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  1. Video: LeBron, Wade convert double alley-oop against the Mavericks

    Dec 25, 2011, 4:59 PM EST

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    The Christmas Day, Finals rematch between the Heat and the Mavericks clearly meant a lot more to Miami than it did to Dallas. The Heat led by 32 points at the end of three quarters, and weren’t only dominating, but were doing so in style. Check out this alley-oop from Mario Chalmers to LeBron James,…

  2. Knick show better poise, execution in clutch to beat Celtics

    Dec 25, 2011, 3:49 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    If we told you first thing this morning that the team that executed better at the end, that showed the more poise under pressure — and after the whistle — was going to win the season opener between the Knicks and Celtics, we all would have thought it would be the veteran combo from Boston.…

  3. 5 Things to Watch, Bulls-Lakers: Where the Lakers look for the… upset?

    Dec 25, 2011, 2:01 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose

    GAMES. There will be actual NBA games played today starting at noon. To get you pumped, ready, and primed for the start of the 2011-2012 NBA season, we give you five things to keep an eye on today in Heat-Mavericks. To get you pumped:   Point of defense Things which terrify Lakers fans: Derek Fisher,…

  4. 5 Things to Watch, Heat-Mavericks: Christmas revenge

    Dec 25, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Miami Heat v Dallas Mavericks - Game Five

    GAMES. There will be actual NBA games played today starting at noon. To get you pumped, ready, and primed for the start of the 2011-2012 NBA season, we give you five things to keep an eye on today in Heat-Mavericks. To get you pumped: The devil you know is worse than the devil you don’t…

  5. 5 Things to Watch, Celtics-Knicks: A good ol’ fashioned Christmas brawl at the bowery

    Dec 25, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Amare Stoudemire

    GAMES. There will be actual NBA games played today starting at noon. To get you pumped, ready, and primed for the start of the 2011-2012 NBA season, we give you five things to keep an eye on today in Celtics-Knicks. To get you pumped:   Not just an old-fashioned love song. The Knicks didn’t put…

  6. Paul Pierce is in New York, will be game-time decision

    Dec 25, 2011, 8:00 AM EST

    Paul Pierce

    The Boston Celtics will tip off the NBA season with the New York Knicks at noon Chrstmas day, and they may also have the first major player to miss games due to injury for the season. Paul Pierce is in New York with the Celtics but whether he plays is a game-time decision due to…

  7. Grizzlies trade Vasquez to Hornets for Pondexter

    Dec 24, 2011, 8:01 PM EST

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    In a trade that if it winds up affecting the NBA season means something has gone horribly horribly wrong, the Memphis Grizzlies traded guard Greivis Vasquez to the New Orleans Hornets for guard-forward Quincy Pondexter. Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins has spoken highly of guard Jeremy Pargo backing up it Mike Conley in preseason play,…

  8. Heat waive Eddie House

    Dec 24, 2011, 4:59 PM EST

    Eddie House

    The Heat announced Saturday that they have waived Eddie House. House joined the Heat last season as a free agent after being traded from the Celtics in 2010 when the Knicks acquired Nate Robinson, who was coincidentally also waived by the Thunder on Saturday. House played limited minutes for the Heat last year, with a…

  9. The gift-giving guide for NBA Christmas Sunday

    Dec 24, 2011, 3:05 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Wait, so we’re going to have actual, real-life games on Sunday? Like, for real? With defense and actual coordinated playsets (as opposed the summer exhibitions) and everything? BEST. CHRISTMAS. EVER. And since ’tis the season and all, we thought it would be good to put together what the teams playing in Sunday’s season openers really…

  10. David West tells Ray Allen “you don’t know me.” But nicely.

    Dec 24, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

    David West

    David West was almost a Celtic, and that would have been a good fit for Boston — a pick-and-pop big who can stretch the floor, a former All-Star who would have given the Celtics depth and another way to put points on the board. But instead he chose to sign with the Pacers. That set…

  11. Celtics to offer Pietrus minimum, add swingman who isn’t 35

    Dec 24, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

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    The Celtics have a horrible bench. Mickael Pietrus has an injury issue. It’s a match made in heaven. The former Magic wing was waived by the Suns earlier this week, after surgery on his knees helped result in a trade to the Raptors falling through. Now the Boston Globe reports that the Celtics are prepared…

