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  1. Paul Silas sets D.J. Augustin free (in a good way)

    Dec 29, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    D.J. Augustin, Darko Milicic

    Larry Brown is hard on young point guards, to the point they play tentative and scared. They are afraid to shoot, even when open. One mistake and they are in the coach’s doghouse — or he is in their ear — so they play trying not to make mistakes. Which never works. That was D.J.…

  2. More Rashard Lewis means less Al Thornton in Washington

    Dec 29, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    Al Thornton

    We don’t know exactly how good the Wizards are going to be with Rashard Lewis as their fancy new stretch four — his first three games with the team have not impressed but there is an adjustment period. Plus, being shipped from a contender to one of the worst teams in the league takes some…

  3. Pau Gasol fondly remembers the days the Lakers worked inside-out

    Dec 29, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Los Angeles Lakers

    When the Lakers are clicking on offense, Pau Gasol gets early touches in the post then makes quick decisions, either attacking or setting up cutting teammates. Tuesday night in San Antonio — and for the last couple weeks, really — neither of those things have happened. The Lakers have fallen out of the habit of…

  4. Devin Harris offended LeBron singled Nets out in contraction talk

    Dec 29, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v New Jersey Nets

    Let’s be clear, LeBron James was not talking about contraction. He just mentioned “shrinking the (league)” which is so totally different than contraction. It’s just the media twisting his words. Whatever James was talking about, he mentioned the New Jersey Nets and wondered how Devin Harris would look on another roster. Harris told the Star-Ledger…

  5. Vince Carter expected to debut for Suns Wednesday

    Dec 29, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

    Vince Carter,

    Steve Nash tweeted Tuesday night he was excited about Vince Carter‘s entry into the Phoenix lineup. It’s gonna be fun. He can do things no one on our team can do and will improve us The fun starts Wednesday night — Carter will make his debut for the Suns against the Philadelphia 76ers, coach Alvin…

  6. Miami’s first free agency meeting last summer was with Amar’e Stoudemire

    Dec 29, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    One more time, let’s jump in the WABAC Machine and visit the 2010 summer of free agency to think about how things might have been different… According to the New York Post, at the stroke of midnight opening free agency, Amar’e Stoudemire and his agent were meeting with Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat brain…

  7. Sacramento Kings not interested in Yao Ming

    Dec 29, 2010, 10:11 AM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Sacramento Kings

    As we told you yesterday the Houston Rockets are seeing if there is any interest in Yao Ming’s expiring contract around the league. They did contact the Sacramento Kings but were told, “thanks, but no thanks” according to the Sacramento Bee. The reason is the discussions started with DeMarcus Cousins, a rookie that — despite…

  8. Bulls looking for shooting guard: Jackson, Mayo on radar

    Dec 29, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    The Chicago Bulls have some pieces — a dynamic point guard, a power forward who can score inside and out, a rebounding and defense focused center (who is out injured), some quality role players. What they want is a shooting guard who can fit next to Derrick Rose. That’s what they are working hard to…

  9. Marcus Camby doesn’t want to be traded

    Dec 29, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    Camby_Nash

    Portland is very actively looking for trades — GM Rich Cho realizes that the old Roy/Oden plan is dead and it is time to restructure. Andre Miller is drawing a lot of interest and may well be moved. Marcus Camby also is on the trade block — except he’s not cool with that, according to…

  10. Dwight Howard mocks LeBron with fake chalk toss in Cleveland

    Dec 29, 2010, 8:10 AM EDT

    howardface

    The Orlando Magic were in Cleveland Tuesday night and Dwight Howard played to the crowd a little before the game by mocking LeBron James‘ famed pregame chalk toss (which LeBron borrowed from Garnett who got it from MJ, but that’s another story). Well, maybe not mocking, but it wasn’t a loving tribute. Before the game…

  11. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Knicks try but the Heat outclass them

    Dec 29, 2010, 3:29 AM EDT

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    What you missed while watching Tuesday night NFL football… The Spurs taking care of the Lakers was our game of the night. Heat 106, Knicks 98: The Heat jumped out early because of… Zydrunas Ilgauskas? Well of course, who did you expect? Big Z had 12 points and 9 boards in the first quarter as…

  12. Game of the night: Kobe can’t will the Lakers past the Spurs

    Dec 29, 2010, 2:50 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    From the opening tip, it was obvious this was one of those games Kobe Bryant wanted to take over. Call it ego, call it leadership, just know that it has worked before. Many times. He has elevated the Lakers by his sheer will. It worked Tuesday on one level — this was the most energy…

  13. Carmelo Anthony to return to Nuggets Thursday

    Dec 28, 2010, 11:01 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Charlotte Bobcats

