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  1. Baseline to Baseline recaps: it’s a free throw-a-palooza

    Jan 13, 2012, 8:49 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    What you missed while trying to beat up a police officer with a stuffed monkey…. Cavaliers 101, Suns 90: Kyrie Irving had his best game ever matched up against Steve Nash. Our own Brett Pollakoff broke it down as our game of the night. Magic 117, Warriors 109: Mark Jackson decided the best strategy was…

  2. Dwight Howard sets record with 39 free throws in game

    Jan 13, 2012, 2:00 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    New Warriors coach Mark Jackson set the strategy — hack-a-Howard. Golden State intentionally fouled Dwight Howard all game long. In addition to the times they just fouled him as he attacked the rim — the Warriors tried to single-cover him with David Lee and other players who just are not big enough The result was…

  3. Carmelo Anthony sprains ankle, listed as day-to-day

    Jan 13, 2012, 1:01 AM EST

    Knicks' Anthony watches a free throws by Grizzlies during NBA game in Memphis

    Carmelo Anthony — the fulcrum of the Knicks offense, not to mention the team’s leading scorer at 26.7 points per game as — had to leave Thursday night’s game after rolling his ankle in the third quarter. It happened during a scramble for the ball, which was at his feet (as you see above). He…

  4. Do the Bulls have a problem in the paint?

    Jan 12, 2012, 9:29 PM EST

    oakim Noah

    The Chicago Bulls — without Derrick Rose and playing John Lucas III 45 minutes at the point — beat the lowly Washington Wizards Wednesday night thanks to their suffocating defense. And defense is why the big men on the floor for the key moments of the game for Chicago were Omer Asik and Taj Gibson…

  5. League admits LeBron did travel in final seconds Wednesday

    Jan 12, 2012, 5:43 PM EST

    Miami Heat's LeBron James holds his head during their loss to the Los Angeles Clippers in their NBA game in Los Angeles

    With Miami down one to the Clippers 86-85 and a chance to win the game with just nine seconds left, LeBron James started a drive at the top of the key, got into the lane, drew three defenders, pivoted, shot and was fouled. He hit one free throw, tied the game and it was off…

  6. Kwame Brown to have shoulder surgery, out three months

    Jan 12, 2012, 4:50 PM EST

    Kwame Brown

    Kwame Brown, the Warriors new starting center and key to their defensive presence in the paint, will be out at least three months if not the rest of the season due to shoulder surgery, reports Matt Steinmetz at CSNBayArea.com. The surgery will repair a torn muscle in his shoulder suffered on a hard foul by…

  7. Hawks’ Al Horford out three months, maybe entire season

    Jan 12, 2012, 4:11 PM EST

    Al Horford

    This is a punch to the gut in Atlanta. The Hawks have gotten off to a good start — 7-4 record and ranked in the league’s top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. But now they lose All-Star center Al Horford until almost the start of the playoffs if not the entire rest of…

  8. Dwight Howard leads everyone in first All-Star ballot returns

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:58 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    You didn’t love Dwight Howard as much as Derrick Rose and LeBron James when it came time to award the MVP last year (I know you didn’t get to vote on that, neither did I, but sentiment on this site ran heavy to Rose among commenters). But you love him now. Howard, the Magic’s center,…

  9. Video: Watch Nowitzki hit game winner against Celtics

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:42 PM EST

    Mavericks forward Nowitzki looks to pass defended by Celtics forward Garnett in the second quarter of their NBA Basketball game in Boston

    Dirk Nowitzki called this shot “lucky” according to the Star-Telegram. “So there at the end, Jet [Jason Terry] set a good screen, and I was able to get a little separation and at least get a catch. I was able to get to the rim, and I didn’t even see the ball go in, to…

  10. Can Kobe keep scoring like this? Is it good for the Lakers?

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:28 PM EST

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

    It’s the question Lakers fans are asking Thursday — can Kobe Bryant sustain this? He scored 48 against the Suns Tuesday and 40 against the Jazz and long-time nemesis Raja Bell on Wednesday. Kobe now leads the NBA averaging 30.3 points per game. He is using nearly 40 percent of the Lakers possessions when he…

  11. Tim Duncan passes Larry Bird on all-time scoring list

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:57 PM EST

    Tim Duncan

    Tim Duncan played maybe his best game of the season Wednesday night, he had a little jump in his step that is not there every night like it once was. Getting old sucks. Duncan scored 17 points, which pushed him past Larry Bird up to No. 27 on the NBA all-time scoring list. Duncan has…

  12. Scott says not to bother with Anderson Varejao trade rumors

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:23 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Detroit Pistons

    Anderson Varejao is about to step back on the trade rumor circuit. For as long as both he and Lebron James were together in Cleveland, Varejao came up in trade rumors because he was the one piece on that roster (other than LeBron) teams coveted. If the Cavs were going to bring talent in, Varejao…

  13. Thursday And-1 links: “Kobe really wants that MVP”

    Jan 12, 2012, 11:11 AM EST

    Gerald Wallace, Kobe Bryant

    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). After the Clippers win over the Heat, in the Clippers locker room a player (to remain nameless as this was not an on the record…

