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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Mayo sticks dagger in Thunder

    Apr 3, 2012, 2:58 AM EDT

    O.J. Mayo

    What you missed while watching Kentucky win the national title they seemed destined to win…. Memphis 94, Oklahoma City 88: Apparently the Thunder are not comfortable on top of my (and everybody’s) power rankings. This was always a dangerous letdown game for the Thunder — they beat the Heat, Lakers and Bulls in the eight…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Fear Kevin Love

    Mar 29, 2012, 9:17 AM EDT

    Kevin Love, Eduardo Najera

    What you missed while tweeting pictures of your food rather than eating it… Knicks 108, Magic 86: It was pretty much a perfect storm for the Knicks, and they need more like it. We broke it all down here. Minnesota 88, Bobcats 83: Kevin Love is in full on NBA2K12 beast mode — he had…

  3. Video: Blake Griffin with two dunks for the price of one

    Mar 29, 2012, 8:26 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Channing Frye

    Yes, Blake Griffin made a poster out of Channing Frye, but that’s not what I want you to take away from the first dunk on this video. Well, that is part of it, I guess. But also, watch how the pick-and-roll between Chris Paul and Griffin has matured — Griffin comes out and sets the…

  4. Hornets coach apologized to Blake Griffin for foul

    Mar 27, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 27, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    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…

  6. Chris Kaman sticks with Hornets, which is fine. For now.

    Mar 24, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Chris Kaman, Nene

    From ESPN.com’s Marc Stein:   Players waived by 11:59 PM ET tonight eligible for playoffs w/another team, but ESPN sources say NOH & Chris Kaman still NOT talking buyout — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) March 23, 2012 So… real quick. Taking on the rest of the year for Kaman isn’t bad. He still makes plays (he blocked…

  7. Hornets’ Jason Smith suspended two games for hit on Griffin

    Mar 23, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Vinny Del Negro

    We all knew a suspension was coming for that hit, the question was for how long? Jason Smith will be suspended for two games by the league for his hockey check of Blake Griffin during the Hornets victory over the Clippers Thursday night, the league has announced. He will miss a game Sunday against the…

  8. The “Violence Against Blake Griffin” situation

    Mar 23, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    He’s asking for it. OK, stop, that right there. That’s me trying to snag your attention with some sort of bombastic statement. I can assure you my position is more nuanced than this phrase, which by the way, in the context of violence of any sort — on-court, off-court, sexual, non-sexual — should never, ever…

  9. Clippers players say “it’s not him, it’s me” about Del Negro

    Mar 23, 2012, 11:24 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro watches a free throw during their NBA game against Minnesota

    One of the rights of passage for an embattled coach — and make no mistake, Vinny Del Negro is an embattled coach, even the most reasoned of Clippers writers are talking change now — is for the players to rally to the defense of their coach. The “it’s not you, it’s me” lines pour out.…

  10. Video: Jason Smith’s ridiculous flagrant foul on Blake Griffin

    Mar 23, 2012, 1:34 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin, Vinny Del Negro

    Jason Smith hit Blake Griffin like he was expecting to get paid by Sean Payton and Gregg Williams. Oh, sorry, wrong New Orleans team. This fourth quarter flagrant 2 foul rightfully got Smith ejected from the game and he can expect a multiple game suspension to come down on Friday. As it should be. There…

  11. New night, same problems haunt Clippers in loss to Hornets

    Mar 22, 2012, 11:48 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Three games in three nights. Three losses. Each seemingly uglier than the last. Right now, the Clippers are not a good basketball team, and coach Vinny Del Negro could pay the price for that. A night after Del Negro’s postgame tirade at his team after it was blown out by the Oklahoma City Thunder, the…

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

    Mar 22, 2012, 10:23 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 22, 2012, 9:03 AM EDT

    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…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Heat hotter than the Suns

    Mar 21, 2012, 9:31 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem drives to the basket against the Phoenix Suns in the first half during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while wondering why someone whose job it was to smuggle cocaine into the United States would get the personalized license plate “SMUGLER”… Heat 99, Suns 95: It looked like the Suns had a road upset in their pocket — they led most of the fourth quarter and were up 10 with just…

