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  1. Can Kobe keep scoring like this? Is it good for the Lakers?

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:28 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers' Bryant chews on his jersey during NBA game in Los Angeles

    It’s the question Lakers fans are asking Thursday — can Kobe Bryant sustain this? He scored 48 against the Suns Tuesday and 40 against the Jazz and long-time nemesis Raja Bell on Wednesday. Kobe now leads the NBA averaging 30.3 points per game. He is using nearly 40 percent of the Lakers possessions when he…

  2. Tim Duncan passes Larry Bird on all-time scoring list

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:57 PM EST

    Tim Duncan

    Tim Duncan played maybe his best game of the season Wednesday night, he had a little jump in his step that is not there every night like it once was. Getting old sucks. Duncan scored 17 points, which pushed him past Larry Bird up to No. 27 on the NBA all-time scoring list. Duncan has…

  3. Final day of NBA D-League Showcase offers last chance for players to impress

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:40 PM EST

    Lance Thomas

    The eighth annual NBA Development League Showcase will begin its final day on Thursday afternoon when the Austin Toros game against the Dakota Wizards tips off at 1 p.m. ET on NBA TV. All 16 D-League teams have right around 30 games left this season, but the final games in Reno are quite important as…

  4. Scott says not to bother with Anderson Varejao trade rumors

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:23 PM EST

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Detroit Pistons

    Anderson Varejao is about to step back on the trade rumor circuit. For as long as both he and Lebron James were together in Cleveland, Varejao came up in trade rumors because he was the one piece on that roster (other than LeBron) teams coveted. If the Cavs were going to bring talent in, Varejao…

  5. Thursday And-1 links: “Kobe really wants that MVP”

    Jan 12, 2012, 11:11 AM EST

    Gerald Wallace, Kobe Bryant

    Welcome to our morning look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT). After the Clippers win over the Heat, in the Clippers locker room a player (to remain nameless as this was not an on the record…

  6. Doc Rivers: Boston is Rajon Rondo’s team now

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:37 AM EST

    Celtics' Garnett talks with Rondo during a time out against Knicks in the second half during their NBA basketball game in New York

    Rajon Rondo is playing better than Kevin Garnett, better than Paul Pierce, better than Ray Allen this season. This is no longer 2008 where the Celtics were the “Big 3” with the young Rondo as the apprentice. Coach Doc Rivers doesn’t see it that way, he told A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com. “This is his…

  7. Video: Dunks galore when Heat meet Clippers

    Jan 12, 2012, 9:15 AM EST

    Blake Griffin, Joel Anthony

    The game itself was a pretty sloppy — like so many games this young, condensed season — but the Clippers and the Heat certainly brought the dunks and the highlights. So we thought we’d pass on a few from Blake Griffin and LeBron James. Enjoy.  

  8. Andre Miller wants to start somewhere, not back up Lawson

    Jan 12, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Shannon Brown, Marcin Gortat, Andre Miller

    Ty Lawson is the starting point guard on the Denver Nuggets. Which is how it should be as he is the best point guard on the Denver Nuggets. But veteran Andre Miller thinks he should be starting somewhere,  he told Chris Tomasson of Fox Sports Florida. And if the free agent to be can’t do that…

  9. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Kobe drops another 40

    Jan 12, 2012, 7:58 AM EST

    Kobe Bryant

    What you missed while you tried to shame your kid into behaving…. Clippers 95, Heat 89: The game where the rims were afraid was our game of the night. Lakers 90, Jazz 87 (OT): The Lakers might not have gotten to the overtime without Kobe Bryant dropping 40 points — but when Kobe went cold…

  10. LeBron finally aggressive late, but Clippers hand Heat another loss

    Jan 12, 2012, 3:19 AM EST

    Chris Paul, Chris Bosh

    Last year’s “it” team faced off against this year’s “it” squad and fans from both sides got what they wanted. Sort of. They both got a wildly entertaining contest that had the intensity of May. But it came wrapped in a game where it looked like both teams were on the second night of a…

