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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Night of the living game-winning shot

    Mar 8, 2012, 9:24 AM EST

    Trevor Booker

    What you missed while realizing you figured out who is going to win the Darwin Award this year…. Sixers 103, Celtics 71: This battle for the top spot in the Atlantic division — and the four seed at least in the playoffs, allowing a team to avoid Miami and Chicago in the first round —…

  2. LeBron, Wade try to recruit Peyton Manning to Dolphins

    Mar 8, 2012, 8:25 AM EST

    Indianapolis Colts Release Peyton Manning - News Conference

    Well, if Peyton Manning comes to Miami it’s not like he is joining a super team… But the guys from Miami’s existing super team — the Miami Heat — made their pitch to get Manning to take his talents to South Beach. First Dwyane Wade tweeted this: I’m just gonna put it out thr..peyton that…

  3. Video: Kyrie Irving with the coast-to-coast game winner

    Mar 8, 2012, 2:11 AM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving reacts after a turnover during the second quarter of the Cavaliers NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Cleveland

    It’s March Madness time, so you can’t think of a play like this and not think Tyus Edney. With the game on the line in Denver, Cleveland inbounds the ball in the back court to soon-to-be Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving and he drives the length of the court, gets past Arron Afflalo and…

  4. Video: Jordan Farmar with game-winning three to beat Clippers

    Mar 8, 2012, 12:54 AM EST

    Kris Humphries, Jordan Farmar

    In looking at Derrick Rose‘s game winner for the Bulls Wednesday, I questioned the wisdom of Milwaukee not doubling him and making any other Bull beat you. The Clippers did that — they started to gravitate toward Deron Williams and if he had gone to shoot two or three defenders would have been there to…

  5. Video: Derrick Rose with game-winning dagger against Bucks

    Mar 8, 2012, 12:12 AM EST

    Derrick Rose

    How do you stop that? What you see above is Derrick Rose with the wicked crossover on Brandon Jennings to create space then the step-back jumper to give Chicago a 106-104 win. The Bucks decided not to trap Rose and make him pass the ball — make any other Bull beat them but the reigning…

  6. Evan Turner, Sixers defend first place in Atlantic Division

    Mar 7, 2012, 11:49 PM EST

    Evan Turner

    The winner of this contest was going to have the lead the Atlantic Division when the final horn sounded, so we expected a game with a playoff feel. Instead, we got another lockout game — Boston looked tired and flat on the second night of a road back to back and got routed by Philadelphia,…

  7. Pau Gasol remaining calm as trade deadline approaches

    Mar 7, 2012, 8:46 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Phoenix Suns

    Over the next week, Pau Gasol’s name is going to come up a lot in rumored trade talks. Most of which have little if any foundation, but the rumors will be out there. Gasol said it doesn’t bother him anymore. He’s moved past it. Here is what he said, via the Los Angeles Daily News.…

  8. Knicks without Tyson Chandler Wednesday due to hamstring

    Mar 7, 2012, 7:34 PM EST

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    The Knicks were already having some issues on defense and this is going to make it worse. Tyson Chandler, the Knicks center is out Wednesday night against the Spurs with a hamstring injury that happened during the loss to Dallas the night before. The announcement came as a surprise, there was no word after the…

  9. It’s not all offense, the Knicks defense has taken step back, too

    Mar 7, 2012, 6:15 PM EST

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, and Tyson Chandler react to a call in the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden in Boston

    We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the Knicks offense and how they have faired trying to integrate Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire with Jeremy Lin (and throw in J.R. Smith to spice things up). It’s been inconsistent — some games Anthony seems to want to work off the ball, then there was the…

  10. Steve Nash may “oversee” Canadian national hoops program

    Mar 7, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Canada will not be one of the teams competing this summer in London during the Olympic basketball tournament. They didn’t qualify. They didn’t come close, really. So they are turning to a model they know and the best basketball player the nation has ever produced — Steve Nash — to turn it around. And no,…

