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  1. Is Pacers rookie Paul George about to take Brandon Rush’s job?

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Paul George

    When one gets hit over the head enough times, one learns a lesson. That lesson for the Pacers is that Brandon Rush is inconsistent, and gets lost on defense at times. For evidence of the later, watch the fantastic Sebastian Pruiti at NBA Playbook break down how Rush cheats off Carmelo Anthony last night again…

  2. Olajuwon says Dwight Howard puts lessons to good use (sorry Stan)

    Jan 24, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    There has been a real growth in the variety of Dwight Howard’s post game the past two years. Nobody is going to confuse him with Pau Gasol — for a few reasons — but Howard is not all power moves and dunks now. He has a little running hook down the lane and has a…

  3. D’Antoni not that worried about Knicks six-game losing streak

    Jan 24, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v New York Knicks

    When a hitter is in a slump in July — let’s say, hypothetically the entire Dodgers roster — there seems to be a game or two where he starts hitting the ball hard but still can’t buy a hit. You can feel the slump’s about to end, it just won’t. Mike D’Antoni sounds that way…

  4. Are the Lakers too old to play defense? Not if they slow you down.

    Jan 24, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    When Jerry West spoke to some Orange County car dealers last week, he said that part of the problem with the Lakers defense was that they were too old. “The reason you can’t play defense is because you can’t,” he said. Phil Jackson agreed — with qualifiers — with that when speaking to the media…

  5. Steph Curry doesn’t like the idea of being traded

    Jan 24, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

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    Last week, new Golden State owner Joe Lacob said that Stephen Curry was not untouchable. For the right offer, they would consider moving him. That was an official change of pace for the Warriors, even though Lacob made it clear you were going to have to blow the Warriors doors off with your offer. Before…

  6. Video shot of the weekend: Kevin Durant game winner

    Jan 24, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    In case you missed it, Kevin Durant hit one of those superstar shots Saturday night — a game winning three from pretty much the first row of seats to beat the Knicks. Danilo Gallinari defended this well, he didn’t give Durant a lane to drive, and while maybe he could have had a hand more…

  7. Baseline to baseline recap: Denver looks good against Indy. For whatever that’s worth.

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:50 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    In the real game of the night, Ben Roethlisberger was making the kind of heady plays on the field he can never seem to make off it, plus Rex Ryan’s level of disgust on the sidelines was surprisingly entertaining. But this is an NBA blog. And so our actual Game of the Night had to…

  8. Jerry West thinks Lakers’ days are numbered; Celtics may be best this year

    Jan 21, 2011, 10:22 PM EDT

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    Do you have any idea how much it pains Jerry West to say the Celtics are the best team in the NBA? To say that the Lakers’ window is closing because they are getting old? But West is nothing if not a straight shooter, and it was that speaking to the Orange County Automobile Dealers…

  9. Kobe clears everything up: Denver fans weren’t “stupid,” they were “idiots”

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Kobe Bryant is used to getting booed in Denver, so when they rain down on him Friday night it should be no big deal. Thursday, when asked about fans in Denver booing Carmelo Anthony after he dropped 35 on Oklahoma City in a Nugget win, he said the fans in Denver were “stupid.” His point:…

  10. League holds up Ajinca trade to Raptors. For now.

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:41 PM EDT

    Alexis Ajinca, Ryan Anderson, Steve Novak

    It was enough to raise some eyebrows. The Toronto Raptors buy out Peja Stojakovic (who technically has to go on waivers but nobody wants to pay him the rest of his $15 million, so he’ll clear). Then he is a free agent and already has a verbal commitment to go to Dallas. However, Dallas has…

  11. Video: On fifth anniversary, watch Kobe drop 81 again

    Jan 21, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Five years ago Saturday, Kobe Bryant took over a game like nobody ever quite had before. Sure, Wilt got triple digits one time, but that had an element of sham to it (his teammates were fouling to stop the clock and get the ball back so they could feed him and get him over the…

  12. Celtics’ Glen Davis is just fine coming off the bench

    Jan 21, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Glen Davis loves being a Celtic. Loves that he is a key contributor to a contending team. Loves coming off the bench. But when Kevin Garnett was out recently, Davis stepped into the starting role — and struggled. He admitted to Paul Flannery at WEEI that once he moved in with the first five he…

  13. Warriors owner willing to make big moves

    Jan 21, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Golden State Warriors

    Things are better in the Bay Area this year. And not just because San Francisco has a new restaurant called Sushirrito (sushi served in burrito form — don’t laugh, it’s good). Things are also better with the Golden State Warriors. Well, not the Warriors winning games part, that’s still going pretty poorly overall. But the…