  11. Blake Ahearn shows he’s among the best at the NBA D-League Showcase

    Jan 12, 2012, 2:02 AM EST

    Blake Ahearn

    Blake Ahearn has been in the NBA Development League for longer than most people would like considering he’s played 149 games in the NBA’s official minor league since coming out of Missouri State University in 2007. He may have changed that this week, however, while starring for the hometown Reno Bighorns at the eighth annual…

  12. Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey is a big believer in talent at NBA D-League Showcase

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:16 PM EST

    Daryl Morey

    The eighth annual NBA D-League Showcase is nearly complete in lovely Reno, Nev., as all 16 teams having completed at least one of their two scheduled games at the annual scouting event for the NBA’s official minor league. Two players have already earned call-ups to the big league since the Showcase began, but Houston Rockets…

  13. Bulls’ Derrick Rose sits due to sprained toe

    Jan 11, 2012, 9:47 PM EST

    Anthony Randolph, Luke Ridnour, Derrick Rose

    If you wondered just what happens to the Chicago Bulls offense when Derrick Rose isn’t there to create everything, watch Wednesday night’s game. Rose did not suit up against the Wizards and John Wall due to a sprained big toe. “It’s a pain tolerance thing. It’s a sprain. He’s gotten a lot of treatment. He…

  14. Nash calls Kobe’s 48 against the Suns “one of the best performances” he’s seen

    Jan 11, 2012, 7:15 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Grant Hill

    By now you’ve surely heard about Kobe Bryant‘s 48 points he put up in a win over the Suns on Tuesday. You likely are also aware that Bryant is playing through torn wrist ligaments in his shooting hand, and that perhaps he’s been shooting too much, to the detriment of this Lakers team. The fact…

  15. Video: Utah Jazz mascot drops cake from upper deck

    Jan 11, 2012, 7:07 PM EST

    Jazz-Bear2-300x296

    I am not convinced this is organic, it may well have been staged. Even so, it’s funny. Tuesday night Jazz are celebrating the birthday of a season ticket holder and the team’s furry bear-like mascot — named “The Jazz,” how long did it take them to come up with that? — comes out with a…

  16. Bulls make Mike James second NBA call-up from D-League Showcase

    Jan 11, 2012, 5:20 PM EST

    Mike James

    The NBA Development League Showcase is designed to allow its top players a chance to show NBA decision makers that they’ve developed enough to make in the NBA. Erie BayHawks point guard Mike James came into the league without much developing left, but he took full advantage of having NBA decision makers witness his comeback…

  17. Video: Brandan Wright can jump very, very high

    Jan 11, 2012, 5:14 PM EST

    WRIGHT_BRANDAN

    In case you missed it, one more highlight from Tuesday night to whet your appetite for a full slate of games on Wednesday (highlighted by the Heat at the Clippers in a game where we feel sorry for the rims). Brandan Wright of the now 5-5 Mavericks can jump out of the building, which works…

  18. Doc Rivers wants Celtics to throw first punch. Figuratively.

    Jan 11, 2012, 4:26 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Boston Celtics

    The Boston Celtics won banner 17 in part because of their size — there are a big, physical team. Doc Rivers wants his Celtics to start showing it again, he told the Boston Herald. “We’re just not there yet as a team,” Rivers said after yesterday’s practice. “I think we’ve got a tough group of…

  19. It’s All About Having An NBA Skill At D-League Showcase

    Jan 11, 2012, 3:31 PM EST

    Booker Woodfox

    The eighth annual NBA Development League Showcase is officially halfway over with the conclusion of Tuesday night’s games, but there’s plenty of talent still hoping to standout in front of the bevy of decision makers that made the trip to Reno, Nev., for the D-League’s premier event of the season. In order to get their…

  20. Curry gets a second opinion on ankle, nothing changes

    Jan 11, 2012, 3:17 PM EST

    Stephen Curry, Nicola Vucevic, Lou Williams, Jrue Holiday

    So, it’s a sprain. Stephen Curry has rolled his ankle three times this young season and is out a while to rest it. But since he had surgery on this same ankle, he decided to go back and have the surgeon — Dr. Bob Anderson — take a look at it. Basically he saw what…

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