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  1. Teams for All-Star Friday Shooting Stars announced. Please try to stay awake.

    Feb 10, 2011, 4:03 PM EDT

    The Haier Shooting Stars Competition

    One of the things we’re sure you’ll be watching a week from Friday — because what could you possibly have that’s better to do on a Friday night? — is the All-Star Shooting Stars contest. You know, where one current NBA player, one WNBA player and one TNT analyst per team shoot standing shots from…

  2. Tonight is Ray Allen’s record night. Maybe.

    Feb 10, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics

    Ray Allen needs to drain just two more threes to become the NBA’s all-time leader in three-pointers made. It’s hard to picture a more perfect setting to break the record than tonight: At Boston Garden in a nationally televised game against the Los Angeles Lakers with Reggie Miller, the current record holder, an analyst on…

  3. Thirsty? You need some official Lakers Gatorade.

    Feb 10, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

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    So let’s say you’re in Los Angeles and feeling dehydrated. You need some electrolytes pumped into your system. And we’re going to assume you’re dehydrated from an intense workout and not because you were at Tom Bergin’s until closing. What you need is some Lakers Gatorade. In Los Angeles, while supplies last (which we bet…

  4. Lakers to measure themselves against Celtics: What to look for

    Feb 10, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    NBA Finals Game 7:  Boston Celtics v Los Angeles Lakers

    The Lakers are the two-time NBA defending champions. They have the newest shiny rings and the banner has barely had time to gather dust. Every time they step on the court they are the team the opposition wants to measure itself against. Except Thursday night. Then the roles will be reversed — the Lakers will…

  5. Byron Scott rips his team, effort after loss 26 in a row

    Feb 10, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    In the games leading up to the Cavaliers record in futility — 25 consecutive losses in a row — there were a lot of things you could pick apart about the Cavs: The lack of guys who can create their own shot, the lack of rebounding, the poor execution, the non-existent interior defense, and so…

  6. Ricky Rubio is struggling to shoot the rock in Europe

    Feb 10, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    Spain v USA

    We know, Ricky Rubio is a highlight factory. A point guard with a seemingly instinctive feel for the game. He’s been playing professionally since he was 14, he has a silver medal from the 2008 Olympics and held his own with the best the USA had to offer in the Gold Medal game. The knock…

  7. Something strange is going on in Utah. What? No idea yet.

    Feb 10, 2011, 10:42 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    Interesting developments out of Utah after the loss to the Bulls last night, which means we have one eye on Salt Lake City today. Jerry Sloan, usually one of the fastest coaches to the post-game media interview, was more than 30 minutes late and appeared “shaken” when he arrived, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.…

  8. LeBron, Lil’ Wayne are cool with each other again. All is right with the world.

    Feb 10, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    The 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Show

    It was one of our great national tragedies, when rapper Lil’ Wayne bared his soul to Rolling Stone about the pain he felt when LeBron James and Dwyane Wade didn’t give him special love when he sat in the front row of a Heat game. I think we all related. Good news. No. Great news.…

  9. PBT Thursday morning one liners

    Feb 10, 2011, 9:26 AM EDT

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    Best Web site ever: didthecavswinlastnight.com One knock on Derrick Rose was that he avoided contact on his drives and did not get to the free throw line enough. Not any more. The NBA vs. monster movies. Blake Griffin vs. King Kong. Brilliant. There were indeed “We want ‘Melo” chants inside Madison Square Garden. Although after…

  10. Report: Bulls, Rockets have discussed Courtney Lee for Omer Asik trade

    Feb 10, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    Courtney Lee

    In a time of some rather crazy trade rumors, here’s a little one that makes some sense, out of the Houston Chronicle. There have been talks with Chicago about center Omer Asik, according to a person with knowledge of those conversations. The Bulls have been looking for a shooting guard and have inquired about Courtney…

  11. Bill Walton, ghost of Jerry Garcia will in fan’s half-court shot

    Feb 10, 2011, 8:22 AM EDT

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    Like many teams, the Sacramento Kings run a promotion where a fan gets a chance at a half-court shot to win a bunch of money (or a trip or whatever). Wednesday night a Kings’ fan nailed it. Why? Because Bill Walton was courtside and summoned the spirit of Jerry Garcia on Grateful Dead night at…

  12. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Derrick Rose bests Deron Williams in the clutch

    Feb 10, 2011, 8:08 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Utah Jazz

    What you missed while playing a sad, sad song for the end of Guitar Hero… Bulls 91, Jazz 86: At the end of this one Deron Williams and Derrick Rose were putting on a clinic. Two of the best pick and roll ball handlers in the league were slicing defenses with drives, dicing them up…