  14. Doc Rivers: Boston is Rajon Rondo’s team now

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:37 AM EST

    Celtics' Garnett talks with Rondo during a time out against Knicks in the second half during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Rajon Rondo is playing better than Kevin Garnett, better than Paul Pierce, better than Ray Allen this season. This is no longer 2008 where the Celtics were the “Big 3” with the young Rondo as the apprentice. Coach Doc Rivers doesn’t see it that way, he told A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. “This is his…

  15. Video: Dunks galore when Heat meet Clippers

    Jan 12, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

    Blake Griffin, Joel Anthony

    The game itself was a pretty sloppy — like so many games this young, condensed season — but the Clippers and the Heat certainly brought the dunks and the highlights. So we thought we’d pass on a few from Blake Griffin and LeBron James. Enjoy.  

  16. Andre Miller wants to start somewhere, not back up Lawson

    Jan 12, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Shannon Brown, Marcin Gortat, Andre Miller

    Ty Lawson is the starting point guard on the Denver Nuggets. Which is how it should be as he is the best point guard on the Denver Nuggets. But veteran Andre Miller thinks he should be starting somewhere,  he told Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida. And if the free agent to be can’t do that…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kobe drops another 40

    Jan 12, 2012, 7:58 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    What you missed while you tried to shame your kid into behaving…. Clippers 95, Heat 89: The game where the rims were afraid was our game of the night. Lakers 90, Jazz 87 (OT): The Lakers might not have gotten to the overtime without Kobe Bryant dropping 40 points — but when Kobe went cold…

  18. LeBron finally aggressive late, but Clippers hand Heat another loss

    Jan 12, 2012, 3:19 AM EST

    Chris Paul, Chris Bosh

    Last year’s “it” team faced off against this year’s “it” squad and fans from both sides got what they wanted. Sort of. They both got a wildly entertaining contest that had the intensity of May. But it came wrapped in a game where it looked like both teams were on the second night of a…

  19. Bulls’ Derrick Rose sits due to sprained toe

    Jan 11, 2012, 9:47 PM EST

    Anthony Randolph, Luke Ridnour, Derrick Rose

    If you wondered just what happens to the Chicago Bulls offense when Derrick Rose isn’t there to create everything, watch Wednesday night’s game. Rose did not suit up against the Wizards and John Wall due to a sprained big toe. “It’s a pain tolerance thing. It’s a sprain. He’s gotten a lot of treatment. He…

  20. Video: Utah Jazz mascot drops cake from upper deck

    Jan 11, 2012, 7:07 PM EST

    Jazz-Bear2-300x296

    I am not convinced this is organic, it may well have been staged. Even so, it’s funny. Tuesday night Jazz are celebrating the birthday of a season ticket holder and the team’s furry bear-like mascot — named “The Jazz,” how long did it take them to come up with that? — comes out with a…

  21. Video: Brandan Wright can jump very, very high

    Jan 11, 2012, 5:14 PM EST

    WRIGHT_BRANDAN

    In case you missed it, one more highlight from Tuesday night to whet your appetite for a full slate of games on Wednesday (highlighted by the Heat at the Clippers in a game where we feel sorry for the rims). Brandan Wright of the now 5-5 Mavericks can jump out of the building, which works…

  22. Doc Rivers wants Celtics to throw first punch. Figuratively.

    Jan 11, 2012, 4:26 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Boston Celtics

    The Boston Celtics won banner 17 in part because of their size — there are a big, physical team. Doc Rivers wants his Celtics to start showing it again, he told the Boston Herald. “We’re just not there yet as a team,” Rivers said after yesterday’s practice. “I think we’ve got a tough group of…

  23. Curry gets a second opinion on ankle, nothing changes

    Jan 11, 2012, 3:17 PM EST

    Stephen Curry, Nicola Vucevic, Lou Williams, Jrue Holiday

    So, it’s a sprain. Stephen Curry has rolled his ankle three times this young season and is out a while to rest it. But since he had surgery on this same ankle, he decided to go back and have the surgeon — Dr. Bob Anderson — take a look at it. Basically he saw what…

  24. Kobe Bryant wants you to keep on doubting him

    Jan 11, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    Phoenix Suns v Los Angeles Lakers

    Six years ago, if Kobe Bryant dropped 48 points in a game, we called it Tuesday. It seemed like nothing out of the ordinary. There were a couple highlights on SportsCenter, his fantasy owners patted themselves on the back, and then we pretty much moved on because we saw this all the time. But in…

  25. Flip Saunders thinks John Wall played too many summer games

    Jan 11, 2012, 1:42 PM EST

    Flip Saunders John Wall

    The counterbalance to the suits and greed of the NBA lockout this past summer was the rise of the rec league games. The Goodman League. The Drew League. Rucker Park. More than ever NBA players were rolling into these leagues and playing, and soon the leagues were playing each other like the epic Goodman vs.…

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