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Wizards’ Kelly Oubre Jr. with chase down block on Denzel Valentine (VIDEO)

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The Bulls are on a downward spiral, the Washington Wizards have been one of the hottest teams in the NBA since Jan. 1, so we kind of had a feeling how this game might go.

The Wizards were handling the Bulls with ease in the first half, when Washington’s Kelly Oubre Jr. broke out the chase down block on Denzel Valentine.

Nets’ Jeremy Lin flies in, blocks Al Horford shot (VIDEO)


You read that headline right.

Jeremy Lin‘s defense is not as bad as its reputation, but he’s not exactly known as a shot blocking machine. Yet as Boston’s Al Horford took his time to set up his shot, Lin comes flying in to send the shot into the first row.

Pelicans’ DeCousins out vs. Rockets with knee, rib soreness

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans say forward DeMarcus Cousins has been scratched from the lineup for Friday night’s game against Houston because of left knee soreness and a right rib bruise.

The Pelicans say Cousins has been examined by team physicians and that an MRI scan on his left knee did not show any structural damage.

Cousins has played in 10 games for New Orleans since being acquired in a trade during the All-Star break. New Orleans is 3-7 in those games.

Cousins, a Western Conference All-Star is averaging 26.7 points and 10.8 rebounds on the season as a whole, and 20.7 points and 11.8 rebounds since his trade to the Pelicans.

New Orleans entered Friday’s action six games out of the Western Conference’s final playoff spot with 14 games left.

PBT Extra: Dwyane Wade done for season, which means Bulls’ season done

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The Chicago Bulls are just one game out of the playoffs heading into the weekend. Mathematically they are far from out of it.

Realistically, they are done. That’s the topic of this latest PBT Extra.

The Bulls have lost Dwyane Wade for the season to a fractured elbow. It’s not just his 18 points a game, it’s that he’s one of the best clutch players on a team that already has lost six of its last seven. The spiral is heading downward.

That doesn’t mean GarPax is going anywhere. It does mean the Bulls — and Wade — have a lot of questions to answer this summer.

Chris Paul fakes shot, fakes pass, sends Plumlee spinning (VIDEO)

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One more highlight from Thursday night we just had to pass along.

With Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, it was a bit of Chris Paul against the world when the Clippers took on the Nuggets. In this case, Mason Plumlee got switched on to CP3, who shot faked, then faked a pass, all of which got Plumlee spun around and gave Paul room to knock down the jumper.

Denver went on to get the win 129-114, and it wasn’t even that close.