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Kurt Helin

  1. Game of the night: The running of the Celtics

    Nov 12, 2010, 2:30 AM EDT

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    Boston is supposed to be the old men. Miami is supposed to be the young bucks unstoppable in transition. Then why is it that that all night long Boston was the team pushing the ball in transition, getting some easy buckets on the run? Miami was slowed, hesitant. It speaks to where these teams are…

  2. Phil Jackson says Lakers can’t win 70, but Heat could

    Nov 11, 2010, 10:36 PM EDT

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    Phil Jackson is in mid-season mind games form. People have started asking if the 8-0 Lakers could win 72 games — they’ve looked pretty dominant and they don’t even have Andrew Bynum in the fold yet. It’s not going to happen, we all know it and Phil Jackson has said so before. But when asked…

  3. Yao Ming has ankle sprain, will miss one week. Which is good news, actually.

    Nov 11, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

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    Only with Yao Ming is the news he will be out a week greeted with a sigh of relief. Yao rolled his ankle against the Wizards Wednesday night but tests on Thursday showed no structural damage, according to the Houston Chronicle. Yao will miss a week, but that is much better than was feared. Brad…

  4. Andres Nocioni fined $25K for throwing mouthpiece

    Nov 11, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

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    Frankly, this whole story is gross. Andres Nocioni, in frustration during the Sixers loss to the Thunder Wednesday night, threw his mouthpiece into the stands. Then apparently he wanted it back, and a Sixers employee had to go retrieve it, according to Liberty Ballers. Thursday the league announced a $25,000 fine for Nocioni for throwing…

  5. Losses? Whatever. Record numbers watching Miami Heat games.

    Nov 11, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Boston Celtics

    The Miami Heat taking on the Utah Jazz in November set a record for the most watched regular season Heat game in the history of the Sun Sports television network. Think about that for a second. November against the Jazz earned a 7.2 rating and that beat anything in the Shaquille O’Neal era. The title…

  6. Jonny Flynn expected to return to Timberwolves next Wednesday

    Nov 11, 2010, 4:42 PM EDT

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    The Minnesota Timberwolves have not gotten good production out of the point guard position this season. Now, to be fair, look at the numbers and you see they haven’t gotten good production at any position except the four (I’m tired of pimping Kevin Love in spots like this, so just pretend I did). But unlike…

  7. Sixers Lou Williams has separated shoulder, now day-to-day

    Nov 11, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Lou Williams has been the Sixers scoring spark off the bench, giving the Sixers 16.4 points per game with a true shooting percentage of 56.4 and a PER of 20. He has filled the role very well. But he has had a setback now, a dislocated AC joint shoulder that has him listed as day-to-day,…

  8. Spurs rookie James Anderson has foot surgery, out eight weeks

    Nov 11, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

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    Whenever the phrase “pin inserted in foot” and “NBA player” are in the same sentence, it’s not good. Spurs rookie James Anderson underwent foot surgery today to repair a stress fracture in his fifth metatarsal and will be out two months because of it, according to tweets from Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News. Anderson,…

  9. Shaq likely play tonight against Miami

    Nov 11, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

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    Shaquille O’Neal went through morning shoot around with the Boston Celtics and Doc Rivers said after practice there is a “good chance” he will to play Thursday night in a marquee showdown against Miami. Jermaine O’Neal did not go through anything with the team this morning. So while both O’Neals are listed as game time…

  10. Knee pain has robbed him of explosiveness, but Brandon Roy still starting

    Nov 11, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

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    Brandon Roy played just 20 minutes against Detroit Tuesday night. Roy the explosive athlete and game changer is missing, his left knee is bothering him to the point the Trail Blazers are having everything reviewed by a specialist in Los Angeles, with an answer expected maybe early next week. But when the Blazers hit the…

  11. Teams calling Timberwolves about Kevin Love, getting nowhere

    Nov 11, 2010, 1:16 PM EDT

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    “You know, if you’re not going to play him, we’ll take him off your hands…” The Minnesota Timberwolves front office has gotten a few calls that essentially went like that, inquiring about the availability of Kevin Love in a trade, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports. All those inquiries “have been met with an…

  12. Robin Lopez admits he’s not the same player physically

    Nov 11, 2010, 12:36 PM EDT

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    We’ve detailed how Robin Lopez is off to a slow start this season, which is bad news for a Suns team that is tissue paper inside without him. Now he has fessed up to why the slow start — while his back isn’t painful from last year’s bulging disc issue, he’s never fully regained his…

