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  1. Do you need a closer to win in NBA? George Karl says no.

    Mar 8, 2012, 7:21 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    It looks great when Derrick Rose makes the sweet crossover and drains the jumper to win the game. Hero ball makes heroes when it works. But the league’s best “closers” miss more of those shots than they make. As we start to get more and more information that look at situations and players we learn…

  2. Beasley trade talks ongoing with teams trying to woo Howard

    Mar 8, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Michael Beasley, Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Delfino

    If you were Dwight Howard, would the presence of Michael Beasley on a team make you want to play there? I wouldn’t think so either, but some of the teams most active in trying to get the forward out of Minnesota are teams trying to impress Howard, according to Ken Berger at CBSSports.com. It’s no…

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

    Mar 8, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

    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 —…

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

    Mar 8, 2012, 12:54 AM EDT

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

    Mar 7, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Mar 7, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

    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…

  7. Report: Nets GM King “considered” shutting Brook Lopez down for season

    Mar 6, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    Brook Lopez

    Nets center Brook Lopez missed the first 32 games of this season with a broken right foot. Recently, Lopez sprained his right ankle. He is expected to be out for around 3 weeks, but Nets GM Billy King has reportedly considered shutting down his young center for the remainder of the season. From Colin Stephenson…

  8. Magic GM says 6 to 8 teams pushing for Dwight Howard

    Mar 6, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Apparently there are a number of teams in the “rent-a-Howard” market. The latest news on the Dwight Howard trade front is that while teams are lining up for a shot to get him even if it is for just the rest of this season, right now there is no movement. We cannot emphasize this enough…

  9. Nets’ Lopez out 3 weeks with sprained ankle. Now what for Howard trade?

    Mar 5, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

    Brook Lopez

    We warned you that Brook Lopez’s ankle sprain early in the third quarter Sunday was pretty bad. You know it is not good when the coach will not address it after the game, saying they need to wait a day. The good news is that X-rays came back negative, but the bad news is that…

  10. NBA Power Rankings: Bulls grab top spot by the horns

    Mar 5, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    Taj Gibson, Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah,

    The top three are pretty much set, it’s just a matter of who is playing the best among them at this moment. Right now it’s Chicago. The bottom three are pretty much locked in, too, but the Bobcats have really grabbed hold of the last spot and made it their own. 1. Bulls (31-8, last…

  11. Monday And-1 links: A couple rumors, Kobe’s mask, more

    Mar 5, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

    Jamal Crawford, Pau Gasol

    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). The Clippers and Timberwolves have some interest in Jamal Crawford of Portland and trade talks may follow. Crawford was brought in after the Brandon Roy…

  12. Brook Lopez rolls ankle, leaves arena on crutches

    Mar 5, 2012, 8:10 AM EDT

    Brook Lopez, Landry Fields

    Brook Lopez has been back just five games after foot surgery — and his impact on the Nets has been clear. The Nets are 3-2 in those games including wins over New York and Dallas, with Lopez averaging 19.2 points per game. But now the Nets may be without him again for a stretch. Lopez…

  13. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It’s the Deron Williams show

    Mar 5, 2012, 5:18 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    What you missed while suing your college because your dorm roommate had too much sex… Celtics 115, Knicks 111 (OT): Rajon Rondo dominated Jeremy Lin, put up a monster line — 18 points, 20 assists, 17 rebounds — and got the Celtics a big win in one of our games of the day. Lakers 93,…

  14. Video: Deron Williams drops 57 points on the Bobcats

    Mar 5, 2012, 1:10 AM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Deron Williams scored 57 points on just 29 shots against the Bobcats Sunday— he hit 16 of his shots and was 21-for-21 from the free throw line. You can see all of them above. Well, not the free throws, but everything else. It was an impressive performance — it is more points than any player…

  15. Jeremy Lin who? Rajon Rondo dominates in Celtics victory

    Mar 4, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Jeremy Lin, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks

