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  1. Carmelo Anthony returns to Knicks lineup Monday vs. Nets

    Feb 20, 2012, 6:49 PM EDT

    Knicks forward Anthony reacts to the Bulls missing a free throw attempt in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    If you’re going to ease Carmelo Anthony back into the new-look Knicks, this is the best way to do it — against the worst defense in the league. Carmelo Anthony will be back with the Knicks in the starting lineup Monday against the Nets, the team announced. He will start (Iman Shumpert will come off…

  2. NBA Power Rankings: Streaking Heat, Spurs land on top

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Miami Heat

    Miami has looked dominant the last week, while Tony Parker may be the best player in basketball the last two weeks so the Spurs climb. At the bottom, things look familiar. 1. Heat (24-7, last week ranked 1). They became the third team in the NBA to sweep a back-to-back-to-back (Bulls, Thunder), but they did…

  3. Kobe tells Laker management to clarify Pau Gasol plans

    Feb 20, 2012, 2:05 AM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    Pau Gasol was almost shipped out to Houston before the season even started in the eventually-killed deal that would have brought Chris Paul to the Lakers. Last week there was talk of Gasol to Minnesota (an unlikely deal). Sunday came the report that Derrick Rose wants the Bulls to try and get Gasol (because the…

  4. Manu Ginobili suffers strained oblique vs. Clippers, more tests coming

    Feb 18, 2012, 9:14 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    Manu Ginobili suffered a strained oblique muscle against the Clippers during the Spurs’ 103-100 win over Los Angeles Saturday, the Spurs announced after the game. There is no timetable for his return, and further diagnostic tests are planned. Ginobili only recently returned from a fractured bone in his hand. He’s played spectacularly well, so the…

  5. Kobe thinks the trade talks are playing games with Pau’s heart… with Pau’s heart

    Feb 18, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett and Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol compete for the ball in Boston

    I’m sorry for that reference, first of all. The Lakers continue to be mired in constant flux. The vetoed Chris Paul trade kicked off a season of uncertainty that has continued. Pau Gasol is constantly discussed in rumors. And Kobe Bryant thinks it’s affecting Gasol negatively. From the Los Angeles Times: Though it appears pointing…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bulls keep winning without Rose

    Feb 17, 2012, 8:07 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Garnett and Chicago Bulls' Boozer react to a call during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Chicago

    What you missed while you were fascinated with the photo of a shark eating another shark…. Bulls 89, Celtics 80: The Bulls are now 3-1 without Derrick Rose and, as they have through this run (and really the last two seasons), they won this one with defense. Chicago held Boston to 39.7 percent shooting overall…

  7. Steve Nash, Alvin Gentry defend decision to rest Suns’ stars

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:24 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    The Suns aren’t a team that’s stacked with talent; Steve Nash has said so himself at multiple times this season, going as far back as training camp last December. And given the team’s sub-.500 position in the standings, it certainly can’t afford to play games without its best offensive creator in Nash, and its best…

  8. Jeremy Lin added to Rising Stars All-Star Weekend game

    Feb 16, 2012, 8:29 PM EDT

    Knicks guard Lin smiles during player introductions before the start of the Knicks' NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Minneapolis

    How about Jeremy Lin throwing ally-oops to Blake Griffin? You got it. Thanks to a late add by the NBA and some drafting prowess by Shaquille O’Neal, Lin and Griffin will be playing together the Friday night of All-Star weekend at the Rising Stars Challenge (formerly the Rookie/Sophomore Game). Lin was not on the original…

  9. J.R. Smith confirms he is close to deal with Knicks

    Feb 16, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Denver Nuggets - Game Three

    UPDATE 7:03 pm: Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld spoke with J.R. Smith himself and tweeted this: I just spoke to J.R. Smith. He confirmed that he’s nearing a deal with the New York Knicks. This echoes what we have been hearing all day, that it is just a matter of hammering out the contract details and…

  10. Winderman: LeBron says NBA becoming point guards’ league

    Feb 16, 2012, 6:54 PM EDT

    derrick Rose LeBron James

    So what does LeBron James want? By now we’ve learned that simply is a matter of interpretation, other than he doesn’t want to be blamed for your kids’ cartoons not being on or the store being out of milk (from that memorable postgame session in Orlando a week ago). Then, Thursday, there were the seemingly…

  11. Report: Timberwolves interested in Pau Gasol. Good luck.

    Feb 16, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett and Los Angeles Lakers Pau Gasol compete for the ball in Boston

    I’m telling you now, this deal is not going to happen in this form. But we pass along this rumor, via Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida, anyway. In other news involving NBA big men, a source said Wednesday that Minnesota continues to pursue a possible trade for Lakers forward Pau Gasol, dangling rookie Derrick…

