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  1. Thunder to be without Daequan Cook for 2-3 weeks

    Mar 22, 2012, 1:38 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Phoenix Suns

    A couple weeks ago, this would have been a much bigger issue for the Thunder. Daequan Cook has sprained his right knee and will be out 2-3 weeks, according to the Oklahoman. Cook had been starting in place of the injured Thabo Sefolosha, but with Sefolosha back the Thunder should be able to weather this…

  2. Patty Mills has deal in place with Spurs, will join team soon

    Mar 22, 2012, 1:24 PM EST

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    It had been reported for a while that Patty Mills was close to signing with the Spurs — this is why you should be reading our And-1 Links — but the process seemed to be moving slowly. Well, now it’s official. Sort of. Mills has a deal in place with the Spurs, reports the Express-News.…

  3. Rick Adelman rips Darko’s motivation, conditioning

    Mar 22, 2012, 12:20 PM EST

    Brendan Haywood, Darko Milicic

    With the emergence of Nikola Pekovic to play center along side Kevin Love, Adelman has not had to suffer Darko Milicic. Even when Pekovic was sent home from a road trip to rest sore ankles, Milicic could not get off the bench this week. When asked about using Milicic, Adelman ripped the former No. 2…

  4. Thursday And-1 links: Kobe talks playing against Fisher

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:29 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant Derek Fisher

    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) — laid out in bullet points. Because god is a bullet (have mercy on us everyone). • Next Thursday night Derek Fisher will pull on…

  5. David Stern: An anchor of legacy

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:10 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Atlanta Hawks

    This isn’t the David Stern we thought we knew. Or maybe it’s not the David Stern he wanted to be. Or maybe it’s not the David Stern who actually is David Stern. The National Basketball Association has been under the care of Stern since 1984,with Stern having worked with the league in some capacity since…

  6. Worlds collide: Jeremy Lin excited Tebow coming to New York

    Mar 22, 2012, 10:53 AM EST

    Divisional Playoffs - Denver Broncos v New England Patriots

    Mark Sanchez may not be thrilled (nor are some other Jets if you read twitter), but Jeremy Lin is pumped up for it. Lin has said before that he is a fan of Tim Tebow — both men are very religious, although it is more low-key with Lin while it is wrapped up in the…

  7. Clippers crossroads: Is Vinny Del Negro’s job in danger?

    Mar 22, 2012, 10:23 AM EST

    Vinny Del Negro

    The Clippers are regressing. They have gone 7-11 since Chauncey Billups went down with his Achilles injury and they have looked a mess, including a blowout loss to the Thunder Wednesday. The Clippers have not played good defense all season but early on their offense was able to overwhelm teams — Chris Paul in the…

  8. Kobe calls Dallas fans booing Lamar Odom “stupidity”

    Mar 22, 2012, 9:38 AM EST

    Lamar Odom, Kobe Bryant

    Mavericks’ fans are done with the Lamar Odom experiment. Odom has struggled all season with the Mavericks, shooting 34.5 percent (down from 54 percent the year before), looking lost on the court, and that carried over to Wednesday against the Lakers when he was 0-3 with 1 point and 1 rebound on the night. Now…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Five in a row for the Knicks

    Mar 22, 2012, 9:03 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony, Jrue Holiday

    What you missed while being thankful a rogue boulder didn’t destroy your home and car… Knicks 82, Sixers 79: This was the ugliest win for the Knicks on their five-game winning streak, but it may also be the best. Not the best because it moves them within three games of the struggling Sixers in the…

  10. A couple NCAA Sweet 16 matchups scouts will be watching

    Mar 22, 2012, 8:33 AM EST

    Anthony Davis

    NBA fans — and to some degree NBA GMs — do a lot of scouting during conference tournaments and the NCAA Tournament. They like seeing players they may draft respond to pressure situations against good competition. But for scouts, it rarely changes what they have thought about a player they have watched for a couple…

