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PBT Tuesday morning one liners

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When you watched Space Jam you thought, “Man, I’d really like to pour over the box score from that game.” Well, here you go. Thanks guys at Harvard (and Deadspin).

Before he got injured in the second quarter Monday, Tim Duncan grabbed three rebounds. That was enough to tie him with Dennis Rodman for third on the NBA’s all-time rebound list at 11,954. Good for Duncan. But Rodman was a better rebounder.

The 10 most abused clichés of March Madness. (Other sites have tried this but these guys just wanted it more.)

Want to know how Timberwolves fans are feeling? (Now this is an old-school rant.)

Doc Rivers resorted to calling the Celtics “soft” to inspire the comeback against the Knicks Monday.

What is John Wall doing better lately? Knocking down jump shots when teams play off him.

Kobe Bryant had his knee drained not once — as had been the story — but three times during the playoffs last season, including once during the finals.

Portland is taking steps to reduce the mountains of trash generated at games, to make the team a little more eco-friendly. Every team needs to be doing this.

Chris Bosh is being aggressive now. It’s working.

The Pistons veterans have nicknamed coach John Kuester — Sean Penn. Not because he is sleeping with Scarlett Johansson but as in “Dead Man Walking.”

Chauncey Billups wants to come back to the Knicks next season. He will, that’s not the real question. Whether he gets an extension beyond 2012 is the real question. Those talks are taking place.

Greg Smith fails physical, will not join Pelicans

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With both starter Omer Asik and backup Alexis Ajinca out injured for the rest of the preseason (and maybe a little longer), the Pelicans are looking for a center to put next to Anthony Davis for a stretch. That could include a handful of regular season games.

Greg Smith was going to be that man, but the 24-year-old failed his physical, reports the Times-Picayune.

The New Orleans Pelicans were set to sign power forward Greg Smith, but sources said Friday night that he failed his physical examination and will not be joining the team.

And so the search goes on.

The problem is, there are not quality big men still out there on the market, there is a limited supply and just about anyone worth having is spoken for. A few with non-guaranteed contracts may be waived as we get closer to the end of training camps, but that is likely a couple of weeks away.

With both Asik and Ajinca expected back in a few weeks, it’s not worth making a trade or some big move to bring in a center, the Pelicans are just going to have to live with what is out there.

Kevin Durant with huge dunk on visiting Fenerbahce Ulker

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Welcome to America, Fenerbahce Ulker.

The Turkish powerhouse was in America playing some exhibition games this preseason, and they got a first-hand reminder that Kevin Durant is back. KD had 13 points in the Thunder’s easy 111-81 win.

Not to be outdone, Russell Westbrook got in on the act.