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  1. ‘Melo says despite groin injury he plans to play Wednesday

    Mar 27, 2012, 8:36 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    UPDATE 8:36 pm: Carmelo Anthony was making the media rounds on Tuesday (doing a number of national radio and local television and radio interviews) and mostly said nothing of interest, except telling a New York radio show that he will play Wednesday against the Magic. Here is a tweet from Howard Beck of the New…

  2. Grizzlies Marc Gasol out Tuesday night with sprained ankle

    Mar 27, 2012, 8:32 PM EST

    Kenneth Faried, Marc Gasol

    Marc Gasol is sitting out the Grizzlies game against the Timberwolves on Tuesday night — but the Grizzlies are catching a break and he is missing only one game. Here is the report from the Commercial-Appeal. The 7-footer has been playing with the injury for more than a week and aggravated it Sunday during the…

  3. Report: LeBron James injured finger on non-shooting hand

    Mar 27, 2012, 7:34 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat

    You can add this to the list of things that may be causing the Heat to be in a bit of a funk. LeBron James may have injured — maybe dislocated — the ring finger on his left (non-shooting) hand, according to Chris Broussard at ESPN. The severity of the injury is not known at…

  4. Report: Nets to target free agents Kevin Garnett, Ersan Ilyasova

    Mar 27, 2012, 6:37 PM EST

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett reacts during their NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers as the Clippers' DeAndre Jordan looks on in Los Angeles

    Dwight Howard is still the guy at the top of the Nets most wanted list. But he is not going to be there when the Nets start playing in Brooklyn next season, so the Nets are looking at some other potential free agents who could pair well with Deron Williams — who they are desperately…

  5. Thoughts on potential draftees in NCAA Final Four

    Mar 27, 2012, 5:05 PM EST

    Ohio State Buckeyes' Thomas, Sullinger and Buford celebrate after defeating the Syracuse Orange in their men's NCAA East Regional basketball game in Boston

    We fans of the game tend to put a lot more importance on what a potential NBA draftee does in the NCAA Tournament than NBA teams do. By the time a player reaches that late in the season, scouts have their impressions and perceptions of a player they have seen a lot and another game…

  6. Quote of the day: Stan Van Gundy on pizza etiquette

    Mar 27, 2012, 4:10 PM EST

    Stan Van Gundy

    “I mean, everybody’s on their feet, standing ovation and the whole thing and then a guy in the crowd next to me sitting baseline said everybody gets a free pizza, so I guess that was exciting. That was the loudest the crowd was all night. They were into that. That was a big basket by…

  7. Dennis Rodman “broke,” “extremely sick” according to court papers

    Mar 27, 2012, 3:09 PM EST

    Inductee Dennis Rodman acknowledges the crowd after delivering his acceptance speech during the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2011 Enshrinement Ceremony in Springfield

    This is sad. Not surprising, but sad nonetheless. In court papers regarding child support payments, his own attorney describes Hall of Famer Dennis Rodman as broke and extremely sick. The Los Angeles Times got ahold of the documents. Dennis Rodman’s attorney, Linnea Willis, said in court documents that the former Laker is barely capable of…

  8. Toe injury to sideline Clippers’ Mo Williams for two weeks

    Mar 27, 2012, 2:46 PM EST

    David West, Mo Williams

    The Clippers are in the middle of playing 20 games in 31 days in March — no team has faced something like that in 45 years. It’s the price they pay for having a more traditionally paced schedule for the first month of the season. They need their depth to get through it. So this…

  9. Odom says he is confused, hurt by boos in Dallas

    Mar 27, 2012, 2:25 PM EST

    Lamar Odom

    For years, Lamar Odom seemed to torment Dallas they way he did many opposing teams — there is no more versatile big man in the game, a guy who can grab the rebound and lead the fast break himself. He can play in the post or drain threes. He’s a matchup nightmare. Then he has…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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.…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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……

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