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  1. NBA Power Rankings, cue Glenn Frey because the Heat is on…

    Dec 20, 2010, 1:39 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Charlotte Bobcats

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where Mavs fans are going climb on me for dropping them down to five, and I get that. I just think the four teams above them are better. 1. Celtics (22-4). They’ve won 13 in a row. Remember how we have said that Doc Rivers is willing to sacrifice regular…

  2. Bulls lose to the Clippers — think they miss Joakim Noah now?

    Dec 20, 2010, 12:25 PM EDT

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    For all of you out there insistent that the Bulls should put Joakim Noah in the offer package for Carmelo Anthony — did you watch your team Saturday? The Bulls lost at home to the Los Angeles Clippers. Yes, those Clippers, who picked up their seventh win of the season that night. Blake Griffin went…

  3. Sister, cousin of Hornet Willie Green killed in car accident after game

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    Sunday was a homecoming for Willie Green. The Detroit native was back in town as part of the New Orleans Hornets and his family came out to the Palace at Auburn Hills to watch him play against the Pistons. Then on the way home from the game after midnight, his sister and cousin were killed…

  4. Did Orlando do enough to keep Dwight Howard in town?

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    In the summer of 2012, Dwight Howard can be a free agent. (He has a player option for 2013.) Orlando General Manager Otis Smith watched what happened in Cleveland last summer with keen interest — the superstar player in a smallish market who didn’t win the title he craved and bolted town because of it.…

  5. Steve Nash sells the company line on big trade

    Dec 20, 2010, 10:16 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Steve Nash is a company man. As evidence, look what he told the Arizona Republic about the weekend trade that sent out Jason Richardson (and Hedo Turkoglu, technically, although not a huge loss there) and gave him Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus and Marcin Gortat. “I’m optimistic that it can help us short- and long-term,” Suns…

  6. American Express returns as NBA sponsor, a sign of the league’s surging popularity

    Dec 20, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

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    There was a time when American Express commercials were as much a part of NBA telecasts as Marv Albert. But five years ago, after the Jordan era and the Laker three-peat were history, the company walked away. Monday they will announce they are back in — American Express is returning as a league sponsor, the…

  7. Shaq is back and there is a party in Boston, complete with alley-oops

    Dec 20, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

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    You can watch the video below to see Shaquille O’Neil throw down the alley-oop over Jeff Foster. On the fast break. And if you want you can pretend that Shaq ran the fast break and didn’t just cherry pick while you watch it. And you can pretend that Paul Pierce didn’t cherry pick as well,…

  8. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Lakers and ex-Lakers all get wins

    Dec 20, 2010, 8:28 AM EDT

    Sasha Vujacic, Joe Johnson

    What you missed while watching Santa dance to Breakbot… Nets 89, Hawks 82: Sasha Vujacic finished with a game-high +23 in this one and had 10 points. Sasha was the butt of plenty of jokes in Los Angeles and was not a locker room favorite, but I will say this for the guy — he…

  9. Suns owners says Nash will not be traded

    Dec 19, 2010, 8:22 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    The Phoenix Suns end of the trade with Orlando was about saving money — getting the bloated Turkoglu deal off the books, getting in a Vince Carter contract that can be bought out next year. It was about clearing out cap space for the future while not making the team drastically weaker in the short-term…

  10. Brandon Jennings gets MRI on sore foot, will miss at least one game

    Dec 19, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings

    Brandon Jennings injured his foot on Wednesday night against San Antonio. He played through it that game and was on the court Saturday even though it still hurt. The injury robbed him of his usual burst. Which is particularly bad when you are matched up against Deron Williams. Jennings told the Journal-Sentinel he is going…

  11. Are the Magic contenders now?

    Dec 19, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Through the summer’s free agent frenzy, the Orlando Magic sat on the sidelines with a Zen-like calmness. They were confident the pieces were already in place to beat Boston this time around if they could just stay healthy. Same with the Heat. A quarter of the way into the season that was clearly not the…

  12. Rudy Gay suspended for Saturday; George Karl, Andre Miller each get fined

    Dec 18, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    Rudy Gay

    NBA VP of basketball operations and official Scrooge Stu Jackson was a busy man Saturday handing out lumps of coal to players and coaches he thought had been naughty. Rudy Gay has been suspended one game for his body check from behind of Luis Scola in the Grizzlies loss Friday night to the Rockets. The…

