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  1. McGrady can picture Howard and D-Will in Dallas

    Dec 29, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

    NBA Finals Mavericks Heat Basketball

    As they are the two guys left in the game of “franchise player musical chairs,” it is kind of logical Deron Williams and Dwight Howard could end up on the same team. That is certainly what New Jersey has banked its Brooklyn opening on. But what about Dallas? Mark Cuban has all but sacrificed a…

  2. It’s not time to hit the panic button in Boston. Yet.

    Dec 29, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat

    The Boston Celtics are going to be fine. Well, depends on how you define “fine” — if you thought they were title contenders who would come out of the gate hot and could topple the Heat and Bulls in the East, you should be worried. But realistically Boston was a flawed team that needed to…

  3. Thursday And-1 links (with some Portland love)

    Dec 29, 2011, 10:46 AM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers forward Gerald Wallace reacts to his team's loss against the Dallas Mavericks in Portland, Oregon

    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). They love them some Gerald Wallace in Portland, and he is learning to love it there. With Wallace and LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland could be very,…

  4. Baseline to baseline recaps: Celtics fall, Knicks fall, Heat almost join them

    Dec 29, 2011, 9:39 AM EST

    Boston Celtics v New Orleans Hornets

    What you missed while worried about what a bad year this was for elephants… Oklahoma City 98, Memphis 95: This playoff rematch was our game of the night. New Orleans 97, Celtics 78: Don’t hit the panic button yet, Celtics fans. Still too early. But if you want to feel uncomfortable and a little ill,…

  5. Video: NBA’s top 10 plays from Wednesday night

    Dec 29, 2011, 8:53 AM EST

    Washington Wizards v Atlanta Hawks

    Let’s just say it’s a night where Dwyane Wade‘s game winner comes in at No. 5 (best part of that is him looking over at Cam Newton courtside and doing the Superman imitation). Lots of impressive highlights, even if some are from guys like DeAndre Jordan where his team (the Clippers) did not exactly impress.…

  6. Suns drop to 0-2, search to explain offensive struggles

    Dec 29, 2011, 3:12 AM EST

    Steve Nash, Jodie Meeks

    In recent years, the Phoenix Suns have been known for, above all else, having an uptempo and elite offense. Win or lose, and no matter the season’s ultimate result, the team never struggled to score with Steve Nash running a descendant of Mike D’Antoni’s offense. Through two games in this young season, however, offense has…

  7. Thunder show even on off night they are good, beat Grizzlies

    Dec 29, 2011, 2:46 AM EST

    Kevin Durant, Rudy Gay

    Elite teams win on their off days. This was certainly an off day for the Thunder. Russell Westbrook went 0-13, missing shots he usually drains blindfolded. He got frustrated and that led to words with Thabo Sefolosha and Kevin Durant, to the point Durant and Westbrook had to be separated. And in the end, the…

  8. Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant have altercation on bench

    Dec 29, 2011, 1:29 AM EST

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Memphis Grizzlies - Game Six

    Be careful about reading too much into this — good teams with competitive players have fights on the sideline. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook had one of those during the second quarter of the team’s victory over the Memphis Grizzlies Tuesday and had to be separated by teammates, according to the Oklahoman’s Darnell Mayberry. Westbrook’s…

  9. Michael Redd works out for the Suns

    Dec 29, 2011, 12:14 AM EST

    Michael-Redd-suns

    The Suns, after suffering their first 0-2 start since the 1996-97 season following a blowout loss to the Sixers on Wednesday, are in desperate need of a reliable scorer. Michael Redd, a former All-Star and 11-year veteran shooting guard who at one time consistently averaged better than 20 points per game, is an unrestricted free…

  10. Video: LeBron James dunk blocked by opponents head

    Dec 28, 2011, 11:27 PM EST

    Miami Heat's James looks downcourt between plays against Charlotte Bobcats during their NBA game in Charlotte

    This is the best block of the year. Guaranteed. Even though it should have been a bucket. LeBron James‘ powerful dunk is blocked by the head of the Bobcats Gerald Henderson. The ball went through the basket as Henderson tried to go for the traditional block but it hits his head and bounces out. The…

