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Shaq acknowledges regret about decision to leave Magic (The Associated Press)
27 Mar 2015 at 3:37pm
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- If he had it to do over again, Shaquille O'Neal says he wishes he would have been more patient before leaving the Orlando Magic.
Cavaliers-Nets Preview (The Associated Press)
27 Mar 2015 at 7:59am
If the Brooklyn Nets squeak into the playoffs, they'll likely have done it with solid play at home down the stretch, and they'll almost certainly be rewarded with a handful of road games in Atlanta or Cleveland. The Nets will see those teams a total of three times before the regular season comes to an end with the streaking Cavaliers' visit to Brooklyn Friday night getting things started. The Nets (30-40), a half game behind Boston for the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference, are beginning a three-game homestand and will play nine of their final 12 in Brooklyn. The Nets have dropped five of six at the Barclays Center, while the Cavs (47-26) have won five of six on the road as well as four straight overall.
Timberwolves-Rockets Preview (The Associated Press)
27 Mar 2015 at 7:59am
The Houston Rockets are on the verge of securing a playoff spot, and they've got their long-absent star big man back to complement MVP candidate James Harden. The team focus, however, might be on Harden now getting used to playing without his backcourt mate as Patrick Beverley ponders potential season-ending wrist surgery. The Rockets will play a second straight game without Beverley on Friday night, but it comes against a visiting Minnesota Timberwolves team dealing with an entire roster's worth of ailments. Houston (48-23) rallied for a 95-93 win in New Orleans on Wednesday and can clinch a playoff spot Friday with a victory.
Lakers-Raptors Preview (The Associated Press)
27 Mar 2015 at 7:59am
The Toronto Raptors are close to clinching another division title, though their recent play hasn't been encouraging with the playoffs on the horizon. Dwane Casey looks for better defense from his club Friday night when it hosts the Los Angeles Lakers. The Raptors (42-30) clinched a postseason berth Wednesday by virtue of losses by Boston and Charlotte despite their 116-103 home defeat against Chicago, their second loss in six days to the Bulls. They'll clinch the Atlantic for a second straight year with a win or a Celtics loss Friday to the New York Knicks.
NBA standings (Reuters)
26 Mar 2015 at 8:16pm
March 27 (Infostrada Sports) - Standings from the NBA on Thursday EASTERN CONFERENCEATLANTIC DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Toronto 42 30 .583 - 2. Boston 31 40 .437 10 1/2 3. Brooklyn 30 40 .429 11 4. Philadelphia 18 54 .250 24 5. NY Knicks 14 58 .194 28 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Cleveland 47 26 .644 - 2. Chicago 44 29 .603 3 3. Milwaukee 36 36 .500 10 1/2 4. Indiana 31 41 .431 15 1/2 5. Detroit 27 44 .380 19 SOUTHEAST DIVISION W L PCT GB 1. Atlanta 54 17 .761 - 2. Washington 40 32 .556 14 1/2 3. Miami 33 38 .465 21 4. Charlotte 30 40 .429 23 1/2 5. Orlando 22 51 . ...
Mavericks-Spurs Preview (The Associated Press)
26 Mar 2015 at 7:22pm
Now welcoming their divisional foes to San Antonio, the Spurs will look to replicate that outstanding effort Friday night in a matchup of teams vying for sixth place in the Western Conference. San Antonio (45-26) was unable to slow Monta Ellis in a 101-94 loss to the Mavericks (45-27) on Tuesday, as the veteran guard matched a season high with 38 points on 16-of-27 shooting. ''Too much Monta tonight, don't you think?'' Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said following the victory. ''The fact that we got in transition got him some easy buckets early and got him rolling.'' The Spurs also failed to defend backcourt scoring in their previous two losses, allowing Cleveland's Kyrie Irving to score 57 on March 12 before surrendering a combined 43 points to New York's Langston Galloway and Alexey Shved on March 17.
Metta World Peace says he can still make an impact (The Associated Press)
26 Mar 2015 at 1:15pm
Metta World Peace had barely landed in Italy when the former NBA All-Star was soon singing with fans of his new team and thinking of a second season. Thanks to advice from former teammate Kobe Bryant, World Peace joined Pallacanestro Cantu on Thursday, and was presented to the team's fans at its Mapooro Arena. ''I didn't come here because I'm old and I don't want to play anymore,'' World Peace said. It's one of the best leagues in the world, and I'm very excited.'' The 35-year-old World Peace, who won an NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2010, said he won't quit playing professionally until he's 40.
NBA results (Reuters)
25 Mar 2015 at 9:29pm
March 26 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the NBA games on Wednesday (home team in CAPS) Chicago 116 TORONTO 103 Brooklyn 91 CHARLOTTE 88 LA Clippers 111 NY KNICKS 80 Atlanta 95 ORLANDO 83 Indiana 103 WASHINGTON 101 Miami 93 BOSTON 86 Cleveland 111 MEMPHIS 89 LA Lakers 101 MINNESOTA 99 (OT) Houston 95 NEW ORLEANS 93 Philadelphia 99 DENVER 85 Portland 92 UTAH 89 SAN ANTONIO 130 Oklahoma City 91 Sacramento 108 PHOENIX 99
Clarkson shines in OT to lead Lakers over Wolves, 101-99 (The Associated Press)
25 Mar 2015 at 9:24pm
Jordan Clarkson took a step back before helping the Los Angeles Lakers take one forward. Jeremy Lin added 19 points for the Lakers (19-51), who snapped a five-game road losing streak and won for the second time in three games. Clarkson has been a surprise for a Lakers team playing without injured superstar Kobe Bryant, starting 27 games and averaging 10.2 points per game. He connected on all six of his free throws in overtime and added a driving layup with 34.5 seconds left to put the Lakers ahead 99-97.
Matchups by the Numbers (Rotoworld)
25 Mar 2015 at 1:57pm
Ryan Knaus analyzes the most and least favorable matchups among all 30 teams since the All-Star break. Avoid the Jazz whenever possible.

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