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TWO-MAN TEAM: The Celtics and the Timberwolves played with two referees Sunday because the winter storm that blanketed the East Coast with snow prevented the third, Leon Wood , from making it to Boston.

Celtics spokesman Brian Olive said Wood could not make it because of flight delays. Derrick Stafford and Kevin Fehr worked the game as scheduled.

KNICKS: President Donnie Walsh said he will probably begin discussions with Nate Robinson 's agent today about a request to trade the benched guard.

That's assuming Robinson really wants to be dealt.

Robinson said Sunday his preference is to stay with the Knicks, the day after his agent told Walsh he would like to look into getting his client out of New York.

The request came after Robinson was benched for eight games in a row by coach Mike D'Antoni . Robinson says he is still ready to play for the Knicks, but added, "I haven't got that privilege to play the way that I like to play."

MAVERICKS: Owner Mark Cuban filed a protest with the NBA office over what he termed "misapplication of the rules" by the officiating crew during Friday night's overtime loss to Houston.

Cuban said the officials were wrong to eject Dallas center Erick Dampier in the overtime. Dampier was called for throwing an elbow, and Cuban wants the final 1:01 of the overtime replayed with Houston in front, 110-104.

The Mavericks went on to lose 116-108.


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