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  1. The Jimmer Fredette in the NBA debate rages on

    Feb 4, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    BYU v Kansas State

    Want to start a fight in a room full of NBA scouts? All you need are two words: Jimmer Fredette. The BYU scoring machine divides them (like it seems to divide the commenters on this site). There are those that think he can be another Stephen Curry at the NBA level. There are those that…

  2. Video: Gary Neal’s insane buzzer beater

    Feb 4, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    Gary Neal

    The Spurs beat the Lakers by one point. Remember that as you watch how Gary Neal ended the first quarter with a fluke-yet-impressive H-O-R-S-E shot for two. Yes, the game would have played out differently at the end if the score had been different, but you get the point. This mattered. Right now, everything seems…

  3. Deron Williams returns Friday against Denver

    Feb 4, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Phoenix Suns

    A couple days ago Deron Williams didn’t play, saying his wrist hurt if he tried to shoot the ball. Friday, he is good to go. Or good enough, anyway. Williams will return to the court when the Jazz are at the Nuggets Friday night, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. He went through morning shootaround…

  4. Start your planning early, the top 25 free agents of 2011

    Feb 4, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

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    Today, we’re not thinking about lockouts and franchise tags. Today, just for today, we’re going to pretend that the owners and players are not so stupid as have a protracted lockout during a recession killing the momentum the league is building this season. A man can dream, can’t he? Along those lines, right about now…

  5. Just how good was LeBron James on Thursday?

    Feb 4, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Miami Heat v Orlando Magic

    Did you see it? Did you see just how fantastic LeBron James was last night? If you didn’t, you missed the best regular season performance of this season and maybe the last few. Our man Matt Moore (writing for CBSSports) did the research on just how amazing he was. James took 25 shots and only…

  6. Wade believes Heat can win it all with or without home court

    Feb 4, 2011, 12:29 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers  v Miami Heat

    As you are reading this Friday afternoon, the Miami Heat are 2.5 games back of the Boston Celtics for the top seed in the East. The Chicago Bulls are just half a game back of Miami. The Celtics (after falling in Game 7 of the finals on the road last season) are making a push…

  7. Video: Golden State’s 70-foot ally-oop

    Feb 4, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    Dorell Wright Ally-Oop

    You may not believe this, but players other than Blake Griffin finish impressive ally-oop passes too. I mean it. Just because you never get to see the highlights doesn’t mean it’s not happening. As proof, we give you Stephen Curry‘s 70-foot pass Thursday night to Dorell Wright. Just like Keith Smart drew it up. Great…

  8. Andre Miller is not on the Blake Griffin All-Star Bandwagon

    Feb 4, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Clippers v Dallas Mavericks

    Blake Griffin — the rookie highlight package of the Clippers — is in the All-Star Game. Kevin Love and his video game stats are out. LaMarcus Aldridge in Portland is out as well. Andre Miller, the Trail Blazers point guard, thinks that’s a travesty, as Jason Quick reported in the Oregonian. “It’s all publicity and…

  9. Yes, Doc Rivers plans to play his four Celtics All-Stars at once

    Feb 4, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Doc Rivers has a strategic advantage come the All-Star Game — Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen. Four Celtics. Throw those four out at the same time and you have guys familiar with each other and guys who can run more complex offensive sets (or defensive help rotations) than the vanilla ones…

  10. PBT Friday morning one liners

    Feb 4, 2011, 10:22 AM EDT

    Washington Wizards v Sacramento Kings

    Gilbert Arenas returns to Washington D.C. and the Verizon Center tonight. He will be booed. “At this point, it really doesn’t matter, because if they boo or cheer I’m gone the next night anyway,” Arenas said. Gilbert Arenas talks about why his ex goes public with dirty details and why all his sharks are dead.…

  11. Isiah Thomas still looms over the Knicks. Not figuratively, either.

    Feb 4, 2011, 9:58 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v New Jersey Nets

