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  1. Report: Brandon Roy doesn’t like fit with Andre Miller

    Dec 17, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

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    Andre Miller is a classic point guard — a guy who wants the ball in his hands to create shots for himself and others, to set up the offense. Brandon Roy is part of a new breed of elite two guards — a guy who wants the ball in his hands to create shots for…

  2. Bobcats testing trade market for Gerald Wallace, Stephen Jackson

    Dec 17, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Charlotte Bobcats

    We have a shocking development in Charlotte: Larry Brown has grown tired of the players on his roster and covets what other teams have. Okay, this was as inevitable as Democrats and Republicans feuding. Larry Brown has done two things everywhere he has coached — moved on and thought other team’s players were better than…

  3. Video: J.R. Smith’s vicious two-hand dunk

    Dec 17, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

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    The Spurs players end up on a lot of posters because they try to take the charge — and it won them the game last night. But rookie Gary Neal, he’s just in a poster. This was as insane and powerful a dunk as you are going to see. Just put this on a loop…

  4. Watch Manu Ginobili win a game

    Dec 17, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

    Manu Ginobili

    For the second night in a row, Manu Ginobili made the play. Or in this case, plays. He made the acrobatic off-the-glass layup. Then he beat Carmelo Anthony to the spot and took the charge. And this time nobody is questioning if he traveled. Or if the guy knows how to compete.

  5. Games of the night: The Spurs and Celtics keep right on winning

    Dec 17, 2010, 4:54 AM EDT

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    Spurs 113, Nuggets 112. Manu. Flipin. Ginobili. First Manu hits an acrobatic four-footer — twisting, splitting the double team and kiss it off the glass with English — to give the Spurs a one-point lead with 4.2 seconds left. Then on the other end he makes a perfectly-timed double team — not moving until Carmelo…

  6. Who goes No. 1 in the NBA Draft?

    Dec 16, 2010, 11:33 PM EDT

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    If you had asked “Who is going No. 1 in the 2011 NBA draft?” before the college basketball season started, the consensus was North Carolina’s freshman Harrison Barnes. Except Barnes is shooting 38.2 percent this season and 29.3 percent from three. He has not lived up to the hype and is sliding down the boards…

  7. Jimmy Kimmel sued over LeBron spoof — but not by LeBron

    Dec 16, 2010, 9:02 PM EDT

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    Maybe the only thing as common as outrage at LeBron James this summer was spoofs and Internet videos mocking all things LeBron. Because that’s how we roll here in America! Well, that and we roll to court because we love to sue. So it seems sort of inevitable that a LeBron spoof would end up…

  8. Mark Cuban looking to create college football playoff

    Dec 16, 2010, 6:44 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

    UPDATE 6:44 pm: I do not envy Bill Hancock, whose job it is to promote and speak well of the BCS. No doubt he believes everything he is saying – it’s called cognitive dissonance — but I can’t imagine spending my days promoting a flawed product most everyone hates. However, he responded to Mark Cuban’s…

  9. Steve Nash admits leg injury has hurt his shooting

    Dec 16, 2010, 6:23 PM EDT

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    Steve Nash is a career 43 percent shooter from beyond the arc. In 14 NBA seasons only one time did he shoot less than 40 percent on the season, and he still shot a respectable 37.4 percent. So you know something is wrong when since Nov. 15 — when he strained his groin — Nash…

  10. Rick Pitino in talks to coach Puerto Rico’s national team

    Dec 16, 2010, 4:43 PM EDT

    Chattanooga v Louisville

    We can say that this fits the PBT format because Rick Pitino once coached professionals (you can insert your Louisville basketball jokes here), or that the Puerto Rican national team features NBA players such as J.J. Barea and Carlos Arroyo. But the honest truth is we just find this fascinating. Pitino is in talks to…

  11. Rajon Rondo out a couple of weeks with ankle injury

    Dec 16, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

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    It looked bad when it happened Wednesday night — Rajon Rondo wanted to drive the lane against the Knicks, went right and tried to plant for a cut and his ankle just rolled. About as far as an ankle can roll. He came back in and played, but those things are often worse the next…

  12. Yao Ming out for rest of season with stress fracture in ankle

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    This is just heartbreaking. Yao Ming has a stress fracture in his left ankle, a different bone than the one that has been bruised and healing, but it almost certainly means he is out for the season, the Rockets announced today. Here is the official statement: An MRI performed today on Rockets center Yao Ming…

  13. Usual suspects lead early All-Star balloting

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Sacramento Kings

    Results from the first few weeks of All-Star balloting are in and… well, it’s exactly what you’d expect. Pretty boring stuff, really. Lots of Heat, Celtics, Lakers and Chinese voters. For the Eastern Conference, LeBron James would start at forward in the East with Kevin Garnett (Amar’e Stoudemire is third among East forwards), the guards…

