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  1. Brook Lopez out two games (at least) with foot sprain

    Nov 29, 2012, 1:56 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Brooklyn Nets

    Andray Blatche, it’s time for your close-up. Blatche will become the Nets starting center the next two games because Brook Lopez will be out with a mild sprain of his right foot, tweets Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. This could be a bigger blow if Kris Humphries is suspended for his part…

  2. Mavericks to release Troy Murphy to make way for Fisher

    Nov 29, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Dallas Mavericks

    The Troy Murphy era in Dallas lasted 14 games. The Mavericks are expected to release Murphy on Thursday, reports ESPN Dallas and multiple other sources. He is being let go to make way for guard Derek Fisher, who is supposed to come in and stabilize the Mavericks backcourt (they are in for a shock, but…

  3. Andrew Bynum in nasty lawsuit with California neighbors

    Nov 29, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum

    Nothing brings out the best in people like disputes with neighbors. And by “best” I mean most petty, childish, scuzzy behavior possible. For seven years Andrew Bynum has owned a home in Westchester, an area of Los Angeles not too far from the Lakers practice facility (the Lakers traded him to Philadelphia last summer), and…

  4. Hasheem Thabeet’s strange ejection, then reversal by refs

    Nov 29, 2012, 11:39 AM EDT

    Hasheem Thabeet, James Harden, Omer Asik

    Hasheem Thabeet was taking part in the block party the Thunder were bringing to James Harden on Wednesday night (Russell Westbrook had the best Harden block with Serge Ibaka a close second. But in the second quarter, when Thabeet had blocked consecutive Harden shots, the two jawed a bit. And referee Marc Davis was there.…

  5. Doc Rivers: “We’re a soft team; we have no toughness”

    Nov 29, 2012, 10:50 AM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Boston Celtics

    Wednesday night after another Celtics loss, Doc Rivers was relaying a lesson most of us learned somewhere along the way: It’s not the tough guys that get in fights. The Celtics have lost three of their last five, were pushed around by the Nets and more importantly are a bottom 10 defensive team in the…

  6. Lead referee explains what they saw, decisions on Nets/Celtics fight

    Nov 29, 2012, 10:09 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Boston Celtics

    NBA officials rarely speak to the media after games (there actually is a guard outside their dressing room door), but they make exceptions in special cases. The fight between the Celtics and Nets — the one started when Rajon Rondo went at and shoved Kris Humphries and spilled out into the stands — is a…

  7. Video: Stan Van Gundy, Chris Mannix talk Pau Gasol trade

    Nov 29, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    Pau Gasol

    Former Magic coach Stan Van Gundy knows a thing or two about fitting in with Dwight Howard, and like most coaches around the league he realizes that talent wins. He also realizes Pau Gasol is talented. And so when asked by NBC Sports Radio host Erik Kuselias about it Van Gundy sounds like a coach…

  8. Expect Rajon Rondo to get lengthy suspension for fight

    Nov 29, 2012, 8:33 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Boston Celtics

    The NBA league office doesn’t take kindly to its players fighting on the court. It really doesn’t take kindly to said fights spilling over into the very-expensive seats of people who sit courtside at NBA games. That’s what happened when a fight broke out between the Celtics and Nets Wednesday night, when Rajon Rondo came…

  9. Report: Stoudemire willing to come off bench for Knicks

    Nov 29, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony

    The New York Knicks have the best offense in the NBA right now, scoring 111.5 points per 100 possessions — they are shooting the ball well and turning it over on fewer possessions than any other team in the Association. And they are doing it all with Carmelo Anthony playing the four. The power forward…

  10. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Nets beat Celtics with TKO

    Nov 29, 2012, 3:07 AM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets v Boston Celtics

    Welcome to PBT’s roundup of the day in NBA action. Or, what you missed while watching a guy do a backflip on a surfboard…. Thunder 120, Rockets 98: Welcome back to Oklahoma City James Harden. After a warm reception from the crowd Harden was 3-of-16 shooting and struggled to defend Kevin Durant (who doesn’t?). And…

  11. The streak is dead — Wizards win first game of season. But they made it hard on themselves.

    Nov 28, 2012, 10:34 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Washington Wizards

    Break up the Wizards. Okay, maybe we’re not there yet. But Washington’s 12-game losing streak to start the season came to an end at home with an 84-82 win over Portland. They did it with 19 points from Jordan Crawford off the bench, with Trevor Ariza being efficient (14 points on 6-of-9 shooting) and with…

  12. New online game: Dikembe Mutombo’s 4½ weeks to save the world

    Nov 28, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

    dikembe mutombo saves the world

    I don’t know what I want for Christmas anymore because the people at Old Spice just gave me everything I have ever dreamed of. Old Spice has launched a new online video game: Dikembe Mutombo’s 4½ weeks to save the world. You can find it at OldSpiceSavesTheWorld.com I will forever owe a debt of gratitude to…

