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  1. Pau Gasol with the monster slam dunk to seal Lakers win over Knicks (VIDEO)

    Dec 26, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    LOS ANGELES — With the game on the line and the Lakers clinging to a three-point lead with possession of the ball, it wasn’t Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, or Steve Nash who found themselves taking the final shot. No, that honor went to Pau Gasol, whose diminished role on a newly-stacked team this season hasn’t…

  2. Mike D’Antoni says Carmelo Anthony is having an MVP season

    Dec 26, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    mike d'antoni carmelo

    LOS ANGELES — Mike D’Antoni coached Carmelo Anthony for parts of each of the last two seasons while owning the head coaching job with the New York Knicks, so he knows as well as anyone how much Anthony can dominate a game at times. Part of the reason D’Antoni ended up resigning as Knicks head…

  3. Lakers earn fifth straight victory with Christmas Day win over Knicks

    Dec 25, 2012, 5:59 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant guards New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    LOS ANGELES — The Lakers beat the Knicks 100-94 on Christmas Day to earn their fifth straight victory, one that came in an intense and competitive game that came down to the final few possessions. Kobe Bryant and Carmelo Anthony each finished with 34 points, J.R. Smith had 25 off the bench for New York,…

  4. Kobe Bryant with the flying acrobatic reverse layup vs. Knicks (VIDEO)

    Dec 25, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    Late in the first quarter of the Lakers Christmas Day matchup against the Knicks, Metta World Peace terminated the dribble out top, and Carmelo Anthony was overplaying Kobe Bryant on the wing defensively in an attempt to deny him the basketball. Bad idea. Bryant faked Anthony one way, then cut backdoor, where World Peace found…

  5. Gerald Wallace grabs and holds Kevin Garnett’s shorts, causing brief altercation (VIDEO)

    Dec 25, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Kevin Garnett shoots over Brooklyn Nets forward Gerald Wallace in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    In case you might have forgotten, the Nets and the Celtics simply do not like each other. The two teams got into it earlier this season, with a fight started by Rajon Rondo that spilled into the stands, and resulted in Rondo being suspended. As the two teams battled on Christmas Day, there was another…

  6. Marcus Camby to return for Knicks vs. Lakers

    Dec 25, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT

    Knicks Media Day Basketball

    LOS ANGELES — Marcus Camby will return to the Knicks lineup against the Lakers, head coach Mike Woodson confirmed to reporters outside the New York locker room a little more than an hour before tip-off. “We’re going to put him in there,” Woodson said. “We’re going to need him based on the bigs that they have…

  7. Mark Cuban calls championship argument for validating players ‘the stupid, macho element’ of sports

    Dec 24, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Mark Cuban, Dirk Nowitzki

    If you’re a passionate NBA fan who likes to discuss the game with others, then invariably you’ve heard (but hopefully not given) this response when comparing one player’s impact to that of another. “Oh yeah? Who has more championships?” It’s become known mockingly as the “COUNT DA RINGZ” defense, used most often when comparing the…

  8. DeMarcus Cousins reinstated by Kings following suspension

    Dec 24, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Sacramento Kings

    DeMarcus Cousins has been reinstated by the Sacramento Kings following a suspension that ultimately lasted just a single game, the team announced. Cousins was back with the Kings on Monday and practiced with the team. The suspension, originally scheduled to last “indefinitely,” was due to Cousins getting into it with Kings head coach Keith Smart…

  9. LeBron James, Chris Paul named conference players of the week

    Dec 24, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    US gold medalists LeBron James (R) and C

    Shocking news out of the league office this Christmas Eve, I know. But two of the game’s best players had two of the best weeks statistically speaking, and were therefore awarded for the accomplishment. LeBron James and Chris Paul were named Eastern and Western Conference players of the week, for games played from Dec. 17…

  10. Carmelo Anthony says anything less than a trip to the Eastern Conference finals would be ‘unacceptable’

    Dec 24, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony keeps ball away from Brooklyn Nets Deron Williams in NBA game in New York

    The Knicks have gotten off to a fantastic start this season, and one that is arguably better than most expected. The team is essentially still at the top of the Eastern conference standings — percentage points behind the Heat, but just one game back in the loss column, with two more wins. And, let’s not…

  11. Brandon Jennings thought he and Rajon Rondo were going to fight during Bucks’ game against Celtics

    Dec 23, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    Rajon Rondo, Brandon Jennings

    The Bucks got a nice road victory over the Celtics on Friday, one that required overtime in Boston to achieve that desired result. Monta Ellis and Paul Pierce did the heavy lifting for their respective teams in the scoring department, but there was a battle going on at the point guard spot that might have…

  12. Steve Nash returns, Lakers come from 14 down to get overtime win over Warriors

    Dec 23, 2012, 2:11 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    The Lakers played far from their best game of the season on Saturday. But it may end up being one of their most important. L.A. showed true grit in this one, and playing at full strength for the first time since Oct. 31 with Steve Nash back in the starting lineup, came from 14 down…

  13. Reports: Steve Nash will play when Lakers visit Warriors on Saturday

    Dec 22, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT

    Lakers Steve Nash smiles as he plays in the Lakers season opening game against  Dallas

