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  1. Video: Watch Raptors fans being Jonas Valanciunas bobbleheads

    Nov 19, 2012, 6:44 PM EDT

    Raptors forward Jonas Valanciunas reacts after drawing a foul during their NBA basketball pre-season game in Toronto

    Well, you don’t see this every day. And with good reason. Raptors fans are pumped about what Jonas Valanciunas can bring to the team (even though their team defense is way off this season with him on the roster), and so Sunday in Toronto was the Valanciunas bobblehead game. Yes, we’re serious. And this is…

  2. Dwight Howard doesn’t care if Deron Williams isn’t his friend anymore

    Nov 19, 2012, 5:53 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    For years, Dwight Howard and Deron Williams talked about teaming up. They realized these kinds of super teams are the only way to compete with the Heat in the East. And it almost came together. Williams was in Brooklyn (well, New Jersey soon to be Brooklyn) and Howard was trying to force a trade there,…

  3. Bobcats Tyrus Thomas out two months with calf injury

    Nov 19, 2012, 4:56 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Charlotte Bobcats

    Tyrus Thomas — who has given the Bobcats some pretty mediocre minutes off the bench so far this young season — is now out for two months due to a calf injury, reports Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer. Charlotte Bobcats power forward Tyrus Thomas is expected to miss two months after a magnetic resonance…

  4. Spurs’ Neal misses games after dreaded luggage zipper injury

    Nov 19, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

    Gary Neal, Aleksandar Rasic, Kristjan Kangur

    Gary Neal, this is why there are rookies in the NBA. To do things like zip up your luggage so you don’t suffer an injury that keeps you out games. Neal is expected back Monday night when the Spurs take on the Clippers, but he missed the team’s last two games for a reason that…

  5. Report: Darko Milicic may leave Celtics to return to Europe, sick mother

    Nov 19, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    Darko Milicic

    After a preseason when Celtics fans were high on him (this is why we say don’t read much into those games), Darko Milicic has been a non-factor for the Celtics. He played five minutes in the season opener and hasn’t sniffed the court since. Part of it is his mind is elsewhere — with his…

  6. NBA Power Rankings: Top spot goes walking in Memphis

    Nov 19, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay, Kevin Durant

    Memphis has moved into the top spot in the poll this week, but notice the top three are teams we kind of expected to be on the second or third tier in the NBA this season. The question remains can they keep it up. Oh, and at the other end the Wizards still suck. 1.…

  7. Video: Steve Nash gets caught doing some “Gangnam style” moves

    Nov 19, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    This isn’t Phoenix, Steve. This is Los Angeles. The cameras are everywhere. So here is the video of Steve Nash doing a little “Gangnam Style” that you have been dying to see. Enjoy.

  8. Report: D’Antoni hopes to make coaching debut Tuesday

    Nov 19, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

    Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni announces he is unable to coach his new team against the Rockets, due to recovery from a knee operation, in Los Angeles

    Of course, that’s what he said about Sunday… Mike D’Antoni clearly wants to get on the sidelines and start coaching the Lakers, not just watch them put up triple-digit scores and win. He had said he planned to coach Sunday but pushed that back due to concerns about his energy levels — he did just…

  9. Jeremy Lin enjoying peaceful season in “low-key” Houston

    Nov 19, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Rockets guard Jeremy Lin comes under the basket against Lakers center Jordan Hill during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Jeremy Lin is still one of the faces of the franchise — he is the image the team use to sell season tickets, to lure in sponsors, him and now the beard of James Harden. That is what is sold, along with hope for the future. But being the face of the Houston Rockets and…

  10. Report: Brandon Roy out a couple of weeks after surgery

    Nov 19, 2012, 11:58 AM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    This is not a serious surgery, this is a simple scope job… except it’s on Brandon Roy’s troubled knees, so nothing is simple. Roy is going to undergo his seventh knee surgery this week, this time on his right knee. But it’s not supposed to keep him out that long, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo…

  11. Video: Metta World Peace threw a touchdown pass Sunday

    Nov 19, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

    Metta World Peace

    Metta World Peace did something no Philadelphia Eagles quarterback did Sunday — threw a touchdown pass. At the end of the first half World Peace was inbounding the ball and threw a length of the court pass to Pau Gasol, who sealed off his defender beautifully and made the play. This is pretty much how…

  12. Marcin Gortat vents he’s no longer even considered in Phoenix

    Nov 19, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Phoenix Suns

    Not a lot of people noticed outside the Valley of the Sun, but Marcin Gortat was playing at a near All-Star level when paired with Steve Nash last season, as the big in a lot of his pick-and-rolls. This season it is not the same in Phoenix. Nash is in Los Angeles and the Suns…

  13. Raymond Felton worked out this summer… for the first time

    Nov 19, 2012, 10:16 AM EDT

    Raymond Felton

    I don’t think we’d use the words “Raymond Felton” and “chiseled” in the same sentence. But we can safely say that this year with the Knicks he is in considerably better shape than following the lockout last year in Portland. He admitted he wasn’t in shape for that season, and it showed on the court.…

