Good morning. Let's basketball.
HOLY BLAKE: Blake Griffin was incredible as the Clippers held off the Suns. He finished with 37 points on 14-16 shooting. Phoenix basically attacked him physically the entire second half, culminating with an impromptu wrestling match with P.J. Tucker.
MORE SCORES: All of them.
COLD WATER: Woj reports that Phil Jackson isn't close to signing a deal with the Knicks and surmises (accurately, I fear) that his relationship with James Dolan can only end in spectacularly ugly fashion.
The best lines from a great column: "Dolan had become exasperated with team officials who didn't want a second Garden act for Thomas. With overwhelming evidence to the contrary being presented to Dolan, he finally blurted out: 'Isiah is a basketball genius!'"
Meanwhile, Chris Broussard's Knicks sources are convinced Phil is joining them. We'll see.
COLD WATER II: Potential No. 1 pick Joel Embiid will miss the Big 12 Tournament due to a back injury. He's seeing a specialist in Los Angeles. If he can't play in the NCAAs, will his stock drop?
COLD WATER III: Bleacher Report's Howard Beck with a smart data analysis to determine that the tanking epidemic is a red scare.
SPEAKING OF WHICH: Four teams are in the mix for a top-5 pick behind the Sixers and Bucks. Sactown Royalty peers into their schedules and determines that the Lakers have the toughest sled to go.
SUGAR PLUMS: Satchel Price recaps the regular season performance of the top five NBA draft prospects in college.
SKEETER UP: Tracy McGrady received a spring training invite from the Sugar Land Skeeters. We are rooting for T-Mac so hard right now.
WELPVILLE: Anthony Bennett's rookie season may end with a thud. He'll miss three weeks with a knee injury. There are only four weeks left.
RETURN TO WELPVILLE: FIBA will alter its qualifying system in a way which basically bars NBA and NCAA players from participating. Makes sense ... if you want to murder international basketball.
BYNUM BACK: Andrew Bynum looks to make his Pacers debut on Friday against ... yep, the Sixers.
THUNDER U: Perry Jones III finds his way in the NBA.
TOTALLY UNSURPRISING BUT NECESSARY: Guess what? NBA players get arrested at a much lower rate than than the general population. Chew on that, Pat Garofalo.
THROW DOWN THE HEADBANDS: Marcin Gortat wants the NBA to have hockey-style fights. No, thank you.
Happy Tuesday. See you next time.