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  1. Russell Westbrook’s impressive putback slam

    Dec 2, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

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    Three things about this play: 1) It’s damn impressive. 2) It should have been a technical for hanging on the rim. 3) It may have been his third best play in this game. His crossover breaking the ankles of Travis Outlaw followed by the drive where he got an and-one to seal he win in…

  2. Kings sue exercise ball maker for injury to Franciso Garcia

    Dec 2, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

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    Back in October 2009, the Sacramento Kings’ Francisco Garcia was lifting weights while on the Gymnic “Burst Resistant” Plus Stability Ball — when it did burst. Sure, sounds funny, but Garcia fell to the ground, broke his right wrist and missed time. Now the Kings are suing the Italian makers of that ball for $4…

  3. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Carlos Boozer is back. Rusty, but back.

    Dec 2, 2010, 3:15 AM EDT

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    What you missed while wondering how a woman in Spain got to own the sun… Russell Westbrook owned the Nets once it got to the third overtime in our Game of the Night. Magic 107, Bulls 78: Finally Carlos Boozer returns and looked…well, like a guy who hasn’t played competitive basketball in two months and…

  4. Game of the night: Russell Westbrook apparently really likes triple overtime

    Dec 2, 2010, 2:16 AM EDT

    Derrick Favors, Nick Collison

    There was no Kevin Durant, no Devin Harris. Their knees would not allow it. That is why a lot of people did not notice that the Thunder and Nets were hooking up Wednesday night — but it turned out to be the best game you didn’t watch. It had triple overtime. It had brilliant plays…

  5. Toronto’s Reggie Evans has foot surgery, to miss 8 weeks

    Dec 1, 2010, 9:52 PM EDT

    Jarrett Jack, Reggie Evans

    That could have been much worse. Toronto Raptor Reggie Evans has surgery on his broken foot Wednesday and is expected to miss just two months, the Raptors announced Wednesday night. That would bring him back in mid-January. Evans had a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal on his right foot. He has surgery on his…

  6. Hawks Joe Johnson out 4-6 weeks after elbow surgery

    Dec 1, 2010, 7:37 PM EDT

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    Joe Johnson, the Atlanta Hawks leading scorer and go-to guy in the clutch, will miss 4-6 weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow, according to a tweet by Hawks public relations guy Arthur Triche. Johnson was out Wednesday night against the Grizzlies, with Mo Evans getting the start. Also, expect to see more…

  7. Report: Cavaliers hire team of attorneys to build LeBron tampering case against Heat

    Dec 1, 2010, 7:13 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    So Dan Gilbert is over LeBron leaving? Riiiiiight. The Cleveland Cavaliers owner has spent several hundred thousand dollars to pay a team of attorneys to build a tampering case against the Heat that he can then present to the NBA, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. The NBA won’t launch an investigation into a tampering…

  8. Minnesota assigns Jonny Flynn to D-League for rehab

    Dec 1, 2010, 5:49 PM EDT

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    Jonny Flynn hasn’t played in a while, what with the off-season hip surgery and all. So the Minnesota Timberwolves have assigned him to Sioux Falls of the D-League, according to the Star Tribune. This will likely be for a one-game rehab assignment on Friday, after which he will return to the Timberwolves ever-so-clear backcourt situation…

  9. Magic talking trade for Gilbert Arenas; Wizards deny it

    Dec 1, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 5:18 pm: Wizards owner Ted Leonis shot down this trade rumor, telling the Washington Post that there was no truth to it. “The team is trying to rebuild and Gilbert is one of the leaders on the team,” Leonsis wrote. “Gilbert is the best player on the team right now…. It isn’t true. I…

  10. What’s wrong with the Lakers? The usual.

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    The Lakers have lost three games in a row and the San Andreas Fault is the only thing that shakes up Los Angeles worse. Despite back-to-back titles and a head coach who treats the regular season as a means to an end, Lakers fans can get pretty worked up — the team has only lost…

  11. Hornets attendance slump could let them break lease, move

    Dec 1, 2010, 3:53 PM EDT

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    Wins or not, Chris Paul or not, getting people to come to New Orleans Hornets games has not been easy. Frankly, it wasn’t easy when the team was the Jazz and Pistol Pete putting on the show. Today little has changed. The current downward slump in attendance will trigger a clause in the Hornets current…

  12. DeMarcus Cousins shows maturity by admitting immaturity

    Dec 1, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

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    DeMarcus Cousins: Real trouble or just immature? It may be a little of both, but more just immature if you look at what he told Sam Amick of FanHouse about being thrown out of practice Monday. “I was being selfish,” Cousins said after tallying 20 points and eight rebounds in a loss to Indiana on…