  14. Video: Westrook dunks and Curry is but token resistance

    Nov 19, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Andris Biedrins

    Russell Westbrook is a nearly unstoppable force in transition — one of the league’s best athletes with underrated strength — and he was off to the races Sunday with a nice feed from Kevin Durant. Stephen Curry is a speed bump. Oklahoma City pretty much saw the Warriors as a speed bump in this one…

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Boston falls and fails in Detroit

    Nov 19, 2012, 3:34 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rando look on from the bench against the Brooklyn Nets in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game in New York

    Our nightly roundup of all the action in the NBA. Or, what you missed while watching the Andrew Bynum bowling gif over and over. Lakers 119, Rockets 108: Two straight games with big point totals for the Lakers — 114 last game, 119 this one — and two wins. And that’s with Mike D’Antoni not even…

  16. Brandon Roy to undergo another right knee surgery this week

    Nov 19, 2012, 2:33 AM EDT

    Brandon Roy

    If you are counting this is number seven. A seventh knee surgery. By age 28. Brandon Roy, who has missed the Timberwolves last four games, will undergo right knee surgery next week, reports Jason Quick at the Oregonian. No timeline for Roy’s return has been set. Ugh. Not that this wasn’t a predictable outcome, but…

  17. Three stars of the Night: Kobe, Durant and a defensive gem

    Nov 19, 2012, 1:18 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    Seeing names like Kobe and Durant on the three stars of the night can get a bit routine, even when they are both putting up a triple double. But we have a first at the three stars — someone making it because of their defensive efforts. And it’s well deserved. Honorable mention to DeMarcus Cousins…

  18. Ricky Rubio, Kevin Love both take part in Minnesota walkthrough

    Nov 18, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

    Ricky Rubio

    There was a very encouraging sign at Minnesota Timberwolves practice Sunday: Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio were both going through the 5-0 walkthrough part of the practice, tweets Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune. This was the first time for both of them. It doesn’t mean their return is imminent — Love is not due…

  19. Andrew Bynum confirms he had knee setback due to bowling

    Nov 18, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Injured Philadelphia 76ers Andrew Bynum smiles before the start of the NBA basketball game between the 76ers and the Denver Nuggets in Philadelphia

    Well, at least he owned up to it instead of coming up with some lame excuse. That’s something. Andrew Bynum confirmed to the media Sunday he thinks his latest setback in recovery from a knee injury happened when he went bowling. Ugh. From the twitter account of John Finger of CSNPhilly.com. Bynum says he thinks…

  20. Coach Rasheed Wallace? He reportedly wants it to happen.

    Nov 18, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Rasheed Wallace

    Rasheed Wallace’s teammates love him — because of his demeanor, because he understands the game. Guys listen to him — and that’s the first thing a coach needs. So why not NBA coach Rasheed Wallace? Don’t laugh. He wants it to happen, his friends told Yahoo Sports. “I know for a fact that’s his aspiration,”…

  21. Video: Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan with steals, lobs, slams

    Nov 18, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    There are other contenders for the title, but the Clippers remain the king of highlights. In part because they have Blake Griffin and D’Andre Jordan — the most athletic front line in the NBA. But mostly because they have Chris Paul — watch the lobs on the second of these dunks, almost a volleyball set…

  22. Report: Sixers think Bynum’s knee setback due to bowling

    Nov 18, 2012, 12:44 AM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    There is no denying Andrew Bynum’s talent, no denying how good he can be on the court when focused. He’s an All-Star for a reason. But the Lakers were willing to consider trading him in part because they had concerns about his maturity and about that focus. Which brings us to this report from Brian…

  23. Kobe Bryant is NBA’s leading scorer and D’Antoni could keep him there

    Nov 17, 2012, 2:27 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant had a pretty standard night for himself Friday against the Suns compared to his past couple seasons — 31 points on a not terribly efficient 10-of-24 shooting but getting to the line a lot (10-of-11 from the stripe). With that night, Kobe has averaged 26.9 points per game and moved past James Harden…

  24. Video: Pistons dunk all over Orlando Magic (and still lose)

    Nov 17, 2012, 8:15 AM EDT

    Tayshaun Prince, Greg Monroe

    It’s the NBA, it’s all about the wins. That’s what matters. So for the record Orlando ended the game on a 5-0 run to win 110-106. But the Pistons still dunked all over them. Above you’ve got my favorite from Tayshaun Prince, plus a quality throw down from Jason Maxiell. Then below you can see some…

  25. Andrew Bynum says he has setback with knee, timetable unchanged

    Nov 16, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    Ugh. Watch the video above and you can see Andrew Bynum no longer has his hair straitened. That’s almost the biggest news. He also talks about a setback with his knee rehab. Which is scarier than his hair for Sixers fans. Well, probably scarier. Earlier this week it was announced he would not return to…

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