Despite what you may think after reading Gawker, the Spurs mascot was not captured in Central Park. It was a real coyote.
On the hot seat, per SI.com's Chris Mannix: Isiah Thomas, Sam Mitchell, Rick Adelman, Mike Montgomery, Billy Knight, and Doc RIvers.
Now it's Steve Francis's turn to pitch a fit, as he ways he wants to start or be traded.
A month ago we all would have agreed that the Pistons were the class of the East, and the league for that matter. Now they're coming back to earth a little, as the Heat are hot. Detroit News columnist Rob Parker says the Heat aren't ready to beat the Pistons in a playoff series yet: "The Miami Heat are not the team most think they are. They have not fully come together. They're not as good as they were a year ago. They're not making their surge to the postseason. They're not ready to dethrone the Pistons in the Eastern Conference or win a championship. The Heat are simply doing what most teams do in David Stern's NBA -- gobble up victories over bad teams." Former Coach Don Casey expects the Pistons to win against the Heat tonight by using Rip Hamilton to tire out Dwyane Wade.
Channing Frye is hurt, and End of the Bench briefly broke the ban on Knick news: "I’m at a point where I feel bad for New York. Early into their failure I was nothing short of ecstatic. Now I’m just embarassed..."
FreeDarko with a good call on the Sebastian Telfair documentary. No, I still haven't seen it.
Steve Bulpett (via Celtics Blog): “Paul Pierce could end up being the best offensive player this team ever had,” Tommy Heinsohn said with equal amounts of boldness and backing. “And I’ve seen them all.”
Ricky Davis has 26 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds in leading the 'Wolves over the Shaq-less Heat.
Also, it occurs to me that now Shaq is so broken down that if he misses a game I don't even wonder what ailment it's for. It's... something. But Ira Winderman has insight: "Although it looked suspiciously like saving the center for tonight's bigger matchup against the Pistons, the Heat insisted Shaquille O'Neal's absence was legitimate. Less than an hour before the game, the team said O'Neal would not play due to a sprained right thumb, an injury suffered during Sunday's victory in New York, one O'Neal played through at the time."