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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Devin Harris leaves game with knee injury

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:13 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Boston Celtics

    UPDATE 10: 13 PM: Nets coach Avery Johnson said after the game that they would not know anything until Wednesday morning when an MRI is done on Harris’ knee but added that they are “concerned.” Harris said it was not that serious and that swelling was already going down after the game. Harris is out…

  4. Boozer debut with Bulls likely Wednesday night

    Nov 30, 2010, 9:36 PM EDT

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    For two days Carlos Boozer has taken part in full practices with the Chicago Bulls, his first two this season. When asked Tuesday if his high-priced star forward would be ready to go on Wednesday night against Orlando, coach Tom Thibodeau gave the Chicago Tribune as close to a yes as you are going to…

  5. Video: LeBron calls return to Cleveland “emotional”

    Nov 30, 2010, 7:29 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    LeBron James knows he is in for a tough night Thursday, when he and the Heat come to Cleveland to take on the Cavaliers. It will be emotional — with many of those emotions being negative ones directed at LeBron by fans. But this was what he considered his home (yes, Akron, we know, but…

  6. Rank your MVP candidates

    Nov 30, 2010, 6:13 PM EDT

    Durant_Westbrook

    Okay, you’ve had almost 20 games now, you should have some favorites for Most Valuable Player now, right? Kevin Durant came in as the preseason favorite for many, but his teammate Russell Westbrook has been better so far… so why not Westbrook? Or how about Chris Paul? Want to go with the old classics of…

  7. Big Z is coming home to Cleveland, too. Not sure what to expect.

    Nov 30, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

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    One of the legendary names of Cavaliers basketball, a guy who was part of the fabric of the community, is coming to town for the first time in another jersey on Thursday. And he’s not sure what the reception will be. No, not that guy. We’re talking about Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Big Z spent a dozen…

  8. Will LeBron do the powder toss in Cleveland Thursday? “Probably.”

    Nov 30, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    James_chalk

    UPDATE 4:11 pm: Expanding on his thoughts to our own Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel (via twitter), James said he probably will do the chalk toss. “I probably will. That’s a ritual for myself.” 2: 21 pm: It’s LeBron James’ iconic signature — throwing the powdered rosin into the air by the scorer’s table…

  9. Stephen Jackson suspended one game by league

    Nov 30, 2010, 3:26 PM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    This was expected — and it may happen again. NBA Vice President Stu Jackson announced that the Charlotte Bobcats Stephen Jackson has been suspended one game for arguing with a referee during Saturday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. Jackson will sit out Wednesday’s Bobcat game against the Hornets. He previously this season was fined $50,000…

  10. Knicks and Nets, it’s a rivalry now. Almost.

    Nov 30, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets Owner Mikhail Prokhorov Meets with Jay Z

    It started with a radio spot, which aired a couple of times over the weekend during Knicks games (via Nets Daily): “Hey Nets. You can walk like us, you can talk like us, but you ain’t never gonna be like us.  Knicks, Nets, Tuesday, 7:30, MSG.” Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov responded to that Tuesday in…

  11. Rashad McCants donating D-League salary to charity

    Nov 30, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

    Rashad McCants

    Two seasons ago, Rashad McCants made $2.6 million, the last year of the rookie deal the former No. 14 pick out of North Carolina had gotten. Last season he was out of the league completely. Now he is trying to make a comeback, trying to prove he still has NBA game and will not be…

  12. Reggie Miller headlines Hall of Fame nominations

    Nov 30, 2010, 12:52 PM EDT

    RMillier_Knicks

    There may never have been a better pure shooter to play the game than Reggie Miller. That’s the kind of player that should end up in the Hall of Fame. And he might, Miller appears the most likely NBA player for induction on the ballot for the Naismith Hall of Fame, with the players nominated…

  13. How DeMarcus Cousins is securing Paul Westphal’s job

    Nov 30, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Paul Westphal

    There are problems with the Sacramento Kings — they are not good and seem to be getting worse. They are a terrible shooting team that has the fourth worst offense in the NBA despite having Tyreke Evans in it. Their defense isn’t much better — and it’s all slipping, they are 1-9 in their last…

