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  1. Winderman: Cold dissection of every Miami Heat word may lead to fewer of them

    Nov 18, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    LeBron_media

    The media work room at AmericanAirlines Arena is the last thing you would expect in South Florida. It is a frosty experience. How cold? A certain transplanted journalist brought in to cover the team this season has been known to wear a ski cap while filing his articulate-yet-arctic postgame viewpoints. Yet the chill doesn’t stop…

  2. As expected, Cavaliers send Christian Eyenga to D-League

    Nov 18, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

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    Don’t worry Christian Eyenga, Erie is lovely this time of year — feel the lake effect! As has been expected, the Cavaliers have formally sent Eyenga down to the Erie Bayhawks of the D-League. He will open the season with them this week. Which is what should happen — Eyenga is a swingman with some…

  3. Acie Law may be on way out in Memphis

    Nov 18, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

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    Acie Law was brought in to be the backup point guard to Mike Conley. That has gone about as well as the midterm elections did for the Democrats. Rookie Greivis Vasquez has beaten out Law at the backup point spot. Through 10 games Law is giving them little — 1.2 points per game on 16.7…

  4. What is next for Greg Oden?

    Nov 18, 2010, 9:51 AM EDT

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    Friday, Greg Oden will have surgery on his knee. Again. Once again for a non-contact injury. This is a genuinely good person, a smart guy whose body continually betrays him. And that is sad. But we have to ask ourselves what is next? For him? For the Blazers? The team did not offer an extension…

  5. Video: Michael Beasley’s game winner

    Nov 18, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

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    Michael Beasley has been playing some good ball. He had 33 points on 14-23 shooting. And when the game is on the line for Minnesota he got the call — a pure isolation play for him. Credit where credit is due, he drains it. The Wolves get the win. We may not be totally sold…

  6. Stoudemire reminded that losing sucks

    Nov 18, 2010, 8:15 AM EDT

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    Amar’e Stoudemire has lived inside the fantasy world that Steve Nash creates for the last few years. A utopia of open looks and perfect passes in a city where it never snows. New York has been a different story. It’s been the gritty reality of the NBA, and that’s an adjustment. So is the losing,…

  7. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Heat are running and cruising

    Nov 18, 2010, 4:17 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Miami Heat

    What you missed while listening to Johnny Depp read Keith Richards autobiography… Our game of the night is a reminder that the Spurs are still the Spurs, click for details. Heat 123, Suns 96: The Heat came out and wanted to make sure Chris Bosh felt loved and wanted — he had the first eight…

  8. Greg Oden to have microfracture surgery, out for season again

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:38 PM EDT

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    Greg Oden is about to miss another season with his second microfracture surgery, the team has announced. Another injury to his knees, something that has to make you question if we will ever see the injury plagued former No. 1 overall pick on the court again. The Basketball Gods have it in for this man,…

  9. Rip Hamilton ejected five minutes into Lakers/Pistons game

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:20 PM EDT

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    How you feel about Rip Hamilton’s ejection less than five minutes into the Lakers game against the Pistons is like a Rorschach test for how you feel about the NBA’s new “respect for the game” enforcement and use of technical fouls. At the 7:01 mark of the first quarter, Hamilton was whistled for his second…

  10. New Warriors owners not sure how they outbid Larry Ellison either

    Nov 17, 2010, 8:33 PM EDT

    Joe Lacob, Peter Guber

    There was a given going into the sale of the Warriors — if he wanted the team, Silicon Valley mogul Larry Ellison could win the auction. Easy. You know how rich Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov is? Trail Blazer owner Paul Allen (he of the ground floor of Microsoft)? Ellison is worth more than both of…

  11. New Jersey teen pleads guilty to calling in NBA Offices bomb threats

    Nov 17, 2010, 4:48 PM EDT

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    A 19-year-old former security guard has pled guilty to calling in bomb threat to the NBA offices in New Jersey, according to the Bergen Record. Jose L. Quesada Jr. admitted to U.S. District Judge Jose L. Linares that he made the threatening calls with his cellphone over a period of days beginning July 26. At…

  12. Rockets not bad, but adrift in NBA’s middle ground without a star to guide them

    Nov 17, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

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    There are two parts to constructing a winning team. First, get yourself a superstar or two. Next, get complementary and affordable role players to go around them that fit the system. The Houston Rockets have the second part of this down, it’s the first part that has Daryl Morey stuck. But he’s trying, according to…

  13. Andrew Bynum finds it’s illegal to be going double the speed limit

    Nov 17, 2010, 2:37 PM EDT

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    Last night, Andrew Bynum was on the court before the Lakers took on the Milwaukee Bucks, practicing some moves while wearing a heavy knee brace. No defense, not a lot of speed, just some court work, but that’s a step forward toward his return in a few weeks. On Oct. 29, Andrew Bynum was behind…

  14. Like a Bosh, the video

    Nov 17, 2010, 1:57 PM EDT

    The guys at The Basketball Jones are just bloody brilliant. Because nobody could sum up Chris Bosh’s career in rap better than some white guys from Toronto… okay that sounds weird, but it really does work.

