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  1. Greivis Vasquez and Amir Johnson ready to become high-end pick-and-roll combination

    Dec 18, 2013, 2:21 PM EDT

    Amir Johnson, Kyle Lowry, Greivis Vasquez

    Greivis Vasquez ranks No. 18 in points per play he finishes as the pick-and-roll ball handler, and Amir Johnson ranks No. 31 as the pick-and-roll screener, according to MySynergySports. That should make the newly formed Raptors duo pretty formidable, and everyone involved sounds excited about the possibilities. Via Eric Koreen of the National Post: “When…

  2. Bulls still struggling to space floor without Derrick Rose

    Dec 18, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    John Henson, Marquis Teague, Ersan Ilyasova

    The Bulls shoot 55 percent in the restricted area (29th in the NBA) and 32 percent on 3-pointers (28th in the NBA). That’s a bad combination, and it goes a long way toward explaining why Chicago scores just 95.7 points per 100 possessions, the league’s third-worst mark. But if there’s a bright side for the…

  3. Martell Webster: ‘We knew Carmelo probably is not going to pass it’

    Dec 18, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Trevor Ariza

    Should the Knicks have called timeout before Carmelo Anthony’s final shot attempt against the Wizards on Monday? That question has dominated discussion since the game ended, but perhaps a different question would deal with a more significant issue? Should Melo have been the Knick shooting? First of all, better him than anyone else in a…

  4. Terrence Ross excited for ‘biggest opportunity of my career’

    Dec 18, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Milwaukee Bucks

    Technically, the Raptors got Greivis Vasquez, John Salmons, Patrick Patterson and Chuck Hayes for Rudy Gay. But Toronto also got a new spirit. Without the shoot-first, do-little-else Gay, the Raptors have gone 3-1. They’re just clicking a little better. They might be playing with a little more passion, too. Terrence Ross certainly is. Landry Fields…

  5. Gregg Popovich yanks off Stephen Jackson’s headband

    Dec 18, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v San Antonio Spurs

    The Spurs released Stephen Jackson just before last season’s playoffs, reportedly, because Jackson had been feuding with Gregg Popovich. Jackson could have been bitter, but he wasn’t. Even as San Antonio made the NBA Finals, he said, “I wouldn’t want me on the team, either.” If nothing else, Jackson  tells it like it is. If…

  6. Brian Shaw now blames Nuggets’ slow starts on warm-up routine

    Dec 17, 2013, 1:59 PM EDT

    Brian Shaw

    Last we checked on Brian Shaw, the Nuggets coach was blaming his team’s slow starts on pizza and nachos. But replacing the junk food with healthier options hasn’t turned Denver’s fortunes early in games. The Nuggets have lost all eight first quarters this month, though they’ve gone 5-3 in those games. The issue isn’t isolated…

  7. Chris Kaman not happy he signed with the Lakers

    Dec 17, 2013, 12:57 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Los Angeles Lakers

    Chris Kaman, after doing it with the Mavericks last season, knows playing on a one-year contract comes with all kinds of complications. Before the season, he said: There’s just so many things that can happen, and the biggest one is that you’re on a one-year deal and you’re worried about it the whole time and…

  8. Marvin Williams nicknamed Alec Burks ‘Easy 20,’ which makes no sense

    Dec 17, 2013, 11:44 AM EDT

    Alec Burks, Andre Miller

    Alec Burks scored a career-high 31 points against the Heat on Monday night, so let’s all overreact. That should be easy for Marvin Williams, who’s been overreacting to his Jazz teammate’s good play for a while. Via Aaron Falk of The Salt Lake Tribune: “He had a hell of a game,” Utah forward Marvin Williams…

  9. Tony Wroten warned for flopping

    Dec 17, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

    Tony Wroten, Steve Novak

    The NBA warned Tony Wroten for flopping, and he deserved it. Here’s video (hat tip: Ben Golliver of Point Forward): Wroten was wide open when he shot, and he still fell. He clearly stuck his foot out to either draw contact or lose his balance. It’s the type of play that could get someone injured.…

  10. Pablo Prigioni fractures toe, out two weeks

    Dec 17, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Pablo Prigioni

    The Knicks recently elevated Pablo Prigioni’s role, and they were better for it. In the three games prior to Monday’s contest against Washington, Prigioni played 31, 39 and 31 minutes – his first 30-minute games since a season-opening win over the Bucks. And he produced: 16 assists, one turnover and eight steals in the three…

  11. Carmelo Anthony says he sees Mike Woodson’s job as safe

    Dec 17, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Mike Woodson, Carmelo Anthony

    The Knicks’ latest setback, a home loss to the Wizards, does what every New York loss does: It intensifies the public scrutiny on Mike Woodson. But within the walls of Madison Square Garden, that’s not necessarily the case. First of all, who knows what James Dolan is thinking? There’s little sense using logic to guess…

  12. Mike Dunleavy celebrates buzzer-beating half-court heave… that leaves Bulls down one

    Dec 17, 2013, 12:46 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v New York Knicks

    There’s an axiom that players should play as hard as they can until the buzzer sounds then look up at the scoreboard to see whether they won. To Mike Dunleavy’s credit, he did that Monday night against the Magic. (hat tip: Ben Golliver of Point Forward) Announcement: Pro Basketball Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day…