  13. Danny Ainge confirms Celtics are looking for deadline trade

    Feb 9, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Boston Celtics

    If Marquis Daniels had not suffered a freakish, scary injury last week, the Boston Celtics very likely would have ridden out the trade deadline and watched every other team try to match what they already have. Right now, Boston is the rabbit every team is trying to catch (even San Antonio, Boston scares teams more…

  14. Ron Artest to Bobcats rumor surfaces. Not. Going. To. Happen.

    Feb 9, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Overshadowed in the Andrew Bynum for Carmelo Anthony silliness Tuesday was a report from ESPN’s Ric Bucher that the Lakers also have tried to move Ron Artest. Bucher states the Lakers called the Bobcats looking to swap Ron Artest for either Stephen Jackson or Gerald Wallace, and that the Bobcats turned it down. Artest, when…

  15. If not traded, ‘Melo says he’d consider signing with Denver after all. Right.

    Feb 9, 2011, 4:25 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    Since day one of the ‘Melodrama, whenever Carmelo Anthony has been asked if he would sign with Denver he has said it was one of the options he would consider. That’s not what his people — the fine folks from CAA, for example — were saying privately to the Nuggets and everyone else. They said…

  16. Meet Will Bynum. He can dunk.

    Feb 9, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

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    Fans in Detroit could use something to cheer. Something to use their voices for other than another Rip Hamilton chant. Will Bynum is happy to oblige. He is explosive and shows it off here when the Spurs fall asleep on defense. That will wake up a sleepy building every time.

  17. Kevin Love got away with one Tuesday night

    Feb 9, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    Kevin Love, he of the Wes Unseld-like outlet passes, picked up a sweet length-of-the-court assist last night. Thing of beauty. Check it out. But it was a rules violation. Watch it again. Love never comes out of bounds after grabbing the ball (following a made shot), he just gets one foot out of bounds and…

  18. Nate McMillan isn’t as sold on Roy’s speedy return

    Feb 9, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Portland Trail Blazers - Game 6

    Brandon Roy is ready to come back and play this weekend. He has been cleared to practice and if there is one thing we know from Brandon Roy’s history it’s that he wants back on the court. Yesterday. Blazers coach Nate McMillan is a more patient man. And he may force Roy (and Marcus Camby)…

  19. Everything Must Go! Rockets looking for trade-deadline deals

    Feb 9, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

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    Now we get to see what wunderkind Daryl Morey can really do. When he came in as general manager of the Rockets the goal was to put together a good group of role players to go around stars Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady. Morey did that — the Rockets have maybe the best collection of…

  20. David Stern is trying to make sure Knicks keep Donnie Walsh

    Feb 9, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Three years ago, it was NBA Commissioner David Stern who helped guide Donnie Walsh to the New York Knicks. The franchise needed a stable… no, it needed a sane hand at the helm. Walsh hasn’t been perfect, but he has changed the direction of the franchise. He got the payroll under control, started building with…

  21. Are the Chicago Bulls contenders? They aren’t even thinking about it.

    Feb 9, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Charlotte Bobcats

    NBA fans, most of them anyway, don’t list the Chicago Bulls among the contenders in the East. It’s Miami and Boston. (Sorry Orlando, have to earn your way back onto that list.) The Bulls being left off that list is really keeping Carlos Boozer up at night. “That’s okay, we believe in ourselves,” Boozer told…

  22. Mavs vs. Food

    Feb 9, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    If you are not watching the Travel Channel’s Man vs. Food then you don’t love good, old-fashioned oversized American portions of fat and carb loaded food. (Which probably means you’ll love a lot longer and healthier life, if you’re into those kind of things). Someone in Dallas is watching. Of course they are, Texas is…

  23. Cavaliers find little trade market for Antawn Jamison

    Feb 9, 2011, 10:49 AM EDT

    Antawn Jamison

    Antawn Jamison has been the Cavaliers best player this season. Which is about like being the best member of ‘90s boy band No Authority. Don’t know who that is? Exactly. For the Cavaliers it is about building for the future, not winning this season (obviously). So if they can move parts like Jamison to get…

  24. Your All-Star Game entertainment: Rihanna and Lenny Kravitz

    Feb 9, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

    MTV Europe Music Awards 2010 - Show

    Yes, the musical acts deserve their own post. The NBA All-Star Game is a show, a weekend of entertainment and parties where there happens to be a basketball game at one point. And some Blake Griffin dunks. So the musical acts get some love. Sunday during the player introductions you are gonna go the way…

  25. Carlos Boozer to be enemy No. 1 in return to Utah Wednesday

    Feb 9, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

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    No, they will not be saying Booooooozer. Fans at Energy Solutions Arena in Salt Lake City are going to unleash their venom on Carlos Boozer as he returns as a member of the Bulls to take on the Jazz Wednesday night. Boozer said it’s not going to bother him. “It’s all Booooz to me,” he…

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