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  1. Tim Duncan can still dunk, does so over Marc Gasol (VIDEO)

    Dec 2, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs center Tim Duncan spreads his arms during a stop in play during their NBA basketball game in San Antonio, Texas

    Tim Duncan has been nicknamed the “Big Fundamental” for a reason, one that is showcased nicely in this highlight from the Spurs’ overtime win over the Grizzlies on Saturday. The spin move and the up and under on the way to the dunk were almost more impressive than the slam itself. Duncan isn’t a leaper…

  2. Trade talk for Anderson Varejao expected to heat up

    Dec 2, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

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    The Cavaliers aren’t exactly having a great season, but if nothing else they play hard just about every time out under head coach Byron Scott. Once Kyrie Irving returns from injury things should improve a bit, but even in his absence, Anderson Varejao is making an impact in every one of his court appearances. Varejao…

  3. Celtics ‘wary’ of bringing in Kenyon Martin to fill team’s roster spot

    Dec 2, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Kenyon Martin

    The Celtics need help on the boards, and could use an experienced big man to fill the team’s open roster spot. Someone like Kenyon Martin, maybe, who is out there and waiting to be picked up by any team that will have him. Boston has always been a team sensitive to the personalities it brings…

  4. Video: Rasheed Wallace gets ejected for yelling “ball don’t lie”

    Dec 2, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New York Knicks

    The NBA is just more interesting when Rasheed Wallace is in it. Wallace picked up  his first ejection of his return to the NBA today and did it in classic Sheed fashion. Wallace picked up the first technical foul for some after-the-whistle contact on Luis Scola on a foul call. It was a classic Sheed…

  5. Suns’ turnovers, Knicks’ offensive rebounds earn New York win

    Dec 2, 2012, 3:04 PM EDT

    Phoenix Suns v New York Knicks

    In the seminal NBA advanced stats book “Basketball on Paper,” Dean Oliver identifies his four factors in winning a basketball game. At the top of the list is the most obvious thing — shooting. It represents 40 percent of the outcome, Oliver said. The Suns shot better than the Knicks in a Sunday matinee at…

  6. Brandon Jennings’ three seals Bucks win over Celtics (VIDEO)

    Dec 2, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    Brandon Jennings, Ben Uzoh

    The Celtics were playing in Milwaukee on Saturday without Rajon Rondo, who was serving the second game of his two-game suspension for starting the altercation with the Nets’ Kris Humphries on Wednesday. Boston won the first without Rondo in blowout fashion over the Blazers on Friday, and was on pace to do it again after…

  7. Nicolas Batum with the double-overtime game-winner (VIDEO)

    Dec 2, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    Nicolas Batum, Greg Stiemsma

    This clip of Nicolas Batum highlights (and lowlights) from Saturday night’s double-overtime win over the Cavaliers is great, because we get to experience the struggle before the ultimate redemption. It begins with two missed dunks in the first and second quarters, shots that Batum (and most NBA players with his skill set) can usually get…

  8. Mark Cuban says David Stern was right to fine Spurs

    Dec 2, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

    Mavericks owner Cuban argues a call during NBA basketball game against Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City

    Mark Cuban sticking up for David Stern. Maybe the Mayans were right, the end of the world might be nigh. That said, Cuban will be quick to remind you that the NBA is a business. And the first rule of business is “the customer is always right.” When Gregg Popovich sat Tim Duncan, Tony Parker…

  9. Popovich ‘disappointed’ by league’s fine against Spurs

    Dec 2, 2012, 9:34 AM EDT

    Gregg Popovich

    After the NBA fined the Spurs $250,000 for resting four healthy starters for Thursday’s game in Miami against the defending champs, plenty of people weighed in on the decision. Saturday night before the Spurs faced the Grizzlies, it was Gregg Popovich’s turn. And while he didn’t use very strong words when explaining his feelings about…

  10. Dwight Howard says it will be “weird” to face Magic Sunday

    Dec 2, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard All-Star

    Dwight Howard looked like a guy getting healthy Friday night, like a guy finding his footing with a new team in a brand new offense — 28 points and 20 rebounds. He started to look like the best center in the game. And now on Sunday night he gets to take another step against a…

