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  1. Timberwolves say Brandon Roy’s injury issues this season were to be expected

    Nov 16, 2012, 4:59 PM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    The Timberwolves have been completely ravaged by injuries recently, perhaps more than any other team can claim less than three weeks into the season. But for at least one of their players, some missed time was to be expected. That’s the word from David Kahn and Rick Adelman, at least as far as Brandon Roy…

  2. Thunder likely to tweak Durant’s substitution pattern

    Nov 16, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT

    Kevin Durant, Scott Brooks

    In the Thunder’s loss to the Grizzlies on Wednesday, Kevin Durant played 44 minutes, and Russell Westbrook played 42. That’s some pretty heavy usage for the team’s two All-Stars, and it’s something that’s not likely to be sustainable over the course of an 82-game season. With James Harden‘s playmaking ability gone from the second unit,…

  3. D’Antoni expected to make Lakers debut on Sunday

    Nov 16, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

    New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni is interviewed by mobile phone as Lakers' championship trophies are seen in a window above the Lakers' practice court following a media conference at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo, California

    Mike D’Antoni led the Lakers through his first practice as the team’s new head coach on Thursday, and did so on crutches after undergoing knee surgery earlier this month. There were plenty of interesting tidbits that came out of his first press conference with the media — and in fact, we have a complete breakdown…

  4. George Karl wary of playing Faried and McGee together down the stretch

    Nov 16, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    JaVale McGee, Kenneth Faried, Daniel Orton

    The Nuggets struggled offensively in Thursday night’s loss to the Heat, but one player who didn’t seem to have trouble scoring for Denver was JaVale McGee. Yet he was curiously absent from the floor in crunch time, where his team needed offensive production the most. McGee was 9-of-12 from the field on the night, and…

  5. Keith Bogans stops Leandro Barbosa from scoring by grabbing him around the neck (VIDEO)

    Nov 16, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Brooklyn Nets

    Late in the second half of the Nets’ win over the Celtics, Keith Bogans decided to stop Leandro Barbosa from scoring on a fast break. Not by playing actual defense, mind you, or even by attempting to make a play on the ball. No, Bogans simply grabbed Barbosa around the neck to end the play…

  6. Heat don’t need Wade to beat offensively-challenged Nuggets

    Nov 16, 2012, 2:00 AM EDT

    Dwayne Wade, LeBron James

    This would have been an easy game for the Miami Heat to lose. The team was playing on the second night of a back-to-back after getting blown out in Los Angeles by the Clippers on Wednesday, and was playing without Dwyane Wade, who sat this one out due to a foot injury. All it would…

  7. Rockets beginning to fine Royce White for his absence

    Nov 15, 2012, 11:03 PM EDT

    Royce White

    On the surface, the impasse that has apparently been reached between the Houston Rockets and their rookie first round draft pick Royce White seems complicated, and the details seemingly make it difficult to choose sides. But look a little deeper, and you’ll see that it’s the team, and not the player, that’s truly the victim…

  8. Andrew Bogut undergoing injection treatment to try to speed up the recovery process

    Nov 15, 2012, 10:44 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut

    The Golden State Warriors are off on a three-game road trip, but their key big man is staying in Los Angeles to try to get himself healthy enough to return to the lineup. Andrew Bogut has been undergoing injection treatments on his surgically repaired ankle, in hopes of expediting the healing process. He’ll continue to…

  9. Dwyane Wade out for Heat’s game in Denver

    Nov 15, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, Blake Griffin

    Dwyane Wade played Wednesday night in Los Angeles in Miami’s loss to the Clippers, after being declared a game-time decision with a sore foot. It was clear that Wade wasn’t right, so that might be the reason behind the Heat shutting him down on the second night of a back-to-back in Denver. Wade will sit…

  10. Clippers have no trouble blowing out your defending champion Miami Heat

    Nov 15, 2012, 1:54 AM EDT

    Chris Paul

    The Clippers can make a legitimate claim to the title of the league’s top team, or at the very least, the best in the Western Conference. Their record now stands at 6-2 after an impressive routing of the Heat on Wednesday 107-100, and the teams ahead of them in the standings — the Spurs and…

  11. Video: Kemba Walker’s game-winner buries the Timberwolves

    Nov 15, 2012, 12:08 AM EDT

    Kemba Walker

    If the playoffs started today, the Charlotte Bobcats would be the seven-seed in the Eastern Conference. They don’t, of course, and there’s an entire season to deal with before that could become a reality. But think about that for a second — as abysmal as the Bobcats franchise has been, winning more than 35 games…

  12. Video: Eric Bledsoe rejects Dwyane Wade’s dunk attempt

    Nov 14, 2012, 11:45 PM EDT

    Eric Bledsoe

    Dwyane Wade was a game-time decision for Wednesday’s game in L.A. against the Clippers, and as this highlight shows on an endless loop the next 24 hours, he may end up wishing he sat this one out. Jokes, people. But Eric Bledsoe‘s ridiculous block of Wade’s flying dunk attempt on the fast break is worthy…

