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  1. Rajon Rondo leaves with wrist injury, X-rays negative

    Jan 18, 2012, 11:45 PM EST

    Celtics point guard Rondo reacts after being fouled by Raptors center Gray in Boston

    If there is one player the Boston Celtics could not afford to lose this seas0n, it would be Rajon Rondo. Which is why there were deep breaths taken Rondo took a hard foul by Toronto’s Linas Kleiza with 2:12 left in the third quarter. Rondo — who was in scoring not assist mode all night, finishing…

  2. Mike Miller back with Heat (which is good for LeBron)

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:35 PM EST

    Heat shooting Mike Miller celebrates after scoring against the Spurs in the second half during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    One note we kind of glossed over from the Miami Heat’s dramatic comeback win over the Spurs Tuesday — Mike Miller is back. The three-point specialist missed the start of the season due to a sports hernia but he was back running with the Heat on Tuesday night and went 6-of-6 from three in 15…

  3. Eddy Curry could debut for the Heat Thursday. We’re serious.

    Jan 18, 2012, 7:41 PM EST

    Eddy Curry

    Yes, Thursday night Hitler and Jack the Ripper may get in a snowball fight in Hell, also. Long dismissed — but well paid — center Eddy Curry could make his debut for the Miami Heat, reports our own Ira Winderman at the Sun Sentinel. Instead of again summarily ruling the bulky veteran center out of…

  4. Clippers not willing to trade Blake Griffin for Dwight Howard

    Jan 18, 2012, 6:42 PM EST

    Blake Griffin

    We all knew this instinctively, because it’s the only smart choice. Now maybe this rumor can die. League officials have confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that while Dwight Howard may have interest in them the Clippers are not willing to trade Blake Griffin for Howard — and the Magic are not interested in the…

  5. Steve Nash sums up the Suns, and it’s not pretty

    Jan 18, 2012, 5:15 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    The Phoenix Suns are not good. They are 4-9, have a terrible defense and their once-feared offense is average (13th in the league in points per possession). It’s not hard to figure out what is going on, and Steve Nash summed it up honestly in a quote at the end of the game story in…

  6. Barkley not impressed with Joakim Noah, Thibodeau shrugs

    Jan 18, 2012, 5:01 PM EST

    Kevin Garnett, Joakim Noah

    Joakim Noah is not off to a good start this season. He is shooting just 41.2 percent (down from 52.5 percent last year), he is rebounding a little less and turning the ball over a little more. His defense is still good, but feels inconsistent. He has been benched a number of fourth quarters in…

  7. Grant Hill admits he gave Bulls serious consideration

    Jan 18, 2012, 3:28 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Phoenix Suns

    The Bulls had a target during the frenetic free agency period post-lockout — get a veteran upgrade at the two guard. They got one in Richard Hamilton, who has given Chicago 12.2 points per game, a new offensive option to relieve some pressure off Derrick Rose, and he has played solid team defense. But that…

  8. Feared Blake Griffin, Chris Paul pick-and-roll lacks the roll

    Jan 18, 2012, 3:07 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls v Los Angeles Clippers

    From the second Blake Griffin said “lob city,” every one of us pictured his pick-and-roll with Chris Paul as potentially the most devastating play in the NBA. We pictured unstoppable dunks. So far, not so much. Through 11 games this season, Blake Griffin has gotten a shot attempt as the roll man in the pick-and-roll…

  9. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar named Global Cultural Ambassador

    Jan 18, 2012, 2:36 PM EST

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Few people can represent both the diversity and opportunity in the United States like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. So he makes an interesting and smart choice as a United States Global Cultural Ambassador, something Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton named him on Wednesday, the White House announced. He will soon be going to Brazil in his…

  10. DeMarcus Cousins speaks highly of Keith Smart. So far.

    Jan 18, 2012, 1:33 PM EST

    Keith Smart, DeMarcus Cousins

    In just his second season in the league, DeMarcus Cousins has a reputation in some quarters as hard to deal with and a coach killer. Fair or not, it’s out there. Paul Westphal is out and Keith Smart — who went from a nearly impossible situation in Golden State (due to an ownership change) to…