  11. Turns out Celtics players don’t like being called soft

    Dec 1, 2012, 11:30 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics' Garnett complains about a foul during their NBA basketball game against Brooklyn Nets in Boston

    Doc Rivers knew exactly what he was doing. He us a former player who knows the reaction he got when he called his team soft (and frankly, their defense was). The Celtics responded with a very comfortable 96-78 win against Portland on Friday. Then Celtics players responded by saying they didn’t really like being soft.…

  12. Dwight Howard says he could have handled things better in final months with Orlando. You think?

    Dec 1, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard will face his former team for the first time Sunday, when the Orlando Magic come to Los Angeles to take on his Lakers. The two teams aren’t too far apart record-wise at the moment, with Orlando at 5-10 and L.A. at just 8-8 after a tumultous start to their season. No one expects…

  13. Popovich’s run-in with Stern over resting players could affect his chances to coach Team USA

    Dec 1, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    The NBA is no different than the company you work for, in that political alliances go a long way in terms of who gets promoted into certain positions. When Gregg Popovich effectively slapped the league in the face on Thursday by sending home four of his healthy starters to rest them instead of having them…

  14. Video: Dwight Howard caps off his big night with a three pointer

    Dec 1, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Andrew Bynum is so jealous. When Bynum was with the Lakers his attempted three pointer against the Warriors landed him on the bench. Against the Nuggets, Dwight Howard took a three and everyone loved him for it. I guess that’s what happens when yours goes in. Howard capped off his 28 point, 20 rebound night with…

  15. Video: Stan Van Gundy talks fine on Spurs, David Stern

    Dec 1, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Stan Van Gundy

    In a struggle between a coach and David Stern, where did you think Stan Van Gundy would come down? Stan Van Gundy was on NBC Sports Talk on the NBC Sports Network Friday and was making the point I keep hearing around the league — what is the standard? How will this be decided going…

  16. Stern discussed issue of resting players with teams in 2010, was fine with it unless ‘discretion was abused’

    Dec 1, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    David-Stern-all-star-2012

    In April of 2010 after a meeting of the league’s Board of Governors, David Stern addressed the media, as is his custom. The topic of when teams should or shouldn’t be able to rest players came up then, and Stern said he and the teams discussed it. No conclusion was reached in terms of outlining…

  17. Video: Danilo Gallinari throws it down on the Lakers

    Dec 1, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

    Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari celebrates a score past the Toronto Raptors in the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game in Denver

    One of the things that makes Danilo Gallinari such an intriguing player is his multi-faceted game at a player his size. Though he’s known as a shooter, Gallo is also a good defender and has a better than advertised off the dribble game where he can finish in the paint. This is something the Lakers…

  18. Russell Westbrook had a statistical performance for the ages in win over Jazz

    Dec 1, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder Russell Westbrook passes inside to a teammate in their NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors in Oklahoma City

    Russell Westbrook is a divisive player among fans, mainly because he sometimes takes on too much of the offensive burden when he has one of the game’s greatest pure scorers in Kevin Durant usually playing right along side him. There’s no doubting Westbrook’s athleticism and talent, however, and he put up a statistical line that…

  19. Kobe called out teammates for lack of toughness at Thursday’s practice

    Dec 1, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks

    The Lakers seemed to have an extra pep in their step during Friday’s blowout win over the Nuggets. Kobe Bryant was measured in his offensive attack, getting his teammates involved before himself, and Dwight Howard was dominant from the moment the ball went up on both ends of the floor. As it turns out, there…

  20. Doc Rivers ‘doesn’t like’ league fining Spurs for resting their starters

    Dec 1, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New Orleans Hornets

    When David Stern issued a statement stating the league would be fining the Spurs $250,000 for resting four starters on Thursday night in Miami, it was sure to create some controversy. There was no rule specifically stating Gregg Popovich could not sit his players whenever he chooses, so handing down a steep punishment for it…

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