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  1. “Linsanity” came when Lin stopped trying to play for others

    Feb 13, 2012, 5:23 PM EDT

    New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin shakes hands with MInnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love before game

    Just go out and play. Let God and the universe take care of the rest of it. That is the battle Jeremy Lin says he fights daily now — not trying to live up to the expectations of others, not trying to control everything, but just going out and playing basketball. Lin — a devoutly…

  2. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs advancing, Heat still on top

    Feb 13, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    I’m beginning to wonder: Will the Eastern Conference Finals be the real NBA finals this year? Feels that way some days. 1. Heat (21-7, last week ranked 1) The Magic and Knicks combined to shoot 85 threes against the Heat in two nights. The Heat’s defensive energy does that to teams, makes them settle (although…

  3. Why the bottleneck on NBA trades? Calendar and Howard.

    Feb 13, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    We’re a couple months into the NBA season, and there have been very few trades. Before the season we had some biggies — Chris Paul to the Lakers, er, Clippers — but once the season started, that has dried up. And you can expect things to stay pretty much dry past the All-Star game at…

  4. Report: Chris Paul leading Clippers J.R. Smith recruitment

    Feb 13, 2012, 8:07 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    J.R. Smith is expected back in the United States this week an NBA free agent. His team in China has been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs and the season ends this week. And the Clippers want him. Badly. Especially now that their starting two guard is gone for the season. The Clippers are not alone…

  5. Spike Lee texts Mark Jackson “thanks” for cutting Jeremy Lin

    Feb 11, 2012, 7:58 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    Linsanity cannot be stopped in New York… well, until Carmelo Anthony comes back and takes the ball out of Jeremy Lin’s hands. But we’re not going to worry about that yet. The legend of Lin grew Friday night when he dropped 38 on the Lakers and led the Knicks to their fourth straight win while…

  6. Video: Chris Paul drains game winner in Philly

    Feb 11, 2012, 11:59 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul is good. Ridiculously good. Andre Iguodala played about as good of defense as you can on Chris Paul on the final play in Philadelphia last night, and Paul twisted, turned then faded away and drained the game winner for the Clippers like a cold-blooded assassin. There should be no debate about who is…

  7. Your NBA All-Star reserves announced, coaches went safe

    Feb 9, 2012, 7:24 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    The fans picked the five starters, but this week the coaches voted to name the reserves to the All-Star Game in Orlando. And the coaches played it safe. They went with the old names they new not the future stars. They went with veteran Joe Johnson and left out Rajon Rondo. They left out Paul…

  8. Report: Lakers to retire Shaq’s #34 next season

    Feb 9, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

    Shaquille O'Neal

    From NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper: Indications are Lakers will retire @Shaq uniform No. 34 next season. Brief delay due to rush of schedule, not any doubt it would happen. O’Neal, who retired after last season, played for the Lakers from 1996-2004, and is still currently the only player to win a championship after signing a max contract with…

  9. Kendrick Perkins says he deleted his twitter because of “too much negativity”

    Feb 9, 2012, 4:52 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin Kendrick Perkins

    Kendrick Perkins has gained some national attention recently thanks to his strong words about LeBron James’ twitter reaction to Blake Griffin’s play-of-the-year dunk on Perkins, and his feelings towards “elite” NBA players on twitter in general. Perkins deletehavd his twitter shortly before he made his statements, and recently there have been some insinuations that Perkins…

  10. Mo Williams wants a contract extension with Clippers

    Feb 9, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

    Mo Williams, Ian Mahinm

    Hello, Clippers, welcome to the price of success. I know this is all new to you, but you’re going to be getting a lot of this kind of stuff now. Mo Williams wants a contract extension. Pretty much that’s what you can read into this comment from the Los Angeles Times. “I just want to…

  11. Enjoying the Jeremy Lin ride, which may get bumpy

    Feb 9, 2012, 1:58 PM EDT

    Jeremy Lin

    We need to be honest — the three defenses that Jeremy Lin has carved up as the starting point guard for the Knicks are three terrible defenses. All three are in the bottom 10 in the league in defensive efficiency, and the best one (Utah) has slow bigs who are awful against quick guards —…

  12. Kobe says he’d choose LeBron if he could pick a teammate

    Feb 9, 2012, 12:29 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant is a scorer. Which is why getting Chris Paul — a playmaker who sets others up as well as anyone in the game — made a lot of sense to Kobe. It made less sense to David Stern (and other NBA owners) and so that trade got shot down. Wednesday Kobe was talking…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Magic cool off Heat

    Feb 9, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    What you missed while watching a guy get bit in the face by a dog on live television… Magic 102, Heat 89: Maybe the Magic owner should tell the media he doesn’t want to trade Dwight Howard before every game. Orlando played the game it wants to play — good defense (especially challenging in the…

