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  1. Video: Adrian Wojnarowski talks Russell Westbook deal

    Jan 19, 2012, 9:17 PM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    Adrian Wojnarowski was on NBC’s SportsTalk Thursday talking about Russell Westbrook‘s new deal — five years at $80 million. — and what that means for the Thunder going forward. The big question as the bills come due over the next few years for Oklahoma City is how much this small-market ownership is really willing to…

  2. Rondo doubtful for Friday’s game

    Jan 19, 2012, 6:56 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    From A. Sherrod Blakely of CSN Boston: WALTHAM — If only Friday’s game against Phoenix were a playoff battle with the series knotted up at 2-2. Under those circumstances, Rajon Rondo said his sore right wrist wouldn’t prevent him from playing. Instead, it’s a regular-season game, one that Rondo’s coach, Doc Rivers, anticipates being played…

  3. Greg Ostertag will not be returning to the NBA

    Jan 19, 2012, 6:48 PM EST

    Greg Ostertag

    From ESPN.com’s Marc Stein: After knee troubles limited him to less than 30 minutes in the Texas Legends’ last three games, Greg Ostertag informed the team Thursday that he is ending his comeback in the D-League. Ostertag had his best game for the Frisco-based Legends last week at the D-League Showcase in Reno in front of scouts…

  4. LeBron James will play for Heat vs. Lakers, Wade out

    Jan 19, 2012, 6:28 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Denver Nuggets

    This really shouldn’t be a surprise — LeBron James has been playing through flu-like symptoms all week — but he will suit up and play against the Lakers Thursday night, the team announced, tweeted Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel. LeBron had been sent home from the morning shootaround, so he was officially a game-time…

  5. Eddy Curry has lost nearly 100 pounds, may make Heat debut tonight

    Jan 19, 2012, 5:46 PM EST

    Miami Heat's Eddy Curry poses during media day at the team's training camp in Miami

    The Miami Heat won’t have Dwayne Wade tonight against the Lakers, and LeBron James will apparently be a game-time decision, but they may get some help Eddy Curry, who might play in his first game since 2009 tonight: From Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears: The New York Knicks’ loss to the Chicago Bulls on Dec. 17, 2009, wasn’t a…

  6. Raymond Felton would like to sign an extension with the Blazers

    Jan 19, 2012, 4:47 PM EST

    Ray Felton

    From Hoopsworld’s Lang Greene: At the end of this season the Blazers will once again have to make a major decision regarding their backcourt, as Felton is in the last year of his current deal and is set to become a free agent. Felton readily lets it be known if the decision were up to…

  7. Dirk Nowitzki admits to playing through right knee pain

    Jan 19, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Mavericks forward Nowitzki looks to pass defended by Celtics forward Garnett in the second quarter of their NBA Basketball game in Boston

    Dirk Nowitzki is not himself this season. Oh, he’s still playing at pretty much an All-Star level, but last season he shot 51.7 percent and this season it has fallen to 45.8 percent. The career 37.9 percent shooter from three is hitting just 25 percent. His shooting percentages on shots inside 10 feet have fallen…

  8. NBA All-Star starting teams pretty much set already

    Jan 19, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

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    You can keep voting on the NBA All-Star Game players through the end of the month — you can vote every day between now and then, if your heart so desires. It’s not going to matter, the All-Star Game starters are pretty locked in. The NBA released the second round of All-Star balloting returns on…

  9. Brook Lopez will not be getting extension from New Jersey

    Jan 19, 2012, 2:12 PM EST

    Brook Lopez, Jared Jeffries

    Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook have got their extensions to their rookie deals, and most likely Kevin Love will get one before the deadline next Wednesday. Brook Lopez will not. That’s what Nets GM Billy King told ESPNNewYork.com. “I’m sure I’ll have a conversation with his agent [Arn Tellem],” King told reporters before Wednesday night’s…

  10. Report: Westbrook agrees to max extension with Thunder

    Jan 19, 2012, 1:31 PM EST

    Russell Westbrook, Juan Barea

    The Oklahoma City Thunder have some hard choices coming in the next few years as they try to keep this core together — but Russell Westbrook just made that a little bit easier. Westbrook has reached a max extension deal with the Thunder, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo. All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook has signed…