  15. Could ‘Melo’s role with D’Antoni cost him a spot on Team USA?

    Mar 20, 2012, 4:22 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Jason Kidd, Olympics

    Mike Krzyzewski and the coaches of Team USA have some very tough decisions ahead of them as they trim the list of 20 candidates down to 12 who get to suit up in London this summer for the Olympics. Look at the power forward spot. You only really need three and the guys on that…

  16. Video: Blake Griffin takes seat in front row, drives up drycleaning bills

    Mar 19, 2012, 11:21 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    I suppose if you can afford front row seats to an NBA game, you can afford the dry cleaning bill that is going to come with Blake Griffin spilling beer all over you. Now, whether you can afford another beer at the Staples Center prices is another matter. (Why is it you pay more for…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bosh looks good in Heat victory

    Mar 19, 2012, 3:10 AM EDT

    LeBron James, Dwight Howard

    What you missed while thinking a new study proves your children are brilliant…. Heat 91, Magic 81: Everybody talks about the big man the Heat could use. We often underestimate Chris Bosh — he had 23 points on 13 shots. Dwyane Wade owned the fourth quarter with 14 of his 31 coming then, when the…

  18. Video: Another day, another monster slam from Blake Griffin

    Mar 18, 2012, 12:02 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Blake Griffin is going to end his career mentioned with Vince Carter, Shawn Kemp and the other great in-game dunkers of the NBA at his peak. Because he does things like this every game. It helps to have Chris Paul feeding you and all, but this guy is a monster. Whether he finishes his career…

  19. Clippers hold hour-long, closed-door meeting after ugly loss

    Mar 16, 2012, 6:35 PM EDT

    Vinny Del Negro, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin

    The Clippers blew a 12-point fourth quarter lead at home to a Phoenix Suns team playing without Steve Nash or Grant Hill. That is pretty much the textbook definition of an ugly loss. The Clippers have had a number of losses lately, most accompanied by some poor end-of-game execution. Take the ball out Chris Paul’s…

  20. Friday And-1 links: Did Wade mock Dwight Howard’s loyalty?

    Mar 16, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard

    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). Was Dwyane Wade mocking Dwight Howard’s loyalty to the Magic? Kind of looks that way to me. Rudy Gay has cleared the league concussion protocols…

  21. Video: Kenyon Martin still has some hops left

    Mar 16, 2012, 8:26 AM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    There was a time when Kenyon Martin was one of the more feared dunkers in the league. Enjoy the video above as we travel back to that time… wait, what? This was Thursday night? But he’s 34 now? apparently watching Blake Griffin has rekindled a little of Martin’s ferociousness around the rim.  It’s fun to…

  22. Surveying trade deadline landscape: League’s second tier got better

    Mar 16, 2012, 12:56 AM EDT

    Nick Young

    As you survey the NBA landscape in the aftermath of the storm that is always the NBA trade deadline, and a couple things leap out: First, the title contenders did not change — and they all stood pat. In the East, the path to the finals goes through Miami and Chicago and nobody really moved…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bulls beat Heat even without that Rose guy

    Mar 15, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James is guarded by Chicago Bulls' John Lucas and Luol Deng during their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    What you missed while waiting for Dwight Howard to change his mind again…. Bulls 106, Heat 102: This just shows the different mentalities of these two teams. No Derrick Rose, no Richard Hamilton and yet the Bulls just brought it with fantastic energy. They defended, guys like John Lucas III (24 points) and Jimmy Butler…

  24. Report: Howard likes Clippers, Heat. Please make this stop.

    Mar 12, 2012, 1:05 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Another day, another report that the Orlando Magic are leaning heavily toward keeping Dwight Howard in their camp and trying to convince him to stay. This time it’s in a series of tweets of from Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated we hear that Dwight is staying and that he still has no interest in going…

  25. Clippers not likely to get Ray Allen, won’t risk long term for short

    Mar 12, 2012, 9:48 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Three

    It’s pretty easy to picture the Clippers as a serious threat to the Thunder in the West if they added Ray Allen — the Celtics sharp shooter who takes on the Clippers Monday night. The Clippers have struggled with production from the two guard spot since Chauncey Billups went down with an Achilles tendon injury.…

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