  14. Carmelo Anthony misses shootaround, expected to play Friday against Lakers

    Jan 21, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Cavaliers Nuggets Basketball

    Carmelo Anthony did not take part in the Nuggets morning shootaround before taking on the Lakers Friday in Denver, with coach George Karl citing personal reasons. When pressed if Anthony would miss the game against the Lakers — players often miss practices or games right before they are traded — Karl told the Associated Press…

  15. Does nyet mean nyet? Nets not necessarily out of ‘Melo sweepstakes.

    Jan 21, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Mikhail Prokhorov Introductory Press Conference

    The person with the strongest negotiating position is the person willing to walk away from the table. Nobody thought that was the New Jersey Nets — they needed a big star. They needed someone who could open their new Brooklyn home in 2012, who could attract other big time free agents to the team. They…

  16. Knicks’ Wilson Chandler fires agent, looks to cash in next summer

    Jan 21, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

    WChandler_Hinrich

    Back in the fall, Wilson Chandler’s agent Chris Luchey tried to convince Knicks GM Donnie Walsh to sign his client — whose rookie deal was about to end — to an extension. The Knicks are all about financial flexibility going forward, so they said no. Chandler has gone out and had the best year of…

  17. Daryl Morey wants to bring ‘Melo to Houston. He just can’t talk about it.

    Jan 21, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    With the Nets out of the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes — if they really are out — the conventional wisdom is the Knicks jump to the front of the line. That may be true, the Nuggets seem likely to have conversations with them. But if the Nuggets are willing to consider a “rent-a-‘Melo” deal, GM Daryl…

  18. Blake Griffin rookie card auctioning for $14,999

    Jan 21, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Los Angeles Clippers

    You were just thinking: Should I buy a new car or a Blake Griffin rookie card? We know you were. Because it turns out they are about the same price, as The Rookie Wall reports. Panini, who manufactures the trading cards for the NBA, blogged about the rising value of Blake’s rookie cards. The National…

  19. Now what do Pistons do with Rip Hamilton?

    Jan 21, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

    RHamilton_ejection

    For the past five games, Rip Hamilton has been watching his Detroit Pistons play and racking up DNP-CDs. He was being saved — Hamilton was the Pistons piece in the three-team Carmelo Anthony trade, a move that would have freed up some cap space for the Pistons. Then Mikhail Prokhorov pulled the rug out from…

  20. Video: Rudy Fernandez and the running hook shot

    Jan 21, 2011, 10:28 AM EDT

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    There are some shots that guys have spent countless hours in the gym perfecting. Ray Allen‘s shooting stroke. Kobe Bryant‘s stop-and-pop jumper from the elbow. Then there are the improvised circus shots where a guy just throws it up and it’s like Christmas when it drops. Which brings us to Rudy Fernandez last night, who…

  21. Nets GM says Troy Murphy did not demand a trade

    Jan 21, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

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    The end result is the same — Troy Murphy is sitting at home waiting to be traded. But Net’s General Manager Billy King wanted to make clear that Murphy did not ask for a trade, as had been reported previously. Well, it was reported that way because that’s exactly what King said. But King now…

  22. Tyrus Thomas to have knee surgery, out eight weeks

    Jan 21, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Bobcats

    In a blow to a Bobcats team fighting to get one of the final playoff spots in the East, Tyrus Thomas will miss the next eight weeks after surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, the team announced. Thomas was a last second scratch from the Bobcats lineup before the team’s win…

  23. Larry Brown wants to return to coaching. Of course he does.

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    What, you thought Larry Brown would go gently into that good night? Ha! The Associated Press caught up Brown, the former Bobcats (and Knicks and Pistons and Sixers and Pacers and Clippers and…) coach as he hung out with old friend Jay Wright and that coach’s Villanova Wildcats to “get his basketball fix.” Which makes…

  24. Kobe gets hand prints in cement at Hollywood theater landmark

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:29 AM EDT

    Monroe hand print

    There have been defenders trying to give Kobe Bryant a pair of cement shoes for years. Now he’s just going to do it for himself. Kobe is about to become the first non-actor to get his cement hand and foot prints in front of the legendary Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. There will be a…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Bulls just keep on winning ugly

    Jan 21, 2011, 3:10 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Chicago Bulls

    What you missed while figuring out how to bring a Woolly Mammoth to life… Bulls 82, Mavericks 77: I feel like I keep writing the sentence “The Bulls won an ugly game.” The Bulls are winning with defense and with Carlos Boozer out for a third straight the offense has been unimpressive. Derrick Rose and…

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