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  1. Video: Shaq conducts the Boston Pops

    Dec 21, 2010, 10:42 AM EST

    NBA Finals Game 2: Los Angeles Lakers v Boston Celtics

    Shaquille O’Neal, classical music conductor. You can add that to the list that includes NBA center, All-Star, rapper, policeman and statue. As you can see from the video below (via the Boston Pops) Shaq did quite well conducting the holiday standard “Sleigh Ride” with the Pops. Because the orchestra really needed a conductor on this…

  2. Clippers Ryan Gomes interviewed as part of federal probe of Connecticut Attorney General

    Dec 21, 2010, 9:40 AM EST

    Ryan Gomes

    Connecticut State Attorney John Connelly is being investigated regarding his relationship with attorney Martin Minnella, with the theory that Minnella used his relationship with Connelly to get reduced sentences for his clients, according to the Hartford Courant. One of Minnella’s clients who saw his sentence reduced with an okay by Connelly is Keith Gomes, cousin…

  3. Vince Carter considering knee surgery, would miss month

    Dec 21, 2010, 9:05 AM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v Orlando Magic

    Vince Carter has yet to suit up for the Phoenix Suns — and it could be a while before he does. Carter is considering having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, according to Paul Coro in the Arizona Republic. His left knee has bothered him all season and this would, in theory, clean up the…

  4. New NBCSportsTalk app to put on that iPhone you are getting for Christmas

    Dec 21, 2010, 8:45 AM EST

    NBC_Sports_Talk_iPhone-Grid

    Those of you getting an iPhone this Christmas… what took you so long? The cool kids have all had them for a couple years. And upgraded them three times. Whatever. Let’s move on to the important stuff — now we have a new way for you to have ProBasketballTalk and all the NBCSports blogs at…

  5. Video: Mike Dunleavy tips in Pacers victory

    Dec 21, 2010, 8:11 AM EST

    Jeff Foster, Mike Dunleavy, Chris Paul, David West

    The Pacers and the Hornets put on barn burners seemingly every time they get together, yet Monday night’s ending may be the best of the group. Danny Granger got the good look three for the win, and it went almost all the way down then spun back out, but it was nobody boxing out Mike…

  6. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Magic need a little more practice together.

    Dec 21, 2010, 3:07 AM EST

    Gilbert Arenas, Jeff Teague

    What you missed while wondering what happens when architects play too much Tetris… Dallas beating the Heat again — hey, have another team meeting! — is our game of the night. Hawks 91, Magic 81: It’s going to take some time for the Magic to figure this all out. They started Jameer Nelson, Jason Richardson,…

  7. Game of the night: Miami looks good, but not Dallas good

    Dec 21, 2010, 2:17 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    The first time the Miami played Dallas back in November, the Heat players were still figuring it out. They seemed to be taking turns on offense more than working off each other, they were playing slow, it wasn’t outright confusion but they looked uncomfortable. But after winning a dozen in a row they were past…

  8. Kurt Rambis sees Kevin Love as the evolution of the power forward

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:35 PM EST

    Love_Rambis

    Kurt Rambis was a power forward who did what power forwards of his generation were supposed to do — get in the paint, bang, get rebounds and do the dirty work. Now he is coaching Kevin Love, who is having a breakout season doing some dirty work like rebounding — and doing that better than…

  9. It’s official: The Hornets are the league’s problem now

    Dec 20, 2010, 10:07 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    The long-discussed NBA league purchase of the New Orleans Hornets got the final rubber stamp of approval when the Board of Governors — you know, the other owners, the ones footing the bill — agreed to purchase the team, the league announced today. It now falls to Jac Sperling to find a buyer while Hugh…

  10. John Wall has bone bruise in knee, likely out at least a week

    Dec 20, 2010, 7:49 PM EST

    Houston Rockets v Washington Wizards

    As of Monday night when the Wizards took on the Bobcats, rookie and franchise guy John Wall will have missed five of the last six for Washington. Don’t expect him back soon. What had been thought of as tendonitis (which coach Flip Saunders said could be chronic) he is also fighting through a bone bruise…

  11. Tyson Chandler is to Dallas as Kevin Garnett is to Boston? Dirk says true.

    Dec 20, 2010, 6:20 PM EST

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    Last season, 26 games into the season, Dallas was 19-7 and it went on to a 55-win season. This season their offensive production is almost identical, but the Mavs look like a different, better team. One you might really be scared of come the playoffs. They are 21-5 heading into a showdown with a rejuvenated…

  12. What happened to Tiago Splitter?

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Tiago Splitter

    Remember how certain people were really hyping Tiago Splitter before the season as the big man the Spurs really needed to balance out the front line with Tim Duncan? Remember how people were saying he was going to be a difference maker for the Spurs this season? Okay, that was me. I admit it. And…