  14. Report: Knicks have asked about Joel Przybilla

    Dec 16, 2010, 2:57 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    Depth is clearly an issue for the Knicks — they went with an eight-man rotation technically against the Celtics, but it was really six as that is how many played 10 minutes or more. Every starter played at least 36 minutes. Big minutes will mean wear and tear on guys like Raymond Felton and Amar’e…

  15. Jeremy Lin could be headed to the D-League soon

    Dec 16, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

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    Stephen Curry’s ankle sprain will heal eventually, and when it does Jeremy Lin could be headed to Reno and the D-League. You remember Lin, the Harvard star and Summer League sensation who was invited to camp and fought his way on to the Warriors roster with hustle and effort? The Warriors think he could be…

  16. Video: Mike D’Antoni talks about loss to Boston

    Dec 16, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v New York Knicks

    The Knicks were about as happy as a team could be after a heartbreaking loss. Consider it the dreaded moral victory if you want, but they went up against a title contender and stood toe-to-toe. Granted, a title contender without key parts of its front line, but still a contender. You take the victories where…

  17. Kobe Bryant endorses Turkish Airlines, Los Angeles Armenian community protests

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Turkish Airlines is going to start non-stop service from Los Angeles to Istanbul next March, and they wanted to raise their profile in America and abroad with an international star as an endorser. Meet Kobe Bryant. He’s big worldwide and pretty much the king of Los Angeles, so the two sides inked an endorsement deal.…

  18. Pistons sale hits rocks when real revenue numbers get seen

    Dec 16, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

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    Karen Davidson inherited the Detroit Pistons when her husband Bill passed away last year. The Pistons were his passion, not hers, she didn’t want to run a team. So she hired Citi Private Bank Sports Advisory to help her sell the Pistons and the Palace. They found a buyer in Michael Ilitch — who already…

  19. Did Manu Ginobili travel on his game winner? Yes he did.

    Dec 16, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

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    It was the other dramatic game winner Wednesday night — Manu Ginobili hit a step-back from the elbow as the buzzer sounded giving the Spurs 92-90 win over the Bucks. But was it legal? Watch the video below, Ginobili travels. Ginobili drives left (of course he does) with Luc Richard Mbah a Moute on him,…

  20. Video: Paul Pierce’s game winner, Stoudemire’s almost answer

    Dec 16, 2010, 8:54 AM EDT

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    It was one of the most dramatic endings to a game this season — and worth watching again. Paul Pierce with the veteran move trying to drive, getting his body into Stoudemire then hitting the step back. Stoudemire answering with a three to win the game — but just about .02 seconds too late (and…

  21. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Cleveland played better against the Heat. That counts for something.

    Dec 16, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    What you missed while wondering if snails can glow in the dark… Amar’e Stoudemire being .02 late and the Celtics winning in MSG is our game of the night. Heat 101, Cavaliers 95: It was the first meeting with the Heat that seemed to throw Cleveland into a funk. This game against the Heat seemed…

  22. Game of the night: Welcome back to big-time basketball, New York

    Dec 16, 2010, 1:12 AM EDT

    Paul Pierce

    Paul Pierce was taking bows after a December regular-season game. Spike Lee was out on the court yelling at the referees and the Celtics. The biggest stars were spectacular on a court lit like a stage. There was an impressive game-winner and almost a stunner that topped it — the best ending to a game…

  23. Kevin Durant named USA Basketball men’s player of year

    Dec 15, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

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    Was there any other choice? After leading Team USA to the FIBA World Championships gold medal this summer — the first time in 16 years the USA earned that — naming Kevin Durant USA Basketball male athlete of the year seems a no brainer. He was the FIBA Tournament MVP, making the selection even more…

  24. Bucks turn to Chris Douglas-Roberts, Ersan Ilyasova for some offense

    Dec 15, 2010, 6:52 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v New Orleans Hornets

    Last season the Bucks offense was no juggernaut — they finished 23rd in the league in offensive efficiency — but especially after the addition of John Salmons midseason they scored enough points so that, paired with one of the best defenses in the league, they were a threat. This season, the Bucks defense is even…

  25. Shaq to conduct the Boston Pops

    Dec 15, 2010, 5:52 PM EDT

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    Boston loves Shaquille O’Neal. They flock to see the guy when he decides to be a statue for an hour. Now he’s decided to be Arthur Fiedler. Shaq will be conducting the Boston Pops, the Associated Press reports. Next Monday the legendary orchestra will continue its annual holiday concert series at Symphony Hall and Shaq…

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