  12. Shumpert, Williams headline All-Star Dunk Contest field

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    Blake Griffin will not be back to defend his All-Star Dunk Contest crown, and you can bet no Kia cars will be on the court this time. He wasn’t the only big name to stay away — all the stars are staying home. There are some quality dunkers in the field but all the names…

  13. Report: J.R. Smith deciding between Knicks, Clippers

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Bobcats

    Wednesday in China, J.R. Smith hopped on a plane and said “zai zian” to the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the Chinese Basketball Association where he played during the lockout. His team is out of the playoffs and he is on his way home. The only question is, where is that plane going to land? New…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: There are days the Magic look good

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:14 AM EDT

    Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia

    What you missed while realizing your Valentine’s Day could have gone worse…. Knicks 100, Kings 85: The perfect storm that is Jeremy Lin continues, and it is our game of the night. Hawks 101, Suns 99: Our own Brett Pollakoff was at this game and filed a report. But that doesn’t mean we won’t give…

  15. Warriors front office takes heat because Jeremy Lin got away

    Feb 15, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Knicks guard Lin smiles during player introductions before the start of the Knicks' NBA basketball game against the Timberwolves in Minneapolis

    At the time, Golden State was letting go a little-used guard who spent time in the D-League to clear the way for a $10 million a year offer to DeAndre Jordan, the big-time center the Warriors needed (and still need). Now, they are the team that had Jeremy Lin and didn’t realize what they had.…

  16. Video: Chris Paul and Bar Refaeli on a trampoline, because we can

    Feb 14, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Charlotte Bobcats

    I feel a little like Adam Carolla and Jimmy Kimmel (from the old Man Show days) running this video, but how could you not? I mean, it’s Chris Paul in a Sports Illustrated photo shoot on a trampoline… Oh, and Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli can kind of catch your eye. That too. Why are we…

  17. Video: Caron Butler gets his championship ring

    Feb 14, 2012, 1:35 PM EDT

    Clippers' Butler tries to strip the ball from Lakers shooting guard Bryant during NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles

    Caron Butler had a good night in Dallas — he got his championship ring as part of last year’s Mavericks (he was injured through the playoffs but was key for them the first part of the year), then he went out and scored a season high 23 on his old team as part of the…

  18. J.R. Smith returns to USA Wednesday, who gets him?

    Feb 14, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

    CBA 11/12 First Round: Guangdong Hongyuan v Zhejiang Chouzhou

    In the next 24 hours, J.R. Smith will be on the long flight from China — where he signed to play during the lockout — back to the United States. He tweeted this the other day. Ladies and Gentleman I am happy to tell you my return to the United States is offical! I will…

  19. Tuesday And-1 links: Zach Randolph is back at practice

    Feb 14, 2012, 11:44 AM EDT

    zach-randolph-game-6

    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). Zach Randolph has been cleared by doctors for non-contact practices and is expected to return to the Grizzlies in early March. That would be huge…

  20. Mark Cuban rips trade of Chris Paul to Clippers

    Feb 14, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is shown on the court before the start of play between the Mavericks and the Miami Heat in Game 3 of the NBA Finals basketball series in Dallas

    The more I listen to him, the more I think Mark Cuban doesn’t like any trade that doesn’t benefit Mark Cuban. He was one of those who opposed the trade of Chris Paul to the Lakers (which was shot down by David Stern as defacto owner of the Hornets) and now he tells ESPNDallas.com he…

  21. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Dallas can still close out games

    Feb 14, 2012, 7:35 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    What you missed while wondering why a man would try to rob a store wearing only chocolate and peanut butter… Mavericks 96, Clippers 92: What do you need to do to win in tight fourth quarters in the NBA? Execute. For example, don’t turn the ball over — the Clippers has seven fourth quarter turnovers.…

  22. Eric Gordon to have knee scoped, out another six weeks

    Feb 14, 2012, 1:56 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    When Chris Paul was traded to the Clippers, the general consensus was it was a great move for Los Angeles so long as CP3’s knees held up. Turns out, it was the Hornets who should have been warned about Eric Gordon. He has played only two games for the Hornets this season due to a…

  23. Carmelo says playing with Lin will be “dream come true”

    Feb 13, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v New York Knicks

    Reportedly, it was Carmelo Anthony — in street clothes due to a pulled groin — going to Mike D’Antoni at halftime of the Knicks game against New Jersey and suggesting to play Jeremy Lin more that kicked off “Linsanity.” Monday, the guy who came to New York to see himself on the back pages of…

  24. “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…

  25. 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…

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