  14. LeBron has no appologies for Perkins, tweeting about dunk

    Feb 9, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

    Sweat rolls down the face of Miami Heat's James during a break in play against Milwaukee Bucks in their NBA game in Milwaukee

    Kendrick Perkins didn’t like LeBron James tweeting about how Blake Griffin dunked all over Perk. Not in the least. Perkins said that you don’t see Kobe Bryant tweeting, or Jordan, or guys that play the game “for the right reasons” who want to win not get hung up on one play. In response, our man…

  15. Kenyon Martin to make debut for Clippers Wednesday

    Feb 8, 2012, 6:41 PM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    Kenyon Martin, signed by the Clippers last Friday over the protests of the Chinese Basketball Association, will make his debut in a Clippers uniform Wednesday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He’s only expected to play about 15 minutes off the bench, according to Clippers.com reporter Madelyn Burke. At first he will be splitting time with…

  16. Griffin, Irving headline pool of players for Rising Stars game

    Feb 8, 2012, 2:38 PM EDT

    Rookie John Wall, of the Washington Wiza

    The NBA is trying to change the fortunes of what used to be the overlooked and uninteresting All-Star weekend Rookie Challenge (where the rookies played the sophomores). This year TNT’s Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal are picking teams playground style (Team Shaq and Team Chuck) from a pool of rookies and sophomores — and the…

  17. Kendrick Perkins rips LeBron for tweet about Blake dunk

    Feb 8, 2012, 11:09 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin Kendrick Perkins

    When I spoke to Kendrick Perkins right after the game against the Clippers where Blake Griffin threw down the dunk of the year on him, he didn’t know what had happened. Oh, he knew he’d been dunked on spectacularly and he accepted that as part of the game when you are a shot blocker. But…

  18. It’s official, Chauncey Billups out for season with torn Achilles

    Feb 7, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups Clippers

    After watching Chauncey Billups have to be helped off the court Monday night, everyone feared the worst but was coming but hoping against hope it wasn’t true. It is. Chauncey Billups out for the season with a torn left Achilles tendon, the team announced Tuesday afternoon. Usually these injuries take 12 to 18 months to…

  19. All-Star Weekend rookie/sophomore game to go playground

    Feb 7, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    There’s always a bit of a playground element to the NBA Rookie Challenge — what you and I call the rookie/sophomore game — on Friday night of All-Star weekend. Remember last year John Wall threw a bounce-pass ally-oop last year, it’s all about as playground as it gets. So this year they decided to take…

  20. Chris Paul tells Dwight Howard “just keep playing hard”

    Feb 7, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    Chris Paul and Dwight Howard were going to be the twin Carmelo Anthonys for this season — guys in the last year of their contract holding that over their teams’ heads to get a trade to a destination of their choosing. Except the Hornets traded Paul to the Clippers and turned Los Angeles into a contender.…

  21. Tuesday And-1 links: Want to watch Gilbert Arenas workout?

    Feb 7, 2012, 11:14 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    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). Gilbert Arenas is going to conduct an open workout in Los Angeles this week so teams can come and decide for themselves if he’s got…

  22. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Jeremy Lin is king of New York

    Feb 7, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

    Jeremy Lin Knicks

    What you missed while thinking that even though you didn’t love Madonna’s halftime show at the Super Bowl, it was better than the Black Eyed Peas doing Tron or whatever it was the year before…. 76ers 95, Lakers 90: It was the Kobe Bryant and Lou Williams show, and it was our game of the…

  23. Chauncey Billups injures Achilles, may be done for season

    Feb 7, 2012, 2:10 AM EDT

    Arron Afflalo, Chauncey Billups

    Through the fourth quarter, Chauncey Billups was being his Mr. Big Shot self on Monday — he had 11 points in the quarter and had knocked down three from beyond the arc to help the Clippers take the lead. Then with 5:54 left he went down. Untouched. He had to be helped off the court.…

  24. Dirk Nowitzki says he shouldn’t be an All-Star this year

    Feb 6, 2012, 6:08 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    The fans wanted to see Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant as the Western Conference All-Star starters. (Durant is a gimme, but we can debate later if Griffin should really start.) That leaves it to the coaches to pick the two or three forwards on the bench out of Pau Gasol, LaMarcus Aldridge, Kevin Love, Paul…

  25. NBA Power Rankings: Heat on top, Clippers climbing

    Feb 6, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's James prepares to make a shot against Milwaukee Bucks during their NBA game in Milwaukee

    Miami moves back into the top spot — but the Clippers have now cracked the top three, which had been the domain of the Heat, Bulls and Thunder for a while. Oh, and the Bobcats still suck. 1. Heat (18-6, last week ranked No. 2). They’ve had a few uninspired wins (like Sunday against the…

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