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  1. Mark Cuban will wait to offer solution to Mavericks’ lack of free throws, postponing inevitable fine

    Dec 22, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Phoenix Suns

    The Mavericks have the NBA’s third-worst free-throw-attempt rate, which is free throws attempts per field-goal attempt. Is that because they’re a jump-shooting team? Is that because they shy away from contact? Or is that because the referees are out to get them? Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, via Eddie Sefko of The Dallas Morning News: “There’s…

  2. Andre Drummond thanks Dwight Howard for dominating him

    Dec 22, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Andre Drummond, Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard posted up Andre Drummond. Howard rebound over Drummond. Howard passed around Drummond. When it was all over, Howard had 35 points on 13-of-18 shooting, 19 rebounds and five assists in the Rockets win over the Pistons on Saturday. Any talk that Howard has lost his place as the NBA’s best center should be…

  3. Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union get engaged

    Dec 22, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

    2013 BET Awards - Show

    Friday, Dwyane Wade took videobombing to the next level. Saturday, he took his relationship with Gabrielle Union to the next level. I think one of those steps means a bit more to the Heat shooting guard than the other. Wade Instagrammed the following picture with the caption, “She said YES!!! @gabunion” Announcement: Pro Basketball Talk’s…

  4. Carmelo Anthony: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh were ‘smart’ to team up

    Dec 22, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    2013 NBA All-Star Game

    Begin panicking, Knicks. New York has built its entire foundation around Carmelo Anthony. He’s the team’s unquestioned top player, the type of star who yields incredible power within his franchise. He’s also, as you might have heard, planning to become a free agent this summer. As much power as the the Knicks have given Melo,…

  5. Patrick Beverley fractures hand, out up to six weeks

    Dec 22, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    D.J. Augustin, Patrick Beverley

    Patrick Beverley, relative to an average starting point guard, is not crucial to his team. He can run a decent offense, but James Harden handles the ball more for the Rockets. He can hawk the ball on defense, but Dwight Howard drive Houston on that end. So, this news isn’t the end of the world,…

  6. Thaddeus Young reportedly asked for trade from 76ers

    Dec 20, 2013, 11:45 AM EDT

    Thaddeus Young

    The 76ers have lost seven straight, 11 of 12 and 15 of 17. After a 3-0 start threatened Sam Hinkie’s plans – and kept Philadelphia in the heart of the playoff race far too long in the downtrodden Eastern Conference – the 76ers are right back on track. They’re losing and losing often, putting themselves…

  7. Robin Lopez gets defensive when compared to twin Brook Lopez

    Dec 20, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Brooklyn Nets

    Robin Lopez and Brook Lopez do not look alike, at least not completely. Robin, the Trail Blazers’ center sports a wild afro. His twin brother, Brook, the Nets’ center, has a closer crop. But is that why they don’t look alike now? Did Robin grow out his hair to look distinct from Brook? Robin, via…

  8. Charles Barkley: Kobe Bryant should take rest of season off

    Dec 20, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant didn’t mince words, and neither did Charles Barkley. “Only an idiot would” doubt his resolve to return, Kobe said. “Kobe Bryant shouldn’t play anymore this year,” Barkley said. Kobe is definitely right, and Barkley might be right. Nobody should even consider that Kobe won’t work as hard as he can to get back…

  9. Spurs will rest Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili in nationally televised game, Tony Parker also out

    Dec 19, 2013, 4:32 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    Gregg Popovich is making a habit of tempting fate. First, he confronted Stephen Jackson. Even if that was done in a joking manner – and it was – you can never be certain how Jackson will react. Now, the Spurs coach is challenging another one of the NBA’s most strong-willed figures: David Stern. Both Tim…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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.…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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,…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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