  14. Larry Brown expects Stephen Jackson to just keep getting technicals

    Nov 30, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Orlando Magic

    Stephen Jackson got ejected in the first quarter Saturday night for arguing with the referee. This was not one of those lame new “respect the game” technicals where he got T’d up for a fist pump or accidentally glancing in the direction of a referee — Jackson thought he was fouled on a drive and…

  15. LeBron, Wade say they are getting more comfortable together

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Wade_James_standing

    Last night after beating the Wizards, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade spoke and said they felt far more comfortable playing along side each other, that they are learning. Watch the video below. But remember this — they felt more comfortable doing that against a Wizards team that is 26th in the league in defensive efficiency.…

  16. Delonte West has wrist surgery Tuesday morning

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Delonte West

    Delonte West went under the knife Tuesday morning so doctors could surgically repair his broken wrist, according to ESPN Boston. Afterwards we should have a better recovery timeline for West. Last time he broke this wrist, with the Cavaliers two seasons ago, he missed a little more than two months. Doc Rivers has said he…

  17. Udonis Haslem eyes return for playoffs

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

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    The Miami Heat miss Udonis Haslem, who is out with a broken foot. They miss his rebounding. They miss his versatility on the defensive end. Those are things they will really need come the playoffs, and Haslem hopes to be back by then. He hopes to be back by April he told Tim Reynolds of…

  18. Kings assign Hassan Whiteside to the D-League

    Nov 30, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    whiteside

    This is exactly how NBA teams should use the D-League. Hassan Whiteside is just a ridiculous athlete, but he’s still figuring out how to play basketball at the NBA level. He needs time on the court, something Paul Westphal can’t really give him in Sacramento right now. So Whiteside has been assigned to the D-League’s…

  19. Heat organization, Spoelstra in particular standing up to LeBron

    Nov 30, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

    James_tired

    We mentioned something that seemed quite clear in our post about Heat players being unhappy with Erik Spoelstra — that leak had to come from either LeBron James camp or CAA, the agency that represents all of the Heat’s big three. Just people trying to protect their players by shifting blame to the coach. Adrian…

  20. Monta Ellis is tearing it up

    Nov 30, 2010, 8:14 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Golden State Warriors

    There may be no more entertaining player to watch in the league right now than Monta Ellis. There are better ones, but few people are putting on a show every time they hit the court quite like Ellis this season. Warrior fans finally have owners trying to figure out how to make it work the…

  21. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where Miami’s big three go off for a night

    Nov 30, 2010, 6:10 AM EDT

    Blatche_JAnthony

    What you missed while trying to figure out if NASA has discovered a form of extraterrestrial life… Heat 105, Wizards 94: Dwyane Wade had 22 in the second half and the big three of the Heat combined for 76 of the team’s points. The Heat were balanced and their big guns attacked and got to…

  22. Game of the night: The Thunder are getting their groove back

    Nov 30, 2010, 2:20 AM EDT

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    Teams don’t really win games when they shoot 37.8 percent for the night. However, Oklahoma City did  Thursday, and did it with defense. Or at least a spurt of good defense, when the went on a late 13-0 run and pulled out the 95-89 win against the Hornets Monday. That the Thunder won this and…

  23. LeBron James, Erik Spoelstra have pregame meeting

    Nov 29, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    Officially, no air was cleared. We all know that’s what it was — a clear the air meeting — but officially no. Erik Spoelstra and LeBron James had a 30-minute closed door meeting before the team’s game against the Wizards Monday, talking about their relationship and the team. And probably about having fun. “I call…

  24. DeMarcus Cousins kicked out of Sacramento practice

    Nov 29, 2010, 6:21 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Sacramento Kings

    Remember how at Summer League a lot of people were watching DeMarcus Cousins play and saying, “how did he drop all the way to No.5?” (I’m sheepishly raising my hand…) Well, um, the rumors of him being difficult to deal with are apparently more than rumors. DeMarcus Cousins was kicked out of Kings practice today…

  25. Dwyane Wade in the middle of everything wrong with Miami

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Wade_Mavs

    Dwyane Wade remains the beating heart of the Miami Heat. He remains the focus, the center of the storm. The Heat are struggling in part because he is struggling — with his shot, with how to play along side LeBron, with the offense, and maybe with this coach. And until he figures it out, the…

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