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  1. Sixers Lou Williams to sit out back-to-back

    Dec 26, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

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    The Sixers best player off the bench — guard Lou Williams — is getting the greatest Christmas gift of all: a new baby daughter. Because of that, he has been given off the Sunday and Monday back-to-back for the Sixers, according to Comcast Bay Area’s Matt Steinmetz (on twitter). Sunday the Sixers play Denver, Monday…

  2. Shaq decides he wants a fine for Christmas, rips refs

    Dec 26, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

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    Stu Jackson — the NBA VP who decides who gets fined and when — doesn’t work on Christmas. So it may be a couple days until he gets around to fining Shaquille O’Neal. But he will. Shaq fouled out in just 12 minutes of play Saturday, then afterwards said this, as reported by FanHouse. “We…

  3. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Knicks and Magic try to make statements

    Dec 26, 2010, 4:31 AM EST

    Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, Dwight Howard

    What you missed while eating too much roast beast… We talked about the lessons from the Lakers/Heat already, so we’ll move on. Knicks 103, Bull 95: This one was close — tied with 10 minutes left — until Chicago missed their next 12 in a row, and ended  up shooting 26 percent in the fourth…

  4. What did we learn about the Heat? Lakers?

    Dec 26, 2010, 4:02 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Los Angeles Lakers

    On Christmas 2009, LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers thumped the Los Angeles Lakers pretty good, winning by 15. Come June, that game was meaningless. That 2009 game looked a lot like the 2010 Lakers/Heat game. Which is to say, the Heat’s 16-point win has no real predictive value. If these two teams do meet again in…

  5. Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee suspended by Wizards for game due to fight

    Dec 25, 2010, 10:46 PM EST

    McGee Blatche

    As if the Wizards were not going to face enough problems Sunday in San Antonio, now they are going ahead without their two centers. Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee have been suspended by the team for one game after an altercation between the two outside a Washington D.C. area bar turned physical and the Wizards’…

  6. Dwight Howard gets rare slow free throw foul, followed by technical

    Dec 25, 2010, 6:25 PM EST

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    Dwight Howard takes too long on his free throws. A blog name Center’s Little Helper (via TrueHoop) has been ripping him for it for a while — the NBA Rule Book says he can only take 10 seconds, he usually takes a few seconds longer. It’s his way of trying to compensate for his poor…

  7. Some Derrick Rose to whet your appetite

    Dec 25, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

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    There are only a small handful of players right now putting on as good a show as Derrick Rose every time he takes the the court. And he is your opener on Christmas — Rose’s Bulls visit the Knicks starting at noon eastern. Tune in for what may well be the most entertaining game on…

  8. Report: Nets looking to land Andre Miller along with ‘Melo

    Dec 25, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

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    The Denver Nuggets have suspended trade talks for Carmelo Anthony through the weekend, as Anthony is currently at home with his family after the untimely death of his sister. It was the classy and right thing for the Nuggets to do. But it doesn’t stop the rumor mill from cranking. The Nets are hoping to…

  9. Wizards JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche reportedly fight each other at club

    Dec 25, 2010, 7:50 AM EST

    McGee Blatche

    Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee haven’t functioned too well together on the court as the “frontcourt of the future” in Washington. But apparently things are worse off it — the two reportedly exchanged punches outside a Washington club early Friday morning, according to Michael Lee at the Washington Post. The two both verbally abused each…

  10. Tyreke Evans says he will not play All-Star weekend

    Dec 24, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

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    A combination of injuries — physical and emotional — have crippled Tyreke Evans‘ season. Plantar fasciitis, one of the NBA’s most unfortunate, nagging injuries, has hindered Evans throughout the year, and made sure that the reigning Rookie of the Year would not be selected to this year’s All-Star Game. Regardless, Evans is a shoe-in for…

  11. Santa puts five games under your tree (or on your new flat screen) for Christmas

    Dec 24, 2010, 2:44 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Phil Jackson and LeBron James may not like having to work — you don’t hear police and emergency room doctors complaining — but Christmas is a bounty for NBA fans. Presents, turkey AND ham, family and five basketball games. Perfect. Let’s break the games down. Bulls vs. Knicks (Noon ET, ESPN): This may well be…

  12. Let the “it’s just another game” banter begin

    Dec 24, 2010, 1:55 PM EST

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    The whole of NBA fandom will be watching the Heat take on the Lakers on Christmas in what will rightfully be billed as a possible finals preview. So it’s a big deal, as Brett Pollakoff tried to get LeBron James to say to FanHouse. And LeBron went nowhere near the bait. “If it’s against the…

