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  1. Game of the Night: The Clippers are fun. Not good, that’s the Spurs. But fun.

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:59 AM EDT

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    The Clippers are dynamic. They are athletic. They are fast and fun and give you monster dunks. They are not yet a basketball team, not in the true sense, not one that is going to win consistently in the NBA. The Spurs are what we thought they were — a relentless execution machine. A team.…

  2. Baseline to Baseline (your game recaps): Where the Raptors defense was a rumor

    Nov 2, 2010, 2:23 AM EDT

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    What you missed while you were watching the Giants win one for John “The Count” Montefusco… The Spurs 97-88 win over the Clippers was our Game of the Night, check out more detail by following that link. Kings 111, Raptors 108: Tyreke Evans did not start the second half of this game, an upset stomach…

  3. Grizzlies give Mike Conley five-year, $45 million extension. We have no idea why.

    Nov 2, 2010, 1:55 AM EDT

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    For the first three years of his career, Mike Conley has been a nice point guard, but not one who lived up to his lofty draft status and not one who looked like the future at the one in Memphis. Through this preseason and three games that count he has looked much better as a…

  4. Jared Dudley agrees to five-year extension with Suns

    Nov 2, 2010, 12:38 AM EDT

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    Jared Dudley hit another buzzer beater Monday night. Just before the midnight Eastern deadline, Dudley agreed to a five-year, $22.5 million extension to remain a Sun. Dudley talked about it on his twitter account. Breaking News!! This is bigger then @KingJames going to Miami, bigger then Brett Favre goin to Minn. I have just sign…

  5. Baron Davis’ bad day: Out with knee issue, ripped by coach

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:02 PM EDT

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    If Baron Davis breaks into a chorus of Boomtown Rats — “I don’t like Mondays” — it would be hard to blame him. He is sitting out Monday night’s Clipper game against the San Antonio Spurs due to pain in his problem left knee. As his coach Vinny Del Negro was announcing that to the…

  6. LeBron ready for revenge on Tolliver for spoof; Tolliver somehow surprised

    Nov 1, 2010, 6:31 PM EDT

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    Tuesday night, the Miami Heat will destroy the Minnesota Timberwolves. At least that’s the expectation. And LeBron James will get to check off one name on his revenge list — Anthony Tolliver. That’s what he’s saying, Tolliver is surprised by all this. Here’s the backstory. You probably remember a little something in July where James…

  7. Technical fouls calls up 27 percent this season

    Nov 1, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    Interesting numbers from the ESPN statistics folks, which Zach Harper lays out over at TrueHoop: Number of technical fouls per game through Oct. 31: 07-08 season, 1.18; 08-09 1.80; 09-10 1.76; This season it is 2.42 technicals per game. Per game that is a 27 percent increase over last season. Or look at it this…

  8. Ohio politician spoofs LeBron ad. ‘Tis the season.

    Nov 1, 2010, 3:58 PM EDT

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    Lee Fisher is going to lose tomorrow. Election day comes and he is 22 points back in the polls for his senate race in Ohio, and he is out of money in his campaign. I know next to nothing about his politics or his opponents, but I know there are no 22-point shots. But Fisher…

  9. One O’Neal in, one O’Neal out for Celtics

    Nov 1, 2010, 3:29 PM EDT

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    There will be an O’Neal starting at center for the Celtics Tuesday. But it won’t be Shaq, Doc Rivers said he will sit out Tuesday’s game against the Detroit Pistons, according to a tweet from Gary Washburn at the Boston Globe. Shaq has been dealing with knee issues that are slowing him down. Celtics fans,…

  10. Just how injured is Zach Randolph? Not that bad…

    Nov 1, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 2:49 pm: The MRI revealed no fracture, so it’s just a bruised and very sore tailbone for Randolph. He is officially a game time decision against the Lakers Tuesday and is listed as day-to-day. 12:27 pm: Zach Randolph took a nasty fall in the Hawks first game in the season, landing on his backside.…

  11. NBA Power Rankings, where the top still looks like last year’s finals

    Nov 1, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

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    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where nothing confuses us more than the Suns playing at the 20th fastest pace in the league. 1. Lakers (3-0). Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol have been the best front line in basketball through the first week. Kobe’s knee isn’t right, but it hasn’t mattered yet. Oh, and we told…

  12. Al Horford agrees to five-year, $60 million deal to stay with Hawks

    Nov 1, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

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    One more member of the class of 2007 got an extension. Just in time for the deadline, Hawks center Al Horford agreed to terms on a five-year, $60 million deal to stay in Atlanta, according to a tweet from Michael Cunningham of the Journal Constitution. Incentives in the deal are still being decided, according to…