    Carmelo Anthony missed a fourth game Tuesday night following the death of his sister, but the Nuggets announced that he will return to the team Thursday. Mark Spears of Yahoo was first with the news on twitter. The Nuggets had lost three in a row without Anthony coming into Tuesday (they had an 18 point…

  14. Atlanta’s point guard conundrum

    Dec 28, 2010, 10:27 PM EDT

    Atlanta Hawks v New Orleans Hornets

    At Summer League, the Atlanta Hawks coaching staff was trying to pump Jeff Teague full of confidence — he could be the starting point guard for the Hawks if he would just take the job away from Mike Bibby. He needed to find his dog. The job is available because the Hawks have a problem…

  15. In wake of fight, Wizards to gauge trade value of Blatche, McGee

    Dec 28, 2010, 7:55 PM EDT

    McGee Blatche

    Right now, if you are on the Washington Wizards roster and are not a point guard known for doing the dougie, you should know you could be traded. And if you embarrass a franchise that is still sore from the Gilbert Arenas gun foolishness, you can bet that you are being shopped immediately. Which explain…

  16. Cavaliers sign Alonzo Gee

    Dec 28, 2010, 4:57 PM EDT

    Alonzo Gee

    Everywhere he has landed in the NBA, Alonzo Gee has heard mostly good things about his skills. He has been told he belongs in the NBA. Then he has been cut. Gee was the D-League Rookie of the Year, was a favorite with the Washington Wizards, left for more guaranteed money in San Antonio and…

  17. Larry Drew latest in long line of coaches to talk shot selection with Josh Smith

    Dec 28, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    Josh Smith

    Josh Smith’s unwavering confidence in his midrange jump shot is to be admired — he sticks with it in the face of all available evidence that he shouldn’t take it. There is something impressive about that stubbornness. In the Atlanta Hawks six games before Monday night Smith has taken 33 shots from beyond 15 feet…

  18. Rudy Gay offers more honest take on contraction

    Dec 28, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

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    LeBron James came off as full of fertilizer — first he talks about how cool it would be if you could “shrink the league.” Then when that sparked a debate about contraction he said he didn’t even know what the word contraction meant. As Kelly Dwyer said so well at Ball Don’t Lie, contraction means…

  19. Dirk Nowitzki MRI shows only sprain, out Tuesday

    Dec 28, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Grant Hill

    Dirk Nowitzki will not suit up when the Mavericks take on the Raptors Tuesday night — and he may miss a couple more games — but the news for Mavericks fans is all good. An MRI of Nowitzki’s knee showed only a sprain, no serious damage, according to Art Garcia of NBA.com (via twitter). He…

  20. Gilbert Arenas from 75 feet, off the shot clock, nothing but net

    Dec 28, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

    Arenas magic

    This is the shot of the year so far — even if it didn’t count. Yes, by the rulebook the refs got this one right. Shots that hit the shot clock are considered dead because the clock is out of play. So what? If you were going to break that rule once, this would be…

  21. Tony Allen is a charter member of the Paul Pierce fan club

    Dec 28, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers, Game 5

    Tony Allen spent the first six years of his NBA career in Boston before signing a three-year deal with the Grizzlies this summer. That is six years along side Paul Pierce, defending Pierce in practices and watching how he works. Watching him win games for the Celtics and shoot them out of others. Allen soaked…

  22. Byron Scott calls lack of effort around NBA “scary”

    Dec 28, 2010, 12:20 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Byron Scott is old school — he played for Pat Riley and his legendary four-hour practices. He was a scrappy role player on a team filled with competitive people — Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — who only knew one way to play. That was not a team where you gave 50 percent some nights. Plus,…

  23. Tracy McGrady too stiff to play fourth quarter

    Dec 28, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    Tracy McGrady had played at least 19 minutes in nine of the Piston’s 10 previous games coming into Monday night’s game in Charlotte, the second night of a back-to-back. McGrady played 10 minutes in the first half (scoring two points) but none in the second half, and the Detroit Free Press explains why. He said…

  24. Warriors send Jeremy Lin to D-League

    Dec 28, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

    Jeremy_Lin

    In a move that was expected, the Golden State Warriors have sent rookie Jeremy Lin to the Reno of the D-League, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “Obviously, I’d love to stay with the team, but I’m going to be able to get a lot of playing time,” Lin said. “It’s not the end of…

  25. Kings, Bobcats have talked to Rockets about Yao Ming trade

    Dec 28, 2010, 10:22 AM EDT

    Yao_autographs

    We told you yesterday that Yao Ming and his $17 million expiring contract was available in a trade to a team looking for cap space, but we weren’t sure what teams were interested. Try the Sacramento Kings and Charlotte Bobcats. That according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle, who adds that the Rockets are…

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