  11. Reports: Minnesota making push get Crawford from Portland

    Mar 7, 2012, 4:17 PM EST

    Jamal Crawford, Pau Gasol

    There are a lot of trade rumors going to fly around the next week, but when you look at them ask yourself this: Do they help both teams? Teams only do deals they think get them closer to a goal. Portland we know is looking to move Jamal Crawford and get something for him before…

  12. Report: Rasheed Wallace works out for Heat, but will he play?

    Mar 7, 2012, 3:27 PM EST

    rasheed_wallace

    Rasheed Wallace is clearly flirting with the idea of a return to the NBA. But as anyone who has met a girl in a bar can tell you, flirting is a long way from actually doing something about it. Wallace worked out for the Heat recently, reports Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida on twitter.…

  13. March Madness: The other reason the trade market is slow

    Mar 7, 2012, 2:44 PM EST

    Kentucky v Tennessee

    While there is a lot of talk — from the likely rumors about Jamal Crawford being moved out of Portland to the ridiculous ones about Rajon Rondo being moved out of Boston — there is not a lot of action, and it feels like less buzz than normal just a week before the NBA trade…

  14. Jason Kidd fined $25,000 for criticizing officials

    Mar 7, 2012, 1:58 PM EST

    Mavericks guard Kidd watches from the bench against the Spurs  during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    We told you yesterday about veteran Mavericks guard Jason Kidd saying the referees didn’t respect Dallas as champions and they were not getting the calls. Wednesday he got a call — from the league office informing him of his $25,000 fine for his comments. Nothing shocking here, the league doesn’t like players smacking the officials.…

  15. Timberwolves frustrated with physical play against Rubio

    Mar 7, 2012, 1:12 PM EST

    Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio shoots a free throw during their NBA game against Los Angeles Clippers

    Welcome to the NBA, Ricky Rubio. And welcome to having good players again, Minnesota Timberwolves. When you have a good player like Rubio, other teams will target him and do what they can to knock him off his game. Literally, if they can. Other teams are finding that when Rubio has space he picks them…

  16. Report: Kobe, Rondo, Pierce fined for skipping All-Star events

    Mar 7, 2012, 12:43 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    When it became clear that Kobe Bryant was not going to show to the media availability session on Friday of All-Star weekend he knew what that meant — he was getting fined. He later said he was sick, something nobody believed. For some players the money is worth it not to attend the stream of…

  17. Cuban says Mavericks not making (but are taking) trade calls

    Mar 7, 2012, 12:01 PM EST

    Mark Cuban, Shawn Marion

    Welcome to the semantics of the NBA trade deadline. In the minds of NBA front office types, there is a dramatic difference between a team calling others and saying “I’d like to trade you Player X” versus just taking calls listing to other teams pitch you on getting Player X. For fans, that line seems…

  18. Wednesday And-1 links: Kobe’s black facemask disappears

    Mar 7, 2012, 11:03 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    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). Kobe Bryant in a black facemask was an idea that died on his 1-6 shooting start Tuesday night. Not that he got a lot better…

  19. Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks failing chemistry

    Mar 7, 2012, 10:35 AM EST

    New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony looks on against the Atlanta Hawks in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York

    Jeremy Lin has not solved the problem. All season long we kept saying, “the Knicks just need a point guard to organize this offense and push the tempo and they’ll be fine.” Well, they found one in Jeremy Lin, then they added a new piece to help their bench scoring in J.R. Smith. And the…

  20. Video: Tyson Chandler gets his championship ring

    Mar 7, 2012, 10:03 AM EST

    New York Knicks Tyson Chandler acknowledges the Dallas Mavericks fans after being presented with his championship ring before their NBA basketball game in Dallas

    Tyson Chandler really deserved this. Of all the guy brought into a fluctuating Mavericks roster the past several years, he was the one piece really needed to give them a title — a rock-solid defensive anchor in the middle. He was key to their run. He’d be a key if the Knicks ever make a…

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