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

    Dec 27, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 27, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    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…

  3. Baseline to baseline recaps: Dallas has some issues

    Dec 27, 2011, 7:48 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 27, 2011, 6:56 AM EDT

    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,…

  5. Stephen Jackson admits he checked out after Wallace trade

    Dec 26, 2011, 7:11 PM EDT

    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…

  6. Nate Robinson would prefer GMs ignore Shaq’s new book

    Dec 26, 2011, 3:59 PM EDT

    Guard Nate Robinson of the New York Knic

    When you go job hunting, do you look at what you posted — or others posted about you — of Facebook and wince? Welcome to Nate Robinson’s world. Robinson is a free agent looking for a job. Complicating matters is Robinson did not come off well in Shaquille O’Neal’s new book. “Nate was always trying…

  7. Video: Lil’ Wayne breaks down the NBA season with CP3

    Dec 26, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show

    As a belated Christmas present, we bring you rapper ‘Lil Wayne predicting the NBA season. With Chris Paul on the phone. Yea, that’s way better than that purple sweater your mom got you. You can thank us later. Thanks to SLAM for finding “Weezy’s Sports Corner.”

  8. NBA Power Rankings: Mavericks fall, Heat race into top spot

    Dec 26, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks

    Only one third of the teams in the NBA have played a game, but it was enough to move some teams around and give us a new No. 1. 1. Heat (1-0, last week ranked No. 2). They had 100 possessions in their opening game, nine more than they averaged last season. If they do…

  9. Is Adidas keeping Dwight Howard out of Chicago?

    Dec 26, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    Bulls fans don’t get why Dwight Howard doesn’t have the Bulls on his list of teams where he will sign an extension. The Bulls are big market team, they are contenders with a good core of role players, and with Howard and Derrick Rose they would be in title contention for a decade. Plus Chicago…

  10. Five things we learned watching the NBA on Christmas

    Dec 26, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

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

    The NBA gave five Christmas day presents to the fans… which were really more like belated birthday gifts disguised as Christmas gifts because we should have opened the NBA season on Nov. 1. But we’ll forgive and move on, like we do with family around the holidays. We’re just glad to have the NBA back.…

  11. Monday And-1 links (formerly one morning liners)

    Dec 26, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    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). Kobe Bryant had experimental work done on his ankle last summer as well as his knee. At this point if you…

  12. Lakers still aren’t going to trade Bynum and Gasol for Howard

    Dec 26, 2011, 10:57 AM EDT

    Mike Brown, Pau Gasol

    There’s a feeling out there that the Lakers are going to cave — that they are eventually going to agree to trade both Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol to get Dwight Howard. That’s the feeling in Orlando, where they sit on Howard waiting for the deals to improve. (Or him to change his mind, but…

  13. Garnett could face fine, suspension for end of game scuffle

    Dec 26, 2011, 8:34 AM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    Well, that didn’t take long. Kevin Garnett could be in trouble with the league after one game. On the final play of the game the Knicks Bill Walker was trying to contest Garnett’s shot (only because Walker picked his teammate Tyson Chandler off Garnett, giving KG a very good look) and when it missed Walker…

  14. Video: Watch Derrick Rose drain the game winner in L.A.

    Dec 26, 2011, 8:07 AM EDT

    Derrick Rose

    These were the deciding plays in the Bulls win over the Lakers on Christmas Day. There is a smart trap play by the Bulls — they didn’t just foul right away, they went for the steal first — that leads to a poor pass from Kobe Bryant that gets picked off. Watch Derrick Rose come…

  15. Chris Paul is really good, which makes Clippers better than Warriors

    Dec 26, 2011, 6:44 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Golden State Warriors

    For three-plus quarters, the Clippers did not look like the Golden Child, the team anointed to take over Los Angles, lob city, Western Conference contenders. Their half court offensive execution was unimpressive and Chauncey Billups suddenly had the shot selection of a rookie. Then Chris Paul took over the game. In the final 6:07 of…

  16. Thunder crushes Magic, reminds you they are contenders

    Dec 26, 2011, 1:07 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Oklahoma City Thunder

    This game went pretty much like everyone expected. The Oklahoma City Thunder looked like the contenders with Kevin Durant playing like an MVP candidate, the team playing balanced on offense and showing real depth with their second unit. The Magic just looked confused. Dwight Howard looked off. In the end that led to a blowout.…

  17. Knicks rookie Shumpert sprains knee, out 2-4 weeks

    Dec 25, 2011, 5:08 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    Spike Lee was clearly on his way to making Iman Shumpert his new favorite player. Spike was out of his seat plenty cheering on the athletic rookie out of Georgia Tech and you had a feeling Lee’s omnipresent Landry Fields jersey was in danger of being sidelined. But it is Shumpert that will be sidelined…

  18. Knick show better poise, execution in clutch to beat Celtics

    Dec 25, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    If we told you first thing this morning that the team that executed better at the end, that showed the more poise under pressure — and after the whistle — was going to win the season opener between the Knicks and Celtics, we all would have thought it would be the veteran combo from Boston.…

  19. Paul Pierce is in New York, will be game-time decision

    Dec 25, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    The Boston Celtics will tip off the NBA season with the New York Knicks at noon Chrstmas day, and they may also have the first major player to miss games due to injury for the season. Paul Pierce is in New York with the Celtics but whether he plays is a game-time decision due to…

  20. David West tells Ray Allen “you don’t know me.” But nicely.

    Dec 24, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    David West

    David West was almost a Celtic, and that would have been a good fit for Boston — a pick-and-pop big who can stretch the floor, a former All-Star who would have given the Celtics depth and another way to put points on the board. But instead he chose to sign with the Pacers. That set…

  21. Devin Ebanks, Josh McRoberts are your Lakers starters

    Dec 23, 2011, 6:52 PM EDT

    Devin Ebanks Derek Fisher

    Well, this isn’t going to calm the frazzled nerves of Lakers nation. Second year player Devin Ebanks will get the start at the small forward over Metta World Peace and Matt Barnes when the Lakers open the season against the Chicago Bull Sunday, coach Mike Brown announced Friday. Josh McRoberts will start at the power…

  22. Doc Rivers doesn’t expect Paul Pierce to play on Christmas

    Dec 23, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce reacts to a call by the officials in Boston

    We’re a long way away from the Chicken Little “the sky is falling” predictions about the Celtics season coming true, but this isn’t a good start. Paul Pierce didn’t practice on Friday and Doc Rivers sounded less than optimistic he would be able to go in the Celtics season opener Sunday against the Knicks, reports…

  23. League reduces suspensions for Bynum, Villanueva by one game

    Dec 23, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    The Lakers Andrew Bynum and the Pistons Charlie Villanueva will both be back on the court a little sooner thanks to the lockout. Both had their five-game suspensions to start the season reduced to four because of the schedule being cut back to 66 games due to the lockout. Bynum will make his debut now…

  24. ‘Melo says Knicks, himself committed to defense… stop laughing

    Dec 23, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    Carmelo Anthony understands it — the difference between the Bulls and Heat versus his Knicks is defense. Last season the Bulls and Heat were both top five in defensive rating (points allowed per 100 possessions), the Knicks were 23rd giving up seven more points per 100. That won’t get it done. And ‘Melo is committed…

  25. Nets Brook Lopez has surgery, expected back in 6-8 weeks

    Dec 23, 2011, 2:21 PM EDT

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    Brook Lopez had successful surgery Friday to fix the stress fracture in his fifth metatarsal (the long bone above the little toe) in his foot, the team announced. What really matters to them is they expect him back in six to eight weeks, in mid to late February. Which is before the March 15 trading…

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