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  1. Dick Bavetta refereed 2,500th consecutive game Thursday

    Dec 30, 2011, 12:45 PM EST

    Dick Bavetta

    Make all the “Dick Bavetta used to whistle George Mikan for fouls” jokes you want, this is pretty impressive. From Peter Vecsey at the New York Post: Last night in Orlando, the 72-year-old (his birthday’s Dec. 10) whistleblower worked his 2,500th consecutive regular-season game. Ruminate on that statistic for a second. And now consider this…

  2. Baron Davis may be more than a month away in New York

    Dec 30, 2011, 12:01 PM EST

    Golden State Warriors v Cleveland Cavaliers

    One thing that has seemed self evident in the Knicks two losses on the West Coast is that they lack a team-organizing point guard. They don’t need Chris Paul or Rajon Rondo level players at the point, but they need someone who better fits Mike D’Antoni’s system and can organize the offense better. The Knicks…

  3. Stan Van Gundy willing to help Thunder out by taking Durant off their hands

    Dec 30, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Four

    Selfless. Really, that is the best word to describe Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. Reporters in Orlando were talking with Van Gundy about the alleged rift between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant when Van Gundy came up with an inspired solution, according to the Oklahoman (via Ball Don’t Lie). “I think it’s very serious, and…

  4. Friday And-1 links (and the truth about height measurements)

    Dec 30, 2011, 10:48 AM EST

    Barea of Puerto Rico and NBA team Dallas Mavericks celebrates with his teammates after their win over Mexico during their men's final basketball game at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara

    Welcome to 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). Who are the guys in the NBA not nearly as tall as listed? Well, if J.J. Barea is 6’0” then I am looking down on…

  5. Amare Stoudemire sprains ankle, questionable for Saturday

    Dec 30, 2011, 10:10 AM EST

    Amare Stoudemire

    Just to add to the misery of the Knicks last couple of days… Amar’e Stoudemire rolled his ankle during the fourth quarter of the Knicks loss to the Lakers on Thursday and is questionable for the team’s game Saturday in Sacramento, reports Marc Berman of the New York Post. “I have it wrapped up, I’ll…

  6. Kevin Garnett to buy stake in Italian soccer club Roma

    Dec 30, 2011, 9:43 AM EST

    Kevin Garnett

    Not to be outdone by LeBron James (who owns a piece of Liverpool in the English Premiere League), Kevin Garnett has gotten into the European club ownership pool. He is about to own a piece of Roma of the Serie A league in Italy, reports the Associated Press. Roma confirmed to The Associated Press that…

  7. Rent-a-Dwight. Magic listening to trade offers from all teams.

    Dec 30, 2011, 9:28 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard is trying to control the process — he has given the Magic a list of places he is willing to sign a contract extension if traded (Dallas, New Jersey and with the Los Angeles Lakers). But the Magic are hoping other teams will jump in with bids to rent the superstar center for…

  8. Baseline to baseline recaps: Kevin Durant is an assassin

    Dec 30, 2011, 8:46 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

    What you missed while watching an octopus pick the BCS matchups…. Lakers 99, Knicks 82: We broke this down as our game of the night. Thunder 104, Mavericks 102: This was easily the best game the Mavericks have played this season. The ball movement was back, the clever veteran plays were there. Delonte West said…

  9. Knicks talk defense, Lakers play it and win handily

    Dec 30, 2011, 2:39 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony, Matt Barnes, Pau Gaso

    The talk coming into the season was how Tyson Chandler was going to change the Knicks defense. He might, eventually. But Mike Brown has brought new energy and physicality to the Lakers defense right now — the Knicks shot 31.7 percent Thursday night (and for the season opponents are shooting only 38 percent against the…

  10. Video: Kevin Durant’s ridiculous game winner over Mavs

    Dec 29, 2011, 11:34 PM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Seven

    Dallas played the best game they have all season. With a chance to take the lead late Dirk Nowitzki made a smart play drawing the defense in and kicking to Vince Carter for a wide open three. The Mavs were up 102-101 with 1.4 seconds left. Ballgame? Not after this Kevin Durant shot. Thunder win…

  11. Paul Pierce says he’s close, expect him to play Friday

    Dec 29, 2011, 10:36 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Orlando Magic, Game 4

    Expect to see Paul Pierce back in a Celtics uniform when they take on the Pistons Friday. Nothing is official yet, but that has been the rumor for a while. Then came this tweet from Pierce on Thursday: I’m close very very close very Celtics fans will forgive the odd grammar if he gets back…

  12. Durant, Thunder coach play down Westbrook altercation

    Dec 29, 2011, 10:03 PM EST

    Durant Westbrook

    “Nothing to see here, move along.” No, we’re not just quoting Chief Clancy Wiggum, we’re summing up what Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Thunder coach Scott Brooks said about the altercation on the bench between Westbrook and Durant on Wednesday. Royce Young of Eye on Basketball spoke to Westbrook and Durant about everything at shootaround…

