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  1. Bradley Beal says Wizards will make the playoffs

    Nov 26, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    Bradley Beal

    The Wizards are off to their worst start in franchise history. Still winless after 11 games puts them at the bottom of the league’s standings and power rankings across the web (including ours). Despite this awful start, rookie Bradley Beal thinks his Wizards will make the playoffs: “We’re 0-11 but we still have 71 more…

  2. Video: Lakers’ Robert Sacre Knows How To Celebrate

    Nov 26, 2012, 1:34 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Lakers have had a long history of great big men…celebrators. From Mark Madsen to Ronny Turiaf, the purple and gold always seem to have a big guy on their bench that knows how cheer on his mates. This year’s team has rookie big man Robert Sacre filling this role and he’s awesome at it.…

  3. Three Stars of the Night: A Pacer, a rooster, and an overtime thriller

    Nov 20, 2012, 12:24 AM EST

    Stephen Curry, Darren Collison

    Tonight’s three stars offer up a range of performances, all in winning efforts. One player brought his hard hat (as he typically does) to bury his opponent with power moves, another hit a big shot down the stretch to take out the hottest team in the league, and last carried his team in the 4th…

  4. Hidden key to the Lakers recent success? They’ve cut down their turnovers

    Nov 19, 2012, 2:25 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Matt Barnes, Lamar Odom

    The last two Lakers games (wins over the Rockets and Suns) have foreshadowed a shift in how they hope to play for the rest of the season. The team that once ground out possessions in the half court has turned up the tempo and blown away the opposition by allowing their talent to shine. Highlight…

  5. Shawn Marion set to return from knee injury vs. Pacers

    Nov 16, 2012, 1:06 PM EST

    Shawn Marion, J.J. Hickson

    Shawn Marion has been nursing a sprained right knee and has missed the Mavericks last five games trying to get healthy. It looks as though he’s at the point where he’s good enough to give it a go and plans to play Friday night when the Mavs visit the Indiana Pacers. “I’m gonna give it…

  6. Game of the Night: Spurs oust Lakers with a great play at the end

    Nov 14, 2012, 1:54 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs Stephen Jackson, Tim Duncan, and Tiago Splitter of Brazil celebrate after they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    On a night where Kobe Bryant was brilliant and the best player on the floor, it was the Spurs and a great play design by Greg Popovich that was the difference at the end. With the Lakers up by a single point with 19 seconds left, the Spurs inbounded the ball in the back court…

  7. Three Stars of the Night: Two big names and a role player

    Nov 12, 2012, 1:05 AM EST

    Dwight Howard, James Johnson

    On any given night, anyone can step up to be the difference maker that leads his team to a victory. Typically, it’s the team’s best player or one of their key starters that does it. That’s why they’re paid the big bucks, after all. Sometimes, though, it’s a role player that comes out hitting shots…

  8. Did the Lakers overreact in firing Mike Brown?

    Nov 9, 2012, 3:39 PM EST

    Mike Brown

    The Lakers making a move to fire a head coach this quickly is nearly unprecedented. Back in 1982, they did relieve Paul Westhead of his duties, but that was directly related to an acrimonious relationship with Magic Johnson. Franchise players almost always take priority over the head coach, even ones that have won a championship.…

  9. Three Stars of the Night: Bombs Away

    Nov 8, 2012, 2:38 AM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Charlotte Bobcats

    Chicks dig the long ball, right? Well, for tonight’s Three Stars we’ve got some sharp shooting goodness from behind the arc, a man who’s getting awful comfortable in this space, and an off the bench performance that sunk the struggling Lakers. Third Star: Randy Foye (17 points, 5-9 three pointers) It wasn’t so much the…

  10. Find the panic button again: Bad first half dooms Lakers in ugly loss to Jazz

    Nov 8, 2012, 2:03 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant walks off the court to the locker room before time expires during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    I hope you enjoyed the couple days of respite from the Lakers panic, because it is back on. If the Lakers were looking to carry over their momentum from their win over Detroit, they failed miserably against the Jazz and fell hard 95-86. L.A. looked listless early and dug themselves a hole that they couldn’t…

  11. Mike Brown says expect to see Metta World Peace at shooting guard

    Nov 7, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Los Angeles Lakers - Game Four

    Mike Brown has been a man under fire to start the season. His team has underperformed to the tune of a 1-3 start which has led to speculation that his job is in jeopardy. One of the key complaints levied against Brown has been his lack of consistency with his rotations and how he’s managed…

  12. Doc Rivers wants to keep Rondo’s minutes under control

    Nov 5, 2012, 5:23 PM EST

    Celtics' Rondo looks at head coach Rivers as he walks off the court during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    The Boston Celtics aren’t off the best start this season, posting a 1-2 record in their first three games. In those contests, Rajon Rondo has racked up a lot of minutes. If you ask Doc Rivers, it’s been too many minutes. Since he is in a position to do something about it, he plans to:…