  13. Wizards waiting for Martell Webster to find footing

    Dec 16, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Washington Wizards

    The Wizards scored 99.9 points per 100 possessions with Martell Webster on the court last season, not a great mark, but certainly better than the 95.2 points per 100 possessions they produced without him. With Webster joining John Wall on the court, Washington’s offensive rating jumped to 105.2. That earned Webster a fat contract from…

  14. Russell Westbrook joins Team Anti-Long 2s

    Dec 16, 2013, 6:17 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Golden State Warriors

    Russell Westbrook is shooting 3-pointers more than ever. Per game, per minute or as a percentage of all his shots – Westbrook is taking 3s at a career-high clip by a fairly wide margin. But he’s barely attempting more jumpers than usual. Westbrook is taking 47 percent of his shots from at least 15 feet,…

  15. Marcin Gortat says he’s unhappy with role, denies it

    Dec 16, 2013, 5:38 PM EDT

    Randy Wittman, Nene, Marcin Gortat, John Wall

    Marcin Gortat is playing well for the Wizards, but that doesn’t mean he’s happy. Gortat, via J. Michael of CSN Washington: “I just don’t like the position I play. I’m constantly drifting more and more away from the basket. Quite honestly, that’s not my game. I’m capable of making or two plays like that but…

  16. Bulls waive Mike James

    Dec 16, 2013, 2:54 PM EDT

    Mike James, Tony Mitchell

    The Bulls waived point guard Mike James today. James has been injured, so the Bulls have been using Marquise Teague and recently signed D.J. Augustin as backup point guards. James’ role, one he no longer filled particular well anymore, had been usurped. This brings the Bulls down to 13 players, the league minimum. So, maybe…

  17. Damian Lillard is 15-of-19 in overtime (!!!)

    Dec 16, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    Damian Lillard hit a game-winner short jumper to give the Trail Blazers a win over the Pistons on Sunday night. Of course he did. Lillard has never missed a 2-point in overtime, shooting 10-for-10 inside the arc in his two-year career. He’s not bad on 3-pointers in the extra period, either, making 5-of-9. Determining whether…

  18. Kevin Love becoming a 25-15-5 master

    Dec 13, 2013, 5:46 PM EDT

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    Entering this season, no player had posted back-to-back 25-point, 15-rebound, 5-assist games since 2006-07.* Kevin Love has already done it twice this year. *Pau Gasol did it with the Memphis Grizzlies in April of that season. Love had 26 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in a win over the 76ers on Wednesday night, giving…

  19. Glen Davis gets up close and personal in postgame interview (video)

    Dec 12, 2013, 3:25 PM EDT

    Josh McRoberts, Glen Davis

    Glen Davis, even down to the lowest weight of his career, is big. After games, he’s big and sweaty. So, FOX Sports Florida’s Dante Marchitelli faced quite the challenge of staying focused during this, literally, touching interview. That man deserves a raise! Marchitelli, not Davis. Davis is paid just fine, and at least it’s his…

  20. Kevin Garnett: ‘November was a s—– year for us’ (yes, he said year)

    Dec 12, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

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    The Nets and Knicks have been the NBA’s two most underwhelming teams this season, but some statistical models predicted New York would slip. Few, if any, expected Brooklyn to struggle like this. From afar, I recognize Brooklyn’s troubles, but like most, I’m mostly numb to them. That’s certainly not the case for Kevin Garnett certainly,…

  21. Carmelo Anthony and Rajon Rondo deny recruitment rumors

    Dec 12, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

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    Rajon Rondo’s high school coach said Carmelo Anthony was recruiting Rondo, a 2015 free agent, to New York. As Kurt wrote, those types of conversations happen all the time. Of course, nobody publicly admits to them while they’re ongoing (except Chandler Parsons, who bragged about recruiting Dwight Howard to the Rockets). Anthony, via Ian Begley…

  22. Tom Thibodeau to the Knicks? Well…

    Dec 12, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    Tom Thibodeau

    Tom Thibodeau is represented by Creative Artists Agency. We have to start there. CAA and the Knicks enjoy an extremely harmonious relationship. The Knicks actually made Mike Woodson fire his agent and retain CAA, according to Howard Beck of Bleacher/Report. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com: Once Woodson switches his representation to CAA, the agency will control…

  23. Dwight Howard keeping candy away from Rockets teammates

    Dec 11, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT

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    Dwight Howard improved after after the All-Star break last season – before All-Star break: 16.3 points and 11.8 rebounds per game; after All-Star break: 18.4 points and 13.6 rebounds per game – and the reason is no secret: His back got healthier. But that wasn’t the only factor. Howard told Ken Berger of CBSSports.com he…

  24. Charlotte Bobcats sign Chris Douglas-Roberts, waive James Southerland

    Dec 11, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT

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    The Charlotte Bobcats’ outlook is changing. When they signed Al Jefferson this summer, the theory was they would rather be pedestrianly bad rather than historically bad – even if that meant lower lottery odds. I argued Charlotte should go all-in to be totally bad for another season, and that pulling in itself in opposite directions…

  25. Warriors sign Hilton Armstrong from D-League

    Dec 11, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

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    The Warriors need big-man depth. Festus Ezeli has been out all season. Jermaine O’Neal and Draymond Green are banged up. Marreese Speights can’t gain Mark Jackson’s trust. Andre Iguodala is injured, too, and although he mostly plays on the wing, his absence the number of minutes he and Harrison Barnes can soak up as a…

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