  12. Christmas Eve Super-Shopper Sale! Every Nate Robinson must go!

    Dec 24, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v Oklahoma City Thunder - Game Three

    Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated reports: Source says OKC Thunder expected to complete a buyout of guard Nate Robinson‘s contract by tomorrow morning and he will become a free agent.Sat Dec 24 07:16:14 via TweetDeckSam Amick sam_amick Robinson is only 27, so age isn’t an issue. He’s a veteran, so inexperience isn’t an issue. And…

  13. Super-Conductors, Super-Teams, and You: An analysis of where the mega-squads stand and are constructed

    Dec 24, 2011, 9:00 AM EST

    Clippers' Paul sails to the basket as Lakers' players watch during their NBA preseason game in Los Angeles

    The Knicks don’t make sense. ***************************** Every team’s fans are defensive of their squad. I like to single out specific fanbases for sport, but in reality, it doesn’t matter the locale or composition. Teams fans will react similarly in most cases provided the writing is not on the wall in gigantic stenciled block letters that…

  14. Photos: Christmas kicks for LeBron, Kobe, Amar’e, and Durant all in one place

    Dec 24, 2011, 2:18 AM EST

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    Pictures of the Christmas Day special edition kicks that will be worn by Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Amar’e Stoudemire have trickled in over the past couple of weeks, but with the holiday almost upon us, Nike has made the release of the shoes official. So, we’ve gathered some photos of them all…

  15. Steve Nash preaches patience as Suns work to correct issues

    Dec 24, 2011, 1:46 AM EST

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    The Suns dropped their final preseason game on Thursday, and unfortunately for them, the result was a familiar one. The Nuggets cruised to a second straight blowout victory over Phoenix, but this one was far more humbling for the Suns, considering that Nene, Al Harrington, and Ty Lawson all sat this one out due to…

  16. Kings’ GM Geoff Petrie issues statement on re-signing of Chuck Hayes

    Dec 23, 2011, 11:33 PM EST

    Chuck Hayes

    When the Sacramento Kings dropped the news that they were voiding the contract of recently-signed free agent center Chuck Hayes, it was depressing for multiple reasons, not the least of which was legitimate concern for the health of Hayes himself. But after seeking a second opinion and getting clearance to play, the story, for now,…

  17. Devin Ebanks, Josh McRoberts are your Lakers starters

    Dec 23, 2011, 6:52 PM EST

    Devin Ebanks Derek Fisher

    Well, this isn’t going to calm the frazzled nerves of Lakers nation. Second year player Devin Ebanks will get the start at the small forward over Metta World Peace and Matt Barnes when the Lakers open the season against the Chicago Bull Sunday, coach Mike Brown announced Friday. Josh McRoberts will start at the power…

  18. Doc Rivers doesn’t expect Paul Pierce to play on Christmas

    Dec 23, 2011, 6:35 PM EST

    Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce reacts to a call by the officials in Boston

    We’re a long way away from the Chicken Little “the sky is falling” predictions about the Celtics season coming true, but this isn’t a good start. Paul Pierce didn’t practice on Friday and Doc Rivers sounded less than optimistic he would be able to go in the Celtics season opener Sunday against the Knicks, reports…

  19. Matt Barnes kind of hates the Clippers

    Dec 23, 2011, 5:13 PM EST

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    From ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin: Barnes said the Clippers should be feeling some positive vibes after adding Chris Paul, Chauncey Billups, Caron Butler and re-signing DeAndre Jordan this month, but thinks they may have gone overboard in showing that enthusiasm. “They definitely have a much improved team here and are looking to make a push towards the playoffs,” Barnes said…

  20. League reduces suspensions for Bynum, Villanueva by one game

    Dec 23, 2011, 3:27 PM EST

    Los Angeles Lakers v Dallas Mavericks - Game Four

    The Lakers Andrew Bynum and the Pistons Charlie Villanueva will both be back on the court a little sooner thanks to the lockout. Both had their five-game suspensions to start the season reduced to four because of the schedule being cut back to 66 games due to the lockout. Bynum will make his debut now…

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