for a night, but the idea will…

  13. PBT Extra: Amnesty That! Plus some LeBron and Sixers talk

    Feb 25, 2013, 4:51 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    It’s Monday and that means I get to hang out with red-carpet ready Kay Adams and talk some NBA. Of course, we talk some Lakers and what they are doing right. But let’s say they make the playoffs, do you think they could beat the Spurs in seven games? No. Thunder? No. Clippers? Closer, but…

  14. NBA Power Rankings: Hot hot Heat move back to top spot

    Feb 25, 2013, 4:33 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    It looks like the Miami Heat have started to get focused and in the West it is the Spurs, Thunder and everyone else. The rest of the league has less than two months to state their case that they can knock one of those big three off. 1. Heat (40-14, last week ranked No. 2).…

  15. Report: Clippers owner vetoed Butler for Ariza trade

    Feb 25, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT

    Caron Butler

    The Los Angeles Clippers were looking ahead to the playoffs and thought they could use a perimeter player with length and a defensive mindset. So they set up a deal with the Washington Wizards that would have swapped Caron Butler for Trevor Ariza, according to David Aldridge at NBA.com. But the deal got shot down…

  16. The Lakers are hot, but are they really playing that well?

    Feb 25, 2013, 2:11 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Metta World Peace

    Here’s a little secret about the Lakers — look at just their point differential this season (points scored minus points allowed) and they should be a 31-26 team. They lost a lot of games early in the season they could and should have won. Now they are hot again — win Monday night in Denver…

  17. Wade tries to nickname himself “WOW.” LeBron not impressed.

    Feb 25, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

    Lebrion James, Dwyane Wade

    You can’t nickname yourself. Only Kobe Bryant did it and frankly that should not be allowed to stand, it’s just too late to stop it. Now Dwyane Wade is trying to go that route, and LeBron James is none to impressed, reports Ethan Skolnick at the Palm Beach Post. “It’s ‘WOW,’ Way of Wade,” James…

  18. LeBron James with ridiculous warm-up dunk (VIDEO)

    Feb 25, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    Why do we need stars in the All-Star Dunk Contest? Because they can do things like that. You need to get ahead to about the 35 second mark of this video (although Mario Chalmers has a quality dunk earlier) to see LeBron James go between his legs, throw an alley-oop pass off the backboard to…

  19. Nowitzki says he wants to play a couple years past this contract

    Feb 25, 2013, 12:07 PM EDT

    Mavericks' Nowitzki reacts after officials did not call Lakers' World Peace for a foul during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    At age 34 and coming off knee surgery during training camp, Dirk Nowitzki has taken a step back this season. He’s averaging 16 points a game and is shooting 43.5 percent, both his lowest since his rookie season. He’s got one more season on his contract after this one, so at age 36 will he…

  20. Some Spurs don’t like In-n-Out Burgers, lose a little of my respect

    Feb 25, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    in-n-out

    There are certain things that are sacred to Los Angeles natives like myself. The Hollywood Bowl, for one. The Griffith Observatory. And In-n-Out burgers. That’s true of pretty much the entire West Coast. Don’t mess with those burgers. But a couple of Spurs did — they didn’t like them. And now, sadly, I’ve lost a…

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