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  1. Gregg Popovich is your West All-Star Game coach

    Jan 25, 2011, 8:11 AM EDT

    Image (1) gpopovich-thumb-250x166-20589.jpg for post 4230

    One side is official — Spurs coach Greg Popovich will coach the West in the NBA All-Star Game Feb. 20. With the Spurs win over the Warriors Monday they clinched having the best record in the West on the Feb. 6 cutoff date. He’ll probably be on his best behavior, but we can hope that…

  2. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Cavs and Raptors almost got wins. Almost.

    Jan 25, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Rudy Gay; Mike Conley

    What you missed while planning to your trip to Flavor Flav’s new fried chicken restaurant in Iowa (Yo! Bum Rush the Restaurant)…. Nets 103, Cavaliers 101: To lose 17 in a row takes a combination of bad luck and very bad execution at the end of the game. There was plenty of bad execution on…

  3. Duncan leaves game with injury but returns

    Jan 25, 2011, 12:47 AM EDT

    Duncan_followthrough

    It looked scary — Tim Duncan down on the court in pain, grabbing his knee. Fortunately, it turned out to be nothing serious. In the second quarter Duncan was setting a pick on Golden State’s Acie Law, started to move to roll to the basket and his knee seemed to buckle under him. He was…

  4. Could Deron Williams be the next Carmelo Anthony situation?

    Jan 24, 2011, 10:01 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    Next season, Deron Williams will make a cool $16.4 million. The year after that he will make a cool $17.8 million to lead the Utah Jazz — if he picks up his player option. Utah has been a frustrating place for Williams this season. They started out the season hot, as the cardiac kids winning…

  5. The Spurs are not playing that fast – but teams try to against them

    Jan 24, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Charlotte Bobcats

    Much has been made of how much faster the San Antonio Spurs are playing this season — they are playing more than a possession a game faster than last season, and that number has come down over the last month or so. At the start of the season, the Spurs were surprisingly fast. Except that…

  6. You can get two tickets for .50¢ to see Nets vs. Cavaliers Monday

    Jan 24, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    Nets4

    Would you pay the price of a gumball to see the New Jersey Nets take on the Cleveland Cavaliers? If so, you’re in luck — there are tickets available online for as little as .25¢ each at StubHub, as SLAM noticed when they looked. Why they looked, we have no idea. But we did and…

  7. Watch Chris Paul break Tony Parker’s ankles

    Jan 24, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v New Orleans Hornets

    Chris Paul is so, so good. This little mid-game crossover makes Tony Parker look the fool. And Parker is no fool, the man has the rings to prove it. He can defend. There are 25 teams in the league that would kill to have Parker as their point guard. And CP3 just breaks him off.…

  8. Mario Chalmers takes over as Heat starting point guard

    Jan 24, 2011, 4:08 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Phoenix Suns

    Carlos Arroyo is out as the Heat’s starting point guard. Mario Chalmers is in. But it really doesn’t make that big a difference. These two remain interchangeable parts used depending on the situation. And there is a good chance next season it will be someone entirely new at the point in Miami. The fantastic Kevin…

  9. Shaq likely out Tuesday night, could miss more games

    Jan 24, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    shaquille o'neal Celtics

    Last summer Boston went out and got two centers — the O’Neals, Shaquille and Jermaine — to get them through the first half of the season until Kendrick Perkins returns. And Perk is only a couple weeks away, he continues to say he is targeting Feb. 4 for a return. But there are games between…

  10. Hornets reach attendance benchmark, they are staying put. For now.

    Jan 24, 2011, 2:39 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v New Orleans Hornets

    There has been a real push since the NBA took control of the New Orleans Hornets to boost attendance — the reason being to reach a benchmark, otherwise a new owner of the team (once they find one) could easily move the team out of New Orleans (well, still would have had to pay $10…

  11. NBA Power Rankings: Where the Spurs just keep on keeping it on

    Jan 24, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, not many changes at the top this week… or on the bottom. 1. Spurs (37-7). You’ve been wondering when you’ll see a kink in the Spurs armor. Well, they have just one home game between now and Feb. 23. That might be the time. Or, they might grow tighter and…

  12. Erik Spoelstra explains LeBron and Wade in pie charts

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Miami Heat

    Erik Spoelstra is a detail guy. The pregame whiteboard in the Heat locker room is likely the most detailed, organized one in the league — two columns of diagrammed favorite plays of the opponents, a column of sets the Heat want to run, reminders of the night’s focus on offense and defense down the middle.…