  11. Steve Nash has Mike D’Antoni’s back in New York

    Jan 19, 2012, 1:09 PM EST

    Mike D'Antoni Steve Nash

    Steve Nash came into Madison Square Garden Wednesday night and handed the Knicks their fourth-straight loss. Which has led to renewed calls for the head of Mike D’Antoni in some skyscrapers and pizza parlors around New York and the boroughs. He’s in the last year of his contract and his Knicks do not look like…

  12. Winderman: Post-lockout schedule leaves players hurting, fans wanting

    Jan 19, 2012, 12:39 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Denver Nuggets

    Glance at those NBA ads promoting broadcasts of games and you’ll notice the small print that reads: “Scheduled to appear.” That disclaimer is becoming the motto of this NBA season. Because what you’re planning for isn’t always what you’ll get. Just ask the TNT folks, who on Thursday night were primed to show Kobe vs.…

  13. LeBron sent home from shootaround, game time decision

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Denver Nuggets

    I’ll say it up front — he’ll play. Just watch. LeBron James has been battling what was described as a “flu-like symptoms” for a few days now, and there were reports that if Dwyane Wade had been able to go against the Spurs Tuesday LeBron may not have. Things have not gotten better. LeBron was…

  14. Thursday And-1 links: Glen Davis drops his shorts

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:27 AM EST

    Orlando Magic

    Welcome to our 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). Glen Davis, you need to keep your pants on when talking to the ref. It’s pretty much an automatic technical. What are the Sixers doing right…

  15. This isn’t Kobe vs. LeBron, it’s Heat break vs. Lakers big men

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:01 AM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    Thursday night’s showdown in South Beach is not Kobe Bryant vs. LeBron James. Not totally. Yes, they are the league’s top two scorers, but LeBron is a game time decision after being sent home sick from shoot around. He’s been fighting a cold for a few days. Either way, you can be sure Kobe is…

  16. Would Danny Ainge really blow up the Celtics? Yes.

    Jan 19, 2012, 10:11 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Boston Celtics

    Go ahead and be sentimental for Paul Pierce. Think whatever you wish of Boston’s slow start this season and the potential of Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to turn the ship around. Just do not underestimate Danny Ainge’s willingness to blow the whole thing up. It’s not that he wants to blow up this Celtics…

  17. Video: Chauncey Billups hits game winner for Clippers

    Jan 19, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Billups game winner

    One play before this, the youngster D’Andre Jordan made a defensive mistake sliding off Jason Terry to get back to Ian Mahinmi, and we thought we’d be showing a Jason Terry three in this space. Instead, it’s Chauncey Billups. At the end of games he has to be one of the most feared Clippers, the…

  18. Baseline to Baseline recaps: It’s Bizzaro World night in NBA

    Jan 19, 2012, 8:05 AM EST

    Andray Blatche Wizards

    What you missed while watching the Australian Open and thinking “I need to go to vacation there”…. Wizards 105, Thunder 102: Yes, you are reading that right. The worst team in the NBA (1-12 entering the game) just beat a title contender (12-2 before this started). It gets weirder — Oklahoma City shot 48.1 percent…

  19. Blazers Batum sent to hospital with eye injury, not serious

    Jan 19, 2012, 2:52 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Denver Nuggets

    It looked like an innocent play at the time — there wasn’t even a foul called. Atlanta’s Tracy McGrady tried to reach up and block a pass from Portland’s Nicolas Batum, missed it and in the process swiped his face. But he got Batum in the eye. On possession later Batum was out of the…

  20. Mavericks’ assistant coach Darrell Armstrong arrested

    Jan 19, 2012, 12:31 AM EST

    New Jersey Nets v Boston Celtics

    Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Darrell Armstrong was arrested in Los Angeles Tuesday on an outstanding warrant related to a casino debt in Las Vegas, reports the Los Angeles Times. The Mavericks were in town between taking on the Lakers and Clippers. Armstrong was pulled over for a traffic violation in Marina Del Rey and the…

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