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  1. Ray Allen says he wants multi-year extension with Celtics

    Jan 4, 2012, 8:02 AM EST

    Boston Celtics guard Allen drives to the basket defended by Detroit Pistons guard Gordon in NBA game in Boston

    There have been questions about the Celtics this season, and there will continue to be up and into the playoffs. But not about Ray Allen. At age 36 he is averaging 20 points per game, shooting 61.1 percent from three and 56.5 percent overall (up from a still good 49.1 percent last year). It’s only…

  2. Baseline-to-Baseline recaps: Portland says they are contenders, too

    Jan 4, 2012, 3:02 AM EST

    Thunder, Trail Blazers, Nazr

    What you missed while Iowa was the center of the political world for a night… Bulls 76, Hawks 74: This ugly but exciting contest was our Game of the Night. Portland 103, Oklahoma City 93: Portland wants you to know they are contenders, too. Or they at least are starting to look like it early…

  3. Ugly but exciting, Bulls come from 19 down to beat Hawks

    Jan 4, 2012, 1:38 AM EST

    Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng, Taj Gibson, Carlos Boozer

    There were moments in the second quarter — when at one point the Bulls were 1-of-12 shooting and the Hawks 3-for-13 — when this contest made you want to weep for the game of basketball. The art of shooting felt like it had been set back 50 years. Then the ending redeemed all that is…

  4. West brings jump shots, professionalism to young Pacers

    Jan 3, 2012, 10:06 PM EST

    Jonas Jerebko, David West

    The Indiana Pacers are 4-1. Let that sink in for a second. They’ve done it against a soft schedule (something changing this week with the Heat and Celtics on deck), but in years past the Pacers did not consistently beat the teams they were supposed to beat. This year is different for a few reasons…

  5. Reports: Warriors close to signing Nate Robinson

    Jan 3, 2012, 7:21 PM EST

    NBA Finals Game 2:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Because they needed another guard off the bench… wait, no they didn’t, but the Golden State Warriors may be adding one anyway. The Warriors are close to signing Nate Robinson, according to Marcus Thompson of the Contra Costa Times. He said the signing may happen Wednesday and Robinson could be in uniform by the weekend.…

  6. Spurs sign forward Ike Diogu to one-year contract

    Jan 3, 2012, 5:38 PM EST

    Diogu_Ike

    The Spurs are looking for a little depth up front and have signed Ike Diogu to a one-year contract, tweets Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated. Diogu, a former lottery pick, has bounced around the league for five years, most recently playing 36 games for the Clippers last season. He was a solid rotation player who…

  7. Mike Brown’s son’s friends wonder if Lakers can beat Clippers

    Jan 3, 2012, 4:55 PM EST

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Lakers

    This is what Chris Paul and Blake Griffin have done to Los Angeles. L.A. is still a Lakers town — it’s the one generational team in Los Angeles, where your grandfather rooted for them, your dad and you — but the Clippers are changing the conversation among the youngest generations. Like Lakers coach Mike Brown’s…

  8. DeMarcus Cousins will suit up for Kings, not start Tuesday

    Jan 3, 2012, 4:29 PM EST

    DeMarcus Cousins

    DeMarcus Cousins will be in a Kings uniform on the bench Tuesday night when the Kings take on the Memphis Grizzlies. After that… who knows? He will not start, reports Jason Jones at the Sacramento Bee, but from there things get really murky. Cousins will dress for tonight’s game but will not start, Westphal said….…

  9. Tracy McGrady is feeling like it’s 2003… almost

    Jan 3, 2012, 3:18 PM EST

    Tracy McGrady

    Tracy McGrady took charge of the Miami Heat in the fourth quarter Monday night. McGrady had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists and is the reason Miami fell to the Atlanta Hawks. He controlled the flow of the game in the fourth. Yes, that McGrady. The once dominant player with the questionable knees is…

  10. LeBron thinks London Olympic team compares to Dream Team, too

    Jan 3, 2012, 2:21 PM EST

    LeBron James, Beijing Olympics

    Team USA is not backing away from filling the big shoes. Last week USA Basketball president Jerry Colangelo said he thought the upcoming USA Olympic team was a “fair comparison” with the 1992 Dream team that featured Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing and others. LeBron James thinks Colangelo is right,…

  11. Spurs face big challenge to hang on without Ginobili

    Jan 3, 2012, 1:19 PM EST

    Manu Ginobili

    So far this season, the San Antonio Spurs are 12.4 points per 48 minutes better with Manu Ginobili on the court than off it. He is going to be off it now for the next five or six weeks after fracturing a bone in his left hand — his shooting hand. Ginobili is the team’s…

  12. Mark Cuban pissed league didn’t schedule White House visit

    Jan 3, 2012, 12:22 PM EST

    Mark Cuban, David Stern

    In the condensed 66-game NBA schedule this year, the Dallas Mavericks are not scheduled to visit the Washington Wizards. That trip to Washington D.C. also means the traditional visit to the White House for the NBA champions — Mark Cuban has worked and waited a long time for his team to win a title and…

