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  1. Miami has it in cruise control, which has Heat fans concerned

    Mar 27, 2012, 2:03 PM EST

    Miami Heat's LeBron James watches the bench during an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    We can come up with clever names for it — the coast of Miami; the Miami malaise. Whatever name you want to put on it, it’s clear that the high-speed, attacking “pace and space” offense the Heat started off this season has slipped into cruise control at some safe highway speeds. They are averaging less…

  2. Sixers likely to be without Andre Iguodala Tuesday vs. Cavs

    Mar 27, 2012, 1:01 PM EST

    Philadelphia 76ers v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Earlier this season it seemed like nobody was going to catch the 76ers atop the Atlantic division. Unless they struggled and came back to the pack. Which is exactly what they did. Now they are tied with Boston for the division lead (and the four seed, meaning you get to avoid Miami and Chicago in…

  3. Hornets coach apologized to Blake Griffin for foul

    Mar 27, 2012, 12:25 PM EST

    Blake Griffin, Vinny Del Negro

    Monty Williams was not the guy out there on the court that ran over Blake Griffin and hockey checked him to the ground. That was Jason Smith (who got a two game suspension for his actions). But Williams is the coach of the Hornets — the team Smith played for — and he said he…

  4. Video: Marcus Camby’s full-court shot… that didn’t count

    Mar 27, 2012, 11:58 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Phoenix Suns, Game 5

    This clip was in our baseline-to-baseline recaps, but it deserves a little more light than that. Even through the shot didn’t count. Watch above to see Houston’s Marcus Camby nail the full court shot. It’s the right call by the refs, he didn’t get it off in time, but still, how about a little something…

  5. Tuesday And-1 links: Delonte West, Lamar Odom go to the zoo

    Mar 27, 2012, 11:25 AM EST

    Lamar Odom

    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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Delonte West and Lamar Odom went to the zoo. That went about as…

  6. Pacers’ Tyler Hansbrough playing through broken nose

    Mar 27, 2012, 10:51 AM EST

    Tyler Hansbrough, Udonis Haslem

    Tyler Hansbrough is not wearing a mask because he wants to be like Kobe Bryant. Well, he probably wouldn’t mind driving Kobe’s new car, but that’s not why he’s wearing the mask. Hansbrough suffered a broken nose when Mike Dunleavy elbowed him in the face during a game Saturday, according to the Indy Star. Hansbrough…

  7. Clippers owner, GM say Vinny Del Negro’s job safe

    Mar 27, 2012, 10:28 AM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

    Reports were swirling last week that Vinny Del Negro had lost the locker room and his job was in danger. The Clippers were struggling — they hadn’t played much defense all season and teams had adjusted to their offensive sets. But the guys who would pull the trigger on a Del Negro firing told T.J.…

  8. Just a reminder: the playoff race in the West is insane

    Mar 27, 2012, 9:26 AM EST

    Blake Griffin, Randy Foye

    With just about a month to go before the playoffs start, there is very little decided in the West. The top three teams — Oklahoma City, San Antonio and the Los Angeles Lakers — have separated from the pack. They seem safely in. But after that — take a look at the standings. The difference…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Miami malaise means another loss

    Mar 27, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Miami Heat's Dwayne Wade and LeBron James talk during an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis

    What you missed while being freaked out by 9-pound Gambian rats…. Knicks 89, Bucks 80: It wasn’t pretty. Actually, it was put-a-bag-over-it ugly. But with this win the Knicks are far more likely to make the playoffs, and it was our game of the night. Pacers 105, Heat 90: I don’t want to go all…

  10. Carmelo Anthony day-to-day with groin injury

    Mar 27, 2012, 8:13 AM EST

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony comes down after stuffing ball against Toronto Raptors in NBA game in New York

    The Knicks were without Amare Stoudemire (out indefinitely with bulging disc in back) and Jeremy Lin (day-to-day with sore right knee), which meant even more of the scoring load fell to Carmelo Anthony Monday. He did his part, scoring a game-high 28 and leading the Knicks to a crucial win. But he also injured his…

