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  1. Kevin Martin could lead league in both three-pointers, free throws made

    Dec 30, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Golden State Warriors

    Interesting note out of the must-read weekly column at Hoops World from friend-of-this-site coach Anthony Macri: Right now, Houston’s Kevin Martin is nearly on pace to lead the league in both three pointers made and free throws made. No other player in the history of the NBA has done those two things in one season.…

  2. Nick Van Exel’s son confesses to murder

    Dec 30, 2010, 3:55 PM EDT

    Nick Van Exel looks on

    Some stories are just sad. On every possible level. The son of former NBA fan favorite Nick Van Exel has confessed to murder. Nickey Maxwell Van Exel was arrested Wednesday night and jailed on $1 million bond in the death of Bradley Bassey Eyo, 23. Police said Eyo was found on Sunday with a gunshot…

  3. Report: Brandon Roy considering shutting it down for season

    Dec 30, 2010, 3:22 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Portland Trail Blazers

    Brandon Roy will not suit up Thursday night for the Trail Blazers. The team is expected to release more information on him sometime on Thursday. That’s all we know officially. But the rumors are swirling. Roy is considering shutting it down for the rest of the season, one of several options on the table right…

  4. Marvin Williams may miss west road trip for Hawks

    Dec 30, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

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    The Atlanta Hawks are heading west for four games but Marvin Williams will be visiting the MRI machine back in Atlanta instead. Williams will be out for the start of the trip according to a tweet from Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He has what is officially being called a bruised lower back…

  5. Kobe Bryant still leads everyone in All-Star voting

    Dec 30, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    With his worldwide popularity — he sells more jerseys in China than Yao Ming — it shouldn’t be a shock that Kobe Bryant is on top of the NBA’s All-Star balloting. The second round of released vote totals has Bryant with 1,153,694, well ahead of second place overall and Eastern Conference leader Dwight Howard (988,572).…

  6. Rockets not looking for picks, they want to trade for an All-Star

    Dec 30, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets v Houston Rockets

    There are two sides to building a championship roster: Getting a couple All-Star players to lead it; then finding quality role players to go around them. When Daryl Morey took over as general manager of the Rockets the stars were in place — Yao Ming and Tracy McGrady. Morey built maybe the best group of…

  7. Steve Nash has an angry side

    Dec 30, 2010, 12:41 PM EDT

    Steve Nash

    Maybe it’s that stable Canadian upbringing, but Steve Nash is one of the most even-tempered guys in the league. Which is why when he loses it, you take notice. The Suns were not getting the breaks or calls late in Wednesday night’s loss to the Sixers — and that was a fourth straight loss for…

  8. Knicks interested in Timberwolves Luke Ridnour, not Telfair

    Dec 30, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

    Ridnour_Wolves

    A couple of weeks ago a report leaked out that the Knicks and Timberwolves were talking about a trade package to bring Sebastian Telfair to New York to back up Raymond Felton. Well, New York and Minnesota may be talking, but the Knicks are really only interested in Luke Ridnour, not Telfair, according to Alan…

  9. Report: Nets re-thinking pursuit of Carmelo Anthony

    Dec 30, 2010, 12:01 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    The tragic death of Carmelo Anthony’s sister — and the wise decision by the Nuggets to suspend trade talks while he was away from the team —created a de facto cooling of period on the spiraling trade talks for Melo. It gave teams time to reassess. And with that — and the mixed signals that…

  10. Chris Bosh’s New Year’s Resolution: average 10 rebounds a game

    Dec 30, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Phoenix Suns

    Chris Bosh is not exactly the first scoring option on the Heat. Or the second. But he can rebound. Well, he hasn’t been great at that this season either — he is grabbing 13.3 percent of the available rebounds when he is on the floor, his lowest percentage since his rookie year and well off…

  11. While we wait for an MRI, Doc Rivers speaks on Garnett

    Dec 30, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

    Garnett injured

    There will be no real Kevin Garnett injury news until the results of the MRI are release later today, but we are not a patient people. Celtics coach Doc Rivers was on WEEI’s Dennis and Callahan Morning Show and talked about KG, which the brilliant Celtics Blog transcribed for the rest of us. “Well, I…

  12. ESPN suspends anchor for plagiarizing Lakers beat writer

    Dec 30, 2010, 9:19 AM EDT

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    Imagine the surprise: Lakers beat writer Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register files his stories from the Lakers loss to the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday and heads back to his hotel room, flips on ESPN News — and hears his lead from a Dec. 26 game preview being used by anchor Will Selva to…