  13. Steve Francis plays first game in China with ice taped on ankles

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

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    Even halfway around the world Steve Francis is a story when he steps on the basketball court… just not always for the reasons he would hope Francis is playing in China for Beijing and finally got into a game — except it was a surprise to everyone including Francis, according to niubball.com (via Ball Don’t…

  14. Gilbert Arenas says goodbye to Washington

    Dec 20, 2010, 3:34 PM EST

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    Gilbert Arenas was a dichotomy in Washington — for a while he rekindled interest in what seemed a long-dead franchise. He could ball and he was entertaining. On the other hand there was the juvenile idiocy that led to the gun charges and suspension. Now he is sent off to try and resurrect his career…

  15. Report: Magic call about Knicks Ronny Turiaf as backup center

    Dec 20, 2010, 3:11 PM EST

    New York Knicks v Denver Nuggets

    One of the clear issues for the Magic after their weekend mega-trades (or at least mega-salary trades) was at backup center. They went from having one of the best in the league with Marcin Gortat, to having Earl Clark. Which is tough in a conference where you want to beat the Boston Celtics. The Magic…

  16. Ron Artest, Lakers sing Jingle Bells

    Dec 20, 2010, 2:29 PM EST

    Lakers Stocking

    As our Christmas present to you, dear reader, we give you the Lakers — including Ron Artest — singing Jingle Bells. We were going to buy you all a six pack of Stone IPA, but this is much, much better. Outside of Artest, maybe the best part of this is how the two Laker Girls…

  17. Brandon Jennings out 4-6 weeks with foot fracture, surgery

    Dec 20, 2010, 2:08 PM EST

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    We tried to warn you something bad was afoot, so to speak, but this was worse news than expected. And very bad news for a Bucks team that finally got Andrew Bogut back and was trying to get back into the playoff chase. Brandon Jennings will be out four to six weeks when an MRI…

  18. NBA Power Rankings, cue Glenn Frey because the Heat is on…

    Dec 20, 2010, 1:39 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Charlotte Bobcats

    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings, where Mavs fans are going climb on me for dropping them down to five, and I get that. I just think the four teams above them are better. 1. Celtics (22-4). They’ve won 13 in a row. Remember how we have said that Doc Rivers is willing to sacrifice regular…

  19. Bulls lose to the Clippers — think they miss Joakim Noah now?

    Dec 20, 2010, 12:25 PM EST

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    For all of you out there insistent that the Bulls should put Joakim Noah in the offer package for Carmelo Anthony — did you watch your team Saturday? The Bulls lost at home to the Los Angeles Clippers. Yes, those Clippers, who picked up their seventh win of the season that night. Blake Griffin went…

  20. Sister, cousin of Hornet Willie Green killed in car accident after game

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:54 AM EST

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    Sunday was a homecoming for Willie Green. The Detroit native was back in town as part of the New Orleans Hornets and his family came out to the Palace at Auburn Hills to watch him play against the Pistons. Then on the way home from the game after midnight, his sister and cousin were killed…

  21. Did Orlando do enough to keep Dwight Howard in town?

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:07 AM EST

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    In the summer of 2012, Dwight Howard can be a free agent. (He has a player option for 2013.) Orlando General Manager Otis Smith watched what happened in Cleveland last summer with keen interest — the superstar player in a smallish market who didn’t win the title he craved and bolted town because of it.…

  22. Steve Nash sells the company line on big trade

    Dec 20, 2010, 10:16 AM EST

    Steve Nash

    Steve Nash is a company man. As evidence, look what he told the Arizona Republic about the weekend trade that sent out Jason Richardson (and Hedo Turkoglu, technically, although not a huge loss there) and gave him Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus and Marcin Gortat. “I’m optimistic that it can help us short- and long-term,” Suns…

  23. American Express returns as NBA sponsor, a sign of the league’s surging popularity

    Dec 20, 2010, 9:19 AM EST

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    There was a time when American Express commercials were as much a part of NBA telecasts as Marv Albert. But five years ago, after the Jordan era and the Laker three-peat were history, the company walked away. Monday they will announce they are back in — American Express is returning as a league sponsor, the…

  24. Shaq is back and there is a party in Boston, complete with alley-oops

    Dec 20, 2010, 8:42 AM EST

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    You can watch the video below to see Shaquille O’Neil throw down the alley-oop over Jeff Foster. On the fast break. And if you want you can pretend that Shaq ran the fast break and didn’t just cherry pick while you watch it. And you can pretend that Paul Pierce didn’t cherry pick as well,…

  25. Baseline to Baseline recaps: The Lakers and ex-Lakers all get wins

    Dec 20, 2010, 8:28 AM EST

    Sasha Vujacic, Joe Johnson

    What you missed while watching Santa dance to Breakbot… Nets 89, Hawks 82: Sasha Vujacic finished with a game-high +23 in this one and had 10 points. Sasha was the butt of plenty of jokes in Los Angeles and was not a locker room favorite, but I will say this for the guy — he…

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