  13. Blake Griffin has made the Clippers (yes, those Clippers) trendy

    Dec 1, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Clippers

    A couple weeks ago, Denver’s J.R. Smith popped up on twitter and asked if Blake Griffin was playing that night because he wanted to watch. He’s not alone — players around NBA locker rooms are talking about Griffin with an awe of his athleticism usually reserved for guys named LeBron. And count LeBron James in…

  14. Nets Devin Harris only has knee strain, will miss several games

    Dec 1, 2010, 1:22 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Boston Celtics

    If you watched what happened to the Nets offense when Devin Harris went out in the third quarter against the Nets last night, you know how badly they need him in the offense. So you know why there were sighs of relief when an MRI showed just a knee strain, the team announced Wednesday. Harris…

  15. Poll: How will Cleveland fans react to LeBron James Thursday?

    Dec 1, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

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    The anger in the building will be palpable, and when he does the pregame powder toss LeBron James better hope Cleveland fans are mature and aren’t tossing things at him. You know, mature like Albert Belle. There are campaigns to laugh at LeBron, to come up with chants or more mature responses. But it remains…

  16. Hilton Armstrong suspended by league for foul on Heat’s Anthony

    Dec 1, 2010, 12:29 PM EDT

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    Hilton Armstrong’s shove of an airborne Joel Anthony, which sent the Heat player crashing to the floor, has earned him a one-game suspension from the league. Armstrong will sit out the Wizards game against the Raptors Wednesday night, a punishment handed down by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations. It is deserved. At…

  17. Odds better James gets in fight with Cleveland fan than passes on powder toss

    Dec 1, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

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    Gambling is bad, we certainly would never encourage it. You should not set up an offshore account and bet on unpredictable sporting events. You should definitely not take the Texans and the eight points against the Eagles on Thursday. This is strictly for entertainment. That said, the proposition bets posted by Bodog.com on LeBron James’…

  18. Magic sending Daniel Orton to the D-League

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:54 AM EDT

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    This one should have been expected. The Orlando Magic drafted Daniel Orton out of Kentucky knowing that he wasn’t going to contribute right away — this was all about potential. He needed some seasoning and conditioning. Then Orton needed knee surgery before the season and missed training camp rehabilitating. So now the Magic are about…

  19. Pistons have nothing in works to trade Rip Hamilton. For now.

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Detroit Pistons are a once great team awkwardly entering a rebuilding period. Right now they are an uncomfortable mix of the old and the new. They have a new coach — John Kuester — who has brought a different system, but many of the players are holdovers who fit best in the old system.…

  20. Major Canadian phone company trying to buy Raptors

    Dec 1, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

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    Roger Communications of Canada apparently has watched Mike Ilitch in Detroit and thought, “we should do that.” The company is trying to create a monopoly by owning every major sporting team in Toronto (the way, once the Pistons sale is complete, Ilitch will own every sporting team in Detroit except the Lions, and if you’ve…

  21. Quote of the Day: Dan Gilbert is over LeBron. He means it. Really.

    Dec 1, 2010, 9:38 AM EDT

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    “I’m over it. I really am. That’s the truth,” he said. “I let it all out in about 24 hours. I just think we have such a great core and a great coaching staff. We have a lot of opportunities with the trade exception and the draft. I feel good about this team.” —Cavaliers owner…

  22. Video proof Josh McRoberts has hops

    Dec 1, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Los Angeles Lakers

    It’s not every day when we can bring you a high-flying Josh McRoberts highlight. This is what the Pacers do well, pushing the ball and getting some points in transition. Great dish from TJ Ford. But in the end, it’s about McRoberts climbing the ladder in a way I’m not sure we thought he could.

  23. Albert Belle tells Clevelanders to be nice to LeBron

    Dec 1, 2010, 8:10 AM EDT

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    Albert Belle is now the voice of reason. Which also means the end times are upon us, so prepare yourself. Belle — the ill-tempered power hitter for the Indians who left for a big contract, and who knows what it is like to be booed by Clevelanders — is hoping everyone acts like adults when…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Lakers have quite the little losing streak

    Dec 1, 2010, 7:00 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Memphis Grizzlies

    What you missed while wondering if the Ochocinco marriage is just another reality television show…. The battle for the soul of New York was our game of the night. Grizzlies 98, Lakers 96: This is three losses in a row for the Lakers, only the second time they have lost three in a row since…

  25. Game of the night: When Harris went down the Knicks ran away

    Dec 1, 2010, 3:16 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v New York Knicks

    The grand plan with the Game of the Night is pretty simple — learn something from watching a game, then pass it on to you. So here’s what we learned watching the Knicks and Nets do battle for the hearts and souls of New York (okay, not really): The Nets are not very good without…

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