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  1. Poll: Can any team in the West keep the Lakers from the finals?

    Nov 16, 2010, 8:13 PM EDT

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    The New Orleans Hornets started 8-0. The Dallas Mavericks beat the Hornets (and Boston too) and have looked good. The Spurs have won seven in a row despite a slumping Tim Duncan. The Denver Nuggets and Phoenix Suns have already done it once in the regular season. Before the season started the consensus was that…

  2. New date asbestos Knicks/Magic game set

    Nov 16, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Hold your tickets. If you had seats for the Orlando Magic’s visit to Madison Square Garden Nov. 2 — the game cancelled because stuff believed to be asbestos fell from the building ceiling onto the playing surface area — we have your new game information. The contest is set for March 28 at 7:30 p.m.…

  3. What really matters is the Heat are blowing out bad teams. Seriously.

    Nov 16, 2010, 4:12 PM EDT

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    It’s an interesting NBA statistical trend — how many 15 points blowout wins a team gets a season is a better indicator of how they will do in the playoffs than how many less-than-5-point wins they gutted out. It’s counter-intuitive, good teams are supposed to win close games, right? We’ve been told that forever. But…

  4. Iguodala, still nursing Achilles, will sit Tuesday against Cavaliers

    Nov 16, 2010, 3:07 PM EDT

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    Andre Iguodala has a lingering right Achilles tendon issue that has kept him out of a couple of games and some practices lately. You can add Tuesday night’s Sixers/Cavaliers matchup to the list. He had to leave practice early because of soreness Monday and will now sit out Tuesday, according to the Associated Press. Andres…

  5. Tim Duncan slumping because his midrange game has deserted him

    Nov 16, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

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    Tim Duncan has not scored in double digits for three straight games. For Duncan, that is career first. It’s shocking. The guy is an automatic double-double machine, one of the best basketball players walking the face of the earth — even if people don’t know his name. But this season he has been off, and…

  6. Lakers’ Theo Ratliff has knee surgery, out 4-6 weeks

    Nov 16, 2010, 2:05 PM EDT

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    Theo Ratliff was supposed to be some insurance for the Lakers, a veteran big man they could use a few minutes a game until Andrew Bynum returned, a guy who could get rebounds and body up (read: foul) opposing bigs in some matchups. But not for the next month or so. Ratliff had his knee…

  7. Mark Cuban and Miami Heat schadenfreude

    Nov 16, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

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    Mark Cuban may not know what the word schadenfreude means, but he knows the feeling. This what he said to ESPN Radio Dallas (via Sports Radio Interviews). “Hallelujah, boys, is that great or what? … How cool is that? Now, they could still turn it around and win out for all that matters, but you’re…

  8. Mike D’Antoni isn’t going anywhere. Right now, anyway.

    Nov 16, 2010, 12:37 PM EDT

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    By and large, Knicks fans bought in to what team president Donnie Walsh was selling about Mike D’Antoni — you couldn’t judge him on the first two seasons. The roster had to be gutted to clear out cap space. He didn’t have the players to win regardless of system. This is the first season you…

  9. Dysfunction in Detroit: Tayshaun Prince and coach John Kuester have words. Again.

    Nov 16, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

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    If the NBA has a soap opera this season, it may be set in Detroit. Monday night came the most public of this season’s spectacles — Tayshaun Prince and coach John Kuester had words on the bench. Very public, very heated words. Kuester had pulled Prince in the second quarter for feeling he had not…

  10. David Stern takes on Colbert Nation

    Nov 16, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    You think Bud Selig would go on the Colbert Report? If for no other reason, that’s why you have to love David Stern — he can go on a show designed to mock, hold his own and get his point across. The man’s gift as a negotiator and public speaker is undeniable. No new ground…

  11. Vecsey says Carmelo Anthony wants to win now, play for Knicks. We’re confused, too.

    Nov 16, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

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    The conflict in what Carmelo Anthony says he wants is right out there in the open after the latest report: Find a way to make the Nuggets the best team in the West this season — so trade for a big asset without trading anything away — or trade me to the Knicks so I…

  12. Zach Randolph wants an extension and he wants it now

    Nov 16, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

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    Zach Randolph wants his money and he wants it now. He was very direct with Tim Povtak of FanHouse when asked about wanting to negotiate a contract extension for after the end of this season and the $17.3 million he is getting paid. He wants a deal in place before the new Collective Bargaining Agreement…

  13. Celtics Jermaine O’Neal to be out weeks, not days

    Nov 16, 2010, 9:54 AM EDT

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    What, you didn’t expect Celtics centers to start getting healthy, did you? Doc Rivers Monday told WEEI not to be expecting Jermaine O’Neal, one of this summer’s free agent acquisitions in Boston, back for a little while. “Two, three weeks would be a guestimate,” Doc Rivers said Monday. “We don’t know exactly. We’re going through…

  14. Bobcats make the Timberwolves defense look really bad

    Nov 16, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

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    Making Minnesota’s defense look bad has not really been a huge challenge for teams this season, but credit the Bobcats for doing it in spectacular fashion Monday night with this nifty little ally-oop right before the half.