  13. Nets to take over D-League’s Springfield Armor

    Nov 11, 2010, 11:50 AM EDT

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    No, the New Jersey Nets are not a D-League team. Stop it, that joke is not funny. Anymore. But the Nets are going to own a D-League team, according to the Associated Press. The Nets are going to take over operations of the Springfield Armor, much in the same way the Rockets run the Rio…

  14. Report: Miami, Phoenix start talking to Erick Dampier again

    Nov 11, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

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    The Erick Dampier free agency experiment really has defied easy explanation. He was bought out by the Charlotte Bobcats back well before the season to save cash, that was a given. Then we expected he would latch on pretty quickly somewhere — he’s a serviceable backup big man who would play for near the minimum,…

  15. Miami ready to push back on physical play

    Nov 11, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    The first edition of the “how to beat Miami” book is out around the league — and there is a whole chapter on “pushing them around.” Being physical. Miami is ready to push back, they told ESPN. “You have to anticipate that teams are going to be physical with us … are going to try…

  16. Joakim Noah on Kevin Garnett” “I don’t like him”

    Nov 11, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

    Chicago Bulls v Boston Celtics, Game 2

    There was a time — old timers will tell you a better time, I’m not so convinced — when the players didn’t shake hands before the game, didn’t hang out together and workout together in the offseason, didn’t know or really like each other. Joakim Noah is a bit of a throwback that way, as…

  17. Miami still figuring out how to use Chris Bosh

    Nov 11, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Miami Heat

    Every fanbase seems to pick someone on the team to be their whipping boy — the guy whose fault it is, even when it isn’t. Someone to be the lightning rod of fan wrath. In Miami, it seems to have become Chris Bosh. And with the now national Heat fan base, he has taken incoming…

  18. John Wall’s triple-double, we have video evidence

    Nov 11, 2010, 8:17 AM EDT

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    John Wall is just fun to watch play the game. Fast and smooth. Last night he picked up his first NBA triple-double — 20 points, 13 assists and 10 boards. The only guys to get a triple-double faster in the NBA have names like Magic and Oscar. And Wall is still just figuring it out,…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where this Wall kid, we kind of like him

    Nov 11, 2010, 4:24 AM EDT

    Houston Rockets v Washington Wizards

    What you missed while trying to wrap your head around the idea the T-Rex was probably covered with feathers… Our game of the night had the Jazz completing a sweep of Florida by beating the Magic. Get the details here. Wizards 98, Rockets 91: Triple-double for young John Wall in this one — 20 points,…

  20. Game of the night: When the Jazz are down 18, they have you just where they want you.

    Nov 11, 2010, 4:14 AM EDT

    Vince Carter, Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap

    A huge comeback in an NBA game — to pick a random number, let’s say from 18 points down — is not a one-sided exercise. That’s how fans see it, how coaches often see it. Stan Van Gundy looks at how Orlando lost to Utah 104-94 Wednesday night after leading by 18 and sees his…

  21. Yao Ming leaves game with leg injury

    Nov 10, 2010, 11:59 PM EDT

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    Yao Ming played physical basketball, the only way he really knows how. And the results seemed sadly familiar, if not that serious Yao played 6:14 of the first quarter — having a couple run ins with JaVale McGee of the Washington Wizards — and he left at that point with a tendon injury.  The run…

  22. Kobe looks good in slo-mo

    Nov 10, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Fun video of Kobe Bryant making it a rough night for OJ Mayo and the Memphis Grizzlies. As he has done so many others. But watching him in slow motion — and the reactions of Mayo trying to stay with him — gives you a real sense of just how difficult he is to defend.

  23. Lakers to unveil Jerry West statue in front of Staples Center All Star Weekend

    Nov 10, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

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    It doesn’t get any more iconic than being “The Logo.” So it seems fitting that the Lakers are going to honor Jerry West — the legendary Lakers player and general manager — with a statue in Star Plaza outside Staples Center. The statue will be unveiled All-Star Weekend (which is at Staples this year). West…

  24. Report: Hornets looking at trades, even called about Iguodala

    Nov 10, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

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    While we’re all marveling at the transformation we see in New Orleans, let’s not pretend that they are testing the Lakers — or likely even the Spurs or Mavericks — come the playoffs. The Hornets are much better, but not elite or really on that next tier yet. The Hornets front office gets that, too.…

  25. Tons of Steve Nash trade chatter, none of it from Phoenix

    Nov 10, 2010, 3:09 PM EDT

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    Suddenly everybody wants to talk about where Steve Nash is going to end up, he is second on the “most discussed trade” hit parade, right behind Carmelo Anthony, and everyone is speculating about an end destination. How about Phoenix? For all the talk, there are a number of reasons that the Suns are just not…

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