  13. What is wrong with Rodney Stuckey’s game?

    Nov 5, 2012, 2:23 PM EST

    Rodney Stuckey, Anthony Morrow

    At this stage of the season, all analysis of teams and players should be framed by the small sample size caveat. Whether a player is is shooting the lights out or stinking up the joint, allowing performance to regress (or progress) to the mean is going to be the best approach. It’s too long a…

  14. Gerald Wallace out at least one game, maybe longer

    Nov 5, 2012, 12:27 PM EST

    Brooklyn Nets Gerald Wallace on court after fouling Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry to prevent layup in NBA game in New York

    The Nets won their first game of the season but lost a key player in the process. Late in the the victory over the Raptors, Wallace sprained his ankle and left the game. X-rays were negative, he still isn’t recovered enough to play in tonight’s game vs the Timberwolves: Gerald Wallace and Josh Childress both…

  15. The interconnectivity of the Lakers’ problems

    Nov 2, 2012, 5:04 PM EST

    Lakers starters walk onto the court after a timeout during their loss to the Dallas Mavericks in their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    If you ask five people what’s wrong with the Lakers, you’re likely to get five different answers. That’s what happens when a team with that caliber of talent opens the season 0-2. There are simply too many things to pick at for there to only be one thing wrong. That said, the Lakers issues aren’t…

  16. Manu Ginobili very close to making his season debut

    Nov 2, 2012, 2:07 PM EST

    Manu Ginobili, Ty Lawson

    After Tony Parker’s clutch basket led to a thrilling victory over one of the west’s elite powers, the Spurs are again showing they will be a team to be reckoned with this season. It’s scary to think, then, that the Spurs are about to get even better but that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Manu…

  17. Report: Eric Gordon ruled out indefinitely

    Oct 31, 2012, 1:10 PM EST

    Eric Gordon

    Eric Gordon comes into the season with a lot to prove. His newly minted max contract combined with his flirtations with the Phoenix Suns have him looking to prove his worth as a player and seeking redemption with Hornets’ fans. All of that will have to wait, though. Gordon, still having soreness in his knee…

  18. Delonte West officially waived by Mavericks

    Oct 29, 2012, 5:01 PM EST

    Casey Smith, Delonte West

    The rumors have been swirling for days. Delonte West‘s time with the Mavericks was coming to a close and we only need to wait for the official announcement. Well, it seems that announcement is here. From Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News: The Mavericks have informed the NBA office of their 15-man roster and…

  19. Joel Anthony ruled out for Heat season opener

    Oct 29, 2012, 4:10 PM EST

    Joel Anthony

    The NBA season begins in earnest on Tuesday and the marquee game will be a rematch of last season’s eastern conference finals when the Heat face the Celtics. There’s no shortage of bad blood between these two teams and every player is ready to jump into the fray and be part of it. Well, except…

  20. How does Steve Nash fit in with Lakers’ offense, style?

    Oct 26, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

    Steve Nash

    Back in 2008, when the Suns acquired Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Nash‘s transition to running a more traditional offense was described by ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz as “a hummingbird trapped in a sandwich bag”. Forced to play a more slow down style to accommodate a plodding big man that clogged the paint, the visual of that phrase…

  21. NBA Season Preview: Houston Rockets

    Oct 25, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Kevin McHale, Jeremy Lin

    Last Season: Riding a deep roster and the creativity of a coaching staff and front office to cover up their weaknesses with in-season trades, the Rockets were in the playoff hunt into the season’s final days only to fall short and finish 9th in the West. They battled injury, illness, and the transition to new…

  22. Report: Kobe Bryant could miss season opener

    Oct 25, 2012, 3:36 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant,  Kevin Murphy

    We know that Kobe Bryant has been nursing a sore foot and has been ruled out for the remainder of the preseason. But, how serious is the injury? Apparently serious enough that he may not be ready to start the season, according to a report from Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles: Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike…

  23. Cavs pick up option on Byron Scott’s contract

    Oct 24, 2012, 5:40 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cleveland Cavaliers are a team with an upward trajectory. They have the reigning rookie of the year in Kyrie Irving, Tristian Thompson is making strides in his game, and rookie Dion Waiters looks like he can be a nice player for many years to come. With these young building blocks in place, it comes…

  24. Who are the key role players on contending teams?

    Oct 23, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    Ray Allen

    In the NBA, you win with star players (except if you’re the 2004 Pistons, the exception to every championship rule). They’re the guys you lean on in the closing minutes of tight games. The guys that can affect a game with their sheer talent and turn what looks to be a sure loss into a…

  25. Is Dwyane Wade becoming underrated?

    Oct 22, 2012, 5:04 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade

    NBA General Managers seem to think so. In the GM survey that was released earlier today, NBA executives were asked who they thought the best shooting guard in the league is. Wade was listed second (behind Kobe Bryant), receiving 23.3% of the vote. This is down from the 40.7% of the vote Wade received last…

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