    Not only does Knicks GM Donnie Walsh not have his contract extension picked up in spite of the team’s turn around on the court (and in payroll), but Walsh hasn’t even really talked about the situation with James Dolan, the Knicks owner. The two haven’t talked about the team, its resurgence or a contract. Nothing.…

  12. Suns Alvin Gentry: I lost a little respect for Kevin Garnett

    Feb 4, 2011, 9:04 AM EDT

    Boston Celtics v Phoenix Suns

    Remember a week ago when Kevin Garnett pulled a couple bush-league moves, tapping Channing Frye in the, um, groin area and stepping under him as he came down from a jump shot? Both moves intended to bully and intimidate. Both pretty cheap. He got ejected for it (but no suspension). Alvin Gentry remembers, and said…

  13. Video: Antonio McDyess with the game winning tip-in

    Feb 4, 2011, 8:31 AM EDT

    Antonio McDyess, Manu Ginobili, Richard Jefferson, Gary Neal

    The Spurs actually got all of their big three quality looks to get the win on the final possession — Manu Ginobili had a clean look at a three that clanged off, Tony Parker missed his trademark rainbow floater, and Tim Duncan missed an elbow fadeaway. But then there was Antonio McDyess. As Sebastian Pruiti…

  14. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Heat, Spurs win big showdowns. Well, big for February.

    Feb 4, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Antonio McDyess

    What you missed while wondering if Ronald Regan would have wanted a 400-pound cake… Heat 104, Magic 100: This game was all about the shooting. LeBron James owned this game from the start, putting up 23 points in the first quarter on his way to a season high 51. Thing is, they were not easy…

  15. Derrick Rose, Michael Beasley and the importance of pre-draft interviews

    Feb 3, 2011, 11:20 PM EDT

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    When we talk about draft picks we discuss athleticism, outside shot, basketball IQ, college success, vertical leap and the other things we as fans can see and measure. But maturity and passion for the game and the craft matter more in how a player develops. Competitiveness matters a lot. We can’t measure it, and a…

  16. Winderman: All-Star reserves show things still deeper out West

    Feb 3, 2011, 8:35 PM EDT

    Minnesota Timberwolves v Boston Celtics

    Thursday’s lesson is simple and to the point. West? Good. East? Not so good. Granted All-Star selections are subjective. But after the All-Star reserves were announced Thursday night for the Eastern Conference, there sort of was a shrug, a “that’s about right” reaction. No righteous indignation. One can only muster so much outrage over the…

  17. Four Celtics but no Love among All-Star Game reserves

    Feb 3, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    David Stern has some work to do out West. The coaches’ selections for the seven All-Star Game reserves for each conference came out and the East went pretty much to form. Now David Stern gets to add one player to that list and he has some pretty clear choices. The Western Conference? That’s hard. You can…

  18. Do the Lakers have to beat the Spurs tonight?

    Feb 3, 2011, 6:49 PM EDT

    Lakers introduction

    If the Lakers lose tonight, there will be full-fledged panic on the part of Lakers fans. You should hear talk radio in Los Angeles today, where the idea of the Lakers trading for Carmelo Anthony is getting serious discussion. (Two quick thoughts here Lakers fans: 1. The Nuggets want draft picks, great young players and…

  19. Lakers owner Jerry Buss shows up to practice, but he’s not worried

    Feb 3, 2011, 4:56 PM EDT

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    The action — Lakers owner Jerry Buss showing up to watch a team practice for the first time in a couple years — speaks of concern and a guy looking to jump start his team. The words were those of someone not worried in the least. Buss did attend practice and spoke to ESPNLosAngeles’ Dave…

  20. Report: Rajon Rondo to be named to All-Star Game reserves

    Feb 3, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Bucks v Boston Celtics

    Frankly, there’s not a lot of drama in this. It would be a much bigger story if Rajon Rondo did not get selected to play in the All-Star Game. Marc Spears of Yahoo tweeted Thursday that Rajon Rondo will be named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Game reserves. The entire list from both the East…

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