  13. Is Pacers rookie Paul George about to take Brandon Rush’s job?

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Paul George

    When one gets hit over the head enough times, one learns a lesson. That lesson for the Pacers is that Brandon Rush is inconsistent, and gets lost on defense at times. For evidence of the later, watch the fantastic Sebastian Pruiti at NBA Playbook break down how Rush cheats off Carmelo Anthony last night again…

  14. Olajuwon says Dwight Howard puts lessons to good use (sorry Stan)

    Jan 24, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    There has been a real growth in the variety of Dwight Howard’s post game the past two years. Nobody is going to confuse him with Pau Gasol — for a few reasons — but Howard is not all power moves and dunks now. He has a little running hook down the lane and has a…

  15. D’Antoni not that worried about Knicks six-game losing streak

    Jan 24, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v New York Knicks

    When a hitter is in a slump in July — let’s say, hypothetically the entire Dodgers roster — there seems to be a game or two where he starts hitting the ball hard but still can’t buy a hit. You can feel the slump’s about to end, it just won’t. Mike D’Antoni sounds that way…

  16. Are the Lakers too old to play defense? Not if they slow you down.

    Jan 24, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v San Antonio Spurs

    When Jerry West spoke to some Orange County car dealers last week, he said that part of the problem with the Lakers defense was that they were too old. “The reason you can’t play defense is because you can’t,” he said. Phil Jackson agreed — with qualifiers — with that when speaking to the media…

  17. Steph Curry doesn’t like the idea of being traded

    Jan 24, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

    SCurry_surrounded

    Last week, new Golden State owner Joe Lacob said that Stephen Curry was not untouchable. For the right offer, they would consider moving him. That was an official change of pace for the Warriors, even though Lacob made it clear you were going to have to blow the Warriors doors off with your offer. Before…

  18. Video shot of the weekend: Kevin Durant game winner

    Jan 24, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    Kevin Durant

    In case you missed it, Kevin Durant hit one of those superstar shots Saturday night — a game winning three from pretty much the first row of seats to beat the Knicks. Danilo Gallinari defended this well, he didn’t give Durant a lane to drive, and while maybe he could have had a hand more…

  19. Baseline to baseline recap: Denver looks good against Indy. For whatever that’s worth.

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:50 AM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony

    In the real game of the night, Ben Roethlisberger was making the kind of heady plays on the field he can never seem to make off it, plus Rex Ryan’s level of disgust on the sidelines was surprisingly entertaining. But this is an NBA blog. And so our actual Game of the Night had to…

  20. Jerry West thinks Lakers’ days are numbered; Celtics may be best this year

    Jan 21, 2011, 10:22 PM EDT

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    Do you have any idea how much it pains Jerry West to say the Celtics are the best team in the NBA? To say that the Lakers’ window is closing because they are getting old? But West is nothing if not a straight shooter, and it was that speaking to the Orange County Automobile Dealers…

  21. Kobe clears everything up: Denver fans weren’t “stupid,” they were “idiots”

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Kobe Bryant is used to getting booed in Denver, so when they rain down on him Friday night it should be no big deal. Thursday, when asked about fans in Denver booing Carmelo Anthony after he dropped 35 on Oklahoma City in a Nugget win, he said the fans in Denver were “stupid.” His point:…

  22. League holds up Ajinca trade to Raptors. For now.

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:41 PM EDT

    Alexis Ajinca, Ryan Anderson, Steve Novak

    It was enough to raise some eyebrows. The Toronto Raptors buy out Peja Stojakovic (who technically has to go on waivers but nobody wants to pay him the rest of his $15 million, so he’ll clear). Then he is a free agent and already has a verbal commitment to go to Dallas. However, Dallas has…

  23. Video: On fifth anniversary, watch Kobe drop 81 again

    Jan 21, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    Five years ago Saturday, Kobe Bryant took over a game like nobody ever quite had before. Sure, Wilt got triple digits one time, but that had an element of sham to it (his teammates were fouling to stop the clock and get the ball back so they could feed him and get him over the…

  24. Celtics’ Glen Davis is just fine coming off the bench

    Jan 21, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Boston Celtics

    Glen Davis loves being a Celtic. Loves that he is a key contributor to a contending team. Loves coming off the bench. But when Kevin Garnett was out recently, Davis stepped into the starting role — and struggled. He admitted to Paul Flannery at WEEI that once he moved in with the first five he…

  25. Warriors owner willing to make big moves

    Jan 21, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Golden State Warriors

    Things are better in the Bay Area this year. And not just because San Francisco has a new restaurant called Sushirrito (sushi served in burrito form — don’t laugh, it’s good). Things are also better with the Golden State Warriors. Well, not the Warriors winning games part, that’s still going pretty poorly overall. But the…

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