  13. Marcin Gortat rips Suns defense

    Dec 30, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    Baron Davis, Marcin Gortat

    Marcin Gortat wanted more minutes, for years having had to get by on the scraps Dwight Howard left behind in Orlando. But be careful what you wish for. Gortat was traded from the third best defensive team in the NBA (Orlando) to the worst defensive team in the NBA (Phoenix, based on points allowed per…

  14. Video: Wild ending to Kings, Grizzlies game

    Dec 30, 2010, 8:16 AM EDT

    Tyreke Evans O.J. Mayo

    Best. Ending. Ever. (Or at least this season) If you watch one video this year… why? But if you did, this would be a dang good choice, with O.J. Mayo and Tyreke Evans making it a dramatic 5.5 seconds. Enjoy, and don’t say we didn’t get you anything for Christmas this year.  

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Grizzlies and Kings with the finish of the year

    Dec 30, 2010, 6:51 AM EDT

    Tyreke Evans Francisco Garcia Eugene Jeter

    What you missed while purchasing the iPhone bottle opener… Kings 100, Grizzlies 98: Two struggling teams that could use a win and it came down to this: Kings up 97-96 with 5.5 seconds left, no timeouts left for anyone. Memphis inbounds the ball from the sidelines to O.J. Mayo and runs a poorly-designed play —…

  16. Kevin Garnett leaves game with right calf injury

    Dec 29, 2010, 11:18 PM EDT

    Kevin Garnett

    UPDATE #3 11:18 pm: Here is a post-game quote from Doc Rivers on Garnett, via the Associated Press: “It is a muscle injury, not a knee,” Boston coach Doc Rivers said. “You always worry when a guy goes down without anyone around him, because those always seem to be severe injuries, so that was the…

  17. Phil Jackson “not happy” about NBA ownership of Hornets

    Dec 29, 2010, 11:13 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Phil Jackson seems to enjoy his status as “NBA grand philosopher” and uses that platform to lob verbal hand grenades into other franchises or the league offices for fun. Such as bringing up Stan Van Gundy in relation to the Heat or saying the league shouldn’t play on Christmas. The latest grenade was him questioning…

  18. Nuggets called Timberwolves about Kevin Love last summer

    Dec 29, 2010, 8:12 PM EDT

    Kevin Love

    It seemed last season that the Minnesota Timberwolves didn’t have a ton of love for Kevin Love. This season his play demanded it. But before the Wolves caught on, there were teams that recognized what the Wolves had and they coveted it. Nuggets coach George Karl said Wednesday that Denver called Minnesota about Kevin Love’s availability last…

  19. Dallas is in the zone. Literally.

    Dec 29, 2010, 5:45 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    The Miami Heat have just one loss in their last 16 games. Courtesy the new and improved Dallas Mavericks. A team that has actually swept the Heat this season and racked up wins against the Thunder, Magic, Jazz (twice) and the Spurs. And that is all in basically the last month alone. (Yes, the Mavericks…

  20. Flip Saunders will not coach Wizards Wednesday night

    Dec 29, 2010, 4:52 PM EDT

    Flip Saunders

    Wizards coach Flip Saunders had to leave the team Wednesday morning, missing shoot around due to a family emergency involving his mother. Now it has been announced he will not coach the Wizards against the Pacers on Wednesday night, according to the Washington Post. Assistant Coach Randy Wittman will sit in the big chair and…

  21. Report: Minnesota making push for O.J. Mayo, Anthony Randolph

    Dec 29, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Orlando Magic

    For a guy that the owner doesn’t sound like he wants to trade there are certainly a lot of teams asking about getting O.J. Mayo out of Memphis. The latest rumor is that the Minnesota Timberwolves are going to push to get Mayo, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.com. The Wolves actually drafted Mayo…

  22. Shaq’s reaction to $35,000 fine: “WHYYYYYY”

    Dec 29, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

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    As you can see from the video below, Shaquille O’Neal is terribly broken up about the $35,000 fine he got for ripping the referees after he fouled out in 12 minutes on Christmas. Just devastated. (Please re-read that sentence with your best sarcastic voice.) (For the record, it apparently wasn’t the refs on Christmas as…

  23. 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.…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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