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  1. Blake Griffin’s response to DeMarcus Cousins calling him an actor: “You have to consider the source.”

    Apr 8, 2012, 2:30 PM EST

    griffin-cousins

    There’s a weird sort of rivalry brewing between the Kings and the Clippers, that, on the surface, doesn’t seem to make much sense. While L.A. has two current All-Stars and is likely to be a top-four seed when the playoffs begin in a few short weeks, Sacramento is a perennial lottery team with a couple…

  2. Quote of the Day: CP3 responds to Cousins calling Griffin an “actor”

    Apr 7, 2012, 5:42 PM EST

    Demarcus Cousins

    Via ESPN.com’ s Justin Verrier: CP on DMC comments: “We won. He lost. We competing for the playoffs. He’s not. That happens in this league.” Clippers point guard Chris Paul, responding to Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins‘ statement that Blake Griffin is an “actor” who gets “babied by the league.” The Kings and Clippers will face each…

  3. Cousins fined $25,000 for saying officials love Blake Griffin

    Apr 6, 2012, 6:27 PM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins, Derrick Favors

    Everyone, including DeMarcus Cousins, should have known this was coming. Cousins criticized the officials, saying they and the league plays favorites with Griffin, and the league doesn’t like it when players suggest the league plays favorites. Of course we all know that doesn’t happen (*cough*). Cousins was fined $25,000 by the league for his comments…

  4. Blake Griffin the actor: playing a chicken on Sesame Street

    Apr 6, 2012, 1:33 PM EST

    Blake Griffin

    Someday James Lipton is going to pull out one of his little blue cards to ask Blake Griffin about this performance, where his motivation really came from. DeMarcus Cousins thinks he knows — he thinks Griffin is an actor and plays a little too much chicken on the court, too. I like that Griffin and…

  5. Cousins accuses Blake Griffin of being “actor,” faking fouls

    Apr 6, 2012, 9:56 AM EST

    Blake Griffin, Chris Paul

    DeMarcus Cousins and Blake Griffin were banging on each other pretty hard Thursday night in what Kings coach Keith Smart called a great football game. But Cousins was the one who ended up in foul trouble, playing just 18 minutes due to it (while Griffin had a double double and even hit key jumpers late).…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Bulls win another without Rose

    Apr 6, 2012, 8:57 AM EST

    Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng

    What you missed while watching your kid freak out about the Easter Bunny… Knicks 96, Magic 80: The Knicks are feeling confident and finding their stride as the Magic are coming apart at the seams. The other key — Tyson Chandler is one of the few centers who can match up with Dwight Howard. It…

  7. Report: All eyes on Board of Governors meeting in Kings arena dispute

    Apr 4, 2012, 2:42 PM EST

    worried george

    In a story with many chapters, it’s fitting that the book on the Maloofs’ future in the NBA will be written on April 12-13 at the league’s Board of Governors meetings. After all, it’s where the tide turned for Kings fans last year, as Kevin Johnson came out of nowhere with both the will and…

  8. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Turns out LeBron can score a lot

    Apr 4, 2012, 8:55 AM EST

    Miami Heat's James drives to the basket as his team plays against the Philadelphia 76ers during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while watching Baylor win the national title and thinking Brittney Griner can flat out ball…. Heat 99, Sixers 93: The Heat needed a win and they had LeBron James in a scoring mood — those things go together like Oreos and milk for Miami. The result was James putting up a season…

  9. Another Minnesota point guard down: Ridnour sprains ankle

    Apr 3, 2012, 8:09 AM EST

    Luke Ridnour

    The good news is the Timberwolves are about get J.J. Barea back, because they are hurting again at point guard. Luke Ridnour went down Monday night with what appeared to be a severe ankle sprain. It was an innocent play where he stepped on Jimmer Fredette’s ankle, but the twist was nasty. No word yet…

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

    Apr 3, 2012, 2:58 AM EST

    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…

  11. NBA Power Rankings: Top spot now Thunderstruck

    Apr 2, 2012, 4:46 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook celebrates with small forward Kevin Durant during their NBA basketball game against Chicago Bulls in Oklahoma City

    There can’t be any question about the Thunder in the top spot after the last 8 days, but there are questions about the Heat and the Bulls in the East. And the Celtics and Spurs as spoilers. 1. Thunder (40-12, last week ranked number 2). They beat the Heat, Bulls and Lakers in the last…