  11. Video: JaVale McGee game winning putback dunk

    Mar 22, 2012, 3:13 AM EST

    JaVale McGee

    JaVale McGee had quite the debut with the Denver Nuggets — 15 points on the night including these two, which won the game. The Nuggets were down 3 to Detroit — mostly because Ben Gordon had gone off for 45 points — when Arron Afflalo made a spinning layup with 5.6 seconds, and drew the…

  12. Video: Joe Johnson sends it to overtime, hits game winner

    Mar 21, 2012, 11:55 PM EST

    Joe Johnson

    Joe Johnson had 22 points, but was just 7-of-19 shooting and seemed to have little impact on the game — until the game was on the line. He knocked down a good look three to send it to overtime, then there does a good job of using his body to create space and knocking down…

  13. Derek Fisher releases statement on signing with Thunder

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:19 PM EST

    Derek Fisher, Eric Bledsoe

    A statement from Derek Fisher gave a lot of us an odd flashback to the lockout, when as president of the players union he did that regularly, but he did it again upon signing with the Thunder. Here is the statement, via Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated. “I am extremely honored to announce that I…

  14. PBT Extra: I answer all your questions from twitter… or some at least

    Mar 21, 2012, 10:06 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v New Jersey Nets

    PBT Extra is back and today I answered your questions from twitter about everything from Deron Williams and the Nets (and Mavericks) to the evolution of positions in the NBA. Thanks to everyone who sent in questions, we will be doing this again, and I’ll take questions on Top Chef, bebop jazz and probably some…

  15. In surprise, Portland claims J.J. Hickson on waivers

    Mar 21, 2012, 8:27 PM EST

    Hickson Kings

    Last year before the lockout, J.J. Hickson was considered a prospect on par with Omri Casspi, and they were traded for each other. But his performance this season left him glued to the bench of an unimpressive Kings team. Paul Westphal or Keith Smart, neither thought his play warranted minutes — he was shooting 37…

  16. It’s official: Derek Fisher joins Thunder, will play Wednesday

    Mar 21, 2012, 6:42 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v New York Knicks

    This tweet from Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman says all you need to know: Derek Fisher just walked in the Thunder’s locker room. It’s what he brings to that locker room — more than on the court — that got the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign the five-time champion Derek Fisher. The team has confirmed…

  17. Report: Spurs frontrunners to land Diaw as free agent

    Mar 21, 2012, 5:28 PM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Milwaukee Bucks

    The San Antonio Spurs locker room culture and Boris Diaw  — on the surface that seems like oil and water. But Gregg Popovich may get to see if he can mix the two for the rest of the season. Diaw agreed to a buyout with Charlotte and now just has to clear waivers — which…

  18. It’s official — Heat sign Ronny Turiaf for rest of season

    Mar 21, 2012, 4:55 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    UPDATE 4:55 pm: It is official, Ronny Turiaf is a member of the Miami Heat. Let the sideline cheering begin. The Heat had made runs at bigger name big men this season — Kenyon Martin when he returned from China, Joel Przybilla, others — but this gives them a little more depth up front. He…

  19. Pacers’ Jeff Foster announces retirement due to back issues

    Mar 21, 2012, 4:36 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Indiana Pacers - Game Four

    Jeff Foster had a good NBA career. He played 13 solid seasons, all for the Indiana Pacers, most as a backup center. In a hoops world that can become obsessed by rings and All-Star Games, there are a lot of other ways to judge a career. For most guys it is about other things. It’s…

  20. Samuel L. Jackson to do intros at Clippers, Hornets Thursday

    Mar 21, 2012, 4:01 PM EST

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    What is it about New Orleans that they get all the best celebrity introductions? A few weeks ago it was Will Ferrell. Now on Thursday night when Chris Paul and the Clippers come to New Orleans it will be Samuel L. Jackson, reports the Times-Picayune. The Oscar-nominated actor, in town to shoot Quentin Tarantino’s “Django…

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