  15. Spurs sign Danny Green to deal

    Nov 17, 2010, 1:38 PM EDT

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    The Spurs let Alonzo Gee go, which dropped their roster down to 12 players. League rules require a team to carry 13 players. Hello Danny Green. The Spurs have signed the former Tarheel swingman, according to a tweet from Jeff McDonald of the Express-News. This is really an extended tryout for Green more than anything.…

  16. This time they mean it: Eva Longoria files for divorce from Tony Parker

    Nov 17, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 9:13 pm: Tony Parker commented briefly on his divorce before the Spurs game Wednesday night, trying to draw a distinction between his public and private lives. 1: 06 pm: Two days ago her people were denying it up and down, but today the papers were in court — Eva Longoria has filed for divorce…

  17. Thunder winning games, just not expectation game

    Nov 17, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

    Durant_Westbrook

    The Oklahoma City Thunder are 6-4, which means they are on pace for about 49 wins this season. Kevin Durant leads the league in scoring. If the playoff started today after an absurdly short regular season, they would be the seven seed in the West. That coming after a season where they won 50 games,…

  18. Anthony Parker’s hustle and flow (and flip)

    Nov 17, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

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    Anthony Parker made a coach’s play. This is the kind of little thing that gets you more burn next game. The kind of thing a coach remembers more than just another corner three. The Cavaliers are 5-5 and currently your sixth seed in the East because (in part) they are playing hard for Byron Scott.…

  19. His doctor says David Lee’s elbow still looks like he was in a bar brawl

    Nov 17, 2010, 11:08 AM EDT

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    David Lee did what he had been trained to do since junior high — get the rebound. Use your big body, that is your ball. That space this time happened to include Wilson Chandler’s face. And teeth. Which is where Lee’s elbow landed. I know nothing about Chandler’s state of oral hygiene — it’s called…

  20. Dallas’ blueprint for corralling Rajon Rondo

    Nov 17, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    Rondo_Mavs

    Rajon Rondo is playing so well — assisting on half of his team’s baskets when he is on the floor, pitching in 10.8 points per game, playing great defense — that his name is mentioned in early MVP talks. It’s far too premature to talk about that, but Rondo has been amazing at adapting to…

  21. Troy Murphy spends a lot of time on the bench for a guy making $12 million

    Nov 17, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

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    Troy Murphy is making $12 million this season, the Nets big summer acquisition that was going to bring some scoring punch from the four. He was going to mentor Derrick Favors. He would be a big part of the franchise — for a year, then the franchise would try to go get someone they really…

  22. Billups 75-footer waived off for traveling

    Nov 17, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

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    It was the right call. Which sucks because everyone outside of the five boroughs wants to give him a little something for the effort. But Chauncey Billups did travel before hitting this fantastic shot. But we’re going to show it to you anyway. Because we can.

  23. Lakers shopping for short-term backup center

    Nov 17, 2010, 8:20 AM EDT

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    With Andrew Bynum still a few weeks away, Theo Ratliff out for a month or more after knee surgery, Lamar Odom’s sore foot and so on, the Lakers may be looking for some help. So that Pau Gasol doesn’t have to play 43 minutes, like he did against the Bucks Tuesday. Phil Jackson said the…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where Denver, Portland and Derrick Rose dominate late

    Nov 17, 2010, 5:27 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    What you missed as you were wowed by artistic satellite images of earth… The Lakers offense was an unstoppable force, beating the Bucks in our game of the night… Nuggets 120, Knicks 118: For three-plus quarters this looked like every recent Knicks game — they just don’t have the shooters. You would think they should…

  25. Game of the night: Where the Bucks didn’t want a shootout with the Lakers

    Nov 17, 2010, 4:01 AM EDT

    Corey Maggette, Pau Gasol, Matt Barnes

    This was supposed to be strength-on-strength. Los Angeles versus Milwaukee. The League’s best offense so far (the Lakers) versus the best defense so far (the Bucks). The Lakers were scoring 116.7 points per 100 possessions, the Bucks were giving up just 96.9. Something had to give. The Bucks gave. Not just gave, collapsed. Reverted to…

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