  13. Grizzlies continue impressive start with road win over Thunder

    Nov 14, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Marc Gasol Zach Randolph

    The Memphis Grizzlies look like a team ready to compete in the postseason. The Thunder look like a team still searching for answers. The result of the meeting between these two teams reflected that on Wednesday, as Memphis had little trouble in cruising to a convincing 107-97 win in Oklahoma City. When we last saw…

  14. NBC SportsTalk: Could Rockets be doing more to accommodate Royce White?

    Nov 14, 2012, 11:09 PM EDT

    Royce White

    There are no simple, easy answers with Royce White in Houston. He is a rookie frustrated with playing time — something a lot of rookies are — but his issues there should not be tied to the anxiety order that he is dealing with. Not completely, anyway. It’s messy. Wednesday on Sports Talk on the…

  15. Video: Jeff Green dunks all over Al Jefferson

    Nov 14, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT

    Jeff Green

    This is just a monster posterization from the Celtics Jeff Green, as he drives along the baseline and explodes to go up and over Utah’s Al Jefferson for the one-handed slam. It didn’t even seem like Green would quite be able to get this to go down when he took off just outside the restricted…

  16. Dwyane Wade a game-time decision against Clippers

    Nov 14, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

    Dwyane Wade

    UPDATE 10:05 p.m. ET: Wade will play tonight, according to the Heat (via Ken Berger of CBSSports.com) Dwyane Wade will be a game-time decision for Wednesday night’s nationally televised contest against the Clippers at Staples Center, according to multiple reports. Wade did not practice on Wednesday, and is expected to get an X-ray well before…

  17. Popovich says hero-ball is ‘boring,’ which explains difference between Spurs and Lakers last-second shots

    Nov 14, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    The Spurs beat the Lakers on Tuesday thanks to a three-pointer from Danny Green that put San Antonio up by two with 9.3 seconds left. We broke down the beauty of the play that Gregg Popovich called — multiple screens, all players in motion, freeing up a shooter for a good look at the final…

  18. Dwight Howard practices threes, could become Lakers stretch five

    Nov 14, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Los Angeles Lakers

    OK, probably not. But seeing Dwight Howard effortlessly swish a few corner threes through the net during warmups has to be encouraging to Mike D’Antoni, right? At least as a very, very seldom-used option. Hopefully, not one that will ever be used in end-of-game situations, though — especially with the other team’s tallest player right there…

  19. Kyrie Irving hates the cinematic dunks (VIDEO)

    Nov 14, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    Kyrie Irving hates the cinematic dunks — the ones that bring time almost to a halt, while players float through the air on the way to ultimately paying it off with what is usually a thunderous throwdown. So, in this latest spot from Foot Locker, he finds ways to occupy his time while waiting for…

  20. Raptors set record for futility in win over Pacers

    Nov 14, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Indiana Pacers

    Just a hideous display of basketball in Indiana on Tuesday, but somebody had to win, and it was the Toronto Raptors. After suffering a tough loss in triple-overtime just the night before, the Raptors will take the win any way they could get it. But the team set a record for futility in the process.…

  21. Rasheed Wallace masterfully trash talks Arron Afflalo after missed free throw (VIDEO)

    Nov 14, 2012, 10:24 AM EDT

    rasheed wallace knicks

    There are many ways to trash talk your opponent on the basketball court. The method chosen by Rasheed Wallace here is definitely one of my favorites. Sure, you can be mean, funny, vulgar, profane, or a combination of all of those. But in the NBA, where egos are often as big as guys’ salaries, simple…

  22. Suns overcome another big deficit in comeback win over Nuggets

    Nov 13, 2012, 2:36 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Phoenix Suns

    PHOENIX — It’s getting to be a habit, and one the Suns are desperately trying to break. But for the third straight game, Phoenix fell behind by double digits early, only to rally late to make it a contest. Monday night, the team got its second win in three of those tries by coming back…

  23. Mike D’Antoni a better long-term choice than Phil Jackson

    Nov 12, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Washington Wizards

    It was certainly a surprise when the news broke late Sunday night that Mike D’Antoni had been hired by the Lakers as their new head coach. The job was believed to be Phil Jackson’s if he wanted it, while a second meeting between Jackson and the Lakers appeared to be in the works, perhaps to…

  24. Lakers, Heat, Knicks among teams getting new uniforms for Christmas

    Nov 12, 2012, 12:04 PM EDT

    NBA Big Color - Dwight Howard Jersey.jpg

    The NBA and adidas gave us a look at some of the new uniforms that will be unveiled on Christmas Day, and if you like solid colors, then these are for you. The so-called BIG Color jerseys will be worn by all 10 teams playing on the holiday, and they’re part of an entire Winter…

  25. DeMarcus Cousins suspended two games over incident with Spurs broadcaster Sean Elliott

    Nov 11, 2012, 7:42 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended two games without pay for confronting San Antonio Spurs announcer Sean Elliott in a hostile manner following Friday night’s game, the league announced in an official release. Cousins will miss Sunday night’s game against the Lakers in Los Angeles and Tuesday night’s home game against the Blazers. The original incident…

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