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  1. Eddie House almost went after Daniel Gibson last night

    Dec 3, 2010, 10:36 AM EDT

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    The fans may have been relatively good last night, but Miami’s Eddie House almost was not. Sam Amick of FanHouse has the story. Eddie House wasn’t willing to forgive Cavs guard Boobie Gibson for the events that led to double technical fouls in the late fourth quarter, and that standoff nearly segued into the worst…

  2. With handful of exceptions, Cavaliers fans well behaved for Heat game

    Dec 3, 2010, 8:19 AM EDT

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    When the Heat first ran out on the court for warmups Thursday night, one guy came up in LeBron James face. He was yelling and pointing — and quickly security was on him. He was ejected. That man was the exception to the rule. By and large Cavaliers fans wanted to boo and vent —…

  3. Other Game of the Night: Jason Richardson wins his homecoming in Oakland

    Dec 3, 2010, 5:55 AM EDT

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    What, there was another game Thursday night? Yes, one with a big homecoming too — Jason Richardson returned to Oakland… okay, maybe we can let this theme of the night go. But the Suns beat the Warriors 107-101 and Richardson did have 25 points. Both teams were in triple digits but the game wasn’t as…

  4. Video: LeBron’s postgame comments

    Dec 3, 2010, 1:35 AM EDT

    LeBron James

    Minutes after the Cavaliers were done throttling the Cleveland Cavaliers in LeBron Jame’s homecoming, James spoke to TNT’s Craig Sager and his relatively mild suit this time around. You can see the video below. At one point James said he would “just try to continue the greatness for myself here in Miami and just try…

  5. Game of the night: LeBron makes his point, the Heat do not

    Dec 3, 2010, 12:41 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Cleveland Cavaliers

    One thing we knew going into this game was the Heat were capable of just blowing out bad teams — 7 of their 11 wins had come by double digits over sub-.500 teams. Make that 8 of 12. For all the hype about the Cleveland fans getting to vent their anger at LeBron — and…

  6. Cavs/Heat first half notes: LeBron gets booed, can still ball

    Dec 2, 2010, 10:01 PM EDT

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    Some notes from the first half of LeBron James’ return to Cleveland, where the Heat are blowing out the Cavs 59-40 at the half: • Oh, he got booed. When LeBron came out for pregame warmups he was greeted by very loud boos, followed by a chant of “a—hole.” • One fan was ejected for…

  7. Doc Rivers the next coach in Miami rumors still floating around

    Dec 2, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Who is going to be the next coach of the Miami Heat has become almost as fun a guessing game in NBA circles as where will Carmelo Anthony land. And there are a number of people around the league who have been saying the answer may be Doc Rivers next season. The Miami Herald says…

  8. Signs in Cleveland Tonight: No LeBron Jerseys

    Dec 2, 2010, 7:12 PM EDT

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    The photo you see to the right is of one of the signs at the bar Harry Buffalo in Cleveland, putting up a dress code for tonight and giving you an idea of the mood in town. As you can see, this is no Indians game, you can’t bring your LeBron James Heat jersey in.…

  9. James, Heat players trying to prepare for Cleveland like every other game

    Dec 2, 2010, 5:21 PM EDT

    Indiana Pacers v Miami Heat

    It’s going to be different. Everyone knows tonight’s Miami Heat/Cleveland Cavaliers game is going to be emotional and raucous. But a few hours before tip off, Heat players told FanHouse they were feeling comfortable and just trying to treat this like any other basketball game. LeBron James said the game itself might be a refuge.…

  10. Report: League rescinds Carmelo Anthony’s second technical

    Dec 2, 2010, 4:36 PM EDT

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    Carmelo Anthony was thrown out of the game in the third quarter of the team’s win Wednesday night over Miami. But now the league has rescinded the second technical, according to Chris Tomasson of FanHouse. In the third quarter, Anthony drove the lane and thought his shot should have counted because it was goaltending by…

  11. LeBron returns to Cleveland, and nobody will leave feeling like a winner

    Dec 2, 2010, 4:08 PM EDT

    Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat

    Some team is going to win a basketball game tonight at Quicken Loans Arena. But is anybody going to walk out of the building tonight in Cleveland feeling like a winner? Feeling happy? When emotions are this intense, this raw, is that really even possible? Can anything — even a win by the Cavaliers —…

  12. Report: Carmelo Anthony not interested in New Jersey

    Dec 2, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    Memphis Grizzlies v Denver Nuggets

    CBS’s Ken Berger threw this little note in at the end of his weekly column: …executives are becoming more convinced that Anthony would not agree to an extension with the Nets — a stance that could kill New Jersey’s months-long bid for the superstar once and for all. The reason is he doesn’t want to…

