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  1. Kobe Bryant on 1-2 start: “Shoulda won all three”

    Dec 28, 2011, 10:36 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    Kobe Bryant remains Kobe Bryant. He keeps sounding like Patrick Swayze in Roadhouse — “pain don’t hurt” — and believing that he can carry the Lakers to a title regardless of the roster. So is anyone shocked at his post-game comments Tuesday, reported by the Orange County Register, after the Lakers finally got in the…

  2. Video: NBA’s top 10 plays from Tuesday

    Dec 28, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    In case you weren’t flipping around on league pass Tuesday night, here are the top 10 plays of the night, as compiled by NBA.com. Best of the bunch may be the two blocks by Dwyane Wade, who may well be the best shot-blocking point guard ever to play the game. But any time this high-flying…

  3. Report: Magic want veterans, not to rebuild after Howard

    Dec 28, 2011, 8:08 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Oklahoma City Thunder

    Right now, the Dwight Howard soap opera is on hiatus. The Magic have stopped all trade talk and are focusing on this season and convincing Howard to stay in Orlando. I’m pretty sure opening day did not help their cause. In the least. Eventually Orlando is going to have to trade Howard. His demand is…

  4. Baseline to baseline recaps: Lakers sure don’t look tired

    Dec 28, 2011, 3:07 AM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    What you missed while debating the merits of a law forcing porn actors to wear condoms… Heat 115, Celtics 107: We broke this one down as our game of the night. But can you ever really get enough Norris Cole? Lakers 96, Jazz 71: If you watched this game and didn’t know which team was…

  5. Boston fights back but Miami relentless, too much for C’s

    Dec 28, 2011, 12:11 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    Boston would not get steamrolled. You’ve got to give them that. When Dallas found themselves getting overwhelmed early by the aggressive and up-tempo version of the Heat on Christmas Day, the Mavs rolled over and played dead. Not Boston. They scrapped and zoned all the way back to make it a game. But in the…

  6. Video: Miami Heat 2011 intro video (with extra neon)

    Dec 27, 2011, 10:18 PM EST

    T-Mobile Magenta Carpet At The NBA All-Star Game - Arrivals

    You were just saying to yourself “where can I see the Miami Heat roster laid out in neon with all the guys dressed very stylishly?” Well, we’re here to help. This is your 2011 Miami Heat intro video. Enjoy. At least this year they don’t have to tell the fans to show up on time…

  7. Kobe Bryant in a lot of pain… and frustrated, too

    Dec 27, 2011, 9:21 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Kobe Bryant has tried to be in his happy place this season. Major shakeups for the Lakers on the court with a new coach and system — plus Lamar Odom for a trade exception — have the Lakers struggling. And there have been major changes in his personal life. However, he was healthy and that…

  8. Video: Ricky Rubio dishes out assists in debut

    Dec 27, 2011, 8:03 PM EST

    Spanish basketball player Ricky Rubio wa

    Ricky Rubio looked very good in his debut. The numbers did not jump off the page — six points, six assists, five rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench — but he altered the game while in. His court sense is amazing and his sense of pace and timing is mature beyond his years. Oh,…

  9. Report: Kyrylo Fesenko reaches deal with Golden State

    Dec 27, 2011, 6:27 PM EST

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    Golden State is still looking to add size in the paint, and they may have found some. Ukrainian center Kyrylo Fesenko has reached a one year deal with the Golden State Warriors, reports CSNBayArea.com and Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated. It’s a one-year deal for about $1 million, using up the cap space Golden State…

  10. Preview: Will Miami be able to run over Boston, too?

    Dec 27, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

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    Miami looked dominant on opening day. They came into the season trying to unbalance a defense with speed and aggressiveness, and it worked on Dallas — Miami had 100 possessions, nine more than they averaged last season. But Boston is a better defensive squad and should prove an interesting preseason test. The two teams meet…

  11. Drew Gooden suspended one game for flagrant foul

    Dec 27, 2011, 5:09 PM EST

    Drew Gooden, Baron Davis

    The moment you saw the foul, you knew Drew Gooden was getting suspended. He’s lucky it is only for one game. The Bucks’ Gooden was suspended for a game — Tuesday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves — by the league for his flagrant foul Monday on Gerald Henderson of the Charlotte Bobcats. Henderson was…

  12. Andray Blatche wants you all to calm down, he’s not mad at coach

    Dec 27, 2011, 4:10 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Houston Rockets

    It’s all so simple. Andray Blatche just wants the ball in the post. So he says we shouldn’t read his comments after last night’s game as calling out his coach. And teammates. Here is the quote. “I said that I need the ball in the paint to be effective. You can’t keep having me pick…

  13. Doc Rivers: Paul Pierce out Tuesday against Heat

    Dec 27, 2011, 3:36 PM EST

    Paul Pierce

    Beating the Miami Heat is a challenge anyway, but Boston is going to have to do it without Paul Pierce on Tuesday night. Doc Rivers confirmed that, reports A. Sherrod Blakely at CSNNE.com. That means Sasha Pavlovic gets the start and Marquis Daniels will get a lot of run. Pavlovic talked about getting to guard…

