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  1. Doc Rivers wants to keep Rondo’s minutes under control

    Nov 5, 2012, 5:23 PM EDT

    Celtics' Rondo looks at head coach Rivers as he walks off the court during Game 5 of their NBA Eastern Conference playoffs basketball game in Atlanta

    The Boston Celtics aren’t off the best start this season, posting a 1-2 record in their first three games. In those contests, Rajon Rondo has racked up a lot of minutes. If you ask Doc Rivers, it’s been too many minutes. Since he is in a position to do something about it, he plans to:…

  2. Video: The Nets new mascot — Brooklyn Knight. Um, okay.

    Nov 5, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

    Toronto Raptors v Brooklyn Nets

    That was the rather ridiculous entrance of the Nets new mascot opening night — meet Brooklyn Knight. You see what they did there: Brooklyn Knight, Brooklynite. Get it? Really clever stuff. I’m not sure there’s a good way to introduce a mascot, but whatever it might be that wasn’t it. I guess the Nets worked…

  3. Barkley could leave Inside the NBA sooner rather than later

    Nov 5, 2012, 4:34 PM EDT

    Tahoe Celebrity Golf

    We all watch Inside the NBA on TNT because the personalities make it work — Charles Barkley as the loud mouth, Kenny Smith trying to walk the funny and serious line, Ernie Johnson trying to keep everybody coloring inside the lines. Oh, and Shaq is there. But Barkley sounds like he’s not having as much…

  4. NBA Power Rankings: Spurs and Knicks movin’ on up

    Nov 5, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    Fans celebrate as Knicks' Anthony sinks a three-point shot against Heat during NBA basketball game in New York

    The first few power rankings of the year show the most volatility — we don’t have established patterns for teams and so if someone gets hot or cold for a few games there is no context yet to put that in. It’s Small Sample Size Theatre. The Magic are 2-0 but I don’t think they…

  5. What is wrong with Rodney Stuckey’s game?

    Nov 5, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    Rodney Stuckey, Anthony Morrow

    At this stage of the season, all analysis of teams and players should be framed by the small sample size caveat. Whether a player is is shooting the lights out or stinking up the joint, allowing performance to regress (or progress) to the mean is going to be the best approach. It’s too long a…

  6. Former Bulls, ESPN NBA announcer Jim Durham dies at age 65

    Nov 5, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

    Jim Durham - 2003

    Jim Durham had one of the great voices ever to broadcast NBA games. He worked for the Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks, most recently he was ESPN’s radio play-by-play announcer, having worked Boston at Miami on opening night. He died Sunday at his home outside Houston at the age of 65. He had been the…

  7. Now Kobe says he might want to play until age 40

    Nov 5, 2012, 1:34 PM EDT

    Kobe Bryant

    When Kobe Bryant had to go through the grind of workouts and treatments to get ready for another season, he talked seriously about wanting to just walk away from all of it in two years. Now that he’s a couple games into a season — the fun part of the job, playing games and competing…

  8. Strain of change leading to concerns about Thunder chemistry

    Nov 5, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

    Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

    It has been a strange thing to see — barking and bickering among the tight chemistry of the Oklahoma City Thunder. It’s come up every game so far this season, Darnell Maryberry of the Oklahoman described Sunday’s incident in a loss to the Hawks. At the end of the first quarter, Thabo Sefolosha and Russell…

  9. Gerald Wallace out at least one game, maybe longer

    Nov 5, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

    Brooklyn Nets Gerald Wallace on court after fouling Toronto Raptors Kyle Lowry to prevent layup in NBA game in New York

    The Nets won their first game of the season but lost a key player in the process. Late in the the victory over the Raptors, Wallace sprained his ankle and left the game. X-rays were negative, he still isn’t recovered enough to play in tonight’s game vs the Timberwolves: Gerald Wallace and Josh Childress both…

  10. Andray Blatche ran out of gas on the highway. Which is about the most Blatche thing ever.

    Nov 5, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

    Jason Terry, Jared Sullinger

    We’ve all been there — the gas warning light comes on and you think to yourself “I can still make it home, then I’ll get gas in the morning.” Then the next morning comes and you’re running late and it’s “I can make it to work, I think, then I’ll get gas afterwards.” And you…

