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  1. Dirk Nowitzki may rest through the weekend

    Dec 31, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry, Dallas Mavericks

    The Dallas Mavericks’ offense has been a bit of a mixed bag during Dirk Nowitzki‘s absence from the lineup, and it looks as though they’ll continue to roll the dice through their next two games. According to Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas, Nowitzki doesn’t seem sold on the prospect of returning during either of the…

  2. Rondo expected to play today against New Orleans…or not

    Dec 31, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

    Rajon Rondo

    Nate Robinson has performed admirably during his temporary gig as the Celtics’ starting point guard, but it’s time for a return to normalcy in Boston. According to the team’s twitter account, Rajon Rondo is “expected” to play in today’s game against the Hornets, giving the Garnett-less Celtics a needed boost. Apparently no one told Doc…

  3. Joe Maloof offers Geoff Petrie and Paul Westphal a bit of breathing room

    Dec 25, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Paul Westphal

    The 5-22 Kings, owners of the worst record in the entire league despite having some talented young pieces, are a genuine disappointment on a number of levels. As Sacramento’s season has spiraled further and further into the abyss, rumors and reports of the seemingly inevitable firing of Paul Westphal have begun to surface. Indications that…

  4. Paul Pierce still considers Hedo Turkoglu a difficult matchup

    Dec 25, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Hedo Turkoglu, Paul Pierce

    Even though the rest of the known world may use Hedo Turkoglu as a punchline, Paul Pierce — Turkoglu’s positional matchup in today’s game between the Celtics and Magic — still seems to have enormous respect for the man. From Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel (via Evan Dunlap): “Hedo is going to be great…

  5. Could Jason Richardson be a long-term fixture in Orlando?

    Dec 24, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

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    No one should blame the Phoenix Suns for their reluctance to make a commitment to Jason Richardson. The now-Magic shooting guard is 30 years old after all, and with franchise centerpiece Steve Nash in the later stages of his career, it makes little sense to lock up veteran pieces for the long haul. You should…

  6. Daniel Orton has successful knee surgery

    Dec 23, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

    Daniel Orton

    Orlando rookie Daniel Orton underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee this morning, and according to Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel, Orton himself reported the surgery as a success. Orton hasn’t played at all for the Magic this season, and this particular procedure is actually a result of an aggravation of a previous injury…

  7. Wizards to bring back Lester Hudson for point guard depth

    Dec 20, 2010, 1:53 PM EDT

    Lester Hudson

    Now that the Wizards have successfully ditched Gilbert Arenas’ massive contract for Rashard Lewis’ still-massive-but-not-quite-as-back-breaking deal, they’re in need of a little point guard help. John Wall is a stud and Kirk Hinrich a competent backup, but for games like tonight when Wall is out with injury and Hinrich is left to run the 1…

  8. Magic reportedly likely to make a move soon, could be targeting Gilbert Arenas

    Dec 17, 2010, 10:05 PM EDT

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    UPDATE (10:14 PM EST): One more confirmation of the initial reports, courtesy of Michael Lee of the Washington Post: The rumor that will never die has regained new life, as Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Wizards are engaged in serious discussions with the Orlando Magic to acquire Gilbert Arenas. According to…

  9. Joakim Noah set to have thumb surgery

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:40 PM EDT

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    According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Bulls center Joakim Noah will undergo thumb surgery and could be out of the lineup for as many as 10 weeks. From Johnson’s report: Noah played with the injury Wednesday night against the Raptors after team physicians determined he could do no further damage to the injury.…

  10. Pro Basketball Crosstalk: On the cultural currency of the MVP award

    Dec 14, 2010, 12:03 PM EDT

    Amar'e Stoudemire

    Let’s face it: there are some topics in basketball that are best tackled by having two writers talk past each other at gradually increasing volumes. We’re not making any progress unless we’re yelling our way through the real issues, and that’s precisely what John Krolik and Rob Mahoney hope to accomplish in Pro Basketball Crosstalk.…

  11. Byron Scott calls out the Cavs’ bench

    Dec 13, 2010, 7:52 PM EDT

    New Orleans Hornets v Denver Nuggets, Game 2

    If the Cleveland Cavaliers’ shockingly competitive start seems like a lifetime ago, it’s probably because the Cavs have been killed about a dozen times since their .500 days. Byron Scott is left to confront the realities of his dreadfully limited roster, and though there are a few useful players in the bunch, he’s been forced…

  12. The Spurs have slowed down, even if their offense hasn’t

    Dec 13, 2010, 5:38 PM EDT

    Gregg Popovich, Tim Duncan

    One of the more intriguing stories of this young season has been the San Antonio Spurs, who after years of grinding out games and wearing down opponents, had suddenly begun to race through games in breakneck fashion. Tony Parker (and to a lesser extent, George Hill and Manu Ginobili) bumped the pace of the San…

  13. Could the New Jersey Nets become the Brooklyn New Yorkers?

    Dec 13, 2010, 5:07 PM EDT

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    When the Nets finally make their long-anticipated move to Brooklyn, New York, at least part of their name is guaranteed to change. New Jersey will be stricken from the franchise’s moniker for good, but along with that adjustment is a possible alteration of the team’s surname. ‘Brooklyn Nets’ seems catchy enough, but the temptation to…

