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  1. Timberwolves owner says Kevin Love no Kevin Garnett. Yet.

    Mar 30, 2012, 1:12 PM EST

    Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves competes in the three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    Kevin Love is putting up video game numbers in March — averaging 31.2 points per game and having double-doubles in nine straight games. It’s led to a lot of hype — too much hype. Like saying this puts Love in the MVP discussion. He’s had an All-Star season, but a guy on a below .500…

  2. Andray Blatche’s mom says her son’s problem is himself

    Mar 30, 2012, 12:33 PM EST

    DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors shot is blocked by Washington Wizards' Blatche during their NBA game in Washington

    Tough love. Andray Blatche’s mom loves her son, and it cannot be easy for any parent to hear their child get booed by 15,000 people (or however many actually show up for Wizards games now days). Especially when she knows her son tends to respond better to positive reinforcement than negative. Blatche told the Washington…

  3. Rip Hamilton could return to Bulls lineup Friday

    Mar 30, 2012, 12:07 PM EST

    Richard Rip Hamilton

    Bulls fans are not going to believe it until they see him and his mask walk out on the court — and even then they may not be sure. But Richard Hamilton could return to the Bulls lineup Friday night. The Bulls are being their usually overly-cautious selves regarding discussing injuries, but here is what…

  4. Friday And-1 links: Final word on Bynum’s three from Kupchak

    Mar 30, 2012, 11:32 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    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. • Right now, Andrew Bynum’s ill-advised three Tuesday seems like the least of the…

  5. With it time to write checks, Maloofs balk at Sacramento arena plan

    Mar 30, 2012, 10:53 AM EST

    sacramento arena

    As has followed the long-standing pattern with the Maloof family — or at least half of the Maloof family — when it comes time to talk money on a Sacramento Arena deal to keep the Kings in that city, the family wants to get and not give. But this time it may not matter because…

  6. Dallas’ gunner Jason Terry says Heat on his free agent radar

    Mar 30, 2012, 9:53 AM EST

    Jason Terry

    Miami is becoming the team where veterans who are willing to play for less want to go to win a ring. You can add Dallas’ Jason Terry to the list. The Mavericks’ second leading scorer is a free agent this summer — he didn’t get a contract extension as part of Dallas’ effort to free…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Pacers will take any win they can get

    Mar 30, 2012, 8:38 AM EST

    John Wall, Danny Granger

    What you missed while deciding if you want to buy a bacon coffin… Heat 106, Mavericks 85: This felt a lot more 2006 finals rematch than 2011. It was one of our games of the night. Thunder 102, Lakers 93: In case you had any doubt the Thunder are the team to beat in the…

  8. Grant Hill to have minor knee surgery, may miss rest of season

    Mar 30, 2012, 8:05 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    In a blow to the already fading playoff hopes of the Phoenix Suns, they are going to be without Grant Hill for most if not all of the rest of the season. Hill is set to have his knee scoped out on Friday, reports Paul Coro at the Arizona Republic. A magnetic resonance imaging test…

  9. Derek Fisher has moved on from Lakers trade, embracing his new role in Oklahoma City

    Mar 30, 2012, 2:47 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Russell Westbrook

    Derek Fisher returned to Staples Center on Thursday as a member of the Oklahoma City Thunder, his first time back since the deadline day deal the Lakers made to trade him away exactly two weeks ago. The return was a triumphant one, with his new team thrashing his old one 102-93, behind strong performances from…

  10. “New” Lakers still not as good as same ol’ Thunder

    Mar 30, 2012, 2:43 AM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Matt Barnes

    This was supposed to be a statement game for the “new” Lakers — new coach, new system, new emphasis on defense and now a new point guard to organize it all. The Thunder, they didn’t change much of anything from last year. Well, the game was a statement all right — the Thunder are much…

  11. Heat, Mavs remind us they are not the same Heat, Mavs teams

    Mar 30, 2012, 12:11 AM EST

    Miami Heat's Wade is congratulated by teammate Chalmers after he scored against Dallas Mavericks during their NBA game in Miami

