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March 25, 2014 | By Broderick Turner
CLIPPERS AT NEW ORLEANS When: 5 PDT. Where: Smoothie King Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 50-21, Pelicans 30-40. Record vs. Pelicans: 3-0. Update: The Clippers have defeated the Pelicans six consecutive times and eight of the last nine meetings. Blake Griffin has scored 20-plus points in 29 consecutive games. The Pelicans have won three consecutive games, all against Eastern Conference playoff teams - Atlanta, Miami and Brooklyn.
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March 25, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Bob Knight is not a fan of the current one-and-done system in college basketball. In fact, the Hall of Fame coach and ESPN analyst apparently hates the rule that allows players to bolt for the NBA just one year after high school so much that he compared it to one of the most heinous crimes imaginable. "The NBA does a tremendous, gigantic disservice to college basketball," Knight said Tuesday on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike" show. "It's as though they've raped college basketball in my opinion.
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March 25, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
Chris Kaman started Tuesday's game for one reason. There weren't enough healthy big men for the Lakers against New York. “It's been a long season. I can't wait till it's over,” Kaman said, adding a sigh before officially ending a 10-game sentence at the end of the Lakers' bench. He hasn't enjoyed the month of March. Or, really, this whole season. “The last conversation I've had with Coach [Mike D'Antoni] was in Portland,” three weeks ago, Kaman said. “I didn't really talk to him [Tuesday]
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March 24, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
All you need to know about the season Milwaukee is having is that Philadelphia is on a 25-game losing streak . . . and still has a better record than that of the NBA-worst Bucks. The Bucks brought their traveling woe show to Staples Center on Monday night and somehow kept things more than competitive against the Clippers. The Clippers led by only four points with a little more than three minutes left before starting to vaguely resemble the team that has the league's second-best home record, emerging with a 106-98 victory that fell squarely into the scarier-than-it-should-have-been department.
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March 24, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Short-sleeved NBA jerseys may become a thing of the past before ever really becoming a thing of the present. "Ultimately, if the players don't like them, we'll move on to something else," Commissioner Adam Silver told Bleacher Report.  Players don't like them -- at least, many players don't, including the biggest NBA star of them all right now, Miami's LeBron James. "I've had conversations with LeBron [James] about the jerseys, and we agreed that we would park the issue until the end of the season," Silver said.
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March 22, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
When: 6:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 22-46; Magic 19-50 through Friday. Record vs. Magic: 0-1. Update: Pau Gasol had 21 points, 11 rebounds and six assists but the Lakers lost to Orlando two months ago, 114-105. Orlando owns the league's worst road record, an abysmal 4-32 going into Saturday's game at Utah. Magic shooting guard Victor Oladipo has an outside shot at winning the league's rookie-of-the-year award.
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March 22, 2014 | By Eric Pincus
The second round of the NCAA tournament concluded on Friday with a number of top NBA draft prospects ousted far earlier than expected. Duke's Jabari Parker could be the No. 1 pick in June NBA's draft (or at least top three) but the Mercer Bears, a 14th seed, stunned the Blue Devils, seeded No. 3, 78-71. Parker finished with 14 points and seven rebounds but shot just four for 14 from the field with four turnovers. How the quick exit will affect the freshman's pro prospects is unclear.
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March 22, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Bad teams and the end of the season can make for some strange situations. Healthy players can develop mysterious (read: nonexistent) injuries. Productive veterans can lose playing time to unproven youngsters. Then there is what happened to Mark Madsen on April 19, 2006. The Minnesota Timberwolves power forward who had not taken a three-point shot in 135 games and 1,617 minutes over parts of the previous three seasons took seven shots from beyond the arc . . . in a span of 9 minutes 4 seconds.
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March 22, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
A foreign legion? Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni , on the need for his team's young players to prove themselves in the final stages of a lost season: "This is their future. This is not just, 'Oh, we're having a bad year.' No, your next stop is Europe, so it's like you know what, let's buckle up. They shouldn't have a minute where you don't play hard. They have to understand the importance of this time. " Fashion cop Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Jarrett Jack , on wearing the NBA's sleeved uniforms: "We're like the beach police.
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March 21, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Reinforcements arrived for the Lakers at a time when they could exchange their entire roster for the Western Conference All-Stars and it wouldn't matter. Their season is pretty much done. On the bright side, Steve Nash may not be. The veteran point guard played only eight days after being declared out for the season, about the only highlight of the Lakers' 117-107 loss to the Washington Wizards on Friday night at Staples Center. Nash tallied a season-high 11 assists to go with five points, four rebounds and three steals in 19 minutes while coming off the bench for the first time since March 9, 2000, as a member of the Dallas Mavericks.
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