  14. Terrence Williams’ time-out in the D-League is over

    Dec 7, 2010, 2:08 PM EDT

    Terrence Williams

    As the story’s told, Nets swingman Terrence Williams ticked off his coach, and rather than actually deal with the problem (Williams’ great crime? Unpunctuality.) internally, Avery Johnson “punished” Williams with a stint in the D-League. That story has been qualified and rebuffed, but the initial report still stings. An assignment in the D-League isn’t a…

  15. Tiago Splitter understandably a bit frustrated with his lack of playing time

    Dec 7, 2010, 1:03 PM EDT

    Tiago Splitter

    When Tiago Splitter joined the Spurs in the off-season, he was touted as one of the summer’s most subtle and influential additions. He didn’t have the price tag nor the talent of LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire, or Carlos Boozer, but his position and specific skill set made him a perfect fit for San Antonio. Only…

  16. If the Knicks are looking for a point guard, where does that put Toney Douglas?

    Dec 6, 2010, 6:07 PM EDT

    Mike D'Antoni, Toney Douglas

    As Kurt noted earlier today, Jonathan Abrams of the New York Times reported that the Knicks are looking for backup point guard help on the cheap, in order to keep Raymond Felton as rested and healthy as possible. That news immediately calls the future of Toney Douglas to the forefront of the conversation. Douglas ran…

  17. Channing Frye is featured on the oddest, hippest talk show featuring home-brewed juice ever

    Dec 3, 2010, 4:23 PM EDT

    Channing Frye

    Phoenix Suns forward-center Channing Frye was apparently the inaugural guest on “The Sketch Pad,” a surreal online talk show of awkward proportions. No other words could properly preface the clip you’re about to see, so may I only implore you to watch it in its entirety, with one cocked eyebrow if you so choose. Video…

  18. Gerald Henderson to return in about a week

    Dec 3, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Gerald Henderson

    The Bobcats’ Gerald Henderson has missed almost three weeks of action while recovering from a left knee injury. Oh really? You didn’t know? I guess that might have something to do with Charlotte’s disappointing 6-12 record, a far cry from their 44-38 finish a season ago. Or maybe just the fact that despite seeing a…

  19. Jonny Flynn’s D-League rehab stint may be longer than expected

    Dec 2, 2010, 7:21 PM EDT

    Jonny Flynn

    The Minnesota Timberwolves, following the Toronto Raptors’ lead, did something smart. After their young, talented player started the season out on the shelf, they sent him down to the D-League to work his way back into basketball before bringing him along at the NBA level. Only first and second-year players are able to be assigned…

  20. Carlos Boozer, no stranger to deserting Cleveland, empathizes with LeBron

    Dec 2, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT

    Carlos Boozer

    Once upon a time, a LeBron James sidekick had delusions of grandeur. He saw a coin gleaming out of the corner of his eye, and turned his verbal commitment to re-sign with the Cleveland Cavaliers into mere words. It’s been five years since Carlos Boozer walked out on the Cavs, but if anyone can even…

  21. Bucks waive Darington Hobson, likely to sign Brian Skinner

    Dec 2, 2010, 5:32 PM EDT

    Brian Skinner

    When the Milwaukee Bucks cut Brian Skinner from their roster a little over a month ago, they were a different team. A healthier team. A team looking at a number of potential contributors at both power forward and center, led by Andrew Bogut but boasting a number of capable bigs to put behind and alongside…

  22. Outlining the damning problems of the Heat’s offense

    Nov 30, 2010, 6:34 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    This season has gone pretty well for the Miami Heat, don’tcha think? They’re ranked seventh in the league in offensive efficiency, and sixth in the league in defensive efficiency. Aside from offensive rebounding rate, they rank in the top 13 teams in each of the offensive and defensive “four factors” (effective field goal percentage, effective…

  23. This season’s top rebounders on pace for all-time mark

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    New York Knicks v Minnesota Timberwolves

    The NBA has seen a lot of fantastic rebounders in its history, but never before has the the league seen so many prolific board men grace its courts at one time. Even during the all-or-nothing days, the Vanishing Point days, the Dirty Mary Crazy Larry days, the NBA typically boasted just one or a few…

  24. Lionel Hollins sends O.J. Mayo to the bench

    Nov 26, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    O.J. Mayo

    Forming and maintaining a rotation is a delicate process for any head coach, and there are myriad factors that need to be considered, evaluated, and balanced. It’s in no way a simple process, as even the subtlest of shuffles can give an entirely new feel to a team’s offensive or defensive flow. In theory, that…

  25. Three NBA prospects land in the D-League

    Nov 25, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

    Joe Alexander

    The first round of D-League waiver claims are behind us, and three quasi-NBA talents will join a D-League season already underway. According to Scott Schroeder of NBA FanHouse, Joe Alexander, Stanley Robinson, and DeShawn Sims will all ply their trade in the D this season. Alexander will play for the Texas Legends, Robinson for the…

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