    It’s been an epic struggle for the Lakers this season. But we may be reaching the point where things might finally begin to turn in the right direction. With expectations at a “championship-or-bust” level after the offseason acquisitions of Dwight Howard and Steve Nash, and deservedly so, a 12-14 record in Los Angeles is simply…

  14. Mavericks release Derek Fisher at his request

    Dec 22, 2012, 5:44 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Dallas Mavericks

    It was believed that veteran point guard Derek Fisher had finally found a home for this season, after being unemployed for the first couple of months while reportedly waiting for the right situation to present itself. But after spending just a few weeks in Dallas, Fisher has come to the conclusion that family is more…

  15. DeMarcus Cousins suspended indefinitely by Kings

    Dec 22, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins

    The Sacramento Kings have announced that they’ve suspended DeMarcus Cousins “indefinitely for unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team.” The suspension comes less than 24 hours after Cousins got into it with Kings head coach Keith Smart during Friday night’s game, and was benched in the second half as a result. This is just…

  16. Tyson Chandler and Joakim Noah ejected after altercation (VIDEO)

    Dec 22, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    New York Knicks Jason Kidd and Chicago Bulls Kirk Hinrich attempt to separate Bulls Joakim Noah and Knicks Tyson Chandler during altercation in NBA game in New York

    It was an ugly game at Madison Square Garden on Friday, where the Knicks melted down as they were being manhandled during a blowout loss to the Bulls. Carmelo Anthony and head coach Mike Woodson were ejected for arguing with officials, but the play that brought things to a head occurred with 4:39 to play…

  17. Nets head coach Avery Johnson not concerned about job security

    Dec 22, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Deron Williams, Avery Johnson

    Avery Johnson was lauded for his work as Nets head coach during the fist two months of the season, when he led his team to an 11-4 start and was named Eastern Conference coach of the month in both October and November. Since then, however, Brooklyn is just 2-8, in part because Brook Lopez went…

  18. Raptors rookie Terrence Ross hits the three, gets the steal, then throws down a windmill jam (VIDEO)

    Dec 22, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Terrence Ross, JJ Redick

    This is a pretty great highlight sequence from Toronto Raptors’ rookie Terrence ross. The fact that it came in a win, Toronto’s fifth straight, just makes it that much more impressive. With the Raptors leading by six and just over six minutes to play, Ross buries a three from the left wing, his third of…

  19. LeBron James hasn’t been called for a personal foul in any of his last five games

    Dec 22, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat - Game Two

    LeBron James is arguably the most athletic player in the game today, especially when taking into consideration his size and stature. There’s no question he can defend, and can lock even the best players up when motivated while making life very difficult for his opponents while roaming the defensive end of the floor. But despite…

  20. Eric Bledsoe with the incredible chase-down block against the Kings (VIDEO)

    Dec 22, 2012, 8:00 AM EDT

    BLEDSOE_ERIC

    Eric Bledsoe is an insane athletic talent, but buried on a very deep Clippers roster, has only gotten on the court for about 18 minutes per game this season. When he does get out there, however, good things happen more than they do not. Bledsoe got loose for this chase-down block against the Kings’ Thomas…

  21. Carmelo Anthony among multiple Knicks ejected in ugly loss to Bulls

    Dec 21, 2012, 11:38 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    The best teams in the league don’t enjoy losing, and they especially don’t take well to getting blown out at home by a team it doesn’t believe is up to that task. Chicago came into Madison Square Garden on Friday and used its trademark defense to obliterate the team at the top of the Eastern…

  22. Cavaliers may rest Anderson Varejao through the weekend

    Dec 21, 2012, 9:57 PM EDT

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    Once you look past Kyrie Irving, Anderson Varejao has not only been the Cavaliers’ best and most consistent player this season, he’s also been the subject of trade discussions and rumors that may see him dealt before the deadline, should teams covet him enough to offer enough of a package. Durability is the only question…

  23. Eric Gordon regrets comments he made in restricted free agency

    Dec 21, 2012, 8:58 PM EDT

    Eric Gordon

    Eric Gordon‘s rehabilitation from injury is progressing to the point that he’s expected to rejoin the Hornets very soon. The relationship between Gordon and the hometown fans has been tenuous at best,  thanks to some comments he made last summer while immersed in the restricted free agency process. “I strongly feel they are the right…

  24. PBT Podcast: Previewing the Christmas Day games, and a conversation with Jared Dudley

    Dec 21, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

    Jared Dudley

    In this edition of the podcast, Kurt Helin and I sit down to discuss the state of the Heat after their blowout win in Dallas on Thursday, as well as the Thunder and their 12-game winning streak coming to an end at the hands of the Timberwolves. We then talk about the Finals rematch between…

  25. Heat bring the defending champs to Dallas, have no trouble dismantling the Mavericks

    Dec 21, 2012, 12:49 AM EDT

    Miami Heat forward James shoots on Dallas Mavericks Mayo during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Dallas

    The Miami Heat are the defending champions for a reason. The overall talent on the roster, which includes the league’s best player in LeBron James, is enough to beat most teams in the league with ease, but only when everyone is engaged, and interested in defending to the level that they have proven to be…

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