  13. Timberwolves go on option spree, pick up Love, Beasley and more

    Nov 1, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

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    One thing we can agree on is that the Minnesota Timberwolves have amassed some talent. How good that talent really is, how it all fits together and how it is being used may be the more pertinent questions, but there is talent on the Minnesota roster. So it was only logical that the Timberwolves picked…

  14. Knicks sell out season ticket inventory, revenue up by $21 million

    Nov 1, 2010, 11:27 AM EDT

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    Stories that the NBA Players Association clipped and saved this morning include… The New York Knicks have sold out their allotment of season tickets this season, increasing revenue for the team by about $21 million , according to the Sports Business Journal. When the NBA season began last week, the Knicks had sold more than…

  15. Dwyane Wade as Justin Timberlake and other NBA Halloween stories

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

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    Oh social media, how you bring us photos we would never have otherwise seen. We love you for that. For example, there is Dwyane Wade going whiteface Justin Timberlake to his Halloween bash in Miami. If that costume comes with Jessica Beal, then it is brilliant and not at all creepy. We also can check…

  16. Lakers owner Jerry Buss supports increased revenue sharing

    Nov 1, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT

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    David Stern says the league needs more of it. Small market teams say it is essential to maintain a competitive league. But at the end of the day, “increased revenue sharing” means being Robin Hood, taking from the rich and giving to the poor. Corporate socialism. The kind of things the rich big market teams…

  17. Kobe Bryant is pretty sick of talking about his knee

    Nov 1, 2010, 9:37 AM EDT

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    If you enjoy “Messin’ with Sasquatch” then you’ll enjoy a fun new game from the Lakers locker room: ask Kobe about his knee. Of course the assembled media did after the Lakers win Sunday night, and Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register has the response. “Leave me the (heck) alone about my (expletive) knee,”…

  18. Jason Kidd goes Jerry West, drains 75 footer

    Nov 1, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

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    Easily the best shot of the weekend goes to Jason Kidd, doing it to the Clippers. Because they need more bad luck. Dallas took the lead into the half on this shot, then went on to win.

  19. Delonte West on locker room fight: nothing to see here, move along

    Nov 1, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

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    Delonte West addressed the media on a locker-room brawl with Von Wafer last week, saying it’s all good. Don’t know why you’re all worked up about it. It was no big deal that I just jumped a guy in the locker room. Not sure I can swallow all of that, but are the quotes, via…

  20. Baseline to Baseline (your game recaps): When the Nets, Thunder and Warriors meet reality

    Nov 1, 2010, 2:42 AM EDT

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    What you missed while waiting in a very sincere pumpkin patch for the Great Pumpkin to arise…. Heat 101, Nets 78: This was our Game of the Weekend, check out the details here. Mavericks 99, Clippers 83: The Clippers just missed everything — they started the game 3-17, but they were outworking the Mavericks on…

  21. Former NBA All-Star Maurice Lucas dead at 58

    Nov 1, 2010, 1:34 AM EDT

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    Maurice Lucas, the five-time All-Star and a prototypical power forward in the NBA, has died at the age of 58. Lucas succumbed to bladder cancer he had been battling for years. He had been an assistant coach with the Trail Blazers — the team Lucas is best remembered for playing for — when the cancer…

  22. Kevin McHale: Give technicals to the guys who don’t play hard

    Oct 31, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Great take from Kevin McHale on the new technical foul enforcement, which the league says is about “respect for the game,” via Jerry Zgoda at the Star Tribune. “Respect for the game is playing hard,” said McHale, the former Wolves boss who is now an analyst for TNT and NBA TV. “Respect for the game…

  23. Rockets looking to trade Jermaine Taylor, or he’ll get waived

    Oct 31, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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    Erick Dampier is in for Houston. That means Jermaine Taylor is out. If you want him, he can be yours. The Rockets are shopping Taylor around before just cutting him outright, according to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld. It makes some sense for Houston, there was interest from several teams in signing off waivers so why…

  24. Game of the Weekend: The Heat are starting to figure it out.

    Oct 31, 2010, 5:25 PM EDT

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    The takeaway from the Miami Heat’s throttling of the Nets is not that the Heat cruised to a 101-78 win. Some version of that is going to happen a lot this season. The takeaway is that the Heat are getting better. They are figuring out what works, they are correcting their mistakes. The fact they…

  25. Randy Foye out with hamstring sprain, Eric Bledsoe gets his chance

    Oct 31, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

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    The Clippers this season have started Baron Davis at point guard, which has gone about as expected. Meh. When he’s gone to the bench, Randy Foye has gotten the backup minutes. He has not impressed. He’s not shooting much but when he has he’s missed (shooting 30 percent on the season). The team’s second unit…

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