  13. Did Dwyane Wade travel on his game winner?

    Dec 29, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

    Miami Heat v New Jersey Nets

    UPDATE (6:54 PM EST): We may have jumped the gun a bit. Or jump stopped the gun a bit? Too much? Okay. After receiving clarification on jump stop rules from the league office, it’s now clear the Wade did not travel on his game-winning bucket against the Charlotte Bobcats. For clarification, Tim Frank, who spoke on…

  14. Dwight Howard and Deron Williams had dinner. OMG!

    Dec 29, 2011, 4:55 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Atlanta Hawks - Game Three

    This is going to get blown out of proportion, no matter how much I try to tamp it down here. Even if I tell you this kind of thing happens all the time. Deron Williams went to dinner with Dwight Howard Wednesday night, reports the Star Ledger (via Eye on Basketball). The Nets are in…

  15. Stop talking Rondo for Westbrook trade, it’s a bad idea

    Dec 29, 2011, 4:11 PM EST

    Rajon Rondo Russell Westbrook

    In the wake of Russell Westbrook having a spat with Kevin Durant while at the same time the Boston Celtics are off to an 0-3 start, there’s been all sports of buzz on the Internet and talk radio about a Westbrook for Rajon Rondo trade. Stop it. Let it go. It doesn’t work. And it’s…

  16. Carmelo Anthony says Chris Paul should be a Laker

    Dec 29, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony

    Apparently Carmelo Anthony wanted to make an already challenging game against the Los Angeles Lakers tonight much more difficult. He thinks David Stern made a mistake by vetoing a trade of Chris Paul to the Lakers and said so after the Knicks loss to the Warriors Wednesday night, reports the New York Daily News. “I…

  17. It’s official, Suns sign Michael Redd to deal

    Dec 29, 2011, 2:38 PM EST

    MRedd

    Our man in Phoenix Brett Pollakoff told you last night that oft-injured sharpshooter Michael Redd had come in and worked out for the Suns. Apparently that went well because now he is officially a member of the Suns, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. This is a one-year deal for the veterans’ minimum.…

  18. Michael Jordan to get married again

    Dec 29, 2011, 2:03 PM EST

    Jordan wife

    Yvette Prieto is about to get a lot of sweet, free Nike gear. Michael Jordan has become engaged to longtime girlfriend Prieto, his spokeswoman confirmed to WCNC in Charlotte. Prieto is a Cuban-born model who has been dating Jordan for more than three years. This would be Jordan’s second marriage. He was married for17 years…

  19. Grizzlies Conley may miss a couple games due to ankle

    Dec 29, 2011, 12:58 PM EST

    Mike Conley

    It was 24 seconds into the Grizzlies playoff rematch with the Thunder when point guard Mike Conley rolled his ankle, and at the time we didn’t know the severity. All we knew was Conley didn’t come back and rookie Jeremy Pargo was thrown into the fire (and acquitted himself quite well). Conley was wearing a…

  20. McGrady can picture Howard and D-Will in Dallas

    Dec 29, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    As they are the two guys left in the game of “franchise player musical chairs,” it is kind of logical Deron Williams and Dwight Howard could end up on the same team. That is certainly what New Jersey has banked its Brooklyn opening on. But what about Dallas? Mark Cuban has all but sacrificed a…

  21. It’s not time to hit the panic button in Boston. Yet.

    Dec 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    The Boston Celtics are going to be fine. Well, depends on how you define “fine” — if you thought they were title contenders who would come out of the gate hot and could topple the Heat and Bulls in the East, you should be worried. But realistically Boston was a flawed team that needed to…

  22. Thursday And-1 links (with some Portland love)

    Dec 29, 2011, 10:46 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers forward Gerald Wallace reacts to his team's loss against the Dallas Mavericks in Portland, Oregon

    Welcome to 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). They love them some Gerald Wallace in Portland, and he is learning to love it there. With Wallace and LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland could be very,…

  23. Baseline to baseline recaps: Celtics fall, Knicks fall, Heat almost join them

    Dec 29, 2011, 9:39 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v New Orleans Hornets

    What you missed while worried about what a bad year this was for elephants… Oklahoma City 98, Memphis 95: This playoff rematch was our game of the night. New Orleans 97, Celtics 78: Don’t hit the panic button yet, Celtics fans. Still too early. But if you want to feel uncomfortable and a little ill,…

  24. Video: NBA’s top 10 plays from Wednesday night

    Dec 29, 2011, 8:53 AM EST

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    Let’s just say it’s a night where Dwyane Wade‘s game winner comes in at No. 5 (best part of that is him looking over at Cam Newton courtside and doing the Superman imitation). Lots of impressive highlights, even if some are from guys like DeAndre Jordan where his team (the Clippers) did not exactly impress.…

  25. Thunder show even on off night they are good, beat Grizzlies

    Dec 29, 2011, 2:46 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay

    Elite teams win on their off days. This was certainly an off day for the Thunder. Russell Westbrook went 0-13, missing shots he usually drains blindfolded. He got frustrated and that led to words with Thabo Sefolosha and Kevin Durant, to the point Durant and Westbrook had to be separated. And in the end, the…

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