  11. Andrew Bynum sings the praises of Dwight Howard

    Jan 18, 2012, 1:14 PM EST

    Orlando Magic v Los Angeles Lakers

    Friday night Andrew Bynum lines up against Dwight Howard as the Lakers face the Magic in Orlando. So, please use this small sample size to decide that Bynum should/should not be traded for Howard. We all know one game tells you all you need to know, not how a player performs over a stretch of…

  12. Video: Jodie Meeks talks surprising Sixers

    Jan 18, 2012, 12:56 PM EST

    Miami Heat v Philadelphia 76ers - Game Four

    Jodie Meeks joined CSNPhilly’s “Lunch Break” talking about the surprising Sixers, how the team is more comfortable together in their second year together as a group and how they are happy to share the load on offense. Meeks is giving the Sixers solid minutes as a starter, largely as a guy who can space the…

  13. Report: Knicks will target Steve Nash next summer

    Jan 18, 2012, 12:13 PM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Phoenix Suns

    The Knicks need a point guard. I know it, you know it, anyone who has watched 20 seconds of a Knicks game knows it. Their front office knows it, too. Getting a quality one this season via trade is unlikely (hence the hope that Baron Davis can be the man), so they are looking at…

  14. Wednesday And-1 links: Cuban is still spending on something

    Jan 18, 2012, 11:22 AM EST

    Mark Cuban

    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). Mark Cuban is going to spend about $1.4 million on Mavericks championship rings. He’ll do it without blinking. He’d gladly do it again next year, but…

  15. Gregg Popovich said his Spurs played “soft” against Heat

    Jan 18, 2012, 10:57 AM EST

    Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, DeJuan Blair, Gregg Popovich

    The Spurs players got steamrolled by the Heat in the second half in Miami Tuesday, shooting just 34 percent, putting up 35 points and being outscored by 36 points. The thumping didn’t stop once they went to the locker room. Here is what coach Gregg Popovich said of his team, via the Express-News Spurs Blog.…

  16. Report: Minnesota will offer Love four years, $60 million

    Jan 18, 2012, 10:18 AM EST

    Kevin Love, Ivan Johnson

    Minnesota may be about to screw up a good thing. They are an entertaining and up-and-coming team, one with a future behind Kevin Love, Ricky Rubio, Derrick Williams and more. But that comes with a price. The first of those is Love, who is eligible for a contract extension between now and Jan. 25. He…

  17. Quote of the Day: Dwight Howard’s new trade destination

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

    Dwight Howard

    “Sources say Dwight Howard is signing with the Harlem Globetrotters.” —Dwight Howard to the Orlando Sentinel. Howard had been asked about the report the Los Angeles Clippers were on his trade destination list, Howard responded with a “no” and then his standard line about him being on the Magic right now and that is all that…

  18. LeBron backs Popovich as potential USA Basketball coach

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:07 AM EST

    San Antonio Spurs v Golden State Warriors

    After the USA earned a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics, Mike Krzyzewski was brought in by Jerry Colangelo to help turn things around. He was one coach who is universally respected among players and is seen as kind of “above the fray” of the politics that can go into picking an Olympic team. The…

  19. Baseline to Baseline recaps: One half of Heat bests half of Spurs

    Jan 18, 2012, 2:13 AM EST

    Heat small forward James reacts after the Heat tied the game with the Spurs in the second half during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    What you missed while buying the paintings of a squirrel… Heat 120, Spurs 98: It was a tale of two halves. In the first half the Spurs controlled the tempo and forced the heat into the half court. LeBron James, fighting a cold that might have kept him home if Dwyane Wade could have played,…

  20. Video: Blowing up the Celtics… do they have a choice?

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:50 PM EST

    Indiana Pacers v Boston Celtics

    Celtics fans may not like this very much. Or, after the last five games they may like it a lot, come to think of it. Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports were on NBC’s SportsTalk Tuesday talking how to fix the Boston Celtics. And their answer is pretty much “with…

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