  13. Report: Kevin Love has not been offered contract extension

    Jan 3, 2012, 11:45 AM EST

    Kevin Love

    Among the no-brainers out there is that Kevin Love is deserving of a max contract extension off his rookie deal. He’s entering his fourth year as an All-Star and double-double machine who has improved his game this season. He will be at the core of any Timberwolves turnaround. But he hasn’t gotten even the offer…

  14. Tuesday And-1 links, or how Kevin Love = Bill Laimbeer

    Jan 3, 2012, 10:56 AM EST

    Kevin Love, Tim Duncan

    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). Lamar Odom thinks Kevin Love is the Bill Laimbeer for a new generation. Dennis Rodman is going to coach a topless women’s basketball team in…

  15. Zach Randolph to miss a few games after knee injury

    Jan 3, 2012, 10:37 AM EST

    Memphis Grizzlies v Sacramento Kings

    Watch that video, it could have been a whole lot worse. O.J. Mayo fell awkwardly on a drive right into Zach Randolph’s knee and dropped Randolph to the ground in pain in a game against the Bulls Sunday. It’s scary. Randolph will be out on Tuesday but shouldn’t miss a lot of time, reports the…

  16. Quote of the Day: Popovich isn’t worried about Rubio

    Jan 3, 2012, 10:05 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    “These guys, they travel around the world,” Popovich said of international players such as Ricky Rubio and Manu Ginobili. “They’re more cultured than we are. Everyone acts like Americans are the ones … we have sort of an arrogance about us. Like we’re the cultured ones? Are you serious? Have you watched TV lately? Have…

  17. Kobe Bryant is going to keep shooting. What did you expect?

    Jan 3, 2012, 8:39 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant chews on his jersey during NBA game in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant is still going to be Kobe Bryant when the Lakers take the floor Tuesday against the Rockets. To think that his 6-for-28 shooting night in a loss to Denver Sunday was going to change him was to think that arrests were going to change Lindsay Lohan. Some people are what they are. In…

  18. Wizards’ Ronny Turiaf breaks his hand, out 5-6 weeks

    Jan 3, 2012, 7:59 AM EST

    Ronny Turiaf

    You thought Manu Ginobili was the only player who broke his hand Monday, but the Argentinian was not the trend setter here. Wizards backup center and energy guy Ronny Turiaf is out with a broken hand. Here is the tweet from Michael Lee of the Washington Post. Ronny Turiaf has a broken left hand –…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Night of the living upsets

    Jan 3, 2012, 6:55 AM EST

    Miami Heat forward LeBron James walks during a time out in the closing minutes of his team's loss to the Atlanta Hawks in their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while watching Oregon and Wisconsin score another touchdown…. Hawks 100, Heat 92: Miami was zoned out again. The Hawks went to a zone defense a lot starting in the second quarter and it stalled out the Heat, who shot just 37 percent in the fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Tracy McGrady alone had 13…

  20. John Wall’s growth stunted by lack of veterans around him

    Jan 2, 2012, 8:00 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    John Wall was everybody’s pick to have a breakout season, so much so that during preseason prediction season it felt like you had to choose someone else and not take the obvious route. So far the Wizards are 0-4 and Wall has been pedestrian. He’s only shooting 32 percent on the year — not only…

  21. Report: DeMarcus Cousins to rejoin Kings for road trip

    Jan 2, 2012, 6:11 PM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Sacramento Kings

    Like sands through the hourglass, so go the Sacramento Kings…. The soap opera that has become the Sacramento Kings will go on the road, tweets Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated. Source says DeMarcus Cousins will be joining the Kings on their road trip to Memphis and Denver. It means that some kind of truce has…

  22. Josh Howard fined $25,000 for flagrant foul against Spurs

    Jan 2, 2012, 5:27 PM EST

    Josh Howard Jazz

    Late in the third quarter Saturday night Jazz forward Josh Howard put the hard foul on James Anderson of the Spurs. That got him a flagrant foul at the time. Stu Jackson at the league office looked more closely at it and decided Howard deserved a flagrant two and a $25,000 fine on top of…

  23. Kobe shooting woes sign of changes coming to Lakers

    Jan 2, 2012, 5:06 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant looks on against the New York Knicks during second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Kobe Bryant was ice cold last night, shooting 6-of-28. That of course has led to the standard black or white Kobe discussion on the internet — his defenders act as if he can do no wrong, his detractors think he shoots for his ego not because he’s one of the game’s great all time shooters.…

  24. Dwyane Wade says 2012 will be his last Olympics

    Jan 2, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade Team USA Olympics

    Dwyane Wade is considered one of the locks for the 2012 USA Basketball roster for the London Olympics. He has Olympic experience helping the USA get the gold medal in Beijing, he is probably the best two guard in the game today and in what should be an up-tempo affair he is one of the…

  25. Video: Rubio gets the assist through Nowitzki’s legs

    Jan 2, 2012, 2:28 PM EST

    Spanish basketball player Ricky Rubio wa

    Ricky Rubio does flashy things on the court, but not for the sake of being flashy (like White Chocolate back in the day). It’s because it’s the efficent way to make the play. If you need to get the ball to the Anthony Tolliver for the corner three but Dirk Nowtizki is in your way,…

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