    All-Star weekend, the Nets Deron Williams (who put up 38 on the Knicks) said all the hype around Jeremy Lin would have other teams’ point guards looking to take their frustrations out on the Knicks. Meet Rajon Rondo. The Celtics point guard had 18 points, 17 rebounds and 20 assists and dominated the Knicks in…

  16. Wednesday And-1 links: Some rumors, Shaq, flu game talk

    Feb 29, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT

    Monta Ellis

    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). Those rumors of a Monta Ellis to the Nets for Brook Lopez trade? Not much to them. Milwaukee will apparently listen to trade offers for…

  17. Jason Kidd with the Nets again? He wouldn’t rule it out.

    Feb 29, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

    Jason Kidd

    Jason Kidd was the heart of the best teams the Nets have ever had, a team that went to back-to-back NBA finals. Back then, talk of what next year will become real in the form of the Barclay Center in Brooklyn was just an on again, off again rumor that could never really gain traction.…

  18. Could Dallas get Deron Williams and Dwight Howard? Yes, but…

    Feb 29, 2012, 8:44 AM EDT

    Deron Williams, Dwight Howard

    So here is the scenario you will see laid out here and other places over the next couple weeks heading into the trade deadline: The Dallas Mavericks find a trade partner to take on Shawn Marion’s $8 million contract for next season (without sending any money back), then they amnesty Brandon Haywood, make a couple…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Time to fear Brook Lopez?

    Feb 29, 2012, 6:30 AM EDT

    Deshawn Stevenson

    What you missed while you were spilling beer on the German Chancellor…. Nets 93, Mavericks 92: Dallas, you did a terrible job of trying to impress Deron Williams and make him want to join your roster. Starting late in the third quarter the Mavericks went on an 0-13 shooting streak, they didn’t have a field…

  20. Report: Jazz “open” to trading Devin Harris

    Feb 28, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

    Brian T. Smith of the Salt Lake City Tribune has the report: The Jazz remain open to moving starting point guard Devin Harris, league sources said, and reserve small forward C.J. Miles could be made available in the right situation. But Utah continues to take a long-term approach in building its team after the Deron…

  21. Tuesday And-1 links: Let the trade rumors begin

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:46 AM EDT

    Brook Lopez

    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). The Golden State Warriors have their eye on Brook Lopez (if that whole “trade for Dwight Howard” thing doesn’t work out for the Nets). Ramon…

  22. Dwight Howard rumor storm begins: here is where we stand

    Feb 28, 2012, 11:15 AM EDT

    Sprint NBA All Star Celebrity Game

    All-Star Weekend is in the rear view mirror, the NBA trade deadline is just more than two weeks away (March 15), so now the focus of the NBA world becomes this: Where will Dwight Howard be playing March 16? There are 8 million rumors out there in the naked city right now, here is where…

  23. First half of NBA season awards, second half predictions

    Feb 28, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James dribbles the ball in the first half of their NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks in Miami

    So much for the little rest stop in Orlando. It was fun. The breakneck pace of the NBA’s condensed post-lockout season picks up again Tuesday night. The pedal goes to the metal and we head for the playoffs. Before the engines fully rev up again, we’re going to take stock. But rather than just give…

  24. Video: Kobe plans to play through concussion, Nash could be on the trade block. 5 Questions with Adrian Wojnarowski

    Feb 27, 2012, 9:08 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports sits down to talk about the All-Star Game, the repercussions of Dwyane Wade‘s foul on Kobe Bryant, how the Mavericks can make a run at Deron Williams and Dwight Howard, and if Steve Nash could head to… Orlando?

  25. NBA Power Rankings: All-Star Weekend edition

    Feb 27, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    Heat's Wade and James watch teammate Chalmers compete in three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    With no games after Thursday, we don’t have a lot of movement in the standings this week, but we tie in some All-Star Weekend notes and look ahead at the second half for teams. 1. Heat (27-7, last week ranked 1). LeBron James’ All-Star performance is what fans seem to expect from him — 36…

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