Pre-Game: Knicks vs. Trail Blazers 10:30 PM

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New York Knicks vs. Portland Trail Blazers

10:30 PM

Location: Rose Garden, Portland, OR

Telecast: TNT

Injuries:

Knicks: Tyson Chandler** (contused left knee), Carmelo Anthony (injured right knee), Amare Stoudemire (right knee debridement), and Rasheed Wallace (fractured left fifth metatarsal)

Blazers: LaMarcus Aldridge*** (migraine), Victor Claver (left ankle), Sasha Pavlovic (right quad), and Elliot Williams (left Achilles tendon)

*Starting Lineups:

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*Starting lineups are subject to change

**Tyson Chandler is questionable tonight

***LaMarcus Aldridge is questionable tonight

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Playoff Push (Kobe Time)

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                The Lakers have finally started to click and chemistry has developed. These are not the same roll over and kick me dead, diva, drama filled Lakers that started the season. The new and improved Lakers are all about just playing basketball and winning games. No more distractions and finger pointing. After the Memphis loss on January 23rd the team called a players only meeting, and since that point there has been a 180 degree turnaround. These were the same Lakers who were 7 games under .500 at 17-24 and looked like a beaten down dead horse. Well something sparked after that meeting, and everybody turned the focus and intensity up.

Since January 23rd the Lakers have gone 17-8 and currently hold the 8th and final playoff spot over the Utah Jazz by ½ a game. At the moment the Lakers are standing at 34-32 and they…

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Saint Joseph’s Beats Xavier, 58-57

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NEW YORK (AP) — Langston Galloway hit two free throws with 1.4 seconds left to lead Saint Joseph’s past Xavier 58-57 on Thursday night in the first round of the Atlantic 10 tournament.

The Musketeers had a great chance at the buzzer, when Justin Martin’s full-court pass ricocheted off the backboard and straight into the hands of Isaiah Philmore. But Philmore missed the easy layup, the ball bouncing off the rim as he fell to the court in dismay.

Galloway finished with 14 points for the 10th-seeded Hawks (18-12, 8-8), who face second-seeded VCU in Friday’s quarterfinals at the Barclays Center.

Travis Taylor led seventh-seeded Xavier (17-14, 9-7) with 16 points and nine rebounds.

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Louisville Gets 74-55 Victory Over Villanova

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NEW YORK (AP) — Russ Smith scored 28 points in a bittersweet homecoming, leading No. 4 Louisville into the Big East tournament semifinals with a 74-55 victory over Villanova on Thursday night only hours after the death of his esteemed high school coach.

Smith and the defending champion Cardinals (27-5) harassed Villanova into 25 turnovers and advanced to play Notre Dame or Marquette in the late game Friday night at Madison Square Garden.

Luke Hancock added 12 points off the bench for second-seeded Louisville, which has won eight straight — seven by at least 14 points. Peyton Siva, the tournament MVP last year, scored 10.

JayVaughn Pinkston had 21 points for the seventh-seeded Wildcats (20-13), confident they’ll receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament Sunday thanks to a string of high-profile wins against top-notch opponents this season. Mouphtaou Yarou added 13 points and 11 rebounds.

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This is Madness: A Star Wars Tournament

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I’ve never been a big basketball fan, but I can get into March Madness. There’s betting, bragging rights and it involves a lot of yelling and beer drinking. What’s not to like? But it’s still something I don’t particularly care about.

But Star Wars. Now Star Wars is something I care about and Star Wars is having it’s own tournament. SUCK IT, KENTUCKY.


This. Is. Awesome. Darth Vadar made his first pitch for ultimate victory today and it’s up to the fans to decide who can call themselves “Fan Favorite.”

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Lucasfilm is launching the bracket-style tournament entitled “This is Madness” on Monday and fans get to vote on daily matchups between characters at Starwars.com. The light side heroes will square off against one another while the dark side fight amongst themselves. The winners in each bracket will face off until the final matchup.

The ultimate champion will be announced on Tuesday…

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My Thoughts On Last Nights Game: Boston

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This post won’t be long because this game was too ugly to really talk about, ugly from the Raptors standpoint. Rudy Gay and Demar DeRozan had ok games, scoring nineteen and seventeen. Jonas Valanciunas had nine points and seven rebounds so he didn’t have a terrible night. The Raptors didn’t have have an offensive flow the entire game and it felt like they were just playing a pick up game. That’s all I have to say about this game. Next up for the Raptors is the Charlotte Bobcats tomorrow. The game is in Toronto and I predict the Raptors win that one. Here’s hoping i’m right and the Raptors pull of the victory.

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It’s That Time Again

dannyg13

Even though the weather isn’t cooperating with the official start of Spring a week away, the month of March will soon bring us its annual Madness.  A bit of a religious experience for sports nuts like myself, tournament time means many things to me.  It means finding excuses to leave work early, or to fail to come in all together.  It means burning up the data coverage on my cell phone plan watching games while walking through a store, and parking myself in front of at least one t.v. and a laptop for hours on end.  It means forgetting to eat dinner because I”m too drawn in to the games, and ignoring all phone calls and doorbells.  And for me, it means setting the color of my t.v. to black and white so I can watch games that Baylor plays in (yes I actually did this).  Yes, opening day of…

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Big Ten Tournament: Wolverines Rout Penn State, Advance to Face Wisconsin

Bleed Blue Recruiting

It just wouldn’t be a 2012-13 Michigan basketball game if they didn’t scare the living daylights out of us somewhere along the line.

The Michigan Wolverines routed the Penn State Nittany Lions 83-66 in their first round conference tournament match-up at the United Center in Chicago. For the third time in a row, though, PSU did not make it easy on the Wolverines.

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Awesome human beings attack Dahntay Jones

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Twitter can be a total wasteland when angry fans get the chance to say something to an athlete of an opposing team after a loss.

That, and Lakers fans are just jerks to begin with.

So when star Laker Kobe Bryant went down with a severely sprained ankle in the final seconds of a 96-92 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, someone had to take the blame for the injury. So why not Hawks forward Dahntay Jones, since he was in the vicinity of Kobe’s awkward fall?

You can watch the video for yourself and decide whether Jones had anything to do with the injury, or whether he did it on purpose, but I say “no” to both.


Below is a smattering of the Twitter chatter directed at Jones on Thursday, meaning these people had hours to cool off and still thought these tweets would be a good idea.

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Kobe Bryant injury: LA get over yourself

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I hate to break the news to all of you smug Laker fans out there, but Kobe is in fact a human and not a “black mamba”. With that being said, humans get hurt, especially when taking part in physical activities such as basketball. Dahntay Jones is being stoned for playing defense. Is Jones not suppose to contest the shot? Give me a break! I am a Kobe backer , but this makes me hate the Lake show and their fan base even more. Ill tell you what happened; Kobe went for a fade away jumper and landed wrong on his left ankle. It happens all the time in this sport. Lets say the same scenario went down with Steph Curry, do you think it would cause the same backlash?

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