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  1. Toddler dies after fall from luxury suites after Lakers game

    Nov 22, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 2:06 pm: The parents of the two-year-old boy had been taking pictures of him, then were looking at the digital pictures and lost track of the boy for a second when he crawled over the railing and fell 50 feet to his death, according to the Los Angeles Police department, as told to the…

  2. Josh Smith says Hawks not planning to trade him

    Nov 22, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

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    Josh Smith has come up in a lot of rumors lately, from the ridiculous (Rip Hamilton, really?) to big move stuff like Steve Nash rumors. With Al Horford inked to a big deal, can they really keep Smith long term, too? But the Hawks told Josh Smith he’s not going anywhere, which is what Smith…

  3. NBA Power Rankings, where the Spurs, they jingle, jangle, jingle

    Nov 22, 2010, 12:52 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, or, how the West looks better than the East right now by a long shot. 1. Spurs (11-1). Distraction? What are you talking about? Right now the Spurs are focused and playing the best basketball in the association — and the offense is really clicking with Parker dishing a little…

  4. Heat’s options without Haslem: More Juwan Howard or get another player. Yuck.

    Nov 22, 2010, 11:09 AM EDT

    Charlotte Bobcats v Miami Heat

    More Juwan Howard? If this were 1988, that might be a good call for a team, but we’ve all moved on from that year, something evidenced by the fact we no longer consider “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” good music. In 2010 both Howard and Bobby McFerrin should be used only in moderation. But right now,…

  5. Billups wants to stay in Denver, knows that may not happen

    Nov 22, 2010, 10:11 AM EDT

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    Remember when Chauncey Billups was brought in to Denver, a change at the point as the shoot-first Allen Iverson went to Detroit? That move changed who the Nuggets were, it brought a seriousness and professionalism to their identity. That is when they became a threat in the West. Billups likes it in Denver, but he…

  6. Video: Pau Gasol goes 10-for-10 from the floor

    Nov 22, 2010, 9:59 AM EDT

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    Pau Gasol can shoot the rock. Great footwork, great touch, can finish with either hand. He is the most skilled big man in the game today. And he destroyed the Golden State Warriors, going 10-for-10 from the floor. Part of it was the Warriors thought about using Vladimir Radmanovic on him, but watch the video…

  7. Raptors would consider trading Peja Stojakovic again

    Nov 22, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v New Orleans Hornets

    Hey, Peja Stojakovic. Before you get totally unpacked and settled in up in Toronto, you may want to hear what team general manager Brian Colangelo told reporters Sunday. Via Ryan McNeill’s twitter: Colangelo also said that the team would look into a trade or buyout if Peja Stojakovic doesn’t like his role here in Toronto.…

  8. Nuggets wanted Brook Lopez in Carmelo Anthony trade

    Nov 22, 2010, 8:12 AM EDT

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    Now it is coming into focus why the Nets and Nuggets have never quite worked out the Carmelo Anthony trade… According to Sam Amick at FanHouse, the Nuggets wanted the one untouchable on the Nets Roster. … although a league source with knowledge of the Nets’ discussions said Denver has pushed instead for third-year center…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where Boston lost to Toronto and we were confused by that

    Nov 22, 2010, 2:34 AM EDT

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    What you missed while watching the MLS championship be decided on an own goal… Raptors 102, Celtics 101: Rajon Rondo sat this one out and Nate Robinson started in his place and ended with 22 points on 8 of 14 shooting — but he had just two assists. The Celtics offense just felt different. Thing…

  10. Udonis Haslem has ligament tear in foot, out until All-Star break at least

    Nov 21, 2010, 10:43 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 10:43 pm: The recovery time on this is a lot worse than we first thought — depending on the surgery or other options, Haslem could be out until the All-Star break in February, if not longer. If you want an idea of how this impacts the Heat: Memphis outrebounded the Heat 16-5 after Haslem…

  11. Fear Blake Griffin. Fear. Him.

    Nov 21, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Yes, the Clippers suck. Yes, they lost — again — to the New York Knicks Saturday night. But Blake Griffin is a beast. A physical force. A highlight reel. A reason to actually watch Clippers games. He had 44 points and 15 rebounds against the Knicks. We know you didn’t spend your Saturday night watching…

  12. Miami’s Udonis Haslem may have serious foot injury

    Nov 21, 2010, 9:01 AM EDT

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    Udonis Haslem, who has been the heart of the Miami Heat’s defense and the one player who has brought unquestioned effort every night, may be out with a foot injury. He had to be helped off the court during the Heat’s eventual loss to the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday. The team said that the X-rays cane…

  13. Steve Nash to sit out Saturday in Charlotte, may miss Monday also

    Nov 20, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

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    Pelvic instability is no laughing matter. Sure, it kind of sounds like it should be, but it’s not. So stop snickering. It’s keeping Steve Nash out of his second consecutive game Saturday night in Charlotte, and he likely will miss Monday in Houston, also, according to Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. Officially, this is…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: No Durant, no problem for OKC.