  15. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where streaks came to an end

    Nov 16, 2010, 5:57 AM EDT

    Trevor Ariza

    What you missed while wishing you were spending a beautiful day in Big Sur… Mavericks 98, Hornets 95: It was bound to happen. It was doubly bound to happen after this humble blog — and basically everyone else — put the undefeated Hornets atop their power rankings this week. Player of the game? I’d vote…

  16. Serge Ibaka flies, Gary Neal is in a poster

    Nov 15, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Just a little more fun from last night, because when they run the Thunder are fun. And Gary Neal, welcome to the NBA.

  17. NBA Power Rankings, where we have a new number one

    Nov 15, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

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    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, or, how Laker fans shouldn’t panic unless they get up by 18 against the Jazz. 1. Hornets (8-0). They are not going to win 82, or 72, or even 62. But what this kind of start does is make it very likely they are playoff bound. And after watching them…

  18. Kobe tells owners to “look in the mirror”

    Nov 15, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Kobe Bryant, when he is serious, is direct. You will not confuse what he says with what he means — it is straight and plain. Kobe was serious when talking with CBS’s Ken Berger about the upcoming Collective Bargaining Agreement negotiations. “I think the owners need to look in the mirror,” Bryant told CBSSports.com when…

  19. Knicks still suck, and Stoudemire doesn’t like it

    Nov 15, 2010, 10:21 AM EDT

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    The New York Knicks are 3-7 and dropped five in a row now. Including to Minnesota and a previously struggling Rockets team in the last two. Knicks fans booed the home team Sunday after their latest loss. Amar’e Stoudemire told ESPNNewYork that he didn’t like that. “It’s definitely something that I’m not accustomed to. It’s…

  20. Kings’ Jason Thompson can be yours, if you want him

    Nov 15, 2010, 10:12 AM EDT

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    Interesting note out of ESPN’s Mark Stein this morning: (Sacramento forward Jason) Thompson is averaging just 15.4 minutes per game off the bench and has been shopped by the Kings, who according to one source with knowledge of the talks offered the 6-11, 250-pounder to Atlanta in a deal featuring young point guard Jeff Teague.…

  21. Some Sunday highlights, where Kobe is just ridiculous

    Nov 15, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

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    We know you couldn’t take your eyes off that gripping Bills/Lions game yesterday, who could? That is some captivating sports television, right there. But that means you missed some NBA action, like the Lakers losing due to a flurry of threes from the Suns. And of course, you missed the usual flurry of NBA highlights.…

  22. Brandon Roy doesn’t need surgery because his knees have no cartilage

    Nov 13, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Well, good news Blazers fans — Brandon Roy doesn’t need surgery on his sore knees. The bad news is, well, the reason he doesn’t need surgery, as reported by Jason Quick at the Oregonian. There’s no meniscus left to operate on in Roy’s left knee. “Nah. None. Not in my right, either,” Roy said Friday.…

  23. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where we watch Pistons/Clippers so you don’t have to

    Nov 13, 2010, 3:47 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Atlanta Hawks

    What you missed while being blinded by Oregon’s home court this season… Timberwolves 112, Knicks 103: We talked about Kevin Love’s 31-31 night that sparked the come-from-behind win. Michael Beasley also dropped 35 in this one. He had 42 the other night. We’re far from convinced with him, but we’re watching now. Jazz 90, Hawks…

  24. All you need is Love — Kevin gets 31 points, 31 rebounds

    Nov 13, 2010, 3:27 AM EDT

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    The Detroit Pistons were in the visiting locker room at Staples Center, having just beaten the Clippers, when all of a sudden Tracy McGrath just let’s out a “day-am” that turns heads when he saw it on his phone, according to Eric Incus of HoopsWorld. Rudy Gay was tweeting about it. Even for other NBA…

  25. Heat considering starting lineup changes, but options limited

    Nov 12, 2010, 11:54 PM EDT

    LeBron James,  Dwayne Wade, Joel Anthony, Chris Bosh, Carlos Arroyo

    It is way too early to panic in Miami. If you thought it was as simple as just rolling out the basketball, well, you’re one of those people that thinks Phil Jackson has just been lucky. Eleven times. It was going to take time to figure out how to activate both LeBron James and Dwyane…

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