  14. It’s one game, but Ricky Rubio sure looked good in debut

    Dec 27, 2011, 3:17 PM EST

    Ricky Rubio

    When I saw the Timberwolves schedule my first thought was “welcome to the NBA Ricky Rubio, we’d like you to meet Russell Westbrook.” Tough way to debut. But Rubio was not fazed in the least, he looked good in his first NBA game. Very good. The numbers are modest — six points, six assists, five…

  15. Knicks snatch up Jeremy Lin, which might be a good fit for him

    Dec 27, 2011, 2:22 PM EST

    Jeremy_Lin_Warriors

    Jeremy Lin came out of Harvard with a fearless game — he attacked the rim at every opportunity. Even the times he shouldn’t. But his aggressiveness and some good finishes made him a fan favorite in Las Vegas at the Summer League a couple years ago. He’s quick but his game is a bit raw.…

  16. Stephen Curry tweaked ankle. Again. Will sit out Knicks game.

    Dec 27, 2011, 1:42 PM EST

    stephen curry

    UPDATE 1:42 PM: Stephen Curry is going to sit out the Warriors game against the Knicks Wednesday, his agent told the USA Today. This would be the smart thing to do, he’s rolled the same surgically repaired ankle twice in the past week. The good news out of this is that X-rays showed no serious…

  17. Video: Ira Winderman talks evolution of the Miami Heat

    Dec 27, 2011, 1:35 PM EST

    Heat forward James and guard Wade laugh during the closing minutes against the Mavericks in Dallas, Texas

    The Miami Heat were a running team. LeBron James was camped out in the post, as was Dwyane Wade. It’s just one game, but our own Ira Winderman — who covers the team — talks the evolution of the Heat this season and how they are trying to grow things. How these Heat are different…

  18. What is wrong with 0-2 Dallas? A lot of things.

    Dec 27, 2011, 12:45 PM EST

    Dirk Nowitzki

    The defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks have started out 0-2. An ugly 0-2. They have been blown out by the Heat and the Nuggets on their home court, losing by a combined 33 points (and it wasn’t really that close, garbage time runs have made it look better than it was). What in the name…

  19. Lockout? What lockout? NBA Christmas ratings set records

    Dec 27, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Mavericks forward Marion, guard Kidd, guard Terry and forward Nowitzki stand with the Larry O'Brien Championship trophy before their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas

    David Stern finally gave ground during lockout negotiations to get games on Christmas. That is when the average fan starts paying attention to the NBA. Start playing by then and you limit the backlash… What backlash? There’s apparently no backlash. NBA telecasts on Christmas set record ratings, reports the USA Today. Four of the five…

  20. Tuesday And-1 links: Why all the Kris Humphries hate?

    Dec 27, 2011, 11:08 AM EST

    Kris Humphries, New Jersey Nets, Washington Wizards

    New name, same drill. This is our morning 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). Washington Wizards fans booed Kris Humphries all night long Monday. Well done, Washingtonians. Way to side with the woman who became…

  21. Andray Blatche calls out his coach, wants ball in the post more

    Dec 27, 2011, 9:29 AM EST

    Andray Blatche

    Andray Blatche is not happy with how the Wizards are using him. The only real surprise there is it came after only one game rather than midway through the season. After the Wizards come-from-ahead loss Tuesday against the Nets (how do you blow a 20-point lead against the Nets?), Blatche said he needs the ball…

  22. Video: Eric Gordon with the game winner for Hornets

    Dec 27, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    New Orleans Hornets v Phoenix Suns

    Eric Gordon is very, very good. In a few years he will be one of the best slashing guards in the league. The Clippers were only going to trade him for a handful of players in the league (Chris Paul being one of them). Here he is getting the Hornets a win over the Suns…

  23. Baseline to baseline recaps: Dallas has some issues

    Dec 27, 2011, 7:48 AM EST

    Chris Andersen, Vince Carter,

    What you missed while out celebrating Boxing Day…. Kings 100, Lakers 91: We covered this one already in our game of the night. Nuggets 115, Mavericks 93: Mavericks forward Sean Williams threw up when subbed out in the fourth quarter of this game, which got a lot of laughs on the Mavs bench but pretty…

  24. Your Los Angeles Lakers are 0-2 and look very confused

    Dec 27, 2011, 6:56 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol of Spain walk towards the bench for a time out after losing possession of the ball against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Stability mattered more than ever this season. Shortened training camps and just two preseason games means switching systems was going to be a challenge. But Jim Buss was intent on wiping all traces of Phil Jackson from the Lakers, not keeping Brian Shaw and the triangle offense with a team built to run it. No,…

  25. Stephen Jackson admits he checked out after Wallace trade

    Dec 26, 2011, 7:11 PM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    Bobcats fans are going to just read this nod in agreement. Bobcats front office members, too. Stephen Jackson admitted last season when Charlotte traded Gerald Wallace to Portland he pretty much mentally checked out from the Bobcats. Here are the quotes, via Rock Bonnell at the Charlotte Observer. “When Gerald left, I really left,’’ Jackson…

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