    Nov 20, 2010, 8:13 AM EDT

    Russell Westbrook

    What you missed while playing ‪Manny Pacquiao’s Punchout‬… Thunder 89, Celtics 84: No Kevin Durant. No Jeff Green. The Thunder missed their last 15 shots from the field. And they still handed Boston its first loss of the season at home. Part of it, as it has been all season with Oklahoma City, is free…

  15. Poll: Was Kobe wrong to do the Call of Duty ad?

    Nov 19, 2010, 7:27 PM EDT

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    You’ve all seen it by now — and if you haven’t we can make it easy for you, it’s right here, we’re all about customer service — Kobe Bryant was one of the celebrities in the new ad for Call of Duty. Which sent some columnists off the deep end, thinking that Kobe crossed a…

  16. Joey Graham has found a solid spot in the rotation in Cleveland

    Nov 19, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    Joey Graham

    Sometimes you just have to keep plugging away to find your niche. Joey Graham has played four years in Toronto, one in Denver, but never really found a spot that worked for him in the NBA. He’s never averaged more than 20 minutes a game, often struggled for consistent playing time. He didn’t seem to…

  17. Kevin Durant to sit out against Celtics Friday

    Nov 19, 2010, 6:24 PM EDT

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    UPDATE #2 6:24 pm: It is official, Durant is going to sit out the Celtics/Thunder Friday night matchup due to a sprained ankle suffered Wednesday night against the Rockets. An MRI showed no structural damage, but it’s too much to play through. The Oklahoman had a quote from the man. “After the game, I think…

  18. Danilo Gallinari doesn’t want to be a star, just a baller

    Nov 19, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

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    There are certain players on certain teams who want to be inspired by the bright lights in New York City, to be the big star on the big stage with the Knicks. We’re not going to name names here, but one such player may have a name that rhymes with Darmelo Danthony. Danilo Gallinari as…

  19. Batum on ‘Melo: “We know that he doesn’t want to play defense.”

    Nov 19, 2010, 3:25 PM EDT

    Carmelo Anthony, Wesley Mathews

    What was Portland’s offensive strategy Thursday night against Denver? How did Wes Mathews and Nicolas Batum end up with 34 points between them? Batum said the plan was to attack with whomever Carmelo Anthony was guarding, he told the Associated Press. “We tried to attack him,” Batum said. “We know that he doesn’t want to…

  20. Chris Bosh not chill on reaction to “chill” (and he talks rebounds)

    Nov 19, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Miami Heat

    Ira Winderman talked about it the other day — the Heat are adjusting as much to the media scrutiny and the circus off the court with them as they are on the court. Every word they say gets dissected. Like when Chris Bosh said that coach Erik Spoelstra wants to practice and “we wanna chill.”…

  21. Yao Ming out at least two more weeks

    Nov 19, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

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    Remember that ankle sprain that was going to keep Yao Ming out a week? Yeah, funny thing about that. Turns out it’s a bone bruise in the ankle and it will be about two more weeks before he is back on the court. The real issue is conditioning after he can run again, according to…

  22. Jason Kidd stops making sense

    Nov 19, 2010, 12:56 PM EDT

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    From the fertile and somewhat demented minds of the Dallas Mavericks marketing department, we bring you: Jason Kidd in the Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime” video takeoff. Complete with the classic David Byrne arm chop (see the original for reference). Not everybody can do that…. okay, everybody could do that, but we never expected…

  23. Nobody understands Hedo Turkoglu’s trash talk

    Nov 19, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

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    Hedo Turkoglu is one of the NBA’ talkers — the guys who have a constant stream of trash talk going during a game. Except, nobody understands what Turkoglu is saying. Rashard Lewis talked about it with the Orlando Sentinel yesterday after the Magic blew Turkoglu’s Suns out of the building. “He was talking noise, talking…

  24. App puts ProBasketballTalk — and other NBC blogs — on iPad

    Nov 19, 2010, 11:25 AM EDT

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    PBT and the iPad now go together like chicken and waffles. Hmmm, chicken and waffles… drool….. There’s a new ProBasketballTalk app for your iPad. Well, we think of it that way but it is really the new NBC Sports Talk app where you can get not only PBT but also ProFootballTalk, CollegeFootballTalk, HardballTalk, ProHockeyTalk and…

  25. Andrew Bynum’s return timetable pushed back. Who saw that coming?

    Nov 19, 2010, 11:08 AM EDT

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    Two bits of news we should have expected around Thanksgiving: 1) President Barack Obama would pardon some turkeys. 2) Andrew Bynum would not be back on the court when he or the team expected. In the case of the latter there had been some talk of Bynum being ready to go for the Lakers around…

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