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  1. Lakers’ Devin Ebanks among three sent to D-League around NBA today

    Dec 27, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Regal FC Barcelona

    The trend of NBA teams using the D-League like a real minor league — which it is but wasn’t really used like it — continues with three more NBA players under rookie contracts being sent down for seasoning Monday. The biggest name is Devin Ebanks, the Lakers second-round pick who has played in 12 games…

  2. Derrick Rose, knocking down threes but missing in the midrange

    Dec 27, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

    Derrick Rose, Charlie Villanueva

    You know what Derrick Rose was doing this summer? Well, besides eating a lot of Skittles? Working on his jump shot and three point shooting. He would tell anyone and everyone around Team USA about the new form and how it was going to help. And it has helped. When he uses it. Rose is…

  3. Cavaliers waive Jawad Williams

    Dec 27, 2010, 3:08 PM EDT

    Jawad Williams

    Jawad Williams got a chance – the Cavaliers certainly had an opening at the small forward spot. He got about 15 minutes a game but gave the Cavaliers only four points a game on 32.5 percent shooting (and 28 percent from three). That was not good enough and Monday the Cavaliers announced they had waived…

  4. Shaq fined $35,000 for ripping refs on Christmas

    Dec 27, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

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    As expected after he let it fly to the media after the Orlando game, Shaquille O’Neal has been fined $35,000 for criticizing the officials, the league has announced. Shaq played just 12 minutes in the Christmas Day game and was in constant foul trouble. Which happens to guys trying to guard Dwight Howard, but Shaq…

  5. Quote of the Day: Avery Johnson disagrees with LeBron on what’s good for the league

    Dec 27, 2010, 2:23 PM EDT

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    “I disagree. Maybe the league would be better if we didn’t have three stars on one team.” —New Jersey Nets coach Avery Johnson, after being told LeBron James suggested New Jersey was a team that could be contracted (via the New York Daily News). James suggested that the 1980s were an NBA golden age of…

  6. NBA Power Rankings: Dallas sweeps through Florida, right to the top

    Dec 27, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Grant Hill

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where the top four teams are all 9-1 in their last 10 and probably could be ranked in any order. 1. Mavericks (23-5). They move into the top spot on the strength of their sweep of Miami and Orlando on back-to-back nights. That depth Mark Cuban touted really helps them…

  7. Al Harrington dislocates thumb, listed as day-to-day

    Dec 27, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Harrington injured

    UPDATE 12:48 pm: The X-rays are in and there is no serious damage to Harrington’s thumb. He is listed as day-to-day. This could have been much worse, it’s a great break for the Nuggets. 11: 34 am: It was pretty clear when it happened Sunday that Al Harrington was in a lot of pain —…

  8. Report: Rockets listening to trade offers for Yao Ming

    Dec 27, 2010, 12:11 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    Yao Ming may be done playing for the season but he still has value in the NBA world — he is a $17 million expiring contract. Heading into a new Collective Bargaining Agreement — whatever it ends up looking like — that’s a lot of money saved and cap room freed up. The Rockets may…

  9. How Nate Robinson hurts the Celtics

    Dec 27, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    Nate Robinson Marquis Daniels

    It was clear at the end of the Celtics Christmas Day loss to Orlando how much Boston misses Rajon Rondo. In a tight game late, the Celtics were not getting the shots they wanted (and missed the couple they did get). Part of that was Orlando’s defense, which pushes you out of your comfort zones,…

  10. Avery Johnson to Derrick Favors: Give us a reason to start you

    Dec 27, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

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    At some point this season, Derrick Favors is going to be starting for the New Jersey Nets. That point is not now, and Sunday coach Avery Johnson told the Star-Ledger the reason is Favors. “What we told him today — he’s got to give us a reason to start him,’’ Johnson said on a conference…

  11. Could Nate McMillan end up coaching Charlotte?

    Dec 27, 2010, 9:56 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Portland Trail Blazers - Game 6

    Paul Silas will have his first game as the interim head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats Monday, replacing Larry Brown. But already there is speculation about who will replace Silas next season (Silas does not want to give up the job so easily). Marc Stein of ESPN threw out an interesting name. Look for Blazers…

  12. Blake Griffin with another spectacular dunk. Yawn.

    Dec 27, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    Blake Griffin

    It’s getting ridiculous. Every time Blake Griffin plays there is a spectacular dunk. Well, there are  a lot of dunks — Griffin leads the league in total dunks this season (ahead of traditional winner in this category Amar’e Stoudemire). But the Clippers are using it well because all you have to do is throw a…

  13. Jason Williams hinting at retirement due to foot pain

    Dec 27, 2010, 9:17 AM EDT

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    Jason Williams may have played his last game as a member of the Orlando Magic. He is staying behind from Magic’s upcoming back-to-back road trip to get tests done. He has an arthritic foot and told the Orlando Sentinel doctors are telling him there is not a lot they can do, he told the Orlando…