  11. Video: Jeff Teague dunks all over Kevin Durant

    Nov 5, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

    Jeff Teague, Russell Westbrook Kendrick Perkins

    Jeff Teague has looked pretty good for the Hawks through two games this season — 15 points a game on 59 percent shooting, plus dropping six dimes a game. Oh, and he can get up and dunk. And if you are late on the rotation to stop him — even if you have the freakishly…

  12. Front office guy Jason Levien leaving Philly for Memphis

    Nov 5, 2012, 10:22 AM EDT

    DC United Introduce New Ownership Partners

    You may not know Jason Levien, but Josh Harris likely doesn’t own the Philadelphia 76ers without him. Levien, a former agent and Sacramento Kings executive, helped bring together the Harris deal and became a minority owner in the Philly franchise. Now he’s out so he can take a larger role with the new ownership in…

  13. Kenyon Martin says he will play for anyone. At league minimum.

    Nov 5, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

    Kenyon Martin doesn’t have an NBA team. Which seems a little strange — at age 34 last season he struggled a little with knee issues and that led to shooting struggles (he shot 44.8 percent last season, down from 51 percent the season before) and rebounding issues. His PER fell to 9.8. But his knee…

  14. New season, same issue: When Garnett sits, Boston struggles

    Nov 5, 2012, 9:43 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics

    It’s dangerous to read much into trends a week into an NBA season — the sample size is too small. Look at it this way: For some three or four game stretch this season, the Miami Heat will look terrible, but that doesn’t mean they are terrible and will not be the team to beat…

  15. Doug Collins hopes to go Bagger Vance on Evan Turner

    Nov 5, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    Doug Collins, Evan Turner

    Evan Turner needs something — he is averaging 5 points a game on 28.6 percent shooting so far this season. That is a slump… let’s hope it’s a slump. For Turner’s sake lets hope he can turn it around Sixers coach Doug Collins told CSNPhilly.con’s John Finger that he has an idea of how to…

  16. Ben Folds Five wants to be the Bobcats house band

    Nov 5, 2012, 7:55 AM EDT

    2012 New York Comic Con - Day 1

    When you think NBA timeout music, piano-driven indie rock is not what usually comes to mind… then again, if it stops “Gangnam Style” from being played one more time it would be worth it. And it may be coming to a Bobcats game soon. Check out this twitter exchange begun by Ben Folds (of Ben…

  17. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Lakers keep it simple and win. Finally.

    Nov 5, 2012, 2:55 AM EDT

    Kobe Bryant, Jason Maxiell

    Our nightly recap of every game around the NBA. We catch you up on what you missed while thinking that a 14-year-old is a whole lot better at golf than you…. Lakers 108, Pistons 79: The Lakers had a 23-5 run in the second half of the first quarter, and that was pretty much it…

  18. Three Stars of the Night: Big stars earn the stars on Sunday

    Nov 5, 2012, 1:54 AM EDT

    Dwight Howard, Jonas Jerebko

    We at PBT love the underdogs, the little guys, the players who make the contributions you don’t as quickly notice. But the NBA’s biggest stars are stars for a reason. And Sunday it was some of the NBA’s biggest names showing you why they get paid the big bucks. Third Star: Kevin Martin, 28 points…

  19. David Lee tells Blake Griffin to ‘stop flopping’ (VIDEO)

    Nov 4, 2012, 11:00 PM EDT

    Blake Griffin, David Lee

    It’s honestly a surprise that this doesn’t happen more often. Mid-way through the fourth quarter of the Warriors’ win over the Clippers on Saturday, David Lee didn’t appreciate the way Blake Griffin reacted to some contact underneath the basket. Likely dealing with this in varying degrees all night, Lee had a message for Griffin, and…

  20. Mike Brown says Lakers will be patient with Steve Nash, who could now miss up to four weeks

    Nov 4, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown (R) chats to Steve Nash of Canada during their loss to the Dallas Mavericks in their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    It was announced on Saturday that Steve Nash has a non-displaced fracture in his left leg, and will miss at least a week due to the injury. The “at least” part is most important here, as it appears that the team is taking the smart approach by not putting any pressure on Nash to return…

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