  13. Rockets off and running without Yao

    Dec 18, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Phoenix Suns

    Here’s the little thing everyone has missed while talking about Yao Ming for the past couple years — without him the Rockets are one of the league’s more entertaining teams. In the last two seasons — save for the handful of games Yao played — the Rockets have become a running team. Right now they…

  14. LaMarcus Aldridge makes a Michael Beasley poster

    Dec 18, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Think of this as just a fun little time killer while we wait for the Orlando Magic to hammer out a deal that brings them two aging, very expensive players with long term deals as a way to improve their title chances… Lamarcus Aldridge and Rudy Fernandez ran a pretty little wing pick-and-roll where both…

  15. Hawks Joe Johnson returns from elbow surgery

    Dec 17, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT

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    We were not expecting to see Joe Johnson return to the Hawks lineup after elbow surgery until we had all sung Auld Lang Syne and then the next morning tried to remember through the blur what we had done the night before for New Year’s Eve. But there he was Friday night, starting for the…

  16. New York vs. Miami: Defend the pick-and-roll and win.

    Dec 17, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    The Miami Heat run devastating pick-and-roll combinations — LeBron James and Zydrunas Ilgauskas have been doing it for years, and now a few times a game LeBron is setting picks for Wade and that can be an unstoppable combination. After a slow start to the season, the Knicks Raymond Felton/Amare Stoudemire pick-and-roll has become a…

  17. To start off the weekend right, watch Nate Robinson flip over Paul Pierce

    Dec 17, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    Really, nothing will get you more in the mood for a fun weekend than watching Nate Robinson try to recreate his Shrek and Donkey move with Glen Davis from the finals by jumping on the back of Paul Pierce. And Pierce keeps right on running, doing his airplane thing. And Robinson just drops. Enjoy. Well,…

  18. Grizzlies’ owner Heisley gives O.J. Mayo pep talk

    Dec 17, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Orlando Magic

    O.J. Mayo was sent to the bench in favor of rookie Xavier Henry — and that has been best for the team and him, now that Mayo has started to accept the bench scorer role and put up double digit points the last three games, including 24 against the Bobcats. But that doesn’t mean it’s…

  19. Portland shuts down Brandon Roy for next three games

    Dec 17, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Brandon Roy’s now chronically sore knees — the left one is flaring up this time — has now caused him to be shut him down for the next three games, the team announced today. Roy will be re-evaluated next week. Roy has been in and out of the lineup with knee issues this season, and…

  20. Mehmet Okur returns to Jazz tonight

    Dec 17, 2010, 2:13 PM EDT

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    The 18-8 Utah Jazz will get better tonight. Soon that may be significantly better. Center Mehmet Okur — out since rupturing his Achilles tendon in the first game of the playoffs last season — will suit up and come off the bench for the Jazz tonight, the team announced at shoot around this morning. Not…

  21. Kobe wears his Lower Merion shorts under his Lakers shorts every game

    Dec 17, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Michael Jordan, every time he put on his Chicago Bulls shorts for a game, had a pair of North Carolina shorts on underneath them. Kobe Bryant, every time he has put on his Los Angeles Lakers shorts, has a pair of his old Lower Merion High School shorts on underneath. We all learned that later…

  22. This is it for Antonio McDyess, he says he’s ready to retire

    Dec 17, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v San Antonio Spurs, Game 3

    You know how some athletes say they are going to retire but they just keep coming back year after year after year, then they send pictures of their junk to hot young reporters, then they come back again. None of that is happening with Antonio McDyess. Check out what he told Chris Tomasson of FanHouse…

  23. Mike Miller could return to Heat lineup sooner than you think

    Dec 17, 2010, 12:22 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    Mike Miller will not be launching threes for the Miami Heat tonight in Madison Square Garden — which is good for New York, the Knicks have enough matchup problems with the Heat without Miller in the mix. But he could play — Miller said at shootaround today that he is well enough to go, according…

  24. New York tabloids welcome LeBron with all the love you’d expect

    Dec 17, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Maybe the only thing worse than a woman scorned is a New York tabloid headline writer scorned. And make no mistake, New York feels scorned by LeBron. They thought he could choose nowhere else because, hey — they’re New York. It’s inconceivable you would choose warm weather and other superstars over New York. Tonight LeBron…

  25. What to do with Rashard Lewis? Bring him off the bench?

    Dec 17, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 3

    Rashard Lewis was always a bit of an overpaid specialist, a stretch four that worked pretty well in the Orlando system but was making way too much money to do it. But this season, his stats have taken a step backward. His shooting percentage — both overall and from three — have taken a step…

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