  14. Steve Francis done in China

    Dec 27, 2010, 9:02 AM EDT

    Steve Francis China

    Who had four games/13 days in the pool for how long Steve Francis would last in China? Come on down and collect your winnings. Reports out of China have the Beijing Shougang Ducks cutting ties with Francis, something his agent confirmed to Sina Sports (via nuibball.com). Francis played 14 minutes in the four games he…

  15. Baron Davis says he doesn’t want Clippers to trade him

    Dec 27, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Clippers are shopping Baron Davis, hoping to move him and his contract that has two years and $28.6 million left after this season. Chris Kaman has been mentioned as part of those talks in hopes of sweetening the pot. But Davis doesn’t want to be traded, he told Chris Tomasson of FanHouse. “It’s tough…

  16. Vince Carter likely out until next weekend

    Dec 26, 2010, 6:33 PM EDT

    Vince Carter,

    Vince Carter has yet to put on a Phoenix Suns uniform — and if you don’t think they could use his points and shot creation you didn’t watch the Suns fall to the Clippers Sunday. He may be back in about a five days to a week from a tendon strain in his quad, Suns…

  17. Sixers Lou Williams to sit out back-to-back

    Dec 26, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Louis Williams,  Hilton Armstrong

    The Sixers best player off the bench — guard Lou Williams — is getting the greatest Christmas gift of all: a new baby daughter. Because of that, he has been given off the Sunday and Monday back-to-back for the Sixers, according to Comcast Bay Area’s Matt Steinmetz (on twitter). Sunday the Sixers play Denver, Monday…

  18. Shaq decides he wants a fine for Christmas, rips refs

    Dec 26, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Shaq_ref

    Stu Jackson — the NBA VP who decides who gets fined and when — doesn’t work on Christmas. So it may be a couple days until he gets around to fining Shaquille O’Neal. But he will. Shaq fouled out in just 12 minutes of play Saturday, then afterwards said this, as reported by FanHouse. “We…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Knicks and Magic try to make statements

    Dec 26, 2010, 4:31 AM EDT

    Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, Dwight Howard

    What you missed while eating too much roast beast… We talked about the lessons from the Lakers/Heat already, so we’ll move on. Knicks 103, Bull 95: This one was close — tied with 10 minutes left — until Chicago missed their next 12 in a row, and ended  up shooting 26 percent in the fourth…

  20. What did we learn about the Heat? Lakers?

    Dec 26, 2010, 4:02 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    On Christmas 2009, LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers thumped the Los Angeles Lakers pretty good, winning by 15. Come June, that game was meaningless. That 2009 game looked a lot like the 2010 Lakers/Heat game. Which is to say, the Heat’s 16-point win has no real predictive value. If these two teams do meet again in…

  21. Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee suspended by Wizards for game due to fight

    Dec 25, 2010, 10:46 PM EDT

    McGee Blatche

    As if the Wizards were not going to face enough problems Sunday in San Antonio, now they are going ahead without their two centers. Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee have been suspended by the team for one game after an altercation between the two outside a Washington D.C. area bar turned physical and the Wizards’…

  22. Dwight Howard gets rare slow free throw foul, followed by technical

    Dec 25, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

    BKN-NBA-FINAL-LAKERS-MAGIC

    Dwight Howard takes too long on his free throws. A blog name Center’s Little Helper (via TrueHoop) has been ripping him for it for a while — the NBA Rule Book says he can only take 10 seconds, he usually takes a few seconds longer. It’s his way of trying to compensate for his poor…

  23. Some Derrick Rose to whet your appetite

    Dec 25, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    derrick_rose

    There are only a small handful of players right now putting on as good a show as Derrick Rose every time he takes the the court. And he is your opener on Christmas — Rose’s Bulls visit the Knicks starting at noon eastern. Tune in for what may well be the most entertaining game on…

  24. Report: Nets looking to land Andre Miller along with ‘Melo

    Dec 25, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    millertrade

    The Denver Nuggets have suspended trade talks for Carmelo Anthony through the weekend, as Anthony is currently at home with his family after the untimely death of his sister. It was the classy and right thing for the Nuggets to do. But it doesn’t stop the rumor mill from cranking. The Nets are hoping to…

  25. Wizards JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche reportedly fight each other at club

    Dec 25, 2010, 7:50 AM EDT

    McGee Blatche

    Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee haven’t functioned too well together on the court as the “frontcourt of the future” in Washington. But apparently things are worse off it — the two reportedly exchanged punches outside a Washington club early Friday morning, according to Michael Lee at the Washington Post. The two both verbally abused each…

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