  12. Quote of the Day: Cousins learns from Jedi master Duncan

    Mar 29, 2012, 1:37 PM EST

    Tim Duncan DeMarcus Cousins

    “S*** you’re good.” —DeMarcus Cousins, 21, to Tim Duncan, 35, quote via the Sacramento Bee. Yes, yes he is. I could tell you how you could learn a lot from Duncan, but if I have to tell you…. In fairness, Cousins is playing well lately, now that Paul Westphal is gone and Keith Smart is…

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

    Mar 27, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    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…

  14. NBA Power Rankings: Thunder move up to second spot

    Mar 26, 2012, 3:46 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Durant leaves the court after their NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in Oklahoma City

    Some shifting around near the top as the Thunder go up, the Heat drop down and the Spurs hold steady. So do the Bobcats at the bottom. It’s not March Madness, but it is March setting up for a run to the playoffs. 1. Bulls (40-10, last week ranked number 1). With an undefeated week…

  15. It’s OK if there’s no mania behind Jimmer

    Mar 24, 2012, 1:47 PM EST

    Jimmer Fredette , Kurt Thomas, Nolan Smith

    “The first time he didn’t play [on Feb. 2 against Portland], people were calling the paper and pitching their theories,” said Jason Jones, the Kings’ beat writer for The Sacramento Bee. “People don’t want to believe that he might not be ready to play. They want to believe Keith has it in for him.” The…

  16. Friday And-1 links: NCAA makes players draft decision harder

    Mar 23, 2012, 11:35 AM EST

    Adrian Diaz

    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) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • To make things easier on their coaches and universities, the NCAA is screwing…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: George comes up big for Pacers

    Mar 23, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

    Paul George, Danny Granger

    What you missed while being thankful you’re not allergic to water…. Hornets 97, Clippers 90: The New Orleans Arena felt especially warm, mostly because of the heat emanating from Vinny Del Negro’s seat. The Clippers lost their third in a row to a feisty Hornets team in our game of the night. Celtics 100, Bucks…

  18. In surprise, Portland claims J.J. Hickson on waivers

    Mar 21, 2012, 8:27 PM EST

    Hickson Kings

    Last year before the lockout, J.J. Hickson was considered a prospect on par with Omri Casspi, and they were traded for each other. But his performance this season left him glued to the bench of an unimpressive Kings team. Paul Westphal or Keith Smart, neither thought his play warranted minutes — he was shooting 37…

  19. Video: DeMarcus Cousins dons jacket to coach Kings

    Mar 21, 2012, 12:04 PM EST

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    If you ever needed evidence that DeMarcus Cousins has a much better relationship with Keith Smart than deposed coach Paul Westphal, we bring you this video. Cousins had been yelling out instructions to the team, walking up the sideline from the bench, so Smart gave him the jacket and the job for a second. After…

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

    Mar 21, 2012, 9:31 AM EST

    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…

  21. Kings buy out J.J. Hickson

    Mar 19, 2012, 5:05 PM EST

    Hickson Kings

    From Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski: JJ Hickson has completed a buyout with the Kings, league source tells Y! The 23-year old Hickson was drafted 19th overall by the Cavaliers in 2008 after his freshman year at North Carolina State. Hickson is a tremendous athlete, showed flashes of brilliance with Cleveland, and even started for the Cavaliers before…

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

    Mar 19, 2012, 3:10 AM EST

    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…

  23. PBT’s constantly updated trade deadline tracker

    Mar 15, 2012, 3:00 PM EST

    Michael Beasley, Mike Dunleavy, Carlos Delfino

    Here it is — the one place where all the NBA’s trade deadline news and rumors will be. With our thoughts on everything. This post will be constantly updated throughout the day as the newest information becomes available. Just hit refresh and you will know the latest. The trade deadline is 3 p.m. Eastern (all…

  24. Wednesday And-1 links: Calipari to Wizards, other rumors

    Mar 14, 2012, 11:56 AM EST

    NCAA Men's Final Four - Kentucky v UConn

    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). John Calipari to coach the Wizards after Kentucky loses in the NCAA Tournament finals? Let’s just say it is out there and the guy who…

  25. NBA Power Rankings: Bulls, Heat own top two spots. Again.

    Mar 12, 2012, 2:38 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Miami Heat - Game Four

    The trade deadline could really shake up the power rankings… but probably not. 1. Bulls (34-9, last week ranked number 1). The Bulls keep winning while they are banged up — Joakim Noah is back Monday for the Knicks but Luol Deng and Richard Hamilton are out. Those wins are really impressive. But the big…

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