  11. Grizzlies Mike Conley rolls ankle, does not return to game

    Dec 28, 2011, 11:15 PM EST

    Conley_memphis

    Mike Conley has become the glue that holds the Grizzlies together. He feeds the ball inside to Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, helps Rudy Gay pick his spots and is the floor general for the team. Which is was why it was trouble when just seconds into the Grizzlies playoff rematch with Oklahoma City the…

  12. Dwyane Wade leaves with a foot injury, returns to hit the game-winner (video)

    Dec 28, 2011, 8:48 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade

    UPDATE: All seems to be well now, as Wade checked back in with 1:23 left in the third. He still didn’t look to be 100 percent, but managed to bank home the game-winner with two seconds left to give the Heat a hard-fought, and very entertaining win over the Bobcats. •••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Miami Heat were…

  13. Report: Andrew Bynum moves really fast… off the court

    Dec 28, 2011, 8:33 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    The suspension at the start the season for Andrew Bynum needs to end before he can’t drive himself to the Staples Center anymore. Andrew Bynum has been a hot target of the fine Los Angeles Police Department the last few days, reports TMZ.com (via Inside Hoops). Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Bynum was pulled…

  14. Photo of the day: Russell Westbrook’s Air Jordan rollerskates

    Dec 28, 2011, 7:15 PM EST

    air-jordan-iii-true-blue-roller-skates-russell-westbrook-1

    You can put skates on just about anything with a soul. My in-line skates are a pair of old CCM ice skates (yea, I used to play some hockey, what of it?) I had converted over. But Russell Westbrook did me one better. Did everyone one better. He converted a pair of Air Jordan III…

  15. Making the case for Rajon Rondo as a franchise player

    Dec 28, 2011, 6:20 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks

    We keep hearing rumors that Rajon Rondo is on the trade block — it had been for Chris Paul but the Celtics will listen to other offers, too. They are not going to move him for just anyone, but he’s not the easiest player to get along with and Boston is keeping its options open.…

  16. Derrick Rose says he must assert himself early. Too.

    Dec 28, 2011, 5:14 PM EST

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose celebrates after teammate Luol Deng was fouled while shooting by Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles

    Derrick Rose came into this season trying to pull a bit of a Kobe Bryant from recent years — feed the other guys early, get them going, then take over late. Except, the result has been sluggish starts for the Bulls. (Kobe would be happy to commiserate.) The Bulls had to come from 11 points…

  17. Bucks Shaun Livingston says knee “80-90 percent”

    Dec 28, 2011, 4:22 PM EST

    Shaun Livingston

    The fact that Shaun Livingston is back on the court and playing in NBA games is in and of itself a miracle. He suffered as gruesome an on-the-court injury as any of us have ever seen in 2007 with the Clippers. It tore his anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate and lateral meniscus, his knee joint was…

  18. Don’t expect zone defense to suddenly be Heat stopper

    Dec 28, 2011, 3:34 PM EST

    Miami Heat, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade

    The NBA is a copycat league — what works for one team will be copied by others. Almost instantly. So when the Boston Celtics threw a pure zone at the Heat and climbed back into the game Tuesday night, scouts took notice. You can be sure that the Heat are going to see a lot…

  19. Jeff Green hanging with Celtics, happy he’ll get to play again

    Dec 28, 2011, 3:00 PM EST

    Boston Celtics v Miami Heat - Game Five

    Jeff Green could be devastated, sitting around his house cursing the fates and wondering what might have been. He was to be a key cog for a Celtics team looking to hang a banner, instead he is out for the season following heart surgery. Instead, Green is in a pretty good place. He spoke with…

  20. Report: Joel Przybilla drawing interest from multiple teams

    Dec 28, 2011, 1:58 PM EST

    Portland Trail Blazers v Houston Rockets, Game 6

    The next sentence may tell you all you need to know about the supply and demand for true big men in the NBA. Free agent center Joel Przybilla is drawing interest from the Milwaukee Bucks, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Clippers, according to a report in the Journal Times. The paper’s Gery Woefel spoke to…

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