  13. NBA getting serious about India as market

    Dec 24, 2010, 12:22 PM EST

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    There has never been an NBA player born in India — which puts it behind even Egypt. But India is the second most populous nation on the face of the earth and if David Stern is serious about globalization of the game — and he is — then India has to be targeted. And it…

  14. Gilbert Arenas happy coming off bench

    Dec 24, 2010, 11:23 AM EST

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    Gilbert Arenas looked settled into his new Magic role Thursday night — 14 points, 9 assists off the bench. Of course, everything with the Magic looked settled for one game — granted, one game against the team with the best record in the league, but one game. There still may be changes ahead. But Arenas…

  15. Mavericks find no interest in a trade for Brendan Haywood

    Dec 24, 2010, 10:58 AM EST

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    This summer, Brendan Haywood was going to be the solid, dependable center in the middle that the Mavericks would operate around. Hence the five-year, $42 million deal they gave him. Then Tyson Chandler came in and took over the starting center spot with his play. Haywood is now the expensive backup, playing about 18 or…

  16. Sacramento is just a train wreck

    Dec 24, 2010, 10:10 AM EST

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    DeMarcus Cousins — the guy who lost his starting job after coach Paul Westphal called him unprofessional — was coming off the court in the fourth quarter and was offered a high five by Westphal Thursday night. Cousins declined it. Westphal grabbed is arm and they had words. Again. And that may have been third…

  17. LeBron suggests contraction might not be a bad thing

    Dec 24, 2010, 9:31 AM EST

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    LeBron James never actually used the word contraction. But that is how it came off when he talked about three big name players in Miami being good for the sport, how a game against the Lakers was a reminder of better times. “How can it be bad for basketball when you have guys who want…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Is Orlando a running team now?

    Dec 24, 2010, 8:58 AM EST

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    What you missed while wrapping gifts… what do you mean you’re not done shopping?!? Magic 123, Spurs 101: The Orlando Magic got out and ran. They scored a season high 30 fast break points. There were 95 possessions in the game, closer to a Golden State Warrior pace than what we usually see from Orlando.…

  19. Heat’s Mike Miller almost went to the Lakers this summer

    Dec 23, 2010, 9:55 PM EST

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    The Lakers went into this season wanting to upgrade their backup at the three and to add some three-point shooting. Mike Miller does both those things. And he told 790 the Ticket in Miami’s Dan LeBatard that the Lakers made a run at him and it was tempting (via Sports Radio Interviews). Right away, during…

  20. Nuggets lay down Christmas in Hollis… poorly

    Dec 23, 2010, 8:19 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Carmelo Anthony may want to go to New York, but if New York sees this it may not want Carmelo Anthony. Maybe THE classic hip-hop Christmas song (what else is in the competition?) gets the Denver Nuggets treatment. Which seems appropriate because they have the players with more ink than any rapper on the planet.…

  21. Grizzlies Lionel Hollins drops F-bomb on 17-year-old fans

    Dec 23, 2010, 6:30 PM EST

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    NBA coaches get heckled all the time. Comes with the gig. Like those rude people behind Lionel Hollins the other night in Memphis daring to question why the hometown coach was leaving Hasheem Thabeet in the game and not putting Zach Randolph back in. According to a series of tweets from Chris Vernon of 730…

  22. Paul Silas says he wants Bobcats to run more

    Dec 23, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Los Angeles Lakers

    Has there ever been a coach hired who hasn’t said he wants his team to run more? If Jeff Van Gundy were hired to replace Mike D’Antoni, I fully expect Van Gundy would walk into his first press conference and say he wants the team to run more. It’s something coaches just say even when…

  23. Wade game-time decision Thursday with sore knee. Don’t worry, he’ll go on Christmas.

    Dec 23, 2010, 4:09 PM EST

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    Dwyane Wade missed the Miami Heat’s shoot around Thursday morning in Phoenix with a sore knee. Coach Erik Spoelstra said he would be a game-time decision against the Suns for Thursday night. The real reason this is news — does this mean he might not go on Christmas Day against the Lakers? Are you kidding…

  24. Tracy McGrady tells Toronto he is no Chris Bosh

    Dec 23, 2010, 3:51 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    There was a time when Tracy McGrady was public enemy No. 1 for Raptors fans, he had left Canada for Orlando and the fans felt jilted. He left to join the best players of his day on what everyone thought would be a powerhouse. He left a team without a coach and in disarray. Today…

  25. Rockets Jared Jeffries expects to be traded

    Dec 23, 2010, 3:04 PM EST

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    Jared Jeffries is a veteran, he can read the writing on the wall. He has played a total of 61 minutes for the Rockets this season, racking up more DPNs than games he has seen the floor (playing behind other forwards such as Chuck Hayes, Luis Scola and Shane Battier). He has an expiring $7.4…

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