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  1. Rick Carlisle to miss game after knee injury

    Dec 25, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Dallas Mavericks

    The Mavs have announced that Rick Carlisle will miss Monday night’s Mavericks game in Oklahoma City after knee surgery over the Christmas holiday. Carlisle’s having a rough year, health wise. He missed a game in preseason after fainting in practice. He actually spent some time in the hospital during that episode, and now will miss…

  2. Dwight Howard gets rare slow free throw foul, followed by technical

    Dec 25, 2010, 6:25 PM EDT

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    Dwight Howard takes too long on his free throws. A blog name Center’s Little Helper (via TrueHoop) has been ripping him for it for a while — the NBA Rule Book says he can only take 10 seconds, he usually takes a few seconds longer. It’s his way of trying to compensate for his poor…

  3. Dwyane Wade will play against Lakers

    Dec 25, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat

    After some question as to whether Dwyane Wade would be good to go with his knee hurting. Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that coach Erik Spoelstra says Wade is “fine” and will play versus the Lakers Saturday afternoon. The Lakers will likely look to go at Wade on the offensive end, as…

  4. Joe Maloof offers Geoff Petrie and Paul Westphal a bit of breathing room

    Dec 25, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    DeMarcus Cousins, Paul Westphal

    The 5-22 Kings, owners of the worst record in the entire league despite having some talented young pieces, are a genuine disappointment on a number of levels. As Sacramento’s season has spiraled further and further into the abyss, rumors and reports of the seemingly inevitable firing of Paul Westphal have begun to surface. Indications that…

  5. How stacked were the 80′s, really?

    Dec 25, 2010, 12:40 PM EDT

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    When LeBron James came out and said that he thinks it would be great if great players on bad teams were able to go to good teams because their teams didn’t exist anymore (but he didn’t say the word contraction!), everyone nodded along in agreement. When he hearkened back in the conversation to those classic days…

  6. Paul Pierce still considers Hedo Turkoglu a difficult matchup

    Dec 25, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Hedo Turkoglu, Paul Pierce

    Even though the rest of the known world may use Hedo Turkoglu as a punchline, Paul Pierce — Turkoglu’s positional matchup in today’s game between the Celtics and Magic — still seems to have enormous respect for the man. From Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel (via Evan Dunlap): “Hedo is going to be great…

  7. Some Derrick Rose to whet your appetite

    Dec 25, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    There are only a small handful of players right now putting on as good a show as Derrick Rose every time he takes the the court. And he is your opener on Christmas — Rose’s Bulls visit the Knicks starting at noon eastern. Tune in for what may well be the most entertaining game on…

  8. Report: Nets looking to land Andre Miller along with ‘Melo

    Dec 25, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    The Denver Nuggets have suspended trade talks for Carmelo Anthony through the weekend, as Anthony is currently at home with his family after the untimely death of his sister. It was the classy and right thing for the Nuggets to do. But it doesn’t stop the rumor mill from cranking. The Nets are hoping to…

  9. Wizards JaVale McGee, Andray Blatche reportedly fight each other at club

    Dec 25, 2010, 7:50 AM EDT

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    Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee haven’t functioned too well together on the court as the “frontcourt of the future” in Washington. But apparently things are worse off it — the two reportedly exchanged punches outside a Washington club early Friday morning, according to Michael Lee at the Washington Post. The two both verbally abused each…

  10. Could Jason Richardson be a long-term fixture in Orlando?

    Dec 24, 2010, 7:38 PM EDT

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    No one should blame the Phoenix Suns for their reluctance to make a commitment to Jason Richardson. The now-Magic shooting guard is 30 years old after all, and with franchise centerpiece Steve Nash in the later stages of his career, it makes little sense to lock up veteran pieces for the long haul. You should…

  11. Tyreke Evans says he will not play All-Star weekend

    Dec 24, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    A combination of injuries — physical and emotional — have crippled Tyreke Evans‘ season. Plantar fasciitis, one of the NBA’s most unfortunate, nagging injuries, has hindered Evans throughout the year, and made sure that the reigning Rookie of the Year would not be selected to this year’s All-Star Game. Regardless, Evans is a shoe-in for…

  12. “‘Twas the Night Before NBA Christmas”: A celebratory preview poem

    Dec 24, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    Philadelphia 76ers v Chicago Bulls

    If, for some reason, you’re not so inclined, here’s the source material. We tried to stick to the rhyme scheme, but I’m like “The Jerk” in terms of rhythm. ‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through “The A,” I was straining and searching for someting to say; The Celtics had proven that they were…

  13. Santa puts five games under your tree (or on your new flat screen) for Christmas

    Dec 24, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Denver Nuggets

    Phil Jackson and LeBron James may not like having to work — you don’t hear police and emergency room doctors complaining — but Christmas is a bounty for NBA fans. Presents, turkey AND ham, family and five basketball games. Perfect. Let’s break the games down. Bulls vs. Knicks (Noon ET, ESPN): This may well be…

  14. Let the “it’s just another game” banter begin

    Dec 24, 2010, 1:55 PM EDT

    2009 NBA All-Star Game

    The whole of NBA fandom will be watching the Heat take on the Lakers on Christmas in what will rightfully be billed as a possible finals preview. So it’s a big deal, as Brett Pollakoff tried to get LeBron James to say to FanHouse. And LeBron went nowhere near the bait. “If it’s against the…

  15. NBA getting serious about India as market

    Dec 24, 2010, 12:22 PM EDT

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    There has never been an NBA player born in India — which puts it behind even Egypt. But India is the second most populous nation on the face of the earth and if David Stern is serious about globalization of the game — and he is — then India has to be targeted. And it…

  16. Gilbert Arenas happy coming off bench

    Dec 24, 2010, 11:23 AM EDT

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    Gilbert Arenas looked settled into his new Magic role Thursday night — 14 points, 9 assists off the bench. Of course, everything with the Magic looked settled for one game — granted, one game against the team with the best record in the league, but one game. There still may be changes ahead. But Arenas…

  17. Mavericks find no interest in a trade for Brendan Haywood

    Dec 24, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

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    This summer, Brendan Haywood was going to be the solid, dependable center in the middle that the Mavericks would operate around. Hence the five-year, $42 million deal they gave him. Then Tyson Chandler came in and took over the starting center spot with his play. Haywood is now the expensive backup, playing about 18 or…

  18. Sacramento is just a train wreck

    Dec 24, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

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    DeMarcus Cousins — the guy who lost his starting job after coach Paul Westphal called him unprofessional — was coming off the court in the fourth quarter and was offered a high five by Westphal Thursday night. Cousins declined it. Westphal grabbed is arm and they had words. Again. And that may have been third…

  19. LeBron suggests contraction might not be a bad thing

    Dec 24, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    Dwyane Wade, LeBron James

    LeBron James never actually used the word contraction. But that is how it came off when he talked about three big name players in Miami being good for the sport, how a game against the Lakers was a reminder of better times. “How can it be bad for basketball when you have guys who want…

  20. Baseline to Baseline recaps: Is Orlando a running team now?

    Dec 24, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

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    What you missed while wrapping gifts… what do you mean you’re not done shopping?!? Magic 123, Spurs 101: The Orlando Magic got out and ran. They scored a season high 30 fast break points. There were 95 possessions in the game, closer to a Golden State Warrior pace than what we usually see from Orlando.…

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