  11. Video: Rodney Stuckey drains game winner for Pistons

    Mar 27, 2012, 2:09 AM EST

    Kevin Seraphin, Jan Vesely, Rodney Stuckey

    We can debate how the Wizards defended this if you want, but the fact is Rodney Stuckey played it right and drained the shot that gave the Pistons a win in Washington after an impressive comeback. The Wizards blew a double-digit lead in this game, just like they have in their last three losses. Detroit……

  12. It’s not pretty, but Knicks solidify playoff standing with win

    Mar 26, 2012, 11:11 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    It looked like a game where both teams were battling for the right to be the eight seed — the winning team shot 35.1 percent and had 23 turnovers. Tom Thibodeau is not reviewing this tape and getting nervous. But a gritty win counts the same as any other kind and the Knicks outhustled the…

  13. Hamilton close to returning for Bulls; Rose not so much

    Mar 26, 2012, 9:07 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Chicago Bulls

    The Chicago Bulls continue to do their best imitation of the NHL’s Blackhawks during the playoffs, not really telling anybody what is going on with injuries to Richard Hamilton and Derrick Rose, but some things are starting to leak out. Hamilton could be back by the next game, but Rose seems farther off — even…

  14. Duke makes official what we all knew: Austin Rivers going pro

    Mar 26, 2012, 7:58 PM EST

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Lehigh v Duke

    This was about as big a secret as who Michele Obama is going to vote for in the fall, but now it is official. Duke point guard Austin Rivers is leaving the school to enter the NBA draft, the University announced Monday. Like we said, no shock as it had been reported last week. On…

  15. Knicks’ Stoudemire out indefinitely with bulging disc in back

    Mar 26, 2012, 6:21 PM EST

    Amare Stoudemire

    New York is going to have to make some if not all of its stretch run — which is really a fight just to make the playoffs — without Amare Stoudemire. Stoudemire is out indefinitely with a bulging disc in his back, the team announced Monday. Stoudemire injured it against the Pistons Saturday and it…

  16. Bogut says you’re “uneducated” if you think he’s injury prone

    Mar 26, 2012, 6:06 PM EST

    Milwaukee Bucks v Chicago Bulls

    Andrew Bogut is right. He’s also not answering the question I and others are asking about the trade that sent him from Milwaukee to the Bay Area essentially for Monta Ellis. In a radio interview with 95.7 The Game in San Francisco, Bogut was asked about his injury history — he is currently out with…

  17. Kobe Bryant just dropped $329,000 on a new Ferrari

    Mar 26, 2012, 5:14 PM EST

    Italy Basketball Bryant Bologna

    There are times the helicopter is not there to take Kobe from Newport Beach to Los Angeles for Lakers games. There are times he has to head up the 405 and 110 freeways just like the rest of us schlubs. Well, not exactly like the rest of us shlubs — Kobe can now do it…

  18. Rockets sign Earl Boykins to 10-day contract

    Mar 26, 2012, 4:28 PM EST

    BOYKINS_EARL

    The Rockets need all the backcourt help they can get right now. Kyle Lowry is out (and is not even being evaluated again until April 7 and he could be out for the season), Kevin Martin has had shoulder issues and Kevin McHale has not yet figured out how to clone Goran Dragic. So the…

  19. NBA Power Rankings: Thunder move up to second spot

    Mar 26, 2012, 3:46 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant leaves the court after their NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Oklahoma City

    Some shifting around near the top as the Thunder go up, the Heat drop down and the Spurs hold steady. So do the Bobcats at the bottom. It’s not March Madness, but it is March setting up for a run to the playoffs. 1. Bulls (40-10, last week ranked number 1). With an undefeated week…

  20. Amare Stoudemire, Jeremy Lin may be out for Knicks Monday

    Mar 26, 2012, 2:52 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Charlotte Bobcats

    Knicks fans, this should make you a little nervous — Amare Stoudemire is having back issues late in the season. That’s what happened last year and if history repeats itself it will be very difficult for the Knicks to get out of the first round. Actually, they have to get into the playoffs first and…

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