• LeBron: Maybe I’ve Got to Protect Myself More

    After being the recipient of a second flagrant foul in his past three games, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James said he might have to take matters into his own hands in the future.

    "Maybe I got to protect myself a little bit more, too," James said after the Cavs' 120-112 win over the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.

    "I don't want to get too much involved in it because I don't want to cry about it because it's not like I'm not able to get back up, but it's a lot of plays that are just not basketball plays," said James, who was kicked in the groin Sunday by Houston's James Harden, resulting in a one-game suspension for the Rockets swingman.

    via Dave McMenamin of ESPN
  • Westbrook, James Named Players of the Month

    The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in February.

    via NBA.com
  • Rookie Season Over for Magic’s Devyn Marble?

    Devyn Marble’s rookie season for the Orlando Magic could potentially be over because of a detached retina in his left eye.

    Marble, a second-round draft pick who the Magic acquired as part of a trade back in June, is expected to miss four-to-six weeks with the injury. The regular season ends on April 15 – six weeks from Wednesday night’s home game against the Phoenix Suns.

    Marble, who saw two doctors on Tuesday, will have surgery on Tuesday in Orlando to repair the injury

    via John Denton of NBA.com/Magic
  • OKC’s Westbrook Logs Fourth Straight Triple-Double

    At some point, some point soon at this rate, we’re going to run out of ways to effectively put into words what Russell Westbrook is doing.

    In his latest act, which came on a frigid but otherwise ho-hum Wednesday night, against a ho-hum opponent, Westbrook erupted for 49 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and 10 assists in a 123-118 overtime victory over Philadelphia inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.

    Westbrook became the first player since Michael Jordan in 1989 to register four straight triple-doubles. Wilt Chamberlain, Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson and Maurice Stokes are the only other players in NBA history to record four straight triple-doubles.

    via Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman
  • Smart, Wiggins Named Rookies of the Month

    The Boston Celtics' Marcus Smart and the Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins today were named the Kia NBA Eastern and Western Conference Rookies of the Month, respectively, for games played in February.

    via NBA.com
  • Kevin Garnett: ‘They quit on Brian Shaw’

    Asked if he expected the Nuggets to come out with the energy they played with Wednesday in the wake of (Brian) Shaw’s firing and the months of drama surrounding the team, (Kevin) Garnett told reporters: “No. To be honest, they quit on Brian Shaw. I thought they’d quit again. A quitter is a quitter. That was my take on that."

    via Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post
  • Miami’s Whiteside Says Teams Might Target Him

    If they weren’t already, the words “short fuse” might be in bold letters on (Hassan) Whiteside’s scouting report for the rest of the season. Whiteside said before the game that teams might target him after his incident with Phoenix Suns center Alex Len on Monday, but also added that it wouldn’t be anything different than his first few months back in the NBA.

    “I feel like they’ve been doing that since I got here, though, and just doing whatever they think they can do that refs won’t call to keep me from getting the rebound or finishing because my free throws are now where I want them to be at this moment,” Whiteside said. “I always hear coaches saying foul him.”

    via Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald
  • Kemba Walker Cleared With No Restrictions

    INJURY UPDATE: @KembaWalker cleared for bball activities w/o restrictions. Next step is to return to practice court.

    via Charlotte Hornets on Twitter
  • Popovich Wants No Part of NBA Schedule Spacing

    Pop, on spacing out schedule at the cost of playing into July: "I will not come to work in July. If there's a game in July, count me out."

    Even a championship Game 7?!? "Count me out. Life is too short."

    via Dan McCarney of the San Antonio Express-News on Twitter
  • Guard Zoran Dragić Assigned to D-League

    The Miami HEAT announced today that they have assigned guard Zoran Dragić to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

    via NBA.com/HEAT
  • Pelicans Sign Guard Elliot Williams to 10-Day Deal

    The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed guard Elliot Williams to a 10-day contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    via NBA.com/Pelicans
  • Ray Allen Will Not Play This Season

    Ten-time NBA All-Star Ray Allen will not play during the 2014-15 NBA season, announced his agent Jim Tanner, President of Tandem Sports + Entertainment. Allen will take the remainder of this season and the off-season to reassess for the 2015-16 NBA season.

    “Over the past several months, I have taken a lot of time to deliberate what is best for me,” Allen said. “I’ve ultimately decided that I will not play this NBA season. I’m going to take the remainder of this season, as well as the upcoming off-season, to reassess my situation, spend time with my family and determine if I will play in the 2015-16 season.”

    via Tandem Sports & Entertainment Press Release
  • Toronto Raptors Interested in Signing JaVale McGee?

    Also hearing you can add Toronto to the list of teams weighing whether to make a play for JaVale McGee, who clears waivers today at 5 PM

    via Marc Stein of ESPN on Twitter
  • Teammates Tony Allen, Nick Calathes Involved in Altercation

    Allen was suspended for the game because of violating a team policy.

    After more digging into the issue, Allen’s physical confrontation was apparently with Calathes during practice. Frustration clearly is building with the team playing poorly and the starting unit lacking consistent and forceful play.

    via Ronald Tillery of The Commercial Appeal Memphis
  • D’Antoni Interested in Nuggets Head Coaching Job

    With Brian Shaw out in Denver, I'm told Mike D'Antoni would definitely have interest in the job.

    via Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports on Twitter: