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  1. Game of the night: The Thunder are getting their groove back

    Nov 30, 2010, 2:20 AM EDT

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    Teams don’t really win games when they shoot 37.8 percent for the night. However, Oklahoma City did  Thursday, and did it with defense. Or at least a spurt of good defense, when the went on a late 13-0 run and pulled out the 95-89 win against the Hornets Monday. That the Thunder won this and…

  2. LeBron James, Erik Spoelstra have pregame meeting

    Nov 29, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Miami Heat

    Officially, no air was cleared. We all know that’s what it was — a clear the air meeting — but officially no. Erik Spoelstra and LeBron James had a 30-minute closed door meeting before the team’s game against the Wizards Monday, talking about their relationship and the team. And probably about having fun. “I call…

  3. DeMarcus Cousins kicked out of Sacramento practice

    Nov 29, 2010, 6:21 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Sacramento Kings

    Remember how at Summer League a lot of people were watching DeMarcus Cousins play and saying, “how did he drop all the way to No.5?” (I’m sheepishly raising my hand…) Well, um, the rumors of him being difficult to deal with are apparently more than rumors. DeMarcus Cousins was kicked out of Kings practice today…

  4. Dwyane Wade in the middle of everything wrong with Miami

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

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    Dwyane Wade remains the beating heart of the Miami Heat. He remains the focus, the center of the storm. The Heat are struggling in part because he is struggling — with his shot, with how to play along side LeBron, with the offense, and maybe with this coach. And until he figures it out, the…

  5. Antoine Walker may sign with Idaho of D-League today

    Nov 29, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

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    UPDATE 4:33 pm: All you hard-core NBA fans in Idaho — both of you — are in luck, because the Antoine Walker comeback parade is headed your way. Walker will be part of the Idaho Stampede, according to Marc Stein at ESPN. The Stampede did sent Anthony Tolliver and Sundiata Gains, among others, to the…

  6. Tracy McGrady says Wade’s, LeBron’s games “really don’t mix”

    Nov 29, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

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    Tracy McGrady is clairvoyant. Ms. Cleo incarnate. He says he saw this coming. While the world is talking about the 9-8 Heat, the slow start and the frankly ugly offensive basketball they have settled into, McGrady told the Detroit Free Press this is what he expected. “It’s what I expected,” McGrady said of the Heat’s…

  7. Kings waive Antoine Wright

    Nov 29, 2010, 3:26 PM EDT

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    Antoine Wright, the seldom-used swingman of the Sacramento Kings who has only made headlines this season for a DUI, has been waived by the team, according to Marc Spears of Yahoo. The Kings signed him this summer out of Toronto, but he has barely gotten off the bench. Wright has played just 31 minutes total…

  8. Phil Jackson is tired of waiting for Andrew Bynum

    Nov 29, 2010, 3:04 PM EDT

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    We told you this weekend, Andrew Bynum is close to returning. No, we really mean it this time. Phil Jackson reacts to that like a coach — he wants to win games now. He knows he needs Andrew Bynum healthy come May and June to get his three-peat, but he sees Indiana being able to…

  9. Andre Johnson’s fight inspired Shane Battier

    Nov 29, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Everybody has seen Andre Johnson’s fight with with Cortland Finnegan from Sunday’s Texans/Titans game. (If you haven’t put on ESPN for about a minute, they are running it roughly that often.) Shane Battier saw it, and then he saw Johnson courtside Sunday night when the Rockets were taking on the Thunder. And Battier was inspired…

  10. A kinder, gentler Stan Van Gundy

    Nov 29, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

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    There are few coaches more entertaining to watch stalking the sidelines than Stan Van Gundy. His arms are flailing, his expressions betraying every emotion coursing through his mind. Or at least he used to be. Now we have the more understanding, love-filled, softer Van Gundy. Okay, maybe not, but he isn’t being as negative as…

  11. Dirk Nowitzki has all that power

    Nov 29, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

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    When I think of Dirk Nowitzki, the first person that always comes to mind is Kanye West. It’s not just the physical resemblance, it’s how both of them love and are inspired by the music of David Hasselhoff. Maybe you didn’t see the connection, but the fine folks in the Dallas Mavericks marketing department did,…

  12. NBA Power Rankings, where that Lakers/Heat finals seems a long ways away

    Nov 29, 2010, 1:24 PM EDT

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    Our weekly NBA Power Rankings. Right now the top four teams on this list are playing the best basketball, but if the playoffs started today I’d pick teams 5 and 6 to meet in the finals. However, this is November, so we’ll worry about the playoffs later. 1. Spurs (14-2). They were down 17 at…

  13. Clevelanders start drive to laugh at LeBron

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:58 AM EDT

    Courting LeBron Basketball

    What to do with LeBron when he and the Heat come to Cleveland on Thursday night? Should Clevelanders simply boo him every time he touches the ball? Ignore him, putting up newspapers like a college student section? How about laugh at him? LaughAtLeBron is a campaign, first noticed by TerezOwens.com, to try to put together…

  14. Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat players downplay bump, friction reports

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    We just told you there are all kinds of reports about friction in the Miami Heat locker room… Unless you ask the Heat directly. Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel did just that and both players coach Erik Spoelstra downplayed “the bump” and the rumors of locker room dissention. Of the bump with James, Spoelstra…

  15. Miami Heat players frustrated with Spoelstra, Riley’s shadow looms

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

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    On every struggling team in the NBA there are players frustrated with the coach. But no other team has the star power or scrutiny of the Miami Heat. And no other team has the long shadow of Pat Riley cast across the organization and the head coach. So the reports out of ESPN’s Heat Zone…

  16. When Russell Westbrook goes to dunk, get out of the way

    Nov 29, 2010, 8:47 AM EDT

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    Russell Westbrook can bounce. He can attack the rim as well as anyone in the league. And as some of the Houston Rockets can tell you, when he attacks sometimes it is best to just get out of the way.

  17. Report: Magic still looking to make blockbuster move

    Nov 29, 2010, 8:14 AM EDT

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    The Orlando Magic are 12-4. There are only two teams in the entire NBA with a better record. But the Magic would still blow it all up for another superstar — a Carmelo Anthony or Chris Paul — according to Brian Schmitz in the Orlando Sentinel. Basically, you can ask for anyone not named Dwight…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Where the Pacers are playing some defense

    Nov 29, 2010, 2:57 AM EDT

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    What you missed while watching Airplane one more time in honor of Leslie Nielsen (RIP): Pacers 95, Lakers 92: Indiana plays very good defense — and if you can do that to the Lakers you can thrown them off their game. Often, the result of that is Kobe Bryant tries to take over, and Sunday…

  19. Carmelo Anthony leaves game early due to flu (Nuggets win anyway)

    Nov 29, 2010, 1:19 AM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v Denver Nuggets

    Like some kind of H.G. Wells’ “War of the Worlds” ending, a little virus has done what no line of defense could. Carmelo Anthony’s 134-game regular season streak of scoring in double digits came to an end Sunday night because he had to leave the game early due to the flu. He played the first…

  20. Troy Murphy says he’s ready, Avery Johnson disagrees. Fun follows.

    Nov 28, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Smell that? Smells a lot like trade winds to me. Those winds are coming from the direction of Troy Murphy, who is a big expiring contract, is a stretch four that teams love, can’t crack the Nets lineup (he has been inactive for 11 straight games) and is feuding with Nets coach Avery Johnson. Take…

  21. Stephon Marbury may be exiled in Chinese basketball, too

    Nov 28, 2010, 12:08 PM EDT

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    It looked so promising — Stephon Marbury had become the biggest name in the Chinese Basketball Association, seemingly transforming a moribund franchise in a quiet city into the talk of the Chinese Basketball Association. After a sort exile from the NBA he found a place where he was the man and had found a good…

  22. Heat’s love affair with the long two-pointer strangling offense

    Nov 27, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    Miami got back in the win column Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. But the numbers from the winning box score are still jarring. The Heat took 31 shots from 16 feet out to the three-point line — those are long two pointers, the least efficient shot in the game — and another 16 shots…

  23. Report: Mavericks Brendan Haywood argued with coach, sat a game

    Nov 27, 2010, 8:00 PM EDT

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    Brendan Haywood has been watching his minutes get squeezed by the rejuvenated play of Tyson Chandler — then on Friday he didn’t play at all. That’s because he was suspended for a game after getting into an argument with Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, according to an ESPNDallas report. New York-based agent Andy Miller said Saturday…

  24. Raptors Reggie Evans breaks foot, out for extended period

    Nov 27, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

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    Toronto’s Reggie Evans is rebounding better than anyone in the NBA — he is grabbing 26 percent of the available rebounds when he is on the floor (Kevin Love is second at 23.4 percent). Evans is getting better than one in four rebounds. It was that presence inside that has allowed Andrea Bargnani to do…

  25. Renovated Madison Square Garden to have spectator bridges

    Nov 26, 2010, 10:30 PM EDT

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    This could be the coolest thing ever… until some guy starts dropping Junior Mints over the side. Ongoing renovations to Madison Square Garden will include new spectator bridges that will look down on the action from a unique angle, according to ESPNNewYork.com. “They’ll be like no other seat in professional sports or entertainment,” MSG President…

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