  13. Ron Artest pretends to be Luis Scola on Houston radio

    Dec 2, 2010, 2:54 PM EDT

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    The Lakers may have lost four in a row — and Ron Artest may have missed a game winner at the buzzer in two of those — but the man still has his sense of humor. Artest called the official Houston Rockets radio post game show pretending to be Luis Scola as a prank (follow…

  14. Atlanta Hawks not going to miss Joe Johnson all that much

    Dec 2, 2010, 2:34 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Atlanta Hawks

    When a team’s leading scorer and acknowledged biggest star is going to be out for a month, the usual question is: Can they hold on? In Atlanta, it’s more like “Will it really matter?” Joe Johnson — the guy who got a bigger contract than LeBron James this summer — is going to be out…

  15. Foreshadowing? Heat’s plane has rough landing in Cleveland.

    Dec 2, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Miami Heat

    If you believe in omens, and you’re rooting against the Heat tonight, then keep on reading. The Heat literally had a rough landing in Cleveland last night coming in after beating Detroit, according to the Associated Press. Jackie Mayo, a spokeswoman for Cleveland Hopkins airport, says the crew of the Heat’s plane reported a wing…

  16. Dwight Howard can still block shots like nobody else

    Dec 2, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

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    The Orlando Magic have the best defense in the NBA. They are giving up just 97.4 points per 100 possessions so far. That shouldn’t be a surprise, they have been at or near the top of the league for years. It is why they are contenders (if the offense will help out just a little…

  17. Kevin Durant’s knee injury not serious, listed as day-to-day

    Dec 2, 2010, 12:54 PM EDT

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    Kevin Durant — the leading scorer in the league, the beating heart of the Oklahoma City Thunder, most likely to be named Captain America — sat out Wednesday night’s Thunder triple-overtime win because of a sore knee. The words “sore knee” and “Durant” in the same sentence are enough to give any basketball fan pause,…

  18. Charles Barkley on playing Obama: “I’ll kick his (behind)”

    Dec 2, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Charles Barkley speaks truth to power. Well, actually he just talks a lot. Some of it is truth, some bravado, some is… fertilizer. You can categorize Barkley’s comments to Conan O’Brien on taking on President Barack Obama in a game of one-on-one in in whichever of those categories you want (via Ball Don’t Lie). “I’m…

  19. Security in Cleveland tonight “not a police state”

    Dec 2, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    There is a fair amount of security at every NBA game — men who sit behind the team benches watching the crowd, for example — but it’s not overwhelming. Like every professional sporting event that is not a Raiders game, there is kind of a belief that fans are not there cause harm to players…

  20. LeBron, Heat players respond to Gilbert’s tampering charge

    Dec 2, 2010, 10:18 AM EDT

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    Cavaliers’ owner Dan Gilbert has allegedly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a Midwestern law firm to put together a tampering case with evidence against the Miami Heat and how they lured LeBron James from Cleveland to South Beach. What does LeBron think about that? Not much, he told FanHouse on the eve of…

  21. Forbes: Salary caps help make rich owners richer, poor poorer

    Dec 2, 2010, 9:56 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Los Angeles Lakers

    As we watch NBA owners and the Players Association play a game of chicken with our favorite sport, here comes a very interesting article out of Forbes (via Hardball Talk). Part of that CBA debate will be about the salary cap — keep the soft cap with exceptions that exists now or move to a…

  22. Russell Westbrook’s impressive putback slam

    Dec 2, 2010, 8:41 AM EDT

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    Three things about this play: 1) It’s damn impressive. 2) It should have been a technical for hanging on the rim. 3) It may have been his third best play in this game. His crossover breaking the ankles of Travis Outlaw followed by the drive where he got an and-one to seal he win in…

  23. Kings sue exercise ball maker for injury to Franciso Garcia

    Dec 2, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

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    Back in October 2009, the Sacramento Kings’ Francisco Garcia was lifting weights while on the Gymnic “Burst Resistant” Plus Stability Ball — when it did burst. Sure, sounds funny, but Garcia fell to the ground, broke his right wrist and missed time. Now the Kings are suing the Italian makers of that ball for $4…

  24. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Carlos Boozer is back. Rusty, but back.

    Dec 2, 2010, 3:15 AM EDT

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    What you missed while wondering how a woman in Spain got to own the sun… Russell Westbrook owned the Nets once it got to the third overtime in our Game of the Night. Magic 107, Bulls 78: Finally Carlos Boozer returns and looked…well, like a guy who hasn’t played competitive basketball in two months and…

  25. Game of the night: Russell Westbrook apparently really likes triple overtime

    Dec 2, 2010, 2:16 AM EDT

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    There was no Kevin Durant, no Devin Harris. Their knees would not allow it. That is why a lot of people did not notice that the Thunder and Nets were hooking up Wednesday night — but it turned out to be the best game you didn’t watch. It had triple overtime. It had brilliant plays…

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