  13. Wednesday And-1 links: Who has the better Eurostep, Wade or Ginobili?

    Nov 28, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

    Marvin Williams, Paul Millsap, Manu Ginobili

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like Texans love barbecue. • Who has the better Eurostep move, Dwyane Wade or…

  14. Bogut had microfracture surgery on ankle; may be out months more

    Nov 28, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

    Andrew Bogut, Marc Gasol

    UPDATE 5:07 pm: Andrew Bogut and Warriors GM Bob Meyers met with the media on Wednesday afternoon to try and clear the air, to say they were all on the same page and always have been. That they knew it would take time for Bogut’s ankle to heal after a serious surgery and there was…

  15. Wizards have closed-door meeting, vent concerns to coach

    Nov 28, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Randy Wittman

    If the Washington Wizards beat the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday night, it’s most likely because Nene returned from his foot injury and played well (he was +31 in limited minutes this season). Talent is what wins in the NBA. But you have to use that talent wisely, and how to do that seems to be…

  16. Mike D’Antoni: “I shouldn’t have gone to New York”

    Nov 28, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Mike D’Antoni — along with Steve Nash and the “seven seconds or less” Phoenix Suns — didn’t win a ring but they have changed the face of the NBA. Now you see the NBA champion Miami Heat going with a guy thought of as a forward at center (as do other teams), like the Suns…

  17. Report: Billups to return to Clippers Wednesday, will start

    Nov 28, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    Chauncey Billups Clippers

    Most players who have a major Achilles tendon injury at age 36 are done. It’s time to walk away from the game, spend more time with your family and your golf game. Not Chauncey Billups. Not Mr. Big Shot. The Clippers guard was going to leave the game on his own terms and worked hard…

  18. Knicks Jason Kidd out again Wednesday, maybe much longer

    Nov 28, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Jason Kidd

    Jason Kidd didn’t play for the Knicks Monday night in Brooklyn due to a bad back. Now he has been officially announced out for Wednesday night’s game in Milwaukee. We shouldn’t be shocked Kidd misses a few games, he’s not young. It feels like his rookie season with the Mavericks Mark Aguirre was in the…

  19. Michael Jordan’s shorts ruffle feathers at stuffy Miami country club. Good.

    Nov 28, 2012, 12:41 PM EDT

    Jordan golf

    Some will look at this as a story of Michael Jordan and his feeling of entitlement. And truth be told there is some of that here. Jordan wears his entitlement like a Rolex. But if Jordan is pissing off some up-tight, old rich people in Miami then I’m good with it. It all comes down to…

  20. Rockets interim coach says Jeremy Lin “got his swagger back”

    Nov 28, 2012, 12:14 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Houston Rockets

    Jeremy Lin didn’t grab the headlines Tuesday night when the Rockets played the Raptors, but he did score 16 points on 7-of-9 shooting and add 10 assists. It followed a game against the Knicks where Lin did grab the headlines going in and he scored 13 points. Those two good games followed seven games in…

  21. Andrew Bogut says ankle “just not right yet.” No timetable.

    Nov 28, 2012, 11:24 AM EDT

    Andrew Bogut

    There were all sorts of reports Andrew Bogut could get back on the court for the Warriors this week. Listen to him talk in that video and it sounds like it could be a while, and certainly not this week. Bogut had ankle surgery last April and is still dealing with pain and discomfort in…

  22. Mike D’Antoni defends Pau Gasol, says he fits his system

    Nov 28, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers

    After the Lakers loss Tuesday night to the Pacers — when Pau Gasol got out too high into a no-man’s land trying to defend George Hill on the final play, got his hips turned and watched Hill blow by him for the game winning shot — Lakers fans frustration with Gasol reached a new high…

  23. LeBron James back on top, King of NBA jersey sales again

    Nov 28, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James gestures during a free throw in the second quarter of Game 2 of their Eastern Conference Finals NBA basketball playoffs against the Boston Celtics in Miami

    The deepest of LeBron James haters didn’t want to hear it but we were telling you this from the day after the decision — win a ring and the public perception of him would change. He’s got a ring, a gold medal from London, he was the NBA regular season and finals MVP — and…

  24. Video: Rockets’ Asik scores in own basket, helps out Raptors

    Nov 28, 2012, 8:43 AM EDT

    Omer Asik

    Toronto needed help in their game against Houston, and Rockets center Omer Asik was just trying to lend them a hand. Is that so wrong? Okay, Asik’s “own goal” wasn’t intentional, and he did make up for it at the other end, but it is still pretty amusing. Even though he clearly didn’t think so.…

  25. Video: Joey Crawford’s blocking call dance is spectacular

    Nov 28, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Joey Crawford

    Referee Joey Crawford was in full on “I want to be part of this game” mode on Tuesday night, injecting himself into the Pacers win over the Lakers with questionable calls and handing out technicals like candy on Halloween. But this blocking call was the best — maybe the best blocking call ever in NBA…

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