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  1. San Antonio Spurs defense suddenly their weakness

    Jan 13, 2012, 3:04 PM EDT

    Richard Jefferson, Danny Green, Tim Duncan

    When they were winning rings, San Antonio did it with defense. Sure there was Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, but it was the defense that set them apart. Right now, the Spurs defense is ranked 25th in the NBA. They re giving up 103.7 points per 100 possessions, the league average is…

  2. Video: Top 10 plays from Heat vs. Clippers

    Jan 13, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    Yes, I know the game was a couple of days ago, but what do you want to watch — Blake Griffin and LeBron James or a parade of guys going to the free throw line from Thursday? Exactly. D’Andre Jordan is all over this highlight mix with blocked shots. You can decide for yourself if…

  3. Mike Brown says Kobe more “serious minded” than LeBron

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    While he tried to be diplomatic about it, Lakers coach Mike Brown said what we’ve all thought for a while: Kobe Bryant is far more intense than LeBron James. Here is the quote, via Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register: “There’s just a different feel to the two guys,” Brown said…. “LeBron is a…

  4. Rudy Gay says he got Team USA invitation

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Grizzlies Basketball

    The invitations are going out from USA Basketball to players who will be considered to make up Team USA at the London Olympics this summer. We showed you the initial reported list, Memphis’ Rudy Gay wasn’t on it. But he told the Commercial Appeals he got an invite. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo called him…

  5. Friday And-1 links: Kevin Love vs. Sumo wrestler

    Jan 13, 2012, 11:29 AM EDT

    Kevin Love Visits FOX Business

    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). Kevin Love vs. Sumo wrestler. Who ya got? Is there even such a thing as a “clutch player?” Our own Rob Mahoney argues no, there…

  6. Magic, Warriors GMs meet, Dwight Howard doesn’t care

    Jan 13, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    What did Magic General Manager Otis Smith and Warriors GM Larry Riley talk about when they had lunch together Thursday in Oakland? Probably how much they hate random Internet speculation. Nonetheless, that’s what we’ve got. The two did meet for lunch, reports Matt Stenmetz of CSNBayArea.com. And as we know from last week the Warriors…

  7. Report: Rasheed Wallace wants to make NBA comeback

    Jan 13, 2012, 10:14 AM EDT

    rasheed_wallace

    I feel the need… the need for ‘Sheed. (Arguably the best NBA blog name ever.) Rasheed Wallace — the veteran and versatile big man who won a ring in Detroit and was a four-time All-Star — is serious about a comeback, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. When last we saw ‘Sheed, he was the…

  8. Video: Bucks, Pistons go 41-of-41 from free throw line

    Jan 13, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

    Carlos Delfino (10) drives upcourt after stealing the ball from Detroit Pistons' Ben Gordon

    Dwight Howard wasn’t the only one making free throw history on Thursday night. In a game we’re pretty sure you didn’t watch, the Bucks and Pistons went 41-of-41 combined from the charity stripe. They were perfect — thanks to a lane violation early on that saved the day. Pistons big man Greg Monroe led the…

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

    Jan 13, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 13, 2012, 2:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 13, 2012, 1:01 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 12, 2012, 9:29 PM EDT

    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…

  13. League admits LeBron did travel in final seconds Wednesday

    Jan 12, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 12, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 12, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:58 PM EDT

    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,…

  17. Video: Watch Nowitzki hit game winner against Celtics

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 12, 2012, 11:11 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

    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…

  23. Video: Dunks galore when Heat meet Clippers

    Jan 12, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

    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.  

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

    Jan 12, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

    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…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kobe drops another 40

    Jan 12, 2012, 7:58 AM EDT

    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…

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