    It was, by definition, a rematch of the NBA finals from last June. It sure didn’t feel like it. Because these are the same franchises and the same uniforms, but they are not the same teams. The Miami Heat got a comfortable win, 106-85, playing with more energy than we have seen in recent weeks.…

  12. Video: Lakers pay tribute to Derek Fisher

    Mar 29, 2012, 11:00 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    Derek Fisher returned to Staples Center Thursday night, his first time back since being traded away two weeks ago to the day. After both teams were introduced and just before tip-off, the Lakers honored him with this video tribute, and the fans immediately jumped to their feet and responded with a loud, long standing ovation.…

  13. Video: Steve Nash says “anything is possible” with free agency

    Mar 29, 2012, 9:03 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    Steve Nash was a guest on NBC’s SportsTalk on Thursday and talked about the Suns and their push for the playoffs… But that’s not what most of you care about. You want to know about what jersey Nash is going to put on next season. Nash stuck to his script — he’ll looks hard at…

  14. Video: The Nuggets’ bizarre pregame screaming ritual

    Mar 29, 2012, 7:50 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    Honestly, I have no idea what to make of this. But it amuses me. Thank you so much Dan Devine from Ball Don’t Lie for finding this, um, nugget. Here is the description of what is going on from Nuggets.com. When the pregame clock goes under 4 minutes, Nuggets equipment manager Sparky Gonzalez shouts “3:59,…

  15. Jeremy Lin to be on minute watch when he returns

    Mar 29, 2012, 6:53 PM EST

    New York Knicks Lin and team mate Anthony sit on the bench in Toronto

    Jeremy Lin has sat out the last two games for the Knicks and is questionable for Friday night due to a sore right knee. When he does come back, he’s going to be playing limited minutes, Mike Woodson said, via Al Iannazzone of Newsday on Sulia. Since the knee issues came from “overuse,” Mike Woodson…

  16. Paul Allen denies report he is listening to offers to sell Blazers

    Mar 29, 2012, 4:53 PM EST

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    UPDATE 4:53 pm: As we expected, Paul Allen has quickly denied the report. From his twitter account. It is absolutely false that I have entertained offers for @pdxtrailblazers. Unnamed sources are wrong as usual. Why don’t reporters check? Because whether or not you are actually selling the team, you would say you are not. Any…

  17. North Carolina’s Barnes, Henson, Marshall enter NBA draft

    Mar 29, 2012, 4:52 PM EST

    North Carolina Tar Heels forward Harrison Barnes slaps hands with teammate Stilman White in the first half against the Kansas Jayhawks in their men's NCAA Midwest Regional basketball game in St. Louis

    North Carolina is going to be a very different team next year as four-fifths of its starting lineup will be in in the NBA. John Henson, Harrison Barnes and Kendall Marshall all will leave the university as underclassmen and enter the NBA draft, North Carolina has announced. (The fourth starter to leave is senior Tyler…

  18. Steve Nash says he would “definitely listen” to offer from Heat

    Mar 29, 2012, 4:05 PM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    This summer the courting of free agent Steve Nash is going to get out of control. He could well end up deciding to play for the Suns, but first pretty much every contending team — whether they can afford to bring him in or not — will be linked to him. If not outright reach…

  19. Report: Amare Stoudemire may need offseason back surgery

    Mar 29, 2012, 3:29 PM EST

    New York Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire waits to take a foul shot against the New Orleans Hornets in the second half of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    For now, Amare Stoudemire is having non-surgical procedures done for the bulging disc in his back — including an epidural — in hopes he can come back for the playoffs with the Knicks. But come this summer he may need surgery after all, reports the New York Post. It is a possibility he will need…

  20. LeBron James will play Thursday, as if you expected otherwise

    Mar 29, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    Miami Heats LeBron James looks on during their NBA basketball game against his former team the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland

    LeBron James had a dislocated finger on his left (non-shooting) hand, an elbow stinger, a sore neck and an assortment of other bumps and bruises that come with an NBA season. All of which led to reports that LeBron might sit out a game or two, starting Thursday against the Mavericks. You remember them, beat…

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